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09:46 pm PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Not quite Kickstarted: Robots Love Ice Cream iPad game
Today I got a message from Burton Posey on Google+ about a Kickstarter project he’s working on with his wife. They’re making an iPad game called “Robots Love Ice Cream”. I...
07:49 pm PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing The Practical Pyromaniac Clerihew Contest
My friend William Gurstelle is holding a clerihew contest to promote his new book, TThe Practical Pyromaniac. Sounds like fun! "Hello Poetry Lovers"  That was often the introduction to ...
03:26 pm PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Theatre Bizarre posters
Theatre Bizarre (see the documentary trailer on Vimeo) is here at Maker Faire in Detroit and the hand painted signs for it are incredible. They are about six feet tall....
01:03 pm PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Assemblage brooches and chokers that mix found objects, junk jewelry and vintage military insigia
Jennie Sharman-Cox’s assemblage jewelry uses a wide variety of materials, including a lot of pieces of British military regalia, encrusted with fake pearls and found objects. She’s got a g...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Chester Winowiecki's handmade music
I met Chester Winowiecki at Maker Faire Detroit (happening this weekend). He makes cool stringed instruments out of pie pans and cookie tins. They sound great! I’ve asked him to write a pie pan ...
12:06 pm PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Recreational lockpicking workshop at Maker Faire Detroit
If you are at Maker Faire Detroit come join me at the lockpicking workshop that toool.us is conducting!...
11:57 am PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Kaleidoscopic maps: Rorschmap
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09:50 am PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Well-engineered pizza box keeps grease out of the cardboard for easier recycling
Scott from Scott’s Pizza Tours is obsessed with pizza box engineering, and posts YouTube videos about the pizza boxes people send him from all over the world. In this installment, he explores a ...
09:42 am PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Ladies! Cannonball cure for constipation
In 1901, this Ladies Guide in Health and Disease ad advised women that they should let an “eminent German physician” cure their constipation by rolling a leather-encased cannonball around ...
02:37 am PDT - Sat, July 30, 2011
BoingBoing Sleepy English town to be entirely surveilled in case criminals forget and drive through it on their way to crimes
Royston, a small market town of 15,000 people in Herts, England, is being completely encircled with license-plate cameras that will record the comings and goings of everyone who passes in or out of th...
07:45 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Reddit explains the debt ceiling to you like you're five
Yesterday and today on Reddit, the subreddit section explain like I’m five, where users explain current news and tough topics as though they’re talking to a five-year-old, saw a huge surge...
05:34 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Apple has more cash right now than the US Treasury
Matt Hartley at the Financial Post was the first to point this one out: As Republicans and Democrats continue to work towards a compromise to the country's debt ceiling crisis, the U.S. Treasury Depar...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing The "Moon Buggy Mission,"  Apollo 15
This week marks the 40th anniversary for Apollo 15, the less famous of manned lunar missions including Apollo 11, Apollo 13 (“NASA’s finest hour”), and Apollo 14 (the one where Alan ...
04:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing National Archive food and government exhibit: "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" 
Right now, the National Archives in Washington DC are hosting an exhibition about government and food. Titled “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?,” it covers everything from government r...
04:18 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Fabric made from spider silk
This 13-foot-long textile was woven from silk produced by more than a million Golden Orb spiders from Madagaskar. It’s currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago and moves to London...
04:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Bush explains reaction to 911 attack news during historic "My Pet Goat"  reading
“I wanted to project a sense of calm.” George W. Bush explains, for the first time, why he reacted as he did after having been advised that the US was under attack on September 11, 2001....
03:44 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing "Narcosubmarine"  carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine nabbed in Honduras
With help from the U.S. Navy, authorities in Honduras have snorted recovered 2.7 tons of cocaine from a submarine off the Central American nation’s Caribbean coast. There is more, they say: the ...
03:23 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The Hi-5"s "Did you have to rub it in?"  (1965)
[youtube link] Friday Freak-Out: The Hi-5 perform “Did you have to rub it in?” (1966), now available again on Follow Me Down: Vanguard’s Lost Psychedelic Era. Vintage psych on Va...
02:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Baby crocodiles, hatching
Caretakers display newly hatched Philippine crocodiles at a crocodile farm in Manila July 28, 2011. The Philippine crocodile, also known as the Mindoro crocodile, is a freshwater reptile considered to...
02:32 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Cosplay of excellence: Gender Bent Justice League
Liz Ohanesian covers counterculture, cosplay, and cool music for the Los Angeles Weekly. She hit Comic-Con with photographer Shannon Cottrell, and came back with some great photo-essays. “I thou...
02:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Fuck and the law
“Fuck” is a 2006 scholarly paper by Ohio State U law prof Christopher M. Fairman, published in Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies Working Paper Series No. 39. It starts wi...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing The pros and cons of irradiated food
Irradiating food doesn’t make it radioactive, and it does kill dangerous bacteria, like the E.coli that killed many Europeans this summer. But it’s also not a panacea against food poisonin...
01:34 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Launch a cork rocket using an LED
OK, this should make up for the intestinal worm. In this video, you’ll learn how to use an ultraviolet LED to kickstart a chemical reaction capable of sending a cork flying halfway across a lect...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Colonoscopy video (with worm)
Hey look, everybody! It’s Ascaris lumbricoides! How you doin’? Sorry. I’m so sorry. It’s fascinating. But I’ll find something quick to take the edge off. Video Link...
01:20 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Clothes given to Winehouse fans
“This is what she would have wanted "" for her fans to have her clothes,” Mitch [Winehouse] told the crowd....
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Words banned from Google's "What do you love"  project
Anticipating internet malfeasance, Google banned a number of dirty and dirtyish words from wdyl.com (“What do you love”). Here’s the full list, as discovered and documented at fffffa...
01:15 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Sysadmin Day!
Hey, it’s July 29, and that means that it’s Sysadmin Appreciation Day, and once again, it’s time to all the systems administrators who toil through the nights, the holidays and the w...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing ihadcancer: social network for cancer survivors
IHADCANCER, a network for people fighting cancer, cancer survivors, and supporters of anyone affected. More at RWW....
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Breast cancer prevention and evidence
The National Breast Cancer Coalition has come out with new evidence-based position statements regarding several popular preventative and treatment options for breast cancer. Among the findings: There ...
12:12 pm PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 19-10 for H.R. 1981, a data-retention bill that will require your ISP to spy on everything you do online and save records of it for 12 months. California...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing StagConf: Vienna conference on stories and games
StagConf is a European conference on stories and games, to be held in Vienna’s adorably insane Natural History Museum (the world’s maddest, overflowingest taxidermy displays, including a b...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing How to go to a sushi-ya in Japan ("The Japanese Tradition"  spoof video series)
I am going to Japan for the first time, tomorrow. I will most certainly follow the absolutely serious instructions in this helpful video on Japanese customs. “Always have a little guilt in your ...
11:27 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Vindictive WalMart erroneously accuses couple of shoplifting, has husband deported, wife fired, costs them house and car
A newlywed couple in Birmingham, AL had problems with the automatic checkout system at WalMart, which refused to ring up their $2.90 packet of chicken necks. A WalMart employee helped them with the sy...
11:17 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Like-for-like photos of life in Mumbai and NYC
Nisha Sondhe’s photos from Mumbai and New York compare like-for-like scenes of life in crowded, exuberant urban centers — trains and fishmongers and butchers and happy people — and c...
10:56 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Regulating science the way we regulate restaurant kitchens
Peer-review does many things, but it isn’t built to weed out fraud. In the wake of large scandals like the expose of Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent autism study, the British government is s...
09:44 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Batman logo in equation form
A Redditor called “i_luv_ur_mom” posted this math teacher’s amusement, an equation that draws a lovely Bat-signal. Do you like Batman? Do you like math? My math teacher is RE...
08:47 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Unmakers: Wikified Makers in hypertext form
Adam created UnMakers using the Creative-Commons-licensed text of my novel Makers. It opens with the final scene, and invites you to navigate the text that led up to it hypertextually, following chara...
08:43 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Ossuary Dice: 3D-printed polyhedral dice worked with skulls
More funky 3D-printed RPG dice from Shapeways — this time it’s Aegidian’s “Ossuary Dice” worked with a decorative skull motif. Good companion set for your Thorn Dice. Oss...
08:38 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Czech Pirate Party launches movie download linksite with motto, "Linking is not a crime" 
The Czech Pirate Party is incensed that a Czech high school student has been sued for &eur;5M for running a website with links to allegedly infringing downloads. The Party has expressed its outrage by...
08:32 am PDT - Fri, July 29, 2011
BoingBoing Cityscape gouged into a meadow
EVOL, a German artist, excavated a miniature cityscape gouged into an idyllic meadow near Hamburg. Viewers thunder down the mini-scale street-trenches of his X-shaped city block, towering over the roo...
09:20 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing The Firefly: amazing new banjo uke
For many years I have wanted to add a banjo ukulele to my collection of musical instruments. But I’ve put it off for two reasons. One, good banjo ukes (aka banjoleles) are quite expensive, and t...
07:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Meet the Makers from MAKE Volume 27: Hobby Roboticist Gordon McComb
Gordon McComb, who's been dubbed "the father of hobby robotics,"  has been building robots since the 1970s, and wrote the best-selling Robot Builders Bonanza . For MAKE Volume 27 Gordon...
07:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Casey Anthony rubber mask
This deeply odd Casey Anthony Latex Rubber Mask just sold on eBay for one million dollars. We’ll see if the winner of the auction actually pays up though. From eBay: Halloween is only a few mont...
07:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Take the North American Trivia Geography Kick-Off Quiz
Earlier this month I attended the Trivia Championships of North America (TCONA) in Las Vegas. The event was produced by my old high school friend Paul Bailey. I had a great time at the event, even tho...
05:36 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Jordan Crane's thermoreactive, color-changing kids' book: Keep Our Secrets
The incomparable Jordan Crane shows off his new kids’ book, Keep Our Secrets, which uses thermal inks that change color when your rub them with your fingers, revealing secrets. My goodness, that...
05:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Wrongulator: a gag calculator that gives the wrong outcome
The Wrongulator is a gag calculator that gives incorrect answers to calculations. I’m fascinated by the idea — I wonder if they’ve just got a standard calculator controller in there,...
05:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing US ISPcopyright deal: a one-sided private law for corporations, without public interest
Last month, the major American ISPs and entertainment industry lobbyists struck a deal to limit Internet access for alleged copyright infringers. This deal, negotiated in secret with the help of New Y...
05:11 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing ShareMeNot: Firefox plugins takes the tracking out of social media buttons
Students in the University of Washington Computer Science project have created “ShareMeNot,” a Firefox Add-On that defangs social media buttons like the Facebook “Like” button ...
04:29 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing How getting beaten by cops helped Paul Krassner learn mindfulness
Our friend Paul Krassner is the founder of The Realist, which was a huge influence on my decision to launch bOING bOING in 1988. Paul is turning 80 next year and he wrote an essay for Counterpunch cal...
03:49 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing San Diego Comic-Con roundup, part 2
The secondpost-show wrap-upreport from Oric Scott De Las Casas. Here’s the first. Artist’s Alley is the place at Comic-Con where one can find both the rising indie stars and the legends of...
03:18 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright extortionist ripped off his competitor's threatening material
John Steele, a notorious US lawyer who sent out thousands of extortionate copyright threats to alleged Bittorrent infringers, has been found to be in breach of copyright himself. Steele’s websit...
03:06 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Truth stranger than Onion: "USSR wins space race" 
My friend Isabel Lara at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum shared a funny Onion article with me today: “USSR Wins Space Race As U.S. Shuts Down Shuttle Program.” But as she poi...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Man with camera in park who fled angry parent sought by police (turns out he was taking pix of his grandson)
A woman in Potacello, Idaho spotted an “older white man” taking pictures of “children” at a park, so she ran up to him and screamed at him until he left, and then called the po...
01:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Kettled Youth: history of police kettling and protest
Dan sez, “From the editor of ‘Fight Back! A reader on the winter of (UK) protest‘, a new piece of long-form journalism called ‘Kettled Youth‘, about youth protests, activ...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing How "Try a Little Tenderness"  went from forgettable love-song to soulful classic
On The Awl, an engrossing musical history of “Try a Little Tenderness,” which started life in 1932 as a schmaltzy, vacuous love-song recorded by Ray Noble and his Orchestra. Gradually, ove...
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Raw data on global temperatures now available
Raw climate data and global temperature records from the UK’s Met Office (yes, the data that prompted hackers to break into the emails of climate scientists) is now publicly available for downlo...
12:19 pm PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Karl Schroeder: Science fiction versus structured study of the future, sf as aspiration
Karl Schroeder, a fantastic science fiction author (see this review for a taste of his work) has spent the past two years in a Master’s programme in Foresight at the Ontario College of Art and D...
11:57 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Humpback whale "says thanks"  after being freed from nets
[Video Link]. In this video, The Great Whale Conservancy (GWC) co-founder Michael Fishbach describes his encounter with a young humpback whale entangled in local fishing nets off the coast of Baja Cal...
11:49 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Worf album covers
A blast from the distant meme past: Worf, the Cover Bands. An internet time capsule from 2005. It was a contest to photoshop the best Worf cover band. The best. Not the Worfst. (via Shane Nickerson)...
11:47 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Heat waves and stimulant use
A word of caution to people who consume illegal stimulants and those who regularly take legal ones to treat the symptoms mental health issues, like ADHD or depression. Research is showing that, during...
11:39 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Smartphone wars: In US, iPhone is top device, while Android is top OS
Nielsen reports on market share for smartphones in the US, with an interesting split between domination for OS and domination by actual device. Google Android is currently the top operating system, at...
11:28 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Algae beach party
Beachgoers in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, were met with a fuzzy, green blanket of ocean last week, as the water there exploded with algae. You’ve heard before about dead zones. These are ...
11:12 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Pistol hidden in a Zippo case
This tiny pistol hidden in a Zippo lighter case sold at auction in 2006 for $6,810.00 to an unknown bidder. It fired 6MM cartridges tooled to fit in a standard Ronson flint case. *Rare “Zippo...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Earth's Trojan asteroid
The green circle in the lower right of this image marks the position of Earth’s own trojan asteroid, discovered by researcher’s involved with NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explor...
11:02 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Download 1st chapter of book about the spacesuit's history
Yesterday, I posted about the seamstresses whose skill in sewing space suits kept astronauts alive on the Moon. Nicholas de Monchaux, the author who wrote the book on the design history of the spacesu...
10:59 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing The secret code of the alchemists
Science historian Larry Principie studies the European alchemists, proto-chemists who tried to turn base metals into gold by combining mythology, religion, and the beginnings of true science. In this ...
06:21 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Mat Ricardo at Edinburgh Fringe
Funny juggler/conjuror Mat Ricardo sez, “Remember last year when I staged a one-man show at the Edinburgh festival, asking if – after 25 years of touring, performing and slowly going mad &...
06:02 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing 3 Little Pigs rendered into Papua New Guinea pidgin
Mikey sez, “A recording of the story of the three little pigs in Pidgin Inglis (Tok Pisin). Great to listen to if you only speak English because you can get the gist of it anyway (and you alread...
05:12 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Why they call the Tories "the nasty party" 
Steve Hilton, UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s “strategy guru” has a cure for the sluggish British economy: temporarily abolishing all maternity rights and consumer protection laws....
03:59 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Norwegian PM refuses to let terrorist attacks drive his country to intolerance and paranoid "security" 
Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg has vowed not to let the terrorist attacks on his country be used as an excuse for taking away fundamental freedoms. He’s treating the attacks as a policing matter (a ...
03:42 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing The Slow BRAAAAINNS Movement
Scott Weikert‘s response to the image by Adam Fields featured in my earlier post about “5 Slow Food Gadgets” (alternate link). Both gentlemen contributed to a thread about the aforem...
03:31 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Spock is Not Impressed
A Tumblog of Greatness: Spock is Not Impressed (thanks, Sean Bonner)...
02:29 am PDT - Thu, July 28, 2011
BoingBoing Daily Show episode yanked from UK TV because Brit law prohibits using Parliamentary footage in satire
Graham Linehan (co-creator of such beloved TV as Father Ted and The IT Crowd) asked Channel 4 why they hadn’t aired the most recent Daily Show in the UK, given that the episode deals with the Ne...
09:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Piers Morgan not linked phone spying scandal, no way no how, nuh-uh
Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan denies (for the second time this week) he printed stories obtained through so-called “phone hacking,” via a CNN statement (Guardian)...
09:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Piers Morgan not linked to phone spying scandal, no way no how, nuh-uh
Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan denies (for the second time this week) he printed stories obtained through so-called “phone hacking,” via a CNN statement (Guardian)...
06:54 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing From Dust revives god game genre " for some
Rock Paper Shotgun‘s Alec Meer offers his first impressions of From Dust, Eric Chahi’s god game. Unfortunately, it sounds more Black and White than Populous. I want a different, or at leas...
06:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Wu-Tang clan seeks intern
“Excellent written communication skills, with ability to communicate with diverse audiences.” Wu-Tang advertises for an office intern. Unpaid, we presume, so: no dolla dolla bill, ya’...
05:53 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Beach gadgets to make yourself: 1950
The June, 1950 issue of Popular Mechanics featured a collection of buildable inventions to take to the beach, including this floating playpen, with four auto inner-tubes to prevent tipping. I love the...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Scientists build robot octopus, one tentacle at a time
Last year, I interviewed Binyamin Hochner of Hebrew University about his work developing new robotics systems based on the neurobiology of octopuses and other cephalopods. That interview ended up bein...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Stop motion animation on fingernails
Kia’s ad agency made this clever (and time-consuming) stop-motion animation using 900 cels painted onto artificial fingernails and then captured on a model’s hand. The animation is very fu...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Books-rupturing-the-walls installation
Warey Myers designed this installation for the new offices of Portland’s VIA Advertising Agency, which are in the Baxter Building, home to the Portland Public Library from 1888-1960: “Book...
04:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper likes posting cat pictures to Google+
Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has figured out what Google+ is good for: cat pictures. Apparently he has a history of using kitteh as political props… (related Go...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Bioartist training fungi to devour her when she dies
Bioartist Jae Rhim Lee is systematically training fungi to feast on her “body tissue and excretions""skin, hair, nails, blood, bone, fat, tears, urine, feces, and sweat.” When sh...
04:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs shills green tea and Sony hardware in Taiwan
Andy Ihnatko explains what’s going on in the image above, which was snapped and submitted to him by a reader in Taiwan....
04:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Hacktivist Aaron Swartz arrest was a webcam stakeout
Hacker activist Aaron Swartz was nailed with an MIT webcam stakeout, and the U.S, Secret Service was involved from the start, according to the arrest report. Wired News has more. (via Ryan Singel)...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Fast Slow Food: 5 devices for healthier, yummier eating
I wrote a feature about my 5 favorite kitchen gadgets, “Fast Slow Food,” on Intel’s “My Life Scoop” site. I own and use every one of these, and prepare meals (and beverag...
04:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Koko's Kitten ""  a classic kids' book
[Heartbreaking video link] I really like Burgin Streetman’s blog called Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves. Today, Burgin wrote about Koko’s Kitten. Any child of the 70s and 80s knows ...
04:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Star Trek as you've seen it many times before
Space Trek is a collection of oblique shots from a certain television series, illustrating “the quiet despair of the Starship Enterprise.”...
04:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec's Topiary arrested, say cops
Topiary, a spokesperson with web-cracking troublemakers Lulz Security, is said to be in custody in Britain. London’s Metropolitan Police: Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Police C...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing How wild animals evolve to live in cities
A fascinating NYT story looks at evolutionary biologists who work in NYC, studying the way that species mutate to adapt to urban life. From cod that became PCB resistant after GE’s notorious 30-...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare trapped! But, meanwhile"..
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03:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Norwegian PM refuses to let terrorist attacks drive his country to intolerance and paranoid "security" 
Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg has vowed not to let the terrorist attacks on his country be used as an excuse for taking away fundamental freedoms. He’s treating the attacks as a policing matter (a ...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Science Hack Day gets grant funding, goes global
My Institute for the Future (IFTF) colleague Ariel “Spacehack” Waldman and Science Hack Day have launched a new initiative to help communities organize their own Science Hack Days around t...
03:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Pundits deploy retrocausality to blame Islam for Norway attacks
“It is not disputed that Breivik technically did it: the question, surely, is who is going to have made him do it? Europe awake. Yestermorrow there will was be going to have been Jihadi retr...
03:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Can a brain live for a minute after decapitation?
Since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by 19th century guillotine anecdotes about severed heads winking, attempting to speak, or smiling. The “Guillotine” entry in Wikipedia has a s...
02:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Korean Air jets being fitted with three bars
Korean Air is outfitting its new A380 jumbo jets with three bars — two open bars in business, one staffed bar in first. No bars for coach passengers, natch. That’s right, an unspecified po...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Robot-hand ring presentation box
Atelier Ted Noten & Laikingland designed this horribly-named Lady Killer Volume 1 — a jewelry presentation box that contains a robotic arm that extends itself to proffer a ring in its pince...
02:33 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Buy an Old West town in South Dakota for $0.8M
The whole town (“kit and kaboodle!”) of Scenic, South Dakota is up for sale, for the asking price of USD800,000. Dave Olsen, a local realtor, has put the town up for sale, including its tw...
02:24 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Mystery inmate identified
Yesterday I posted about a mystery man who had been locked in a Utah jail for several weeks on misdemeanors because he refused to tell cops his name. He’s now been identified. And he’s not...
02:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing The art of Ken Reid: World Wide Weirdies
It’s always fun to discover something you should have already known about. Ken Reid’s illustrations are new to me. I don’t know anything about him, side from the information I picked...
01:43 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing RIP Robert Ettinger, founder of cryonics, 1918 "" ?
Robert Ettinger, considered to be the “father of cryonics,” went into the deep freeze after his death on Saturday. He was 92. Ettinger was the author of ‘The Prospect of Immortality&...
01:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Vine on pole resembles Jesus on the cross
Don Taylor snapped this photo in Littleton, Colorado. He says it resembles Jesus Christ on the cross. “I’m a nonreligious individual, but this struck me,” he told 7NEWS. “And i...
01:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Ads visible from space
Fifty years of weather have worn it down, but this image depicts the first advertisement visible from space, the Readymix logo. KFC tried to claim in 2006 that their one square mile Colonel Sanders po...
01:13 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Fine art with marching-ant selection borders instead of principal subjects
Mike Guppy’s “Selected” project is a series of fine-art images as animated GIFs in which the principle subject has been removed and replaced by a “marching-ants”-style se...
12:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Cat + chemistry + puns = awesome
Better yet, I Can Has Cheezburger has a whole gallery of these things. Besides this one, the potassium joke is one of my favorites. Thanks Antinous!...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing The seamstresses behind NASA's space suit
This is a photo of Hazel Fellows, one of the women who sewed and assembled the first American space suits produced by the International Latex Corporation—a company better known for making Playte...
12:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Walt Disney's house for sale
Walt Disney’s handsome four-bedroom house and its grounds are up for sale in Los Feliz, a neighborhood in east LA. Disney had the house built to his specifications and occupied it from 1932 to 1...
12:33 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Growing mushrooms on old catalogs
I cleaned out the attic recently, throwing away several of my husband’s old chemistry and jewelry making catalogs. Which reminded me of this video sent to by Bill Beatty, in which he talks about...
12:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Airlines sneakily raise fares during tax hike; Senators furious
The US administrative shutdown means that the FAA is no longer able to charge tax to the airlines, which means that tickets should be cheaper. Except that many airlines secretly raised their prices to...
12:01 pm PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Barbarelloid modem ad, date unknown
This ancient Penril Modems ad features a bored and uncomfortable woman in Barbarella go-go gear hefting an enormous box containing electronics that shrunk down to an integrated component on a motherbo...
09:06 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Humble Indie Bundle 3: new instalment of terrific name-your-price DRM-free indie game bundle
The Humble Indie Bundle folks have just launched Humble Indie Bundle 3 (confusingly, this is the fourth Humble Indie Bundle, but the third was called Humble Frozenbyte, leaving the 3 designator free)....
08:44 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Lurking bones: Rough and captivating anatomical sculptures of Maskull Lasserre
Canadian sculptor Maskull Lasserre produces stellar works that incorporate rough-carved anatomical themes into everyday objects — an ax-handle is carved into a sinuous spinal column, clavicles e...
08:25 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Jazz parade in Molde, Norway to commemorate terrorist victims
The terrorist attack on Norway coincided with the annual Molde Jazz Festival, which traditionally concludes with a jazz parade through the city. The festival organizers changed their parade route to l...
07:58 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto councillor to Margaret Atwood on library closures: "get elected to office or pipe down" 
Toronto councillor Doug Ford (brother of Toronto’s thuggish mayor Rob Ford) has attacked beloved Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood, saying he wouldn’t recognize her if she walked down...
07:39 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing UK Storm Trooper armourer can go on selling his gear; Brit copyright on Star Wars costumes has lapsed
Andrew Ainsworth is a Londoner who designed the original Storm Trooper helmets for George Lucas’s Star Wars. Ainsworth has been casting new armour from his original moulds for the past eight yea...
01:53 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Improv Everywhere's new Mp3 Experiment video
[Video Link] Charlie Todd says: “3,500 people downloaded the same mp3 from our website and pressed play simultaneously along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. What resulted was a massive sile...
01:37 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Science Fiction Message Board's annual "Author August" 
The Science Fiction Message Board is once again gearing up for its annual “Author August” in which a different author’s work is featured for discussion each day. This year’s au...
01:36 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Glenn Beck compares murdered Norway campers to "Hitler Youth" 
Glenn Beck has found new depths of depravity to plumb, this time by comparing the campers who fell victim to Anders Behring Breivik’s murderous rampage to “Hitler Youth,” because the...
12:56 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: another journalist killed
Today, another reporter was murdered in Mexico: Yolanda Orda, a crime reporter who was investigating the murder of her boss at Notiver, the daily newspaper where she worked. Her body “was found ...
12:42 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing Sleepy Korean baby is mysteriously adorable
[Video Link] “~ (Wow It’s mom, but I’m sleepy),” by bobaepapa. The one where she laughs at the sound of tape being pulled off a roll of tape is also worth a view....
12:37 am PDT - Wed, July 27, 2011
BoingBoing "Market Bargaining in Nairobi"": Joe Sabia (video)
"Market Bargaining in Nairobi. The bargainer in question is Joe Sabia, who collaborates with me on Boing Boing Video projects. He was in Kenya working on some interesting new things....
08:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing """""" "" PONPONPON
[Video Link] Can you see the deep truths being revealed here?...
08:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Make Vol 27, our special ROBOTS issue, is on newsstands
The latest issue of MAKE (Vol 27) is out, and we have a ton of cool how-to projects in the issue. The bots are back in Make: Magazine Volume 27 (O’Reilly Media, $14.99 USD), hitting newsstands J...
07:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing San Diego Comic-Con roundup, part 1
I asked my friend Scott Des Las Casas to report on the stuff he encountered at San Diego Comic-Con. Scott has a good eye for comic art and illustration, and I am pleased to present the first of his po...
07:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Baby cheetah gives you the stink eye
Serious baby cheetah is serious. Suggested caption: “But, really now. You’ve got a way to solve this debt ceiling thing, right?” This photo actually came from the baby cheetah...
06:51 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Human gelatin: Vegans will probably stick to agar
What’s better than human-derived gelatin? How about human-derived GMO gelatin? On the plus side, no boiling down people bones. On the downside, you have to convince skittish consumers th...
05:28 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing The secret of yogi levitation
[Video Link] A neat trick, exposed....
05:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Tiny kids hired as models for inflatable swimming pool photo 2
Remember when Banzai hired tiny kids as models to advertise its “Wild Waves Water Park?” They’ve done it again. (Via Sociological Images)...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing EFF's limited edition, glowing ENCRYPTION SAVES tees for DEFCON signups
If you’re headed to Las Vegas for DEFCON this summer, you’re one of the lucky few who’ll be able to get one of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s limited-edition, glow-in-the...
04:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing The evolution of disgust
The evolution of disgust by Scienceline Scienceline has a 5-minute podcast about a new theory on the origins of disgust. Most scientists think there are four categories of disgust: 1. Core disgust: pr...
04:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Mystery man in jail for weeks
This fellow has been locked in a Utah jail for more than three weeks on misdemeanors because he refuses to give his name. He was arrested after refusing to leave a Provo, Utah police parking garage wh...
03:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon
"It's still flying?"  This is a question I and many of my fellow space enthusiasts have been hearing a lot lately. As the space shuttle program comes to an end, public excitement ar...
03:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing 4 ways technology can enable your inner introvert
In the Atlantic, Philip Bump outlines four ways that introverts can make good use of technology to give them the space they need. For introverts like myself, it takes energy to engage with other peopl...
03:12 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing How to build a Burning Man theme camp
Photo by Ian Norman My friend John Mills has been integral in running the Duck Pond "" one of the larger and more well-organized Burning Man theme camps "" since 2005. Those who ha...
02:22 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Kevin Kidney's "Parrot of the Caribbean"  sculpture
Artist Kevin Kidney has been documenting the creation of his “Parrot of the Caribbean” artwork, which will be offered at the D23 Expo Auction in August. And now he’s done. It looks g...
01:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing How Algorithms Shape Our World, Fascinating TED Talk by Kevin Slavin
[Video Link] Via Laughing Squid, this TED talk by game developer Kevin Slavin: Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for "  and increasingly controlled by "  al...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing "Crystalline,"  Bjrk (dir.: Michel Gondry)
Video Link: the new Bjrk video, via Dangerous Minds. Directed by Michel Gondry. Includes elements from her “Biophilia” iPhone app. The album, Crystalline, on Amazon....
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo attacks inspire EU politicians to demand more online surveillance
Some European nations are renewing calls for more internet spying as a way to prevent another Oslo-style attack....
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing "In-flight Entertainment,"  a first world problem illustrated on White Whine
Link to the full “White Whine” comic, by Alex Schmidt (thanks, Joe Sabia!)Presented By:Welcome the Zettabyte Era with Cisco  Today we use terms like gigabyte and terabyte when it...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Put This On: "Personal Style" 
Episode seven of Put This On, a web series exploring how not to look like a slob, is really a stunner. This is the final episode in Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor‘s project, and I hope they contin...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Path of Blood: Eric Power raising funds for paper-cut animated feature film
Eric Power is an independent filmmaker best known for intricate, cut-paper animated short films. He created two such shorts as channel IDs for the Boing Boing in-flight entertainment TV channel on Vir...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Path of Blood: Eric Power raising funds for cut paper animated feature film
Eric Power is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, TX, who is best known for intricate, cut-paper animated short films. He created two such shorts as channel IDs for the Boing Boing in-flight ent...
12:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Difference Engine 20th anniversary edition
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the original publication of The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s seminal cyberpunk alternate history about a Victorian Englan...
12:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Winner of the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton contest
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh professor Sue Fondrie won this year’s bad fiction award. Cheryl's mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bl...
12:13 pm PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing World's largest upskirt shot
Attack of the 26-foot-tall upskirt: Odd Things I’ve Seen: “Forever Marilyn” Statue. (thanks, Antinous)...
10:56 am PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Multi-tool with a built-in tripod
Gerber is one of my favorite multitool companies; I like the fact that they’re always experimenting with clever (but rarely gimmicky) ways to extend the functionality of pocket tools. Case in po...
09:49 am PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Rustbelt ghost-towns: Ruins of Gary, Indiana
Many American rustbelt cities are contracting radically as we enter the second decade of life in a WTO world, where industrial production has moved to China, India, and other developing nations. This ...
09:27 am PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Adventures of Polo: wordless picture book is a bedtime delight
My family has a new favorite bedtime book; my three year old has fallen in love with Polo, a little doggy featured in a series of wordless picture books by French illustrator Rgis Faller. Every night ...
08:22 am PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Plastic made from fish-scales
Royal College of Art student Erik de Laurens created a new plastic entirely out of fish-scales for his grad project. Fish scales are a waste-product of the fisheries industry, and are discarded in gre...
07:34 am PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Ousted EMI boss: pirates are our best customers, suing is bad for business
Douglas C Merrill, who left his job as Google’s CIO to run EMI’s Chief Operating Officer of New Music and President of Digital Business has given a speech in which he claims that EMI’...
07:02 am PDT - Tue, July 26, 2011
BoingBoing Paper false eyelashes with wildlife
These paper-cut false eyelashes are so weirdly striking that I’ll even forgive the vendor for claiming that they are “steeped in Chinese symbolic meaning.” I can’t claim to hav...
07:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Enormous dribble-tie
If a necktie that makes women do your bidding isn’t your cup of tea, then how about this little number, “made from heavy awning cloth”? THE DRIBBLE BIB (Nov, 1951)...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Jeff Sharlet on Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik
Jeff Sharlet, who has been studying American right-wing movements, spent a good chunk of today live-tweeting his reading of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik’s writings and manifesto. Among oth...
06:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing A gallery of dull, curious or odd book covers
Bookride, the wonderful book dealer’s blog, has a fun gallery of “dull, curious or odd book covers.” Here are a few: The Joy of Dullness Technorati Tags: Books...
06:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Bike ride and food tasting in MPLSSt Paul
Twin Citians: My husband noticed this nifty upcoming event—Bike and Bite is a group ride/local food tasting. It happens August 13th and tickets start at $10...
06:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Dissecting the brain of a football player
In this video from The Guardian, researchers slice into the brain of former NFL player Dave Duerson. Duerson struggled with the mental health effects of football-related brain injury, finally killing ...
06:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Online class to teach Dwarf Fortress
Gweek listener Nekomancer says: “If anyone is interested in learning Dwarf Fortress, I am teaching a class on how to play from the basics to the advanced aspects over at University of Reddit. Al...
06:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Airships vs. Trains
The airplane may have overtaken the zeppelin for some good and practical reasons, but do newer, better airships have a future? Former Scientific American editor John Rennie has been investigating ...
06:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Finding the source of migraines (and fifty useless migraine drugs)
My favorite n=1 experimenter, Seth Roberts, wrote about how someone managed to greatly reduce her migraines by avoiding certain household chemicals. Sarah MacDonald (pseudonym) started getting migrain...
06:24 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Swim goggles made from fish scales
Neat post about an experimental plastic substitute made from fish scales over at Brian Lam’s ocean-themed blog Scuttlefish. So far art student Erik de Laurens “has made not only goggles, b...
06:05 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Summer in the Bronx (BB Flickr Pool photo)
“Damian and Wayne 2: Point Morris Bronx,” Photo contributed to the BB flickr pool by Chris Arnade.Presented By:Welcome the Zettabyte Era with Cisco  Today we use terms like gigab...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Explaining "adverse possession"  ""  squatter's delight
Christopher Maag wrote a fascinating piece for Credit.com about the little-known legal claim called “adverse possession” that allows people to take possession of abandoned property. Here's...
05:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo: Thousands of people raising roses to commemorate the dead
Here’s a video by @morganflame of thousands of people raising flowers in the air, as a gesture to honor the victims of the recent bombing and shooting in Oslo....
05:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Why air conditioning is to blame for Transformers 3
“In 1902, a 25-year-old engineer from New York named Willis Carrier invented the first modern air-conditioning system. The mechanical unit, which sent air through water-cooled coils, was not aim...
05:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing After Jobs, who?
John Gruber speculates on who might succeed Steve Jobs at Apple, assuming it looks outside the company. He’s right in that all of them look like bad ideas, but what’s really interesting is...
04:49 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Boingers on Google+
If you’re using Google+, you can find a number of Boing Boing contributors there. Maggie Koerth-Baker, Rob Beschizza, Dean Putney, Mark Frauenfelder, and Xeni Jardin, for starters. When Goo...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Photography-themed Rube Goldberg machine
Canada’s 2D Photography created this amazing Rube Goldberg device out of photography stuff of all descriptions, and made the whole thing so witty and fun that I watched it twice in a row. Rube G...
04:11 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Project Nim: heartbreaking film on animal ethics, and academic arrogance
[Video Link] I went to see the documentary Project Nim last night at the advice of a friend, and would like to recommend it to all who read Boing Boing. James Marsh (Man on Wire) directed. Be prepared...
04:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Birds-eye view of 6,000 airports around the world
This may be advertorial (and not for Boing Boing, we’re not involved)" but it’s really good stuff. GE produced a satellite, birds-eye view of the 6,000 most popular airports arou...
03:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Augustus Gladstone shows his library
[Video Link] Augustus Gladstone, the gentleman who lives in an abandoned hotel, has a new video in which he shows his large library of files and drawings from a lifetime of collecting....
03:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: angry Fukushima citizens confront government (video)
The video above documents what I am told is a meeting between Fukushima residents and government officials from Tokyo, said to have taken place on 19 July 2011. The citizens are demanding their govern...
03:31 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Washington DC's Soap Box Derby
(photo by Joe McCary, DC Soapbox Derby) Last month was the 70th Greater Washington Soap Box Derby, one of the oldest soap box derbies in the country having first been held in the capital in 1938. Smit...
03:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Thumbtack Press relaunch: cool affordable framed art prints
Thumbtack Press, which sells framed and unframed art prints (including some of my art), has relaunched with lots of great new art. They also have a “virtual room” feature that gives you an...
02:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing NASCAR prayer (video)
[Video Link] A pre-race prayer at the NASCAR Nationwide series race in Nashville Tennessee, on July 23, 2011. “We want to thank you, Lord, for these mighty machines…. Lord I want to thank ...
02:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing A bowl of dancing squid in Hokkaido, Japan (video)
[Video Link]. How does this work? The YouTube comments point to the basic idea being that the sodium in the soy sauce causes the legs to move, even though the squid is dead, by some definition of ...
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Time lapse video of the NYT homepage
Set to music by Justice, this time lapse video of the New York Times‘ homepage covers stories, pics and otherstuff from September 2010 to July 2011....
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Chow makes a video of Mark making sauerkraut
The friendly folks at Chow came to my house to learn how I make sauerkraut, and what I like to do with it after I make it. They shot a video, which you can see at Chow.com. When Mark Frauenfelder, ...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing The Complete Zap Comix, coming next year!
First published in 1968, Zap Comix is considered to be the freaky forefather of the underground comix movement that still thrives today. Created by R. Crumb, the Zap #1 solely featured his work with s...
01:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Man wakes up in morgue, not dead
The family of a 50-year-old South African man thought that he had died in his sleep so they called a private mortuary to take the body away. Nearly 24 hours later, the mortuary attendants heard scream...
01:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 010: "Losing is Fun!" 
Gweek is Boing Boing’s podcast about comic books, science fiction & fantasy, video games and board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. In this episode, Rob and Mark interview ...
12:24 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Neckties that frighten women into terrorized obedience
According to the copy on this old necktie ad, men who wear sufficiently modernist necktie patterns will find the women in their lives bowing and scraping in terrorized obedience. If you say so. "...
12:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Cyclobe: otherworldly electronic music
When the aliens land, I imagine that the sounds of Cyclobe will ring out from the crop circles. Cyclobe is the electronic music duo of the hypertalented couple Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower. Both w...
12:08 pm PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing BitCoin alternative: distributed, but not decentralized cash
Cryptographer Ben Laurie, celebrated BitCoin skeptic, has written a short, provocative paper called An Efficient Distributed Currency, which proposes a distributed (but not decentralized) alternative....
11:31 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 010: "Losing is Fun!" 
Gweek is Boing Boing’s podcast about comic books, science fiction & fantasy, video games and board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. In this episode, Rob and Mark interview ...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make an irising wristwach case
Instructables user Gogglerman made this beautiful mechanical irising case for a steampunky wristwatch movement, and posted hints for making your own. It’s one of the sweetest projects I’ve...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make an irising wristwatch case
Instructables user Gogglerman made this beautiful mechanical irising case for a steampunky wristwatch movement, and posted hints for making your own. It’s one of the sweetest projects I’ve...
10:58 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing "urface: an industrial surface made from compressed coffee and melted coffee cups
We’ve been in the market for a new surface for our kitchen’s eating area (a wide shelf that’s set into a wide space knocked through into the sitting room serviced by four tall stools...
10:44 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Creatures made from recycled tires
Sculptor Yong Ho Ji makes the most astounding sculptures — animals, people, fanciful mutants — out of recycled tires. This is great work. Yong Ho Ji (via This is Colossal)...
10:18 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Android iPad-killer is a poorly thought-through disappointment
My latest Guardian column is a pretty unenthusiastic review of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, hailed by many as the first serious Android-based iPad competitor. The Galaxy has all the right parts, b...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Detailed 3D printed scarab pendant
I love the anatomical details on this sterling silver 3D printed scarab pendant, created by Shapeways user Dadrummond. It looks pretty damned cool in plastic, too. Scarab pendant...
10:08 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing BitCoin alternative: distributed, but not decentralized cash
Cryptographer Ben Laurie, celebrated BitCoin skeptic, has written a short, provocative paper called An Efficient Distributed Currency, which proposes a distributed (but not decentralized) alternative....
07:20 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO build a road-sign fence
Designer/architect Wholman made this fence out of discarded, recycled road-signs in Greensboro, AL, along with the local YouthBuild chapter (a Department of Labor project “that provides low-inco...
02:36 am PDT - Mon, July 25, 2011
BoingBoing Strange tunnels of Austro-Germany
German and Austrian archaeologists are taking notice of an extensive network of tunnels that riddle central Europe. These tunnels — thought to date from the 10th to 13th century — have fan...
02:05 pm PDT - Sun, July 24, 2011
BoingBoing BB gets WordPress, Disqus, new machines
Good news, everybody! We’ve just upgraded our site software, installed new hardware, and moved our antiquated comment system to Disqus, replete with modern features. The site itself is otherwise...
12:32 pm PDT - Sun, July 24, 2011
BoingBoing Sexism flamewars explained in webcomic form
Gabby from the Gabby’s Playhouse webcomic produced this 2010 installment that neatly summarizes every discussion about gender on the net; click through below for the whole thing. In which we bet...
09:00 am PDT - Sun, July 24, 2011
BoingBoing This is a seventy-five dollar felt ice cream sandwich
It has a face and a bite taken out of it. It is also apparently crying and wearing rouge. A felt ice cream sandwich with a bite taken out of it and a face with little buck teeth that is … Contin...
08:58 am PDT - Sun, July 24, 2011
BoingBoing Own a piece of the Balloon Boy saucer
Remember the balloon boy hoax of 2009? Richard and Mayumi Heene claimed their 6-year-old son had floated away in the saucer-shaped contraption only to later be revealed hoaxsters trying to land a ...
07:05 am PDT - Sun, July 24, 2011
BoingBoing BB gets WordPress, Disqus, new machines
Good news, everybody! We’ve just upgraded our site software, installed new hardware, and moved our antiquated comment system to Disqus, replete with modern features. The site itself is otherwise...
05:32 am PDT - Sun, July 24, 2011
BoingBoing Sexism flamewars explained in webcomic form
Gabby from the Gabby’s Playhouse webcomic produced this 2010 installment that neatly summarizes every discussion about gender on the net; click through below for the whole thing. In which we bet...
07:01 pm PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, reported dead of overdose
British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead today at age 27, of an apparent drug overdose. Reuters: Police said they had found the body of a 27-year-old woman at a flat in Camden Square, north London,...
07:01 pm PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links to right-wing extremism
The suspect arrested in today's bombing and shooting attacks in Oslo is 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who is believed to have links to right-wing extremist and anti-immigrant (read: anti-Muslim...
05:33 pm PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, reported dead of overdose
British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead today at age 27, of an apparent drug overdose. Reuters: Police said they had found the body of a 27-year-old woman at a flat in Camden Square, north London,...
05:33 pm PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links to right-wing extremism
The suspect arrested in today's bombing and shooting attacks in Oslo is 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who is believed to have links to right-wing extremist and anti-immigrant (read: anti-Muslim...
02:35 pm PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Murdoch-detector browser add-ons warn you when you're reading Murdoch-tainted news
Two new browser plugins are here to help you with your Murdoch-detecting needs: Murdoch Block is a Chrome extension that warns you when you're about to visit a news site controlled by the Murdoch empi...
02:27 pm PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, reported dead of overdose
British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead today at age 27, of an apparent drug overdose. Reuters: Police said they had found the body of a 27-year-old woman at a flat in Camden Square, north London,...
03:28 am PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Hiding malware in smart batteries
Charlie Miller, a respected security researcher, has discovered vulnerabilities in the smart batteries for Apple laptops and mobile devices; he can manipulate their firmware to render them unusable or...
03:23 am PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Kids on the sex-offender registry: fuelling terror and ruining lives
Lenore "Free Range Kids" Skenazy talks about the insanity of sex-offender registries, citing the case of two fourteen year olds who sat on some other kids' heads and are now on the registry. For the r...
03:15 am PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Whitecross Street Party: street art in East London
Dan Hillier writes, "The Whitecross Street Party: Rise of the non-conformists is a two-day street party and four week exhibition featuring some of the world's most creative pranksters and musical misc...
01:35 am PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Murdoch-detector browser add-ons warn you when you're reading Murdoch-tainted news
Two new browser plugins are here to help you with your Murdoch-detecting needs: Murdoch Block is a Chrome extension that warns you when you’re about to visit a news site controlled by the Murdoc...
01:06 am PDT - Sat, July 23, 2011
BoingBoing Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, reported dead of overdose
British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead today at age 27, of an apparent drug overdose. Reuters: Police said they had found the body of a 27-year-old woman at a flat in Camden Square, north London,...
10:39 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links to right-wing extremism
The suspect arrested in today's bombing and shooting attacks in Oslo is 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who is believed to have links to right-wing extremist and anti-immigrant (read: anti-Muslim...
09:47 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links to right-wing extremism
The suspect arrested in today's bombing and shooting attacks in Oslo is 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who is believed to have links to right-wing extremist and anti-immigrant (read: anti-Muslim)...
08:24 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 40, links to right-wing extremism
The suspect arrested in today's bombing and shooting attacks in Oslo is 40-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who is believed to have links to right-wing extremist and anti-immigrant (read: anti-Muslim)...
07:44 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Solution claimed to Zodiac's last code
A hobbyist codebreaker believes he's cracked the Zodiac killer's last encoded message (above). It is, he claims, a Caesar cipher with some substitution stuff, though it's not really clear from the art...
07:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Isaiah Seret on his Jonestown video for Cults
Last week, we premiered the provocative and fantastic new video for the song "Go Outside" by Cults. Directed by Isaiah Seret, the video is made from archival footage of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple bef...
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo bombing, shooting (big photo gallery, news updates)
(Photos: scenes from a powerful explosion that rocked central Oslo July 22, 2011. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's of...
05:33 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Arduino interface for iPhone and iPad on sale in Maker Shed
Maker Shed has a deal on its new Arduino development kit for iOS. It's $79.99. Exclusively in the Maker Shed, the Redpark Breakout Pack for Arduino and iOS makes interfacing your iPhone, iPad, or iPod...
05:22 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Troy public library needs your help - shutdown imminent!
Steamed Punk sez, "The Troy, Michigan Public Library will close unless the citizens pass a dedicated millage. Normally this would be no big deal, here in Troy there is a well financed group that ruth...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Demand Media sics its lawyers on DemandStudiosSucks.com
Demand Media, the content farm that pays people a pittance to write and edit crappy articles and then uses SEO tricks to push its content (which appears on sites like eHow, Cracked, and Livestrong) to...
03:23 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Demand Media sics it lawyers on DemandStudiosSucks.com
Demand Media, the content farm that pays people a pittance to write and edit crappy articles and then uses SEO tricks to push its content (which appears on sites like eHow, Cracked, and Livestrong) to...
02:52 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Where music and foodie culture meet
Covers is an underground dinner club in San Francisco where -- now stay with me here -- "covers" of famous chefs' signature dishes are paired with thematically-appropriate cover songs. Sponsored by Ba...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Isaiah Seret on his Jonestown video for Cults
Last week, we premiered the provocative and fantastic new video for the song "Go Outside" by Cults. Directed by Isaiah Seret, the video is made from archival footage of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple bef...
02:33 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Dwarf Fortress: "perhaps the most complex video game ever made"
In the July 24, 2011 edition of the New York Times Magazine, Jonah Weiner profiled Tarn and Zach Adams, the brothers who created the game Dwarf Fortress, which is kind of like a much geekier, vastly m...
02:28 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Hiding malware in smart batteries
Charlie Miller, a respected security researcher, has discovered vulnerabilities in the smart batteries for Apple laptops and mobile devices; he can manipulate their firmware to render them unusable or...
02:23 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Kids on the sex-offender registry: fuelling terror and ruining lives
Lenore “Free Range Kids” Skenazy talks about the insanity of sex-offender registries, citing the case of two fourteen year olds who sat on some other kids’ heads and are now on the r...
02:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The 5th Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" (1967)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The 5th Dimension perform "Up, Up and Away" from their 1967 debut album of the same name, also available on the "Essential 5th Dimension" compilation.  Friday Frea...
02:15 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Whitecross Street Party: street art in East London
Dan Hillier writes, “The Whitecross Street Party: Rise of the non-conformists is a two-day street party and four week exhibition featuring some of the world’s most creative pranksters and ...
02:11 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Wormholes on the Cheap
Matthew Gryczan, a MAKE contributor and the author of a great book that explains how carnival games are rigged, called Carnival Secrets: How to Win at Carnival Games, wrote about a cheap "wormhole sys...
02:04 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo bombing shocks Norway
The latest on the Oslo bombing, which has claimed a number of lives and injured many more, and shootings at a nearby youth camp where the prime minister was thought to be in attendance. [BBC]......
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Lowercase theories, uppercase Theories, and the myth of global cooling
"Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone...
01:19 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Subterranean sewer mutant caught on CCTV
This image was taken by a CCTV camera exploring an underground sewer pipe in Newtonbreda, Northern Ireland. NI Water officials say that "Sewerface," as they've dubbed this character, is most likely "a...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Prison chase Benny Hillified
This video was made from surveillance footage of correction officers chasing an inmate around New York's Albany County jail. A jail investigator made the film a few years ago while looking into the ev...
01:11 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Parody ads tell the horrible truth about AT&T&T
Eddie sez, "The media reform group, Free Press, has released a series of satirical videos to fight the AT&T/T-Mobile merger." Stop the AT&T T-Mobile Merger......
12:54 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Young Rewired State: learn to hack government data workshop for kids
Adam sez, "Young Rewired State is an annual week-long working-with-government-data-learn-how-to-hack-code event aimed at those 18 and under. Building on the skills of those competing, YRS throws in a ...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Auditions for a black cat, 1961
Here's a wonderful series of 1961 photos from the LIFE archive documenting "Black Cat Auditions in Hollywood." The photographer is Ralph Crane. One of the photos includes a shot of Vincent Price, sugg...
07:30 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Time capsules of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Magazine celebrated its 50th anniversary by planting a time-capsule at 5900 Wilshire. Now, the magazine has assembled a map of all the known time capsules buried beneath Los Angeles, which...
07:24 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links to right-wing extremism
The suspect arrested in today’s bombing and shooting attacks in Oslo is 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who is believed to have links to right-wing extremist and anti-immigrant (read: anti-M...
07:14 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing New Yorkers freestyle rap in Union Square
In 2009, Chris Sullivan hung out a beat-box shingle in NYC's Union Square, inviting passers-by to come and rap with him. The results were great, and the Master of Fine Arts rap is especially piquant. ...
07:04 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Sesame StreetBeastie Boys mashup
This Sesame Street/Beastie Boys "Sure Shot" mashup does some very clever stuff with fast and slow framerates that makes the puppets appear to be perfect lipsynchers. It's virtuoso editing and a demons...
07:02 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Deviled Tongue: organ meat ads of yesteryear
It's been a long time since you could call a product "Deviled Tongue." 1918 was a fine year for organ meat. Underwood Deviled Tongue. 1918. Photo from PeriodPaper.com......
06:14 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Solution claimed to Zodiac's last code
A hobbyist codebreaker believes he’s cracked the Zodiac killer’s last encoded message (above). It is, he claims, a Caesar cipher with some substitution stuff, though it’s not really ...
06:14 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Colorful Dairy Queen ad, 1960
There's something almost pornographic about the color palette and line-weights in this 1960 ad for Dairy Queen. Dairy Queen, 1960......
06:11 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Time capsules of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Magazine celebrated its 50th anniversary by planting a time-capsule at 5900 Wilshire. Now, the magazine has assembled a map of all the known time capsules buried beneath Los Angeles, which...
06:07 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Crappy "safe" playgrounds considered harmful
A feature in the NYT rounds up experts who believe that the wholesale replacement of "dangerous" tall jungle-gyms over concrete surfaces with shorter climbers on foam rubber is a net loss for kids' sa...
05:59 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Russian Pirate Party must change name, contemplates "Pira7e Party"
A Russian judge has ruled that the Russian Pirate Party has to rename itself, citing a law that prohibits naming a party after criminal acts. The party is now debating what new name it will use for ba...
05:55 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Troy public library needs your help - shutdown imminent!
Steamed Punk sez, "The Troy,Michigan Public Library will close unless the citizens pass a dedicated millage. Normally this would be no big deal, here in Troy there is a well financed group that ruthl...
04:40 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo bombing, shooting (big photo gallery, news updates)
(Photos: scenes from a powerful explosion that rocked central Oslo July 22, 2011. A huge explosion damaged government buildings in central Oslo on Friday including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg̵...
04:33 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Arduino interface for iPhone and iPad on sale in Maker Shed
Maker Shed has a deal on its new Arduino development kit for iOS. It’s $79.99. Exclusively in the Maker Shed, the Redpark Breakout Pack for Arduino and iOS makes interfacing your iPhone, iPad, o...
03:47 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Jokes from the G+hole
pic: via tonx I started an open "jokes" thread on Google+ today, and a lot of people contributed some very funny jokes I hadn't heard before. I thought I'd share some of them here on Boing Boing...
03:35 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Jokes from the G+hole
pic: via tonx I started an open "jokes" thread on Google+ today, and a lot of people contributed some very funny jokes I hadn't heard before. I thought I'd share some of them here on Boing Boing...
02:23 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Demand Media sics its lawyers on DemandStudiosSucks.com
Demand Media, the content farm that pays people a pittance to write and edit crappy articles and then uses SEO tricks to push its content (which appears on sites like eHow, Cracked, and Livestrong) to...
01:52 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Where music and foodie culture meet
Covers is an underground dinner club in San Francisco where — now stay with me here — “covers” of famous chefs’ signature dishes are paired with thematically-appropriate ...
01:35 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Isaiah Seret on his Jonestown video for Cults
Last week, we premiered the provocative and fantastic new video for the song “Go Outside” by Cults. Directed by Isaiah Seret, the video is made from archival footage of Jim Jones’s P...
01:26 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Dwarf Fortress: "perhaps the most complex video game ever made" 
In the July 24, 2011 edition of the New York Times Magazine, Jonah Weiner profiled Tarn and Zach Adams, the brothers who created the game Dwarf Fortress, which is kind of like a much geekier, vastly m...
01:14 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The 5th Dimension's "Up, Up and Away"  (1967)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The 5th Dimension perform “Up, Up and Away” from their 1967 debut album of the same name, also available on the “Essential 5th Dimension” compila...
01:02 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oslo bombing shocks Norway
The latest on the Oslo bombing, which has claimed a number of lives and injured many more, and shootings at a nearby youth camp where the prime minister was thought to be in attendance. [BBC]...
01:00 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Lowercase theories, uppercase Theories, and the myth of global cooling
“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were ...
12:16 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Prison chase Benny Hillified
This video was made from surveillance footage of correction officers chasing an inmate around New York’s Albany County jail. A jail investigator made the film a few years ago while looking into ...
12:11 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Parody ads tell the horrible truth about AT&T&T
Eddie sez, “The media reform group, Free Press, has released a series of satirical videos to fight the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.” Stop the AT&T T-Mobile Merger...
12:04 am PDT - Fri, July 22, 2011
BoingBoing Subterranean sewer mutant caught on CCTV
This image was taken by a CCTV camera exploring an underground sewer pipe in Newtonbreda, Northern Ireland. NI Water officials say that “Sewerface,” as they’ve dubbed this character,...
11:54 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Young Rewired State: learn to hack government data workshop for kids
Adam sez, “Young Rewired State is an annual week-long working-with-government-data-learn-how-to-hack-code event aimed at those 18 and under. Building on the skills of those competing, YRS throws...
11:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Auditions for a black cat, 1961
Here’s a wonderful series of 1961 photos from the LIFE archive documenting “Black Cat Auditions in Hollywood.” The photographer is Ralph Crane. One of the photos includes a shot of V...
09:33 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Wormholes on the Cheap
Matthew Gryczan, a MAKE contributor and the author of a great book that explains how carnival games are rigged, called Carnival Secrets: How to Win at Carnival Games, wrote about a cheap "wormhole sys...
08:44 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Why we need to keep an eye on the ice sheets
Loss of Arctic ice isn't just a threat to polar bears. Climate scientist James Hanson has just published a science brief on the NASA website about why those ice sheets are so important (besides provid...
08:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Bear breaks bear swimming record, hearts
A female polar bear has broken the polar bear long-distance swimming record—covering 426 miles of water over nine straight days. If polar bears were influenced in their actions by things like th...
08:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Superhero graffiti in San Francisco
I really dig the stylized superheroes in this massive graffiti piece in San Francisco's Mission District. I didn't see the artist's name and the background text was too hard to read from my vantage po...
07:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing A love letter to the space shuttle
Adam Rutherford at the Guardian has put together a lovely tribute to the space shuttle. About 18 months ago, we at Nature started to think about the shuttle's retirement. Others will and have written ...
07:43 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Science on Screen coming to 8 theaters across America
Science on Screen is a cool program that provides funding to theaters so that they can host events pairing movies with related, pop-culturey lectures by scientists. Think: Night of the Living Dead &pl...
07:35 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Comic-Con Bingo!
Are you headed to Comic-Con in San Diego? If so, make sure you have a go at Comic-Con Bingo presented by our pals at Last Gasp Books! "Using a camera, cell phone, etc., snap a picture and mark the...
07:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing A cream that slows down snakebites
Aaron Rowe found a recent research paper describing successful rat and human trials of an ointment that could help save the lives of people who get bit by poisonous snakes while far away from medical ...
07:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Superhero graffiti in San Francisco
I really dig the stylized superheroes in this massive graffiti piece in San Francisco's Mission District. I didn't see the artist's name and the background text was too hard to read from my vantage po...
07:23 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Patti Smith: Just Kids, Horses, and Hey Joe
Last night, I finished reading Patti Smith's absolutely wonderful book Just Kids, the story of her relationship with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe that began on the streets of New York Cit...
07:06 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Rupert Murdoch reveals demonic horns
(Via Reddit)......
06:58 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Monkeying with an iPhone
[Video Link] (Via Arbroath)......
06:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Superhero graffiti in San Francisco
I really dig the stylized superheroes in this massive graffiti piece in San Francisco's Mission District. I didn't see the artist's name and the background text was too hard to read from my vantage po...
06:16 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing The problem with mining energy on the Moon
Gerald Kulcinski, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin, wants to create a Helium 3-powered world. (Yes! Just like in Moon!) The problem: Kulcinski's research is caught in a bit of a Catch-22. T...
06:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Open joke thread
I asked my "circles" on Google+ to tell me a good joke. There's quite a thread going now. Some of these are quite funny. Add one over there if you like!—Xeni......
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing New Yorkers freestyle rap in Union Square
In 2009, Chris Sullivan hung out a beat-box shingle in NYC’s Union Square, inviting passers-by to come and rap with him. The results were great, and the Master of Fine Arts rap is especially piq...
06:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Sesame StreetBeastie Boys mashup
This Sesame Street/Beastie Boys “Sure Shot” mashup does some very clever stuff with fast and slow framerates that makes the puppets appear to be perfect lipsynchers. It’s virtuoso ed...
06:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Forget the Hindenburg: What I learned on board a zeppelin
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is as good a place as any to learn a hard truth. This suburb of Minneapolis is largely indistinguishable from the other suburbs that border it ... except that Eden Prairie ha...
06:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Deviled Tongue: organ meat ads of yesteryear
It’s been a long time since you could call a product “Deviled Tongue.” 1918 was a fine year for organ meat. Underwood Deviled Tongue. 1918. Photo from PeriodPaper.com...
05:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Colorful Dairy Queen ad, 1960
There’s something almost pornographic about the color palette and line-weights in this 1960 ad for Dairy Queen. Dairy Queen, 1960...
05:11 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Senator Franken shames homophobic imbecile
Think Progress: "During this morning's Senate DOMA hearings, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) destroyed Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery's argument that children are better off with opposite-sex parents by dem...
04:58 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Hi-rez Disneyland 1962 map
Paul sez, "Flickr user Wishbook has uploaded a beautiful hi-res scan of a 1962 map of Disneyland. The map shows the park, monorail lines, and the associated Disneyland Hotel. Check out the 'orginal' s...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Sophie Madeleine plays 30 uke songs in 30 days
[Video Link] The fantabulous Sophie Madeleine has been recording a ukulele song every day for a month. Here she is performing "Pure Imagination," from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. David and ...
03:27 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Benjamen Walker discusses McLuhan's most famous quote: "The Medium is the Message"
My friend Benjamen Walker (host of the stupendous WFMU radio show and podcast, Too Much Information) made a 10 minute podcast for The Guardian about Marshall McLuhan's most famous quote: "The Medium i...
03:01 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Music video for BELL uses hacked Kinect
Marc de Vinck (my colleague at MAKE) showed me this video that his friend BELL made using a hacked Kinect. (Marc used her music in his Gakken Crab build video). Visuals by Zach Lieberman, Francisco Za...
02:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Public special ed employee has $0 paycheck after health insurance deductions
Kevin sez, "At a time when some critics are trying to paint public employee benefits as lavish, special education paraprofessional Kathy Meltsakos provides a much-needed wakeup call. By the time she's...
01:56 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Videos from HowTheLightGetsIn
The HowTheLightGetsIn festival has posted video from the two items I participated in last spring. The first, Technology and Anarchy, deals with regulation, democracy and technology. The second, The Re...
01:55 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Debbie Harry interviewed on 1980s kids' TV show
[Video Link] Dangerous Minds came across this interview with the great Debbie Harry from a kids' TV show that aired July 11, 1980.......
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Guatemala: lady awakens to giant gaping sinkhole appearing under her bed
"When we heard the loud boom we thought a gas canister from a neighbouring home had exploded, or there had been a crash on the street. We rushed out to look and saw nothing. A gentleman told me that t...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Videos from HowTheLightGetsIn
The HowTheLightGetsIn festival has posted video from the two items I participated in last spring. The first, Technology and Anarchy, deals with regulation, democracy and technology. The second, The Re...
01:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Who needs NASA? Life as an "independent astronaut"
"The great thing that I found when I began to live my life as an astronaut was that the world seemed so different. It was as if I was viewing my environment with a fresh pair of eyes." - John Barlow, ...
01:22 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Man-from-Mars Radio Hat is Pith++
As if pith helmets weren't stylish enough on their own, this 1949 ad from Popular Science features a beautiful pith++ version with a two-tube radio built into it, sporting the glorious monik...
01:16 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Dave McKean signing at London's GOSH! Comics, July 30
Hayley sez, "Gosh! comics are celebrating the launch of their new shop in Soho with an exhibition and signing on July 30 by the illustrious Dave McKean, who is all set to be the bottle of champagne th...
01:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Act now! Congress wants to kill WiFi-like spectrum, sell it off to highest bidder instead
Harold Feld from Public Knowledge sez, "Republicans have proposed forbidding the FCC from allocating any more 'unlicensed' spectrum for WiFi and other uses unless they give wireless companies the oppo...
01:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Inside DARPA's secret Afghan spy machine
Noah Shachtman at Wired has an exclusive up involving "A secret intelligence program, never-before-revealed... a mad scientist who believes he can change the world.... an ambitious Pentagon official d...
12:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Atlantis: photos, video of final shuttle mission landing
Space shuttle Atlantis STS-135 lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida July 21, 2011. The space shuttle Atlantis glided home through a moonlit sky for its final landing at the Ken...
12:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Times editorial cartoon wants you to get your priorities straight
If you were wondering whether the sleazy and contemptuous culture at Murdoch's tabloids extended to his "decent" newspapers, today's editorial cartoon in The Times should clear that up for you. Speaki...
12:05 pm PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Forget the Hindenburg: What I learned on board a zeppelin
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is as good a place as any to learn a hard truth. This suburb of Minneapolis is largely indistinguishable from the other suburbs that border it ... except that Eden Prairie ha...
11:59 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Record Store Cats: a series of animated gifs
Created by c_kick at totalleh.com. There are nearly 30 of them! Oonsk, oonsk, oonsk, oonsk.......
11:44 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Times editorial cartoon wants you to get your priorities straight
If you were wondering whether the sleazy and contemptuous culture at Murdoch's tabloids extended to his '"decent" newspapers, today's editorial cartoon in The Times should clear that up for you. Speak...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Record Store Cats: a series of animated gifs
Created by c_kick at totalleh.com. There are nearly 30 of them!......
11:21 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Meme Collision Produces 2D Code Stencils
Matt Jones's invention of warchalking back in 2002 was a lark. It combined the culturally laden notion of chalk signs made by hoboes with the modern nomadic lifestyle of the digerati. As packs of lapt...
08:37 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Only You Can Prevent Buffer Overflows: Smokey the Bear remix
Joey DeVilla's modified Smokey the Bear poster is a timely reminder to programmers to take care with their strcats. The post's title hints at more to come, and I'd love to get a series of 'em. Best Co...
08:31 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Finland's high-quality, consistent education system eschews tests, reveres teachers
On Salon, David Sirota interviews Harvard's Tony Wagner about his documentary, The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System, which looks at the way that the Finnish educati...
08:23 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Brick thieves dismantling St Louis
"Brick By Chance and Fortune" is a documentary by Bill Streeter on the strange and terrible epidemic of brick theft in St Louis, a city renowned for its beautiful brick buildings. The distinctive St L...
08:13 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Polymer junkbot sales benefit literacy center
Etsy seller Deetsy is selling off her adorable polymer clay robots to benefit Ann Arbor's 826 Michigan literacy center. It's part of 826 Michigan's second annual Robot Art Fair, which runs to Saturday...
03:31 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Enterprise crew at the Shuttle Enterprise, 1976
To boldly go..........
03:27 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage chemistry sets
We've posted before about the amazing Atomic Energy Lab kids science kit of 1951, complete with radioactive sources. Over at Collectors Weekly, Lisa Hix looks at the Atomic Energy Lab and other fine ...
03:15 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Elvis lives, robs
Elvis has robbed several betting shops around England in recent weeks. The King has been caught on CCTV camera wielding what police say is a fake handgun. They're also claiming that the robber is just...
02:40 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing Space Oddity, David Bowie (1969)
[Video Link]......
02:22 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing 30-year space shuttle era to end with Atlantis STS-135 landing
Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com "On an evening that is draped in emotion and steeped in history, down the hallowed halls of Mission Control here in Houston, this is li...
01:37 am PDT - Thu, July 21, 2011
BoingBoing 30-year space shuttle era to end with Atlantis STS-135 landing
Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com "On an evening that is draped in emotion and steeped in history, down the hallowed halls of Mission Control here in Houston, this is li...
08:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Apple board searches for Gil Amelio successor
I almost missed this as it was buried around the time Apple announced its earnings, so maybe you missed it, too. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple's board of directors is looking outside the...
07:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bad words, fine typography
Theo Olesen's "Beautiful Swear Words" is a blog of bad words presented in lovely hand-drawn typography. Beautiful Swear Words (Thanks, Lisa Mumbach and Jason Tester!)......
07:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bride's mugshot photo (complete with veil)
This is the mugshot of one Tammy Lee Hinton, 50, who was arrested just after her wedding at City of Zion Ministries church in Jackson County, Michigan. There was a 3-year-old warrant out for Hinton fo...
06:45 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Canada's toothless telco regulator finally shows a minute hint of fang
Michael Geist sez, Canada's telecom regulator hearing into usage based billing concluded yesterday with a final decision expected some time in the fall. This long post focuses on the shift in CRTC thi...
06:44 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Life in Rebekah Brooks's newsroom
Disgruntled former News of the World employees are starting to anonymously gossip about the working conditions in Rebekah Brooks's newsroom. A lot of it is what you'd expect -- bullying demands for un...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bride's mugshot photo (complete with veil)
This is the mugshot of one Tammy Lee Hinton, 50, who was arrested just after her wedding at City of Zion Ministries church in Jackson County, Michigan. There was a 3-year-old warrant out for Hinton fo...
06:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Universal Music accused of using fraudulent DMCA notices as a negotiating tactic in licensing music from other labels
Skepta, a London-based hip-hop artist, uploaded a video for his original song called "Dare to Dream" to YouTube earlier this month. Jimmy Iovine, founder of the Universal-owned label Interscope, heard...
06:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Suit to simulate reduced gravity, 1965
From a photo gallery at LIFE, titled "NASA's Most Excellent Outfits": "A suit designed for the Reduced Gravity Walking Simulator located at the Lunar Landing Facility (in 1965). The purpose of this si...
05:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing FBI releases files on controversial booksellers Paladin and Loompanics
The FBI has released its files on two famously controversial publishers, Paladin Press and Loompanics Unlimited, following a FOIA request filed by Government Attic. The files suggest that the booksell...
04:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Purebred's photos of Alex Pardee battling a tree monster
My insane and insanely-talented pals Stacey Ransom and Jason Mitchell at Purebred still + motion created a startling new photo series starring lowbrow artist Alex Pardee. Yes, that monster is re...
04:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Wario doll's eyes light up and smoke comes out ears when online business makes a sale
[Video Link] From Make: "Tiburcio and his daughter Helena have an interesting tool for learning when an online purchase has been made from their web store "  an Arduino-controlled Wario toy....
03:47 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: Fukushima sows sunflowers to soak up radiation
City officials in Fukushima, Japan sowed sunflower seeds Wednesday at a plaza in the city as part of efforts to remove radioactive materials from the soil following leaks and meltdowns at a nearby nuc...
03:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Mac OSX 10.7 Lion: the mother of all reviews, by Ars Techica's John Siracusa
John Siracusa at Ars Technica has an extensive, and I do mean extensive, review of Apple's just-released new Lion operating system.......
03:40 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Planet of the Apes Party Fun Time: Damn Dirty Disco Apes! (video)
[Video Link] Remixed to "Benny Benassi Presents the Biz," via Laughing Squid.......
03:31 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Visit to a fake Apple store in China
Jessica found three fake Apple stores in China and took photos. It's not clear whether the products were genuine or knockoffs. They looked like Apple products. It looked like an Apple store. It had th...
03:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing 30 Mosques in 30 Days in 30 States: Kickstarter
Bassam Tariq and Aman Ali, two funny and talented guys behind "30 Mosques" who've contributed to Boing Boing as guestbloggers in the past, are raising funds for a new round of their ambitious "30 Mosq...
02:57 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Counterfeit coin puzzle
Futility closet has a good brain teaser: You have nine coins and a balance scale. One of the coins is lighter than the others. Is it possible to identify it in only two weighings? J.E. Littlewood ...
02:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Moon Day!
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. From the Smithsonian, this image: In celebration of the first man on the moon, we share with you the Apollo 11 Command ...
02:47 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Korea solves mystery of shaking skyscraper (spoiler: not an earthquake)
BB pal Syd Garon, who shared this with me, notes: "On the Venn diagram of science and comedy this fits right smack in the middle." From SFGate.com: Korean scientists think they have determined what ca...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Deliverance church casts out demons with pile-ons, burps, snot expulsion, farting
ABC News has a look inside a New York church where members expel demons through football-tackle-like pile-ons, as well as belching, puking, farting, and snot expulsion. [Video Link]. I checked out the...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing NMA animates #NOTW: Murdoch having sex, pie attack, Lulzsec, Wendi Deng "tiger attack"
[Video Link]. This one, I personally requested of NMA.......
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Why is the state of Alabama still collecting tax for needy Confederate Civil War vets?
AP via blog.nola.com: "The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the ...
01:13 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing NASA Messenger: A farewell to Earth
MESSENGER is the NASA mission to study the surface of Mercury. Launched in August of 2004, it made several flybys of Mercury before finally settling into orbit around the planet in March 2011. Back in...
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Probiotics and "Science by Product Release"
When heavy publicity turns early scientific findings into massive public debacles—see: Life, arsenic—we spend a lot of time talking about the problems inherent in doing science by press r...
12:05 pm PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Heat stroke turns me into Dave Barry
On Tuesday evening, Moorhead, Minnesota was the most humid place in the entire world. I am not making this up.......
11:26 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Suppressed report on raided file-sharing community reveals users as big-spending entertainment purchasers
Following last June's raids on the filesharing site Kino.to, the Society for Consumer Research carried out research on the users' entertainment consumption habits. The study concluded that Kino.to's u...
09:47 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Ancient exercise contraptions and their well-dressed users
Another great gallery from How To Be A Retronaut (which is fast becoming one of my favorite sites on the net): a gallery of extraordinary vintage exercise machines. The best part of these images are t...
09:43 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Universal Music accused of using fraudulent DMCA notices as a negotiating tactic in licensing music from other labels
Skepta, a London-based hip-hop artist, uploaded a video for his original song called "Dare to Dream" to YouTube earlier this month. Jimmy Iovine, founder of the Universal-owned label Interscope, heard...
09:39 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Politics at its most exalted
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said the following about a Republican colleague. Incredulously, the gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is suppo...
02:59 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Hacking suspects arrested by FBI
It's the Night of the Long Modem Initialization Strings! The FBI arrested more than a dozen suspects in various Anonymous-related hacking events today. But one report suggests they're plucking some ra...
02:44 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bigfoot and Wildboy
The intro to Bigfoot and Wildboy (1976-1979), spun-off from the Krofft Supershow. 'Nuff said.......
02:36 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Piers Morgan denies involvement in phone hacking
Piers Morgan, the former News of the World editor who replaced Larry King at CNN, denies that he was ever involved in the kind of phone hacking shenanigans that brought the newspaper down. For an MP t...
02:19 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Winner mask
[Video Link] It's easy to be a winner. (Via Cynical-C)......
01:49 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Shuttle leaves space station for last time
Space shuttle Atlantis, pictured from the International Space Station as it departs the platform for the last time, July 19, 2011. Photo: NASA......
12:46 am PDT - Wed, July 20, 2011
BoingBoing Politics at its most exalted
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said the following about a Republican colleague. Incredulously, the gentleman from Florida, who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, as do I, is suppo...
08:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Read the Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities and win a Jake von Slatt Somnotrope
Steampunk maker Jake von Slatt built a "Mooney & Finch Somnotrope" as part of the promotion for The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (the followup to The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guid...
06:52 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Bigfoot and Wildboy
The intro to Bigfoot and Wildboy (1976-1979) from the Krofft Supershow. 'Nuff said.......
06:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Blasting craters in an asteroid. For science!
I'm not sure I can do a better job summing up this story than Jeremy Hsu did in his tweet about it: "Let's blow stuff up on an asteroid to make craters for science. Seriously."......
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing SF Bay Area's Pacific Pinball Museum
The Bay Area's Alameda Island is home to the Pacific Pinball Museum, a decade-old non-profit "dedicated to teaching science, art and history through pinball, and to preserve and promote one of Americ...
06:34 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Flowers. Candygram.
"Next thing I know I hear a splash, and see a white shark breach out of the water from [the] side of the boat hovering, literally, over the crew member who was chumming [throwing food bait] on the po...
06:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Follow heat wave across the US in NOAA animation
Minnesota is currently in the midst of (another) heat wave, with heat indexes pushing above 100 for several days in a row. This is, to say the least, not normal for us. On MPR this afternoon, meteorol...
06:16 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing FBI raids homes of 3 Anonymous suspects
Kim Zetter at Wired News reports that FBI agents raided three New York homes this morning where suspects believed to be "Anonymous" members live. At least one laptop was seized. Related, Bruce Schneie...
05:56 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Balancing safety with a child's need for risk-taking
A new study suggests that playgrounds that focus too much on protecting kids' safety, can inadvertently stunt their emotional and psychological development. It certainly hits some buttons for this nos...
05:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing FBI raids homes of 3 Aonymous suspects
Kim Zetter at Wired News reports that FBI agents raided three New York homes this morning where suspects believed to be "Anonymous" members live. At least one laptop was seized. Schneier: I just hope ...
05:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Soda bottles become electricity-less "light bulbs" for the poor
In many of the world's poor neighborhoods, homes are built out of whatever materials people can get their hands on, often without windows or electricity. That means the buildings are awfully dark duri...
05:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Delightfully creepy portraits of ventriloquist dummies
I will offer this without comment. See the rest of the dummies, who are not in police custody, at the Public School blog. Thanks to the wondrous Leslie Marlow!......
04:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Protester "hacks" Rupert Murdoch with pie against lies
[Video Link] As the Rupert Murdoch parliamentary hearing was finishing up today, a protester whacked the media titan in the face with a foam or cream pie. The pie-tosser's nom de foam: Jonnie Marbles....
04:40 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Microscope photography of food
Caren Alpert takes gorgeous microscope photographs of food. Above, cake sprinkles at 85x magnification. Caren Alpert Fine Art (via Ariel Waldman)......
04:02 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing NYT: Internet activist accused of data theft
Internet activist Aaron Swartz, formerly of Reddit and Wired Digital, was indicted Tuesday on charges of data theft. The district attorney in Boston claims that he "stole" millions of JSTOR documents ...
03:22 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing NYT: Reddit cofounder accused of data theft
Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit, was indicted Tuesday on charges of data theft. The district attorney in Boston claims that he stole millions of documents from MIT and JSTOR, crimes that could put ...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing NYT: Reddit cofounder accused of data theft
Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit, was indicted Tuesday on charges of data theft. The district attorney in Boston claims that he stole millions of documents from MIT and JSTOR, crimes that could put ...
02:13 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Protester "hacks" Ruper Murdoch with pie against lies
[Video Link] As the Rupert Murdoch parliamentary hearing was finishing up today, a protester whacked the media titan in the face with a foam or cream pie. The pie-tosser's nom de foam: Jonnie Marbles....
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Google+ app for iPhone released (Update: it kind of sucks.)
Newly-minted Google+ crackheads who are also iPhone users, rejoice! There is now an app for that. Android users, of course, already had a mobile platform. Update: the app crashes and kind of suck...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing What is the deal with girls wearing glasses without lenses in Japan?
[image: tokyofashion.com] David of neojaponisme on a booming nerd fashion trend in Japan: Over the last six months, there has been a precipitous increase in the number of young Japanese women wearing ...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Google+ app for iPhone released
Newly-minted Google+ crackheads who are also iPhone users, rejoice! There is now an app for that. Android users, of course, already had a mobile platform.......
12:46 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing CNC + Sharpie = fine-art Spirograph
Matt W. More and aarn teamed up to create these "numerically controlled" posters made by fitting a Sharpie to a 3D CNC machine that then executed spirograpesque patterns. They come signed and numbered...
12:32 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing The day Google's Marissa Mayer "broke the internet"
"It was 8:27 a.m. on a Saturday in 2009. I was in Minneapolis visiting my brother. I woke up late and was racing around my hotel room trying to get ready. There was a knock on the door. I was sure it ...
12:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Software designer behind "84 chloroform searches" in Casey Anthony trial says data was wrong
Turns out there was only one, not 84, searches for "chloroform" on Casey Anthony's computer. The New York Times reports that John Bradley, the man who designed the forensic application used to determ...
12:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft 3D printer
LaserUnicorn built a 3D printer in Minecraft, and produced this video documentary. The map files are also available. This is pretty clever! 12x12x11 15 color 3D printer I made (youtube.com) (Thanks m4...
12:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Chihuahua foils robbery
Video link via The Awl.......
11:55 am PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing UK copyright reform needs your parodycopyright tales of woe!
Peter from the UK Open Rights Group sez, The Hargreaves Review of IP and Growth, published in May, called for the UK Government to put more 'exceptions' to copyright into law. These would allow people...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Sticker: DRILL HERE TO DESTROY HARD DRIVE
If you're the sort of person who worries about having jackboot thugs breaking down your door and taking your laptop, you might consider this "Media Artist Contingency Plan," which helpfully marks off ...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing How to get naked, Victorian style
Novelist Deeanne Gist presented at the annual Romance Writers of America conference on the intricacies of Victorian underwear, and the futility of ripping bodices (there's more shirts underneath 'em):...
11:36 am PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printing salon in Shoreditch, Aug 10
Ben sez, "London-based salon event Future Human continues this month with Micro Manufacturing on August 10, where you can 'discover how 3D printing is starting a new Industrial Revolution'. The cream ...
11:06 am PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Rupert Murdoch claims ignorance in hearing
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son, presumptive heir James Murdoch, are answering questions before a parliamentary committee right now. You can watch it live at the BBC's website. The most interes...
03:10 am PDT - Tue, July 19, 2011
BoingBoing Teller explains the psychology of illusions
HappySmurfday sez, "Without the assistance of Penn Jillette, Teller explains some of the psychology behind illusions." Teller Speaks! (Thanks, HappySmurfday!)......
11:23 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Canny fellow gets foreclosed $300K house for $16 adverse possession filing
A canny gentleman has taken adverse possession of a $300K McMansion in Flower Mound, TX. The house had been in foreclosure and the mortgage company that held its paper had gone under, so Kenneth Robin...
11:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Teller explains the psychology of illusions
HappySmurfday sez, "Without the assistance of Penn Jilette, Teller explains some of the psychology behind illusions." Teller Speaks! (Thanks, HappySmurfday!)......
10:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Cubist Star Wars paintings
Tommervik, an artist who uses deviantART, paints beautiful cubist works, including some inspired by Star Wars and Star Trek. TOMMERVIK on deviantART (via Neatorama)......
10:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Rich Fulcher on Craig Ferguson show tonight
Comedian Rich Fulcher, who has co-hosted the Boing Boing Video in-flight TV channel on Virgin America with me, and appeared in multiple BBTV episodes, will be on CBS TV's The Late Late Show with Craig...
10:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Floor 13, the classic game of British crisis and cover-up
Today seems a good day to remind the world of David Eastman and Shahid Ahmad's Floor 13, one of my favorite games of the 16-bit era. In it, you play the head of the British government's secret crisis ...
10:45 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Diana Nyad, arguably the world's most badass ocean swimmer, age 61.
A New York Times profile on 61-year-old open water swimmer Diana Nyad, who is also a commentator at local Los Angeles radio station KCRW. Any day now... She will swim about 60 hours in the churning se...
10:37 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Carmageddon: the autopsy
Image: 405 shutdown, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image by photographer Anthony Citrano. LOS ANGELES - JULY 16, 2011: The northbound lanes of the 405 freewa...
09:17 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Telex: an infrastructure-level response to state Internet censorship
J. Alex Halderman and his colleagues have unveiled Telex, a "state-level response to state-level censorship." It's a network of censorship-busting major ISPs that provide infrastructure-level, hard-to...
09:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Canny fellow gets foreclosed $300K for $16 adverse possession filing
A canny gentleman has taken adverse possession of a $300K McMansion in Flower Mound, TX. The house had been in foreclosure and the mortgage company that held its paper had gone under, so Kenneth Robin...
09:05 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Kids' lemonade stand shuttered by police chief
The police chief of Midway, Georgia, has shut down a kids' lemonade stand because the girls (10 and 14) who were operating it didn't have $180 worth of permits. The proprietors were saving up for a vi...
09:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing World timezones: the shapefile
The insane hairball that is the world's timezones has been rendered as a free/open shapefile for all your cartographic/temporal needs. The project, maintained by Eric Muller, has been going since 2008...
08:58 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Help wanted: Makerbot is hiring a publicist
MakerBot, manufacturers of totally awesome DIY 3D printer kits, is hiring a publicist. What a great gig for the right mutant: This brand new job will be a hands-on media relations staff position with ...
08:56 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Deliberate punch in the testes is not an "accident" and thus not an insurable injury
A court has found that State Farm need not pay for the medical care required by Patrick Frake after his friend John King punched him in the testicles. The California Second Appellate Division found th...
08:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage sugar-cube packet art
Flickr user Ussiwojima collects and photographs sugar cube packet wrappers; they're really beautiful packaging design from a lost era, and there's more than 850 of them! ussiwojima's photostream / Tag...
08:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Water Cat: Origins
[ Video Link]. This is the source of an animated GIF which made the rounds last week on G+. (thanks, Max Kingsbury!)......
08:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Help save Toronto's libraries!
Emily sez, "Toronto's new Mayor Rob Ford is 'outsourcing everything that isn't nailed down.' Taking advice from KPMG, a private consulting firm, all social services are at threat including: public lib...
08:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing How The Pirate Bay brought Spotify into existence
Brendan sez, Spotify launched this week in America; last month I spent some time in Sweden with Daniel Ek, Spotify's founder, and Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, one of the founders of the Pirate Bay. What's ...
08:09 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Tesco security considered as a Portal level
I was walking past my local Tesco's store yesterday when I noticed this peculiar security sign; my wife said, "Huh, their security must be supplied by the same people who design Portal levels."......
07:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing LulzSec hacks The Sun, Murdoch's largest UK tabloid
LulzSec claimed responsibility today for hacking the website of The Sun, another Murdoch newspaper and the sister publication to recently-deceased News of the World. Though the defacement--a fake stor...
06:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Video tour by a guy who lives in an abandoned hotel
[Video Link] A dapper fellow by the name of Augustus Gladstone (is that his real name?) posted a video to Youtube showing the room he lives in. It's a whimsically decorated place, but it's not unt...
06:39 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing TWIT TV: Xeni joins Leo Laporte, with Denise Howell, and Gina Smith (all-female-guests edition!)
[Video Link] and [Audio download] I joined TWIT TV host Leo Laporte, and fellow guests Gina Smith (BYTE magazine, just re-launched) and Denise Howell (internet law expert) for the final episode from T...
06:18 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Encyclopaedia of Hell by Satan: book preview
Our friends at Feral House have published a bizarre and funny book in the vein of Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary, called Encyclopaedia of Hell by Satan: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning t...
06:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Woman grows nipple on sole of foot (NSFW?)
A 22-year-old woman sought medical care after noticing a "well-formed" nipple growing on the sole of her left foot. The nipple, complete with areola, hair, sweat and sebaceous glands, is the first kno...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Neuroscience and Doc Ellis' acid trip
Last week, Xeni posted a link to Deadspin's attempt to recreate Doc Ellis' famous No Hitter on Acid, but with XBox baseball. In the comments, somebody mentioned having heard an interview with Ellis w...
05:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Brooks husband tries to reclaim mystery computer found in trashcan near home
The husband of former News of the World editor and Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks tried to claim possession of a computer, papers and cellphone discarded in a trashcan near her home today. He claim...
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Olly Moss's new Captain America posters
In the New York Times T Magazine blog, our pal Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly profiled designer/illustrator Olly Moss, whose work we've featured on BB several times. Most recently, Moss created limit...
04:23 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Disney's The Ballad of Nessie
My family saw the new Winnie The Pooh movie this weekend and I was delighted that Pooh was preceded by the new Disney short, The Ballad of Nessie. Based on co-director Stevie Wermers's student project...
03:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Tiny dinosaurs in minuscule bottles
Japanese artist Akinobu builds architectural models as his day job, and creates exquisite "Tiny Worlds In A Bottle" for kicks. He sells them on eBay. Tiny World In A Bottle (via Smithsonian)......
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Fish uses tool
A series of shots including the one above are thought to be the first photographic evidence from the wild of a fish using a tool. It shows a blasckspot tuskfish about to smash a cockle against a rock ...
03:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Tiny dinosaurs is minuscule bottles
Japanese artist Akinobu builds architectural models as his day job, and creates exquisite "Tiny Worlds In A Bottle" for kicks. He sells them on eBay. Tiny World In A Bottle (via Smithsonian)......
03:24 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Happy 90th birthday, John Glenn! From 1964, NASA's biopic "The John Glenn Story"
Astronaut John Glenn turns 90 today. He was the first American to orbit Earth. When he launched on the space shuttle in 1998, he became the oldest person to fly to space. From NASA: After a distinguis...
02:52 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing News of the World whistleblower found dead
Sean Hoare was the first journalist to publicly allege that former News of the World editor and government spokesman Andy Coulson knew about voicemail hacking at the newspaper. He was found dead today...
02:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Academy of Sciences on FBI claims in 2001 anthrax case
Back in February, the Academy of Sciences weighed in on the FBI's handling of the 2001 anthrax attacks, specifically looking at the science behind the FBI's theory about where the samples of anthrax i...
02:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Disney's The Ballad of Nessie
My family saw the new Winnie The Pooh movie this weekend and I was delighted that Pooh was preceded by the new Disney short, The Ballad of Nessie. Based on co-director Stevie Wermers's student project...
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Neuroscience and Doc Ellis' acid trip
Last week, Xeni posted a link to Deadspin's attempt to recreate Doc Ellis' famous No Hitter on Acid, but with XBox baseball. In the comments, somebody mentioned having heard an interview with Ellis w...
02:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Brainscans in the Uncanny Valley
The Uncanny Valley is the notion that when robot or animated people seem but not quite, human, they freak us the fuck out. (Please re-acquaint yourself with the young lady above, from CUBOCC). UC San ...
01:58 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Make your own data visualizations of terrible News Corp apologies
The Guardian has a clever little data summary of the words used in the (so far) four resignation letters that have been written in the wake of the News Corp Scandal. The word "sorry" was only uttered ...
01:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Love in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
Science journalist Dave Mosher found a perfectly charming way to propose to his girlfriend, Kendra Snyder. Snyder is a communications officer with Brookhaven National Laboratory, home of the Relativis...
01:39 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Psychedelics and modern art
"Are You Experienced?: How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art" is a new book by New York Times art critic Ken Johnson in which he traces the history of trippy art over the last 50 ye...
01:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Some science links on "bath salt" recreational drug
The New York Times today has a big story about "bath salts," a technically-still-legal-in-some-places recreational drug which is not actually made from bath salts, but rather mephedrone or 4-MMC. The ...
12:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Synesthesia and the origins of language
Do sounds have meaning? Obviously, words do. But that's not what I'm talking about. Instead, think about the sounds that make up words. When the word was coined, were the sounds chosen because tho...
09:32 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe slams Internet censorship, copyright disconnection
A new report from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) called "Freedom of Expression on the Internet" is intensely critical of Eurpean moves to censor the Internet, and is e...
08:26 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Bee-wearing competition
Beekeeper Lv Kongjiang, 20, stands with bees covering his body on a weighing scale during a bee-wearing competition held last week in China. Competing against fellow beekeeper Wang Dalin in Shaoyang, ...
07:56 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Zahi Hawass fired
Egypt has fired its voluble antiquities minister, Dr. Zahi Hawass. Among the few top government officials to keep his position through the revolution, his overbearing, Discovery Channel-friendly style...
06:39 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Plush dismemberable zombie toy
Neatorama is selling a plush zombie doll that uses velcro to furnish it with detachable limbs and a "pull-apart torso" complete with undead intestines. Dismember-Me Plush Zombie......
06:36 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Educated clock chimed dirges for America's martyrs throughout the day
70 year old Marvin Shearer, a "crippled inventor" from Akron, OH, spent the decade from 1920 to 1930 building an "educated clock" that chimed a different tune to commemorate "America's martyrs" around...
06:35 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Bread-wrapper art of the 1940s50s
How To Be A Retronaut's collection of bread wrappers from the 1940s and 1950s features some real gems, lovely examples of commercial illustration and exuberant carbohydratism. US Bread Wrappers of the...
06:29 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Who holds the copyright to a picture taken by a monkey?
Caters News Agency claims to have bought exclusive rights to the iconic self-portrait taken by a macaque that snatched a photographer's camera while the latter was shooting on Sulawesi. Caters has sen...
06:19 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Situflator: a tire-pumping rowing machine
The May, 1930 ish of Modern Mechanix featured this pneumatic tire-pump that appears to be a direct ancestor of the rowing machine: "The seat slides forward and backward on runners just as the seat on ...
06:17 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Brazilian bodges: "Gambiologia"
We Make Money Not Art features images and text from ""Gambilogos - Kludging in a Digital Era," a Brazilian art show ("Gambiologia" is a Brazilian term for kludgey fixes and bodges). The show features ...
05:48 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Fibreboard rockets and subs
How To Be A Retronaut's got some tantalizing images of fibreboard rocketships and submarines, as advertised in the cheap classifieds of comic books for decades. These things are the perfect metaphor f...
05:43 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Icky Mouse mutant Mickey tee
Icky Mouse is a Threadless submission up for votes now; the creator, PapaPrime, has a great set of mutant Mickeys on Flickr. icky mouse. by Papaprime (via Super Punch)......
05:40 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Katamari Damacy creator joins Glitch
Exciting news: Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi has joined Glitch, a spunky browser game startup from Flickr cofounder and all-round-good-guy Stewart Butterfield. Takahashi had left the industr...
05:37 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Cool temporary tattoos
Tattly sells original temporary tattoos for kids (and grownups!) that are a refreshing break from the crappy clipart that is usually on offer. The creators tell their stories here: I have exciting new...
05:31 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Privacy risks in collaborative filters
A group of researchers from Princeton, Stanford and UT Austin have published "You Might Also Like:" Privacy Risks of Collaborative Filtering, presenting it at the 2011 IEEE Symposium on Security and P...
05:13 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing CC is hiring a new CTO
Creative Commons has just posted a job-listing for a new Chief Technology Officer, which sounds like a pretty awesome gig for the right person: Some background for the truly interested candidate: * Al...
05:09 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Territorial rights and the Internet: "This Painting is Not Available in Your Country"
Paul Mutant's "This Painting is Not Available in Your Country" is a pretty snappy and trenchant commentary on the incoherent absurdity of territorial rights enforcement in the age of the Internet. "Th...
05:06 am PDT - Mon, July 18, 2011
BoingBoing Tenn. state rep: "I carved my initials in my desk in the House, but I don't understand why it's news"
Tennessee House Rep. Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) has confirmed that she carved her initials into her desk in the state legislature. The freshman rep previously drew unwarranted, misogynist derision b...
11:42 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Fox & Friends lash out at News of the World critics
People keep accusing Fox News of running a blackout on the hacking scandal that recently buried the News of the World, a fellow subsidiary in Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Not true! In fact, it just ...
11:28 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Dune with no dialog
I took all the dialog out of the first scene of Dune. Let me explain. Fascinating but flawed movies draw strength from alternative universes where more perfect versions exist. Among them, Dune is one ...
10:35 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Dune with no dialog
I took all the dialog out of the first scene of Dune. Let me explain. Fascinating movies of questionable quality draw strength from alternative universes where better versions exist. Among them, Dune ...
10:29 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Made by Hand: Japanese edition
The Japanese edition of my book, Made by Hand, came out a couple of weeks ago. I like the way it looks. It includes color photos and fun line drawings at the beginning of each chapter. More photos aft...
08:53 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Dune with no dialog
Fascinating movies of questionable quality often draw strength from alternative universes where other versions exist. Among them, David Lynch's Dune is one of the most famous: denied final cut, he dis...
06:27 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing London's police chief resigns
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson resigned today following Britain's phone hacking scandal. Hitherto unmoved by his force's failure to adequately investigate misconduct at the News...
02:36 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Fox & Friends lash out at News of the World critics
People keep accusing Fox of running a blackout on the bad news befalling Rupert Murdoch's news empire. Not true! In fact, it just had on a PR man, Bob Dilenschneider, to explain how News of the World ...
01:45 pm PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Fox & Friends lash out at News of the World critics
People keep accusing Fox of running a blackout on the bad news befalling Rupert Murdoch's news empire. Not true! In fact, it just had on a PR man, Bob Dilenschneider, to explain how News of the World ...
11:58 am PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing Rebekah Brooks arrested
Rebekah Brooks, fresh from resigning as chief executive of News International, was arrested today and remains in police custody. The BBC's news editor described it as an "extraordinary development," b...
09:59 am PDT - Sun, July 17, 2011
BoingBoing 1970s NASA video about colonizing space
[Video Link] More from the Ames Research Center's mid-1970s gathering of artists and academics, tasked with designing space colonies able to accomodate 10,000 people. Scientific optimism wears tinted ...
11:45 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing The problem with RIM
I was drawn to Forbes' article about BlackBerry maker RIM by author Eric Jackson's use of the phrase "When I speak to Research In Motion (RIMM) Bulls, they tell me...", which places it in the category...
10:52 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing The problem with RIM
I was drawn to Forbes's article about BlackBerry maker RIM by author Erick Jackson's use of the phrase "When I speak to Research In Motion (RIMM) Bulls, they tell me...", which places it in the catego...
06:38 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Lloyd Kahn (age 76) on skateboarding
I love this video of my friend Lloyd Kahn (founder of Shelter Publications) talking about his joy of skateboarding. He's 76, and started boarding as a wee lad of 65. Lloyd in 1 min skateboarding video...
06:32 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Obama meets with Dalai Lama: US "does not support independence for Tibet"
President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) China strenuously objected to ...
06:27 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Dubstep mime
[Video Link]. A lot more where that came from: here's the guy's channel, esoterradubstep. The music is Big Boss, by Doctor P. (thanks, Tara McGinley)......
06:21 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Ethan Nadelmann responds to DEA claim that marijuana has no accepted medical use
[Video Link] Tony Papa of the Drug Policy Alliance says: "Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, responds to the recent decree by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that marij...
06:21 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Muslim hate crime victim asks TX court to spare life of white supremacist who shot him
Rais Bhuiyan, a devout Muslim who emigrated from Bangladesh to the United States, is one of the victims of a white supremacist who went on a "9/11 revenge" killing spree and murdered two people, one o...
06:10 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Bazooka conversion for fireworks artillery rounds
[Video Link] These folks did an attractive bazooka conversion for fireworks artillery rounds using PVC and parts made on a 3D printer. You can download the 3D models at Thingiverse.......
05:54 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Prince Charles with his margarine tub ukuele
Prince Charles looks badass wielding this margarine tub ukulele. (Via Ukulelia) REUTERS/Andrew Lloyd......
05:29 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Brothers Johnson play "Strawberry Letter #23"
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Brothers Johnson perform "Strawberry Letter 23," circa 1977, available on their album "Right On Time". I selected this song after BB commenter ThomDowting pointed o...
05:05 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing TED2012 Fellowship Applications
"The search is on for the next class of TED Fellows. The Fellows program is looking for 20 outstanding multidisciplinary innovators from around the world "" techies, entrepreneurs, artists, ...
04:50 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Adam Savage reviews The Practical Pyromaniac
Adam Savage reviewed William Gurstelle's fun-with-flammables book, The Practical Pyromaniac: Build Fire Tornadoes, One-Candlepower Engines, Great Balls of Fire, and More Incendiary Devices , for The W...
04:50 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Summertime Caturday
* Actually, all week has been a cavalcade of animated GIFs over on Google+. Follow me if you're into this sort of thing.......
03:50 pm PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 009: Moebius Swipes a Comic Book
Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction & fantasy, video games and board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. In episode 009, Rob and Mark interview Nate Simpso...
11:38 am PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing Walk without rhythm
Hydrothermal Worm imaged on a Quanta SEM [FEI via JWZ]......
11:00 am PDT - Sat, July 16, 2011
BoingBoing A geek's journal, 1976
"What if there had been blogs in 1976? I would most definitely have had one and this might well have been it. This blog is based on my actual journal kept in 1976."......
07:24 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Brooklyn Buzzers (photo, Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
(Image: EEM01-13, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (2.0) image contributed to the BB Flickr Pool from macdawg's photostream)......
07:21 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing China: artist Ai Weiwei detained in tiny cell under harsh conditions
The sister of artist and dissident Ai Weiwei says that during his time in jail, Ai was not tortured and received food and his medications regularly. But he was kept in a tiny cell, 6 cell tiles wide i...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Naked body scanners are just fine, no "constitutional arguments," court rules
David Kravetz in Wired News: "A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously declined to block the government from using airport body scanners across airports nationwide, saying it is 'not persuaded by...
03:52 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Man calls police to report pot theft
Max Fleck, 20, of Chicago, Illinois, called police to report that three men robbed him of two pounds of marijuana. The police arrived, found more drugs, and arrested Fleck. According to investigators,...
03:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing DJ KITTENS (video)
Three kittens, two turntables and a microphone. Catboy Slim! [Video Link, thanks Karl Stevens!]......
03:36 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Medieval combat game turned into soccer hooligan sim
Someone turned Mount and Blade, a group combat game with a medieval setting, into a Glaswegian football hooligan simulator. [Rock Paper Shotgun]......
03:34 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing DIY palm-mounted laser
Inspired by Iron Man, Patrick Priebe built his own palm-mounted laser. It apparently uses a 1,000 miliwatt, 445nm laser diode. That ain't no laser pointer. From MSNBC: That laser is among the most pow...
03:18 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Dog bites shark (video)
Video Link. Dogs rule. (via Sean Bonner)......
03:18 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Love letter found 53 years late
Postal workers found an ancient love letter, sent in 1958, at a Pennsylvania mailroom. They're trying to track down the intended recipient. Reuters writes: 'The letter had been addressed to Mr. Clark ...
03:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Rainbow Moon
What does it mean? This colorized NASA image shows changes in the composition of the Moon's surface. Bright pinkish areas are highlands materials, such as those surrounding the oval lava-filled Cr...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Tracking whale sharks with citizen science and astronomy software
Scientists have figured out a clever way to distinguish one, individual whale shark from another using computer algorithms originally developed for astronomy. That's because whale sharks are spotted, ...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Brothers Johnson play "Strawberry Letter #23"
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Brothers Johnson perform "Strawberry Letter 23," circa 1977, available on their album "Right On Time". I selected this song after BB commenter ThomDowting pointed o...
02:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Train track therapy in Indonesia
These people aren't protesting anything ... they're hoping to be healed. In the Indonesian town of Rawa Buaya, people believe that electrical energy carried by the railroad tracks can cure disease. RE...
02:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Bolivia: an extremely funky house, and other visual delights.
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Mario Landivar has a wonderful set of photos from his native Bolivia, but none so Boingy as this one, here: a fantastically funky house in the town of El Alto. Make...
02:02 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Carmageddon!
[Video Link] Here in Los Angeles, the 405 freeway —a main artery for already-clogged traffic—will be closed this weekend. Closed! Totally closed. Panic has been building over predicted "C...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing President Obama speaks to Space Shuttle crew (live)
US President Barack Obama speaks to the crew of the final Space Shuttle mission STS-135, and to all who are on board the International Space Station. Watch it live. Update: Obama, who sounds as if he ...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing The Best of New Order
Despite promoting a new Best Of collection together, the members of New Order do not get along: "Too many things have been said and done," nods Bernard Sumner, the "twat" of Hook's complaint." [Guardi...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing The Beekeeper's Lament: Must-read book on bee life, and death
What's killing the bees? After reading The Beekeeper's Lament —Hannah Nordhaus' lyrical, haunting book about the complicated lives and deaths of America's honeybees—my question has sh...
01:23 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Fleshing out the garden
Naked volunteers pose for American artist Spencer Tunick in front of Gaasbeek Castle in Belgium, July 9, 2011. Organizers estimated 800 people posed for the early morning nude photo installation, titl...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle lives on... in Hollywood
Over dinner last night, a new friend pointed out that the Space Shuttle, and Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will be featured in more than one big Hollywood film comin' down the pipeline soon. Today,...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Murdoch apologizes
This statement, purportedly Rupert Murdoch's forthcoming apology for crimes committed at one of his London newspapers, is doing the rounds on Twitter. It's not terribly convincing! It reads to me kind...
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Internets Celebrities: What is Mofongo?
[Video Link] Internets Celebrities, a wonderful internet video series out of New York, has just released a new episode in which hosts Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam explore the mysteries of mofongo (also kn...
12:36 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Monkey Mountain, Hong Kong (photo, Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
A wonderful photo contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Ben Shapiro, who is traveling through the monkey-filled mountains of Hong Kong.......
12:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Scherer on Assange: "Penetrating a sleeping woman...is not a political act."
TIME's Michael Scherer on the hero theater around Julian Assange's sex case: "Penetrating a sleeping woman he had only recently met, if true, is not a political act, despite the efforts of his support...
12:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Love letter found 53 years late
Postal workers found an ancient love letter, sent in 1958, at a Pennsylvania mailroom. They're trying to track down the intended recipient. Reuters writes: 'The letter had been addressed to Mr. Clark ...
11:58 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Transparent chair filled with hay
Fabio del Percio, an Italian upholsterer, recently launched this attractive new line of furniture made from Icelandic hay and transparent vinyl. The series is called "Hey" and available at U.K. retail...
05:10 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Lab-grown teeth
Photo: Mrs. Gemstone Scientists in Japan grew new mouse teeth from stem cells, reports the Times of India, paving the way for replacement human choppers somewhere down the line. The team pointed out t...
05:06 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Fleshing out the garden
Naked volunteers pose for American artist Spencer Tunick in front of Gaasbeek Castle in Belgium, July 9, 2011. Organizers estimated 800 people posed for the early morning nude photo installation, titl...
05:01 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Fox News won't touch Murdoch story with a "ten foot turban Durbin"
Notwithstanding the amusing spectacle of Fox Newspeople avoiding discussion of their parent firm's legal troubles in Britain, what on earth is a "ten foot turban?" It's like "Hey, ten foot pole is...
04:50 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Lab-grown teeth
Photo: Mrs. Gemstone Scientists in Japan grew new mouse teeth from stem cells reports the Times of India, paving the way for replacement human choppers somewhere down the line. The team pointed out th...
04:35 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Hotmail bans crap passwords
Microsoft's free email service, Hotmail, is forbidding the use of particularly awful passwords. In a story at Ars Technica, Peter Bright describes how it's taking measures to prevent users compromisin...
04:23 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Clever indie games
Tim W. rounds up a selection of particularly clever indie computer games. [Indiegames]......
04:22 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Interactive map of undersea cables
The first undersea telecommunications cable was laid in the 1840s. Now there are many. [Cablemap via Gizmodo]......
01:37 am PDT - Fri, July 15, 2011
BoingBoing Fox News won't touch Murdoch story with a "ten foot turban" (or Durbin)
Notwithstanding the amusing spectacle of Fox Newspeople avoiding discussion of their parent firm's legal troubles in Britain, what on earth is a "ten foot turban?" It's like she thought, "Hey, ten...
09:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Fox News won't touch Murdoch story with a "ten foot turban"
Notwithstanding the amusing spectacle of Fox Newspeople avoiding discussion of their parent firm's legal troubles in Britain, what on earth is a "ten foot turban?" It's like she thought, "Hey, ten...
09:16 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Adorable naked mole rat snacking on fruit
"Daddy, can I have one?" (Via Discover) Image: Wikimedia Commons/Ltshears......
07:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing The Bronx Riviera: summertime NYC photo-essay (Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Charles le Brigand shares with the Boing Boing Flickr Pool a series of images he shot at the so-called "Bronx Riviera" over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. "Peo...
06:42 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Gator and canoe, Texas summertime (photo, Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Fred Facker of Houston, TX shares this image with the Boing Boing Flickr pool. "Just a floating log next to our canoe." "You can go get the canoe," he writes. "I'll...
05:55 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing 5 places in your home that are breeding superbugs
Your daily dose of paranoia: Mara Grunbaum on the 5 places in your home that are breeding superbugs. There's some serious besorgniserregend going on in this article. You'll walk away feeling both educ...
05:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Green Energy's Forgotten Past, Uncertain Future
Green Energy's Forgotten Past, Uncertain Future This afternoon, I participated in a live webchat about energy's past, present, and future with Alexis Madrigal and Eli Kintisch. If you missed it, you c...
05:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Straw hat making class at Machine Project in LA
This looks like fun! On Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31, 2011"from 1 "" 4pm at Machine Project, Corina Haywood will be teaching a Sculptural Straw Hats Class. Millinery is the art o...
05:43 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing FBI to investigate News Corp
The FBI will investigate Murdoch's News Corp over charges "employees or associates may have hacked into phone conversations and voicemail of September 11 survivors, victims and their families."......
05:33 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Cute Couple: a funny short film and the director's Kickstarter project
A few years ago Courtney Moorehead Balaker wrote and directed the above 15-minute short film called "Cute Couple," which won the Audience Choice Award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival (There is one b...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing The Bronx Riviera: summertime NYC photo-essay (Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Charles le Brigand shares with the Boing Boing Flickr Pool a series of images he shot at the so-called "Bronx Riviera" over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. "Peo...
04:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Music: Tinariwen's "Tassili" (fresh Touareg grooves from North Africa)
[Video Link] Tassili, the new record from Tinariwen comes out in a few weeks. With all the political unrest in their native country of Mali, in the Sahara desert region of north Africa, the music and ...
04:19 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Final space shuttle launch, as seen from booster camera (video)
Sweet fancy astronauts, this video just published by NASA is a thing of beauty. Cameras mounted on the two solid rocket boosters that helped propel space shuttle Atlantis into orbit on July 8 provide ...
03:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Song about the Cambrian Explosion
This fabulous song about the most epic phase of biological diversity on planet Earth was written by Canadian elementary school teacher John Palmer—he's also the guy playing guitar. The rest of ...
03:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing The Singularity is Far: A Neuroscientist's View
David J. Linden is the author of a new book,The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good. He is a profe...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Happy birthday and Godspeed, John Glenn.
Ben Cosgrove at LIFE sends word of a new batch of never before publicly viewed photographs from the "seemingly bottomless LIFE archives." On the occasion of astronaut John Glenn's 90th birthday (the a...
02:40 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Spiders and the perils of new technology
The author of the Skulls in the Stars blog has a vast and delightful collection of historical papers about science, technology and how those things affect human lives. In an 1887 issue of Science, he...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Angry Birds on a physics exam
This was pretty much destined to happen, eventually. The old Wile E. Coyote story problems were getting a bit stale. Via Rishabh Agarwal......
02:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Susannah Breslin on PTSD and Obama's response to US military suicides
Susannah Breslin, periodic Boing Boing guestblogger and current Forbes contributor, was a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation to talk about President Obama's plan to begin sending condolence letters to ...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Why the dinosaurs died
I am pretty sure this is also why the utility company wants you to call before you dig. You could get stuck down there! Watch out! From Dirty Pretty Things, via Adam Fields......
02:09 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Prosecute News Corp in the U.S.?
Former New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer says that the U.S. must also prosecute Rupert Murdoch's companies, because British authorities are too corrupt to get to the bottom of it all.......
01:58 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Emil Goodman's "Henry Waltz" animated film trailer
"Henry Waltz" is a feature-length animation in development by director Emil Goodman. The trailer gives me the same feeling as Peter Chung's early on Flux shorts. I look forward to the full film! Henry...
01:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Susannah Breslin on PTSD and Obama's response to US military suicides
Susannah Breslin, periodic Boing Boing guestblogger and current Forbes contributor, was a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation to talk about President Obama's plan to begin sending condolence letters to ...
01:27 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing $2000 clock for audiophiles
McIntosh now offers the MCLK12 mantle clock, which has the same faceplate and meters as its amplifiers, including hands that "fly back in retrograde fashion when they reach the end of their scale". It...
01:17 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing The Majesty of Benny Hill
[Video link] Yesterday I posted a demonstration of the raw power of a great sword. Someone in the comments requested that the video be Benny-Hillified, and now, thanks to reader zax I can share that w...
01:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Pipe bending robot charms pipes into amazing shapes
[Video link] This robotic pipe bending machine looks like a snake charmer but with raw steel, or maybe a real life version of that old screensaver. It basically just extrudes metal and oozes raw, cont...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Banksy promo van covered in graffiti
A van promoting Banksy's movie, Exit Through the Gift Shop, was grievously tagged in Japan. BB Reader Bender points out: "And yet what it's promoting is still perfectly visible. What thoughtful tagger...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing [Possibly fake] video of hunter-gatherer tribe's first contact with people from outside world
[UPDATE: A couple of Boing Boing readers have translated articles that say this encounter was staged. Read the comments below.] [Video Link] This is a fascinating 15-minute video that shows a hunter-g...
10:33 am PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Murdoch summoned to parliament to answer for hacking claims
Rupert, the adventurous teddy bear turned evil media mogul, has been summonsed to answer questions in parliament over the phone hacking affair. [BBC]......
10:20 am PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Public papercraft ponies
A U.K. ad agency created these 3D papercraft ponies to stand out from the usual flyposted fare. [Ads of the World]......
10:15 am PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Jawbone tracking bracelet
Jawbone's new bracelet, called "Up", tracks your movements, sleeping patterns and eating habits, then transmits the data to an accompanying cellphone app. Just what I've always wanted!......
10:00 am PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing On Chinese hackers
Fast Company's Neal Ungerleider discusses the "Chinese Way" of hacking with Adam Segal. Q:As far as preparing the battlefield, do you think it is mostly organized by the government, the People's Liber...
09:52 am PDT - Thu, July 14, 2011
BoingBoing Metafilter retrospective
For its twelfth anniversary, MetaFilter collected stories from its members, bought the first domain that the sharing site ever linked to, cat-scan.com, then used it to host them. [Metafilter Memories]...
09:14 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning in person
Alexis Madrigal just published an excellent and timely profile of Bradley Manning. He was the conscience that sparked these international controversies. He was the human being who felt he had to speak...
08:16 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Illicit stunt on Williamsburg Bridge grounds NYC aerialists in jail
[Video Link, Video Link 2] Video artist Ronen V (who had nothing to do with the video embedded in this post) alerts us to news that fellow New Yorkers Seanna Sharpe (in the photo below) and Thomas "Sa...
07:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary about the bricks of St. Louis
[Video Link] The people of St. Louis sure love their bricks, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, poachers from other Louisiana and Mississippi love St. Louis bricks, too, and are stealing them.......
07:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Crew of the final Space Shuttle salutes shuttle workforce for "30 years of adventure"
The STS-135 space shuttle crew transmits a video thank-you message to the workers who made their voyage, and the 134 missions before it, possible. "Basically, 10,000 people have to do everything right...
07:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Wiretapping and crypto: those who snoop can still snoop
Matt Blaze analyzes the contents of The 2010 U.S. Wiretap Report: "Despite dire predictions to the contrary, the open availability of cryptography has done little to hinder law enforcement's ability t...
07:03 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Recreating the Dock Ellis "tripping balls" no-hitter on XBox on LSD
Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio attempted to re-create Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis' infamous no-hitter of June 12, 1970 against the San Diego Padres, pitched while tripping on acid. Daulerio d...
07:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing The Majesty of the Great Sword
[Video link] Thanks Brian!......
06:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing US law enforcement group to ISPs: you must keep user logs for 18 months
"Law enforcement representatives are planning to endorse a proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to store logs about their customers for 18 months," Declan McCullagh at CN...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Cuba's first-ever zombiehorror film, "Juan of the Dead"
What do Cuban zombies want? SESOOOOOOOOOOOOS. Man, "Juan of the Dead" sure looks awesome. First horror movie AND first zombie movie ever out of Cuba. Video Link for trailer, and here's an article ...
06:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Wired publishes Manning chat logs in full
Wired has published in full the chat logs it received of conversations between accused whistleblower Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, who turned him in. [Threat Level] An excerpt: (10:20:53 AM) bradas...
06:18 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Gizmodo's Mat Honan submits to a "social media background check"
Mat Honan of Gizmodo volunteered to submit to a "social media background check" along with a handful of fellow Gawker Media colleagues. What the heck does that mean? Well, first, the investigation...
05:58 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Killer black bear owner chokes to death on sex toy
Coroners in Ohio have determined that exotic animal owner Sam Mazzola's recent death was an accidental choking, during a consensual sexual act. He was found dead with "an object in his throat," and a ...
05:54 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Killer black bear owner chokes to death on sex toy
Coroners in Ohio have determined that exotic animal owner Sam Mazzola's recent death was an accidental choking during a consensual sexual act. He was found dead with "an object in his throat," and a "...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Video of hunter-gatherer tribe's first contact with people from outside world
[Video Link] This is a fascinating 15-minute video that shows a hunter-gatherer tribe in Papua New Guinea meeting with people from the outside world for the first time. They are very cautious, but als...
05:28 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Wired publishes Manning chat logs in full
Wired has published in full the chat logs it received of conversations between accused whistleblower Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, who turned him in. [Threat Level] An excerpt: (10:20:53 AM) bradas...
05:04 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Accidental western scene
Greg In The Desert found this cool "Western looking scene at sunset in the splashing of water against a pier." (Image: Accidental Western Scene, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Ali...
05:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Scientist proposes replacing peer review with something like Reddit
At Genomes Unzipped, Joe Pickrell, a graduate student in genetics at the University of Chicago, makes a case for replacing the traditional peer review system for scientific publications with something...
04:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Android posing as politician malfunctions on live TV
[Video Link] A lifelike robot, posing as Ed Miliband, Britain's Leader of the Labour party, has a faulty speech synthesizer that causes it to say the same thing over and over.......
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Wired publishes Manning chat logs in full
Wired has published in full the chat logs it received of conversations between accused whistleblower Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo, who turned him in. [Threat Level]......
04:05 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Video trailer for Tonoharu graphic novel
[Video Link] I'm a huge fan of Tonoharu, Lars Martinson's graphic novel series about an American English teacher who lives in rural Japan (See my reviews: Book 1, Book 2). Here's a funny video he made...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Live webchat about energy, past and future, tomorrow afternoon
The way we use and make energy is going to change, one way or another. Tomorrow afternoon, you can join me, along with The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal, author of Powering the Dream: The History and Pro...
03:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing How to deactivate a cat
[Video Link] Mr. Spock replaced by a lowly binder clip! (Via Cynical-C)......
03:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Go Outside, by Cults
Boing Boing thrilled to feature the premier of Cults' music video for "Go Outside", directed by Isaiah Seret. Cults is the Manhattan duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin who first gained notoriet...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler's talking dogs
Jan Bondeson, physician/author of such excellent weird books as A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities and Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear, has gone to the dogs. His new book is...
02:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler's talking dogs
Jan Bondeson, physician/author of such excellent curious histories as A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities and Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear, has gone to the dogs. His new b...
02:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing AP: US nuclear power plant safety isn't being tightly regulated
As you may have noticed, I'm not against nuclear power. I'm not aggressively pro-nuclear power, either. It's just that I recognize that energy is complicated and I think that the very real risks of n...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing No HD video without DRM for new PS3s
After the last few months, you'd think Sony would be avoiding this kind of petty, pointless move: "Sony [is] disabling high-definition [video] content via component cables ... an annoyance for consume...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Monkbot, an automaton from the 16th century
This is the "monkbot," an exquisite 16th century automaton who now resides at the Smithsonian Institution. Photo by the talented Rosamond Purcell. Watch the Monkbot move in the video below. From the B...
01:53 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO eat sardines
[video link] Dustin "UPSO" Hostetler sent me this instructional video on eating sardines. All he wrote in the email was "FYI." Thanks, Dustin!......
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Inside Haitian Vodou (LIFE.com photo essay)
Ben Cosgrove at LIFE.com points us to new work from photographer Anthony Karen, who recently returned from a trip to Haiti, where for years he has documented Vodou ceremonies and pilgrimages. "This mo...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Owl leaves ghostly imprint on window
This ghostly image of an owl is actually an imprint the bird's "feather dust" left on the window of a home in the Cumbria, UK town of Kendal. The dust is actually particles of keratin from disintegrat...
01:18 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Woman not named Lorena cuts off husband's penis
Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, of Garden Grove, California called 911 to report a medical emergency with her husband. Turns out, she had drugged him, tied him to the bed, and cut off his penis. Then she t...
01:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing India: more on IED blasts in Mumbai, officials say terrorist attack
"Smells like 26/11 over again," writes a friend in India. There are reports of three or more explosions of improvised explosive devices in Mumbai. India's home secretary on TV now describing it as a t...
01:03 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Pastafarian can wear a colander hat in his driver's license photo
An Austrian atheist will be allowed to wear a colander on his head in his driver's license photo after successfully arguing that it counts as "religious headgear" for Pastafarians. I'm torn. On the on...
12:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing First news service photos from Mumbai bomb blasts: car at one of several explosion sites
A car is seen damaged at the site of a bomb explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai July 13, 2011 (previous Boing Boing post with details). Three explosions rocked crowded districts of India's financial...
12:50 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Terrible taxidermy
Of the many incompetently stuffed animals at the Badly Stuffed Animals Page at Facebook, this doubly-unfortunate donkey stands out. [via The Daily Mail]......
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Used bike ad is slightly militant
"Anyone buying this bike for a "fixie conversion" will be shot." (Via Kent Peterson)......
12:24 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing India: more on IED blasts in Mumbai, officials say terrorist attack
"Smells like 26/11 over again," writes a friend in India. There are reports of three or more explosions of improvised explosive devices in Mumbai, reports from police saying up to 15 have been killed ...
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Scientist proposes replacing peer review with something like Reddit
At Genomes Unzipped, Joe Pickrell, a graduate student in genetics at the University of Chicago, makes a case for replacing the traditional peer review system for scientific publications with something...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing CIA used a fake vaccination campaign in hunt for Bin Laden
In the course of trying to prove that it was actually Osama Bin Laden living in that compound outside Abbottabad, the CIA apparently set up a fake Hepatitis B vaccination campaign, which was actually ...
11:55 am PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Go Outside, by Cults
Boing Boing thrilled to feature the premier of Cults' music video for "Go Outside", directed by Isaiah Seret. Cults is the Manhattan duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin who first gained notoriet...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing India: bomb blasts in Mumbai
"Smells like 26/11 over again," writes a friend in India. There are reports of four blasts in Mumbai. #mumbai on Twitter to follow hashtag, and The Guardian has a good liveblog going.......
11:50 am PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Lightning over Puyehue-Cordon Caulle
Photo: Carlos Gutierrez with Reuters Lightning flashes around the ash plume at above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos. The volcano in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle chain, dormant fo...
11:41 am PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Murdoch drops bid for British TV firm
As the British phone hacking scandal only gets deeper and crazier, Rupert Murdoch has dropped his bid to own all of the country's largest pay TV operator. [Bloomberg] Still a little confused about wha...
11:38 am PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Go Outside, by Cults
Boing Boing thrilled to feature the premier of Cults' music video for "Go Outside", directed by Isaiah Seret. Cults is the Manhattan duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin who first gained notoriet...
11:24 am PDT - Wed, July 13, 2011
BoingBoing Explosions in Mumbai
There is very little known at this point, but at least 15 people have been injured by a series of explosions in Mumbai, India, today. Indian readers, our thoughts are with you. Hopefully, you and your...
09:24 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Games to play with coffee beans
When we were in Costa Rica we ate several of our meals at the hotel restaurant. Each table had a decorative bowl of coffee beans on it. The service was very friendly at the restaurant, but it was a li...
09:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Snapping turtle expresses displeasure at being plucked from pond
[Video Link] Todd Bieber made a fascinating short film about a self-styled snapping turtle expert who encounters a snapper that tries to bite him in the face. (The fellow could be a stand-in for Will ...
08:52 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Woman Faces Jail Time For Growing Veggies In Front Yard
Here's a story to stimulate the "rules are rules" crowd -- "A Michigan woman is looking at the prospect of 93 days in jail because she planted vegetables in planters in her front yard and refused to a...
08:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing NuPenny Store in Wichita is never open
Randy Regier's NuPenny Store in Wichita, KS is not opening today. In fact, it will never open. More photos after the jump.......
07:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Man grabs angry snapping turtle from water, almost gets face bitten off
[Video Link] Todd Bieber made a fascinating short film about a self-styled snapping turtle expert who encounters a snapper that tries to bite him in the face. (The fellow could be a stand-in for Will ...
06:52 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing An appreciation of '60s and '70s bubblegum trading cards
Dangerous Minds recently did a nice image gallery of selected bubblegum trading cards of the 1960s and '70s, including some sci-fi classics, Bo Derek, What's Happening, and Dukes of Hazzard.......
06:24 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Talking Space: awesome podcast hosted by 17-year-old space enthusiast
[Photo, top: the final Space Shuttle launch, STS-135, taking off from Kennedy Space Center. Shot by Joel Rosenstein, Sawyer's dad. Below, the podcast team "puts their hands together to show unity and ...
05:31 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Baby Yoda Beanie
$24, Etsy (knitterkrys), via bookofjoe via Tara McGinley.......
04:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Internet angered by website redesign
Major tech blog MineCrunch went live with a long-awaited redesign today. Naturally, the internet is angry and confused. With radical features like black text typeset in Helvetica against a white backg...
03:51 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Two takes on Titusville FL, a space shuttle ghost town
[Video Link] I spent the last week or so in and around Florida for the final Space Shuttle launch. During that time, I spent more time than I wanted to in a small town called Titusville, not far from ...
03:16 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Internet angered by website redesign
Major tech blog MineCrunch went live with a long-awaited redesign today. Naturally, the internet is angry and confused. With radical features like black text typeset in Helvetica against a white backg...
02:50 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Photo: Father and son at first and last Space Shuttle launches, 30 years apart
"Father and Son: STS-1 and STS-135," a photo by Chris Bray, who is the younger of the two in these side-by-side captures from the very first shuttle launch thirty years ago, and the final one, last Fr...
01:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Watch these kids play Star Wars on a giant touch screen
It's probably the level of concentration required, but these kids do not look nearly as excited about what they are doing as I think they should. For the last two years, University of Illinois at Chic...
01:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing "Ancient buried landscape" off the coast of Scotland
Scientists have found evidence of an "ancient buried landscape" that was once above North Atlantic waters, the temporary result--at least in geographical terms--of thermal turmoil beneath the planet's...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Make Polaroid Film
Joel Johnson and Bill Barol have blogged here before about The Impossible Project, a group of Dutch Polaroid enthusiasts who bought an old Polaroid factory and recreated the company's instant film man...
12:21 pm PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing My Drunk Kitchen
[Video Link] via Sean Bonner. Contains swearing and alcohol, may not be work or child-safe.......
11:55 am PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Pedobear? There's an app for that.
The Smoking Gun reports that Pedobear has infiltrated Apple's App Store, in the form of a free app titled "Cuddle Bear." My two cents: if you're gonna do this, go all the way. The app itself is a pret...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Skull cufflinks
If you'd like to pay Ralph Lauren $9,995 for these Skull Cufflinks With Diamond Eyes, tough cheese. They're sold out. [Mr. Porter via Acquire]......
11:26 am PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Propellerhead's Balance box promises clip-free recordings
The developers of popular music-making software package Reason are going into the hardware business with Balance, a 2-in 2-out USB audio recording box. Features include automatic clipping prevention (...
11:24 am PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Animated GIFs rule in 2011
Image: From Blade Runner (1982), animated by If We Don't, Remember Me. Animated GIFs were once the loathed embodiment of everything wrong with 1990s web design. Now they are the new art of the 'net, f...
10:53 am PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Propellerheads' Balance box promises clip-free recordings
The developers of popular music-making software package Reason are going into the hardware business with Balance, a 2-in 2-out USB audio recording box. Features include automatic clipping prevention (...
03:00 am PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler finds out about Carmageddon
[Video Link] Adolf Hitler learns that the 405 freeway in Los Angeles will be completely closed down for two days this weekend, and he is not happy about it. "Everybody who lives east of Fairfax, leave...
02:42 am PDT - Tue, July 12, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler finds out about Carmageddon
[Video Link] Adolf Hitler learns that the 405 freeway in Los Angeles will be completely closed down for two days this weekend, and he is not happy about it. "Everybody who lives east of Fairfax, leave...
10:34 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Bachmann's husband operates a "pray the gay away" psuedo-science clinic
In case you're curious about what happens during pseudo-scientific, inherently bigoted treatments to make gay people be straight, ABC news and Truth Wins Out have been investigating the clinic owned a...
10:24 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Models of Worlds of Fun roller coasters, circa 1980
I'm not really a roller coaster rider. Why? Because of this thing. Or, rather, because of the full-scale real roller coaster this model is based on. Sometime in the mid 1980s, (I'm not exactly su...
09:50 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing 360-degree virtual tour of the Space Shuttle Discovery flight deck
An excellent chance to gawk at history, before they box it up and stick it in a museum. I've chosen to focus in on the controller joystick here, because of a funny experience I had over the 4th of Jul...
09:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Diana Eng's laser cut t-shirts
Our friend, fashion designer Diana Eng, has released a line of beautiful "laser distressed t-shirts." She told us, "The laser burns precisely distressed lace patterns to transform a comfy t-shirt into...
09:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Google science fair awards tonight
The winner of the Google International Science Fair will be decided tonight. You can tune in, starting around 9:30 Eastern, on the Scientific American website.......
09:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Putin sent by God, says Kremlin chief
Photo: REUTERS/Charles Platiau The Kremlin's top political strategist, Vladislav Surkov, told reporters that "Putin is a person who was sent to Russia by fate and by the Lord at a difficult time for R...
09:18 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing The sounds of tree frogs and howler monkeys in Costa Rica
When I was in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica with my family a couple of weeks ago, I recorded the sounds of the howler monkeys and tree frogs. The howler monkeys sounded different from ones I've heard in ...
09:14 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing A visit to the World's Tallest Thermometer in Baker, California
Baker, California (population 735) is known as the "Gateway to Death Valley." I was there yesterday when the temperature was a balmy 106F. My family and I were driving back from Las Vegas (where I att...
08:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing The sounds of tree frogs and howler monkeys in Costa Rica
When I was in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica with my family a couple of weeks ago, I recorded the sounds of the howler monkeys and tree frogs. The howler monkeys sounded different from ones I've heard in ...
05:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Building a robot to play iPhone games for you
[Video Link] This gentleman built an Arduino-controlled robot to play Coin Dozer in his stead.......
03:54 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Metzger: The Time I Met Dean Martin
My friend Richard Metzger (on the right in the above photo), the founder of the terrific Dangerous Minds website, shares his story about meeting Dean Martin at Hamburger Hamlet in Los Angeles. I remem...
03:14 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Surreal architectural projection
Mark Dery points us to this mindbendingly amazing video of 1024 Architecture's "interactive architectural mapping" on a former theater in Lyon, France last year. The sounds of the audience controlled ...
03:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Papercraft gadgets
Design studio Zim and Zou—Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman—cut and collected a full set of amazing papercraft gadgets. The colors! Back to Basics: Retro Electronics Made of Paper by Zi...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Papercraft gadgets
Design studio Zim and Zou—Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman,—cut and collected a full set of amazing papercraft gadgets. The colors! Back to Basics: Retro Electronics Made of Paper by Z...
02:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing iRiver Story HD optimized for Google Books
iRiver's Story HD e-book reader is optimized for Google's eBooks service (with 3m free titles) and will carry the same price tag—$140— as Amazon's Kindle. Casey Johnston writes: Given tha...
02:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Chaostle, new fantasy board game
Chaostle is a new D&D board game, distinct from predecessors in its pace and competitive vibe. [Ars]......
12:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Mars500: mock mission to the red planet tests human limits of space travel
[Video Link] Reporting for PBS NewsHour, my friend Miles O'Brien explores simulated missions to Mars—and in particular, the European Space Agency's Mars500 isolation experiment, in Russia. Five...
11:38 am PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea and the future of oral sex
If you haven't previously used condoms and dental dams for oral sex, it might be time to start seriously thinking about that as a safer sex option. Gonorrhea, like other bacteria, has, over the years...
10:52 am PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Montage of ships being launched
If you were never quite sure what happened after the pretty lady broke a bottle of champagne against the hull, you might find this amusing. Apparently, after all the pomp and circumstance, boats are j...
01:30 am PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed hair-clips inspired by Bruce Sterling's "Kiosk"
Amanda J sez, "Inspired by Bruce Sterling's novella, Kiosk (which I read based on a Boing Boing link in 2008), I've designed hair clips for printing in 3D. Hoping for some remixes, and some 2d design ...
01:28 am PDT - Mon, July 11, 2011
BoingBoing Crap Hound #8: Superstitions: all-time great found-art zine raising funds for next issue
An all-new issue of the astounding found-art/collage zine Crap Hound is in the offing, with a Kickstarter project to raise funds to make it a reality. The theme of this issue is "Superstitions." Crap ...
09:06 pm PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing Max Tannone: Ghostface Killah vs. African funk, highlife, and psych
DJ/producer Max Tannone, he of the Jaydiohead and Mos Dub mash-ups, presents his latest creation, "Ghostfunk." Max writes: It is a remix album that combines Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah with the s...
08:33 pm PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing Max Tannone: Ghostface Killah vs. African funk, high-life, and psych
DJ/producer Max Tannone, he of the Jaydiohead and Mos Dub mash-ups, presents his latest creation, "Ghostfunk." Max writes: It is a remix album that combines Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah with the s...
03:12 pm PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing My Little Pony flash game
Friendship is Magic, a My Little Pony flash game by Donitz, takes about 5 minutes to play through. At a certain point, I concluded that it is an unofficial My Little Pony flash game. [Newsgrounds]......
12:30 pm PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing Unusual toilets
Dezeen selects its top 10 toilets. Here, the P-Tree urinal by Dutch designers Aandeboom.......
12:11 pm PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing Dream anatomy
Google books is great for leafing through old and supremely weird tomes such as Juan Valverde de Amusco's 1559 Anatomia del corpo humano. This picture serves as the cover of Michael Sappol's Dream Ana...
02:15 am PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing Cathedral with Star Destroyers
It's Sunday, let's go to church: Constable's "Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Garden" is massively improved by these Star Destroyers, no? Just some star destroyers shopped into art (i.imgur....
02:11 am PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing Mystery of the Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost: solved!
For many years, Disneyland Haunted Mansion fans have debated the truth of the Hatbox Ghost, featured extensively in the Mansion's early publicity. No one was sure if Hattie never made it into the runn...
02:05 am PDT - Sun, July 10, 2011
BoingBoing Shirky: Cheap, free, chaotic news is better than all-the-same news businesses
Clay Shirky is getting ready to teach NYU's Journalism School undergrads, and he's posted "Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic," a call-to-arms to produce a wide variety of journalisms ...
12:15 pm PDT - Sat, July 9, 2011
BoingBoing Garbage garage band: the Garbage Men
These four young fellas from Sarasota, Fla call themselves The Garbage Men, and play some damned fine music on their instruments made from cereal-boxes and other repurposed trash. Satisfaction by The ...
05:43 am PDT - Sat, July 9, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make superhero garden gnomes
On Instructables, the Papier Boy shows us how he turned store-bought garden gnomes into Spidergnome, Batgnome and Rob-gnome: Evil lurks in the shadows of our backyards. Rogue snails. Radioactive skunk...
05:40 am PDT - Sat, July 9, 2011
BoingBoing Extreme sarcasm activist with an "I Love Orlando Police" sign
An activist who believes in "extreme sarcasm" carried an "I LOVE OPD" sign to a rally protesting the arrest of Food Not Bombs members who fed homeless people without a license. When a TV crew came to ...
05:33 am PDT - Sat, July 9, 2011
BoingBoing Seattle cops forget semi-automatic rifle sitting on patrol-car's trunk
A Seattle resident named Nick snapped the photo above in late June, passing it on to The Stranger, a weekly newspaper. It shows an empty police patrol car with an unattended semi-automatic rifle sitti...
06:44 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Apple's MobileMe email secretly blocks some outgoing messages based on content
Writing on the Cult of Mac, John Brownlee reports that Apple applies silent, unpublished content-filters to outgoing MobileMe Email messages, sometimes deleting the messages you send without notifying...
05:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Police suspect deletion of email at News of the World
Whatever else they were up to, we'll probably never know: police believe Murdoch executives have destroyed 'massive quantities' of evidence. [Guardian]......
04:32 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Ready, Steady, Go psychmod parody from "Bedazzled" film (1967)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: Parody of TV show Ready, Steady, Go! from the 1967 film Bedazzled, starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. (Thanks, GuyInMilwaukee!)  Friday Freak-Out: The Rolling S...
04:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Papercraft The Internet from The IT Crowd
Blakewest found this papercraft version of The Internet, as seen in The IT Crowd, noting, "If you don't have the time or skills to make an actual electronic version of The Internet, here's a nice pape...
04:09 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing O.A.R. and bowling ball shots
"I'm not saying don't drink. Just don't do 13 shots out of a bowling ball," says O.A.R. manager Dave Roberge, about crowd control issues at the band's concerts. "The guy peeing where he's standing?...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Man steals Picasso drawing this week, and other art thefts from history
On Wednesday, San Francisco police arrested a 31-year-old man who allegedly snatched a Picasso sketch, valued at $275,000, from a ritzy downtown art gallery. Pegged on that news, the excellent Bay Cit...
03:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Half of US social program recipients believe they "have not used a government social program"
"Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era," a paper by Cornell's Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions Suzanne Mettler features this re...
03:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing USA Today masturbatory infographic
This excellent info-graphic appeared in last Friday's USA Today. Vann Hall, who forwarded it to me, had the perfect caption: "Sun stroke?"......
03:08 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing "I Love Science" lady really did love science
Earlier this week I posted a modified version of this photo, captioned to say "I Fucking Love Science!" by a poster at I Can Has Cheezburger. Now, thanks to the Life magazine archives, I can tell you ...
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing My friend the space shuttle
I liked this nice video essay by science comedian Brian Malow, who reminisces about the life-long relationships that even those of use who've never gone to space have managed to form with the space sh...
02:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Creative License: how the hell did sampling get so screwed up and what the hell do we do about it?
Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola's Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling is a fantastic and deep look at the business, art, culture, ethics, history and future of musical sampling. ...
12:38 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing The pixel 'n' vector art camera collection
Billy Brown made this amazing set of low-fi illustrations of cameras. "The camera illustrations are under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This means you can do absolutely anythi...
12:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Dog DNA nails irresponsible owners
An apartment complex manager began sending dogshit to a DNA testing lab to identify the chef and, by deduction, its owners. It's a simple mechanism: whatever the cost is, make the fine higher. From Re...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing The mysterious protractors of Pittsburgh
Photo: Mark Bossanova One of the oddest things I've seen since coming to Pittsburgh was a protractor superglued to the stone in my neighborhood. It turns out that there are hundreds of them cropping u...
11:58 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 crew, loading up for liftoff (photo)
The crew of the 135th and final Space Shuttle Mission, Atlantis, getting ready to load up and suit up for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Pictured from left to right are NASA astronauts Rex...
11:48 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 crew, loading up for liftoff (photo)
The crew of the 135th and final Space Shuttle Mission, Atlantis, getting ready to load up and suit up for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Shot by Mark Usciak for WWMMB Radio based in Melbou...
11:47 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing The mysterious protractors of Pittsburgh
Photo: Mark Bossanova One of the oddest things I've seen since coming to Pittsburgh was a protractor superglued to the stone in my neighborhood. It turns out that there are hundreds of them cropping u...
11:36 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing The Final Space Shuttle Launch: Atlantis STS-135 (liveblog + webcast)
Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com Greetings from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. I'm here with thousands of other space devotees and media folk for the 135th and final laun...
11:30 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing TSA agent stole $50,000 of fliers' stuff
The Broward County Sheriff's office arrested TSA agent Nelson Santiago and charged him with stealing some $50,000 worth of consumer electronics. He was caught stuffing an iPad down his pants by a Cont...
11:23 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing The Wubwub side of the force
By Eclectic Method. Video Link. MP3.......
11:19 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Sony kills MiniDisc Walkman
In September, Sony is to retire the MiniDisc Walkman, something I thought was retired a good decade ago. [Nikkei]......
11:15 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Rapper claims planking is racist
Gawker's Adrian Chen covers the new 'controversy' over planking, the cartoon-mimicking "lying-down game" out of Britain and Australia: rapper Xzibit insists that it is mocking slaves who were transpor...
11:06 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Cellular connection map of the U.S.
An MIT map of AT&T cellphone calls [via Gizmodo] reveals something about the interconnectedness of U.S. regions. This constant flux of people commuting, migrating, and travelling across the country es...
10:56 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Make 3D prints from Minecraft
Minecraft.Print() is a utility that sends Minecraft objects to 3D printers. [via Hack a day]......
10:54 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Canada's Net Neutrality failure: ISPs are dirty, but regulators refuse to investigate
Michael Geist sez, "An investigation into the enforcement of Canada's net neutrality rules reveals that virtually all major Canadian ISPs have been the target of complaints, but there have been few, i...
10:49 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing A fabulous history blog
If I had the time, I could probably spend the bulk of the next two days just trawling around the blog Wonders and Marvels. Curated by Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker, the site features excerpts and ...
10:31 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing European E. coli: Why more outbreaks could happen
Quick, I need a German word to describe "A situation that is fascinating from a detached perspective and simultaneously disturbing from a more personal perspective." Anybody? Here's the inspirati...
10:16 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Bytemaster computers, 1978
This April, 1978 ad for the Bytemaster computer from Denver's Digital Group Bytemaster is a pretty fascinating look at the first hesitant tendrils of the personal computer, a year after the introducti...
10:08 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Creative License: how the hell did sampling get so screwed up and what the hell do we do about it?
Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola's Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling is a fantastic and deep look at the business, art, culture, ethics, history and future of musical sampling. ...
09:02 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Freedom, photography, and the "Power of Open"
Photographer Jonathan Worth sez, "I've written an article for the Telegraph that argues for searching out new business models from old relationships. It posits 'free' as an emotive distraction. Simila...
07:33 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing The Final Space Shuttle Launch: Atlantis STS-135 (liveblog + webcast)
Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com Greetings from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. I'm here with thousands of other space devotees and media folk for the 135th and final laun...
06:33 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Swept-wing Dodge with an observation lounge, 1957
Who can resist a pitch for a "swept-wing" car with an "observation lounge?" Love the kid playing Machine Gun Kelly in the back seat. Now! Swept-Wing Wagons with the OBSERVATION LOUNGE! (Feb, 1957)...
06:32 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Bytemaster computers, 1978
This April, 1978 ad for the Bytemaster computer from Denver's Digital Group Bytemaster is a pretty fascinating look at the first hesitant tendrils of the personal computer, a year after the introducti...
03:00 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Fanfic considered wonderful
Time's Lev Grossman feature about fan-fiction breaks with the long tradition of portraying fanfic as weird porn written by creepy adults who live with their parents, and instead discusses the good and...
02:50 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Half of US social program recipients believe they "have not used a government social program"
"Reconstituting the Submerged State: The Challenges of Social Policy Reform in the Obama Era," a paper by Cornell's Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions Suzanne Mettler features this re...
02:36 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Apple's MobileMe email secretly blocks some outgoing messages based on content
Writing on the Cult of Mac, John Brownlee reports that Apple applies silent, unpublished content-filters to outgoing MobileMe Email messages, sometimes deleting the messages you send without notifying...
02:28 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Entertainmenttelcom cartel rewrites America's copyright laws, will begin sending threatening letters to guilty-until-proven innocent copyright "scofflaws"
A coalition of US entertainment and telcoms giant have announced a unified, nightmarish copyright enforcement regime that involves sending a series of threatening letters to people whose network conne...
02:19 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Why makers should learn Chinese
Phil Torrone's written a call-to-arms for geeks and makers to learn to speak and read Chinese. I'm not sure I'm confident in his premise that the Chinese economic revolution will continue to produce s...
02:14 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing If Pee-Wee Herman's TV show were rebooted today
AndyTDesigns created this credit sequence for a notional reboot of Pee-Wee Herman's TV show, which was a glorious bit of chaos cut off in its prime. His idea for a reboot is really fun: Tv show intro ...
02:11 am PDT - Fri, July 8, 2011
BoingBoing Lovely Russian trilobites
Fossil museum's "Russian Trilobites Image Gallery" is full of absolutely wonderful, bizarre specimens. I gave my wife a trilobite on our first date, and I've always had a soft spot for the little weir...
09:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Interview: Apollo astronaut Al Worden
Col. Al Worden, an Engineer and Apollo 15 CMP, talk about the back side of the moon, the universe, and everything. ...
08:35 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Gentleman gets his hand stuck attempting to retrieve candy bar from gas tank
I couldn't help but snicker when I read the news about a gentlemen who got his hand stuck in his car's gas tank when he tried to retrieve a candy bar he saw in there. Fortunately, firefighters swooped...
05:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Harnessing the power of feedback loops
I enjoyed Thomas Goetz's article in the June issue of Wired about companies who are designing technologies that incorporate feedback loops to change human behavior. The two most interesting companies ...
05:18 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing I love my club soda maker
I don't buy the argument that people need to drink eight glasses of water every day, or that they should start drinking before they feel thirsty in order to avoid getting dehydrated. Why not behave li...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing iPhone SLR lens mount
Photojojo sells adapters that allow you to use DSLR lenses with an iPhone; the iPhone 4 model is $250, and the iPhone 3 one is $190. The result looks like a parody of all those new concealed-carry Mic...
05:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Under the sea: Life on a lost shipping container
(c) 2004 MBARI In 2004, on a trip from San Francisco to the Port of Los Angeles, the shipping vessel Med Taipei hit a patch of bad weather. Like all shipping vessels, Med Taipei was loaded down with ...
04:56 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Rideable strandbeest
Metrod's Panterragaffe is a rideable strandbeest (Theo Jansen's wonderful kinetic sculpture). There've been strandeests for hamsters and 3D printed strandbeests, but none are as sweet as perching on t...
04:36 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing iPhone SLR lens mount
Photojojo sells adapters that allow you to use DSLR lenses with an iPhone; the Canon EF model is $250, and the Nikon Nikkor one is $190. The result looks like a parody of all those new concealed-carry...
04:33 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Harnessing the power of feedback loops
I enjoyed Thomas Goetz's article in the June issue of Wired about companies who designing technologies that incorporate feedback loops to change human behavior. The two most interesting companies that...
01:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Interview: Apollo astronaut Al Worden
Col. Al Worden, an Engineer and Apollo 15 CMP, talk about the back side of the moon, the universe, and everything. ...
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing News of the World to "close"
News of the World, the Murdoch-owned newspaper at the center of a phone 'hacking' scandal, is to close after Sunday's edition. Though the world's second largest English-language newspaper (after the I...
01:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Zinnia Jones: "My conversations with Bradley Manning," available for download
Zinnia Jones, the genderqueer YouTube vlogger who had an online friendship with alleged Wikileaks source Bradley Manning, has made their internet conversations available for download. The only redacti...
11:50 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie bikinis
Pale Horse designs' zombie bikinis come in four eerie styles, and there are matching hoodies and pumps (previously featured here). Iron Fist Spring 11 Buy Iron Fist clothes (via Super Punch)......
02:48 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Podcast: I interview Thomas Gideon from the Command Line
To commemorate the sixth anniversary of the excellent Command Line podcast, I interviewed the show's host, Thomas Gideon, now a staff technologist at New America Foundation. Command Line covers techno...
02:47 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Podcast: I interview Thomas Gideon from the Command Line
To commemorate the sixth anniversary of the excellent Command Line podcast, I interviewed the show's host, Thomas Gideon, now a staff technologist at New America Foundation. Command Line covers techno...
02:46 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Railway sleeper service, glorious 1946 ad
This ad from a 1946 issue of New York Central Railroad's magazine features the kind of railway sleeper service you see in old movies, but which I've never found the like of in real life. Is there a ra...
02:41 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Rideable strandbeest
Metrod's Panterragaffe is a rideable strandbeest (Theo Jansen's wonderful kinetic sculpture). There've been strandeests for hamsters and 3D printed strandeests, but none are as sweet as perching on th...
02:35 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing Women football players half as likely to fake an injury as men
According to a study published in Research in Sports Medicine, woman football (soccer) players are about half as likely to fake an injury as male players. The researchers used a representative sample ...
02:28 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing TWA Las Vegas tourism poster (1965)
This 1965 Vegas/TWA tourist poster pretty much screams "Vegas, baby!" Love the way the artist represented daytime and nighttime here, along with the color scheme (safety orange being my favorite color...
02:25 am PDT - Thu, July 7, 2011
BoingBoing WIPO's Broadcast Treaty is back: copyright nuts want to steal the public domain, kill Creative Commons, and give copyright over your videos to YouTube and other streamers
One of the major projects I worked on at the Electronic Frontier Foundation was working to kill the World Intellectual Property Organization's "Broadcast Treaty," a treaty that would have given a new ...
09:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Fully functional Quisp Helmet!
Shamptonian says: I'm not sure if you saw in the comments on your Quisp Ring post awhile back, but I had this helmet in storage, so after finally moving down here from SF in May and after getting sett...
09:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Jay Kinney on "The Rise and Fall of the Underground Comix Movement"
Here's cartoonist and all-around genius Jay Kinney reading an excerpt from his essay "The Rise and Fall of the Underground Comix Movement in San Francisco and Beyond" from the book Ten Years That Shoo...
08:14 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO clean LPs, DVDs, and CDs
electron micrograph of vinyl groove by Chris Supranowitz I've recently picked up several old vinyl LPs at thrift stores and garage sales. My musical taste is very eclectic, but these discs have one bi...
07:51 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Cory Maye Freed After 10 Years In Prison: The Back Story
Radley Balko says: "I have a longish piece up at Huffington Post today telling the story behind last week's plea bargain in the Cory Maye case. Maye was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2...
05:26 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO clean LPs, DVDs, and CDs
electron micrograph of vinyl groove by Chris Supranowitz I've recently picked up several old vinyl LPs at thrift stores and garage sales. My musical taste is very eclectic, but these discs have one bi...
05:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Boring Magazine design contest winner!
We asked you to design the cover to a supremely boring periodical. The response was overwhelming, with more than 100 thoroughly mind-numbing entries resting on the magazine rack in Hell. Pictured here...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Delightful creatures of Costa Rica
I had fun making a trailer for the animal videos I took in Costa Rica, mainly in and around beautiful Manuel Antonio. I also took a lot of photos, which you can see after the jump. One of the animals ...
04:06 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab: nuclear playset for kids
This Gilbert No. U-238 Atomic Energy Lab on eBay is a pretty fabulous bit of science education history: a children's science kit that included a Geiger counter, electroscope, cloud chamber, spinthari...
04:03 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Can you ID these telcom lobbyists?
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, Today, the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation is experimenting with a new way to create lobbying transparency. We're crowdsourcing analysis of lobbyists at markup...
03:15 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Rotting, abandoned New Orleans theme-park
LostLosAngeles's "Lost Big Easy" Flickr set documents an urban exploration expedition through an abandoned Six Flags park near New Orleans -- it's theme park Southern Gothic, with a side of HDR for sp...
03:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing
This week's installment of the excellent SF in SF free science fiction reading series features cyberpunk original John Shirley and urban fantasist Mira Grant (AKA Seanan McGuire). July 9, 6PM, San Fra...
02:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook "Awesome" announcement imminent [UPDATE: Yup, it's Skype]
A week after the launch of Google+, Facebook promises to announce something "awesome" today. Livestream here, some 27K viewers, problems with the feed—hope they sort that out soon. The Tele...
02:18 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Meat Mix
Between the vintage meat industry infomercial doing the rounds again, @GlennF pointing out that there may be bits of hundreds of cows in a single pack of hamburger, and my longstanding love of this Yo...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Meat Mix
Between the vintage meat industry infomercial doing the rounds again, @GlennF pointing out that there may be bits of hundreds of cows in a single pack of hamburger, and my longstanding love of this Yo...
01:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Heavy metal quilts by Ben Venom
Ben Venom makes large, luxurious quilts out of heavy metal t-shirts. Seen above is "Don't Wake Me Lucifer" (83" x 95", 2010). His latest piece will be hanging at the BAN6 exhibition at San Francisco'...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Meat Mix
Between the vintage meat industry infomercial doing the rounds again, @GlennF pointing out that there may be bits of hundreds of cows in a single pack of hamburger, and my longstanding love of this Yo...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Memory Palace podcast: renegade architect Bradford Gilbert
Nate Dimeo's latest episode of the excellent Memory Palace podcast is about renegade architect Bradford Gilbert, designer of what's considered to be New York City's first skyscraper, the Tower Buildi...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Secrets of Disneyland
Is Disneyland overtaken with feral cats at night? Yes. Are there dead bodies in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion? Well, ashes anyway. Over at CNN, Mental Floss lists "8 Secrets about Disneyland." ...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Jewelry made from distressed comics
Sue Smith, known on Etsy as ComicSalvage, makes cool stuff out of wrecked comics (hence the store's name). As she explains in this GeekMom interview, she was inspired by the idea of making something u...
12:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Tiny camera fits on the head of a pin
Photo: Alyosha Molnar Lab/Cornell University A team working at Cornell university has built a microscopic camera with no lenses or moving parts. Costing "a few cents" to manufacture, the inventors cla...
11:28 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage photo filter actions for Photoshop
Here are some fantastic vintage-photo Photoshop actions by Daniel Box, for people who can't afford Instragram. [via Gizmodo]......
11:26 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Bird ruins catnap
Video link via The J-Walk Blog.......
10:55 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing SPECIAL FEATURE: Painted People: pics from the World Bodypainting Festival (nudity)
The annual World Bodypainting Festival was held in Poertschach last weekend, on lake Woerthersee in Austria's southern Carinthia province. Photographer Heinz-Peter Bader was present to shoot the spect...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing There's more to female biology than what they teach you in school
Hey ladies, your lady parts are probably normal, even if they don't follow the rules for "normal" that you were taught in school, writes anthropologist Kate Clancy. For instance, back in junior high, ...
09:46 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Funding to research antibiotic resistant bacteria not a priority
MRSA—aka, antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—kills more Americans every year than HIV. But, writes Maryn McKenna, "For every death from AIDS, the US federal research establishment ...
09:39 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Sit in on Michigan State Egyptian archaeology class, for free
Interested in Egyptian archaeology? This summer, you can virtually sit in on a Michigan State University class taught by professor Ethan Watrall. He set the online class up to be completely open a...
09:37 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Enthusiasm
Thank you, I Can Has Cheezburger user b_dizzle, for making this glorious caption. And thank you, Antinous, for sending it to me.......
09:32 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Vandermeer et al on steampunk
Why has steampunk persisted so long? [SFsignal]......
09:30 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing New science blogs network at Scientific American
I'm super-excited about Scientific Americans' new network of science blogs. This kind of network is nothing new—Wired has a science blog group, so does the Public Library of Science, and Discove...
09:29 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Giant wombat discovered
Fossil hunters in Queensland unearthed the 2-million year old remains of a giant wombat. Phil Mercer writes: Prof Mike Archer, a professor of biological science at the University of New South Wales, d...
09:23 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Genomic research: Faster, cheaper, more hope
A child affected by the Lundell family disorder, from the American Journal of Human Genetics paper published about the case. Over the course of two generations, the Lundell family of Ogden, Utah, los...
09:15 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Spanish anti-piracy execs busted for ripping off artists
Executives with Spain's Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE) -- a Spanish copyright royalty collecting society that lobbies for DRM, censorship, and Internet surveillance -- have been charged with...
07:36 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Augmented-reality mood-detection goggles: "a primer in the law of unintended consequences"
Sally from New Scientist writes, "The first few months after I moved to London from New York were like a Henry James novel of social horrors. Cultural differences that had seemed so subtle from across...
07:23 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Vandermeer et al on steampunk
Why has steampunk persisited so long? [SFsignal]......
03:36 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Walking Dead cake
Atlanta cake artist "Sweets to the Sweet" made this brilliant Walking Dead-themed zombie cake, created for a cast-member on the TV adaptation. Scary and delicious! Walking Dead: First the Comic, Then ...
03:00 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab: nuclear playset for kids
This Gilbert No. U-238 Atomic Energy Lab on eBay is a pretty fabulous bit of science education history: a children's science kit that included a Geiger counter, electroscope, cloud chamber, spintharis...
02:56 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Spanish anti-piracy execs arrested for ripping off artists
Executives with Spain's Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE) -- a Spanish copyright royalty collecting society that lobbies for DRM, censorship, and Internet surveillance -- have been charged with...
02:50 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Women talk about hackerspaces
John Baichtal interviewed women at several hackerspaces and asked them what it was like to be a woman in a hackspace. The answers are varied, thoughtful and fascinating. JB: What can hackerspaces do t...
02:46 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Following the money: how spammers do their banking
Brian Krebs is continuing to report on the latest research on spammers and scammers, today naming and shaming the banks that process payments for fake anti-virus and rogue pharmacy affiliate networks,...
02:41 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing Life in an Indian call center
Mmechanic sez, "Andrew Marantz wondered how BPOs [ed: Business Process Outsourcing, AKA call centers] train Indians who have never even known a Westerner to sound and act like one. Since the call cent...
01:18 am PDT - Wed, July 6, 2011
BoingBoing America's copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill
David Post, David Levine, and Mark Lemley and a group of more than 90 prominent IP law professors have signed a letter objecting to the far-reaching PROTECT-IP bill, introduced by Senators Leahy, Shum...
08:40 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Rob Walker on Everyday Carry and The Burning House
Design Observer's Rob Walker riffs on what people to be their most important personal "stuff" by looking at the Everyday Carry blog -- which I previously commented is in the same vein as action movie ...
07:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Introduction to The Practical Pyromaniac, by William Gurstelle
My friend and MAKE contributing editor William Gurstelle has written a new book: The Practical Pyromaniac: Build Fire Tornadoes, One-Candlepower Engines, Great Balls of Fire, and More Incendiary Devic...
07:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Launch party for Yuki 7 and the Gadget Girls book: Looks that Kill
[Video Link] Enjoy this promo video for Kevin Dart and Elizabeth Ito's new book/DVD, Looks that Kill, a lavishly illustrated story about 1960s spy girl Yuki 7, and her secret agent colleagues, the Gad...
06:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Cy Twombly, artist, dead at age 83
The American artist Cy Twombly has died. Above, an image from his "Ferragosto" series, from 1961. He died in Rome, after a long battle with cancer. News: AP, New York Times, LA Times, WSJ. "A great Am...
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing The Caretaker's remixed 78s
When I first heard the lovely music James Kirby creates as The Caretaker, it instantly reminded me of The Shining's ballroom ghost scenes. Turns out, that's where Kirby found his original inspiration....
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Tinkatolli: online world that inspires kids to leave the computer and make stuff
I like this idea - an online world that encourages kids to make real things to win achievements. They are seeking funding via Kickstarter. Tinkatolli (Thanks, Dave!)......
06:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks fundraising ad, and Assange taking credit for Egypt revolution, criticized
WikiLeaks head Julian Assange seems to be taking credit for "Arab Spring" in a recently released fundraising video. Dan Murphy in the CSM has a critical take: "Hundreds of thousands risking their live...
06:30 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Rob Walker on Everyday Carry and The Burning House
Design Observer's Rob Walker riffs on what people to be their most important personal "stuff" by looking at the Everyday Carry blog -- which I previously commented is in the same vein as action movie ...
06:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Morgan Stanley data breach hits investors
"Personal information belonging to 34,000 investment clients of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has been lost, and possibly stolen, in a data breach. According to two letters sent to clients, and obtained...
06:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Unsettling photos of monkeys wearing masks
A photo gallery of monkeys in Indonesia wearing masks made from dolls' heads. UPDATE: Xeni reminded me that she posted a much better gallery of masked monkeys in April.......
05:30 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Giant schools of swarming squid surround fishing photographer
Photographer Jon Schwartz [blog] writes in: "I was kayaking in La Jolla last week and saw a red frothing ball of squid on the surface. I jumped in with my underwater camera and had an incredible, surr...
05:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Lingerie model finds work despite having an odd elbow
Her unique elbow was photoshopped out in all the other photos in the catalog.......
05:19 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Arsonists wear unusual mask
Police in Germany are looking for school arsonists who wore this unusual mask while committing their crime.......
04:47 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing The Caretaker's remixed 78s
When I first heard the lovely music James Kirby creates as The Caretaker, it instantly reminded me of The Shining's ballroom ghost scenes. Turns out, that's where Kirby found his original inspiration....
04:43 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Angry people in newspapers
I am a big fan of the universal expression of morose dismay falling somewhat short of actual anger, found in posed photos in 'angry local person is angry' stories, in every newspaper ever. [Angry peop...
04:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Ocarina takes the form of 4 different creatures
(Click images to embiggen) I just returned from a family vacation to Costa Rica. In the capital city of San Jose we met this fellow standing outside the national museum. He was selling his beautiful h...
03:55 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Casey Anthony not guilty of killing daughter
A Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee. She was also cleared of manslaughter and aggravated abuse charges, but convicted on counts of providing fals...
03:13 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Macaque takes self-portrait
This is a self-portrait taken by a crested black macaque who reportedly snatched a wildlife photographer's camera on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. From The Telegraph: David (Slater), 46, said: "O...
02:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Massive science fiction encyclopedia's third edition will be digital
Graham Sleight writes, "The third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the definitive reference work in the field, will be published online beginning later this year. Thanks to support from...
02:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-PowerPoint Party
The Swiss Anti-PowerPoint Party has been founded to ban the use of PowerPoint: "According to the APPP, the use of presentation software costs the Swiss economy 2.1 billion Swiss francs (US$2.5 billion...
02:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Giant schools of swarming squid surround fishing photographer
Photographer Jon Schwartz writes in: "I was kayaking in La Jolla last week and saw a red frothing ball of squid on the surface. I jumped in with my underwater camera and had an incredible, surreal enc...
02:08 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing DSK's accuser sues NY Post over "prostitute" smear
The woman who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape is suing the New York Post over a thinly-sourced and sensationalist article smearing her as a "hooker." (via Romenesko)......
01:57 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing How the Hippies Saved Physics: new book about weird science history
I just received a copy of MIT professor David Kaiser's new book, "How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival" and it looks fantastic. No, this isn't the director's...
01:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Rob Walker on Everyday Carry and The Burning House
Over at Design Observer, Rob Walker riffs on what people to be their most important personal "stuff" by looking at the Everyday Carry blog -- which I previously commented is in the same vein as action...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Giant schools of swarming squid surround fishing photographer
Photographer Jon Schwartz writes in: "I was kayaking in La Jolla last week and saw a red frothing ball of squid on the surface. I jumped in with my underwater camera and had an incredible, surreal enc...
01:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Life And Health: textbook illustrations from 1972
Over at 50 Watts, Will Schofield continues his excellent forays into 1970s science and psychology text book artwork. His latest post is a gallery of images from Life And Health, a 1972 book published...
01:16 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing "Transparent Rugs" rug
Sonya Winner makes these brightly-colored rugs "after Matisse," which means you have to write in to find out the price. [via Design Milk]......
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Welcome to Space City, USA (shrimp shack mural, Titusville, FL)
I'm with space journalist friends in Florida today, preparing for the final launch of the Space Shuttle, scheduled for this Friday. We ate at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville last night, a local spot fa...
12:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Welcome to Space City, USA (shrimp shack mural, Titusville, FL)
I'm with space journalist friends in Florida today, preparing for the final launch of the Space Shuttle, scheduled for this Friday. We ate at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville last night, a local spot fa...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter project to make an open-source CNC router
Adam sez, "My friend Judah is attempting to crowdfund a project to build an open-source Kikori CNC router. As he says in the project description, the Kikori is 'essentially a robot capable of milling ...
10:45 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Murdered schoolgirl was among cellphone "hacking" victims
British tabloid News of the World illegally accessed the messages left on the cellphone mailbox of missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler, then deleted them to allow more to arrive. According to The Guardian...
10:04 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing The $650 wooden block
The legendary $500 maple knob is no longer to be found at its original vendor, but Japanese stereo firm Kripton is filling the void. Its $650 AB-5200 Audio Block dampens vibrations, comes in teak and ...
08:52 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Warren EllisD'Israeli comic about augmented reality with secret UV backstory
Warren Ellis, Matt "D'Israeli" Brooker and the London design firm BERG have all teamed up to release a marvellous and scary comic called SVK. SVK is an exploration of some of the terrifying possibili...
08:50 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Suffragette surveillance photos from 1912
Scotland Yard's first surveillance camera, bought in 1912, was used to spy on "increasingly militant suffragettes" who demanded votes for women, regarded as terrorists in their day. The covert photogr...
07:58 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Warren EllisD'Israeli comic about augmented reality with secret UV backstory
Warren Ellis, Matt "D'Israeli" Brooker and the London design firm BERG have all teamed up to release a marvellous and scary comic called SVK. SVK is an exploration of some of the terrifying possibili...
06:26 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Laser-cut zoetropes from animated GIFs
Two recent NYU Interactive Technology Projects grads have launched a Kickstarter project called "Physical GIF" that will produce laser-cut zoetropes adapted from animated GIFs that can be played on a ...
06:20 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Modern living, with plywood!
In the LJ Vintage Ads group, Write_light has contributed this beautiful plan for a "shorehill" plywood house. It's an excerpt from Second Homes for Leisure Living (1960), a 36-page public domain broch...
06:10 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary on half-built nukes seeks crowdfunding
Cdr sez, "Michael Cook wants to make a documentary about some of the US nuclear reactors whose construction was abandoned following Three Mile Island in 1979. His Ulule page has some lovely pictures o...
02:25 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing CC Free! Music! Contest!
Musikpirat sez, "More than 130 bands/artists joined last year's Creative Commons based Free! Music! Contest. This time, a gig in Germany, prizes worth more than 1.000 and a publication on CD can be wo...
02:05 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing HP Lovecraft's commonplace book
Courtesy of Bruce Sterling's "Beyond the Beyond," a transcript of HP Lovecraft's commonplace book (the technical term for a notebook that writers use to jot down their ideas). I've always considered B...
01:59 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Fireworks safety video1812 Overture mashup
YouTube user Ericbolstridge set the Consumer Product Safety Commission video to a performance of the 1812 Overture, to fabulous effect -- exploding mannikins have never looked so awesome. Fun with the...
01:56 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Wearing a year's worth of makeup at once
In this video, 365 layers of foundation, eye-makeup, lipliner, and blush are applied in successive layers to a model's face, until she looks like a drippy, gooey blob. Cheeky directors Lernert & Sand...
01:53 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Darth Hairdryer
Tembolat Gugkaev's concept design for "Darth Hairdryer" got the nod from the hairdryer-using half of my household. Speaking for me, though, I'd only get one if it played the Darth Vader March using it...
01:50 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing America's copyright scholars speak out against PROTECT-IP bill
Eugene Volokh, David Levine, and Mark Lemley and a group of more than 90 prominent IP law professors have signed a letter objecting to the far-reaching PROTECT-IP bill, introduced by Senators Leahy, S...
01:43 am PDT - Tue, July 5, 2011
BoingBoing Happy 4th of July!
I love these mini hot air balloons my family launched off this year. Basically, they're just like the Kongming lanterns used by the ancient Chinese military. (Note: This was NOT a part of the country ...
04:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk thinking helmet
Mad steampunk mask and helmet maker Tom Banwell's completed a new one: Taruscat, a thinking helmet, with several aether collectors. Tauruscat: The Final Photos......
02:58 pm PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Fireworks stop-motion animation by PES
In celebration of the Fourth of July, please enjoy this classic -- and awesome -- animation by PES.  New PES video - Boing Boing Funny yule log screensaver from PES films - Boing Boing New stop-...
10:17 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing RIP, Len Sassaman: cypherpunk and anonymity hacker
GuidoDavid sez, "Len Sassaman, a cryptographer, activist and biopunk died yesterday, he lost the battle against depression in Leuven, Belgium. He is survived by his widow, Meredith L. Patterson, also ...
10:13 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Italian telco regulator grants itself power to censor Internet; Obama administration approves
David Weinberger writes, "A new power about to be claimed by AGCOM, the Italian telecommunications regulatory agency, would permit it to 'remove content from Italian websites or to block access to for...
09:33 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Photos of basset hounds running
Nature at its most graceful and elegant. Thanks, Low!......
08:08 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone's comic about media theory is serious but never dull
Brooke Gladstone, co-host of the excellent NPR-syndicated "On the Media," has teamed up with illustrator Josh Neufeld to produce a fantastic nonfiction comic book called The Influencing Machine: Brook...
07:24 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Little Brother stage adaptation in San Francisco, Jan 2012
Josh Costello has adapted my novel Little Brother for stage in San Francisco (this is new adaptation, unrelated to the production that ran in Chicago a few years back). The show opens in January, 2012...
02:01 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Skinny trousers ad
This old Playboy ad for "long, lean, black slimmer" trousers (clearly the skinny jeans of the day) shows how strikin a non-standard ad-size can be. Plus: "Stirrup straps for extra tautness!" The Black...
01:45 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Code for America's Twitter avatar flag
Abhi Nemani of Code For America says: We just put together a little site for Independence Day that we're pretty excited about. The site aggregates twitter avatars from users who tweet about #July4 and...
01:39 am PDT - Mon, July 4, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning's Army of One
New York Magazine has published "Bradley Manning's Army of One," a feature by Steve Fishman profiling the young soldier accused of serving as a leak source to Wikileaks while serving as an intelligen...
11:54 pm PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning's Army of One
New York Magazine has published "Bradley Manning's Army of One," a feature by Steve Fishman profiling the young soldier accused of serving as a leak source to Wikileaks while he served as an intellig...
04:52 pm PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing Creepy science fiction play in LA: "D is for Dog"
Puppetisto sez, "Welcome to the seemingly innocent home of the Rogers family. Pristine, and perhaps all too perfect, their 1950's sitcom world isn't all that it seems to be. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and th...
04:16 pm PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing Coconut face
(Click photo to embiggen) Just returned from a family vacation to Costa Rica. I have many photos, videos, and sound files to share with you. Here's a sample. I'm too jet lagged to come up with a word ...
03:57 pm PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing What is A858DE45F56D9BC9?
A Reddit user called A858DE45F56D9BC9 has a subreddit that consists of nothing but posts of long random (?) numbers. Is Reddit being used as a numbers-station? A dead-drop? Part of someone...
10:32 am PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing Childrens' book about 911 fails to find publisher
The Duchess of York's childrens' book about 9/11 has failed to find a publisher.......
09:51 am PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing You Sometimes Have To Be Open
Inside a Polish castle, Marek Tomasik built this chamber out of wood and old computer parts. You Sometimes Have To Be Open [via Laughing Squid]......
03:01 am PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing Plot Device: a filmmaker's fondest dream and worst nightmare
When an aspiring filmmaker adds a "Plot Device" to his Amazon shopping basket, he doesn't realize that he's just upended his life with a box that transports him from one action scene to another. It's ...
02:56 am PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing Creepy science fiction play in LA: "D is for Dog"
Puppetitso sez, "Welcome to the seemingly innocent home of the Rogers family. Pristine, and perhaps all too perfect, their 1950's sitcom world isn't all that it seems to be. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and th...
02:54 am PDT - Sun, July 3, 2011
BoingBoing Creepy science fiction play in LA: "D is for Dog"
Puppetitso sez, "Welcome to the seemingly innocent home of the Rogers family. Pristine, and perhaps all too perfect, their 1950's sitcom world isn't all that it seems to be. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and th...
04:25 pm PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Skeptical UK bestseller about the paranormal can't find US publisher, goes self-published
Richard sez, "Best-selling author Richard Wiseman's latest book, Paranormality, takes a skeptical look at the paranormal and examines what seemingly supernatural phenomena tell us about our brains, be...
04:20 pm PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing "No Endorsement" -- aligning the interests of creators and fans
My latest Locus column, "No Endorsement," talks about how print-on-demand, 3D printers, and other technologies that make products available when people want them change the economics of fannish activi...
02:43 pm PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Peruvian TV station owners held out for bribes that were 100X larger than those received by judges
The Fall, 2004 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives carried a fascinating analysis of the relative bribability of different elements in governance and reporting, based on the records of the P...
10:32 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Curious medical-school newspaper masthead from 1898
Bibliotek sez, "Originally the 'Omaha Medical College', UNMC had a great masthead for their first campus publication, 'The OMC Pulse'. Thought you would like to see it, too." Love the weird mix of med...
05:07 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Mervyn Peake's centennial -- new illustrated Gormenghast, long-lost sequel
Zack sez, "Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of GORMENGHAST author Mervyn Peake -- not to mention the new illustrated edition of his work and the publication of the long-lost final volume...
04:35 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Curious medical-school newspaper masthead from 1898
Bibliotek sez, "Originally the 'Omaha Medical College', UNMC had a great masthead for their first campus publication, 'The OMC Pulse'. Thought you would like to see it, too." Love the weird mix of med...
04:32 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Transhumanism and heretical Russian Orthodox Christianity
Charlie Stross has found one of the most distant ancestors of transhumanism and Singularity-style thinking, a heretical 19th century Russian orthodox teacher called Nikolai Fyodorov (or Federov). Fede...
04:26 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Key-guns: 17th century cell-door keys with built-in guns
Here's a gallery of "key guns," used by jailers in the 17th century so that they could open a cell-door and still be armed and ready. jailers key guns (via Neatorama) (Image: Horst Held = Antique Hand...
04:23 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Spam is way down, but new malware is really tough
Brian Krebs looks at the remarkable drop in spam that the Internet has experienced this year (25-50 billion spams/day today, down from a peak of 225 billion spams/day last July), and at the vicious ne...
04:13 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Gallery of 1970s sticker art
JasonLiebig, a prolific sticker and packaging collector, has a set of miscellaneous 1970s sticker scans ("All kinds of stickers!") as part of his Flickr account; the artwork's amazing, and he's got gr...
04:07 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Move to Amend: coalition to abolish corporate personhood
A new coalition called Move To Amend is working to abolish corporate personhood in the US; they're working at the local and state level to pass laws to undo the work of Citizens United, the Supreme Co...
03:30 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Open license your work, win a Polish "Get Excited and Make Things" tee
Alek sez, "Creative Commons Poland is celebrating its 6th birthday with a little competition. People who will release a work under a CC license will take part in a raffle - with a chance to win T-shir...
01:41 am PDT - Sat, July 2, 2011
BoingBoing Yaya and Friends: Athens, Greece, ca. 1927 (photo, Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
"Yaya and Friends," a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (2.0) image from bigfatstupidslob's photostream, contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr pool. About the image, I asked him where it cam...
09:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks to sue Visa and MasterCard for "unlawful, U.S. influenced, financial blockade"
This just in, at the end of a Friday before a long holiday weekend in the US: "WikiLeaks and Datacell (a service provider assisting WikiLeaks) are to sue Visa & MasterCard for engaging in an unlawful,...
09:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks to sue Visa and MasterCard for "unlawful, U.S. influenced, financial blockade"
This just in, at the end of a Friday before a long holiday weekend in the US: "WikiLeaks and Datacell (a service provider assisting WikiLeaks) are to sue Visa & MasterCard for engaging in an unlawful,...
09:25 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Ashton Kutcher bullies Village Voice over sex slavery hype-debunking cover story
Adrian Chen at Gawker reports on Ashton Kutcher's bullying response to a critical piece about him in the Village Voice (I read it in their sister publication, the LA Weekly). Kutcher and wife Demi Moo...
08:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Brainfeeder's "beat music" scene
Last night, Dean and I got caught in a heavy/heady groove with this track, "Cushion," by Samiyam, from the just-released "Sam Baker's Album." Reading up on Samiyam at XLR8R and NPR took me into the Lo...
08:01 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Arizona police hacked for 3rd time in 10 days
MSNBC: "For the third time in less than 10 days, confidential information from Arizona's law enforcement community was hacked and posted online, with the same basic group of hackers behind the effort....
07:01 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Ashton Kutcher bullies Village Voice over sex slavery hype-debunking cover story
Adrian Chen at Gawker reports on Ashton Kutcher's bullying response to a critical piece about him in the Village Voice (I read it in their sister publication, the LA Weekly). Kutcher and wife Demi Moo...
06:35 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler reacts to Metallica recording with Lou Reed
[Video Link] (via Bob Lefsetz)......
06:02 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Brainfeeder's "beat music" scene
Last night, Dean and I got caught in a heavy/heady groove with this track, "Cushion," by Samiyam, from the just-released "Sam Baker's Album." Reading up on Samiyam at XLR8R and NPR took me into the Lo...
05:55 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing NPR on Amazon Affiliates kiss-off: carries a "tinge of blackmail"
NPR did a piece today on the new law signed by CA governor Jerry Brown requiring online retailers like Amazon.com to start collecting sales taxes, even when they're not based in the state. Amazon argu...
05:54 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing NPR on Amazon Affiliates kiss-off: carries a "tinge of blackmail"
NPR did a piece today on the new law signed by CA governor Jerry Brown requiring online retailers like Amazon.com to start collecting sales taxes, even when they're not based in the state. Amazon argu...
05:47 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Brainfeeder's "beat music" scene
Last night, Dean and I got caught in a heavy/heady groove with this track, "Cushion," by Samiyam, from the just-released "Sam Baker's Album." Reading up on Samiyam at XLR8R and NPR took me into the Lo...
05:46 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Diecast toy car photos
German photographer Michael Spengler collects diecast and metal toy cars. He also takes gorgeous photos of them and has even put together sample pages of a book he hopes to publish documenting his col...
05:37 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Daily Mail blames freak natural accident on striking teachers
According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, striking teachers are responsible for the branch that fell on a teenager who was relaxing in a park that day instead of being in class. The headline was even on it...
05:15 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing CIA man reveals secret "black site" prison: "Some Will Call Me a Torturer"
Spencer Ackerman in Wired: "Though heavily censored by the CIA, [former CIA operative Glenn Carle] provides the first detailed description of a so-called 'black site.' At an isolated 'discretely guard...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Here is a happy puppy frolicking on the beach (photo, Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
(Image: Bambina on the beach, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (2.0) image contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool from soggydan's photostream)......
03:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Airline security still isn't: Man uses old boarding passes to fly NY-LA for free
Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, a Nigerian-American man, managed to bypass all layers of airport security and avoid arrest for five days after Virgin America and authorities learned that he'd flown from New ...
03:13 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Acoustic cloak from metamaterials
We've heard a lot about how someday metamaterials -- composites that bend electromagnetic waves in bizarre ways -- could lead to invisibility cloaks. Also in the lab are acoustic cloaks that bend sou...
03:09 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Diecast toy car photos
German photographer Michael Spengler collects diecast and metal toy cars. He also takes gorgeous photos of them and has even put together sample pages of a book he hopes to publish documenting his col...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Subgenius gnostic text: Dobbs hats of 1948
Bitterlawngnome has uncovered this gnostic Subgenious text from the Nov 15, 1948 edition of the Seattle Post Intelligencer -- a range of Dobbs hats from the slack-merchants at Klopfenstein's. There's ...
02:58 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Surreal, contrafactual Haunted Mansion that never was
The always-unmissable Long Forgotten blog has an astounding post on the Disneyland Haunted Mansion that almost was, when the design team of Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey were in charge of the team. Crum...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Print-on-demand and donations -- report on DIY publishing business models
My latest Publishers Weekly column, "Heuristics," documents the success I've had with a pay-what-you-like donation model for my With a Little Help DIY short story collection, and looks at how it might...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO turn an MRI of a crocodile skull into a 3D printed replica
Gian Pablo wanted to turn an MRI of a crocodile skull into a 3D model and print it out on a Makerbot 3D printer; the process was complex, but produced a very good result; Pablo's documented the proces...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" (1967)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Electric Prunes perform "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)," from on The Mike Douglas Show, April 10, 1967. The song is included on the group's Rhino compilation...
02:12 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Airline security still isn't: Man uses old boarding passes to fly NY-LA for free
Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, a Nigerian-American man, managed to bypass all layers of airport security and avoid arrest for five days after Virgin America and authorities learned that he'd flown from New ...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Things exploding in slow motion, set to classical music
Video Link [via Tour With]......
01:06 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Lonely Place for Dying movie released via BitTorrent, then to theaters
Vodo, a remarkable film house that makes movies, distributes them on BitTorrent, and enlists their fans to fund the films' release, has just released part one of a new, CC-licensed thriller, "A Lonely...
12:11 pm PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Daily Mail blames freak natural accident on striking teachers
According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, striking teachers are responsible for the branch that fell on a teenager who was relaxing in a park that day instead of being in class. The headline was even on it...
11:18 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Open license your work, win a Polish "Get Excited and Make Things" tee
Alek sez, "Creative Commons Poland is celebrating its 6th birtday with a little competition. People who will release a work under a CC license will take part in a raffle - with a chance to win T-shirt...
11:17 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed CCTV cufflinks
Shapeways user A. Square created these fab 3D printed CCTV cufflinks (again, here's me wishing I liked/wore cuffed shirts more). I can't tell if the joints are functional from the pictures, but that'd...
11:15 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Daily Mail blames freak natural accident on striking teachers
According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, striking teachers are responsible for the branch that fell on a teenager who was relaxing in a park that day instead of being in class. The headline was even on its...
10:34 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Leonardo's Salvator Mundi
Salvator Mundi, a long-lost painting by Leonardo, turned up in an estate sale, reports ARTnews. The work is owned by a consortium of dealers, including Robert Simon, a specialist in Old Masters in New...
10:15 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing [Giveaway] Free MOO stickers for 250 fast-clicking readers!
Hit MOO cards with the promo code BOINGSTICK get a free pack of its new stickers, rectangular labels, or stickerbooks. You'll need a pic to upload and a fast trigger-finger: only the first 250 people ...
09:37 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing RIM vs RIM
Yesterday, an anonymous insider at RIM published an open letter savaging the company for its shambling corporate inertia. RIM responded (!) within hours ... with 350 words of standard PR boilerplate t...
04:01 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Restoring a badly damaged 1870s tintype
Bob Rosinsky from Top Dog Imaging walks through the extraordinary process of restoring a badly damaged 1870s tintype (such as the Billy the Kid image that was the subject of a recent record-setting au...
02:33 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing 17th Century Chinese travelling bookcase
Christie's is auctioning off this 17th century Chinese travelling bookcase -- frustratingly, they don't have any photos of the interior, but even the measly 512px-wide image supplied of the exterior h...
02:33 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Broadband internet by horse
Fred, a Belgian draft horse, working with line crews to attach a fiber optic cable to a utility pole in East Burke, Vermont, on June 24, 2011. Fairpoint Communication hires Claude Desmarais and his ho...
02:28 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks' MasterCard "priceless" ad parody
Glyn sends us this YouTube video: "A spoof of the fact that major credit card and online payment companies have withheld over $15 Million in donations to WikiLeaks. The parody advert shows the effects...
02:25 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Brazil rises up for free speech in 40 national demonstrations
40 Brazilian cities saw mass demonstrations on June 18, with broad-based, diverse participation. The "Freedom Marches" were a response to a brutal police crackdown on So Paulo's Marijuana March on May...
02:24 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Whose bear urine is this? - Intraoffice email at National Geo
From an office-wide email at National Geographic, which sounds like a fun place to work: Subject: Bear Urine- not a joke A package arrived at Geo...(talk about weird) 2 small bottles of Pee. Bear Urin...
02:11 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Jay Maisel's building tagged with "Kind of Bloop" cover art
According to this Hyperallergic blog post citing an anonymous source, someone in New York City paid someone else to plaster the building where photographer Jay Maisel lives with posters featuring an a...
02:08 am PDT - Fri, July 1, 2011
BoingBoing Bionic Woman action figure ad
A companion to this week's vintage Six Million Dollar Man action figure ad -- this Bionic Woman action figure ad. I never had her, I suppose because she was so totally gendered as a "girl toy," and wh...
08:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Outfest 2011: Preview of "Boingier" fare at the world's greatest LGBT film festival
In July, Outfest has a slew of remarkable screenings and live events in LA. that Boing Boing readers should know about (disclosure: I'm proud to serve on the festival's board of directors). The Ballad...
08:09 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing The three finger salute cup set
Rationalizing this $10 purchase at ThinkGeek meets an early hurdle in the fact that I have a square mug already (an early unrounded version of the legendary Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate mug) and am we...
04:07 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Wiki Seat: here's a structural support, make a stool
Nicolas Weidinger, one of our summer interns at Institute for the Future, created Wiki Seat last year as an industrial design project at Ohio State University. He designed a simple welded steel centra...
03:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Wiki Seat: here's a structural support, make a stool
Nicolas Weidinger, one of our summer interns at Institute for the Future, created Wiki Seat last year as an industrial design project at Ohio State University. He designed a simple welded steel centra...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Fight Shrub
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01:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Climate change affects the fossil fuel industry, too
Great moments in irony: How the oil and gas industries are preparing for climate change. (Via Brendan Slotterback)......
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing The United States is getting hotter
The new normal: Since I've been alive, the average temperature in the United States has increased by half a degree. Average lows got the biggest bump. In Minnesota, our low temperatures are a full deg...
01:37 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Jellyfish swarm forces nuclear plant shutdown
Remember that global increase in jellyfish populations? Apparently, the impacts of that are not limited to the field of ecology. In Scotland, an excess of jellyfish forced a nuclear power plant to...
01:27 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Do wrinkled fingers help us grip?
"Wet fingers and toes eventually wrinkle, and this is commonly attributed by lay opinion to local osmotic reactions. However, nearly a century ago surgeons observed that no wrinkling occurs if a nerve...
01:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing PBS NewsHour does Maker Faire: "Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education?"
[Video Link] PBS NewsHour aired a wonderful piece from Miles O'Brien on Maker Faire, the DIY culture event series with which many Boing Boing readers are familiar. Some disclosures: I consider the Ma...
01:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Close-up of a Moon crater
Tycho is a crater on the moon that has a little "island" peak in its center. If you're feeling immature, it looks a bit like a breast. With that analogy in mind, what you're looking at here is a clos...
01:07 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Static electricity: How does that work?
Much like magnets, the inner workings of static electricity appear simple. This is, it turns out, misleading. So misleading, in fact, that scientists were fooled. Back in grade school, you probably l...
01:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing DHS documents show agency isn't sure pornoscanners are safe
The Electronic Privacy Information Center is going great guns with its Freedom of Information requests to the DHS on the full-body radiation scanners ("pornoscanners") used in airports. EPIC's liberat...
12:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Outfest 2011: Preview of "Boingier" fare at the world's greatest LGBT film festival
In July, Outfest has a slew of remarkable screenings and live events in LA. that Boing Boing readers should know about (disclosure: I'm proud to serve on the festival's board of directors). The Ballad...
12:54 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Outfest 2011: Preview of "Boingier" fare at the world's greatest LGBT film festival
In July, Outfest has a slew of remarkable screenings and live events in LA. that Boing Boing readers should know about (disclosure: I'm proud to serve on the festival's board of directors). The Ballad...
12:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing London's GOSH! comics moves to Soho, celebrates with a party with Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
Hayley sez, "London's iconic comic shop Gosh! has outgrown their current home and are uprooting for the first time in 25 years for new, bigger premises on Berwick Street, Soho. Before they go, they're...
12:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Ants that raise insects for meat
It might be time to cross another thing off the list of "Stuff That Only Humans Do." Some researchers think that a species of ants raise other animals (in this case, insects) for the sole purpose of e...
12:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Video: Dr. Sketchy's Star Wars Anti-Art School Class
[Video Link] Mark Day of YouTube fame says, The San Francisco branch of Molly Crabapple's Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School recently offered a nerd-tastic Star Wars-themed life class, of which this video...
12:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Google Earth captures airplane mid-takeoff
View Larger Map Scroll South on this map of Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base and you'll get to watch a single airplane go through several stages of takeoff. There's a gap between the first two shots o...
12:17 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Vladimir Nabokov: The Nostradamus of emoticons
In a 1969 interview with the New York Times, Vladimir Nabokov inadvertently drifted into futurism by presaging the basic idea behind emoticons. (Via Amos Zeeberg)......
12:17 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Humans aren't the only animals that get stoned
It seems like no matter where you try to draw the line between animals and people, the animals keep sneaking a paw (or hoof) over. They make tools. They have sex for fun. They commit murder. And, says...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Wedway PeopleMover: Disney's retrofuturistic transit system
The Disney Parks blog is featuring some fine opening-year 1975 photos of the Wedway PeopleMover, a "mass transit system"-cum-ride in Tomorrowland that is affectionately called the "PeopleCrusher" afte...
12:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Nuclear waste at Los Alamos protected by firebreak
Eli Kintisch covers climate and energy issues for Science, the magazine sibling of the peer-reviewed journal of the same name. He's got an update on the situation at Los Alamos National Laboratory tha...
11:32 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing HP TouchPad reviewed
Joshua Topolsky of This is my next reviews the $500 HP Touchpad. WebOS is very promising, he writes, but it's not competitive yet: "the stability and smoothness of the user experience is not up to par...
11:23 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Olympus Pen EP-3
Olympus's latest Micro 4/3 cameras come in three flavors with new 12.3MP sensors, reengineered autofocus systems, 1080i video and up to ISO 12,800. The flashship EP-3 is predictable fare, but the E-PM...
11:05 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Pirate bath-towel
The Neatorama store has got a particularly deluxe version of the kid's pirate bath-towel, complete with hook, parrot and belt (it's cooler than the one Poesy runs around the house shouting "arrr!" in ...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Jet-powered wasp: public domain clip-art
The fine Phil Are Go site has done the Internet the favor of close-cropping the jet-powered wasp from a 1952 Saturday Evening Post public domain Shell ad. It's a heck of a nice bit of clip-art! Pratt ...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Free download of Little Brother audiobook
The Random House audiobook edition of my novel Little Brother is a free MP3 download this week through Sync, a program that develops the audience of teen/YA audiobook listeners (it's paired with Kafka...
10:50 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Free download of Little Brother audiobook
The Random House audiobook edition of my novel Little Brother is a free MP3 download this week through Sync, a program that develops the audience of teen/YA audiobook listeners (it's paired with Kafka...
09:58 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Rep.licants.org mostly just sends elizatweets @ people you follow
Replicants is a service that promises to "enhance your virtual self" by automatically tweeting stuff just like you would. I turned it on for a few hours to see what it actually does, expecting a strea...
09:50 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Rep.licants.org mostly just sends elizatweets @ people you follow
Replicants is a service that promises to "enhance your virtual self" by automatically tweeting stuff just like you would. I turned it on for a few hours to see what it actually does, expecting a strea...
08:27 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Publishing in the Internet era: connecting audiences and works
My latest Guardian column, "Publishers and the internet: a changing role?" looks at how today it's possible to "publish" a work without distributing it, without duplicating it, without doing any m...
06:18 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing One-letter Chrome extension corrects Twitter's grammar
The Twitter Whom to follow Chrome extension does one thing: adds an "m" to Twitter's "Who to follow" list. (via Making Light)......
06:10 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Mobile home with a mobile lawn
Back in 1930, Modern Mechanix reported on Charles Miller, of Portland, OR, who was rambling around the nation in a homemade mobile-home that included a plot of grass from his beloved hometown. WHEN Ch...
06:07 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Odd innovations from 1960
The "It's New" section from the Jul, 1960 issue of Mechanix Illustrated featured a particularly and deightfully demented grab-bag of innovations of the day, from a French electric monorail to a gas ma...
03:27 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Video: Boing Boing Google+ accidental chiptunes dance party
[Video Link] Rob, Dean and I from Boing Boing were out with various friends in Google+ video chat ("Hangout") for the first time this evening. A number of Boing Boing readers and random internet ...
03:19 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Overburdened Finnish army recruit
Redditor Oskario uploaded this image of himself, armed to the teeth and beyond ("Context: Myself in conscript training in the Finnish Army, 2007"). A top-rated comment from afnj: "You are over encumbe...
03:16 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Designer spy-watches that shoot 720p
These new spy watches from Korean manufacturer ECWOX are capable of recording at 720p, and are waterproof. They'll be available worldwide later this year. ECWOX release a new series of "Elegant" Spy W...
03:03 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing YMCA commemorative table made from 100+ "significant objects"
The Dressler brothers created this amazing commemorative table for the YMCA of Canada, integrating more than 100 "significant objects" donated by nationwide YMCA associations into its design. I really...
02:57 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing One-letter Chrome extension corrects Twitter's grammar
The Twitter Whom to follow Chrome extension does one thing: adds an "m" to Twitter's "Who to follow" list. (via Making Light)......
02:55 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Pythons reunite for animated adaptation of Graham Chapman's Liar's Autobiography
The surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus have reunited to voice an animated adaptation of Graham Chapman's incredibly funny, very weird memoir A Liar's Autobiography. The film will includ...
02:49 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Art carved out of books
Kylie Stillman carves beautiful art out of thick books and tall piles of same. I love this effect -- it would be insanely awesome to typeset a series of books to accommodate this kind of cutting, and ...
02:43 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Duck explains shaving
This undated/unsourced 1930s ad features a jaunty duck explaining shaving to a happy sailor (who leaves his hat on for his toilette). Ducks in sailor hats -- something out of the collective unconsciou...
02:40 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing MySpace cost Murdoch at least $1B
Ars Technica's Anders Bylund does some guesstimating about the total losses incurred by Newscorp in their purchase of MySpace, coming up with a figure of at least $1B, including operating losses sinc...
02:40 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer mashup: 'Friends with Benefits' & 'No Strings Attached' are the same movie
Ben sends us this: "Funny, side-by-side comparison of the movies 'Friends with Benefits' and 'No Strings Attached.' Same formula, same characters, and even the same camera angles." Trailer Mashup - 'F...
02:36 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Designing and 3D printing 30 coffee cups in 30 days
Cunicode, a design firm specializing in forms for 3D printers, challenged themselves to create and offer for sale 30 different coffee cups in 30 days. The cups are output from a printer capable of pro...
02:32 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing How to ensure total privacy in Google+
Wear sunglasses at all times while using it. We're all in a [hangout] right now having a transcontinental chiptunes dance party. Come join us until it breaks. We figured out how to upgrade it to 3D......
02:26 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Go the Fuck to Shul
LOLvis writes in with a link to Tablet Magazine's Go the Fuck to Shul: "Not only a witty response to criticism of Go the F*ck to Sleep ('Imagine if this were written about Jews'), it's funny enough to...
02:19 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Car-crash-themed art show opening in NYC this Friday
Burnlab sez, "Detroit-based artist & designer Bethany Shorb's solo gallery show opening at Devotion Gallery in New York this Friday is a culmination of three years of car crash themed work [after a cr...
02:19 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Denial of service, sit-ins and the politics of the cloud
Make Magazine's just reprinted my column, "Moral Suasion," in its online edition. It's a discussion of the politics of cloud computing, including denial-of-service attacks against cloud providers who ...
01:13 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Smurfette advertising things now
Oh my God. If you needed final, definitive notice that The Smurfs is going to be horrifying even by the standards of 3D-animated remakes of 1980s cartoons that were not as good as you remembered anywa...
12:34 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Lytro's fancy and focus-free camera explained
At The Economist, Glenn Fleishman reports on Lytro's first-to-market implementation of computational photography. The result: you can refocus the shot after taking it. a novel approach to photographic...
12:16 am PDT - Thu, June 30, 2011
BoingBoing Lytro's fancy and focus-free camera explained
At The Economist, Glenn Fleischmann reports on Lytro's first-to-market implementation of computational photography. The result: you can refocus the shot after taking it. a novel approach to photograph...