Watch this short Pokémon Go nature documentary narrated by Stephen Fry

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Over the last few weeks, the developers at Niantic have added a new wave of creatures to Pokémon Go, along with exciting new features like dynamic, real-time weather. To celebrate, the studio just released… a short nature documentary spoof narrated by none other than Stephen Fry. The video bears an uncanny resemblance to the BBC’s Planet Earth series, except in place of powerful sharks and cute little rodents, there’s Luvdisc and Plusle. The video even includes an original score from George Fenton, who worked on both Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

Despite launching well over a year ago, Pokémon Go is still surprisingly active. Most recently Niantic added dozens of new pokémon from the Hoenn region to the game, the setting of Pokémon Ruby…

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My new bag is awful, and I love it

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This is my new bag. I did not need a new bag — I own many — but the strap for my main briefcase broke a week before a trip, and I was too impatient to wait for the free replacement to arrive, so I bought a new bag. Also, it was on sale. I’m a sucker for sales.

I’ve had my eye on ONA’s camera bags for years. They are handmade with full-grain leather imported from Italy and have a retro aesthetic that pairs wonderfully with high-end camera gear. Unsurprisingly, they also have a steep price tag that reflects those materials, craftsmanship, and aesthetic (hence, buying one on sale). This is the Brixton, which according to ONA, is designed to hold a 13-inch laptop, a DSLR or mirrorless camera, and up to three lenses or accessories for it.

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Art.com adds augmented reality art-viewing to its iOS app

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 AR has gotten quite a bit of hype but there’s a good chance you haven’t even stumbled across an ARKit use case on your iPhone yet. The reason is largely that AR just doesn’t have a ton of practical use cases, I think I just managed to find one though. If you’re in the market for some art in your house or apartment, Art.com will now let you use AR to put digital artwork… Read More

Eco-friendly flowers are a Valentine’s Day winner

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means significant others everywhere are bracing for the financial wallop that comes with paying for a nice date and, of course, flowers. But, there are ways to mitigate the damage. The Bouqs Deluxe Bouquet: Valentine’s Day Special lets you bypass crowded lines at the florist and score a $50 credit good for any bouquet in a specially curated selection. Except you only have to pay $29.99 to get it.

These flowers come from eco-friendly, sustainable farms, or are sourced directly from artisan florists, so your loved one can get them in as little as two hours. The flowers include The Bouqs Company’s Happiness Guarantee. 

The Bouqs Deluxe Bouquet: Valentine’s Day Special is available to Boing Boing readers for $30, netting a savings of 40 percent.

Maps of tree cover in Europe

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Fejetlenfej posted a set of maps of european forest cover to imgur, with posters available on Etsy. Though cover is distressingly spase in places such as Denmark and England, check out the places that seem picked clean, as if trees were a menace to be exterminated without remorse. Is there so much as a shrub in Italy’s Po Valley?

Data: Global Tree Canopy Cover, 2010, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

High resolution map of all the forests of Europe. Color scheme goes from black as 0% forest to bright green as close to 100%, dense forest.

After finally forcing myself to focus more on creating new things, this is my first new design in almost a year. I’m quite excited to show it to you guys, so please, any feedback welcome.

Map made mostly with the open-source QGIS software.

Your body has been outsourced

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What follows is the most mind-altering first chapter I’ve read in a long time, from biomechanist Katy Bowman’s latest book Movement Matters: Essays on movement science, movement ecology, and the nature of movement

These items —an electronic car unlocker and a tea bag— are convenient. But what I’ve realized is, when we say or think “convenience,” it’s not as much about saving time as it is about reducing movement. We can grasp sedentary behaviour as it related to exercise because it’s easy to see the difference between exercising one hour a day and not exercising one hour a day. My work, in the past, has been about challenging people to also be able to see the difference between exercising one hour a day and not exercising the other twenty-three. More subtle still—and what I’m asking you to do now—is to see how the choice to move is presented to you every moment of the day, but how most often we select the most sedentary choice without even realizing it. 

Our daily life is composed of a lot of seemingly innocuous ways we’ve outsourced our body’s work. One of the reasons I’ve begun focusing just as much on non-exercisey movements as I do on exercise-type movements is that I feel that the ten thousand outsourcing a day during the 23/24ths of your time hold the most potential for radical change. Be on the lookout for these things. To avoid the movements necessary to walk around to all the car doors, or just to avoid turning your wrist, or to avoid gathering your tea strainer and dumping the leaves and cleaning the strainer (in your dishwasher?), you have accepted a handful of garbage, plastic (future landfill), and a battery. To avoid the simplest movements, you have — without realizing it — required other humans somewhere else in the world to labor endlessly, destroy ecosystems, and wage war… for your convenience. 

Sedentarism is very much linked to consumerism, materialism, colonialism, and the destruction of the planet. If you’re not moving, someone else is moving for you, either directly, or indirectly by making STUFF to make not moving easier on you. You were born into a sedentary culture, so 99.9 percent of your sedentary behaviours are flying under your radar. Start paying attention. What do you see?”

Oscilloscope Art From Your Browser

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Oscilloscope art is a fascinating pursuit in which waveforms are generated for the X an Y channels of an oscilloscope to draw pictures on its screen. It’s somewhat distinct from vector computer graphics of the type you might see in older arcade machines or the Vectrex console, in that while it uses a similar approach to creating a display it has a very different purpose. Sometimes these works can be breathtakingly beautiful animations, and other times maybe not so much.

If you’d like to explore the topic as a mild diversion, then maybe this Javascript oscilloscope art generator from [Neil …read more

Pulse Labs has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to help voice apps better interact with humans

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 Between smart speakers, mobile devices and a growing army of connected home products, voice interfaces are poised to continue growing at a rapid clip. We’re still very much in the early days, but Seattle-based startup Pulse Labs is hoping to be among the first to help build a more tailored experience for apps built on top of Alexa, Google Assistant and the like. Read More

The iPhone X notch clones are coming

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Apple’s notched screen on the iPhone X has been a polarizing topic of discussion, but no matter where you stand on that debate, you had to know it would be copied to death by Android phone makers. The deluge of knockoff notches got started early with the Leagoo S9 last year, and today we can add the upcoming Noa N10 to the category of wannabe iPhones.

This device is such an obviously hurried ripoff that the one video the company provides to illustrate that it works also happens to show its user interface has zero accommodations for the notch. You can see the N10’s notch oversteps the Android interface’s icons, and on the top right, the clock isn’t entirely visible because of the curved corner of the screen. And if that wasn’t enough, the…

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Sculptural Grade M&M Sorter

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Sorting M&Ms is really only a major concern if you happen to be working on a Van Halen tour, but it’s a fun excercise nonetheless. It’s for this reason we see plenty of sorting projects come our way, varying from the breadboard and cardboard variety, all the way up to final university projects. Today, [Karl] has blessed us with their sculptural-grade offering, and the attention to detail is stunning.

The project has been in gestation in [Karl]’s mind, on and off, for 10 years or so. The big problem centered around reliably seperating out one M&M at a time from …read more

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