Earth's new mini-moon may actually be 1960s space junk

A new mini-moon on its way into Earth’s orbit, first thought to be a small asteroid, may turn out to just be large hunk of space junk. Scientists first observed the object, dubbed 2020 SO, la… | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

This guy made a portable Wii the size of a Game Boy Color

Ginger of Mods made this incredible Wii Boy Color. He trimmed down a Wii motherboard, hacked the Wii’s software so it doesn’t need a disk drive, designed custom circuit boards, and 3D p… | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

The Partridge Family sings 'Roller Coaster'

Up, down, all around. Like a roller coaster. | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

The Spite License for software

Voynix recently wrote something he calls The Spite License. They say it is, “in essence, a trapdoor — it allows potential licensees to use the software under the terms of the secondary licens… | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

Bruce Schneier: "The unrelenting horizonlessness of the Covid world"

At CNN, Boing Boing pal and security researcher Bruce Schneier and Harvard media professor Nick Couldry write about acedia, “a malady that apparently plagued many Medieval monks. It’s a… | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

The Burrito Pop seems silly at first, but it's actually a good idea

A burrito’s foil and paper wrapper is a joke. It tears easily and the burrito’s filling spills out. The Burrito Pop solves this problem. Think of it like a giant Chapstick tube but inst… | Continue reading | 1 hour ago

The Trump administration's attack on "Critical Race Theory" is just HUAC 2.0

Early this month, the US Office of Management and Budget announced a crackdown on diversity trainings and other similar initiatives that acknowledged the existence of racism or privilege. The conce… | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

The typography of Star Trek

Dave Addey is author of Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies, a book exploring the typography of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, WALL-E, and other … | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

Bad Precedent / good comic

Matt Bor’s latest comic for The Nib satirizes the nonsensical laws and regulations that dictate the fate of entire populations. | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

Moog book explains how to use synths

The walls of knobs and dials on a classic synthesizer are forbidding to newcomers. Coming from the all-done-on-computers generation, I’ve never quite gotten into the old-school because of it.… | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

Gallery of jazz album lettering

Designer Reagan Ray isolated the lettering from various jazz album covers for a bunch of artists and made an online gallery of little cards. I love the variety and colors. But the most influential … | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

A US presidential election to-do list

I am well aware that this is a vast generalization but, in my daily goings on, I encounter four types of democratic leaning voters: Despondent:  Those who feel nothing they do matters. Their v… | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

Can you spot the professional troll?

In this game, called Spot the Troll, you are presented with screenshots of 8 different people’s tweets or Facebook posts and then you have to guess whether or not the person is a troll. I got… | Continue reading | 2 hours ago

Very enthusiastic geode hunter shows off his finds

YouTuber The Crystal Collector shows off his massive geode haul and cracks a few open to show how beautiful they are inside. He found a riverbed that was quite a treasure trove of them in a previou… | Continue reading | 3 hours ago

Florida Republicans banned old felons from voting if they had outstanding fines. Wealthy Dems just paid off 32,000 accounts.

In a landslide referendum two years ago, Florida voters gave rehabilitated felons the right to vote, but Republican legislators “gutted the biggest voting rights victory in recent historyR… | Continue reading | 3 hours ago

Watch how sediments settle much faster in an angled container

This great demonstration of the Boycott effect, where “the rate at which solid particles sediment under the action of gravity can be greatly enhanced if the walls of the settling vessel are i… | Continue reading | 4 hours ago

Epic space exploration game No Man's Sky gets another massive free update

I reviewed No Man’s Sky three years ago, after the stylish space-exploration game received big patches adding depth, detail and story to the poorly-received original release. But its creators… | Continue reading | 4 hours ago

Aston Martin's £57,500 sit-in driving simulator

The first time I saw an Out Run cabinet in Worthing, England’s New Amusements pier arcade in 1986, I was shocked that it cost 50p a game. 50p! But that’s nothing on Aston Martin’s… | Continue reading | 4 hours ago

How to calculate the power of a black hole collision

After writing about the collision between two black holes that weren’t “supposed to exist,” I received the following email from Álvaro Díez, a particle physicist at the University… | Continue reading | 4 hours ago

Kumi Yamashita discusses her shadow art projects

Kumi Yamashita tells a cool story about watching a gallery visitor realize her art installations form shadows. The story is in English, though the interview appeared in her native Japan. See more a… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Tokyo in 1973

This footage was shot on film and is presented at 50 (presumably interpolated) frames per second in this compilation of clips. Tokyo in 1973 reminds me of London in 1983. | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Don't dip your hand in boiling hot oil like this

Don’t try this. Dianna from Physics Girl showed how under highly controlled conditions it’s possible to dip one’s hand into boiling oil without injury. The video is unlisted and a… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

The CDC updated its guidance on coronavirus — and then quietly reversed it again

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, the New York Times broke the news that the Center for Disease Control’s official coronavirus testing guidance — which discouraged people without symptoms from… | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Day in Trump's America

The two Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader, are now available. Information about the books, including how to order, and special … | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

The new Apple iOS 14 has a ton of new privacy features. Here's how to sort through them all.

Over at Wirecutter, my colleague Thorin Klosowski has a clear and comprehensive breakdown of the new privacy controls that were added in Apple’s latest iOS update. These features include grea… | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

Hand-making a ridiculously beautiful coffee scoop

In this video, South Korean maker Yong-Moo Lee slowly and painstakingly steps through the process of creating a gorgeous, ornate coffee scoop. He does everything from creating the silver ingot to f… | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

This image will disappear if you stare at it long enough

The Troxler effect is a visual example of neural adaptation, where our brains filter out “superfluous” stimuli that does not change. It’s the same way you don’t notice the s… | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

The gig economy has come for eviction enforcement

The new startup Civvl calls itself the “Fastest growing money making gig due to COVID-19.” Like Uber interrupted the taxi and transportation industries with contracted gig workers who c… | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

This casemod turned a desktop PC into an actual desktop

This cool DIY project created a wooden desktop that conceals all the hardware from a pretty decent PC. Here’s part 2, which includes a shelf that conceals a monitor and keyboard: Image: YouTu… | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

Uncle Roger finally finds a decent fried rice chef: Gordon Ramsay

After hilariously criticizing the egg fried rice skills of hapless chefs Hersha Patel and Jamie Oliver, Uncle Roger goes after the biggest of them all: Gordon Ramsay’s fried rice. But he is i… | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

MATLAB is computer science for legit scientists, but you can learn it too with this training

If you’ve never heard of MATLAB or think it sounds vaguely like certain TV shows from the ’80s, you’d be forgiven. Because even in a tech sector chock full of intricate, complex programs and … | Continue reading | 15 hours ago

These super-soft bamboo sheets now have a secret weapon: pockets

Every once in a while, you stumble across a new twist on an old idea and ponder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s often a concept so simple that it feels like it’s been staring you in… | Continue reading | 18 hours ago

Who is behind QAnon? The Reply All podcast investigates

The latest issue of one of my favorite podcasts, Reply All, looks into the origins of QAnon: PJ Vogt looks into a theory circling the internet about who might be behind QAnon. The investigation tak… | Continue reading | 19 hours ago

Why the Bodum Yo-Yo is my favorite tea strainer

Ever since I accidentally bought a huge bag of dried nettle leaves on Amazon, I’ve been having nettle tea at least once a day for the last year. I have a lot of different tea steepers, but my… | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

Microsoft will exclusively license GPT-3 language model

“Today, I’m very excited to announce that Microsoft is teaming up with OpenAI to exclusively license GPT-3,” Kevin Scott, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President and chief technology… | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

Jacques Pépin makes a delicious fried egg

From American Masters: At Home with Jacques Pépin — how to fry an egg. It’s perfect! The only thing I would change is to cook it until the yolk is as hard as a superball and the whites are as… | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

Green car coated in black thermochromic paint that turns clear with hot water

The guys at DipYourCar did a fun experiment where they put five coats of black-to-clear thermochromic paint on a lime green car, then tossed hot water on the hood. Worked better than they expected,… | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

Your terrifying reading for today: Wargame designer outlines 4 post-election civil war scenarios

I’m a wargame designer. I co-developed the first reboot of Axis & Allies and its D-Day edition, made a mythological Risk game called Risk Godstorm, and burned down both the Roman Empire in Glor… | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

Facebook removes 155 Chinese accounts actively interfering in U.S. politics

• Chinese accounts posted material supporting U.S. President Donald Trump, and pro-Left material Facebook has removed a number of Chinese accounts on the platform that are oddly active in Philippin… | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Putin offers UN staff free coronavirus vaccines, from Russia with love

Uh, thanks? Russian president Vladimir Putin offered to provide United Nations staff with the Sputnik-V vaccine in a speech Tuesday to this year’s General Assembly, which marks the U.N.’s 75t… | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Was Portland a Russian op organized on Facebook? Sure looks that way.

Who organized that recent rally in Portland, Oregon that turned deadly? A new Washington Post investigation suggests the demonstration at which a man was shot dead was some sort of Russian influenc… | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

What's it really like to negotiate with ransomware gangs?

The latest issue of The Red Tape Chronicles has a great discussion about ransomware gangs. Half of U.S. corporations have reported being attacked by ransomware gangs last year, and while it’s… | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured out with beef jerky (he's safe now!)

There’s a 7-mile (11-kilometer) trail in North Carolina named “Sinkhole Trail” for a large sinkhole situated along a ridge there. A group of mountain bikers on that trail recently noticed a d… | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Yandex to buy Tinkoff for $5.5 billion from Russian bank TCS Group

The Russian bank TCS Group Holding is talks with Russian internet group Yandex about selling the TCS-owned online bank Tinkoff to Yandex for USD $5.48 billion, the companies said on Tuesday. Tinkof… | Continue reading | 22 hours ago

Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor

Don’t worry — defense contractors are faring well during the coronavirus. The Washington Post reports the Pentagon diverted $1 billion in taxpayer funds intended for pandemic-related medical … | Continue reading | 23 hours ago

Jackie Orms was the first black woman cartoonist to be published in a newspaper

Shondaland looks at the life of Jackie Orms, a recent inductee into the  Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame. When the 14-year-old African American boy Emmett Till was lynched in 1955, one cartoonist r… | Continue reading | 23 hours ago

Make a physical mute button for Zoom meetings

Elliot made this nifty hardware button to mute and unmute yourself during Zoom calls. He has full instructions for making on on Instructables: Press the button to toggle your mute, or hold the butt… | Continue reading | 23 hours ago

Watching grass grow is actually super interesting!

The idiom “like watching grass grow” means that something is very boring. But this video, created from 1980 single images, reveals that watching grass grow can be fascinating! (At least… | Continue reading | 23 hours ago