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Save over 90% on the Black Friday Mac bundle

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Why interrupt your post-Thanksgiving turkey bliss to wait in an epic line, when the best deal of the season is a click away? We're treating you Mac enthusiasts to the ultimate Black Friday bundle, packed with apps to give your machine a mega boost in the right direction. From Drive Genius to AfterShot Pro to PDFPen, this bundle hits all the spots, and is sure to deliver the best gift you could give or receive this holiday season.


Save 92% On The Black Friday Mac Bundle today in the Boing Boing Store. 

Here's a breakdown of what's included in the bundle:

1Drive Genius 4$99 Value2AfterShot Pro 2$79.99 Value3PDFpen 7$74.95 Value4Mixtape Pro$69.99 Value5MacX DVD Ripper Pro$59.95 Value6BusyContacts$49.99 Value7Prizmo 3$49.95 Value8MotionComposer$29 Value9Dropzone 3$10 Value10DaisyDisk$9.99 Value

How browser extensions steal logins & browsing habits; conduct corporate espionage

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Seemingly harmless browser extensions that generate emojis, enlarge thumbnails, help you debug Javascript errors and other common utilities routinely run secret background processes that collect and retransmit your login credentials, private URLs that grant access to sensitive files, corporate secrets, full PDFs and other personally identifying, potentially compromising data. (more…)

The Right Way to Do Wrong, Houdini on deception

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The Right Way to Do Wrong presents a unique opportunity to experience Harry Houdini in his own words. A collection of the master magician's interviews of police, grifters, swindlers, and criminals of all sort. These papers also give a fantastic glimpse into Houdini.

I expected another dreary book of magic, written in dated English with references to things I'd never understand. What I found is a fascinating collection of captivating essays that also open a window into who Harry Houdini! While I very much enjoyed hearing stories about how turn of the century pick-pockets plied their trade, I loved learned that Houdini has a goofy sense of humor. Peppered with corny jokes and oddball witticisms, we not only learn the secrets to some of histories greatest magicians tricks, but get a glimpse of him.

For fans of magic, or just budding con-men, I highly recommend The Right Way to Do Wrong.

The Right Way to Do Wrong: A Unique Selection of Writings by History's Greatest Escape Artist (Neversink) via Amazon

Get the Microsoft Office specialist Excel certification bundle for just $19

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Excel skills aren't just good to have, they're essential to your career success. Start from the basics and advance your skills through these dual expert-taught courses. You'll be fully prepped to earn yourself a coveted certification, and score the job or promotion you've been waiting for.

Certify your excel mastery and save 99% on this course in the Boing Boing Store today. 

Anonymous Hacking Group Takes Down 20,000 ISIS Twitter accounts

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In the wake of horrific terror attacks in Paris, the online Hacktivist group Anonymous last week declared "total war" against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) that claimed responsibility for the attacks. While French, Russian, and US military are bombing ISIS from the sky, Anonymous members from all over the world are carrying out their very own cyber attack campaign, dubbed #

Sub-Mariner beats up a bunch of tiny, pink-helmeted Nazi soldiers

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There's nothing like an Alex Schomburg Golden Age comic book cover. Feast your eyes on Sub-Mariner #12, Winter 1943. I'm not a WWII historian, but I don't recall the Germans having pink helmets, pink rifles, or pink and green swastika flags.

Stan Lee on Schomburg: "Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post...When it came to illustrating covers, there simply was no one else in Alex's league." [via]

Can you pass this personal financial literacy test?

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Standard & Poor’s, Gallup, the World Bank, and George Washington University gave a five-question test on personal financial concepts to 150,000 people in more than 140 countries. Only 33% of people passed by demonstrating competency in three out of the four topics covered: risk, inflation, interest, and compound interest. Here's the quiz:

1. Risk Diversification:
Question: Suppose you have some money. Is it safer to put your money into one business or investment, or to put your money into multiple businesses or investments?

2. Inflation:
Question: Suppose over the next 10 years the prices of the things you buy double. If your income ALSO doubles, will you be able to buy less than you can buy today, the same as you can buy today, OR more than you can buy today?

3. Numeracy and Comparison (Debt):
Question: Suppose you need to borrow $100. Which is the lower amount to pay back: $105 or $100 plus three percent?

4. Interest Compounding (Saving):
Question: Suppose you put money in the bank for two years and the bank agrees to add 15 percent per year to your account. Will the bank add MORE money to your account the second year than it did the first year, or will it add the same amount of money both years?

5. Interest Compounding (Saving and Numeracy):
Question: Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the bank adds 10 percent per year to the account. How much money would you have in the account after five years if you did not remove any money from the account?

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More about the survey here: "One of the Most Extensive Measurements of Global Financial Literacy Research to Date" (MHFI)

And Quartz has an online version of the quiz here: "Two-thirds of the world can’t pass this basic financial literacy test. Can you?"

Video about the survey:

Everything is miscellaneous: why publishing needs tagging

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Walk into a bookstore, and chances are you’ll see books divided into sections by genre. Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Mystery, and so on. It’s the most common system of categorizing books, conversationally and from the data-management perspective of the book world. Genre is also incredibly limiting at times.

There are dozens upon dozens of subgenres across the genres of popular fiction (Romance, Crime, and Science Fiction/Fantasy, plus some others). Science Fiction gets sliced up into Space Opera, Mundane SF, Hard SF, Cyberpunk, Dieselpunk, etc. These subgenres can get hard to keep track of, especially since their boundaries are often porous, and even life-long fans often disagree on the borders between sub-genres, policing them inefficiently but with gusto. At times it’s fun to argue classifications, try to find exactly the right place to frame a piece so that its cultural and narrative context is most clear. And narrow sub-genres can be useful for putting works into clusters for conversation, but it’s also really easy to slice so thin that the discussion becomes obscure or self-serving rather than practical.



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