Day: September 22, 2016

HTML standardization group calls on W3C to protect security researchers from DRM

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The World Wide Web Consortium has embarked upon an ill-advised project to standardize Digital Rights Management (DRM) for video at the behest of companies like Netflix; in so doing, they are, for the first time, making a standard whose implementations will be covered under anti-circumvention laws like Section 1201 of the DMCA, which makes it a potential felony to reveal defects in products without the manufacturer’s permission.

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Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice is the best rice for burrito bowls, and pretty much any Mexican food, right? (Cilantro haters, please look away, this one’s not for you.) It works well with Asian dishes too.

But you don’t want to just toss plain rice with cilantro and lime juice and call it a day. Well, you could, but it wouldn’t be close to as good as it could be. Cilantro lime rice made well is irresistible. As in, “as soon as you make finish one batch, you’ll want to make another” irresistible. Or, “take your hands of my food, this is all for me” irresistible.

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More seafaring, suicidal bird boozing as Drinky Crow Drinks Again

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Drinky Crow Drinks Again

by Tony Millionaire

Fantagraphics

2016, 128 pages, 10.8 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches (hardcover)

$19 Buy a copy on Amazon

Captain Maak (captain of the ship), Uncle Gabby (the Irish monkey), Gunslinger Jesus, Phoebe Bird, and everyone’s favorite violent, binge-drinking, suicidal avian anti-hero, Drinky Crow, are all back and more beautifully bizarre than ever in Maakies: Drinky Crow Drinks Again. From the confident, well informed, but often fevered hand of well-known American weekly comic strip artist Tony Millionaire, comes this new Fantagraphics landscape hardback collecting recent syndicated strips (along with some additional material). The book is as handsome as you’d expect, coming from this artist and this publisher (even if it’s the first Maakies collection not designed by Chip Kidd).

You never know what you’re going to get from Tony Millionaire, but you know it will never be boring and it will always be beautifully rendered. Even more so than most, Millionaire’s comic strips feel like you’re mainlining the author’s own insane membrane, watching him think out loud and exorcising his demons with pen and ink on paper.

The incredibly meticulous old-school draftsmanship, the many allusions to old comic strips and classic art, lots of clever twists and brilliant pay-offs, strips that dead end, and ones that go completely off the rails, often ending in violence or suicide – it’s not always the smoothest ride, but it’s one you’re compelled to take, even if just for the gorgeous scenery. Luckily, Tony Millionaire, Maakies, and Drinky Crow have far more riches to offer than that.

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St. Louis cop accused of planting gun on black man he shot to death

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“I’m going to kill this motherfucker.” That’s what St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was recorded saying to his partner Brian Bianchi while they were chasing drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith in his car. Stockley kept his word. Once they stopped Bianchi, Officer Stockley shot him five times, killing him.

Now, newly released video shows Officer Stockley rummaging through a duffel bag in the back of his police SUV, then entering Bianchi’s car. Officer Stockley said he found a gun in Bianchi’s car, but the only DNA found on the gun belonged to Officer Stockley.

Officer Stockley was charged with first degree murder.

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Prosecutors have not accused Stockley of planting the firearm that he says Smith has, and told KTVI “The people of the City of St. Louis have a right to determine whether the State has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The courtroom is the appropriate forum for this matter.”

Stockley has been released on $1 million bail and a hearing for his case is set for Oct. 3.

Smith’s daughter reached a $900,000 settlement with the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners in 2013.

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If you vote for Trump, then screw you

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In GQ, writer Drew Magary espouses unkind thoughts about Trump and his supporters.

Trump is human waste. He is the worst of America stuffed into a nacho cheese casing, and he is emblematic of the kind of arrogant, flag-waving, trashy, racist moron that the rest of us have to DRAG kicking and screaming into the 21st century: Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity, Kim Davis, and on and on and on. Trump voters are the people who have spent the past decade or so voting insipid obstructionists into office, sending death threats to anyone who even mentions the idea of gun control, demanding 100% tax cuts on millions of dollars they can only daydream about making, and getting suckered in by any Oil Party candidate waving a NO GAYS flag. Fuck them. These are needy hillbilly loons who are just as starved for attention as Trump himself. And voting for Trump is their way of emulating him, of saying FUCK YOU to everyone else as a mission statement, with no regard for the fallout.

The old saw is that people get the politicians they deserve, and I’ll be crestfallen if Trump wins and proves this to be true once more. If you vote for him, you’re not making America great again. You are killing it. You are telling the world that America isn’t worth it. You are telling the world that all of our big talk about freedom and unity and ideals is just a load of shit, and that you would prefer a smoldering dystopia where freedom is just a flimsy cover for evildoing, led by a man who believes that strength is measured only in killing people. You are handing the most important job on Earth to Napoleon from Animal Farm. And you are revealing your breathtaking ignorance to everyone except for yourself. I can’t believe you can’t see this. I want you to see this. I wanna shine a big fucking light in your face and scream at you that Trump isn’t even qualified to be human, much less President. How are you gonna change the system if you elect some corrupt idiot who has no clue how to DO IT, huh? Can’t you see this? Haven’t you heard this asshole talk? THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

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Get business tips from Silicon Valley exec Evan Kimbrell

Evan Kimbrell, founder of the digital agency Sprintkick, recently released a series of online courses that feature some of the best advice we’ve come across. These courses are well worth your time, and will save you from making many typical mistakes down the line if you ever want to start your own business.

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Intro to Entrepreneurship – Dive into the core concepts of entrepreneurship, learn the tools you need to think and problem-solve like an entrepreneur, and learn how to gather the business resources you need.

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Once you complete these and the other included courses, you’ll be well on your way to making your startup dreams a reality. For a limited time, Evan Kimbrell’s Business Launching Bundle is on sale for just $49.

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The Dalai Lama does a pretty great Donald Trump impression

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In this clip from “Good Morning Britain,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama pulls off what may be the greatest Donald Trump impression ever by a Tibetan monk.

The interview in which this fabulous impression was given by His Holiness was conducted by Piers Morgan, and for surviving that the Tibetan spiritual leader has our greatest empathy.

Earlier this year, His Holiness was asked by a somewhat less vile American news reporter to comment on Trump in another television interview. “That’s your business,” he said, declining the opportunity to throw shade.

[Guardian via Jigme Ugen]

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Restaurant owner said his sign was too small to add "extremists" to "Muslims get out"

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The sign in front of Treats Family Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor in Lonsdale, Minnesota advertises its tasty food and also says “Muslims get out.” Owner Dan Ruedinger says he means Muslims “extremists” but his sign wasn’t big enough to add that part. Folks are flocking to Treats’ Facebook page to let Ruedinger know what they think.

Via The Independent:

Protesters of different faiths gathered by the Treats Family Restaurant with banners that read: “Love trumps hate” and attempted to pull down the letters from the board, which also advertised food and ice cream.

Owner Dan Ruedinger in Lonsdale, Minnesota, told Fox News: “I didn’t want to put ‘terrorists’ on the board. So we were going to put ‘Muslim extremists’, but we didn’t have room on the board.”

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3D photo of Martian moon, Phobos

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I was looking at photos of the Phobos monolith and I came across this 3D anaglyph of Phobos taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express space probe. If you have a pair of red-blue 3D glasses, take a gander. It’s incredible!

Mars Express HRSC (High Resolution Stereo Camera) image of Phobos taken on 9 January 2011 at a distance of 100 km with a resolution of 8.1 m/pixel. Use red-blue glasses to fully appreciate this image.

Phobos is approximately 27 × 22 × 18 km and orbits Mars at a distance of 6000 km above the planet’s surface, or 9400 km from the centre of the planet.

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Disney thought it would be a great idea to sell a brown, tattooed, full-body Polynesian skin suit

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For just $44.95, you too could have worn the beautiful brown tattooed skin of a Polynesian demigod. Too late! Disney’s snapped out of it, nudged by a complaint or two.

Disney said it regretted any offence.
“The team behind Moana has taken great care to respect the cultures of the Pacific Islands that inspired the film, and we regret that the Maui costume has offended some,” it said in a statement.

tl;dr: We were sure they’d love it!

A sad reminder that Disney’s marketing machine is the bad place its good ideas go to die.

The film, due for release in November, tells the story of Moana, a young girl who teams up with the demi-god Maui to make an ocean voyage and save her people.

The character of Moana has been widely welcomed because she is feisty, independent and with a more realistic body shape than most Disney female leads.

She also has no love interest in the story, which was written by New Zealand Maori film-maker Taika Waititi.

What’s fascinating about all this is how much effort is put into making something better, only for it to be unraveled by clueless assumptions and mistakes.

The stereotypically obese depiction of Maui had already raised hackles, but it seemed most of those concerned by it were willing to wait and see.

Selling ethnic skinsuits to children, though, suggests an astronomical stupidity quotient among those selling this flick. Where will it manifest next? My bet: in the form of a contemptuous, sighing remark from someone at Disney who obviously just doesn’t give a damn about the movie as anything other than a Franchise Inception Unit.

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Quarter of bumble bee species may soon be endangered in US

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Reuters reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing the rusty patched bumble bee among America’s endangered species.

Though just one of many species of bumble bee, Bombus affinis‘s sharp decline is a worry to conservationists. About a quarter of bumble bee species face “a risk of extinction.”

The agency attributes the decline to a number of factors, including disease, pesticides, climate change and habitat loss.

Bumble bees, as distinguished from domesticated honey bees, are essential pollinators of wildflowers and about a third of U.S. crops, from blueberries to tomatoes, said Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which petitioned the government for protection of the insect.

Bumble bees’ annual economic value to farms is estimated at $3.5 billion, according to experts.

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Chelsea Manning's disciplinary board happens today

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The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:

Chelsea’s board started at 9:30 am CST today. It is expected to take up
most of the day. (The board will give its decision at the end.)

As soon as we get a call from Chelsea, we will let you know the news. (It
will most likely be in the mid-late afternoon Central Standard Time.)
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Gene Luen Yang wins a Macarthur "genius" prize!

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Graphic novelist and sometime Boing Boing contributor Gene Luen Yang has joined the ranks of the small number of brilliant comic books artists and writers (Alison Bechdel, Ben Katchor, Junot Diaz, and Ta-Nehisi Coates) to be given the prestigious Macarthur genius prize, which is awarded to “individuals who show originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.”
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Design notes from a tech conference built on "whimsy, spectacle, discovery, vulnerability, and emotion"

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Sumana writes, “‘Toward a !!Con Aesthetic describes !!Con, a NYC programming conference focusing on ‘joyous, exciting, and surprising moments,’ as a counterpublic in software culture. A longtime attendee looks at the subtexts, norms, and approaches that tie together !!Con’s talks, including an emphasis on whimsy, spectacle, discovery, vulnerability, and emotion.”

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Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds suspended from Twitter after suggesting motorists run down protestors

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Run them down” seems to be the tweet that got another prominent right-wing personality turfed out of Twitter. Motoring Tip: it’s the police that get to kill without consequence, not you. Even if it makes you angry to see black people rioting, and super-angry when they’re in the way of a real American’s car. Yes, even then!

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As is always the case with these things, it’s not clear if the ban is permanent, whether it was for that specific tweet or for other reasons Twitter won’t disclose, or exactly how sustained the footstamping will be from white supremacists.

(Apart from the obvious and plainly stupid belief that it’s OK to run over “thugs”, they’re saying that “run them down” means something other than “hit people with your car”. For them, the tragedy of speechcropping on Twitter is that Twitter gets to decide what it means.)

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Wells Fargo fired the whistleblowers who reported massive fraud, and that's a crime

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CNN Money has found multiple whistleblowers from Wells Fargo who were willing to go on the record and report that they were fired in retaliation for coming forward to report the massive fraud in which Wells Fargo employees opened up 2,000,000 fake accounts in their customers’ names, raiding their real accounts to open them, then racking up fees and penalties, and trashing their customers’ credit ratings.

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Trump, David Duke agree on the need for police to stop and frisk more black people

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Trump’s outreach efforts to the black community are dissolving almost as soon as they began, melted under his loud insistence that black people should be stopped and frisked more often by police.

As Mr. King, the retired boxing promoter, sought to explain how society unfairly categorizes African-Americans, he referred to a “dancing and sliding and gliding nigger,” before quickly correcting himself. “I mean Negro,” he said as Mr. Trump looked on a few feet behind him, grinning.

Mr. Trump described his enthusiasm for stop-and-frisk during a town hall-style discussion, also in Cleveland Heights, after a voter pressed him on how he would reduce violence in black communities. “One of the things I’d do,” he said, “is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive.”

The largely white audience erupted into applause.

In reality, violent crime is lower than it ever has been. But so is the visibility of black people—and the injustices to which they are subjected. Naturally, Trump has friends in low places when it comes to doubling down on racist policing.

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Idiocracy is coming back to theaters in time for election

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In the ten years since Idiocracy came out, the film has become more and more of a documentary, so to mark the anniversary, it’s coming back to theaters before the presidential election.

Here’s President Camacho’s State of the Union address:

Here’s a great interview from the Alex Jones Show with Mike Judge, which discusses Idiocracy and the weird rollout it got from the studio.

We’ve got what America craves.

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Snowden on Allo: It's “Google Surveillance,” so “Don't use” messaging and personal assistant app

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Edward Snowden’s take on Allo is “Nope.” Google’s decision to back off a previously promised privacy feature for Allo earned it a thumbs-down from the NSA whistleblower, who received asylum from Russia after exposing the NSA’s secret domestic surveillance programs. Allo, a personal messaging and assistance app which lacks previously promised security safeguards, amounts to “Google Surveillance,” Snowden tweeted Wednesday. So “Don’t use Allo.”

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State of Emergency in Charlotte as Violence Erupts at Protests Over Police Killings of Black Men

People run from flash-bang grenades in uptown Charlotte during a protest of the police shooting of Keith Scott. REUTERS/Jason Miczek

The governor of North Carolina has declared a State of Emergency after violence erupted on the second night of protests in Charlotte, over the police killing of a black man. The governor called for support from the U.S. National Guard, and Highway Patrol officers.

The protest tonight escalated into chaos, and what was at first reported as a death of a man in the crowds.

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