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09:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Hackers hack PBS statement on hack
Adding a touch of hallucinogenic Pink Floyd shit to today's 'rolling boil' hackfest at PBS, Lulzsec has apparently hacked PBS's own statement on the hack. Posted earlier by Manuel Pieiro, this image i...
08:26 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Nyan Cat (aka Pop Tart Cat) 101
For some folks, a defacement page from the PBS LulzSec hack will be the first introduction to Nyan Cat. For many lucky others, the animated pop tart rainbow feline meme is already a familiar component...
08:21 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS hack: the HOWTO?
@LulzSec just posted what it claims were the methods used to hack PBS.org. "PBS.org was not owned by SQL," they write, "PBS.org was owned via a 0day we discovered in mt4 aka MoveableType 4." Kevin Mit...
07:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Hackers hack PBS statement on hack
Adding a touch of hallucinogenic Pink Floyd shit to today's 'rolling boil' hackfest at PBS, Lulzsec has apparently hacked PBS's own statement on the hack. Posted earlier by Manuel Piero, this image is...
07:05 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Cthulhu Weenie Roaster
What better way to warm up a lot of nitrate delivery systems and show your allegiance to the mythos of the Great Old Ones than with this handy-dandy Cthulhu Weenie Roaster? Cthulhu Roaster......
06:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Ultimate troll smackdown: KKK vs. Westboro Baptist at Arlington National Cemetery
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church today "were met with an unlikely group of counter-protesters Monday at Arlington Cemetery"—the KKK. Problem solved for media unsure of whether to give more...
06:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode
The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec (or "The Lulz Bo...
05:15 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Review: Blue Microphones' Yeti Pro
Blue Microphones' Yeti Pro adds XLR sockets, and the promise of pro-quality results, to the USB-only original. It has three capsules, with settings for stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirecti...
04:23 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 005: Cursed Pirate Girl
In Gweek 005 Rob and I are joined by Tony Moore, the Eisner-award nominated co-creator of The Walking Dead, as well as the co-creator of Vertigo's The Exterminators and Dark Horse's Fear Agent. Walkin...
04:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Urban Outfitters' $5 Ramen Noodles on special!
Did you know that Urban Outfitters prices Ramen Noodles at $5 a bag? Or they did, at least, before slashing the prices to something more palatable. I guess the idea of using ironic cooking directi...
02:50 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Every Pirate Wants to Be an Admiral: why less copyright gets you more culture
Here's a short video I recorded for The Guardian called "Every Pirate Wants to Be an Admiral," in which I lay out the case for a less-restrictive copyright as better for culture. Cory Doctorow on copy...
01:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode
The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec (or "The Lulz Bo...
01:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Qatar "bought" World Cup, writes FIFA chief
FIFA secretary Jerome Valcke wrote that Qatar, winner of the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, "bought" it. After a Qatari potentate launched a bid to become president of FIFA itself, Valke emailed a...
12:07 pm PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Science fiction you can dance to
When I'm not writing esoteric science fiction reviews, I'm a singer, writer, performer, and concept-maker for a band called YACHT. Occasionally, these wildly separate spheres of reality do have axes o...
09:45 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Every Pirate Wants to Be an Admiral: why less copyright gets you more culture
Here's a short video I recorded for The Guardian called "Every Pirate Wants to Be an Admiral," in which I lay out the case for a less-restrictive copyright as better for culture. Cory Doctorow on copy...
09:42 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Social incentives vs economic incentives in crowdsourced work
Here's a summary of "Designing Incentives for Inexpert Human Raters," a paper presented at the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work by John Horton, Daniel Chen and Aaron Shaw. The aut...
05:28 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode
The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec (or "The Lulz Bo...
04:44 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS hacked, defaced in apparent retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode
The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec (or "The Lulz B...
03:53 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode
The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS television network, its programs, and its affiliate stations, appear to have just been hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec. The informatio...
02:54 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS hacked in retribution for Frontline Wikileaks episode
The PBS.org website, and data associated with the PBS network, with its programs, and with its affiliate stations, appear to have just been pretty thoroughly hacked by an entity calling itself LulzSec...
02:14 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Activists' impromptu press conference at the EG8 conference
After Sarkozy's "EG8" conference last week -- an event that brought together government leaders and Internet execs to legitimize an effort to censor and surveil the net -- a group of civil society peo...
01:47 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Diapered man cavorts in public while wearing giant latex baby-head
Landon Meier, a latex mask-sculptor, talked his friends Brett and Betty into test-driving his Hyperflesh baby mask in public. The sight of a diapered grown man with the head of a giant baby that's tot...
01:12 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Diapered man cavorts in public while wearing giant latex baby-head
Landon Meier, a latex mask-sculptor, talked his friends Brett and Betty into test-driving his Hyperflesh baby mask in public. The sight of a diapered grown man with the head of a giant baby that's tot...
01:06 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Junk helicopter
Joseph Omwoyo, a 17 year old student in rural Kenya, started building this junk helicopter after visiting an airport; he hopes to be an aviation engineer some day. He should hook up with the Kenyan IT...
12:50 am PDT - Mon, May 30, 2011
BoingBoing Meat purse
I'm pretty sure this pic doing the rounds is old, but I haven't been able to figure out the original source through the usual chanels. From Design Boom via JWalk.......
11:08 pm PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Gummi Bearskin rug
Brock Davis made this awesome contribution to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. UPDATE: Turns out Brock also did, among many other great things, the photo of Rice Krispiehenge that Xeni posted a while ago....
09:28 pm PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Gummi Bearskin rug
Brock Davis made this awesome contribution to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.......
09:09 pm PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Lennon Sisters perform "Dry Bones" (1965)
[video link] The Lennon Sisters perform Dry Bones on The Lawrence Welk Show, October 30, 1965. (via PCL LinkDump)  Lawrence Welk stars sing "One Toke Over The Line" Boing Boing......
01:50 pm PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Court forces Twitter to expose anonymous government critic
According to The Guardian, a California court has forced Twitter to hand over personal details of an account-holder who criticized local government officials in Tyneside, England. There is some confus...
12:45 pm PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Citizen Science Quarterly: CC-licensed journal for citizen science
I've finally gotten around to reading the inaugural edition of the Citizen Science Quarterly, a reader-support, Creative Commons licensed journal devoted to nonexpert experimentation and discovery. It...
12:42 pm PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Court forces Twitter to expose anonymous government critic
According to The Guardian, a California court has forced Twitter to hand over personal details of an account-holder who criticized local government officials in Tyneside, England. There is some confus...
12:36 pm PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Sensation: Acerbic novel about pop culture and popular madness as functions of parasitic manipulation
Nick Mamatas's novel Sensation is the story of Julia Hernandez, a mild Brooklyn semi-hipster who is stung by a mutant wasp and colonized by its parasitic eggs, who warp her neurochemistry to turn her ...
11:54 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian indie ISP owner recounts how corrupt monopoly drove her out of business
Here's a sad and infuriating video from Cindy Quigley, founder of the now-defunct independent Canadian ISP OnCall. OnCall got its services via Telus, a regulated monopoly carrier, which drove them out...
11:50 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Painful workarounds from computer novices
Ask Reddit's got a fun thread: "what is the most painful way you have seen your co-worker accomplish something very simple?" As painful as this stuff is to read, it's a reminder that intelligent, ...
11:48 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Did the U.S. help make Stuxnet?
Interviewed by CNBC, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn would not deny that the U.S. was involved in creating Stuxnet: "this is not something that we're going to be able to answer," he told corresp...
11:22 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Classroom kit for Little Brother from Oakland International High School ninth graders
Eleventh graders at Oakland International High School read my novel Little Brother and produced a fantastic school reading kit with chapter summaries, student discussions, student-made comic strips, a...
10:49 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Blue Angels leader fired for being too badass
Navy Cmdr. Dave Koss, leader of the Blue Angels flight acrobatics team, was canned this week after "performing dangerously low maneuvers." [CSMonitor]......
10:44 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Gamestop flogging "download insurance"
Internet connections and computer hardware being finicky things, you can download your games any time you please at Steam and Amazon. At Gamestop, you must buy "download Insurance" for the privilege&m...
10:33 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing GameSpot flogging "download insurance"
Internet connections and computer hardware being finicky things, you can download your games any time you please at Steam and Amazon. At GameStop, you must buy "download Insurance" for the privilege&m...
10:02 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Blue Angels leader fired for being too badass
Navy Cmdr. Dave Koss, leader of the Blue Angels flight acrobatics team, was canned this week after "performing dangerously low maneuvers." [CSMonitor]......
07:18 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
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[video link] The Lennon Sisters perform Dry Bones on The Lawrence Welk Show, October 30, 1965. (via PCL LinkDump)  Lawrence Welk stars sing "One Toke Over The Line" Boing Boing......
01:58 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Body slammed and choked by cops for dancing at Jefferson Memorial
[Video Link] Kindly US Park Police protecting us from people who endanger others with gentle and quiet dance. Adam Kokesh body slammed, choked, police brutality at Jefferson Memorial......
01:50 am PDT - Sun, May 29, 2011
BoingBoing Body slammed and choked by cops for dancing at Jefferson Memorial
[Video Link] Kindly US Park Police protecting us from people who endanger others with gentle and quiet dance.......
10:22 pm PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Dept. of Defense and Homeland Security confirm Lockheed Martin hacker breach
Reuters has a followup to their scoop yesterday about an unspecified hacker attack involving Lockheed Martin, the world's biggest aerospace firm and the top US military supplier by sales: the DoD and...
07:09 pm PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 005: Cursed Pirate Girl
In Gweek 005 Rob and I are joined by Tony Moore, the Eisner-award nominated co-creator of The Walking Dead, as well as the co-creator of Vertigo's The Exterminators and Dark Horse's Fear Agent. Walkin...
05:02 pm PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Psychic TV sold VWs in 1995 with a song about Roman Polanski.
[Video Link, and Amazon Link to buy the MP3.] Drivers Wanted. Today I was reminded, via Twitter, that a Volkswagen television ad in 1995 for family-friendly cars featured a song by Genesis Breyer P-O...
02:02 pm PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Psychic TV sold VWs in 1995 with a song about Roman Polanski.
[Video Link, and Amazon Link to buy the MP3.] Drivers Wanted. Today I was reminded, via Twitter, that a Volkswagen television ad in 1995 for family-friendly cars featured a song by Genesis Breyer P-O...
01:51 pm PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Psychic TV sold VWs in 1993 with a song about Roman Polanski.
[Video Link, and Amazon Link to buy the MP3.] Today I was reminded, via Twitter, that a Volkswagen television ad in 1993 featured a song about alleged-rapist-pedophile-filmmaker Roman Polanski, by Ge...
01:33 pm PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing In memoriam: Gil Scott-Heron, "The People's Poet"
[video link: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."] The poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died this afternoon in New York City, at 62. [Video Link: "I'm New Here."]......
01:18 pm PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing RSA SecurID breach linked to hacker attack on Lockheed Martin; other US military contractors may be affected
[F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), planes built by Lockheed Martin arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in California in this May 2010 photo. REUTERS/Tom Reynolds/Lockheed ...
08:28 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing SunX Sunscreen Towelettes
I have 4 kids and we are outdoors as much as possible. One down side is my blonde kids can easily get too much sun. I have tried almost every sunscreen out there and these sunscreen towelettes are the...
08:21 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Rustoleum Epoxy Appliance Paint
I learned about this spray paint a while ago from an old gent that restores appliances. The paint is a super-hard washable epoxy coating for appliances that have scuffed or discolored surfaces. The sp...
04:16 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing RSA SecureID breach linked to hacker attack on Lockheed Martin; other US military contractors may be affected
[F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), planes built by Lockheed Martin arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in California in this May 2010 photo. REUTERS/Tom Reynolds/Lockheed ...
03:56 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing RSA "SecureID" breach linked to hacker attack on Lockheed Martin; other US military contractors may be affected
[F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), planes built by Lockheed Martin arrive at Edwards Air Force Base in California in this May 2010 photo. REUTERS/Tom Reynolds/Lockheed ...
03:00 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Life at a brainwashing "school for troubled teens"
Tyrsalvia sez, "This detailed and heart-wrenching account of life in a 'boarding school for troubled teens' has me shaking with rage. Kids are sent to these places for everything ranging from 'having ...
02:53 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Wonderfully creepy Pinocchio marionette from upcoming Del ToroGus Grimly movie
Gris Grimly is directing a Jim Henson/Guillermo Del Toro adaptation of Pinocchio. Grimly illustrated my all-time favorite edition of Pinocchio, really capturing the dark, perverse humor of Collodi's o...
02:46 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook updates from people who don't know The Onion is a humor site
"Literally Unbelievable" reposts Facebook updates from people who think Onion stories are real ("Government Official Who Makes Perfectly Valid, Well-Reasoned Point Against Israel Forced to Resign" "di...
02:40 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Glitchbot: for all your corrupt JPEG needs
Glitchbot is a Flickr bot that grabs Creative Commons-licensed images, corrupts them, and re-posts them with attribution and compatible licenses. GlitchBot draws from a limited number of source images...
02:31 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing Bert and Ernie as a two-headed ogre
Love this Ralph Cosentino Bert-and-Ernie-as-a-Two-Headed-Ogre illo, currently showing at Chicago's Rotofugi. Super Punch: Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Death......
12:57 am PDT - Sat, May 28, 2011
BoingBoing "Blade Runner" behind-the-scenes Polaroids, from Sean Young
A gallery of polaroids snapped on the set of Blade Runner, from the private collection of actress Sean Young (Rachael), via Dangerous Minds.......
11:07 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing In memoriam: Gil Scott-Heron, "The People's Poet"
[video link: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."] The poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died this afternoon in New York City, at 62. [Video Link: "I'm New Here."]......
10:51 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Gil Scott-Heron, RIP.
The poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died this afternoon in New York City, at 62. [video link]......
10:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Headline of the week: "Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies"
From KSL, a broadcaster in Utah, comes the week's oddest story: A recent equine herpes outbreak has forced "rodeo queens" to resort to "stick ponies." How did the horses get herpes? Don't ask. Bec...
10:08 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Blank City: documentary about '70s-'80s NYC underground film
StyleKouncil's Kat Yeh points us to a trailer for Blank City, a new documentary about the New York City underground film scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. What an amazing, inspiring, gritty, an...
09:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Blank City: documentary about '70s-'80s NYC underground film
StyleKouncil's Kat Yeh points us to a trailer for Blank City, a new documentary about the New York city underground film scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. What an amazing, inspiring, gritty, an...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Tornadoes, climate change, and real scientific literacy
The air grows thick. Dark clouds churn like a pot of boiling water overhead. The colors of reality become oversaturated--greens too green, yellow a sickly gold. This is what tornado weather looks like...
04:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing From bOING bOING Issue 14: Marc Laidlaw article
bOING bOING was a zine that my wife Carla and I launched in 1988 to cover comic books, cyberpunk science fiction, consciousness technology, curious phenomena, and whatever else surprised and delighte...
03:29 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Where can you stash $1 million in $100 dollar bills?
Rob Cockerham says: "A gal named Brittany was so impressed with the "How much is Inside a Million Dollars?" article from 2005 that she withdrew 10,000 ones from her bank to better simulate the $1,...
03:20 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing The last Shuttle spacewalkers
This image, from NASA, documents the last spacewalk of the STS-134 mission, and the final spacewalkers in the 30-year shuttle program. NASA astronaut Michael Fincke worked outside the station during t...
02:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing An ode to the Mars Spirit rover
Space reporter Miles O'Brien wrote a lovely farewell to the NASA's rover Spirit on the PBS NewsHour blog today, as NASA ceases attempts to reach the little robot that could. It discovered silica depos...
02:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing About that autopen
As noted here on Boing Boing yesterday, the US has renewed three key provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that were to have expired last night at midnight, granting four more years of overly broad survei...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Ran Prieur
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Ran Prieur is a writer and permaculturist Avi Solomon: Could you tell us a bit about yourself? Ran Prieur: I am known on the Internet as ...
01:26 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing The Glencore Letter (FULL TEXT)
Yesterday, it was noted here that lawyers representing Glencore warned British reporters not to cover the "extremely private individuals" that run the commodities firm. Okapi Factor has secured and pu...
12:31 pm PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Bernie Sanders introduces anti-pharma-patent bill, aims to replace drug monopolies with prizes
Jamie Love sez, "Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced legislation in the US Senate that would use prizes to reward medical R&D, and eliminate all drug monopolies. It includes an open source di...
10:48 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Ran Prieur
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Ran Prieur is a writer and permaculturist Avi Solomon: Could you tell us a bit about yourself? Ran Prieur: I am known on the Internet as ...
09:19 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Star Wars meets Withnail and I
"Of course he's the fucking farmer!" [Cut by Raffjones, via @greatdismal]......
08:21 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing What happened to game demos?
Alec Meer at Rock Paper Shotgun laments the slow demise of decent game demos. Demos still exist and probably always will, but they've become the exception rather than the rule. Even in the last couple...
08:15 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Moment of Impact: the amazing photography of Alan Sailer
Alan Sailer says he was an obscure photographer, working in his garage, shooting stuff with a pellet gun and capturing the results with a home-made microsecond flash. All it took was one picture to be...
06:37 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Classroom kit for Little Brother from Oakland International High School ninth graders
Ninth graders at Oakland International High School read my novel Little Brother and produced a fantastic school reading kit with chapter summaries, student discussions, student-made comic strips, and ...
06:32 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Irising business card
The latest animated business-card from Cardnetics is this card with a built-in irising mechanism. The card is available as a finished product, a kit, or a Thingiverse object to download and cut yourse...
02:44 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Prozac ingredient in Great Lakes killing off microbes, including E. coli
Marilyn sez, "Scientists in Erie, Pennsylvania, have found that minute concentrations of fluoxetine, the active ingredient in Prozac, are killing off microbial populations in the Great Lakes." Killing...
02:39 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Worst PowerPoint slides
The winners of InFocus's Worst PPT Slide Contest are astonishing examples of unintentional obfuscation, baffling bullshit and design nightmares. Worst PPT Slide Contest Winners (via Neatorama) (Image:...
02:35 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Weird, veiny, plasticky sexualized illustration
Mirko Ilic's illustrations on Behance are like weirdly smoothed over, plastinated Giger, explicitly sexualized without being sexual per se. They're weird, veiny and gooey, and I like 'em. Sex and Lies...
12:21 am PDT - Fri, May 27, 2011
BoingBoing Hacker and internet troll Weev befriends DSK: "We're all like one big Breakfast Club in there"
Accused attempted rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn has met the welcome wagon, and it is Weev. The hacker and internet troll who lives in the downtown New York City building where DSK is placed under hou...
11:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Moment of Impact: the amazing photography of Alan Sailer
Alan Sailer says he was an obscure photographer, working in his garage, shooting stuff with a pellet gun and capturing the results with a home-made microsecond flash. All it took was one picture to be...
11:54 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hacker and internet troll Weev befriends DSK: "We're all like one big Breakfast Club in there"
Accused attempted rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn has met the welcome wagon, and it is Weev. The hacker and internet troll who lives in the downtown New York City building where DSK is placed under hou...
11:54 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing What happened to game demos?
Alex Meer at Rock Paper Shotgun laments the slow demise of decent game demos. Demos still exist and probably always will, but they've become the exception rather than the rule. Even in the last couple...
10:36 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Rainforest activists murdered in Brazil
The bodies of Amazon rainforest activist Joao Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo are carried to burial by friends and relatives, in the municipal cemetery of Maraba, in Braz...
10:02 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing ATM repairman who worked for Diebold accused of swapping $200K in fake bills for cash
64-year-old Samuel Kioskl of San Francisco, who services ATMs for Bank of America as an employee of Diebold, has been charged with swapping $200,000 in fake bills for real cash at machines. Last July,...
09:43 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Diebold employee and ATM repairman accused of swapping $200K in fake bills for cash
64-year-old Samuel Kioskl of San Francisco, who services ATMs for Bank of America as an employee of Diebold, has been charged with swapping $200,000 in fake bills for real cash at machines. Last July,...
09:17 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing US Senate and House vote to extend Patriot Act provisions; Obama expected to sign
Update, 751pm ET: The House has approved a 4-year USA PATRIOT act extension, 250-153. The US Senate voted today to extend three key provisions of the Patriot Act which were scheduled to expire tonight...
09:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing California lawsuit accuses Apple, Google, Adobe, and others of fixing worker pay
A lawsuit filed in California accuses Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar of violating antitrust laws by conspiring to fix employee pay, and agreeing on "no solicitation" deals w...
08:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing US Senate votes to extend Patriot Act provisions; House voting shortly
Update, 751pm ET: The House has approved a 4-year USA PATRIOT act extension, 244-147. The US Senate voted today to extend three key provisions of the Patriot Act which were scheduled to expire tonight...
08:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Disney withdraws trademark application for Navy "Seal Team 6"
After the Navy basically told them to back the hell off, The Walt Disney Co. withdrew its application to trademark the phrase "SEAL Team 6." A previous Boing Boing post on the story is here.......
07:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing IS KITTEN HUGS TIME
VIDEO LINK. WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC CUTENESS. MAY CAUSE DIABEETUS. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)......
07:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Is Glencore up to something shady? Lawyers send bizarre warnings to reporters
Commodities firm Glencore just had a weak IPO in London, going underwater by the end of day one. But have you heard of them? Probably not! The news is of little interest outside of the finance pag...
07:23 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Ratko Mladic, "God of Genocide," arrested
(PHOTOS / REUTERS. At left, in 1993: Bosnian Serb army Commander General Ratko Mladic (L) salutes.) The self-proclaimed "God of genocide" in Srebrenica, the Serbian ethnic general Ratko Mladic was arr...
05:38 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Raw Opium: documentary trailer
[Video Link] Raw Opium is a journey around the world and through time, where conflicting forces do battle over the narcotic sap of the opium poppy. From an opium master in southeast Asia to a UN drug ...
05:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Saudi woman wants to give women the right to drive in her country
A Saudi woman named Manal al-Sherif is leading a movement to encourage women to learn to drive cars in her country, where only men are allowed to drive. The campaigners are calling for a mass drive on...
05:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing "Vaught's Practical Character Reader," weird phrenology book from 1902
BB reader Pea Hix points us to a digital copy of "Vaught's Practical Character Reader," a sort of phrenology book from 1902. "The illustrations are copious and fantastic, and could be a fun source of ...
05:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Video of Steve Jobs introducing the Apple Store in 2001
[Video Link] Interesting to see how the store and Steve have changed over the last ten years! (Via Doobybrain)......
05:18 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Tapes show Italian priest lured teenage boys for sex, paid them with cocaine
Investigators examining tapped cellphone conversations between a Moroccan drug dealer and 51-year-old Father Riccardo Seppia (shown at left, in the red robe) found evidence of arranged sexual encounte...
05:07 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Read This: Powering the Dream
Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology was not what I expected. It was better, and more meaningful, than that. Let me explain. I'd heard little bits and pieces about this boo...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Google unveils pay-by-mobile-phone system
Google and partners Mastercard, Citigroup, First Data and Sprint today unveiled "Google Wallet" and "Google Offers", which will allow US shoppers to pay "by waving their mobile phones at the checkout ...
04:50 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Tapes show Italian cardinal lured teenage boys for sex, paid them with cocaine
Investigators examining tapped cellphone conversations between a Moroccan drug dealer and 51-year-old Father Riccardo Seppia (shown at left, in the red robe) found evidence of arranged sexual encounte...
04:34 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Video comic about dark matter
Scott Underwood says: "Perhaps taking a cue from the excellent RSA Animate videos, Dark Matters from PHD Comics is a six-minute video of a couple guys (apparently recorded at the playground or somethi...
04:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Music gear IO dock for iPad
In Gweek 002, Rob, Joel, and I talked about digital musical instruments and some of the music making apps available on the iPad. I complained bitterly about the crappy output of the headphone jack, an...
04:25 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Update on Hindu "back-top" newspaper publisher in Pakistan: how to help
Earlier this week here on Boing Boing, I posted a video by former BB guestblogger Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick—an incredible little vignette about a father of 6 in a poor community in Pakistan...
04:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing The BoubaKiki Effect
See the two shapes above? Which is a bouba and which is a kiki?" In 2001, USCD psychologist Vilayanur Ramachandran presented these shapes to American undergraduates and to Tamil speakers in In...
03:57 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing NYC cops acquitted of rape
Two NYC police officers illegally entered the apartment of a drunk woman, and one of them admitted getting into bed with her and wearing a condom. Today they were acquitted of rape, but convicted on m...
03:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing New York Stock Exchange claims you can't show pictures of it without permission
A trader facepalms at the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Reuters. The New York Stock Exchange threatened Talking Points Memo after the site used a wire photo of the exchange to illustrate an article....
03:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Planking in Taiwan
Karren poses for a photograph while demonstrating planking during an interview with Reuters outside Taiwan's National Theatre in Taipei May 25, 2011. Lying face flat on the ground may not be the worl...
03:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Did Urban Outfitters rip off an indie designer, yet again?
The similarity between the work of Chicago-based designer Stevie Koerner, aka imakeshinythings, and a recently-launched line of jewelry from Urban Outfitters, appears too close to be an accident. This...
03:09 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Electrons are near-perfect spheres
Electrons differ from being perfectly round by 0.000000000000000000000000001cm, writes Wired UK's Duncan Geere: "To put that in context; if an electron was the size of the solar system, it would be ou...
02:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Computer errors cause release of 450 California inmates at "high risk for violence"
California prison officials have released about 450 inmates with "a high risk for violence" because of a computer system error, according to a report by the state's inspector general. Some 1,000 or mo...
02:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Reuters journalist detained and beaten in Syria describes torture witnessed
Suleiman al-Khalidi, a Jordanian citizen and a journalist with Reuters, was arrested by security police in Syria while covering the popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. In this item, he...
01:18 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing NYC cops acquitted of rape
Two NYC police officers illegally entered the apartment of a drunk woman, and one of them admitted getting into bed with her and wearing a condom. Today they were acquitted of rape, but convicted on m...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Electrons nearly spherical
Electrons are 0.000000000000000000000000001cm off from being perfectly spherical, writes Wired UK's Duncan Geere: "To put that in context; if an electron was the size of the solar system, it would be ...
11:23 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Leica V-Lux 30 looks nice, but don't look at the price
Leica's V-Lux 30 has a Vario-Elmar 16x zoom 24-384mm-equivalent lens, 1080i AVCHD video recording, a 3" touchscreen display, and integrated GPS. Out in June, it will be $750 and comes with Adobe Elem...
09:55 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Tweets from Tahrir: selected Tweets from the Egyptian revolution
Tweets from Tahrir , a small paperback containing -- mostly -- English-language tweets sent by people on the ground in Cairo during this winter's Egyptian uprising is unexpectedly poignant and moving,...
03:38 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Head of the St STD to be auctioned off
This Sunday, an auction house in Ireland will sell off what is said to be the head of St Vitalis, patron saint of genital diseases. St Vitalis was canonized for "numerous miracles performed on those w...
03:31 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous pre-paid credit-cards and money-laundering
Th $107 billion prepaid credit-card business has attracted money-launderers, according to US customs officers; what's more, the anonymous cards are exempt from border regulations that require you to d...
03:24 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing More incompetence revealed on the part of France's "three-strikes" copyright enforcer
Last week, the private company responsible for enforcing France's "three strikes" copyright law was found to be massively insecure, prompting France to suspend the program. Under France's HADOPI copyr...
02:44 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Just look at this strawberry jelly mould made out of a banana peel.
Just look at it. La Receta de la Felicidad: Oro parece... pltano no es! (via Neatorama)......
02:41 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Montage: Non-pornographic scenes from pornographic movies
This fan-made YouTube music video is composed of non-pornographic introductory scenes from pornographic movies. It's all shirtless, hunky gardeners, smouldering looks, lingering touches and suchlike. ...
02:37 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Translating Ulysses into Twitter
A Bloomsday project calls on James Joyce fans to translate Ulysses into Twitter-native text that will then be tweeted at 15-minute intervals through June 16. Just no one tell Stephen Joyce, the notori...
02:29 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Improper court record redaction: a study
Timothy Lee has conducted an initial study of improper redaction in PACER, the US court records system. Sensitive information like social security numbers are redacted in these records, but sometimes ...
02:22 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Texas anti-TSA-grope bill killed by threat to shut down all Texas airports
It looks like the Texas bill to make it illegal to perform TSA-style grope-searches without suspicion is dead, thanks to TSA officials who promised to shut down Texas airports if the bill went through...
02:16 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian Tories refuse to send soldiers to help flood victims because they'd compete with the private sector
The new Tory majority in Canada is redefining "compassionate conservativism": Public Safety Minister Vic Toews initially refused to send more troops to help victims of the flood in Quebec's Richelieu ...
02:06 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Gold-farming in a Chinese forced-labor camp
The Guardian reports that prisoners in a Chinese forced-labor camp were required to "gold-farm" in multiplayer games, amassing credits and virtual objects that the guards could sell to other players. ...
01:45 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Head in a jar costume at Maker Faire 2011
One of the most awesomely creepy things I saw at Maker Faire was this "head in a jar" project by artist Marque Cornblatt. From the project literature: A decapitated human head can be observed floating...
01:13 am PDT - Thu, May 26, 2011
BoingBoing Chewbacca bento box
This Chewbacca bento box looks delicious even if the noodles "look a little chewy." Update: This is the creation of Krista at Disposable Aardvark -- thanks s'claire!) (via Neatorama) (Image: Uncredite...
10:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Head in a jar costume at Maker Faire 2011
One of the most awesomely creepy things I saw at Maker Faire was this "head in a jar" project by artist Marques Cornblatt. From the project literature: A decapitated human head can be observed floatin...
10:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Mike Tyson's tattoo artist may get cash from Warner Bros. over "Hangover Part II" ink
The tattoo artist who inked Mike Tyson' face may get payment from Warner Bros. over the tattoo on Ed Helms's face in Hangover Part II. (via Chas Edwards)......
10:13 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Patriot Act is worse than you think, senator says
In an interview with Wired's Danger Room, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon, photo above) said the Patriot Act is worse than you've probably heard. Congress is set to reauthorize three controversial provisions...
10:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Thug cop chokeholds CBS reporter: "I hate the press and I can do whatever I want."
The police in Newark don't like it when reporters film them at public events. The event happened a couple of years ago and the officer suspended; the inevitable lawsuit[PDF] was unresolved as of 2010....
09:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Thug cop chokeholds CBS reporter: "I hate the press and I can do whatever I want."
The police in Newark don't like it when reporters film them at public events. The even happened a couple of years ago; the inevitable lawsuit[PDF] was unresolved as of 2010.......
09:46 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Patriot Act is worse than you think, senator says
In an interview with Wired's Danger Room, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon, photo above) said the Patriot Act is worse than you've probably heard. Congress is set to reauthorize three controversial provisions...
06:44 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing The best Oprah emails to Opera (the browser)
Espen Andr ~verdahl at the browser company Opera writes, Today is the last Oprah show in the history of television. To us in Opera this is really sad news. This show has brought us great joy thro...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing New Todd Schorr lithograph: "Amphibian Frontier"
Several years ago, painter Todd Schorr released his magnificent monograph American Surreal, designed by our pals at Pressure Printing and published by Last Gasp. Today, Pressure Printing has released...
06:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Dinosaur exhibition disappoints
At The Awl is a blistering attack on the American Museum of Natural History's World's Largest Dinosaurs exhibition, which is largely disappointing: "'Too Big to Veil', reads the signage--at an exhibit...
06:13 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing NASA to launch new robotic science mission to asteroid in 2016
Conceptual image of OSIRIS-REx. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA today announced a new space exploration mission: to launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016, and "use a robotic arm t...
06:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing ColecoVision 1983 TV ad for George Plimpton's "Video Falconry" game
[Video Link, from NewGrounds via Jesse Thorn]......
05:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing NASA to launch new robotic science mission to asteroid in 2016
Conceptual image of OSIRIS-REx. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA today announced a new space exploration mission: to launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016, and "use a robotic arm t...
05:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Apple acknowledges "Mac Defender" malware, promises fix
Nearly a month after reports of an Apple-targeted malware called "Mac Defender" surfaced, Apple is addressing the issue.......
05:03 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Mars: NASA gives up on attempts to contact Spirit rover
Above, one of the last images taken by the Mars rover Spirit (NASA/JPL/Cornell). NASA this week announced it will cease attempts to re-establish contact with the Mars Exploration Rover "Spirit," which...
04:21 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Ask Cool Tools
For the past ten years Cool Tools has recommended one cool tool per weekday. Despite the thousands of tools reviewed, we still move slowly relative to all the options that are out there. But what if y...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing 50 years since Kennedy's "moon shot" speech
Fifty years ago today, a few weeks after the first American astronaut flew into space, President John F. Kennedy gave a now historic speech in which he outlined a mission for NASA: send a man to the m...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Research paper on heroism published
Matt Langdon says: "A couple of years ago you helped me get respondents to a survey on heroism that Phil Zimbardo [who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971] was putting together. Bo...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary about life of Jeffrey Catherine Jones
Ray says: Mark, it was through your posting that I realized that Jeff Jones had passed. I have been a fan of her work (as well as the other partners in The Studio) since the 70s. After reading the pos...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing OneSwarm: Freeopen Bittorrent client that hides your IP and facilitates private Bittorrent swarms
TorrentFreak reviews OneSwarm, a "privacy-aware Bittorrent client," that was produced by researchers at U Washington, who've published the sourcecode on Github. OneSwarm makes it easy to create privat...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Digital media literacy for kids
Matthew sez, "MyWorld aims to teach students essential digital literacy skills through simulating their favourite online experiences. The tutorial is divided into four chapters, each of which focuses ...
02:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing DIY efforts to prevent Mississippi River flood damage
Popular Science has a photo gallery of houses surrounded by DIY levees, making them look like tiny islands. DIY efforts to prevent Mississippi River flood damage......
02:15 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing New Todd Schorr lithograph: "Amphibian Frontier"
Several years ago, painter Todd Schorr released his magnificent monograph American Surreal, designed by our pals at Pressure Printing and published by Last Gasp. Today, Pressure Printing has released...
01:53 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing California prison overcrowding, in photos
Mmechanic sends us Mother Jones's "slideshow of some of the photos that convinced the Supreme Court to order the corrections department to unload some 30,000 of its prisoners." Writing on behalf of th...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Senior citizen jailed for growing pot for sick wife
[Video Link] A 69-year-old husband in Ohio grew two backyard marijuana plants to help his wife, who has breast cancer. He was convicted of a felony and sent to jail. Medina County senior citizen is se...
01:29 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing From bOING bOING Issue 1: Robert Anton Wilson interview
bOING bOING was a zine that my wife Carla and I launched in 1988 to cover comic books, cyberpunk science fiction, consciousness technology, curious phenomena, and whatever else surprised and delighte...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Converting pixel art to vectors
A new method of pixel art upscaling gets much better results than current methods, at least for certain types of sprite. But I still prefer the one on the left! [johanneskopf.de via Kotaku]......
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Sony Vaio S comes in brown and gold
I wasn't going to bother blogging the latest spec bump in Sony's Vaio S laptops, but then I noticed you could order it in brown and gold. The new model has a 13.3" display, a .95" thick magnesium allo...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Kansas City Star: Tornado response shows it's time to re-think the way we run America
An editorial in the Kansas City Star yesterday makes some interesting points about responding to short-term disasters, preparing for long-term disasters, and problem of money. ... it hardly requires a...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing The secret of the ooze
Meet the blue goo that's making cleanup of toxic materials and radioactive particles cheaper and easier. DeconGel is being used inside the exclusion zone at Fukushima. It can't eliminate radioactivity...
11:46 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Too many dinosaurs?
We've talked here about the possible merging of Triceratops and Torosaurus into just Triceratops. Jack Horner is one of the paleontologists involved in that research. And, for him, it's more than just...
11:31 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing This is what happens when we don't vaccinate
The Centers for Disease Control released a report this week on the measles outbreaks that have happened in the United States since the beginning of 2011. The report covers 19 weeks, and 118 cases of ...
10:52 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Find an electric vehicle charging station near you
CarStations uses Google Maps and user submissions to pinpoint the locations of electric vehicle charging stations worldwide. Bearing in mind that "quick charge," means something like 30 minutes at the...
06:26 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Denmark bans Marmite
Denmark has banned Marmite on the grounds that the spread's Vitamin B fortification puts it into conflict with Danish food safety regs. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has allegedly made...
02:33 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Westinghouse 1939 World's Fair ad
Back in 2007, I blogged about The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair, Westinghouse's 55-minute feature promoting the the 1939 New York World's Fair as a great place to go learn about TV, ro...
02:26 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing OneSwarm: Freeopen Bittorrent client that hides your IP and facilitates private Bittorrent swarms
TorrentFreak reviews OneSwarm, a "privacy-aware Bittorrent client," that was produced by researchers at U Washington, who've published the sourcecode on Github. OneSwarm makes it easy to create privat...
02:21 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Chewbacca bento box
This Chewbacca bento box looks delicious even if the noodles "look a little chewy." Chewbacca Bento Box (via Neatorama) (Image: Uncredited/unsourced)......
02:07 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Impossible physics: Why My Little Pony can't really fly
"Physical Impossibilities in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" is a student physics presentation that examines three scenes from an animated My Little Pony show (it looks like a recent adaptation, ...
02:02 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing California prison overcrowding, in photos
Mmechanic sends us Mother Jones's "slideshow of some of the photos that convinced the California Supreme Court to order the corrections department to unload some 30,000 of its prisoners." Writing on b...
12:36 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Frontline on Wikileaks
[Video Link: teaser for Frontline's "Wikisecrets" episode. Watch the full documentary here.] PBS Frontline aired an episode on the Wikileaks saga tonight: "WikiSecrets," produced by Martin Smith. You ...
12:30 am PDT - Wed, May 25, 2011
BoingBoing Tornado weather
This photo of the sky over downtown Kansas City, MO, was taken today at around 1:00 pm Central by Gary Lezak, a local television meteorologist. Meanwhile today, tornadoes plowed through the Oklahoma C...
11:45 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Google invests $55 million in wind farms in California's Mojave desert
Google announced today that it will invest $55 million in a large Mojave Desert wind energy farm. The LA Times reports that the search giant is partnering with Citibank, "which is also shelling out $5...
08:44 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Cute U900 Rabbit and Bear Ukes
[Video Link] Gary Peare says: "Fans of U900 will adore these aNueNue sopranos for sale at Elderly. Complete with custom soft case." They cost $125 each. I really don't need another uke in my house, bu...
08:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing More Sony customer info plundered
Another 2,000 customer records were looted from a Sony-related site, this time from the Canadian branch of the online cellphone store it runs with Ericsson. The third such event in the last few weeks ...
07:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Comic Book Legal Defense Fund auctions massive Molly Crabapple original
Bob Self of Baby Tattoo books says, "Dr. Sketchy's founder Molly Crabapple asked me to forward this to you in the hopes you will blog about it. The auction is a fundraiser for the Comic Book Legal Def...
06:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Grain Wars
The shelf must be graining under the weight of all that wholesome goodness. [Hat tip: Richard]......
06:32 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing NYT's James Risen served with subpoena in CIA leak case
New York Times: "Federal prosecutors, with the approval of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., are trying to force the author of a book on the C.I.A. to testify at a criminal trial about who leaked i...
06:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for The Wave
The trailer for The Wave reminds me of The Stanford Prison Experiment and Lord of the Flies. On behalf of Sundance Selects, we're pleased to share the first trailer from the teen political drama THE W...
05:59 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing How to publish a Hindu newspaper in Pakistan
Video journalists Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick (who have guestblogged for and been featured on Boing Boing in the past, respectively) have a wonderful little video up at TIME about a Hindu man in Pak...
05:49 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing How to publish a Hindu newspaper in Pakistan
Video journalists Bassam Tariq and Omar Mullick, who have guestblogged for Boing Boing in the past, have a wonderful little video up at TIME about a Hindu man in Pakistan who edits and publishes a new...
05:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Left4Dead boomer necklace
This little £6 Left4Dead Boomer necklace from Etsy seller DeadlyPretty is awful lovely. LEFT 4 DEAD Special Infected BOOMER Necklace......
05:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Sarkozy's false-flag E-G8 attracts withering scorn
Nicolas Sarkozy's false-flag E-G8 project has blown up in his face. The French leader convened a meeting of "digital thinkers" that was supposed to be a kind of levelheaded discussion of how to "civil...
05:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Color palette of glorious hues of the golden age of comics
Ed Piskor sez, "I located an 'antique' chart of the exact mixtures for the 64 colors which were used in comics and newspaper strips for decades and I created a PSD file to share so that people can use...
05:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing 50 years of NASA art at National Air and Space Museum in DC, opening May 28
Above, "Sunrise Suit-up," Martin Hoffman, 1988, mixed media: "Television screens in the media area at the Kennedy Space Center. The launch pad can be seen in the distance beyond Banana River. It is on...
05:13 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Cartoon about a polymath cartoonist by Kevin Huizenga
"The Body of Work," by Kevin Huizenga is a beautiful one-page comic strip about a talented and self-doubting cartoonist.......
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing 11 minutes of Dead Island gameplay
[Video Link] I didn't watch all of this video about Dead Island, because I don't want to spoil it, but the parts I watched looked good! (Release date is September 30, 2011). Kick-ass trailer for zombi...
03:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Dumpster Drive: file-sharing application that recycles digital files
[Video Link] Justin Blinder says: Dumpster Drive is a file-sharing application that recycles digital files. Using dumpster diving as a model for recirculating unwanted objects, Dumpster Drive allows o...
03:22 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Doctors use copyright agreements to silence patients
Some doctors are requiring patients to hand over copyright in anything they might write about them as a condition of treatment. Meet Dr. Ken Cirka of Philadephia, made an example of today by Ars Techn...
03:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Fun with digitized magazine archives
1847 Scientific American wants to tell you about the romantic and tragic story of a lovelorn gazelle's suicide.......
03:03 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Comet coming on October 16
Mark your calendars. On October 16th, Comet Elenin—or, as it's known to friends, "C/2010 X1"—will make its closest approach to Earth. If you're lucky and well-prepared, you might be able t...
02:53 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Photos from post-atom bomb Hiroshima
After we dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, the U.S. government used the remains of that city as an engineering research project—a place to study what nuclear blasts did to physical stru...
02:53 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Doctors use copyright agreements to silence patients
Some doctors are requiring patients to sign over copyright in anything they might write about the treatment they receive. Among the medical professionals who do not seem to want their competence publi...
02:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Sleep culture in the West, and elsewhere
Science journalist Jessa Gamble has a new book coming out that's going to be about the cultural differences that determine how humans perceive time. Awesome! In a post at the Last Word on Nothing blog...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Reader-made trailers for Robopocalypse, an upcoming sci-fi thriller novel
[Video Link]I'm reading a greatly enjoying Daniel H. Wilson's novel about a near-future robot uprising called Robopocalypse. The publisher is running a contest asking readers to contribute short video...
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Stanford students answer environmental questions
Some of the environmental questions recently answered by Stanford's student-run SAGE service: Are batteries really a sound environmental decision?; What's the carbon debt of constructing high-spee...
01:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Joplin and Minneapolis: Grassroots tornado-recovery & info-sharing on Facebook
Trying to contact people in tornado-ravaged Joplin, MO, or somewhat-less-ravaged North Minneapolis? Interested in finding out what you can do to help these communities and the people who survived...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Laughing gas for ladies in labor
Apparently, nitrous oxide—the stuff they give you at the dentist—is a safe anesthetic to use on women who are giving birth. Pretty surprising to this American. I've always generally had t...
01:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Auction item: heat-deformed bolt from Yuri Gagarin's Vostok spacecraft
The current high bid on a heat-deformed bolt from the Vostok return capsule (1961) is $2800 at Heritage Auctions. It would make for an interesting paperweight. Bolt of Yuri Gagarin's Vostok Spacecraft...
12:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Abstract expressionist Aelita Andre, age 4
Abstract painter Aelita Andre's first solo show in New York City opens June 4 at Agora Gallery. Aelita is 4 years old. "The Prodigy of Color: Aelita Andre / a Solo Exhibition"......
12:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing End of the world is actually October 21
No, you weren't Left Behind. The end of the world is actually set for October 21, Family Radio's Harold Camping said on Monday. Camping insists he's always had the right date for the world's end, but ...
11:27 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Rise and Fall of an Oakland Potrepreneur
Three years ago, as Oakland was set to become the legal pot capital of the US, Yan Ebyam, 33, sparked up his entrepreneurial spirit. He rented a massive warehouse boasting 456 grow lights in 16 rooms ...
07:24 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Welcome to Bordertown hits shelves
w00t! Here's some good news: the first new Bordertown book in decades, Welcome to Bordertown, is finally available in the stream of commerce. (My story, Shannon's Law, is in there, as are stories, poe...
06:53 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing What Will Come After: the sweet melancholy of the zombie apocalypse
Scott Edelman's short story collection What Will Come After collects the extraordinary zombie stories he's been writing since the mid-1990s, along with one new tale, the eponymous "What Will Come Afte...
06:33 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Timenaut: Anatomical collage grotesqueries
Today's How to Be a Retronaut features two compelling and beautiful "Timenaut" illustrations by Paula Braconnot, whose work reminds me favorably of the wonderful Dan Hillier. Timenauts......
02:31 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Can municipalities enforce local Net Neutrality?
Jeff sez, "Instead of waiting for Congress to pass a bill to enforce Net Neutrality, net activists should take a cue from Pittsburgh, whose city council recently passed groundbreaking legislation bann...
02:22 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Mountain climbing revolutionary play figures
Couverture and the Garb sell a pricey (£145) set of 9cm toy mountain-men: Henry David Thoreau, VI Lenin, Mao Tse-Tung and Karl Marx. They're evidently popular, as they're sold out. Mountain Men...
02:17 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Edible animation
Alexandre Dubosc's short film "Alimation" shows a series of ingenious and extremely appetizing animations made with food, culminating in a really sweet (heh) zoetrope effect. Alimation - Annecy Festiv...
02:13 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Tool reveals ISP traffic-shaping
ShaperProbe is a research tool from a team at Georgia Tech that detects and characterizes "traffic shaping" by ISPs, determining which US ISPs deliberately slow down their customers' traffic, and in w...
02:05 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Sweet scenes in plastic domes
Etsy seller MiniMemoryWorlds created this sweet, romantic little domed scene called "Reliving the past." It's part of a series of similar tiny domed scenes. reliving the past (via Super Punch)......
02:02 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Falun Gong sues Cisco over complicity in China's "Golden Shield" - allege torture, murder
Members of Falun Gong have sued Cisco for its role in building China's "Golden Shield" (called "PoliceNet" in Cisco marketing literature). Falun Gong members claim that Golden Shield was used to ident...
01:42 am PDT - Tue, May 24, 2011
BoingBoing Scenes from Los Angeles's teacher-librarian witch-hunt
Bfarn sez, "I don't know if you've been following the Los Angeles Unified School District's witch hunt, but they've been trying to lay off their entire staff of librarians. They've been conducting McC...
11:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Joplin, MO
At least 116 people have died in Joplin, Missouri, and the toll is expected to climb. One of the deadliest tornadoes in state history roared through the small Midwestern city on Sunday, leaving a half...
10:25 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Rise and Fall of an Oakland Potrepreneur
Three years ago, as Oakland was set to become the legal pot capital of the US, Yan Ebyam, 33, sparked up his entrepreneurial spirit. He rented a massive warehouse boasting 456 grow lights in 16 rooms ...
08:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Musical Tesla coils
Here are a pair of Tesla coils playing Girl Talk's "This is the Remix." It is beautiful, and awesome. How does it work? I asked Ian Charnas, one of the brains behind the Open Spark Project, a gro...
07:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Why do humans have zits?
A scientific theory for the origin of acne.......
07:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing From now on, I will call this clam "Kronar"
Nearly all Corbicula clams are clones—physically hermaphroditic but genetically male, just like their forbears. But that's not the fascinating part. Corbicula clams add new genetic material to t...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Apple warns patent troll Lodsys off
A couple of weeks ago, patent troll Lodsys threatened Apple application developers who used in-app upgrade and purchase buttons -- a feature of the iOS development platform. At Ars Technica, Chris For...
07:26 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Musical Tesla coils
Here are a pair of Tesla coils playing Girl Talk's "This is the Remix." It is beautiful, and awesome. How does it work? I asked Ian Charnas, one of the brains behind the Open Spark Project, a gro...
07:17 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Joplin, MO
At least 116 people have died in Joplin, Missouri, and the toll is expected to climb. One of the deadliest tornadoes in state history roared through the small Midwestern city on Sunday, leaving a half...
07:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Tsunami photos from Fukushima
Last week, the Japanese utility company Tepco released photos taken of the March 11 tsunami as it struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Out of the two sets of shots, this photo, in particu...
06:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Video: Bats In Our Midst
QUEST TV's Bats In Our Midst explores a roosting place for Mexican free-tailed bats in California's Central Valley. These bats are a huge help to farmers in the area. Then they introduce us to volunte...
06:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Minnesota GOP legislator makes passionate speech in support of marriage equality
On Saturday night, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted 70-62 in favor of putting a proposed constitutional ban on same sex marriage up for a public vote in 2012. Bear in mind, same sex marri...
06:35 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Mental myths
The following statements are (pretty much) not true: " We use only 10 percent of our brains. " "Flashbulb memories"  are precise, detailed and persistent. " It's all down...
06:29 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Open science in The Guardian
At Institute for the Future, we're looking at the future of open science, not only approaches to opening research to "citizen scientists" but also how to break down barriers within existing research s...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Poison Elves
We've blogged a lot about Cerebus and Elfquest, two series that did much to kickstart indie comics in the late 1970s. One an SF epic with pretty leads and high drama, the other a black-humored and mis...
01:26 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing From bOING bOING Issue 1: Robert Anton Wilson interview
bOING bOING was a zine that my wife Carla and I launched in 1988 to cover comic books, cyberpunk science fiction, consciousness technology, curious phenomena, and whatever else surprised and delighte...
12:50 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing The Filter Bubble: how personalization changes society
MoveOn co-founder Eli Pariser's new book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You is a thoughtful, often alarming look at the dark side of Internet personalization. Pariser is concerned...
12:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Miro4: open, cross-platform iTunes replacement that does BitTorrent, podcast channels, and synchs to everything
Nicholas from the Participatory Culture Foundation sez, Miro 4 has just been released! We believe the open media world can be just as integrated and usable as the closed, top-down, DRM'ed systems of c...
10:24 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Study: Christians feel guilty after sex
Image: Shutterstock A study carried out at the University of Kansas found that Christians are more likely than the irreligious to feel guilty after sex. On some kind of scale of feeling dirty, Mormons...
09:47 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing LCD trading cards
Italian trading card company Panini's latest trick: LCDs in the traditional form factor. Each will have 2GB of space and come pre-loaded with highlight reels for a sporting icon. They're rewritable, t...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Google blocks rooted Android devices from movie store
Google has blocked rooted Android devices from its movie rental service. Rooting your phone doesn't meet "requirements related to copyright protection," see. [Ars]......
07:43 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing The Filter Bubble: how personalization changes society
MoveOn co-founder Eli Pariser's new book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You is a thoughtful, often alarming look at the dark side of Internet personalization. Pariser is concerned...
05:56 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Last decade's English libel legal sharks poised to make a new fortune on stupid privacy lawsuits and superinjuctions
With all the noise about superinjunctions, you might think that the recent spate of absurd, censorious "privacy" lawsuits spontaneously arose from the minds of football players, toxic dumpers, and evi...
05:47 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Ad for space-race condos, 1961
I love the design for this 1961 Saturday Evening Post huckster ad flogging condos built in the shadow of the burgeoning US space program: "How can you miss? Be one of the first to own prime Florid...
05:44 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Old furniture recovered with offcut leather scraps
Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop recovers salvaged furniture with leather scraps -- offcuts that have been discarded by the furniture industry. The collection is called "Skin." Leather Leftovers......
01:37 am PDT - Mon, May 23, 2011
BoingBoing Cinema chains dimming movies "up to 85%" on digital projectors
The Boston Globe reports that AMC, National Amusements, and Regal cinema chains are leaving 3D projector lenses on for 2D movies. This means that the projected image is polarized and far dimmer than i...
08:23 pm PDT - Sun, May 22, 2011
BoingBoing Tree of Life wins Palme d'Or
Terrence Malik's The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. [BBC]......
01:02 pm PDT - Sun, May 22, 2011
BoingBoing Extremely mundane places in Minecraft (Updated!)
People are always showing off the spectacular places they've found in Minecraft, or their latest epic creations: a 1:1 scale model of the Starship Enterprise; the world of Studio Ghibli; and vast mech...
10:46 am PDT - Sun, May 22, 2011
BoingBoing RIAA boss takes home $3 mil+
Found amid a list of top compensation for industry lobbying association CEOs in 2009 (the last year for which we have stats): Cary Sherman, President of the RIAA, and his whoppng pay-packet: $3,185,02...
01:52 am PDT - Sun, May 22, 2011
BoingBoing How spam works, from end to end
"Click Trajectories: End-to-End Analysis of the Spam Value Chain" is a scholarly research paper reporting on a well-designed study of the way that spam works, from fast-flux DNS to bulletproof hosting...
11:40 pm PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing How many flew over the cuckoo's nest? 0, 1 or 2 [ ]
Tony spent 12 years locked up in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital's dangerous and severe personality disorder (DSPD) unit. He committed a violent crime that, though serious, would have seen him free yea...
10:46 pm PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing How many flew over the cuckoo's nest? 0, 1 or 2 [ ]
Tony spent 12 years locked up in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital's dangerous and severe personality disorder (DSPD) unit. He committed a violent crime that, though serious, would have seen him free yea...
05:37 pm PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Byron Sonne: Canadian security geek jailed for taunting G20 security theatre
The current issue of Toronto Life's cover story is the sad and perverse tale of Byron Sonne, a Toronto security researcher, hackspace stalwart, and anarcho-libertarian who decided to show up the secur...
01:24 pm PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Raising a kid without disclosing its sex
Kathy Witterick and David Stocker are raising a kid in Toronto without disclosing its sex to anyone except its older siblings and grandparents. Its siblings are boys, but choose whether they wear "gir...
01:01 pm PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing German police raid German Pirate Party's servers two days before election
The German police raided the German Pirate Party's servers; they claimed that the GPP was running an EtherPad instance that was being used by Anonymous activists to plan an attack on French energy gia...
12:56 pm PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk music-box spider with googly taxidermy eyes
Daniel made this creepy mechanical steampunk spider with taxidermy eyes and an old music box: "I imagine this creature in a Horror/Sci-fi story where it is using the nursery melody to make their victi...
12:53 pm PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Top Shelf Jazz's video for "Gentlemen in Squalor" -- smutty Prohibition jazz
Gonz sez, "The filthy swingers, Top Shelf Jazz, have released a new video for their song 'Gentlemen In Squalor.'" See my review of their last CD: Top Shelf Jazz's "Fast and Louche" -- part Cab Callowa...
08:14 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Kroil
Kroil is an extremely effective penetrating lubricant. Almost every professional machine shop I've been in has a bottle of this sitting prominently beside the workbench. I first saw it about 8 years a...
08:08 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap
I've been shooting photographs for years and the common neck strap has always given me nothing but neck pain. My father though he had found a solution with a neoprene neck strap, but eventually it had...
08:01 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Tuffcoat Work Gloves
I was left about a dozen pairs of these rubber dipped kevlar gloves by the former owner of my house. Good thing, too! I've removed 4 crabapple trees, buried electrical cable, dug up hundreds of ferns,...
04:40 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing German police raid German Pirate Party's servers two days before election
The German police raided the German Pirate Party's servers; they claimed that the GPP was running an EtherPad instance that was being used by Anonymous activists to plan an attack on French energy gia...
03:49 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Byron Sonne: Canadian security geek jailed for taunting G20 security theatre
The current issue of Toronto Life's cover story is the sad and perverse tale of Byron Sonne, a Toronto security researcher, hackspace stalwart, and anarcho-libertarian who decided to show up the secur...
03:33 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Understanding cities by riding bikes
On Sustainable Cities Collective, a beautiful essay about the way that riding a bicycle around your city changes the way you think about urban space. I gave up cycling when I moved to London -- the fl...
03:28 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a SNES cartridge urinal
Here's a delightful HOWTO for making a urinal out of SNES cartridges (please only use broken ones and crappy sports games, as the authors of this suggest!): I recommend calling a professional plumber ...
03:14 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Renovated Disney ride gets a TSA checkpoint
The Star Tours Star Wars simulator ride at Walt Disney World has re-opened after a long rehab. It's been updated with the latest technology and effects, and been rejigged to add that de rigeur element...
03:04 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing BitCoin skeptics and boosters debate
Ben Laurie is a respected cryptographer (he maintains OpenSSL and is in charge of security research for Google) and he's skeptical of BitCoin, a virtual, cryptography-based currency that has attracted...
02:53 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing With a Little Help in the Wall Street Journal
My new DIY short story collection With a Little Help has garnered a positive writeup and review in the Wall Street Journal, thanks to Tom Shippey.......
02:25 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing Design for Privacy contest: make free software for personal privacy with the ACLU, TOR and IPC!
Jacob Appelbaum sez, We're looking for a few good Boing Boing'ers to submit privacy preserving applications in a joint Tor/ACLU/IPC contest. The "Develop for Privacy Challenge" is a call for free soft...
02:06 am PDT - Sat, May 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Apocamix end-of-the-world montage
In celebration of the end of the world, beginning tomorrow, please to enjoy "The Apocamix" by Eclectic Method. (Thanks, Nick Philip!)......
09:59 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Extremely mundane places in Minecraft
People are always showing off the spectacular places they've found in Minecraft, or their latest epic creations: a 1:1 scale model of the Starship Enterprise; the world of Studio Ghibli; and vast mech...
07:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Matt and Trey interviewed on "Book of Mormon" for NPR's "Fresh Air"
Listen: Fresh Air host Terry Gross interviews Matt Stone and Trey Parker about their excellent Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon (previously reviewed here on Boing Boing). Download audio, or read t...
07:16 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Wood is good: beautiful NTT Docomo ad for TV in Japan
[Video Link] Matt Alt says, "This television ad for NTT Docomo came out right around the time of the earthquake, so it got lost in the news. But it's really beautiful -- and quintessentially Japanese....
06:45 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Police in Germany seize Pirate Party servers, in search of Anonymous
Nate Anderson at Ars Technica reports that police in Germany today confiscated servers belonging to the German Pirate Party, "apparently hoping to search the prominent collaboration tool widely used w...
06:37 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Extremely mundane places in Minecraft
People are always showing off the spectacular places they've found in Minecraft, or their latest epic creations: a 1:1 scale model of the Starship Enterprise; the world of Studio Ghibli; and vast mech...
06:14 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Angry Beaver vs. German Shepard
CBC News reports that "a large, agitated beaver attracted a crowd in Fort Smith, N.W.T., this week when it meandered through town and got hissy with a German shepherd." Local gentleman Mike Keizer, a ...
05:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Electric Lucifer
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Electric Lucifer is a quintessentially strange electronic music/acid rock record released 1970. Composed by Bruce Haack(1931-1988), it's a concept album that employ...
05:44 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Judgment Day Open Thread: How are you planning to celebrate The Rapture on May 21?
[Video Link] Judgment Day is upon us: tomorrow, Saturday May 21, at 6pm local time, according to this gentleman. Are you planning to leave this earthly plane and join The Lord, or are you planning to ...
05:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Electric Lucifer
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Electric Lucifer is a quintessentially strange electronic music/acid rock record released 1970. Composed by Bruce Haack(1931-1988), it's a concept album that employ...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing CDC unprepared for Zombie Apocalypse traffic apocalypse
The CDC's "Zombie apocalypse guide," linked yesterday by Cory, was a clever way to get people to learn the basics of disaster survival. Unfortunately, the CDC's website crashed due to the traffic, sug...
05:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Mystery clocks and projection clocks
Roger Russell, who is known among hi-fi enthusiasts as the former director of acoustic research at McIntosh Laboratory, is also fascinated by curious clocks. Specifically, Russell created Web pages ab...
04:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Targeting Neopets.com users for credit cards
Neopets.com won't tell Beverly Blair Harzog how her daughter's user's name for the site ended up on credit card solicitations. It was in November 1999 that Neopets.com hit the scene. Kids loved it. I ...
04:45 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Homes for sale with bomb shelters zombie apocalypse bunkers
Be safe from the latest food riot / government-engineered plague / Michelle Bachmann tweet in one of these backyard underground bunkers. Ride Out the End of the World in These Bomb Shelter Homes......
03:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Vindictive game company invites employees to pan reviewer's novel after bad review
Mike Murdock sez, I write as a freelance reviewer for Joystiq.com, one of the largest video game website/blogs. AOL owns them. I wrote a review of a video game called "Conduit 2", by High Voltage soft...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Cool, interactive weather website
Weatherspark is a really neat site that allows you to create interactive graphs of weather forecasts and long term trends. So, for instance, I can compare three different weather forecasts for my week...
01:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing History of the computer mouse & what it teaches us about business and innovation
"It's difficult for a company to be both a true innovator and one that can readily bring consumer products to market." — From a neat post by Brian Mossop, Community Manager at the Public Library...
01:19 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Satellite view of flooding in Louisiana
This NASA Image of the Day does a really good job of helping to visualize how a large-scale flood control system works. To prevent the rising Mississippi from flooding downstream cities like Baton Ro...
01:04 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Machine of Death II open to submissions
Machine of Death editor David "Wondermark" Malki sez, Thanks to the phenomenal success of Machine of Death [[Ed: #1 Amazon bestseller!]] -- bolstered in great part by kind Boing Boing readers! -- we'r...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing 1943 color photo of a Topeka, Kansas, train yard
This color photo, dating to 1943, is part of a Library of Congress collection that I've posted shots from before. This one is just lovely. And I'm also pretty sure that I know where this train shop bu...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing CDC unprepared for Zombie Apocalypse traffic apocalypse
The CDC's "Zombie apocalypse guide," linked yesterday by Cory, was a clever way to get people to learn the basics of disaster survival. Unfortunately, the CDC's website crashed due to the traffic, sug...
12:36 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Battlestorm: league game to help kids recover from hurricanes and prepare for the next one
Margaret sez, Games company Area/code are just about to launch Battlestorm, a new live game/new sport to empower kids who live in areas affected by hurricanes. The kids play the game in school, and co...
12:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Buy the "Bought This Bitcoins Badge With Bitcoins" badge with Bitcoins
John Young, co creator of Nerd Merit Badges, says: Like many other happy mutants, we over at Nerd Merit Badges have been reading about Bitcoins with interest. ("It's like the gold standard, man, excep...
12:20 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Vice speaker of Ukrainian Parliament throttles deputy
Photo: REUTERS/Tatyana Bondarenko Vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Adam Martynyuk, on the right, throttles deputy Oleg Lyashko during a session in the chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in K...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Why Texas tried to hide drinking water radiation from the EPA
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has been caught helping some state water systems to falsely lower their reported radiation levels*. The Commission was, apparently, trying to make sure t...
11:26 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing France lobbies G8 for Internet control and censorship
Sarkozy's French government is hosting an "EG8" summit on Internet policy and have invited lots of technical people to attend in the guise of coming up with recommendations on Internet governance. But...
11:13 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Watch a landslide happen at 50 cm per hour
This is a photo of a landslide. But it's not a landslide that happened, it's a landslide in progress. Very, very slow progress. At Snake River Canyon, Wyoming, this flow of dirt is moving down a hill...
10:46 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Budweiser nunchucks: American Ninja
This shitkicker version of a ninja's nunchucks made from cement-filled Budweiser cans was created by Chen Chen and Kai Tsien-Williams. American Ninja (via Neatorama)......
07:45 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Service emails you your year-old photos
Photo Time Capsule is a service that trawls through the photos you posted to Flickr last year and, twice a month, sends you an email with some year-old images. A nice way to communicate with yourself ...
07:40 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Twitterer: I egged and shoed the father of the Great Firewall of China
A pseudonymous Twitter user who posts as @hanunyi claims to have attended a talk by Fang Binxing (characterized as the "father of China's Great Firewall" and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommun...
07:14 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Battlestorm: league game to help kids recover from hurricaines and prepare for the next one
Margaret sez, Games company Area/code are just about to launch Battlestorm, a new live game/new sport to empower kids who live in areas affected by hurricanes. The kids play the game in school, and co...
02:16 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Nested "Inception" chair sculpture
Vivian Chiu's "Inception" chair is a series of nested chair-like objects, inspired by the nested realities in the eponymous film: Taking the chair archetype and placing within it chairs that are progr...
02:10 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Rebooting Library Privacy in the Age of the Network: getting privacy right in 21st century libraries
David Weinberger's manifesto, "Rebooting Library Privacy in the Age of the Network," is a beautifully written explanation of the different mechanisms that have traded under the name of "privacy" and "...
02:03 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Micro-origami sculptures unfolding in water through capillary action
Etienne Cliquet's "Flottille" shows "micro-origami" of 2-3cm sheets of paper, intricately cut and folded, being placed in water; the sculptures draw the water in by capillary action and gracefully unf...
01:55 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Talking Turing tests with a fraudbot
Clive Thompson got hit on by a pornographic, credit-card harvesting chatbot, and bored it into submission with a brief dissertation on the Turing test. "Let's get this party started!" My evening talki...
01:51 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing GOP legislative aide works on punitive voter ID bill, boasts of illegally voting in another district
Saljake writes, "A GOP legislative aide votes in her home district even though she lives in Madison full time. She also forced her mother to sign a false affadavit claiming that she had been living ba...
01:46 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Machine of Death II open to submissions
Machine of Death editor David "Wondermark" Malki sez, Thanks to the phenomenal success of Machine of Death [[Ed: #1 Amazon bestseller!]] -- bolstered in great part by kind Boing Boing readers! -- we'r...
01:37 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing RIP Jeffrey Jones
I was sad to learn that one of my favorite illustrators, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, died today. I first came across her work in the 1970s when she was doing a regular one page comic strip for National L...
01:33 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks releases "The Pakistan Papers" through Pakistani newspaper The Dawn
The Pakistan Papers: "The Dawn Media Group and Julian Assange, Chief Executive of Sunshine Press Productions, the publishing arm of WikiLeaks, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the exclusi...
01:19 am PDT - Fri, May 20, 2011
BoingBoing Venezuela suspends driving license
Venezuelan drivers are so excellent that local authorities have never once found it necessary to suspend anyone's driving license. Until now.......
06:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Magnet Boy of Croatia: gadgets stick to his chest (big photo gallery)
Young Ivan Stoiljkovic poses for pictures with a Samsung Galaxy Tab stuck to his chest in front of his home near Koprivnica, about 62 miles (100km) north of Croatia's capital city, Zagreb, on May 12, ...
06:43 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Magnet Boy of Croatia: gadgets stick to his chest (big photo gallery)
Young Ivan Stoiljkovic poses for pictures with a Samsung Galaxy Tab stuck to his chest in front of his home near Koprivnica, about 62 miles (100km) north of Croatia's capital city, Zagreb, on May 12, ...
06:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing bOING bOING: free collection from the print zine, 1989-1997
Twenty-three years ago, my wife Carla and I came up with the idea to create bOING bOING, a zine that would cover comic books, cyberpunk science fiction, consciousness technology, curious phenomena, an...
06:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Do astronauts have internet in space?
Just noticed this interesting detail from the PBS NewsHour/YouTube/Google webcast earlier today, in which Miles O'Brien interviewed astronauts from the space shuttle and International Space Station ab...
03:10 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing The Infernal Device: giant, ambitious steampunk Kickstarter project
Myke sez, Three Enginartists from the "Steampunk Form and Function" exhibit at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, are seeking to raise funds for their biggest collaborative project t...
03:08 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Hello Kitty Portal Personality Sphere
Chris Myles made this beautiful Hello Kitty/Portal Personality Sphere sculptural mashup. It's a gift for a baby shower. Hello Kitty Sphere......
02:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing How To Look Punk: a marketingtrendspotter's "zine" from 1977
From 1977, this "'zine" about "How To Look Punk" written by Marliz, who according to the "note on author" is "internationally known in the industry for her marketing ability in current-trend perceptio...
02:02 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Hunting the Yeti with "Popular Science"
The Popular Science archives—Google-digitzed versions of whole issues stretching back to the beginning of the 20th century—will never not be awesome. Reading these magazines can teach you...
01:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Natural selection is neat
Life on Earth: "Yup, it's pretty much a giant accident," says recent study.......
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Unabomber auction
For the right price, you could be the proud owner of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's iconic sunglasses and hoodie. The US Marshals are auctioning off Kaczynski's personal effects with the profits to go to K...
01:31 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Red-crested tree rat is adorable, not extinct
The last red-crested tree rat was spotted in 1898. After 113 years, and several searches, the species was assumed to be extinct. That is, until this one showed up on a public handrail at 9:30 pm on Ma...
01:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Which came first: the media orgy or the prurient interest? (Donald Trump edition)
(via Sociological Images)......
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing There is no miracle cure for cancer
Or: Maybe Facebook isn't the best source for science and health news. An interesting debunking. You know the game, Telephone? You line up a bunch of people and the person on one end whispers some...
11:32 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing And now, a moment of silence for the Prophet Hen of Leeds
The Christian Science Monitor would like to take this moment to remind everyone of five previous (and utterly incorrect) attempts to predict the end of the world. My favorite: The 1806 prediction by t...
11:29 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with Mark Kelly and Shuttle Endeavour astronauts, live from space
[Video Link] Miles O'Brien interviewed the Endeavour crew in a "live from space" webcast this morning, for PBS NewsHour. The interview took place as the shuttle and space station complex flew about 25...
11:24 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing America's first monorail: Even older than I thought
The other day, I ran across some photos of Fawkes' Aerial Swallow, a circa-1910 monorail built on a ranch in what is now Burbank, California. The site where I found the photos, and a couple of others,...
09:07 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing Legal rebuttal: "vade et caca in pilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuo"
Eric Tukewitz, a New York lawblogger, was one of many, many people who wrote about a badly managed legal defense from an inexperienced lawyer representing an accused murderer. The defense was handled ...
01:45 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing MAFIAA wants warrantless searches of CD and DVD factories
The MPAA and RIAA are pushing California legislation that would allow police to search optical disc duplication plants without a warrant; the bill's passed two state senate committees. "The crime of i...
01:42 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing CDC explains how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse
The US Centers for Disease Control have published their plan for keeping America safe during a zombie uprising. It's an exercise in general disaster preparedness, and a clever way of getting people en...
01:42 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing bOING bOING: free collection from the print zine, 1989-1997
Twenty-three years ago, my wife Carla and I came up with the idea to create bOING bOING, a zine that would cover comic books, cyberpunk science fiction, consciousness technology, curious phenomena, an...
01:37 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing List of economists involved in violent sex crimes, for Ben Stein
Some further thoughts on Ben Stein's defense of IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the Spectator (recap: Stein claims that Strauss-Kahn is probably innocent for a lot of pretty silly reasons). Randal...
12:19 am PDT - Thu, May 19, 2011
BoingBoing New security vulnerability forces Sony to take part of PSN offline yet again
Sony president Howard Stringer, taking an unexpected phone call, glances at consumer products chief Kazuo Hirai earlier today. PHOTO: UNIN TENDO/REUTERS Yes, again. Sony had to take part of its Sony P...
11:37 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Creep recorded women with hidden surveillance camera inside Starbucks restroom
A 25-year-old man hid a video camera disguised as a plastic coat hook inside the women's restroom of a Starbucks in Glendora, CA, and secretly recorded more than 40 women and children using the toilet...
10:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Virgin Galactic's "feathered flight" as a David Ope animated GIF
I'm a big fan of haute gif artist davidope, and his homage today to the first "Feathered" flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is quite nifty. Here's the actual video, from Virgin Galactic.....
10:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing New security vulnerability forces Sony to take PSN offline yet again
Yes, again. Sony had to take part of its Sony PlayStation Network offline briefly today after it discovered a security vulnerability that allowed hackers to take over users' accounts. (ComputerWorld)....
10:29 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Man chooses "elective amputation" for bionic hand, after motorcycle accident
A 26-year-old man in Austria who lost the use of his right hand in a motorcycle accident ten years ago has decided to undergo "elective amputation," after which he will be fitted with a bionic hand co...
10:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Guantanamo detainee from Afghanistan commits suicide
Another Guantanamo detainee died of an apparent suicide today. Here's the Department of Defense statement.......
10:06 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Got a question for shuttle Endeavour astronauts? Live PBS webcast Q&A, Thu 6am ET
[Video Link] PBS NewsHour, Google, and YouTube are teaming up to produce a live webcast with the Space Shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station astronauts, starting between 6 and 6:30 a.m. ET...
09:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing bOING bOING: free collection from the print zine, 1989-1997
Twenty-three years ago, my wife Carla and I came up with the idea to create bOING bOING, a zine that would cover comic books, cyberpunk science fiction, consciousness technology, curious phenomena, an...
09:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing New York Times discovers yarn-bombers
[S]he knitted what looked like a leg warmer for a stop sign down the street; from there she slowly infiltrated Houston with her stitchery. Within a few years, she had tagged dozens of lampposts and st...
09:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Tips for dungeon master daddies (and mommies)
If you are not both a geek and a parent of geeks, then the following post will be of little interest. press the "j" key and move on. Otherwise, there's some good information for parents who like to pl...
09:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Virgin Galactic's "feathered flight" as a David Ope animated GIF
I'm a big fan of haute gif artist davidope, and his homage today to the first "Feathered" flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is quite nifty.......
08:46 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Intro to L.A. Noire fiction anthology: a Boing Boing exclusive
Mulholland Books sent me a copy of L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories, featuring the work of Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Duane Swierczynski, Megan Abbott and Andre...
07:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing You've been a bad, bad sysadmin
"Handcrafted Fire-Colored Cat-5 Cable Flogger," Etsy user feralswirl, a mere $10. (via GeeksAreSexy via Jeff Simmermon)......
06:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing U.S. Secret Service pulls a herp derp on Twitter
Just nine days after joining Twitter, the Secret Service had its first major public relations blunder. Earlier today, posted on the @SecretService account: "Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal...
06:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Locke & Key: creepy and excellent graphic novel
Locke & Key is a dark supernatural comic book series available in anthology format by writer Joe Hill and cartoonist Gabriel Rodriguez. I won't be spoiling it to say it's about a family (the Lockes) w...
06:13 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Scott Walker wants you to die alone if you married the wrong person
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is all about "small government" except when he isn't. Case in point: Walker has refused to defend a lawsuit aimed at killing a state law allowing same-sex partners to v...
06:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing NYT editor Bill Keller on "The Twitter Trap" (tl;dr: "Get Off My Lawn")
Ah, we should have known it was opinion piece fodder. Last week New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, who has tweeted all of 20 tweets since joining Twitter in 2009, wrote, "Twitter makes you s...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Standing Desk Jockey: Kai Vermehr of eBoy
Artist Kai Vermehr of eBoy recently switched to a standing desk and he loves it. I finished the standup desk this weekend. The tabletop is a bit fancier than intended as I had two linoleum planks from...
05:15 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Billions of planets, alone in space?
Hundreds of billions of planets the size of Jupiter are floating alone in space, or are so very far from their host stars that those stars aren't easily identifiable as associated with the planets. Fr...
05:02 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Grizzly bear beanbag chair
This is a bean bag disguised as a grizzly bear. It can be yours for $168 on Etsy. Also available from Chic Sin Design, topiary ball beanbag chairs, tree log bolster pillows, and rolled or folded bankn...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing 'Taint hard to find a physical link to male fertility
A study of 117 men found a key difference between guys who had kids, and guys who were being treated for infertility. Anogenital distance is, as you might guess, the distance between where your balls ...
03:41 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Middleweight public intellectuals defend Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Photo: REUTERS/Emmanuel Dunand Yesterday it was Bernard Henri-Lvy, the Cirque du Soleil of modern philosophy. Today, it is Ben Stein, professor and presidential speechwriter, roused to insinuate that ...
03:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Super senses exist, we're just too distracted to notice them
Technically, we all have the capability for what could be described as "superhuman" hearing, sight, and smell. A healthy young adult can see a candle flame from 30 miles away. We can detect a smell wh...
03:15 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Most expensive art photo ever
This is the most expensive photograph ever purchased. Art dealer Philippe Segalot purchased Cindy Sherman's "Untitled #96" (1981) for $3.89 million at a Christie's auction last week. I wonder how much...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Free download of horror film The Tunnel
[Video Link] The horror film, The Tunnel, is being offered for free, as a torrent. If you like it, you can kick in some money here. In 2007 the New South Wales government suddenly scrapped a plan to u...
03:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing An explanation for Roswell that's crazier than aliens
Annie Jacobsen, an editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine, has written a book purporting to tell the real history of Area 51 and the Roswell Incident. Her book, which is based largely on interviews ...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing HIV and twins
You'd assume that identical twins would respond to being infected with the same virus in pretty much the same ways. So why, years after they were infected with HIV, could one twin be mostly healthy an...
02:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Middleweight public intellectuals displeased by IMF chief rape allegation
Photo: REUTERS/Emmanuel Dunand Yesterday it was Bernard Henri-Lvy, the Cirque du Soleil of modern French philosophy. Today, it is Ben Stein, professor and presidential speechwriter, roused to insinuat...
02:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Update on "Spanish Revolution" protests: riot police surrounding protesters in Madrid
A quick followup on yesterday's post about widespread demonstrations in support of democracy and economic equality in Spain: according to various sources, including tweets from people at the protests,...
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing All 6500+ pages of Elfquest comics online
The Beat comics blog reports that the complete archive of Wendy and Richard Pini's Elfquest comic book series is available online. The scan quality is excellent. Speaking of fantasy, one of the pillar...
02:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing 'Taint hard to find a physical link to male fertility
A study of 117 men found a key difference between guys who had kids, and guys who were being treated for infertility. Anogenital distance is, as you might guess, the distance between where your balls ...
02:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Pair of mobile robots invent their own spoken language
Evan Ackerman, writing for IEEE Spectrum's Automaton blog, reports that researchers at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology have built a pair of mobile robots called Li...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing David Dobbs on the importance of open-source science
Right now, most scientific research exists behind paywalls. And expensive paywalls at that. A license to read a single peer-reviewed journal article can set you back $50. Depending on the journal, tha...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing NYT editor Bill Keller on "The Twitter Trap" (tl;dr: "Get Off My Lawn")
Ah, we should have known it was opinion piece fodder. Last week New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, who has tweeted all of 20 tweets since joining Twitter in 2009, wrote, "Twitter makes you s...
01:55 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing NYT editor Bill Keller on "The Twitter Trap" (TL;DR: "Get Off My Lawn")
Ah, we should have known it was opinion piece fodder. Last week New York Times editor Bill Keller, who has tweeted all of 20 tweets since joining Twitter in 2009, wrote, "Twitter makes you stupid. Dis...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing The hidden power of smiling
[Video Link] Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of HealthTap, gave a short TED talk about smiles as predictors of longevity. I started my journey in California with a UC Berkley 30-year longitudinal study th...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Fine photos of America's first monorail, 1910
Burbank, California, was the site of America's first monorail. In the upper left of this picture, you can see the "Aerial Swallow" or Aerial Trolley Car, running on a line across the ranch owned by i...
10:37 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Disney files trademark for "Seal Team 6;" possibly for "Killing bin Laden" snow globes, Christmas ornaments
SEAL Team 6 is the elite Navy squad credited with killing Osama bin Laden. One day after the raid, Disney Enterprises, Inc., filed applications with the US. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark th...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Helpful addendum to "no parking" sign
Gama-Go's Greg Long spotted this helpful addendum to a "no parking" sign in San Francisco: "Thursday 4AM to 6AM is Late Wednesday Night." Click to see larger.......
10:24 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Disney files trademark for "Seal Team 6;" possibly for "Killing bin Laden" snow globes, Christmas ornaments
SEAL Team 6 is the elite Navy squad credited with killing Osama bin Laden. Two days after they took him out, Disney Enterprises, Inc., filed applications with the US. Patent and Trademark Office to tr...
10:17 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Australian journalist arrested for reporting facebook security breach
Ben Grubb, a journalist in Australia, was arrested after writing a story about a security expert's demonstration of vulnerabilities on social media sites including Facebook. Two police officers showed...
06:16 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Coming to Milton Keynes and Oxford today
Reminder for people in Milton Keynes and Oxford: I'm coming to town today to talk about technology and regulation.......
06:12 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Speaking in Toronto on "How can we build a city that thinks like the web?" panel
I'm coming to Toronto in early June on my way to Personal Democracy Forum in New York; while I'm there, I'll be speaking at the SubtleTechnologies event in Innis Town Hall at 6:30PM on June 4. I'm sit...
05:52 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing UK copyright and patent-reform, in perspective
Yesterday, I blogged about the UK Hargreaves report on patent and copyright reform, a sane-sounding collection of proposals to modernise UK copyright laws, expanding the "fair dealing" exceptions to i...
05:41 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Cross-sections of Leica lenses
Hefting and peering through a high-end camera lens, you get a sense of the craft, the precision engineering, and the thoughtful design that went into it. But look at it in cross-section, as with this ...
05:35 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Inspirational pro-book poster
I love this striking "Books: That is Exactly How They Work" poster design from DeMotivation; it doesn't look like they're for sale, alas, as I'd buy, frame and hang one in a hot instant. Books - That ...
05:31 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Sunglasses that make you look like you've had your eyes blacked out
These novelty "Embarrassing Photo Protective Sunglasses" make you look like you've had your eyes blacked out by a censor bar: "Worried a paparazzo took a shot of you doing that thing you do that nobod...
05:22 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Axe-head coffee table inspired by the Brothers Grimm
Chris Duffy created this Woodsman Axe coffee table for a London design show based on the stories of the Brothers Grimm. The table, made from Stewardship Council oak veneer, costs 495.00. The axe-heads...
05:08 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing France suspends three-strikes copyright law after massive data-leak
TMG, a private contractor that administers France's HADOPI copyright system, has been hacked, resulting in a temporary suspension of HADOPI. Under HADOPI, people who use an Internet connection where o...
05:01 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Portal prank: covering up crosswalk button sign
Someone's replaced crosswalk button with this funny reference to Portal, an addictive puzzle-game that uses a gun that generates "portals" that allow you to teleport through space. Portal Crosswalk Si...
04:59 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Javascript-based PC emulator, running GNULinux
Fabrice Bellard has written a 32 bit x86 emulator in Javascript -- in plain English, he's created a virtual PC that runs inside your browser, using Javascript. And then (of course), he created a GNU/L...
04:51 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO take pictures at a clubbarvenue
Jamie Zawinski, who owns San Francisco's DNA lounge, has some practical advice for people trying to shoot photos in dark venues, bars and clubs. In addition to tips on composition and lenses, he's got...
04:40 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Lovely packaging for maple-bacon ice-cream
Portland ice-cream maker Fifty Licks has some sweet (heh) packaging for their products, which include this delicious-sounding maple bacon flavor. fifty-licks maple bacon ice cream (via Super Punch)......
04:37 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Rick Walker wants you to die alone if you married the wrong person
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is all about "small government" except when he isn't. Case in point: Walker has refused to defend a lawsuit aimed at killing a state law allowing same-sex partners to v...
04:29 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Dawkins's science book for kids, illustrated by Dave McKean
Richard Dawkins has a new kids' book coming out in October called The Magic of Reality, which explains just how gosh-darned awesome the actual scientifically explained world is, and how wondrous the u...
12:18 am PDT - Wed, May 18, 2011
BoingBoing Helpful addendum to "no parking" sign
Gama-Go's Greg Long spotted this helpful addendum to a "no parking" sign in San Francisco: "Thursday 4AM to 6AM is Late Wednesday Night." Click to see larger.......
11:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymizing data is hard-verging-on-impossible -- what do we do about it?
Pete Warden writes on O'Reilly Radar about the problems of anonymizing datasets. AOL, Netflix and others have been burned by releasing datasets that they thought had been stripped of identifiable elem...
11:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Glitter-wielding protester showers Gingrich with sparkly justice
[Video Link]. GOP presidential candidate and noted douchebag Newt Gingrich and his wife were showered with glitter by a protester during the couple's appearance at a book-signing in Minneapolis. The m...
10:55 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Panera bakery chain tries "pay what you can" model for "community kitchens"
Panera Bread has been experimenting with "pay what you can" restaurants for about a year, at three of its 1500 US locations. So far, the model seems to be working. Most patrons, it finds, drop the ent...
10:21 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Panera bakery chain tries "pay what you can" model for "community kitchens"
Panera Bread has been experimenting with "pay what you can" restaurants for about a year, at three of its 1500 US locations. So far, the model seems to be working. Most patrons, it finds, drop the ent...
10:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Nobody expects the Spanish revolution: photos from "Real Democracy" protests in Spain
Photo by @acampadasol (web), who has been photographing the protests in in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, where some ten thousand demonstrators have gathered to demand jobs, economic equality, and "r...
09:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Glitter-wielding protester showers Gingrich with sparkly justice
GOP presidential candidate and noted douchebag Newt Gingrich and his wife were showered with glitter by a protester during the couple's appearance at a book-signing in Minneapolis. The man dumped a cr...
09:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Nobody expects the Spanish revolution: photos from "Real Democracy" protests in Spain
Photo by @acampadasol (web), who has been photographing the protests in in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, where some ten thousand demonstrators have gathered to demand jobs, economic equality, and "r...
08:51 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Moscow man busted for eating friend's liver (with a side of potatoes)
Police in Russia have arrested a man who admitted eating an acquaintance's liver, after following a trail of severed body parts—limbs, a head—across Moscow. When they found him, he was eat...
07:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Cute zombie kitten eats brains
[Video Link]. A lot can happen in 22 seconds. (Thanks, Joe Sabia!)......
07:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Science of cheese
KQED's excellent QUEST science TV program explores the "Science and Art of Cheese." From QUEST: Cheese. It comes in more than 2,000 varieties "" hard, soft, fresh and aged - and it's been wi...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Paleo deer eats bird
[Video Link] Babyford64 says: "This buck doesn't know he is supposed to be a vegetarian! Birds were flying in and running into the head of this young buck in our front yard. I was watching through the...
06:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Video of a three-toed sloth crossing a busy road in Costa Rica
[Video Link] (Via Cynical-C)......
06:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing How to get a toy phone to say naughty words
[Video Link] (Via Doobybrain)......
06:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing How to get a toy phone to say naughty words
[Video Link] (Via Doobybrain)......
06:28 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Where are they now: the cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
[Video Link] An update on the cast of one of my favorite movies, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Where are they now: the cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory......
05:17 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Tim Ferriss
Photo: Olivier Ezratty (cc) .q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Tim Ferriss is the author of the The 4-Hour Workweek, a Japanophile, tea drinker, tango world record holder, and ...
05:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Big Border Bologna Bust: U.S. seizes nearly 400 pounds of illegal Mexican meat
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers intercepted 385 pounds of Mexican bologna after finding the contraband luncheon meat behind the seat of a pickup truck stopped at the port of Santa Teresa, New ...
05:03 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Standing Desk Jockey: Seth Brau
Boing Boing reader Seth Brau says: I'm a motion graphics designer working in a shared workspace in Brooklyn that came equipped with beautiful seat height desks made by interior design wizard Kenyan. T...
04:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing A blog about trick pancakes
The Pancake Project is a blog about creative pancakes. There are lots of good ideas here! Left: "No beans, no cheese, no lettuce, no meat, not even a tomato. This is 100% pancake." Right: "The pancake...
04:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage Disneyland posters for auction
Some lucky bastards are the proud new owners of these stunning Disneyland posters from the 1950s. At a Hollywood memorabilia auction last week, these two 36" x 54" hand-silkscreened prints, reminisce...
04:41 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Machine Projects 3-way Hyperlecture Blowout on May 6, 2011 at Berkeley Art Museum
The old Apple II, first introduced in 1977, was a revolutionary computer in many ways. Sound capabilities were not one of them. The Apple II's sound system, unlike contemporaries such as the Atari 800...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Randy Regier's toy sculpture: "Fast Asleep"
I'm always happy to find out that artist Randy Regier has created a new work. This one is called "Fast Asleep." More photos after the jump. My uncle Doug once told me that Jackson Browne's 1974 album ...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing TR!CKSTER: cool comic book event taking place near Comicon
Scott Morse (one of the contributors to the terrific art book, The Ancient Book of Sex and Science) says: Are you planning your San Diego comics excursion this summer? There's something new and un...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Roseanne Barr on sexism in the entertainment biz, and "the addiction to fame"
There's a terrific first-person essay in New York Magazine this month by actress, comedian, writer, and director Roseanne Barr about sexism in the television business and the sicknesses concomitant wi...
03:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Lady Gaga demands photographers hand over copyright of all photos from her concerts
Photographers are pissed that Lady Gaga is now demanding they surrender the copyright of any and all photos taken at her concerts. (Rolling Stone) Image: Lady Gaga performs during the 64th Cannes Film...
03:41 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing China's exploding watermelon problem
From The Guardian: The flying pips, shattered shells and fleshy shrapnel still haunt farmer Liu Mingsuo after an effort to chemically boost his fruit crop went spectacularly wrong. Field after field o...
03:33 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing US Supreme Court rules warrantless search is okay when cops smell pot smoke
"Police do not need a search warrant to knock on a suspected drug dealer's door and then kick it down when a suspicious bustling noise is heard from the other side, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1."&mdash...
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Chicago water boss: if we took the sewage out of the Chicago River, people might swim and drown!
Terrence O'Brien, president of Chicago's Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, has told the EPA that he doesn't think that Chicago should clean the mountains of toxic sewage out of the Chicago Rive...
03:07 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Gorgeous JBL speaker cabinet from 1957
Rob and I phase in and out with our fixation on vintage hi-fi equipment. What that means is that we spend an inordinate amount of time researching vintage hi-fi equipment, and discussing vintage hi-fi...
02:44 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Chicken: Chicken chicken chicken chicken
Chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken! Chicken. Chicken chicken chicken—chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken—chicken chicken chicken. Chicken chicken chicken, chicken...
02:40 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Gorgeous JBL speaker cabinet from 1957
Rob and I phase in and out with our fixation on vintage hi-fi equipment. What that means is that we spend an inordinate amount of time researching vintage hi-fi equipment, and discussing vintage hi-fi...
01:42 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing The value of aggregators
The Drudge Report apparently drives more traffic to news websites than Facebook or Twitter combined. The Society for Scholarly Publishing says there's lessons to be learned here about the value of agg...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Giant snake flees Mississippi floods
This photo, purportedly taken near Louisiana's Morganza Spillway, is simultaneously horrifying and kind of amusing. The snake just looks so purposeful, with its head raised like that. As though it's o...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petn by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas (UPDATED)
Written in the blood from a victim's severed leg, in Spanish: "What's up, Otto Salguero, you bastard? We are going to find you and behead you, too. —Sincerely, Z200." Guatemalan media repor...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Tim Ferriss
Photo: Olivier Ezratty (cc) .q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Tim Ferriss is the author of the The 4-Hour Workweek, a Japanophile, tea drinker, tango world record holder, and ...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing SparkFun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition
Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson competed in SparkFun's 2nd annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition and this year and narrated this NY Times video of the event. I went to SparkFun's first AV compet...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Kittens on a Roomba
Click for animated GIF. (Thanks, Felipe Li!)......
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Pibloktoq: Psychology in the Arctic
Pibloktoq is a psychological phenomenon associated with the cold, dark, snowy parts of the world. The first written case studies happened to Inuit people, but it's not actually limited to them. When ...
12:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Fight back against Sarkozy's EG8 -- an exercise in censorship and control dressed up as a technology summit
Jeremie Zimmermann from La Quadrature du Net sez, The Internet is the place where we meet, speak, create, educate ourselves and organize. However, as we are at a turning point in early web history, it...
12:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Meet The Makers: Meredith Scheff
[Video Link] Brookelynn Morris says: "The first thing Meredith Scheff ever made was, and I quote, "probably a mess!" She quickly moved onto creating things much more worthwhile. Her North Star Skirt w...
12:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Meet The Makers: Meredith Scheff
[Video Link] Brookelynn Morris says: "The first thing Meredith Scheff ever made was, and I quote, "probably a mess!" She quickly moved onto creating things much more worthwhile. Her North Star Skirt w...
12:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing One perfectly optimized gin n' tonic, three graphs
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are rapidly approaching gin n' tonic season. But don't you just hate it when your gin dilutes or the drink becomes unacceptably warm before you have finished imbibi...
12:24 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Harvest your own squid ink
I really, really love the fact that this Instructable starts off with "Step 1: Obtain squid." It's also incredibly cool that these instructions aren't just about collecting the squid ink. Instead, you...
12:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing MacroWikinomics: nonthreatening web theory primer for business
Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams's Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World is a funny kind of chimera. It's a business book -- a book to help enterprises reform themselves around collabo...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Exploding Roger Wood clocks -- the belljar edition
Oh, Roger Wood, how I love your clocks -- and when you put 'em under glass, well, PHWOAR.......
11:13 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Link Hat
Made of soft fleece, with freehand satin stitching, ShoriAmeshiko's Link Hat is just one of many odd and comfy-looking handmade garments, inspired by Japanese pop culture, in her Etsy store. Standouts...
10:59 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymizing data is hard-verging-on-impossible -- what do we do about it?
Pete Warden writes on O'Reilly Radar about the problems of anonymizing datasets. AOL, Netflix and others have been burned by releasing datasets that they thought had been stripped of identifiable elem...
10:52 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Tim Ferriss
Photo: Olivier Ezratty (cc) .q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Tim Ferriss is the founder of nutritional supplement retailer BrainQUICKEN, an angel investor, and the author of ...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Tim Ferriss
Photo: Olivier Ezratty (cc) .q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Tim Ferriss is the founder of nutritional supplement retailer BrainQUICKEN, an angel investor, and the author of ...
10:01 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Adventures of Tintin movie poster
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08:39 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing DMZ 10: when siege turns to surge
Collective Punishment, the tenth volume of Brian Wood's fantastic (anti-)war comic DMZ, follows the format set out in the first half of book nine: a series of short vignettes that jump from character ...
06:50 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Knitted skeleton
I'm agog at Ben Cuevas's knitted skeleton installation -- as @laurenbeukes says, "Check out the vertebrae!" "The installation piece Ben Cuevas chose to showcase at The Wassaic Project features a knitt...
06:39 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing UK copyright reforms sound sane, useful
The Hargreaves report on UK copyright reform sounds pretty sensible: it endorses a Fair Dealing exception to copyright for parody; a format-shifting exemption to legalize loading MP3 players; and an o...
05:49 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Life with Ubuntu and a ThinkPad
My new Guardian column, "My new Ubuntu-flavoured ThinkPad is computing heaven," describes the miraculously drama-free life I've discovered by buying ThinkPads with extended warranties and running the ...
04:22 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing MacroWikinomics: nonthreatening web theory primer for business
Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams's Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World is a funny kind of chimera. It's a business book -- a book to help enterprises reform themselves around collabo...
03:27 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petn by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas (UPDATED)
Written in the blood from a victim's severed leg, in Spanish: "What's up, Otto Salguero, you bastard? We are going to find you and behead you, too. —Sincerely, Z200." Guatemalan media repor...
02:52 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petn by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas
Written in the blood from a victim's severed leg, in Spanish: "What's up, Otto Salguero, you bastard? We are going to find you and behead you, too. —Sincerely, Z200." Guatemalan media repor...
02:24 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Creative Commons textbook offered to universities with site-wide licenses
Dan Gillmor's found a new business model for Mediactive, his CC-licensed, self-published book on the future of journalism: he's selling site-licenses to journalism schools that offer bulk access to th...
02:13 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Working Lego Super-8 projector
Friedemann Wachsmut built a fully functional Super-8 projector out of Lego Technic: "The only non-Lego parts are the lens, the reel spindles and the lamp. The projector uses just two engines and is fu...
02:10 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO Make an office-supply X-Wing Fighter
Spookylean on Instructables has designed a remarkable and delightful X-Wing fighter made from office supplies: "You can also use one of the discarded large binder bodies as a display stand." X-Wing Fi...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Yale opens up image library, starts with 250,000 free images
Yale is making high-resolution images from its cultural collections available on a free, open access basis. They've started by uploading 250,000 images, with lots more to follow. The collection includ...
01:55 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 003: Toys in space, a supernatural Western comic book, and 250 indie games you must play
Rob Beschizza, Joel Johnson, and I recorded a new episode of Gweek, a podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy novels, video games and board games, tools, gadgets, apps and other neat st...
01:55 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Large Iowa family endorses flameless heaters, harvest gold furnishings
They sure knew how to decorate and dress in them days. ITS NOT A CLOWN CAR......
01:52 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Nintendo 3DS license: We'll brick your device if we don't like your software choices, you have no privacy, we own your photos
John from the Free Software Foundation sez, From reading the Nintendo 3DS Terms of Service, one could be forgiven for thinking that Nintendo is exiting the video game console business and entering the...
01:44 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Dolly bookcase
Etsy seller StudioDz made this lovely bookcase/dolly: "Another great attention grabber. Also great for reorganizing. Simply wheel it into place. Moving is a breeze as well." It's not cheap, but it's t...
01:40 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing @PREPRESSHULK: TWITTERER SMASH PREPRESS COMEDY
It's been many years since I worked in prepress, but @PREPRESSHULK is giving me gigglefits: "HULK LOVE SUBTLE SPACING OF OPTICAL KERNING AND OPTICAL MARGIN ALIGNMENT!!" "HULK SURE CUSTOMER SECRETARY O...
12:49 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petn by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas
Written in blood on the wall, in Spanish: "What's up, Otto Salguero [where are you]? Bastard, we are going to find you [and leave you like this]. —Sincerely, Z200." Guatemalan media reports...
12:26 am PDT - Tue, May 17, 2011
BoingBoing Mondo Vanilli: RU Sirius's 1993 album for Trent Reznor's label
In 1993, cyberculture prankster/provocateur/publisher RU Sirius, founder of Mondo 2000 magazine, composer Scrappi DuChamp, and performance artist Simone Third Arm, recorded an album for Trent Reznor's...
11:56 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petn by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas
Written in blood on the wall, in Spanish: "What's up Otto Salguero [where are you]? Bastard, we are going to find you [and leave you like this]. —Z200." Guatemalan media reports Otto Salgue...
11:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petn by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas
Written in blood on the wall, in Spanish: "What's up Otto Salguero [where are you]? Bastard, we are going to find you [and leave you like this]. —Z200." Guatemalan media reports Otto Salgue...
10:10 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Mondo Vanilli: RU Sirius's 1993 album for Trent Reznor's label
In 1993, cyberculture prankster/provocateur/publisher RU Sirius, founder of Mondo 2000 magazine, composer Scrappi DuChamp, and performance artist Simone Third Arm, recorded an album for Trent Reznor's...
09:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Mondo Vanilli: RU Sirius's 1993 album for Trent Reznor's label
In 1993, cyberculture prankster/provocateur/publisher RU Sirius, founder of Mondo 2000 magazine, composer Scrappi DuChamp, and performance artist Simone Third Arm, recorded an album for Trent Reznor's...
09:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Frank Lloyd Wright-style PC case
The Usonian is a computer enclosure designed in the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright, with window walls modeled on the Bachman-Wilson house. Creator Jeffrey Stephenson (previously, previously...
09:16 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petn by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas
On a farm in the rural northern Petn region of Guatemala yesterday, 27 Mayan peasants were murdered—almost all of them decapitated— after refusing to tell a group of some 200 armed men wh...
08:55 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Seth Godin
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Seth Godin writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing every...
08:11 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Patent troll Lodsys explains itself
Lodsys, a patent troll who threatened mobile developers over their use of in-app upgrade/purchase buttons, started a blog to explain itself—and why it targets small companies that can't afford t...
07:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Mondo Vanilli: RU Sirius's 1993 album for Trent Reznor's label
In 1993, cyberculture prankster/provocateur/publisher RU Sirius, founder of Mondo 2000 magazine, composer Scrappi DuChamp, and performance artist Simone Third Arm, recorded an album for Trent Reznor's...
06:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Umetaturou's hyper-cute snapshots of a dog with stuff on its head
Oolong has reincarnated! @umetaturou is a Twitter and Instagram user who posts fantastic and adorable photographs of a two-year old border collie: in many of them, the doggie is balancing things on it...
04:23 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing New Order covered on ukulele: "Bizarre Love Triangle," by Witchger Boys
[Video Link] Via Clayton Cubitt. Not a new upload (2009), but it's new to me. Buy the original by New Order. Covered above by The Witchger Boys. I love it!......
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing The Sixth Gun - fun supernatural western comic book
[Video Link] Here's a comic book we reviewed in Gweek 003. Last week I ended up at Oni Press's website and found a comic book series called The Sixth Gun. It's a supernatural western that takes place ...
04:03 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Seth Godin
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Seth Godin writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing every...
03:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Gentleman sports unique and excellent hairstyle
From MediaTakeout.com. Not Photoshop. It's a thing with the young folks these days, the zipper on the head thing. Two questions: 1) How long before Lady Gaga rips this off? 2) How long until LVMH ...
03:55 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Gentleman sports unique haircut
From MediaTakeout.com. Not Photoshop. It's a thing with the young folks these days, the zipper on the head thing. Two questions: 1) How long before Lady Gaga rips this off? 2) How long until LVMH ...
03:46 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing British Library: history of science fiction exhibit
On Friday, the British Library opens a new exhibition about the history of science fiction. Titled "Out of this World," the free exhibit runs until September 25. The Guardian has a slideshow of some p...
03:43 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour's launch, as seen through the clouds from a plane
Stefanie Gordon shot this striking snapshot of Space Shuttle Endeavour lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida this morning. Video of the same view follows.........
03:28 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Surveillance cams at elementary schools monitor food intake
Some elementary schools in San Antonio, Texas are installing videocameras in their cafeterias to track what the young people are eating. Funded by a US Department of Agriculture grant, the project is ...
02:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Mondo Vanilli: RU Sirius's 1993 album for Trent Reznor's label
In 1993, cyberculture prankster/provocateur/publisher RU Sirius, founder of Mondo 2000 magazine, composer Scrappi DuChamp, and performance artist Simone Third Arm, recorded an album for Trent Reznor's...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Stephen Hawking imagines there's no heaven
In a new interview with The Guardian, Stephen Hawking dismisses heaven. (Image from Imaginary Foundation's Cosmic High Roller t-shirt.) So here we are. What should we do? We should seek the greate...
01:18 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Seth Godin
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Avi Solomon: You inspire millions of people. What inspires you? Seth Godin: I would say that I'm inspired by two things. The first is the...
12:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation: a masterful, likable reboot of one of the great sf classics
Last year, John Scalzi announced that he'd been commissioned by the estate of H Beam Piper to write an updated version of the classic sf novel Little Fuzzy. I'm very fond of this novel (here's my revi...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation: a masterful, likable reboot of one of the great sf classics
Last year, John Scalzi announced that he'd been commissioned by the estate of H Beam Piper to write an updated version of the classic sf novel Little Fuzzy. I'm very fond of this novel (here's my revi...
10:59 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Studio Ghibli Minecraft world
Oz Workshop has created a giant fan-tribute to Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, whom you'll likely know from films such as Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle, using Minecraft. T...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Nanolaw: raising kids in an era of bulk-litigation
Paul Ford's short science fiction story, "Nanolaw with Daughter" is a heartful, smart story about the future of bulk litigation and what it will mean for parenting. My daughter was first sued in the w...
10:46 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launches on final mission
Space shuttle Shot this morning, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida: "Endeavour soars by its flag, flying for a last time, as the orbiter embarks on its final mission." Photo by Robert Pearlman.......
10:31 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Star Wars stages of grief
The five stages of grief, for Star Wars fans. [Slate]......
10:10 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Alternatives to the MacBook Air
Melanie Pinola offers 7 alternatives to Apple's MacBook Air. Lenovo's X1 looks very promising indeed.......
09:53 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Terraria Online, a 2D multiplayer Minecraft
Terraria Online, out today, is a side-scrolling action and exploration game where you can build, dig and fight: think Minecraft meets Metroid. The game-worlds are randomly generated, and you can play ...
09:36 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Shoes
Though the agency claimed that Bacon Shoes would be a perfect way for Sketchers to overcome the branding disaster precipitated by marketing weight-loss shoes to pre-teen girls, public reaction proved ...
09:25 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Seth Godin
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Avi Solomon: You inspire millions of people. What inspires you? Seth Godin: I would say that I'm inspired by two things. The first is the...
08:00 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Analytical Engine tech support
Today's Saturday Morning Breadfast Cereal webcomic posits a funny, notional correspondance between an unhappy Analytical Engine owner and the South Asian Technical Support Corporation. Difference Engi...
07:59 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Serendipity, the net and cities: are we living in bubbles? Do we have to?
Ethan Zuckerman's CHI (Computer Human Interaction) keynote, "Desperately Seeking Serendipity," is a thoughtful, nuanced discussion of the way that "cosmopolitans" (people who inhabit teeming, dense, m...
05:53 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Dingy, glorious shop-signs of New York City
How To Be a Retronaut has a large gallery of images from Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, a new book by James and Karla Murray that documents the vanishing golden-age shop signs of New ...
02:33 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Science fiction stories that'll poke you in the soft places
Kater Cheek, a talented new writer, has posted two short science fiction stories online for free. I've just read them both and they're the real deal -- scary, thought-provoking, and they get you right...
02:09 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Figuring out how much Congress really thinks education should cost
Beth Pratt has a provocative suggestion for determining how much Congress really believes should be spent on each kid's education, based on a kind of theory of revealed preferences: 1 Do you have chil...
02:01 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Piracy sends "Go the Fuck to Sleep" to #1 on Amazon
Mark reviewed a funny parody of a kid's picture book called Go the Fuck to Sleep late last month, and it's since gone to be the number one bestseller on Amazon. Except, it hasn't been published yet. I...
12:47 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 launch: SpaceFlightNow webcast
Watch live streaming video from SpaceFlightNow webcast at livestream.com [Video Link]: Miles O'Brien, David Waters and Leroy Chiao host SpaceFlightNow's live webcast from NASA Kennedy Space Center of ...
12:39 am PDT - Mon, May 16, 2011
BoingBoing Bitcoin: a new "peer-to-peer currency"
The folks at LAUNCH put out a provocative edition of their email newsletter today focused on the open source internet currency system Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a P2P currency that could topple governments, ...
08:37 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Walter Jon Williams uses pirate ebooks to rescue his backlist
Krid sez, "To save time and money in getting his out of print back catalog books into ebook format science fiction author Walter Jon Williams is asking his readers for help in proofreading pirated cop...
05:16 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Minuscule standard serving sizes considered harmful
Lazy Book Reviews has a great rant about serving-sizes and the genre of food/nutrition/health articles that breathlessly inform us that our intuition about servings is horribly wrong: I'm sorry, a ser...
05:13 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Texas close to banning TSA searches, TSA invents desperate new constitutional interpretations
The Texas House of Reps just passed just passed a bill banning TSA searches without probable cause ("A person who is a public servant [acting under color of his office or employment] commits an offens...
05:06 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Syrian dissidents use donkeys to smuggle videos to Jordan
Syrian dissidents are smuggling out videos of government crackdown atrocities using donkeys and old smuggler's routes into Jordan: But desperate Syrians have been using a helping hand from smugglers t...
04:39 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-graffiti NYC politician wants to ban fat cap spraycan adapters
Queens, NY Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has proposed a ban on fat caps, a spraycan adapter used by graffiti artists and others who need to cover a large surface quickly. Vallone's an anti-graffiti cam...
04:33 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Walter John Williams uses pirate ebooks to rescue his backlist
Krid sez, "To save time and money in getting his out of print back catalog books into ebook format science fiction author Walter John Williams is asking his readers for help in proofreading pirated co...
04:29 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Disney World Tiki Room to be restored to original glory?
Jim sez, "The Disney Parks blog has announced that the Walt Disney World Tiki Room (Under New Management) is going to be re-tooled again, bringing it more in line with the original theme of the show. ...
04:25 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Dancing anti-gravity plastic balls: happy!
Alan sez, "How to do 'happy' in a short film with microchips, soldering and... well, just watch." "Happy" was the theme we were given by the organizers for this year's F5 Re:Play Fest, held in April i...
04:05 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage Jacko photos to fund miracle motor R&D
Reginald Garcia intends to sell 130 unpublished photos of Michael Jackson that he shot in 1978. Garcia will use the profits to fund commercialization of a motor he invented that, er, "generates more e...
03:59 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Safety Maps: where should we meet in a disaster?
Safety Maps are a simple tool to help choose a rendezvous spot in the event of a disaster -- it outputs a printable map with instructions and a clearly marked spot. Safety Maps users have produced lit...
03:36 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage Jacko photos to fund miracle motor R&D
Reginald Garcia intends to sell 130 unpublished photos of Michael Jackson he shot in 1978. He will use the profits to fund commercialization of a motor that, er, "generates more electricity than it us...
02:26 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Man travels back in time 35 years, through reverse-chronological video clips
Video Link. By Sam Klemke. (Thanks, Joe Sabia!)......
02:19 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Amid global recession, new IMF strategy: raping commoners one at a time
Photo: "DSK" at the spring IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington April 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) A 32-year-old hotel maid in New York City has filed charges against International Monetary Fund (...
02:18 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing TEPCO: meltdown occurred at Fukushima 16 hours after quake
(In this Japan government photo handout via Reuters, a remote-controlled robot created by iRobot called "Packbot" is pictured by another "Packbot" near north side entrance of TEPCO's crippled Fukushim...
01:54 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Endeavour readies for Monday launch
In the photograph above by Robert Pearlman, space shuttle Endeavour emerges from behind the launch pad's rotating service structure. SpaceFlightNow has ongoing coverage (and live webcast of the launc...
01:46 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Taibbi: "The People vs. Goldman Sachs"
"They weren't murderers or anything; they had merely stolen more money than most people can rationally conceive of, from their own customers, in a few blinks of an eye. But then they went one step fu...
01:35 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Blackwater founder Erik Prince building American-led army of revolution-crushing mercenaries in UAE
Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater (now rebranded "Xe") is building a stealth, American-led mercenary army in the United Arab Emirates "with $529 million from the oil-soaked sheikdom....
01:34 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing TEPCO bombshell: meltdown occurred at Fukushima 16 hours after quake
(In this Japan government photo handout via Reuters, a remote-controlled robot called "Packbot" is pictured by another "Packbot" near north side entrance of TEPCO's crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear ...
01:20 pm PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Amid global recession, new IMF strategy: raping commoners one at a time
Photo: "DSK" at the spring IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington April 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas) A hotel maid in New York City has filed charges against International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managin...
02:37 am PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Blackwater founder Eric Prince building American-led army of revolution-crushing mercenaries in UAE
Eric Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater (now rebranded "Xe") is building a stealth, American-led mercenary army in the United Arab Emirates "with $529 million from the oil-soaked sheikdom....
02:32 am PDT - Sun, May 15, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian copyright collective wants a music tax on memory cards
Michael Geist sez, "Canadians currently pay levies on blank CDs (and cassettes) and now the Canadian Private Copying Collective, which collects the private copying revenues, would like to establish a ...
11:42 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Blackwater founder Eric Prince building American-led army of mercenaries in UAE
Eric Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater (now rebranded "Xe") is building a stealth, American-led mercenary army in the United Arab Emirates "with $529 million from the oil-soaked sheikdom."...
08:13 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 003: Toys in space, a supernatural Western comic book, and 250 indie games you must play
Rob Beschizza, Joel Johnson, and I recorded a new episode of Gweek, a podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy novels, video games and board games, tools, gadgets, apps and other neat st...
02:57 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Birthday, David Byrne!
The musician, artist, author, urban explorer, avid cyclist, and righteously cool human being turns 59 today. Happy birthday, David Byrne! Website, blog, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube.(Photo: Clayton James C...
02:05 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Birthday, David Byrne!
The musician, artist, author, urban explorer, avid cyclist, and righteously cool human being turns 59 today. Happy birthday, David Byrne! Website, blog, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube.(Photo: Clayton James C...
01:55 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks: Manning supporter sues US govt. over border laptop seizure
With support from the ACLU, David House, an advocate for the legal rights of accused Wikileaks source Bradley Manning, has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Department of Homeland Security of viola...
01:51 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Belarus: opposition presidential candidate sentenced to 5 years hard labor
Andrei Sannikov, a candidate in Belarus's December 2010 presidential elections, was today sentenced to five years in prison. Index on Censorship: Sannikov claimed during the trial that he had been tor...
01:43 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Belarus: opposition candidate sentenced to 5 years hard labor
Andrei Sannikov, a candidate in Belarus's December 2010 presidential elections, was today sentenced to five years in prison by president Lukashenko. Index on Censorship: Sannikov claimed during the tr...
01:32 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: Cats in Tanks (video)
Cats in Tanks from Whitehouse Post on Vimeo. (via Tara McGinley)......
01:18 pm PDT - Sat, May 14, 2011
BoingBoing On eve of Endeavour's last launch, "Shuttle Ennui" (Xeni on The Madeleine Brand show)
MP3 Download audio (MP3), or listen to the show here. I joined The Madeleine Brand Show on the radio today for a chat around what some jokingly refer to as "shuttle ennui," felt by many at NASA (and ...
09:06 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing On eve of Endeavour's last launch, "Shuttle Ennui" (Xeni on The Madeleine Brand show)
MP3 Download audio (MP3), or listen to the show here. I joined The Madeleine Brand Show on the radio today for a chat around what some jokingly refer to as "shuttle ennui," felt by many at NASA (and ...
08:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing "Reality 86'd," David Markey's film on the final tour of Black Flag
Twitter newbie Henry Rollins says, "In 1986, Dave Markey made a documentary of Black Flag's final tour. He just posted it for free viewing. Brutal!"......
08:01 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Itty Bitty Critter Committee to join human astronauts on Shuttle Endeavour
Oh, sure, human astronauts will be on board Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission set to launch Monday. But so will five microscopic life forms: Water Bears, also known as Tardigrades (shown abov...
07:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Dropbox lied to users about security, encryption, charges security researcher in FTC complaint
Blogger and security researcher Christopher Soghoian has filed a complaint with the FTC over Dropbox's recent data privacy flipflop. Here's the PDF. [Wired News]......
07:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Fappin'
Among the items Navy SEALs reportedly retrieved from Osama's Abbottabad compound: a porn stash presumed to have been viewed and used for pleasurable purposes by the world's most wanted terrorist. That...
07:20 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing "Reality 86'd," David Markey's film on the final tour of Black Flag
Twitter newbie Henry Rollins says, :In 1986, Dave Markey made a documentary of Black Flag's final tour. He just posted it for free viewing. Brutal!"......
07:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing A look inside China's human organ market
Al Jazeera: "A young woman, posing as a migrant worker from Hebei province, calls a man who has advertised on the website, identified as Mr He. 'I need money,' she says over the phone. 'Do you want a ...
06:36 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing US State Dept. screws up visa lottery, smashes thousands of would-be immigrants' dreams
"We regret to inform you that, due to a computer programming problem, the results of the 2012 Diversity Lottery that were previously posted on this website have been voided."—The State Departmen...
06:23 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Fun video about artists in Marfa, TX
[Video Link] Happy mutants are everywhere, even in Marfa, TX.......
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Fappin'
Among the items Navy SEALs reportedly retrieved from Osama's Abbottabad compound: a porn stash presumed to have been viewed and used for pleasurable purposes by the world's most wanted terrorist. That...
05:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Porn found at Osama's house
And it was "sexually explicit!" (CNN, thanks Ariel Waldman!)......
05:52 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing On eve of Endeavour's last launch, "Shuttle Ennui" (Xeni on The Madeleine Brand show)
MP3 Download audio (MP3), or listen to the show here. I joined The Madeleine Brand Show on the radio today for a chat around what some jokingly refer to as "shuttle ennui," felt by many at NASA (and ...
05:49 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Porn found at Osama's house
And it was "sexually explicit!" (CNN, thanks Ariel Waldman!)......
05:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 004: Deadly, gross, and fascinating bugs
Here's episode 004 of Boing Boing's Gweek Podcast, about comic books, science fiction, games, and other neat stuff. Usually, I'm joined by my host Rob Beschizza, but last week I was at Maker Faire in ...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Patent troll shakes down mobile devs
A company called Lodsys bought a patent on upgrade buttons and is hitting small developers with shakedown notices. The insanity of the patent is immaterial, because it's cheaper to pay up than go to c...
02:56 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Fun video about artists in Marfa, TX
[Video Link] Happy mutants are everywhere, even in Marfa, TX.......
02:56 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Fun video about artists in Marfa, TX
[Video Link] Happy mutants are everywhere, even in Marfa, TX.......
02:50 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Russian kitten refuses to give up cigarette
[Video Link] Via Cynical-C......
02:47 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Sonya Fitzpatrick, the Pet Psychic
Another Flea Market Find from Mitch O'Connell, who says: "If you'd like to read more from a person who writes (close my eyes, jab finger randomly in book), 'Marcia's dog Margaux immediately recognized...
02:18 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt's useful advice for living
I like this advice from Brooklyn cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt. I'm not sure if she wrote this, or took a photo of someone else's list. (Via Suddenly)......
01:28 pm PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing DHS's "Secure Communities" program will deport battered woman for calling 9-1-1 on her abuser
Isaura Garcia, a battered woman and legal illegal immigrant, called 911 after her boyfriend beat her up. The cops believed her boyfriend's version of the story (despite bruises and other signs recorde...
10:16 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Comcast helped figure out what was wrong with Pirate Bay (Update: Global Crossing blamed)
Comcast, dismayed at being blamed for Pirate Bay's downtime, apparently helped fix it. Torrentfreak reports: Initially The Pirate Bay team suspected that Comcast might be filtering PMTU responses, but...
08:52 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Don't look down!
Jellyvampire made a comic: Born/Evolve/Bloom like an artist [nettserier.no]......
08:41 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Comcast helped figure out what was wrong with Pirate Bay
Comcast, dismayed at being blamed for Pirate Bay's downtime, apparently helped fix it. Torrentfreak reports: Initially The Pirate Bay team suspected that Comcast might be filtering PMTU responses, but...
06:19 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Coming to Milton Keynes and Oxford on May 18
I'm taking a day off from writing next week to speak at the Open University and Oxford. On May 18, I'll give a talk on technology, regulation and general-purpose computing at the OU in Milton Keynes a...
06:10 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing China's shonky Disneyland-a-like park closed
A Disneyland look-a-like theme park outside of Beijing called Shijingshan has been shut down by Chinese authorities, apparently as a consequence of the deal to open a Disneyland Shanghai park. Shijing...
04:33 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright Cops: stylish Brazilian short about youth, the Internet and copyright
Brazilian filmmaker Julio Secchin and friends created "Copyright Cops," a stylish, short film about copyright and youth. The movie is a little disjointed, but it's very beautiful, and they've made the...
03:42 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful, out-of-phase pendulums
This Harvard physics apparatus uses a series of pendulums of varying lengths, swinging together, to make a mesmerizing dance: The period of one complete cycle of the dance is 60 seconds. The length of...
03:38 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Empire Strikes Bike: a Star Wars-themed cruiser
A Skywalker Ranch staffer created "The Empire Strikes Bike," a Star Wars-themed, heavily modded classic cruiser bike with loads of Star Wars tchochkes affixed to it in funny and delightful ways: Liter...
03:34 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Steven Levy on Facebook's ironic privacy charge against Google
Steven Levy (whose new book, In the Plex, looks like a very good account of Google), has on the spot analysis for Wired about the revelation that Facebook had hired a PR firm to run a sleazy whisper c...
03:30 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright Cops: stylish Brazilian short about youth, the Internet and copyright
Brazilian filmmaker Julio Secchin and friends created "Copyright Cops," a stylish, short film about copyright and youth. The movie is a little disjointed, but it's very beautiful, and they've made the...
03:26 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Dirty Jobs creator on the need for skilled tradespeople in America
Mike Rowe, creator of the TV show "Dirty Jobs," testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the de-skilling of America, and the way in which skilled manual la...
02:52 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Michael Moore's "Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden"
Michael Moore's "Some Final Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden" is a tremendous essay on the larger significance of the assassination of ObL, and the way that the war on terror has transformed A...
02:48 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing DHS's "Secure Communities" program will deport battered woman for calling 9-1-1 on her abuser
Isaura Garcia, a battered woman and legal immigrant, called 911 after her boyfriend beat her up. The cops believed her boyfriend's version of the story (despite bruises and other signs recorded at the...
02:42 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing TSA: we'll search your baby and it will make the country safer
The Transportation Security Agency has defended the actions of a Kansas City screener who did a pat-down search on a baby after the child's stroller set off the explosives detector. The baby's strolle...
02:27 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Low plays Toto's Africa
The new album from Low, titled C'mon, is rather excellent. Sadly not on the album is Low's cover of Toto's Africa, performed here for the AV Undercover series. I truly dig this. Not even ironically. "...
01:33 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Police arrest gentleman dressed as Batman hanging off side of building with weapons
Police in a small Michigan town arrested "Batman" Wednesday after discovering him "hanging off the side of a building and carrying concealed weapons including a baton and a can of chemical irritant sp...
12:27 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Police arrest gentleman dressed as Batman hanging off side of building with weapons
Police in a small Michigan town arrested Batman Wednesday after discovering him "hanging off the side of a building and carrying concealed weapons including a baton and a can of chemical irritant spra...
12:14 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing That $500 million Google set aside for the DoJ? Relates to AdWords revenue from illicit 'net pharmacies
Remember that odd disclosure on a Google 10-Q form this week of $500 million (more than 20% of their bottom line) set aside for a possible settlement with the Department of Justice? The Wall Stree...
12:07 am PDT - Fri, May 13, 2011
BoingBoing Trump explains hair
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Donald Trump explains how his hair works: "Do I comb it forward? No, I don't comb it forward." He pushes the leading edge of the flying wing of his hair back, t...
11:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing How did Osama bin Laden email without the US discovering?
"It was a slow, toilsome process. And it was so meticulous that even veteran intelligence officials have marveled at bin Laden's ability to maintain it for so long." How did the world's most wanted te...
10:29 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook outed as source of anti-Google PR smear campaign
Facebook is reported to have hired public relations firm Burson-Marstellar to generate negative stories about Facebook competitor Google— specifically, "urging [journalists] to investigate clai...
10:25 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing How did Osama bin Laden email without the US discovering?
"It was a slow, toilsome process. And it was so meticulous that even veteran intelligence officials have marveled at bin Laden's ability to maintain it for so long." How did the world's most wanted te...
05:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Roll cloud over Dorset, England
This magnificent acrus cloud, a rare "roll cloud," turned up over Weymouth and Portland in Dorset, England last weekend. Many residents were concerned that the cloud was a tornado. From Dorset Echo (...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Clever Coffee Dripper
I've used this manual drip cone for a year now. It adds yet another twist to the seemingly simple task of brewing coffee. I've used the previously reviewed Melitta cone as well as everything from the ...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing All Your Pics Are Belong to Us: at image hosting services, Terms and Conditions always apply
Smartphone apps make it trivial to snap a photo, upload it to a host, and post a link to Twitter, sometimes in a single step. But by storing a photo on a hosting service to display via Twitter and bey...
03:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for Zero Charisma - a movie about D&D players
[Video Link] Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews raised over $15k in preproduction costs on Indiegogo for their movie about Dungeons and Dragon players, called Zero Charisma. The trailer is funny! The St...
02:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing's 1st International Meetup Day: "Wonderful Things" 7 June 2011
We are excited to announce Boing Boing's 1st International Meetup Day! The theme is "Wonderful Things." The goal is for happy mutants in cities around the world to self-organize various cabinets of cu...
02:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Low plays Toto's Africa
The new album from Low, titled C'mon, is rather excellent. Sadly, not on the album though is Low's cover of Toto's Africa, performed here for the AV Undercover series. I truly dig this. Not even ironi...
02:02 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Man lives after head impaled
Last Thanksgiving, Andrew Linn of Cedar City, Utah crashed his car into a chain link fence. A two-inch diameter fence pole impaled him, going through his mouth and exiting his neck. He lived. Apparen...
01:38 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Exploding frame clockwork sculpture, the sequel
I've featured Brett Dickins's exploding frame kinectic sculptures here before, and his latest, called "What The F...? - What's Up?" appears to be the last word in totally ass-kicking exploding...
01:37 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Man lives after head impaled
Last Thanksgiving, Andrew Linn of Cedar City, Utah crashed his car into a chain link fence. A two-inch diameter fence pole impaled him, going through his mouth and existing his neck. He lived. Appare...
01:26 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Chester Brown slide show and signing at Strand Bookstore in NYC tonight, 12 May 2011
Chester Brown, author of Paying For It: a Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John, will be at Strand, my favorite NYC bookstore tonight to for a slideshow, conversation, and signing. He'l be joined by t...
01:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Roll cloud over Dorset, England
This magnificent acrus cloud, a rare "roll cloud," turned up over Weymuth and Portland in Dorset, England last weekend. Many residents were concerned that the cloud was a tornado. From Dorset Echo (p...
01:18 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Lebanese '90s television emulator: telfezion.com
Watch it: telfezion.com. It's like Nam Jun Paik on vacation in Beirut after dropping acid with a falafel chaser. Created by Nadim Kobeissi, aka @kaepora. He tells Boing Boing how the project came abou...
01:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Send the puppets to WorldCon!
Writer and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal sez, "Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, has invited my puppet company, Other Hand Productions, to perform our production of Whatnot at th...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Laden rejected proposal for al Qaeda Monster Truck Rally of Death
Image, via Wired, said to be from the al Qaeda-affiliated magazine "Inspire," which may also be a recursive psyops folly concocted by Western spies. Or, you know, maybe not. Wired Danger Room reports ...
01:09 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing All Your Pics Are Belong to Us: at image hosting services, Terms and Conditions always apply
Smartphone apps make it trivial to snap a photo, upload it to a host, and post a link to Twitter, sometimes in a single step. But by storing a photo on a hosting service to display via Twitter and bey...
01:03 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Pakistani Starfleet Explorers
Allow me, please, to introduce you to The Pakistani Starfleet Explorers, a project by Kenny "Hassan" Irwin, an artist based in Palm Springs, CA: [M]illions of courageous men and women heroes that span...
12:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Pakistani Starfleet Explorers
Allow me, please, to introduce you to The Pakistani Starfleet Explorers, a project by Kenny "Hassan" Irwin, an artist based in Palm Springs, CA: [M]illions of courageous men and women heroes that span...
12:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing The Fracking Song: "My Water's On Fire Tonight"
Video Link, more about the project here. And read the investigative report that inspired this video "explainer" at ProPublica (* warning, major bummer alert). A snip from the lyrics: Fracking is a for...
12:11 pm PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Laden rejected proposal for al Qaeda Monster Truck Rally of Death
Image, via Wired, said to be from the al Qaeda-affiliated magazine "Inspire," which may also be a recursive psyops folly concocted by Western spies. Or, you know, maybe not. Wired Danger Room reports ...
11:57 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing All Your Pics Are Belong to Us
Smartphone apps make it trivial to snap a photo, upload it to a host, and post a link to Twitter, sometimes in a single step. But by storing a photo on a hosting service to display via Twitter and bey...
11:45 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Epic web design
Jim Henderson spotted the remarkably-designed Arngren Teknologi & Gadgets website. My browser actually crashed when I visited it: as I can find only one mild-mannered section of javascript, this ...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing The Taliban is Tweeting
If this Guardian article is to be believed, the screengrab you're looking at is that of an "official" Twitter feed for the Taliban. I wonder if they'll be able to get that little blue "Verified" accou...
11:32 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Drop it Like it's Kirby
Genius mashup: Snoop Dogg's "Drop it Like it's Hot" meets the Kirby theme. Perfect. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Drop it like it's hot REMIX ft. Kirby (Thanks, Alice)......
11:32 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Help plucky UK environmentalists defend themselves from ginormous US corporate bully
Jim from the Open Rights Group sez, "We are asking people to donate a few quid or dollars to help https://eco-labs.org, a small artist environmental NGO, defend their use of their domain from a spurio...
11:31 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing City of Dallas steals $2,000 from child
In February, teenager Ashley Donaldson found $2,000 in an envelope in a Dallas shopping center. She did the right thing, turning it in to the city: after three months, they promised it would become he...
11:26 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing John McCain: Torture is bad, un-American, and didn't help the US find Osama bin Laden
Holy crap, it's the end of days: the things coming out of John McCain's mouth are making sense to me. The Republican senator from Arizona has an eloquent op-ed in the Washington Post today, which had ...
11:21 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Famous NYC arcade closes; documentary released
New York City's last old-fashioned video arcade, Chinatown Fair, recently received an unexpected eviction notice. A documentary charts its final hours. [Arcade Movie via Laughing Squid]......
11:17 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Comcast denies blocking Pirate Bay
Pirate Bay is accessible today from most ISPs but not from Comcast; the company quickly responded to say that it isn't blocking the file-sharing site. [Engadget]......
11:13 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Thunderbeam: a psychedelic, open-ended adventure game for iPad (Kickstarter)
Wiley Wiggins sends word of a Kickstarter campaign for Thunderbeam a "psychedelic, open-ended adventure game for the iPad, with the sort of deeper gameplay we feel the device is worthy of," described ...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Pentagon papers to be officially released in June
The Pentagon Papers will be officially released in June at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, 40 years after Daniel Ellsberg famously leaked the documents in 1971. Steven Aftergood in Secrecy New...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Pentagon papers to be officially released in June
The Pentagon Papers will be officially released in June at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, 40 years after Daniel Ellsberg famously leaked the documents in 1971. Steven Aftergood in Secrecy New...
05:30 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Retroreflective streetwear
Alex sez, "I'm a grad student at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. For my wearable technology course, I developed streetwear made with retroreflective elements. Myself and many of my class...
03:36 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Goya's "The Third of May 1808" recreated with staples
Tofi Stoler sez, "About a year ago Cory posted here about my Stapled New York, and I thought you might also like my latest work 'Stapled to Death' which is a recreation of Francisco Goya's famous pain...
02:23 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto mini-Maker Faire documentary: what does it mean to be a maker?
Ryan Varga created "Makers," a 7-minute mini-documentary on the Toronto mini-Maker Faire. It's a very nicely shot, nicely edited piece that highlights the ingenuity and creative spirit on display at t...
02:19 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Vegan Black Metal Chef: growling your way through dinner
Brian Manowitz is the Vegan Black Metal Chef. Clad in demonic armor ("Btw, all of the armor is rubber, not leather."), he demoniacally growls his way through a vegan recipe for Pad Thai. Subtitles are...
02:05 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Vindictive lumber baron's far-flung heirs inherit, 91 years after his death
12 descendants of Wellington R. Burt, a long-dead, vindictive lumber baron, have split a $100-$110 million inheritance that the plutocrat left to be disbursed to his descendants 21 years after the las...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Locus Award finalists announced
Locus magazine has announced the finalists for this year's Locus Award, a popular science fiction, fantasy and horror award voted on by the magazine's readers. I reviewed several of these; I've hotlin...
01:52 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing R2D2 trashcan
No info on this unsourced photo of a R2D2 trashcan (might you have some?) -- but suffice to say, this is the droid I'm looking for. R2D2 trashcan (via Neatorama)......
01:48 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Handmade Weighted Companion Cube sweater
Monday hand-knit this Portal Weighted Companion Cube sweater: "Steamed length to sleeves. Ends all mostly weaved in. Underarm gaps sewn shut. Blocking done. Center heart duplicate stitched to add dept...
01:43 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Ad for radioactive soil to increase crop-yields, 1948
The August, 1948 issue of Sunset magazine advertised "a truly radioactive soil" for your crops, which would remain in your soil for 20 years ("quite harmless") and increase yields by 20 percent. Atomi...
01:40 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower: steampunk choose-your-own-adventure
Maggie Killjoy's steampunk choose-your-own-adventure ("Adventure-of-Your-Own-Choosing") novel What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower is a delight. Killjoy is founder of the fabulous Steampunk Magazine, and...
01:36 am PDT - Thu, May 12, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks NDA threatens associates with $20 million fine for leaking Wikileaks info; US grand jury convenes
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up his Sydney Peace Prize after receiving the award at the Frontline Club in London May 10, 2011. Assange, who infuriated Washington by publishing thousands of ...
09:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Make a vibrobot from an Altoids tin
[Video Link] Here is the vibrobot I made from an Altoids tin. It was featured in MAKE, Vol 10.......
09:13 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Contest: Win an advance reader's copy of Ready Player One, Ernest Cline's amazing upcoming science fiction novel
When I interviewed Ernest Cline about his forthcoming novel Ready Player One, a few people rightfully complained that they did not want to hear about a book that wouldn't be available until August. I ...
07:11 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing FCC commissioner joins Comcast
FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, fresh from approving the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, is leaving her post to take a job at Comcast. It's O.K. because it's transparent. [NYT]......
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing "Sitting is Killing You" infographic
Above: a portion of an infographic titled "Sitting it Killing You." I've been using a standing desk since April 18, and I love it. I just bought a gel mat this week, and now I'm even happier standing ...
03:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk "Edwardian Ball" in LA (video)
Mark Day shares with us a video of he shot of the Los Angeles incarnation of the Edwardian Ball, at the historic Music Box theater. Mark explains that the event included ...music from Rosin Coven, "g...
03:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Make a self-standing staircase from a single sheet of plywood
Good job, Pilgrim55! (Via Make)......
03:33 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Startups: Origins of the PC Revolution, by Forrest M. Mims III
Forrest M. Mims III is the Country Scientist columnist for MAKE. If his name sounds familiar it Could be from the many books he wrote for Radio Shack, including one of my favorites, Getting Started in...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Make: Live is Tonight! Episode 08: Brewing Beer and Coffee
Make: television host and espresso maven John Edgar Park checks in to give us a tour of his siphon brew apparatus, among other eccentric tools of the brew. Becky Stern says: Make: Live airs tonight! D...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Blue Brain Project: Build a virtual brain in a supercomputer
In 2005, a team of researchers at the Brain and Mind Institute of the cole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland set out to do some truly wonderful things. Led by neuroscientist Henry Markram, the t...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Peace Corps volunteers speak out against "gross mismanagement of sexual assault complaints"
A growing number of ex-Peace Corps volunteers are speaking out via blogs and in news interviews about having survived rape and other forms of sexual assault while assigned overseas. They say the agenc...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing EFF hosts Tunisian activist Sami ben Gharbia in San Francisco, May 20
Katina from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, Join EFF on Friday May 20th for a very special Geek Reading with Sami Ben Gharbia. Sami is a Tunisian anti-censorship activist and blogger based in ...
02:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Peace Corps volunteers speak out against "gross mismanagement of sexual assault complaints"
A growing number of ex-Peace Corps volunteers are speaking out, on blogs and in news interviews, about having survived rape and other forms of sexual assault while assigned overseas. A number of them ...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Men stabbed for throwing gang signs that were actually just ASL
On Saturday night at a bar near Miami, Florida, 45-year-old Barbara Lee became angry at what she thought were several men throwing gang signs at her. She returned with a male friend who stabbed two of...
01:57 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Men stabbed for throwing gang signs that were actually just ASL
On Saturday night at a bar near Miami, Florida, 45-year-old Barbara Lee became angry at what she thought were several men throwing gang signs at her. She returned with a male friend who stabbed two of...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures first photograph of giant asteroid Vesta
NASA today released the first image obtained by the Dawn spacecraft of the giant asteroid Vesta. The spacecraft should enter the protoplanet's orbit on July 16, when Vesta is about 117 million miles f...
01:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Minnesota "ball slasher" busted again
Christopher Neil Bjerkness, 33, was arrested in Duluth, Minnesota for breaking into a physical/occupational therapy treatment facility with the reported intent to slash the large exercise balls there....
01:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Star Wars-Osama Bin Laden-New York Times parodymashup
Galactic Empire Times. (Via Dave Itzkoff)......
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Phil Kirkland's 1970s science bookmag illustrations
In the early 1970s, San Diego artist Phil Kirkland, now 85, created a slew of fantastic illustrations for textbooks and science magazines of the time (and also science fiction novels). Over at the exc...
01:20 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Citizen Science projects
Over at Intel's Life Scoop site, I posted about several fascinating citizen science projects, from a photo app to monitor Redwood trees to a mobile platform enabling anyone to participate in field bio...
01:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Blue Brain Project: Build a virtual brain in a supercomputer
In 2005, a team of researchers at the Brain and Mind Institute of the cole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland set out to do some truly wonderful things. Led by neuroscientist Henry Markram, the t...
01:12 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing The octopus ballet
Videos of cirrate octopuses filmed swimming in the deep ocean and set to classical ballet music seem well on their way to becoming a YouTube genre. And I am 100% OK with that. Last time, we got up clo...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Mass sf writer signing in DC, May 20
James Morrow says, "The Science Fiction Writers of America would like to invite the public to the 2011 Nebula Awards Weekend mass autographing session on Friday evening, May 20th, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing The pirate brand
The skull and crossbones on a pirate flag may well be the best and most-enduring brand identity of Western Civilization.......
11:46 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Why DIY solutions probably won't kill your bedbugs
As we prepare to enter the Summer bedbug season, evolutionary biology Ph.D. and science writer Amy Maxmen offers several useful facts about everybody's favorite blood-drinking mattress dwellers. Her n...
11:39 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Picker's Wallet
Whipping Post made a special wallet just for guitar addicts. There's slots for three cards, a driver's license, and dosh. It's available in english tan and a dark brown, for $30, at which price point ...
11:33 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Same old scams prevail at eBay
Don't forget to read the fine print on auctions at eBay, since they don't seem in much of a hurry to remove the Paypal scammers who infest search results for popular gadgets. [Crunchgear]......
11:33 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing What killed Charles Darwin?
It's always interesting to me when researchers try to diagnose the ailments of famous historic figures based on reported symptoms. The Historical Clinicopathological Conference does just that every ye...
11:25 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Little kids and memory
Most adults don't have any memories from before they were age 3 or 4. That's certainly true for me. My earliest memories that I can accurately place in time come from when I was 3, just before Return ...
11:02 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Richard Koch, author of The 8020 Principle
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Richard Koch is a businessman and author of the international best seller The 80/20 Principle. Avi Solomon: Could you tell us a bit about you...
10:58 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing The octopus ballet
Videos of cirrate octopuses filmed swimming in the deep ocean and set to classical ballet music seem well on their way to becoming a YouTube genre. And I am 100% OK with that. Last time, we got up clo...
10:51 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Brian "Ziggy" Liloia on How to build your own Hobbit House
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Brian "Ziggy" Liloia is a 26 year old member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where he lives in his own handbuilt cob house, tends large gardens...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Brian "Ziggy" Liloia on How to build your own Hobbit House
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Brian "Ziggy" Liloia is a 26 year old member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where he lives in his own handbuilt cob house, tends large gardens...
10:15 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Power-ballad for John Scalzi's new Little Fuzzy novel
John Scalzi sez, "I wanted to do something special to draw attention to the release of my new novel Fuzzy Nation but the usual sort of book trailers weren't cutting it for me. I thought, 'what this bo...
09:51 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Hoth real estate
"That's not decomposition you're catching wind of out there, folks, that's savings! And savings, I'm very happy to report, are but a taste of what the prestigious Tauntaun Terrace has to offer." &mdas...
06:53 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing DoubleTap: share music between Android phones by tapping them together
Jon "DVD Jon" Johansen sez, "At Google I/O today we launched doubleTap, an update to the doubleTwist Android app that adds proximity-based sharing for NFC-enabled Android devices such as the Google Ne...
06:49 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing American oligarch buys the right to hire professors at Florida State U
Florida State University has sold Charles G. Koch the right to decide who they can hire to fill two economics slots at the public university, for the low sum of $1.5 million. Koch (one of the Koch bro...
03:47 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful paper dresses, destroyed after each show
Brazilian artist Jum Nakao designs dresses made of paper that's been folded, laser-cut, carved, and laced. All the dresses are destroyed after each show: "That is why we destroy everything, to show th...
03:36 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Kermit: see and control the devices using your home network
Kermit, a research project from Georgia Tech, lets home broadband users view and control the use of bandwidth on their home networks, showing which devices are using the network and allowing customers...
03:32 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a steampunk Mr Potato Head
Sarah has documented the build process for her smashing Steampunk Mr Potato Head and posted it on Instructables, should you wish to make your own. How to make a Steampunk Mr. Potato Head (via Craft).....
02:49 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Han Solo, pulp novel hero
This Phil Noto illustration imagines Han Solo as a pulp novel hero. I love the FALCON BOOKS bug in the top left corner. HAN SOLO and THE DANTOOINE DELILAH (via Super Punch)......
02:46 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Dan Bull's Stupid Injunction: rap about the UK's sexy, censoring super injunctions
Copyfighting rapper Dan Bull's latest track is "Stupid Injunction," a song inspired by the UK's "super injunctions," a process by which wealthy individuals and large companies can get court orders for...
02:38 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Space debris to go critical, reduce all satellites to junk?
The amount of debris in the orbits used by our communications and weather satellites is building toward critical mass, a point of no return in which debris starts to smash into active satellites, turn...
02:31 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Vernor Vinge on the promise, progress and threats of Augmented Reality
Vernor Vinge discusses (and critiques) the current world of Augmented Reality and thinks about what the future of AR and social networks holds for everyday people. Vinge's 2006 novel Rainbows End is a...
02:24 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Most Useless Machine gets more exciting
Here's a new wrinkle on the Most Useless Machine (a box with a single switch, which, when toggled, causes a mechanical finger to leap out of the box and switch it off). After a certain number of duell...
02:18 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing National Jukebox: public domain music archive from the Library of Congress
From the Department-of-Things-That-Will-Soon-Be-Impossible, Alan writes, "A selection of historical recordings, from old Victrolas to 78 RPM records, is now available free from the National Jukebox. P...
02:13 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing America's net censorship bill is back and worse than ever
COICA, the proposed US Internet censorship bill, has been reintroduced under a new name. Now called "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property" (PROTECT-...
01:50 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing URGENT: Intellectual Property Consortium wants .net domains to be subject to TRADEMARK seizures and to abolish privacy-shielded .NETs
The Intellectual Property Constituency has asked that, as a condition of Verisign's ongoing management of the .NET top-level domain, that they should be required to act as private copyright trademark ...
12:27 am PDT - Wed, May 11, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook apps leaked users' personal data to advertisers, other third parties, for years
A Facebook security hole allowed advertisers and other third parties to access user accounts and personal data, according to a blog post today from internet security firm Symantec. They identify the e...
11:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing The promise of Google Music
Gizmodo's Mat Honan on Google's just-announced music service: "Essentially, you're taking the island of music on your computer and dropping it in the cloud. But it's still an island. It's still a self...
11:05 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Trump slumps
Donald Trump's rating slumped from 26% to 8% last week, according to a poll. [LAT]......
10:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Google prepares for possible $500 million settlement with DoJ over online ads, according to SEC filing
IT World: "Google is revising down its first-quarter earnings to reflect a possible $500 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over online advertising issues," according to this 10-Q fil...
10:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Every WB Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon ever made, from 1930-1969 (video)
Video Link. Fleeting images, one frame each, of every Warner Brothers cartoon made between 1930 and 1969, set to the tune of "the cartoon's most famous closing theme performed by various artists inclu...
09:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Every WB cartoon ever made from 1930-1969, in one video
Video Link. Fleeting images, one frame each, of every Warner Brothers cartoon made between 1930 and 1969, set to the tune of "the cartoon's most famous closing theme performed by various artists inclu...
09:42 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Dark Tourism: bummer trips, by design
Vagabondish on "Dark tourism," described as the act of travel and visitation to sites, attractions and exhibitions which have real or recreated death, suffering or the seemingly macabre as a main them...
08:59 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Beware MAC Defender: OSX malware disguised as anti-virus software
A new piece of malware is spreading, notable because it targets computers running Mac OS X, rather than Windows. Reports of the trojan "MAC Defender" (aka Mac Protector, aka Mac Security) first surfac...
08:04 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Buy your very own Minecraft grass cube
Our technobabbleist, Dean, was informed by Dannel Jurado about an interesting item on sale at Etsy. It is a 2.5" cube designed to resemble a cubic meter of earth from the computer game Minecraft. The ...
05:42 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with author of Wicked Bugs
[Video Link] I interviewed Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants and the new Wicked Bugs. She told me about the most dangerous bug, the most disgusting bug, the most fascinating bug, and so on. We also...
05:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Best college sex ed class ever canceled after sex toy demonstration with naked lady
Northwestern University has canceled the rest of Prof. John Michael Bailey's popular Human Sexuality course and placed the teacher under investigation following a scandal over an after-class, optional...
04:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Fresh outrage at doll that lets little girls 'breastfeed'
A doll that lets little girls pretend they are breastfeeding is the hot thing in toys this year, provoking outrage among those to whom breastfeeding means boobs means sexy. My favorite complaint is a ...
03:53 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing URGENT: Intellectual Property Consortium wants .net domains to be subject to copyright seizures and to abolish privacy-shielded .NETs
The Intellectual Property Constituency has asked that, as a condition of Verisign's ongoing management of the .NET top-level domain, that they should be required to act as private copyright cops. Amon...
03:45 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Fresh outrage at doll that lets little girls 'breastfeed'
A doll that lets little girls pretend they are breastfeeding is the hot thing in toys this year. This provokes outrage among those to whom breastfeeding means boobs means sexy. There's plenty to choos...
03:39 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Best college sex ed class ever canceled after sex toy demonstration with naked lady
Northwestern University has canceled the rest of Prof. John Michael Bailey's popular Human Sexuality course and placed the teacher under investigation following a scandal over an after-class, optional...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Centrifugal force 101: "Hamster Too Fast Wipeout"
YouTube Doubler Video link to view it large. You're welcome. Not unlike the OK Go video, actually. (Musical selection by @mustardhamsters)......
02:58 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Centrifugal force 101: "Hamster Too Fast Wipeout"
YouTube Doubler Video link to view it large. You're welcome. (Musical selection by @mustardhamsters)......
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Great computers for less than 100
Andrew Orlowski offers five amazing computers for under 100. I love that Psion 3MX, but easier to find in the U.S. might be a HP Jornada or something similar by Sharp. [The Register]......
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Improv Everywhere at GEL conference
[Video Link] Charlie Todd says: "For our latest mission, a musical breaks out at the GEL Conference in New York. A speaker is suddenly interrupted by a man who refuses to turn off his cell phone."......
12:53 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima: Nuclear chain reactions may have temporarily restarted 12 days after earthquake
New evidence suggests that nuclear chain reactions at the Fukushima power plant didn't end when the generators were initially shut down, following the March 11 earthquake. Technology Review explains w...
12:50 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing WorldCon coming to Reno this August
Colin sez, "Renovation is this year's World Science Fiction Convention and will take place in Reno, NV from 17-21 August. Boing Boing's own Cory Doctorow and many other SF writers, editors, publishers...
12:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Tornado deaths and tornado frequency do not coincide
Tornadoes are most frequent in central Oklahoma. But more tornado deaths occur around the region where the borders of Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi touch. This graphic comes from a really inter...
12:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Did you hear the one about the Higgs boson?
Is the rumor mill ruining particle physics? Interesting article in Nature News about what happens when scientific data is leaked to the press before it's been analyzed, peer-reviewed, and publishe...
12:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing ReachOut Reads: YA fiction to comfort and inspire kids coping with mental health issues
ReachOut is a project to help young people cope with hard personal problems and mental health issues; they're spending the month of May highlighting young adult fiction that presents hopeful scenarios...
12:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Allergies explained using cookies and candy
Just in time for Spring, ScienceGoddess, aka Joanne Manaster, explains the cellular reactions that cause allergies. Her illustrations: candy (looks like Skittles or M&Ms) and a lovely cookie basophil ...
12:07 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Paying For It: a Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John, by Chester Brown
(I interviewed Chester Brown about Paying for It. You can listen to the interview on the Gweek bonus podcast 002. Subscribe to the Gweek podcast here: iTunes | RSS.) I've been reading Chester Brown's ...
12:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing A recipe for hardtack
Now you can eat like a 19th-century soldier or sailor (or cowboy!). Just mix up this recipe and then serve it with, respectively, coffee, rum, or beans. Ration of semi-rancid meat sold separately. To ...
11:52 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima: Nuclear chain reactions may have temporarily restarted 12 days after earthquake
New evidence suggests that nuclear chain reactions at the Fukushima power plant didn't end when the generators were initially shut down, following the March 11 earthquake. Technology Review explains w...
11:39 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing One small step for a dinosaur ...
These dinosaur tracks, found in a Polish quarry, are probably the earliest evidence we have of dino life on Earth. They predate all known bones. This photo is part of a article from ScienceNews about ...
11:26 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing A recipe for hardtack
Now you can eat like a 19th-century soldier or sailor (or cowboy!). Just mix up this recipe and then serve it with, respectively, coffee, rum, or beans. Ration of semi-rancid meat sold separately. To ...
09:45 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing WorldCon coming to Reno this August
Colin sez, "Renovation is this year's World Science Fiction Convention and will take place in Reno, NV from 17-21 August. Boing Boing's own Cory Doctorow and many other SF writers, editors, publishers...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Microsoft to buy Skype for $8.5bn
Microsoft will buy Skype for $8.5bn in cash, reports the Wall Street Journal. Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype Chief Executive Tony Bates will assume the title of ...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Tin robot on Karel apek's grave
Giles sez, "Karel apek was the man who brought the word 'robot' to the English language with his play 'Rossum's Universal Robots' or 'R.U.R.' in 1921. When I visited his grave in Prague a couple weeks...
09:35 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Whither Wi-Fi in Warm Weather?
Caroline Spelman. PHOTO: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino One would think from reports today that the UK's secretary of state for the environment and rural affairs, MP Caroline Spelman, had lost her bleeding ...
08:26 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Contest: what 3D-printed augmentations should future humans sport?
Joris Peels sez, "Why not give humans 3D printed titanium teeth? Inspired by Max Barry's book Machine Man, we're exploring a future where people will turn to 3D printed titanium elective implants ...
06:47 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Rainbows of trash
Melbourne's Liz Jones scavenges colorful trash from beaches and riverbeds and arranges them by color in these striking collages, which she calls "Rubbish Rainbows." Rubbish Rainbows (via Craft)......
06:20 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Ketchup-stain ketchup-packet advertises stain remover
So Paulo agency DPZ Propaganda created 100,000 custom ketchup packets shaped like splotchy stains, bearing an ad for a new stain remover. Vantage: Ketchup Stain Packet (via OhGizmo)......
06:14 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Napier's Bones: math and mysticism make for great international adventure
Canadian science fiction author Derryl Murphy's debut novel is Napier's Bones, a novel about a secret group of "numerates" who have the power to control and manipulate the deep math lurking beneath th...
04:46 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Tourist photos from pre-Revolutionary Moscow
Bryn sez, "My cousin recently put some previously unpublished photos of his great grandfather's trip to Moscow in 1909 on Flickr and folks in Moscow found them and they went viral. The Moscow Times ju...
03:47 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Pitiful wages, anti-union policies and corporate welfare to make America competitive with China
According to a Boston Consulting Group report, the US is in for a manufacturing renaissance, thanks to plummeting wages and toothless labor protection policies in the American south. These factors, co...
03:37 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Animatronic wonders of John Nolan
John Nolan is a special effects roboticist who creates stunning animatronic effects for film and elsewhere. His showreel, above, is a mesmerizing tour of the uncanny valley where he dwells. Amazing An...
03:34 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing GameSave: hackathon to design emergency-relief games
A group of disaster relief specialists and game designers have created GameSave, a hackathon in Seattle to design games to teach people the fundamentals of emergency relief: GameSave is a hack-a-thon ...
03:00 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO sue telemarketers and keep the stuff they send you without paying for it
If you follow an exacting script and keep careful records, you can apparently sue sloppy telemarketers (or their clients) for $500 each, and get free merchandise in the bargain. America's telemarketin...
02:53 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Beat monopoly prices on one-airline cities with the "phantom city" trick
When a US city's airport is controlled by a single airline, that city becomes disproportionately expensive to fly into -- the airline has no competition. But you can often get a bargain by booking a t...
02:45 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Proposed Portuguese copyright law will make CC licenses illegal?
Portugal's Socialist Party have vowed to table a new copyright law that is apparently designed to make Creative Commons licenses illegal. It's being lobbied for by the Portuguese Society of Artists, w...
02:38 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Nina Paley's Kickstarter project for copyfighting comic tracts
Copyfighting cartoonist Nina Paley is raising money on Kickstarter to pay for a print-run of copyright abolition tracts expanding on on Misinformation Wants to Be Free, her print-on-demand Mimi and Eu...
02:31 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous infighting: IRC servers compromised, IP addresses dumped, claims of coup and counter-coup
The IRC servers used by AnonOps have been compromised and taken over by "Ryan," who is reportedly a young man in Essex, England. These servers were used to plan and coordinate many of the denial-of-se...
02:19 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed bicycle cufflinks
Gothamsmith's 3D printed bicycle cufflinks look like they'd be a little snagprone (I'm a total klutz, so adding little hooks to my wrists is a bad idea unless you're trying for physical comedy), but t...
02:06 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing Designer radios, 1950
Philco's 1950 personal portable radio ads show a gadget design that has been much aped in modern times, but which is much more interesting here in its nascent form. Philco 1950......
01:05 am PDT - Tue, May 10, 2011
BoingBoing 8-year-old plays Flint Hill Special on banjo
[Video Link] As one YouTuber commented: "First time I've ever seen the Millennium Falcon next to a taxidermied fox."......
09:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Paying For It: a Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John, by Chester Borwn
(I interviewed Chester Brown about Paying for It. You can listen to the interview on the Gweek bonus podcast 002. Subscribe to the Gweek podcast here: iTunes | RSS.) I've been reading Chester Brown's ...
07:25 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Teenage cheerleader ordered to pay school that kicked her off the squad for refusing to cheer for her rapist
"The Supreme Court this week refused to hear the case of a teenage girl who was kicked off her cheerleading team after refusing to cheer for the boy who sexually assaulted her. As a result, she now ow...
07:07 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Brooklyn-based newspaper pretends women don't exist
I often filter reality to fit my preconceived notions, but the Brooklyn-based newspaper Der Tzitung puts my self-delusion to shame. Way to go! Removing women from Situation Room photo......
06:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 002: Fantasy novels for people who don't read fantasy novels
In the second episode of Boing Boing's new podcast, Gweek, Mark and Rob of are joined by our pal Joel Johnson of kotaku.com to discuss a new comic book mini-series about multiple universes called The ...
05:22 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing History of the future of automatic grocery shopping
Seen above is the future of grocery shopping, as of 1948. This is the interior of Keedoozle, an "automatic grocery store" that first opened in 1937. More photos at "LIFE Looks Back: The Automatic Groc...
04:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Google privacy event in London, May 18
Runa sez, "Privacy International, Google and Index on Censorship are hosting a privacy and free speech event in London on May 18. Keynote speakers include Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and ...
04:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Lion King recut into 5 minute synopsis of all five seasons of The Wire
Grace sez, "I am the organizer of the World's Largest Scavenger Hunt, held at the University of Chicago and we often ask for bizarre items; this year, I asked teams to: [Item 2: Re-cut Disney's The Li...
04:40 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Maine bill will make it illegal to look at kids
Maine Rep. Dawn Hill was outraged to discover that it wasn't illegal to look at kids in a public place, even if it weirded out their parents. So she's passed a bill in the Maine house that makes it a ...
02:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Home Is A Fire
Boing Boing is thrilled to feature the premier of Death Cab For Cutie's "Home Is A Fire" music video, by artist Shepard Fairey and Death Cab bassist Nicholas Harmer. The song is from Death Cab for Cut...
02:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing A visit to Russia's Communist-era arcade museum
Connal Hughes visited Moscow's museum of Soviet-vintage arcade games, a parallel gaming universe with some distinctive charms. Alexander Stakhanov, the guy who met us at the door and one of the four p...
02:52 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Ancient mummified Maori head returned
This fellow is finally headed home. (Sorry.) French museum officials are returning this mummified Maori warrior head to New Zealand after more than a century at the Museum of Rouen in northern France....
02:21 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Teens and privacy online: why using Facebook doesn't mean you don't value privacy
Microsoft Research Group researchers danah boyd and Alice Marwick have posted a draft paper entitled "Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens' Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies" that reports on ...
02:17 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Biography of Austin Osman Spare, occultist and artist
Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) was a visionary artist, decadent occultist, and charismatic eccentric who made the scene in London's West End during the turn of the last century. Celebrated by the lik...
01:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Video: bionic legs helping people walk
Berkeley Bionics is the start-up company developing robotic exoskeletons to augment human strength and endurance and, incredibly, to help people confined to wheelchairs walk again. Jim Wirth has been ...
01:03 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Evolving Darwin playset
These little plastic figurines can go on adventures with green army men, or educate your Little People toys. Available for sale at ThinkGeek Via Dr. Sky Skull......
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing If we could talk to the dolphins, just imagine it ...
You guys, you guys! Researchers in Florida are about to test a submersible computer that can recognize and respond to dolphin sounds! If it works, we could sort of communicate with the dolphins, like ...
12:44 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Japanese nuclear power plant to get safety upgrade
A Japanese utility company—not TEPCO—has temporarily closed a coastal nuclear power plant 125 miles west of Tokyo, at the request of the Japanese government. There's nothing currently wron...
12:33 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful 360 views of the night sky
Nick Risinger traveled around the Western United States and to South Africa, took 37,440 exposures, and created a 5,000 megapixel view of the Milky Way. The final product, on display at Photopic Sky S...
12:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 002: Fantasy novels for people who don't read fantasy novels
In the second episode of Boing Boing's new podcast, Gweek, Mark and Rob of are joined by our pal Joel Johnson of kotaku.com to discuss a new comic book mini-series about multiple universes called The ...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Evolving Darwin playset
These little plastic figurines can go on adventures with green army men, or educate your Little People toys. Via Dr. Sky Skull......
11:56 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Concrete desktop
Among the spooky everyday scenes set in stone by Isabelle Cornaro is Homonyme 4, a computer setup that's likely to ever see much in the way of upgrades. Cornaro continues her investigation into how th...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Existential Star Wars
As the video notes say, the effect of this Sartre/Star Wars mashup will be somewhat ruined if you actually speak French. But for those of us who are just reading the subtitles and hearing serious-soun...
11:27 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Best iFixit teardown ever: FBI tracking bug
Ifixit and Wired got together to do a teardown of an FBI tracking gadget: "The device was loaned to us by a person who found the device on their car, and is similar to the one Yasir Afifi recently fou...
11:20 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Vote for Google Science Fair semi-finalists
The Google Science Fair has reached the semi-finals stage. Now is your chance to vote! I'm really excited about the way this particular science fair is set up. It's open to teenagers all over the wor...
10:28 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing On XKCD, some important advice from zombie!Marie Curie
I may have to cross-stitch this and frame it for my niece and nephew. Full comic......
05:53 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Biologist's ground-breaking fieldwork on giraffes
CBC Radio's wonderful Ideas program recently featured Anne Innis in a one-hour documentary on her early field work in Africa. I've previously reviewed Innis's book Love of Shopping is Not a Gene, a sk...
05:04 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Biologist's ground-breaking fieldwork on giraffes
CBC Radio's wonderful Ideas program recently featured Anne Innis in a one-hour documentary on her early field work in Africa. I've previously reviewed Innis's book Love of Shopping is Not a Gene, a sk...
02:04 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing CHAINSAW KATANA
Redditor Chr15to yearns to build a chainsaw katana, and who can blame him? I can draw a chainsaw katana. I just can't seem to build one yet......
01:58 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Pepsi: the best drink to force on restrained mental patients
Here's a trove of scanned-in ads from a 1956 issue of Mental Hospitals, an APA's trade journal. Most striking are the ads advising psychiatric doctors that Pepsi is the forced fluid of choice for rest...
01:57 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing 8-bit high fashion
The 2011/2012 winter collection from designer Kunihiko Morinaga and Japanese label Anrealage uses 8-bit prints and blocky, jaggie, 8-bit lines to hearken back to the heroic, glory days of low-rez comp...
01:57 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Star Trek fan-film from 1971
Betamax obsessive Ray Glasser produced this Star Trek fan-film in 1971 for a class at Ohio State; it's a nice, corny piece of work. I really like the scenery-chewing acting, and as John at Neatorama p...
01:47 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Ann Arbor library acquires lending, sharing and copying rights to Creative Commons music catalog
The Ann Arbor, MI library has bought a bulk license to the Magnatune catalog of Creative Commons licensed music; the license fee of $10,000/year goes to Magnatune and the musicians, and gives the libr...
01:39 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing Pepsi: the best drink to force on restrained mental patients
Here's a trove of scanned-in ads from a 1956 issue of Mental Hospitals, an APA's trade journal. Most striking are the ads advising psychiatric doctors that Pepsi is the forced fluid of choice for rest...
01:34 am PDT - Mon, May 9, 2011
BoingBoing IncognitoRAT: Java-based, cross-platform botnet is equal-opportunity crimeware
IncognitoRAT is the first known Java-based, cross-platform botnet. It can infect Java virtual machines on MacOS and Windows machines, as well as iPads and iPhones. Presumably, GNU/Linux machines are v...
10:34 pm PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing NRA and Florida gag pediatricians: no more firearm safety advice for parents
An NRA-lobbied bill in Florida will prohibit doctors, especially pediatricians, from asking patients about their gun-safety. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Scott. Pediatricians rou...
07:36 pm PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing NRA and Florida gag pediatricians: no more firearm safety advice for parents
An NRA-lobbied bill in Florida will prohibit doctors, especially pediatricians, from asking patients about their gun-safety. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Scott. Pediatricians rou...
06:59 pm PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing Portable Pepper Mill
I never go anywhere without my portable pepper mill. I have one stashed in my desk and another in the glove box, and still another couple in the kitchen. Trader Joe's sells an outstanding disposable m...
06:04 pm PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing Portable Pepper Mill
I never go anywhere without my portable pepper mill. I have one stashed in my desk and another in the glove box, and still another couple in the kitchen. Trader Joe's sells an outstanding disposable m...
05:54 pm PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing NRA and Florida gag pediatricians: no more firearm safety advice for parents
An NRA-lobbied bill in Florida will prohibit doctors, especially pediatricians, from asking patients about their gun-safety. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Scott. Pediatricians rou...
05:52 pm PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing Just look at this banana Dalek.
Just look at it. Banana Dalek! (Thanks Darkfynne!)......
02:52 am PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing NRA and Florida gag pediatricians: no more firearm safety advice for parents
An NRA-lobbied bill in Florida will prohibit doctors, especially pediatricians, from asking patients about their gun-safety. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Rick Scott. Pediatricians rou...
02:11 am PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing Ikea Manuals for props from science fiction movies
Love CollegeHumor's "Sci-Fi Ikea Manuals" -- a DJILORIANN (Back to the Future), LITSABBUR (Star Wars), TJARDIIS (Doctor Who), and, shown here, the DINDASUR from Jurassic Park. Sci-Fi Ikea Manuals (Nea...
02:06 am PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO cook eggs good
I really liked Saveur's roundup of egg-cooking tips for their practicality and the clear illustrations. I'm in charge of breakfast in our family, and I get up early every morning for it. I love gettin...
01:37 am PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing James Cagney celebratory montage
[video link] I got a kick out of this James Cagney montage. There are several sequels, but this is my favorite, see.......
12:44 am PDT - Sun, May 8, 2011
BoingBoing James Cagney celebratory montage
[video link] I got a kick out of this James Cagney montage. There are several sequels, but this is my favorite, see.......
08:34 pm PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing Two veteran Anonymous members say group is responsible for Sony attacks
Anonymous officially denies that it is responsible for the recent hacking attacks on Sony—well, to the extent that an entity like Anonymous is capable of doing anything "officially," or with on...
06:15 pm PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing 1943 appliance ad: we didn't make fridges this year, so that the steel could be used for the war effort
In this striking, odd 1943 ad, Norge Appliances explains that it didn't make any new models for 1943 so that the materials could go into the war effort: "When the guns are stilled, you can be sure tha...
06:10 pm PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing Science fiction films as Tintin covers
Cartoonist Dan Hipp has done a series of notional Tintin covers that depict classic science fiction and adventure films as if they had been Tintin comics. The art is great, the titles even better. Sho...
09:55 am PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing Atlantic Southeast Airlines kicks Muslims off flight
Given the option of pleasing passengers 'uncomfortable' at the presence of two men in Muslim garb, or of letting the two men fly, Atlantic Southeast Airlines made the predictable decision. The punchli...
02:42 am PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing Typewriter bust: Grandfather
Jeremy Mayer sez, Here are a couple of photos of my latest typewriter component assemblage, Bust V (Grandfather). The initial inspiration for the piece was that I wanted to create a self-portrait in m...
02:37 am PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing Science fiction films as Tin Tin covers
Cartoonist Dan Hipp has done a series of notional Tin Tin covers that depict classic science fiction and adventure films as if they had been Tin Tin comics. The art is great, the titles even better. S...
02:27 am PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing 1943 appliance ad: we didn't make fridges this year, so that the steel could be used for the war effort
In this striking, odd 1943 ad, Norge Appliances explains that it didn't make any new models for 1943 so that the materials could go into the war effort: "When the guns are stilled, you can be sure tha...
02:23 am PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing Vaccine ad, 1952
This 1952 ad explaining what a vaccine is features early electron microscope images of viruses as part of a strange, fraught landscape through which a young girl is making her way. Sort of Tron-meets-...
02:18 am PDT - Sat, May 7, 2011
BoingBoing VEGAN tattoo is (probably) made from animal products
In this anonymous Facebook exchange, a young woman proudly shows off her new "VEGAN" inner-lip tattoo to her friends; they offer her a string of congratulations that comes to an abrupt end when one fr...
08:36 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Why Satellites Stay in Orbit: Cool 1964 kids' science book
Years ago, I read a bit of advice in The Whole Earth Catalog, which said a great way to get up to speed on a subject you are interested in is to read a children's book about it. It's excellent advice,...
08:04 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Inventables
You can buy hardware store materials of the future from these folks: Translucent concrete, rubber glass, unwetable sand, suction cup tape, etc. They primarily sell small quantities of very innovative ...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Inventables
You can buy hardware store materials of the future from these folks: Translucent concrete, rubber glass, unwetable sand, suction cup tape, etc. They primarily sell small quantities of very innovative ...
05:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Weekend: Gratuitous guinea pig swimming pool playtime photo
I don't know anything about the origin of this photograph, or who shot it. But I love it. (Thanks, Tara McGinley; via Picture This via kraftfuttermischwerk.de via Publique)......
05:49 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Weekend: Gratuitous guinea pig swimming pool playtime photo
(Thanks, Tara McGinley; via Picture This via kraftfuttermischwerk.de via Publique)......
05:39 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Wall Street Journal launches insecure Wikileaks clone, promises to sell you out
The Wall Street Journal launched a Wikileaks clone, Safehouse, today. The site itself is reportedly crude and insecure, and its terms of service say they will report you to the law or otherwise sell y...
05:39 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing AmazonBasics Electronics Travel Case
I've been using this simple but well designed electronics case for 5 months now. I travel a lot, usually 2 - 3 weeks a month. I also work in IT, so you can imagine all the gadgets I have to carry with...
05:37 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Two veteran Anonymous members say group is responsibile for Sony attacks
Anonymous officially denies that it is responsible for the recent hacking attacks on Sony—well, to the extent that an entity like Anonymous is capable of doing anything "officially," or with on...
05:35 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Portable Pepper Mill
I never go anywhere without my portable pepper mill. I have one stashed in my desk and another in the glove box, and still another couple in the kitchen. Trader Joe's sells an outstanding disposable m...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Inventables
You can buy hardware store materials of the future from these folks: Translucent concrete, rubber glass, unwetable sand, suction cup tape, etc. They primarily sell small quantities of very innovative ...
05:19 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Architectural plans for bin Laden's Abottabad house
Here are the actual architectural plans for Osama bin Laden's Abottabad house. Andrew Buncombe, in the Independent, spoke to the Abbottabad architect contracted to produce them: A file held by the loc...
04:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Air France 447: How scientists found a needle in a haystack
The cockpit voice recorder from Air France 447, as it was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Last weekend, investigators announced that they had recovered the flight data recorder from the wr...
03:03 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Power struggle in Iran goes supernatural
During the heated power struggle in Iran, individuals close to president Mahmoud Ahmandinejad and chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei have reportedly been arrested and charged with using magic and ...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Bob Jaroc's Black Moth Super Rainbow video using busted BW teevees
Hypertalented filmmaker Bob Jaroc created this video for Black Moth Super Rainbow's track The Sticky. Yes, those are graphics generated by circuit bent television sets. The song is from Black Moth Su...
02:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Power struggle in Iran goes supernatural
During the heated poqwer struggle in Iran, individuals close to president Mahmoud Ahmandinejad and chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei have reportedly been arrested and charged with using magic and...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Giant squid eye in a jar
Giant squid boast the largest of all animal eyes. Their peepers can be as large as 10 inches in diameter. This specimen is in the Smithsonian's collection. My IFTF colleague Sean Ness tells me I need ...
01:12 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing A codified set of the builder's, crafter's, maker's rules
The Wondermark webcomic has wrapped up its 8-day sendup/tribute to maker culture with a stirring and wonderful "codified set of the builder's, crafter's, maker's rules," including "If it has screws, t...
12:52 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Space suits, NASA Johnson Space Center (snapshots)
Here are more iPhone snaps of cool things, people, and funky ephemera spotted during a visit to JSC (photos: Xeni Jardin).......
12:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Batman drawing sells for $448,125
On March 30, I wrote about Heritage Auctions' announcement that they would be auctioning the original art for page 10 from issue #3 of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's The Dark Knight Returns (1986). T...
12:34 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Air France 447: How scientists found a needle in a haystack
The cockpit voice recorder from Air France 447, as it was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Last weekend, investigators announced that they had recovered the flight data recorder from the wr...
12:14 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: The Art of Video Games at the Smithsonian
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} The Smithsonian has announced the selection of titles that will appear in its Art of Video Games exhibition next year. The set ranges from Ni...
12:08 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing U.K. press gagged by politician, footballer
In two days, a politician and a celebrity in the U.K. have won legal injunctions prohibiting the press there from writing certain things about them. No details are clear, naturally, but it's known tha...
12:07 pm PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing NYT magazine on the hunt from Air France 447
The New York Times magazine has an amazing narrative story about the hunt for Air France 447, and how the crash has affected victims' families, air safety science, and French regulators. It's beautifu...
11:46 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk Sonic
Spotted at cdvagabungo via GamOvr, it isn't clear who drew this steampunk Sonic the Hedgehog, but I love the Keplerian solids off to his left. Update: The artist is Vincent Bocognani. [Thanks, Bradley...
11:43 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Art of Video Games @ Smithsonian
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} The Smithsonian has announced the selection of titles that will appear in its Art of Video Games exhibition next year. The set ranges from Ni...
11:01 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Syria's man-in-the-middle attack on Facebook
Someone in the Syrian telcoms authority is running a clumsy man-in-the-middle attack against Facebook; activists who try to access the site in Syria using SSL get a message saying that the certificate...
10:03 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Hello Kitty toddler trousers knitting pattern
Etsy seller Mazter has created a knitting pattern for these teeth-achingly cute Hello Kitty toddler trousers and is accepting pre-sales. It's available in Norwegian and English. PRE-SALE: Knitting pat...
10:03 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk Sonic
Spotted at cdvagabungo via GamOvr, it isn't clear who drew this steampunk Sonic the Hedgehog, but I love the Keplerian solids off to his left.......
09:49 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Felt Mouse
Designer Joey Roth's next gadget is a felt mouse, soft to the touch. [via Inhabitatat]......
09:15 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Wall Street Journal launches insecure Wikileaks clone, promises to sell you out
The Wall Street Journal launched a Wikileaks clone, Safehouse, today. The site itself is reportedly crude and insecure, and its terms of service say they will report you to the law or otherwise sell y...
09:03 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Thumbdrive-sized PC for $25
Raspberry Pi, a UK charity, has set out to build a $25 thumbdrive-sized PC that can run a browser and other utility software as well as 1080p video, with an HDMI output. The machines are intended for ...
07:24 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Hidden cognitive costs of doing stuff
Sebastian Marshall's Lifehacker post on the cognitive cost of "doing things" is a really interesting look at all the hidden "costs" that keep you from doing stuff, and that you pay when you make stuff...
07:13 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Two billion people and the royal wedding: pretty damned unlikely
Phil Gyford turns a skeptical eye on the much-reprinted claim that two billion people tuned in to watch the royal wedding. As Phil points out, this is a pretty implausible (and unsourced) number, 29.5...
02:23 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing What did the Internet cost?
Elizabeth sez, Hey there. I'm a student of the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Iowa. Our beloved sadist, er, professor has asked us as a class to figure out how much th...
02:20 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Screaming self-portrait becomes a global icon
Back in 2006, Noam Galai took a striking self-portrait in which he was screaming, and uploaded it to Flickr. The photo was downloaded by various parties, and turned into graffiti, stencils, t-shirts, ...
02:13 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Hello Kitty toddler trousers knitting pattern
Etsy seller Mazter has created a knitting pattern for these teeth-achingly cute Hello Kitty toddler trousers and is accepting pre-sales. It's available in Norwegian and English. PRE-SALE: Knitting pat...
02:05 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Syria's man-in-the-middle attack on Facebook
Someone in the Syrian telcoms authority is running a clumsy man-in-the-middle attack against Facebook; activists who try to access the site in Syria using SSL get a message saying that the certificate...
01:59 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing EFF: vote for easy full-disk encryption in Ubuntu!
The Ubuntu Live CD is the excellent, free installer disk for the Ubuntu GNU/Linux OS; it has a variety of disk tools as well as a fully functioning version of the OS so that you can test-drive it befo...
01:53 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing Knit tentacle ascot with suckers
Etsy seller Creeplings makes tentacle scarves and ascots with suckers; they're available to order in a variety of colors. Chocolate Milk Squid Scarf (via Neatorama)......
01:50 am PDT - Fri, May 6, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed MicroSD case masquerading as working, tiny Atari 810 floppy drive
Francesco sez, "A tiny working model of a retro computing icon as the Atari 810. The reproduction uses 8Gig microSD cards instead of 5 1/4 inch floppies to emulate up to 8 Atari drives." My first comp...
11:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Necomimi: brainwave-controlled cat ears
Neurowear's Necomimi are a set of battery-powered cat ears that react to "brainwaves," allowing the wearer to wiggle them. These appear to be similar to products that react to electrical impulses in h...
09:07 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Sony Xperia Mini is tiniest (HD-recording) Android yet
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro have 3" 320x480 displays, 1GHz processors, Android 2.3, and are touted as the smallest Android phones to record HD video. The Mini is touchscreen only, where...
08:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Samsung Infuse is thinnest Android yet
Samsung's Infuse caught my eye today thanks to its large 4.5" display, slim bezel, and the fact that it's even thinner than the iPhone 4. It has a 1.2 GHz processor, a camera able to record 720p vide...
06:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Mozilla tells DHS: we won't help you censor the Internet
The US Department of Homeland Security has asked the Mozilla Foundation to take down the "Mafiaa Fire" plugin, which automatically redirects browsers to the new URLs for sites that have had their .com...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Free, downloadable NASA Endeavour STS-134 Mission poster
Spotted this tacked to various cubicles at Johnson Space Center. You can download it yourself for free here, along with the official posters for previous shuttle missions! *More snapshots from my exce...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Foxconn workers forced to sign promise not to commit suicide due to working conditions
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (Sacom) have published a research report documenting the terrible working conditions at the...
05:53 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Shannon's Law: a story about bridging Faerie and the mundane world with TCP-over-magic
I have a short story called "Shannon's Law" in the new Welcome to Bordertown anthology, the first Bordertown book in decades. I was absolutely delighted to be invited to contribute a story, and had a ...
04:06 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing The Finch, a cute portable robot for teaching comp sci
Meet The Finch, a $100 robot from Carnegie Mellon university designed to make computer science education more fun. From the press release: A white plastic, two-wheeled robot with bird-like features, F...
02:46 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Morpheus Lander, at Johnson Space Center (snapshot)
Here's a phone snapshot I just took of the Morpheus vertical lander, just hangin' out at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Morpheus is a vertical test bed demonstrating new green propellant propuls...
02:07 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing 50 years of US spaceflight: Alan Shepard, May 5, 1961
Image above, NASA. On May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard piloted his Freedom 7 Mercury capsule in a 15-minute suborbital flight, becoming America's first astronaut. In this image, he is shown be...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Dalai Lama receives human rights award from Amnesty International
[iPhone snapshot above: Xeni Jardin; illustration inset, Shepard Fairey.] His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was in Long Beach, California this morning to accept the inaugural edition o...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing New version of Space Images app from NASA JPL
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just released a new version of their Space Images app, for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android. As I mentioned in my recent roundup of favorite astronomy and spa...
01:29 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Scitweeps: LEGO minifigs of scientists and "science popularizers"
Maia Weinstock (Twitter) creates these these neat minifigs of various personalities in science, space, and internet media. I first learned about this when I was attending a lecture by Carolyn Porco wi...
01:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Map Hat
Azmal offers a solution to the old problem of keeping treasure maps to oneself, assuming a certain degree of confidence in one's abilities with the cutlass. [Deviant Art]......
12:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Evolving robots spontaneously emerge altruistic behavior
Cellular automata (self-modifying software "robots") in an evolutionary computing simulation spontaneously began to exhibit altruism, sacrificing themselves for the good of their relations. The resear...
12:57 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing New all-female lizards, bred in the lab in one generation
We've all heard about those weird lizard species that are all-female and breed parthenogenically—basically, they clone themselves. But how long does it take for natural selection to evolve a sp...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Yuri's Night art contest winners announced
For the past two months, the "space advocacy" nonprofit Yuri's Night has been receiving hundreds of space-themed videos, photos, and PSA concepts from around the world, for a series of contests with c...
12:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Listeria evolved to live in your fridge
Cold cuts are pretty much delicious little hostels for listeria—a bacteria that can cause serious food poisoning, and even kill vulnerable populations like babies, the elderly, and the sick. Th...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Cops stun-gun gentleman running marathon naked after wardrobe malfunction
Police used a taser to stun a man who ran a marathon naked through downtown Cincinnati. His mom said he "borrowed a pair of running shorts from his father, but they kept slipping down as he ran." (tha...
11:55 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Scientists and teachers: Join program to bring scientists to public school classrooms
Are you a scientist who would be willing to talk to public schools about your work, or some more general aspect of science? Are you a teacher looking for science role-models, and in-the-classroom ...
11:32 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Meet the new ostensibly "inexplicable" space photo
Face on Mars, meet the X on Mercury. Coming soon to Coast-to-Coast AM, this photo was taken by NASA's Messenger probe. NASA says the X is the result of two separate meteor strikes whose craters are ou...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Skin care company tries to bribe journalists into printing its press release
Dear Editor or Health Editor: Would you consider running our press release as a win-win project? We will pay $100 for every Skin Care Patient who sees the press release in your newspaper and commi...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Tornadoes: Can we save more people than we already do?
Is there a limit where we can no longer technology our way out of natural-disaster related deaths? It's an interesting question. Over the course of the 20th century, we've made big strides in pre...
10:30 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Sherlock Holmes as a series of exciting graphic novels
Today marks the publication of The Valley of Fear the fourth and final volume in Self Made Hero's graphic novel adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle's four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels. Adapted by ...
10:15 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Shannon's Law: a story about bridging Faerie and the mundane world with TCP-over-magic
I have a short story called "Shannon's Law" in the new Welcome to Bordertown anthology, the first Bordertown book in decades. I was absolutely delighted to be invited to contribute a story, and had a ...
03:39 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Rare photos of Mercury astronauts on 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic flight
May 5, 2011, is the 50th anniversary of the historic flight by Alan Shepard which made him the second person, and the first American, in space. LIFE has published a photo gallery of rare, never-before...
02:36 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing SF in SF this Saturday: Andrea Hairston and Howard Hendrix
San Francisco's excellent, free SF in SF science fiction reading series continues this may with presentations from Andrea Hairston and Howard Hendrix on May 7. (Thanks, Rina!)......
02:35 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing NEA starts accepting games-related submissions for funding
Wagner James Au sez, "In a huge milestone for mainstream recognition of games as an art form, the National Endowment for the Arts will now award cash grants to submissions that are games, machinima, a...
02:28 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman responds to Minnesota Republican House Leader who called him a "pencil-necked geek" and a "thief"
Neil Gaiman has responded to the remarks of Minnesota GOP House Leader Matt Dean, who called him a "pencil-necked geek" and a "thief." As you'd expect from Neil, the remarks are classy, funny, and ban...
02:22 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Cut Chair optical illusion
Peter Bristol's "Cut Chair" is an optical illusion sculpture that uses a hidden steel plate beneath the unsevered leg to provide a stable base for a seemingly sawn-through chair. Cut Chair (via Neator...
02:20 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Chimerical stuffed animal monstrosities
Etsy seller Rachel Peters makes chimeric stuffed animals, stitching together dismembered toys into hand sewn, embroidered monstrosities. frankentoys (via Geisha Asobi)......
02:16 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Green Army men with PTSD
Inspired by the crime, misfortune and neglect experienced by a battalion of soldiers who'd returned from Iraq to Colorado Springs, the Dorothy arts collective created these molded plastic green army m...
02:13 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Kinect and 3D printer turns people into action-figure souvenirs
Barcelona's Blablablab set up a "Be Your Own Souvenir installation that used a Kinect and a 3D printer to allow passersby to pose for on-demand action-figures of themselves and their night out on the ...
02:07 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Super Soaker Thunderstorm: water pistol that uses magazines to reload
The Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm eliminates the gigantic, unwieldy reservoirs of earlier models and replaces them with compact "magazines" that can be snapped in for more ammo. It's battery-powered,...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Why I'm voting YES on Alternative Voting
This morning, I'll be casting my ballot in the UK in favor of the Alternative Vote, a proposal that will allow British voters to rank their preferences from among candidates. It's the system that's al...
12:21 am PDT - Thu, May 5, 2011
BoingBoing Huge asteroid to fly by Earth in November
"YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over, at the very least, the next 100 years," says Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at JPL. Let our great grandkids worry abo...
10:15 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Why yes, you may ask about the stealth helicopters
The wreckage of a downed chopper, blown to smithereens by Navy Seals unwilling to leave it in foreign hands, was the last remnant of their mission left inside Osama Bin Laden's compound. It left under...
09:57 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Dalai Lama receives human rights award from Amnesty International
[iPhone snapshot above: Xeni Jardin; illustration inset, Shepard Fairey.] His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was in Long Beach, California this morning to accept the inaugural edition o...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Five classic science fiction books with new 3-D covers
Vintage Classics has just published a series of classic science fiction novels with newly commissioned 3-D covers. They are available in the UK, and can be ordered internationally from Amazon's UK sit...
08:08 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Dalai Lama receives human rights award from Amnesty International
[iPhone snapshot above: Xeni Jardin; illustration inset, Shepard Fairey.] His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was in Long Beach, California this morning to accept the inaugural edition o...
07:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Dalai Lama receives human rights award from Amnesty International
[iPhone snapshot above: Xeni Jardin; illustration inset, Shepard Fairey.] His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was in Long Beach, California this morning to accept the inaugural edition o...
07:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast now on iTunes
Its easier than ever to find out why Rob and I are inordinately fond of adventure and dungeon crawler games for mobiles. You can now subscribe to Boing Boing's new Gweek podcast via iTunes.......
03:46 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: History's shadow
David Maisel photographs the forgotten, the unseen, and the invisible. In 2006, he captured the unclaimed copper canisters containing the ashes of patients who died at a state-run psychiatric hospital...
03:46 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Tyson on pigeons
The New York Times ran a touching item by Mike Tyson concerning his love for pigeons: "They are highly intelligent animals and arguably the most loyal. Make a pigeon your friend and you'll never be lo...
03:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing May we ask about the stealth helicopters?
Confused about why Wikileaks became so successful? CNN's Wolf Blitzer explained it very succinctly in a interview yesterday: "Well, let me ask you this -- and if it's too classified, don't tell us...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Police tase nude runner
Last weekend, Brett Henderson, 31, was running through downtown Cincinnati in a marathon when his shorts kept falling down. (He apparently wasn't wearing any underwear.) Eventually, Henderson left his...
02:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Russian criminal tattoo documentary on YouTube
Alix Lambert's fascinating documentary from 2000 about Russian criminal tattoos, The Mark of Can, is available under a Creative Commons license and viewable in full on YouTube. David Cronenberg, who ...
02:16 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Music video: Alexander Tucker's "His Arm Has Grown Long"
Above, the video for Alexander Tucker's new track "His Arm Has Grown Long," from his latest album Dorwytch released this month on Thrill Jockey Records. Tucker's effected guitars, mandolin, and trippy...
02:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Sony hack timeline
Kotaku has a timeline of the Sony hackocalypse from the last couple of weeks, condensed from their own missive to congress: "According to details from Sony themselves in a letter to congressional subc...
01:55 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Bin Laden had cash and phone numbers sewn into clothes
Osama Bin Laden had some interesting items sewn into his clothes, according to CNN. Osama bin Laden had 500 Euros (about $745) in cash and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was kill...
01:32 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Minnesota GOP leader declares war on Neil Gaiman
Murisan sez, "Minnesota House Majority leader called author Neil Gaiman a 'pencil-necked weasel' that he 'hated' for earning $45K from a state arts fund for speaking at a library." The $45K in questio...
01:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Fighting words
A full bottle will strike a target with almost 70% more energy than an empty bottle. In other words, it takes less muscle work to achieve a greater striking energy when fighting with a full bottle, ev...
12:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing John Ashcroft assumes charge of "ethics and professionalism" for Blackwater
In a surreal moment of unintentional crony-capitalist comedy, John Ashcroft has taken a job at the infamous mercenary/profiteer firm Blackwater (now called "Xe"), where he will be in charge of "ethics...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Funny sticker annotations to the London tubemap
An anonymous sticker-comedian has been decorating London tube-maps with commentary on the stations of the Central Line (that's the long red one that runs down the centre). I like this bit of transit-t...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Celebrate Star Wars andor hemp history!
It's both Hemp History Week and "May the 4th Be With You" Day (a celebration of all things Star Wars and pun-related). Perhaps this relationship is causal? I'm not sure. But I do know that you can...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Inside the ancient Maya's plumbing
Inside the ancient Maya's plumbing system.......
12:23 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Look at this DIY banana DNA extraction
Just look at it. Video Link Submitterated by zounds......
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Visualizing Iowa's topsoil loss
These pillars—located outside a rest area off Highway 80 in Adair County, Iowa—represent the topsoil Iowa has lost since large-scale farming began 150 years ago. In the 19th century, Iowa...
12:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Mummifying chickens for fun and educational profit
Last Thursday, I gave a presentation at the Science Museum of Minnesota. I was on my out, stepping out of the elevator lobby and into the parking garage, when I was hit by a wave of vomitous stench. ...
10:36 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Finger nose
Dominic Wilcox's "Finger Nose" is a touchscreen stylus that attaches to his head, designed to make use of modern smartphones easier while in the bathtub. FINGER-NOSE STYLUS FOR TOUCH SCREENS.......
10:11 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Aiwa's 1970s mini stereo in a suitcase
In the late 1970s, Aiwa produced the 22 series mini-separates stereo system. This was the classy Aiwa of the olden days, before it became a Sony subsidiary specializing in cheap gray polyethylene. The...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: History's shadow
David Maisel photographs the forgotten, the unseen, and the invisible. In 2006, he captured the unclaimed copper canisters containing the ashes of patients who died at a state-run psychiatric hospital...
09:32 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing 150m-tall camel menaces tourists in Egypt
Photo: Nasser Nuri, Reuters.......
07:31 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing History and future of bin Ladenist extremism
Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and an expert on middle eastern politics, has a long, meaty, informed comment on the assassination of Osama...
03:40 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Rumsfeld and other US officials say torture didn't help catch bin Laden
Reports from present and former senior US officials, including Donald Rumsfeld, indicate that waterboarding and other forms of torture practiced by the US and its allies were not useful in locating Os...
03:31 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Rental laptops equipped with spyware that can covertly activate the webcam and take screenshots
A furniture rental chain called Aaron's Inc. is being sued for allegedly installing hardware- and software-based spyware on the laptops it rented, and using them to log keystrokes, take covert webcam ...
03:22 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Parallel machine made out of 17 stitched-together Apple e's
Michael J. Mahon's AppleCrate II is a parallel computer stitched together out of 17 enhanced Apple //e main boards from the dim recesses of personal computing history. It's the second iteration of the...
03:17 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Thermochromic pissoir
This unsourced photo depicts a thermochromic communinal urinal that allows gentlemen (and suitably trained ladies) to paint psychedelic rainbows on its surface using only the steaming fury of their pi...
03:12 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing T-Rex with chainsaw arms tattoo
Nothing says "bad ass anachronism" like this tattoo, inked by Joshua Ross, depicting a chainsaw-armed raging T-Rex and the motto "VROOM!" Joshua Ross (via Neatorama)......
02:43 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Sarah Palin and James Lankford: giving $4 billion of taxpayer money to oil companies doesn't matter
Sarah Palin and Rep. James Lankford defended $4 billion in Federal subsidies to the booming oil sector, saying that giving billions in taxpayer dollars to profitable companies wasn't fiscally irrespon...
02:41 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing New Canadian Prime Minister violated election laws
Canada's new Prime Minister Stephen Harper violated Canada's strict election laws, taking to the airwaves on election day to campaign. This breach of the Elections Canada Act also comes on the heels o...
02:08 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Time magazine cover of Osama bin Laden in Times Square looks odd
The windows of the building match Osama bin Laden's eyes, giving him a Roger McGuinn square-hippy-glasses look. Photo by John McNab. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.....
01:31 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Smokin'? Marijuana found at Abbottabad compound
By various reports, we are now learning that marijuana grew along the outside walls of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Was the Al Qaeda mastermind a stoner? He and his buds we...
12:08 am PDT - Wed, May 4, 2011
BoingBoing Marijuana found at bin Laden's Abbottabad compound
By various reports, we are now learning that marijuana grew along the outside walls of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Was the Al Qaeda mastermind a stoner? He and his buds we...
09:37 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with medical marijuana researcher Michael Backes
My friend Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds interviewed my friend Michael Backes, a medical marijuana researcher. A conversation with the brilliant Michael Backes, a Hollywood special effects consult...
08:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Gentleman wearing bra, panties charged with stabbing pygmy goat to death. Yes, in West Virginia.
A gentleman in West Virginia who was discovered wearing women's undergarments and standing over a pygmy goat's carcass told police he was high on "bath salts" when he stabbed the creature to death.......
08:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One
[Video Link] It seems like every decade or so a science fiction novel comes out that sends a lightning bolt through my nervous system: To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971). Neuromancer (1984). Snow Cras...
08:32 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Nudist resorts reach out to the young and the naked
The Wall Street Journal reports that naturist getaways, feeling the hit from America's ongoing economic downturn, are aggressively marketing to younger newbie nudists. Tactics include "music festivals...
08:31 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Science Fiction Dance Party, 1971
1971: German Moog maestros and library musicians Heribert Thusek and Horst Ackermann, of Dracula's Music Cabinet fame (seriously!), were commissioned to make a science fiction-themed album. The result...
08:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Yarn-bombed bike racks
Bay Area "yarn bomber" Streetcolor improved boring bike racks outside the Berkeley Public Library with 80 feet of knitted fun. "Yarnbombing the Berkeley Public Library" (Thanks, Greg Long!)......
08:18 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks releases cache of US-Japan cables
Wikileaks drops US cables related to Japan. Release and coverage was coordinated with Asahi, which reports: "Despite the pledges and formal studies of the Democratic Party of Japan, Japanese governmen...
07:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Tuscaloosa
A child's doll sits among the ruins of homes badly damaged in April 27's deadly tornados in Tuscaloosa, Alabama May 2, 2011. Federal officials have vowed urgent support for a region devastated by the ...
07:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Nudist resorts reach out for the young and the naked
The Wall Street Journal reports that naturalist getaways, feeling the hit from America's ongoing economic downturn, are aggressively marketing to younger newbie nudists. Tactics include "music festiva...
07:37 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing The first rule about Seal Team 6...
Business Insider: "The military team that killed Osama Bin Laden is an elite special forces group unofficially called Seal Team 6. Officially, the team's name is classified and not available to the pu...
07:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Porn industry STD testing clinic closes after data breach
The LA Weekly reports that AIM Healthcare, the "porn valley" clinic that tests sex performers for sexually transmitted diseases, has shut down and filed for bankruptcy. "We were told a privacy lawsuit...
07:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing In Wikileaks Gitmo dump, nuclear revenge threats from Qaeda loyalists if bin Laden killed
CNET: "Recently-released WikiLeaks documents show that detained al Qaeda members have predicted nuclear reprisals if Osama bin Laden were captured or killed."......
07:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing CNN interview with guy who unwittingly live-tweeted Osama raid
CNN International interviewed Sohaib Athar, the man in Abottabad, Pakistan, who unwittingly live-tweeted the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Watch video here.......
07:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing White House modifies earlier reports of Bin Laden raid
Early reports from the White House on the details of the operation that killed Osama bin Laden are now confirmed to have been partly inaccurate. White House spokesman Jay Carney, in a briefing to rep...
05:58 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Bin Laden: CIA head Panetta, in first interview, says US mining "impressive" data stash from compound
CIA chief Leon Panetta give his first interview since commanding the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. He tells TIME they feared Pakistan would undermine the operation, and tells reporter Massimo Calab...
05:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Winners of the 15th Annual Webby Awards
Our friends at the Webby Awards have announced the nominees and winners for the 15th (!) annual Webbys. As always, it's a great mix of sites you know and love, and probably quite a few you've never he...
04:24 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing White House modifies earlier reports of Bin Laden raid
Early reports from the White House on the details of the operation that killed Osama bin Laden are now confirmed to have been partly inaccurate. White House spokesman Jay Carney, in a briefing to repo...
03:51 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Tactile communication device allows users to French kiss over the Internet
[Video Link] Soon you will be able to tongue wrestle with an avatar of Lara Croft being controlled by the Genioglossus muscle of 55-year-old electric engineer named Spencer. Robotic "Tongue" Lets You ...
02:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Bin Laden: CIA head Panetta, in first interview, says US mining "impressive" data stash from compound
CIA chief Leon Panetta give his first interview since commanding the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. He tells TIME they feared Pakistan would undermine the operation, and tells reporter Massimo Calab...
02:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing trump.gif
By pixelfucks.com. (thanks, Dean Putney, via Canv.as)......
02:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing How to milk a snake with electricity
(Via Mostly Forbidden Zone)......
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek: Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, games, scifi, books and more
In the first episode of Boing Boing's Gweek podcast, Rob and I discuss Portal 2 (and why 7 hours of playtime is worth $50). We also look at some upcoming graphic novels and books. We interview Ernest ...
01:21 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Dr. Rick Strassman
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Psychiatrist Dr. Rick Strassman was the first scientist to conduct U.S. government-approved human research into hallucinogens and psychedelic...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Make cornstarch fun and educational
Scientific American is calling it "oobleck." My mom just called it "goop." Really, this mixture of cornstarch and water is a non-Newtonian fluid—not quite a liquid, not quite a solid, lots of f...
12:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing What they ate in Colonial Virginia
Next Monday, I'm taking a Minneapolis Community Education cooking class called "Foods of Lewis and Clark Expedition". Will there be elk and hardtack? Am I gonna learn how to cook pemmican with su...
12:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing How long does it take to "fingerprint" someone's DNA?
For everybody playing Armchair Conspiracy Theorist (Is there any other kind? I'm not sure.): Molecular biology Ph.D. student, and science blogger, Christie Wilcox confirms that it is, indeed, poss...
12:12 pm PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Can poppy seeds get you high?
Thanks to Mythbusters, we know that eating a couple poppy seed-laced bagels really can make you look like a heroin fiend, at least as far as a standard drug test is concerned. That makes sense. Heroi...
11:10 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing When Grand Rapids, MI was synonymous with public transit
In this video, amateur historian Fred Quillin, a sixth-generation resident of Grand Rapids, MI, discusses the way that transit has evolved in his town. Once, Grand Rapids was the synonymous with excel...
09:35 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Sculpture embodies lossy copying using much-copied house-key
Artist Daniel Bejar had a key copied and then a new key copied from it, and so on, until the information embodied in the original key had been lost. He calls the resulting piece "The Visual Topography...
09:32 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Piracy and poor countries: Big Content wants to have its cake and eat it too
My latest Guardian column, "Why poor countries lead the world in piracy," discusses the groundbreaking independent research presented in "Media Piracy in Emerging Economies," a 400+ page report t...
09:06 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing RIP Yvette Vickers, co-star of "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman," found mummified in LA home
The LA Times reports that Yvette Vickers, a former Playboy playmate who also co-starred in "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" was found mummified in her Hollywood mansion, where she had apparently died a y...
08:57 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Brust's Tiassa: versatile fantasy in three modes
Steven Brust's Tiassa is the thirteenth volume in the long-running Vlad Taltos series, a fantasy epic that combines hard-boiled crime-writing with economic critique, revolutionary war, fine cookery, a...
06:26 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Why New Zealand was dumb to let the USA write its copyright laws
Juha sez, "Christopher Wood has summarised the thirteen reasons why the punitive New Zealand copyright Act as per US orders is a bad idea." 1. Presumed guilty on accusation Despite the revision commit...
03:42 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Federal judge: open WiFi doesn't make you liable for your neighbors' misdeeds
A Federal judge in Illinois has once again rebuffed a copyright troll's request for easy court orders to allow him to connect IP addresses with people. The judge said that open wireless networks and o...
03:39 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing History and future of bin Ladenist extremism
Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and an expert on middle eastern politics, has a long, meaty, informed comment on the assassination of Osama...
03:34 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian neocon Tories take a slim majority in election, pro-Internet New Democrats form the opposition
Canadians have elected a new, unprecedented parliament with the neoconservative Tories forming a majority government and the left-wing New Democratic Party taking the official opposition role. Stephen...
02:47 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing American firefighters' helmets through history
Core77's David I. Seliger has a nice retrospective on the design of American firefighter helmets from the 1731 helmets designed by Jacobus Turk for the Fire Department of New York to the contemporary ...
02:42 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Make your own customized Han in Carbonite Kinect model, suitable for 3D printing
YouTube user emnullfuenf is experimenting with making custom, 3D printable Han-in-Carbonite models using a Kinect: This is an experiment with Kinect and Processing. People in front of it are posing li...
02:39 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Sony: We wuz robbed. Again.
A week after disclosing a massive break-in that led to the theft of 77 million user accounts, Sony reported today that hackers have stolen names, addresses and passwords of 25 million more users than ...
02:37 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printing consumables for dead technology
The Sharp CE-150 was a graphing calculator that used a pen-plotter to draw its charts. The pens haven't been manufactured in years, so Thingiverse user TeamTeamUSA is creating a 3D printable adapter t...
02:33 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Who is Osama bin Laden?
Screengrab from Sean Bonner. But this is not a joke! In a company blog post today, Yahoo reported that two-thirds of people searching for "Who is Osama Bin Laden?" today were teenagers. Yes, that'...
02:31 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing US official: "Can you imagine what's on Osama bin Laden's hard drive?"
Politico's Mike Allen reports that during last night's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the Navy SEAL assault force is reported to have grabbed an assortment of computers, t...
02:30 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Marine's shell-casing chess-set
Not much information is available about this improvised chess-set; it was reportedly created by a US Marine rifleman in Afghanistan. Marine 0311 Rifleman buddy's homemade set in Afghanistan (via Neato...
02:10 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Will technology make us freer, and if so, how?
My latest Locus column, "Techno-optimism," looks at how technology has shaped global struggles for self-determination, democratic government and justice, and asks whether, on balance, technology will ...
01:33 am PDT - Tue, May 3, 2011
BoingBoing Sony: We wuz robbed. Again.
A week after disclosing a massive break-in that led to the theft of 77 million user accounts, Sony reported today that hackers have stolen names, addresses and passwords of 25 million more users than ...
10:52 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Photo: Obama and National Security team during Osama kill operation (UPDATED with found Photoshops)
From the White House photo description on Flickr: "President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama...
09:46 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Eggshell planters
I spotted this wonderful display of eggshell planters at the mighty Dynamo Donuts in San Francisco's Mission District. (Note the fresh-from-the-fryer bacon maple apple donuts in the upper left.) Instr...
09:33 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing School principal bans homemade lunches
UPDATE: "Chicago Public Schools does not have a policy that prohibits bag lunches and our school does not have a policy against bringing lunch from home." -- Elsa Carmona Principal of Little Village A...
08:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Internet jihadis not amused by bin Laden's death
Random commenter guy on a jihadi message board, earlier today: Just look at those beer-drinking, hog-eating, incestuous, red-necks, uncle sams, house negros...all celebrating outside the White House. ...
08:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Photo: Obama and National Security team during Osama kill operation (UPDATED with found Photoshops)
From the White House photo description on Flickr: "President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama...
08:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Satellite phone calls by bin Laden bodyguard helped lead US to hiding place
CSM reports that satellite phone calls made by Osama bin Laden's bodyguard from July to August last year helped US forces hunt down the Al Qaeda leader in the Pakistan compound where he was killed.......
07:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing School principal bans homemade lunches
This month's slate of busybodies includes the FDA who embarked on a year-long sting operation to bust an Amish company for selling raw milk. And then there are the killjoys at New York's Department of...
07:09 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Laden and Harry Potter
Reuters examines the "eerie links" between Harry Potter, boy wizard, and Osama bin Laden, dead international terrorist. The first movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," was released in Novemb...
06:56 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Fergie and a clown on Kids Incorporated, 1986
[video link] TuneUp's Gabe Adiv pointed me to this Kids Incorporated segment from 1986. It stars Stacey Ferguson (Fergie!) and a clown. Gabe said, "I don't get it." Y'know, I don't either. But wow is ...
06:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Osama Death LULZ: the memeification of history
Even before President Obama went on live TV last night to officially announce that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a US military operation, animated gifs and jpeg shoops commemorating the death of ...
06:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Photo: Obama and National Security team during Osama kill operation
From the White House photo description on Flickr: "President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama...
06:35 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Quisp Meteorite Ring
As a little kid in the 1960s my favorite breakfast serial was Quisp. It didn't taste quite as good as Cap'n Crunch, but the cereal pieces were shaped like little flying saucers and the mascot was a ne...
06:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Osama Death LULZ: the memeification of history
Even before President Obama went on live TV last night to officially announce that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a US military operation, animated gifs and jpeg shoops commemorating the death of ...
05:50 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission
In the Summer of 2008, Brooklyn writer Andrew Kessler lived a space dream. He spent 90 days embedded in mission control on a NASA mission to Mars. His offbeat and often humous book, Martian Summer, ca...
05:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Drug shadow box
This drug and drug paraphernalia "shadow box" seems like it might have hung on a police station wall for at-a-glance identification purposes. Of course, as the text says, "Positive identification of a...
05:21 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Osama Death LULZ: the memeification of history
Even before President Obama went on live TV last night to officially announce that bin Laden had been killed in a US military operations, animated gifs and jpeg shoops commemorating the death of the w...
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Eggshell planters
I spotted this wonderful display of eggshell planters at the mighty Dynamo Donuts in San Francisco's Mission District. (Note the fresh-from-the-oven bacon maple apple donuts in the upper left.) Instru...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Eyeballing Osama Bin Laden's compound on Google EarthGoogle Maps
On Google Earth, you can view the Abottabad "mansion" where Osama Bin Laden lived and died. Ogle Earth has more. And map link here. Oddly, Casa Abbottabad isn't getting very positive reviews.......
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing The Martyr of Abbottabad
Christoper Hitchens, in Slate: The martyr of Abbottabad is no more, and the competing Fhrer-complexes of his surviving underlings will perhaps now enjoy an exciting free rein. Yet the uniformed and an...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Eyewitnesses: Electricity cut 2 hrs before bin Laden kill, came back 15 minutes after raid finished
"Abbottabad is some distance away from the Afghanistan border where presumably the helicopter would have flown in from. And then to have a whole city without electricity before the operation and forei...
04:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Paul Allen
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, invested early in commercial spaceflight, owns two major league sports teams, and jams to Hendrix. His lates...
04:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Raspberry jam mystery
Tyler Bartlett says: "I know this looks like we turned this jam jar upside-down and popped in in the fridge. But we didn't. My roommate brought this to my attention yesterday, and we have no idea how ...
03:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Amazing sculpted toys by Gabriels
New Toys for Melancholics is a solo show by "Pop Surrealist sculptor and philosopher" Gabriels. The toys are made from "polished hand-crafted bronze, life-like glass eyes, and scores of tiny internal ...
03:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks Gitmo dump shows US suspected Osama in Abbottabad since 2008
Link, from one of the hundreds of Guantnamo detainee files released last week by Wikileaks.  Wikileaks publishes secret files on Gitmo prisoners Wikileaks: 8 men at Gitmo gave evidence on 255 ot...
03:44 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing ABC reports Osama ID'd with DNA from dead sister's brain, but hospital denies
Here's an odd twist in the Osama kill story: According to various reports, when bin Laden was shot dead by Navy SEALs, US operatives had DNA samples from his family members ready with which to ID the ...
02:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing House transforms into safe room
I like the brutalist bunker feel of KWK Promes' Safe House, a residence outside of Warsaw, Poland. Apparently, the only entrance is the retractrable footbridge. All That Is Interesting called it "The ...
02:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Fine, so Bin Laden is dead. But what about Abe Vigoda?
Abe Vigoda Status, worth checking in light of recent events....Warning: include(./morsels.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/httpd/html/pheedo.com/templates/english/feeds/...
02:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Simon Schubert's creased paper illustrations
German artist Simon Schubert creates incredibly intricate illustrations of residential interiors and exteriors just by folding and creasing the paper. Above, "o.T. Spiegelraum," 2006, 75 cm x 100 cm. ...
02:23 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound (big photo gallery, warning: graphic images)
[WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES IN THIS POST] Pakistani policemen walk past a compound, surrounded in red fabric, identified as the location where Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 1 by U.S. ...
02:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Paul Allen
.q{font-style:italic;color:#666;} .a{} .staff {color:#333} Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, invested early in commercial spaceflight, owns two major league sports teams, and jams to Hendrix. His lates...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing The Martyr of Abbottabad
Christoper Hitchens, in Slate: The martyr of Abbottabad is no more, and the competing Fhrer-complexes of his surviving underlings will perhaps now enjoy an exciting free rein. Yet the uniformed and an...
12:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Spider attacks an ant (with surprise ending)
[Video Link] Watch until the end. The verite soundtrack is nice.......
12:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Over 938,000 applicants for McJobs get turned away
The "good" news: McDonalds recently hired 62,000 people for minimum wage, part-time work, which was 24 percent more than they planned. The bad news: Over a million people applied for the jobs, which m...
12:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Beneath the Atlantic, remains of Air France 447 finally found
Almost two years ago, Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a severe storm. So far, experts have only been able to make educated guesses about what brought the plane down&mdash...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Alabama tornadoes: How you can help
Over the weekend, I read several beautifully written, deeply moving essays about the deadly line of tornadoes that swept through Alabama last week. I wanted to share a few of those essays here, as we...
11:56 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Fun with the Internet: Who was wrong about bin Laden's whereabouts?
In 2009, two scientists took biogeography—the study of how species are geographically distributed—and tried to apply it to the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Using a couple of key theories, the...
11:42 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Beneath the Atlantic, remains of Air France 447 finally found
Almost two years ago, Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a severe storm. So far, experts have only been able to make educated guesses about what brought the plane down&mdash...
11:21 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Alabama tornadoes: How you can help
Over the weekend, I read several beautifully written, deeply moving essays about the deadly line of tornadoes that swept through Alabama last week. I wanted to share a few of those essays here, as we...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Venn diagram of "shenanigans"
Some software engineers at GE used this venn diagram to explain the definition of the English word "shenanigans" to a Chinese colleague. The outer, all-encompassing circle is labeled "The Space of Foo...
09:54 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Love-letter to the library
Bella Bathurst's "The secret life of libraries" for The Observer is a sweet and hilarious tribute to libraries and the unflappable vocation of librarianship: There are other uses for libraries. In Mar...
03:11 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing 404 page from Canada's leading pro-Internet party, the NDP
Canada's New Democratic Party -- pro-Net-Neutrality, pro-fair copyright, pro-universal broadband, anti-surveillance, anti-censorship -- has the best Internet platform among the three major parties (th...
02:44 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Local man apparently live-tweeted Osama mansion raid
This fellow, a consultant in Abbottabad, appears to have reported events from the attack on Osama bin Laden's compound on Twitter, without being aware of their significance: "Uh oh, now I'm the guy wh...
02:10 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Torontoist, Toronto Star and Boing Boing endorse the NDP in Canada's national election
Torontoist joins the Toronto Star (and me) in endorsing the New Democratic Party for Canada's national election today. In addition to the excellent reasons enumerated below in the Torontoist endorseme...
01:57 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Laden dead
Osama bin Laden is dead. "Tonight I can announce to the American people, and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that has killed bin Laden," President Obama said Sunday evening ...
01:37 am PDT - Mon, May 2, 2011
BoingBoing Osama bin Laden dead
Osama bin Laden is dead. "Tonight I can announce to the American people, and to the world, the United States has conducted an operation that has killed bin Laden," President Obama said Sunday evening ...
09:23 pm PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Lara Logan of CBS News, on surviving sexual assault.
"There are a lot of women who experience these kinds of things as journalists and they don't want it to stop their job because they do it for the same reasons as me - they are committed to what they d...
05:55 pm PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Crap Thermometers
Verdict: The generic thermometers at Lowes are crap.......
01:35 pm PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Belts that turn into handcuffs
Australian leathermaker Pete has a company called PM Leather that makes leather belts that convert into "hobbles" -- kinkyspeak for handcuffs, evidently. A pal of Pete's gave me one while I was there ...
01:18 pm PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Rimshot.
How do you toast a cockney faerie? "You're elf."......
12:50 pm PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Rimshot.
How do you toast a cockney faerie? "You're elf."......
10:30 am PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Wee rusty junkbots for sale
SpratMan makes and sells (on Etsy) adorable rusty junkbots called "Forgotten Robots." He says: "They've been in the factory so long that most have forgotten their names. The original Makers either lef...
02:29 am PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Glasses convert 3D movies to 2D
I have no idea if these 2D glasses -- which purport to convert 3D movies to 2D -- work, but they'd be a godsend for me if they did. I get wicked headaches from 3D movies, and all the blockbusters in t...
02:24 am PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks: America will foot the bill for record company enforcement in NZ if NZ will let America write its laws
Michael Geist sez, "Wikileaks has just posted hundreds of cables from U.S. personnel in New Zealand that reveal regular government lobbying on copyright, offers to draft New Zealand three-strikes and ...
02:15 am PDT - Sun, May 1, 2011
BoingBoing Horology considered hazardous: the "German Time Bomb" clock with its deadly mainspring
Robotech sez, "You wouldn't expect gears and springs to constitute a literal safety hazard, but my antique clock repairman father pointed out this PDF file about an antique anniversary clock whose idi...
10:07 pm PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing WorldWideWeb: 18 years in the public domain
Eighteen years ago today, CERN released the source code of WorldWideWeb -- the first Web browser and editor -- into the public domain. Tim Berners-Lee has some screen shots of the browser at his CERN ...
08:56 pm PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing WorldWideWeb: 18 years in the public domain
Eighteen years ago today, CERN released the source code of WorldWideWeb, the first Web browser and editor, into the public domain. CERN's intention in this is to further compatibility, common practice...
08:52 pm PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing WorldWideWeb: 18 years in the public domain
Eighteen years ago today, CERN released the source code of WorldWideWeb, the first Web browser and editor, into the public domain. CERN's intention in this is to further compatibility, common practice...
05:06 pm PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing Badger attack!
Lucky for him they aren't honey badgers. (Via Subtropic Bob) Crab attack!......
03:13 pm PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous dumps huge torrent of Chamber of Commerce docs
SDZion sez, "Anonymous has released a 1.2GB document dump consisting of thousands of documents. The torrent mostly contains information regarding the US Chamber of Commerce, the Mackinac Center for Pu...
09:14 am PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing Ad agency to radicals: "We own radical media(TM)"
Jim from the Open Rights Group sez, "Activists in the UK organising a 'Radical media conference' have been told by ad agency @radicalmedia that they cannot organise a 'radical media' conference. The a...
03:38 am PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO Make a Portal Sentry Turret egg-cup
If you enjoyed markt022002's Portal Easter Egg, you'll love Supernewby's "Make your own Portal Sentry Turret Egg Cup" Instructable: Make your own Portal Sentry Turret Egg Cup Portal 2 (Amazon) (via Cr...
03:34 am PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing PR stunts of the literary greats
Tony Perrottet's "How Writers Build the Brand" for the New York Times Sunday Book Review is a fascinating look at the ways that great writers through the ages have sought to present themselves to the ...
03:25 am PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing RIP, Joanna Russ
Legendary feminist science fiction author Joanna Russ died yesterday after a series of strokes. She was 74. Russ was the author of The Female Man and many other science fiction classics. Patrick and T...
03:16 am PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook celebrates royal wedding by nuking 50 protest groups
What better way to honor a royal wedding than to crack down on free speech? Facebook celebrated the William and Kate wedding by nuking 50 groups that were created to protest the ongoing sweetheart...
03:06 am PDT - Sat, April 30, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed Strandbeests for sale
I've written here before about Theo Jansen's marvellous walking mechanical Strandbeests (and the glorious hamster-powered version). Now Jansen's set up shop on Shapeways, the 3D printing place, and he...
02:50 am PDT - Sat, April 30, 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...