From Boing Boing

  • Trump's 'promise' to foreign leader sparked whistleblower complaint

    Wouldn't it be great if Trump were busy keeping his promises to America instead of making secret ones to foreign leaders?

    The Washington Post reports tonight the whistleblower complaint that triggered a showdown between the intelligence community and Congress has to do with President Donald Trump's communications with a foreign leader, and a “promise” Trump is said to have made to that leader.

    The Washington Post cites two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter as its source, and they...

  • Justin Trudeau wore brownface at a party in 2001 when he was a private school teacher

    He was performing ‘Day-O,’ the Afro-Jamaican chant made famous by Black civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.

  • "Farting Victorians" wallpaper

    Now, here's some wallpaper that is meant to get your attention. Tom Maryniak's "Farting Victorians" depicts flatulating turn-of-the-20th-century men, women, and critters, a digitization of a linoleum block he hand-carved. You can get rolls of it for £125.00 each at his website.

    A wallpaper for the loo, showing dogs, fish, cats, birds and people passing gas.

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  • Wearable chair

    Lex is a "wearable" chair, an apparatus that attaches to your thighs and waist. The legs are shaped to conform to your legs when you're walking around, but become stable struts when you sit back.

    The LEX is a bionic wearable that enhances posture, comfort, and life. It is designed to let you relax anywhere with a perfect sitting posture and protect your shoulders while on the move by making the backpack feels almost weightless.

    It was Kickstartered in 2018 and apparently went out, with...

  • The dangerous, exploitative, and dirty business of "healing" crystals

    Not only is the purported "healing" power of crystals total bullshit, but most of these "magical" talismans come from mines rife with exploitation, danger, environmental ruin, and shady business practices. Good vibes, eh? Tess McClure investigates for The Guardian:

    Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, but beneath its soil is a well-stocked treasure chest. Rose quartz and amethyst, tourmaline and citrine, labradorite and carnelian: Madagascar has them all. Gems and precious...

  • Good deal on a stovetop espresso maker

    I don't have this particular make of stovetop espresso maker, but they all work the same way. It quickly makes several cups of strong coffee. I wouldn't call it espresso - just strong coffee. No filter is needed. If you've never tried this kind of coffee maker before, now is your chance: Amazon is selling the 3-cup model for and the 6-cup model for . Read the rest

  • Watch these AI creatures learn to play hide-and-seek

    These AI agents played millions of games of hide-and-seek to learn the best strategies for using different tools (ramps and barricades).

    From OpenAI:

    We’ve observed agents discovering progressively more complex tool suse while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. Through training in our new simulated hide-and-seek environment, agents build a series of six distinct strategies and counterstrategies, some of which we did not know our environment supported. The self-supervised emergent complexity...

  • Watch this sick feral dog get nursed back to health

    The first part of this video is hard to watch, but it has a happy ending.

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  • 'The Boondocks' is back! Coming to HBO Max in Fall 2020

    The WarnerMedia streaming platform HBO Max has ordered two "reimagined" seasons of the cult favorite 'The Boondocks,' so we're getting 24 episodes of a new Boondocks show.

    This is real.

    Aaron McGruder's animated series last aired in 2014 on Adult Swim.

    “It's set to premiere in fall 2020 with a 50-minute special,” per THR. “All 55 previous episodes of The Boondocks will be available on HBO Max when the service launches in the spring.”

    Hot damn!

    "There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the...

  • Massage therapist suing Kevin Spacey for sexual assault has died

    The plaintiff's attorneys have informed Spacey that the massage therapist accusing him of sexual assault has passed away. It is unclear if the case will proceed.

    Hollywood Reporter:

    An anonymous massage therapist who claims to have been sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey has died, according to a notice filed in court by the actor's attorneys.

    The individual, suing as a "John Doe," filed claims in September 2018 with the allegation of being forced to grab the actor's genitals twice during a...

  • Trump tells reporters he's considering 'ultimate option' for Iran (what?)

    If you take him at his word, Trump just said he wants to nuke Iran. The man is nuts, the man is also President. Are we going to start another war? No one knows.

    Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles today with his new national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Donald Trump said some weird and disjointed things about U.S. mideast policy including the statement that he is considering the 'ultimate option' for Iran.

    Trump tells reporters the "ultimate option" is among the options he is considering...

  • Comic Maeve Higgins to Shane Gillis: "Your words have consequences. Imagine!"

    What Shane Gillis and his supporters seem to not understand is that free speech means others can respond to what you say in ways that might not make you happy.

    From comic Maeve Higgins essay in The New York Times:

    Comedy, like so many of our cultural institutions, remains dominated by men, usually straight and white men. I’ve seen countless versions of Shane Gillis and his material truly spread all over the world, and I’m not about to wrestle the mic from them. I have no problem with anybody...