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Pre-mutated products: where did all those "hoverboards" come from?

2 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Those bowtie-shaped "motorized self-balancing two-wheeled scooters" you see in the windows of strip-mall cellphone repair shops and in mall-kiosks roared out of nowhere and are now everywhere, despite being so new that we don't even know what they're called. (more…)

LISTEN: William "Accidental Terrorist" Shunn on Mormonism and science fiction

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The latest installment of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast (MP3) interviews science fiction author William Shunn, author of the The Accidental Terrorist, a memoir that explains the bizarre circumstances in which Shunn, as a teenaged Mormon missionary stationed in Calgary, Alberta, was arrested and deported for terrorism. (more…)

Why you often believe people who see the world differently are wrong

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In psychology they call thinking that you see the world as it truly is, free from bias or the limitations of your senses, naive realism. According to our guest in this episode, famed psychologist Lee Ross, naive realism also leads you...Show More Summary

How to willfully alter your brain’s ability to willfully alter your brain’s abilities

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In a way, you can simply will yourself into a new physical form – that is if you use your will to routinely move heavy things, run around, or eat fewer tacos. Just as you can change your body at the atomic level by lifting weights, exercising, or eating differently, you can willfully alter your brain by performing another physical act: thinking in a certain way. (more…)

LA Makerspace founder Tara Tiger Brown shares her favorite tools

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Tara Tiger Brown is the founder of nonprofit organization LA Makerspace, the premier STEAM service provider for the Los Angeles Public Library. She’s also the co-founder of Kithub, creative electronics kits for kids, and co-founder of Connected Camps, which has online camps for kids including a Minecraft coding club. (more…)

How to turn your fears and anxieties into positivity and productivity with cognitive reframing

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Reframing is one of those psychological tools that just plain works. It’s practical, simple, and with practice and repetition it often leads to real change in people with a variety of thinking problems. It works because we rarely question...Show More Summary

How the illusion of control leads you to perpetually wait for your life to begin

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Over the years, when most patients have first met psychiatrist Michael I. Bennett, they have tended to believe they would soon to get to know a trusted confidant who would sit quietly, listen intently, and eventually deliver something...Show More Summary

Interview with Serah Ely, creator of the Escape Pod podcast, about her gender transition

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Tony from Starshipsofa writes, "This week on StarShipSofa, I interview (MP3) Serah Eley about her remarkable transgender journey from Steve Eley creator of Escape Pod to Serah. We delve into some of the very real issues that Serah has come across, why she gave up Escape Pod and why now she has stepped away altogether from the SF field."

Listen: making sense of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a Canadian election perspective

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The current Canadaland podcast (MP3) carefully parses out the implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership from the perspective of Internet freedom, censorship, free speech, business, and transparency. (more…)

Why everyone needs a weaponized spatula

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In the latest episode of the Cool Tools Show podcast, Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Andrew Leonard about some of his favorite tools. (more…)

Listen: a sexy hymn to Ishtar, in the original Babylonian

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Doris Prechel reads Ammi-dit?na's incredibly hot hymn to Ištar in Babylonian (MP3) as transcribed by D. O. Edzard. (more…)

Podcast: the only way to get evidence-based policy is to embrace ambiguity in science

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In the 2015 Sense About Science lecture (MP3), Tracey Brown discusses the worst casualty of politicization of science, from fluoride to climate change -- the truth. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Prepares You For The Coming Trump-pocalypse With Alternate Pulp Fiction Casting, More Batmans (Batmen?) and More

2 months agoHumor / odd : Nerd Bastards

It’s almost like we never abandoned you for two months. Jeremy and Jason have returned, but where were they and who have they become?! Learn about their harrowing tale (busy working and playing Playstation) and also learn about their thoughts on Stephen Colbert‘s late night takeover, Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s takeover of The Apprentice, Batman V. Bourne, […]

Things We Saw Today: You Know We’ve Got “Bat Blood” - Bat-aids don't fix building holes.

3 months agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, How It Should Have Ended brought together a gang of bad-ass warriors for a "Bat Blood" Taylor Swift parody.

What magicians, con-artists, and scammers can teach us about humility and humanity

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Before we had names for them or a science to study their impact, the people who could claim the most expertise on biases, fallacies, heuristics and all the other recently popularized quirks of human reasoning were scam artists, con artists, and magicians. Read the rest

Interview with TV show host and maker Jimmy DiResta

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Our guest on the Cool Tools Show podcast is Jimmy DiResta. He is a maker, toy designer, and TV show host. He’s been the host of a number of DIY shows including Dirty Money, Trash to Cash, Against the Grain, and Hammered with John and Jimmy DiResta. Show More Summary

Podcast: Ian McDonald talks about Luna: New Moon (also coming to CBS!)

3 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Science fiction titan Ian McDonald's forthcoming novel Luna: New Moon is the subject of the latest installment of the always-great Coode Street podcast (MP3). Read the rest

Why Ziya Tong likes the CocoJack

4 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The most recent guest on the Cool Tools Show (hosted by Kevin Kelly and me) is Ziya Tong, host and producer of the television program Daily Planet, Canada's daily science show, which airs on Discovery Canada. Before that, Ziya was host and field producer for Wired Science, produced in conjunction with Wired Magazine and NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS. Show More Summary

‘Easy Heaven’, A Seamless Mashup of ‘Easy’ by The Commodores and ‘Just Like Heaven’ by The Cure

4 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Daniel Barassi of Brat Productions has mashed together the audio from “Easy” by The Commodores with “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure – two very different songs from two very different music genres – that come together seamlessly, as if they were made for one another. The song is also available to download in MP3 […]

The RadioBastard Podcast And Bill Murray Recap San Diego Comic-Con 2015

5 months agoHumor / odd : Nerd Bastards

Surrounded by an ocean of discarded lanyards, empty hand sanitizer bottles, nerd tears, and a slowly dissipating funk cloud, it’s Bastard-Con 2015!, North America’s 4th biggest wholly audio nerd convention. This year, Jeremy and Jason offer an exclusive (ish) preview of X-Men: Apoplectic, Deadpool: Fck Your Face, Star Wars Episode 7: Practical Magic, Batman V. […]

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