Halloween Brimstone Bread

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Instructables member Tye Rannosaurus has baked something special for Halloween, blood-red-on-the-inside and black-as-soot-on-the-outside Brimstone Bread:

Rumor has it, when demons in Hell make this bread, they roll the dough in the deep pits of sulfur and soul dust and cook them in the hot brimstone vents. Unfortunately, as you are mortal and have neither access to soul dust or brimstone vents, I’ve had to make a few adjustments to the recipe for you.

While these rolls aren’t actually “Hell Authentic,” they’re close enough to get the job done.

More of Tye’s horrible Halloween recipes can be found at Necro Nom-nom-nomicon.

Buy this guy’s time with his own personal cryptocurrency

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My Montreal-based tech-entrepreneur friend Evan Prodromou has behind the launch of several companies, including his current one, fuzzy.ai.

Evan’s also a married dad of two. Additionally, he says he spends three to five hours a week helping friends, or friends of friends, with their business. It’s safe to say that he’s a busy guy.

Evan Prodromou

To help manage his schedule, he’s made it possible to buy (and sell) his time by creating EvanCoin, his own personal cryptocurrency.

Wired explains:

As of October 1, the date of Evancoin’s initial coin offering (ICO), you can ask him for some Evancoin. He’ll probably give you some. Then you can use these tokens by “paying” for his time with them.

But they’re a kind of money, so you can also bank them for the future. Evancoin could gain or lose value depending on how it’s traded—how much demand there is for Prodromou’s time and what the supply of the currency is at the moment. You could also just sell your Evancoins for cash: As of this writing, each Evancoin, representing an hour of Prodromou’s attention, is worth about $45. (That’s well below his usual consulting rate, but he’s pleased nonetheless—it’s early days for the currency, and the market is acknowledging the worth of his time, then discounting for the risk inherent in the scheme’s novelty.) What if you sell your Evancoins to someone who wants to trade them for Prodromou’s time rather than for dollars? He’s game—as long as you’re not planning to ask him to do something “illegal, humiliating, or abusive to others.”

It’s a little complicated to get some EvanCoin (at least to me it is) but if you’re interested, check out the process here.

Watch: Little sled person treks Line Rider track synchronized to “In the Hall of the Mountain King”

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YouTuber DoodleChaos spent over a month configuring a track in the 2006 hit game Line Rider. The result is a delightful harmonic pairing of Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” to the originally silent flash game.

The tiny sledder dips and bounces on lines drawn to hit Grieg’s musical notes. The adventure grows more treacherous for the sledder as the tempo picks up and the rider reaches an increasingly louder and sled-less end.

New line of beautiful and classic-looking microphone cables from Spencer Tweedy

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Is this thing on? Spencer Tweedy (son of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy) is bringing his design sensibility and appreciation for finely-crafted musical gear to one of the most boring and ubiquitous items on stages and in recording studios: the microphone cable. “We have compressors with classic faceplates and microphones with precision-milled grates,” Spencer says. “But the little things, like cables, usually go uncared for. Just because they’re little.”

So with the help of Conway Electric, makers of luxurious cotton-jacketed extension cords, and Alchemy Audio, he’s launched a company to manufacture Fjord XLR cables, a made-in-the-USA product whose “main feature is that it looks nicer than other cables… but its looks are backed up by components that make it sound great and feel great to use, too.”

He’s launched a Kickstarter with a very modest goal; a $40 pledge gets you a sharp-looking new cable! And don’t miss the excellent project video on the Kickstarter page:

Fjord XLR: Classic microphone cables

This $10 stainless steel insulated tumbler is almost identical to a $30 Yeti tumbler

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Looking for an insulated travel tumbler? Consider this $10 Polar Pad Drifter Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler (30-ounce). It’s nearly identical to the 30-ounce Yeti, but 1/3 the price. If 30-ounces is too big, Polar Pad has a 20-ounce model, also for $10. The nice thing about vacuum insulated tumblers like this is that condensation doesn’t form on the surface.

Space archaeology: A conversation with TED Prize winner Sarah Parcak

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The After On podcast a series of unhurried conversations with thinkers, founders, and scientists. It began as a complement to the novel After On, in that its first eight episodes explore science, tech, and social issues featured in the storyline. But there is no need to read After On before listening to any of these episodes. You can subscribe to the podcast within any podcast app. Simply use your app’s search function (type in “After On”) to find and subscribe. Or, to subscribe via your computer click here, then click the blue “View on iTunes” button (left side of the page under the After On image), then click “Subscribe” (similar location) in the iTunes window. Or simply follow the feed http://afteron.libsyn.com/rss

Ask any archaeologist, and you’ll learn that the tools of their trade are simple and universal: a pointing trowel for excavation; a brush for removing dust from finds; side arms to fend off Nazi grave robbers; and a large constellation of satellites.

That last item joined the toolkit back in 1984, when NASA’s Tom Sever (who is not a Hall of Fame pitcher, and must be sick of being asked if he is) convened an archaeological summit to offer up images and other goodies from his agency. And with that, the field of space archaeology was.

In roughly the same year, the Tooth Fairy delivered a children’s book about ancient Egypt to one Sarah Parcak, age 5, of Bangor Maine. An early childhood obsession with pharaonic culture is common amongst future Egyptologists, and Sarah’s began then. We discuss this and Sarah’s amazing (and still early-ish) career as a leading space archaeologist in this week’s episode of the After On podcast. You can find it in your podcasting app, or just click here:

Sarah began her formal study of the field as a Yale undergraduate, then went to Cambridge for her PhD. Space archaeology had grown semi-dormant after an initial flurry of excitement and papers. But the falling cost of satellite imagery, plus the emergence of Google Earth, electrified a young cohort of academics as Sarah was doing her graduate work. Her thesis leaned heavily on satellite imagery, and landed her a professorship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Then the BBC called. They were interested in Sarah’s emerging field, so they rang her up for an interview. One thing led to another, and eventually the network agreed to fund (and film) Sarah as she carried out a satellite survey of known and potential archaeological sites in Egypt. Covering the entire country, the project was unprecedented in its scope.

Much has happened since. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Sarah’s team did groundbreaking work in documenting and monitoring the looting of hundreds of archaeological sites. In 2012 she was invited to be both a TED Fellow and a National Geographic Explorer, and in 2016 she won the million-dollar TED Prize to further her work. She applied the money and the platform that TED gave her to launch a citizen science project called GlobalXPlorer. This has already leveraged the eyeballs of over 50,000 volunteers to create a sweeping archaeological survey of Peru. Sarah has near-term plans to take the platform to a grand new level, but can’t quiiiiite talk about them yet.

We cover all of this and more in our interview. For those in a hurry, here are timestamps of some highlights:

0:04:15 – Space archaeology is defined

0:07:55 – Sarah’s early career, from Tooth Fairy through PhD

0:20:34 – How satellite imagery is used in archaeology

0:34:23 – About the ancient Egyptian capital Sarah may have located

0:45:46 – Tracking archaeological looting in the wake of the Arab Spring

1:04:20 – The TED Prize … and Harrison Ford

1:14:46 – Sarah’s citizen science platform, GlobalXPlorer

The social media marketing biz is booming

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Running your social media profiles with a razor-sharp focus has proven to be a viable way to keep your brand above the ever-increasing noise of the internet. If you are looking to drive more traffic to your freelance hustle, almost-famous dog, meme account, or score a job as a social media manager, take a look at the Social Media Management Pro Bundle, available now in the Boing Boing Store for $34.

Not positive you want to dive all the way in? We’ve also broken the bundle into individual courses so you can pick exactly what you want. Here’s what’s included:

Blogging For Business: 3x Traffic Without Ads

Instead of spending money on sponsored posts, you can increase your digital presence by writing about your niche. Blogging For Business shows you how to author compelling posts and curate other related content. You’ll learn how to promote your blog on social media and email, and measure impact with Google Analytics. This course is available standalone for $21.

Become A Freelance Social Media Manager

If you’re savvy and already live on social media, you could be putting your your talents to work as a consultant. In this guide to freelance social media management, you’ll get introduced to the nuts and bolts of professional social strategy — including crafting business plans, writing proposals, and setting up simple websites. After you know how to handle the business side, you’ll discover the best places to find clients and grow your operation. You can get Become A Freelance Social Media Manager for $25 now.

The Complete Facebook Ads 2017 Training

With over 2 billion active users, Facebook provides ample opportunity for digital marketers. The Complete Facebook Ads 2017 Training offers 4 hours of material to help you get the most out of their ad program. You’ll find out how to avoid common mistakes with hands-on experience building an audience, boosting posts, and tracking conversion rates. Pick up this course for $25.

The Complete Twitter Marketing Bootcamp 2017

Harnessing the potential of Twitter’s network can be tough for newbies — you need to commit to a consistent schedule, find the right kind of followers, and treat your interactions carefully. For a complete guide on turning tweets and ads into actual business leads, pick up this Twitter Marketing Bootcamp here for $24.

The Complete Instagram Marketing 2017 Training

Instagram’s visually-focused platform is great for showing off products and events, but beautiful images aren’t the only aspect to a successful campaign. You can learn how to schedule appropriately, engage with communities, and build lasting relationships with the Complete Instagram Marketing 2017 Training. You can grab this course for $25 today.

Email List Building: 4 Systems To Grow Your List

Even though email lacks some of the dynamic interactivity of social media, it’s still a viable, ad-free way to communicate with potential customers. Email List Building will teach you how to be an effective email marketer by crafting a compelling message and leveraging social media traffic. You can get this expert training for $22.

$10 photo lightbox sure comes in handy

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I’ve been using this $10 lightbox an awful lot.

This is simply a white plastic box with some very white LED lights and two foam backdrops. There is nothing to it. You can fold it up to the size of a legal pad if you want to put it away, or take it someplace.

I’m getting lovely photos using just my iPhone 7+. Imagine if I tried any of the tens of cameras I have laying around the house? Probably not much different.

Photo Light Box For Jewellery and Small Items ( Size 9 x 9 x9.5″/ 22 x 22 x24cm ) with Two Backdrops Included via Amazon

Can it be true? A working ‘Dick Tracy Wrist Watch’

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Oh boy! A working Dick Tracy Wrist Watch is probably second only to a working Class B9 Model M3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot on my wishlist!

These guys don’t tell you much, but this lovely watch sounds similar to an Apple Watch on speakerphone-mode I’m probably in.

These guys sell watches that look like a Dick Tracy watch, now, but only tell the time. While I am tempted, I’ll wait for the real deal.

I’d also like the Shadow‘s pneumatic network of tubes.

The NFL’s leaked memo on acceptable player stances during the national anthem

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More songs’ emotional moods inverted with key changes

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The Week catches up on a few years’ worth of “minor to major” edits to well-known sad or dark songs, upsetting the mood to happy or humorous effect. Embedded here is The Godfather theme, which when modified sounds rather like the theme tune to the arcadian British show Last of the Summer Wine, about old Yorkshiremen enjoying their endless retirements.

Someone should make that sound tragic and sinister instead, a sort of “Last of the Middlesborough Vodka.”


Dead 2017 pop culture trends are laid to rest in this art teacher’s front lawn

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For art teacher Michael Fry of Mamaroneck, New York, certain 2017 trends need to be dead and buried. So, for the past few Halloweens, he’s made tombstone lawn decorations that lay specific trends to rest.

This year it’s “so long!” to ombre hair, the hashtag #roséallday, the “old Taylor Swift,” homemade slime, and more.

ABCNews writes:

“Things from that year that have either died, or are dying or are no longer fashionable or no longer hip,” said Fry. “Being a teacher, I get input from my students and friends and family members, and it’s become a collaborative effort.”

The gravestone for homemade slime is “wishful thinking,” though, because “teachers can’t stand it,” Fry said.

Others include paying homage to watching television live and having normal seasons, presumably a dig at global warming.

Adios, dabbing. We won’t miss you.

images via Michael Fry

Previously: The world’s scariest Halloween lawn decor: ‘A Very Very Trump Halloween’

Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary

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My Swedish-born (former Rubik’s Cube champion) pal Lars Petrus has created a Swedish-to-English IKEA product name dictionary.

He writes:

Part of what makes IKEA unique is their product names. Each name means something, often in a funny or ambigious way. When IKEA went international, they decided to use the same Swedish names everywhere. This makes sense from an organizational sanity standpoint, but it deprives most of the world of this particular joy.

It’s not complete nor current but it still is a lot of fun!


Previously: IKEA now has furniture for cats and dogs

This computer case looks like it has a tiny dancing girl inside it

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Hatsune Miku is a virtual idol created by a music software company. Thanks to a liberal user license, people can create apps and videos starring the turquoise-haired performer. Here’s a guy who made a PC case that looks like Miku chan is living inside it.

From Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku:

Virtual idol Hatsune Miku appears to be dancing inside this modded PC case, which was recently shown in Osaka.

Amazing, no?

Created do-it-yourself PC get together, the case mod is outfitted with a clear LCD panel, giving the appearance that Miku is dancing. This case mod was on display earlier this summer in Tokyo.

Buy Steve McQueen’s auto racing suit from Le Mans

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You will never be as cool as Steve McQueen, but for around $500,000, you could win the actual Hinchman race suit and Bell helmet he sported in Le Mans, the classic 1971 auto racing film. It’s up for bid at Sotheby’s on December 6 as part of the New York – Icons auction. Of course you’ll still need to save your pennies for the blue #20 Gulf-Porsche 917K that last sold at auction for $14 million.

(via Uncrate)

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