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05:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing How Goldman Sachs created the food crisis
Frederick Kaufman's piece for Foreign Policy examines how the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) is responsible for the increase in food prices. [T]he boom in new speculative opportunities in global...
05:09 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing TomTom admits police used data for speed traps
"We never foresaw this kind of use and many of our clients are not happy about it." -- TomTom navigation device maker CEO Harold Goddijn plays dumb about selling user data to police so they can set up...
04:57 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Donald "China is raping this country" Trump's line of hideously ugly clothes are made in China
"China is raping this country," Mr. Trump said, adding that the United States has fallen short on technology and innovation. (Via Andrew Sullivan)......
04:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Hipster to-do list
According to Mission Mission, this to-do list was found in a San Francisco bar. Click to see it larger. Mission Mission's headline is "Busy hipsters have epic to-do lists." (Thanks, Jess Hemerly!)......
04:48 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Police medic wields magic wellness stick
"Primum non nocere." Unless you have a cool-looking baton and you just can't help yourself.......
04:41 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Stolen Camera Finder
Matt Burns created this website to help you find your stolen camera. It looks on the web for other photos with the same EXIF ID. Stolen Camera Finder......
04:36 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The Rolling Stones' "2,000 Light Years From Home" (1967)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Rolling Stones perform "2,000 Light Years From Home," from Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967).  Friday Freak-Out: Julie Driscoll's "Season of the Witch" (1...
03:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Pocket Fresnel Lens
I'm a maintenance electrician and sometimes need to read tiny serial numbers in dark dirty places, or the color code of a resistor or some other value or rating that is difficult to accurately read wi...
03:20 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Cool Tools Quick Fix Contest
When things break down it's not likely you'll have the tools needed to make a perfect fix. That's why for this week's contest we are looking for quick fixes. These aren't meant to be perfect, but rath...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: snapshots from media camp
Some iPhone snapshots by Xeni.......
02:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: BB liveblog on-site, SpaceFlightNow webcast with Miles O'Brien
Shuttle Endeavour launch webcast hosted by Miles O'Brien at SpaceFlightNow.com [ 1:53pm ET: ] President Obama is en route despite launch scrub, scheduled to arrive Kennedy Space Center at 2:10pm ET. W...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: snapshots from media camp
(some iPhone snapshots by Xeni.)......
02:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: BB liveblog on-site, SpaceFlightNow webcast with Miles O'Brien
Shuttle Endeavour launch webcast hosted by Miles O'Brien at SpaceFlightNow.com [ 1:03pm ET: ]Mike Leinbach, Shuttle Launch Director with NASA, is speaking about why the launch was called off. NASA now...
01:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: BB liveblog on-site, SpaceFlightNow webcast with Miles O'Brien
Shuttle Endeavour launch webcast hosted by Miles O'Brien at SpaceFlightNow.com [12:52pm ET] NASA: launch may be scrubbed for at least 72 hours. [12:30pm ET] Steven Young from SpaceFlightNow explains w...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing That's what she said
Good news, everyone! They've finally programmed a computer capable of getting "That's what she said" jokes! It's called Double Entendre via Noun Transfer, or DEviaNT. (Via Tom Raftery)......
01:06 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Poop into power
"If you look at fecal matter, what is it? It's carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and minerals -it's a great source of stuff for doing this." — Ian Gates, associate professor in chemical engineering a...
01:02 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Great Moments in Pedantry: Parsing the language of porn
In a post that would be horribly NSFW were it not all just a block of text, linguist Arnold Zwicky blogs about how the vagaries of English allow you to interpret the same line from a gay porn in mult...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: BB liveblog on-site, SpaceFlightNow webcast with Miles O'Brien
Shuttle Endeavour launch webcast hosted by Miles O'Brien at SpaceFlightNow.com [11:52am ET] We're seeing a cavalcade of tweeters walking out of the NASA Tweetup tent, heading off to greet the STS-134 ...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Will SETI close? No, but ...
The good news: It doesn't look like SETI Institute itself is going to shut down for lack of funds. The bad news: Budget cuts do mean SETI might have to mothball its Allen Telescope Array, which search...
12:13 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
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Good news, everyone! They've finally programmed a computer capable of getting "That's what she said" jokes! It's called Double Entendre via Noun Transfer, or DEviaNT. (Via Tom Raftery)......
12:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Animal-sex Friday
It's Friday, and you know what that means. Yes, blogger Scicurious (who brought us the whale threesome) has another post about animal sex research. This time, it's about chicken sperm. Specifically, ...
11:34 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing The vitamin rebound effect
I've seen a lot of discussion over the past few years about whether or not taking vitamin pills actually produces any health benefits. Several studies have shown that vitamin-takers are no more health...
11:12 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Low-energy astrophysics: How scientists are trying to save the Earth
Listen to the scientists. That's what we say. When lots of different scientists, working separately, are turning up evidence that the Earth is getting warmer and human activities are to blame, then w...
11:05 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Kid has right idea about royal wedding
Grace van Cutsem, 3, has clearly had enough. Photo: Reuters/Darren Staples.......
10:12 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Most hackable Android phones
Mike Isaac rounds up the most easily-hacked Android smartphones. Spoiler: just get the Galaxy S if you need to root an Android right now. Otherwise, wait for the next one from Sony, whose cellphone de...
09:46 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing The monkey tail, a beard
The awesome and epic Monkey Tail is the first major new beard of the twenty-first century and represents a profound innovation in the bearding industry.......
03:47 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Scratch-built "freedom press"
Artist Shawn HibmaCronan scratch-built this beautiful printing press for San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2, working in steel, bamboo, oak, cork, and rope. I cut the bamboo gears with a ...
03:40 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Omelet recipe printed on an egg
Dnewman's come up with a clever use for the Egg-Bot ("an open-source art robot that can draw on spherical or egg-shaped objects from the size of a ping pong ball to that of a small grapefruit"): print...
03:37 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Wookie the Chew: Star Wars meets Winnie-the-Pooh
"Wookiee the Chew" is James Hance's inspired Winnie-the-Pooh/Star Wars mashup, a series of prints depicting the silly old wookiee and his pal Chrisolo Robin, "in a world where AT-AT's lose their tails...
03:31 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Jay Rosen: What I Think I Know About Journalism
Jay Rosen's "What I Think I Know About Journalism" is a four-point mini-manifesto for the future of reporting and newsgathering. Rosen indicts the current notion of reporting with the "View from Nowhe...
02:43 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Companies should release the source code for discontinued products
Inspired by the death of the Flip camera, Make magazine's Phil Torrone has a call-to-arms for companies that discontinue their projects: "If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It!" He catalogs a lon...
02:39 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Scratch-built "freedom press"
Artist Shawn HibmaCronan scratch-built this beautiful printing press for San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2, working in steel, bamboo, oak, cork, and rope. I cut the bamboo gears with a ...
02:32 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Giddy delight at technological progress
My Make column "Memento Mori" talks about the giddy, delightful vertigo I experience when I realize how fast and how far technology has come, and how fast it's moving: I'm often puzzled by how satisfy...
02:27 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO quilt a 3D Mad Tea Party set
This Mad Tea Party tea-set was painstakingly quilted in 3D by Instructables user Technoplastique who documented the whole process in a great (if somewhat daunting) HOWTO: This tea set is made with qui...
02:24 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Untouchable blood-camera goes to Africa for HIV portrait series
Wayne Martin Belger created the blood camera, which incorporates HIV-infected blood that acts as a red filter for portraits of HIV+ people. Now he's taking the project, which is called "Untouchab...
02:17 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Online activism works: Canada delayed US-style copyright bill in fear of activist campaign
Michael Geist sez, "A new Wikileaks cable confirms that the Canadian Conservative government delayed introducing copyright legislation in early 2008 due to public opposition. The delay - which followe...
01:25 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing That's Incredible! and the yogi in the box
Yesterday, my post about John Moschitta, Jr.'s 1981 appearance on That's Incredible! kindled memories among commenters of Yogi "Kudu" who famously contorted himself into a small plexiglass box on the ...
01:22 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Cursive fans attempt, fail to prove cursive is necessary
The ubiquity of computers is supplanting the need for formal, cursive handwriting. So kids today aren't getting as much instruction in cursive. So mumble mumble mumble ... the slow heat death of the U...
01:14 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Green moon
We've talked about the green flash of the Sun, a phenomenon where, just for a moment, the light from a setting or rising Sun appears green, rather than the customary red, pink, or gold. It happens whe...
12:51 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing The complicated science of tornadoes and climate
4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo. Is the number of tornadoes that happens every year going up? And, if so, is it a climate change thing? A natural variatio...
12:46 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing All the things left behind
On my walk around the neighborhood tonight, I found the following tornado debris: insulation, wood shrapnel, roof shingles, KFC receipt from Skyland Blvd in Tuscaloosa, a lease from 1996 for an apt at...
12:40 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Obama Administration punishes reporter for using multimedia in WikileaksManning-related coverage
"White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multim...
12:36 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour on launchpad, illuminated by lightning storm
Hello from Florida, where we observed dramatic electrical storms tonight near Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Above, Space Shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad, illuminated by lightning. Despi...
12:29 am PDT - Fri, April 29, 2011
BoingBoing Photos found after the Alabama tornadoes
More than 100 individual tornadoes struck the Southeastern United States yesterday. More than 200 people were killed in Alabama alone. I lived in Birmingham for two years, working for mental_floss ma...
09:52 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft tsunami
An add-on called Finite Liquid replaces Minecraft's gamily-modeled water with fill-the-container realism; cut a channel from sea to cavern, and it will slowly fill to the brim. In this video, YouTuber...
07:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing "Don't let daddy lick me again"
Every panel of this pictocomic ad is chock full o' disturbing content. It's just another bizarro gem from the trash culture ephemera archives of artist Mitch O'Connell. "Don't let daddy lick me again"...
05:36 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing John Moschitta, Jr. on That's Incredible! (1981)
[video link] I remember John Moschitta, Jr.'s 1981 appearance on That's Incredible! like it was yesterday. (That's Incredible! had a profound influence on me, that I think is reflected in my blogging....
04:02 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Seriously, how did Obama get into those Ivy League schools?
Donald Chump may have a point: how exactly *did* a chronic underachiever like Obama get into Harvard? Stay with it 'til the last few grafs. (via Drew Coombs)......
03:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Infographic: how to make a lie go mainstream, in 26 easy steps
A flowchart at Mother Jones illustrates how to cook up a bullshit conspiracy theory and push it mainstream, in just 26 steps. (via Mat Honan)......
03:47 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Brand-new conspiracy theories around Obama's newly released "long form" birth certificate
Buzzfeed has a very funny post up today explaining 20 freshly-hatched conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama's "long form birth certificate," released by the White House yesterday.......
03:41 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing FBI issues Grand Jury subpoena presumed to relate to Wikileaks, Espionage Act charges
On April 26, accused Wikileaks source Bradley Manning's friend and supporter David House tweeted "Subpoenas are being issued in the WikiLeaks grand jury. Violations of Espionage Act. No further commen...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing The Chronotune: Detroit hackerspace builds "time travel radio project"
[Video Link] Members of the i3Detroit hackerspace in Detroit, MI have created "the Chronotune," which allows you to "dial into a year in the past, present or future to hear the sounds of the year." Ra...
03:17 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Alabama nuke plant loses power after tornadoes
The bad news: a nuclear plant in Alabama lost power last night after violent thunderstorms and tornadoes; it will be offline for days or weeks. The good news: backup power systems worked as planned, a...
03:14 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing SpaceX video depicts crewed Dragon spacecraft landing on Mars
This SpaceX video unveiled today at a NASA press conference shows how commercial flight crew will take off, travel, and land in the company's Dragon spacecraft.... on a mission to Mars. Notable for de...
03:04 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Controversy over publication of Gitmo teen rape victim ID'd in Wikileaks dump
The Daily Telegraph this week published 759 of the leaked Guantnamo files from WikiLeaks, which had not been redacted. One document they published today "includes the full name of a boy detained at Gu...
02:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing John Moschitta, Jr. on That's Incredible! (1981)
[video link] I remember John Moschitta, Jr.'s 1981 appearance on That's Incredible! like it was yesterday. (That's Incredible! had a profound influence on me, that I think is reflected in my blogging....
02:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing FBI issues Grand Jury subpoena presumed to relate to Wikileaks, Espionage Act charges
On April 26, accused Wikileaks source Bradley Manning's friend and supporter David House tweeted "Subpoenas are being issued in the WikiLeaks grand jury. Violations of Espionage Act. No further commen...
02:07 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Make: Live about Karts & Wheels issue
Make: Live Episode 07 (Karts and Wheels) from MAKE magazine on Vimeo. The new episode of Make: Live is available on Vimeo. I was a guest on the episode and talked about some of the cool things in MAKE...
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Space Tourism Turns Ten: Dennis Tito became the first space tourist a decade ago today
[Video Link] As regular Boing Boing readers may recall, I was in Moscow recently to attend celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight, by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Six of the ...
01:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Nasty political pinbacks
Collector's Weekly looks at the history of attack-pinbacks in politics. As a little kid, I remember finding an "Impeach the Cox Sacker" pinback in my big brother's desk. I had no idea what it meant at...
01:39 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Police play doctor to test citizens' gullibility
A gang of thieves in Istanbul, Turkey have reportedly been dressing like doctors and distributing sedatives door to door, telling residents the medicine was related to a test for high blood pressure. ...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni at space shuttle Endeavour launch for SpaceFlightNow webcast
Photo: Bathed in xenon lights, space shuttle Endeavour moves along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Riding atop a crawler-...
01:15 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Weird things people swallow
In the 19th and 20th centuries, laryngologist Chevalier Jackson pioneered new methods to remove weird things that people swallowed, from safety pins, buttons, cigarette butts, and even a toy dog (seen...
12:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing New video from SpaceX depicts crewed Dragon spacecraft
This SpaceX video unveiled today at a NASA press conference shows how commercial flight crew will take off, travel, and land in the company's Dragon spacecraft. Notable for details like, "escape engin...
12:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Multiplayer High
Listen to anyone talk about schools today: classical education just can't keep up. In the digital generation's world of constant change, most schooling is profoundly boring. But what else is possible&...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Authorities 'cleaning up' Dafen Village, world capital of cheap oil painting
Painters paint picture edges black on the roof of a studio at Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, China, on April 26, 2011. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee Dafen village, a suburb of Shenzhen in China, i...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Karl Lagerfeld in a hotel suite made of chocolate
Photo: Jacky Naegelen of Reuters. I think a caption competition is in order.......
11:39 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing ilearnedtoprogram: why'd you learn to hack?
ReadWriteHack's Ben Chun's ilearnedtoprogram.com shares brief accounts of why programmers learned their craft and art. A large number mention creative satisfaction (which is certainly why I started). ...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Multiplayer High
Listen to anyone talk about schools today: classical education just can't keep up. In the digital generation's world of constant change, most schooling is profoundly boring. But what else is possible&...
11:04 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing The Onion on Donald Trump
"Trump Unable To Produce Certificate Proving He's Not A Festering Pile Of Shit" [The Onion]......
09:50 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks releases most Guantanamo files
Wikileaks released all but one of the secret files on Guantanamo inmates this morning. Abdullahi Sudi Arale's is the remaining file.......
08:06 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Understanding alternative voting, with coffee and beer
Here's Dan Snow explaining the "alternative voting" scheme that Britons will have the chance to vote on next week. Critics of AV have described it as too complicated. I don't know that "simple" necess...
02:35 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing We Say Gay: Tennessee kids fight bill that would prohibit discussing homosexuality in school
Mary Robinette Kowal sez, "Tennessee is trying to pass bill SB0049. The "Don't Say Gay" bill would prohibit speaking about homosexuality at middle schools and elementary schools, while talking about h...
02:32 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Hilarious book reviews: realtor economist's bubble-inflating books on getting rich through real estate
David Lereah served as economist for the National Association of Realtors and published a series of books advising readers that there was no real estate bubble and that buying highly leveraged propert...
02:25 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO build an impossible Escher perpetual motion waterfall
Christy from Instructables sez, "GuokrDIY just posted a fully detailed build of the Escher Waterfall, complete with Google SketchUp model, two videos, and full-on background, models, and textures to l...
02:19 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing ilearnedtoprogram: why'd you learn to hack?
ReadWriteHack's ilearnedtoprogram.com shares brief accounts of why programmers learned their craft and art. A large number mention creative satisfaction (which is certainly why I started). "by writing...
02:14 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Future, sharing-friendly WiFi design
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's staff technologist Peter Eckersley writes in "Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement" about the positive aspects of sharing your WiFi with your neighbors and passer...
02:02 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Killer boys' fashions from the 1970s
These matching boys' belt/trouser/vest/shirt sets are pretty badass, especially that orange stripey one that looks like it came out of a bizarro-world Paul Smith showroom. I'm pretty sure there's a Se...
01:58 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Fridgesinkstovestorage gadget
It took me a moment to figure out that the three women in this undated, black-and-white ad for a multifunction fridge/sink/stove for were all the same woman. My first thought was, "Jeez, those three r...
01:54 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing Spraypaint-can cocktail shaker
Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art store sells this stainless steel cocktail shaker that comes disguised as a graffiti-writer's spraycan -- $20 for non-members, $18 for members. I'm guessing that th...
01:48 am PDT - Thu, April 28, 2011
BoingBoing RIP Keith Aoki, copyfighting law prof, comics illustrator, musician and writer
Jamie Boyle has a sad remembrance for Keith Aoki, the legal scholar and artist who co-wrote and illustrated Bound By Law, a brilliant "Understanding Comics"-style volume about copyright and documenta...
11:51 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Baratunde on Birtherism: "Klansman Trump Reminds Blacks They Will Never Be American"
Video Link. Baratunde Thurston (web, Twitter) puts the birth certificate bullshit in context. Read his related blog post here. Snip: As I walked to work this morning, I got a text message from the @jj...
09:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Ken Robinson on reforming education: ADHD is a "fictitious epidemic."
[Video Link] Ken Robinson's presentation about reforming education is beautifully enhanced with RSA Animate's incredible illustrations. He believes ADHD is a "fictitious epidemic." RSA Animate - Chang...
09:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Happy tapir receives a massage
[Video Link] Maggie reminded me that it is World Tapir Day! In 2007 I took my 3-year-old daughter to the LA Zoo and took this video of a very relaxed tapir receiving a body rub by a gentle zookeeper.....
08:55 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Happy tapir receives a massage
[Video Link] Maggie reminded me that it is World Tapir Day! In 2007 I took my 3-year-old daughter to the LA Zoo and took this video of a very relaxed tapir receiving a body rub by a gentle zookeeper.....
07:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing The Master Theorem: "members-only society of solvers"
Allison Kade says: I'm not really sure what "normal" people do on Wednesday nights at midnight: Sleep? Have sex? Or, race against fellow nerds to earn point bonuses for solving online puzzles&...
07:21 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Indonesia: "Monkey Mask Show" (big photo gallery)
A trained monkey wears a mask, above, and looks at himself in a mirror, below during a Topeng Monyet (Monkey Mask) show, a traditional Indonesian street performance, in east Jakarta April 25, 2011. Ka...
07:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing New Las Vegas homeowners must pay collection agency fees for previous owners' unpaid debts
There is a big battle brewing in the wasteland of the Las Vegas residential real estate market. Christopher Maag of credit.com writes about it in an article titled "Las Vegas foreclosure mess and in b...
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Superman renounces his US citizenship
Superman announced today in Action Comics #900 that he is renouncing his US citizenship. (Thanks, Laura!)......
04:10 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Zappos hires Mechanical Turk to proofread product reviews
After concluding that well-written, well-punctuated, grammatical reviews increased sales, Zappos hired the Amazon Mechanical Turk to proofread the reviews on its site, correcting errors without changi...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing John Frame's stop-motion animation
[video link] Yesterday, I posted about the hypertalented sculptor/animator/musician John Frame, whose artwork is on display at the Huntington Library near Los Angeles until June 20. The exhibit featur...
02:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft source code to be released
Minecraft fans, outraged by a proposed $5 nominal fee to join a certified developer program, demanded that the game's source code be released free of charge. Developer Notch gave in without much fuss;...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Google Doodle Quiz!
Twaggies presents another difficult quiz that should leave even the most addicted netizens lacking results. Optimize your engines after the jump!......
02:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing First European depictions of Native Americans
Via Bibliodyssey, the earliest known European depictions of Native Americans by John White, de Bry, and others, in the late 16th century. marinni.livejournal.com. Be patient, the page is big, and take...
02:06 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Shopped. I can tell by the pixels.
(Download: PDF, whitehouse.gov) THIS LOOKS SHOPPED. I CAN TELL FROM SOME OF THE PIXELS AND FROM SEEING QUITE A FEW SHOPS IN MY TIME. So say the indefatigable birthers, as evidenced by breathless headl...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing How to find new life on Earth
The Earth is small, but not as small as we sometimes like to think. New life forms are discovered all the time, right under our noses. One of them was discovered in the bathroom of a South African tr...
01:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Shopped. I can tell by the pixels.
(Download: PDF, whitehouse.gov) THIS LOOKS SHOPPED. I CAN TELL FROM SOME OF THE PIXELS AND FROM SEEING QUITE A FEW SHOPS IN MY TIME. So say the indefatigable birthers, as evidenced by breathless headl...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing The woman who would be queen
King Ralph, meet Queen Karin. If 4,973 people died (and anyone still cared afterwards) German therapist Karin Vogel would become Queen of England. Via Nicholas Jackson......
01:01 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Biology postcards to print & share
This is an axolotl, a type of salamander that is frequently used by scientists trying to study developmental biology. Axolotls have taught about physical regeneration, and how hormones force physical ...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing World Tapir Day
It's World Tapir Day! This tapir is celebrating with a nice, long bath. You deserve it, tapir! It's hard work, lookin' like a pig, but being more closely related to a horse. Via cephalopodcast Image: ...
12:23 pm PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Read This: A Planet of Viruses
There are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 viruses in the ocean. There's more virus DNA in your genes than there is DNA that actually creates proteins. Viruses are everywhere. Ubiquitous. Si...
11:32 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Colorful new solar-powered lamp at Ikea
Fans of inexpensive and stylish home accouterments will be delighted to learn that Ikea offers its new Solvinden solar-powered lamps in black, white, lime green, and, of course, teal. [IKEA]......
11:30 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: The Graffiti of War
From war, art. This is the basic premise of The Graffiti of War, a project from two combat veterans that features the unconventional military art that soldiers, seamen, marines, and airmen (and women)...
11:06 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft source code to be released
Minecraft fans, outraged by a proposed $5 fee to join a certified developer program, demanded that the game's source code be released free of charge. Developer Notch gave in without much fuss; one com...
10:16 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Apple denies iPhone location logging, but will fix it anyway
Apple insists that the iPhone isn't tracking your location, but that it it will stop the iPhone tracking the location of cellular towers and WiFi networks near your location in a forthcoming update. [...
10:12 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing White iPhone out tomorrow
Apple will finally release the white iPhone, delayed for months, tomorrow. It will be available on AT&T and Verizon at the same price as the black model.......
09:21 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Construction plans for the Northern Europe Migrants Organisation
Are you looking to illegally immigrate into the U.K.? NEMO's Calais travel center, architected in an inconspicuous brutalist style, offers much-reduced travel times and discount prices compared to...
07:14 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Nottingham Hackspace finds a new home
David sez, "Last week you featured a story on Nottingham Hackspace being made homeless, and needing to raise funds to move. Thanks in no small part to Boing Boing, we made it! We've now got the keys f...
07:12 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Zappos hires Mechanical Turk to proofread product reviews
After concluding that well-written, well-punctuated, grammatical reviews increased sales, Zappos hired the Amazon Mechanical Turk to proofread the reviews on its site, correcting errors without changi...
02:52 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian pro-Net Neutralityanti-censorshipanti-surveillance party gaining support
The latest Canadian election (they keep having 'em, every year or two, as the minority Tory party tries to bolster its number in keeping with Prime Minister Harper's autocratic ruling style) is headin...
02:47 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Lessig on science, copyright and the moral case for open access
Larry Lessig's talk at CERN on the way that copyright interacts with science publishing is a stirring call-to-arms to free up scientific discovery and inquiry. While artists debate the questions of ex...
02:41 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Battleshoe
Phil Noto created this Battleshoe for a show of sneaker art at the Bold Hype gallery in NYC. Battleshoe (via Neatorama)......
02:36 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Filling Paris's potholes with knitwork
In 2009, Juliana Santacruz Herrera began filling Paris's potholes with elaborate knitted plugs; she called it "Projet Nid de Poule" (Project Pothole). What the yarn lacks in durability it makes up for...
02:31 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Sex ed, Cthulhu style
Craig Macneill and Clay McLeod Chapman's 2005 Sundance-selected short film "Late Bloomer" is a funny, weird mashup of HP Lovecraft's classic monologues about the horrors lurking in unsuspected places ...
02:26 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Pinhole cameras made out of hollow eggs
Francesco Capponi made these beautiful pinhole cameras out of blown eggs, shooting eerie negative photos that could only been seen by destroying the camera: Take the egg and drill it with a rotary too...
02:21 am PDT - Wed, April 27, 2011
BoingBoing Maker culture sendup: the Tinkerer's Handbook
The Wondermark webcomic is celebrating its ninth anniversary with a multi-part sendup of maker culture called "The Tinkerer's Handbook (The Magazine For People Who Cannot Leave Well Enough Alone)." Th...
10:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Time-lapse macro video: ferrous particles in liquid suspension, drawn to magnet
[Video Link] Kim Pimmel shares the video above, and explains: Ferrous printer toner particles floating on the surface of water are attracted by a magnet and align to the invisible magnetic field aroun...
10:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing WWII airplane factory camouflaged as residential neighborhood
"During World War II, the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a possible Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting to make ...
10:26 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Chuck Norris, plagiarist
The cobbled-together mediocrity of Chuck Norris' columns is a given, but Wonkette finally sat down and figured out just how cut-and-pasty it is. Very! The best part is that the plagiarism is so obviou...
10:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing US abandons criminal invst of NSA wiretapping whistleblower
Kevin Poulsen at Wired.com reports that the US "has dropped criminal investigation of the whistleblower who exposed the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program to the New York Times in 2...
10:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Gamifying personal finances: what works and what doesn't
[Video Link] I wrote a piece for Credit.com about adding gamelike elements to personal finances. I tried out payoff.com (didn't like it) and smartypig.com (love it). I entered this information into th...
09:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing High radiation levels at Ohio nuclear plant prompt NRC "special inspection"
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission today issued a statement confirming that workers at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in northeast Ohio evacuated the plant on April 22 after radiation levels rose a...
09:09 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Why should you care about iOS location tracking?
Over at Wired Gadget Lab, Brian Chen and Mike Isaac have a thoughtful, non-hysterical piece up about the Apple iOS location data gathering issue. You should care about Apple's collection of geodata o...
09:02 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed
"Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549 as it crash-landed in the Hudson River in January 2009. What went through his mind as the plane went down?" Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my pl...
08:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Like Apple and Google, Microsoft collects location data on Windows Phone 7 users
Over at CNET, Declan McCullagh reports that Microsoft also collects records of the whereabouts of people who use its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. In recent weeks, we've blogged here at Bo...
08:52 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Like Apple and Google, Microsoft collects location data on Windows Phone 7 users
Over at CNET, Declan McCullagh has an item up on the fact that Microsoft also collects records of the whereabouts of people who use its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. In recent weeks, we've...
08:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for upcoming movie about "Black Prince" Uday Hussein
[Video Link] Too bad Uday Hussein isn't around to watch The Devil's Double (July 29). He'd surely have enjoyed it. Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, L...
08:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks: 8 men at Gitmo gave evidence on 255 others, but their testimony under torture now deemed unreliable
US military analysts assessing the threat levels related to some 800 men held at Guantnamo used testimony from just 8 detainees, whose accounts now "appear to be questionable." Why is their testimony ...
08:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Gewgaw cools down coffee to 140 F, then keeps it there for hours
So far 3,383 people have pledged $205,650 on Kickstarter towards the Coffee Joulies project. I didn't know that coffee cooling down too quickly was such a big problem. Coffee Joulies work with your co...
08:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing "Marwencol" airs tonight on PBS Independent Lens
The amazing documentary film Marwencol, which I blogged about earlier this year, is airing tonight on PBS Independent Lens. Check here for local listings. It's a fantastic film.......
08:23 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Elon Musk of SpaceX: We can put a human on Mars in 10 years
The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray interviews Elon Musk of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX. Musk says his company plans to send a manned craft to space in three years, ...
08:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing RIP Poly Styrene
[Video Link] Poly Styrene, lead singer for the amazing X-Ray Spex, died of cancer today. She was 53. Punk icon Poly Styrene dies at 53......
08:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Friendster to erase user profiles
Friendster is erasing all of its user profiles on May 31. How will I remember anyone's birthday?......
07:53 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Go the Fuck to Sleep: a storybook for exhausted parents
This is going to be my default gift for my friends who have kids. Go the Fuck To Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't al...
07:52 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Sony: PSN intruder may have taken credit card info
Sony reports that an intruder may have gleaned users' personal information, including credit card details, from its PlayStation Network. The PSN's been offline for nearly a week now while the company ...
07:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Sony: PSN intruder may have taken credit card info
Sony reports that an intruder may have gleaned users' personal information, including credit card details, from its PlayStation Network. The PSN's been offline for nearly a week now while the company ...
07:44 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Sony PlayStation network targeted in massive customer data breach
A hacker reportedly broke into Sony's PlayStation online gaming network and stole names, addresses and possibly credit card data for some 77 million user accounts. The breach may be one of the largest...
07:40 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Transgender woman beaten in McDonald's speaks out
Remember that viral video that made the rounds last week, of a woman being kicked, beaten and spat upon, on the floor of a McDonald's in Baltimore—then going into an epileptic seizure, as the a...
07:38 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright laws prevents release of historic jazz recordings
In the 1930s an audio engineer named William Savory (above) made a lot of high-quality recordings of live jazz performances of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson...
07:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Neuroscience of Shakespeare
In the current Literary Review, University of Liverpool professor Philip Davis, author of Shakespeare Thinking, describes his ongoing collaborations with neuroscientists to study The Bard's syntax and...
07:14 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Five awesome iOS apps for space and astronomy fans
Intel invited me to contribute a post to their "My Life Scoop" site, and I decided to do a roundup of astronomy-related apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I really and truly do dig these apps:...
06:48 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Adobe Digital Editions "astronomically expensive" ... but who is the customer?
Photo: Shutterstock Elliot Jay Stocks discusses Adobe's pricing model for its forthcoming Digital Editions package. The price for the add-on, which allows publishers to export iPad magazines from Adob...
06:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing What's the point of cannibalism?
BBC Nature editor Matt Walker has a long meditation on the possible benefits of cannibalism, centered around two bits of newly published research. First, a recently recorded case of a female tamarin ...
05:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing AT&T and T-Mobile USA: the case for a merger
AT&T Inc. CEO Randall Stephenson announces his company's proposal to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom in New York. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid I spent a fair bit of time last week combing over AT&T's f...
05:29 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Swordswoman is both stern and sweet
This young woman exhibits palpable fixity of purpose and concentration as she demonstrates the use of her large, sharp sword, and then, in an instant, her mien is completely transformed with the delig...
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Happy birthday, John James Audubon!
Happy birthday, John James Audubon (1785-1851)! In celebration of the great French-born wildlife artist, naturalist, and ornithologist, Smithsonian presents a fascinating excerpt from Richard Rhodes' ...
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions
Technovelgy.com has a wonderful rabbit hole of a "Timeline of Science Fiction Ideas, Technology and Inventions," sorted by publication date, rife with excerpts from the fiction, and linked to info abo...
03:15 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Authors of the Impossible: interview with Jeff Kripal
Jeff Kripal, who wrote the fantastic BB special feature "Psi-Fi: Popular Culture and the Paranormal," was recently interviewed by The Immanent Frame. Jeff is the chair of Rice University's Department ...
02:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing China says Tibetan Buddhist monks "disrupt social order," forces "patriotic re-education" camps after suicide protest
Click for large. In this file photo from 2007, Tibetan monks debate Buddhist philosophy at the Kirti Monastary. (REUTERS/Reinhard Krause) Today, the government of China for the first time confirmed a ...
02:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing China says Tibetan Buddhist monks "disrupt social order," forces "patriotic re-education" camps after suicide protest
Click for large. In this file photo from 2007, Tibetan monks debate Buddhist philosophy at the Kirti Monastary. (REUTERS/Reinhard Krause) Today, the government of China for the first time confirmed a ...
02:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Golden-age short-change cons
While some of the techniques laid out in "Tricks of Short Change Artists," from the Oct, 1930 issue of Modern Mechanix may have shifted over the years, the principles remain largely unchanged. I could...
02:21 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Marina Gorbis on social production and "manor economies"
Inspired by the recent lawsuit filed by some of Huffington Post's unpaid bloggers seeking to get paid for their contributions to the site, Institute for the Future's executive director Marina Gorbis w...
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Pat the Zombie: a perfect parody of Pat the Bunny
[Video Link] When my kids were little they loved it when my wife and I read Pat the Bunny to them. The crudely drawn illustrations and pastel colors were half the charm of this book; the real fun was ...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Dolphin deaths in the Gulf Coast
Since February 1, 2010, 443 dolphins have turned up "stranded"—a word that really, mostly means "dead"—on the beaches of Gulf Coast states. Most of these deaths coincide with the after-ef...
01:13 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Comparing Mac people with PC people
Hunch has an interesting chart up, comparing the interests of self-identified Mac and PC users who fill out their Hunch site profiles. The average Mac user is younger, more liberal, more urban, more e...
01:01 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Physicist makes biologists *headdesk*
Physicists are experts in physics. But in the realm of biology, they don't necessarily know any more than your mechanic might. At the Pharyngula blog, P.Z. Myers found a particularly egregious example...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Underwater scooter is fabulous, frustrating
My Aunt Macel and Uncle Bruce have an alpaca farm. So I speak with some level of experience when I say that alpacas are the most infuriatingly frustrating animals in the world. You have these little ...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Pat the Zombie: a perfect parody of Pat the Bunny
When my kids were little they loved it when my wife and I read Pat the Bunny to them. The crudely drawn illustrations and pastel colors were half the charm of this book; the real fun was the interacti...
12:34 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Liposuction: Gross in the short term, unhealthy in the long term
Interesting evidence that liposuction isn't medically benign. A new study in Nature found that suctioning fat off the thighs and butt tended to result in patients later accumulating fat around their m...
12:13 pm PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing What's the point of cannibalism?
BBC Nature editor Matt Walker has a long meditation on the possible benefits of cannibalism, centered around two bits of newly published research. First, a recently recorded case of a female tamarind...
11:51 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Profile of experimental musical instrument maker
[Video Link] Maker Faire is just a few weeks away, and we are profiling some of the makers who will be showing their creations there. Here's Sung Kim, experimental musical instrument maker. Sung Kim's...
11:51 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Profile of experimental musical instrument maker
[Video Link] Maker Faire is just a few weeks away, and we are profiling some of the makers who will be showing their creations there. Here's Sung Kim, experimental musical instrument maker. Sung Kim's...
11:33 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Dropbox asks file sharing add-on to drop dead
When a new file-sharing add-on to Dropbox was released, it asked the author to take down his code; removed a copy from its own servers after claiming to have issued itself a DMCA notice; then leapt ma...
10:03 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing In-depth look at SpyEye crimeware
Brian Krebs has an in-depth look at SpyEye, a "crimeware" trojan horse that is used to harvest personal information (especially banking credentials) from infected Windows machines. SpyEye's keylogger ...
10:03 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Why I love my Twitter stream
"Spent several hours yesterday calculating the entropy of a piano at room temperature. Best estimate: about 10^{26}k_B. So there you go." — physicist and science blogger Sean Carroll. This was t...
10:01 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Rose Red: the Fables fight fear itself
I gobbled up the fifteenth Fables collection this weekend: Rose Red raises the stakes yet again on the Fables -- the mythical creatures long exiled to the human realm. Having fought their battle again...
09:40 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing DIY publishing down under
One cool thing about print on demand books -- they can be produced locally, anywhere there's a printer/binder machine. Case in point: the University of Melbourne's Custom Book Centre is producing my D...
02:55 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Delicious Radium butter
Radium brand butter: when nothing said "radium" like pastoral scenes of ruminating cows. Radium Brand creamery butter......
02:53 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Homebrew street-sweeper
This Chinese street-sweeping machine is a rubegolbergian triumph. (via Neatorama)......
02:50 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Snow White tattoo
This Snow White back-piece (possibly executed in Taiwan by Ping) seems calculated to infuriate Disney's lawyers. A noble cause and a smashing piece of work. Snow White tattoo (via Neatorama)......
02:46 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hacker Typer produces code from keybashing
The Hacker Typer allows you to produce convincing code the way the movie-hackers do: simply bash at the keyboard and hey-presto, you are 1337! Hacker Typer......
02:43 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Swordswoman is both stern and sweet
This young woman exhibits palpable fixity of purpose and concentration as she demonstrates the use of her large, sharp sword, and then, in an instant, her mien is completely transformed with the delig...
02:39 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Chemistry kit with no chemicals
The liability-phobic dilution of kids' science has reached its apotheosis with "CHEMISTRY"60": a chemistry kit that promises "60 fun activities with no chemicals." Kids are expected to supply the...
02:33 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Russian corruption: crooked officials steal multi-billion-dollar company, $230M tax refund, then murder campaigning lawyer
Foreign Policy's got a chilling tell-all account of the crooked Russian tax-cops who engineered a law-office raid that ended with their criminal pals forging documents transferring a company to them, ...
02:24 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Circular carbon fiber loom
Lexus has developed a circular loom for weaving 3D objects out of carbon fiber. It's a pretty mesmerizing process. Video of Lexus' 360-Degree Carbon Fiber Loom (Thanks, Alpacaman!)......
02:05 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing First peek at Sony's new twin Android tablets, coming in Fall, 2011
As noted earlier, at a press event in Japan today, Sony announced two new tablets: S1 (codename), "optimized for rich media entertainment," and S2 (codename), "ideal for mobile communication and enter...
01:23 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaked Gitmo files: Al-Qaeda assassin "worked for MI6"
The Guardian, digging into Guantnamo-related documents released by Wikileaks, reports that an Algerian al-Qaeda operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 20...
01:20 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Sony mobile event: two Android 3.0 tablets on the way
Among the revelations at a Sony press event in Japan today, news that the electronics giant will launch two new Android 3.0-based tablets: a media tablet, "S1"; and a dual-screen, foldable "S2." There...
12:25 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaked Gitmo files: Al-Qaida assassin "worked for MI6"
The Guardian, digging into Guantnamo-related documents released by Wikileaks, reports that an Algerian al-Qaida operative accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 20...
12:16 am PDT - Tue, April 26, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: TEPCO floods containment vessels of 3 reactors at Fukushima No. 1
In Japan, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers have begun "the unprecedented and potentially risky measure" of flooding the containment vessels of three troubled Fukushima nuclear reactors with water. The...
10:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Buy your own Al Qaeda-approved OFFICIAL terrorist watch
Don't forget, folks, that you too can own the Casio F91W, the wristwatch considered by America's crack anti-terrorist experts as a sure sign of terrorist affiliations. Just $12! They are also availabl...
10:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Chernobyl disaster, 25 year later: commemoration around the world
It's early morning on April 26 in Kiev, Ukraine, where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened exactly a quarter century ago. On this day in 1986, reactor number four at the plant exploded, setting o...
10:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Chernobyl disaster, 25 year later: commemoration around the world
It's early morning on April 26 in Kiev, Ukraine, where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened exactly a quarter century ago. On this day in 1986, reactor number four at the plant exploded, setting o...
10:39 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing A Native American woman in Iceland
Researchers at the University of Iceland have discovered genetic evidence that suggests at least one woman from North America may have traveled to Europe 1000 years ago. Ten years ago, Agnar Helgason,...
10:13 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Class action lawsuit filed against Apple in US over location tracking issue
Bloomberg was first to report today that two iPad/iPhone users have filed a class action lawsuit accusing Apple of invasion of privacy and computer fraud, and of "secretly recording movements of iPho...
09:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Visit to '80s animatronic rock band warehouse
Casey Paquet says: My buddy Allen and I had the opportunity last week to visit Creative Engineering, Inc. in Orlando -- better known as the birthplace of the Rock-afire Explosion, the animatronic band...
09:33 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Small prize, big reward
Win a prize! Impress your friends! A recent study suggests that even small, monetarily worthless rewards can inspire big competition when those rewards are highly visible within a group of potential c...
09:31 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Reports of a new virus, "Stars," hitting Iran: son of Stuxnet?
The government of Iran said today it has been targeted by a new computer virus dubbed "Stars." From a blog post by Joris Evers for computer security firm Macafee: Stars would be the second malware inf...
09:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing BP Oil Spill: Scientists question seafood safety
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service says seafood from the Gulf of Mexico is safe to eat. And they aren't just making that up—there's test results that back up t...
09:10 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Evil ninjas terrorise Pittsburgh
A spate of mysterious crimes carried out by ninjas has left Pittsburghers annoyed and confused. In the latest event, a sword-wielding ninja smashed 11 cars in South Union Township, PA. and tried to st...
08:35 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Max Mathews, electronic music pioneer, RIP
Electronic music pioneer Max V. Mathews died a few days ago at the age of 84. While at BELL Labs in the 1950s, Matthews developed MUSIC, the first popular computer program for generating sound. The mu...
07:34 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Half of 2011's NYT issues contain stories sourced to Wikileaks
As we all know, there's been this thing going on for a while between the New York Times and Wikileaks. The NYT offers narrative and journalistic excellence, but existential issues have led it to a pla...
07:17 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Joi Ito: new director of the MIT Media Lab
Congratulations to our pal Joi Ito who has just been named the new director of the MIT Media Lab! I can't wait to see how Joi's incredible vision, creativity, curiosity, and kindness impact the place....
07:07 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Creepy handwritten notes of CIA psychologist who helped design US torture techniques for terror detainees
Above: One of the items identified as notes produced by the infamous Dr. Bruce Jessen, a psychologist whose work was used to design the so-called "Enhanced interrogation techniques Program," which amo...
07:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Timothy Leary's 1985 software Mind Mirror
Here is bOING bOING patron saint Dr. Timothy Leary explaining Mind Mirror, the software he created in 1985 with Bob Dietz and Peter Van den Beemt. Published by Electronic Arts, Mind Mirror was a pop p...
06:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Max Matthews, electronic music pioneer, RIP
Electronic music pioneer Max V. Matthews died a few days ago at the age of 84. While at BELL Labs in the 1950s, Matthews developed MUSIC, the first popular computer program for generating sound. The m...
06:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Gitmo interrogators: Casio F-91W digital watch is back pocket hanky code for "I'm a terrorist"
This item in the Guardian's coverage of the latest Wikileaks dump is not the first time I've heard that the Casio F-91W digital watch is thought to be "the sign of al-Qaida," and "a contributing facto...
06:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Joi Ito: new director of the MIT Media Lab
Congratulations to our pal Joi Ito who has just been named the new director of the MIT Media Lab! I can't wait to see how Joi's incredible vision, creativity, curiosity, and kindness impacts the place...
06:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Tim Heidecker Endorses Trumps
. Tim Heidecker, doing stand-up in LA: "You know that expression, 'don't sweat the small stuff?' Life is too short. You gotta worry about the big stuff. Government." Video Link, and you can watch ...
06:18 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing FBI raids home of actor accused of uploading "King's Speech," "Black Swan" to BitTorrent
David Kravets at Wired.com reports that FBI agents today raided the Los Angeles apartment of a Screen Actors Guild member suspected of being the first to upload to The Pirate Bay the Oscar-winning fil...
06:17 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Timothy Leary's 1985 software Mind Mirror
Here is bOING bOING patron saint Dr. Timothy Leary explaining Mind Mirror, the software he created in 1985 with Bob Dietz and Peter Van den Beemt. Published by Electronic Arts, Mind Mirror was a pop p...
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Topless teen terpsichore in Thailand turns into truly terrible "Taliban!" Twitter taunts
Authorities in Thailand are freaking out over viral videos and photos of young women dancing without shirts at a traditional festival honoring Thai goddesses who are often depicted dancing without shi...
04:55 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Topless teen terpsichore in Thailand turns into Twitter taunts of "Taliban!"
Authorities in Thailand are freaking out over viral videos and photos of young women dancing without shirts at a traditional festival honoring Thai goddesses who are often depicted dancing without shi...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Imaginary Foundation's "The Undivided Mind" virtual art installation
Last year, our friends at the Imaginary Foundation opened an all-too-temporary art installation in San Francisco's Lower Haight district. Fortunately, they have now created an interactive virtual gall...
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Did Steve Jobs respond to iPhone location-tracking brouhaha in a terse email? Mmmmaybe.
Surely you've been following the iPhone-tracks-your-location-data story in recent weeks. As of today, the Wall Street Journal is the latest large outlet to cover the story of security experts Alasdair...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Man dies in failed "human cannonball" stunt
The headline: "Human Cannonball Dies."......
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Dropbox CTO on their security policy
Arash Ferdowsi, CTO of Dropbox, wrote to me to clarify Dropbox's present and historical privacy policy: first, I'd like to clarify what our intent was in how we represented privacy in our TOS. in our ...
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing How books were made
[video link] This is how books used to be made. Before the Dark Times, before the Empire! (Thanks, Mathias Crawford!)......
03:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Did Steve Jobs respond to iPhone location-tracking brouhaha in a terse email? Mmmmaybe.
Surely you've been following the iPhone-tracks-your-location-data story in recent weeks. As of today, the Wall Street Journal is the latest large outlet to cover the story of security experts Alasdair...
03:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Exhibit of sculptures and animation by John Frame
Los Angeles's Huntington Library is celebrating the exquisite sculptures and phantasmagorical animation of Southern California artist John Frame. The exhibition, titled "Three Fragments of a Lost Tale...
02:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Activationism: Cape Cod's feel good "cult" of 1948
"Do you want a 'real' experience to talk about when you get home from your vacation? Come and get yourself Activationized." That's what the flier read inviting Cape Cod tourists to a 1948 gatherin...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing NOLA cops so corrupt Feds have taken over
The Department of Justice has concluded its investigation into New Orleans's notoriously corrupt police force and concluded that it is so bad, so rotten from top to bottom, that the police have been p...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Reprap masterclass: Bath, July 123 - build your own 3D printer
Jmgiacalone sez, "If you're thinking of getting into 3D printing and don't know where to start, then we have just the ticket for you. eMAKERshop have teamed up with the Bath University RepRap research...
02:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing State Dept adding intrusive, semi-impossible questionnaire for US passport applications
Olga sez, "The U.S. Dept of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for passport applicants: proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history, per...
01:55 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Datacenter power use visualized
Servers don't run themselves. It takes juice—the electric kind—to keep the internet live, storing data and connecting visitors to websites, online services and social networks. The social...
01:50 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Artist collects magic markers
Graphic artist Allister Lee of Toronto collects black markers of all varieties and vintages. He has 600 of them. And whenever he gets a new one, he renders it on paper. Using a black marker, of course...
01:45 pm PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Slip N Snip Folding Scissors
I carry these little, folding scissors with me everywhere. They are very sharp, and fold and unfold very easily. They are also very powerful considering their size. Best of all they have a very slim (...
10:14 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Datacenter power use visualized
Servers don't run themselves. It takes juice—the electric kind—to keep the internet live, storing data and connecting visitors to websites, online services and social networks. The social...
08:56 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Datacenter power use visualized
Servers don't run themselves. It takes juice—the electric kind—to keep the internet live, storing data and connecting visitors to websites, online services and social networks. The social...
08:52 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Datacenter power use visualized
Servers don't run themselves. It takes juice—the electric kind—to keep the internet live, storing data and connecting visitors to websites, online services and social networks. The social...
05:37 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing New Zealand's rammed-through copyright law includes mass warrantless surveillance and publication of accused's browsing habits
Juha sez, "It looks like the 'watered-down' new New Zealand copyright law will lead to Internet users' browsing habits being covertly monitored for infringement. Ignorance that a work was copyright is...
05:37 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing BuyEmails.org: Indian site services Internet scam artists
Brian Krebs has a good investigative piece on BuyEmails.org, an India-based website servicing Nigerian fraudsters and other Internet scam artists. They offer curiously targetted email lists ("6 millio...
05:29 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Unbeaten by Rain: charitable poster to raise money for Japan's new orphans
My friend Yasuko is a Japanese woman living in London. She was haunted and moved by the recent disasters in Japan, and decided to undertake a fundraiser for the people who were hurt and displaced by ...
05:23 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Innovation and the unexpected: an impassioned rant
Tim Hurson's TEDxMaastricht talk "The shock of the possible" is a great, impassioned rant about the power of the unexpected in innovation, making connections between many of the turning points in huma...
05:19 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Core-sample of Canal Street
Sculptor Alan Wolfson created his Canal Street Cross-Section as a kind of doll's house model of Canal Street from street level to the subways below, combining real, imaginary, and displaced elements o...
05:15 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Passover poem about robots: "When We Were Robots in Egypt"
Tor.com reprises Jo Walton's wonderful "When We Were Robots in Egypt," a Passover story for mechanical people, in verse. Other nights we use just our names, but tonight we prefix our names with "the R...
05:13 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed clock, printed -- runs well!
Thingiverse user Syvwlch has been gradually perfecting a 3D-printable working clock for weeks now, and last week, he declared provisional victory. In celebration, another Thingiverse user, RustedRobot...
05:09 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Naipaul's rules for beginning writers
Here's VS Naipaul's seven-point program for beginning writers who want to get better at writing: 1. Do not write long sentences. A sentence should not have more than ten or twelve words. 2. Each sente...
05:06 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Hugo Nominees 2011
Congrats to the nominees for the 2011 Hugo Awards, to be presented at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, NV. I'll be there and rooting for my favorites! Best Novel Blackout/All Clea...
05:02 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Rules for golfing during the blitz
This sign was purportedly posted in 1940 in a north country British country club, regarding the special rules of play for bombed-out golf greens. Stiff Upper Lip (via Neatorama)......
04:50 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing New Zealand's rammed-through copyright law includes mass warrantless surveillance and publication of accused's browsing habits
Juha sez, "It looks like the 'watered-down' new New Zealand copyright law will lead to Internet users' browsing habits being covertly monitored for infringement. Ignorance that a work was copyright is...
04:45 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing State Dept adding intrusive, semi-impossible questionnaire for US passport applications
Olga sez, "The U.S. Dept of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for passport applicants: proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history, pers...
04:38 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Dr Seuss explains Christ's crucification
Tavie sez, "Happy Easter from the Kids in the Hall!" Dr. Seuss Bible......
03:07 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: "Safecast" DIY crowdsourced radiation project posts first mobile recon update
The buried lede: they got 50usv/hr readings in a kindergarten. Last week a team from Keio University took one of our geiger counters for a drive. That was a test run for our slightly more elaborate se...
01:10 am PDT - Mon, April 25, 2011
BoingBoing DIY coffin
Dale Dougherty of MAKE writes: "My friend Larry Marten's father passed away last week and Larry set out to build his coffin. But figuring how to build a coffin was the easy part of this DIY story." He...
10:39 pm PDT - Sun, April 24, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks publishes secret files on Gitmo prisoners
Wikileaks has published secret files on prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, with hundreds more ready to be released in the coming month. In total, internal documents concerning 779 prisoners will be pub...
09:19 am PDT - Sun, April 24, 2011
BoingBoing PUPPY v YPPUP
Submitterated by PixelFish. [VIDEO LINK]......
02:23 am PDT - Sun, April 24, 2011
BoingBoing Righthaven copyright troll loses domain
Righthaven is the copyright trolling outfit created by the Las Vegas Review Journal to blackmail alleged newspaper copyright infringers with baseless threats of domain seizure and huge cash judgements...
02:12 am PDT - Sun, April 24, 2011
BoingBoing Least-efficient search-engine use ever
I knew an executive assistant who used to print out her boss's emails and then reply to them on his behalf based on his dictated responses; I thought that was a pretty inefficient way of using the net...
07:21 pm PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Facial Flex infomercial is somehow both classy and weird. Mostly weird.
Just in case you're sold, it's available on Amazon. [found at Reddit]......
02:38 pm PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Interview in which Russell Brand is clever, likable, and well-spoken
I'm not a huge Russell Brand fan (I'm don't dislike him either, but most of his media came out after my daughter was born and I essentially embarked upon a half-decade adult TV and movie fast), but th...
01:49 pm PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Least-efficient search-engine use ever
I knew an executive assistant who used to print out her boss's emails and then reply to them on his behalf based on his dictated responses; I thought that was a pretty inefficient way of using the net...
11:45 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Algorithmic pricing loop sends book prices into orbit
Say two Amazon merchants start using an algorithm to reprice their books based upon the prices set by rivals. Fine. Now say that two merchants pick one another's prices and a recursive repricing loop ...
04:55 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing International Space Station improv sitcom
Johannes from Monochrom sez, "This is the 2nd episode (and frickin' good one) of Monochrom's ten-part improv-reality-sitcom about living and working on the International Space Station. The four actors...
02:36 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Render frosted glass transparent with Scotch tape
YouTube user TheFarmacyMan discovered that his workplace frosted glass privacy screen could be rendered transparent by applying a piece of Scotch tape to it. A useful detail for anyone planning a cape...
02:32 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Alfred Kahn's brave 1977 bid for clear corporate prose
The recently deceased (2010) Alfred Kahn was an economist and academic who was beloved for his notorious memo on clear corporate communications. Kahn wrote this while serving as chairman of the Civil ...
02:25 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Model files for a working 3D-printable clock
After a season of intensive, public experimentation and iteration, Thinigverse user Syvwlch has completed and uploaded a design for a working, 3D-printable clock that can be output from a cupcake Make...
02:21 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Knotted cog from a 3D printer
Shapeways user Henryseg created this 3D-printable, cog-adorned, eye-drawing knot: "This steampunk style knotted cog was procedurally generated using 3-dimensional spherical geometry, then stereographi...
02:15 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk Venetian mask
Loving steampunk mask-maker Bob Basset's foray into goggled-out Venetian carnival masks. Steampunk Colombina Venetian Leather mask. Mask with Stand......
02:13 am PDT - Sat, April 23, 2011
BoingBoing How the new Haunted Mansion hitchhiking ghosts work
Disney has posted a tantalizing behind-the-scenes look at the technology behind the new Hitchhiking Ghosts finale at the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World, in which ghosts in the mirror playfully s...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Cigar box guitar tribute to Blind Willie Johnson: free MP3 album
A gift from my friends at Cigar Box Nation: a cigar box guitar tribute to Blind Willie Johnson. If I Had My Way......
05:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Cadbury Egg inside chocolate cupcake
Yes.......
05:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Videos of kids who are terrified by the Easter Bunny
Tara McGinley at Dangerous Minds presents us all with "an early Easter gift of some YouTube videos of children who are absolutely terrified of the Easter Bunny." "You know what?," she adds, "He sc...
04:42 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Android secretly stores location data too -- though less of it, and with less detail
Magnus Eriksson has located a trove of detailed location history stored by Android phones that is very similar to the one stored by iOS devices. The Android file is a little harder to extract, but it ...
03:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Two cool new kits from Make
The new issue of MAKE is out (Vol 26), and in addition to a bunch of cool how to projects, we are also offering two new kits based on projects in this issue. Our Pendulum Challenge Kit ($25.99) includ...
03:29 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Obama declares Bradley Manning guilty
The President and Commander-in-Chief says that Bradley Manning, accused military whistleblower, broke the law. OBAMA: So people can have philosophical views [about Bradley Manning] but I can't conduct...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Choral work based on Robert Frost poem repurposed after copyright problems
Boing Boing pal Andrea James writes, "Interesting backstory. The original choral work "Sleep" was set to Robert Frost's 'Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.' Then came the legal tussle. Eric Whitacr...
02:15 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing How journalists uncovered earthquake risks in California's schools
The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch site has a really fascinating multi-part, multi-media report about problems with creation and enforcement of construction standards, which ha...
02:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Room-sized spirograph
Drawingmachine by Eske Rex from Core77 on Vimeo. I love the way this thing looks like a cross between some kind of medieval engineering project and the best playground equipment ever. Made by Eske Rex...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Room-sized spirograph
Drawingmachine by Eske Rex from Core77 on Vimeo. I love the way this thing looks like a cross between some kind of medieval engineering project and the best playground equipment ever. Made by Eske Rex...
01:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Science and Zombies
Science and zombies go together like, er, brains and more brains. Smithsonian has a nice round-up of different ways that researchers have used zombie myth to model scientific ideas, or turned scientif...
01:32 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Elk calf frolics in a puddle
I feel like this elk calf accurately expresses my feelings about the fact that it is Friday. EDIT: This video is the work of nature photog David Neils. It's great stuff. Big thanks to smithemma for po...
01:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Citizen science in the Gulf of Mexico
If you live or vacation near the Gulf of Mexico, Talking Science has a nice suggestion: Join one of the citizen science projects that are helping researchers document the long-term environmental effe...
12:51 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Elk calf frolics in a puddle
I feel like this elk calf accurately expresses my feelings about the fact that it is Friday. Submitterated, appropriately enough, by Koocheekoo......
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Portal turret Easter egg
Just in time for Easter, markt022002's Portal Turret egg! portal_turret1......
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Just in time for Earth Day: The worst Earth Day press releases
Lord, won't you buy me a pair of recycled bamboo underpants? As someone who spent a lot of time hitting the "delete" button in my email the past couple weeks, I can thoroughly appreciate GreenBiz....
12:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing A demographically representative congress
GOOD draws up a chart describing what a demographically representative Congress might look like. The short version appears to be that if hispanics and atheists ever insist on voting for hispanics and ...
12:02 pm PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Science: What is "peer review"?
When the science you learned in school and the science you read in the newspaper don't quite match up, the Meet Science series is here to help, providing quick run-downs of oft-referenced concepts, co...
09:50 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Models and the scientific method
Saul Griffith's Make column, Model It, or Make It Modelable, is a really smart look at the way that models fit into the scientific method, and how computer models allow for rigorous peer-review of the...
06:57 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie comic tutorial for using the college library
Lisov sez, "I love this! The McPherson College Library has made a tutorial comic using zombies! It certainly got my attention. They should do the same for drivers ed with maybe some live roleplaying. ...
03:21 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Clown-suited blackmailer convicted
A man has been convicted of extortion in a bizarre scheme that involved collecting the loot while wearing a clown suit and riding a miniature bicycle. Frank Salvador Solorza targetted his immigrant co...
02:39 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Models and the scientific method
Saul Griffith's Make column, Model It, or Make It Modelable, is a really smart look at the way that models fit into the scientific method, and how computer models allow for rigorous peer-review of the...
02:34 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Gigantic papercraft Audi
Paper artist Taras Lesko created this enormous 750-piece papercraft model of an Audi A7: Graphic design artist Taras Lesko designed 750 model pieces out of card stock using 285 pieces of paper. He the...
02:31 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing XKCD's Tetris Heaven for real
The XKCD strip Heaven depicted a Tetris version that would drop irregularly shaped pieces that were perfectly structured to fill all the voids in the tetrisbed. Gud magazine responded by implementing ...
02:21 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Donnie and Marie's Star Wars
Donnie and Marie Osmond's adaptation of Star Wars was a miracle of awfulness, a deliberate attempt at kitsch that nevertheless only attained a wince-inducing terribleness. This despite a Sly and the F...
02:18 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Michael Chabon's introduction to The Phantom Tollbooth 50th anniversary edition
Michael Chabon has written a special introduction for the fiftieth anniversary edition of Norman Juster's wonderful, classic kids' book The Phantom Tollbooth. As you might expect, it's a lovely piece ...
01:39 am PDT - Fri, April 22, 2011
BoingBoing Texas governor proclaims three days of "Prayer for Rain"
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) today issued a proclamation calling upon Texans to pray for rain from Friday to Sunday, April 24, in order to combat the state's "exceptional drought." WHEREAS, the state of Tex...
11:42 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Texas governer proclaims three days of "Prayer for Rain"
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) today issued a proclamation calling upon Texans to pray for rain from Friday to Sunday, April 24, in order to combat the state's "exceptional drought." WHEREAS, the state of Tex...
10:55 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: The Pale King
For the sake of convenience, let's call this a book review of David Foster Wallace's posthumous unfinished novel, The Pale King. Wallace didn't die a nice, easy-to-get death like cancer or plowed over...
07:59 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing All Your Base are Belong to Us: how 50 years of videogames conquered pop culture
In All Your Base Are Belong to Us, Harold Goldberg's comprehensive, new history of videogames, the author details the humble origins of what would become a multibillion dollar company, Blizzard Studio...
07:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Dan Clowes' Mister Wonderful graphic novel
Daniel Clowes' comic books are often about misfits. Ghost World was about a couple of teenage girl outcasts. Pussey was about an arrogant, self-deceiving cartoonist. The more recent Wilson (reviewed h...
07:08 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing PUPPY vs. YPPUP
Submitterated by PixelFish. [VIDEO LINK]......
06:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing HitchSafe Key Vault
I do a lot of outdoor stuff like fishing, hunting, diving, etc and when I leave my car I am always trying to figure out what to do with my keys. In the past I had three places I hid the keys but I nev...
06:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing No-Spill Gas Can
This No-Spill Gas Can has a push button spout that almost completely eliminates spilling gas when you fill a small fuel tank on a lawn mower or weed whacker. The first time I tried it, I filled a chai...
06:36 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Finum Goldton Filters
I make at least five cups of tea daily. Some at home and some at work. Over the years I've learned to appreciate nice loose-leaf teas that brew best in a basket that gives them room to "breath." While...
06:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Reactors, residents and risk: analysis of populations near nuke plants around the world
"An analysis carried out by Nature and Columbia University, New York, shows that two-thirds of the world's 211 nuclear power plants have more people living within a 30-kilometre radius than the 172,00...
06:13 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Government wants answers from Apple on location tracking
Sen. Al Franken, (D-Minn) wrote a two-page open letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, asking nine questions about the news that iPhones and iPads running iOS 4 record and store users locations in unencrypte...
05:59 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Amazon server outage disables portions of Reddit, NYT, ProPublica sites
A problem with Amazon's cloud services today caused outages affecting portions of sites including Reddit, the New York Times, ProPublica, and others.......
05:54 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Reactors, residents and risk: analysis of populations near nuke plants around the world
"An analysis carried out by Nature and Columbia University, New York, shows that two-thirds of the world's 211 power plants have more people living within a 30-kilometre radius than the 172,000 people...
05:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: The Pale King
For the sake of convenience, let's call this a book review of David Foster Wallace's posthumous unfinished novel, The Pale King. Wallace didn't die a nice, easy-to-get death like cancer or plowed over...
05:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Susannah Breslin: How your journalism sausage is made
Former Boing Boing guestblogger Susannah Breslin is doing a series over at Forbes.com titled "How Your Journalism Sausage Gets Made," on how she does what she does as a journalist. I didn't go to jour...
05:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing DOG vs. BUBBLES
Hysterical bubbles! (original) [Video LInk]......
05:25 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Subscription plan rumored for Chrome notebooks
Google's Chrome netbooks are in the wild, but they're not yet widely available. That might change soon, according to a report at Neowin. Instead of simply being sold at retail, however, it's rumored t...
05:22 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Protestors interrupt Obama fundraiser to sing for Bradley Manning
Supporters of WikiLeaks source suspect Bradley Manning crashed an elite private fundraiser for President Obama Thursday morning in San Francisco, and interrupted his remarks with a song. From Wired: A...
05:14 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Glasses in Japan
Brian Ashcraft takes a look at the fetish for glasses in Japanese popular culture. [Kotaku]......
05:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing FBI: pipe bomb in Colorado was "domestic terrorism"
A pipe bomb discovered in a Colorado shopping mall may have been the work of a "domestic terrorist," and may have been connected to the 12th anniversary of the shooting rampage at nearby Columbine Hig...
05:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Frank Frazetta was a paperback book cover model
Thanks for blowing my mind today, Shane Glines -- the late great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta was a model for exploitation paperbacks! Frank Frazetta, RIP Ellie Frazetta, R.I.P. Frank Frazetta: Roug...
04:59 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) dies
Boing Boing reader Angus Dunican says, Noticing a fair amount of Doctor Who love on Boing Boing in recent times, I thought I'd take a moment to carry the sad news that Elisabeth Sladen - the actress w...
04:27 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Frank Frazetta was a paperback book cover model
Thanks for blowing my mind today, Shane Glines -- the late great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta was a model for exploitation paperbacks! Frank Frazetta, RIP Ellie Frazetta, R.I.P. Frank Frazetta: Roug...
04:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing DOG vs. BUBBLES
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03:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Ugliest couches in the world
Shown here is the winner of 2010's Worldwide Ugly Couch Contest; the 2011 contest is seeking entrants now. I have to say that as weird as this couch is, I can imagine it looking pretty good in the rig...
03:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Canada bans election-night tweeting on pain of $25K fine
Pusher sez, "Elections Canada has vowed to enforce an archaic law that bans 'premature transmission' -- the broadcasting of election results before all polls in the country have closed on election nig...
03:44 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage American diner in a Welsh shed
Unclewilco sez, "Sheddie Paul Siudowski has created a shed in his garden in Neath, South Wales, UK - where the interior is themed on a 1950's American Diner. Paul is one of the many unique entrants to...
02:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing New Worlds magazine returns
New Worlds, the seminal science fiction magazine edited for many years by Michael Moorcock, is back. SF Signal reports: The magazine will appear in both electronic and traditional print on paper forma...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Infrared digital camera
ThinkGeek has an infrared point-and-shoot digital camera in stock for $130: "You'll notice that during the daytime in night vision mode you can see through some types of clothing, paper and other vari...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing A year's worth of coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster
One year ago, yesterday, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, triggering the worst oil spill in US history. Treehugger has a round-up of great journalism and blogging about the explosion and its af...
01:47 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Why the weather is wacky
Last week, I wore shorts. Yesterday, it snowed. Meanwhile, down in Texas, there are heat-induced wildfires. This morning, I really enjoyed the catharsis provided by this interesting look at the scien...
01:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Are you pregnant, or just tired?
A reader pointed me to a website that's collecting some interesting statistics on women who are trying to get pregnant. Countdown to Pregnancy is a site that tells women, "It's never too early to spec...
01:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Firms battle over "Wines for Mommy" trademark
From Reuters: "Rival wine sellers targeting overworked mothers are fighting over use of the word "Mommy" on their wine labels, according to a lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court.......
01:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing LIFE tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, photojournalists killed today in Libya
Ben Cosgrove of LIFE says, In light of today's shattering news about Tim Hetherington and our colleague, Getty photographer Chris Hondros, we did the only thing we could to keep from going crazy with ...
01:11 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Nerds in the kitchen, making macarons
I'm not sure how I missed it last fall when it was originally published, but Not So Humble Pie's recipe and troubleshooting guide to French macaron-making is the perfect follow-up to her exhaustive Ma...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Plant medicine is bunk, says medicinal plant expert
The Irish Times has an interview with the delightful crotchety doctor who is the garden fellow at London's Royal College of Physicians. Basically, he manages the College's collection of plants that ha...
12:31 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Raising money for surgery for Ghanian man with half-a-face
Daniel sez, "Global Health resource is a facilitator of medical travel. Presently we are helping Mohammed Issaka of Ghana who only has half a face to receive plastic surgery in India. He has some spon...
12:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Rapist convicted after false ginger claim
A rapist, identified through DNA 26 years after the attack, claimed he could not be the culprit because he had ginger hair as a young man. Unfortunately for him, photos from the 1980s reveal a darker ...
12:27 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing UK gov't launches terrorism-attack dashboard contest
Glyn sez, "The UK government has launched a competition to improve gathering and analysing publicly available data to gain an understanding of current events": "The aim of this competition is to stimu...
12:22 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Canada bans election-night tweeting on pain of $25K fine
Pusher sez, "Elections Canada has vowed to enforce an archaic law that bans 'premature transmission' -- the broadcasting of election results before all polls in the country have closed on election nig...
12:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Ugliest couches in the world
Shown here is the winner of 2010's Worldwide Ugly Couch Contest; the 2011 contest is seeking entrants now. I have to say that as weird as this couch is, I can imagine it looking pretty good in the rig...
11:37 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Bert
Untooned Homer and real world Mario Jessica Rabbit "untooned" Untooned Street Fighter The Effects Lab via Laughing Squid and Mike Mitchell.......
11:27 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO: Get out of jail with early morning parole appointment
Parole rulings correlate strongly with how long it has been since the parole board was fed. Early in the morning and after lunch, prisoners are likely to be paroled. Appearing before them at close to ...
11:18 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing UK Music Publishers file copyright complaint over public domain sheet music, GoDaddy nukes major music site
The UK Music Publishers' Association filed a seemingly groundless copyright claim against the International Music Score Library Portal, a repository of out-of-copyright sheet-music, over the score for...
11:04 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Playing God with a high-speedhigh-def video camera
Tom Guilmette spent a productive evening locked in a Las Vegas hotel room with a Phantom Flex high-speed/high-def video camera, taking high-speed footage of water, breaking glasses, himself jumping on...
10:42 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Victorian house's facade converted to a folding garage-door
Here's a clever architectural solution to a San Francisco homeowner's desire to add a garage to an old Victorian home without falling afoul of rules requiring the maintenance of the original facade. T...
06:00 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Austin chicken coop tour this weekend
Jwoods sez, "If you're in Austin this Saturday, check out the third annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour--there's no food more sustainable and local than eggs from your own backyard! We also have an Info Ce...
02:51 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Photobooth Bert: dessicated hipster Muppet
Jaime Margary's "Photobooth Bert" was contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr group, along with some backstory: "Bert enters BBQ Bar alone, grabs a PBR and proceeds to sit by the balcony. The cheap, hip...
02:50 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Xerox's first successful copier burst into flame so often it came with a fire-extinguisher
Behold, 1959's groundbreaking Xerox 914, the first successful plain-paper photocopier, weighing in at 648 lbs, making a whopping 136 copies/hour. Much beloved for its propensity to burst into flame wh...
02:45 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing MPAA: "democratizing culture is not in our interest"
The MPAA has been doing a full-court press in Brazil, a country where copyright infringement, Creative Commons, and poverty are all widespread. In a telling interview, he described the MPAA's differen...
02:40 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Smell like an elf: RPG perfumes
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is selling a line of RPG-inspired perfumes intended to invoke the mythical races of elves, dwarves, half-elves, hobbits and orcs, as well as the distinctive aromas of clerics...
02:35 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing EFF: Google must explain why they nuked the Grooveshark app
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Julie Samuels, a good dressing-down for Google over its mysterious, lily-livered removal of the Grooveshark music app from the Android store. I agree entirely...
02:28 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Carved-away goose-egg
Instructables user Bbstudio has been doing some extraordinary egg carving for the Eggbot Easter challenge. This carved-away goose egg is probably the most physically impressive, though there's a lot m...
02:24 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Dropbox's new security policy implies that they lied about privacy from the start
Miguel de Icaza noticed that Dropbox's new security terms of service allows it to decrypt your stored files for law enforcement; but Dropbox has always claimed that it did not store the keys necessary...
02:18 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Mail Rail: London's long-lost underground postal railroad
A group of intrepid London explorers found an entrance to the long-abandoned postal rail system, which once whisked mail across the city through a network of underground tunnels. They walked miles of ...
02:09 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Weird Al snubbed by Lady Gaga, releases his parody without permission as fair use
My movie agent, Justin Manask, also represents Weird Al Yankovic. I grew up with Allan Sherman albums and MAD Magazine flexidiscs, so when I first heard Weird Al, I knew I'd found my kind of guy. Just...
01:28 am PDT - Thu, April 21, 2011
BoingBoing Autocorrect's dishonorable intentions
Well now.......
09:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing TIME tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, photojournalists killed today in Libya
Ben Cosgrove of LIFE says, In light of today's shattering news about Tim Hetherington and our colleague, Getty photographer Chris Hondros, we did the only thing we could to keep from going crazy with ...
07:46 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Diary (2010), by Tim Hetherington
Diary (2010) from Tim Hetherington on Vimeo. [Video Link]"Diary' is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate my...
07:41 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing TIME tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, photojournalists killed today in Libya
Ben Cosgrove of LIFE says, In light of today's shattering news about Tim Hetherington and our colleague, Getty photographer Chris Hondros, we did the only thing we could to keep from going crazy with ...
06:23 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bury, don't shred your documents
I had 52 pounds of documents that I needed to get rid of securely. My wimpy shredder would choke on that much paper, and the quotes I got from onsite shredding services were too costly for me. So, I d...
04:13 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Modern Paleo magazine
Naturally, it's printed on grass-fed parchment.......
03:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing To do in Austin, TX: "Third Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour"
BB reader J. Woods says, If you're in Austin this Saturday, check out the third annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour--there's no food more sustainable and local than eggs from your own backyard! We also hav...
03:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Two photojournalists killed in Libya
"In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO." — One of the last Tweets posted by British photographer Tim Hetherington, before he and Pulitzer...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Two photojournalists killed in Libya
"In besieged Libyan city of Misrata. Indiscriminate shelling by Qaddafi forces. No sign of NATO." — One of the last Tweets posted by British photographer Tim Hetherington, before he and Pulitzer...
02:11 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Company buys up 1.7 million 1-800 numbers, uses many for phone sex lines
AP reports that PrimeTel Communications has, for the last 13 years, been buying up every desirable 800 number on the market. They behave not unlike domain name prospectors who do the same with web add...
01:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Two NASA astrophysics projects get the axe due to budget cutbacks
NASA is shutting down LISA, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, and the International X-Ray Observatory, due to budget cutbacks. Reports PopSci, the "gigantic laser experiment intended to study th...
01:34 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Engineering a real-life "Star Wars" AT-AT
At Innovation News Daily, science journalist Jeremy Hsu explores what it would take to make Mike Koehler's AT-AT For America dream a reality. Making a modern-day robotic walker is not impossible, said...
01:25 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Speaking of our microbial overlords ...
The wreck of the Titanic is being devoured by a microbial super-organism that communicates via some kind of electrical or chemical quorum sensing.......
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Roomba's cousins are helping out at Fukushima
It took a while, but there are, now, some freaking robots helping out at Fukushima. At least some are made by iRobot, the same company that produces friendly vacuums and less-than-friendly unmanned mi...
12:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Do bacteria control your brain?
A new study has found evidence suggesting that you are not what you eat, so much as you are what's living in your gut. In mice, at least, the presence of normal gut bacteria has a significant impact ...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO dig a kids' pirate cave
This 1929 Modern Mechanics HOWTO explains to young people how they can dig their own pirate's cave, complete with working fireplace. The author explains that mothers can allow their sons (yes, it was ...
12:27 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Who was this Rube Goldberg guy, anyway?
Writing the last post, it occurred to me that I had no idea who Rube Goldberg, the actual person, was. Turns out, he was an artist who drew cartoons parodying the machines-can-fix-anything philosophy ...
12:12 pm PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Behold: The world's most complicated Rube Goldberg machine
It may not portray the most accurate representation of science (or history), but this Rube Goldberg machine designed by engineering students at Purdue does tell a compelling story, and, with 244 step...
11:41 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency: Micah Sifry explores the history, successes and failures of online transparency
Micah Sifry's WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the promise and limits of Internet-based transparency efforts. Sifry looks at everything from digital ...
11:32 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing How do you compete with free? A taxonomy of reasons to pay for digital files
My latest Guardian column is "In the digital era free is easy, so how do you persuade people to pay?" and it's a first approximation of a taxonomy of reasons to buy stuff that you can download for...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing iOS devices secretly log and retain record of every place you go, transfer to your PC and subsequent devices
Security researchers presenting at the Where 2.0 conference have revealed a hidden, secret iOS file that keeps a record of everywhere you've been. The record is synched to your PC and subsequently res...
09:52 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Printing your boarding card out REALLY BIG
Back in October 2007, Bill Bryson (not the author, a different Bill Bryson) printed out his boarding pass on a giant sheet of poster paper about 3' x 1.5'. He had quite an adventure. After my extremel...
09:44 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Books by dictators
From Saddam's novels to Gadaffi's rambling political treatise, authoritarian tyrants can't resist the cachet of authorhood. Among the few to attain a degree of competence were Stalin and Khomeini--poe...
08:34 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Boris Indrikov's art
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06:24 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Desktop trebuchets for science classrooms
Evan sez, A friend of mine and I switched from doing a software startup to building desktop-sized, laser-cut, snap-together trebuchets, and we're running a Kickstarter campaign to set up a shop to pro...
03:14 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Suspected Wikileaks source Manning to be transferred from Quantico brig to Leavenworth, Kansas
"Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has spent the last nine months isolated in a Marine jail as the man suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, will be moved from his tiny cell in Quantico to...
03:07 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Apple to begin shipping iPhone 5 in September
Reuters has published an anonymously-sourced item stating that suppliers for Apple will begin producing an iPhone 5 in July, with shipment beginning in September.......
02:45 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing RDTN.org's Kickstarter video
Video Link. About the project: RDTN.org is a website whose purpose is to provide an aggregate feed of nuclear radiation data from governmental, non-governmental and citizen-scientist sources. That dat...
02:38 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Railgun fires Hugo Awards through steel plates and then 7km further
General Atomics' new railgun uses a high-speed sabot (which looks suspiciously like a Hugo Award) that is fired with such force that it travels for 7km after punching through a steel plate. "We were l...
02:36 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Florida Pirate Party candidate
The Florida Pirate Party has fielded a candidate in for House Representative from District 86: "With your help, we can bring the state of Florida into the new digital age, in a free and open manner ru...
02:34 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Euthanasia coaster: assisted suicide by thrills
Julijonas Urbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, designed this "Euthanasia Coaster" that will kill its riders with a series of brain-scrambling loops: "a hypothetic euthanasia...
02:30 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Man in electric wheelchair chases woman for three days (?) (!)
A 67-year-old man is alleged to have knocked a woman off her bicycle with his electric wheelchair in a parking lot in Ft Pierce, Florida. He is alleged to have broken her bicycle. This occurred, it is...
02:20 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing ACLU to Michigan cops: stop searching mobile phones during traffic stops
The ACLU is trying to get the Michigan state cops to stop dumping mobile phone storage during routine traffic stops. At present the Michigan troopers use something called a Cellebrite UFE that slurps ...
01:37 am PDT - Wed, April 20, 2011
BoingBoing Nottingham Hackspace loses home, needs £2000 for deposit on new place
David Hayward writes, Nottingham Hackspace was set up just over a year ago, and in that time we've found a band of incredibly talented geeks, hackers and makers, also expanding from just a store room...
08:25 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Experiment: scalping postage stamps on tax day
My favorite amateur sociologist, Rob Cockerham, scalped postage stamps on tax day. If you live near Sacramento, California, and you wait until the very last moment to mail your taxes, you are in for a...
05:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing God Hates Verizon
Sara Rogness doesn't care for the Westboro Baptist Church, but she had a little fun by embedding herself into one of their boring homophobic protests. After a customer service call gone wrong, I was v...
05:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Standing desk tips
Benjamin Palmer says: I saw your post about a standing desk, I've got a custom made standing conference table as a desk (i'm the one behind the large monitor, the guy to my right is CJ Chivers the NY ...
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Bugs and bad attitudes—profile of a renegade entomologist
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video from the World Science Festival, in which naturalist and photographer Mark Moffett recalled an ill-fated trip to Colombia to photograph poison dart frogs. I'd ...
04:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Iron And Wine plays New Order
[video link] Sam Beam, aka Iron and Wine, plays his gorgeous cover of my favorite New Order song, "Love Vigilantes." The studio version is available on his 2009 album, Around the Well.......
04:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing The end of "rare" music and other digitizable media
This Rolling Stones former-rarity is easy to find online. My consciousness was forever altered when I happened on Kamandi #3 at age 11. I wanted to read every comic Jack Kirby had created up to that p...
04:01 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Reuters staff in trouble after Japan-related jokes in company chatroom
Reuters editor Andrew Marshall was reprimanded after making a Japan/nuke-related joke in an internal company chatroom, while stressed out and sleep deprived, working the night shift. His comment about...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Transparencycamp unconference in DC, Apr 30May 1
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, I wanted to share with you details on the upcoming "unconference" the Sunlight Foundation is hosting in DC. Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 will be our fou...
03:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing China: Lawyer linked to "disappeared" artist Ai Weiwei resurfaces after detention
Liu Xiaoyuan, the human rights lawyer associated with the recently-"disappeared" artist Ai Weiwei, today tweeted that he is back in Beijing. The attorney had gone missing for the five previous days. "...
03:45 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Hobo with a Shotgun earns rave reviews
Rutger Hauer is straight to cable in Hobo with a Shotgun, with a limited theatrical release coming in May. The reviews are in, and it's extremely good. You can also get it on demand at Amazon rentals ...
03:44 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Happy (early) 420 day: "Weed Card" by Garfunkel and Oates
[Video Link] Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome and Kate "Oates" Micucci sing about the perils of obtaining medical marijuana in California. Featuring David Koechner. Directed by Raul B Fernandez. (thanks, Mar...
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Is San Francisco sushi safe?
BB contributor Jess Hemerly wanted to take her fiancee for a sushi birthday dinner, but she was concerned about whether the rolls would be radioactive. When she inquired at the restaurant, they respon...
03:11 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Why didn't the NYT (or others) earn Pulitzers for Wikileaks reporting?
Andy Greenberg, blogging at Forbes: "WikiLeaks wasn't dissed by the Pulitzer judges. In fact, the New York Times, which dominated WikiLeaks coverage in the U.S., never submitted its reporting on WikiL...
02:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Attend 4-Profit University!
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02:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Straight outta Laos: Mor-Lum Hip-Hop
Video Link: "Morlum/hiphop infusion." No further information about the artist (or the dancers, or the song) is provided in English, but I'll gladly update the post when I learn more. Mor Lum (aka mo l...
02:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing James Gleick: What Defines A Meme?
Smithsonian Magazine has posted a fantastic excerpt from James Gleick's new book, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. In this piece, he presents a popular yet fresh introduction to the con...
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing The 1917 Clipperton Island tragedy
During the Mexican Revolution of the early 20th century, settlers on the atoll of Clipperton Island were abandoned by resupply ships, and left to fend for themselves. Within two years, all but one of ...
02:29 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Attend 4-Profit University!
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02:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Baby slugs, and what they eat
This image of baby leaf veined slugs, taken by evolutionary genetics Ph.D. student David Winter, is oddly adorable. And Winter's story of his quest to figure out what leaf veined slugs eat is oddly fa...
02:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Bugs and bad attitudes—profile of a renegade entomologist
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a video from the World Science Festival, in which naturalist and photographer Mark Moffett recalled an ill-fated trip to Colombia to photograph poison dart frogs. I'd ...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Nirvana exhibition in Seattle
Seattle's Experience Music Project has just opened a major exhibition celebrating Nirvana. The show, titled "Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses," including original art by Kurt Cobain, video interview...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Metzger: How I, a married, middle-aged man, became an accidental spokesperson for gay rights overnight
Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds (you may know him as founder of Disinformation, or as a BB guestblogger, or as the counterculture "Charlie Rose"), writes in with the odd story of a Facebook photo b...
01:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing From "You Are Listening To": Ambient music and philosophy
Last month, BB pal Andrea James turned us on to "You Are Listening To Los Angeles," an eerily engaging mix of police radio chatter and ambient music. New streaming is "You Are Listening To Deep Though...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Photos of "Malls Across America," 1989
In 1989, Michael Galinsky toured the malls of the US with a cheap camera in-hand. Years later, he's launched a Kickstarter project to compile those images into a photo book celebrating these dying bas...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing UK gets Viagra-laced beer
Royal Virility Performance, a limited-edition beer soon to be made available in the U.K., will contain lashings of viagra, which is available without a prescription there. According to the specially c...
11:43 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Spectrum-style retrogames
A popular fashion in indie gaming is the graphical style of the Sinclair Spectrum computer (enormously popular in the UK in the early 1980s and sold in the US as the Timex Sinclair), whose peculiar li...
11:42 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing All in one pen, screwdriver, level and ruler
Neatorama has in this metal pen with a level, a screwdriver, and a ruler built-in. All for $15! But ... is it tactical? [Neatorama via Gadget Lab]......
11:37 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Hipster Animals
Here are some anthropomorphic animal hipster archetypes, drawn in a style roughly approaching Richard Scarry by way of 1960s commercial illustration.......
11:32 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Walnut Neo Geo
Analogue Interactive created this walnut-enclosed Neo Geo console. It's not just a one-off, either: they plan to start shipping them in May for the same price as the 1990 original, which heralded the ...
11:11 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency: Micah Sifry explores the history, successes and failures of online transparency
Micah Sifry's WikiLeaks and the Age of Transparency is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the promise and limits of Internet-based transparency efforts. Sifry looks at everything from digital ...
10:45 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing US, EU want to delay copyright treaty to help blind people for 3-5 years
Jamie Love sez, "On April 15, 2011, the European Union participated in informal negotiations on the World Intellectual Property Organization treaty for the blind. The meeting was held at the US Embass...
10:41 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Hobo with a Shotgun earns rave reviews
Rutger Hauer is straight to cable in Hobo with a Shotgun, with a limited theatrical release coming in May. The reviews are in, and it's extremely good. [Flooby Nooby]......
10:37 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Metzger: How I, a married, middle-aged man, became an accidental spokesperson for gay rights overnight
Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds (you may know him as founder of Disinformation, or as a BB guestblogger, or as the counterculture "Charlie Rose"), writes in with the odd story of a Facebook photo b...
08:09 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Ethiopia's "newspaper landlords" rent the want-ads by the minute
Ethiopia's "newspaper landlords" are entrepreneurs who rent the right to read a US$0.35 newspaper for 20-30 minutes at a go, for less than $0.01 per rental. Most of their customers are reading the wan...
02:57 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing AT&T future of telcoms video 1962, directed by Jetsons writer
Paleofuture features a smashing AT&T industrial video called "Talking of Tomorrow," about the future of telecommunications, directed by Chuck Couch, who wrote The Jetsons. As Paleo notes, the animatio...
02:53 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Liver Loaf: "APPETIZING!"
This 1942 Life ad for "Morrell EZ-Serve Liver Loaf" manages to make what amounts to pate sound like something really, really revolting (perhaps because of the ad's mention of sister products like Tong...
02:50 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing Is sugar a poison?
Gary "Big Fat Lie" Taubes wrote a long feature for the NYT Magazine analyzing the claims made by UCSF childhood obesity expert Robert H. Lustig in his infamous lecture Sugar: The Bitter Truth , which ...
02:41 am PDT - Tue, April 19, 2011
BoingBoing More watch-part motorcycles
If you enjoyed yesterday's post about Dkart71's motorcycles made from watch parts, you're sure to enjoy Brazilian artist Blancosur's similar pieces. Motos feitas de peas de relgios/Small motorcycles-w...
11:08 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Science Question From a Toddler: The magnet conundrum
Sometimes, silly questions can teach us fascinating things. Each month, BoingBoing science editor Maggie Koerth-Baker takes one query submitted by a child (or former child) and finds the eye-opening s...
08:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Backwards Beekeepers on CNN
[Video Link] It was a lot of fun to see my friends from the Backward Beekeepers club in Los Angeles in this CNN report. I wrote about the Backwards Beekeepers in my book Made by Hand, which is selling...
08:11 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Christian protesters destroy controversial Andres Serrano art "Piss Christ"
"Piss Christ," a long-controversial work created in 1987 by NYC-based artist Andres Serrano, was attacked with hammers and destroyed yesterday (Palm Sunday) following an "anti-blasphemy" campaign by F...
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Ticklish penguin
This is a video of a baby adult Little penguin being tickled on the tummy. Link to the video. Penguins that projectile poop Leopard seal teaches photographer how to catch penguins Penguins chasing a b...
07:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing NYT: Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?
I had been planning on making a standing desk for some time now, but the thing that really got me off my butt was this article in the New York Times magazine by James Vlahos, titled "Is Sitting a Leth...
07:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Standing desk prototype #1
I built an elevated platform so I could try working at a standing desk. It's 11.5 inches high, and I built it from .75" x .75" sticks and .5" plywood. I added lots of triangular bracing and then sat o...
07:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Christian protesters destroy controversial Andres Serrano art "Piss Christ"
"Piss Christ," a long-controversial work created in 1987 by NYC-based artist Andres Serrano, was attacked with hammers and destroyed yesterday (Palm Sunday) following an "anti-blasphemy" campaign by F...
07:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Variety loses legal round in battle with punk band Vandals over album cover
The Los Angeles-based punk band the Vandals would appear to have won an important round in a legal battle with the entertainment publication Variety, over a dispute involving Variety's logo and a Vand...
06:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing LA Library, 1960: Gun-toting child reads bunny book
From the LA Library archives: Wrapped in Thought: Four-year-old Philip Ross finds ABC Easter Bunny more interesting than his guns and spurs. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Ross, 12605 Califa St., North Holly...
06:20 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Public Knowledge announces "Copyright School" video challenge
Mehan J. tells Boing Boing, We at Public Knowledge were pretty upset when we saw YouTube's "Copyright School" educational video, which discourages remixing, dismisses fair use as overly complex and ef...
06:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Twitters: Robin Cooper phone pranks Apple store
[direct YouTube Link] Robin Cooper (aka Robert Popper) is at it again.......
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni on The Madeleine Brand radio show: Russia's "Gaga-esque Gagarin Glitzothon" (audio)
MP3 I joined Madeleine Brand Show guest-host Alex Cohen today for a radio segment on my recent trip to Moscow with Miles O'Brien and his documentary crew, on the occasion of the 50 year anniversary of...
04:55 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Standing desk prototype #1
I built an elevated platform so I could try working at a standing desk. It's 11.5 inches high, and I built it from .75" x .75" sticks and .5" plywood. I added lots of triangular bracing and then sat o...
04:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing The Fifth Question: Why Manischewitz?
My father wasn't a drinker. In fact, I never saw him imbibe at all, except of course for a few sips of Manischewitz at Passover. In memory of my dad on this first night of Passover, I link to cultural...
03:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni on The Madeleine Brand radio show: Russia's "Gaga-esque Gagarin Glitzothon" (audio)
MP3 I joined Madeleine Brand Show guest-host Alex Cohen today for a radio segment on my recent trip to Moscow with Miles O'Brien and his documentary crew, on the occasion of the 50 year anniversary of...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Mild brain shocks may improve learning and cognition
Around 1800, Italian scientist Jean Aldini zapped the brains of dead felons with electricity to make their bodies move. He later reported using the same technique to cure "melancholy." This sounds li...
02:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Ticklish penguin
This is a video of a baby adult Little penguin being tickled on the tummy. Penguins that projectile poop Leopard seal teaches photographer how to catch penguins Penguins chasing a butterfly Chickens s...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing It's people like us what makes trouble: the pernicious influence of immigrants in the UK.
Feorag NicBhride's "The pernicious influence of immigrants in the UK" is a non-exhaustive catalog of the many awful travesties wrought by we dirty foreign immigrants on the pure, clean shores of Brita...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Depressed man eats own finger
A severely-depressed fellow in New Zealand severed his own finger, cooked it up with some vegetables, and ate it. Apparently this is only one of eight known cases of "self-cannibalism." The incident w...
01:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing The first underwater color photo
National Geographic has a slideshow that shows off major milestones in underwater photography. This image is the first color photo ever taken underwater. Underwater color photography was born with thi...
01:03 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing NAS studying cancer risk among people who live near nuclear facilities
Since September 2010, the United States National Academy of Sciences has been working on a comprehensive study of cancer risk in people living near U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission-licensed nuclear ...
12:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Ticklish baby penguin
This is a video of a baby penguin being tickled on the tummy. Penguins that projectile poop Leopard seal teaches photographer how to catch penguins Penguins chasing a butterfly Chickens stop rabbits f...
12:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing A race to document the mysterious history of 1000 English words
At the University of Minnesota, a linguistics professor is racing against his own mortality to finish a dictionary that will explain the origins and history of some of the most mysterious words in the...
12:29 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Famed Egyptologist sentenced in corruption case
Zahi Hawass has long been a controversial figure. This well-known Egyptologist has been frequently called to task for showboating his science, but he's also generally popular in his native Egypt becau...
12:09 pm PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing A failure leads to new questions in HIV drug trial
In Africa, a human trial of drug aimed at preventing HIV infection has been halted, because women taking the drug didn't seem to be any more protected against HIV than women taking a placebo. That's h...
11:40 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Ticklish baby penguin
This is a video of a baby penguin being tickled on the tummy. Penguins that projectile poop Leopard seal teaches photographer how to catch penguins Penguins chasing a butterfly Chickens stop rabbits f...
09:59 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Privacy, Facebook, politics and kids
The Guardian's Comment is Free video team recorded an interview with me after the TEDxObserver event. They're editing it into a series of quick pieces; the first one, about kids, privacy, and social n...
08:57 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing China's housing bubble: ghost malls, ghost highrises, and ghost cities
Here's an Australian TV documentary about China's housing bubble which has given rise of bizarre ghost malls, ghost highrises, and even ghost cities. It's symptomatic of the growing divide between Chi...
02:49 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing China's "Jasmine Revolution": anonymous out-of-country bloggers troll the politburo
Anonymous international bloggers have been writing in Chinese about a "Jasmine revolution" in China, calling on Chinese people to show their discontent for local corruption by going to places that are...
02:44 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Motorcycles made from watch parts
DeviantArt's Dkart71 makes beautiful, detailed motorcycles out of watch parts. Motorcycles out of watch parts (via Neatorama)  HOWTO make a motorcycle out of cigarette lighters - Boing Boing......
02:40 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Pit cherries and olives with a hairpin
Hanne Blank's 2010 collection of tips for using everyday household objects instead of expensive kitchen gadgets is full of great advice, like using bent hairpins to pit olives and cherries. The kitche...
02:37 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Buscemi's Eyes: the printable mask
From the collective unconscious that gave us the "Chicks with Steve Buscemi's eyes" meme, a print-and-wear Steve Buscemi's Eyes mask. Alex Pardee: The Free At-Home Version Of STEVE BUSCEMI'S EYES! (vi...
02:33 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Chocolate compound beats codeine for cough-suppression
A compound found in chocolate outperforms over-the-counter and codeine-based cough-suppressants in clinical trials. The compound, theobromine, was written up in the Federation of American Societies fo...
02:26 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing NZ MP votes for anti-piracy law hours after tweeting about her love of pirated music
A reader writes, "In a beautiful twist of irony, New Zealand parliament member Melissa Lee has been caught in a copyright quagmire. It turns out that just hours before she spoke out in support of the ...
02:22 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing China's housing bubble: ghost malls, ghost highrises, and ghost cities
Here's an Australian TV documentary about China's housing bubble which has given rise of bizarre ghost malls, ghost highrises, and even ghost cities. It's symptomatic of the growing divide between Chi...
01:21 am PDT - Mon, April 18, 2011
BoingBoing Righthaven copyright trolls never had the right to sue, have their asses handed to them by the EFF
Righthaven is the extortion racket spun out by the Las Vegas Review-Journal: they received a license from the Review-Journal for its copyrights, then attempted to make the license pay by threatening a...
03:01 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2011
BoingBoing Choco-Thulhu is real!
I lamented the fact that the chocolate Cthulhu was just an April Fool's joke. Now, they are real. And green! CHOCOLATE CTHULHU IDOL (Thanks, Lovecraftsman!)......
02:50 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2011
BoingBoing Save Google Video before it goes dark!
Google Video is shutting down and all the video uploaded to it will go dark. R3Dux writes: Archive Team are in a race to scrape as much Google Video content as they can before the viewing deadline (29...
02:37 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2011
BoingBoing Shit Harper Did: Canada's Prime Ministerial ignominy
Shit Harper Did is a website that sums up the greatest misses of Canada's corporatist lickspittle PM Stephen Harper, who is up for re-election. Harper's tenure has been marked by scandal after scandal...
02:33 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2011
BoingBoing Righthaven copyright trolls never had the right to sue, have their asses handed to them by the EFF
Righthaven is the extortion racket spun out by the Las Vegas Review-Journal: they received a license from the Review-Journal for its copyrights, then attempted to make the license pay by threatening a...
02:24 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2011
BoingBoing Zero Punctuation cosplayers
Cosplayers at Toronto's Anime North masquerade dressed up as Yahtzee's cartoon avatar from the screamingly funny Zero Punctuation game review videos. Anime North 2010 Masquerade HD - Entry 75 (via Sup...
02:21 pm PDT - Sun, April 17, 2011
BoingBoing TSA considers being upset at screening procedures to be an indicator of terrorist intentions
CNN has discovered that the TSA considers "complaining about TSA procedures" to be a profiling marker for potential terrorists. They explain that one terrorist (the "twentieth hijacker") complained a ...
12:59 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2011
BoingBoing The Fine Bros. recap every episode of Doctor Who ever
[Video Link]. I suppose I should state the obvious: spoilers! (thanks, Mark Day)......
12:43 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2011
BoingBoing FBI shuts down poker sites in online gambling crackdown
On Friday, the FBI shut down three of the world's most popular online poker sites, replacing their home pages with the message: "This domain name has been seized by the F.B.I. pursuant to an Arrest Wa...
12:42 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2011
BoingBoing Baby Pygmy Goat Stampede: Cavalcade of Cuteness
[Video Link] (via Clayton Cubitt)......
12:21 pm PDT - Sat, April 16, 2011
BoingBoing CATURDAY: Royal Hello Kitty Naptime Edition
"Sleepy King and Hello Kitty," a photo contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Beckitten.......
11:15 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Playboy Mansion legionella outbreak traced to hot tub
Health officials in Los Angeles used blogs, Twitter and Facebook to track down the source of a legionella bacteria infection that sickened more than a hundred Playboy Mansion visitors. The verdict: "a...
10:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Playboy Mansion legionella outbreak traced to hot tub
Health officials in Los Angeles used blogs, Twitter and Facebook to track down the source of a legionella bacteria infection that sickened at least 123 people who had visited the Playboy Mansion. The ...
07:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Every Day Carry Contest
The tools you have with you are the ones that are going to get used, and so it is with great pleasure that we are announcing our newest contest seeking the best everyday carry (EDC) tools. The diversi...
07:33 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Baladeo 22g and 34g Ultralight Knives
I love my Leatherman, and I would carry it in my pocket all the time if it didn't feel like a lead brick was trying to pants me every time I took a step. Given that gravity is, in most situations, una...
07:03 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: It's A Beautiful Day's "White Bird" (1971)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: It's A Beautiful Day performing "White Bird" live at the Fillmore, 1971. From the film Fillmore: The Last Days.  Friday Freak-Out: Julie Driscoll's "Season of the ...
06:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Cambridge SoundWorks Portable Speaker System
This is, hands-down, the best portable audio system I have ever heard. It takes a few minutes to set-up and pack-up, and you need a power source to run it, but wow! does it have great sound! I have us...
06:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Guns & Gardens Ep. 5 - The DIY Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide
[Video Link] Here's the latest episode of Guns & Gardens. I wonder if they belong to my favorite political party (The Guns and Dope Party).......
06:18 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Japan Quake sound captured by underwater microphones (or "hydrophones")
[Video Link]. An AP item about spectrograms and audio files which captured sound waves associated with the March 11 earthquake off the northern coast of Japan. (via @NYTjim)......
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Roots music magnate Chris Strachwitz
Chris Strachwitz, 79, is the founder of Arhoolie Records, a small, independent, and absolutely incredible record label based in the Bay Area that for 50 years has released an unending stream of obscur...
06:08 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Final call for entries in Yuri's Night space art contest (prize: Zero-G flight on Ilyushin 76!)
Today is the final deadline for your space-themed art entries in the Yuri's Night art contest!......
05:52 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Make: Projects -- build a micro FM transmitter
Sean Michael Ragan chose an adorable case to hold his micro FM transmitter. Make: Projects has the complete instructions. (A No-Prize shall be awarded to the most sanctimonious comment about FCC rules...
05:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Roots music magnate Chris Strachwitz
Chris Strachwitz, 79, is the founder of Arhoolie Records, a small, independent, and absolutely incredible record label based in the Bay Area that for 50 years has released an unending stream of obscur...
05:18 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Tracklist for William Shatner's upcoming album "Searching for Major Tom"
"The song line up for 'Searching for Major Tom' has been announced. WilliamShatner.com is happy to report that the album due out later in 2011 on the Cleopatra Records label will have the following so...
05:03 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Dorota: Mystical Rainbow
[Video Link]. Medieval dresses and orgone generators to combat negative vibrations from mobile phones and gaming consoles by Dorota. Everything about this video, right down to the MIDI soundtrack, is ...
05:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing To do in NYC April 17: "And I Am Not Lying"
If you're in NYC on Sunday, April 17th, check out the latest edition of the live improv/storytelling/puppetry/comedy/burlesque show "And I Am Not Lying," put together by BB pal Jeff Simmermon. Starts ...
04:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Home value chart updated 1890-2011
Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture says: In 2006, just as the Housing market was peaking, the NYT ran this graphic of the 100-year Case Shiller chart. It showed how radically overvalued Housing had bec...
04:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Multi talented star
[Video Link]. Medieval dresses and orgone generators to combat negative vibrations from mobile phones and gaming consoles by Dorota. Everything about this video, right down to the MIDI soundtrack, is ...
04:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing McGraw-Hill iPhone iPad apps for free: Monster Squeeze, Tric-Trac
DealNews points to a bunch of education applications for the iPad and iPhone that McGraw-Hill is giving away (regularly $2 each). I just grabbed them all. The deal ends April 16. McGraw-Hill iPhone / ...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing iOS apps for kindergartners? (open thread)
What are the best iOS (iPod Touch) apps for soon-to-be kindergartners? Preferably related to science, music, art, early reading/writing skills. You know, the stuff CD-ROM makers used to call "edut...
04:29 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Crab attack!
My favorite part: they are lining up to take their turn. (Via Illustrateurs) Mean Monkey Monday......
04:07 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Why does Android marketplace link apps for gay men and apps for sex offenders?
Mike Ananny, a postdoctoral scholar at Microsoft Research and fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, writes in the Atlantic about a strange Android app discovery: As I was installi...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Tsunami characters
Tokyo-based author and translator Matt Alt has a post up today on Altjapan about the history of anthropomorphizing tsunamis in Japan. Japan has a long history of using cute mascot characters in situat...
03:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing World's creepiest product for kids from 1959
Yikes. From the insanely weird archives of Mitch O'Connell!......
03:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing The Starlighter Quartet
I'm hopping in my Peel P50 and heading over to the Biltmore Motor Hotel to see The Starlighter Quartet tonight. Check out those handmade guitars! Here's the same photo without the text around it.......
03:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for upcoming Planet of the Apes movie
[Video Link] This looks good. But I still think the John Chambers' ape makeup and the ape tunics from the original are unbeatable. Planet of the Apes font DIY Planet of the Apes tunic Boing Boing: Pla...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing US defense contractor building "secret microwave gun"
BAE, a U.S. military contractor, is developing a "microwave gun" but won't release details. Wired Danger Room reports that the intent is to use the gun in combat or vessel defense scenarios on the hig...
02:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Beat "bootcamp" and the On The Road movie
This fall, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" will finally hit the big screen, directed by Walter Salles and written by Jose Rivera, both of whom worked on The Motorcycle Diaries. Sam Riley stars as Sal Pa...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Gullibility may be early sign of dementia
Elderly people who are increasingly unable to detect sarcasm or lies may be exhibiting early signs of dementia/neurodegenerative diseases, according to University of California scientists. The new res...
02:20 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Young bonobo may be expressing symptoms of autism
Researchers are studying the behavior and genetics of a bonobo chimpanzee who appears to display symptoms similar to those seen in autistic children. The youngster, Teco, is a son of Kanzi, whom you m...
02:13 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Shrooms limit brain blood flow and connections
(photo by Curecat/Wikimedia Commons) Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream, indeed. A new scientific study suggests that psilocybin -- the psychedelic drug found in magic mushrooms -- doesn'...
02:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Thinking critically about the so-called "gay caveman"
Wondering about that supposed "gay caveman" found last week in Europe? At the Neuron Culture blog, Eric Michael Johnson does a great job of summing up everything that was wrong with that story (an...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing USPS accidentally issues Vegas Statue of Liberty stamp
How fantastically hyperreal: Turns out the United States Postal Service's brand new Statue of Liberty stamp, seen below, accidentally features an illustration of the Lady Liberty replica at Las Vegas'...
01:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Terje Srgjerd's video of "The Mountain" and the stars
[video link] Last month, I posted Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Srgjerd's magnificent time-lapse video of the Aurora Borealis. Terje just emailed me that he has just returned from El Teide, ...
01:44 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Genes, language, and how we study human pre-history
The Wall Street Journal has a story out today about a study published in the journal Science that claims all modern languages evolved out of the same proto-language—the linguistic version of Ou...
01:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing "Collection" t-shirt of space missions
The good people at Chop Shop created this excellent t-shirt graphic "Above Earth," showcasing 23 historic space exploration missions. Yes, Yuri Gagarin is up there, on the inner ring at about 10 o'clo...
12:57 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing A cool way to use the web to improve the world
One surgeon's suggestion: YouTube and Facebook should be places where doctors and surgeons can go to learn new techniques and get visual instruction to improve their skills. (Via Steve Silberman)......
12:51 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing The courtship dance of the peacock spider
These tiny jumping spiders are surprisingly cute up close, and have some really beautiful coloring. But I can't help but hear the narration from Rob's video of the common douche playing in my head dur...
12:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Gallery of vintage NASA images
On the Submitterator, reader Parker offers up a Flickr gallery full of great old NASA images for our viewing enjoyment. Hey BoingBoing - I saw that you recently published some vintage Soviet space im...
12:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing The douche
BBC Human Planet observes the common douche. [Random At Best via Laughing Squid]......
12:14 pm PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Blank business cards
Levenger sells business cards designed to be customized when you hand them out. This is a recommendation of author and publisher CJ Chilvers, who writes: "Pre-packaged, pre-designed and pre-determined...
11:55 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Wired iPad app free
Wired's iPad app is free of charge today this month. [App Store]......
11:52 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing The douche
BBC Human Planet, narrated by Richard Attenborough-ish, observes the common douche. [Random At Best via Laughing Squid]......
11:45 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Wired iPad app free
Wired's iPad app is free of charge today. [App Store]......
11:32 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Montenegro National Anthem
Behold the mid-century epic horror movie theme that is the national anthem of Montenegro. [via Ectoplasmosis]......
11:24 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Stalagmite sculptures
Artist Tofer Chin installed 14 monolithic black stalagmites—"living and breathing souls, ghosts, spirits, voids, shadows"—in Rio de Janeiro's Parque Lage. [Coolhunting]......
11:04 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing McIntosh's MXA60 miniaturizes form, maxes out credit cards
McIntosh's MXA60 is a high-end CD and MP3 stereo system with a small form factor and a big price tag. With a 75 watt-per-channel amp, Burr Brown DAC, XLR outputs and 4" speakers with 3/4" tweeters, it...
04:13 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Last Supper on skateboard decks, with Mexican wrestlers
"The Last Fiesta" is a Last Supper rendered on 12 skateboard decks, with Christ and the apostles depicted as Mexican masked wrestlers. Chris Parks, the artist, included a supper of Negra Modelo Modelo...
03:44 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing New Zealand's 3-strikes rule can go into effect in September
This week, New Zealand's Parliament rushed in its controversial 3-strikes Internet disconnection law, using emergency procedures invoked to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake for cover. The l...
03:34 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing MAFIAA Fire: a Firefox add-on to reverse US government domain censorship
Earlier this year, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement shocked the world by asserting the right to seize any .com or .net domain that it characterized as a "pirate" or child porn site, with lit...
03:23 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Photos of elderly animals
While we normally think of baby animals as being the principal cuton emitters of the animal kingdom, photographer Isa Leshko's "Elderly Animals" series reveals the beauty revealed by animals at the en...
03:02 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing World's largest Gummi bear: 12,600 calories
The "The World's Largest Gummy Bear" weighs as much as 1,400 normal bears (Gummi bears, that is) combined. At 12,600 calories, it's the ideal compact and delicious camping and survival food, with all ...
02:43 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Lawsuit: DRM spied on me, gathered my personal info, sent it to copyright enforcers who called me with $150,000 legal threat
A lawsuit has been filed over a 3D imaging tool called Transmagic whose demo came bundled with a DRM program called Sheriff, produced by Licensing Technologies Limited. The suit alleges after Miguel P...
02:36 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Last Supper on skateboard planks, with Mexican wrestlers
"The Last Fiesta" is a Last Supper rendered on 12 skateboard decks, with Christ and the apostles depicted as Mexican masked wrestlers. Chris Parks, the artist, included a supper of Negro Modelo, Coron...
02:32 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Realistic dinosaur puppet scares and delights schoolchildren
These Australian schoolchildren were treated to a visit from an extremely lifelike dinosaur puppet. Between the virtuoso performance by the puppeteer and the great design of the puppet, this is a hell...
02:19 am PDT - Fri, April 15, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage Soviet science and space illustration
This site collects vintage Soviet space and science illustrations; most appear to come from old children's books. They're eerily similar to American illos from the same era -- both empires believing t...
09:44 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Russia: Cosmonaut's Day and Yuri Gagarin gala at the Kremlin (video)
As detailed in this Boing Boing post, I spent the last few days in Moscow with space journalist Miles O'Brien and his documentary crew. We attended a massive, televised state gala at the Kremlin honor...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Why People Think Cell Phones Cause Cancer
Images: Shutterstock (1, 2) Siddhartha Mukherjee deftly tells you everything you need to know about the current state of knowledge of the risks to human health from use of cellular phones. Mukherjee,...
06:53 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Why People Think Cell Phones Cause Cancer
Images: Shutterstock (1, 2) Siddhartha Mukherjee deftly tells you everything you need to know about the current state of knowledge of the risks to human health from use of cellular phones. Mukherjee,...
06:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Make's roundup of DIY radiation detectors
John Baichtal says: "MAKE's interview with hardware hacker Akiba highlighted a fascinating trend: individuals and small groups taking their safety into their own hands by creating, modifying, and netw...
04:55 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing RIM PlayBook tablet is Palm Foleo killer
The first reviews of RIM's PlayBook tablet, which needs to be tethered to a Blackberry to do native email, are in. It's shit. One of the company's two CEOs also walked out of a BBC interview when aske...
04:47 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Kotaku: new Nintendo console to be more poweful than Xbox 360, PS3
Kotaku today reports that a new Nintendo console set to debut at E3 in June will be "more powerful" than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. (thanks, Joel Johnson)......
04:44 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing RIM Playbook tablet is Palm Foleo killer
The first reviews of RIM's Playbook tablet, which needs to be tethered to a cellphone to do native email, are in. It's shit.......
04:25 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Found Sign: Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library
Joe Sabia says, "This is a sign that hangs from the wall of my local public library in Milford, Connecticut. It's a large but quaint building occupied by maybe 6 or so people, and 3 elderly kind women...
04:08 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Two mint tin electronics kits: $30
Maker Shed is running a good deal on its Mintduino and Mintronics Survival Pack kits. You get both for $29.98. The MintDuino is the newest product in our Mintronics series of kits. It's perfect for an...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing iGeiger: Geiger Counter with an iPhone interface
Sean Bonner shares word (and photos!) of initial prototypes for an iPhone-connected geiger counter, developed with folks in Japan in mind. (rdtn.org)......
03:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Found Sign: Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library
Joe Sabia says, "This is a sign that hangs from the wall of my local public library in Milford, Connecticut. It's a large but quaint building occupied by maybe 6 or so people, and 3 elderly kind women...
03:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Russia: Cosmonaut's Day and Yuri Gagarin gala at the Kremlin (video)
As detailed in this Boing Boing post, I spent the last few days in Moscow with space journalist Miles O'Brien and his documentary crew. We attended a massive, televised state gala at the Kremlin honor...
03:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Stack of 3D models of history's space rockets
Space Hacker Ariel Waldman points us to Sascha Pohflepp's The Rocket, "Every freely available 3D-model of space rockets as found on Google 3D Warehouse, chronologically ordered and assembled into one ...
03:31 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing In case you missed it: Xeni on Chris Hardwick's NERDIST podcast
I was recently a guest on Chris Hardwick's very popular and very funny "Nerdist" podcast. You can listen to the fun here.......
03:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Study: Pot smokers may lack energy, but pot growers use lots of it
A report issued this week by an energy analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that people who grow marijuana indoors use 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and create 17 million ...
03:03 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Secret life of Banana Slugs
KQED QUEST teaches us about Banana Slugs, detritivores that scarf up dead leaves, poop, and even dead animals in California's old growth redwood forests. Science on the SPOT: Banana Slugs Unpeeled......
02:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Russia: Cosmonaut's Day and Yuri Gagarin gala at the Kremlin (video)
As detailed in this Boing Boing post, I spent the last few days in Moscow with space journalist Miles O'Brien and his documentary crew. We attended a massive, televised state gala at the Kremlin honor...
02:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Stack of 3D models of history's space rockets
Space Hacker Ariel Waldman points us to Sascha Poflepp's The Rocket, "Every freely available 3D-model of space rockets as found on Google 3D Warehouse, chronologically ordered and assembled into one u...
02:10 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Lego Lovecraft house, with bricky tentacles
Lego artist Mr Xenomurphy created this great Lovecraftian horror-house, complete with Lego tentacles. Tentacles have so clearly been missing from Lego for all these years, it's a wonder they aren't st...
02:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Counterfeit gadget trade surges
Gizmodo's Brian Gardiner checks out the epic-scale market for counterfeit audio gear. Early on the morning of October 28, 2010 a massive strike force assembled outside the Meipai Electronic Audio Fact...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Spontaneous human combustion at a porn shop?
A fellow was hospitalized last night after catching fire inside a private video booth at a San Francisco porn shop. How the fire started remains a mystery. What do you think? Crack pipe and blow t...
01:47 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Trusting unknown parties for security? Welcome to the web
At The Economist, Glenn Fleishman writes about a fundamental flaw in the industry standard security system for websites, SSL, familiar to all of us as the little lock icon that appears for 'secure' we...
01:36 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Retro LCD handheld game simulator
Pica-Pic is a beautifully-designed online museum of playable retro LCD handheld games. The gameplay is very realistic. Retro LCD handheld game simulator......
01:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing How effective can tsunami warning systems really be?
Scientific American asks: Can a tsunami early warning system ever really offer enough of a warning?......
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Great Moments in Pedantry: Pie charts aren't so bad, after all
Yes, that is a chart comparing the effectiveness of different kinds of charts. Apparently, it is Super Meta Science Day here at BoingBoing. Pie charts get no respect, but Robert Kosara, Assistant Pro...
01:10 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Proof that David Attenborough has invaded your consciousness
It is utterly impossible to read this article about the mating habits of birds of paradise—written by David Attenborough—without hearing it in your head in David Attenborough's voice. (Via...
01:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Bulldog, bird, and squirrel in strange affinity
"A trio comprising a canary bird, a bulldog, and a gray squirrel, has for some unknown reason, entered into strange mutual relation." -- Popular Mechanics, 1921 (Via Mostly Forbidden Zone)......
01:04 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Build a radiation detector out of a digital camera
Obviously, this is probably not the most accurate or sensitive way to measure radiation. It's also showing you relative increases or decreases, not exact numbers. Nevertheless, this hack, worked out b...
01:02 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Will Eisner's cool 3D titles for his Spirit comic
Mirko Ilic of Imprint presents a gallery of hand-drawn 3-D comic book titles, with emphasis on Will Eisner's amazing Spirit titles. But everything changed with the appearance of Will Eisner's "The Spi...
12:54 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Another aftershock? Or just an earthquake hangover?
Jishin-yoi means "earthquake drunk"—the feeling that you're experiencing the ground moving beneath you, even when things are still. It might be psychological. It might be a physical balance impa...
12:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing The scientist who studies scientists—An interview with Harry Collins
Who watches the watchmen? Harry Collins. That's who. A professor of social sciences at Cardiff University in Great Britain, Collins has spent his career studying other scientists. In particular, ...
12:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Antarctica, 1911
An awesome gallery of photos from an early 20th-century trip to the frozen continent.......
12:41 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Lego Lovecraft house, with bricky tentacles
Lego artist Mr Xenomurphy created this great Lovecraftian horror-house, complete with Lego tentacles. Tentacles have so clearly been missing from Lego for all these years, it's a wonder they aren't st...
12:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Tell Congress: Unlock science research!
Aaron Swartz from Demand Progress sez, "The NIH is the largest source of funding for scientific research in the world. Three years ago this week, it announced every paper it funded would have to be ma...
12:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Win a speaking role in the American Gods audiobook
HarperCollins is recording a special full-cast audio edition of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and they're offering a speaking role to lucky (and talented) Gaiman-fans! The winner gets coached by @neilhi...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Alchemy-themed art show in Brooklyn
Pam Grossman of Phantasmaphile is curating an intriguing alchemy art show at Brooklyn's Observatory Room, opening May 7. The show, featuring a dozen artists, runs until June 12. Painting above by Jess...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Limerick of Death competition winner
Our Limerick of Death competition was a huge success, attracting hundreds of entrants. The winner of an awesome Machine of Death hardback set is #259 by Petertrepan: The pilot spat out a profanityAs h...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Allegorical film targets sex trafficking
The Candy Shop is a film project aimed at helping prevent sex trafficking in Atlanta, where hundreds of minors a month are victimized, and elsewhere. Judson writes in: This short film was produced rec...
08:10 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede - update on the movie
I wrote back in 2009 about the wonderful news that Bradley Denton's world-beatingly awesome comic novel Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede was to be adapted as a big-budget science fiction movi...
07:08 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing UK court rules that kettling was illegal
A UK court has ruled that kettling -- the police tactic of surrounding peaceful protestors and beating anyone who tries to leave -- was illegal during the Climate Camp demonstration in 2009. This was ...
06:28 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Lessons from 10 years of Pepys's diaries online
For ten years, Phil Gyford has been republishing Samuel Pepys's diaries online in one-entry-per-day chunks. On the way, he and a growing community of readers, historians, literary scholars and enthusi...
02:32 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Automatically generate regular expressions with Txt2re
A programmer who hates coming up with regular expressions has produced a visual tool for automatically generating them. You paste in a block of text, identify the parts of it you'd like your regexp to...
02:25 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Scientific management's unscientific grounding: the Management Myth
Matthew Stewart, who went from a PhD in philosophy to an unhappy career as a management consultant, lays into the "science" of management, from its historical roots to the vacuity of its modern-day pr...
02:12 am PDT - Thu, April 14, 2011
BoingBoing Humble Frozen Bundle: pay-what-you-like for 5 DRM-free games, support charity
Hugh from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "For the next 14 days, you can get Wolfire Games' freshly-released Humble Frozenbyte Bundle! Like the first two bundles, you pay what you want to down...
08:53 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing 1882 varmint trap made with revolver
In 1882 James Williams filed a patent for this varmint trap. He added that "This invention may also be used in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or w...
08:21 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing 1882 varmint trap made with revolver
in 1882 James Williams filed a patent for this varmint trap. He added that "This invention may also be used in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or w...
05:30 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing How do you draw a straight line? How do you determine if a circle is really round?
I spent some time this morning watching the fascinating videos that illustrate the amazing mechanisms and geometrical solids discussed in the book How Round is Your Circle? by John Bryant and Chri...
04:03 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing To understand the U.S. federal budget, divide by 100,000,000
Philip Greenspun divided the U.S. 2011 federal budget by 100,000,000 and wrote a little parable: We have a family that is spending $38,200 per year. The family's income is $21,700 per year. The family...
03:49 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Did You Know?: The INS No Longer Exists
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is sad that people didn't pay attention to their bureaucratic reorganization malarky. (I still can't remember what the Bureau of Standards changed its nam...
03:29 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Forced perspective castle in Disney World's new Fantasyland
A Disney blogger writes, "The Disney Parks Blog has a backstage look at the creation of Beast castle at Magic Kingdom Park, a huge milestone in the Fantasyland expansion. Imagineers are using forced p...
03:26 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Guest of Honor at 75th Philcon
I'm absolutely delighted to announce that I'll be the guest of honor at the 75th Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ, Nov 18-20 2011. Philcon is the oldest science fiction convention in the world; it's one I'v...
03:25 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter-organized essay collection to benefit Japan quake, with contributions from Gibson and Yoko Ono
2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake is a fundraising anthology of essays about the Japan quake and tsunami. It was organized on Twitter and published in a very short time (it's a Kind...
03:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO turn your scholarly journal into an open access journal
Seb sez, "The Association for Learning Technology has published a brief guide about how to tender for a new publishing contract for a scholarly journal. This is, on the face of it, dry-as-dust stuff. ...
02:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Weirdo Records Radio
Weirdo Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts is an amazing record store filled with thousands of albums/artists that I've never heard of, from outr genres and obscure soundtracks. global oddities to psy...
02:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Ghost World envisioned as a Charlton comic book adaptation of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon
Mr. Ed created this terrific "mush-up" cover of a fake comic book that combines Hanna-Barbera's execrable yet iconic Scooby Doo with Dan Clowe's sublime and almost iconic Ghost World. Hanna-Barbera's ...
02:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Lobster shell golf balls
I've always thought it nuts that many cruise ships have golf ball driving ranges where you hit into the open seas. Isn't that, um, littering? Seems that University of Maine Researchers agreed, so ...
02:35 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Older people and eating disorders
Sunny Sea Gold has a website and a new book, both about her struggle with binge eating, and how she, and other people with eating disorders, have been able to develop healthy relationships with food....
02:16 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing A gallery of doctored cosmonaut photos
Wired has a gallery of before-and-after photos showing how the Soviet Union airbrushed some cosmonauts out of history. These are absolutely fascinating, not just because of the uncovered lies—b...
02:14 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing BBC radio documentary on Library Music
In the media biz, "library music" is music that's usually owned outright by a company and then licensed to customers who use it as soundtracks for TV shows, radio programs, industrial films. Much of i...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Headless flies respond to light—Or: Why invertebrates are awesome
This is possibly the best opening line to a peer-reviewed research paper that I have ever read: When I tell people I've been working on headless fruit flies' responses to light, they often look puzzl...
01:55 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Alchemy-themed art show in Brooklyn
Pam Grossman of Phantasmpahile is curating an intriguing alchemy art show at Brooklyn's Observatory Room, opening May 7. The show, featuring a dozen artists, runs until June 12. Painting above by Jess...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Air Plant gallery
Garden Design has a gorgeous slideshow of Tillandsias, aka "air plants." Seen here, T. "~Showtime." I have quite a few Tillandsias in my home, including several that I glued to hunks of old ...
01:36 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing How to dig jive talk
Pay heed: the cat who wrote this is really in there. (Via Working Stiff 925)......
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Human footprints in Tanzania
Journalist Kate Wong (and several other people) are tweeting from the American Paleoanthropological Society meeting this week. I love live conference tweets. There's always interesting things to be le...
01:14 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Operating instructions for system to deliver music and marijuana
[Video Link] The Booth and Bong Hit Station supplies remote control car racers with music and marijuana.......
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Older people and eating disorders
Sunny See Gold has a website and a new book, both about her struggle with binge eating, and how she, and other people with eating disorders, have been able to develop healthy relationships with food....
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Of corpse flowers and magnetism
Over at his new Photonist blog, physicist-turned-journalist David Harris has a fascinating breakdown of a recent study that attempted to measure biomagnetism in plants. How crazy is that? Not as c...
12:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing EUROPEANS! Write to your MEP NOW to oppose copyright term extension for sound recordings
Peter from the Open Rights Group sez, "In 2009 a Directive aimed at extending the term of copyright protection for sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, which flies in the face of all the credible evi...
11:59 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing One physicist's theories about the end of "Source Code"
Have you seen the movie Source Code? Are you bothered by the apparent paradox at the end of the film? So was physicist Jim Kakalios. In a fun (and, incidentally, spoiler-riffic) guest post at ...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing If Chris Ware was Charlie Brown
Noah sez, "Nathan Bulmer is in the midst of an thoroughly entertaining yearlong daily illustration project he calls "Eat More Bikes" and today's post posits what the Peanuts strip would have been like...
11:42 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Weirdo Records Radio
Weirdo Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts is an amazing record store filled with thousands of albums/artists that I've never heard of, from outr genres and obscure soundtracks to global oddities and ...
05:50 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Space Invaders gingham by the yard
The fabric from the Space Invaders gingham pillow I blogged the other day is available by the yard from Spoonflower: "The classic gingham pattern has been invaded. These white invaders on a black back...
05:13 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Cosmonaut's Day in Moscow: Notes from Yuri Gagarin gala inside the Kremlin
Greetings from the Moscow airport. I've been in Russia for the past few days, accompanying space journalist Miles O'Brien and crew, who are here working on a space-related documentary project. Last ni...
04:22 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing New Zealand to sneak in Internet disconnection copyright law with Christchurch quake emergency legislation
The government of New Zealand is sneaking in its controversial "3-strikes" Internet disconnection law tonight as part of its emergency legislation dealing with the Christchurch earthquke. Bill 92A was...
02:39 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Historical first look into the Fed's bailout payments reveals breathtaking multi-trillion-dollar corruption
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi continues his excellent, infuriating coverage of the Wall Street bailout with analysis of the newly released data on the no-recourse, low-interest loans the Fed made (these...
02:26 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Chumby 8: the adorable, open networked device grows up
CNet reviews the latest Chumby device, these being adorable little networked appliances that do a little of everything, with loads of engineering smarts and a wide-open platform that invites innovatio...
01:57 am PDT - Wed, April 13, 2011
BoingBoing Time-lapse of San Francisco-Paris flight, with northern lights
An Air France flier found himself with a whole row to himself on a San Francisco-Charles De Gaulle flight, so he set up his SLR and a tripod and shot a time-lapse of the entire flight out the window. ...
10:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Biopunk in an age without wonder
Marcus Wohlsen has covered startup culture, the maker scene, and the marijuana industry as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press. His first book, Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack ...
10:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Biopunk: the "great and terrible power" of indie biotech?
Marcus Wohlsen has covered startup culture, the maker scene, and the marijuana industry as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press. His first book, Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack ...
10:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life
Marcus Wohlsen has covered startup culture, the maker scene, and the marijuana industry as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau of The Associated Press. His first book, Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack ...
09:53 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Make 26: the Karts and Wheels issue
Gareth says: "As you read this, mail carriers on scooters, skateboards, recumbents, and go-karts are rushing MAKE Volume 26 to subscribers. OK, they're in trucks and on foot - we have vivid imaginatio...
08:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Settlers of Catan portable edition
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my enthusiasm for the best-selling board game, Settlers of Catan. My family and I like Catan so much that we bought the portable edition to bring with us on our vac...
07:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Toddler served booze at Applebee's
On Friday, at Applebee's restaurant in Madison Heights, Michigan, Taylor Dill-Reese ordered her 15-month-old Dominick an apple juice, but he ended up gulping down a margarita. From Reuters: He "kind o...
07:33 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Bill Cosby dances to dubstep
[video link] Bill Cosby dances to dubstep, by Josh Harney and Stephen Diaz.......
06:23 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Jonathan Franzen visits "Robinson Crusoe" island
Cappi Williamson says: "In this week's issue of The New Yorker, Jonathan Franzen travels to the remote island that was likely the setting for Robinson Crusoe, where he thinks about his friend, the lat...
05:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima upgraded to Level 7 nuclear event—what's that mean?
The nuclear reactor crisis at Fukushima Daiichi has been upgraded to a 7 on the International Nuclear Events Scale. That's the same rating as Chernobyl. It's interesting to me, though, how these two e...
05:40 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Weirdo Records Radio
Weirdo Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts is an amazing record store filled with thousands of albums/artists that I've never heard of, from outr genres and obscure soundtracks to global oddities and ...
05:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Internet birthplace to be preserved for future generations
This is the room where the Internet was born, 3420 Boelter Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles.......
05:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Short video about a scientific glassware maker
[Video Link] Etsy created this short documentary about glassblower Kiva Ford. He makes custom scientific glassware for research and discovery chemistry. He's a member of the American Scientific Glassb...
05:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Video footage of Yuri Gagarin's historic spaceflight
It's the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. And what's an anniversary if not an occasion for awesome archival video footage set to a cheesy modern soundtrack? Happy Yuri's Night! Via Joerg Heb...
01:54 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Guess What's musical tribute to Yuri Gagarin
[video link] Celebrating today's 50th anniversary of the first person in space, two tracks from the LP "Yuri Gagarin: 12 Modern Odes to History's Greatest Spaceman" by London-based duo Guess What. (Th...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Drew Friedman draws R. Crumb
As Mark previously posted, the Society of Illustrators in New York City is hosting a major R. Crumb retrospective exhibit, titled "Lines Drawn On Paper." Crumb was in attendance at the opening bash, a...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Read This: Written in Stone
How are you related to a duck-billed platypus? Do you know? At a quick glance, you might suspect that mammalian evolution is like a flight of stairs. At the bottom, there's reptiles. Take a s...
01:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Hidden art in Woody Woodpecker
[video link] Did animation pioneer Shamus Culhane secretly slip his own abstract paintings into 1940s Woody Woodpecker cartoons? Apparently so, according to cartoon historian Tom Klein writing in ...
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing In Yuri Gagarin's carry-on bag
According to Mary Roach on Twitter, Yuri Gagarin carried two personal items with him on his historic first spaceflight. First, cognac. Second, shark repellant. The shark repellant was in case he lande...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Guess What's musical tribute to Yuri Gagarin
[video link] Celebrating today's 50th anniversary of the first person in space, two tracks from the LP "Yuri Gagarin" by London-based duo Guess What. (Thanks, Ben Goldacre!)......
12:45 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Scientist accidentally experiments on himself, wife
Vector biologist Brian Foy has published a case study that claims to be the first documented evidence of an insect-borne illness being spread between people through sexual contact. Unfortunately for ...
12:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Art and science are intertwined
"Almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences are actively engaged in arts as adults. They are twenty-five times as likely as average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be an...
12:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Video footage of Yuri Gagarin's historic spaceflight
It's the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. And what's an anniversary if not an occasion for awesome archival video footage set to a cheesy modern soundtrack? Happy Yuri's Night! Via Jeorg Heb...
12:13 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Open banjo instruction -- pickers needed!
Patrick Costello, a hero of public-spirited music education, has launched The Old Time Banjo Project with some of his students. He's looking for banjo-pickers to help record instructional videos that ...
12:12 pm PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Read This: Written in Stone
How are you related to a duck-billed platypus? Do you know? At a quick glance, you might suspect that mammalian evolution is like a flight of stairs. At the bottom, there's reptiles. Take a s...
10:31 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Lovecraft manuscript with musical wax cylinder
British Cthulhu emporium Yog-Sogoth have produced a lovely kit to accompany a manuscript for Albert Wilmarth's HP Lovecraft's story The Whisperer in Darkness: it includes a genuine musical wax cylinde...
10:29 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing AT-AT for America: restore America's glory with a functional, full-scale Imperial Walker
Mike Koehler dreams of restoring America to greatness. He plans to do this by galvanizing a community of "nerds, makers, geeks, motorheads, sportos, dudes, steampunks, Jedis, halfwits, greasers and ge...
09:21 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Lovecraftian manuscript with musical wax cylinder
British Cthulhu emporium Yog-Sogoth have produced a lovely kit to accompany a manuscript for Albert Wilmarth's Lovecraftian story The Whisperer in Darkness: it includes a genuine musical wax cylinder ...
06:02 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing France to require unhashed password storage
France's new data retention law requires online service providers to retain databases of their users' addresses, real names and passwords, and to supply these to police on demand. Leaving aside the ri...
03:53 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing France to require cleartext password storage
France's new data retention law requires online service providers to retain databases of their users' addresses, real names and passwords, and to supply these to police on demand. Leaving aside the ri...
03:42 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing San Francisco to require ID scans, photos of everyone who goes to a venue -- public meeting tonight!
San Francisco's Entertainment Commission has proposed that all bars, clubs, and venues should be required to photograph and collect ID from everyone who comes in for a drink or a show. The photos and ...
03:30 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Skeletal jewelry
Joyeria Osea is Sofia Sanchez's Etsy store, where the Argentine jeweler sells her anatomical pieces -- fingerbone rings, sternum necklaces, and other bony delights. Joyeria Osea (via Bioephemera)......
03:27 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Young girl goes over to the dark side of the force
Young Sariah Gallego and her brother Alex were selected to participate in a Jedi Academy show at Disneyland; when the moment of truth came and Darth Vader asked Sariah to join the dark side (a moment ...
03:23 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Product design with sharing in mind
Shareable.net's Mary Fallon has a nice article called "Should Products Be Designed for Sharing?" that explores the current state of design for items that are intended for use by multiple people (s...
02:45 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Wobbly Google satellite images
Clement Valla collects Google satellite photos where the image-processing software went a little wonky and created the illusion of wiggly-wobbly landscapes. It's inceptiontastic! Postcards from Google...
02:41 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Central European folk-dancers illustrated sorting algorithms
Robbo sez, "Sapientia University has posted a series of videos using folk dances as a way to visualy demonstrate various sorting algorithms. It's intensely geeky - and just downright cute too." I love...
01:56 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Pluto-kun, the world's cutest plutonium mascot
Pink Tentacle has a post about Pluto-kun, created by Japan's Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation in the 1990s. The helium-voiced fellow stars in a "pro-nuclear PR cartoon entitled '...
12:19 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Chris and Cosey on VBS.TV
[video link] Vice's Electric Independence visits the home studio of BB pals Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, pioneering electronic music makers who have bled musical creativity since co-founding T...
12:09 am PDT - Tue, April 12, 2011
BoingBoing Wicked Plants on exhibit in San Francisco
(Totnesmartin photo/Wikimedia Commons) San Francisco's gorgeous Conservatory of Flowers is hosting an exhibit titled "Wicked Plants," all about poisonous plants and their place in history, from the le...
08:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Woman who attacked Gauguin painting has a radio in her head
"I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it's very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned. I am from th...
08:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Pluto-kun, the worlds cutest plutonium mascot
Pink Tentacle has a post about Pluto-kun, created by Japan's Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation in the 1990s. The helium-voiced fellow stars in a "pro-nuclear PR cartoon entitled '...
08:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Magic goop scoop
[Video Link] The age old problem of picking up a blob of liquid without altering its shape has been solved! Details about the technology are not available on Furukawa Kikou's website (perhaps because ...
08:27 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Mail a coconut from the Molokai, Hawaii post office
I just returned from a trip to Hawaii with my family. We spent most of our time on Maui but we took a day trip (by ferry) to the island of Molokai, which is famous for its leper colony founded by a Ro...
08:23 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Wicked Plants on exhibit in San Francisco
(Totnesmartin photo/Wikimedia Commons) San Francisco's gorgeous Conservatory of Flowers is hosting an exhibit titled "Wicked Plants," all about poisonous plants and their place in history, from the le...
07:08 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Rube Goldberg photobooth
Alex Crawford and Austin Nelson, graduate students at Pratt, built a "Rube Goldberg Photobooth" for their Multimedia Installation class project. From Architizer: We had both always wanted to build a R...
04:50 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Famous artists' apartments
(Laura Levine photo) New York Magazine published an interesting slideshow showing the Manhattan apartments of some well-known artists, from Robert Rauschenberg's loft in 1953 to William S. Burroughs's...
04:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Chris and Cosey on VBS.TV
[video link] Vice's Electric Independence visits the home studio of BB pals Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, pioneering electronic music makers who have bled musical creativity since co-founding T...
03:49 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Famous artists' apartments
New York Magazine published an interesting slideshow showing the Manhattan apartments of some well-known artists, from Robert Rauschenberg's loft in 1953 to William S. Burroughs's bunker, c. 1978. Fla...
03:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing MP3s of childrens 78 rpm records from 1948
Here is a delightful digitized collection of Record Guild of America Childrens Picture Records, c. 1948.......
03:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Why fear and risk are hard problems
In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, a nice analysis of why people fear "chemicals" out of proportion to actual risk, and why no amount of haughty rationalization is likely to change that....
03:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Sasquatch snowboarding
From UndeadMonsters, your online purveyors of fine "ultra-realistic" Sasquatch costumes. Something about that sentence just makes me giggle a lot. Thanks to Madalene Fetsch!......
03:05 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing A new physics, or a statistical error: Round-up of news from Fermilab
Last week, JArmstrong posted to the Submitterator about the big news out of Fermilab last week. Shorter version: An analysis of 10,000 proton-antiproton collisions made in the lab's Tevatron particle ...
02:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Rock the Drop: carpet the planet in young adult literature
Author Lorie Ann Grover writing on behalf of the Readergirlz literacy project sez, "Readergirlz and Figment are going to ROCK THE DROP in honor of Support Teen Lit Day on Thursday, April 14th. People ...
01:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Chat with Maryn McKenna about antibiotic resistance today
Maryn McKenna—my favorite "Scary Disease Girl" and author of Superbug—will be taking questions during a live chat today at Scientific American's Facebook page. The chat starts at 2:00 Eas...
12:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing How magnets affect the human brain
Put a powerful magnet against the side of your head and it can interfere with the neurons working underneath. The technique is being used to treat severe depression, but it can also produce some nifty...
12:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Pot allergy is probably widely underreported
Humans are often allergic to pollen and other chemical compounds in weeds. Most of the time, if an allergy is life-threatening—or even just way-of-life-threatening—you'll report it to your...
02:13 am PDT - Mon, April 11, 2011
BoingBoing Sweden exports sweatshops: Ikea's first American factory
World-beating tax-cheats Ikea have a reputation for being a great employer in Sweden; but in America, their first factory is a model sweatshop, with rock-bottom wages, mandatory overtime, abusive vaca...
04:54 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing Wisco county clerk whose homemade voting software found 14K votes for Tea Party judge is an old hand at illegal campaigning
The plot thickens for Kathy Nickolaus, the Waukesha, Wisconsin county clerk who used her own home-brewed voting software to miraculously discover 14,000 votes for her former boss, Tea Party-favored Su...
02:46 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing Canada's New Democratic Party promises national broadband and net neutrality
Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party have unveiled their Internet campaign promises for this election; they're a stark contrast to the Tories, who've vowed to re-engineer Canada's network to mak...
02:34 pm PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing Flapper's dictionary: 1922
JimL sez, "Originally published in the July 1922 edition of FLAPPER magazine, this dictionary went into some detail, listing the group's slang and providing definitions. In the process, it also provid...
10:05 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing English school principal announces zero tolerance for mismatched socks
The City of Ely Community College in Cambridgeshire, England has decided to restore discipline to its student body by nonsensically conflating genuinely disruptive behavior (talking in class) with mer...
03:25 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto's Silver Snail to leave Queen Street West
The Silver Snail, Toronto's iconic Queen Street West comic shop, has sold up and is moving to new digs. The owner is selling to the wonderful George Zotti, who's been manager there for for years and y...
03:12 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian Tories' campaign pledge: We will spy on the Internet
Michael Geist has timely analysis of the Canadian Conservative party's campaign promise to pass a massive "crime and justice" bill within 100 days, if re-elected. The bill -- which has never been deba...
03:04 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing Gender stereotypes woven into language of toy ads
Crystal transcribed a number of "boys'" and "girls'" toy commercials and made word-clouds out of the result. The difference is stark and immediately visible. Word Cloud: How Toy Ad Vocabulary Reinforc...
02:55 am PDT - Sun, April 10, 2011
BoingBoing English school principle announces zero tolerance for mismatched socks
The City of Ely Community College in Cambridgeshire, England has decided to restore discipline to its student body by nonsenically conflating genuinely disruptive behavior (talking in class) with mere...
11:32 pm PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing WILL HE KILL HIMSELF? Aeronaut poster
He Jumps From the Clouds!......
04:37 pm PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing Cop pepper sprays squirrel
This video appears to show a policeman macing a tiny squirrel. Rabies outbreak, perhaps? Even then, it seems a particularly cruel way to deal with it, especially given an audience of children. (Vi...
01:51 pm PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing Can an antibiotic user fee reduce resistance?
The Infectious Diseases Society of America recently released a list of policy suggestions aimed at combating the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. One of their suggestions: Charge whole...
01:32 pm PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing Robots inspired by nature: the "DelFly" bionic robot (photo)
Engineering school students look at the DelFly bionic robot during a demonstration at the International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Robots in Nantes April 7, 2011. Some 200 bio-robot technicians from 17 ...
01:30 pm PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing In great-grandma's time, little kids went around un-gendered
A hundred years ago, little boys wore pink and little girls wore blue—if their clothing was gendered at all. It wasn't always. In fact, a heavy emphasis on gendered clothing for children under t...
12:53 pm PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing CWA: Population isn't the problem, consumption is the problem
"As we get women access to education and birth control, as there's a focus on human rights, the birth rate is leveling out. It's a great success story, actually. Sustainability is about consumption, n...
08:01 am PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing "Soon," the compilation
Soon. [Buzzfeed]......
02:51 am PDT - Sat, April 9, 2011
BoingBoing WILL HE KILL HIMSELF? Aeoronaut poster
He Jumps From the Clouds!......
08:16 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Lord Kitchener sings on the boat, 1948
While visiting Ben "Bad Science" Goldacre's flat in London recently, he played me some fantastic cuts off a compilation LP titled "London Is The Place For Me: Trinidadian Calypso In London, 1950-1956....
07:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Turn your home into a billboard in exchange for your mortgage payment?
Imaginary Foundation's Nick Philip just IM'd me: "Would you turn your house into a billboard to be free of mortgage payments for a year?" He's referring to the marketing gimmick/PR stunt of Ad fir...
06:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni on Chris "@Nerdist" Hardwick's NERDIST podcast
Comedy genius and true-born nerd Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) invited me to join him as a guest on his very popular and very funny podcast. Here it is! Chris and his friendly LOL-sidekicks and I talked a...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Make a short video for Curt Smith's first residency in two years, win prizes
Photo: Justine Ungaro. Curt Smith (of Tears for Fears) is playing is first solo residency in two years at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA, beginning next Thursday. Vocalist on the original ...
04:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" (1970)
Friday Freak-Out: Donovan peforms "Hurdy Gurdy Man" at L'Olympia, Paris, 1970.  Friday Freak-Out: Arthur Brown's "Nightmare" - Boing Boing Friday Freak-Out: Julie Driscoll's "Seas...
04:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Wild Fermentation
Yogurt, bread, beer, kimchi, wine, cheese, miso, kraut, and vinegar are among the many foods that are produced with the aid of microorganisms. Those are living beasties of a type that we ordinarily tr...
03:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing MotoArt's furniture from recycled plane parts
Following my post yesterday about Restoration Hardware's Jet Age-inspired chairs, a commenter pointed me to MotoArt's fun sculptural furniture fashioned from old airplane parts. The desk above is a wi...
03:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Medicine for the Outdoors
There is nothing in this book that you don't need to know. You don't have to commit the book to memory but I would encourage you to know what's in it and how to find it quickly. My first duty as a Sco...
03:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing All New Square Foot Gardening
I decided to try my hand at gardening again after last having a vegetable garden in college 35 years ago (which I remembered involving a lot of work). After doing some research online I found Mel Bart...
03:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Albums re-imagined as books
Designer Christophe Gowans created book jackets inspired by rock albums. "What If Your Favorite Album Was a Book?" (Mother Jones)......
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Faux software interfaces in film
Access Main Computer File is a marvelous celebration in images of (mostly phony) computer user interfaces from Hollywood. Once there, mouse over the pictures to see the movie name and year. Notably ab...
03:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Mars Science Laboratory + Curiosity Rover: Interview with NASA JPL's Ashwin Vasavada
Video link: An artist's animation of how MSL and Curiosity Rover will land on Mars. Courtesy NASA JPL. This week, Boing Boing visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a peek inside the clean room ...
02:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Bike-seat-clamp with a built-in bottle-opener
Jon sez, "We've designed a bicycle seat clamp with a little bottle opener on the back. We love biking, and wish more people would commute this way. We also love beer- especially Utah's microbrews. We ...
01:42 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Travis Louie and Kris Kuksi at Roq La Rue Gallery
Opening at Seattle's Roq La Rue Gallery tonight, Travis Louie's astounding new daguerreotype-influenced paintings of Victorian folk "and their pets" Also in the show, the insanely-detailed "post-indus...
01:25 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Tune for Two: a short film by Alfa Primo
Video Link. A short film by Alfa Primo. Mahna Mahna. (Thanks, Joe Sabia!)......
01:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Pillow in Space Invaders gingham
Etsy seller Voodoorabbit's AUD35.00 throw pillow is made from custom-printed, eye-wateringly fabulous "Space Invaders gingham." Handmade Gingham Invaded White Cushion / Pillow Cover 43 x 43cm (via Won...
12:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Libyan rebels paint top of vehicles pink to avoid NATO "friendly fire"
After a recent NATO air strike killed five rebel fighters in Libya, opposition fighters have reportedly begun painting the roofs of their vehicles bright pink as a message to NATO bombers: "we're on y...
12:07 pm PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing FBI releases files on Biggie Smalls murder; still no killer named
Fourteen years after his death, the FBI has released a set of heavily redacted documents on the murder of Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace, (1972-1997), the rapper known as "Notorious B.I.G." The F...
11:56 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Software pioneer and ENIAC programmer Jean Bartik dies at 86
The New York Times has published an obituary for Jean Jennings Bartik, "one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software." She died o...
11:53 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Software pioneer and ENIAC programmer Jean Bartik dies at 86
The New York Times has published an obituary for Jean Jennings Bartik, "one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software." She died o...
11:45 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing YouTube rolling out streaming web video service to more partners
Mashable: "YouTube has been dabbling with live streaming across a variety of sectors in recent years -- from concerts to Q&As with U.S. President Barack Obama -- and now the video-sharing site is ramp...
10:53 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Mars Science Laboratory + Curiosity Rover: Interview with NASA JPL's Ashwin Vasavada
Video link: An artist's animation of how MSL and Curiosity Rover will land on Mars. Courtesy NASA JPL. This week, Boing Boing visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a peek inside the clean room ...
10:50 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing US government shutdown could mean Space Shuttle launch delay
Here's one odd effect a government shutdown would have: NASA would likely have to scrub the launch of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission, currently scheduled for April 29. If Republicans and De...
10:05 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing dj BC mashes up Jay-Z and Brian Eno: ANOTHER JAY ON EARTH
rageear writes, "dj BC returns with his latest mashup album that crosses the works of Jay-Z with Brian Eno. Known for his previous works 'The Beastles', 'Wu Orleans', and 'Glassbreaks', dj BC continu...
09:41 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Dark '70s animation of Japanese fairy tale on tsunamis and death: "The Guiding Jizo"
Matt Alt points ot to a beautiful clip from the 1970s animated show Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi (Animated Japanese Fairy Tales). The legend upon which this particular clip is based is hundreds of yea...
05:54 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Tim Minchin's anti-woo poem, animated
Here's a fantastic animated adaptation comic/skeptic/awesomesauce purveyor Tim Minchin's poem "Storm," a verse-form rant about the miseries of woowoo, the glory of science, the delights of skepticism ...
05:43 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Worldreader: ebooks for kids in the developing world
I've recently lent my support to Worldreader, an innovative nonprofit program that distributes ebook readers to children in the developing world and then exposes them to a large library of donated tex...
05:37 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-viralallergen nostril filters
First Defense Nasal Screens are tiny anti-pollen nostril-plugs you stick up your nose, made from "100 percent breathable non-latex, skin safe material." The manufacturer claims that lab tests show the...
05:35 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Elf ears
Today in elf news, the ears have it: pointy ones, that is, cut surgically from the standard round human set. Mark posted about a pioneer some time ago, but now the mainstream's caught on. The tabloids...
05:33 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese censors ban time travel TV shows
The Chinese General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television has prohibited new science fiction TV dramas, following a vogue for shows where modern Chinese people travel to ancient China and discover that...
05:27 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Behavioral psychology and security blindspots
A Bruce Schneier essay from IEEE Security & Privacy describes a series of experiments in logical thinking, through which some of our security blindspots come to light: Consider the Wason selection ta...
04:01 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Franken wants a balanced war budget
Senator Al Franken has proposed a "Pay for War" resolution that would require Congress to raise taxes and/or cut spending before authorizing new acts of war, so that American foreign adventures can't ...
03:39 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Sketch 3D: turn your napkin doodles into 3D models
Belgian 3D printing shop i.materialise has teamed up with GrabCAD for a service called Sketch 3D. For $80, you can have your napkin doodles and other designs converted into 3D models, suitable for pri...
03:33 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Beastie Boys' star-studded, hilarious trailer: Fight For Your Right-Revisited
The Beastie Boys' trailer for "Fight For Your Right-Revisited" is a star-studded hilarity of a thing, as silly as you can imagine, funny and just plain great. It's to promote their next CD, Hot Sauce ...
03:27 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Fake-make: counterfeit handmade objects from big manufacturers
Make Magazine has started to publish my old "Make Free" columns online; today, they've posted "Untouched By Human Hands," in which I speculate about whether (and when) big manufacturing companies will...
03:20 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Marketplace for hijacked computers
Brian Krebs went browsing in an underground proxy marketplace, where criminals rent time on hijacked computers to other criminals who want to use the compromised machines as launching-grounds for untr...
02:51 am PDT - Fri, April 8, 2011
BoingBoing Homebrew vote-counting software from Clerk in conservative Wisconsin county gives Supreme Court win to Tea Party darling
Saljake sez, "The Waukesha, WI County Clerk is allowed to design her own vote-counting-software(!) plus it lives off the network on a desktop computer in her office and has zero IT support after 5pm. ...
07:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing 100 classic Atari games for iPad
[video link] I don't have an iPad but the brand new "Atari's Greatest Hits" app looks like a blast. From touchArcade: By way of in-app purchases, Atari's Greatest Hits can deliver to your iOS device u...
06:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing India: corruption scandal sparks "Tahrir-like" citizen movement
Boing Boing reader lokayukta says, "India is going through its 'Egypt moment,' and for our version of Cairo's Tahrir Square, we have the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, where a 72 year old social acitivis...
06:46 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing 235 Star Trek characters in pixel form, all on one poster
John Martz says: Trexels is a limited edition print from John Martz and Koyama Press featuring 235 of your favourite Star Trek characters (give or take a few Tribbles) in pixelated form. The print, an...
06:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing If US government shuts down, many dot-gov websites will go dark
Declan McCullagh at CNET reports that many federal Web sites will likely go offline if the government shuts down Friday night. "A 16-page memo (PDF) to federal agencies says their Web sites may stay o...
06:27 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Sky Guitar (illustration from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
GUITAR OF THE SKY, An illustration contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Yau Hoong Tang of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.......
06:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Opera house's fabric curtain looks like crumpled aluminum foil
Seen here is the fantastical curtain of the Oslo Opera House. Los Angeles-based artist Pae White created it by scanning crumpled aluminum foil and translating that data into instructions for a compute...
06:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing UK street artist D*Face talks advertising, skating, and punk rock
Liz Ohanesian of the LA Weekly, who is a former Boing Boing guestblogger, shares with us an interview she just did with D*Face, in which the British street artist talks about advertising, punk rock, a...
05:53 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Tools to track public health online
One of the cool things I learned about during the Conference on World Affairs panel on "Superbugs and Pandemics" was the existence of Healthmap, a site that aggregates freely available information an...
05:32 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing CWA: The devil you know—antibiotic resistant bacteria
CWA is the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Now in it's 63rd year, the conference brings together scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and more...
03:37 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Kem Weber, pioneer of flat-pack furniture
In 1934, designer Kem Weber pioneered flat-pack furniture with his Airline Chair. It sold for $24.75 but he only managed to move around 200 of them. From Collectors Weekly: "It's probably the fir...
03:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Billie Holiday sings "Strange Fruit"
[video link] Happy birthday, Billie Holiday (1915-1959).......
03:03 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Jet Age chairs at Restoration Hardware
Restoration Hardware has a new line of magnificent Jet Age-inspired furniture. For example, the aviator chair above is inspired by World War II fighter planes, and wrapped in aluminum airplane skin. A...
03:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Gone Riffin': Rich Fulcher's new bizarro podcast (audio)
Rich Fulcher (Mighty Boosh, Snuff Box) and Abed Geith (Channel 101) have a new podcast titled Gone Riffin' in which they discuss "minor issues in the universe." The half-hour comedy show is "guarantee...
02:59 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Old lady is in yer soil, killin' yer Internets
Last month, an elderly Georgian woman wielding a shovel accidentally cut off internet access to the entire country of Armenia. Local media has nicknamed her "the spade hacker". (Via Jad Abumrad)......
02:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing CWA: Why no thorium reactors?
I just finished speaking on a panel about alternative energy at the 63rd Annual Conference on World Affairs. I wanted to share a quick tidbit, which I think you all will find interesting. In the cours...
02:37 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing USGS: California is not doomed to fall into the ocean
Yet another aftershock of the March 11 earthquake hit Japan today. So it seems like a good time to bring up the United States Geological Survey's fascinating FAQ on earthquake myths. Here's one new th...
02:15 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing WTF is ORM? Xeni talks social media scrubbing on NPR's "Tell Me More"
I joined NPR's "Tell Me More" show yesterday for a primer on so-called Online Reputation Management services; companies that offer to help people and businesses protect their online image and repair r...
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Dagthulhu Tee
DeliGrocery's Dagthulhu Tee illustrates a delightful Elder Dagwood about to devour a dagwood sandwich with relish, gusto, and tentacles. Dagthulhu Tee (Thanks, Appliance, via Submitterator!)......
02:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Evacuation of war-wounded in Libya: first-person account by MSF nurse
[Video Link] Editor's note: Alison Criado-Perez, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) shares this first-person account of evacuating war-wounded people out of Misrat...
01:46 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Video: Ejection seat test
No, that's not a real person flying out of this rocket sled flying down the track at 600 mph. It's a mannequin test of a new ejection seat system for the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. From BAE System...
01:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Warhol gadget cases and bags
Incase partnered with the Andy Warhol Foundation on a fine line of iPhone cases, laptop sleeves/bags, and iPad folios. In the 1970s, Warhol referred to his handheld audio recorder as his "wife." Wonde...
01:24 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Manning to get visits from UN, Amnesty, Rep. Kucinich; but only if monitored
The defense representing accused Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning reports that visits to Manning in army detention will be allowed by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Juan Mendez (the United Nations Speci...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing 7.4 quake hits Japan, tsunami warnings issued, nuclear plants lose power (updated)
The Japan Meteorological agency reports a 7.4 quake in Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, which hit at 11:32pm local time. USGS reports the same, about 60 miles (96km) from Sendai, Japan, and abou...
01:17 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Maine legalizes switchblades for people with only one arm
The state of Maine has legalized switchblade knives for people with one arm. "Backers of the measure say legalizing switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed people to be forced to open foldin...
01:13 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing World Bank: gold farming (etc) paid poor countries $3B in 2009
A research arm of the World Bank has produced a comprehensive report on the size of the grey-market virtual world economy in developing countries -- gold farming, power-levelling, object making and s...
12:55 pm PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed Difference Engine
A Thingiverse user called Qwertyzzz18 is gradually designing and uploading models for all the parts in Charles Babbage's Difference Engine; no word on whether the Analytical Engine will be next, but ...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Swords and battle-axes pushpins
Nuop's Medieval Weapon Push Pins are a great way to liven up the office notice-board with a little medieval flair. They're the perfect way to butch up those passive-aggressive Comic Sans notes remind...
02:43 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing EFF student activist internships open to applicants
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's student summer activism internships are now open to applicants; you've got until April 22 to apply. Start your engines! Are you an undergraduate or graduate studen...
02:42 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Class war comics: Scrap Iron Man versus international capital
China Mieville's posted his rejected pitch for a six-issue comic called "Scrap Iron Man," a class-war response to Iron Man in which workers come together in the spirit of international solidarity to ...
02:31 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Colombian Justice Minister ramming through extremist copyright legislation without public consultation
German Vargas Lleras, the Colombian Minister of Interior and Justice, has proposed a new fast-track copyright bill that will require ISPs to spy on, disconnect and censor their users in the name of pr...
02:25 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Glenn Beck's brain
Mother Jones and Steve Brodner bring us a MAD-Magazine-style exploded diagram of the contents of Glenn Beck's brain, just in time for the news that the weeping millionaire goldbug conspiracy nut is g...
12:22 am PDT - Thu, April 7, 2011
BoingBoing Flying wing to wing with a spaceship: Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo at opening of Virgin America's new SFO Terminal 2
This morning I got up early, packed my bag and headed to the San Francisco International airport (SFO) to attend the opening of Virgin America's new Terminal 2 (T2). I was expecting Sir Richard Branso...
11:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Flying wing to wing with a spaceship: Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo at opening of Virgin America's new SFO Terminal 2
This morning I got up early, packed my bag and headed to the San Francisco International airport (SFO) to attend the opening of Virgin America's new Terminal 2 (T2). I was expecting Sir Richard Branso...
06:37 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Raining worms in Scotland
A shower of worms fell on a class of kids playing football at Scotland's Galashiels Academy. (For more on weird "animal falls," check out Charles Fort's 1919 classic The Book of the Damned. Above, a 1...
05:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Ex-Congressman in Libya to 'Help' Once Proposed Arming Gadhafi
Over at Wired Danger Room blog, Noah Shachtman reports on former US Congressman Curt Weldon, who traveled repeatedly to Libya over the last decade and ended up so cozy with the Gadhafi regime that the...
03:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing World's most powerful rocket
Just announced, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket. This is a beast of a launch vehicle. Launch price is $80 million to $125 million, but "Modest discounts are available for contr...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Biffo the Bear
Biffo the Bear is a character from Britain's long-running, vaguely anarchic kids comic, The Beano. His first appearance was in the 1950s, to which this illustration dates. Look familiar? [via @cab...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Chicken Little: what do you sell to an immortal, vat-bound quadrillionaire?
Tor.com is running my short story Chicken Little, which originally appeared in the Frederick Pohl tribute anthology Gateways (a book that also includes work from Bear, Benford, Brin, Bova, Gaiman, Ha...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Anya's Ghost: sweet and scary ghost story about identity
Anya's Ghost, Vera Brosgol's debut graphic novel, starts out as a simple young adult story about a girl who's having a hard time fitting in at school, moves smoothly into a lighthearted story about an...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Bandwidth changes everything for cloud storage
Amazon's Cloud Player -- an online file storage service -- upsets the music labels because people could use it to share music instead of simply store and listen to it. Nilay Patel writes that earlier ...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing CWA: Three things I learned from a World Bank transportation expert
CWA is the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Now in it's 63rd year, the conference brings together scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and more ...
11:23 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Music that is in everything
Ambrose Heron compiled a list of music cues used repeatedly in different movie trailers: near the top is one I always seem to notice, a segment from James Horner's Aliens soundtrack.......
11:02 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing NASA Mars Science Laboratory + Curiosity Rover: first look (photo gallery)
This week, Boing Boing was invited to visit NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the first and only opportunity for media to enter the Pasadena, CA clean room where NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, ...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing International Space Station Expedition 27: Soyuz launch (big photo gallery)
The Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, named after the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of U.S. astronaut Ronald Garan, Russian cosmonauts Alexandr Samok...
10:19 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Augmented reality toys that change pants and personality
London design firm Berg and the London office of the Japanese ad agency Dentsu have announced a line of augmented reality toys called Suwappu. The little figurines have swappable heads and bodies; de...
08:17 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printing with "wood flour"
University of Washington Open3D student Meghan Trainor and her colleagues Juliana Meira do Valle and Kate Lien are experimenting with 3D printing using "wood flour" made from finely ground walnut and...
08:10 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Science fiction movie produced in 48 hours
Precision is a great little science fiction short film that was written, shot, scored, and edited in 48 hours as part of a filmmaking challenge. It's an inspiring example of how digital storytelling ...
08:03 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Incompetent Nazi spies landed in Florida in 1942 and surrendered
A recently released MI5 report on a bungled Nazi sabotage plot details how a group of hapless, big-mouthed Nazi "spies" landed in Florida (after drunkenly bragging about their mission in a Paris cafe...
07:48 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts go digital, play high-tech pranks on riders
Inside the Magic has an early look at the latest revision to the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion, where they have replaced the venerable (and wonderful) post-climactic "Hitchhiking Ghosts" scene wi...
07:40 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Mbius Gear: a one-sided, toothed gear
UC Berkeley postdoc Aaron M Hoover combined math and imagination to solve the problem of building a one-sided "Mbius gear." He rendered it and then output molds for it on a 3D printer, cast them, and...
07:35 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing SSL certificate authorities put us all at risk by handing out certs for "mail" "webmail" and other unqualified domains
In the wake of the revelation that a major SSL certificate provider suffered a serious breach, Chris Palmer from the Electronic Frontier Foundation has analysis of the common practice of issuing cert...
07:27 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing OCD cutting board marked with precise angles and measurements for accurate chopping
The OCD Chef Cutting Board is screened with fine, precise measurements so that you can cut all your food into perfectly even, perfectly angled chunklets. THE OCD CHEF CUTTING BOARD (via Joshua)  ...
07:23 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Stiglitz: wealth concentration will be America's downfall
Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz writes in this month's Vanity Fair about the corrosive, self-reinforcing wealth concentration that has hijacked American politics, in which the America's future...
07:12 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Scratch-built Muppet Theatre: obsessive toy collecting at its finest and most creative!
Lance Cardinal avidly collected the Palisades Muppet toys right up to the point that the line was cancelled. Bitterly disappointed that the promised Muppet Theatre Backstage Playset never shipped, he...
07:04 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian genre publisher Chiaroscuro relaunches its website
Congrats to Canadian indie science fiction/fantasy/horror publisher Chiaroscuro on the relaunch of its website. Chiaroscuro publishes great books and short fiction, hosts awards and events -- a really...
07:01 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing European Commission wants ISPs and online services to act as copyright cops, snoops and censors
The European Commissioners are meeting today to decide the future of EU copyright policy. French Commissioner Michel Barnier is pushing for a set of control measures aimed at ISPs, web-hosts, social ...
06:14 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing What is legitimate "newsgathering" and what is "piracy"?
Zunguzungu's got an excellent, nuanced piece on the creation and attribution of value in newsgathering and reporting. Zz reminds us that the current arrangement is perfect arbitrary and contingent: n...
05:29 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Recording industry lobbyist appointed head of copyright for European Commission
Maria Martin-Prat, who took a leave from her job at the European Commission to work as Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the International Federation of t...
05:14 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing How emacs got into Tron: Legacy
Here's a great account of the good, nerdy thoughtfulness that went into generating the command-line screenshots for Tron: Legacy; JT Nimoy decided that he'd go for a mix of l33t and realistic, and la...
05:12 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Floating pig's head or possibly a turtle paralyzes town
The English town of Bridgwater ground to a halt yesterday as a crowd gathered around the Town Bridge to speculate on the nature of a mysterious floating object -- possibly a pig's head, or maybe a tur...
02:16 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Celebrate the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight
April 12 is the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight. Events are planned all around the world—from Minneapolis to Addis Ababa. Find a party in your neck of the woods at the official Yuri's Nigh...
02:11 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing The shiny, blue crystals brought pain and death
The shiny, blue crystals brought pain and death: The strange and heart-wrenching story of how a town in Brazil ended up contaminated with radioactive cesium chloride.......
02:01 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing British Airways pilot survived being sucked out a window
What happens when an airplane's pilot gets sucked out the window in-flight? Surprisingly, that scenario does not necessarily end in disaster.......
01:53 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Old-school computer company logo t-shirts
Abandonwear sells t-shirts of old computer-related company logos. According to the site, it's "a history of silicon valley failure written in t-shirts." They're even taking requests! Abandonwear (via ...
01:35 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing Visualizations of online dating language
BB readers may remember musician/artist R. Luke DuBois' 2005 song "Billboard," in which he combined nearly 1,000 Top 100 songs into one piece of music. His latest project, "A More Perfect Union," was ...
01:20 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing CWA: Why should you care about species extinction?
CWA is the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Now in it's 63rd year, the conference brings together scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and more ...
01:02 am PDT - Wed, April 6, 2011
BoingBoing CWA: Two interesting perspectives on Islam and polygamy
CWA is the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Now in it's 63rd year, the conference brings together scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and more ...
11:25 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Prince of Persia chopper dance
Suggested by several Boing Boing readers as a necessary counterpoint to last week's epic Game Deaths video, YouTuber jtd786's "Chopper Dance" -- recorded from Jordan Mechner classic game Prince of Per...
11:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing New Thundercats trailer
Thundercats are on the loose again! (On Cartoon Network, later this year) [TV Guide]......
08:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Visualizations of online dating language
BB readers may remember musician/artist R. Luke DuBois' 2005 song "Billboard," in which he combined nearly 1,000 Top 100 songs into one piece of music. His latest project, "A More Perfect Union," was ...
06:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra's calypso voodoo taboo
Here's Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra playing Margarita Lecuona's "Tabu," circa 1958. This terrific track, along with three other Diaz tunes from the era, is included on the newly-issued Cyril Diaz & His...
06:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Central U.S. prepares for earthquakes
The earthquake risk in the Midwest has always been interesting to me. Both for the obvious self-interest reasons ... and because it feels like such an oddity. There are faults here, but you can't see...
06:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic: deep-sea exploring submarines
[ Video link | image: click for large] Today, Sir Richard Branson, American sailor, pilot and explorer Chris Welsh, and submarine designer Graham Hawkes launched Virgin Oceanic, a project to explore "...
05:26 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing 3D-printed architectural skull ring
Adelaide, Australia-based designer Duann created this elegant "structural skull ring" that's then made with a 3D printer at Shapeways. According to Duann, "The structure of the skull is reduced to the...
04:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Sir Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic: deep-sea exploring submarines
[ Video link | image: click for large] Today, Sir Richard Branson, American sailor, pilot and explorer Chris Welsh, and submarine designer Graham Hawkes launched Virgin Oceanic, a project to explore "...
04:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Alex Metric & Steve Angello: "Open Your Eyes," feat. Ian Brown (dir: Peter Serafinowicz)
[Video Link / YouTube Link] You may know Peter Serafinowicz as an actor and funny dude. He is also a fine director, as this music video (in which he also stars) proves. The song is 'Open Your Eyes' by...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning "British by descent" says U.K. govt
In a letter raising "concerns" to Washington over the pre-trial treatment of alleged military whistleblower Bradley Manning, the U.K. government asserted that he is "British by descent" after campaign...
03:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning "British by descent" says U.K. govt
In a letter raising "concerns" to Washington over the pre-trial treatment of alleged military whistleblower Bradley Manning, the U.K. government asserted that he is "British by descent" after campaign...
02:26 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing The Computers Club Drawing Society
Welcome to the Computers Club. Be sure to see the gallery page for its drawing society. Pictured here is Internet Dream, a work by Jeremiah Johnson. Here we have all that a high school or community co...
02:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Band manager who went chicken little over piracy can't own up to his mistake
Ay yi yi yi yi. A day after One Soul Thrust's manager had the entire Internet explain to him that his band's music wasn't being downloaded 100,000 times on BitTorrent sites, he's still in deep denial....
02:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing The archives of David Foster Wallace
At The Awl, Maria Bustillos explores David Foster Wallace's recently-opened archives, which contain his personal manuscripts and hundreds of extensively-annotated books. Wallace committed suicide in 2...
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Ed Yong's "Science writing worth paying for"
Every month, science blogger Ed Yong posts about the online science writing that he thinks deserves your financial support. Ed donates 3 to each author. You can donate whatever you want. All the artic...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Watch the Conference on World Affairs from home
CWA is the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Now in it's 63rd year, the conference brings together scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and more ...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Farewell, LCD Soundsystem: an interview with James Murphy (video)
[Video Link] Ari Kuschnir of m ss ng p eces points us to this 2006 interview with James Murphy; a small antidote to the pangs of withdrawal fans are going through this week. After 10 years and three G...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Islamic scholar: Difference is a blessing
"Difference is a blessing, not a challenge. We define ourselves by knowing other people. We know our world by learning about difference. What is the word we often use? Tolerance. Is that a positiv...
12:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing CWA: Your language is your worldview
CWA is the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Now in it's 63rd year, the conference brings together scientists, politicians, activists, journalists, artists, and more ...
12:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Closing down Borders sign: "No toilets, try Amazon"
An anonymous wag at a closing-down Borders store in Chicago put up this sign advising customers where they should try to find toilet facilities. It's funny, but if Borders' best pitch is, "We have le...
12:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing The Computers Club Drawing Society
Welcome to the Computers Club. Be sure to see the gallery page for its drawing society. Pictured here is Internet Dream, a work by Jeremiah Johnston. Here we have all that a high school or community c...
11:35 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Mrs. Hardy was fed up after failing her 17th driving test.
On the 15th of June, 1976, Mrs. Hardy of Norfolk, England, took her driving test for the 17th time. She failed.......
10:09 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Dead man's AOL account hijacked by spammer
A reader of Dave Farber's Interesting People list was distraught to find that some spammer scumbag had hijacked his deceased father-in-law's AOL account (supposedly closed) and was sending scammy, spa...
02:39 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Scarring Party: megaphone songs, sea chanteys and dark vaudeville tunes
The Scarring Party plays great old-timey sea chanteys and megaphone numbers; they're a self-financed indy band that's just raised money on Kickstarter to finance an upcoming tour with their new album,...
02:31 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Snaggly table made out of computer junk
BRC Designs's "Binary Low Table" is made out of computer junk; it's a lovely piece of furniture, but it looks like it'd be prone to snagging and tearing clothes and exposed skin (and it'd be a major ...
02:26 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Scott Walker gives cushy $85.5Kyear government job to major donor's young, underqualified son
Scott Walker's administration is all about cutting costs, which is why it gave the largely unqualified son of a major campaign donor a $81,500 senior managerial job in the state Commerce Department. ...
02:12 am PDT - Tue, April 5, 2011
BoingBoing Freerunning academy in LA
The Tempest Freerunning Academy is a new LA-based gym and training facility for freerunners; it's a kind of huge indoor obstacle course filled with whimsy and potential death: "No matter your age, sk...
09:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Video of hot elf women in sinister forest heralds arrival of Elfquest fan feature
Fans of classic indie comic Elfquest, tired of waiting on Warner Brothers to get cracking on the official movie, recently finished work on a "fan trailer" featuring some of the series' female characte...
08:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing "Coming up next" on TLC
[video link] TLC has such a fantastic line-up these days. My favorite shows: "Cake Whores," "Dr. Drew's Second Chance, Bad Odds," and, of course, "Hasty Home Surgery." Live, learn, indeed. (Thanks, Ja...
07:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Iman Al-Obeidi: "Every Day I Am Beaten" (NPR audio)
Iman al-Obeidi burst into the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, Libya on March 26 to tell foreign journalists that she had been detained for two days after being arrested at a checkpoint, then raped by up to 15...
07:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Loren Coleman's Cryptozoology Museum in the Boston Globe
The Boston Globe toured my friend Loren Coleman's International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. It's one of my favorite museums in the world which I've never had the opportunity to visit. Fr...
05:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Muppet master Jim Henson's early work
Network Awesome compiled some of Muppet-creator Jim Henson's delightfully dark early work, beginning with the infamous and violent Wilkins coffee commercials from 1957 (previously on BB) and going all...
05:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Caped villains stab dogs
Two men wearing ski masks and garbage bag capes stabbed a pair of cocker spaniels during what's believed to have been an attempted burglary in Stockport, England. The animals were treated for the inju...
05:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Firehouse burns down
The Houston County Fire Department's McKinnon station burned down last week. The cause is unknown and fortunately nobody was injured. Oddly, the article in the Stewart-Houston Times doesn't pay so muc...
05:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage NASA mission patches: LIFE photo gallery
Space shuttle 'Endeavour' is scheduled to make its final flight on April 29; with this end of an era in mind, LIFE.com has published an image gallery that looks back at a "small but central element sh...
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Southwest's "peeled plane" incident, and the true cost of cheap airline maintenance
TODAY I LEARNED: "metal fatigue" isn't what happens when you listen to your favorite Slayer album one too many times. (milesobrien.com) Related: Two PBS Frontline documentaries, "Flying Cheap," and "F...
04:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Optical illusion spiral table
Etsy seller ExoticTiles made this eye-watering optical illusion table out of hand-cut tiles. It's $500 plus your optometry and psychoanalyst bills. The effect is called a Caf wall illusion. This table...
04:34 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing TV ad featuring Rube Goldberg-esque musical device
[video link] Yes, this is a commercial for a cell phone case. But it's a rather lovely commercial. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)......
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Hypothetical Development Organization's real estate fictions
(photo by Charles Franklin, rendering by Michael Doyle) Rob Walker, he of the NYT's Consumed column and also last year's profile of BB in Fast Company, is co-founder of a fascinating and provocative g...
04:18 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing War and video: Some thoughts on the flood of graphic "conflict clips" online
(Bullet holes are seen on the windshield of a car used by insurgents after an attack at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. Ahmad Masood / Reuters) The Guardian invited me to write a quick opinion piece on the exp...
04:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Limerick contest! Win a MACHINE OF DEATH limited edition hardcover
Machine of Death is a collection of stories about people who know how they will die. The titular device can tell you, from just a tiny sample of your blood, how you'll step off the mortal coil. Infal...
04:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Limerick contest! Win a MACHINE OF DEATH limited edition hardcover
Machine of Death is a collection of stories about people who know how they will die. The creators just released a limited-edition hardcover and a deck of Death Prediction Cards (think "party games in...
03:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Schwing vs. Putzmeister: Bastardring
We had a few yuks here over the weekend about news that giant liquid-spewing devices known as "Putzmeisters" were en route to squirt water all over Fukushima's hot core. A BB commenter pointed out tha...
03:33 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Gender-swap Justice League at WonderCon (Nerd pr0n!)
[Video Link] Boing Boing pal Mark Day shot the video above, and explains, Gender-swapping Justice League members Batma'am, Superma'am, Lady Green Lantern, Female Flash, PlasticGirl, PowerBoy and more ...
03:27 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Definition of Hell
Welcome to the definition of hell. [Thanks, Joe Sabia]......
03:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Yuri's Night art contest call for entries: Win a Zero-G flight on the Ilyushin 76!
(Photo: I co-hosted one of the previous year's Yuri's Night events, in Houston. It was a blast. Plastered cosmonauts plastered me with Yuri Gagarin stick-on tattoos.) The folks behind Yuri's Night, an...
03:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Tettix's Finest Designs
Judson "Tettix" Cowan describes Finest Designs, his new album of electronica, as a 'throwback' to his own earliest work. To those mostly familiar with game-influenced stuff like TKOEP and his fantasti...
02:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing TV ad featuring Rube Goldberg-esque musical device
[video link] Yes, this is a commercial for a cell phone case. But it's a rather lovely commercial. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)......
12:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Panorama of quake damage in Rikuzen-Takada, Iwate, Japan
The 360Cities panorama site has a hair-raising pano of the earthquake damage to Rikuzen-Takada in Japan's Iwate Prefecture -- a whole town reduced to flinders and rubble. Damage in Rikuzen-Takada, Iwa...
12:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Soft, pillowy mace
Matthew Borgatti's awesome, intimidating Pillow Mace was created for an upcoming NYC Pillow Fight Flash Mob. He's promised an Instructable for those wishing to make their own: "Surprisingly it took a ...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Tricky sickie saved by Wiki
Several papers in the UK are reporting that a 26-year-old man who was brushed off as "a neurotic" and a hypochondriac by at least 10 doctors over 12 years, ended up correctly diagnosing himself with a...
11:48 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Yemen conflict: "Can you hear me now? Good!" (photo)
Supporters of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh stand on pillars during a rally to show their support, in Sanaa April 1, 2011. Embattled Saleh told a huge rally of supporters on Friday that he woul...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing War and video: Some thoughts on the flood of graphic "conflict clips" online
(Bullet holds are seen on the windshield of a car used by insurgents after an attack at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. Ahmad Masood / Reuters) The Guardian invited me to write a quick opinion piece on the exp...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Choco-Thulhu
Here's an April Fool's disappointment for you: these Easter-ready Choco-Thulhu statuettes are a cruel hoax, and cannot be used to prettify your springtime carb-binge: Easter is just around the corner,...
10:22 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Cretaceous Republic: California's state flag, circa 100 million years ago
The Cretaceous Republic shirt is billed as "California's State Flag from 100 million years ago." Cretaceous Republic (via Super Punch)  Time Travel Cheatsheat - Boing Boing Vivid fried egg tee -...
09:14 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Music industry duped by spammy BitTorrent ad, band caught in the middle
Here's a fascinating look at how two opposing groups with an interest in inflating piracy numbers drove each other crazy and screwed up a nice-seeming band in the process. Cameron Tilbury, the manager...
08:10 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing DIY publishing: getting Amazon and Lulu to co-exist
My new Publishers Weekly column has just gone up, documenting the progress with my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help. This month, I talk about the Baroque process of getting a book liste...
03:48 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft: the classroom edition
Here's a great profile of The Minecraft Teacher, AKA Joel Levin, who teaches a computer class at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan where he makes extensive use of Minecraft. He ass...
03:43 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Men's taint-size correlated with fertility
According to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives, the size of a man's "anogenital distance" (or, more colloquially, "taint") is a good predictor of fertility: "It's non-invasive and anybody c...
02:43 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Misleading government stats and the innumerate media who repeat them
This week's Bad Science column from Ben Goldacre is an entertaining and frustrating look at the way that the government manipulates statistics with help from a tame and innumerate news media: The Sun...
02:38 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing US Customs' domain-seizure program punishes the first amendment, leaves alleged pirates largely unscathed
TorrentFreak's postmortem of the DHS's domain-seizure program ("Operation In Our Sites") in which the .com and .net dozens of allegedly infringing sites were seized without due process and with a gre...
02:20 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Does the Paleolithic Diet make sense?
Is the Paleolithic Diet—the fad regimen that suggests we should all eat more meat and no grains, ostensibly mimicking the diets of our ancestors—really healthy for the average human living...
02:08 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing A critical look at the Google science fair
What does Google get out of hosting a science fair? Some damn good marketing opportunities targeting smart young people who are learning how to incorporate Google products into the way they work. ...
01:54 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing TEDxObserver talk on kids and privacy
Here's a video of my talk on kids, privacy and social media ("A Skinner box that trains you to under-value your privacy: how do we make kids care about online privacy?") at last month's TEDxObserv...
01:53 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Shakespeare and fart sounds
Shakespeare and fart sounds: A detailed analysis of Hamlet making a raspberry.......
01:50 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Scientists journey into an active volcano crater
This is not a special-effects still from an upcoming movie. Instead, it's a photo taken at Nyiragongo Volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is one of the most active volcanoes in the w...
01:38 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Mapping the pull of gravity on Earth
This globe—the BBC has a spinnable version—shows you how the strength of gravitational pull differs in different places around the Earth. The yellow areas were where gravity is strongest....
01:21 am PDT - Mon, April 4, 2011
BoingBoing Science, politics, art & more at the Conference on World Affairs
All this week, I'm going to be attending—and speaking at—the 63rd Annual Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. What is the Conference on World Affairs? I like Tim Lloyd's ...
03:36 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing Ivory Coast conflict: 800 killed in one town on one day; France takes over airport
(Forces loyal to Ivorian presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara prepare to head to the frontline in the capital Abidjan, April 2, 2011. Soldiers of Ivory Coast's rival leaders battled for the preside...
02:26 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing China: Renowned poet and artist Ai Weiwei detained
Beijing: China's most famous artist and poet has been arrested for reasons not yet known. Police searched Ai Weiwei's studio, took his computers, and interrogated his assistants. (via Steve Silberman)...
02:15 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing Childless by choice
Boing Boing guest-blogger Andrea James has written here before about parenting as a lifestyle choice. This month in Details, an interesting piece on this same topic: why a growing number of couples in...
02:11 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing Childless by choice
Boing Boing guest-blogger Andrea James has written here before about parenting as a lifestyle choice. This month in Details, an interesting piece on this same topic: why a growing number of couples in...
02:07 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing Japan Nuclear Crisis: Sawdust, shredded newspaper, "diaper absorbent" fail to soak up radioactive water
Would that this were a joke. Highly radioactive water is leaking into the sea at the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan. Workers there have tried to stop the flow with pol...
01:57 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing US gov budget crisis could end Data.gov transparency project; act now
From the Sunlight Foundation: "Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only bein...
01:27 pm PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing Moscow cops confiscate copies of book outing corrupt authorities
Police in Moscow have confiscated 3,500 copies of a book written by a Anna Sokolova (shown at left, she's on Twitter), investigative reporter with Forbes Russia, about links between regional authoriti...
12:47 am PDT - Sun, April 3, 2011
BoingBoing NYT vs. Huffington
In the week that the NYT ran an amusingly hostile "interview" with Arianna Huffington, Felix Salmon charts how the newspaper assiduously avoided crediting her website for a scoop one of its paid repor...
09:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Supernatural hi-jinx in india
[Video Link] It's not often that you get to see a coconut possessed by an evil spirit. Keep watching for the terrific surprise ending.......
02:48 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Husband plays funny fake news prank on his wife
Pete says: I know my wife has this "AP Mobile" news app on her phone and receives text message alerts whenever something big is happening around the world, I decided to play a little prank on her. Thi...
02:33 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Giant pumps airlifted on Giant Planes to help with Giant Japan Nuke Crisis. Bonus: They're "Putzmeisters"
The AP reports that two gigantic concrete pumps, the largest equipment of this type in the world, will be air-lifted to Japan to help pour water on damaged reactors at Fukushima. The machines are desi...
02:18 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Jesus (Cheese-us?) appears in a three-cheese pizza
From Australia: "In a purported "miracle'', the face of Jesus Christ has appeared on a three-cheese pizza made at Posh Pizza in New Farm, Brisbane. Posh Pizza's Maree Phelan said her pizza oven was se...
02:07 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing NASA cybersecurity report: ISS, Hubble, Shuttle vulnerable when hackers penetrated NASA network
The office of NASA's Inspector General released a report this week titled "Inadequate Security Practices Expose Key NASA Network to Cyberattack," which details pretty much what it says on the tin: the...
02:05 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Artist Ron English's April Fool's sign at US-Mexico border
Artist Ron English went to the US-Mexico border for April Fool's day and pulled a few pranks. The above sign is one of them. Unfortunately this piece of sociopolitical satire is going to backfire beca...
01:29 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan is retiring
Aerospace legend Burt Rutan, whose aviation design career includes numerous firsts in flight—Voyager and SpaceShipOne are but two— is retiring. The be-sideburned engineer, 67, will be movi...
01:24 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: Fukushima reactor pit leaking radioactive water directly into the sea
"Highly radioactive water is leaking directly into the sea from a damaged pit near a crippled reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant." (NYT, via NYTJim)......
01:20 pm PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Israeli weapons in Libya? Andy Carvin and his Twitter followers debunk sloppy reporting, tweet by tweet
NPR's Andy Carvin has become the go-to-guy on Twitter for evolving, conversational, investigative reporting on breaking news in the mideast—140 characters at a time. He has published a fascinat...
12:59 am PDT - Sat, April 2, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima: DOE says 70 percent of Unit 1 core damaged, one-third meltdown of Unit 2
US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate in physics, today said that 70 percent of the core of reactor No. 1 at the hard-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has suffered severe damage...
08:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing "Mute: the silence of dogs in cars," a photo series by Martin Usborne
Photographer Martin Usborne has a wonderful project titled Mute: the silence of dogs in cars. Most of the images were taken at night. Above, a piece from the series titled "Peggy." Usborne writes: I w...
05:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing GoDaddy CEO: Elephants are "a valuable source of protein"
[Video Link: GoDaddy chief executive Bob Parsons kills an elephant in Zimbabwe. Graphic content.] Just now on CNN, blathering idiot GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons phoned in, Charlie-Sheen-style, to dig an ev...
05:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Indonesia: Citibank debt collectors arrested in death of client over credit card
In the Jakarta Post today, news that a Citibank employee and two debt collectors hired by the international financial institution are charged with murdering a customer in Indonesia. The man was the he...
05:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Space image of the day: swirling palette of star-forming clouds
Here's a beautiful new image just released today from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE: the busy star-forming complex called Rho Ophiuch, which is one of the closest star-forming complexes...
05:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing LIFE photo gallery: In Praise of the Typewriter
When I took typing class in 9th grade, I was by far the fastest in the class. (That's because I spent nearly all my non-school time hammering on my Apple ][e.) I still received a "D" in the class thou...
03:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Andy Warhol bust by Ron English
Artoyz says: "We got a few of the remaining DCon exclusive Ron English Andy Warhol "FIGMENT" busts. Each measures a whopping 13" tall, 10" deep, and 9" across." Yours for just 220 . Andy Warhol "FIGME...
03:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Arthur Brown's "Nightmare"
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: Arthur Brown performs "Nightmare" in The Committee (1968), directed by Peter Sykes. (Thanks, UncaScrooge!)  Friday Freak-Out: The Golden Dawn's "Evolution&quo...
02:41 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Emeralds: live drone synth music
Several months ago, I posted about Emeralds, the Cleveland-based drone/synth/guitar band whose recent album "Does It Look Like I'm Here" flips my analog switches like vintage Tangerine Dream, Neu!, an...
02:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Unicorn Pasties
Only $8, from nikkilipstick.com. (thanks, Susannah Breslin!)......
02:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Commander Edwin Quinby and the Streetcar Conspiracy of 1946
In 1974, Commander Edwin Jenyss Quinby published a book with a title as fantastic and odd as the Commander's own eclectic interests: A Few Glimpses of the Passing Scene: Involving the Strange Combinat...
01:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Lies in London
Up to half a million people marched peacefully on London last week to protest cuts to public services, but local media coverage dwelled almost entirely on stories of mindless violence and criminality....
01:42 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing BBC News on pranksters
Modern prank pioneer Joey Skaggs, culture jammer of the first order, alerts us to a BBC News Magazine story exploring the art of the perfect prank. The article references such fine tricksters as Russi...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Google CEO tried to remove search results to protect his own privacy
Claire Cain Miller's article about Google's bungling in China is packed with funny moments, but this is my favorite: "Mr. Schmidt asked that Google remove from the search engine information about a po...
12:05 pm PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft seeds
Minecraft, epic exploration game, now builds landscapes using seeds. This allows players to share their procedurally-generated worlds, and some of the best seeds are being collected. Two popular ones ...
10:11 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing April Fools
It's that time of year again, when everyone is allowed to think that they're funny (including us) even when they are totally not funny at all. Share the best April Fools' jokes on the net in this thre...
09:31 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing White Mischief's 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas night: London, Apr 16
The smashing White Mischief steampunk night returns to London this month, with a 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas event at the Scala on April 16. The event includes the usual array of exhibiting artists...
09:30 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Katamari Damacy rolling up classic video games
Major Neese's "Neesful Katamari" is a fine 8-bit Katamari Damacy tribute, with the little prince rolling through and rolling up some of the great classic video games. Neesful Katamari (via Waxy)......
09:30 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto Mini Maker Faire, May 78
A gang of Toronto makers are throwing the inaugural Toronto Mini Maker Faire on May 7/8 at the Evergreen Brick Works, and they're raising funds and selling tickets and sponsorships to make the event a...
12:15 am PDT - Fri, April 1, 2011
BoingBoing Advice from Ray Bradbury: Love what YOU love
From Letters of Note, via The Happiness Project.......
11:56 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Truck driver builds the "most detailed replica of an A-bomb ever made"
From Motherboard TV: John Coster-Mullen is "a truck-driver with minimal college education, Coster-Mullen taught himself how to build the most detailed replica of an A-bomb ever made. "The secret of th...
11:44 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Monumentally bad writing: recovery from thermonuclear war, loan forgiveness, and taxes (1966)
John Ptak, proprietor of the JF Ptak Science Bookstore, reviewed a research project report filled with "putrified moral-punk thinking on envisioning American society post nuke holocaust." He says it's...
10:56 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Nanny of the Month: Drug Warrior-in-Chief Barack Obama
[Video Link] Ted Balakar of Reason says: "This time top dishonors go to the Drug Warrior-in-Chief Barack Obama (with DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart grabbing a dishonorable mention), whose DEA bann...
07:11 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Dolphins die during Navy training exercise off CA coast
Three dolphins died earlier this month during a Navy training exercise using underwater explosives off the coast of San Diego, California. Marine mammal fatalities that can be directly attributed to m...
07:08 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing The Scout: surreal, Twilight-Zone-esque indie comic
Malachi Ward's slim science fiction comic chapbook "The Scout" is a perfect, Twilight-Zoneish science fiction short story in graphic novel form. It's the surreal story of an alien scout who awakes and...
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Woodkid: "Iron," dir. Yoann Lemoine, feat. Agyness Deyn (music video)
"Iron" from WOODKID, via Clayton Cubitt. The director of this wonderful music video is also the performer, and you can follow him on Twitter.......
06:58 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Desperate WI Republican congressman struggling to get by on $174K turns to copyright trolling
The Republican Party of Polk County, WI is pulling out all stops to suppress a video of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) bemoaning the difficulty of scraping by on his measly $174,000 (plus benefits!) governme...
06:38 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Japan (Photo): Inside an evacuation center near Fukushima
A girl from a displaced family holds her stuffed animals at an evacuation center in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, March 31, 2011. This shelter is located about 70 km (44 miles) from ...
06:23 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: Gentleman crashes truck into gates of Fukushima nuclear plant
In Japan today, a gentleman driving a loudspeaker truck crashed his vehicle right into the gates of one of the nuclear plants in northern Japan operated by TEPCO (Fukushima Daini, not the leaky one, b...
05:26 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Human remix: Amazing transgender performer on "Thailand's Got Talent" (video)
Video Link. A version with English subtitles is here. Above, Bell Nuntita, or in Thai, Nuntrita Khampriranon, on the "Thailand's Got Talent" TV show. I will refrain from including any spoilers in this...
05:15 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Old timey religious tracts
Over at Collectors Weekly, Jim Linderman gives us an inspirational taste of his amazing collection of old timey religious tracts. You may recall my previous post about Jim's terrific book and CD pack...
04:54 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing All you need to know about the Great Bronx Zoo Cobra Honey Badger Twitter Invasion
Recently, the Bronx Zoo announced on Twitter that their Egyptian Cobra had escaped. Also recently, a video of a creature known as the Honey Badger, who happens to enjoy feasting on cobras, went viral....
04:44 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Hakko 936 Soldering Iron
For someone looking for a high quality soldering station at a reasonable price the Hakko 936 is hard to beat. I've had mine for a few years and use it mostly for electronics and instrument cable work....
04:31 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing In and Out with Dick and Jane: A Loving Parody
[Video Link] Here's the trailer for a funny parody book by Ross MacDonald and James Victore called In and Out with Dick and Jane. The illustrations are excellent. In and Out with Dick and Jane: A Lovi...
04:14 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing What does Chernobyl sound like?
Inspired by Maggie's post on the Miles O'Brien PBS NewsHour report from Chernobyl, 25 years after the nuclear disaster there, a follower on Twitter just pointed me to this amazing series of works by ...
03:24 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Prophecies of the Internet, 1971
Earlier this week, I posted about the death of Paul Baran, co-inventor of packet switching -- the core technology of the Internet -- and a co-founder of Institute for the Future, the non-profit foreca...
02:55 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing How general earthquake science applies to specific Japanese earthquake
I've posted several different explanations here describing how earthquakes and tsunamis work. This week, though, the Miller-McCune Curiouser and Curiouser podcast takes that generalized information a...
02:41 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing GoDaddy CEO draws fire for killing an elephant, posing with carcass
GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons: Christ, what an asshole. (via @tara)......
02:32 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Symphony of Science ode to the brain
Symphony of Science, the people behind that awesome Carl Sagan "Glorious Dawn" autotune song have a new video, based around neuroscience. There's plenty of Sagan—who I still think sounds weirdl...
02:30 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Stingray X-ray
This is an x-ray of a newly discovered species of stingray, native to the Amazon. You can't tell from this shot of its innards, but the Heliotrygon gomesi actually resembles a "pancake with a nose"&m...
02:13 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing What the writing process looks like
Science blogger Ed Yong graphs out author emotions over the course of the freelance journalist writing process. It's very close to reality. Only details left out: This graph should actually be plotted...
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Conflicting reports over impact of Chernobyl: Miles O'Brien on PBS NewsHour
This is something that I really want to look into over the next few months. I've been told by many sources, and read in several places, that the actual human toll from the Chernobyl accident was rela...
01:13 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Japanese tsunami survivors camped out in a nuclear power plant
It's a little mind-blowing, in light of the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. But, in another part of Japan, tsunami survivors are living in their local nuclear power plant. The ...
12:44 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Hercules eCAF" Netbook
Hercules' new ARM-based Linux netbooks have a delightful Nintendo DS-style design, described by Wired's Charlie Sorrell as "wonderfully squared-off, without that awful fat wedge-shape of most netbooks...
12:35 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Enormous hi-rez panorama of a spectacular 18th century library
The 360Cities people shot a 40 gigapixel panorama of the interior of the gorgeous Strahov library, an 18th century biblioparadise in the Czech Republic. You can spend a lot of time getting lost in th...
12:34 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Man fused to chair
A man in Ohio, who had not moved in two years, was found fused to his chair. [Fox News]......
12:24 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Lifelike horse-puppet -- really, really lifelike
This TEDTalk from the puppet troupe Handspring Puppet Company features a jaw-dropping horse puppet (around 9:16) that is so expertly made and controlled you have to keep reminding yourself that this ...
12:10 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Coffee Joulies: clever coffee temperature regulators on Kickstarter
A couple of engineer/designers named Dave have a Kickstarter project to fund production of "Coffee Joulies," a little gizmo that brings your coffee down to the optimal temperature and keeps it there....
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing App called "Creepy" pinpoints people's location based on their social networking activity
The creator of Creepy, Yiannis Kakavas, calls his application a "geolocation information aggregator." It analyzes a person's tweets, Facebook posts, and Flickr stream to generate a map of where that p...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Congressman's wicked-funny monologue at the Congressional Correspondents' Dinner
Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY)'s monologue at last night's Congressional Correspondents' Dinner is some danged funny stuff -- even if you can't follow some of the more esoteric Washington insider ...
11:55 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Mandelbratwurst: reality is fractal, sausages doubly so
I like Wondertonic's Mandelbratwurst -- I always imagined that the inherent nature of a sausage was fractal. Mandelbratwurst (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)  Photos from Kraut Fest 2009 - Boing Boing Hunga...
11:50 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Home Sweet Brachiosaurus: a cozy home in a thunder lizard
Shyama Golden's enormous oil painting "Home Sweet Brachiosaurus" offers a cozy vision of domestic life in the bowels of a prehistoric enormous herbivore. It previously hung in Austin's Progress Coffe...
11:17 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Redditor outs astroturfer with 20 accounts
A Reddit user noticed an odd pattern of upvotes for stories related to G4 TechTV and various other game-related companies. After a little investigation, the firms in question came clean (or at least,...
11:06 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Samsung deliberately infecting new laptops with keyloggers?
According to Mohamed Hassan (a security expert and IT professor) Samsung has admitted to shipping laptops with covert, undisclosed keyloggers installed, there to "monitor the performance of the machin...
09:41 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Valente's Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland...: sweet fairytale, shot through with salty tears -- magic!
Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, has done the world an enormous service by putting The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making , Catherynne M Valente's extraordinary,...
04:15 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing BP loses laptop with unencrypted personal data for 13,000 oil spill claimants
Oil giant BP reports that an employee lost a laptop containing personal data for 13,000 people seeking compensation for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The data included SSNs, phone numbers, and other identi...
03:42 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Father of "Jessi Slaughter," girl in "You Dun Goofed" video, arrested for child abuse
Gene Leonhardt, 53, better known as the father of "Jessi Slaughter" of viral video and internet bullying news headlines, was recently arrested for child abuse. His 12 year old daughter told Florida po...
03:41 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Japan nuclear crisis: restriction on sale of crops near Fukushima led farmer to commit suicide, family says
In the Japanese newspaper Asahi, a report that a 64-year-old cabbage farmer from Fukushima prefecture killed himself one day after the government imposed restrictions on the sale of produce from the r...
03:30 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing BP loses laptop with unencrypted personal data for 13,000 oil spill claimants
Oil giant BP reports that an employee lost a laptop containing personal data for 13,000 people seeking compensation for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The data included SSNs, phone numbers, and other identi...
02:58 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Samsung deliberately infecting new laptops with keyloggers?
According to Mohamed Hassan (a security expert and IT professor) Samsung has admitted to shipping laptops with covert, undisclosed keyloggers installed, there to "monitor the performance of the machin...
02:06 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: Operation "Turd Sandwich"
"NBC White House reporter Savannah Guthrie told her viewers that sources had heard the president label the military action in Libya a 'turd sandwich' in a closed-door meeting." (abc.net.au, via Sean B...
01:51 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Nose Candy app for Android devices
[Video Link] If you want to play the Nose Candy game, you must run it on an Android device. It's not available for the iPhone. Nose Candy for Android......
12:39 am PDT - Thu, March 31, 2011
BoingBoing Monkeys race in tiny cars
Via Simple Dreams. Monkey jockeys riding dogs Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey Monkey rides a goat Little monkeys ride tiny motorcycles......