Day: November 3, 2016

Sole and Despotic Dominion: how a 20th century copyright law is abolishing property for humans (but not corporations)


In the 18th century, William Blackstone wrote the seminal “Commentaries on the Laws of England,” which contained one of the foundational definitions of property: “that sole and despotic dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in total exclusion of the right of any other individual in the universe.”

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Police in Quebec are spying on journalists and Snowden calls that "a threat to democracy"


Last week, Patrick Lagacé — a columnist for the Quebec paper La Presse — revealed that the Montreal police had gotten a secret warrant to spy on his phone calls and text messages and collect the location data from his phone, seemingly in an attempt to discover which police officers were the source for stories in La Presse about police corruption (confusingly, Lagacé wasn’t involved in these stories).

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"Take a Dump On Trump" counterfeit quarter now in circulation!


Devo founder (and vintner) Gerald Casale sent us a photo of this counterfeit “Dump on Trump” quarter passed off to his wife at a Los Angeles grocery store yesterday:

Yesterday my wife paid cash for some groceries and, as both of us always do when we have pocket change, put the change in a bowl in our kitchen. Later she noticed that one of the quarters in the bowl showed Trump’s profile with a slogan “Take a Dump On Trump”. We’re not sure but she thinks she must have received it when she bought groceries at our neighborhood Whole Foods in Santa Monica. If you saw this coin in reality there’s no way you think it’s not real until you notice Trump’s head in place of George Washington.

And here’s a news report about a woman in Amarillo, Texas who also was lucky enough to receive a Dump Trump Quarter!

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Stay abreast of all things DIY with the weekly Maker Update show


Donald Bell, Make:‘s former Projects Editor and now a freelance writer for Autodesk, has recently launched a weekly YouTube show, called Maker Update. Every Wednesday morning, Donald presents a recap of his online explorations in making and the maker movement. He covers promising new tools and technologies, some of his favorite projects from sites like Instructables, Thingiverse, and Make:, and he includes a calendar of upcoming Maker Faires from around the world.

As someone who also covers this same territory, I’ve been surprised at how many cool things Donald has introduced me to. The shows always have a nice mix, all delivered by a talking head Donald in a very straight-forward, likeable, and lighthearted manner. He’s only 8 episodes in, but I’ve already become a big fan and now count Maker Update as part of my weekly must-see maker TV.

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Hillary Clinton Sparks World War 3, and other tabloid stunners.


As Country Joe and the Fish once sang: “There ain’t no time to wonder why, whoopee, we’re all going to die.”

That’s the cheering message at the heart of yet another week of dispassionate, balanced and fair political reporting from the ‘Globe.’
“World War 3,” thunders its cover. “Doomsday if Hillary wins the White House.”

Better duck and cover if you plan to vote for Mrs. Clinton, warns the mag.

“Russian nukes ready to launch,” a headline screams. But hang on a sec – Russian nuclear weapons have been ready to launch for decades. Nothing new there. Oh, but there is, says the ‘Globe’ – “Clinton gave Putin Nuke That Can Wipe Out Texas!” As if she had a spare H-bomb laying around, and handed to Putin on a visit to Moscow while he gave her a set of nesting dolls and a bottle of vodka. The worst deal ever, as Donald Trump might say. Russia had enough nuclear weapons to wipe out Texas and the rest of the nation long before Clinton approved the sale of a U.S. uranium mining company, giving Russia access to 20 per cent of the uranium mined in America. And Clinton was only one part of the approving committee, which included the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce, Energy and the Treasury. And Clinton could not have stopped the sale if she wanted to – only the President could make that decision, while she was merely Secretary of State. But as far as the ‘Globe’ is concerned, Hillary Clinton is responsible for all the world’s evils, and gleefully reports: “Clueless Hillary would trigger World War 3 if she wins presidency.”

What’s the solution, you wonder?

The ‘Globe’ helpfully explains: “Now only Donald Trump can stop the certain nuclear exchange between America and the Russians!”

Such reporting makes the magazine’s celebrity reportage seem positively restrained, with such dubious offerings as Tiger Woods allegedly begging ex-wife Elin “Take me back,” rock legend “Fats Domino Eating His Way Into The Grave,” “Megyn Kelly’s Wild Secret Life” (“ugly divorce … cheating … plastic surgery … nasty feuds”) and Prince Charles’ wife Camilla branded “The Queen of Farts” in a sophomoric “world exclusive” claiming that “Camilla is suffering from extreme, chronic flatulence.” It’s only surprising that the Globe’ doesn’t blame global warming on Camilla’s gaseous emissions.

The ‘National Enquirer’ opts for a more measured, restrained approach on this week’s cover: “Hillary: Corrupt! Racist! Criminal.”
Far more interesting – though perhaps no less fanciful – is the mag’s “special investigation” into “The Stars’ Secret Sex Club,” reportedly an ‘Eyes Wide Shut’-style upscale orgy “for Tinseltown heavyweights.” It’s the monthly staging of Snctm, a members-only Los Angeles gathering described by its hosts as “erotic theatre,” and which was previously profiled by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, which makes the ‘Enquirer’ seem rather lame in following up such a source.

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Bodum pour-over coffee maker with permanent filter $17


The Bodum coffee maker I posted about a couple of weeks ago is on sale at Amazon for $17.

“With the Chemex, even a moron can make good coffee.” Those were the memorable words of inventor and bon vivant Peter Schlumbohm, praising his creation. A Chemex costs $40 on Amazon, but you can buy what appears to be a functionally identical semiknockoff from Bodum for half the price. Unlike the Chemex, which requires a paper filter, the Bodum has a permanent stainless steel mesh filter. It’s made from borosilicate glass, and is “mouth-blown” as opposed to being blown with another orifice capable of producing pressurized gas.

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Cabinet of Natural Curiosities – A treasure trove of exquisite botanical images, copyright free


Albertus Seba was a Dutch pharmacist working in the early 1700s who collected exotic plants and animals samples that may or may not have medicinal purposes. He crammed his Amsterdam shop with 700 jars of unusual specimens. He then commissioned a dozen artists to make engravings based on his collection, which were published in hand-colored volumes. This huge oversized reproduction by Taschen is the meta-collection of those volumes. It’s a treasure trove of many thousands of exquisite botanical images, in large format, drawn with obsessive detail, in great diversity, copyright free. Perfect if you need a logo based on a squid, or a blue snake.

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

by Albertus Seba


2011, 416 pages, 9.7 x 13.3 x 1.5 inches (hardcover)

$32 Buy a copy on Amazon

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Another awesome cookbook from Mary and Vincent Price


I was so happy to learn of Mary and Vincent Price’s Come into the Kitchen: A Collector’s treasury of America’s great recipes that I pulled over to the side of the road to order a copy.

One of my favorite podcasts, Stuff You Missed in History Class, had a chat with Victoria Price about her father, the famed Vincent Price. The entire podcast is wonderful. They briefly mention the Price’s A Treasury of Great Recipes, which is one of my favorite cookbooks. At the end of that segment Victoria says something along the lines of, “…and they just re-issued the second book.”

I slammed on the breaks! I pulled over to the shoulder, shook my head in shock and then clearly thought: “Re-issue?” Within moments a hardcover copy of the 1969 edition, with its dust jacket was on the way. I could have had the re-issue for $5 less.

The Price’s earlier Treasury is a pleasure to just sit and read! In addition to amazingly delicious, and fairly easy, recipes from the greatest restaurants on earth, it is a cookbook that shares an adventure. You get to see the world’s restaurants and meet the people that make them great with Vincent Price! I couldn’t wait!


Come into the Kitchen offers up Mary and Vincent’s favorite American foods, by historic period in time. Some of the earlier recipes take some cooking tools we don’t much use any longer, and probably were not a whole lot easier to find in 1969, but you certainly get a feel for how regionality and availability of foodstuffs has changed over the several hundred years this catalogs. Covering the ‘Early American’ through the ‘Modern’ period, with stops in the ‘Young Republic,’ ‘Antebellum,’ ‘Westward Empire’ and ‘Victorian America,’ the Price’s share a huge number of dishes I’d like to try, and a few I would not.

Chicken Pudding, an ‘Early America’ favorite, is one I’m planning to try soon. Just as soon as I can locate a chicken pudding dish. The recipe throws this off like I should have a few around. Chicken pudding seems to be an early pot pie. Yorkshire pudding tops it.

Fishballs à la Mrs. Benjamin Harrison can be found in the Victoria America section and sound quite delicious. A deep-fried cod and potato mash-up. Perhaps I’ll make this for the kid. She is on a no spicy food kick and this is pretty much cod, potato, bacon and butter.


While not a recipe section, one that I found super interesting is at the back of the book: the Price’s offer a primer on wine drinking. Everything from opening wine, to looking at wine, drinking wine and then… directions for making wine. Yep, home-brew.

I really love the art work. This book alternates between pictures of American kitchens in history, a few photographs of the dishes themselves, and a lot of really cute illustrations by Charles M. Wysocki. I thought our readers might …read more

Afghan Whigs benefit concerts for their guitarist Dave Rosser who has cancer


My friend Dave Rosser, the NOLA-based guitarist for the Afghan Whigs (and the Gutter Twins, and Mark Lanegan, etc.), was just diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer. Dave is a brilliant musician, a true gentleman, and a total laugh riot. Now he has a long, hard road ahead of him and the medical expenses he faces are absolutely overwhelming. There’s a GoFundMe campaign to help Dave with those bills and the Afghan Whigs have just announced two very special benefit performances to support their much-loved bandmate. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Afghan Whigs’s dark soul-rock masterpiece Black Love, they will play the album in its entirety in New Orleans on December 10 and Los Angeles on December 14. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday 11/3).

“Dave Rosser has been my close friend and bandmate for over a decade now,” Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli commented. “By doing these shows for him we hope to ease any financial stress he may face as he pursues treatment to combat his illness. 100% of the proceeds from these shows will go to his medical care. I’m hopeful that folks will come out and show their support for Dave who will be performing with us.”

The New Orleans show will take place at The Civic Theatre on Saturday December 10th and feature performances from: The Afghan Whigs, Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, Morning 40 Federation, King James & The Special Men, and C.C. Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis along with special guests.

The Los Angeles show will take place on December 14th at The Teragram Ballroom featuring sets from: The Afghan Whigs, Mark Lanegan, Moby and Carina Round.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale this Friday.

If you can’t attend one of the performances, please consider contributing to Dave Rosser’s medical fund. It’s a better musical world with Dave Rosser in it.


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Remaking the synth sounds of The Thing, Halloween, and Assault on Precinct 13

If you dig Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s fantastic synthy soundtrack to Stranger Things, you need to dive into the 1980s electronic soundtracks of John Carpenter. Yes, Carpenter directed classics like Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, and Escape from New York, but he also scored the films himself. In the video above, Reverb’s Justin DeLay unpacks Carpenter’s soundtrack sound.

Synthesizers used in the video: Ensoniq ESQ-1, Roland Juno 106, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, MiniMoog Model D, Ableton Live, Roland 606.

The Synth Sounds of John Carpenter(

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Schiaparelli lander crash site


NASA released a color image of the Schiaparelli Mars landing site that illustrates the descent speed issue quite nicely.

“Composite of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module elements seen by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on 1 November 2016. Both the main impact site (top) and the region with the parachute and rear heatshield (bottom left) are now captured in the central portion of the HiRISE imaging swath that is imaged through three different filters, enabling a colour image to be constructed. The front heatshield (bottom right) lies outside the central colour imaging swath.”

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Flying Robot International Film Festival in San Francisco on November 17


Drone filmmaking pioneer (and Boing Boing Video contributor!) Eddie Codel shares word on his Flying Robot International Film Festival and a fun day of workshops and demos on aerial imagery!

Event #1

The Flying Robot international Film Festival returns to San Francisco’s Roxie Theater on November 17th for the world premiere screening of the 2016 FRiFF drone shorts program. Join us for a delightful evening of the planet’s most incredible short drone films.

FRiFF received 180 submissions from over 40 countries across 8 categories this year.
A couple dozen of the best as selected by the FRiFF jury will be shown. The world premiere screening will be followed by a short awards ceremony honoring the best selections in each category, hosted by the Internet’s Justin Hall.

Details and tickets can be found on the Flying Robot site here.

Event #2

Please join us in San Francisco on November 19th from 11am-7pm for the first ever Flying Robot Aerial Imagery Day, part of the 2016 Flying Robot international Film Festival. The day will be chock-full of presentations, demos and workshops focused on various aspects of drone-based aerial imagery. Whether you’re brand new to aerial photography or you’re a master flying pixel tamer, there’s something here for everyone.

Subject areas include aerial photography, cinematography, 3d mapping/photogrammetry, color grading, 360 & panoramic aerial photography, FPV systems, live streaming and drone building 101… to name a few.

This event will be a lightly structured day of fun and learning. We will provide a stage for presentations, an enclosed drone cage for demos and breakout areas for workshops. If you have an aerial imagery project or presentation you would like to share, please drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you!

Details here.

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Watch all the Trump-inspired Biff Tannen Museum footage not seen in Back to the Future Part II


Remember the scene in Back to the Future Part II where Marty visits the Biff Tannen Museum and watches Biff on the screen? Here are the parts that were left on the cutting room floor. Does Biff remind you of Trump? Duh, says Bob Gale, writer of Back to the Future II. From a 2015 Daily Beast article:

“We thought about it when we made the movie! Are you kidding?” he says. “You watch Part II again and there’s a scene where Marty confronts Biff in his office and there’s a huge portrait of Biff on the wall behind Biff, and there’s one moment where Biff kind of stands up and he takes exactly the same pose as the portrait? Yeah.”

Of course, in the movie, Biff uses the profits from his 27-story casino (the Trump Plaza Hotel, completed in 1984, is 37 floors, by the way) to help shake up the Republican Party, before eventually assuming political power himself, helping transform Hill Valley, California, into a lawless, dystopian wasteland, where hooliganism reigns, dissent is quashed, and wherein Biff encourages every citizen to call him “America’s greatest living folk hero.”

“Yeah,” says Gale. “That’s what we were thinking about.”


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Tempered glass screen protector for my iPhone 7 plus


This tempered glass screen protector went on easy and I hardly notice it is there.

The last year has been a hard one for my phones, and I’m tired of driving to the repair place and laying out another $108. As the new iPhone 7 plus is also “water resistant” I have trust issues with roadside repair places and would like to keep it factory water resistant for as long as I can. Seems a screen protector was a natural choice.

I was most worried a glue on screen protector would tactile-ly bother me. Thin plastic film style protectors always felt there. This OMOTON glass screen is thin and the edges are apparently beveled, so I really don’t feel it while using the phone at all. There is a certainly a drop off from the protector to the screen below it, as it is not edge to edge on the phone, but I really don’t notice it at all. I’m happy!

The adhesive on the screen is pretty great, super clear and following the instructions left me with hardly any bubbles to worry about. I did worry, however, and about 2-3 hours later even the tiny bubbles had worked their way out. Watching the adhesive suck down to the screen is also kinda neat.

I have yet to drop the phone in such a way as to test the protector, but rest assured that I soon will.

OMOTON iPhone 7 Plus Screen Protector [2 Pack]- [9H Hardness] [Crystal Clear] [Bubble Free] [3D Touch Compatible] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 7 Plus via Amazon

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How a small group of geeks led the Syrian refugee surge


In September 2015, President Obama raised the ceiling of refugees, many of them Syrian, who would be welcomed to the United States in the coming year from 70,000 to 85,000. While a wonderful humanitarian move, it also posed huge problems for the already-overwhelmed, byzantine systems in place to process refugee applications admissions. That’s when the White House’s crack tech team, the United States Digital Service, stepped in to help. The US Digital Service was born out of the disaster of, when the White House called in top-notch geeks from Silicon Valley and elsewhere to fix the disastrous Obamacare website. This year, they focused on how to get more refugees through the door. For a Webby Awards exclusive feature, I commissioned the talented journalist Lauren Smiley to tell the story of the US Digital Service and their sprint to bring in 85,000 refugees. From Lauren’s feature:

When the photo of a Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkey beach appeared in his newsfeed, Jason Wu was getting restless. It was September of last year, and he’d just left his job as a product manager at Facebook’s Silicon Valley HQ—in some ways, exactly the kind of job he’d wanted back as a UC Berkeley computer science student. But at 29, having been ensconced in cush startup culture of T-shirt swag and free meals surrounding the challenging technical work, he was starting to mull a new question: “To what end?” Considering the options, he didn’t want to join one of the many mobile app companies proliferating in the valley that solved the problems of the same wealthy young people who make them. “I wanted something that was pretty different than what was being offered over there.”

He says “over there,” because he’s sitting in a conference room in Washington, D.C., where he works at the startup created by the White House: the United States Digital Service. Once Wu applied and was accepted, he signed up for its refugee project. “If I were one more person at Uber, how much of an impact would I make?” Wu says. “Versus one more person on a refugee program?”


(Image above from Brandon Stanton’s incredible Humans of New York photos of Syrian refugees)

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Sweet Potato & Pork Thanksgiving Stuffing (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing

Call it stuffing. Call it dressing. Either way, there is no doubt that it is one of the most iconic dishes on the holiday table.

Here is a version that’s perfect for any gluten-free or Paleo guests at your table!

This stuffing is full of rich ingredients, like sweet potatoes and ground pork, and it has plenty of big holiday flavor. And yes, it’s great with turkey!

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Chicago cop who sexually assaulted a man with a screwdriver keeps his job


In October, a civil court jury ruled that Chicago police officer Scott Korhonen sexually assaulted a 20-year-old black man with a screwdriver.

The taxpayers will pay $4 million to the victim. They will also continue to pay Officer Korhonen’s salary, because he gets to keep his job.

From The Guardian

District Court Judge James Holderman, who presided over the hearing, said in court documents there was a “preponderance of evidence” in Mr Coffie’s favour.

“This was a clear case,“ he said, ruling that: “Korhonen unreasonably inserted a screwdriver in Coffie’s rectum in violation of Coffie’s constitutional rights and that [Korhonen’s partner, Officer Gerald] Lodwich knowingly failed to stop Korhonen’s unconstitutional conduct.”

“In addition, the evidence clearly showed that Korhonen and Lodwich each knowingly testified falsely at the trial.”

Officer Korhonen’s mother must be so proud of her son.

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An awesome “nude for all” underwear campaign


Lingerie company Naja released this amazing “nude for all” campaign back in May, but it’s still worth celebrating now too. Elle has all the details on the collection, which features bras and panties in seven different shades


Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is a face for the campaign:


Naja is also revolutionizing the traditional lingerie manufacturing process by employing primarily single mothers or female heads of households in its factories. And the company pays them above market wages with healthcare benefits and flexible work policies. Plus Naja’s Underwear For Hope project employs poor women from Colombia to make lingerie bags and become “micro-entrepreneurs.” You can find more information and shop the Nude Collection on Naja’s website.

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Life as a fake reviewer of women’s lingerie


“This was not easy money, it was the most soul-crushing task ever,” says Rohan Danish, who spent a summer writing 3,000 fake reviews and 1,000 shill comments for an online lingerie company.

From Images:

“500 reviews done by you have been cancelled because of similar wording,” the email said. “Please reframe them by going through the products once more and using your imagination to describe them in a different manner. Don’t use adjectives to praise the product but just tell us how you felt after using them – even if you haven’t. Or just use a thesaurus.”

Great! Forty-eight hours of my work had just been scrapped, I thought, but responded with a polite apology, seeking time to fix the reviews.

Rohan doesn’t say which site the reviews were for, but he was paid a total of $60 for a summer’s work. (This was in India.)

See also:

FTC complaint filed against lingerie retailer Adore Me for deceptive marketing practices

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Putin grants Russian citizenship to Steven Seagal

steven seagal

Russian premier Vladimir Putin welcomes a new Russian to the motherland: Steven Seagal, the martial artist, ponytail aficionado, and star of countless popular action movies.

“He has made requests about citizenship for a long time and quite persistently,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by news agency RIA Novosti.

Under the Russian constitution, the president has authority over “issues of citizenship of the Russian Federation and the granting of asylum.”

That means that Seagal automatically became a Russian citizen as soon as the decree was published, and he doesn’t have to officially accept it. There was no immediate known reaction from Seagal.

I made a Steven Seagal movie generator once, but other people have made better ones since.

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Billy is the latest Baldwin to weigh in on Donald Trump


In the great Baldwin brother divide of 2016, Billy’s with Alec, not Stephen:

Also there’s this:

Sounds like Thanksgiving is going to be a little awkward for the Baldwins.

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A more accurate world map wins prestigious design award


The grand prize winner of Japan’s 2016 Good Design Award went to a world map, designed by Tokyo-based architect and artist Hajime Narukawa.

From Spoon & Tamago:

Narukawa developed a map projection method called AuthaGraph (and founded a company of the same name in 2009) which aims to create maps that represent all land masses and seas as accurately as possible. Narukawa points out that in the past, his map probably wasn’t as relevant. A large bulk of the 20th century was dominated by an emphasis on East and West relations. But with issues like climate change, melting glaciers in Greenland and territorial sea claims, it’s time we establish a new view of the world: one that equally perceives all interests of our planet.

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Donald Trump weaponized fine-print to make it impossible to sue Wall Street for fraud


In 1993, Donald Trump won a lawsuit brought by his investors that alleged he had defrauded them by lying in a prospectus; his defense was that his “perfect prospectus” contained lies, but it also contained enough fine-print cautioning investors about the possibility of lies that it was their own fault that he cheated them. Incredibly, the judge (a pre-Supreme Court Samuel Alito!) bought this.

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You won't have to splurge on this set of memory foam pillows


Memory foam pillows can supposedly transform the way you sleep, but they often cost over $100 a piece. With such a high price tag, I never thought to risk trying it out. But at just $49.99 for a set of two pillows (under $25 per pillow), I decided to give it a try.

The Comfort Bamboo Memory Foam Pillows are made with all natural, multi-layer memory foam, which means they don’t make me cough and sneeze all night. They’re more dense and firm than your average pillow, and don’t flatten in the night. This keeps your body in alignment as you sleep, and tossing and turning at bay.

Memory foam has even been said to help prevent migraines and stiff neck problems. While I can’t vouch for that, I found these pillow extremely comfortable and at that price, you can’t find a better option.

You can buy the Comfort Bamboo Memory Foam Pillows for 64% off, just $49.99, in the Boing Boing Store today.

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

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Artist celebrates Patriot Act's anniversary by handing out "Official Air Travel Replacement Knives" to arriving SFO passengers


Last week, artist Michelle Pred celebrated the anniversary of the Patriot Act by dressing up as an old-timey Pan Am flight attendant (she wore her mother’s old Pan Am hat!) and handing out “Official Air Travel Replacement Knives” to people waiting for their bags at SFO (she had 50 knives, but it took more than 50 tries to give them away, as more than half of the people she approached refused to engage with her).


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Everything Must Go


This week on HOME: Stories From L.A., a member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network:

Some stories don’t end when you think they do. Some stories just pause. And then they sneak back around and whap you across the back of your unsuspecting head. So here’s one I didn’t expect to revisit, although maybe I should have: Part 2 of Episode 7, “Unmaking A Home.”

If you like what you hear, please drop by the iTunes Store and leave the show a rating and/or review. And don’t forget to subscribe:

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