Day: November 11, 2016

David Pescovitz shares his favorite tools

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Our guest on the Cool Tools Podcast this week is our own David Pescovitz, co-editor and managing partner of Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future. (Image: Ransom and Mitchell)

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Show notes:

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Okki Nokki Record Cleaning Machine ($499)
“It’s built like a tank. It looks like a big, heavy record player without a tone arm. You put a record on it and squirt some cleaning solution on it. Then you turn it on and the record spins. You scrub it gently with a goat hair brush. Then, you turn on the vacuum feature and it sucks up all the fluid and dirt in a couple revolutions. It’s amazing, really, how clean it makes the record.”

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Polylined paper sleeves ($25)

“My son and I always joke that we can take a record that he’s dug out of the dollar or five dollar bin, give it a good cleaning, put a new inner sleeve to replace whatever moldy thing is in there … and it would be for sale at one of the hipster record stores in San Francisco Mission District for $25. … I buy these in bulk.”

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Zerodust Onzow stylus cleaner ($35)

“This is a luxury, admittedly, because they’re like $35 and it comes from Japan … It’s this little square plastic container with this lump of solidified gel. It feels kind of like Jello, but a little firmer … you basically dip the stylus into the gel and lift it back up, and whatever was on the needle is then held in suspension in the gel. … I’ve had mine for three years and it’s basically as good as new.”

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Waring Kettle Popcorn maker ($80)

“We got this because my daughter, who’s seven, really digs popcorn. She would eat it all day long if she could. My wife actually came up with this idea as a Christmas gift for her. The way it works is you put in the kernels, and then you put in the oil. We use peanut oil, it tastes really good with it. You turn it on and it just starts popping. The popped corn pushes the lid of the kettle and falls into the hopper. It tastes good. And it’s super easy to clean. There’s this little tray at the bottom of the hopper and you just brush all of the unpopped kernels into that and take it out and dump it. Then you pour like a half a cup of water into the kettle and turn it on and it boils very quickly. It just gets rid of all the burned on stuff, if there’s any, then you wipe it out with a cloth.”

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David Pescovitz shares his favorite tools

pesco

Our guest on the Cool Tools Podcast this week is our own David Pescovitz, co-editor and managing partner of Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future. (Image: Ransom and Mitchell)

Subscribe to the Cool Tools Show on iTunes | RSS | Transcript | Download MP3 | See all the Cool Tools Show posts on a single page

Show notes:

recordcleaning

Okki Nokki Record Cleaning Machine ($499)
“It’s built like a tank. It looks like a big, heavy record player without a tone arm. You put a record on it and squirt some cleaning solution on it. Then you turn it on and the record spins. You scrub it gently with a goat hair brush. Then, you turn on the vacuum feature and it sucks up all the fluid and dirt in a couple revolutions. It’s amazing, really, how clean it makes the record.”

mastersleeves

Polylined paper sleeves ($25)

“My son and I always joke that we can take a record that he’s dug out of the dollar or five dollar bin, give it a good cleaning, put a new inner sleeve to replace whatever moldy thing is in there … and it would be for sale at one of the hipster record stores in San Francisco Mission District for $25. … I buy these in bulk.”

zerodust

Zerodust Onzow stylus cleaner ($35)

“This is a luxury, admittedly, because they’re like $35 and it comes from Japan … It’s this little square plastic container with this lump of solidified gel. It feels kind of like Jello, but a little firmer … you basically dip the stylus into the gel and lift it back up, and whatever was on the needle is then held in suspension in the gel. … I’ve had mine for three years and it’s basically as good as new.”

popcornmaker

Waring Kettle Popcorn maker ($80)

“We got this because my daughter, who’s seven, really digs popcorn. She would eat it all day long if she could. My wife actually came up with this idea as a Christmas gift for her. The way it works is you put in the kernels, and then you put in the oil. We use peanut oil, it tastes really good with it. You turn it on and it just starts popping. The popped corn pushes the lid of the kettle and falls into the hopper. It tastes good. And it’s super easy to clean. There’s this little tray at the bottom of the hopper and you just brush all of the unpopped kernels into that and take it out and dump it. Then you pour like a half a cup of water into the kettle and turn it on and it boils very quickly. It just gets rid of all the burned on stuff, if there’s any, then you wipe it out with a cloth.”

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This is what a 25-year-old Boing Boing T-shirt looks like

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I drew this bOING bOING T-shirt design in 1991, when I was living in Boulder, Colorado. I gave one of the shirts to Evan Ravitz, a wonderfully talented tightrope walker, juggler, activist, and founder of the Voting By Phone Foundation in 1989 (if his idea would have been adopted and people could vote over the internet via their phone or gaming console, Hillary would have won).

Anyway, Evan has managed to hang onto his T-shirt for 25 years, and it looks better than new! He posted this photo of it to Facebook.

If you want to do some long-term planning and have a T-shirt in 2041 that looks this good, you can get started by buying a new one here.

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The CW’s D.C. stars are uber adorable at their EW cover shoot

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The stars of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends Of Tomorrow celebrated their upcoming multi-episode crossover with an Entertainment Weekly spread. And this behind-the-scenes video shows off the insane amount of charisma contained in the “Berlanti-verse.” You can see more photos from the shoot over on Entertainment Weekly. The crossover bonanza starts November 28 on Supergirl and continues on the other shows throughout the week.

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The internet's core infrastructure is dangerously unsupported and could crumble (but we can save it!)

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Nadia Eghbal’s Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure is a long, detailed report on the structural impediments to maintaining key pieces of free/open software that underpin the internet — it reveals the startling fragility of tools that protect the integrity, safety, privacy and finances of billions of people, which are often maintained by tiny numbers of people (sometimes just one person).
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Support the Human Rights Data Analysis Group in rooting out human rights abuses in Trump's America

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At the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, we’ve been holding heads of state accountable for human rights violations for a quarter century. And now we’re prepared to do the same in the United States.

Our work is cut out for us: we’re showing how data is misused to reinforce racial discrimination in policing, in criminal justice determinations-—work that is more relevant and necessary than ever.

We’ve provided critical evidence in the prosecution of dictators like Slobodan Milosevic for ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, Efrían Ríos Mott for genocide in Guatemala, Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity in Chad. And we are providing the most accurate counts of killings in Colombia and Syria, and homicides by police in the US. This evidence will be ready when these societies come to terms with their past.

Facts do matter. And leaders need to be held to account. We need you to help us get this message out and support our work. Will you consider us in your end-of-year giving?

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Samantha Bee blames white people for electing Donald Trump

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Here’s the monologue from Full Frontal‘s post-election special. As Samantha Bee puts it:

I guess ruining Brooklyn was just a dry run. Caucasian nation showed up in droves to vote for Trump. So I don’t want to hear a goddamn word about black voter turnout—how many times do we expect black people to build our country for us?

Bee also adds:

Don’t try to distance yourself from the bad apples and say, “It’s not my fault, I didn’t vote for him. Hashtag not all white people.” Shush. If Muslims have to take responsibility for every member of their community, so do we.

She goes on to celebrate nasty women as well as the good things left in America like, “Shonda Rhimes shows and peanut butter and Beyoncé and Lin Manuel-Miranda rap-weeping at award shows.”

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Amazon and Washington Post boss Jeff Bezos welcomes new overlord

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Jeff Bezos, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon and the proprietor of the Washington Post, is on president-elect Donald Trump’s political hitlist.

Will this supplication save him? Is the “I, for one” reference to the classic Kent Brockman quote intentional?

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This Mac bundle packs 9 incredibly useful apps for under $20

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The early Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0 was just released, and this year, it comes with 9 impressive apps. At first glance, I noticed that all but one of the apps is worth more than the cost of the entire bundle, so the value is pretty impressive.

One of the apps I am really excited about is PDF Expert 2.0 for Mac. This app has won a ton of awards including Top Paid App in the Apple App Store and is incredibly useful. It allows you to easily and quickly edit PDF text, images, links, and outlines—right in the PDF document itself.

One innovative app I hadn’t see previously is Call Recorder for FaceTime. With this app, you can record your FaceTime chats, podcasts, and interviews in HD. I find it perfect for recording interviews and those occasional hilarious moments FaceTiming with family.

The least flashy but most essential included app is MainMenu Pro. With MainMenu, you’ll be able to keep your Mac running smoothly as it gets older. It allows you to free up disk space, run maintenance scripts, clean up your system, fix common disk problems, and more.

If none of those apps intrigue you, there are still 6 other apps included. Plus, early The Black Friday Mac Bundle 2.0 comes at a huge discount of 92% off and is definitely worth the $19.99 cost. Get your bundle now in the Boing Boing Store.

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

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Zuckerberg: it's crazy to think Facebook fake news influenced voting

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New York Mag’s Max Read wrote that Facebook, stuffed with hoaxes and largely-right wing fake news, has to face up to its role in promoting political disinformation that helped Donald Trump win the election: “it’s not just that Facebook makes politics worse, it’s that it changes politics entirely.”

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg denies this, saying that Facebook doesn’t influence people’s decisions..

“To think it influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” Zuckerberg said Thursday evening during the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif… “I do think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is they saw some fake news.”

The obvious quip is to point out that he now has to explain why advertising on Facebook does influence decisions.

But the truth isn’t funny: Facebook was exposed years ago secretly experimenting on users to influence psychological states, so it’s well-aware of the extent to which they can be manipulated.

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President-elect Trump returns to Twitter to lash out at "very unfair" media

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Today he was shown around the White House by outgoing president Barack Obama. This evening he’s back on Twitter, angry at the media. President-elect Donald Trump has found his phone.

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California's legislative leaders vow to lead the resistance

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In both English and Spanish, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following open letter:

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Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.

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Hoy despertamos sintiéndonos extranjeros en tierra extraña, porque ayer los estadounidenses expresaron sus opiniones sobre una sociedad pluralista y democrática que es claramente inconsistente con los valores de la gente de California.

Nunca nos hemos sentido más orgullosos de ser californianos.

Por un margen de millones de votos, los californianos rechazaron abrumadoramente la política alimentada por el resentimiento, la intolerancia y la misoginia.

El estado más grande de la unión y la locomotora de la economía de nuestra nación ha demostrado que también tiene su conciencia más tranquila.

California es – y debe ser siempre – un refugio de justicia y oportunidades para las personas de todos los orígenes, lenguas, edades, y aspiraciones – independientemente de su apariencia, dónde vivan, qué idioma hablen, o a quiénes amen.

California, por mucho tiempo, ha sido un ejemplo a seguir para otros estados. Y California defenderá a su gente y nuestro progreso. No vamos a permitir que una elección sea un revés para el progreso de generaciones en la cima de nuestra histórica diversidad, el avance científico, la generación económica y …read more

California’s legislative leaders vow to lead the resistance

sealofcaliforniastateseal

In both English and Spanish, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following open letter:

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Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.

We have never been more proud to be Californians.

By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny.

The largest state of the union and the strongest driver of our nation’s economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well.

California is – and must always be – a refuge of justice and opportunity for people of all walks, talks, ages and aspirations – regardless of how you look, where you live, what language you speak, or who you love.

California has long set an example for other states to follow. And California will defend its people and our progress. We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility.

We will be reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state. We will maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal.

While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.

California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.

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Hoy despertamos sintiéndonos extranjeros en tierra extraña, porque ayer los estadounidenses expresaron sus opiniones sobre una sociedad pluralista y democrática que es claramente inconsistente con los valores de la gente de California.

Nunca nos hemos sentido más orgullosos de ser californianos.

Por un margen de millones de votos, los californianos rechazaron abrumadoramente la política alimentada por el resentimiento, la intolerancia y la misoginia.

El estado más grande de la unión y la locomotora de la economía de nuestra nación ha demostrado que también tiene su conciencia más tranquila.

California es – y debe ser siempre – un refugio de justicia y oportunidades para las personas de todos los orígenes, lenguas, edades, y aspiraciones – independientemente de su apariencia, dónde vivan, qué idioma hablen, o a quiénes amen.

California, por mucho tiempo, ha sido un ejemplo a seguir para otros estados. Y California defenderá a su gente y nuestro progreso. No vamos a permitir que una elección sea un revés para el progreso de generaciones en la cima de nuestra histórica diversidad, el avance científico, la generación económica y …read more