Police in Greater Manchester, UK report that an 86-year-old woman withdrew cash from an ATM before entering a supermarket where she was confronted by a mugger.
“The lady then defended herself by repeatedly hitting the female offender over the head with a packet of bacon,” according to a GMP Trafford South post on Facebook. “The offender then retreated and made off from the supermarket.”
One great way to commemorate the 47th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place this day in 1969, is to travel to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC (highly recommended!), and see in person the “Columbia” spacecraft that carried astronauts to the moon. But for those of us who can’t get to DC and are feeling the O.G. space spirit, starting today you can explore a virtual reality simulation of the capsule’s interior, painstakingly digitized by Smithsonian staff.
The baseband firmware in your phone is the outermost layer of software, the “bare metal” code that has to be implicitly trusted by the phone’s operating system and apps to work; a flaw in that firmware means that attackers can do scary things to your hone that the phone itself can’t detect or defend against. (more…)
A very bad man in Maine is charged with a very weird murder. Prosecutors say Bruce Akers used a machete to try and decapitate a neighbor (is “nearly decapitating” worse? because that’s what happened), then buried the victim’s remains together with the partially decomposed carcasses of deer he killed previously.
Ever wonder if it’s really a good idea for there to be “terrorism watch lists” created by for-profit businesses, with no accountability to the privacy rights of ordinary citizens like you and me?
The best-known of these, Thomson Reuters’ “World-Check,” recently leaked to the so-called dark web. The database is compiled from public sources, and is sold by Thomson Reuters to vetted clients in government, intelligence agencies, banks, law firms, and the like.
I’ve been curious about a mysterious void between two rooms of my new old house. Boing Boing reader Medievalist explains how to proceed.
To examine a secret room or priest’s hole, use a 1.5″ or larger hole saw to create an opening you can push a camera and light through. Understand that if you hit a stud you’ll probably destroy the hole saw in one use, because you’re quite likely to hit multiple nails in the lath. Even if you don’t hit any nails you’ll still wreck a cheap hole saw because of the sand in the brown coat. Do not just drill until you stop feeling any resistance….
The co-founders of Goodby Silverstein & Partners have made their own anti-Trump ad, just because they thought they should. It is very good, and a bit chilling.
Droga5 has been doing advertising for Hillary. And now, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein—the co-founders of Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco—have made their own ad for this campaign season, wondering aloud whether Donald Trump is qualified to be president—over slow-motion footage of Trump infamously using a water bottle to mock Marco Rubio back in February.
The YouTube video description reads: “Words have meaning. Actions have consequences. Donald Trump has, again and again, provided entertaining moments of amusing name calling and shocking jingoism. But does that mean he should be our president?”
Barbecue sauce is contentious in a way that few condiments are. Local pride is on the line. Sauce-wise, I’m mostly stateless and am just as happy with North Carolina-style vinegar sauce as I am with a Kansas City sauce made with tomatoes and molasses.
But when it comes to grilled chicken, nothing feels as perfect as the tang of a mustard-based South Carolina-style barbecue sauce.
One of those lame IRS scammers called me this morning. He said his name was Michael Lee. He didn’t like it when I asked him if he was related to Bruce Lee. He also didn’t like it when I told him that the amount of the lawsuit against me ($8,900) was too little for me to bother with. Then he threatened to take me on a helicopter ride to the court. When I told him that sounded like fun he got mad and called me a bad name.
On Monday, five kids, around the age of 10, reportedly used a CPR dummy to bash in the window of a convenience store in Peoria, Illinois. From the Peoria Journal Star:
According to Peoria police reports, the children, three girls and two boys, all about the age of 10, were at the Jackpot Supermarket, 200 N. MacArthur Highway, about 11:30 p.m. When officers arrived, the children weren’t there but the CPR dummy was.
The Concorde is a supersonic commercial airliner that took people from New York City to Paris in around 3.5 hours. It’s heyday was in the 1970s and it finally stopped operation in 2003. Learn why in the Vox video above and in Lawrence Azerrad’s magnificent Boing Boing classic feature “Flight of the Concordes!”
This is a that shows how much coffee is being consumed and how much people are spending on it. It’s hard to believe that a flat white is the most popular form of coffee. I don’t think that’s true in the US.
In spring, 2015, American farmers started to spread the word that John Deere claimed that a notorious copyright law gave the company exclusive dominion over repairs to Deere farm-equipment, making it a felony (punishable by 5 years in prison and a $500K fine for a first offense) to fix your own tractor. (more…)
The Bookworm Rug (100% woven polyester) come in 2′ x 3′ ($28), 3′ x 5′ ($58) and 4′ x 6′ ($79), and feature a selection of spines from some rather good books, including Iain Banks’s debut “The Wasp Factory” some Virginia Woolf, Charles Bukowksi and Haruki Murakami. (via Bookshelf)
Kokichi Sugihara makes 3D optical illusions. He is the creator of the ambiguous cylinders optical illusion that won the 2nd Prize of the 12th Best illusion of the Year Contest 2016. Here’s his entry for 2015, which also won second prize.
Our family has been going to the Neon Retro Arcade in Pasadena. It’s a blast. $10/hour gives you unlimited free play on 50 classic arcade games and pinball machines. My daughter now loves Ms. Pac-Man. I bought this Pac-man ghosts embroidered iron on patch for $2 with free shipping on Amazon. It’s about 4 inches long. Now we have to figure out where to put it.
In recognition of students who are “sensitive to noise,” a Sydney primary school has banned clapping and cheering at school events. Instead of clapping and cheering, students will be prompted by teachers when it is appropriate for “silent cheering,” “pulling excited faces,” and “punching the air.”
Calling to each other, gathering around, and paying special attention to a fallen comrade is common among the highly intelligent corvids, a group of birds that includes crows, jays, magpies, and ravens, says Kaeli Swift, a Ph.D student in environmental science at the University of Washington. (See “Are Crows Smarter Than Children?”)
But it doesn’t necessarily mean the birds are mourning for their lost buddy. Rather, they’re likely trying to find out if there’s a threat where the death occurred, so they can avoid it in the future.
Boris Johnson, one of the leaders of the Brexit movement and a lifelong racist, xenophobic clown, is now the UK Foreign Secretary, which means that he gets to do press conferences with John Kerry in front of the US State Department press corps. (more…)
Before Theresa May became Prime Minister of the UK, she was the Pry Minister of the UK, the principle proponent of the Snoopers Charter, a sweeping domestic surveillance bill that the European Court of Justice has just found to be illegal under EU law. (more…)
Gregor Klingman’s “Wild Kingdom” is a deck of art cards featuring hand-drawn snakes, wolves and other awesome creatures. Each suit is given a distinctive character—Hearts are “Courageous and Loyal” whereas Diamonds are “Clever and Wise”—and each face card has subtle variations. (more…)
People are “food insecure” if they lack access to “enough food for an active, healthy life.” There are 48 million Americans who live in food insecurity, thanks to a combination of nearly all the economic benefits of the post-2008 recovery going to the wealthy; and the sustained attacks on America’s social safety net, led by state-level Tea Party governments. (more…)
Last spring, Five Thirty-Eight’s Walt Hickey published analysis of the IMDB ratings of women-oriented entertainment (like Sex in the City), showing that the ratings for these shows were artificially depressed because men went out of their way to give them extremely low scores. (more…)
Determining the number of fake reviews on the Web is difficult. But it is enough of a problem to attract a team of Cornell researchers, who recently published a paper about creating a computer algorithm for detecting fake reviewers. They were instantly approached by a dozen companies, including Amazon, Hilton, TripAdvisor and several specialist travel sites, all of which have a strong interest in limiting the spread of bogus reviews.
“The whole system falls apart if made-up reviews are given the same weight as honest ones,” said one of the researchers, Myle Ott. Among those seeking out Mr. Ott, a 22-year-old Ph.D. candidate in computer science, after the study was published was Google, which asked for his résumé, he said.
I wonder if it’s still good, with 5 years of bullshit evolution to account for. One thing in its favor: it seems to “know” that top reviewers tend to affect a style imitative of travel writing in an effort to sound credible, and doesn’t trigger on their innocuous but very ad-like use of language.
Earbuds are fine for casual listening while you work out or run errands. But when you really want to experience music as it was intended, nothing beats a serious set of noise-canceling, soundscape-enhancing headphones.
The REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones offer high-quality sound with complete wireless connectivity — and at just $35.99, this rechargeable set won’t even cut into your iTunes budget.
Comfortable, adjustable earcups cradle your noggin while delivering wireless audio up to 33 feet away via your smartphone or MP3 device. You’ll enjoy the rich aural experience you crave for up to 15 hours of listening bliss from a single charge.
And if your phone rings? No problem – simple controls on the headphones allow you to answer calls, change tracks, or adjust the volume with the push of a button.
I was completely unprepared for how disappointed I was going to be with my random box of crap from Meh.
The folks at Meh told me I didn’t have to like anything they sent. Dave told me over and over, it is ok if we hate the stuff. Having tried out most of what they sent me, I can safely say I was entertained, then frustrated, scared, confused, frustrated again, kinda bored and slightly angry. A box of crap indeed!
When I opened the cardboard box, I still thought maybe I’d get something really great. I didn’t think this was impossible! I’d seen some items listed that I was sure would be a lot of fun to play with. Right on top, first thing out of the box was something I thought would be great: the CAP Clip-A-Phone!
This looked like a lot of fun! An SmartPhone mount for the brim of a baseball cap? What could go wrong? I grabbed an old hat, some hair clips and my Great Pyrenees. Amazing fun, right? I envisioned a hilarious Dog’s Eye view of the world revealed through a camera clipped to my best friend’s head. Luckily I didn’t destroy my phone.
CAP turns your hat into an unbalanced weight dangling just above your face. There is no way a dog, even with lots of hair clips, and a bandana tied over his head holding it on, could walk with it on. Putting the hat on my 9 year old daughter allowed my phone to drop about 3 1/2 feet to the ground, luckily, the hat and clip protected it from taking the brunt of the fall. The same thing happened from 6 feet up when I tried it on. Unless you wear your hat uncomfortably tight, this clip seems designed to sell replacement screens and phones.
The one time I got the CAP to stick on my dog’s head, the included bluetooth remote and app barely worked and I got no video anyways. We probably lost 90 minutes of our lives to this Clip.
I found a video from SkyMall to show off the quality of this “Pulse Massager” but I was completely unwilling to electrocute myself. It just looks creepy and honestly, I’d probably have to shave myself, or my cat, to have tried this on anything living. The big idea being you stick some electrodes to yourself and shock your muscles into submission.
Kinda like the Clip-A-Phone, I thought this AwoX StriimLIGHT Bluetooth LED Speaker Light was going to let me have music in my bathroom. The AwoX StriimLIGHT should just screw into the socket like any other bulb. It doesn’t. I’m pretty sure this’ll only fit into a lamp with a lampshade, because the form factor is so weird I can not get the bulb to mate with the threads in any recessed socket, or some Restoration Hardware fixtures. I did test it in my living room, however …read more
Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Echo participated in a GoRuck fitness challenge course July 16, where they acted quickly and decisively to aid in a medical emergency. …read more
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A remix could fix the evident problems. The poor woman (“widely known for her rich-kid instagram“) is being dragged out to support dad at the convention this evening; this track sadly gained no headway in 2014.