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09:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Thaitanium: Gangsta Rap straight outta Phuket, Thailand
"What's Up," by Thaitanium. This is the country that invented Muay Thai boxing, so have no doubt that there are indeed genuine badasses among the citizenry. (thanks, Alex Ringis!)......
09:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Talking about science at Netroots Nation: Fact versus fear
There were two things I learned watching the Netroots Nation panel on Science Policy in Unexpected Places. First, more science communication is happening, in more ways. Scientists are taking initiati...
09:25 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Dawkins on vivisection: "But can they suffer?"
The great moral philosopher Jeremy Bentham, founder of utilitarianism, famously said,'The question is not, "Can they reason?" nor, "Can they talk?" but rather, "Can they suffer?" Most peop...
09:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Biz Stone on Twitter's relationship with US gov: "You don't want it to look like you're in [their] pocket"
Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic has a snippet of Biz Stone's talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival in which he seems to express some unease about Twitter's cozy relationship with the US State Department. T...
08:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Amazon: associates program in California to be terminated (Update: Gov. signs tax law)
Amazon announced today that its Associates program is to be terminated in California, in response to a new sales tax bill there. The move appears to be pre-emptive hardball to try and avert the bill b...
08:13 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing JFK runway closed due to turtles all the way down
New York's JFK airport had to shut down a runway today because more than 150 diamondback terrapin turtles were hanging out and gettin' it on.......
08:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Every Ray Harryhausen stop-motion monster ever, in one video
[Video Link]. As Mark explained in a prior BB post, "Ray Harryhausen is a stop-motion-animation wizard who is widely regarded as the master of old-school special effects." (via Aaron-Stewart Ahn)......
05:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Science-based running
Ooooh. Dave Munger, the co-founder of ResearchBlogging.org, has a new blog—Science-Based Running. Coverage includes topics like the connection between marathoning and heart disease, and the evid...
05:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright troll's biggest fan commits terminal irony
Sherman Frederick is a great fan of Righthaven, the copyright troll spun out of the Las Vegas Review Journal where Frederick was CEO. Righthaven isn't faring well in the courts these days, and Frederi...
05:28 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Amazing trains that never were
In honor of Japan's decision to build a $100 billion maglev train from Tokyo to Osaka, the Infrastructurist blog has put together a list of ambitious train projects that were never completed. Or, in ...
05:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Archipod: prefab garden offices
I once had a job where the company, which was based in a house, built me an office in a prefab shed in the backyard. I liked it a lot, but it didn't have the pop futuristic appeal of an Archipod! But ...
05:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Amazon: associates program in California to be terminated
Amazon announced today that its Associates program is to be terminated in California, in response to a new sales tax bill there. The move appears to be pre-emptive hardball to try and avert the bill b...
05:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Book about the cultural history of shoplifting
Here's an interesting book: The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting. Apparently, the author's previous book was about the history of striptease. Next up: Gluttony? (Via Graham Farmelo)......
05:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing What happens when middle-aged ladies swear
A couple of years ago, some researchers at Keele University in England published a study purporting to show that swearing relieved pain. It was a small study (just 67 participants) and the explanatio...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Amazon kills associates program in California
Amazon just announced that the Amazon Associates program is to be terminated in California, in response to a new sales tax law in the state. The move appears to be pre-emptive hardball to try and aver...
04:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Strange lights in the sky
This amazing video was shot at an astronomical observatory in Hawaii. It's real, according to Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait. In fact, there's another camera that captures the same phenomenon from a...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing The Smithsonian Institution to get down, get funky
The Smithsonian has acquired Soul Train. And there's a party tomorrow night to celebrate. (Via Dr. Hypercube)......
03:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with The Lizardman
Happy mutant Erik "Lizardman" Sprague, who I'm proud to say is an active member of the BB community, was immortalized in a wax figure unveiled last weekend at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square...
03:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Looking for a journalism job? AP's hiring for North Korea bureau
Who says good jobs in the news biz are hard to find? A post in Pyongyang sounds like a rip-roarin' good time.......
03:26 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Audio: Blagojevich trying to sell Obama's senate seat
Blago Audio: Barack Obama's senate seat is "a valuable thing - you don't just give it away for nothing."......
03:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Report: MySpace sold for $35 million. Did that include Tila Tequila?
All Things D reports that News Corp has sold MySpace to advertising network Specific Media for $35 million. The price is well below the $100 million that News Corp. had been hoping for and a chasm awa...
02:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Molested Cars
Molested Cars is a site that keeps track of automobiles that have fallen victim to inappropriate modifications. [Thanks, Michael!]......
02:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Will 'bionic bodies' offer high-tech hope to the disabled?
PBS NewsHour has a new piece by Miles O'Brien on the latest in bionics, and how new technologies are extending physical and sensory capacities for people with serious disabilities— and changing...
02:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Pizzanomics: What's the link between cost of a NYC slice and cost of subway ride?
[video link] Internets Celebrities, starring Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam, is my new favorite internet video series. You'll see these guys on the Boing Boing Video in-flight television channel on Virgin A...
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Jill Miller's Milk Truck: ice cream truck converted to breastfeeding station
Jill Miller, the provocative performance artist behind Waiting For Bigfoot and The Cupcake Project is hoping to convert an ice cream truck into a mobile public breastfeeding shelter. With a huge brea...
02:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Google's semi-annual transparency report: government takedown requests for 2010
Google's semi-annual Transparency Report features detailed analysis and statistics for government takedown requests, broken down by nation. From this, I learned that Brazil's government sends more Goo...
02:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing What's wrong with saying "fanboy"
Admonitory words from Cennydd Bowles on "fanboy," which I'll cop to having uttered now and again: "The word 'fanboy' bites into the world's greatest values - loyalty, enthusiasm, passion, and love - a...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Tabloid celebrates Diana centenary, 2061
Previously: Newsweek ages Diana to 50 in ultimate photoshop disaster......
01:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Why writers should have their own domains
Great, sage advice from John Scalzi about why a writer might want to pay to register a domain in the era of Facebook: So, let's go back to 1998. You're a new writer and you want to establish a permane...
01:07 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk pirate ship needs your dough
Andy sez, "A group of dedicated, hard working engineer-artists need your help putting the final touches on a unique land-sailing, steampunkish pirate ship, homeport Portland, Oregon, USA. Built from s...
01:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a 555 chip footstool
The good folks at Evil Mad Scientist Labs created this footstall in the form of an old-school 555 chip, and were kind enough to produce a HOWTO so you can make your own: The paint was applied in sever...
10:22 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Band Expos wins ownership of trademark from do-nothing promoters
The band Expos, founded in the 1980s, was conceived of by promoters. The performers--Jeanette Jurado, Anne Curless, Kelly Moneymaker and Gioia Bruno--despite having frequently signed contracts that ex...
09:25 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Penguin kids' classic audiobook ads
Malaysia's Y&R agency created these fantastic "ear worm" ads for a line of Penguin kids' classic audiobooks. I love the combination of kids' book illustration with anatomical detail and a Penguin-Clas...
03:02 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Google's annual transparency report: government takedown requests for 2010
Google's annual Transparency Report features detailed analysis and statistics for government takedown requests, broken down by nation. From this, I learned that Brazil's government sends more Google t...
03:01 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese government photoshop disaster goes viral
A crummy government photoshop propaganda disaster in China has turned into a meme among Chinese netizens, who are furiously remixing three enthusiastic government officials into all manner of situatio...
02:54 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Peek-a-Boo nudie beer glasses
From Collector's Weekly, an appreciation for the "peek-a-boo" beer glass with a decal of a clothed woman on the outside, and a matching "nude" (but draped) decal on the inside. My grandfather's rec-ro...
02:46 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Nina Paley's Attribution Song - the difference between copying and plagiarism
Nina Paley's latest meme-y video, "Credit is Due (The Attribution Song)" is a great, provocative one-minute short on the value of correctly attributing work when you use it. Paley is a thoughtful copy...
02:41 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright troll's biggest fan commits terminal irony
Sherman Frederick is a great fan of Righthaven, the copyright troll spun out of the Las Vegas Review Journal where Frederick was CEO. Righthaven isn't faring well in the courts these days, and Frederi...
01:56 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Candy Crystal Skulls
From Cryptocurium, the confectioner who brought you Chocothulhu and the Lovecraft Lollipops, comes these Candy Crystal Skulls: "Each skull measures 3 1/2 inches long by 2 1/2 inches tall (about the si...
01:52 am PDT - Wed, June 29, 2011
BoingBoing Brooding, beautiful black-velvet tiki paintings
Jfrancis sez, "If you've written off black velvet paintings, give these a look. The artist's handling of light and mood is excellent." The artist in question is Robb Hamel, and I fully concur. This is...
10:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Newsweek ages Diana to 50 in ultimate photoshop disaster
It is "rather jarring," writes Matt Donnelly of the LA Times.......
09:17 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing NYT gadget guru David Pogue in professional ethics kerfuffle (again)
Foster Kamer, at NYO: "David Pogue is, for the Times, a valuable asset. He has been called the "Oprah of Gadgets." His Twitter follower count exceeds that of the entire Times technology reporting staf...
08:27 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Silicon Valley's secret military history
The psychedelic history of Silicon Valley is well-told in two recent fantastic books, John Markoff's What The Dormouse Said and Fred Turner's From Counterculture to Cyberculture. But there's another s...
05:32 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing New Mexico fire threatens Los Alamos nuclear site
(Image: Fire 27 June 2011 268, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from losalamosnatlab's photostream) Christian Science Monitor: "For the second time in 11 y...
05:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Young female journalist "embeds" as cosplay maid to cover anime convention
"I was at Katsucon, a Washington, D.C. convention that caters to fans of Japanese animation. The restaurant I was working at was inspired by the “maid cafes” of Tokyo, where people can hav...
05:18 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Digging up Shakespeare's remains for drug testing?
Did Shakespeare smoke weed? University of the Witwatersrand anthropologist Francis Thackeray thinks he did. He'd like a chance to prove that, and also learn more about the Bard's life and death, b...
05:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Billy Ripken's Fuck Face baseball card
I don't give a damn about sports, but I do love this kinda thing. In 1989, Fleer Corporation released this baseball card for Baltimore Orioles player Billy Ripken. Ooops. From Wikipedia: Fleer subsequ...
05:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Alien wedding cake
This HR Giger/Alien wedding cake from Jet City Cakes in Kirkland, WA, is bursting with delightfulness! H.R. Giger Cake (Thanks, RickKleffel!)......
04:57 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Congress now able to use Skype, Oovoo for videoconferencing, dickpic-sharing
On the official Skype blog today, news that "The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Administration announced that they will open up the world of Skype communications to Members of Congress and...
04:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Billy Ripkin's Fuck Face baseball card
I don't give a damn about sports, but I do love this kinda thing. In 1989, Fleer Corporation released this baseball card for Baltimore Orioles player Billy Ripken. Ooops. From Wikipedia: Fleer subsequ...
04:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Google launches Facebook competitor Google+
Google today launched a social network: Google+. The emphasis in launch PR seems to be on user privacy, and controlling who you share what with.......
04:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing China: Artist and dissident Ai Weiwei freed, but must pay 1.85 million
The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is out of detention, but must pay the government $1.85 million in "back taxes and fines."......
04:43 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Congress now able to use Skype, Oovoo for videoconferencing, dickpic-sharing
On the official Skype blog today, news that "The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Administration announced that they will open up the world of Skype communications to Members of Congress and...
04:39 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Iowa woman's home raided in hunt for LulzSec
Gawker's Adrian Chen speaks to 29-year-old Laurelai Bailey whose home was raided last Thursday by FBI agents going after LulzSec.......
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Afghanistan: Terrorist attack reported at Kabul Intercontinental hotel
"A major terrorist attack has taken place on the Inter-Continental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. A number of armed men have reportedly entered the hotel, with explosions and shots reported in...
04:31 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing When "Hair" came to Memphis
This post at Dangerous Minds about the documentary "When Hair Came to Memphis," on the longhair musical hitting the Bible Belt, is a great piece of internet writing by Marc Campbell. But whoah man, t...
04:24 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing NYT gadget guru David Pogue in professional ethics kerfuffle (again)
Elizabeth Spiers, at NYO: "David Pogue is, for the Times, a valuable asset. He has been called the "Oprah of Gadgets." His Twitter follower count exceeds that of the entire Times technology reporting ...
04:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Apple offers refunds to upset Final Cut Pro X users, but "rage-quitting" exodus grows
As you may have heard on the internet, the recent update of Apple's popular video-editing software Final Cut Pro has left many professional users very upset. Today, there's news that Apple will offer ...
03:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Apple offers refunds to upset Final Cut Pro X users, but "rage-quitting" exodus grows
As you may have heard on the internet, the recent update of Apple's popular video-editing software Final Cut Pro has left many professional users very upset. Today, there's news that Apple will offer ...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Record storage as art
Looking for vinyl storage solutions, I came across these two images. They're not really record storage systems. Well, they're real, but they're art. Created by David Ellis, they're titled "This could...
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Silicon Valley's secret military history
The psychedelic history of Silicon Valley is well-told in two recent fantastic books, John Markoff's What The Dormouse Said and Fred Turner's From Counterculture to Cyberculture. But there's another s...
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Nebraska nuclear power plant still holding out against Midwest floods
Among the places surrounded by floodwaters in the American Midwest: Nebraska's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station. And when I say "surrounded," I mean literally. The power plant is a berm- and sandba...
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Canned responses to people who reply to you on Twitter in a stupid manner
I love @pourmecoffee's list of canned replies to people on Twitter who "at" him with dumb responses to his funny tweets. One could use these canned replies for internet commentry in general, not just ...
02:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Watchismo winners! [Giveaways]
The winners of the Watchismo Diesel watch giveaway are Hedge a Log, who won the DZ4202; Dawn Marie Pickett Currin, who won the DZ4201; and Guy Kelly, who won the DZ7221. Many thanks to everyone for pa...
02:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Baseball, cheating, and physics
Some good news for Sammy Sosa fans still whispering, "Say it ain't so." Back in 2003, Sosa was caught using a corked bat—a normal wooden bat hollowed out in the center and stuffed with lighter ...
02:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Wyoming's corporation mills manufacture privileged artificial "people" to order
Dan "Mediactive" Gillmor sez, "Looks like corporations (i.e. the people who control them) have more rights to privacy in America than regular citizens. This terrific investigative piece by Reuters (co...
01:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Giant squid found off Florida coast
Fishermen in Florida found a 23-foot-long giant squid floating dead in the Atlantic. Some of you will be impressed by this. Others will complain that, at only 23 feet, this squid wasn't even all that ...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Canned responses to people who reply to you on Twitter in a stupid manner
I love @pourmecoffee's list of canned replies to people on Twitter who "at" him with dumb responses to his funny tweets. One could use these canned replies for internet commentry in general, not just ...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Ballad of a sort-of frog
If this Purple Frog doesn't look very frog-like, he apologizes. It's just that the last time he shared an ancestor with the rest of frog-kind was back on the supercontinent of Gondwana. For more weird...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing DIY wordy birthday cake with fondant font
Anna in NY contributed this photo to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, and explains, "My niece Deepa helped me make the decorations for Jack's 80th birthday cake from rolled fondant. She said it was just l...
01:26 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Snow monkey chillin' in a hot spring, Nagano, Japan (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader appurupai shot some wonderful photos of a snow monkey (Japanese Macaque) relaxing in a natural hot spring pool in Jigokudani Monkey Park, in Nagano, Japan. These li...
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Beer archaeology doesn't always go according to plan
Yesterday, David posted about a beer archaeologist, who uncovers the secrets behind historic and ancient brews. Today, I present you some news from the world of beer archaeology: A Finnish team has re...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing What not to do in a public health slideshow presentation
I'm normally all for humor in science communication, but this has me a little bothered. Mother Jones has a story up about a neurological disorder that affected several line workers at a Hormel factory...
01:13 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing 7-Up to moms: "Give 7-Up to your babies!" (1956)
This 1956 Life ad for 7-Up urges parents to feed it to babies: "For a fact, you can even give this sparkling drink to babies--and without any qualms. Lots of mothers do just that!" 1956 Ad Says Feed 7...
01:11 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing YouTube listens to fraudulent NyanCat takedown notice, drags heels on put-back from creator
PRGuitarMan, creator of the awesome, meme-y, immensely popular NyanCat video, did not file a YouTube copyright claim resulting in the video's takedown; but someone impersonating him did. And though Yo...
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Sony's 2011 Vaio Z
Sony's Vaio Z has a 13.1" 1600x900 display, an i7 processor, 256GB solid state drive, and has about the same dimensions as (but is a little lighter than) the 13" MBA. It also has a backlit keyboard, H...
01:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing New KFC TV ad directed by Peter Serafinowicz
[Video Link, follow Peter Serafinowicz on Twitter here.]......
12:45 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Raising funds for "Super Street Fire," Toronto Site3 hackspace's magnificent real-world mind-activated flamethrower game
Arnon sez, "Super Street Fire (Championship Edition) is the latest project at Site3, the same folks who created interactive fire installations like The Heart Machine and Flux & Fire (all viewable at ...
12:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Lactating woman sprays police with breast milk
An Ohio woman was arrested Monday and charged with disorderly conduct after spraying sheriff's deputies with her own breast milk. Reuters' Cynthia Johnston writes: Sheriff Walter L. Davis III said tha...
12:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Review: Energizer Flickering LED Candle Lights
These actually produce no illumination at all; they are a fraction of the brightness of a single period on the colon in a vintage digital alarm clock. Nor are they "romantic." Words alone cannot expre...
07:27 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage 1960s British science fiction TV shows that never were
Zack sez, "If you like 1960s SF TV with lots of exploding models and strange names, there's a pair of unaired British pilots on YouTube well worth checking out. Roberta Leigh, who'd created the popula...
04:16 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Makielab hums along nicely
My wife's startup, Makielab, is humming along nicely, and filling our house with excitement -- 3D printing meets online worlds for kids = awesomesauce.......
02:49 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Giant Millennium Falcon beanbag
This killer one-off Millennium Falcon beanbag was made for the Adidas pavilion at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival in 2010 by a company called Woouf. It's a damned shame that it was a one-off, bec...
02:43 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Six Million Dollar Man action figure ad
From the Vintage Ads group, this 1970s ad for the Six Million Dollar Man action figure, with his bionic eye and many awesome accessories. This is the first birthday present I remember receiving, in 19...
02:39 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing 1955 scanned Disneyland guidebook from opening year
Disney By Mark has scanned and uploaded a 1955 Disneyland guidebook, produced in the park's first year of operation. It's full of contrafactual notes about forthcoming attractions that never emerged, ...
02:27 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Cameramail: sending disposable cams through the post with a note asking posties to take pix
Matthew McVickar designs these Cameramail packages with disposable film-cameras taped to their front and a note exhorting posties to take pictures of themselves and environs as the package passes thro...
02:16 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Space Invaders watch
Romain Jerome's Space Invaders watch features a dial etched with a (non-playable) scene from Space Invaders, and a case made with fragments form the Apollo 11 capsule. It also features self-parodying ...
02:10 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Robot armpit
Kevin Grennan created this Robot Armpit prototype. There's more good stuff about his work with robots that smell scary in this We Make Money Not Art interview and profile, in honor of The Smell of Con...
02:06 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Charge dropped against woman who taped cops from own yard
Emily Good, the Rochester woman who was arrested for filming a traffic stop from the vantage point of her own front yard, won't have to go to court. The District Attorney's office said the charge of i...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing Tool Dots: Adhesive-backed rare-earth magnets for tool organization
Jeff sez, "We'd put tools into the tool drawer but they'd never come out. Other tool storage systems didn't suit us, so we created the Tool Dot. A tiny, powerful, magnetic tool holder that you stick t...
01:16 am PDT - Tue, June 28, 2011
BoingBoing The People v Magic Underwear
Lobatoz v. Dream Products Inc., a California class-action suit, seeks damages against a company that sold magic magnetic underwear. The same firm also sells magic Jesonian Copper Magnetic Therapy brac...
10:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Near-Earth asteroid fails to destroy mankind, obliterate all living things
An asteroid "with an estimated girth as large as a garbage truck" zoomed just 7,500 miles away from Earth today, flying over the Atlantic Ocean without incident. In related news, you are still alive. ...
10:46 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Conan O'Brien's video editors like the new Apple Final Cut Pro X
Video Link [via The Next Web, thanks Susannah Breslin and Eric Mittleman!]......
10:41 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing "Smurfs" world record attempt in Mexico
A little girl dressed as "Smurfette" attends a promotional event in Mexico City June 25, 2011. Promoters for the film "The Smurfs" gathered volunteers dressed as "Smurfs" to take part in a Global Guin...
10:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing What $41 million buys: Color vs. mlkshk
One photo-sharing social media service launched with $41 million in VC funding. A similar startup launched with zero. Compare the two. (via @antderosa)......
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing The People v Magic Underwear
Lobatoz v. Dream Products Inc., a California class-action suit, seeks damages against a company that sold magic magnetic undewear. The same firm also sells magic Jesonian Copper Magnetic Therapy brace...
04:37 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Fatality! Supreme court performs finishing move on violent game ban
The United States Supreme Court today struck down a California law that bans sales or rentals of "violent video games" to minors, ruling that the state law is a violation of free-speech rights. This i...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Warrantless GPS spying case to go before Supreme Court
Busy day for technology-related cases in the U.S. Supreme Court! The high court agreed today to hear a lawsuit that will determine if police have to get a judge's approval before installing GPS tracke...
03:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing AdWeek thinks all black guys look the same?
AdWeek, you dun goofed. That is not Baratunde Thurston.......
03:52 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec disbands, Anonymous dumps, what's next in #Antisec? Xeni on The Madeleine Brand radio show
I joined the Madeleine Brand show this morning for a radio discussion around news that LulzSec has disbanded, and/or re-absorbed by the primordial ooze of Anonymous from whence they came. Listen here....
03:45 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Lalo Schifrin and the Marquis de Sade
Lalo Schifrin, the genre-defining composer of such classic film and TV scores as Dirty Harry, Mission Impossible, and Starsky and Hutch, apparently found inspiration in the Marquis de Sade, via Peter ...
03:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Not all those who wander are lost
Etsy shop OfTheFountain is currently on vacation, alas. I'm tempted to try my own hand at making one of these. Custom tag (Sold out) [Etsy via the Thinking Tank/This Isn't Happiness]......
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing RIP: editor and anthologist Martin Greenberg
Julia says, "Tor.com reports that Martin Greenberg, well known sci-fi/fantasy writer and editor has passed away." I wrote stories for a number of Greenberg anthologies and found him to epitomize great...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Beer archaeologist
Patrick McGovern, 66, is a beer archeaologist. An adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, he's considered the world's leading expert on ancient fermented beverages. Smithsonian profiles M...
02:40 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Elderly woman feeds weed to rabbits
A Brandenburg, Germany police officer noticed a plot of pot plants while driving by a house in the village of Golzow. When the cops rang the doorbells, an 84-year-old woman answered. She claimed to gi...
02:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Disturbing, vulnerable, sculptures from the Singularity
Michele sez, "The human Singularity as seen by a visual artist Patricia Piccinini, in an exihibition at Istanbul. Piccinini's creatures are moving, vulnerable, disturbingly human." Their size, propor...
02:16 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Reading of Mark Twain's "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper"
Here's my reading of Mark Twain's classic short story, How I Edited an Agricultural Paper, a seriously funny and trenchant look at both journalism and agriculture. The guano is a fine bird, but great ...
02:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing EFF's 21st Century bust-cards
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's new 'Know Your Digital Rights' guide is a bust-card for the Twenty-First Century, explaining your rights when it comes to searches of your phone, computer, laptop ...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Yahoo! logo and an early Yippies logo
Looking through the huge stack of FOIA-revealed 1960s-vintage FBI documents on the Yippies (The Youth International Party), I spotted this logo used on an early flyer. I wonder if it was an inspiratio...
02:06 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Video: happy baboushkas singing and drinking
While searching for this video of the Buranovo Babushkas performing on Eurovision, my pal Marina Gorbis stumbled across this far superior group of babushkas happily singing, swearing, and drinking vod...
02:03 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Subliminal self-help record player
Ben Sweetland was a 1970s icon of self-help and pop psychology perhaps best known for his books I Will, I Can, and Grow Rich While You Sleep. Not only did Sweetland produce self-help records to comple...
12:48 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, available online
You've long heard it spoken of in hushed whispers. Not just a book of kids' chemistry experiments, but THE book of kids' chemistry experiments. Supposedly, according to utterly unsubstantiated rumor, ...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Black student locked to locker, fellow students walk off yelling "Slave for Sale!"
A 17-year-old African American student in Santa Monica, California (a beachside LA enclave known mostly for yoga, kombucha, surfers, and actors) was victimized by fellow students on his high school wr...
12:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Apply to live in the Museum of Science and Industry for a month
What are you doing between October 19 and November 17? If you're lucky, you could spend that month living in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Last year, the Museum hosted a "science roomm...
12:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Abandoned rocket factory in the Everglades
This short documentary by Coffee and Celluloid Productions tells the fascinating story behind a haunting collection of abandoned buildings in Florida. In 1963, a company called Aerojet built a rocket ...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Review: Field-testing the Toddy T2N cold-brew coffee system
By day Thomas "cmdln" Gideon works at the intersection of technology and public policy, on issues ranging from Internet freedom and network neutrality to copyright. In his spare time he is a home brew...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Reference librarian happy to Boing
Bibliotek sez, "Something that this librarian already knew... Greg Hill, in Fairbanks, writes about visiting Boing Boing while on the Reference Desk......
11:58 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO: Shave a snazzy hedge-maze into your deep-pile carpet
Here's a snazzy MAKE: special project: I saw an expensive designer "labyrinth" carpet like this in a catalog years ago, and wondered at the time if I could recreate the effect on the cheap by taking e...
11:50 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous takes over as LulzSec sails off into sunset
Illustration: Rob Beschizza. As noted on Boing Boing over the weekend, LulzSec has called it quits, amid increasing efforts by the FBI and other agencies to track them down—and amid a steady st...
11:48 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Priorities
Fact: The United States military spends more money in Afghanistan and Iraq, on just air conditioning alone, than NASA gets in their entire budget. (Via Matthew Francis)......
11:45 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Snail attack
I'm just going to quote from the YouTube description of this video. Native snails in NZ are big, mean and carnivorous. They hunt their prey by stealth. When the attack comes, it is sudden, ruthless an...
11:39 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman singing a song about Joan of Arc
Minnesota Public Radio wrapped up another fabulous season of WITS last Friday. Besides being the first thing I've ever bought season tickets for, WITS is best described as the very nerdy, slightly tip...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Reference librarian happy to Boing
Bibliotek sez, "Something that this librarian already knew... Greg Hill, in Fairbanks, writes about visiting Boing Boing while on the Reference Desk......
11:31 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Massive FBI trove on Yippies released under FOIA
Government Attic received, following a Freedom of Information Act request, 6,600 pages of FBI reports into the Youth International Party, or Yippies, famed for combining radical politics with humor. I...
11:20 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman singing a song about Joan of Arc
Minnesota Public Radio wrapped up another fabulous season of WITS last Friday. Besides being the first thing I've ever bought season tickets for, WITS is best described as the very nerdy, slightly tip...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Reading of Mark Twain's "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper"
Here's my reading of Mark Twain's classic short story, How I Edited an Agricultural Paper, a seriously funny and trenchant look at both journalism and agriculture. The guano is a fine bird, but great ...
11:15 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, available online
You've long heard it spoken of in hushed whispers. Not just a book of kids' chemistry experiments, but THE book of kids' chemistry experiments. Supposedly, according to utterly unsubstantiated rumor, ...
10:59 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Broccoli treehouse
Brock Davis made this delightful thing. [via Boing Boing Flickr Pool and Laughing Squid]......
10:55 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Amazing Lego creations
Dan Rutter has a roundup of "clever Lego things on the web," including mechanized Starcraft units, a harpsichord, and this dissected frog: "... these models are like Raven from Snow Crash. They just r...
10:47 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Bloopdy wooden grid sculpture looks neat
Artist Cha Jong Rye "focuses on the dialectical relationship between wood and land, material and nature on the surface of her sculptures. There is a sense of poise and connectedness within the allotte...
10:38 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie Mario T-shirt
By Phil Jones for Woot, this fantastic Mario tee is just $10.......
08:23 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Lavie Tidhar: sf story about the way that sf stories see aliens
Lavie Tidhar sez, "As soon as I wrote this story I realised I would most likely have to self-publish it. To my delighted surprise, though, an editor at one of the big online [SF] magazines offered me,...
07:25 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Lavie Tidhar: sf story about the way that sf stories see aliens
Lavie Tidhar sez, ""As soon as I wrote this story I realised I would most likely have to self-publish it. To my delighted surprise, though, an editor at one of the big online [SF] magazines offered me...
04:31 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Paramount sends copyright notice to Shapeways user over 3D printable Super 8 cube
Tblatt sez, "Paramount Pictures's lawyers send a cease and desist email to a designer for a CAD design listed on Shapeways. It was a box that was a replica of the cube from their movie Super 8. The le...
03:10 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Advice Goddess: How much longer must we be subjected to invasive TSA patdowns?
Marilyn sez, "Syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon blogged about the TSA patdown she received in March at an airport that involved the officer's hand going into her vagina four times. Recently someon...
02:44 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Victorian and classical cameos carved out of Oreos
XXV sez, "Sculptor Judith Klausner has been carving classically- and Victorian-inspired cameos out of Oreo cookies. Her most recent series -- From Scratch -- explores traditional handicrafts using mas...
02:37 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice alleged to have choked liberal colleague
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser -- part of the conservative majority that approved the legality of governor Scott Walker's union-busting legislation -- is alleged to have choked his coll...
02:33 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Billy The Kid photo sells for $2.3 million
This here is Billy The Kid. And this here photo of Billy just sold at auction for $2.3 million. To one of them Koch brothers. From Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction: 130 years ago, legendary out...
02:12 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Hollywoodonomics: how Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix "lost" $167M
Last summer, Deadline released this balance-sheet ("participation statement") detailing the alleged financial state of the corporate entity struck to run the Warner Bros movie "Harry Potter and The Or...
01:58 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Undercover video from North Korea: starving children, hungry soldiers
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has released undercover video depicting living conditions in North Korea. The video shows grimy children begging, laborers building a private rail system intend...
01:50 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing The Curfew: a game about civil liberties and teenagers
Play This Thing reviews The Curfew, a game about civil liberties and teenagers that my wife, Alice Taylor commissioned for UK broadcaster Channel 4. The game, produced by Littleloud and written by Kie...
12:43 am PDT - Mon, June 27, 2011
BoingBoing Billy The Kid photo sells for $2.3 million
This here is Billy The Kid. And this here photo of Billy just sold at auction for $2.3 million. From Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction: 130 years ago, legendary outlaw Billy the Kid had his &quo...
06:14 pm PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Man found dead in toilet at rock festival
A local Conservative party politician was found dead in a portable lavatory at Britain's Glastonbury rock festival Sunday morning. [Telegraph]......
04:27 pm PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Man found dead in toilet at rock festival
A local Conservative party politician was found dead in a portable lavatory at Britain's Glastonbury rock festival Sunday morning.[Telegraph]......
02:44 pm PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Time Travel web-lecture with Connie Willis and Ted Chiang
Tony C Smith from StarShipSofa sez, Come along and listen to two award-winning SF writers at the top of their games, Connie Willis and Ted Chiang, as they give a live online talk/lecture on the idea a...
12:44 pm PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Skype and investor Silver Lake screwed employees out of stock options
Skype and Silver Lake, a large investor, recently fired a bunch of senior executives, allegedly to prevent their stock gaining real value in a forthcoming acquisition by Microsoft. Digging into the co...
10:08 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Skype and investor Silver Lake screwed employees out of stock options
Skype and Silver Lake, a large investor, recently fired a bunch of senior executives, allegedly to prevent their stock gaining real value in a forthcoming acquisition by Microsoft. Digging into the co...
09:46 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing HP readies 7" tab
HP is planning to release an as-yet unannounced 7" tablet this summer, according to reports in a Taiwan newspaper. [Gizmodo]......
09:40 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Broccoli treehouse
Brock Davis made this delightful thing. [via Laughing Squid]......
09:20 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Laird Scranton
Laird Scranton is an independent software developer from Albany, New York. He is the author of several books and articles on African and Egyptian mythology and language. Avi Solomon: Who are the Dogon...
01:58 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Snappy answers to freaky job-interview questions
Responding to a CBS Moneywatch column on the 20 Craziest Job Interview Questions, The Morning News's Giles Turnbull has attempted to answer them: Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Would you be okay hearing "no" ...
01:54 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Locus Award winners
Locus magazine has announced the winners of this year's Locus Award: * Science Fiction Novel: Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra) * Fantasy Novel: Kraken, China Miville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)...
01:39 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing TSA asked 95 year old woman in a wheelchair in terminal stage of leukemia to remove adult diaper for pat-down
Jean Weber has filed a complaint with the TSA over the way they treated her mother prior to boarding a Northwest Florida Regional Airport-Michigan flight last weekend. Weber's mother is 95 years old a...
12:10 am PDT - Sun, June 26, 2011
BoingBoing Apple II Concert streaming live from Machine Project in LA today, with Jason Torchinsky
--> Phil Merkow of Yowie.com says, An awesome concert experiment is taking place today, Saturday June 25, in Los Angeles at Machine Project Gallery in Echo Park. As a grand "musical" experiment, noted...
08:42 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec dumps what they claim is "final" release, with signoff statement: "50 Days of Lulz"
Lulz Security, or LulzSec, just released a sort of "50 day retrospective" and farewell statement on Pastebin, along with a torrent that is listed as containing a new set of ill-gotten files. We haven'...
08:14 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec dumps what they claim is "final" release: "50 Days of Lulz"
Lulz Security, or LulzSec, just released a sort of "50 day retrospective" essay on Pastebin, along with a torrent that is listed as containing the following files (we haven't downloaded and analyzed y...
03:34 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Apple II Concert streaming live from Machine Project in LA today, with Jason Torchinsky
Phil Merkow of Yowie.com says, An awesome concert experiment is taking place today, Saturday June 25, in Los Angeles at Machine Project Gallery in Echo Park. As a grand "musical" experiment, noted loo...
03:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing "Hot News" doctrine gets a body-blow
Electronic Frontier Foundation copyright attorney Corynne McSherry has news about Barclays v FlyOnTheWall.com, a case that asked the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on whether the "Hot News" d...
02:42 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Great aunt Kathleen was an automaton
How to Be a Retronaut reader Jimmy Anderson sent in photos and an account of his great aunt Kathleen, who toured the world hidden in the belly of an "automaton" exhibited by a showman called Professor...
02:36 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Solar-powered 3D sand-printer
Proff sez, "Markus Kayser built a 3D printer that works with solar power to heat up sand and form objects like a regular 3D printer, by taking the energy and the raw material directly out of the deser...
02:32 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Seagull steals video camera, thereby creating seagullcam
Video Link. Via Metafilter.......
02:26 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Buddy Holly's first-ever recording, from 1949
Skullington sez, "In 1949, at the age of twelve, Buddy Holly made his first home recording on a wire recorder. The song 'My Two Timing Woman' displays some remarkably skillful flat picking skills, but...
01:51 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Wilco's Solid Sound Festival under way in Massachusetts
If you're in quick-traveling distance to Mass MOCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, you owe it to yourself to attend Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. The fest kicked off yesterday and continues through Sun...
01:40 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Alex Jones: "The DMT elves want the elites to kill us all."
Do yourself a favor today, and watch this truly exceptional Alex Jones rant. Clockwork elves, hyperdimensional eyes, and the government elite conspiracy to dose and rule us all.......
01:34 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Apple 2 Orchestra streaming live from Machine Project in LA today, with Jason Torchinsky
Phil Merkow of Yowie.com says, An awesome concert experiment that is taking place today, Saturday June 25, in Los Angeles at Machine Project Gallery in Echo Park. As a grand "musical" experiment, note...
01:27 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday!
Photo contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Spookypeanut.......
01:24 pm PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing They Might Be Giants launches video contest judged by John Hodgman
[Video Link] BIG CATURDAY NEWS YOU GUYS. John Flansburgh of They Might be Giants is a Boing Boing reader, and he sends word that the band are launching a fan-made video contest for their song "Can't K...
03:51 am PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Automatic TV ad, 1957
My goodness, there's a lot to like about this 1957 ad for Crossley's "Fully Automatic" TVs. First of all: the sets are gorgeous. And the lady with the pearl bracelets who's effortlessly tuning her set...
03:47 am PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing Branch Holder for making stick-swords
This is a cute design concept: a rubber sword-guard intended to be affixed to stray branches to make them more sword-like. I can't tell whether designer Naama Agassi has produced these, but they look ...
02:14 am PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing New York legislature says "I do" to same-sex marriage (big photo gallery)
People on the street cheer after the New York Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York June 24, 2011. The state legislature of New York tonight made same-sex marriages legal. New York ...
01:49 am PDT - Sat, June 25, 2011
BoingBoing New York legislature says "I do" to same-sex marriage (big photo gallery)
People on the street cheer after the New York Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage in New York June 24, 2011. The state legislature of New York tonight made same-sex marriages legal. New York ...
10:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing ... And just one more thing
[Video Link] Columbo was as much a part of my childhood as Big Bird, She-Ra, and Jim Lehrer. In honor of Peter Falk's passing, I present this clip of America's greatest detective explaining why he lov...
08:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing ... And just one more thing
Columbo was as much a part of my childhood as Big Bird, She-Ra, and Jim Lehrer. In honor of Peter Falk's passing, I present this clip of America's greatest detective explaining why he loves his job. I...
07:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Hackers publish "private" Tony Blair info
Team Poison, one of hacking outfit LulzSec's rivals, has published what it claims is private information about former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other British government officials. In this ...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Peter Falk, 1927-2011
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05:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Bin Laden wanted a marketing makeover for al Qaeda, documents show
Documents obtained by US special forces from the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed show that the terror mastermind was considering a rebranding campaign for al Qaeda, and a possible merger wit...
05:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Cellphone from bin Laden raid links al Qaeda to Pakistan's intelligence agency
When US forces raided that Abbotabad compound and killed bin Laden, they brought back the cellphone belonging to OBL's "trusted courier." That device "contained contacts to a militant group that is a ...
05:42 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing NTSB report blames cellphone, laptop distraction for "Duck Boat" incident that killed 2, injured 26
Multitasking sinks ships. From gcaptain, the maritime professionals' blog: The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today determined that the mate operating a tugboat near Philadelphia on July ...
05:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Bin Laden wanted a marketing makeover for al Qaeda, compound documents show
Documents obtained by US special forces from the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed show that the terror mastermind was considering a rebranding campaign for al Qaeda, and a possible merger wit...
05:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Gawker chats up someone identified as a LulzSec member
"LulzSec is the expression of energy through comically malicious and entertaining cybermaterials."—"Topiary," as interviewed over Skype chat by Gawker's Adrian Chen. This person is identified as...
05:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Survey: Nine out of ten businesses have had a data breach in the past year
SC Magazine: "Ninety percent of organizations have sustained at least one data breach in the past year, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Ponemon Institute and Juniper Networks." Wait. T...
04:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Lulz Logs Leaked
Looks like someone affiliated with LulzSec leaked some chat logs to the Guardian. Here's the breathless analysis. For what it's worth, Boing Boing has not independently verified the validity of these ...
04:49 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing How to hack the New York Times paywall
[Video Link] It is very complicated. Here is a very important world exclusive video explaining the complex hacking skills required. (Joe Sabia)......
04:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Russia: head of online payments company arrested over cyber-attack on rival
Authorities in Russia have arrested Pavel Vrublevsky, co-founder of Russia's biggest online payment processor ChronoPay, over charges that he paid a hacker to attack his company's competitors. More: J...
03:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Peter Falk, 1927-2011
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01:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing First Hobbit stills released
Behold! Martin Freeman as Bilbo. [EW via @Tour_with]......
12:36 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing What is Horsebic?
I am so very glad you asked. "Horsebic is a riding lesson without horses. It's a new innovation from FinIand trademarked for physical education." [video link, thanks Robert Popper] * Pronounced "horse...
12:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Gruesome anti-smoking messages: do they really deter smoking?
Starting in 2012, cigarette packs in the United States will carry new warning labels that show some rather gruesome depictions of the consequences of smoking. I would have thought this would be a dete...
12:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Skynet: It began in Vegas
The State of Nevada has become the first to legalize driverless cars.......
11:56 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Early 20th century electricity class
Matt Novak of Paleofuture sent me this great photo of an early 20th century trade school electricity class. According to the Library of Congress, there's no specific date associated with this shot, al...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Walking Dead 14: taking things-get-worse stories as far as they'll go
Robert Kirkman's and company have been producing Walking Dead comics for for eight years now, hewing to a simple and effective formula: put intelligent people in a terrible situation, have them try in...
11:05 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Comic Book Legal Defense Fund backs traveller arrested at Canadian border for "pornographic" manga on his hard drive
Charles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sez, "Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has formed a coalition to assist the defense of an American facing criminal charges in Canada for having manga comics...
10:56 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Rochester police use selective enforcement of parking laws to harass attendees at a meeting in support of Emily Good
A followup on Emily Good, the woman who was arrested for video-recording a police stop from her front yard: during a neighborhood meeting in support of Ms Good, Rochester Police came out with a ruler ...
10:29 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing The Power of Open: Stories of Creative Commons success
Jane from Creative Commons sez, Since last fall, we've been talking at length to various creators about their CC stories--the impact Creative Commons has had on their lives and in their respective fie...
08:55 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Jargon Watch: Infovegans versus Cookie Monsters
Two coinages from my Twitter feed this morning: Infovegan: One who refuses cookies* (@cjoh via @carlmalamud -- see infovegan.org for more) Cookie Monster: One who accepts cookies (JMike2) *Update: Mor...
07:31 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Eliza: what makes you think I'm a psychotherapeutic chatbot?
In a three-part history of the Eliza psychotherapeutic chatbot, Jimmy Maher ('the digital antiquarian') covers both the circumstances of Eliza's birth and the way that the people around her thought ab...
07:07 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Jargon Watch: Infovegans versus Cookie Monsters
Two coinages from my Twitter feed this morning: Infovegan: One who refuses cookies (@cjoh via @carlmalamud -- see infovegan.org for more) Cookie Monster: One who accepts cookies (JMike2) (Image: Cooki...
02:51 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing What happened before the Vancouver riot kiss
Here's a little video showing what happened before Alexandra Thomas and Scott Jones had their iconic kiss in the midst of the Vancouver riot -- basically, the Vancouver PD laid an unprovoked beating o...
02:47 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO: Bedside lamp in a hollow book
Here's a great HOWTO for building a bedside lamp in a hollow book. The book's cover is the switch, and the book's designer says he wanted to prove that literature is illuminating. How To: Not Your Ord...
02:42 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Artist's statement translated
Charlotte Young has produced an "artist's statement" video with handy subtitles intended to de-bullshytte-ify this often obscure literary form. Artist's Statement (via JWZ)......
02:40 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing Mexican Congress votes to reject ACTA
The Mexican Congress has passed a bill rejecting ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA was negotiated in secret, and, despite the name, is largely concerned with extremist copyright meas...
02:35 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing What are your favorite sfnal worlds?
Victoria sez, "Underland Press and author Jeff VanderMeer are building a book of the top 30 science fiction and fantasy worlds--from Ringworld to Dune, from Middle Earth to Lankhmar and beyond. This l...
02:34 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing CopWatch and OpenWatch: covert recording apps for interactions with authority figures
OpenWatch is a project that publishes open/free apps for Android and iOS; the apps (called "OpenWatch Recorder" and "CopRecorder") covertly record audio and, at your direction, transmits it to the Ope...
01:01 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec leaks Arizona law enforcement papers (Updated with excerpts)
LulzSec announced Thursday evening the publication at Pirate Bay of a trove of leaked material from Arizona law enforcement agencies. Arizona's Department of Public Safety confirmed shortly thereafter...
12:55 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing FBI steals Instapaper servers
The FBI, acting on a warrant, seized an internet scam ring's servers—and, apparently, those of everyone else in the datacenter rack. Among the victims of Operation Go Go Gadget Cybercrime Invest...
12:17 am PDT - Fri, June 24, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec leaks Arizona law enforcement papers (Updated with excerpts)
LulzSec just now announced a trove of leaked material from Arizona law enforcement agencies, made available as a 446MB torrent. We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training ma...
10:39 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Breaking: LulzSec leaks Arizona law enforcement papers (Updated: Details!)
LulzSec just now announced a trove of leaked material from Arizona law enforcement agencies, made available as a 446MB torrent. We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training ma...
10:11 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Why study brain injuries in a comic book?
Last week, I told you about a new, peer-reviewed study detailing more than 700 cases of traumatic brain injury in the comic Asterix. Yesterday, I went on New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth to ...
08:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing FBI steals Instapaper servers
The FBI, acting on a warrant, seized an internet scam ring's servers—and, apparently, those of everyone else in the datacenter rack. Among the victims of Operation Go Go Gadget Cybercrime Invest...
08:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Breaking: LulzSec leaks Arizona law enforcement papers
LulzSec just now announced a trove of leaked material from Arizona law enforcement agencies, made available as a 446MB torrent. We are releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training ma...
07:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Taiwan: Blogger fined $7K, jailed for 30 days over negative noodle review
(Photo: a delicious plate of noodles in Toronto by John Elmslie, contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.) A court in Taiwan this week ruled against a female food-blogger who said a local restauran...
05:09 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing High-tech venture capitalists to Congress: The PROTECT IP Act is bad for America
A reader writes: "Fifty-four venture capitalists from forty firms sent a letter to one hundred Senators and a number of Congressman expressing concern about S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act ('PIPA'), which ...
05:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing This could be inspiring, or the set up for a joke. You pick.
"Byliner.com wants to be the Pandora of narrative nonfiction."......
04:54 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Antibiotic resistance: It's more than just staph
Here's something that really is killing kids: A new strain of scarlet fever that's about twice as resistant to antibiotics as previous antibiotic-resistant strains. This is heart-wrenching. My thought...
04:48 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Pervious concrete is awesome, kind of zen
Pervious concrete is, basically, just concrete that allows water to flow through it. This has some benefits and detriments for urban environments, as explained on NPR's Science Friday. Frankly, though...
04:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Mara Hvistendahl responds to Richard Dawkins' BB guest-post on science and sex selection
Richard Dawkins contributed a guest post to Boing Boing over the weekend, sparked by a piece in the Guardian about Mara Hvistendahl's book, Unnatural Selection. "I am responding to allegations made by...
04:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing A somewhat useful data logging of a years' worth of meals
One woman documented her meals for a year and turned them into a series of data visualizations. What did I learn? Well, for one thing, how important it is to gather and group data into logical and...
04:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Belarus: KGB goes after activists through their social media accounts
AP: "Belarus is undergoing a severe economic crisis, and longtime President Alexander Lukashenko has overseen a sweeping crackdown on opposition and government critics. Authorities routinely block opp...
04:11 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Why study brain injuries in a comic book?
Last week, I told you about a new, peer-reviewed study detailing more than 700 cases of traumatic brain injury in the comic Asterix. Yesterday, I went on New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth to ...
04:10 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Electronic traffic sign warns of zombies!
Highway contractors kindly deployed this electronic road sign last night in northern Kentucky. Unfortunately, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet thought it to be a practical joke. They'll learn soon...
03:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Inside an abandoned coal power plant (photos from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Tom Blackwell shot a wonderful series of images from a visit to an abandoned coal power plant in the UK: the Thorpe Marsh Power Station. He shared them with us in t...
03:54 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Inside an abandoned nuclear power plant (photos from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Tom Blackwell shot a wonderful series of images from a visit to an abandoned nuclear power plant in the UK: the Thorpe Marsh Power Station. He shared them with us i...
03:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima babies and how numbers can lie
Xeni brought this to my attention yesterday. Over at Scientific American, Michael Moyer takes a critical look at an Al Jazeera story about a recent study purporting to show that infant deaths on the ...
02:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Major US ISPs set to limit repeat infringers with throttling, limiting access to 200 websites, and copyright reeducation school
Four of the largest ISPs in the USA are on the verge of approving a deal with the RIAA and MPAA that'll require ISPs to limit people who repeatedly infringe copyright to visiting only 200 websites, th...
11:50 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Abandoned Australian Deco power-station, rusting and covered in graffiti
Abandoned Journey visited Fremantle Power Station, a giant, rusting Art Deco building in Australia on the Indian Ocean. The graffitied ruins are spectacular. Much of the complex is rusting and rotting...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Palin denies quitting bus tour
A reminder of one of the differences between Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann illustrated in the Matt Taibbi piece Xeni linked to yesterday: Bachmann is a natural political campaigner, whereas Palin ...
11:27 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Why fair use doesn't work unless you've got a huge war-chest for paying lawyers
Last year, Waxy released Kind of Bloop, a chiptunes tribute to Miles Davis's Kind of Blue. He meticulously cleared all the samples on the album, and released it for $5 (backers of his Kickstarter proj...
11:22 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Pentax Q
Pentax's Q has similar looks to rangefinder-style digicams from Fujifulm and Leica, but is smaller and, at $800, less expensive. Like Micro 4/3 and NEX models in that bracket, it has interchangeable ...
11:14 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Abandoned Australian Deco power-station, rusting and covered in graffiti
Abandoned Journey visited Fremantle Power Station, a giant, rusting Art Deco building in Australia on the Indian Ocean. The graffitied ruins are spectacular. Much of the complex is rusting and rotting...
11:10 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Birthday, Alan Turing
Today is Alan Turing's birthday. Happy birthday, old bean! Thanks for all the crypto and the foundations of modern computing and the seminal AI work. Sorry about the bigots who murdered you. (Thanks, ...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing University of Michigan to stop worrying about lawsuits, start releasing orphan works
Bobbyg sez, "The University of Michigan Library will be sharing digital copies of their orphan works, that is, copyrighted works which have no identifiable owner, with the University community. Paul C...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Phone-tree navigator waits on hold for you
Fonolo automates navigating stupid, complex corporate phone menus: browse through its maps of large companies' menu-systems, decide which department you want to speak to, and give it your phone number...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Spitalfields Nippers: East London street-urchins of 1912
From Spitalfields Life, a collection of Horace Warner's "Spitalfields Nipper" photos, of the barefoot urchins that haunted the neighbourhood around London's Spitalfields Market in 1912. I'm typing the...
08:17 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Spitalfields Nippers: East London street-urchins of 1912
From Spitalfields Life, a collection of Horace Warner's "Spitalfields Nipper" photos, of the barefoot urchins that haunted the neighbourhood around London's Spitalfields Market in 1912. I'm typing the...
07:09 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Danish police proposal: Ban anonymous Internet use
The Danish police had proposed abolishing all anonymous Internet access, under the rubric of fighting terrorism. ISPs and companies would be required to gather strong proof of identity (official ID ca...
06:32 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Bell-dummy for training pickpockets
The Feb, 1930 issue of Modern Mechanix carried a story about Scaltiel, a stage-performer whose act revolved around picking pockets. Scaltiel claimed to have learned his trade after being inducted into...
06:03 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing First-ever Barbie ad
According to the description, this 1959 Barbie commercial was the first-ever advert for the doll; it's got a sweet naivete. Also, Barbie cost a lot when she shipped: $3 in 1959 is $23.30 in 2011 const...
03:47 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Model net neutrality rule for municipalities
Jeff sez, "Recently, Boing Boing shared our post suggesting that local communities could take inspiration from Pittsburgh's City Council ban on fracking and make net neutrality law, instead of waiting...
03:39 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing 3D zombie fridge magnets
Alex from Neatorama sez, "Hi guys! We've just launched our first zombie products: 3D magnetic mix n match zombie and two doorstops shaped like squished zombies. It's made by indie artists who moved ne...
03:37 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Campus hookups: college sex isn't new, but hookups are different
Lisa Wade, a sociology prof at Occidental College, presented a talk on "The Promise and Perils of Hook-Up Culture" at Franklin & Marshall College, explaining her research findings in a survey of stude...
02:31 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing A Brief History of the Corporation: understanding what an attention economy is and where it comes from
Venkatesh Rao's tour-de-force blog-post, "A Brief History of the Corporation: 1600 to 2100," is an attempt to synthesize several accounts of economic trends and the institutions that fuel and benefit ...
02:15 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Choosing strong passwords: promise and peril
The Agile Bits blog discusses good methods for choosing a human-memorable "master password" that is used to lock up a file of non-memorable, strong passwords: Avoid secrets or things that are personal...
02:10 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Legendary Boston crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger arrested in Santa Monica, CA
The Los Angeles Times reports tonight that famed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, an FBI 10 Most Wanted fugitive for more than ten years, was arrested today in Santa Monica, California. From t...
02:09 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Skeptical take on Singularity
Charlie Stross, who has written a lot of science fiction about the Singularity (the moment at which the human race has a break with history as a consequence of tying our intelligence and consciousness...
01:53 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Legendary Boston crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger arrested in Santa Monica, CA
The Los Angeles Times reports tonight that famed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, an FBI 10 Most Wanted fugitive for more than ten years, was arrested today in Santa Monica, California. Above,...
12:44 am PDT - Thu, June 23, 2011
BoingBoing Woman who filmed cop from own yard charged with obstructing his administration of government
When police cars, lightbars on, pulled up outside her house in the middle of the night, a Rochester woman began filming the traffic stop from her front yard. She was arrested and taken to jail by a po...
11:28 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Lytro promises focus-free shooting
A new camera sensor design from Lytro captures light in such a way that the focus can be changed in post. Check out the demonstration images at its homepage, and the CEO's dissertation on how it works...
10:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Flickr data shows Apple iPhone 4 is most popular camera among its users
According to data released today by Flickr, the iPhone 4 is currently the most popular camera for users of the photo-sharing site. The Nikon D90 SLR takes second place, and various Canon devices took ...
10:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Lytro promises focus-free shooting
A new camera sensor design from Lytro captures light in such a way that the focus can be changed in post. Check out the demonstration images at its homepage, and the CEO's dissertation on how it works...
10:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing A band in Rajasthan (photo from Boing Boing Flickr pool)
A photo shot yesterday by Ashish Gajera in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, and contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.......
10:16 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Bahrain: 8 prominent opposition activists sentenced to life in prison
From Foreign Policy: "A military tribunal in Bahrain has sentenced eight prominent opposition activists to life imprisonment and 13 others to lesser prison sentences, on charges of seeking to topple t...
09:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Konapun: tiny fake food as an exercise in total futility
[Video Link] So here I am, watching a file transfer flick through my terminal window when I think maybe I'll check on the comments from my post on tiny plastic food from yesterday. Nestled in the resp...
09:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Matt Taibbi on the extra-special kind of crazy that is Michelle Bachman
Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone: "She's trying to look like June Cleaver, but she actually looks like the T2 skeleton posing for a passport photo. You will want to laugh, but don't, because the secret of...
05:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Zero Punctuation on Duke Nukem Forever
Having reviewed long-awaited disappointment Duke Nukem Forever back in 2009 (two years before it eventually was released), Zero Punctuation visits the actual game, heaping it with bile and vitriol and...
05:04 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Throbbing Gristle reissues on vinyl
Our friends in Throbbing Gristle have announced the re-activation of their pioneering label Industrial Records and the imminent reissue of deluxe vinyl editions of TG's seminal albums. Chris Carter re...
04:56 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Where @LulzSec came from, who's running it, and why #antisec is a big deal
Security reporter Joe Menn has a piece up today at the Financial Times exploring the origins of LulzSec, and who is coordinating operations of the group described as "part-criminal gang and part-perfo...
04:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Pulitzer winning illegal immigrant comes clean
Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-winning journalist and filmmaker, has admitted that he is an illegal immigrant, smuggled into the USA from the Philippines when he was 12. His story of life as an undoc...
04:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing 80-year old jazz pianist can't get paid because his name sounds terrorist-y
The U.S. government is reportedly blocking 80-year-old jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal from receiving payment for a music fest in Switzerland, because his name sounds too Muslim. Other professional musicians...
04:43 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: "The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name"
From Time Magazine, what female doctors in Libya have witnessed: "Corpses of violated women stripped and strewn on the streets of front-line Ajdabiya; of the women afraid to leave their homes in Brega...
04:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Mosh pit paintings by Dan Witz
Brooklyn painter, street artist, and musician Dan Witz has a solo show opening at NYC's Jonathan LeVine Gallery on June 30. The series of large-scale hyper-realistic figurative paintings is titled "Mo...
04:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Afghanistan: "Go Skateboarding Day" in Kabul (photo)
An Afghan girl takes part in a skate boarding competition to mark the third annual Go Skateboarding Day in Kabul, on June 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)  "Skateistan: To Live and Skate...
04:23 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Timothy Leary archive purchased by New York Public Library
The New York Public Library has purchased some 335 boxes of papers, videotapes, photographs and other items from the estate of Timothy Leary. From the New York Times: The material documents the evolut...
03:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Brian Lam leaves Gizmodo
Brian Lam has departed Gawker's gadget blog, Gizmodo, where he served as editor. David Carr at the New York Times has this conversation with Lam, and with Gawker's Nick Denton. Here is the farewell po...
03:28 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing China: artist, poet, activist Ai Weiwei released on bail
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei speaks to members of the media in the doorway to his studio after being released on bail in Beijing June 23, 2011. Ai, detained since April, was released on bail on...
02:32 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Interactive discussion on risk, chance, and the illusion of certainty
A couple of weeks ago, I was supposed to be a live commentator for the World Science Festival panel "The Illusion of Certainty: Risk, Probability, and Chance." Ironically, there were technical issues ...
02:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Georgia's anti-immigrant law leaves millions in crops rotting in the fields
Georgia's tough anti-illegal-immigrant law drove a sizable fraction of the migrant labor pool out of the state, and as a result, "millions of dollars' worth of blueberries, onions, melons and other cr...
01:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing America's military, a bastion of liberal policies and tolerance
A great Kottke post talks about the unexpectedly lefty-liberal nature of the US military, quoting Nicholas Kristof in the NYT on the military's generous single-payer healthcare and awesome subsidized ...
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Game over for RIM?
Following RIM's unexpectedly poor quarter, John Biggs argues that the company is done for: "They'll be bought in the next year or so, their products will roll into whoever buys them - Microsoft, most ...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 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 delighted...
11:39 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed zoetrope
Sam sez, "I was the lead designer for the show Archer on FX and left it in pursuit of doing some of my own projects and one of those is helping with the teaching of animation. So where I am at there s...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto police swear off kettling
A year after the G20 summit in Toronto, the Toronto police have promised to permanently abandon the practice of "kettling," through which groups of demonstrators and passers-by are gathered into a po...
09:12 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Sweet Tooth 3: Animal Armies
Jeff Lemire's third Sweet Tooth collection, Animal Armies, is a most excellent continuation of one of the best apocalyptic comics currently underway: the story of a world-killing plague that leaves h...
08:56 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Lemon hand-grenades
Chris Myles created these Portal-inspired Aperture Science lemon grenades ("COMBUSTIBLE LEMONS - MODEL: 0419"). Fantastic work -- duck and cover! Tops from some old airsoft bb loaders, random springs ...
06:46 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing LEAKED: UK copyright lobby holds closed-door meetings with gov't to discuss national Web-censorship regime
A group of UK copyright lobbyists held confidential, closed-door meetings with Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries to discuss a plan to allow industry groups to cen...
06:35 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO paint your automobile (1922)
'How to Paint Your Automobile', a brochure published around 1922, describes the preferred method for repainting your jalopy, including instructions for pin-striping ("Many pleasing effects are possibl...
06:16 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Terrorism trading cards
Zack sez, "In 1987, the Piedmont Candy Company attempted to cash in on the cult classic MARS ATTACKS! trading cards with...TERRORIST ATTACK, a line of children's trading cards featuring artistic rendi...
02:45 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Georgia's anti-immigrant law leaves millions in crops rotting in the fields
Georgia's tough anti-illegal-immigrant law drove a sizable fraction of the migrant labor pool out of the state, and as a result, "millions of dollars' worth of blueberries, onions, melons and other cr...
02:37 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Rave On Buddy Holly: tribute album streaming now
Soundcloud has a streaming preview of Rave On Buddy Holly, a forthcoming Buddy Holly tribute album featuring Modest Mouse, the Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Kid Rock, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney and many othe...
02:33 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Visual multiplication is delightful
It's been ages since I last checked in with math-doodling funnylady Vi Hart's YouTube feed -- too long. The latest installment's a great technique for visual multiplication (and binomial expansion!) t...
02:29 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Versatile "Magic Carpet" is a sleep mat, lounger and cocoon
Alexander Munk's "Magic Carpet" is a clever and versatile piece of furniture that goes from sleepmat to lounger to cocoon with the assistance of straps threaded through the forks running down its edge...
02:17 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Bookcase in a stairwell that you access via bosun's chair
Sallie Trout stuck a bookcase into a narrow stairwell, contriving an ingenious access method via a bosun's chair with a chain hoist. Sallie Trout's bosun chair (via CribCandy)......
02:16 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing What is the deal with all of these YouTube videos of tiny plastic food?
[Video Link] Seriously, what is the deal with these teeny-tiny miniature food videos, and why can't we stop watching them? Why wash the dishes? The food is plastic! The ladles that hold themse...
02:13 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Bagelheads: toroidal saline forehead injections
Ryoichi 'Keroppy' Maeda helps the "freaks for the night" of Tokyo get into character by dripping saline into their foreheads for two hours while they depress the center of the swelling, creating the s...
01:39 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Derp: Hunting LulzSec, FBI seizes webservers, taking unrelated sites offline
[Video Link, by Beschizza.] As part of an ongoing hunt for LulzSec, the FBI raided DigitalOne's data center today. But sloppy work by agents in charge of the raid caused unrelated websites to go offli...
01:37 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Chemcraft (vintage chemistry set, from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Stephen Hocking.......
12:34 am PDT - Wed, June 22, 2011
BoingBoing Mlkshk needs help
Mlkshk is an image- and video-sharing site that's fun, accessible and useful. Creator Andre Torrez describes how he and his wife built it, bootstrapping it without investment and without having to wor...
11:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Ancient recordings rot undigitized thanks to "" snags
At The Economist, Glenn Fleishmann examines the elaborate legal maze surrounding copyright in sound recordings, whose duration varies wildly for the strangest reasons. The sound of Thomas Edison's fir...
10:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing British phone booth updated with Skype
Prof. Michael Shaughnessy (previously) has equipped an old British phone booth with Skype, so that his international students may use it to call friends throughout the world. The iPad 2 used can also ...
10:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing The history of fallout shelter signs
Photo:Michael Rosenstein Bill Geerhart has published a history of fallout shelter signs, the oft-faded Cold War relics still to be seen nationwide. Beginning in 1961, this ubiquitous yellow and black ...
10:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Laird Scranton
Laird Scranton is an independent software developer from Albany, New York. He is the author of several books and articles on African and Egyptian mythology and language. Avi Solomon: Who are the Dogon...
07:15 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Magic Mouse (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Image: Violet 03, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from pkmousie's photostream, contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.......
06:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Naked Bike Ride Day around the world: extra-large photo gallery
Cyclists ride during the World Naked Bike Ride in Mexico City. More photos from around the world, below. Probably "NSFW," depending on where you "W." (REUTERS/Jorge Lopez)......
06:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Everything is a Remix, pt. 3
Enjoy part three of Everything is a Remix, the brilliant documentary about the true sources of innovation.......
06:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing US Senate confirms Leon Panetta as secretary of Defense
Panetta confirmed, 100-1. Like they weren't gonna greenlight the guy who took credit for nabbing bin Laden!......
06:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Tune: sfnal rom-com webcomic
Derek Kirk Kim and LesMcClaine relaunched the Tune webcomic today. Gina from publisher FirstSecond writes, "Tune is a sci-fi slice-of-life romantic comedy adventure of interdimensional proportions. Wh...
05:29 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Sleep aid app Pzizz now available for Android
The popular "anti-insomnia" and sleep regulation app Pzizz is now available on the Android platform. Buy it here, watch a screencast here.......
04:55 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Pulque Renaissance
"I heard it tasted like warm spit. But that is a lie. This is delicious. There is nothing to be afraid of."—A dude drinking the ancient Aztec alcoholic beverage pulque for the first time, at a ...
04:46 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Pulque renaissance
"I heard it tasted like warm spit. But that is a lie. This is delicious. There is nothing to be afraid of."—A dude drinking the ancient Aztec alcoholic beverage pulque for the first time, at a ...
04:33 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing How to encrypt your Dropbox files until Dropbox wakes the f*ck up
The file storage and sharing service Dropbox has been in the news much of late because of incidents in which user account security was compromised. The latest happened just this past Sunday: a program...
04:21 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Giveaway! Watchismo offers three Diesel watches
Our pals at Watchismo have three brand-new Diesel watches -- worth $250-$320 each!--to give away to Boing Boing readers. The three models are the DZ4201, the DZ4202 and the DZ7221, military-themed tim...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Contact Innovation Awards from Doug Rushkoff
As part of Douglas Rushkoff's Contact Summit conference October 20 in New York City, a donor has put up $30,000 for Doug to give away "to encourage the conception and deployment of innovative networki...
03:07 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Wood artworks with cellular automata patterns
Jeff Cook makes handcrafted art from exotic woods overlaid with patterns generated by cellular automata. You can see his work in person at Chalk Los Angeles through July. From Jeff's Wolfrule site: Wo...
03:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Sick man robs bank for $1, demands jail and healthcare
A North Carolina man with no health care robbed a bank for $1 in order to go to jail and get his ailments seen to. He is hoping to be convicted of a felony, so he can get the benefits he lost after he...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Newsprint-scented candle
Offered for $65 at Bondtoo, this candle is said to smell like newsprint, though it isn't clear whether they mean burning or standard, non-ironic newsprint. In any case, Gizmodo's Casey Chan remarks, i...
01:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Insane Clown Posse vs. a Juggalo parody: F**kin' fair use, how does it work?
From The Onion AV Club: "According to members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Insane Clown Posse forced the cancellation of a UCB show, after issuing a cease and desist and threatening legal acti...
01:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Insane Clown Posse vs. a Juggalo parody: F**kin' fair use, how does it work?
From The Onion AV Club: "According to members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Insane Clown Posse forced the cancellation of a UCB show, after issuing a cease and desist and threatening legal acti...
01:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Nokia's N9 is "beautifully simple"
Nokia's N9—the MeeGo OS's last stand—will be out later this year at a price yet to be determined. It has a 3.9" AMOLED display with polarized glass, an 8 megapixel digital camera, and up ...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing FBI, UK cops claims LulzSec arrest. Lulzsec: "As if!"
Police in the UK, working in partnership with the FBI, have arrested a 19-year-old UK citizen, Ryan Cleary, alleged to be a member of Anonymous and LulzSec. Ars Technica's Peter Bright (@drpizza) has ...
01:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Apple announces new Final Cut Pro X
Exciting news for video editors: FCP X, a new version of Final Cut Pro released today. $299 download from the Apple Store.......
01:26 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Mark Kelly to leave NASA, Navy, to be with wife Gabrielle Giffords during recovery
Captain Mark Kelly retires, via Facebook: "Today, I am humbled to announce that after 25 years of service to our country, I am retiring from the United States Navy and leaving NASA, effective Oct. 1."...
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Armadillo needs water, badly
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01:21 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Ice cream chain sues over health claims
D'Lites Emporium, an ice cream chain in New York, is suing a consumer watchdog show that reported that its products were less healthy than advertised. Jonathan Allen writes: D'Lites advertises its ice...
01:18 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing SETI seeks extraterrestrial life, and funding
BB pal Kourosh Karimkhany sends word that SETI is getting their Allen Telescope Array back online. He's volunteering with the project, and explains: As you know, back in April, they ran out of funds a...
01:05 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Homer Simpson blotter art print
Randal Roberts' joyously psychedelic painting of Homer Simpson is available as a limited edition blotter art print. It's on acid-free paper, 'natch. "Homer blotter art" (via Dose Nation)......
12:13 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Open Source Architecture
Avant-garde architecture mag Domus asked Carlo Ratti, director of MIT's Senseable City Lab, to write an op-ed on the notion of "open source architecture." Ratti seeded a Wikipedia page and asked folks...
12:09 pm PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Origin of the Good Humor bar
From the Smithsonian's daily snapshot, a summery history of the Good Humor truck: "His first candy invention was the Jolly Boy Sucker, a lollipop on a stick. While working in his ice cream parlor, Bur...
11:47 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Curiosities of the Standards Bureau
These wooden heads are in the collection of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Museum. The NIST has recently posted a selection of curious and mysterious scientific instruments and art...
11:24 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing No, seriously, shower before entering the pool
Here's one of those moments where I feel like an idiot. You know those "Shower before you enter the pool" signs? Apparently, that rule is meant to prevent the spread of bacteria, like Cryptosporid...
11:12 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Artistdesigner Scott Albrecht's solo show in Philadelphia
Brooklyn-based artist/designer Scott Albrecht continues his exploration of woodworking and hand-drawn typography in a new solo exhibition opening Saturday, June 25, at Philadelphia's TrickGo gallery....
09:35 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing "Joy of Easy Listening" documentary from BBC Four
The new BBC Four documentary "The Joy of Easy Listening" has been uploaded to YouTube. From BBC Four: The film looks at easy listening's architects and practitioners, its dangers and delights, and the...
02:40 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Drink responsibly, or you will swell up like a balloon and also spill state secrets to spies
Here's a weird variant on the "loose lips sink ships" ads, from the Dec, 1944 issue of True. "Too much 'gassing' is dangerous!" -says HI to HATT (Dec, 1944)......
02:35 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Rob Zombie's Woolite commercial
Did you know that Rob Zombie directed a Woolite commercial? Neither did I. Now that I've seen it, I will be sure to separate my darks and lights and never, ever put the hand-wash stuff through the...
02:32 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Tin zeppelin: airship harmonicas
From How to Be a Retronaut, a small collection of airship-shaped harmonicas from the first three decades of the 20th Century. AIRSHIP HARMONICAS......
02:30 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing NPR collecting best science fiction of all time reccos
NPR is asking its listeners to contribute their favorite science fiction and fantasy novels to a summer reading poll with the idea of generating a top 100 list; they've excluded YA titles, alas (they'...
02:24 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing House stolen
A man in Dundee, Ontario had his double-wide portable house ripped off: It did not take long for police to find the home, as it was located only 10 kilometers north of police headquarters on a plot of...
02:19 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Car-racing game on a thermal printer
Joshua Noble's "Receipt Racer" is a car-racing game played using a thermal receipt printer; it reminds me of the games I used to write in BASIC on our old teletype terminal, which we loaded with enorm...
02:13 am PDT - Tue, June 21, 2011
BoingBoing Neural prosthesis improves rats' memories
Vnend sez, "Researchers at the University of Southern California have created an artificial memory based on studies of how rats form memories. Not only did the chip(s) allow rats that had had their ab...
11:13 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing "Joy of Easy Listening" documentary from the BBC Four
The new BBC Four documentary "The Joy of Easy Listening" has been uploaded to YouTube. From the BBC Four: The film looks at easy listening's architects and practitioners, its dangers and delights, and...
11:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Dropbox accounts left open for 4 hours due to programming bug
Wired News: "Dropbox, one of the most popular ways to share and sync files online, says the accounts became unlocked at 1:54pm Pacific time Sunday when a programming change introduced a bug." Four hou...
05:52 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing The world is full of fake sounds
The ATM machine doesn't actually go, "whhrrrrrrrrr." The satisfying "clunk" of a car door wouldn't happen without careful engineering. Humans Invent explains the stories behind these, and three other ...
05:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing The unbearable sadness of winter tomatoes
Journalist Barry Estabrook has won two James Beard Awards for his writing about food. His newest book, called Tomatoland, is about ... er ... the tomato. More importantly, it's about what it takes to ...
05:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing How hangovers work
The BBC has made an excellent short video explaining the science behind hangovers for their upcoming program "James May's Things You Need To Know ... About the Human Body." It's great stuff, and very ...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Selective attention: More than just missing the man in the gorilla suit
In a study of selective attention, 2/3 of the subjects completely failed to notice a fight in the park because they were too busy paying attention to how many times the jogger in front of them touched...
04:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Tracking hurricanes and cyclones online: a dozen of the web's best sites
The maritime professionals website gCaptain has an item up today that ranks the best hurricane and cyclone tracking websites for the 2011 season. Here's a reminder of why you might be interested, even...
04:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing National Institutes of Health 1.0
This is what the American National Institutes of Health looked like back when it consisted of one office on Staten Island, manned by a single 20-something researcher. It's almost a little insane to th...
04:21 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing New rankings of world's fastest supercomputers released: Japan, China, US take top three spots
(Image: the K Computer, courtesy RIKEN) The 37th edition of the "TOP500 List of the world's top supercomputers" was released today at the 2011 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg. At fi...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Institute for the Future seeks Web developer
Institute for the Future, the Palo Alto non-profit where I'm a research director, is seeking a Web developer to do some very interesting work around online gaming and our Foresight Engine, IFTF's Web ...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Journalist and family shot dead in Mexico
Journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, his wife, and their 21-year-old son were shot to death inside their home in Veracruz, Mexico today. Snip from AP report: Lopez Velasco wrote a column about polit...
03:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Julian Assange not being surveilled by cameras after all, admits "bail mansion" host
Vaughan Smith, who is hosting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at his "Bail Mansion" in England, recently claimed that intelligent surveillance cameras had been installed nearby. Those claims were rep...
02:32 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Mean things authors say about each other
Flavorwire has assembled a collection of the 30 meanest things well-regarded writers have said about each other over the years. Some of my favorites are collected below: 21. Lord Byron on John Keats (...
12:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks art print
The inimitable portrait artist Drew Friedman, whose Sideshow Freaks paintings and book we featured back in January, is now offering this amazing "family portrait" in a very limited edition fine art p...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Holga lenses now on everything
Remember the inexpensive plastic Holga lenses for Nikon and Canon mounts? Now they're available for all the other DLSR lens formats, too. [Holga Direct]......
08:15 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Revolator: bonkers plan for a vertical shopping mall navigated by a glassed-in Ferris wheel
The Jun, 1977 issue of Popular Science featured this insane plan for a vertical shopping mall that used a kind of Ferris wheel to rotate customers past the windows of shops. Anyone know if this thing ...
08:13 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Most common iPhone unlock codes
This chart shows the 10 most common iPhone numeric lock-codes, as anonymously gathered by the Big Brother Security Camera app (now removed from the App Store). They represent 15% of all 204,508 passco...
07:54 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Dirty, Drunk and Punk: the untold history of Toronto's BUNCHOFFUCKINGGOOFS
Jennifer Morton's Dirty, Drunk, and Punk: The Twisted Crazy Story of the Bunchofuckingoofs is an impossible and glorious history of Toronto's legendary punk band/bike gang/social phenomenon Bunchofuck...
07:49 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Homebrew 8-bit computer
A recent high-school grad named Jack Eisenmann homebrewed his own 8-bit computer, wiring up a custom CPU and GPU, writing an OS and hex editor, and producing a suite of demo apps including some fun li...
07:37 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Glasses with 720p HD video camera
Eyez is a massively oversubscribed Kickstarter project to develop and ship a 200g pair of glasses with a hidden 720p video-camera, mic, and 8GB of memory. The glasses are styled to resemble Wayfarers,...
07:17 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing ICANN votes to roll out 400-800 new generic top-level domains
Wendy Seltzer posts this historic snapshot of the aye vote at ICANN in favor of launching 400-800 new generic top-level domains. The domains -- which will include the names of cities, lots of abstract...
06:42 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Flamethrowing trombone
Scott made this flamethrowing trombone because he could and hell why wouldn't he? The video advises: don't try this at home, go to a friend's house." Sound. This is a working playing flamethrower ...
06:36 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Gary Gygax memorial in the offing
The Gary Gygax Memorial Fund, established to install a bronze bust of the Dungeons and Dragons co-creator, has attained planning permission from the relevant authorities in Lake Geneva, WI: The Gygax ...
01:35 am PDT - Mon, June 20, 2011
BoingBoing Tinyhack: minimalist adventure half the size of a favicon
Amazing favicon hacks such as Matheiu Henri's Defender of the Favicon made me wonder: just how small could a game go? I'm not much of a coder, but over the weekend I had a go at making an adventur...
09:16 pm PDT - Sun, June 19, 2011
BoingBoing Stross's Rule 34: pervy technothriller about the future of policing
Charlie Stross's latest technothriller, Rule 34, is a savvy, funny, viciously inventive science fiction novel that combines police procedure with the dark side of nerd culture to produce a grotesque a...
05:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 19, 2011
BoingBoing Anteater wants you to untie his paws
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02:05 pm PDT - Sun, June 19, 2011
BoingBoing From Make: Tips My Dad Says
Gareth Branwyn says: "Earlier in the week, we asked our staff, some of our MAKE contributors, and you, dear reader, to share some maker tips and words of wisdom from your dads and granddads. We got a ...
12:42 pm PDT - Sun, June 19, 2011
BoingBoing GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios resigns amid AT&T scandal
Andrea James told Boing Boing yesterday (though I'm just posting this now): Politico ran a piece last week examining progressive non-profits that received AT&T donations. Some of them, including GLAAD...
08:14 am PDT - Sun, June 19, 2011
BoingBoing Carved hard-hat
This carved hard-hat -- vintage unknown, as is the creator -- is up for sale on eBay, where it's currently hovering around $400 with eight hours to go. Hello, up for auction is a vintage/antique B.F. ...
11:48 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Chopped and Screwed music compilation
Matt Biddulph turned me on to this excellent 14 Tracks MP3 compilation titled "Screw The Pitch," a very trippy batch of hip hop, dub, and electronica music that's been cut up, pitch-shifted, and tempo...
06:15 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Literary fail shirt!
Apelad's "Literary Fail" shirt.woot is guaranteed to assplode the pedants' heads in your life (as is this sentence). Literary fail (Thanks, Apelad!)......
05:58 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright complaint kills Peanutweeter
Peanutweeter, the extremely funny and clever best-of-Twitter project that inserted odd tweets into oddly matching Peanuts panels, has been taken down from Tumblr following a DMCA copyright complaint f...
05:16 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Snarkily liveblogging Bilderberg
Charlie Skelton is liveblogging the scene outside the annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group, a secretive, high security movers-and-shakers event characterized by (literally) private choppers, armed s...
04:41 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Dawkins: Sex selection and the shortage of women: is science to blame?
A couple watch their baby inside a waiting hall at the Nanjing railway station, capital of Jiangsu province. [Reuters/2006] In nature, the balance of males and females is maintained by natural selecti...
03:46 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Identifying Sioux Falls in 1956 from a set of unattributed parade photos
Cozyoak sez, "The latest installment of the Ferrous Archive takes us through the process of figuring out a place and time (via a Kodachrome parade from 1956). Dear Sioux Falls: Ethel's All Girl Bar an...
03:18 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing KFC: support diabetes research by buying an 800 calorie, 56 spoonful of sugar "Mega Jug"
Mitch sez, "A KFC franchise in Utah is asking customers to help fight diabetes -- by purchasing an 800-calorie Mega Jug of sugary soda to wash down their meals." The reaction: It's hard to imagine wha...
03:15 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Jeff VanderMeer's public fiction project: The Journals of Doctor Mormeck
Jeff VanderMeer sez, "Sometimes a story lends itself to being written in public, and 'The Journals of Doctor Mormeck' is one of those stories. I'm typing it right into a blog entry at the rate of one ...
01:09 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday!
Contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Bill Benson. (Image: Primo, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from billbenson's photostream)......
12:43 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing [Richard Dawkins]: Sex selection and the shortage of women: is science to blame?
A couple watch their baby inside a waiting hall at the Nanjing railway station, capital of Jiangsu province. [Reuters/2006] In nature, the balance of males and females is maintained by natural selecti...
12:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Chopped and Screwed music compilation
Matt Biddulph turned me on to this excellent 14 Tracks MP3 compilation titled "Screw The Pitch," a very trippy batch of hip hop, dub, and electronica music that's been cut up, pitch-shifted, and tempo...
11:54 am PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Chopped and Screwed music compilation
Matt Biddulph turned me on to this excellent 14 Tracks MP3 compilation titled "Screw The Pitch," a very trippy batch of hip hop, dub, and electronica music that's been cut up, pitch-shifted, and tempo...
11:42 am PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing "Folder Rock": the language of band PR
Tony Bedard, who books live music at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern, has a hobby as a "Folder Rock" archivist. What the hell is "Folder Rock"? It's Bedard's name for the sometimes overwrought, ham...
09:36 am PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing With a Little Help in the Harvard Bookstore
Last week, New York's McNally-Jackson Books started printing and carrying my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help using their on-site print-on-demand machine. Now, the most excellent Harvard...
06:53 am PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright complaint kills Peanutweeter
Peanutweeter, the extremely funny and clever best-of-Twitter project that inserted odd tweets into oddly matching Peanuts panels, has been taken down from Tumblr following a DMCA copyright complaint f...
06:47 am PDT - Sat, June 18, 2011
BoingBoing Lovecraftian Lollipops
Jason, who made the great Chocolate Cthulhu, has a line of Lovecraftian Lollipops that accompany it: In the tradition of the Chocolate Cthulhu Idol and the Giant Cthulhu Chocolate Bar comes our first ...
09:42 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 008: 250 Indie Games You Must Play
This is an all-gaming episode of Gweek! Rob, Joel (of Kotaku), and I chatted with Mike Rose, who is a freelance games journalist, an editor at Indie Games, and the author of 250 Indie Games You Must P...
08:29 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing What it's like blogging for AOL
AOL's bloggers are paid about $35k a year, must push out a dozen articles a day, and are trained to "lie." (For example, they'll be sent short clips of TV shows and then review the episode) One of the...
06:03 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Do you have a problem in your life?
Easier said than done, but good to keep in mind! Twenty-First Century Stoic -- Stoic TransformationTwenty-First Century Stoic -- From Zen to Zeno: How I Became a StoicHow becoming a Stoic can make you...
05:36 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Keeping up with the pwnses: CNET's spreadsheet of recent hacking attacks
Elinor Mills at CNET has posted a chronological chart that documents recently publicized hacking events: By our count, there have been more than 40 computer attacks, network intrusions, or data breach...
05:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Colton Harris-Moore, the "Barefoot Bandit," pleads guilty to 7 federal charges
Colton Harris-Moore, the 20-year-old, 6-foot-5 criminal whose hijinks in multiple countries led to internet fame and the "Barefoot Bandit" name, today pleaded guilty to seven criminal charges. Appear...
05:18 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Haunted Mansion stretching portrait bookmark
Here's a papercraft Haunted Mansion stretching portrait bookmark to print, fold, assemble and enjoy. Disney Printable: Haunted Mansion Portrait Chamber Bookmark (via Super Punch)......
05:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec posts a "manifesto"
@LulzSec commemorates their own thousandth tweet by posting a manifesto of sorts. The message, such as it is, seems to be less "we're in it for the lulz" and more "we are doing this to draw attention ...
04:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing The new Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil is a fine tribute to the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602
I started writing about the Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 pencil in December of 2002. A lot of people love this pencil, not only for its soft lead, but for its unique eraser and ferrule, its metallic d...
04:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Spongiforma squarepantsii
Meet Spongiforma squarepantsii, a recently identified species of mushroom whimsically named after a certain Porifera who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Submitterated by lakelady......
04:07 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing What's up with the weather this year?
You aren't imagining it. 2011 really has been a particularly weird and wild year for weather—one of the most extreme years on record, according to NOAA. For obvious reasons, it's too early to sa...
04:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Your first Internet moment
Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic called my attention to On the Network, a new project by Derek Powazek that's aimed at collecting "First Time on the Internet" stories. It's not exactly what you think....
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Can you guess the identity of this Mystery Volcano?
I'm loving Big Think blogger Erik Klemetti's regular contest, Mystery Volcano Photo, where he presents readers with a gorgeous photo of an unnamed volcano and leaves them to guess its name and locatio...
02:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Japanese tsunami caused "ripples" in the atmosphere
This photo is the first picture taken of "airglow ripples," the impacts of an ocean tsunami reflected in the sky. No, really. Scientists have long known that powerful tsunamis can affect atmospheric p...
02:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing I'll stick with tornadoes, thanks
Just what California needed: A newly discovered fault line. And near a major dam!......
02:23 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Sewers hold the secrets of the city
Your toilet knows what you did last summer. Apparently, one way to estimate drug-use rates in a city is to tap into its sewers. The city of Oslo did this with what's called a Passive Sampler—fi...
02:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Freeopen annotatable documentary about Burmese dictatorship
Brett sez, "French producers snuck into Burma and made an undercover documentary, "Happy World: Burma, the dictatorship of the absurd," about the bizarre regime. Awesome access, and the web documentar...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing It's National Use-Up-Your-Leftovers-in-a-Jell-O-Salad Week!
What will you put in your Jell-O Leftovers Salad? Jell-O Leftovers Salad -- For the hungry insinkerator (Via Ape Lad)......
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Meetup report: Los Angeles
I've been meaning to report on the Los Angeles Boing Boing Meetup, but weeks and weeks of travel have kept me busy. I'm at the airport now, waiting to catch a plane, so I have a bit of time. About 25 ...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Congress of the Animals: Jim Woodring's latest mindbending graphic novel
There is no one remotely like Jim Woodring. I admire dozens of living cartoonists, but Jim's wordless comic book stories -- about a happy go lucky cat named Frank who inhabits a phantasmagorical unive...
12:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Wikipedia is giving away its old servers
Wikimedia, the foundation that oversees Wikipedia and related projects, is upgrading a lot of its servers, and cycling out some of the old hardware. But rather than selling it or throwing it away, the...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing DIY acrylic watch kit
A new addition to Make:'s MakerShed is the $35 Solder:Time kit that lets you build a really beautiful and homely acrylic maker-watch. Solder:Time is an easy to solder real time watch kit with a unique...
11:46 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Larry Flynt offers Weiner a job
Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, has offered Rep Anthony Weiner a job in his Internet group: "Again, I cannot emphasize enough the genuineness of this offer. We are a serious corporation which, as y...
11:40 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Vegas Earth-moving theme-park lets patrons operate heavy machinery
"Dig This" is a new Las Vegas heavy construction theme-park that gives you the chance to run enormous earth-moving machines. You have to be at least 14 to get behind the controls. Sounds like enormous...
10:55 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Disembodied floating Dobbsian smoking heads for your compositing pleasure
Phil from Phil Are Go has done the world the excellent service of trimming out the smoking, disembodied floating Dobbsian heads from this old Kaywoodie Pipes ad, and and making them available as hi-re...
10:49 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 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...
10:40 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Work song of Ghanian postal workers cancelling stamps
This old WFMU clip from 2005 features the beautiful "work-song" of Ghanian postal workers from the University of Ghana cancelling stamps, banging out infectious rhythm and melody. Work Song From Posta...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Trademark Troll Tim Langdell pounded in court
Tim Langdell, the trademark troll infamous for shaking down anyone who used the word "Edge" in connection to video gaming, is not faring well in Britain's high court. Pursued there by Future Publishin...
09:57 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Super Mario Converse high-tops
Converse and Nintendo are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Super Mario with a trio of commemorative Chuck Taylor high-tops that're full of pixellated win. CONVERSE~"" Converse x Super Mario Br...
08:25 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Biometric daemons: adaptive authentication via electronic pets
The biometric daemon was proposed in a 2008 paper (PDF) by Pam Briggs and Patrick Oliver, and it's a very clever thought-experiment for a user-centered, adaptive authentication system. The idea is tha...
07:37 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Why SSDs are worth the money
Here's a great, sweary presentation from Artur Bergman about the joy of using SSDs in your laptop and data-center, and how it's totally, absolutely worth the expense of replacing spinning drives with ...
07:26 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Networks are necessary, but not sufficient, for social upheaval
My latest Guardian column, "Networks are not always revolutionary," argues that networks are necessary, but not sufficient, for many disruptive commercial, cultural and social phenomena, and that this...
07:26 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Early coded ad for anal vibrator
This 1943 Amazing Stories ad for an anally inserted vibrator "to treat prostatitis" is the male equivalent of those coded ads for phallic "neck massagers" that ran around the same time and later, grac...
07:14 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Smartphone with a rotary dial
Richard Clarkson designed this rotary mechanical smartphone, which features a lot of nostalgic brass and wheels, as well as a snappy little hi-rez display. The rotary mechanical smartphone is based on...
07:10 am PDT - Fri, June 17, 2011
BoingBoing Jeff Bezos & co to build the first Clock of the Long Now
Jeff Bezos has financed the construction of the first Clock of the Long Now. Created by Danny Hillis for the Long Now Foundation, the Clock is a mechanical timepiece that is intended to run for 10,000...
10:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing TSA misses four sharp chef's knives while patting down chef for wallet
A celebrity Chicago chef got stopped at O'Hare and patted down by an alert agent who wanted to make sure there was nothing dangerous in his wallet. That agent missed the fact that chef Paul Kahan had ...
09:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing The next Mars rover
Spirit is dead. Long live Curiosity. If you like this, there's lots more images, taken for BoingBoing by photographer Joseph Linaschke, which Xeni posted in an awesome feature back in April.......
09:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Meetup report: Los Angeles
I've been meaning to report on the Los Angeles Boing Boing Meetup, but weeks and weeks of travel have kept me busy. I'm at the airport now, waiting to catch a plane, so I have a bit of time. About 25 ...
09:33 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 007: "We keep all the shiny books"
In this episode of Gweek, Rob and I spoke with Adam Parfrey and Jodi Wille, proprietors of the non-fiction book publishers, Feral House and Process Media. I wrote the folllowing about Adam and Jodi a ...
07:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Meetup report: Los Angeles
I've been meaning to report on the Los Angeles Boing Boing Meetup, but weeks and weeks of travel have kept me busy. I'm at the airport now, waiting to catch a plane, so I have a bit of time. About 25 ...
07:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Inside a clockwork monk
X-ray showing inside the head of a 16th-century automaton monk, probably built by Juanelo Turriano, mechanician to Emperor Charles V of Spain. On Radiolab and in a long piece written for the Blackbird...
07:17 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Interesting theory about JFK assassination
What if Lee Harvey Oswald only killed J.F.K. because he missed?(Via Glenn Fleishman)......
07:01 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing The next Mars rover
Spirit is dead. Long live Curiosity.......
06:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Inside a clockwork monk
X-ray showing inside the head of a 16th-century automaton monk, probably built by Juanelo Turriano, mechanician to Emperor Charles V of Spain. On Radiolab and in a long piece written for the Blackbird...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Woman goes for a walk, finds prehistoric bison
Wow! I love this story of how Nature Conservancy program coordinator Lisa Wrinkle stumbled across a fossilized bison while on a hike with her mother and her children. Seriously, this is the sort of th...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Woman goes for a walk, finds prehistoric bison
Wow! I love this story of how Nature Conservancy program coordinator Darci Palmquist stumbled across a fossilized bison while on a hike with her mother and her children. Seriously, this is the sort of...
04:32 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Can we blame scientists when earthquakes catch us off-guard?
In Italy, scientists stand trial for not adequately warning the public about earthquake risk.......
03:33 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Monument fire, Cochise County, Arizona (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photograph contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Threaded Thoughts.......
03:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing 4 things you didn't know about sunscreen
Starting next year, sunscreen—and the way its marketed—will change. This is good news. The changes correct some rather glaring examples of consumer misinformation. And it's also important...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Footage from Cassini orbiter set to music
CASSINI MISSION from Chris Abbas on Vimeo. There's hardly anything to be said about this except, "Wow." Chris Abbas has done some amazing work taking video from NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn and tu...
11:47 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Angelfish can estimate quantity
Angelfish, like those pictured here, can tell the difference between larger and smaller groups of fish. At least, in certain situations. Gerlai and Luis Gomez-Laplaza of the University of Oviedo in Sp...
10:52 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing 8-bit guerrilla
8-bit guerrilla is a new chiptune and bitpop database.......
10:05 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Urban infiltrators explore a 50-story abandoned tower in Bangkok
Urban spelunkers visited Sathorn Unique, a half-built, 50-story skyscraper in the middle of Bangkok, and snapped some dramatic black-and-white photos of the waste and ruin within. Bangkok, Thailand. J...
09:36 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Help wanted: features product manager for Wikipedia
Sumana sez, "The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that supports Wikipedia, is looking to hire a bunch of people, including Features Product Manager. Basically you'd develop and refine feature ideas...
09:35 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Hand-fins that give you webbed fingers
These "Darkfin Gloves" are hand-fins for swimming that are made to look like webbed fingers. I have no idea how they compare to traditional hand-fins, but they sure look cool and would make a useful a...
09:31 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Apple patents mobile camera that other people can shut off
An Apple patent describes a system for allowing venue owners to override compliant cameras. The patent describes using an infrared signal that compliant cameras would detect; in the presence of this s...
07:43 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing It's Fun to Phone: Bell ad from 1958
Old telcoms ads like this 1958 Bell Telephone masterpiece are a reminder that those over-the-top caricatures of ads in classic MAD Magazines were, in fact, not caricatures at all, but lightly tweaked ...
07:41 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Wedding saved by Reddit
A redditor found himself in desperate straits when the millionaire whose mansion he'd rented for his wedding cancelled on him with only three weeks' notice. He solicited suggestions from other reddito...
07:36 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing Urban infiltrators explore a 50-story abandoned tower in Bangkok
Urban spelunkers visited Sathorn Unique, a half-built, 50-story skyscraper in the middle of Bangkok, and snapped some dramatic black-and-white photos of the waste and ruin within. Bangkok, Thailand. J...
06:44 am PDT - Thu, June 16, 2011
BoingBoing iCufflink: throbbing, illuminated open-source hardware cufflinks
Phil from Adafruit Industries announces the iCufflink: "Open source electronic cufflinks, pulsate like Apple Macs - a very last minute ultimate geek gift for Father's day. I co-designed these little c...
09:31 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing She looks great in Goa'uld
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07:56 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Airbus imagines transparent airplane
Airbus' airplane of 2050 is translucent, has "experience zones" instead of old-fashioned classes, and is filled with biomorphic seats that suck the energy from your body and adapt to the shape of your...
07:51 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing She looks great in Gou'ald
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07:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Harvard's collection of scientists' field notes
Ever wonder what naturalists, geologists, and other scientists who do observational work in the field are writing down in those ubiquitous, little notebooks? Harvard has published a collection ca...
06:52 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Lulzsec scalps CIA
Srsly.......
06:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Monument fire, Cochise County, Arizona (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photograph contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Threaded Thoughts.......
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Cool pinstriping work done by hand
A friend says: "Watch this cat stripe this Royal Enfield tank. Nice and smooth, as Ray Davies would say. The beauty and nobility of doing things by hand -- there's too little of it left in the world t...
05:41 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Duke Nukem publicists publicly threaten journalists whose reviews contain "venom"
Duke Nukem Forever, a long-overdue sequel in the Duke Nukem video-game franchise, finally shipped this week to scathing reviews. The Redner Group, who were handling publicity for the launch, tweeted a...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Battle for the electromagnetic spectrum: "The Secret History of Iraq's Invisible War"
Noah Shachtman writes, In the early years of the Iraq war, the U.S. military developed a technology so secret that reporters mentioning the gear were promptly escorted out of the country. That equipme...
04:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Cracker Barrel waitress reunited with dead ancestor through photo hanging on Cracker Barrel wall
Sandra, a server at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Owensboro Kentucky, shared a chilling tale with a local country music and news radio station. This waitress found a photo of her ancestor on the wall...
03:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing French proposal: any URL to be arbitrarily blacklisted without due process
Sarkozy's latest plan for "civilizing" the Internet: a Great Firewall of France that government agencies to add URLs to without judicial oversight or public scrutiny on the basis of broad, nebulous cr...
03:23 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Duke Nukem publicists publicly threaten journalists whose reviews contain "venom"
Duke Nukem Forver, a long-overdue sequel in the Duke Nukem video-game franchise, finally shipped this week to scathing reviews. The Redner Group, who were handling publicity for the launch, tweeted a ...
03:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Last-minute signing tomorrow in Pittsburgh at CMU bookstore, 2-5PM
I'm coming through Pittsburgh tomorrow for a private event and I'm going to drop in to the CMU bookstore from 2-5 for a signing. This is all very last minute and there hasn't been much public notice, ...
02:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing "Marijuana": A 1968 government film starring a spaced-out Sonny Bono
Richard Metzger says: "Sonny Bono seems more than a little stoned in this US government anti-marijuana film from 1968. It includes an hilarious final piece to camera (which looks edited to best comic ...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing I would love to see the literature on Wiley Coyote
"Traumatic brain injuries in illustrated literature: experience from a series of over 700 head injuries in the Asterix comic books" — Title of a peer-reviewed research paper published in the jou...
11:45 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing White blood cell chases bacteria to the tune of Yakety Sax
YouTube Doubler This, alone, is a good reason for YouTube Doubler to exist. Also: No, I am never going to get over the Yakety Sax meme. You know how your parents held on to some piece of clothing or a...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Volcanic ash on Lake Nahuel Huapi, Argentina
Puyehue volcano in Chile has been erupting since the 4th of June, sending up columns of ash that have shut down air traffic as far away as Australia. This footage was taken more than 100 miles from th...
11:27 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing From bOING bOING Issue 13: Kevin Kelly 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 delighted...
11:18 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Map of undersea cables from 1901
I don't have any context for this 1901 map of undersea cables for the Eastern Telegraph Company System, but it sure is a tantalizing look at telcoms history and the way that the world used to talk to ...
10:29 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Rotters: YA horror novel about grave-robbing chills, thrills, delights
Daniel Kraus's young adult novel Rotters tells the unlikely story of Joey Crouch, a 16 year old boy from Chicago whose mother is killed by a bus; Joey is sent to live with his mysterious father in sma...
09:54 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Head of UN copyright agency says fair use is a "negative agenda," wants to get rid of discussions on rights for blind people and go back to giving privileges to giant companies
In this (non-embeddable, natch) video interview from the World Copyright Summit on June 8, Francis Gurry, the Director General of WIPO, the UN agency that creates and oversees global copyright policy,...
09:33 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Overbalanced crane crushes house
If you want to see just how vindictive and horrible inanimate objects can be, and how vicious stupid physics is, just watch as this crew uses a crane to hoist a cement, prefab swimming pool over a cut...
09:33 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Overbalanced crane crushes house
If you want to see just how vindictive and horrible inanimate objects can be, and how vicious stupid physics is, just watch as this crew uses a crane to hoist a cement, prefab swimming pool over a cut...
09:24 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Room made of recycled PC parts -- panorama
Polish artist Marek Tomasik built this remarkable 16' x 14' x 15' out of the components he salvaged from discarded PCs. The resulting panorama is so fantastic -- a metallic, glittering fairyland -- th...
09:16 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Scroll bookshelf: holding books in place with tensioned metal rolls
The Scroll Bookshelf appears to be a design prototype for a new kind of shelf that uses a curled, tensioned metal shelf overlaid with plastic to hold the books in place: "Unfurl the sheet and stack em...
09:10 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing Open Design Now: Overview of open design projects
Mason sez, "Open Design Now is a book that was born out of discussions following the DMY (Berlin) 2010 MakerLab. It is an exploration of many different projects developed under Creative Commons or oth...
03:03 am PDT - Wed, June 15, 2011
BoingBoing 1970s Ghana Afrobeat from Rob
This deeply, deeply funky track is legendary 1970s Ghana psych-groover Rob's "Make It Fast, Make It Slow." It's included on "Ghana Soundz," the first of many exquisite compilations from the excellent ...
11:27 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Judge to copyright troll: your lawsuits are shams, give it up
Hugh from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez ,"In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthav...
10:28 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Song about drug user prison
[Video Link] James Olsen sent me this great video called "Prisontown," which he says is "a song that is based on my experiences working as a prison reporter in upstate New York."......
09:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Sally Applin's AnthroPunk presentation at Maker Faire
Sally Applinis a Ph.D. student in social anthropology and computing at the University of Kent. She studies how we make technology and how it makes us. She works with Dr. Michael Fischer on AnthroPunk,...
09:29 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Song about
[Video Link] James Olsen sent me this great video called "Prisontown," which he says is "a song that is based on my experiences working as a prison reporter in upstate New York."......
09:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Who is LulzSec? A phone call with the hacker pranksters. (Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Radio Show)
(Image: Lulzsec by DeviantArt user BiOzZ) MP3 Download MP3 Audio I joined The Madeleine Brand Show today for a radio discussion about the latest LulzSec hijinks, and related hacking news. Listen here...
09:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Judge to copyright troll: your lawsuits are shams, give it up
Hugh from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez ,"In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthav...
08:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Dalai Lama fails to understand Dalai Lama joke, but is a good sport about it
An Australian newsreader found himself interviewing the Dalai Lama, so, naturally, he told him the joke about the Dalai Lama who asks the pizzeria to make him one with everything. The Dalai Lama reall...
08:34 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing With a Little Help at McNally-Jackson, NYC
I've teamed up with McNally-Jackson, a most excellent indie bookstore in Soho, NYC, to print and sell my DIY short story collection With a Little Help right in the store, using an Espresso book-machin...
08:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Mbius Ship
Tim Hawkinson's Mbius Ship sculptures are nautical, single-surfaced and have fractional dimensionality. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Echoing the working methods of ship-in-a-bottle hobbyists, Hawkins...
08:22 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Pendants made from old decorative china
A reader writes, "This Nevada artist is repurposing vintage dinner plates into silhouette shaped wall plaques and pendants! Birds, butterflies, women and deer are the most common silhouettes. What a u...
07:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Two entertainingly awful TV commercials
It's funny because they have pompadour toupees! (Via Daily Dot)......
07:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing In Africa, a 50-cent vaccine saves thousands
You want "Wonderful Things," I gives ya Wonderful Things. MenAfriVac is a new vaccine for meningitis A—a disease that kills thousands of people in Africa every year. It's far, far cheaper than p...
07:02 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Who is LulzSec? A phone call with the hacker pranksters. (Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Radio Show)
(Image: Lulzsec by DeviantArt user BiOzZ) MP3 Download MP3 Audio I joined The Madeleine Brand Show today for a radio discussion about the latest LulzSec hijinks, and related hacking news. Listen here...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Norah Jones plays Johnny Cash at the Webbys
[video link] From last night's Webby Awards in New York City, Norah Jones plays a smokey, dirty version of Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave." Damn.......
06:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Noah Jones plays Johnny Cash at the Webbys
[video link] From last night's Webby Awards in New York City, Norah Jones plays a smokey, dirty version of Johnny Cash's Ain't No Grave. Damn.......
06:48 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Squid, sardines, and A-Ha
I'm not sure what it is that I find most mesmerizing about this video. Maybe it's when the squid bop the camera with their tentacles. Maybe it's the implicit "Squid and sardines ... living together!" ...
06:35 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO bake a Portal cupcake
Starshipminivan sez, "Finally, the promise of Portal has been fulfilled. These cupcakes are not a lie and you don't even have to listen to GlaDOS, just bake, decorate, and consume these mini flavor ma...
06:31 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing In Africa, a .50-cent vaccine saves thousands
You want "Wonderful Things," I gives ya Wonderful Things. MenAfriVac is a new vaccine for meningitis A—a disease that kills thousands of people in Africa every year. It's far, far cheaper than p...
06:27 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing From Domo, with Love (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Paul Elkerton of Taranaki, New Zealand took this photo and contributed it to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. You can buy prints of it here.......
06:22 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Mossy Walls, Norway (Photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Nicholas Longtin took this photo in Norway, contributed it to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, and explains: The fjord town of Flom has beautiful farm lands. Many of the farmers have their land defined by...
06:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing The Pill for guys? Don't hold your breath
Male contraception is like the nuclear fusion of safer sex—perpetually about 10 years away from commercialization. Sure, there's condoms and vasectomies. But if you want something a little less ...
06:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Prototype hoverbike is delightful, horribly unsafe
Sigh. It's the way of the world, isn't it? Invent something that has this much potential for fun and, chances are, it'll also be capable of chopping your hand off in 2 seconds flat. It consists al...
06:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Budget crisis in Minnesota could impact national public health
The looming government shutdown in Minnesota would, among other things, close down one of America's most effective foodborne illness detection teams. The University of Minnesota's "Team D" has tracked...
05:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Who is LulzSec? A phone call with the hacker pranksters. (Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Radio Show)
(Image: Lulzsec by DeviantArt user BiOzZ) MP3 Download MP3 Audio I joined The Madeleine Brand Show today for a radio discussion about the latest LulzSec hijinks, and related hacking news. Listen here...
05:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing California girl is 6th person to survive rabies without vaccination
Rabies is a strange and scary thing. Until 2004, this virus was 100% lethal in humans—without a dose of life-saving vaccine, preferably before symptoms even presented themselves, everybody died...
05:29 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Who is LulzSec? A phone call with the hacker pranksters. (Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Radio Show)
(Image: Lulzsec by DeviantArt user BiOzZ) MP3 Download MP3 Audio I joined The Madeleine Brand Show today for a radio discussion about the latest LulzSec hijinks, and related hacking news. Listen here...
04:33 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Surveillance camera cufflinks
Designed by A. Square, these surveillance camera cufflinks are $33.30 from Shapeways. A perfect gift for the paranoiacs and voyeurs in your life. CCTV surveillance camera cufflinks (Thanks, Nick Phili...
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Sally Applin's AnthroPunk presentation at Maker Faire
Sally Applin is a PhD student in social anthropology and computing at the University of Kent. She studies makers. She gave a terrific talk at Maker Faire about the making of things, knowledge, culture...
02:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Remix of The View's "Sextape" episode
[Video Link] Nick Denboer did a good job of increasing the informational content of The View's "Sextape" episode. (NSFW)......
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing "Go the Fuck to Sleep" audiobooks: Samuel L. Jackson and Werner Herzog editions
"All the kids from daycare are in dreamland. The froggie has made his last leap. Hell no you can't go to the bathroom, you know where you can go? The fuck to sleep."—Samuel L. Jackson voice...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Sally Applin's AnthroPunk presentation at Maker Faire
Sally Applin is a PhD student in social anthropology and computing at the University of Kent. She studies makers. She gave a terrific talk at Maker Faireant about the making of things, knowledge, cult...
01:35 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Last minute Father's Day gift ideas
Here are some recommendations for Father's Day gifts. Since you've left it this late, you may as well just buy what we tell you to and stop worrying about it.......
12:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing The achievements of the Jellymongers of England
Turnstyle News interviewed Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, two English artists who work in the medium of Jell-O. They are single-handedly changing the way we think of Jell-O. In the U.K., they call it "jel...
10:47 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing House made of bookcases
Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio designed this bookshelf-lined house in Osaka for a collector of books on Islamic history, designing a structure where books could line every surface. WANT. In order t...
08:22 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Transparent Pontiac for sale
This beautiful, skeletal Pontiac was built for the GM pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It's up for auction in Plymouth, Michigan, with an estimated sale price of $275,000 - $475,000. As of ...
08:20 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Animatronic elephant dangling from a helicopter
Here's some delightfully surreal footage of one of the Disneyland Jungle Boat Cruise animatronic elephants being airlifted to the maintenance area for routine service. The process makes for some great...
08:11 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Pulp Fiction edited down to just the cussing
TheCussingChannel is a YouTube account that edits movies down to just the swear-words and racial epithets. Here's their 429-word, 3:20 mixdown of Pulp Fiction. Just The Cussing - Pulp Fiction Supercut...
08:07 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing New York State to pet cemeteries: no pet owners' ashes allowed
New York State has ordered pet cemeteries to halt their practice of allowing pet owners to have their ashes placed alongside the graves of their dead pets, saying that the facilities aren't licensed f...
08:00 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing Crowdfunding the tour: pre-selling shows before you book them
Having had stellar success funding her album and video with Kickstarter, musician Kim Boekbinder set out on tour, only to find that some of her gigs were barely attended. After playing to 18 people in...
02:46 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing High-Speed Robot Hand
A certain class of jokes write themselves here, yes, but that does not mean I am obliged to write them down. [Video Link: Len Fiorenz's YouTube. Thanks, Jess!]......
01:32 am PDT - Tue, June 14, 2011
BoingBoing WiFi-sniffing picture frame
This picture frame, made from an ancient Pentium II laptop, displayes images sniffed out of public WiFi connections: "Many coffee shops in Vancouver feature both local art and wi-fi, so why not combin...
10:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing A boat named "Zeus." (Photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Craig Berry contributed this photo to the BB Flickr Pool. He shot this near Point Dume in Southern California, and explains: The boat's name was Zeus. When I first ...
10:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing US underwriting "liberation technology" projects to route around internet censorship abroad
"The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy 'shadow' Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censo...
10:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Bob Dylan sings about the video game "Gears of War." Bonus: "Goat Rap."
[Video Link]. Oh, alright: it's really internet video genius Liam Lynch. It's a clip from his podcast, "Lynchland:The Liam Lynch Podcast". Full episodes can be seen at liamlynch.net or on iTunes. Here...
10:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing FBI gives agents new powers to spy on you and go through your trash
The New York Times reported this weekend that the FBI will grant "significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents"—powers that allow them them greater freedom to "search databases, go throug...
09:45 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Bob Dylan sings about the video game "Gears of War." Bonus: "Goat Rap."
[Video Link]. Oh, alright: it's really internet video genius Liam Lynch. It's a clip from his podcast, "Lynchland:The Liam Lynch Podcast". Full episodes can be seen at liamlynch.net or on iTunes. Not ...
09:17 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Mark's talk at TEDxBrussels
[Video Link] In addition to the Brushbot-making workshop I gave to kids at TEDxKids in Brussels a couple of weeks ago, I also gave a talk about the cool tools and services available to makers today. Y...
08:46 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Lulzsec hacks U.S. Senate
LulzSec today announced recent hacks of the U.S. Senate's website—"is this an act of war, gentlemen?"—and game developer Bethesda Softworks, whose 200k users were spared in the hope th...
08:35 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Trivia Championships of North America, July 8-10, 2011, Las Vegas
When I was in high school in Boulder Colorado, I loved going to the University of Colorado Trivia Bowl every year. I even started and hosted the Boulder High School Trivia Bowl. The winning team of th...
08:32 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Lulzsec hacks U.S. Senate
LulzSec today announced recent hacks of the U.S. Senate's website—"is this an act of war, gentlemen?"—and game developer Bethesda, whose 200k users were spared in the hope that forthco...
08:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing A dog with persistence-of-vision LEDs in her shirt writes my novel Makers in the park at night
Michael created a dog-shirt equipped with persistence-of-vision LEDs controlled by a LilyPad soft Arduino, and programmed it to output the text of my novel Makers as his pooch ran gleefully around the...
08:09 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing 10 "Handy" Photoshop foul-ups
Our pals at the excellent Photoshop Disasters website prepared this freakish gallery of disembodied hands, duplicated & deleted digits, and extra arms. Two hands, five fingers on each. Sounds simple, ...
07:26 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Wireless mice made by Aaron Ristau
Our friend Aaron Ristau has made a batch of cool-looking wireless computer mice, which he is selling for $180 apiece. "Specific character keys, colors, and other features are available." Rotobot Mouse...
07:09 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Atom bomb survival suit patent from 1958
This atomic bomb survival suit looks like something Chris Ware would have in one of his comic books. John Ptak says: Is there anything more revolting than this solitary, encapsulated, iron maidenesque...
06:52 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Deer, at attention (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photo by M. Rehemtulla for QUOI Media Group, contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. (Image: Audience, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from quoimedia'...
06:39 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Why I'm skeptical of the "Earless Bunny of Fukushima"
[Video Link] This bunny is earless. But why? According to the buzz on the Internet, it's because he was born near the site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meldown—the victim of...
06:35 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Webby Awards streaming tonight
Tonight is the big Webby Awards extravaganza in New York City. Lisa Kudrow is hosting, Norah Jones and Antoine Dodson with The Gregory Brothers are performing. Zach Galifianakis, Daniel Radcliffe, Ann...
06:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing The Funniest Joke Ever Told in the History of the Universe
[Video Link] Boing Boing pal Joe Sabia, who has been co-curating the Boing Boing Video in-flight TV channel on Virgin America with us (channel #10 on your sky-high dial!), directed this commercial for...
06:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Lulzsec hacks U.S. Senate
LulzSec today announced recent hacks of the U.S. Senate's website—"is this an act of war, gentlemen?"—and game developer Bethsoft, whose 200k users were spared in the hope that forthco...
05:37 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Webby Awards streaming tonight
Tonight is the big Webby Awards extravaganza in New York City. Lisa Kudrow is hosting, Norah Jones and Antoine Dodson with The Gregory Brothers are performing. Zach Galifianakis, Daniel Radcliffe, Ann...
05:37 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Why the blue penguin is blue
This is a microscope view of the feather structure of the Little Blue penguin. The structure turns out to be pretty important, because it's those tightly packed bundles of fibers that scatter light in...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Baby Galapagos tortoise
A Monday moment of "Awwwwww." Via Discovery News......
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Famous People Hanging Out With Their Vinyl
A wonderful photo-essay on Dangerous Minds. The selection above, obviously: Marilyn Monroe. (thanks, Tara McGinley!)......
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Such Bravery
In 1212, thousands of vagrants, bandits and starving children converged on Genoa in search of shelter, adventure and heaven's gate. But their footsteps fell on a path already well-trodden......
04:39 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Europride and Gaga in Rome
(Lady Gaga performs during a gay pride concert in downtown Rome. Stefano Rellandini / Reuters) The gay icon Lady Gaga was there wearing her green wig, together with up to one million people marching c...
04:17 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Deer, at attention (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photo by M. Rehemtulla for QUOI Media Group, contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. (Image: Audience, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from quoimedia'...
04:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Woah
The world's first biological laser—made from a human cell engineered to fluoresce green.......
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Sultan Qaboos grand mosque, Muscat, Oman (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photo by Omar Chatriwala, contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. (Image: Hanging out in the grand mosque, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from omarsc...
04:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 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...
04:02 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing The Wichita "heat burst" explained
Last Thursday, around midnight, the temperature in Wichita, Kansas, jumped 20 degrees in 20 minutes. Needless to say, this is not normal—both for the speed of the temperature increase, and the ...
03:29 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing From bOING bOING Issue 13: Kevin Kelly 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...
03:11 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Such Bravery
In 1212, thousands of vagrants, bandits and starving children converged on Genoa in search of shelter, adventure and heaven's gate. But their footsteps fell on a path already well-trodden......
03:06 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Guy Bourdin's experimental films
Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was a French avant-garde fashion photographer. Mentored by surrealist Man Ray and inspired by filmmaker Luis Buuel, Bourdin's fashion shoots were often very strange, sexual, p...
02:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Cool imaginary machines and systems at Justin Amrhein's new art opening: June 25
Michael Rosenthal Gallery [San Francisco] is thrilled to presentSchema, Brooklyn-based artist Justin Amrhein's first solo exhibition. In a series of intricate yet gracefully spare drawings and lightbo...
02:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Crows attack cops
An Everett, Washington police department is under attack by a flock of crows. According to the Associated Press, the birds have been "swooping down and dive-bombing the officers as they walk to and fr...
02:21 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Pierced man hangs from hot air balloon
In body modification circles, a "suspension" is the practice of hanging from hooks pierced through the body. Zane Whitmore, 34, of Seattle, took suspension to, er, new heights when he hung from his sk...
02:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Guy Bourdin's experimental films
Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was a French avant-garde fashion photographer. Mentored by surrealist Man Ray and inspired by filmmaker Luis Buuel, Bourdin's fashion shoots were often very strange, sexual, p...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Pierced man hangs from hot air balloon
In body modification circles, a "suspension" is the practice of hanging from hooks attached to body piercings. Zane Whitmore, 34, of Seattle, took suspension to, er, new heights when he hung from his ...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing My head is a 3D scan
Last week, my wife Alice and I stopped into MakerBot Industries, the DIY 3D printing company in Brooklyn, and got our heads scanned. The MakerBotters covered us in cornstarch (so that the laser-scanne...
01:16 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Crows attack cops
An Everett, Washington police department is under attack by a flock of crows. According to the Associated Press, the birds have been "swooping down and dive-bombing the officers as they walk to and fr...
01:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Optimist's Tour of the Future: inspiring and funny look at the evidence for a bright future
Mark Stevenson's An Optimist's Tour of the Future is a hilarious and inspiring romp through some of the most promising directions in technology -- from permaculture success stories in Australia who ar...
12:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing First womb transplant imminent
Eva Ottosson, 56, is donating her uterus to her 25-year-old daughter Sarah who was born without one. If successful, Sarah will carry a fetus in the same womb that once held her. From The Telegraph: Th...
12:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Amazing stories
A World War II B-17 Flying Fortress has crashed near Chicago today. According to early news reports, all seven people on board walked away from the wreck. The plane was owned by a company that sells t...
11:47 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing CONTEST! Design a mind-numbingly tedious magazine, win awesome prizes from Saddleback Leather
Time to get your shoop on! We've had a lot of competitions for writers and coders at BB; this one's for the designers. The premise is simple: design the cover to a skull-crushingly boring magazine, an...
10:34 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Evolved, 3D printed creatures
Dolf sez, "I am growing creatures I call Entoforms using the open source Blender 3D software. To do so, I've written the equivalent of a 300 page book in python scripts, which though a work in progres...
10:25 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Indies shine at mainstream gaming mecca
At the E3 gaming trade show last week, IndieCade represented "an oasis of creativity and DIY innovation," writes Turnstyle's Noah Nelson. IndieCade's presence at E3 is one of the fulcrum points where ...
10:18 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Erik Knutzen
Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen grow food, keep chickens, brew, bike, bake, and plot revolution from their 1/12-acre farm in the heart of Los Angeles. They are the the authors of The Urban Homestead and ...
09:20 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing OHANDA: the Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance
Ian sez, "OHANDA is the Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance - an attempt to do for hardware and patents what Copyleft is doing for non-physical objects. They've created a label to apply to physic...
09:06 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing New Brian "DMZ" Wood sketchbook as a free download
Brian Wood, creator of DMZ and many other brilliant comics and graphic novels, has put his second sketchbook, entitled Public Domain, online as a free download. He hopes that if you enjoy it, you'll ...
08:49 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing Terry Pratchett initiates assisted suicide process
Beloved science fiction and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has terminal early-onset Alzheimer's. He's determined to have the option of choosing the time and place of his death, rather than enduring th...
08:40 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing City of London confiscates @towerbridge account, kills playful bot
Tom Armitage made a little twitterbot that posted updates on the status of London's Tower Bridge under the @towerbridge. It was a playful bit of civic engagement from a proud Londoner. London's munici...
08:33 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing New EFF member tee: "I FIGHT FOR THE USERS!"
EFF's new member t-shirts are great: a Tron-esque "I fight for the users" motto on the back, a fireball-cannon winged mecha on the front! I FIGHT FOR THE USERS......
12:41 am PDT - Mon, June 13, 2011
BoingBoing The Spooks' Style Guide: FOIA'd!
The National Security Agency generates lots of reports. Though we do not get to read these communiques, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request we know the standards its authors are expected t...
09:15 pm PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing White man from Georgia is "Gay Girl from Damascus"
For weeks, journalists, bloggers, and human rights advocates have been trying to track down a "disappeared" mideast blogger named Amina, who identified herself on her blog as a "Gay Girl from Damascus...
08:59 pm PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Lego-making machine made of Lego
Joseph sez, "This is an exclusive Lego set that you can purchase on the factory tour in Denmark. It has semi-functional injection molding mechanics. Really a neat toy." The set consists of two mouldin...
08:53 pm PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Bryan Lee O'Malley's Transformers fan-art
Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of the wonderful Scott Pilgrim comics, has posted some of the Transformers fan-art he created in 1988, when he was about 8 years old. The project, "Transformers Underground...
07:15 pm PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing This machine destroys everything
[Video Link]. Update: Previously blogged on BB. Here is a link to the "shred of the month" archive. (via Jon Swaine / spaceghetto)......
04:59 pm PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Hand-made wireless mice with typewriter-key buttons
Baron Aaron sez, "I have always had an interest in design. This concept of mine diverts from the reclaimed materials I typically work in. The mice are fully functional and use a micro USB transmitter....
04:44 pm PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Bryan Lee O'Malley's Transformers fan-art
Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of the wonderful Scott Pilgrim comics, has posted some of the Transformers fan-art he created in 1988, when he was about 8 years old. The project, "Transformers Underground...
12:51 pm PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing This machine destroys everything
[Video Link] (via Jon Swaine / spaceghetto)......
09:12 am PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Excerpts from Stross's upcoming Rule 34
Charlie Stross has been publishing excerpts from his fantastic upcoming novel Rule 34, a police procedural technothriller in the vein of his earlier Halting State, about the cops who are in charge of ...
09:05 am PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Hula-hooping from the hoop's point of view
Laura and Nick Saik, a brother and sister team in Alberta, attached a small, wide-angle camera to the inside of a hula-hoop and then recorded a hulaing session from the hoop's point of view. It's a gr...
01:47 am PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing's secret lair in the Alps
SummitPost image Our intrepid moderator Antinous has settled on the location of the next Boing Boing secret lair. It will be in the Austrian Alps. Two 6,500 feet peaks in eastern Tyrol -- Grosse Kinig...
01:43 am PDT - Sun, June 12, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing's secret lair in the Alps
SummitPost image Our intrepid moderator Antinous has identified the location of the next Boing Boing secret lair. It will be in the Austrian Alps. Two 6,500 feet peaks in eastern Tyrol -- Grosse Kinig...
11:52 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing's secret lair in the Alps
SummitPost image Our intrepid moderator Antinous has identified the location of the next Boing Boing secret lair. It will be in the Austrian Alps. Two 6,500 feet peaks in eastern Tyrol -- Grosse Kinig...
07:24 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Richest pastors in Nigeria
Excited by the richest people in Africa list in Forbes, Nii Thompson has compiled a list of the five richest spiritual leaders in Africa: "Never mind deferring gratification. That is now the preserve ...
07:22 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Reasons people were arrested at the Toronto G20
Spotted on a phone-pole in Toronto's Parkdale, a sign detailing some of the reasons people were arrested at last year's G20 summit, which saw over $1 billion spent and the largest mass-arrest in Cana...
07:17 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Leather steampunk clown-mask
Ukrainian steampunk leatherworkers Bob Basset have gone to the circus with their "Red Clown Steampunk Leather Mask." Can't sleep, clown will fetish me! Red Clown Steampunk Leather Mask......
07:01 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Paul Krugman: Rule by rentiers favors billionaires, Chinese bond-holders over jobs and homeowners
Writing in the NYT, Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman explains how creditor-friendly economic policies create "rule by rentiers," an economic situation that doesn't create good jobs or help homeown...
06:28 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing The Internet is Coming
Found on Reddit, from user lcdsallysystem. Via Nerdcore. (thanks, Tara McGinley)......
06:20 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing The Internet is Coming
Via Reddit / Nerdcore (thanks, Tara McGinley)......
06:10 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: massive anti-nuclear protests planned for June 11
From Time Out Tokyo: Japan's burgeoning anti-nuclear movement will be marking the three month anniversary of the March 11 quake and tsunami with a nationwide day of protests, amidst reports that Japan...
04:16 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Hero of quadroplegic game controllers to retire, replacement needed
Ed sez, "With a retired Bozeman engineer's 70th birthday approaching, disabled gamers say they fear there will be no one to replace Yankelevitz, who has sustained quadriplegic game controllers for 30 ...
03:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Sesame street aliens discover dubstep
The Sesame Street aliens are clearly the universal incarnate avatars of dubstep anyway, but jrbrewin dialed it up to 11. [Video Link via @ioerror & @theglitchmob]......
02:17 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Super Goblin War Machine: more crushinger!
Goblin War Machine, the last Flash game I got seriously addicted to, has just published a sequel, called, naturally, Super Goblin War Machine. Well, that's me for the rest of the week. ...Aaaand, cour...
02:08 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Legends of the Joystick: video game characters remember their youth
Legends of the Joystick is a short original comic about video game characters remembering the days of their youth written by Gene Yang and drawn by Thien Pham, the duo who produced Level Up, the fanta...
01:28 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing WATCHPONIES: WatchmenMy Little Pony mashup
[Video Link] (via Rick Marshall) RELATED: Did you know that "My Little Pony" has older, male fans that refer to themselves as "bronies"? Each day, out-of-work computer programmer Luke Allen self-m...
01:23 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing #611nonukes: photos, video from Japan anti-nuclear protests
[Video link] Large anti-nuclear protests marking 3 months since the Fukushima nuclear disaster are under way in Japan today, with solidarity demonstrations in other countries around the world. Backgro...
01:21 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing IMF: We wuz hacked
The New York Times reports that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been hit with what is described as "a large and sophisticated cyberattack whose dimensions are still unknown." The breach happ...
12:50 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Self-reproducing 3D printer for $500
Jmgiacalone sez, "The future is 3D printing, and it has never been more accessible. For less than $500 you can get your very own desktop 3D printer, capable of printing in a range of plastics and diff...
12:46 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Ontario publicly funded Catholic school bans rainbows, appropriates student donations for LGBT cause and gives them to Catholic charity
A reader writes, "St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario [ed: a publicly funded institution, due to a quirk of Canada's constitutional history] has banned rainbows from a display...
12:41 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Super Goblin War Machine: more crushinger!
Goblin War Machine, the last Flash game I got seriously addicted to, has just published a sequel, called, naturally, Super Goblin War Machine. Well, that's me for the rest of the week.......
12:32 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Rescue Tape
Rescue tape is a brand name for silicone tape. I've been using it (and other brands) on and off for a decade now and if there's one thing I had to have and couldn't live without, it's this. I have a r...
12:15 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing WiThings WiFi Scale
I've been using my Withings WiFi-enabled scale since 5 Dec 2009, at which point I weighed 246.9 lbs. Today, I weigh 183.5 lbs, and this scale helped me reach my goal. It shows weight, percentage or lb...
12:11 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Snark SN-2 Tuner
I've tried several clip-on guitar and banjo tuners over the years, and I finally found the best one: Snark SN-2. It's fast, easy to use, and very accurate. Best of all, it's cheap: $13. It's optimized...
12:04 pm PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Rescue Tape
Rescue tape is a brand name for silicone tape. I've been using it (and other brands) on and off for a decade now and if there's one thing I had to have and couldn't live without, it's this. I have a r...
09:43 am PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Sesame street aliens discover dubstep
The Sesame Street aliens are clearly the universal incarnate avatars of dubstep anyway, but jrbrewin dialed it up to 11. [via @ioerror & @theglitchmob]......
07:18 am PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Legends of the Joystick: video game characters remember their youth
Legends of the Joystick is a short original comic about video game characters > remembering the days of their youth written by Gene Yang and drawn by Thien Pham, the duo who produced Level Up, the fan...
06:47 am PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing DelayedLock: keep your Android screen from locking immediately
DelayedLock is a useful Android app that prevents your device from locking up for a minute or two after you switch it off. I often turn off the handset when following map directions, but it's a pain i...
06:44 am PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing Lobbynomics: Canadian Chamber of Commerce manufactures fake $30 billion counterfeiting loss
Michael Geist sez, "This week the Canadian IP Council, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's IP lobby arm, issued a release placing Canadian counterfeiting costs at $30 billion per year. That figure is b...
06:41 am PDT - Sat, June 11, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed trigonometry calculator
Lalbritton's "Ideal Harmonic Transformer" is a 3D printed mechanism for calculating sines and cosines: " It is a thing to hold, enjoy turning the crank, and look at. If you can't find your calculator,...
11:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: massive anti-nuclear protests planned for June 11
From Time Out Tokyo: Japan's burgeoning anti-nuclear movement will be marking the three month anniversary of the March 11 quake and tsunami with a nationwide day of protests, amidst reports that Japan...
10:56 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Seal Contact (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader John K. Goodman captured the wonderful shot here, and shared it in the Boing Boing Flickr pool.......
10:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Advice from a dog on keeping cool in summer heat (photo from Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Steve O. shared this wonderful photo in the Boing Boing Flickr pool. Link: "Ninety Eight In the Shade"......
10:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Lightning strikes the Empire State Building (photo: Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Dan Nguyen took this shot, and explains... BOOM! Actually, it didn't sound that impressive. Hope everyone was OK at the Empire State Building. From the 68th floor o...
10:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Computer glitch snarls US Airways' network, grounding all flights
Man, the words "airline" and "crash" never mean anything good when they're near each other. Today, the US Airways website crashed and all flights were temporarily grounded after a power outage at one ...
10:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Marriage tips from Ayn Rand
[Video Link] "Ayn Rand asked her husband to wear a bell on his shoe so she'd know when he entered & left the house" (Via Maude Newton)......
10:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Onion-Like Headlines in Real Life
A Tumblog of Greatness, and my new favorite website: "Onion-Like Headlines in Real Life."......
09:52 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Alaska releases more than 24,000 printed pages of Sarah Palin's emails
Officials in the state of Alaska today released about 13,000 of Sarah Palin's emails from the former governor's first 21 months in office. During that period, her fame grew and she became a GOP vice p...
09:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Alaska releases more than 24,000 printed pages of Sarah Palin's emails
Officials in the state of Alaska today released about 13,000 of Sarah Palin's emails from the former governor's first 21 months in office. During that period, her fame grew and she became a GOP vice p...
09:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Mad Libs creator Leonard B. Stern dies at 88
Mad Libs creator Leonard B. Stern died this week. Obituary writers seized the opportunity to insert blank spaces and [adverb] [noun] [adjective]s in their homages, to mimic the format of Mr. Stern's f...
07:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Alaska releases more than 24,000 printed pages of Sarah Palin's emails
Officials in the state of Alaska today released about 13,000 of Sarah Palin's emails from the former governor's first 21 months in office. During that period, her fame grew and she became a GOP vice p...
07:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Gay Pride flash mob
Maddy Landi (left of center, dreadlocks) and dance company kNOTDance formed a flash mob Friday in Pittsburgh's Market Square, in support of Pittsburgh Pride 2011. After five minutes of choreographed d...
07:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing A quote that went well with an earlier BoingBoing post
Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design. — Dieter Rams. *ahem* (Via Maria Popova)......
07:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing ACLU sues US to declassify cables already published by Wikileaks
"The American Civil Liberties Union today sued the State Department over its insistence on keeping classified a set of diplomatic cables describing the government's efforts abroad to avoid attention o...
07:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Company sues Apple over iCloud trademark
A company named iCloud Communications has sued Apple over its use of the name "iCloud." iCloud offers similar cloud computing services to those announced by Apple: online storage, accessible from any...
06:48 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing It's sneaky
Don't feel bad. Scientists can't find the G-spot, either.......
06:40 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing How to stay cool without an air conditioner
I don't really like air conditioners. I didn't grow up with them. And I find them overly cold and unpleasant the vast majority of the time. To me, that all adds up to mean Not Worth The Energy They Su...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing "Wikiwars," CNN documentary on Wikileaks, debuts
This weekend, CNN will air "Wikiwars," the network's much-promoted documentary on Wikileaks hosted by a former Navy SEAL. The one-hour program premieres Sunday, June 12, 8:00pm ET & PT, and will repea...
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Thierry "Mr. Brainwash" Guetta loses copyright case with photographer Glen E. Friedman
(Above Left: Photo of Run D.M.C., taken by Glen E. Friedman Above Right: The invitation which Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, used for his debut exhibition 'Life Is Beautiful'.) Thierry Guetta, th...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Final Space Shuttle launch will be first to carry iPhones into space
Astronauts on the final mission of the Space Shuttle program (STS-135, scheduled for launch in July) will be taking iPhones into space for the first time. They're not taking the devices up there in se...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Very bad late '90s hip-hop cover art
An academic appreciation of very bad late '90s Hip-Hop cover art. (thanks, David)......
06:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing All hail the Great Hamster of Alsace
There's a legitimate news story buried in here, but all I get out of it is that there is a creature called The Great Hamster of Alsace. If that's not a great thing to build an organized religion aroun...
04:52 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Problematic glass staircase in new courthouse
Franklin County, Ohio Judge Julie Lynch is advising people in dresses to avoid a staircase with glass risers in the middle of a new $105 million courthouse that opened Monday. From CNN: She speculates...
04:49 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter: "Serpent Twins," mobile sculptures for Burning Man
[video link] Early SRL (Survival Research Laboratories) member and metalworking master Jon Sarriugarte and creative partner Kyrsten Mate have been the subject of many, many Boing Boing posts, Boing Bo...
04:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Gay Pride flash mob
Maddy Landi (left of center, dreadlocks) and dance company kNOTDance formed a flash mob Friday in Pittsburgh's Market Square, in support of Pittsburgh Pride 2011. After five minutes of choreographed d...
04:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Michael Saltino, South African song sensation
[Video Link]. The "quiet storm" of Zef. (thanks, Griffin, via WatKykJy)......
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Gay Pride flash mob
Maddi Landi (left of center, dreadlocks) and dance company kNOTDance formed a flash mob Friday in Pittsburgh's Market Square, in support of Pittsburgh Pride 2011. After five minutes of choreographed d...
01:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Apple moves to halt Lodsys lawsuits
Apple moved to stop patent troll Lodsys' legal shakedown of iOS developers, filing a motion to intervene in the proceedings, writes Florian Mueller: "While I don't have any confirmation from anyone th...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Tracking the source of an E. coli outbreak
Europe is currently in the grip of a deadly outbreak of Escherichia coli O104:H4—a rare strain of a common bacterium. Prior to last month, E. coli O104:H4 had only been identified as a cause of...
10:23 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Apple moves to halt Lodsys lawsuits
Apple moved to stop patent troll Lodsys' legal shakedown of iOS developers, filing a motion to intervene in the proceedings, wites Florian Mueller: "While I don't have any confirmation from anyone tha...
10:07 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Alleged Sony PSN hackers arrested
David Jolly and Raphael Minder write in the NYT: "The Spanish police said Friday that they had arrested three suspected computer hackers in connection with recent cyberattacks on Sony's PlayStation ne...
08:47 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Duke Nukem Forever finally available
Duke Nukem Forever, a game trapped in development hell since the mid-1990s, is finally on sale. You can download it from the Steam network, grab a copy in stores, or order at Amazon, where it ships mo...
08:19 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Aquarius satellite launches today, will measure ocean salinity from space
Eilieen Gunn writes, If all goes well, the Aquarius satellite, which will map the salinity of the oceans, collecting more data in a couple of months than is contained in the entire 125-year historical...
08:18 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing NSA whistleblower pleas out, will serve no jail time
The administration's case against NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake has shriveled to a token charge of "exceeding authorized access to a computer." He will plead guilty to the misdemeanor and serve no ja...
08:16 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Steven "Jumper" Gould's new novel 7TH SIGMA: genre-busting science fictionwestern kicks ass
Steven Gould's latest novel 7th Sigma is his best since Jumper, and while it shares Jumper's excellent pace and likable characters, it is otherwise as totally unlike Jumper as it could be, except in t...
08:09 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing GM Chinese cows express milk with some proteins found in human milk, UK press reports "OMG! Cows give breast milk!"
A paper by scientists at China Agricultural University published in March 2011 in PLOS One details a study on transgenic cows that have been modified to express some compounds found in human breast-mi...
08:03 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing After Weiner shot leaks, Breitbart claims setup
Commentator Andrew Breitbart, looking good after Rep. Anthony Weiner admitted tweeting inappropriate images, has somehow managed to pluck discredit from the jaws of vindication. During a radio show, h...
07:31 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing American right upset at report that Thatcher won't meet Palin
US right-wing blogs and radio hosts are apparently up in arms at a report in The Guardian stating that Margaret Thatcher won't meet with Sarah Palin. The report quotes Thatcher's "handlers" saying thi...
02:49 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Problematic glass staircase in new courthouse
Franklin County, Ohio Judge Julie Lynch is advising people in dresses to avoid a staircase with glass risers in the middle of a new $105 million courthouse that opened Monday. From CNN: She speculates...
01:08 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing Problematic glass staircase in new courthouse
Franklin County, Ohio Judge Julie Lynch is advising people in dresses to avoid the glass-bottomed staircase in the middle of a new $105 million courthouse that opened Monday. From CNN: She speculates ...
01:02 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing You got Les-rolled
A video in honor of today's excellent and musical Google Doodle. (Joe Sabia)......
12:12 am PDT - Fri, June 10, 2011
BoingBoing IMF considered harmful
In The Independent, Johann Hari describes the IMF's catastrophic pattern of "helping" poor countries by ordering them to abolish programs that help people so that the financial sector can take home mo...
11:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing AT&T lobbies Wisconsin GOP to nuke Wisconsin's best-of-breed co-op ISP for educational institutions
Christopher writes, "WiscNet is a co-op network providing ISP services to libraries, schools, local government, and the University of Wisconsin system. AT&T (and incumbent allies) lobbyists have inser...
11:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Raising money to promote Sailor Twain webcomic
Mark Siegel is using Kickstarter to raise money to promote his extraordinary webcomic Sailor Twain (or, The Mermaid in the Hudson), which has been featured here before: "Though Sailor Twain will come ...
11:39 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Developmentally disabled man harrassed by TSA at Detroit airport
A doctor reports that his developmentally disabled son was harrassed and traumatized by the Detroit airport TSA screeners, who wanted to investigate the "puffiness" caused by his adult diaper. They ma...
11:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Wah wah crybaby extortionists wah wah
The law firm behind a strange, extortionate gay-porn copyright shakedown is all sad about the coverage their weird scheme received on TorrentFreak, and they've made sure their judge knows it.......
11:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Miami cops intimidate citizen journalist who recorded shoot-em-up, smash camera
A man who videoed a guns-blazing Miami cop shoot-em-up that hit four innocent bystanders was dragged out of his car by the officers. The police pointed their weapons at the photographer and his girlfr...
11:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing NYC cyclist vs. bike lanes - kamikaze law-abiding
A NYC cyclist who received a fine for straying out of the bike-lane recorded this video of his attempt to ride around town without leaving the bike-lane, instead crashing merrily into any obstacle tha...
11:16 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Junkbots made with creepy doll fragments
Andrea Petrachi (AKA "Himatic") makes beautiful junkbot sculptures that incorporate creepy fragments of discarded dollies and toys. Andrea Petrachi a.k.a. Himatic (via Super Punch)......
11:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Judge to copyright trolls: you are "inexcusable"
The judge in America's biggest-ever copyright troll mass-litgation campaign has yanked the quickie subpoenas the plaintiffs secured and described their attorneys' behavior as "inexcusable."......
08:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Antique eye surgery training tool
These are Opthalmophantomes, antique surgical training tools from the early 20th century. Animal eyeballs were clamped into the eye sockets so that budding ophthalmologists could practice their, er, c...
07:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Antique Phonograph Music DJ and radio show
If Boing Boing ever throws a big bash in New York City, I'd hire Michael Cumella to DJ. Forget Technics 1200s; When Cumella spins a party, he brings two antique hand-cranked phonographs and a crate of...
07:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Seedbomb vending machine
I recently spotted this Seedbombs vending machine in Marin. Each bomb -- a little nugget of clay, compost, and seeds -- was 50 cents. It led me to look into the interesting history of "seed bombing." ...
06:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Hand-feeding a great white shark
This fearless lady pets a Great White like a dog as she hand-feeds it fish. [Video link: National Geographic via Metafilter]......
06:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Meetup Report: San Francisco
Tuesday's meetup in San Francisco saw more than twenty happy mutants enjoying drinks, pizza and conversation at the gorgeous Orbit Room Cafe. Thanks so much to Amy and Dean, who very generously hooked...
05:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Dennis McKenna
Photo: Beth Darbyshire Dr. Dennis McKenna has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 30 years. He currently teaches in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota....
05:24 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Dice age: weird dice, wacky rules
At Turnstyle, Noah Nelson talks to the creator of a game that uses weird, ornamental dice instead of traditional ones. Nor are we talking about standard six-siders, or even the 8-, 12-, and 20-sided d...
05:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Meetup Report: San Francisco
Tuesday's meetup in San Francisco saw a little more than twenty happy mutants enjoying drinks, pizza and conversation at the gorgeous Orbit Room Cafe. Thanks so much to Amy and Dean, who very generous...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Is the world ready for this jelly?
You can't tell from the photo, but this jellyfish is huge. Nomura jellyfish, native to the waters off China and Japan, can grow to be the size of a refrigerator, and weigh up to 400 pounds. And, since...
03:43 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Pondering the mathematics of Yog-Sothoth
We live in a 3-dimensional world. (At least, we're pretty sure we do.) But could worlds with more dimensions exist? And what would a 4- or 5-dimensional world look like? Naturally, Plus magazi...
03:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Genetics and autism
Dr. Steven Novella on recent research into the genetics of autism. (Via Steve Silberman.)......
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Skydiving on Saturn
The Oxford Science blog turns some recent research into a nifty thought experiment. If you could skydive on Saturn, what would you see? ... the first question when imagining a Saturn skydive is: w...
02:39 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing The last snow in St. Paul
In the middle of an record-breakingly hot Summer week, The Uptake Blog found snow left over from a record-breakingly snowy Winter.......
02:29 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing BoingBoing Meetup: Twin Cities edition
The temperature climbed over 100 on Tuesday, but the Twin Cities BoingBoing Meetup was still a lot of fun. (I refuse to give in to urge to make a "cool" pun.) We had probably close to 25 people who m...
02:24 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Seedbomb vending machine
I recently spotted this Seedbombs vending machine in Marin. Each bomb -- a little nugget of clay, compost, and seeds -- was 50 cents. It led me to look into the interesting history of "seed bombing." ...
02:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Rob Walker on "Dedigitization"
Supersharp design/culture critic Rob Walker, author of Buying In (and also last year's profile of BB in Fast Company), is now writing regularly for the excellent Design Observer site. His first piece ...
01:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Pumpkin Boy banner
This terrific 1950s circus side show banner (8+' x 7+') could dominate your living room for just $3,500. Pumpkin Boy Circus Side Show Banner (Thanks, Mathias Crawford!)  Vintage circus...
01:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Penis prank at school seen in Google Earth
The principal of a Hamilton, New Zealand secondary school is upset that his fine academic institution is represented by this image in Google Earth. The penises were created in 2009 but the prank's glo...
01:37 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Tips for dungeon master parents, part 2: "Never underestimate kids"
Last month, Tom Fassbender wrote about his experiences as a role-playing game master for his kids. Recently, he ran a real Dungeons & Dragons game with kids, and here's his report. The game went great...
01:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Penis prank at school seen in Google Earth
The principal of a Hamilton, New Zealand secondary school is upset that his fine academic institution is represented by this image in Google Earth. The penises were created in 2009 but the prank's glo...
01:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Grasshopper tacos banned at SF taqueria
San Francisco Health Department has banned La Oaxaquea Bakery and Restaurant from selling their famous grasshopper tacos. I've never tasted them but I certainly would! The problem isn't that they're s...
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing NASA Osiris: Looking for life with the god of death
It's difficult for Dante Lauretta to describe what he's hoping to find on asteroid 1999 RQ36. But there's a good reason for that. "We don't exactly know what we'll find until we get there," he says. "...
12:46 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Mobile Minecraft first look
The Indie Games weblog offers first impressions of Mobile Minecraft: "Only a few concessions and changes have been made, all of which seem tied largely to the playing style of mobile users and process...
12:39 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Billboard ad used to accuse teenage girl with having abortion
35-year old Greg Fultz used a highway billboard to accuse his teenage girlfriend of having an abortion and thereby killing their child. With additional stalking accusations, defiance of a judicial ord...
12:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Citigroup hacked: data for 200,000 or more US Citibank customers breached
Citigroup Inc. says hackers accessed credit card data for some 200,000 US customers. The online security breach was first discovered in May, and reported yesterday by the Financial Times (which blocks...
12:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Dieter Rams monogram
Phaidon's got a fat book out next week on Dieter Rams, the influential designer most strongly associated with Braun's minimalist appliance design from the 1960s onward. Jonathan Ive wrote the foreword...
11:35 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Dennis McKenna
Photo: Beth Derbyshire Dr. Dennis McKenna has conducted research in ethnopharmacology for over 30 years. He currently teaches in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota....
08:23 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Lockdown High: how schools put the emphasis on crime, security and violence instead of freedom and education
The Guardian's John Harris reviews Annette Fuentes's Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse, an investigative book on how "zero tolerance" policies have produced high-schools that "re...
08:11 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing 1883: When libertines and goats cavorted on beer barrels
This 19th century Bock Beer ad makes me curiously thirsty: that cavorting goat is having such a good time, and how can I have that sort of time too? Bock Beer, 1883. Somebody knows how to party!.....
08:11 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Mash me the head of Stephen Colbert
During last night's Stephen Colbert segment on MakerBot 3D printers, Bre Pettis revealed that the MakerBot Industries had made a high-quality 3D scan of Stephen Colbert's head and posted it on Thingiv...
02:29 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Iran: Blogger Hossein Derakshan's appeal denied for 19.5 year prison sentence
A court in Iran has denied Canadian/Iranian blogger Hossein Derakshan's latest appeal of his 19.5 imprisonment sentence. In 2010, he was charged and convicted of "conspiring with hostile governments, ...
02:21 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: Gaddafi used rape as a weapon, gave troops Viagra, says ICC prosecutor
(A Libyan woman holding a Kingdom of Libya flag walks past a caricature of Muammar Gaddafi near the court house in Benghazi June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori ) The ICC's chief prosecutor told jour...
01:56 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: welcome, Maya Mohamed Nabbous (newborn daughter of slain internet journalist)
An update to the tragic story of Mohammed "Mo" Al Nabbous, founder of the Benghazi webcast "Libya Alhurra TV," killed in a firefight this March at age 28: his baby daughter was born this week. Mo's wi...
01:45 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Why we secretly love @LulzSec
Patrick Gray of the Risky Business security podcast wrote a funny rant about why many who work in computer security are secretly chuckling at the antics of hacker/cracker/prankster entity Lulzsec. "T...
12:51 am PDT - Thu, June 9, 2011
BoingBoing Credibility, anonymity, and Andrew Breitbart
Dan Gillmor's Guardian column, "Andrew Breitbart and the unwilling suspension of disbelief," explains his theory of online credibility and talks about how to be appropriately skeptical of different so...
11:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Funny random tweets inserted into apt Peanuts panels
@PEANUTWEETER is a Tumblr blog that pairs individual frames from golden-age Peanuts strips with random, funny, out-of-context tweets. The results are surprisingly wonderful. Peanutweeter (via Underwir...
11:51 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Bad idea for a custom Visa card
This aptly titled, unsourced Internet image suggests a truly bad idea for your custom, upload-your-own-design CapitalOne Visa: graphical text reading THIS IS A ROBBERY/I HAVE A GUN/EMPTY YOUR REGISTER...
11:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Datamancer accepting steampunk laptop pre-orders
Crummet sez, "Datamancer, aka Richard Nagy, is offering his most primo steampunk laptops for sale, finally! A little pricey ($5500) but hey! Steampunk laptop!" Datamancer is one of the most skilled, d...
11:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Credibility, anonymity, and Andrew Breitbert
Dan Gillmor's Guardian column, "Andrew Breitbart and the unwilling suspension of disbelief," explains his theory of online credibility and talks about how to be appropriately skeptical of different so...
11:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Lower Merion student learns his school-issued MacBook took 8K+ images of him and his screen
The FBI agents investigating the use of covert webcam-activation software in student laptops in Pennsylvania's affluent Lower Merion School District have alerted a student that they've uncovered 4,40...
10:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Think Fast Mr. Spock!
Comixology is selling digital copies (for iOS and Android) of the old Gold Key Star Trek comic book for 99 cents. How cool is this logo design? Gold Key Star Trek comic books......
09:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with Mark
A website called In the Mo came to my house about six months ago and interviewed me. I forgot about it, but today the producer told me that they just added the video to their site. Here it is. Mark Fr...
09:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing L.A. Noire short story collection free on Kindle this week
A couple of weeks ago I ran the introduction to the LA Noire: The Collected Stories fiction anthology, a tie-in of the video game of the same name. I just found out that the book, published by Mulholl...
08:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Congress of the Animals: Jim Woodring's latest mindbending graphic novel
There is no one remotely like Jim Woodring. I admire dozens of living cartoonists, but Jim's wordless comic book stories -- about a happy go lucky cat named Frank who inhabits a phantasmagorical unive...
07:32 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing My brushbots workshop at TEDxKids in Brussels
Last week I went to Belgium to give a presentation at TEDxKids and to conduct a "brushbots" making workshop with over fifty 10-year-olds at an English-speaking school in Waterloo (near Brussels). I wa...
06:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing The World's Most Exclusive Website
BB collaborator Joe Sabia points us to theworldsmostexclusivewebsite.com, an art-prank of sorts built by Jeff Greenspan, Chris Baker with Michael Lacher of wonder-tonic. There is a surprise for all wh...
06:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing The World's Most Exclusive Website
BB collaborator Joe Sabia points us to theworldsmostexclusivewebsite.com, an art-prank of sorts by Michael Lacher from wonder-tonic. There is a surprise for all who opt in, a non-harmful one, but I wo...
05:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing WSJ and Al-Jazeera whistleblower sites offer terrible, dangerous terms-of-service
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Hanni Fakhoury has analysis of the legal language in the Wikileaks-like services for whistleblowers launched by The Wall Street Journal and Al-Jazeera. The technic...
05:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Contortionist thief hid in luggage checked on airport shuttle bus
A contortionist thief hid in a piece of luggage that was checked in the hold of a shuttle bus that ran from Girona airport to Barcelona; he'd rifle the other bags in the hold in transit and fill his o...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Comprehensive list of honorifics
Mr Mrs Miss Ms Dr Professor The Rt Revd Dr The Most Revd The Rt Revd The Revd Canon The Revd The Rt Revd Professor The Ven The Most Revd Dr Rabbi Canon Dame Chief Sister Reverend Major Other Cllr Sir ...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Lisa Goldstein's The Uncertain Places: Grimm fairytale in California vibrates with believable unreality
Lisa Goldstein is a fantasy author like no other; and I mean that in the best way possible. To her fans (like me), Goldstein's fiction is hotly anticipated indeed; so it's a real delight to have had ...
04:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Collection of the intros to my ebooks
Jon Bard and Lauren Backes have assembled the introductions to the free ebook editions of my novels and collections into one free electronic volume they call "the problem isn't piracy. the problem is ...
04:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing "Breastaurants" are Hooters 2.0
"Breastaurant" is the neologism coined to describe the booming sector of restaurants that expand on the value proposition offered by Hooters -- large-breasted waitresses in short-shorts and skimpy top...
04:39 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Nick Mamatas and Lisa Goldstein at SF in SF, June 11
Rina sez, "Join SF in SF on Sat., June 11th, for authors Nick Mamatas and Lisa Goldstein. We'll be celebrating new book launches for both authors. Nick Mamatas has 'Sensation' out from PM Press, and ...
04:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing TEDxLibrariansTO: A TEDx for librarians, Jun 25, Toronto
A reader writes, "TEDxLibrariansTO is the very first TEDx event just for librarians, and has people speaking on slow reading, gaming and literacy, maker culture and class struggle in the library. The ...
11:40 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Another universe made of cubes
Hooray for Earth's True Loves, directed by Cyriak Harris.......
11:16 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Dreyfuss reads the iTunes EULA
Academy-award winner Richard Dreyfuss is here to help you understand your rights and obligations as an iTunes customer; at CNet's behest, he's read 2,000 or so words that comprise the iTunes EULA. c. ...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter: Parsec, Ink's annual science fiction anthology
Sarah sez, "For the last four years, Parsec, Ink has been publishing the Triangulation anthology of speculative fiction. This year's theme is "Last Contact" and I fully expect the anthology to be awes...
11:09 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Cultural Revolution Dinner Theater: weirdest dinner in Beijing
Andydeemer sez, "One of the weirdest dining experiences in China involves reliving the pain, poverty, and political madness of the Cultural Revolution. I just posted some video of this weeping, singin...
11:07 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Commencement speech: how to run your life as a creative professional
JC Herz sez "Ringling College of Art & Design, the #1 art school in the country for computer animation and game art and design (grads go to Pixar, ILM, and EA), just posted their 2011 commencement spe...
11:01 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Top universities a 'breeding ground' for Tories, warn Islamic groups
From NewsThump, a British parody news-site, a pitch-perfect reversal on the screaming tabloid headlines about Islamic extremism on UK campuses: "Top universities a 'breeding ground' for Tories, warn I...
10:58 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Ocean Bank lost $300,000 in hack, but won't have to repay customer
Ocean Bank, which allowed hackers to withdraw more than $300,000 from a customer's account, won't have to cover the loss. A Maine judge said its account security was "not optimal," but ultimately rule...
10:55 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing 3-Way Street: visualization of the uneasy dance of pedestrians, bikes and cars at a busy intersection
Ronconcocacola's "3-Way Street" is an overhead visualization of the uneasy dance conducted by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at a busy NYC intersection: "By summer 2010, the expansion of bike lan...
10:52 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright extremist RIAA lawyer confirmed as America's Solicitor General
Marilyn sez, "The Senate late Monday confirmed former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr.to serve as the nation's solicitor general. Verrilli, one of at least five for...
10:51 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with Dan "Robopocalypse" Wilson
Rick Kleffel from The Agony Column podcast sez, "I've been talking with Daniel H. Wilson since his first book, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, came out. When I heard about his new book, Robopocalypse...
10:47 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Scot-free millionaire playboy's lawyer was judge's depute campaign treasurer
A small followup to the story of the lying millionaire hit-and-run playboy who killed two British tourists in Florida and got off without a jail sentence: his lawyer was the judge's deputy campaign tr...
10:44 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Bubble-in forms betray individual, traceable "handwriting"
Original research from Princeton's Joe Calandrino, Ed Felten and Will Clarkson show that machine analysis can make very accurate guesses about the identity of people who complete bubble-in forms -- th...
08:57 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing "Breastaurants" are Hooters 2.0
"Breastaurant" is the neologism coined to describe the booming sector of restaurants that expand on the value proposition offered by Hooters -- large-breasted waitresses in short-shorts and skimpy top...
08:55 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Colbert Wednesday night
Hoo-ah! I was at MakerBot in Brooklyn yesterday and they were all atwitter with the news that Bre Pettis, the face of the MakerBot open 3D printer and the Thingiverse 3D object repository, would be on...
08:47 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Blackwater video game lets you control war criminals with your Kinect
Erik Prince, the founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater (dropped from the roster of US military contractors due to their participation in horrific war crimes), has done a deal with 505 Games to prod...
08:41 am PDT - Wed, June 8, 2011
BoingBoing Disney World Enchanted Tiki Room will re-open in August and return to its roots
More good news in the ongoing saga of the Walt Disney World Tiki Room attraction: it will re-open in August with a copy of the Disneyland show, which is relatively faithful to the original. The Walt D...
08:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Standing Desk Jockey: Eric Ragle
Boing Boing reader Eric Ragle says: Hey Mark, thought you might like to take a look at my stand-up desk. It's an adjustable desk I found in the office. I turned it around and brought the top shelf hig...
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing L.A. Noire short story collection free on Kindle this week
A couple of weeks ago I ran the introduction to the LA Noire: The Collected Stories fiction anthology, a tie-in of the video game of the same name. I just found out that the book, published by Mulholl...
07:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Dan Clowes' "Death-Ray" dolls
Alvin of Buenaventura Press says: "A limited edition of 200 mego style Death-Ray dolls are going on sale this week and being sold online through our friends in Japan at Presspop." It's $105 and is lim...
06:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Colbert tonight
Hoo-ah! I was at MakerBot in Brooklyn yesterday and they were all atwitter with the news that Bre Pettis, the face of the MakerBot open 3D printer and the Thingiverse 3D object repository, would be on...
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Inbox Influence: plugin reveals corporate money behind the emails in your inbox
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, Today the Sunlight Foundation launched Inbox Influence, a tool for Gmail that instantly shows you the political giving and lobbying history of the people and or...
05:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Ecstatic self-butchering pig
From the annals of autocannibalistic animal adverts: an ecstatic self-butchering pig. Contest Entry- Yum, Pork!......
04:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Illustrated Police News: sensationalist 19th century crime newspaper
As a fan of police blotters and, well, blogs, I'm sure I would have loved the Illustrated Police News, a British newspaper founded in 1863 that aggregated news of murders, assaults wrongdoings and oth...
03:29 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Racism, anti-semitism, fascism, and The Smurfs
Antoine Buno, a lecturer at Paris's Sciences Po political science university, has written a new book analyzing Smurf society in which he apparently argues that they live in a fascist dictatorship. In...
03:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Fan-made Gweek T-Shirt
Stephen Woodring enjoys our Gweek podcast about comic books, games, and science fiction, and so he made a T-shirt with the logo on it. Very cool!......
02:54 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Jenny Hart's embroidery artwork stolen from exhibition
My supremely talented friend Jenny Hart had two pieces of her artwork stolen in Toronto. She says: Two of my most recent works (St. John the Baptist andLou Reed as Christ) were stolen from The Drake H...
02:32 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing International Meetup Day in 120 cities around the world tonight!
Don't forget: Tonight is the International Boing Boing Meetup Day! The theme is "Wonderful Things." The goal is for happy mutants in cities around the world to self-organize various cabinets of curios...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Ramen Music: indie music zine that pays indie artists
Sudara sez, I just pushed the publish button on Issue #05 of Ramen Music and I thought boingboingers might enjoy it. Our issues are unique and a bit hard to describe -- think of them as souped-up onli...
02:05 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Technical analysis of BitCoin's centralization
Smart, meaty technical analysis of BitCoin, a technology I still struggle to reach a strong positive or negative conclusion about. (Thanks, @CarlRigney!)......
01:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing May the bridges I burn light the way
Quote of the day, from Marko Rakar, Croatian data activist: "May the bridges I burn light the way"......
01:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Enormously moving speech on the way the Internet transforms lives
I'm at the Personal Democracy Forum at NYU today, and the morning plenary has been a series of fascinating short talks. But one talk, by Jim Gilliam's "The Internet is My Religion," brought the house ...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Dog has Husky head, Corgi body
When I was in Rarotonga, the house next to ours had two dogs that looked exactly like each other, except one had a Corgi body and one had a long legged dog body. This photo of a Corgi-Husky (Huski?...
01:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Science fiction writing contest: "The robot felt..."
Paul Malmont sez, Simon & Schuster and novelist Paul Malmont are looking for a science fiction writer. To promote the July release of his WW2 novel about pulp writers Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Movie theater turns angry phone message into funny PSA
The Alamo Drafthouse, a movie theater in Austin, TX, will kick you out if you use your mobile phone to send text messages while a movie is playing. This young woman, a proud citizen of The "Magnited S...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Now in the public domain:
Jahsonic's Microblog: "The work of douard Vuillard, Paul Klee, Walter Benjamin, F Scott Fitzgerald and Nathanael West is now in the public domain in countries with the 70 years rule." As of this year ...
12:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing I'm going to be sad when this is no longer a sign of dorkery
It's been almost two decades since it was first released. So why is Settlers of Catan suddenly becoming so popular? (Thanks, Carrie D.!)......
12:41 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Path of Massachusetts tornado from space
This is what it looks like when an F3 tornado plows a 39-mile long track into your state. It reminds me of the 1999 F5 that went through Oklahoma City, near the college where my dad teaches. For years...
12:33 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-gay therapy cited as potential cause of man's suicide
As a child, Kirk Murphy was subjected to abusive treatments aimed at forcing him to become less of "sissy." He remembered them as the worst time in his life, and, at age 38, he killed himself. His the...
12:11 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Macedonia erupts after young man beaten to death by special police in public square
A reader writes: 22 year-old Martin Neshkovski was beaten to death early Monday morning on Skopje's Macedonia Square by a member of the Macedonian special police force 'Tigres.' After Sunday's snap pa...
12:05 pm PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Ramen Music: indie music zine that pays indie artists
Sudara sez, I just pushed the publish button on Issue #05 of Ramen Music and I thought boingboingers might enjoy it. Our issues are unique and a bit hard to describe -- think of them as souped-up onli...
11:58 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Heat wave buckles highways in Minneapolis
Apparently, while I wasn't paying attention, Minneapolis plunged into a heat wave. (I suspect this says something about the temperature-control powers of my 1920s stucco house. That, and my husband's...
10:41 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Imaginary Polish covers for classic books
Poland has a long history of innovative book jacket design, as evidenced by a new book titled 1000 Polish Book Covers. To shine a light on this rich tradition of design, 50 Watts held a contest asking...
09:24 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing A farewell to Leon Botha from Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yo-Landi
Ninja and Yo-Landi of Die Antwoord share the following memorial to their friend Leon Botha, who died Sunday at age 26 of complications from progeria. (Translations: JOL - Party; CHOMMIE - Best friend)...
07:51 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Roald Dahl: kind of a jerk
I've always heard that children's author Roald Dahl was something of a creep in person, and knew that he had a reputation for doing library visits and conference appearances that turned into antisemet...
07:43 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Rotting Gulliver's Travels themepark in Japan
In 2006, the urban explorers at SleepyCity went for a trip to Gulliver's Kingdom, an abandoned Gulliver's Travels-themed themepark 2.5 hours out of Tokyo. The park was shuttered in 2001, and in five y...
07:35 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Ticketed for being childless and eating doughnuts in a playground
Two women in Brooklyn sat down on a playground bench to eat their doughnuts. They were issued summonses by local cops for violating the playground's "no adults without children" rule (because the way ...
07:28 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Internet Archive becomes archive of physical books, too
The Internet Archive, alarmed to see that many libraries discard books after they are digitized, has decided to start collecting copies of every book ever published, cataloging and storing them in mod...
07:26 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printing in quality assurance for complex supply chains
On the i.materialise blog, a fascinating post on the way that 3D printing revolutionizes quality assurance in the automotive industry, where a chain of suppliers produce little widgets that go in bigg...
07:18 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Careers in PLASTICS, 1947
Anticipating "The Graduate" by 20 years, the January, 1947 ad from Mechanix Illustrated asks, "Have you considered a career in PLASTICS?" YOU MAKE THINGS-To give you practical experience in workin...
07:13 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing Using clickfraud on Google ads to amass shares of Google
Google Will Eat Itself (GWEI) is an art/economics project/prank/criminal enterprise that uses a network of hidden sites that register fraudulent clicks on Google Ads. The revenue from these ads is use...
02:12 am PDT - Tue, June 7, 2011
BoingBoing From bOING bOING Issue 9: Bruce Sterling 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...
10:45 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Comparative analysis of leaked Sony and Gawker passwords
While it's pretty awful that a million Sony users' passwords and 0.25 million Gawker passwords were published online, it has made for an interesting comparative analysis of the weaknesses in password ...
10:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Robopocalypse: rigorous, terrifying novel about a robotic campaign to exterminate humanity
Daniel Wilson is a PhD roboticist who made his name with a series of fun, light science books about robot uprisings and similar subjects. But his new novel, Robopocalypse, is anything but fun and ligh...
08:09 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing In memoriam: Leon Botha, South African artist, DJ, and wonderful human being.
[Video Link] Leon Botha, a South African artist and DJ who became widely known through his association with the band Die Antwoord, died on Sunday from complications related to progeria. He was 26. He ...
07:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Figure Drawing For All It's Worth: prized instructional art book by Andrew Loomis back in print
Andrew Loomis was an American illustrator whose work appeared in many magazines in the mid-20th century. In addition to his beautiful editorial work for magazines, Loomis also wrote and illustrated a ...
07:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing In memoriam: Leon Botha, South African artist, DJ, and wonderful human being.
[Video Link] Leon Botha, a South African artist and DJ who became widely known through his association with the band Die Antwoord, died on Sunday from complications related to progeria. He was 26. He ...
06:06 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing The "1-10-100 Principle" for experimenters
Above: Scott Weaver came to Maker Faire to show how he makes incredible toothpick sculptures. The "1-10-100 principle" applies to his art, I'm sure. Peter Tu of GE Global Research went to Maker Faire ...
05:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Sprouts might not have caused German E. coli epidemic after all
German officials still haven't definitively traced the source of the E. coli outbreak that's killed 22 people and sickened thousands. Over the weekend, preliminary tests suggested that the culprit mig...
04:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Talk-o-Meter shows how much each person in a conversation talks
"Talk-o-Meter is a new chat-monitoring iPhone app that shows when someone is dominating a conversation. After brief calibration, the app can recognize who is speaking and keeps track of each person's ...
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Nathan Myhrvold's bible of molecular gastronomy
Smithsonian profiles Microsoft billionaire Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, the new multi-volume bible of molecular gastronomy (although they don't like th...
04:11 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing In memoriam: Leon Botha, South African artist, DJ, and wonderful human being.
[Video Link] Leon Botha, a South African artist and DJ who became widely known through his association with the band Die Antwoord, died on Sunday from complications related to progeria. He was 26. He ...
04:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Live at Apple WWDC keynote
[ Update: 10am PT: the BB 2011 WWDC liveblog is under way. ] I'll be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this morning for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, and will be live-bloggin...
03:48 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing In memoriam: Leon Botha, South African artist, DJ, and wonderful human being.
[Video Link] Leon Botha, a South African artist and DJ who became widely known through his association with the band Die Antwoord, died on Sunday from complications related to progeria. He was 26. By ...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Artists build house where it rains inside
Nicolai Lorenzen photo Australian art/design collective The Glue Society built a house where it rains inside. Continuously. It reminds me of San Francisco's kitsch equivalent, The Tonga Room tiki bar ...
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing 1950s AT&T film: How to dial your phone
Dr2717 sez, "In the mid 1950s, switchboards were giving way to self-dialed phones. AT&T, playing the role of the geeky kid who teaches Mom how to use the new computer, created this film to show people...
02:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing China's Politburo warns Google not to be "political"
Phil sez, "After Google revealed that its recent major hacker attack originated in China, the PRC is making not-so-thinly veiled threats to Google about being "political" and how that might 'hurt thei...
02:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make tame lightning and possibly kill yourself
Here's a delightfully dangerous HOWTO from the July, 1937 issue of Modern Mechanix giving directions for making your own tame lightning wiht a giant Oudin Coil. As Charlie Shopsin notes, "When even a ...
02:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Guerrilla camper re-opens shuttered Michigan public campsite
Persons unknown recently re-opened Michigan's West Branch State Forest Campground, mowing sites, moving the boulders that blocked the entrance and breaking into the bathrooms. The Michigan Department ...
02:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Itty bitty 3D printer
Bruce Sterling calls this tiny 3D printer "Cute and eerie." High-quality 3D printing at home has just come one step closer. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria have presented...
02:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Record industry lobby says it no longer supports 3-strikes copyright termination laws
Following a UN report condemning laws that require ISPs to disconnect households accused of copyright infringement, the Australian record industry lobby has declared that it does not support the pract...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Live at Apple WWDC keynote
[ Update: 10am PT: the BB 2011 WWDC liveblog is under way. ] I'll be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this morning for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, and will be live-bloggin...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Death threats for Aussie climate scientists
Leading Australian climate scientists have received death threats and harrassing messages over social media. This is in the context of a controversial carbon tax proposal, being advocated by Australia...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Picture disc 78s from the 1940s
A progenitor to the vinyl picture discs that were popular in the 1980s, Vogue Picture Records are 10-inch, 78 RPM records with an illustration on paper embedded in transparent vinyl. From the Associat...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Wedding-dress made from life-saving parachute
From the Smithsonian's collection of remarkable artifacts, a wedding dress made from a B-29 pilot's life-saving parachute: In August 1944, Hensinger, a B-29 pilot, and his crew were returning from a b...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Imaginary Polish covers for classic books
Poland has a long history of innovative book jacket design, as evidenced by a new book titled 1000 Polish Book Covers. To shine a light on this rich tradition of design, 50 Watts held a contest asking...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Video from the 1940 Macy's Thanksgiving parade
Here's what I learned. In 1940: • There were significantly fewer jazz hands. • There was still an awful lot of Disney branding. • Costume heads were a lot creepier. • The balloons...
01:03 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Rather impressive vinyl collection
While searching for storage solutions for my LPs, I came across this terrific photo of DJ Moncef Belyamani. IKEA should hire Moncef as their poster child for Expedit bookcases. Me? I just need one...
01:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Live at Apple WWDC keynote
I'll be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this morning for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, and will be live-blogging photos and tweets from the event on the Boing Boing Liveblo...
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Sprouts might not have caused German E. coli epidemic after all
German officials still haven't definitively traced the source of the E. coli outbreak that's killed 22 people and sickened thousands. Over the weekend, preliminary tests suggested that the culprit mig...
12:49 pm PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Danish DIY rocket has first successful launch
Copenhagen Suborbitals—I posted about them here last year, and Pesco gave them a write-up in 2008—is a Danish team that's been working for several years on a DIY rocket they hope will one...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing How doctors first noticed the existence of AIDS
Although AIDS, and the virus that causes it, had been quietly at work around the world since, probably, the 1950s, yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the public health community's discovery of t...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Superheroes, medical ethics, and why physics is magic
I had a great time chatting with Kyle Munkittrick, bioethicist and blogger for Discover's Science Not Fiction for this week's Bloggingheads.tv Science Saturday webcast. We talked about Captain America...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Santorum runny for president
Republican and former senator Rick Santorum has announced his candidacy for the 2012 presidential election. From ABC News: And with that another Republican challenger jumped into the 2012 race this mo...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Voice of America operator plans "sunset" for shortwave radio broadcasts
The sun is setting on Voice of America's shortwave radio service, heard worldwide in dozens of languages for 70 years. A strategic technology plan prepared by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG...
08:11 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Kinect-controlled Disneyland sim lets you hug Mickey
Here's a demo of an immersive motion-controlled Disneyland simulator shown at this year's E3: using a Kinect, players can run around Disneyland, ride the rides, and even hug Mickey (which is a total s...
08:06 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Counterfeiting can be good for luxury goods sales
A pair of studies, one of US consumer and one of Chinese consumers, show that counterfeiting of high-end branded goods can generate more sales. The Slate article discusses the notion of counterfeits a...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Mini Maker Faire in Brighton, England: Sept 4
Meeware sez, "Makers across the South of England are putting together the UK's first Mini Maker Faire, to be held in Brighton on the 3rd of September at the Dome. The call is now out for more makers t...
07:56 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a Joule Thief and get all the power you've paid for
This wee beastie is a Joule Thief, a device whose sole purpose in life is to exhaust the power remaining in batteries that are too weak to do anything else. Simply build these and affix them to your "...
07:51 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Shed of the Year 2011 finalists
Uncle Wilco from the ShedBlog writes in with news of this year's Shed of the Year: "The public voting has ended and the short list is announced. Some great sheds entered this year - the 1950's diner f...
07:47 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing El Internet -- the Internet explained in musical form
Los Alguiens, a Mexican (?) band, have produced this video for their song "El Internet," in which all the glories and wonders of the Internet are put on display. Ole! Los Alguiens - El Internet (T...
07:42 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing School suspends student for refusing to remove personal animation from YouTube, threatens other students for petitioning on his behalf
Jack Christie, a grade 12 student at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School in Whitby, Ontario, has been indefinitely suspended for posting surreal, crude, humorous videos to YouTube. The videos were shown...
05:42 am PDT - Mon, June 6, 2011
BoingBoing Voice of America operator plans "sunset" for shortwave radio broadcasts
The sun is setting on Voice of America's shortwave radio service, heard worldwide in dozens of languages for 70 years. A strategic technology plan prepared by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG...
09:12 pm PDT - Sun, June 5, 2011
BoingBoing Woman receives angry letter from person she experimented on in 1939
An item from Greg Ross's amazing Futility Closet blog In 1939, University of Iowa graduate student Mary Tudor began an experiment with local orphans, warning them that they were showing signs of stutt...
05:18 pm PDT - Sun, June 5, 2011
BoingBoing Sissy's Magic Ponycorn Adventure: a five year old's wonderful Flash game
Nicholas sez, "5-year-old Cassie Creighton is the genius behind 'Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure', a Flash game that was the result of a weekend long game jam that she and her father Ryan Creighton...
09:30 am PDT - Sun, June 5, 2011
BoingBoing Anime Doctor Who
"For Heaven's sake girl, go and put something warm on."......
06:03 am PDT - Sun, June 5, 2011
BoingBoing France bans "follow us on Twitter" from newscasts
A 1992 French law that prohibits shilling for commercial firms during newscasts has been officially interpreted to mean that newsreaders can no longer mention Facebook or Twitter, unless the story is ...
05:59 am PDT - Sun, June 5, 2011
BoingBoing Three frogs atop each others' shoulders seek White Star Coffee
This old White Star Coffee ad seems to have come from a contrafactual Jazz Age in which Chairman Mao's graphic designer moved to America to work for a commercial illustration firm. Contest Entry: Whit...
01:43 am PDT - Sun, June 5, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 006: Robopocalypse
In this episode of Gweek, I talk a bit about my trip to Belgium, where I visited the Comic Strip Museum and became acquainted with the work of an artist named Kim. I also talk about the new science fi...
04:11 pm PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing 1968 Anacin ad defines housework as "a mild form of torture"
Michael sez, "From a 1968 ad in Life: 'Making beds, getting meals, acting as family chauffeur -- having to do the same dull, tiresome work day after day -- is a mild form of torture. These boring yet ...
02:09 pm PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing The lost art of mapping games
Leigh Alexander recalls the lost art of mapping games, such as Colossal Cave, by hand: The terse text lent itself to that kind of dreaming. The game was littered with treasure objects: a Ming vase, a ...
01:44 pm PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec claims FBI affiliate hacked, users and botnet use exposed (Updated)
LulzSec announced moments ago that it hacked the Atlanta chapter of Infragard, an FBI affiliate, and uploaded the company's user database to the Internet. The cracking group also claims that documents...
10:04 am PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec claims FBI affiliate hacked, users and botnet use exposed (Updated)
LulzSec announced moments ago that it hacked the Atlanta chapter of Infragard, an FBI affiliate, and uploaded the company's user database to the Internet. The cracking group also claims that documents...
08:13 am PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter project: flatpack warrior mice toys
Tyler Tinsley, whose work I've featured here before, is doing a Kickstarter project to pay for a run of papercraft warrior mice; $5 gets you a flatpack toy in the mail, ready to assemble: "This mouse ...
07:56 am PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing Welcome to Bordertown group signing in NYC, Jun 9
While I'm in New York for Personal Democracy Forum, I'll be participating in a group signing/launch for Welcome to Bordertown, the shared-world fantasy anthology of stories about Bordertown, where fae...
07:50 am PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing Florida justice: rich man will do no time for killing two tourists in exchange for cash restitution to their families
A "millionaire playboy" who killed two British tourists in Florida when his $150,000 Porsche jumped the curb will not go to jail, despite the fact that he fled the scene and lied to police officers ab...
12:40 am PDT - Sat, June 4, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec claims FBI affiliate hacked, users and botnet use exposed
LulzSec announced moments ago that it hacked the Atlanta chapter of Infragard, an FBI affiliate, and uploaded the company's user database to the Internet. The cracking group also claims that documents...
11:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec claims FBI affiliate hacked, users and botnet use exposed
LulzSec announced moments ago that it had hacked an FBI affiliate, Infragard, and uploaded the company's user database to the Internet. The cracking group also claims that documents yielded by the int...
11:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec claims FBI affiliate hacked, users and botnet use exposed
LulzSec announced moments ago that it had hacked an FBI affiliate, Infragard, and uploaded the company's user database to the Internet. The cracking group also claims that documents yielded by the int...
11:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Handheld inkjet print gun
As someone that your attorney will one day have to explain to the court, I advise you to procure the PrintBrush use-on-anything handheld inkjet printer as soon as it becomes available. [PrintDreams].....
10:39 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Handheld inkjet print gun
As someone that your attorney will one day have to explain to the court, I advise you to procure the PrintBrush use-on-anything handheld inkjet printer as soon as it becomes available. [PrintDreams].....
08:02 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Stealth TV-B-Gone in a jacket
Becky Stern models her clever TV-B-Gone automated TV-switcher-offer sewn into a jacket: "Whenever I bring my TV-B-Gone out to restaurants, I look suspicious pointing it around. So I embedded the devic...
07:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian Senate page disrupts Parliament's opening with STOP HARPER sign
Cjp sez, "A young female page has lost her job following a very ballsy protest against the Harper regime. During the Speech from the Throne, which is read by the Queen's representative in Canada, the ...
07:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing [Insert jokes about Alanis Morissette here]
My "Illusion of Certainty" webcast has been postponed tonight, due to technical difficulties. (Yes, I know.) We're still hoping that it can be rescheduled. Keep an eye on the World Science Festival we...
06:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Isaac Asimov's letter to the future patrons of a new library
97 writers sent letters in 1971 to celebrate the opening of the new library in Troy, MI., including Isaac Asimov, who had this to say: "Congratulations on the new library, because it isn't just a libr...
06:42 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Moon-rock dealers have a strange affinity for Denny's
Lowering the Bar has a two-part series on a pair of US fed moon-rock busts; one involving a Honduran colonel, both involving Denny's restaurants, and both involving a moon rock. It's the fast-food/ext...
06:33 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Elaborate, pirate-themed movie theater
These renders show an under-construction pirate-themed theater that's insanely elaborate. It's being built in Palm Beach, FL: "The theater complex is completely indoors and consists of an Entrance Are...
06:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Stealth TV-B-Gone in a jacket
Becky Stern models her clever TV-B-Gone automated TV-switcher-offer sewed into a jacket: "Whenever I bring my TV-B-Gone out to restaurants, I look suspicious pointing it around. So I embedded the devi...
06:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Sissy's Magic Ponycorn Adventure: a five year old's wonderful Flash game
Nicholas sez, "5-year-old Cassie Creighton is the genius behind 'Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure', a Flash game that was the result of a weekend long game jam that she and her father Ryan Creighton...
06:23 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing New York Times summer science fiction picks
Jeff VanderMeer sez, "My latest SF/F column for the New York Times Book Review is featured in their summer reading issue, and includes coverage of fantastic books by Jo Walton, Genevieve Valentine, Pe...
06:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing UN report says 3 Strikes copyright termination is illegal
Michael Geist "The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression has released an important new report that examines freedom of exp...
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Help Larry Lessig's birthday wish come true!
Davidjoho sez, "Dan Jones at the Berkman Center has produced the perfectly appropriate birthday video for Larry Lessig's 50th." It's a collection of Larry's, family, colleagues and friends lipsynching...
04:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Sarah Palin on Paul Revere
I'm British and I am therefore posting this without comment. [Think Progress via Wonkette] UPDATE: Couldn't resist. Sorry.......
04:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Join Maggie for a webcast of a World Science Festival panel
I'll be providing live commentary for "The Illusion of Certainty: Risk, Probability, and Chance," a World Science Festival panel. The webcast starts at 4:45 Eastern.......
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing The science of cute cat videos
Kitten hugs! What do they mean? Amanda Fiegl at National Geographic News has the hard-hitting answers you've been waiting for. This is why I love the Internet. Folks who've commented on this vide...
03:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing That was the previous Thursday
The Atlantic has a great photo spread of shots taken in at the Arctic Applied Physics Research Laboratory Ice Station. Sadly, the slideshow does not include shots of drunken scientists frittering away...
03:11 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Syria: internet services shut down as protesters fill streets for "Children's Friday"
Protests in solidarity with Syria have been taking place throughout the world this week. In Beirut, Syrian children carry pictures of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khatib and hold candles during a protest in ...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Yemen: Civil war hits President Ali Abdullah Saleh
An army soldier keeps watch over a rally gathering to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa June 3, 2011. Yemenis abandoned the capital in large numbers earlier this week,...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing A history of cheap dresses
The Etsy blog has a really interesting post about the technological, business, and social changes that turned clothing into an easily disposable commodity. In the early 1900s, the sewing machine had o...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Spacemen 3's musical influences
[video link] Peter Kember (aka "Sonic Boom") was the co-founder of Spacemen 3, an acid-drenched space rock band that formed in the UK in 1982. Their mantra was "Taking drugs to make music to take drug...
02:54 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Spacemen 3's musical influences
[video link] Peter Kember (aka "Sonic Boom") was the co-founder of Spacemen 3, an acid-drenched space rock band that formed in the UK in 1982. Their mantra was "Taking drugs to make music to take drug...
02:53 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous steals passports and 10,000 e-mails from Iran
Anonymous today announced that it has stolen more than 10,000 e-mails from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, many of which include scanned passports. (Ars Technica)......
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Spacemen 3's musical influences
[video link] Peter Kember (aka "Sonic Boom") was the co-founder of Spacemen 3, an acid-drenched space rock band that formed in the UK in 1982. Their mantra was " "Taking drugs to make music to take dr...
02:47 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing HOW To: Write a book
Most valuable tip I took away from reading this list of tips on book writing from 23 famous authors (including Mark and Cory!): Next time I write a book, I'm going to try out Scrivener. Tip that got t...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Syria: internet services shut down as protesters fill streets for "Children's Friday"
Protests in solidarity with Syria have been taking place throughout the world this week. In Beirut, Syrian children carry pictures of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khatib and hold candles during a protest in ...
02:32 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing That was the previous Thursday
The Atlantic has a great photo spread of shots taken in at the Antarctica Applied Physics Research Laboratory Ice Station. Sadly, the slideshow does not include shots of drunken scientists frittering ...
02:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Coburn anti-NSF report misleading, factually incorrect
Todd Gureckis was one of the scientists whose research was mocked and deemed de-fundable by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). But Gureckis says Coburn's report is not just misleading, much of it is flat-out ...
02:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing RC planes with pilot's eye-view video
Smithsonian Air & Space reports on R/C airplane hobbyists using cheap video cameras and eyeglass displays like Sony Glasstrons to get a pilot's eye view from the ground. Interviewed is Raphael Pirker,...
02:08 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing The rare earth conundrum
The Secret Ingredients of Everything is a new National Geographic feature about rare earth elements—metals that aren't really so much rare, as scattered and difficult to separate out. But neith...
01:57 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Talking to the public about cell phones, safety, and cancer risks
This week, the World Health Organization re-categorized cell phone usage as a possible cancer risk. That sounds scary, but as many people have pointed out, a "possible cancer risk" means something di...
01:49 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Police shoot faux alligator
In Kansas City, police fired upon an alligator lurking near a pond. Turns out, the alligator was a concrete lawn ornament partially obscured by weeds. The owner of the property said that the decoratio...
01:39 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Police vultures
Police in northern Germany are training vultures to seek out dead bodies. Appropriately, the three vultures are named Sherlock, Miss Marple, and Columbo. From the BBC: Police used a piece of shroud fr...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing George Plimpton's Video Falconry
With George Plimpton's Video Falconry, developer Tom Fulp has won not just the internet but several universes. Best of all, it's a good game! But I must say that in-game, the graphics are slightly too...
10:23 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Dr. Jack Kevorkian, "suicide machine" inventor, jazz musician and painter, has died
Jack "Doctor Death" Kevorkian died today at age 83, after being hospitalized in Michigan for kidney and heart problems, and pneumonia. His attorney, Mayer Morganroth, said it appears Kevorkian suffer...
09:18 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Air Force discharges service member under Don't Ask, Don't Tell
The Air Force discharged someone in April under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, which forbids homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. armed forces. Oh, you thought it had already been repealed? T...
07:15 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Which dates belong on the Hacker Calendar?
Emmanuel Goldstein sez, "2600 Magazine is compiling a hacker calendar with photos of hacker-oriented technology. Input from the community is being sought to help compile a comprehensive list of import...
04:05 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Home Depot to American Family Ass.: take a hike, we support gay causes
The American Family Association presented Home Depot's board of directors with his organization's demand that they stop funding gay pride events and other events that promote tolerance and diversity. ...
03:53 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Unauthorized designs for a line of 1971 Walt Disney World merchandise
Richard Terpstra is a designer who's obsessed with the original design vision for Walt Disney World, which launched in 1971 with an impressive array of collateral, merchandise and graphical emblems. H...
03:48 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Wisconsin GOP plotting to nominate spoiler Democratic candidates in recall elections
A tape recording of a Wisconsin Republican Party members' meeting revealed a plan to find unsuitable Democratic nominees to split the vote in upcoming elections following the recall of Republican stat...
03:43 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing MI6 hackers replace al Qaeda bomb recipes with pirated cake recipes
Hackers working for UK intelligence agency MI6 modified an online al Qaeda magazine and replaced the bomb recipes therein with cake recipes. They called it "Operation Cupcake." When followers tried to...
03:37 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing 1936 book predicts the impact of the web on research and discourse
David sez, "Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, reads the last paragraph of 'A Manual on Methods of Reproducing Research Materials' by Robert C. Binkley, a 1936 book on preserving the med...
03:34 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing Flipflops with a secret compartment
These flipflops have got an arch-support with a hidden pocket where you can leave your keys and wallet while you're in the water. I have no idea whether the rubber is stiff enough to make walking on y...
03:29 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing $10,000,000 in venture capital for grilled-cheese sandwich "platform"
Jonathan Kaplan, former boss of the company that came up with Flip cameras, has raised $10M in venture finance to start a chain of grilled-cheese sandwich restaurants whose unique twist is that you ca...
03:17 am PDT - Fri, June 3, 2011
BoingBoing World's smallest Klein bottle
This Klein bottle on Etsy measures just one and a quarter inches tall! I don't know if it's actually the world's smallest, but it's believable and it's totally adorable, AND it comes in its own little...
11:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Cellphone radiation not a problem for this guy
The plastinated body of a man is pictured during an exhibition preview at Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) in Vienna, last year. Photo: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader.......
10:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Smurf in Terraria
John Walker takes us on a tour through hit indie game Terraria...as a Smurf. [RPS]......
10:56 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Gallery of galls
Galls grow on plants infected with bacteria, parasites or insect eggs. Different species' galls are highly distinctive, often providing protection or nourishment for the creature growing within. Some ...
08:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing When scientists procreate
"Who's Daddy's little gestating blastocyst? Who's recapitulating phylogeny?"......
07:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Demdike Stare podcast: a mix from the magickal masters of dubtronica
For months, I've been tripping out to the dubby, samply, dark ambient music of Demdike Stare, a collaboration between the UK's Mike Whittaker and Sean Canty. Whittaker is a producer affiliated with Mo...
06:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt: "Virginity tests will spark next revolution"
Mona Eltahawy in the Guardian, on gender and revolution in Egypt: If the "it wasn't about gender" mantra is stuck on repeat so that we don't scare the boys away, then let them remember the state screw...
06:31 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Sony hacked again: 1m compromised, claims LulzSec
Already infamous for defacing PBS's website earlier this week, cracking outfit LulzSec today claimed a familiar scalp—whatever remains of it, anyway. This time, it's Sony Pictures Entertainment...
06:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Sony hacked again: 1m compromised, claims LulzSec
Already infamous for defacing PBS's website earlier this week, cracking outfit LulzSec today claimed the scalp—whatever remains of it—of Sony. This time, it's Sony Pictures Entertainment, ...
06:01 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing New Geekdad book: "Guide to Weekend Fun"
Video Link I had a great time chatting with Geekdad.com kahuna Ken Denmead at Maker Faire last weekend. I found out he's got a new Geekdad project book out, too, called The Geekdad's Guide to Weekend ...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing GE's neat Tumblr
General Electric has a Tumblr and they seem to be doing a fine job at it! Seen here: A pulse-detonation actuator from our Energy & Propulsion lab. It produces high-pressure, pulsating supersonic jets,...
05:43 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Is Titan Media mislabelling gay porn torrents to make it easier to blackmail downloaders?
Titan Media is a company that makes porno movies and legal threats over porno movies. They've grown notorious for threatening to sue people who allegedly were downloading gay porn, and demanding hush-...
05:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing New Geekdad book: "Guide to Weekend Fun"
Video Link I had a great time chatting with Geekdad.com kahuna Ken Demead at Maker Faire last weekend. I found out he's got a new Geekdad project book out, too, called The Geekdad's Guide to Weekend F...
04:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing NYT's first woman exec. editor wrote in 2006: "When Will We Stop Saying 'First Woman to _____'?"
Irony: Jill Abramson, who today became the first woman to serve as the executive editor of the New York Times in the paper's entire 160-year history, wrote a piece for the New York Times back in 2006 ...
04:27 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Researcher claims Skype protocol reverse-engineered
Efim Bushmanov, a freelance researcher, claims to have reverse engineered the Skype protocol. Notes and source available for download.......
04:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing YouTube introduces Creative Commons option for uploaders, remixers
YouTube + Creative Commons = awesome. Starting tomorrow at 9am Pacific time, YouTube will offer the option to license videos with the Creative Commons CC-By-3.0 license, and will introduce new re...
03:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Mladic in The Hague
PHOTO: Bosnian Muslim woman Alic Mina cries near the grave of her son Mihrudin before a mass funeral in the village of Memici, about 30 kilometres from Zvornik, June 1, 2011. The remains of eight peop...
03:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Cassini: "space fan"-made film, using NASA footage
CASSINI MISSION from cabbas on Vimeo. Filmmaker Chris Abbas created the beautiful short film above, and explains: I truly enjoy outer space. It's absolutely amazing that we now have the ability to sen...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Vancouver
[Video Link]. "To compete and show their best". With auto-tune. (thanks, @kyall)......
02:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Demdike Stare podcast: a mix from the magickal masters of dubtronica
For months, I've been tripping out to the dubby, samply, dark ambient music of Demdike Stare, a collaboration between the UK's Mike Whittaker and Sean Canty. Whittaker is a producer affiliated with Mo...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Help Plazm Magazine's 20th anniversary issue go to press
Founded in 1991, Plazm is a wonderful Portland-based magazine of culture/art/design. Old-school bOING bOING pal Tiffany Lee Brown (aka Magdalen) is at the core of the Plazm collective. I've known Tiff...
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Surfer speak video, remixed
A few years ago, I posted the news clip above of a Huntington Beach, California surfer talking about what a great time he was having hitting the waves. It's one of my favorite YouTube clips ever, most...
12:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing North Korean propaganda machine improves its subtlety by approx. 1%
A rigorous study by North Korean government researchers has declared that the United States is the least happy nation on Earth. North Korea itself came in second behind China. (Thanks Aaron O.!)......
12:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing The shocker
Scientists call the discovery of this giant lizard with a double penis an "unprecedented surprise."......
12:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing A possible link between pollution and crime—and marshmallows
At Wired, Jonah Lehrer delves into an interesting theory about why American crime rates have fallen so drastically over the last 30 years. Apparently, there is both a correlation and a mechanism that...
11:46 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Jill Abramson to replace Bill Keller at NYT
From Business Insider: "The New York Times will announce at noon today that managing editor Jill Abramson will become the paper's first-ever female executive editor, beginning in September. Bill Kelle...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Free Science Fiction event in London at Royal Astronomy Society - June 4
Katniss sez, "The Science Fiction Foundation and the British Science Fiction Association will hold their joint Mini-Convention and Annual General Meetings on Saturday, 4th June 2011. This event is FRE...
09:39 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Michael Moorcock's "The Black Petals" podcast
Tony from StarShipSofa sez, "We're delighted to bring the Michael Moorcock story 'The Black Petals' to audio. This novella will be played over three shows. We were also lucky enough to snag amazing We...
07:56 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Which credit card companies will let you buy marijuana?
Christopher Maag of credit.com reports on the credit card companies that let you get stoned now and pay later. "The issue of purchasing medical marijuana is an emerging issue, and we're continuing to ...
06:47 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Afghan artist adopts "Jihadi Gangster" persona to lampoon official corruption
Aman Mojadidi, a Florida-born Afghan-American, lives in Kabul, where he uses surreal stunts and comedy to highlight corruption and incompetence. He dresses up like a cop and stops motorists and then g...
05:46 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing After high-profile sexual assault cases, 2 NYC hotels to give maids "panic button"
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pierre Hotel and the Sofitel New York, two hotels involved in high-profile cases of rich male guests sexual assaulting maids, will provide housekeepers with pa...
04:33 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Afghani artist adopts "Jihadi Gangster" persona to lampoon official corruption
Aman Mojadidi, a Florida-born Afghani-American, lives in Kabul, where he uses surreal stunts and comedy to highlight corruption and incompetence. He dresses up like a cop and stops motorists and then ...
04:28 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Worst sublets in NYC
The Awl's Choire Sicha is looking for a sublet in New York; this worst-of from Craigslist sublet listings paint a pretty awful picture for shared accommodation in the Big Apple. " "Couples/420/ci...
04:23 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Is Titan Media mislabelling gay porn torrents to make it easier to blackmail downloaders?
Titan Media is a company that makes porno movies and legal threats over porno movies. They've grown notorious for threatening to sue people who allegedly were downloading gay porn, and demanding hush-...
03:45 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Walled gardens vs makers
Make has posted on of my columns from the print edition online; "Walled Gardens vs. Makers" is a look at the way that modern, Internet-era making is built on knowledge sharing and collaboration, and h...
03:42 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Keyboard whose keys are raised in proportion to their frequency of use
Mike Kneupfel, a student at NYU's Interactive Technology Program, made a 3D model showing the keys he presses most frequently when typing, composed of raised keys on a keyboard. It's a fun and eye-cat...
03:36 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing The real George Lucas has been imprisoned for 20 years while an impostor ran amok, making prequels
Here's a funny trailer for "George Lucas Strikes Back," a notional movie that supposes that George Lucas has been imprisoned for 20 years while a doppelganger cavorted around the Skywalker Ranch, maki...
03:33 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Brown recluse Spider Man
From the Hark A Vagrant webcomic, a series of strips asking what Spider Man would be like if he'd been bitten by a brown recluse spider. Brown Recluse Spider Man (via Super Punch)......
03:29 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing 3D model for reproducing house-keys
Nirav Patel has produced an OpenSCAD 3D model that can produce working Kwikset and Schlage door-keys from the lock-code of the keys. Practically speaking, it means that if you know something about the...
03:24 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Thoughts for scientist parents
In Science magazine, Adam Ruben explores what it means to be a scientifically minded parent, from conception onward: Scientists speak to their children differently than most people, and I'll probably ...
02:45 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Subjective experience and the law: should fMRI evidence of high punishment tolerance affect sentencing?
Brooklyn Law School professor Adam J. Kolber's paper "The Experiential Future of the Law" was recently published in the Emory Law Journal. The paper asks whether (and when) the law will take account o...
02:28 am PDT - Thu, June 2, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto artist turns abandoned bike into sculpture, City threatens fine for "storing bike on public property"
A Toronto artist repainted an abandoned bike that had been locked in front of a storefront gallery for years, sanding it and spraypainting it eyepopping pink and adding a flower-basket. This eyesore-t...
10:05 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing YouTube introduces Creative Commons option for uploaders, remixers
YouTube + Creative Commons = awesome. Starting tomorrow at 9am Pacific time, YouTube will offer the option to license videos with the Creative Commons CC-By-3.0 license, and will introduce new re...
09:51 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing YouTube introduces Creative Commons option for uploaders, remixers
YouTube + Creative Commons = awesome. Starting tomorrow at 9am Pacific time, YouTube will offer the option to license videos with the Creative Commons CC-By-3.0 license, and will introduce new re...
07:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing After high-profile sexual assault cases, 2 NYC hotels to give maids "panic button"
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pierre Hotel and the Sofitel New York, two hotels involved in high-profile cases of rich male guests sexual assaulting maids, will provide housekeepers with pa...
07:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing The War Project: Interview with Staff Sgt. Jason Deckman
Susannah Breslin's "The War Project," a series of interviews with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has a new feature up: the story of Staff Sgt. Jason Deckman. The 38-year-old veteran has...
06:43 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Baaa: experiments in ovine geometry
Cyriak Harris, one of my favorite animators, has a new one out. It's called Baaa and is about multiplying, mutant sheep. [Cyriak via Laughing Squid]......
06:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Make friends with strangers on "conceptual walks" in NYC
Poet Jon Cotner takes people on "conceptual walks" around New York City: "I'll give each participant two lines to repeat to strangers on the sidewalk. Possible lines include: "That looks pretty cozy" ...
06:31 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Too young to wed: inside the secret world of child brides
National Geographic has a riveting photo-essay and related feature article out on the problem of child marriages (the focus is on the Mideast and south Asia, though the phenomenon is not limited to th...
06:13 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing When it comes to locking up suspects endlessly on secret evidence, Bagram dwarfs Gitmo
"Some 1,700 detainees at the Bagram U.S. Air Base in Afghanistan are being held without charges or a trial, primarily on the basis of secret evidence that they never get to see or challenge." [Nieman ...
06:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Northrop Grumman latest military contractor to be hacked
Just days after news that top military contractors Lockheed Martin and L-3 were targets of hacking attacks, news today that defense supplier Northrop Grumman Corp. may also have been hit with a netwo...
06:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing NATO fears Anonymous, Wikileaks as "threat to member-states' security"
James Nixon at thinq.com: "NATO leaders have been warned that Wikileaks-loving 'hacktivist' collective Anonymous could pose a threat to member states' security, following recent attacks on the US Cha...
05:55 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter to launch "relevant tweets" search, with photo, video results
Twitter today announced that it will soon roll out a new version of search that includes photo and video results. "Relevance" is the focus, rather than chronological order. The announcement came at th...
05:54 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks publishes US docs on Egypt nuclear power program
The news agency Al-Masry Al-Youm in Egypt is partnering with Wikileaks to publish secret U.S. documents "which reveal that an American diplomat recommended that the US use information on the presence ...
05:39 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Apple "Mac Defender" malware fix busted in 8 hours
From CNET: "Less than a day after Apple tackled the malware threats in OS X with an updated implementation of its malware detection technologies, the MacDefender malware developers have issued another...
05:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing June 1, 1969: "Give Peace a Chance," the John Lennon and Yoko Ono "Bed-in" chant
Video Link, from ImaginePeace.com. More about the event on June 1, 1969, on Wikipedia (via Yoko Ono/Imagine Peace).......
05:31 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Google: recent Gmail phishing scam originated in China
Not so much Gmail; more like Jinan-mail, amirite? From Google: Through the strength of our cloud-based security and abuse detection systems*, we recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passw...
05:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Watch sessions from the World Science Festival via webcast
The World Science Festival is an awesome event that brings together scientists, communicators, and the public for fascinating conversations and eye-opening presentations. The downside: It's in New Yor...
05:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: League of elder heroes volunteer to clean up Fukushima, instead of young folks
A group of more than 200 elderly people in Japan have volunteered to help clean up the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power station, where meltdowns and messes have caused radiation leaks. BBC News: ...
05:05 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Google launches "+1" feature for sharing, upvoting content around the web
Via the official Google Blog, word that the Gooogle "+1 button" introduced in March ("recommend content to your friends and contacts directly from Google search results and ads") will now be avai...
05:04 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Northrop Grumman latest military contractor to be hacked
Just days after news that top military contractors Lockheed Martin and L-3 were targets of hacking attacks, news today that defense supplier Northrop Grumman Corp. may also have been hit with a netwo...
04:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Google launches "+1" feature for sharing, upvoting content around the web
Via the official Google Blog, word that the Gooogle "+1 button" introduced in March ("recommend content to your friends and contacts directly from Google search results and ads") will now be avai...
03:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter to launch "relevant tweets" search, with photo, video results
Twitter today announced that it will soon roll out a new version of search that includes photo and video results. "Relevance" is the focus, rather than chronological order. The announcement came at th...
03:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing $105M high-tech high school in CA built, can't open due to budget cuts
Hillcrest High in Riverside, California is just-completed, $105 million high-tech high-school that is desperately needed to alleviate crowding in nearby schools. But the Alvord Unified School District...
03:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing iPhone: "You can't make phone calls, but you can't get cancer."
FunnyOrDie takes on the widely mis-reported WHO study on cellphones and cancer. Video Link, via Tim Shey.  The World Health Organization, cell phones, and cancer--what's ... Why People Think Cel...
03:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Inside a Bitcoin-powered online illicit drug mall
Gawker's Adrian Chen: "Through a combination of anonymity technology and a sophisticated user-feedback system, Silk Road makes buying and selling illegal drugs as easy as buying used electronics--and ...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Make friends with strangers on "conceptual walks" in NYC
Poet Jon Cotner takes visitors on "conceptual walks" around New York City: "I'll give each participant two lines to repeat to strangers on the sidewalk. Possible lines include: "That looks pretty cozy...
03:10 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Intel's "Museum of Me"
As unconventional online advertising goes, this one sure is interesting and elegant: Intel's "Museum of Me," which creates a "museum" of your online life, via the data in your Facebook account. Sure i...
02:44 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Point a laser at a plane, and US may fine you $11K per incident
Idiots who point lasers at planes or helicopters (doing so can temporarily blind the pilots of those aircraft) may now face fines as high as $11,000 per violation, according to the head of the Federal...
02:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Student journalism project on 3D printing
Northwestern journalism student Harry Swartout published a multimedia reporting project all about 3D printing. He interviewed a slew of people, including folks from MakerBot Industries and Bespoke Inn...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Drawing every weird creature in every HP Lovecraft story
TheLoveCraftsMan sez, "An artist is spending a year trying to draw every Lovecraft creature ever mentioned. His ultimate goal is "to draw EVERY creature he ever describes (sticking to Lovecraft only s...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Kotaku bows to, then headbutts, Warner Brothers' lawyers
Nondisclosure agreements typically have reporters agree not to run stories before a certain date. Warner Brothers' NDA, however, apparently bans signitories from covering information already published...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Pickled vegetables and coffee also on WHO's "possibly carcinogenic" list
There was a lot of fuss yesterday about the World Health Organization classifying cellphone use as possibly carcinogenic (PDF). Top marks for fear-mongering go, for example, to the Daily Mail, which d...
01:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Facial hair of the Civil War
Smithsonian presents a gallery of antique military portraits from the Library of Congress and asks "Who Had the Best Civil War Facial Hair?"......
01:28 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Rob interviewed
Hugo Boss' website interviewed me on the subject of how the internet makes it easier to teach yourself new skills, and stuff. [Hugo.com]......
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing A paywall you can see from space
The good news: Bloomberg is putting together a new online media outlet that promises to produce an incredibly detailed parsing of what happens in Washington and how government really works. The bad ne...
01:21 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Huibers' Noah's Ark may be in London next summer
Two years ago, I posted about Dutch builder Johan Huibers' effort to build his own Noah's Ark as a way to help bring attention to God and inspire Children with the biblical story of the flood. He's no...
01:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with the guys who drive the Space Shuttle Crawler
This summer, Bill Couch will be laid off from his job. What makes him different from thousands of other Americans experiencing the effects of recession? His resume, for one. Couch spent the last 1...
01:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Foreign accent syndrome
National Public Radio's Morning Edition ran a fascinating story about "foreign accent syndrome," a very rare condition in which a brain injury seems to lead to a change in speech that sounds like the ...
01:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Tom Hulme
Tom Hulme is a Design Director at IDEO Avi: How do you define yourself? Tom: An enthusiastic generalist. Lucky. Ultimately I hope it will be the stuff around me that defines me - startups, OpenIDE...
12:57 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing And so it begins
There was an explosion at Fukushimi Daiichi this week. It's being blamed on a robot. Oh, dear. (Via Christopher Mims)......
12:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing 1959 Goggomobil microcar
This is a cherry example of a Goggomobil, a German microcar manufactured between 1957 and 1969. Its top speed is 52 mph and it averages around 50-55 miles per gallon. Collectors Weekly has more on thi...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing The risk of cell phone usage—and now, the math
Yesterday I told you that, when it comes to the recent news about cell phones and cancer, context is very important to understanding what the World Health Organization has actually said about your ri...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing How the US Postal Service sells you to junk mailers
"Leverage life triggers" with the USPS's automated mailing system of the future! Last month, the United States Postal Service required the use of "Intelligent Mail" barcodes to qualify for automation ...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Tom Hulme
Tom Hulme is a Design Director at IDEO Avi: How do you define yourself? Tom: An enthusiastic generalist. Lucky. Ultimately I hope it will be the stuff around me that defines me - startups, OpenIDE...
11:09 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing From bOING bOING Issue 3: Rudy Rucker 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...
10:45 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Free book! Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age
John Biggs of Techcrunch and Crunchgear has made his first book, Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age available as a free download. Biggs asks only that you email him or twe...
02:59 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Watch Shuttle Endeavour's final return to earth tonight, at Kennedy Space Center
Above, a video embed for SpaceFlightNow's coverage of Shuttle Endeavour's landing tonight. You can track the trajectory live, using Google Earth—so cool. Image below, via NASA TV: "This map sho...
02:53 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Showy purchase-bagging
According to the video description, this gentleman is Rajni, who bags purchases at Chennai Silks Sarees. He is a virtuoso in this regard. Rajnikanth at chennai silks sarees (via Reddit)......
02:49 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Con artists caught tricking med-students into helping with high-tech entrance exam cheat
Two men in British Columbia are facing criminal charges for engaging in an elaborate high-tech ruse to cheat on the med-school entrance exam. According to investigators, the men told a group of med st...
02:41 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing $105M high-tech high school in LA built, can't open due to budget cuts
Hillcrest High in Riverside, California is just-completed, $105 million high-tech high-school that is desperately needed to alleviate crowding in nearby schools. But the Alvord Unified School District...
02:34 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright, fair use and education in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Marc from the Chronicle of Higher Education sez, New copyright lawsuits and policies have hobbled teaching and research. Now scholars are pushing back. In a special report, the Chronicle of Higher Edu...
02:32 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Watch Shuttle Endeavour's final return to earth tonight, at Kennedy Space Center
Above, a video embed for SpaceFlightNow's coverage of Shuttle Endeavour's landing tonight. Image below, via NASA TV: "This map shows the path space shuttle Endeavour will take to the shuttle landing f...
02:27 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Green Lantern online tie-in lets fans do real, useful astronomy research
Margaret sez, As part of the build-up to the release of the Green Lantern movie, a story has been unfolding online of a team of amateur UK astronomers who have spotted some anomalies in the night sky....
02:22 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Beyond Aperture: fan made epilogue to Portal
"Beyond Aperture," an eight-minute fan-made epilogue to the wonderful game Portal, created by EisenFeuer. It's pretty adorable, and there's cake. Outside Aperture FAQ May 31st, 2011 (Thanks, Politerui...
02:16 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Pentagon has list of "cyber-weapons" for use in computer warfare
At the Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima has a story this evening about a list of cyber-weapons and tools (for instance, malware with which to attack an enemy state's infrastructure networks) for comp...
02:12 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing This Guy Has My Macbook: to catch a laptop thief, in photos (update: CAUGHT!)
Joshua Kaufman says his laptop was stolen, and that it looks like this guy in the photo above has it. Now, the tumblr equivalent of a slow-speed freeway police chase: thisguyhasmymacbook.tumblr.com. T...
01:52 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing YouTube unblocks video of 13yo Syrian boy allegedly tortured, killed by government thugs
YouTube has reinstated access to a graphic, horrifying video of Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, a 13-year-old child who is reported to have been tortured, castrated, and killed by Syrian government thugs after ...
01:38 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing Android's YouTube Store lockout is textbook copyright extremism
My latest Guardian column, "Google's YouTube policy for Android users is copyright extremism," examines the theory of copyright behind Google's announcement that it would bar people who unlocked their...
01:07 am PDT - Wed, June 1, 2011
BoingBoing This Guy Has My Macbook: to catch a laptop thief, in photos (update: CAUGHT!)
Joshua Kaufman says his laptop was stolen, and that it looks like this guy in the photo above has it. Now, the tumblr equivalent of a slow-speed freeway police chase: thisguyhasmymacbook.tumblr.com. T...
08:41 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Yelp review for $8 billion Kansas Abortionplex (after the viral Onion article on same)
Remember the (fictitious, funny) Onion article "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex"? Now the famed Abortionplex is on Yelp. Free nachos and mojitos after your partial birth abortion...
08:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing PBS Hack and LulzSec: Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Radio Show
MP3 Audio: MP3 Download. I joined "The Madeleine Brand Show" today for a discussion about the marathon hack of PBS.org by a group calling itself LulzSec, or The Lulz Boat. They've published what they...
07:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing PBS Hack and LulzSec: Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Radio Show
MP3 Audio: MP3 Download. I joined "The Madeleine Brand Show" today for a discussion about the throrough, 3-days-and-counting marathon hack of PBS.org by a group calling itself LulzSec, or The Lulz Bo...
07:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing This Guy Has My Macbook: to catch a laptop thief, in photos.
Joshua Kaufman says his laptop was stolen, and that it looks like this guy in the photo above has it. Now, the tumblr equivalent of a slow-speed freeway police chase: thisguyhasmymacbook.tumblr.com. ...
07:04 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Meanwhile, scientists are still debating arsenic-based life
Scientists don't get bored with a question just because the press does. Last December, research claiming to have found evidence of "arsenic-based life" on Earth touched off a firestorm of controversy,...
06:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Lodsys files lawsuits against app developers
Lodsys has followed through on its threat to file lawsuits against iOS app developers who used certain features of Apple's development platform. Apple claims its own license covers devs; Lodsys disagr...
05:04 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing The World Health Organization, cell phones, and cancer—what's actually going on
Today, I was surprised to see posts popping up on Twitter implying that the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research into Cancer had declared radiation from cell phones to be a ca...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Early 20th century solar panel
This GE demonstration project powered a small motor and was built before 1939. Via GE's Tumblr......
04:28 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Video of waterspouts off Australia
Seen here is amazing video recorded yesterday of waterspouts off Australia's New South Wales coast. Waterspouts are a columnar vortex, often in the form of a tornado, occurring over a body of water. T...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: ADAPT: An interview with Tim Harford and an excerpt from his new book
Tim Harford is a Financial Times columnist and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, which won the Royal Statistical Society's 2010 award for statistical excellence in broadcast journalism. He is a...
03:50 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing What is a jellyfish?
Steven Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (let's all pause a moment to reflect on kismet of that surname/job combination) made this video about the wide world of creatures that we...
03:41 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing
Seen here is amazing video recorded yesterday of waterspouts off Australia's New South Wales coast. Waterspouts are a columnar vortex, often in the form of a tornado, occurring over a body of water. T...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: ADAPT: An interview with Tim Harford and an excerpt from his new book
Tim Harford is a Financial Times columnist and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, which won the Royal Statistical Society's 2010 award for statistical excellence in broadcast journalism. He is a...
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Politics + science = fun
Just because science sounds silly doesn't mean it's worthless. MSNBC's Alan Boyle breaks down recent political attempts to attack the National Science Foundation. TL;DR: Yes, the jello wrestling at an...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Meanwhile, scientists are still debating arsenic-based life ...
Scientists don't get bored with a question just because the press does. Last December, research claiming to have found evidence of "arsenic-based life" on Earth touched off a firestorm of controversy,...
02:55 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Viktor Wynd's cabinet of curiosities shop
On a recent trip to London, Strange Attractor's Mark Pilkington introduced me to Viktor Wynd, a curator and proprietor of The Last Tuesday Society/Little Shop of Horrors, a fantastic gallery cum wunde...
02:16 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter Gun
Angry Birds, indeed! Video of a cool weapon automata from the 19th century, in which a little birdie spins on the top of a gun when you fire it. Video is from Christies, the auction house where this o...
02:12 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Pentagon: Hacking can count as an act of war
The Wall Street Journal broke the news yesterday that the Pentagon has concluded that hacking and other forms of digital sabotage that originate from other countries can be considered an act of war. T...
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing US Supreme Court rules Ashcroft can't be held responsible in case of detention and abuse of innocent Muslim-American
The Supreme Court ruled today that former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft cannot be personally sued over his role in the arrest of an innocent American citizen, a Muslim man who was never charged ...
01:42 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter Gun
A video of a cool weapon automata from the 19th century, in which a cute bird spins on the top of a gun when you fire it. Video is from Christies, the auction house where this oddity is offered. The n...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing An overpass is not a tornado shelter
Sometimes, it's a little scary to find out just how wrong the folk wisdom you've picked up over the years really is. Growing up in Kansas, I remember adults telling me that, if a tornado happened and ...
11:50 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing The Red Market: book on the criminal trade in orphans, organs, bones, skin, eggs, hair, and other human flesh
Scott Carney's The Red Market is a book-length investigative journalism piece on the complicated and sometimes stomach-churning underground economy in human flesh, ranging from practice of kidnapping ...
11:41 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Android's YouTube Store lockout is textbook copyright extremism
My latest Guardian column, "Google's YouTube policy for Android users is copyright extremism," examines the theory of copyright behind Google's announcement that it would bar people who unlocked their...
11:32 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing The Red Market: book on the criminal trade in orphans, organs, bones, skin, eggs, hair, and other human flesh
Scott Carney's The Red Market is a book-length investigative journalism piece on the complicated and sometimes stomach-churning underground economy in human flesh, ranging from practice of kidnapping ...
10:42 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Padfone
Epic Asus CEO Johnny Shih (previously) introduces its latest product, the Padfone. [Network World via Daring Fireball]......
10:16 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Electric bear, riding an electric shark, riding a lighting bolt
A redditor named Sparkychacha088 posted this request: "Dear Reddit, my 8yo son drew this on a napkin. It's an electric bear, riding an electric shark, riding a lighting bolt. He says it's our family c...
08:07 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 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...
06:14 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Chat with Graham Linehan
Earlier this year, I interviewed IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan at The Story conference. Matt Locke, who put on the event, has just posted an MP3 of the chat.......
04:07 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt: general confirms "virginity checks" forced on female protesters by military
Via CNN and other sources today, the revolting news that a senior Egyptian general admits so-called "virginity checks" (presumably, forcible examination of the hymen) were performed on women arrested...
03:44 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Nyan Cat (aka Pop Tart Cat) 101
For some, a defacement page from the PBS LulzSec hack will be the first introduction to Nyan Cat. For others, the animated pop-tart rainbow feline is already a familiar form of internet meme happies, ...
03:10 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Memorial Day Manhattanhenge, 2011
Boing Boing reader Vivienne Gucwa took this shot today, May 30, 2011, as the sun set directly in line with the New York City grid next to the Chrysler Building. Wikipedia: Manhattanhenge (sometimes re...
03:06 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt: general confirms "virginity checks" forced on female protesters by military
Via CNN and other sources today, the revolting news that a senior Egyptian general has admitted that so-called "virginity checks" (presumably, forcible examination of the hymen) were performed on wome...
02:55 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt: general confirms "virginity checks" forced on female protesters by military
Via CNN and other sources today, the revolting news that a senior Egyptian general has admitted that so-called "virginity checks" (presumably, forcible examination of the hymen) were performed on wome...
02:37 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: kindergarten teacher keeps class calm with song as narco gun massacre rages outside
Boing Boing reader GIFtheory says, "This video of a kindergarten teacher [near Monterrey, Mexico] beseeching her students to keep their heads on the floor while leading them in song is simultaneously ...
02:31 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Memorial Day Manhattanhenge, 2011
Boing Boing reader Vivienne Gucwa took this shot today, May 30, 2011, as the sun set directly in line with the New York City grid next to the Chrysler Building. Wikipedia: Manhattanhenge (sometimes re...
02:31 am PDT - Tue, May 31, 2011
BoingBoing Kinetic sculpture recreates grass in the wind
David Bynoe sez, "This is a kinetic sculpture I built to look like a field of wheat blowing in the wind. It consists of 40 wooden poles, each about 6' high that are hooked up via a series of ropes to ...