“Carlton, Your Doorman” – Emmy-winning 1980 animated TV pilot

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Zach Smith writes, “Lorenzo Music’s Carlton the Doorman was one of TV’s great unseen characters…but he finally got a face in this special, intended as a series pilot. And he…kind of looked like a hippie. The intended series would have been one of the first adult-oriented prime-time cartoons, but while it didn’t make it past the pilot, it did win an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program…and Lorenzo Music would have better luck in animation a few years later when he started voicing Garfield the Cat. The special, which was never rebroadcast after its initial airing, is also available on the RHODA: SEASON FIVE DVD set from SHOUT! Factory, and the YouTube channel this is on has a treasure trove of unaired series, alternate first episodes, concept presentations and more.”

Modern-day samurai fools Penn & Teller with “impossible” coin trick

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According to his website, Ryan Hayashi is the “world’s most famous samurai entertainer.” He’s also a helluva magician, as evidenced by this video. In it, he performs a mind-blowing coin trick act (at times one handed!) that leaves both Penn and Teller left wondering what they just watched. The best part of the video might be when Hayashi, a fan of the magic duo since he was a boy, is given the big F.U. award at the end. I don’t think he can believe that his childhood heroes have just acknowledged his skill.


Nap lounge opens in New York City

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Mattress company Casper opened The Dreamery in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. For $25, you get a 45 minute session in one of the nap pods. You can even borrow a pair of pajamas for your snooze. And of course after you pay for this demo of Casper mattresses, you can buy your very own at their shop just around the corner! From The Dreamery:

Uniquely designed for rest, each Nook is a perfectly private, quiet pod with the most comfortable bed imaginable (a Casper mattress, of course). All bedding is freshly laundered for each new dreamer.

The Nook also features:

• Auto-fading lights
• A pendant light for reading
• Sound absorbing back wall
• Ventilation for airflow
• A bedside shelf with outlets

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Carmaker claims these weird-looking glasses eliminate motion sickness

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I get horrible motion sickness sometimes, so I’d LOVE to believe that these glasses actually do what they claim.


The engineers at Citroën have apparently thrown almost 100 years of French design refinement out the window with a new product you don’t drive, but will improve your motoring experience. The carmaker’s new Seetroën glasses won’t win you any style points, but Citroën claims the glasses will eliminate any motion sickness you’re feeling after wearing them for just 10 minutes.

…So how are these goofy glasses supposed to alleviate the problem? The frames feature something called Boarding Ring technology, developed by a company of the same name, which is marketing-talk for ‘they’re filled with liquids that are free to slosh around’. The Seetroën glasses have four liquid-filled rings that, thanks to gravity, simulate the angle and movements of the horizon so that the motions of the blue-dyed liquids seen by the wearer’s eyes match what their inner ear is detecting.

The best part? After about 10-12 minutes you DON’T have to wear them anymore. You’ll have adjusted to the motion and can go about your day looking less nerdy.

A pair will sell for about $115 when they come available.


Help save artist Kal Spelletich’s robots and the future of tech-art

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For 25 years, my friend Kal Spelletich of Seemen and Survival Research Labs has lived and worked in a San Francisco warehouse studio where he’s built myriad robots, fire machines, and sculptures, hosted music, art, and political action events, and provided support for more than 100 other artists, activists, and fringe characters. Guess what. Kal’s been evicted. This is yet another gut punch for the Bay Area’s creative community that inspired so many technologists but is now being eviscerated by today’s big money tech bubble. Kal has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help him push through: Save Kal’s Robots

Rented way back in 1995, my space is was one of the last remaining raw warehouse art spaces and I made it into a home for experimental, non commercial art. I hosted jaw-dropping, fire spewing, ear shattering robot performances, music, noise and art events with the likes of Chris Johanson, Johanna Jackson, Marie Lornez and her epic boat, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Matt Heckert.

I did all this without grants or outside support.

No trust funds, patrons or high paying side jobs here. I passed along the cheap rent.

I provided housing and studios for countless artists, freaks, traveling activists and radical journalists like Trevor Paglen, AC Thompson, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, worked on Survival Research Laboratories shows, and countless others.

My life and warehouse were the inspiration for Rudy Rucker’s sci-fi novel Realware. Another book that wouldn’t have happened without my warehouse is Streetopia.

I ran my studio as an experimental art/live space that housed and supported over 100 other artists and activists. All with NO grants, no outside support, no gallery sales and no renting to tech businesses. In 1995 when I moved in the street was dirt and littered with abandoned cars and homeless everywhere, prostitution rings and the truly disturbed and disadvantaged lurking to rob you.

It was the project that should have never worked: an artist supporting artists by sharing below market rent.

Yet the 25 year run of people, events, exhibits are a testament to art over commerce.
Now, like virtually all other artists in San Francisco, I’m getting evicted.

I will keep making art. I will keep supporting others who make art and are active for change.
Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart for any support you can offer.

It has been a gift to share my space with so many amazing people. I’m looking ahead to how I can keep doing this for the next 25 years.

Save Kal’s Robots

Game review: Battletech

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As a teenager in the early 1990s, I never really had friends, so much as close acquaintances. I’d see people at school. We’d laugh, maybe skip class from time to time. But I’d never see them on the weekends or in the evening. No one wanted anything to do with me. I was a spooky kid much as I’m now a spooky adult. It was unfortunate, then, that I had a love of tabletop gaming. Battletech was an obsession. Giant robots doing battle with one another on alien worlds? Tanks on legs! What’s not to like? I bought the wee lead miniatures for the game. I painted them up in my mercenary company’s colors. I read the tech manuals for them and the game’s rule books, constantly.

Then, as I had no one to play with, I did nothing, with any of it.

In 1998, I peed a little when a game called MechCommander was released. It let you kit out and command a lance of battlemechs and fight! But it was a real-time strategy—the experience I wanted was that of a table top game. Turns in table top games take time. Rules have to be double checked, movement is counted out in squares or hexes. Nerd country. 20 years later, Harebrained Schemes has finally given me the gaming experience I’ve always wanted with Battletech. It’s a turn-based combat game set in the Battletech universe. There are tanks on legs, there is tech jargon. You can ‘paint’ your ‘mechs in whatever colors you please. Best of all, I don’t need a single person to play the damn thing with.

In the game, which offers enough of a storyline to give the skirmishes you fight in a sense of meaning, you play as the commander of a mercenary company operating in a backwater section of the galaxy. Signing on to assist a former patron retake her rightful place at the head of a sizable interplanetary government, you and your team of mechwarriors will grow in skill and, with luck, come to pilot heavier, more menacing battlemechs as the game progresses. Manage your company’s money, personnel and hardware right, and you’ll succeed. Misstep on any of these and you’re done. It’s a thing of beauty.

Provided you find slow, methodical resource management and combat pretty.

I know I do: I love how the game rewards players for understanding how to leverage the landscape and climate of a given combat zone. That the environment can change how efficiently your mechs operate during combat is a source of sadistic pleasure to me. The game’s UI is full of information—perhaps too much, at times—of what parts of your battlemechs have been damaged, where you’ve damaged the enemy, remaining ammunition, heat buildup in your war machines, whether your pilots have been injured and which weapons can be effectively fired at range. Line of site, indirect fire, blowback or instability caused by enduring a physical attacks—it’s all stuff that needs to be considered during a battle to see who comes out on top. If you do get through a mission with most of your assets intact, you’ll be paid well, be it in salvage of equipment from the field or in currency. Hopefully, it’s enough to keep your mercenary company going for another month.

Overall, I really enjoyed playing BattleTech, with one caveat: my computer is, so far as gaming goes, a piece of crap. On a 2015 MacBook Pro, even while running Windows 10 on Bootcamp, load times and the spaces between turns felt like eras passing me by. That’s not the fault of the game: but I’m mentioning it as a warning to you: Just because your computer can run this game, it doesn’t mean it’ll run it well. That, despite having to turn the graphics all way down, I still stuck with it through its painfully slow gameplay, says a lot about Battletech.

If you’re a fan of the Battletech universe, love turn-based combat or need a break from MMOs or shooters, I recommend it.

On the haute couture runway: Ankle smartphone holsters

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Maison Margiela, the fashion house who made those let’s-make-this-awkward camel-toe pumps, debuted ankle iPhone holsters recently on the Couture Fashion Week runway. Maybe they were going for the modern version of these?

A glimpse at the creative thinking behind our Autumn-Winter 2018 Artisanal Show designed by @jgalliano. He muses on the word 'cool' and shares his observations of Neo-Digital Natives and the influence of the digital landscape on him and his work. And how his memory of Faye Dunaway’s coral pink lipstick is propelled into the collection as a Techno Sorbet. ‘The Memory of… With John Galliano’ available on ITunes via the link in bio. #maisonmargiela #artisanal #artisanalartistry – Music arrangement by Jeremy Healy. Black Saturn, Nicholas Hill, Luciano Ugo Rossi, Glenn Herweijer; Ben Sumner. KPM Music When The Clock Stops, Nikky French. KPM Music Breakacuda, Benjamin Medcalf. Anger Music Circus Caravan MYMA. Justement Music Flight Remembered, Nicholas Hill, Glen Herweijer, Ben Sumner. KPM Music The Arrival, David James Caton, Harry Valentine. Anger Music Etude in e major, Frederic Chopin, Tolga Kashif, KPM Music Warhammer, Darren Mudge. Anger Music

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5 important skills to learn this summer

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Summer’s here, which brings not only warmer weather but also the unsettling realization that the year is more than halfway over. So, for those who weren’t as productive as they would have liked during the first half of 2018, we’ve rounded up 5 skill course bundles you can start learning today to help you finish the year strong and with some employable knowledge under your belt. Read on for details:

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While front-end developers focus on building the portion of the website viewers experience, back-end developers work behind the scenes, ensuring vital information makes it from the guts of the website to the front without issue—a critical role that commands high-level pay. This 14-course collection will get you familiar with SQL, Bootstrap, and the other tools these experts use to keep websites running.

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Whether you’re an aspiring photographer, illustrator, or animator, you’ll likely be using the Adobe Creative Cloud suite in your line of work. This 65-hour training covers the essentials of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and a host of other key Adobe tools, so you can start producing your own content as a creative professional.

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These indestructible flashlights are designed to smash through obstacles

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It’s good to be proactive, but when it comes to preparing for an emergency situation, one of the most important items you can pack is a flashlight. After all, whatever else you include in your kit won’t be of much use if you can’t see what you’re doing. The Viper 1000-Lumen Tactical Flashlights not only keep your surroundings illuminated when disaster strikes, but they’re also designed to help bail you out of a dangerous situation. Two-packs are available in the Boing Boing Store for $29.99.

Engineered with a titanium alloy shell and tactical breaker tip, the Viper 1000-Lumen Tactical Flashlights excel at smashing glass or even fending off violent threats. They’re small enough to stash inside your car’s glove box or under your seat, making them handy for shattering a window if you find yourself in an accident and need to escape from your vehicle. They’re also designed to be shockproof, weatherproof, and rated to shine for up to 100,000 hours before you need to replace the bulb.

Two packs of the Viper 1000-Lumen Tactical Flashlights are available in the Boing Boing Store for $29.99.

How Mondly’s language-learning AI helps you speak like a true native

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Chances are you took a handful of language classes in high school, and aside from a smattering of conjugations and vocabulary words, the only things you likely remember are the dry, rehearsed sentences that did little to make you speak like a true native. If you’re still hoping to learn a new language but want to take an approach that will make you sound more authentic, Mondly‘s AI-powered curriculum might just do the trick. Lifetime subscriptions are available for $69.99.

Using state-of-the-art speech recognition technology, Mondly knows how to listen to your words and phrases and only gives positive feedback if you speak clearly and correctly, giving you just the right amount of difficulty to make sure you communicate like an actual native speaker. Mondly also includes a dictionary and verb conjugator to aid you in your education and lets you learn your new language in your native tongue—even if it’s not English.

Lifetime subscriptions to Mondly are available in the Boing Boing Store for $69.99.

Baby peacock shows off its tiny feathers for the first time

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Did you know a baby peacock is called a peachick? I didn’t until I started writing this post up. I’m not even sure I had ever even seen a baby peacock, er peachick, before in my life. This peachick’s name is Drew and he was rescued by the folks at Hairy Farmpit Girls in White Oak, Georgia. Last week, they captured him strutting around with his new big-bird feathers for the first time and it’s really, really cute.

News4Jax reports:

“Drew was thrown in a garbage can out in Douglas, Georgia,” Jennifer Evitts, owner of Hairy Farmpit Girls… “Someone saw what happened, grabbed him and then reached out to us to see if we would take him as she didn’t know what to do with him.”

…In addition to providing a safe haven for abused or neglected animals, the farm sells a range of goat milk-based products, from soap to lotion to lip balm, to support their cause.


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