Day: October 27, 2016

My $6 leather minimalist wallet is terrific

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I bought this leather wallet for $6 from Amazon a month ago. I liked it right away, and after having taken about eight flights since then, I have come to appreciate how great it is to be able to slide my driver license out of the clear plastic pocket (which has a hole so you can remove the card by sliding it with your thumb) and hand it to the friendly TSA officer at the security checkpoint.

The wallet shows no signs of wear, and the cards and cash are held tightly in the three different pockets (in addition to the driver license pocket) so they don’t fall out. It’s probably my favorite wallet, and the least expensive.

One of the pockets is advertised as RFID-blocking. I haven’t tested it, nor am I concerned about it.

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The Stars: The Definitive Guide to the Cosmos

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I’ve always been fascinated with the cosmos (who isn’t?), and I even once splurged for a telescope to put in the garden for my family to enjoy. But with only one college astronomy class (101) under my belt, my knowledge of the stars falls into the “Dummies” category. Which is why I loved DK’s new book, The Stars: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Cosmos.

Not that it’s only for dummies. The large 10.1 x 12.8 book is for astro newbies as well as the more seasoned who will enjoy the scenery and surely pick up some new stellar facts. It’s for teens as well as adults, jam-packed with starry science that falls into three sections. The first, “Understanding the Cosmos,” covers the basics and beyond, from the Big Bang, starbirth, supernovae and neutron stars to black holes, colliding galaxies, galaxy clusters and a lot more.

“Constellations,” the second and largest section, is loaded with the significance and charts of constellations – some popular ones (like those from the zodiac) as well as many I’d never heard of before (like Vulpecula the fox and Monoceros the unicorn). The third, smallest section of the book, “The Solar System,” just touches on our sun and planets, and was the one section that the authors could have expanded.

In true DK fashion, The Stars compliments its smart yet accessible text with a heavy dose of charts, maps, sidebars, and brilliant photos. The authors managed to make every page highly fresh and engaging.

The Stars: The Definitive Guide to the Cosmos

by DK

2016, 256 pages, 10.8 x 12.1 x 0.9 inches (hardcover)

$26 Buy a copy on Amazon

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How to save money when flying - don't eat

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I sometimes fast instead of eating when I travel, but I usually don’t go more than 16 hours between meals. Cristi Vlad, a ketogenic diet enthusiast, describes what it is like to go 44 hours without eating. As you can see from his Ketostix (photo above) he is burning a lot of ketones.

Whenever I fly inter-continentally I fast; that is – I don’t eat. I benefit from this by avoiding spending money on airport food and by avoiding airplane food.

Thus, I have no stomach upset. My GI tract is in ‘reverie’ mode, unlike when I was eating during my long travels. Back then, my stomach was somewhat disturbed and I had trouble recovering from jet lag, which is inexistent with this current strategy. I am aware, though, that correlation is not causation and that other factors from my life could contribute to this. Anyhow…

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Owner of oldest US brewery wins the hearts of trumpkins

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“Our guys are behind your father. We need him in there,” Dick Yuengling Jr. told Eric Trump this week as he gave the wealthy young scion of the Trump empire a tour of his brewery Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

What will Mr. Yuengling’s display of support for Trump do the brewery’s bottom line? Maybe nothing in the long run, by most comments on Twitter are from people swearing to never drink Yuenglings again (I’ve included a couple of tweets from Trump supporters to keep things fair and balanced):

@EricTrump I will never drink another goddamn ounce of @Yuengling_Beer as long as I live. Many others I know will do the same.

— TrumpCrafts (@TrumpCrafts) October 24, 2016

An alcohol company endorsing a sexual predator, that’s in no way indicative of rape culture. Way to go Yuengling! #NeverTrump

— Sane Ppl 4 Hillary (@SanePpl4Hillary) October 27, 2016

.@Yuengling_Beer I was a lifelong Yuengling drinker I mean LIFE. LONG. Will never touch it again, consider it poison https://t.co/1AloxdsncV

— Daniel Esposito (@dje432) October 26, 2016

@KeyserSozeBro1 @Yuengling_Beer been drinking my entire adult life, buying a case tomorrow

— ‘][‘RUMP ]|_ANDSLIDE (@cucktastrophe) October 27, 2016

@KeyserSozeBro1 @Yuengling_Beer been drinking my entire adult life, buying a case tomorrow

— ‘][‘RUMP ]|_ANDSLIDE (@cucktastrophe) October 27, 2016

@Yuengling_Beer pic.twitter.com/HnXUP78shJ

— Alvaro Valiño (@alvarovalino) October 27, 2016

Trump photo by Gage Skidmore.

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Honest mimicry vs. dishonest mimicry

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I learned that there are two forms of mimicry in nature — honest mimicry (e.g., bees and wasps look similar and advertise that they can sting) and dishonest mimicry (e.g., some flies look like bees and wasps to trick predators into thinking they can sting).

Inés Dawson, a graduate and PhD student at the University of Oxford, is the creator of this video, which is part of a science series on YouTube called Draw Curiosity.

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You can cancel your cable subscription thanks to this antenna—just $15.99

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TV antennas are making a comeback, and the Ghost Indoor HDTV antenna is a great example of why. Unlike the old bunny ear-style antennas, this compact antenna is barely noticeable and picks up channels easily.

Plus with the addition of streaming services like Netflix, we find ourselves with plenty to watch without a pricey monthly cable bill.

The Ghost HDTV antenna receives HDTV and digital signals so you can tune into local, national, and regional TV. All you have to do is set it up with the included velcro patches, hook it up to the ANT IN port, and you’re ready to go.

The antenna is also slim and discreet, so it won’t destroy the look and feel of your home. In fact, one side of it is white, and the other is black, so you can better blend it with your house’s decor.

Right now the Ghost HDTV antenna is currently 57% off, and at $15.99, is cheaper than most monthly cable subscriptions. Order yours in the Boing Boing Store today.

Also explore the Best-Sellers on our network right now:

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Colorado unfairly targeting wildlife refuge at swingers' sex club, says squirrel-loving swinger proprietor

Photo courtesy Kendall Seifert/Squirrel Creek Lodge

Kendall Seifert loves squirrels and swingers, and operates gathering places for both types of creatures at Squirrel Creek Lodge.

Seifert is 53, and operated a wildlife rescue center *and* a swingers club at the same site, until state authorities raided his Littleton, CO business in a fairly transparent attempt to throw a wet blanket on the sex stuff by way of targeting the squirrel stuff.

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Ico and Shadow of the Colossus prints

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Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were beautiful, moody video games; games with a sense of place, of weird looming silences. Before gamers realized they didn’t want games to be art after all, these were the games they thought were art. And now, more than a decade on, you can finally get the legendary box paintings as gorgeous “giclee” prints. They’re expensive: $100 or so each. (more…) …read more

The Yale Record Does Not Endorse Hillary Clinton

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As a nonprofit, the Yale Record has never endorsed a political candidate. Even in this most momentous of elections, some things have to remain sacred.

In particular, we do not endorse Hillary Clinton’s exemplary leadership during her 30 years in the public eye. We do not support her impressive commitment to serving and improving this country—a commitment to which she has dedicated her entire professional career. Because of unambiguous tax law, we do not encourage you to support the most qualified presidential candidate in modern American history, nor do we encourage all citizens to shatter the glass ceiling once and for all by electing Secretary Clinton on November 8.

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GifCities: a search engine for vintage GIFs

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The Internet Archive has a wonderful front-end: GifCities, a search engine for the myriad of GIFs that once graced legendary website hosting service Geocities. [via Andy Baio]

GifCities: The Geocities Animated Gif Search Engine was a special project of the Internet Archive done as part of our 20th Anniversary to highlight and celebrate fun aspects of the amazing history of the web as represented in the web archive and the Wayback Machine. Geocities was an early web hosting service, started in 1994 and acquired by Yahoo in 1999, with which users could create their own custom websites. The platform hosted over 38 million user-built pages and was at one time the third most visited site on the web. In 2009, Yahoo announced it was closing down the service, at which point the Internet Archive attempted to archive as much of the content as possible. … Mining this collection, we extracted over 4,500,000 animated GIFs (1,600,000 unique images) and then used the filenames and directory path text to build a best-effort “full text” search engine. Each GIF also links back to the original Geocities page on which it was embedded (and some of these pages are even more awesome than the GIFs).

If you’re just here for the under construction GIFs, here are all of them.

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GifCities: a search engine for vintage GIFs

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The Internet Archive has a wonderful front-end: GifCities, a search engine for the myriad of GIFs that once graced legendary website hosting service Geocities. [via Andy Baio]

GifCities: The Geocities Animated Gif Search Engine was a special project of the Internet Archive done as part of our 20th Anniversary to highlight and celebrate fun aspects of the amazing history of the web as represented in the web archive and the Wayback Machine. Geocities was an early web hosting service, started in 1994 and acquired by Yahoo in 1999, with which users could create their own custom websites. The platform hosted over 38 million user-built pages and was at one time the third most visited site on the web. In 2009, Yahoo announced it was closing down the service, at which point the Internet Archive attempted to archive as much of the content as possible. … Mining this collection, we extracted over 4,500,000 animated GIFs (1,600,000 unique images) and then used the filenames and directory path text to build a best-effort “full text” search engine. Each GIF also links back to the original Geocities page on which it was embedded (and some of these pages are even more awesome than the GIFs).

If you’re just here for the under construction GIFs, here are all of them.

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Watch BBC's Planet Earth II trailer

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Ten years after the original series, BBC’s widely-acclaimed Planet Earth returns to television in the UK in November and in the US in January 2017.

The first episode, Islands, looks at how animals can become very large or very small in those conditions. This adorable swimming sloth looks worth watching the series all the way through:

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Bonus video: extended trailer:

Planet Earth II website

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EU lies and the British tabloids who told them

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Last June, the Economist ran this chart: “Lies, Damned Lies, and Directives,” which documents decades of flat-out lies about EU regulations that were published in the tabloid press (many invented by the UK’s post-Brexit foreign minister and Trumpian hairclown Boris Johnson, whose press colleagues considered him most reckless confabulist on European matters in their ranks).
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The Pirate Party are poised to form Iceland's government in Saturday's election

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Last April, the Icelandic government nearly toppled when Parliament was dissolved, after the Panama Papers revealed that Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson was laundering money with Mossack Fonseca — only fear of the popular groundswell for the Pirate Party drove the establishment to keep the government limping along — until now.
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