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JOHN WILCOCK: Paul Krassner and the Birth of the Political Prankster Group, YIPPIE!

A 1967 acid trip during a hurricane at Ramrod Key, Florida, leads Abbie Hoffman, his wife Anita, and Paul Krassner to see the upcoming 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as a hugely visible moment for political protest. When home from the vacation, the group has a celebratory smoke, leading to Paul's coining of the term Yippie, for politicized, radical, or activist hippies. From John Wilcock, New York Years, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall. (See all Boing Boing installments) Read the rest

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Google's next chat service is... Photos

One of the best things about Google+ (RIP) was its engrossing photography community, where people from far and wide shared and discussed their images. Google's stab at a social network might be dead and buried, but it's doubling down on ways for peop...

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Become an in-demand web developer with this 6-course training bundle

It’s no secret that web developers are in increasingly high-demand throughout multiple industries, but you don’t need to invest an exorbitant amount of time or money in a traditional tech education in order to get the skills you need to join this lucrative field. The Ultimate 2020 Web Designer & Developer Bundle will teach you everything you need to know in order to start building pro-level websites from scratch, and it’s currently available for $29. With six courses and over 90 hours of expert-led training, this bundle will introduce you to the most important and relied-upon programming languages and platforms in the world of web development. You’ll learn how to use Python in order to build dynamic UI experiences, how to work with MySQL and PHP in order to manage large data sets, how to implement languages like HTML and CSS in order to enhance the functionality of your sites, and more—all through instruction that uses easy-to-follow lessons and tutorials. Start building pro-level websites with the Ultimate 2020 Web Designer & Developer Bundle for just $29—over 95% off for a limited time. Prices are subject to change. Read the rest

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An inexpensive home sewing kit for repairing clothes

Costing just on Amazon, this small sewing kit contains everything you need to make minor repairs to clothing. The only other thing you'll need is access to YouTube, so you can learn how to sew on a button, mend a tear, or repair a small hole. Read the rest

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Plane forced to turn around after woman fakes illness to get a bigger seat

A woman was taken into protective custody for pretending she was experiencing a breathing problem in order to get a bigger seat on an American Airlines flight from Pensacola to Miami, reports NBC News. The pilot decided to turn the plan around and landed in Pensacola. When the plane landed, the woman refused to get off and admitted she'd lied. Everyone else on the plane deboarded, and the woman remained as the sole passenger. Authorities eventually talked her into leaving. Once she exited, she was taken into protective custody. From NBC News: "American Eagle 3508 returned to Pensacola due to a passenger who requested medical assistance," American Airlines said in a statement to NBC News on Friday. "The flight took off at 5:43 a.m. and landed back at Pensacola at 6:26 a.m. and taxied to the gate. All [passengers] deplaned normally at the gate through the main boarding door and onto the jet bridge. The passenger was subsequently removed by law enforcement and medical personnel, and the flight took off again at 7:41 a.m." Photo by Patrick Cardinal - originally posted to Flickr as American Airlines Boeing 737-800, CC BY 2.0, Link Read the rest

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Life as a Linux system administrator

Do you really want to be a system administrator?

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Larry Page and Sergey Brin give Sundar Pichai control of Alphabet and Google

Google's co-founders are taking a backseat. Alphabet has announced that Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as the respective CEO and President of the company, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai taking the lead at both companies effective immedi...

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