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11:52 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Wacom Inkling
Wacom's Inkling is a pen that draws both on paper and on-screen, tracking the artist's linework with 1024 levels of sensitivity. At $200, it's barely even expensive! The Inkling will be in stores by m...
08:50 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Irish Catholics object to child abuse disclosure law
Members of the Catholic church in Ireland object to a new law that mandates the reporting of child abuse. From the BBC: The Irish Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that priests who are given...
08:50 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Catholic officials object to Irish child abuse disclosure law
Members of the Catholic church in Ireland object to a new law that mandates the reporting of child abuse. From the BBC: The Irish Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that priests who are given...
08:50 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Catholic officials in Ireland object to child abuse disclosure law
Officials of the Catholic church in Ireland object to a new law that mandates the reporting of child abuse. From the BBC: The Irish Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that priests who are giv...
08:02 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing How to make a crafting table
The multi-talented maker Nick Britsky made this cool crafting table for his multi-talented crafter girlfriend, Lish Dorset. How-to: Custom crafting table...
06:13 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing 100 years of East London style in 100 seconds
[Video Link] From Laughing Squid: "To announce the grand opening of Westfield Stratford City, which will soon be "the largest urban shopping centre in Europe" , Westfield created this f...
04:18 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing List of scienceers on Google+
Are you looking for cool science news and thoughts on Google+? Check out this spreadsheet, which collects a bunch of scientists, science writers, and other related people into one place. You can ...
04:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Animals and the amygdala
As part of a cool project in blogging on Google+ ("plogging"), Nature editor Noah Gray writes about a recent experiment that found that specific neurons in the human amygdala respond instantly to...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Inside the sea caves of Devil's Island
Last year, when I posted here about the history of the lighthouse at Devil's Island, Wisconsin, several of you noticed the island's extensive network of sea caves, carved into the sandstone cliffs by ...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Inside the sea caves of Devils Island
Last year, when I posted here about the history of the lighthouse at Devil's Island, Wisconsin, several of you noticed the island's extensive network of sea caves, carved into the sandstone cliffs by ...
03:22 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Treating mental illness with cigarettes
While nationally, only about 20% of Americans smoke, 80% of schizophrenic Americans smoke. That's interesting, but it's not the most interesting part. Apparently, there's some evidence that those peop...
03:11 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Finally, an extinct species you can feel good about
The specific strain of the bacteria Yersinia pestis that was responsible for the Black Death in Europe is probably now extinct, according to a new study. The bacterial DNA extracted from historic samp...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Impaled by pruning shears through eye, doing ok
Leroy Leutscher, 86, of Arizona, slipped and fell on a pair of pruning shears that went right through his eye and down his neck. Amazingly, he's doing pretty well given the circumstances. From The Tel...
02:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing "Cinematic journalism"  for mobile devices, from Chris Colin and others
[video link] The Atavist is a platform for publishing and selling short nonfiction, what they call "cinematic journalism," for mobile devices. The full pieces are $2.99/each for iOS devices (with Andr...
02:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing "Cinematic journalism  for mobile devices, from Chris Colin and others
[video link] The Atavist is a platform for publishing and selling short nonfiction, what they call "cinematic journalism," for mobile devices. The full pieces are $2.99/each for iOS devices (with Andr...
02:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing How do you think this stairway was built?
This gorgeous spiral staircase is from the lighthouse at Sand Island, Wisconsin, leading from the basement fuel room to the lighthouse room at the top of the house, with stops at the two floors of liv...
02:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Hotel elevator has staff and guest buttons
I snapped this photo in an elevator at the Holiday Inn Express in Mrida, Mexico. There are two sets of buttons in the elevator, one "for exclusive use of guests" and another "for exclusive use of staf...
02:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Chris Reccardi paintings in Australia
Psi-fi painter Chris Reccardi has a show of new work up at Melbourne, Australia's Outre Gallery. Chris's roots are in the animation industry, having contributed to modern classics like The Ren & ...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing A man's flesh is his own; the water belongs to the tribe
From Neil Bowdler at the BBC: A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial "alkaline hydrolysis" unit at a Florida funeral home. The unit by Resomation Ltd is billed as a green alternati...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing A mans flesh is his own; the water belongs to the tribe
From Neil Bowdler at the BBC: A Glasgow-based company has installed its first commercial "alkaline hydrolysis" unit at a Florida funeral home. The unit by Resomation Ltd is billed as a green alternati...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Car decaying in the forest"" Sand Island, Wisconsin
I went back to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore last weekend for a short vacation. One of my goals was to get out to Sand Island. This particular one of the 22 Apostles (Official story behind th...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Car decaying in the forest" Sand Island, Wisconsin
I went back to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore last weekend for a short vacation. One of my goals was to get out to Sand Island. This particular one of the 22 Apostles (Official story behind th...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing The landscapes of Philip Govedare
The only thing that could make Philip Govedare's curious landscape paintings better is if we had found them buried on Mars in an airtight cylinder, with a copy of the March 12, 1888 edition of the Lon...
11:38 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Partially completed octopus sand sculpture on Venice Beach promenade
It was very hot in Studio City on Sunday, so I went to Venice Beach with my wife and kids to cool off. It wasn't much cooler, but we had fun. The highlight of my day was this cartoony octopus … ...
10:55 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Federal Court: recording cops an unambiguous first amendment right
When Simon Glik recorded Boston Suffolk County police doing something they shouldn't, he was threatened and ultimately arrested by a crackpot cop who boasted, "I've been doing this for thirty years an...
10:10 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 014: Hokum Scorchers!
Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps and other neat stuff. Rob and I are happy to have as our returning guest R...
10:08 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Montana morning
Good morning from a sustainable cattle ranch in Montana's Centennial Valley. Here is a snapshot I just took on my phone of one of the residents. I am here with PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles...
10:01 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing Feynman: comic biography of an iconoclastic physicist
Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick's Feynman is an affectionate and inspiring comic biography of the legendary iconoclastic physicist Richard Feynman. I've reviewed Ottaviani before (I really liked T-Min...
09:39 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing After Hurricane Katrina, years of post-traumatic stress: a first-person account
My friend Susannah Breslin, a periodic guest contributor to Boing Boing, has written a piece for the Atlantic about her experience as a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. When I did retu...
12:03 am PDT - Tue, August 30, 2011
BoingBoing 808 Car Keys Micro video camera
Forget the GoPro and its expensive ilk: the real fun is clearly to be had with cheap, nasty, hackable spycams such as the 808 Car Keys Micro. Made to resemble a remote entry fob, the gadget records au...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese tycoon offers to buy 0.3% of Iceland for $100,000,000
Huang Nubo is China's 16th richest person. The self described "poet and adventurer" has offered $100 million to buy 300 square kilometres of Icelandic wilderness to develop a golf course and tourist d...
06:22 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Two AI chatBots attempt to have a conversation with each other
[Video Link] Scott Beale says: "Cornell Creative Machines Lab wanted to see what would happend if two Cleverbot AI ChatBots had a conversation with each other." I think I've just seen the beginning of...
05:21 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft in real life
Ben Purdy made this "real life" Minecraft block. Very cool! Now that I'm working on projection mapping it was only a matter of time before this happened. Thanks to my brother for the inspiration, he m...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Ryan Homes catalog shows shrubs planted in front of garage door
Three cheers for Ryan Homes in Plain Township, OH. They sell houses with shrubbery planted in front of the garage doors to discourage car ownership. Plus, every house comes with a goat and a cart to t...
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Amazing Mystery Button vs Super Mystery Button
I can't make up my mind! New Products from Science of the Future...
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die"  political cartoon offered at auction
An original copy of the May 9, 1754 edition of The Pennsylvania Gazette, featuring noted zine publisher Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die" political cartoon, is up for auction. Estimate: $100,0...
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die"  political cartoon offered at auction
An original copy of the May 9, 1754 edition of The Pennsylvania Gazette, featuring noted zine publisher Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die" political cartoon, is up for auction. Estimate: $100,0...
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die"  political cartoon offered at auction
An original copy of the May 9, 1754 edition of The Pennsylvania Gazette, featuring noted zine publisher Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join, or Die" political cartoon, is up for auction. Estimate: $100,0...
03:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing PDF download of Suw Charman's Argleton
AKMA sez, "Founder of Ada Lovelace Day, Web and social media pioneer Suw Charman-Anderson crowdsourced her handmade novel-puzzle-adventure-treat, produced handmade editions for her sponsors, and now i...
03:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing PDF download of Suw Charman's Argleton
AKMA sez, "Founder of Ada Lovelace Day, Web and social media pioneer Suw Charman-Anderson crowdsourced her handmade novel-puzzle-adventure-treat, produced handmade editions for her sponsors, and now i...
03:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing PDF download of Suw Charman's Argleton
AKMA sez, "Founder of Ada Lovelace Day, Web and social media pioneer Suw Charman-Anderson crowdsourced her handmade novel-puzzle-adventure-treat, produced handmade editions for her sponsors, and now i...
02:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Video tour of Walter Potter's anthropomorphic taxidermy
[video link] Morbid Anatomy's Joanna posted this excellent c.1965 film documenting a visit to the museum of English taxidermist Walter Potter (1835-1918). Sadly, the Potter collection was cannibalized...
02:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Video tour of Walter Potter's anthropomorphic taxidermy
[video link] Morbid Anatomy's Joanna posted this excellent c.1965 film documenting a visit to the museum of English taxidermist Walter Potter (1835-1918). Sadly, the Potter collection was cannibalized...
02:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Video tour of Walter Potter's anthropomorphic taxidermy
[video link] Morbid Anatomy's Joanna posted this excellent c.1965 film documenting a visit to the museum of English taxidermist Walter Potter (1835-1918). Sadly, the Potter collection was cannibalized...
02:38 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Moogfest 2011
On October 28-30, Brian Eno, Flaming Lips, Flying Lotus, Crystal Castles, Moon Duo, Tangerine Dream, Suicide, and dozens of other artists will switch on Asheville, North Carolina for Moogfest 2011. Mo...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Hunter Thompson's Rum Diary trailer, starring Johnny Depp
[video link] Johnny Depp reprises his role as Hunter S. Thompson for The Rum Diary, the good Doctor's 1959 novel that didn't see publication until 1998. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Hunter Thompson's Rum Diary trailer, starring Johnny Depp
[video link] Johnny Depp reprises his role as Hunter S. Thompson for The Rum Diary, the good Doctor's 1959 novel that didn't see publication until 1998. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Hunter Thompson's Rum Diary trailer, starring Johnny Depp
[video link] Johnny Depp reprises his role as Hunter S. Thompson for The Rum Diary, the good Doctor's 1959 novel that didn't see publication until 1998. (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)...
02:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Vampire-killing kit
A BB reader spotted this antique vampire-killing kit at an antiques show this weekend. You may purchase it from Best of France Antiques in Buckingham, Pennsylvanie. Included are a pistol, a stake, gar...
02:15 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Feds raid Gibson Guitar
Federal agents raided Gibson Guitar last week and confiscated what the Fish and Wildlife Service claim may be illegally harvested Madagascar ebony and other woods from protected forests. This follows ...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Michele Bachmann: "Who likes white people?"  (or are they merely wet?)
Bachmann: Who likes white people? Crowd: (Cheers) Bachmann: Yeah! That's right! I'm Michelle Bachmann and I'm a member of congress and I'm running for the presidency of the United States and I'm h...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Michele Bachmann: "Who likes white people?"  (or are they merely wet?)
Bachmann: Who likes white people? Crowd: (Cheers) Bachmann: Yeah! That's right! I'm Michelle Bachmann and I'm a member of congress and I'm running for the presidency of the United States and I'm here ...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Michele Bachmann: "Who likes white people?"  (or are they merely wet?)
Bachmann: Who likes white people? Crowd: (Cheers) Bachmann: Yeah! That's right! I'm Michelle Bachmann and I'm a member of congress and I'm running for the presidency of the United States and I'm here ...
02:04 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Singing bird pistols
This exquisite pair of "singing bird pistols", c. 1820, sold for $5.8 million at a Christie's International auction several months ago. Their beauty is matched only by the hyperbole of the video narra...
01:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Ai Weiwei, artist and dissident, rips into Chinese gov in post-prison op-ed
Newsweek magazine has published a "scathing attack" on the Chinese government from artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, who was detained in extraordinary and dehumanizing conditions as an apparent politica...
01:51 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Monkees brainwashed by Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger
In this mad clip from "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee" (1969), psych pop sensations Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger brainwash Mickey, Mike, Peter, and Davey for their own evil purposes: "We'll take the ...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Every time an Anonymous protester dons a Guy Fawkes mask, Time Warner goes "ka-ching" 
Time Warner, gigantic media conglomerate and parent of Warner Brothers, owns the rights to the Guy Fawkes mask design from the 2006 Warner Brothers film "V for Vendetta."  So, every tim...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Every time an Anonymous protester dons a Guy Fawkes mask, Time Warner goes "ka-ching" 
Time Warner, gigantic media conglomerate and parent of Warner Brothers, owns the rights to the Guy Fawkes mask design from the 2006 Warner Brothers film "V for Vendetta."  So, every tim...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Every time an Anonymous protester dons a Guy Fawkes mask, Time Warner goes "ka-ching" 
Time Warner, gigantic media conglomerate and parent of Warner Brothers, owns the rights to the Guy Fawkes mask design from the 2006 Warner Brothers film "V for Vendetta."  So, every tim...
10:47 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Jellyfish
Posted by JKG II to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool....
10:27 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Homes of the Rich: Hannibal Gaddafi
Though Muammar Gaddafi was said to be unusually frugal by the standards of Arab despots, CNN reports that his family lived a decadent and savage lifestyle that sounds like something out of Salo. As we...
09:54 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Randomly-generated globs of wool, mutant vegetables, etc.
Latest, by Justin Windle, procedurally generates bizarre organic branching things using javascript. It is open-source and easy to save your creations, though I would wash them thoroughly, if I were yo...
09:11 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Fight quakery! 1950s FDA public service announcement
Here's a fine old FDA public service announcement in which Raymond Massey gravely warns America to steer clear of bizarro quack devices that claim to treat arthritis with z-rays or cure cancer with mu...
09:11 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Fight quackery! 1950s FDA public service announcement
Here's a fine old FDA public service announcement in which Raymond Massey gravely warns America to steer clear of bizarro quack devices that claim to treat arthritis with z-rays or cure cancer with mu...
09:03 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Xbox hack allows unsigned code
You may now run unsigned code on any xbox. Discovered by GliGli, the exploit requires a chip, but works on any 360: "it sends little pulses to the processor in order to destabilize the console and mak...
08:49 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Women fighters in reasonable armor
In fantasy and SF-themed art and fiction, females are often permitted only ludicrously revealing "armor" that would see them dead or frozen solid within moments. Women fighters in reasonable armor is ...
08:34 am PDT - Mon, August 29, 2011
BoingBoing Sony Reader T1
Mobile Read has pics and specs for Sony's newest e-book Reader, the T1. The main new feature is that it is now made of plastic instead of metal. Natte Hoffelder writes: "I'm disappointed. I feel that ...
12:45 pm PDT - Sun, August 28, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene: Ultimate New Yorker Window-Boarding Job
(Image: Taking things very personally on Van Dyke Street in Red Hook., a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from Shelley Bernstein's photostream, via @adrianchen)...
12:33 pm PDT - Sun, August 28, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene: The art of window-boarding and the taping of stores
An image gallery that shows New Yorkers will approach any task, even boarding up windows ahead of a storm, with attitude and style. Above, a Thai restaurant chose a vibrant, complex pattern of artisan...
08:48 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: my new kitteh
This week for Caturday, I brought you some photos of my new cat, Nibble. We got her this week, she's nine weeks old, and right now she lives in my housemates' room. The name "Nibble" is still sort of ...
04:55 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Space Invaders couch
I have no idea if Igor Chak's "Retro Alien" (ahem, Space Invaders) couch is comfortable, or if it looks as good in real life as it does in renders, but it sure does look good in them renders! Retro Al...
03:45 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene: Dude streaks through Weather Channel reporter during live shot (video, pic, NSFW)
[Video Link] It's not a real American disaster until someone pranks a live TV news shot. Above, Weather Channel reporter Eric Fisher gets mooned while reporting Hurricane Irene. Full frontal dong-age ...
03:05 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene: Dude streaks through Weather Channel live shot (video, pic, NSFW)
[Video Link] It's not a real American disaster until some drunk idiot pranks a live TV news shot. Above, Weather Channel reporter Eric Fisher gets mooned while reporting Hurricane Irene. Full frontal ...
02:04 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Troll who harassed woman through 8,000 hate-tweets claims free speech defense
William Lawrence Cassidy is accused of posting some 8,000 tweets to harass Alyce Zeoli, who is described in this NYT article as "a Buddhist leader based in Maryland." Using an ever-changing series of ...
01:33 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010
[Video Link] Chronicle Books published this nice-looking collection of MAD's Fold-Ins. Al Jaffee's fold-ins, on the inside back cover of virtually every issue of MAD Magazine since 1964, have become a...
01:09 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Flying While Black & Reading Antique Aviation Books lands folk musician in Security Theater Hell
Via the ACLU and the Boston Globe, a first-hand account of how "security theater" makes us no safer, and a lot less free. Massachussetts-based folk musician Vance Gilbert (Twitter), a law-abiding citi...
01:09 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Flying While Black and Reading Antique Aviation Books lands folk musician in Security Theater Hell
Via the ACLU and the Boston Globe, a first-hand account of how "security theater" makes us no safer, and a lot less free. Massachussetts-based folk musician Vance Gilbert (Twitter), a law-abiding citi...
12:12 pm PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing Eric Schmidt: If you can't use your real name, don't use Google+.
At the Edinburgh International TV Festival, NPR's Andy Carvin asks Google Exec. Chairman Eric Schmidt about privacy, nymwars, and Google+. Andy (@acarvin) has done some innovative and valuable jo...
07:33 am PDT - Sat, August 27, 2011
BoingBoing "Stalwart Workers" : neglected backbone of the firm
Writing in a Harvard Business Review blog, professor Thomas J. DeLong talks about "Stalwart Workers," a neglected part of the workforce who don't live to work, don't crave promotion, but constitute th...
05:45 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Which nuclear plants lie in Hurricane Irene's path?
Here's a cheerful little list! The nuclear reactors on eight coastal sites along the Eastern seaboard in the projected path of Hurricane Irene. "Some will likely be shut down as a precaution in advanc...
05:33 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Security researchers trace RSA hack and SecureID breach to lame Excel spreadsheet phishing
F-Secure found the file that was used to hack RSA and compromise the SecureID system. Kim Zetter of Wired News has more here. This week Finnish security company F-Secure discovered that the file had b...
05:19 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Colorful baseball bats
I don't think these hot color-dipped baseball bats will do much to improve your swing, but I do like the idea of a batting practice that looks like the big box of Crayolas. The Texas-based Warstic Woo...
05:18 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Classic prints modified to tell the ghastly alternate history of monsters and elder gods
Matthew Buchholz has a great Etsy store where he sells modified classic prints that tell the story of a horrific alternate history populated by elder gods and evil emperors and vast krakens from the d...
05:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Chalk memorial for Jack Layton in front of Toronto's New City Hall
Responding to the death of Jack Layton, head of Canada's New Democratic Party and a former Toronto City Councillor, Torontonians thronged Nathan Phillips Square, a large public space in front of New C...
05:16 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Slashdot's CmdrTaco steps down
Fourteen years later, Slashdot co-founder Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda has stepped down. In a stirring, moving note, he talks about the history of Slashdot and what he's going to get up to next. Slashdot has ...
05:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hacker publishes names and data for 20,000 individuals, many US gov and military staff or contractors
A hacker broke into the network of an events management company and stole data for some 20,000 individuals, many of whom are identified as United States government contractors or employees. The cyber-...
04:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing China State TV "unpublishes"  video that led to fears of cyberattack on US
China's state television network has removed from its public website a video that security researchers and military analysts said showed proof that China's military has engaged in online attacks again...
03:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Biggest data drive ever built by IBM can back up 60 copies of the entire Web
A 120 petabyte drive is being built by researchers at IBM's Almaden, California, R&D lab. It will be the largest data repository ever built, and will comprise 200,000 hard disk drives strung toge...
03:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Biggest data drive ever built by IBM can back up 60 copies of Wayback Machine
A 120 petabyte drive is being built by researchers at IBM's Almaden, California, R&D lab. It will be the largest data repository ever built, and will comprise 200,000 hard disk drives strung toge...
03:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Battle for the California desert: Why is the government driving folks off their land?
[Video Link] Nick Gillespie says: "Thought you might find this new Reason.tv doc about homeowners in one of the world's great godforsaken places, the Antelope Valley, being hassled by LA County offici...
03:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing GIF.tv
I am kicking myself for not having thought of this first. www.gif.tv. (via PSFK)...
02:41 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene: Links roundup
Over at Laughing Squid, Scott Beale has an excellent roundup of links for New Yorkers and all others in the storm's path this weekend: Hurricane Irene Threatens East Coast of United States. Among them...
02:36 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene: Listen to first responder radio transmissions, online
Infodocket points to RadioReference.com, and other online resources for listening in to first responders in the path of Hurricane Irene. Do you have favorite mobile apps or websites for listening in t...
02:33 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene, as seen from space, Aug. 26, 2011
From NASA and NOAA, a "Full Disk Image of Earth" captured from the GOES-13 satellite on August 26, 2011. Hurricane Irene (NASA info page here) is now almost one-third the size of the US East Coast. La...
02:24 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Video of effective sea lamprey repellant
Photo: US EPA Great Lakes National Program Office This sea lamprey repellant (made from sea lampreys!) does the trick. Video of effective sea lamprey repellant...
02:06 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Price of a hospital circumcision in the US: $23,000
Chris of Cynical-C writes: My son was born 14 mo ago and because he was born in a birth center, he could not get circumcised at birth. Our hospital (Cambridge Hospital in MA) does not have a pediatric...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Gentleman takes his heli-vector for a spin
Remember when people dressed up to operate their Heli-Vectors? (Via This Isn't Happiness)...
01:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Beauty pageant candidates recite their non-threatening answer to "Should evolution be taught in schools" 
[Video Link] It's weird that the question was "Should evolution be taught in schools?" instead of "Should creationism be taught in schools?" Also, I was hoping for at least one Pastafarian in ...
01:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing The Holy Bible: Stock Car Racing Edition
Via Fark: "Featuring exciting and inspiring full-color inserts with photos of and insights from stock car racing's finest personalities, the NIV Thinline Bible: Stock Car Edition is sure to be a motor...
12:59 pm PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing FBI deploys fingerprint system for mobile devices
Federal Computer Week reports on a new mobile system deployed throughout the United States that allows police officers to check fingerprints of someone, say, pulled over for a traffic stop or arrested...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Coordinated multinational ATM fraud nets $13M in one night
Crooks who compromised Fidelity National Information Services's prepaid debit card database were able to draw out $13 million in one night, working with co-conspirators in several countries in one wee...
06:58 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Han Solo in Carbonite ice-molds
ThinkGeek has added to the vast canon of housewares and edibles that pay homage to Han Solo in Carbonite with varisized hancarbonite silicone ice-molds. ThinkGeek :: Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Ic...
02:02 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Bristol street art exhibition transforms Ballardian brutalist street
Tim sez, This weekend saw the final unveiling of the the See No Evil project in Bristol; Europe's largest street art exhibition. It is, to say the very least, an extraordinary, breathtaking achievemen...
02:00 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigns
First Steve Jobs, now this? Kyodo News reports that Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has resigned. This resignation, too, was expected: Kan first indicated he would step down three months ago, not...
12:58 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing New reports of China State TV broadcasting video of cyberattacks on US
WSJ: "Chinese state television has broadcast footage of what two experts on the Chinese military say appears to be a military institute demonstrating software designed to attack websites in the U.S."L...
12:31 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricanes and New York: A Visual History
Over at the Scuttlefish, a visual history of hurricanes and the damage they've left in "Yankee cities." "New York has been hit by hurricanes before, and it hasn't been pretty. One of the most looming ...
12:08 am PDT - Fri, August 26, 2011
BoingBoing Esther Dyson: My iXperiences with Steve Jobs
Some personal recollections of former Apple CEO (damn, that feels weird to type) Steve Jobs, from Esther Dyson. She first met Jobs "in 1979 or 1980," at the Personal Computer Forum, a conference she l...
11:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing How did animals at the National Zoo react to the Great East Coast Earthquake of 2011?
Seismic waves from this week's rare 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia were felt by critters at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the zo...
11:42 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing WikiLeaks releases tens of thousands more US cables
On Wikileaks' Twitter feed Thursday (presumed to be manned by Julian Assange): "We will have released over 100,000 US embassy cables from around the world by the end of today." The latest round appear...
11:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Instruments of the Glitter King
The Glitter King transforms everyday musical instruments and recording equipment into fabulous works of art. Here is a Sennheiser EW165 microphone given the treatment, which costs €250 and up....
10:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing NYC bracing for the worst from Hurricane Irene: transportation system shutdown, evacuations
New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city has plans to close the entire NY metropolitan transportation system this Saturday, as concerns grow over the anticipated force of Hurricane Irene's ...
07:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing How the first image of the whole Earth was taken
Kevin Kelly says: "The very first image of the whole Earth was made in 1966. It was fax quality, sent back by the Lunar Orbit 1. Most remarkable was the ingenious contraption that took a picture, deve...
06:58 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing What are the 115 best comics of all time?
The Hooded Utilitarian recently asked readers to vote on the top comics (books, strips, and gags) of all time. They ran the list of the top 115 vote getters. Here are the top 10: 1. Peanuts, Charles M...
06:19 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Secret documents reveal "Gaddafi's desperate bid to save regime" 
From the Guardian, a first look at papers retrieved from ransacked government headquarters in Libya, as Gaddafi's regime crumbles: Secret documents in Tripoli seen by the Guardian reveal the desperate...
06:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: Gadhafi's loose weapons could be "1000 Times' worse than Saddam's
Wired Danger Room on why the apparently-soon-to-be-former Libyan leader's loose weapons are a worse threat than Saddam's: Because "Moammar Gadhafi spent decade piling up a hugestash of weapons like a ...
06:08 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Animated map of VA earthquake tweets, August 23, 2011
Video, from Eric Fischer: Green dots are tweets about earthquakes. Gray dots are tweets about other topics. Each frame is one second (total of 12 minutes). Thanks to Natural Earth for the land, water,...
05:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD: Yes, a CIA officer works out of NYC police headquarters
From the AP, news on the increasingly blurred lines between foreign and domestic spying in the US: New York's police commissioner confirmed Thursday that a CIA officer is working out of police headqua...
05:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Syria: masked gunmen beat, break hands of cartoonist critical of Assad regime
The Committee to Protect Journalists reports: "Ali Ferzat, a famous Syrian cartoonist critical of the government, was abducted and severely beaten by masked gunmen as he left his office early on Thurs...
05:43 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Hurricane Irene, as seen from space (video, and snapshot by astronaut)
[Video Link] From NASA: From 230 miles above the Earth, cameras on the International Space Station captured new views of powerful Hurricane Irene as it churned over the Bahamas at 3:10 p.m. EDT on Aug...
05:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Google's Vic Gundotra, on getting a call from Steve Jobs on a Sunday: the Icon Ambulance
The news that Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, will inspire a lot of people to write a lot of things online. Much of it will be garbage. Some of it, li...
04:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
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03:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Scientifically accurate sf novels with help from NASA
Samantha sez, "Tor/Forge authors will be teaming up with NASA experts to pen a series of scientifically accurate novels with the hope of generating more interest in science."...
03:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing How to make a spike-knuckled butyl rubber glove wired to discharge a disposable camera flash cap across the spikes
[Video Link] Sean Michael Ragan says: Responding to criticisms that their new no-trolling-allowed policy lacks teeth, Hack a Day writer Jack Buffington threw down the gauntlet Monday, announcing that,...
02:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs: A Mega, Meta Appreciation
Adam Penenberg at Fast Company: Everything that needs to be said about Steve Jobs has already been said. (Image: No Apple @ MacWorld?, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivative-W...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Cthulhu bento box
NeighborhoodStory made this Cthulhoid bento box (with green hot-dog!) for a packed lunch -- tentacly delicious! Cthulhu Bento I made for Connor's lunch tomorrow. (Thanks, TheLovecraftsman!)...
12:11 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Popsicle test: evaluating a neighborhood's livability with frozen treats
Here's an ingenious heuristic for evaluating the livability of a neighborhood: can a kid get to a store on her own, buy a popsicle, and get home again before it melts? It comes from a Vancouver, B...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Science Question from a Toddler: How ants evolve
Consider, if you will, the issue of sex and the single ant. Male ants are born into what is, essentially, a giant sorority house, vastly outnumbered by female workers. But that doesn't mean male ants ...
11:54 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Internet Archive's cache of 247 TV footage from 911 and beyond
Rick Prelinger sez, "Internet Archive has launched 'Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive,' an online library of 24/7 TV news broadcasts from 20 worldwide channels over the week starting 9/11/...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing The Kid Should See This: cool web-stuff for kids
The Kid Should See This: a collection of kid-friendly, kid-exciting Internet stuff, with loads of science, nature, music and fun. Co-curated by a parent and a three-year old. (via Kottke)...
10:59 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Free public service games for young people about sweatshops and death
My wife Alice quit her day job (commissioning public service games for the UK's Channel 4) in January to do a start-up, but some of the games she got underway are still coming out. Two new ones that a...
10:08 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Kid's "Counting Box"  "" press the big buttons to incrementdecrement the total
Nathan made this "Counting Box" for his son -- I love LED displays set into hand-crafted wood boxes, and the simplicity of this toy makes it a nice blend of traditional toymaking craftsmanship and hig...
06:22 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Available for pre-order: "THE GREAT BIG BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW" 
Available for pre-order from today: The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, a PM Press "Outspoken Authors" chapbook, including my novella "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow/Now is the Best Time of Your...
03:00 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Techniques for counting cash
This video purports to show how people from countries around the world count large numbers of bills. I can't vouch for the geographical generalizations, but I sure like seeing the variety of technique...
01:35 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing No Escape: Portal fan-film
"No Escape" is an addition to the growing canon of high-production-value short fanfilms inspired by Portal/Portal II. Though simpler in plot than "Beyond Aperture," it's nevertheless a pretty pulse-po...
01:34 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Polish Spiderman is kind of a dick
A slightly podgy fellow who dresses like a low-rent Spiderman terrorizes Warsaw with silly string and ill-advised climbing stunts. Polish Spiderman Wreaks Havoc (via Neatorama)...
12:47 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs preps for an early TV appearance
[Video Link] I never knew he had stage fright. He's so nervous he asks where the bathroom is because he's "ready to throw up at any moment. I'm not joking."...
12:47 am PDT - Thu, August 25, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs preps for an early TV appearance (1978)
[Video Link] I never knew he had stage fright. He's so nervous he asks where the bathroom is because he's "ready to throw up at any moment. I'm not joking."...
11:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing GameStopped! Retailer admits corporate policy is to swipe coupons from game boxes
A field operations manager with retailer GameStop instructed employees to open boxes of hit release Deux Ex: Human Revolution and remove the coupons bundled with every copy. A spokesperson confirmed t...
10:36 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Evil genius' piranha tank deathtrap requires skilled operator
Thanks for posting this awesome magazine cover from 1969, Subtropic Bob!...
08:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing How Freedom Dies: Internet Poker
Robert Arthur is the author of an unusual and fascinating book called You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos. He also has a blog called Narco Polo that he posts to very infrequently. His single pan...
07:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO
Via Wall Street Journal, news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is stepping down. PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs August 24, 2011""To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community: I ha...
07:43 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Funny stickers on a London Underground subway train
James sent me these photos some time ago, and I just found them again. Robert Anton Wilson would have had a good chuckle seeing these!...
07:36 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Cross-cut vs. strip-cut shredders
At Credit.com I wrote about my recent purchase of a cross-cut shredder to replace my crappy strip-cut shredder. In an age when identity thieves are on the lookout for personally identifiable informati...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Video: OK Go covers The Muppets
Please enjoy this video of OK Go covering "The Muppet Show Theme Song." (Thanks, Lisa Mumbach!)...
04:17 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Junkbot flying saucer
From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool: a glorious junkbot called the "Scout Ship for Landfill Art project" from CyberCraft Robots. Scout Ship for Landfill Art project - Industrial and Found Object assembla...
04:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Live-size sleeping woman candle
This wax sculpture of a sleeping woman was made with several wicks, turning her into a giant candle (not to be mistaken for the soap woman of the Mutter Museum). It was sculptded for the Arnhem Mode B...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Lolita on Wikipedia: 2,300 edits later
Emily Morris surveys the 2,303 edits made to the Wikipedia entry for Nabokov's Lolita since it was first created, some ten years ago. The entry still draws an edit every other day or so, and Morris's ...
02:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Comic book biography of Richard Feynman
[Video Link] One of my all-time favorite books is physicist Richard Feynman's autobiography, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. I just found out that First Second publishing is releasing a graphic no...
02:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Skeleton aprons
I love Neatorama's skeleton kitchen aprons -- just the thing for cooking while you're on a diet. Skeleton Apron...
02:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Chunky homemade sweaters galore
Oh, man, this is chunky homemade sweater gold -- just lookit that Angler's Pride number! Pirate! Indian! And what baby's life is complete without 8-bit golf-art on his jumper? Cuddly Baby Garments...
01:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Tour of a fake vomit factory
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: "We just published an article on the origins of fake barf. Thanks to Mardi and Stan Timm, who are the foremost collectors of novelty gag gifts, we got the story b...
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Going Under: What we don't know about anesthetics
The majority of people reading this sentence will, at some point in their lives, undergo a medical treatment that requires general anesthesia. Doctors will inject them with a drug, or have them breath...
01:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing SF mockumentary: "~Ghosts With Shit Jobs' ""  China looks at westerners with awful jobs
Jim Munroe sez, "In the future, jobs still suck -- but in whole new ways. The economic collapse of the west is complete and North Americans are a cheap labour pool for wealthy Asian and Indian markets...
12:26 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful, delicate lamps carved out of gourds
Calabarte carves gorgeous, elaborate lamps out of gourds. The vents carved into the gourds cast intricate and delicate patterns on the walls around them. Calabarte's photostream (Thanks, Chris!)...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing On official visit to Mongolia, VP Joe Biden is gifted with a horse
During his tour of China, Vice-President Joe Biden stopped in Mongolia, where someone presented him with a gift horse. "As dictated by Mongolian tradition, Biden then entrusted it to the care of a loc...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Fox delays Hulu availability, piracy surges
Fox recently decided to delay the availability of its programs on Hulu by eight days; TorrentFreak tracked the number of BitTorrent downloads of Fox's programming before and after the policy took effe...
12:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Microcameras versus casinos
Microcameras really change the security landscape. Case in point: a casino-cheating gang used a microcamera to capture footage of a baccarat deck as it was being riffled during the player-cut, and the...
12:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing MP3tunes verdict: music lockers are legal
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Julie Samuels posts analysis of yesterday's verdict in Capitol Records vs. MP3tunes, in which the big record labels were suing MP3tunes. The labels argued that MP3...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Russian space agency says unmanned supply ship bound for ISS fails to reach orbit
SpaceFlightNow reports that "an "emergency situation" occurred during today's launch of a robotic Russian resupply ship ("Progress") headed for the International Space Station," preventing the Soyuz r...
11:54 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Google settles illegal online pharma ad probe for $500 million
The Associated Press reports that Google has settled a probe into ads for illegal online pharmacies for $500 million....
11:45 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Photographer gets $9K worth of stolen camera gear back with GadgetTrak
John Heller, a working photographer, was on assignment for Getty Images when his Nikon D3 camera and lenses were stolen from him at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. He'd all but written off the $9,0...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing "Unarmed But Dangerous"  (aka "Kung Fu Flid" ): exploitation film about disabled cage fighter
[Video Link] "Unarmed But Dangerous" or "Kung Fu Flid," starring Mat Fraser, is a 2009 exploitation film about a disabled cage fighter with phocomelia: a byproduct of prenatal thalidomide use. Trailer...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Implausible Futures for Unpopular Places: the Hypothetical Development Organization
Hypothetical Development Organization, at DuMois Gallery, New Orleans. Photo: Charles R. Franklin. Writer Rob Walker (who penned the definitive profile of Boing Boing for Fast Company magazine last ye...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Craig Brewer, director of Footloose (the remake)
I recently saw a preview for another remake of a movie I cherished as a child: Footloose. As with The Karate Kid, my initial reaction was one of disdain for Hollywood. And then I talked to the remake'...
08:30 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Spidergoat-silk + human skin = (nearly) bulletproof flesh
Bioartist Jalila Essadi attempted to create bulletproof human skin by implanting transgenic spider-silk (extracted from a spider-goat, of course) with human skin. Essadi was hoping for skin that could...
07:03 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing TalkO'Clock: "P2P alarm clock"  for people who want to wake upbe woken up by strangers
If you're the sort of person who likes to wake up strangers, or talk to strangers first thing in the morning, then TalkO'Clock might be right for you. It's a P2P matchmaking service that allows you to...
03:44 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing MC Frontalot's latest nerdcore album: SOLVED
Nerdcore rap legend MC Frontalot sez, "SOLVED, my new album came out today! It's a concept record about how all solutions are hacks. It has got guest appearances from some other nerdcore rappers (MC L...
12:32 am PDT - Wed, August 24, 2011
BoingBoing Wikileaks releases new batch of diplomatic cables
Wikileaks is to release 35,000 U.S. diplomatic cables today. Contents are said to include evidence of multi-billion dollar contracts issued as political rewards, the likely details of John McCain's in...
11:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Uncle Ricky sings "Offer True Love" 
[Video Link] "Uncle Ricky is Ochen Kaunda. He was trained to sing in Uganda by his uncle who called himself the northern king. Coming to California a year ago, he pursues the grand American musical dr...
11:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Rare but only 5.8 quake generates as much Twitter traffic as Japan's devastating 9.0
From the official Twitter account, on, you guessed it, Twitter: "Within a minute of today's earthquake, there were more than 40,000 earthquake-related Tweets. And, we hit about 5,500 Tweets per second...
11:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing PONPONPON finally available as MP3 purchase on Amazon
[video link] I am pleased to announce that "PONPONPON", the totally insane and deliciously obnoxious J-pop song Mark posted about last month, is finally available for purchase as an MP3 download on Am...
10:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing MakerBot gets $10 million investment round
"Today, I'm excited to announce that MakerBot is taking $10 million in investment, with Foundry Group leading the round," blogs Makerbot founder Bre Pettis. "We are proud to be working with such great...
10:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Ex-WikiLeaks spokesman Domscheit-Berg disputes Assange claims of deleted files
Kim Zetter at Wired News spoke to Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former WikiLeaks spokesman reported to have recently destroyed thousands of unpublished documents submitted to Wikileaks last year. "[He] s...
10:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Ex-WikiLeaker Domscheit-Berg disputes claims of deleted files; Wikileaks dumps thousands of new leaks
Kim Zetter at Wired News spoke to Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former WikiLeaks spokesman reported to have recently destroyed thousands of unpublished documents submitted to Wikileaks last year. "[He] s...
10:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Rare quake damages Washington Monument
Via the Washington Post, news that "the Washington Monument may have suffered cracks near its top during Tuesday's earthquake, and the monument could be closed indefinitely." Aftershocks from the 5.8 ...
10:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: Fukushima robot operator publishes tell-all diaries and videos, now offline
IEEE Spectrum reports on a pseudonymous/anonymous tell-all blog written by a Fukushima Daiichi cleanup worker whose job is to operate robots (actually, iRobot robots) at the tsunami- and quake-damaged...
10:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Oops: B-roll in TV report exposes Chinese military cyberattack on US
[Video Link] Taiwanese newspaper Epoch Times reports that a "standard, even boring" Chinese military propaganda video broadcast in mid-July on state-run networks revealed screengrabs that showed a Chi...
10:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Oops: B-roll in TV report said to expose Chinese military cyberattack on US
[Video Link] Falun-Gong-founded newspaper Epoch Times reports that a "standard, even boring" Chinese military propaganda video broadcast in mid-July on state-run networks revealed screengrabs showing ...
10:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing WSJ: Apple iPhone 5 coming to Sprint in October
The Wall Street Journal today reported that Sprint will begin selling a new edition of Apple's iPhone in mid-October. Non-paywalled Reuters item summarizing the WSJ story is here....
07:49 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Retired Russian cop arrested on suspicion of organizing execution of journalist Anna Politkovskaya
In Moscow today, a retired police officer has been arrested on suspicion of organizing the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006. She was shot dead in the elevator of her Moscow apartment bu...
07:22 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Meet the Makers from MAKE Volume 27: Doug Bradbury
Meet Doug Bradbury. In MAKE Volume 27, Doug wrote an article describing how to make a treadmill desk, that is, a desk with a runner's treadmill below it. The idea is to stay in shape while you work. I...
07:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Alaska: Mother convicted of child abuse after taping "hot sauce torture video"  for Dr. Phil Show
A mother in Alaska has been convicted of abusing her adopted Russian son by "pouring hot sauce into the crying child's mouth and not allowing him to spit it out for more than a minute," then forcing h...
07:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Gunn: "Traditional american song structures with a raga influence" 
[video link] Last week I purchased a copy of "Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them," a magnificent 4 LP box set compilation from Three Lobed Recordings. Each side contains exclusive recordings by...
07:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Ohio: Gentleman crashes stolen truck into adult store, steals $800 sex toy
"Police are looking for the sex-crazed loser who crashed a stolen semi-truck into an adult store early Monday morning, and swiped a very expensive XXX toy." Full news report, such as it is, with video...
06:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Venezuela: Ancestral thugs become modern-day saints
(Image: recin llegados, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from ronaldrivas's photostream) France24 has a report with photos documenting "Santos Malandros"...
06:34 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Torture of dissidents in Bahrain enabled by Nokia Siemens, charges Bloomberg report
In Bloomberg Magazine, a damning report that links surveillance and torture of dissidents in Bahrain with Siemens AG and Nokia Siemens Networks. The report focuses on the interrogation and brutal abus...
06:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Paintings by Nathan Stapley
Gallery 1988 in Santa Monica is exhibiting paintings by Nathan Stapley from August 26 to September 10, 2011. The show is called "Same Gang." Of the samples shown here, this one, which depicts the Ramo...
05:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Shaken East Coast of US braces for Hurricane Irene
East Coasters, now that you're shaken? You may as well get stirred. Hurricane Irene threatens the Eastern Seaboard, and populations throughout the Caribbean may be hit hardest: Cuba, Puerto Rico, ...
04:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Virginia earthquake: epicenter close to nuclear power plant
Following up on Rob's earlier live-blogging: A 5.9 5.8 (downgraded from earlier assessments) and 6km deep earthquake centered near Richmond, Virginia earlier today. It was felt in NYC and other states...
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Myk31"s 16-bit music video for Sound Boy
XLR8R just premiered Myk31's epic 16-bit video for Samo Sound Boy's "Shuffle Code." Long live the Sega Genesis! Video: Samo Soundboy "Shuffle Code"...
03:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Earthquake rocks eastern U.S. ""  Pentagon evacuated, Nukes offline
I thought the Great East Coast Earthquake of O' Eleven was the FedEx truck and dashed to catch it. No packages! Here in Pittsburgh, I seem to be far from the epicenter; reports from D.C. suggest a lar...
02:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Lenny Bruce on Playboy's Penthouse, 1959
The late, great Lenny Bruce on the first episode of Playboy's Penthouse in 1959. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. A decade later, Bruce's mom Sally Marr, appeared on the second Hefner TV series, Playbo...
02:29 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Spacesuit adjusts for gravity, or lack thereof
This vintage illustration actually depicts a modern spacesuit in development at Draper Laboratory. The suit has built-in sensors for measuring inertia and flywheel gyroscopes to tweak the resistance o...
02:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing The Construction of Secret Hiding Places
The Construction of Secret Hiding Places, by Charles Robinson will come in handy when President Bachmann bans your collection of Zap comics. Mr. Homegrown says: I love alternate views of our normal no...
02:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Mondo 2000 in today's context
Over at RU Sirius's Acceler8or, Dorien Zanbergen posted a fascinating essay about the early 1990s cyberdelic "New Edge" culture embodied by Mondo 2000 magazine in the context of today's schizophrenic,...
01:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Hot Dog Man
[Video Link] The Happy Hotdog man will enhance your life. When combined with the Ketchup Kritter and Mustard Monster, it will utterly transform it....
01:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Hitting 52.5 mpg won't require major tech advancement
By 2025, US automakers will have to have an average fleet fuel economy of 52.5 miles per gallon. That standard is 27.3 mpg today, so it sounds like a great, big, scary leap. But not really, say vehicl...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Rick Perry explains the cause of the bad economy: it's a lesson from God
[Video Link] Multimillionaire presidential candidate Rick Perry tells an audience of rapt listeners to appreciate the economic crisis that is making life difficult for them. It's just God's way of bri...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Jack Layton's final public words: "Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear." 
Jack Layton, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, died yesterday. Jack knew he was going, and so he wrote a beautiful, stirring open letter to Canada, to his party, to his caucus, and to the w...
01:40 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing And now, a few words about brain-eating amoebas
This summer, Naegleria fowleri is the new great white shark. A freshwater-dwelling amoeba that can invade the human nervous system and, on rare occasions, kill, N. fowleri (or, as they are more common...
01:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Moore Foundation seeks data-intensive science ideas
Do you have ideas about data mining in scientific research? Approaches for visualizing scientific data? A "want" list for open data? The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has launched an o...
01:27 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Getting people's names right in software design: a LOT harder than it looks
Charlie Stross weighs in on the Nym Wars and Google Plus's braindead "real names" policy. He reprints Patrick McKenzie's prescient list of problems with name-handling in software design, a must-must-m...
01:15 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Blood types and pseudoscience in Japan
Ever wonder why some anime and video game character profiles tell you about the character's blood type? Check out this fascinating post at the Providentia blog about the use of blood types as horo...
01:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Inside Antarctica's ice caves
Kayla Iacovino is a Ph.D. student who works on Antarctica's Mount Erebus, the southernmost volcano in the world. Ironically, for a volcano, Erebus is also home to some truly stunning ice caves, carved...
12:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Bisexual men really do exist, say scientists
Good news, bisexual men! A recent study from Northwestern University has confirmed that you do, in fact, exist! This is countering a previous study by the same research group that suggested men who cl...
12:08 pm PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Engagement proposal as an elaborate Portal 2 level
Gary Hudston wanted to propose to his girlfriend, so (naturally) he contracted with a skilled level-developer to make a custom Portal 2 level that led to a wedding chapel in which GLaDOS (the AI villa...
11:23 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Stilllifes of action figures and Nintendo catridges
Jason Dunn creates digital stilllifes of Nintendo catridges, action figures and the like. framed Zelda prints for sale! (Thanks, Jason!)...
10:18 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing On 50lb bicycles and the lockability thereof
Mike Estee responds to the cyclist's old saw: "All bikes weigh fifty pounds. A thirty pound bike requires a twenty pound lock. A forty pound bike requires a ten pound lock, and a fifty pound bike does...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing 15 days exploring Muslim America
.herebecaptions {padding:5px;background-color:#111;color:#eee;} Aman Ali and I have been on the road for the past 15 days exploring Muslim America. We started our trip in Alaska, somehow ended up in H...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter, Epigrams, and Alexander Pope
One of the most interesting aspects of the advent of social networking is the "transcription" of our social lives into text. More than ever, our digitized world as reflected in social networking puts ...
07:58 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Tolstoy on Difficulty, 1897
A timeless quote from Tolstoy: "The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to t...
06:58 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing Information consumes attention: focus in the age of abundant stimulus
In New York magazine, Sam Anderson ponders economist Herbert A. Simon's 1971 thoughts on the economics of attention: "What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the attention of its reci...
01:09 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing 8-bit Zardoz
As I somehow missed this fantastic intro to a nonexistent 8-bit Zardoz game last year, perhaps you did, too! Animator Nick Criscuolo writes: "I realize the audio isn't entirely 8bit, more like 8/16 bi...
01:04 am PDT - Tue, August 23, 2011
BoingBoing How a kid paralyzed by a flawed firearm tried to take it off the market for good
Brandon Maxfield was a young teenager left paraplegic in a shooting accident. The gun manufacturer knew of a safety issue in their cheapo pistols, but chose not to alter the design. After a jury found...
10:42 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Amazon.com has a great price on 50-packs of whippets right now.
Today I learned that if you really, really, really like whipped cream (and I am not implying that this product can be used for any other purpose), you can buy 50-packs of Whippets for $99,999 on Amazo...
09:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing A gallery of indecipherable Captchas
Arne tried to comment on the Breaking Bad post and was presented with a bunch of ridiculously indecipherable Captchas. Here are just a few of the ones he was challenged with: Sorry, Arne! By the way: ...
09:16 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing A Chinese version of Batman's origins
Craig Yoe pointed me to this delightful Chinese version of Batman's origins, found on a dollar store toy. Chinese dollar store offers wonderfully insane backstory for Batman...
08:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Desktop jellyfish tank
One of my favorite projects in MAKE magazine is Alex Andon's pet jellyfish tank from Vol 27. It's not hard to make, but people who don't want to build a tank on their own should look into Alex's Deskt...
08:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Gale Boetticher's karaoke video and noteook from Breaking Bad
[Video Link] A few people think that chemist Gale Boetticher from Breaking Bad is a Boing Boing reader. I agree! Above, the complete "Major Tom" karaoke video from Season 3, episode 4. I think they sh...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Dirty Girls Ministries is on a crusade against the evils of female masturbation
Thank goodness someone is taking on the female masturbation epidemic that's plaguing our great nation. The No Stones recovery group is part of an organization called Dirty Girls Ministries that [Cryst...
07:28 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Realistic "toy"  gun found in sandbox
My 5-year-old son found this buried in a sandbox at the public playground near our house. It's plastic. I described it to Mark who instantly determined that it was Airsoft gun. In fact, it's available...
06:15 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Greatest Hugo acceptance speech of all time?
Behold! The greatest moment in modern Hugo Award history, as Chris Garcia has a complete (and utterly charming) meltdown when he realizes that he's won a Hugo for Best Fanzine for Drink Tank. I was so...
05:45 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Gorgeous machined sterling engine kits
Hermann Bhm's metal sterling engine kits are some of the most beautiful machines I've ever seen, real triumphs. They run about as much as one of them fancy toothpaste squeezers, but they're about ten ...
05:45 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Gorgeous machined Stirling engine kits
Hermann Bhm's metal Stirling engine kits are some of the most beautiful machines I've ever seen, real triumphs. They run about as much as one of them fancy toothpaste squeezers, but they're about ten ...
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Reality is the ultimate God game
[Video Link] Scott Beale says: "South Korean artist June Bum Park creates wonderful forced perspective videos in which his hands seem to guide the actions of people, cars, and machines."...
05:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Sweatshirt Monster episode of Leave it to Beaver
Screenshots from the "Sweatshirt Monster" episode of Leave it to Beaver (1962)....
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Gregory Euclide's Bon Iver cover art available as a print
I've posted before about painter/sculptor Gregory Euclide who casts nature for his magnificent landscape dioramas and blends moss, Blackberry Lily seeds, hair, and snow into his pigments for paintings...
03:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: Areas around Fukushima, contaminated with nuclear fallout, may be off-limits "for several decades" 
Japan's Daily Yomiuri reports that land within a 3km (about 1.8 miles) of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant "likely will be kept off-limits for an extended period--possibly for several decades...
03:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Ricky Scrhoeder and emotional films in science
The still above is from the tearjerker ending of the 1979 film The Champ, starring Ricky (RICK, damnit!) Schroeder. It's apparently a "go to" clip in psychology experiments to study emotional triggers...
03:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Ricky Schroeder and emotional films in science
The still above is from the tearjerker ending of the 1979 film The Champ, starring Ricky (RICK, damnit!) Schroeder. It's apparently a "go to" clip in psychology experiments to study emotional triggers...
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing India: mass graves discovered, holding bodies of thousands of civilians "disappeared"  in 1990s insurgency war
New York Times: "Thousands of bullet-riddled bodies are buried in dozens of unmarked graves across Kashmir, a state human rights commission inquiry has concluded, many of them likely to be those of ci...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Google launches Amazon River Street View project
Google has adapted its Street View service to map one of the world's most remote places: the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers of northwest Brazil. The project is in partnership with Foundation for a Sustai...
03:27 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing "Digital natives"  need help understanding search
A report from Ethnographic Research in Illinois Academic Libraries documents research done on "digital native" college students to evaluate their skill with refining searches, evaluating search result...
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival is this Saturday, August 27
Shane Speal says: The second annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival is this Saturday, August 27 from 10am-5pm in downtown York, PA. The fest will host 14 acts on two stages plus demonstrations,...
03:16 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Public school teacher who called creationism "~superstitious nonsense' protected from lawsuit
"Aristotle " argued, you know, there sort of has to be a God. Of course that's nonsense. I mean, that's what you call deductive reasoning, you know. And you hear it all the time with people ...
03:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Credit scores are bullshit
Matt Haughey explains why credit-scores are bullshit: "I had the highest credit score at a time in my life when I was leveraged to the hilt and I lived paycheck to paycheck. Now that I have my own bus...
03:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing How paid FBI anti-terror informants lead "terrorist attacks"  that the FBI foils
Michael from Mother Jones sez, "This is a yearlong investigation by Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC-Berkeley explores the network of thousands of informants the FBI employs ...
03:05 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Loggerhead turtles have internal GPS
New Scientist has a great set of stories about the extraordinary senses of animals, including the fact that creatures like sea turtles can sense the Earth's magnetic field and use it for navigation. Y...
02:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Real scientists of the Planet of the Apes
Great Moments in Pedantry or Helpful Insight? Can't it be both? Carin Bondar explains how Rise of the Planet of the Apes gets scientists, and the scientific process, all wrong....
02:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Great vintage science fiction art up for auction "" Frazetta, Wally Wood, Virgil Finlay
Heritage Auctions is auctioning off the Jerry Weist Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art and Books on September 11 in Beverly Hills. Some amazing pieces of art and artifacts are being offered...
02:24 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing The agony and the ecstasy
Scientists have developed a modified form of ecstasy that can kill blood cancer cells in a test tube. It's really fascinating chemistry, but please note the italics and do not try this at home, kids....
02:21 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing The science of speech and gender
Over at PLOS blogs, Emily Anthes has a fascinating interview with Eliza Gray, a reporter at The New Republic, who just published a long article about the push for transgender rights in the United Stat...
02:16 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Mondo Cane director Gualtiero Jacopetti, RIP
Film director Gualtiero Jacopetti, director of the pioneering 1962 shockumentary Mondo Cane, has died. He was 91. The trailer above may be NSFW. From the film's opening: All the scenes you will see in...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing CoilCyclobe's Stephen Thrower on horror movie soundtracks
At The Guardian, author/musician Stephen Thrower -- a member of Coil and Cyclobe -- presents a fascinating primer on horror movie soundtracks. Links galore too. From The Guardian: If I had to choose j...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima's aftermath and the Japanese electric system
How is Japan coping with summer electric demand, damage from the earthquake and tsunami, and a major nuclear powerplant permanently offline? Fossil fuels. The New York Times has a really interesti...
01:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Dispatch from the Nymwars: Pseudonyms and science
Xeni has been posting here about Google+'s refusal to allow people to set up an account under invented (rather than legal) names. She's been focusing on how this relates to Internet culture, in g...
01:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Improv Everywhere's "Say Something Nice"  megaphone
Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere says: Our latest project has a bit of "maker" flair to it, and I thought you'd enjoy. We custom-built a lectern with a megaphone holster and then placed it in public ...
01:32 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Ultraminimalist business card
Boris Smus' idea for a minimalist business card is brilliant—so long as you're old enough to have your own name's domain, but young enough have its Twitter handle! [via Laughing Squid and Minima...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Camera ruggedized with Sugru
This camera was colorfully ruggedized with a moldable silicone rubber called Sugru. I've used it to mend suitcase zippers, two pairs of headphones, a dishwasher, and other broken things around the hou...
11:31 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 13: Viktor Kalvachev, creator of Blue Estate
Welcome to Gweek episode 13, for August 22, 2011. Gweek is where the editors of Boing Boing and our guests talk about comic books, science fiction & fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadg...
11:08 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing RIP, Jack Layton
RIP, Jack Layton, former Toronto councillor and present head of Canada's New Democratic Party. He was as good a politician as Canada ever had, and better than anyone who's been on any of the ballots I...
10:34 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing How to Paint Shutterstock image #774846
Photo: Sascha Burkard. Top good result at you know where! Previously: Is this the new face of jazz or Getty Images stock photo #LS008662 [The Onion]...
10:34 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: Homebrew weapons of the rebel forces unseating Gaddafi
The Atlantic has a "big picture" photo gallery with images of the hacked-together weaponry Libyan rebels have been using to fight Gaddafi's military. Above: At a weapon workshop in Misrata, a Libyan v...
10:23 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing "On Pseudonymity, Privacy and Responsibility on Google+"  (excellent Nym Wars rant)
Read Kee Hinkley's terrific essay on why pseudonymity matters. Inspired by the Google+ nymwars debate, but will be a valuable and viable set of observations long after this internet-storm has pas...
10:16 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Libya's top-level domain, .ly, defaced by "Muslim Hackers" 
Sophos "Naked Security Blog" reports that the Libya's *.ly top-level-domain was defaced a few hours ago by hackers, as rebel forces took over the Libyan capital of Tripoli and Gaddafi's regime appeare...
09:59 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Trollface restaurant
Yesterday I spotted Bisou, a new Libyan restaurant, which opened earlier this year here in Pittsburgh. At Reddit, Val_Holla reports that the proprietor claims no knowledge of his logo's origin, which ...
09:43 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing $300 toothpaste squeezer
Despite the utter profligacy of this $300 toothpaste squeezer -- seemingly the perfect gift for the oligarch or supervillain in your life -- I must say that it's a fairly pretty thing. Toothpaste Sque...
09:43 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing William Gibson on cities and the future
Scientific American interviews William Gibson about the present and future of cities, as they become the central feature of human life in almost every place on the globe: It seems to me that they must...
09:43 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Paperclip weaponry
Flickr user Dan4th's friend Brett made these paperclip small arms: "My friend Brett makes weapons out of paperclips and glue. I use them to practice my macro photography on. We both win. And, ladies, ...
01:55 am PDT - Mon, August 22, 2011
BoingBoing Tiki Dalek: INEBRIATE
Spotted at Renovation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno: this killer tiki-themed Dalek. I didn't catch the artist's name -- anyone know it? Leave a comment and I'll update the post. Ti...
08:48 pm PDT - Sun, August 21, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: Rebels take control of capital
English translation of an SMS message circulating widely throughout Libya right now, as rebel forces and anti-Gaddafhi protestors take over "Green Square," renaming it "Martyr Square": "God is great. ...
07:48 pm PDT - Sun, August 21, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: Don't shoot, we're TV
Image: REUTERS/Paul Hackett. Members of the media mark white flags with TV initials at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, Libya, August 21, 2011. Heavy gunfire rang out near the Tripoli hotel where members o...
02:57 pm PDT - Sun, August 21, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler learns HP is abandoning TouchPad, WebOS
[Video Link]...
02:46 pm PDT - Sun, August 21, 2011
BoingBoing Rapper signed to Diddy's label arrested in Ohio for invoking flash mob
Via AP: Machine Gun Kelly, a rapper signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs' record label, has been arrested in Ohio on charges he ordered fans to flash mob a suburban shopping mall. The local paper reports that...
02:46 pm PDT - Sun, August 21, 2011
BoingBoing Machine Gun Kelly, rapper signed to Diddy's label, arrested in Ohio for invoking flash mob
Via AP: Machine Gun Kelly, a rapper signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs' record label, has been arrested in Ohio on charges he invoked a fan flash-mob at a suburban shopping mall via his Twitter account. The...
02:24 pm PDT - Sun, August 21, 2011
BoingBoing Hugo winners, 2011
Last night's Hugo Award ceremony at the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno were just great, and some damned fine writers, creators, editors and books were nominated and won. Some of the balloted...
11:08 pm PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Prankster reimagines 3-yr-old eyesore construction site as giant happy playspace
(Photo: courtesy John Creed, via My Green Lake, a Seattle area neighborhood blog.) In the Seattle neighborhood of Green Lake, a three-acre empty lot known to locals as the "Big Hole" has been reimagin...
10:39 pm PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Ex-Wikileaker Domscheit-Berg deletes large cache of unreleased leaks
Der Spiegel reporter Holger Stark tweets that an old cache of unreleased Wikileaks leak documents is "gone forever." Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who left Wikileaks after a heated dispute with founder Julia...
10:03 pm PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Rebels reach Tripoli; Gadaffi reportedly flees
Amid reports that Gadaffi and his family have already fled, Libya's rebels reached Tripoli today and took control of a military airport there. Neighboring Tunisia recognized the rebellion as Libya's g...
03:04 pm PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: naked edition
"Sidney," A photo contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Adam Baron Photography. This kitty is a Sphynx, or Canadian Hairless....
12:49 pm PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Science Saturday: Nuclear energy, melting ice caps, and human adaptation
I was on Bloggingheads.tv Science Saturday this week, talking with Jessa Gamble, a science journalist and the author of Siesta and the Midnight Sun, a book about how culture and biology effect the way...
12:48 pm PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Noted Nostradamus scholar incarcerated
Dave Mabus, a Nostradamus crank known for unceasing and threatening rants directed at scientists, journalists, atheists and so forth, is apparently under arrest after widening his list to include law ...
11:52 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bachmann fears Soviet might
From USA today: "What people recognize is that there's a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our l...
11:52 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bachmann warns of Soviet rise
From USA today: "What people recognize is that there's a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our l...
11:41 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Presenting the Hoosier Hotshots: comedy lyrics and hot klezmercountryjazzswing
Continuing to document the music that's keeping me going through one of the worst bouts of jetlag I've ever made it through, allow me to present the Hoosier Hotshots, who combined incredibly silly com...
11:01 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing German Pirate Party poised to win first federal electoral contest
Germany's Pirate Party is kicking major electoral ass, holding 50 local elected offices across the country, and are now poised to win their first federal electoral contests: "We are delighted tha...
10:55 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Understanding the Nym Wars
Here's a pair of great (JWZ) posts (Kevin Marks) on the Nym Wars, in which Googlers, net users, and sensible people try to convince the G+ team that it's insane to tell people that they must soci...
10:51 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Journalism school teaches students pre-digital newspaper production techniques
Students in the Florida Atlantic University J-school produced a newspaper using (mostly) pre-computer technologies, composing on manual typewriters, pasting up with X-Acto blades and rubber cement, sh...
10:33 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling's Augmented Reality project
Bruce Sterling has launched an augmented reality product with Layar coder Menno Bieringa, German media artist Aram Bartholl and Layar artist-in-residence Sander Veenhof: "With Sterling's 'Dead Drops L...
10:30 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Old ad: Drink sugary drinks before meals to lose weight!
A group called "Sugar Information" ran ads in the late 60s and early 70s promoting soft drinks as a way to fill up and suppress your appetite. I suspect that people who followed this advice were disap...
10:17 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a metapizza out of pizza-flavored snack items
Kari Schuster constructed a "pizza" out of pizza-flavored snack-foods harvested from gas-stations and grocery stores. The process stained her fingers orange and clogged her nostrils with the "gentle a...
10:11 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing 90 percent of US net users don't know from crtl-F
Dan Russell, one of Google's anthropologists, conducted a largeish survey of user behavior and discovered that 90 percent of American Internet users don't know that crtl-F will let them search documen...
03:13 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Wallpaper made of thousands of hand-applied stickers
Brian Kaspr and Payton Turner's "The Salon at Sundown" features a room with elaborate wallpaper whose motif is made out of thousands of hand-placed tiny stickers. The Salon at Sundown (via Craft)...
12:27 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: Rare public apology by Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant manager
[Video Link] "We sincerely apologize to all local residents, the people of Fukushima prefecture, and the general public for the anxiety and inconvenience caused by the accident,"  says ...
12:15 am PDT - Sat, August 20, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: first report of radioactive contamination in rice
Agricultural inspectors in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture have detected small amounts of radioactive cesium in a sample of rice farmed in Hokota city, about 100 miles south of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear pl...
11:53 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing After Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan shifting towards costly fossil fuels
Hiroko Tabuchi reports in the NYT: "Japan, the world's third-largest user of electricity behind China and the United States, had counted on an expansion of nuclear power to contain energy costs and gr...
11:41 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima workers face "nightmarish world of high radiation, difficult terrain" 
[video link] UK's Channel Four has a news feature out on the plight of workers bussed into the Fukushima Daiichi plant on behalf of some 600 subcontractor companies tasked with securing and cleaning u...
11:28 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing How does the FBI investigate Anonymous?
Ars Technica filed a Freedom of Information Act request in an attempt to gain "an inside view of the FBI response to minor incidents" of Anonymous-style site defacement and internet pranks, in the nam...
11:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Superfast US military plane reaches Mach 20 speed, then crashes
An unmanned U.S. military aircraft managed to reach speeds of more than 20 times the speed of sound, and to control itself for three minutes, before it crashed into the Pacific near Vandenberg Air For...
10:42 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing A "gadget camp"  for girls only
[photo courtesy GADgET] The New York Times profiles GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering & Technology), a summer camp workshop for girls held near Chicago that aims to bring more women...
10:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima: First photojournalist inside plant captures daily life of cleanup workers
25-year old Kazuma Obara (Twitter), a native of Japan's tsunami-hit Iwate prefecture, is the first photojournalist to enter the Fukushima Daiichi plant and photograph what conditions are like for the ...
07:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Wanted: Daniel Clowes tattoo art
Alvin Buenaventura of Danielclowes.com says: As we wrap up the forthcoming volume,TheArt of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, the first monograph on the celebrated cartoonist and author ofGhost World,...
06:59 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Cadillac's big concept convertible
This is the Cadillac Ciel, a concept convertible. Apparently, the last full-size Cadillac convertible was the 1985 El Dorado. Of course, its 80s audaciousness trumps this new-fangled topless land yach...
05:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing NASA to conspiracy theory: Drop Dead
NASA to the Internet: Comet Elenin will not kill us all. (Via Louie Baur)...
05:42 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Human disease kills coral
In news that would be completely fascinating, were it not so damn depressing: One of the causes behind Caribbean coral die-offs seems to be a bacteria, spread from humans to the coral through sewage. ...
05:32 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Giant cicada wants to be friends
This is, to put it mildly, a much larger cicada than I am accustomed to. Most likely, judging from the video and Wikipedia, you're looking at a Malaysian Empress Cicada—a species that can have a...
05:22 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Fun with the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
Snakes are not my favorite members of the animal kingdom (I have a problem with the fact that they lack legs.) But I did like this video about rattlesnake behavior and biology from the folks at KQED S...
05:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Fighting Trousers: Quality Victorian-parody rap video
I don't quite understand how I've kept forgetting to post this here since my friend Leah showed it to me months ago. I also don't quite understand how Cory didn't get to it first. Regardless: Behold, ...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing The perils and pitfalls of an all-volunteer road crew
There's a great, illustrated history of America's highway system—from the Colonial period to the 1970s—that can be read for free on OpenLibrary. I've just thumbed through it a bit so far, ...
02:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Facing down Greenland's katabatic winds
At the end of the month, I'm going up to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, for a small conference. While there, I'll be Couchsurfing with Benjamin Linhoff, a Ph.D. student in a joint MIT/Woods Hole Oceanogra...
02:26 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Nearly full tube of Arctic Silver now 5 years old
Years ago, I gave up on building my own computers. Though nothing major ever went wrong, putting them together was harrowing. Screw something up, and you're out of pocket. Stability issues? You're...
02:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing To do in NYC: Coilhouse magazine fundraiser party, Sun. Aug 21
If you're in the NYC area this weekend, highly recommended: a Coilhouse fundraiser party this Sunday in Brooklyn. Lots of performers, lots of freaks, looks like a ton of fun. Coilhouse is a lushly-des...
01:53 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Genetics of family with no fingerprints
After sequencing the DNA of one of only four known families in the world to have a rare medical condition called adermatoglyphia, which leaves them without fingerprints, Eli Sprecher and his colleague...
01:51 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing West Memphis Three set free
The West Memphis Three have been released. Their support group, via Twitter, "Everyone's screaming in joy! It's done. 18 years too long... The convictions have been tossed out." Early word from those ...
01:25 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing West Memphis Three hearing under way
Follow @wm3org for live courthouse updates from the West Memphis Three support group. A hearing which may result in their release today is under way in Arkansas. Longtime supporter Natalie Maines twee...
01:22 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Checker shadow optical illusion video
This is magic: a video demonstration of Edward Adelson's famous checker shadow optical illusion. (via Daily Grail)  Color tile optical illusion "" Boing Boing...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: D.R. Hooker's "Forge Your Own Chains"  (1972)
Friday Freak-Out: D.R. Hooker's "Forge Your Own Chains" from his 1972 private press album The Truth. This lounge-psych gem can also be heard on the essential compilation Forge Your Own Chains, Vol. 1:...
12:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Friars pray for diarrhea punishment for bible thief
Friars at the church San Salvator al Monte in Florence, Italy were so angry at a thief who snatched a rare bible from the pulpit, and a replacement too, that they asked God punish the crook with diarr...
12:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Just look at this peelable papercraft banana
Just look at it. Paper Banana (Thanks, Blake!)...
12:02 pm PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Intel's Tomorrow Project: prototyping tomorrow's devices with science fiction
The BBC has a good story about Intel's Tomorrow Project, through which Brian David Johnson, Intel's Chief Futurist, gets science fiction writers to produce "science fiction prototypes" that spark disc...
11:58 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Hamburg's lost over-and-under monorail
Hamburg's Cabintaxi was an "over and under" monorail design that ran personal monorail cars in both directions, with counterclockwise traffic on one level and clockwise on the other. It looks like it ...
11:50 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing "Probability neglect" : why policy-makers are constitutionally incapable of formulating evidence-based anti-terrorism policy
A Policy Maker's Dilemma: Preventing Terrorism or Preventing Blame (PDF), a study in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, argues that counterterrorism policy fails to address real ter...
11:43 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Grilled Cheese Martinis
Beecher's, a Seattle cheese (and cheese-stuff) shop that's opened a branch in NYC, makes a Grilled Cheese Martini that sounds improbably delicious: Now, this is no cop out "grilled cheese martini" tha...
11:38 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Matt Taibbi: Senior SEC investigators order routine destruction of records, promote "self policing,"  take jobs with the companies they "investigate" 
As always, Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is incandescent on the subject of high financial fraud and misdoings, and the government complicity in the vast criminal ripoffs engineered by the finance indust...
11:33 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing TSA can't explain why "enhanced patdowns"  are legal
BoardingArea's Steven Frischling has been hounding the TSA to explain why they think it's legal to conduct "enhanced patdowns" without particularlized suspicion. No one at the TSA has an answer: "The ...
11:29 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Jon Stewart on Fox's response to Warren Buffet's "socialism" 
< Jon Stewart is in fine form in these clips in which he highlights the absurdity of Fox's headless-chicken impression in the wake of Warren Buffet stating the fact that there's something weird when b...
11:29 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Jon Stewart on Fox's response to Warren Buffett's "socialism" 
< Jon Stewart is in fine form in these clips in which he highlights the absurdity of Fox's headless-chicken impression in the wake of Warren Buffet stating the fact that there's something weird when b...
11:08 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing The Onion: We did a paywall because British people like paying for the Web
Something Brits might like to know about the Onion's new paywall for foreigners: it's there because British people like paying for the Web: "We've also found that our many international users, especia...
02:28 am PDT - Fri, August 19, 2011
BoingBoing Report: "West Memphis Three"  may be freed
According to news reports from local papers in the West Memphis, Arkansas area, and the Associated Press, some or all of the so-called "West Memphis Three" may be released from prison tomorrow through...
07:18 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Tasmanian Devils and contagious cancer
Tasmanian Devils, the real-life marsupial inspiration behind the cartoon beastie, were already an endangered species when nature added insult to injury. In 1996, researchers first formally described D...
06:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing An Apollo astronaut on political quagmires
Thank you, Tim Lloyd. This made my day....
06:38 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing "Headless"  Post-man Put to Pasture
Last year, the killer who inspired the famous New York Post headline "Headless Body in Topless Bar" was denied parole. This year, the author of that (frankly fabulous) headlne retired. (As a side note...
06:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Ancient Egyptians: They're just like us!
Egyptian mummies were coiffed for the afterlife with the help of animal fat-based hair gel. Bonus moment of cultural weirdness: The article linked here seems to ignore the fact that styling the hair o...
06:21 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing The questionable birth of Times New Roman
Here's some interesting history for font-heads*. Times New Roman has, as we know, become the default type for everything from school term papers to magazines. It's usually attributed to Stanley Moriso...
05:35 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Grant Morrison's Supergods reviewed by Jeff Kripal
This summer saw the publication of Supergods, comic mage Grant Morrison's meditation on comicbooks, mythology, symbolism, and his own life as an artist/writer. Morrison is one of the characters profil...
05:18 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing The freaky murals at Denver International Airport
There have been plenty of looney theories about Leo Tanguma's murals at Denver Airport (AKA "America's Most Inconvenient Airport".) My favorite ones are about the D.U.M.B. (Deep Underground Military B...
05:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing HP kills TouchPad and Pre
In this advertisement for the HP TouchPad, a singer asks, "Let me entertain you! Let me make you smile!" Unfortunately for HP, customers were insufficiently entertained by the tablet, and they did not...
05:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring another week of Boing Boing Blast, our delivery of blog headlines to your inbox. Here's an unusually cool one, at least by Swiss standards! Tendence Watches of S...
04:53 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Infographic: crimes through time and their punishments
A fond look back at historical punishments around the world. Crimes & Punishments Through Time...
04:46 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Doctors are using ecstasy to treat Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' PTSD
Alex Pasternack, editor of Motherboard.tv says: "We did a profile of the (promising) quest to treat Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' PTSD with MDMA." Michael and Annie Mithoefer's patients come to their...
04:37 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Marijuana genome sequenced
Biotech start-up Medicinal Genomics has sequenced the DNA of Cannabis sativa. From Nature News Blog: Thus far the company is only posting the raw sequence reads "" meaning that the over 131 ...
03:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Whodunnit?
"You find this site while doing research on endangered species. What type of website is this? Who is the author of this entry? Where did this information originally come from?" Note entry ...
03:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing The Making of the Shining
Watch "The Making of The Shining," the 30-minute documentary shot by Stanley Kubrick's daughter Vivian, who was 17 at the time. (Thanks, Sarah Ruxin!)...
03:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Hubble telescope hand-stitched in felt is awesome
@flyingjenny made this excellent needle felted rendition of a scene from the NASA Hubble Servicing Mission 4 as part of an Etsy craft competition. She plans to use the funds raised from its sale to ge...
02:59 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing New astronaut-themed manga series: "ST&RS" 
The top-selling weekly Japanaese manga magazine, Shonen Jump, recently debuted a new astronaut-themed series titled ST&RS. BB pal Marc Weidenbaum pointed us to it and explains, It's about a boy w...
02:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing What Fukushima can teach us about coal pollution
Earlier this week, I told you about a new study tracking radioactive fallout from the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima, Japan. It started with a team of researchers in California, who had bee...
02:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Ark Encounter: theme park expansion of Creation Museum
Answers In Genesis, the Christian ministry behind the Creation Museum in Hebron, Kentucky -- where dinosaurs and cavemen live in harmony -- is expanding with a new $155 million religious theme park. T...
02:34 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Did Harper Collins rip off Brazilian illustrator Nathlia Suellen?
"The story starts with Harper Collins inviting me to create a cover to 'Bewitching," Rio de Janeiro-based artist Nathlia Suellen writes on her blog. "They wanted something similar with 'City of Angels...
02:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing 100 days of summer in New York City
Carlito (aka Charles le Brigand) whose "Bronx Riviera" work I featured here on Boing Boing a couple of months ago, has a new photo essay up: "100 days of summer," with images of "hydrants and life in ...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Report: HP to buy software company, spin off PC division
Bloomberg reports that the world's largest computer maker, HP, plans to purchase software company Autonomy Corp. for $10 billion—and (here's the real stunner news) sell off its personal-computer...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Movie Trailer: "Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place" 
[Video Link] The LA Times writes about a new documentary, Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place. Over the decades, Kesey, who died in 2001, attempted to edit the footage into a documentary b...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing "Enterprise expert finder"  gplus.com mistaken for Google+, stupid user hijinks ensue
I pity the moderators at gplus.com. The site is a forum for Gerson Lehrman Group, "the premier enterprise platform for connecting to experts and their insights." But countless Stupid Users trying to f...
01:37 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Confused by "Jersey Shore,"  Reuters issues best correction notice ever
This Abercrombie vs. Jersey Shore item on Reuters now contains the best wire service correction notice ever....
01:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Mexican man captures live fairy
Jose Maldonado, a 22-year-old bricklayer in Guadalajara, found a live fairy. "I was picking guavas and I saw a twinkling. I thought it was a firefly. I picked it up and felt that it was moving; w...
12:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Impressionist Jim Meskimen does Shakespeare in celebrity voices
Celebrity impersonator Jim Meskimen recites Shakespeare in many different voices. Impressionist Jim Meskimen Does Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices (Via Blame in on the Voices)...
11:56 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO take "magazine cover pictures"  of your cat (1955)
Who can resist the advice of the "world's most famous cat photographer"? I hear he got the title from the World Cat Photography Society, which, as any fool can tell you, is the world's leading aut...
10:33 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing At the gathering of the Juggalos
The Insane Clown Posse version of hip hop" politically anti-racist, but very white and non-urban" is the escape plan for the kids who don't ever leave. [Deadspin]...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Girl Genius steampunk badges: zeppelins, trilobites and Tesla Rangers
So far, the standout retail moment at this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Reno are the very reasonably priced "Girl Genius" badges from Kaja and Phil Foglio, inspired by the Hugo-Award-win...
10:03 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Soviet Union announces F-22
Photos: Sukhoi; U.S. Air Force photo by Scott Wolf Russia's new Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter (right) may remind you of something else. [via Metafilter]...
09:56 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing History of War Comics event at Imperial War Museum, London, this Friday and Saturday
Alex sez, "At the Imperial War Museum, London, a two day event is taking place to celebrate and investigate the history, popularity and cultural impact of war comics. On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th ...
09:46 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Miriam "Mama Africa"  Makeba performs "The Click Song" 
Here's one from the depths of my jetlag: a fantastic pick-me-up song by the late, great Miriam Makeba. I first heard her performing this on the Belafonte At Carnegie Hall album as a teenager, and it w...
09:41 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Rep Allen West pens "dumbest thing ever written on congressional stationery" 
According to the Miami New Times, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) penned "the dumbest thing ever written on congressional stationery" when he sent this one-word ("NUTS") letter to a local chapter of the Counci...
09:32 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft creator challenges trademark belligerents to winner-take-all Quake deathmatch
Notch, the game developer who struck gold with his multimillion-dollar bestselling low-rez indiegame Minecraft, has a novel proposal for resolving the stupid trademark threats he's been receiving from...
09:17 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Muphry's Law: the inevitability of typos in discussions of proofreading
Muphry's Law, as formulated John Bangsund of the Victorian Society of Editors (Victorian as in "from the Australian state of Victoria" not as in "pertaining to 1837-1901, the period concurrent with th...
08:54 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Superhero aprons to order
Bethany Sew-and-Sew makes delightful superhero aprons to order for men and women. Perfect for livening up your dinner prep with a round of shy Bat-Chef and stern Super-Girl saucier. There's also Mario...
02:49 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing BART Police website hacker had no previous experience
Lamaline_5mg, the French woman who cracked the BART Police Officers' Website Association site claims to have no experience with hacking: "They had zero security." SFWeekly writes, "she figured out how...
02:49 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright complaint as phishing email
An anonymous bank worker writes, "What follows is the content of an email send to the whole company as a warning:" A fraudulent email has recently made its way into xxxxxxxx entitled "Cease and D...
02:44 am PDT - Thu, August 18, 2011
BoingBoing Competitive lockpicker explains his sport
Kevin sez, "Schuyler Towne is a competitive lockpicker and professional security researcher, but mostly he's a charming geek who knows a lot about locks. In this video, Schuyler talks about his passio...
09:24 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Trouble resetting your password or making a new account? Try again, please!
This week, I got some reports from our faithful and dearly-beloved readers that they were unable to reset their passwords or create a new account due to an error in our system. If you're one of those ...
08:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Ugandan police firing pink-dyed water at protestors
On MSN's photoblog, striking photos of Ugandan police attacking demonstrators with water-canon that fire pink-dyed streams of water. Presumably, the pink dye helped the police track down protestors af...
08:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Special ed student raped by classmate, forced by school to apologize to him, then raped again, claims lawsuit
A middle school in southwestern Missouri expelled a 7th-grade special education student because they didn't believe her when she told adults at her school that a classmate raped her. School officials ...
08:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Special ed student raped by classmate, forced by school to apologize to him, then raped again, lawsuit claims (UPDATED)
The Republic School District of southwestern Missouri expelled a 7th-grade special education student because they didn't believe her when she told adults at her school that a classmate raped her. Scho...
07:57 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing More migraine headaches caused by cleaning products: from N=1 to N=2
Seth Roberts has an update to the piece he wrote for Boing Boing about a woman who cured her migraines by getting rid of cleaning products. At Thursday's Quantified Self Silicon Valley Meetup (where I...
07:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing People taking naps with stuff (big photo gallery)
A worker takes a nap surrounded by ducklings at a duck farm on the outskirts of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China. What could be more satisfying than a nap? A nice nap taken while surrounded by pi...
07:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Why poor people support tax breaks for the rich?
Why do lower middle-class and working class Americans support tax breaks for the rich? New research suggests it might not be about aspirations—i.e., "Maybe I could be rich someday." Instead,...
06:20 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing 10 songs from the Hokum Scorchers
Artist Amy Crehore and her luthier husband Lou Reimuller are also musicians. They have a duo called The Hokum Scorchers. Here's are 10 delightful songs they recorded in the 1990s. We play various inst...
06:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Patent for a combination sparrow-catcher cat-feeder
From Futility Closet: Patent 4150505 for a Bird trap and cat feeder, issued on April 24, 1979 Why spend money on cat food when there's a more immediate solution? Leo Voelker's 1979 invention simul...
05:17 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Website used by al-Qaeda posts death threat against David Letterman
Sure, Late Night ain't what it used to be, but... "I saw with my own eyes and heard with my own ears, one of the lowlifes of the Jews, and one of their pigs, mocking one of the leaders of … Cont...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Cisco sued by Chinese political prisoners for providing tech China uses to monitor, censor, suppress
An American lawyer is suing Cisco on behalf of Du Daobin, Zhou Yuanzhi, Liu Xianbin and 10 other unnamed Chinese political dissidents. They claim the company sells technology to China that enables the...
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Planking for peace: Guatemalan activists stage "die-ins"  to protest migrant killings
An activist simulating a corpse lies on the ground during a protest in front of the Mexican embassy in Guatemala City August 16, 2011. He and others were demanding justice for the murder of Julio Fern...
04:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Alan Moore drawn by Gilbert Hernandez
Alan Moore as drawn by Gilbert Hernandez, from Comics Interview #65 (1988). (via A Moment of Moore) For much more Moore, check out the new art book Alan Moore: Storyteller, reviewed here....
04:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Paul Krugman: save the economy by staging an alien invasion hoax
Paul Krugman has an unorthodox suggestion for saving the economy: stage a fake alien invasion like the one the superhero Ozymandias pulls in Watchmen: Think about World War II -- that was actually neg...
03:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Should you use public cell-phone charging kiosks?
Beware of Juice-Jacking, warns security researcher Brian Krebs. Those cell-phone charging kiosks in airports and other public places amount to an "unknown device that could be configured to read most ...
03:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing BART police officers website hacked, database released
Reports are circulating that databases containing BART police officer information from the website for The Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Officers' Association site have been published. The bartpoa.com...
03:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Escaped capybara spotted at sewage treatment plant In California
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy My favorite animal is the capybara, and Gary Peare knows it, so he sent me the following story about a capybara that was spott...
03:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Ben Grosser's interactive robotic painting machine
Ben Grosser says: I don't know if you'll recall, but we met in Champaign, IL in 2008 at a dinner following your lecture at the University of Illinois. I described a machine I was planning to build at ...
03:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Economic inequality in America: how bad is it?
Real bad. On PBS NewsHour last night, correspondent Paul Solman went to the line outside the Letterman show in NYC and showed people three different pie charts representing the possible distribution o...
03:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing We regret the error
YanquiUXO, the Reddit user who originally posted this sign says that it comes from the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which hosts an annual event that allows artists to set up installations and pe...
03:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Model helicopter controlled with iPhone
Griffin, the Mac accessory company, announced its latest product: the Helo TC, a $50 model helicopter you control with an iPhone. HELO TC is a twin-rotored, indoor helicopter built on a lightweight me...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Save money and have fun roasting your own coffee
I wrote a short article for Credit.com about roasting coffee with an air corn popper. It's not as hard as you might think. You don't need a large, noisy, smoke-belching contraption in your kitchen or ...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Internets Celebrities: Japanese curry-eating contest edition (video)
[Video Link] In the latest episode of Internets Celebrities, a NYC-centric web video series which you can also view on Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America Airlines, stars Rafi and Dal...
02:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing A brooch made of living beetle
Ironclad beetles play dead when they feel threatened. And they're so good at it that, in Mexico, the living animals are often bedazzled and sold as jewelry. Jewelry that, occasionally, moves on its ow...
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Mark Ryden pendant
Mark Ryden and Pressure Printing/Porterhouse's Brad Keech have issued a large enambled metal pendant featuring Ryden's "Rose" painting, one of his most iconic works first seen in his 2003 "Blood Show....
02:20 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing How the human brain lies to us
Even in important moments, our brains are not as good at creating accurate memories as we think they are. This clip from the World Science Festival features two stories that show how easily the brain ...
02:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Scary face in the clouds
Recently seen above New Brunswick, Canada. Could it be... SATAN? This image is a framegrab from a fantastic YouTube clip. "A face. A face. Holy frig," says the person holding the camera. (via @for...
01:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing How exactly did BART shut off phone, wireless data service in SF train stations?
Scientific American has an explainer that breaks down how BART officials killed the transit system's base stations, disabling various cellphone services in an attempt to thwart planned protests. For a...
01:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing How exactly did BART kill phone, wireless data service in SF train stations?
Scientific American has an explainer that breaks down how BART officials killed the transit system's base stations, disabling various cellphone services in an attempt to thwart planned protests. For a...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Vampire bites woman
This gentleman, Lyle Monroe Bensley, 19, of Galveston, Texas is in jail after breaking into a woman's apartment and biting her. Apparently, Bensley is a vampire and "needed to feed," he reportedly tol...
01:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Live video from an underwater robot
BB reader Ed McNichol emails from a research ship off the Oregon coast: I'm currently at sea on the Research Vessel Thompson engaged in the Visions'11 expedition. We are working on the infrastructure ...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Criticism of a brand lowers the self-esteem of its adherents
In "The effects of self-brand connections on responses to brand failure: A new look at the consumer""brand relationship," a paper to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, resea...
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing American cities after the nuke: 1950s tabloid illos
Jake sez, "An old copy of 1950s tabloid Pageant included some amazing illustrations of what an American city would look like after an atomic bomb blast. They're both somewhat chilling and somewhat hil...
12:36 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Imaginary Foundation's Space Odyssey t-shirt and other sublimation tees
Our friends at surrealist clothier Imaginary Foundation have a new series of beautiful t-shirts printed using a dye sublimation process. The technology enables all-over photo quality prints that leave...
12:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing T-shirts inspired by Gibson's Sprawl novels
Memetic Tees has a bunch of cute t-shirt designs based on William Gibson's classic Sprawl cyberpunk trilogy. The Sprawl (via Super Punch)...
11:01 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Firefox 6 released
Firefox 6 is available to download, the third major version release in six months. Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs offers an explanation: "The world of the Internet is moving at a faster pace than ever, so we...
10:12 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Homeopathy multinational sues blogger over statements that its mythological curative had "no active ingredient" 
Samuele Riva, an Italian blogger, is being sued by Boiron, a France-based homeopathic "remedy" multinational. Riva dared to mock the company's claim that its Ooscillococcinum has no "active ingredient...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing CCTVs in the UK: one crime solved per 1,000 cameras
Apropos this morning's Guardian column on the ineffectiveness of CCTV as deterrent to crime, here's Scotland Yard's study on the use of CCTVs in forensic crime-solving, which concluded that only one c...
09:19 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Thousand-yard stare of enriched white bread consumers
Nothing says "enriched white bread" like the glassy stares of this family -- "fortified with zombinol!" Jane Parker Enriched White Bread...
08:48 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Edinburgh Fringe show asks audience to shred banknotes
"Crash," Gary McNair's one-man Edinburgh Fringe show, asks audiences to rethink their relationship with money, and culminates with audience members feeding banknotes through an office shredder: McNair...
08:31 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Cookie Monster performs Tom Waits's "God's Away on Business" 
This YouTube mashup of Tom Waits's creepy polka "God's Away on Business" with Cookie Monster clips is just great -- Cookie Monster dances exactly the same way I do when Tom Waits is playing. Plus they...
08:28 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Flash memory has "fingerprints" : distinctive subcritical manufacturing flaws
Mark sez, "University researchers have developed a way to check the authenticity of NAND flash. Pegged as a method to defeat counterfeiting within the manufacturing chain, this method would allow comp...
08:10 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing CCTV deterrence and the London riots
My latest Guardian column, "Why CCTV has failed to deter criminals," looks at the London riots and the way that rioters were willing to commit their crimes in full view of CCTV cameras, and what that ...
01:09 am PDT - Wed, August 17, 2011
BoingBoing Korea: Apple sued by 27K iPhone users who claim location-tracking privacy violations
A group of 27,612 iPhone users in South Korea is suing Apple, claiming that the iPhone's gathering of user location data amounts to a violation of personal privacy. Each claimant is demanding 1 millio...
11:02 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing On Navajo reservation, half a million dogs roam wild, sometimes eating people
More than 445,000 dogs, most of which "roam unchecked," are killing livestock and sometimes attacking humans on Navajo Nation land in the American southwest. AP via MSNBC.com....
10:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Cops in trouble for xtranormal cartoon, police dept. claims their YouTube video amounts to "cyberstalking" 
[Video Link] Two Washington state policemen used xtranormal to create a video mocking each other (it's shown above), and the correctional systems management company that oversees a local jail. Their s...
10:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing UK riots: update on two young men each jailed for four years "for using Facebook to incite disorder" 
The Guardian has more on the cases of Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, who were today sentenced to four years each in jail for "using Facebook to incite disorder." However, neithe...
10:01 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Help this man launch his plastic bottle island
Last year Xeni posted about Rishi Sowa, who lives on a floating island made from plastic bottles. Today he wrote to me and said: I have spent the last several years building my home on an island I hav...
09:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Gene Leonhardt ("You Dun Goofed"  dad) dead at 53
Gene Leonhardt, who became an instant internet legend after angrily defending his daughter from online critics, died this week of a heart attack. He was 53. Know Your Meme writes: On August 14th, 2011...
08:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Spherical playing card lampshade
Nick Sayers (whose Flickr stream is stuffed with photos of awesome stuff he's made) created this beautiful playing-card sphere lampshade, based on a similar IQLight design, uponwhich he's produced fur...
07:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Stephen Colbert's 3D printed head goes to space
The MakerBot folks printed out Stephen Colbert (they'd scanned it earlier for an appearance on Colbert's show) and attached it to a weather balloon with a FlipCam and a GPS; Colbert's head sailed into...
07:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Doctor Who corset
Hugh sez, "This corset was made by my good friend, Nikki Cohen of MayFaire Moon Corsets. It's designed to look like the TARDIS from Dr. Who. It may be the first corset that's larger on the inside than...
07:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Charlie Stross on network security in 2061
Charlie Stross has published the text of his smashing and mind-bending keynote to the 2011 USENIX conference, on the subject of network security in 50 years: Initially I see lifelogging having specifi...
07:25 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Daily Mail rips off my wife's photo after asking permission and being turned down
Last week, I published my wife Alice's picture of The Gap's "death-camp chic" ultra-skinny mannequins. Various newspapers subsequently approached my wife for permission to use the pic, and while she g...
07:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Paintings of paused VHS frames
Swiss artist Andy Denzler makes oil paintings inspired by the glitchy paused frames of VHS tapes. From Wired UK: "I'm pushing the boundaries and possibilities of abstract and photorealism. It's as if ...
07:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Damning 2007 letter asserts that phone hacking was an open practice at News of the World
Clive Goodman, the News of the World royals reporter who resigned in disgrace, wrote a letter to News International's HR department four years ago asserting that the editorial staff of the NoTW knew a...
06:34 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Renault: the car for men who don't worry about their penises
This 1970 Renault ad attempts to entice customers who don't worry if their car makes them feel inadequate in the penis department. I'm inordinately fond of the phrase "fancy-price fantasy wagon," I mu...
06:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright troll handed ass (again), tries saddest trick ever to get out of paying its victim's legal bills
Everyone's favorite copyright troll Righthaven has once again had its ass handed to it. The company, which was spun out of a Nevada newspaper, sublicenses the right to sue people from copyright holder...
06:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Woman who recorded Massachusetts police beating charged with illegal wiretapping
Michaelann sez, "Four Springfield Mass police officers beat Melvin Jones in 2009 and the incident was captured on videotape by a resident. Now, one of the four officers involved, who was suspended for...
05:44 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Ex-PBS affiliate KCET inks $50 millionTV deal with 3D tech co
KCET, a Southern California television station that was once a PBS affiliate, has signed a 5-year deal valued at $50 million to create local programming with a 3D modeling and scanning company, Eyetro...
04:32 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Cat requires privacy while on potty
[Video Link, thanks Tara McGinley]...
04:02 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing David Byrne's fake iPhone apps
David Byrne made a bunch of fake screenshots for iPhone apps that don't exist. They'll be in an exhibit called "Social Media," at The Pace Gallery (510 West 25th Street) from September 16 - October 15...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing MTV explains the Internet in 1995
[Video Link] In 1995 MTV explained the Internet. Kurt Loder: "Are you jacked into the Internet? Are you one of those computer guys?" David Bowie: "I did at one time; a couple of years ago. But...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing on Rachel Maddow Show: Subverting hate with "Trojan t-shirts" 
Rachel Maddow featured an excellent BB post that Cory wrote about "trick" t-shirts to punk neo-nazis on last night's show. She described BB as "One of the websites that most justifies the existence of...
02:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Lizzy Mercier Descloux's "Fire"  (1979)
[video link] French no wave chanteuse Lizzy Mercier Descloux flipping her hair and "performing" "Fire," written by Arthur Brown, from Descloux's 1979 album "Press Color." Yes, that's good ol' Serge Ga...
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Two UK citizens get 4 yrs each for "inciting riots on Facebook" 
The Sun, such as it is, reports that "Two men have been jailed for four years for inciting riots on Facebook." They are reported to be Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22....
02:26 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Jim Jones plotted a 911-style plane crash
Before cult leader Jim Jones convinced more than 900 people in Guyana to kill themselves in an act of "revolutionary suicide," he had plotted to hijack an airplane and crash it into the city of San Fr...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Behind the scenes at Purebred Studio's Monster Hunter photo shoot
Remember Purebred Studio's magnificent phantasmagoric photographs that I posted last month of artist Alex Pardee battling a tree monster? By popular demand, Purebred's Stacey Ransom and Jason Mitc...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing In-game Ponzi nets US$50K
Two players of the Eve Online MMORPG pulled off a Ponzi scheme that netted them over 1 billion ISK (Eve Online's currency, a sum that can be exchanged for about USD50,000). They ran the Ponzi scheme l...
01:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Biosensors as temporary tattoos
Continuing efforts to more seamlessly integrate biosensors with our bodies, Princeton University researchers developed a temporary tattoo-like platform for "epidermal electronics." Nanoengineer Michae...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Leaping cow crushes car, dies
In Leek, Staffordshire, England, a cow fleeing a farmer managed to jump a roadside fence but landed on the hood of a car. Robert Gould's car suffered dents and a broken wheel, but sadly the cow died. ...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Tibetan monk self-immolates to protest China
Free Tibet reports: "A 29-year-old monk, Tsewang Norbu, also known as Norko, set himself on fire on the Chume Bridge (Ch. Street name Bing He Lu) in the centre of Tawu (Ch. Daofu), Kandze (Ch. Garzi) ...
01:22 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Arduino device mutes uninteresting celebrities on TV
Matt Rcihardson of MAKE built this wonderful Arduino device that scans a TV show's closed caption track and mutes the TV when anyone on of his celebrity-blacklist is mentioned. The Enough Already: The...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Thermal urinal Brundle-fly
Why settle for an ordinary thermal urinal fly when you can have a thermal urinal Brundle-fly? (by Trevor Elliott, via Book of Joe)...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Banksy's history of pranks documentary
[video link] Here's "The Antics Roadshow," Banksy's hour documentary on pranks and culture jamming that aired last weekend on Channel 4 in the UK. Also available in multiple parts on YouTube, sans ads...
10:38 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Shuttle Chicken
Space Shuttle Discovery and Endeavour face off outside Orbiter Processing Facility-3 (OPF-3) at the Kennedy Space Center in this NASA handout photo dated August 11, 2011. The two orbiters, following t...
09:52 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook recovers "original"  Ceglia contract
Facebook entered into evidence what it says is the original contract between founder Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Ceglia, who is suing the company for part-ownership. Unlike the version produced by Ceglia...
04:41 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing English cops arrest man for planning water-fight via Blackberry Messenger
Police in Essex, England have charged a 20-year-old man with "encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence" (under the 2007 Serious Crime Act) because he used Blackberry Messenger to encou...
01:12 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing UK gov asks MI5 asked to crack encrypted Blackberry messages to help police nail rioters
Phone hacking, indeed. Britain's intelligence agency has been asked by the government to decrypt mobile messages, particularly those sent via BlackBerry Messenger, to aid police in prosecuting looters...
12:47 am PDT - Tue, August 16, 2011
BoingBoing BART's YouTube anti-protest video PR campaign, ripe for remixing
[Video Link to "BART TV" PR video.] "They're flying in from all over the country and they want to do surprise attacks, basically, on BART riders." You know who else attacks BART riders? BART. (via...
10:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Thermal Urinal Fly ""  "In males there is a deep-seated instinct to aim at targets." 
Life's too short for ordinary urinal flies. Insist on a thermal urinal fly....
09:14 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous protests BART (happening now)
Image: SFSlim. Live coverage of the Anonymous protest at BART's Civic Center station in San Francisco: SF Appeal, Ustream, AnonOps on Twitter, ioerror's feed, and #opBART hashtag. Mission Local has an...
08:23 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Firsthand from Fukushima: Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Show (radio)
[Photos: iPhone snapshots I took in Japan in August, 2011.] Today I joined the Madeleine Brand Show (a daily radio news program based in Southern California) to talk with host Alex Cohen about my rece...
07:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Seth's Jocko gumball machine comic book
Where does one get Seth's Jocko gumball machine comic book? (Via Librairie Drawn & Quarterly)...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing FCC looking into BART mobile communications shutdown
"The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is looking into last week's shutdown of mobile phone services on a San Francisco commuter train line." More at IDG News....
07:33 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Tweet softly, carry a big stick: LA Sheriff's Dept. admonishes celebs after "The Game"  pulls prank
"The message for the public and in particular celebrities and other notable persons who have a large following is that this is a public safety issue and to tweet wisely to their many followers. It's i...
07:22 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing How to get a job without leaving the house
[Video Link] On Pink Slipped at Forbes.com, Susannah Breslin writes about "how to get a job, and how to get hired, and why being unemployed is so hard." Today's installment involves the gentleman play...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing New paper explorations by Nicole Aptekar
[photo by Nicole Aptekar] Coilhouse has published an interview with artist, photographer and Syzygryd co-designer Nicole Aptekar, whose "New / Exploration / Paper" series recently opened at the Satell...
06:45 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Low Poly Maru
Wonderful homage by Ted Martens for Maru the Cat (as mentioned today, the famous internet cat has a new book out). The artists explains, "I'm trying to get more 3D work in my portfolio. Here's a low p...
06:31 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Hipster ipsum: filler text for your next design project
"Do you need some text for your website or whatever? *sigh* Okay" " Hipster Ipsum generates "artisanal filler text for your site or project." (via @sfslim)...
06:28 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Internet dude named Jon counts to 100,000 (video)
[Video Links: part 1, part 2.] My question isn't so much "how high he can go," but how high he is. (via Joe Sabia)...
06:09 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Apply for free trip to San Francisco's Science Hack Day
Want to set up a Science Hack Day in your city? Would you like to be flown to San Francisco's Science Hack Day on November 12-13 to get inspired? As I posted last month, Institute for the Futu...
05:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Dutch rap from 1986
[video link] 1986: Hilversum's favorite sons MC Miker G (Lucien Witteveen) and Deejay Sven (Sven van Veen) perform "Holiday Rap." (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)...
05:36 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Church in a tree
This is Chne Chappelle, a large tree holding a small church in the French village of Allouville-Bellefosse. Today, worshippers entered the tree for the Assumption of the Virgin. From Garden Design (ph...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing What sulfur particles in California can tell us about Fukushima
During the early weeks of the Japan 3/11 crisis, after a tsunami critically damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, we talked on Boing Boing about why Americans on the West Coast didn't nee...
04:49 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing I am Maru: bio-book on world's most internet-famous cat, now in English
One of my greatest regrets about my recent trip to Japan? I didn't manage to meet Maru. Today, there's news that provides some consolation. The story of Maru, a Scottish Fold cat of great internet...
03:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Anthony Ausgang's reinterprets the SF Chronicle's famed "Little Man"  cartoon
My pal David Katznelson has a deep appreciation for the history of San Francisco. In fact, he's the founder of the San Francisco Appreciation Society! One iconic bit of SF culture that David appreciat...
02:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing 10 anagrams of "Google Motorola Mobility" 
Mobile Morality? GOOG Loot. Ol, gloomy Litigator! Boom! Loom, imitator! Lo, Be Googly. Obligatory: oil Moto golem. A gloomy imbroglio, Tootle. Go to moral limbo, etiology. Lo, google Immortality. ...
02:45 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Tiki Room resurgent
FoxxFurr, my favorite design writer and the Disney parks' most insightful critic welcomes back the restored Tiki Room at Walt Disney World, and puts it into its larger context: "It's snappy with a fig...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make comedy facial prostheses out of fruit
Abrobbins's series of "World's Funniest Dinner Trick" videos present three techniques for fabricating new comedy facial prosthesis from bananas, oranges and lemons. Assuming your dinner table has all ...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Help find the stolen scripts for GAME OF THRONES
George RR Martin puts the word out that some lightfingered postal worker apparently stole the HBO Game of Thrones scripts that had been mailed to him so that he could sign them and donate them to a ch...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Ready Player One: the best science fiction novel I've read in a decade
(Read a PDF with the first three chapters of Ready Player One.) It seems like every decade or so a science fiction novel comes along that sends a lightning bolt through my nervous system: Philip Jose ...
02:33 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Inventors killed by their own inventions
Wikipedia's list of Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions. AKA: Further evidence that the biography of Thomas Midgley, Jr. would make a great opera. (Via Paul Kedrosky)...
01:19 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing What a meteor looks like from space
Speaking of awesome space photos, check out this shot of a meteor, taken by NASA astronaut Ron Garan from a window on the International Space Station. That meteor was part of the Perseid shower, which...
01:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek Podcast 012: Tom the Dancing Bug creator Ruben Bolling
Gweek is a podcast where the editors of Boing Boing and guests talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps and other neat stuff. Our guest this ...
01:07 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Sex, drugs, and 16th century witches
The amazing true history of witches on drugs....
01:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing How beautiful space photos are made
The Hubble Space Telescope doesn't just produce glossy, full-color posters on its own. It takes a little work to get from raw images to the photos we gawk over on the Internet. This video takes you th...
12:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing HOW TO: Spell with your fingers in different languages
Last year, I stumbled across some of the cool history of American Sign Language, documenting how it evolved out of both formal and informal languages—systems Deaf children used to communicate at...
11:04 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek Podcast 012: Tom the Dancing Bug creator Ruben Bolling
Gweek is a podcast where the editors of Boing Boing and guests talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps and other neat stuff. Our guest this ...
10:45 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Empirical manners: towards a science of harmonious norms
"Rewilding Etiquette," Karl Schroeder's guest-post on Charlie Stross's blog, looks at a future where social contracts, not social control, are used to keep things running. As Larry Lessig wrote, the t...
09:54 am PDT - Mon, August 15, 2011
BoingBoing Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn
"Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google's patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple an...
11:30 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing The angel making Jason hit himself
Anyone know the original author of this spiffing remix of The Angel Making Jason Hit Himself, Gustave Dor's 1855 woodcut? Update: Married to the Sea!...
11:30 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing The angel making Jacob hit himself
Anyone know the original author of this spiffing remix of The Angel Making jacob Hit Himself, Gustave Dor's 1855 woodcut? Update: Married to the Sea!...
11:04 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Indiana State Fair stage collapses
Five are dead and dozen injured after a stage at the Indiana State Fair fell in on itself Saturday. The collapse was caught on video, embedded above, which shows the sudden high winds said to be respo...
10:28 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous hacks BART after wireless shutdown; protests planned for Monday
Anonymous has delivered on earlier threats to hack BART after the San Francisco Bay Area transit entity temporarily shut down wireless data service in some stations. On Friday, BART supervisors gave t...
03:15 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Compton-native rapper "The Game"  pulls Twitter prank on Compton sheriff's station. Sheriff: not amused.
"The Game" tweets the phone number to the sheriff's station in his native Compton, CA. Phone calls from many of his 580,000 Twitter followers flood the station, crowding out "legitimate calls about a ...
02:50 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Bed Peace: John and Yoko
Moved by the recent unrest in London, Yoko Ono, artist and wife of the late John Lennon, has decided to share the 1969 film "Bed Peace" (directed by Yoko and John and filmed by Nic Knowland), online. ...
02:19 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing 19th-c. African-American village unearthed in what is now NYC's Central Park
Just a few months ago, anthropologists and historians finally received permission from the city of New York to begin digging in an area of Central Park (near 85th Street and Central Park West): a crit...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Important baby-monkey-riding-a-pig news
[Video Link: "Baby Monkey (Going Backwards On A Pig) Art Show!!!"] Boing Boing pal Andrea James says, It seems that the video you posted on Boing Boing of the baby monkey riding a baby pig backwards h...
01:06 pm PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Long Beach Police Chief: we detain photographers, and I don't have any guidelines for that policy, photography is classed with attempts to acquire weaponized smallpox
The Police Chief of Long Beach has confirmed that his department's policy is to detain photographers who do nothing more than take pictures in public places, and that he neither has, nor plans to impl...
10:59 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Custom R2D2 sweater
Etsy seller EricaKnit will custom-make you an R2D2 jumper (there's a matching toque, too). 4-6 week lead time, so get your autumnal plans in gear. CUSTOM made to order -- Star Wars R2D2 sweater (via C...
10:21 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing RIP Paul Meier, father of the randomized trial
David sez, "Paul Meier, who had an extraordinarily high impact/fame ratio, passed away this weekend. Meier is probably best known for the introduction of randomized trials into the evaluation of medic...
07:56 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing Cory at the Edinburgh Festival tonight, Reno WorldCon this week
I'm about to fly to Edinburgh for a gig at the Edinburgh Festival, tonight at 8:30PM. There are still a few tickets left. From there, I'm headed straight to Renovation, the World Science Fiction Conve...
02:56 am PDT - Sun, August 14, 2011
BoingBoing David Cameron's net-censorship proposal earns kudos from Chinese state media
UK prime minister David Cameron (who is reported to have rioted himself and then fled police while at university) has proposed a regime of state censorship for social media to prevent people from pass...
09:59 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing Combat Gnome
"I don't know what it was that finally prompted the gnomes to take up arms. Maybe it was one too many gopher invasions. Perhaps it was the overwhelming gaudiness of neighboring plastic pink flamingos ...
08:11 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing Shepard Fairey beat up in Copenhagen: by thugs, and by local media
Artist Shepard Fairey was ambushed and physically assaulted in Copenhagen. The attack may have been sparked by false reports in local press that he was hired by the city to produce what amounts to "pr...
03:45 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing Stephan Guyenet's critical examination of Gary Taubes' anti-carb book, Good Calories, Bad Calories
Stephan Guyenet, a neurobiologist who studies the neurobiology of body fat regulation, wrote a long, detailed critique of Gary Taubes' book, Good Calories, Bad Calories on his terrific blog, Whole Hea...
02:32 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: Ninja edition
"Don't F*** with Joao," a photo contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr pool by JesseJesseJesse....
02:32 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing Science fiction music video about a woman with speakers in her skin
The video for Seasons' song "Of Our Discontent" (from the indie album Winter, $5 on Bandcamp) is a moving and odd little science fiction story about a woman with speakers in her skin: For the shimmeri...
02:30 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing AOL hacked
Postmaster.aol.com, at time of writing, is hacked. For several hours! Perhaps a DNS thing that can't be fixed by turning off the server?...
01:38 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing WITH A LITTLE HELP at U Washington Bookstore
Seattle's kick-ass University of Washington bookstore is the latest local store to start selling my DIY science fiction short story collection, With a Little Help, printing it on demand from their Esp...
01:28 pm PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing AT&T merger leak: it's all about raising prices and reducing competition
An AT&T legal staffer inadvertently (and briefly) posted a damning internal document to the FCC's docket for the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger. The document makes it clear that "AT&T is ...
10:21 am PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing CC-licensed music video seeks music, after being orphaned by the band
Brandon sez, "Earlier this year a friend and I produced a self-financed music video for a song we loved, with permission from the band. After several months work, we posted the video online, where it ...
09:00 am PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing The annotated apocalypse: Anthropologists tackle 2012
It's August of 2011, do you know when your Apocalypse is? There are 1000s of people who think that something important—if not the end or the world, then something—will happen on Decemb...
07:17 am PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing Brits: Tell Parliament to keep its hands off social media
Jim from the UK Open Rights Group sez, "David Cameron is trying to gain new powers to close social media and mobile messaging when there's 'trouble': he's also thinking about new snooping powers. We n...
03:24 am PDT - Sat, August 13, 2011
BoingBoing UK riots: Manchester police "embrace"  social media"" " We said we were coming for you!" 
[Video Link: "Operation Valant Arrest," a video uploaded to YouTube by the UK Manchester police division.] Fiona McCann, on Storyful: Manchester Police have been using social network to help them in t...
07:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing BART statement on killing wireless service in stations on Aug. 11, in anticipation of civil unrest
(Image contributed to the BB Flickr Pool by Bhautik Joshi) Finally, here is BART's cop-out explanation for why they shut down wireless service in Bay Area stations on Aug. 11. BART temporarily interru...
06:47 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Religion, vegetarianism, and law square off in New Jersey samosa skirmish
A legal case in New Jersey in which a group of Hindu religious vegetarians were served meat samosas has become an interesting test of religious rights and product liability. For what it's worth, I kno...
06:43 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: Huichol Indian bead-dazzled Volkswagen Beetle
People look at a 1990s Volkswagen Beetle named "Vochol" during an exhibition on Huichol culture at the Museum of Puebla, near Mexico City August 10, 2011. The name "Vochol", was conceived from a combi...
06:30 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Nanny of the Month: the vegetable garden forbidder
[Video Link] Here's Reason TV's take on the Nanny of the Month. The winning loser this time is Oak Park, Michigan City Planner Kevin Rulkowski who wanted to jail a woman for growing vegetables in her ...
06:25 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Fun kids' book: You Might Be a Monster, by Attaboy
Our friend Attaboy has a new kids' book out, called You Might Be a Monster. Atta's creepy cool monsters are an insane delight. They'll leap off the page, squirm through your kid's optic nerve, and hau...
06:24 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing UK riots: Wall of looted store transformed into Post-It messages to looters
Local residents posted hundreds of messages on a looted storefront in Peckham, southeast London, on August 12, 2011. Associated Press: "Thousands of extra police officers were stationed on Britain's s...
06:10 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Amazon's Cloud Reader designed to avoid paying Apple a 30% cut
The new Kindle Cloud Reader web app is an end-run around having to pay Apple's 30% cut of stuff sold through iOS apps. Today, Amazon.com announced Kindle Cloud Reader, its latest Kindle reading applic...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Shinji Saito, World YoYo Champion
Video Link: "Shinji Saito 1st Place 2A World YoYo Contest 2011." Old Skool Flavor is right! Dig the D&B track he's spinning to. (via Andrew Baron/G+)...
05:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Dave Allen (Gang Of Four bassist) on UK riots today vs. UK riots of '70s-'80s punk era
[Video Link: Gang of Four, "I Found That Essence Rare," Peel Sessions, 1990] Aim for politicians fair who'll treat your vote hope well The last thing they'll ever do act in your interest Look at the w...
04:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Google+ nymwars rage on, pseudonymous celebrity users are immune
+Soulja Boy, +T-Pain, and other pop celebrities won't have a problem using Google+ with their stage names, but internet-eccentrics who've been known in the world by non-normal names for...
04:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing A charming comic about an ugly animal
Why you gotta hate on the hagfish?...
04:34 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with a one-year-old (video)
Video Link. From YouTube vlogger Arturo Trejo. (via Sean Bonner/G+)...
04:34 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee"  (1966)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Left Banke performs "Walk Away Rene" (1966), co-written by keyboardist Michael Brown who was then just 16-years-old. The tune is available on CD and vinyl on a relea...
04:24 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing GOPokemon: an odd poetic quotation from Herman Cain
GOP candidate Herman Cain at last night's debate: ""A poet once said, 'life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line.'" That poet? The lyr...
04:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Antimatter ships: Still a long ways away
"The most abundant source of antiprotons near the Earth" contains exactly 28 antiprotons. Which suggests, says Jennifer Ouellette, that it's going to be a while before we're flying to the stars—...
04:20 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses
I'm really digging the look of Dr. Paul Koudounaris' new book, The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses. Don't yet have a copy in my hands (it's not out 'til October), b...
04:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Listen to Perseid meteor shower
Photographer Travis Morisse took this great shot of a meteor streaking across the sky near Hutchinson, Kansas. Which reminds me, the Moon may obscure your view of the Perseid meteor shower, but you ca...
04:05 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Suicide by nail gun more common, less successful, than you might guess
Vaughn Bell pointed out this case study of a patient who tried to commit suicide via nail gun, and how medical personnel decided to treat the injury. The case study is impressive, but so is the addend...
03:47 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Shutting down cell service to prevent rumored protest
Yesterday, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system had word that a protest in the system was planned to rally against a BART police shooting last month in which a man was killed. To nip any protest in the b...
03:39 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Hardware hacking hubs
Over at the Life Scoop site, I posted about several hubs of hardware hacking online. BB readers will be familiar with most of the communities I mention, but hopefully it's a decent starting point for ...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our daily delivery of blog headlines to your inbox. Watchismo is the first in the world to offer the latest XXL watches from the Diesel Franch...
02:58 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing How language affects color perception
This segment of an episode of "Horizon," called" ""Do You See What I See?" shows how language has an effect on how people see color, especially when comparing colors. The Himba...
02:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Michael Lewis on Germany and the Europocalypse
Michael "Big Short" Lewis continues his tour of the imploding Eurozone (previously: Ireland) with a stop in Germany, who hold all the cards in the European financial crisis. As always, Lewis is lucid,...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Doctor tried to cure homosexuality by tasping gay man while he had sex with female prostitute
Dr. Robert G. Heath's 1972 paper Pleasure and brain activity in man: Deep and surface electroencephalograms during orgasm details an insane experiment in which a suicidal, drug-addicted gay man was wi...
12:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing SF in SF reading series: Tad Williams & Deborah Beale
This week's installment of San Francisco's brilliant science fiction reading series, SF in SF, features Tad Williams & Deborah Beale. It's this Saturday, Aug 10, and as always, doors open at 6 at...
11:56 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Stasi spywear: the inept art of commie disguise
A trove of photos from an East German secret police guide to disguise reveal an ineptitude that borders on the comical. No wonder these guys managed to miss the fact that the wall was about to come do...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO farm with TNT, the Art Nouveau edition
Lakelady sends us, "a complete online text for how and why farming with dynamite is a good idea written by E.I. Du Pont de Nemours Powder Company. Published in 1910. Note the lovely art nouveau embell...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO farm with dynamite, the Art Nouveau edition
Lakelady sends us, "a complete online text for how and why farming with dynamite is a good idea written by E.I. Du Pont de Nemours Powder Company. Published in 1910. Note the lovely art nouveau embell...
10:08 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing CC-friendly photographer offers free courses
Here's a great piece on Jonathan Worth, an English photographer who has embraced Creative Commons and who offers free, CC-licensed photography instruction. The breadth of content and openness of the c...
07:29 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing 1968: when Britain's Daily Mirror tried to overthrow Parliament
Ben sez, "This Adam Curtis documentary (he posted the rough cut of his new one) is pretty incredible. It features the story of the head of the Daily Mirror in 1968, attempting to organize a coup of th...
06:23 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Riot-smashed comic-shop window in Birmingham makes for inadvertent summation of England's Current Situation
Joe from Forbidden Planet sez, "A couple of our comics stores in Manchester and Birmingham got damaged during the awful riots this week (what sort of numpty attacks their local comics store?!) - l...
04:33 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing UK riots: Having learned nothing from Arab Spring, Cameron pursues a social media crackdown
"Everyone watching these horrific actions will be struck by how they were organized via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. And when people ar...
04:30 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing MySpace home page goes down; internet fails to care
CNET reports that visitors to the once-dominant, now-pathetic social networking site Myspace.com were tonight greeted by a mostly blank page with the browser title bar reading "All is wrong :(" where ...
04:15 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Artist Ai Weiwei speaks on conditions of imprisonment: "mental torture" 
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei tells Keith Bradsher of the New York Times that he was confined to "a tiny room throughout his nearly three-month detention last spring and watched 24 hours a day by shift...
04:09 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing South Korea to abandon "real name"  internet policy
South Korea's plan to abandon its "real-name system" for Internet users was reaffirmed after the country's worst online security breach in history. In July, personal data for about 35 million users of...
03:57 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Amsterdam's American Book Center retailing WITH A LITTLE HELP
Amsterdam's excellent American Book Center is now carrying my DIY science fiction short story collection, With a Little Help, in its inventory; they've got a print-on-demand machine that'll print and ...
03:44 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Letters to a friend: Convicted terrorist's former friends asked, "what would you say to him now?" 
Bassam Tariq of the "30 Mosques" project tells Boing Boing, "I gave a Livescribe Smartpen to the friends of someone who was convicted as a terrorist, and asked them what they would say to him now if t...
03:32 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing Porn, Privacy, and BitTorrent: the case of a legally blind man accused of illegally downloading adult flicks
The Seattle Weekly explores the case of one of many "John Does" who have been sued on the behalf of porn producers because their I.P. addresses appear to out them as having downloaded and shared copyr...
02:37 am PDT - Fri, August 12, 2011
BoingBoing My panel with Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf and Al Gore at Mexico City's Campus Party
Back in July, I went to Mexico City to moderate a panel at the Campus Party conference, a massive LAN party/campout/hackathon/tech policy event. It was a long, long way to go, but it was worth it: my ...
07:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Pre-made manhattans for Burning Man
Brady Forrest says: "Some friends of mine and I bagged premade 80 manhattans. Each is in its own vacuum sealed bag with a dried cherry. Those are going to be mighty good in the desert.I got the idea f...
07:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Every pool needs a backhoe
Pooltime fun in Hungary! The water's lovely: don't miss the big pour 40 seconds in. [pongormiki via Tour With]...
05:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing New Zealand Parliament may lose Internet access due to insane new copyright law
Juha sez, "The New Zealand Green Party says the country's Parliament could face fines and even have its Internet access disconnected, after it passed the draconian copyright law that comes into effect...
05:14 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Revised London Olympics logo, now with rioter!
A bit of unsourced net.wit: the new London Olympics 2012 logo....
05:14 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Circuit board sandals
Etsy seller Steven Rodrig, AKA pcbcreations, sells beautiful, spiky sculptures made from circuit-boards, including these strappy sandals. Data Sandals (via Neatorama)...
05:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing 1960s Western Digital videophone ad
Paleofuture's recovered this great Western Digital videophone ad from one of the early rounds of failed video telephony. The ad itself comes from an intriguing-sounding book called The Golden Age of A...
05:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing 1960s Western Electric videophone ad
Paleofuture's recovered this great Western Digital videophone ad from one of the early rounds of failed video telephony. The ad itself comes from an intriguing-sounding book called The Golden Age of A...
04:46 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage 8-bit Nyan Cat NES game
A wonderful piece of geek art from Joseph Barker. I thought it would be fun to take the 8-bit looking Nyan Cat and design and paint a retro Nintendo gamebox using the character. I decided to model the...
04:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Levi's withdraws "riot"  ad
Levi's newest ad, launched on Tuesday, shows kids at a demonstration, facing up to a line of riot police, among sundry images of youthful intellectual and creative flowering. "Your life is your life, ...
04:35 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Enzotar: a funny 1-stringed musical instrument
[Video Link] My friend Sam Murphy send me me a music video she worked on. It's called "Sweet Honeybees" by Enzo Garcia. He plays several instruments in the video: guitar, banjo, accordion, and this un...
04:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Marvel to comics retailers: we'll give you limited edition singles if you destroy our competitors' products
Marvel Comics has offered comics retailers access to a limited-edition variant cover run of "Fear Itself #6," but only if the comic-shops destroy their No. 1 issue of DC Comics' Flashpoint and send 50...
03:57 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter clone Heello: a parallel universe for Twitter fakesters
Heello looks like a minimalist copycat of early Twitter, and was created by Twitpic founder Noah Everett. At the time of this blog post, some of the more entertaining fake accounts have already been t...
03:42 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing There's more than one way to skin a patent troll
Nilay Patel argues that we've become distracted by easy outrage at the patent system and are missing more promising opportunities for reform. The real problem is not how patents are awarded or what th...
03:39 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Sheila & B. Devotion's "Spacer"  (1979)
Sheila & B. Devotion was a Euro-disco sensation in France from 1977-1980. Seen here is their 1979 space disco hit "Spacer." Can you dig it? I knew that you could. (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)...
03:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Portal 2 Wheatley puppet
[Video Link] Rachel Hobson says: "This Portal 2 Wheatley puppet from Furin Cosplay is nothing short of phenomenal. Check out the extensive in-progress documentation on her blog to get an even deeper a...
03:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Star Wars coins as legal tender
The South Pacific island of Niue is issuing legal tender emblazoned with Star Wars characters. Queen Elizabeth II, Niue's head of state, will be on the front of 40 new coins but Luke, Leia, and the ga...
03:10 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing The Midnight Archive: new Web series about the weird
Former BB guestblogger Mitch Horowitz, author of the excellent Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation, says: There's a terrific short teaser on YouTube for a new indie d...
02:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Comparison of good and bad reporting on leukemia gene therapy
Gary Schwitzer, whose Health News Review should be your first stop for evaluating health and medicine journalism, has a quick line up of the good and the ugly in the coverage of the recent leukemia ge...
02:24 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Shanghai Disneyland's magnificent castle
An early peek at the castle they're building in Shanghai Disneyland -- looks like quite a beautiful piece of work, the first Disney castle to top 200 feet. When work is complete, the castle will becom...
02:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Sunset of a Blog
Photo: Rajeev Nair / Ill. Rob Beschizza. Should we pity a once-popular blog when it's time in the sun has come and gone? Not so much. I'm watching the sunset of a moderately high-traffic site I've...
01:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Moon to screw up chances of Americans watching Perseid meteors
Bad news for U.S.-based astronomy buffs. You probably won't get a good look at the Perseid meteor shower happening Friday night. The Moon (you know, the Moon) will be getting all up in your business. ...
01:42 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing iPad cases made from Bernie Madoff's pants
Frederick James, who makes attractive iPad covers out of "luxury rescued and vintage fabrics," purchased some of Bernie Madoff's trousers at auction. The cases he made from them cost between $250 and ...
01:39 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Poignant short film about the death of a dragonfly
When filmmaker Paul Kroeker found a dragonfly dying on his deck, he turned the animal's final moments into a beautiful and haunting short movie. Who says insects can't be charismatic fauna? (Via J...
01:30 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Jonathan's Card: a social experiment using a public Starbucks card
Via Doobybrain: "Jonathan Stark has released a picture of his Starbucks card to the public in an effort to give away cups of coffee. No limits, just use to your heart's content. At the same time, Jona...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Primer on GM crops
Check out this great primer on the science behind the safety of genetically engineered food crops.(Via Kate Clancy)...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Why we can't say HIV is cured
Last year, I explained that, although Timothy Ray Brown (aka "The Berlin Patient") appears to have successfully defeated HIV, it's a little too soon to claim that HIV, itself, has been defeated. Jamie...
01:07 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing The heartbreaking story of the flanged globe
PhilAreGo wrote a funny story to go along with this old magazine advertisement. Sarah couldn't believe it had come to this. Borbert's pelvis had been shattered in a freak gardening mishap, and without...
12:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Apple deleted a galaxy
David Kaplan, assistant professor of physics at the University of Milwaukee, sent me this gif, showing the differences between an image of the Andromeda Galaxy produced by astrophotographer Robert Gen...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Al Jazeera fixes its protections for whistleblowers
Back in June, the Electronic Frontier Foundation analyzed the terms and conditions offered by the whistleblower sites launched by the WSJ and Al Jazeera, concluding that they offered no protection to ...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing MagicJack owner follows up his dumb lawsuit against Boing Boing with a dumb lawsuit against Women's Professional Soccer
Ever wonder what became of Dan Borislow, owner of MagicJack, who sued us unsuccessfully when we pointed out the insane terms of service accompanying his flagship product? Me neither. Turns out tha...
09:23 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Britain considers mask ban; may use army if unrest continues
Among the post-riot measures to be enacted in Britain, Reuters reports, will be controls on face coverings and the possible use of the army to suppress future disturbances. Britain will crack down on ...
09:21 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing LinkedIn opts you into being used in advertisements; here's how to opt out
LinkedIn have rolled out a new line of advertisements in which their customers' faces are used to advertise their sponsors' products. Helpfully, LinkedIn have decided to opt all their users into this....
08:29 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Unusual ad for baby monitor
Panasonic has an eye on your parental dollar in this ad for a baby monitor, posted today by Ads of the World. The creative director was Daniel Corra....
08:08 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Libya: Britain using Celt mercenaries to suppress riots
From Reuters: "The rebels of Britain approach Liverpool in hit-and-run battles with Cameron's brigades and mercenaries from Ireland and Scotland. God is Greatest," said a breaking news caption on Liby...
06:50 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing My SIGGRAPH keynote
This week, I gave the keynote address at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, BC. The event's organizers were kind enough to record and release my video to their YouTube channel. My talk was abou...
06:03 am PDT - Thu, August 11, 2011
BoingBoing Gap's Death-Camp Chic mannequins
My intrepid wife snapped this pic in a Gap store in London, where a dangerously emaciated mannequin was showing off the frankly named "Always Skinny" line. I'm wondering what the internal project name...
05:40 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Fark settles with patent troll for $0
News aggregator Fark, targeted by a company owning a patent covering "news releases", settled its case for $0. Fark proprietor Drew Curtis writes about what sounds like an unusually callous and disint...
05:17 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Bodega Cats of New York City (video)
The web video project Internets Celebrities, whose work you can see on Boing Boing's in-flight entertainment channel on Virgin America Airlines, has released a new episode about the kitties of NYC's l...
05:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing A little bit of exercise could have big benefits
A new rat study suggests that exercising even a small amount more than you previously did could produce relatively large health benefits....
05:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Jascha Hoffman, "Some Hungry Guy"  (Little Nemo in Slumberland-inspired music video)
I like this Windsor McKay/Little Nemo-inspired music video directed by Ben Harrison for Jascha Hoffman's song "Some Hungry Guy." If you're too young to get the reference, start here. And here are two ...
05:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Incandescent light bulbs have not been banned
Nobody has banned the incandescent light bulb. Fast Company busts a few myths about CFLs and new energy-efficient lighting legislation....
04:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing A good argument for why Krazy Kat's George Herriman is the best cartoonist of all time
Craig Yoe's new book, Krazy Kat & The Art of George Herriman: A Celebration, published by Abrams ComicArts, is a gorgeous volume of comic strips, unpublished art, essays, memorabilia, and illustr...
04:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Preserving human history in a National Park
Northern Wisconsin, along the coast of Lake Superior, is rural, but it isn't wild. Farms and orchards have been cleared here for generations. Highways twist through the woods. There are grocery stores...
04:10 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Common sense on the way for TSA?
Noah Shachtman at Wired News: "Bruce Schneier is a telepath of unimaginable power. That's the only possible explanation for the stunning reversal at the top of the Transportation Security Administrati...
03:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Charges filed in lost iPhone 4 case; Gizmodo editors cleared
Prosecutors in California filed charges today against an alleged thief who infamously handed a lost iPhone 4 prototype to reporters at Gawker Media. Brian Hogan, 22, of San Mateo county, was charged w...
03:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Spoonfuls of brown goop for sale!
My friend Mitch O'Connell wants to know what these spoonfuls of brown goop are. I'm a man who knows my snack treats, but sometimes even I am slightly mystified. While at the checkout with our pinata, ...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Artist injects self with horse blood
Marion Laval-Jeantet was injected with horse blood plasma and walked around in hooves. Y'know, for art. From Wired: Laval-Jeantet prepared her body to accept the horse blood plasma by getting injected...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Penelope Kenny's lovely hybrid animal illustrations
Fine artist Penelope Kenny "explores the relationship between humans and other animals, especially in connection to transhumanism, evolution, hybrids and biotechnology." Seen here, "The Tree of Modifi...
02:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Food spoilage bacteria are harmless
Anastacia Marx de Salcedo of Slate explains the difference between spoilage bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. It turns out the the bacteria that stinks and makes food look disgusting is harmless, but ...
02:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Sweden's space port
Air & Space Magazine visited Kiruna, Sweden, a mining town 90 miles above the arctic circle. You may have heard of Kiruna due to its proximity to the famed ICEHOTEL built each December. Next year...
01:44 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Masonic multi-tool and animalistic staple removers
Jac Zagoory sells pewter staple removers in the form of various animals. And also a Masonic-themed multitool. Jac Zagoory Design (Thanks, Michael-Anne Rauback!)...
01:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Dense, beautiful sculptures made from thrift scores
Swedish sculptor Michael Johansson creates beautiful, dense sculptures made from charity shop and yard-sale finds, arranged by similarity in tetrisoids and other odd fittings. Check out the link for s...
01:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Panoramic images of Hiroshima after the nuclear bomb
360 Cities has a collection of 360 degree panoramas of historic photos taken in August, 1945, after the US detonated a nuclear bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. The photos are from the Hiroshima Peace Museum'...
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Cotton Exchange: Mississippi Hill Country Blues radio show
Last weekend, I sat in on The Cotton Exchange radio show on San Francisco's "KUSF In Exile Archive." I didn't actually say anything, I just listened intently to host David Katznelson play his favorite...
12:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing The brilliantly-programmed graphic demos of Assembly Summer
Digital Tools offers a selection of the demos on show at Assembly 2011 Summer. For the uninitiated, demos are short multimedia hits similar to music videos, originally intended to demonstrate the pote...
11:10 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Taxonomy of technological risks: when things fail badly
"A Taxonomy of Operational Cyber Security Risks" by CMU's James J. Cebula and Lisa R. Young is a year-old paper that attempts to classify all the ways that technology go wrong, and the vulnerabilities...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Soldering is Easy: CC licensed HOWTO solder comic
"Soldering is Easy" is a great comic-book primer on soldering; I field tested it this week at the Vancouver Hackspace's table at SIGGRAPH 2011 and managed to solder up a perfectly passable blinking li...
10:26 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Mailifest Destiny: U.S. expansion visualized as post offices
Derek Watkins created a visualization tracking the spatial distribution of U.S. postal offices from the 18th to the 20th century. Gathering data from the USPS Postmaster Finder, with lat/long coordina...
09:31 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Neil deGrasse Tyson to host new series of Cosmos
Astrophysicist and TV presenter Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson is to host a new series of Cosmos, originally presented by Carl Sagan. The above photo, posted to Reddit by Bobojoe, is said to be of a young ...
08:32 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing Secret anti-racist shirts covertly distributed to neo-Nazis
Anti-racist activists snuck trick t-shirts into a music festival with a large neo-Nazi turnout; the shirts bore a crypto-racist slogan that faded on first washing to reveal a plea to reconsider "milit...
08:24 am PDT - Wed, August 10, 2011
BoingBoing XKCD on the password paradox: human factors versus computers' brute force
Today's XKCD, "Password Strength," neatly illustrates the research from this paper (PDF) by Philip Inglesant and M. Angela Sasse from University College London, with the ironic conclusion that we've t...
08:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Apple market capitalisation briefly exceeds Exxon's
For a few moments today, Apple was the most valuable company in the world. If we permit ourselves to measure human history in such simple terms, the age of fossil fuels is about to end, and that of te...
08:40 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing U.K. officials call for BlackBerry network shutdown; RIM hacked after offering help to authorities
The official blog of Research in Motion was hacked today by Team Poison. The Canadian company had earlier promised to help British authorities track down BlackBerry users suspected of involvement in t...
08:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Video of a river rock balancer
I was in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado over the weekend for a family reunion. On Friday afternoon we had a picnic at Eben G. Fine Park, which is bordered on one side by Boulder Creek. I noticed som...
07:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Cool medical models from Japan
When I traveled to Japan last summer on a family vacation, we stopped at one of my favorite places, a toy store called Kiddyland. I really liked the medical models for sale there. I asked Max Hodges a...
06:18 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian scholars & public interest groups oppose Canada's Internet spying law
Christopher sez, A group of academics and public interest organizations released a joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today, voicing their grave concerns about legislation that would allow ...
05:51 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Bored by math class, student turns to squiggling
[Video Link] To alleviate the boredom of math class, Vi Hart has taken to experimenting with squiggling. Be sure to check out Vi's other delightful math geek videos. (Via Cynical-C)...
04:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Man, too poor to pay fishing fine, sent to jail
A story about a modern debtors' prison in Michigan. Kyle Dewitt spent three days in jail because he was too poor to pay a fishing fine. Last spring, Dewitt was ticketed and fined $215 for fishing smal...
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing NYC pizza primer
Serious Eats' primer on NYC pizza is a mouth-watering education in the many ways that a delicious pie can be made and consumed. Pizza being my most deadly downfall, I'm finding this hard to read. One ...
03:51 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing The Apocalypse repeats itself
"Our Earth is degenerate in these later days; there are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man want...
03:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing When bacteria infect parasites that infect humans
Meet the viruses and bacteria that infect parasites, which infect people. It's like a Russian nesting doll of microbial pests. As a human, I'm not sure whether to feel a bit of schadenfreude at parasi...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Typewriter-part penguin
Jeremy Meyer, who sculpts beautiful animals and humans out of typewriter parts and other romantic twen-cen junque, has just completed this commission, a typewriter-part penguin. He says, "My latest- a...
03:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing "If it wasn't for gravy and coffee, we'd starve to death" : Interview with a cowboy
In 1937, someone from the Worker's Project Administration interviewed an aging cowboy, L.M. Cox of Brownwood, Texas, as part of an effort to record America's oral history. At the Ptak Science Books bl...
02:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Scan of "They Crawl by Night"  comic book story by Basil Wolverton
A fine, freaky tale from Journey Into Unknown Worlds #15 (1953). They Crawl By Night by Dan Keyes and Basil Wolverton...
02:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Swimming is the deadliest part of a triathlon
It's the shortest third of a triathlon, and the first event, but it's swimming that has claimed the most triathloners' lives. Scientific American interviews cardiologist Kevin Harris to find out why. ...
02:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Video: wasp deals with annoying ant
In this video from Victoria University researchers, a wasp is having a meal when an ant interrupts. So the wasp picks up the ant, flies into the air, and drops it. Guess what? The ant stops buggin...
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Weird laws (or lack thereof)
Technically, it's not illegal to distribute Salmonella-tainted food....
02:32 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Make a pet dinosaur
If you don't have a house in Vancouver to trade for a year of personal dinosaur services, but you still really want a dinosaur, perhaps you should consider science. But don't listen to Michael Crichto...
02:23 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Plant eats bird
This is a photo of bird being eaten by a plant. According to a story from the BBC, it's not unusual for a carnivorous pitcher plant, such as this one, to get its "hands" on a frog, a mouse, or …...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Tea in Camden Town, London
"As looters and rioters smashed up shops, looted and fought with police in Camden Town, Philippa Morgan-Walker, 25 and her husband, Jonny Walker, 31, made tea for the police who were protecting their ...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Cube-faced LCD watch
TokyoFlash's new 3D Unlimited watch is a mirror-backed LCD watch with an OLED backlight that displays time as faces on a cube. I'm inordinately fond of this kind of slightly impractical time-display, ...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Merry Pranksters go to the movies
In 1963, Ken Kesey and his Merry Band of Pranksters outfitted a school bus with state-of-the-art film cameras, tape recorders, and high-tech trip toys and hit the road. All that's left besides the aci...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-cable TV campaign, circa 1970
In this anti-cable TV campaign from the early 1970, theater operators agitate against the prospect of competition in their customers' own living rooms. The strategy: present its own prime product̵...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing TouchPad gets price cut
HP cut the price of its TouchPad tablet to $400, following earlier rebates and software freebies. Too little, too late? [Wired]...
12:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Lady in the Water
Rowers navigate around a sculpture in the Binnenalster, an artificial lake in Hamburg, last week. Apparently not well-received by locals, the installation will remain in place until August 12. Photo: ...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Credit ratings for every country
The agencies currently rating the U.S. below prime are Standard and Poor's and Beijing's Dagong. Standard & Poor's Credit Rating for each country [Chartsbin via [email protected]]...
11:55 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing EA tried to buy Minecraft studio
"Riccitiello soon 'picked up the vibe' that Mojang, the studio he created to grow Minecraft, is not for sale" — Michael French, Develop....
11:47 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing No Nokia N9 for America or UK
Nokia's N9, the long-awaited MeeGo Linux cellphone, won't be coming to the U.S. after all. Engadget's Darren Murph received the "disheartening" news, echoed in UK reports, after asking the company to ...
11:32 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Android-powered tank
As you can see, this is a tank operating under the command of a cellphone. It's quite a small tank, granted, but should be enough to regain control of the living room from kittens, puppies, etc., with...
11:24 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Phantom cam shoots 1 million frames per second
Vision Research's Phantom v1610 shoots 1m fps, albeit at the rather low resolution of 128x16. At a more modern 1280x800, however, it still packs in 16,000 shots every second. A 10Gb ethernet link and ...
10:04 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Choosing Android because you don't trust Google
My latest Guardian column, "Android and iOS both fail, but Android fails better," explains why I prefer Android to iOS -- not because I trust Google more than I trust Apple, but because Android requir...
10:01 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Lev Grossman's The Magician King: fantasy sequel, the banality of magic and the magic of banality
Lev Grossman's 2009 novel The Magicians was a remarkable fantasy novel, a subversive young-wizard novel that showed us bright magical prodigies who had all the quirks and flaws of real-world prodigies...
01:38 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Lessig Sings the Blues: "Walden Pond Blues" 
Here's a great mashup of a Larry Lessig riff on Thoreau and political transparency, mixed with a slow, soulful blues, to excellent effect. "Walden Pond Blues" was mixed by Admiral Bob, who performs th...
12:47 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing IEEE Spectrum: basics for a maker workbench
IEEE Spectrum put together a solid "DIY Essentials" list for a hardware/electronics workbench. From IEEE Spectrum: Most of us start out using batteries or cannibalizing power adapters, but a good benc...
12:38 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing Air Force's "Jesus Loves Nukes"  training no more?
The Air Force is no longer providing ethics training that is meant to make Christian soldiers feel better about nuclear weapons. From Military.com: The training slides include quotations from the Bibl...
12:02 am PDT - Tue, August 9, 2011
BoingBoing More Sad Guys On Trading Floors
The Dow dropped 600+ points? That must mean it's time to revisit the original Tumblr that's been "turning the economic crisis into one of those clever Internet memes" since October 7, 2008! L...
11:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Sad Etsy Dogs
Sad Etsy Dogs is the spiritual sequel to Sad Etsy Boyfriends. [via Metafilter]...
10:26 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Gollum, bearer of the ring
Gollum at a wedding [Tour With]...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing 10-year old Girl Scout owns slow game
Many social games have measures to prevent cheating by mucking around with the date settings. But kids are too smart to be stopped that easily. PC Magazine's Sara Yin reports on a brilliant exploit di...
09:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Retro Game Master
Kotaku is celebrating old-school gaming with a retrospective series of newly-dubbed TV shows, Retro Game Master, presented by Shinya Arino. New episodes "air" on Thursdays, and the choices are a refre...
09:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO sound Canadian
Writing for the OED, Stefan Dollinger (director of the Canadian English Lab, University of British Columbia at Vancouver) provides indispensable notes on talking Canadian: We can find the linguistic e...
08:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Woman leaps from burning building in London
This amazing photo, showing a woman leaping from a burning building in London, is doing the rounds on Twitter. It's hard to verify, as the website of credited photo bureau Wenn is down, for what may b...
08:47 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Panelists want "more intelligent"  hacker hit list
Computer researchers at Defcon want LulzSec and Anonymous to "get more intelligent and focused", reports Wired's Kim Zetter....
08:27 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Stories told with ripped-up photos
Torn Lives is a photoblog which "collects torn pictures along with something reflecting back on the missing parts". [via Dangerous Minds]...
06:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Huge fire in London
The BBC has aerial footage of a huge blaze in the London Borough of Croydon, after violence broke out on the U.K. capital's streets for a third day. Camberwell, where I lived for years, is reportedly ...
05:09 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Dasparkhotel is a series of tubes
Dasparkhotel (The Park Hotel) is, literally, a series of tubes. Constructed from repurposed sewer pipes, each tiny room offers a double bed, storage space, a light, and the fun of an inside that is ve...
04:59 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing London tube map with distance grids
London's famous tube map sacrifices geographical accuracy to make a useful diagram. Though a boon to travelers finding their way around the complex network, it does have drawbacks: for example, the di...
04:45 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Oscar Pistorius first amputee to compete in World Championships
"Oscar Pistorius will become the first amputee athlete to compete at the able-bodied World Championships, after being named in South Africa's squad." [BBC]...
04:22 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Clinical significance is not the same as statistical significance
A great example of why details and context always, always matter, from the surgeon/blogger at The Skeptical Scalpel: Twelve patients who served as their own controls wore compression stockings for a w...
03:57 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing HOW TO: Run a placebo controlled trial of an anti-venom
The fascinating story of how researchers ran a placebo-controlled trial of a new scorpion anti-venom. (Via Ed Yong)...
03:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Baroness Greenfield links Internet and autism, Internet has hearty laugh
Baroness Susan Greenfield is an Oxford neuroscientist known for dire, evidence-free predictions about how the Internet and video games are probably going to turn us all into mentally deficient social ...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Geographically accurate Tube map
London's Tube map is a masterpiece of abstraction, abandoning accuracy to create a more easily-navigated mental map of the city. Designed by Harry Beck in 1931, the diagrammatic format has changed lit...
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Japanese tsunami and the birth of icebergs
Scientists have long speculated that large tsunamis could be linked to the calving of icebergs—where chunks of ice break off of the side of a glacier or ice shelf and float away. The Tohoku eart...
02:27 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Open Science Summit 2011
Guido sez, My friend Joseph Jackson is organizing again the Open Science Summit this year. After the great success of OSS in 2010, it is back to help to gather and broadcast voices from all around to ...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Would you trade a house for "personal dinosaur services" ?
Suddenly, I'm curious. Back in the days when newspaper classifieds ruled the Earth (and charged by the line), did wacky parodies like this one from Vancouver Craigslist also exist? Or is this sort...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Smithsonian inventors quiz
Fun trivia game at the Smithsonian website—Given a list of inventions, how many of the inventors can you name in 6 minutes. Cheat if you must, but know that every time you do, you make an adorab...
01:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing What is a Jitney?
The Jitney, a legendary form of transportation said to be available in The Hamptons, is explained here by Nina Katchadourian. Headphones at respectable workplaces, if you please. [via The Awl]...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing A game of 20 Questions between a hungry Somalian child and an affluent North American, where it's clear the American isn't very good at the game and, frankly, clueless.
NORTH AMERICAN: Is it an animal, mineral or vegetable? SOMALIAN: Yes sir, I believe it is all three, sir. NORTH AMERICAN: Hmm... Can I get it online? SOMALIAN: I'm sorry, sir. I do not underst...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing A game of 20 Questions between a hungry Somalian child and an affluent North American, where it's clear the North American isn't very good at the game and, frankly, clueless.
Photo: Feisal Omar / Reuters NORTH AMERICAN: Is it an animal, mineral or vegetable? SOMALIAN: Yes sir, I believe it is all three, sir. NORTH AMERICAN: Hmm... Can I get it online? SOMALIAN: I'm...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing The End, a game of death, belief and science
Tom Chatfield writes in: "The End is a free, online web-game commissioned by Channel 4 Education, and scheduled for release in August 2011. It is a game of self-discovery for 14-19 year olds which int...
12:14 pm PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Secrets of the best twitter fakers
Adam Penenberg on the secrets to a successful fake twitter character: "To do it right is like being a method actor: You have to get inside the head of a famous person but with a twist; the post has to...
11:27 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing DSLR controller app for Android
DSLR controller is an Android app that allow you to remotely control the functions of your fancy Canon shooter. Wired's Charlie Sorrel writes: "To control a camera with an iPhone, you need to first te...
10:59 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Mainstream shoppers largely unaware of games not called "The Sims" 
The computer games people buy in shops are not the ones they buy online. [RPS]...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Dinosaur art
Fuck Yeah Dinosaur Art! is a great Tumblog specializing in pictures of classic Italian automobiles. Just kidding, it's about dinosaurs....
10:44 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Chaos grips London
A traffic warden places a parking ticket on an illegally-parked car in London, England, earlier today. Photo: Luke MacGregor / Reuters....
10:28 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing If you change the box to make it more appealing, what's inside the box will change too
Quote of note from Futurismic's Paul Raven, writing on Makers and Breakers: "If there's any lesson to be taken from punk, grunge, rave and any other subcultural scene that went mainstream, it's this: ...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Syrian ministry hacked
The website of Syria's Ministry of Defense, now down, briefly displayed this message today: To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time...
09:58 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing For the Win, fan podcast edition
The nice folks at Colbyjack have begun a free, Creative-Commons licensed fan podcast serial of my novel For the Win. The first of 37 installments is here (here's the MP3), and the RSS feed for the pod...
12:36 am PDT - Mon, August 8, 2011
BoingBoing Shark found dead in woods
Police in Milton, New Hampshire, found the carcass of a shark in woods more than an hour's drive from the sea. Officers from the Milton police and New Hampshire Fish and Game were called, and after th...
10:15 pm PDT - Sun, August 7, 2011
BoingBoing CC-licensed zombie Shakespeare story to short video competition
Scott sez, "Scott Edelman's zombie play A Plague on Both Your Houses' -- think Night of the Living Dead crossed with Romeo and Juliet -- was up for a Stoker Award in 1998 and collected last year in hi...
08:07 pm PDT - Sat, August 6, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO E-Z realistic corpse from a cheap plastic skeleton
LoveCraftsman sez, "How to make a realistic corpse out of a cheap plastic skeleton in one hour." Having experienced the tedium of creating a corpse with liquid latex and cotton fiber first hand I foun...
02:50 pm PDT - Sat, August 6, 2011
BoingBoing Interview: Yoko Ono
Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (78), wife of the late John Lennon, was recently honored with the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize, an award for artists whose work has contributed to peace. To commemorate ...
10:51 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2011
BoingBoing They call me Cha Cha
In memory of Annette Charles who died from cancer this week at the age of 63, please enjoy this fan video. "They call me Cha Cha because I'm the best dancer at St. Bernadette's." Indeed....
02:07 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2011
BoingBoing $300 Million Button: making customers create logins to buy cost etailer $300Myear
"The $300 Million Button," Jared Spool's 2009 article on usability and ecommerce design, is remarkable in that it a) articulates something that anyone who shops widely online already knows; b) is advi...
01:07 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2011
BoingBoing Alan Turing's hand-drawn Monopoly Board
Yesterday, I had the delightful experience of attending a fundraiser for Bletchley Park, the birthplace of modern computing and cryptography, where the Allied WWII cipher-breaking effort was headquart...
12:26 am PDT - Sat, August 6, 2011
BoingBoing AntiSec leaks 10GB of law enforcement data
AntiSec dropped a 10GB dump of information this evening, hacked from dozens of law enforcement agencies. Promised in the cache are hundreds of compromising email spools, personal information about off...
07:22 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing The most beautiful female goat in the world
Photo: Ali Jarekji / Reuters Wasieef, a Maaz Al Shami (Damascene goat), won the first prize for the "Most Beautiful Goat" title in the female category at a recent event in Amman, Jordan. The Mazayen a...
05:33 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Who is the man living in Fukushima evacuation zone?
Max Hodges of White Rabbit Press says:About two months after 3/11 I started working on this long-term documentary photography story. I took my bicycle up to Fukushima and entered the 20 kilometer evac...
03:58 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Blizzard "surprised"  at fan rage over Diablo III online requirement
Earlier this week, Blizzard announced that the forthcoming Diablo III would be online-only, despite not being an MMO. Fan reaction has been brutal. MTV's Russ Frushtick writes: "I'm actually kind of s...
03:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Piers listened to voicemails; Guardian editor also used voicemail "~hack'
More from the Murdochery of recent weeks: it looks like Piers Morgan, the CNN host who was a tabloid editor at the time but denied any involvement, really does have some explaining to do. He gave an i...
03:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Outside Lands 2011 limerick contest: The Winnahs!
I am pleased to announce that the winners of Boing Boing's Outside Lands 2011 Limerick Contest are MANDELBEN and CJHOWAREYA! Competition was fierce. MANDELBEN and CKHOWAREYA each score a pair of 3-Day...
02:58 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor shout out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our daily delivery of blog headlines to your inbox. SNEAK PEEK: Watchismo is the first to unveil the pre-release spy shots and offer the new N...
02:38 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Booker T and the MGs' "Green Onions"  (1967)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: Booker T and the MGs perform "Green Onions" on the Stax Volt Tour of Norway, 1967. Following this are more smoking numbers by Arthur Conley, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, t...
02:13 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing HTTPS Everywhere goes 1.0: make your browser support to secure connections when they're available
HTTPS Everywhere, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's browser add-on that forces encrypted connections to sites that have the option, has just hit 1.0, 13 months after its first public beta. By using...
12:30 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing 3 things you need to know about biofuels
Why care about liquid fuel? There's a reason we use different forms of energy to do different jobs, and it's not because we're all just that fickle. Instead, we've made these decisions based on so...
12:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Many US ISPs in epidemic of covert search-hijacking of their customers
The Electronic Frontier Foundation worked with UC Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute to uncover a widespread program of search-hijacking by American ISPs. Many US ISPs run covert prox...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing What's it take to get off nuclear power?
To get off nuclear power, Germany plans to make its electricity system 80% renewable by 2050. That's not going to be easy. Just to reach the first milestone of that goal—35% renewable capacity b...
10:47 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Atlas rockets could carry astronauts to space again
It looks like Boeing will be the main competitor for Space X in the race to see what U.S. company will provide the commercial space flight services that NASA eventually plans to rely on. Space X has i...
10:31 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Write an adventure novel in three days, the Michael Moorcock way
Michael Moorcock's tips for writing complete adventure novels in three days are the fruit of his early career, when he was writing novels (including his Elric classics) in three to ten days each. The ...
09:52 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Lucky Cosmonaut
Everybody say, "Hello," to Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko. Hi, Yury! I like this photo because he kind of reminds me of one of those Japanese lucky cats. Image: REUTERS/Sergei Remezov...
09:38 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing High temperatures change parenting behavior in birds
So here's a statistic I'd never heard before: Between 1979 and 2003 years, more Americans died from heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Wow. Tha...
09:25 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing German cops call airport full-body pornoscanners "useless,"  EU requires opt out from scanning
Bruce Schneier rounds up a series of links about problems with airport full-body "pornoscanners." The German police call them "useless" (35 percent of fliers repeatedly set them off, though they weren...
09:25 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Dear Mr. Spielberg, please give the raptors feathers
"There had better be feathers on the raptors": Dino-blogger Brian Switek's open letter to Steven Spielberg upon the occasion of rumors about the possibility of a Jurassic Park 4....
09:21 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Want to live a long life? Ignore centenarians, watch Seventh Day Adventists
If a centenarian jumped off a bridge while eating a bag of jelly donuts and chain-smoking, would you do it, too? That's basically the message in a new column by LiveScience's Christopher Wanjek, w...
03:33 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Old-timey German nose-error-correcting contraption
This delightful vintage German contraption will cure your nose erros (Potato Nose, Saddle Nose, Duckbill Nose, Wide Nose, Pointy Nose, Long Nose, Hook Nose and Slant Nose) and give you a "Greco-Roman ...
03:13 am PDT - Fri, August 5, 2011
BoingBoing Manhood camping firequest
The Manhood Camping Firequest is NOT A GAY THING. [Craiglist via @Annaleen/@charliejane]...
07:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Rowan Atkinson reportedly injured in crash
Fresh from setting the fastest time ever recorded by a celebrity on the BBC's Top Gear, Blackadder and Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson reportedly received "minor injuries" in a car accident today. Hollie...
06:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing The Slap Hat
This is no normal hat. This is a Slap Hat Extreme. To be clear, it is intended for "tactical" slapping. Previously: Tactical pen....
05:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Google Plus's "Real Name"  policy is abusive; Facebook is not a "Real Name"  success story
Here's danah boyd in very good form, explaining why "Real Name" policies like the one Google has rammed down Google Plus users' throats (and like the insanely naive one that Randi Zuckerberg would lik...
03:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Color video from Hiroshima
The Nation's Greg Mitchell has a new book out about the strange saga of color video, shot in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the nuclear bomb attacks, which was suppressed for nearly 40 years. You can se...
03:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Robot makes a cookie
Here is a video demonstration of a Willow Garage PR-2 robot making a single large cookie. Willow Garage also makes the robot that UC Berkeley researchers taught to fold laundry and pair socks. This ba...
03:37 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Americans still being killed by racial segregation
How many Americans die because of routine racial segregation (the social kind, not Jim Crow)? According to calculations by the EpiAnalysis blog, it could be as high as 176,000 people per year. (Vi...
03:33 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Earth's two moons
There's a big difference between the side of the Moon we can see, and the side we can't. Although it seems pretty pockmarked to the layperson, "our" side of the Moon is actually the smooth half. On th...
03:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Climate change and earthquakes: It's complicated
In the wake of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami last March, I started seeing a lot of headlines like this: "Does climate change mean more tsunamis?" "Did climate change cause the Japanese earthqu...
02:11 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Alan Moore: Storyteller
Alan Moore: Storyteller is a lush new artbook about the writer and comic genius behind Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and From Hell. The hardcover monograph spans Moo...
01:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Man busted for DIY fission experiments
Richard Handle, 31, of Stockholm was attempting DIY nuclear energy experiments in his home. Wondering whether possession of radium, americium, and uranium might be illegal, he contacted Sweden's Radia...
01:02 pm PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Getting digital copyright right: pay artists, but don't break the Internet
I'm headed to Vancouver this weekend to give a keynote at SIGGRAPH; I did a long interview with Blaine Kyllo from the Georgia Straight about the subject of my talk -- that is, how you build a digital ...
11:06 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Photo: Escher painting refracted in a drop of falling water
Reddit's Smsilton took this incredible 60mm macro shot of an iconic MC Escher painting being refracted through a drop of falling water, and documented the process: Yeah I used the Canon 60mm macro f/2...
10:35 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing Can you identify this phone thief?
Do you know this man? He stole a mobile phone from a man on the street near my flat in east London this morning. I took this picture just before he ran off. If you know him please dial 101 …...
10:01 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing How Felicia Day's online gamer serial makes good TV, good business and good art
Forbes's David Ewalt has a really good profile on Felicia Day's innovative work in producing uncompromisingly niche-focused, medium-cost Web video that is both more artistically satisfying for her tha...
06:43 am PDT - Thu, August 4, 2011
BoingBoing JG Ballard archive opens at the British Library
Jack sez, "A year in the gathering, JG Ballard's archive - or the closest that is likely to exist - opens at the British Library and contains, amongst other treats, multiple versions of manuscripts fo...
10:54 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Japanese company makes creepy dolls that look like their owners
Boing Boing guestblogger alum Danny Choo documents a new doll-making place in Akihabara called Clone Factory. They scan your head and make a doll that looks like you. What do you think? Japanese c...
09:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Song based on the woman who scratched an itch until she reached her brain
If you haven't read this 2008 New Yorker article about a woman who had a chronic itch on her head and over time through her skull in till she reached her brain, here it is. And when you're finished, g...
09:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Gov't asks FAA safety inspectors for a big no-interest loan
Credit.com's Christopher Maag has a good piece about the effect of the budget debacle on FAA safety inspectors. About 40 inspectors are responsible for checking everything safety-related at the nation...
09:39 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Moptops from around the world!
I just came across this great post from my pal Iowahawk, featuring 19 videos of 1960s British Invasion-style bands from Finland, Poland, East Germany, Istanbul, Greece, Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Mexi...
09:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Old photos of streetcars deposited in the ocean near Los Angeles (and the fish that love them)
Enjoy this 1964 "Fish Bulletin" from The California Department of Fish and Game about a diving expedition to study "6 streetcars used to establish a reef off Redondo Beach." Artificial Habitat in the ...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Cute etsy bunnies!
Dean spotted Vickangaroo's cute bunnies on Etsy! Couldn't you just reach out and pet it?...
05:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Tor Johnson returns
Drew Friedman painted a swell portrait of the celebrated pro-wrestler/actor Tor Johnson for the back cover of the upcoming Fantagraphics reprint of Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely C...
04:58 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Severed child's hand iPhone accessory
Dokkiri Hand Case for iPhone 4 [Strapya World via Dangerous Minds]...
03:39 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing 4G with data-caps: pay for a month, hit your limit in under an hour
Public Knowledge's Michael Weinberg, who wrote an outstanding paper on the law and 3D printing, has a new paper, this one on 4G networks with data-caps, and how weird it is to advertise that your netw...
03:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Mugshot sites and mugshot removal sites: unholy blackmail symbiosis
Wired's David Kravets has a long look at the sleazy world of online mugshot blackmail. Rob Wiggen, a convicted fraudster, founded Florida.arrests.org when he got out of prison. It scrapes Florida's la...
03:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Lost early Hitchcock film found
Researchers have found a "lost" Alfred Hitchcock film from 1923 in a New Zealand film vault. Titled "The White Shadow," it features Betty Compson playing twins --- one angelic and the other devilish. ...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Texas drought reveals wreckage from space shuttle Columbia
There's a major, ongoing drought in Texas, Oklahoma, and southern Kansas. As of July 26th, Amarillo had clocked in a record-breaking 30 days of 100+-degree temperatures. Wichita Falls, Texas, is ...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Rad Dads: essays on fatherhood
Jeremy sez, "Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood features bestselling writers, punk-rock stars, artists, political thinkers, and regular guys tackling all the topics conventional fath...
02:26 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Dunkin Donuts prostitute sting
A 29-year-old woman working at a Dunkin' Donuts in Rockaway Township, New Jersey has been busted for prostitution from behind the counter. According to the AP, the police investigation was codenamed "...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Law prof: it would be legal to mint 2x $1 trillion platinum coins & use them to pay the US debt
Jack Balkin, a Yale Law prof, has a weird idea for solving the debt crisis. He says the law sets no limit on the amount of currency the US Mint can float, provided it produces the currency in the form...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Transparent versions of classic products
Last month, Cory posted about a magnificent Plexiglass 1939 Pontiac up for auction. The gavel dropped at $308,000! Over at Collectors Weekly, BB pal Ben Marks posts a few of his other favorite transpa...
01:53 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing How to search for alien life without SETI
Look Ma, no SETI. 10 other ways to search for intelligent life in the Universe. (Via Sarah Zielinski)...
01:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Augmented Reality Korean Unification Project
Mark Skwarek’s “Augmented Reality Korean Unification Project” uses augmented reality to remove “weapons, checkpoints, fortifications, barriers, walls, and all reminders of the ...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Hunting the wild radial tire
One traditional way to kill a lot of bison: Run them off the edge of a cliff. Now, anthropologists are studying the landing patterns of buffalo at a Montana kill site by recreating the hunt … wi...
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO beat high pram-repair costs by 3D printing replacement parts
Instructables user Dscott4 has an expensive Bugaboo pram, and it broke. The official Bugaboo service center wanted $250 to replace the part, but Dscott4 fixed it himself by 3D printing the missing par...
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing A comic about the real scientific process
Made by scientist Paul Vallett for his Electron Cafe blog, this funny cartoon is essentially about the differences between how science happens in the movies, and how science happens in real life. On t...
12:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Collecting "PostNatural"  life
The Center for PostNatural History was created “to acquire, interpret and provide access to a collection of living, preserved and documented organisms of postnatural origin.” Center for Po...
12:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing BrowserIQ correlation hoax: IQ considered unintelligent
A bunch of sites are reporting that the “study” that claimed to correlate IQ with browser choice was a hoax. The funny thing is, the hoaxy part everyone’s up in arms about is that th...
12:12 pm PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Clever and fun Calvin and Hobbes street art
What a great appreciation for Calvin and Hobbes: a little street art of the pair sliding down a public stair-railing. calvin & hobbes (it’s summer holidays….) (via Neatorama)...
11:54 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Local activists and Boing Boing readers save Troy Public Library
Steamed Punk sez, “The Troy Michigan Public Library has been saved, thanks in no small part to some very generous Boing Boing readers. Our beloved library has struggled to find a reliable fundin...
11:08 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Mariachis serenade beluga whale
There. Just enough happiness to get you out the door to work this morning. Video Link Big thanks to Mr. Nathan Chervek!...
11:01 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Slow Clap for Congress: Sarcastic YouTube meme
Micah sez, “Like a lot of people on Sunday afternoon, Baltimore-based software developer Chris Ashworth was frustrated with the way Congress had handled the important but often routine business ...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Halim El-Dabh, electronic music pioneer
This post presented by: While Pierre Schaeffer is often thought of as the father of the electronic music form known as musique concrte the gentleman above, Halim El-Dabh, actually got there several ye...
10:04 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Virtual pets starve after bungled resolution to Second Life's "unauthorized food"  war
Wagner James Au sez, “Meeroos, an extremely popular species of virtual, breedable animal in Second Life, are now starving, because griefers have been selling their owners unauthorized food, and ...
09:34 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing London Buildings: they look like spaceships
It’s true! Check out the Executor-class multiuse tower they just threw up at London Bridge. But I doubt that Robin Farquhar and Hannah Dipper’s forthcoming London Buildings: An Architectur...
09:16 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Upvote button
Make your upvote really count with this delightful USB Upvote Button box, created by Chris Krueger as a tangible accompaniment to the Reddit Enhancement Suite. [via MAKE]...
09:09 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Kick-ass Portal 2 Space Core cake
Flickr user Sharkhats commissioned this beautiful Portal 2 Space Core cake from Mike’s Amazing Cakes of Seattle as an anniversary treat (having been married with a fabulous Katamari Damacy cake)...
09:05 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Timelapse of 3D printout of Stephen Colbert's head
Darren Barefoot sends us this link to a timelapse video of a MakerBot 3D printer extruding a copy of Stephen Colbert’s head, noting, “John Biehler has a 3-D printer, an excellent photograp...
08:11 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing UK government kills Copyright Great Firewall, establishes user rights
The UK government has abandoned its plan to establish a copyright-based national firewall that media executives could use to block websites to which they objected. The proposal for a UK Great Firewall...
08:05 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Tom Watson, MP: copyfighting terror of News International
Here’s a great and engrossing profile in the Guardian of campaigning MP Tom Watson, who has been instrumental in Parliament’s pursuit of the Murdoch phone-hacking case. Watson has been tar...
07:57 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Frustrated Lithuanian mayor clears Mercedes from bike-lane by crushing it with a tank
The mayor of the Vilnius, Lithuania staged a dramatic publicity stunt to kick off his city’s crackdown on luxury cars parked in bike lanes: he drove an armoured personnel carrier down a public s...
02:10 am PDT - Wed, August 3, 2011
BoingBoing Happy WiFi Day!
You may not realize it, but these are the waning hours of WiFi Day — 8.02.11...
08:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: TEPCO reports second deadly radiation reading in two days
Here in Japan, TEPCO announces that it has detected 5 sieverts of radiation per hour in the Fukushima Daichi plant’s No. 1 reactor building. Just yesterday, in another part of the plant, TEPCO r...
08:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Kinetic sculpture with 1,200 Matchbox-type cars
[Video Link] Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Catfish directors) made this terrific short documentary about Metropolis II, Chris Burden‘s incredible kinetic sculpture, a 20′ x 30′ ...
08:25 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Headhunters and diplomats
This drawing was made on a file card by John Paton Davies, second secretary of the American embassy in Chungking, China, in 1943, just after Davies and 20 other men had parachuted from a floundering C...
08:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing "GEEK WANTED IMMEDIATELY FOR SNAKE SHOW"  Billboard advertisement from the mid-20th century
Michael Leddy writes: In an introduction to the 2010 New York Review Books reprint of Nightmare Alley [a fine novel -- mark], Nick Tosches notes that as late as 1960, Billboard ran geek-wanted ads in ...
07:27 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania rides in tank and runs over illegally parked cars
A kindred spirit with this “disturbed fugitive.”...
07:18 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Becky Stern's photos of derelict Packard plant in Detroit
My friend and MAKE Colleague Becky Stern paid a visit to the Packard plant in Detroit when Maker Faire wrapped up on Sunday afternoon. She snapped some photos. Becky told me there were no fences or si...
07:15 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima: Very high radiation levels still being found in some parts of power plant
This image shows two spots at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, at the bottom of a ventilation stack between the No.1 and No.2 reactors, where radiation levels are still high enough to kill ...
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Which cover of Ready Player One do you prefer?
Today in the mail I received the final hardbound edition of Ready Player One, the science fiction novel by Ernest Cline that I’ve been raving about for months now (it hits shelves August 16, 201...
06:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Bertrand Russell's advice to internet commenters
Sure, it’s not really what he had in mind. But I’m rather struck by the fact that pretty much every flame war ever could be avoided if we only listened to him. Shorter version: Recognize t...
06:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Castles made from human hair
Augustina Woodgate makes beautiful sculptures out of human hair: Woodgate's "I Wanted To Be A Princess"  series used clumps of hair to create 3,000 bricks, which are stacked to form two...
06:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Is the sun hard, or squishy? Reddit knows.
The collective genius of Reddit tackles a great science question from a toddler: Is the Sun hard or squishy? (Via Arria Belli)...
05:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Los Angeles: premier tonight of Syd Garon's new film about N.A.S.A. the band
Our dear pal Syd Garon, hypertalented director of such classics as Wave Twisters and Somebody Goofed, is premiering his new film tonight at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. (Click the flier image to ...
05:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Story of a shaman
Neuroscientist David Linden, who has guest-blogged here before, has an interesting post on his blog about how a young, half-Amerindian man named Emilio Gomez became a shaman and learned how to make ay...
05:40 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing What's the most iconic scientific image?
I love the thread at Quora asking users to post their favorite iconic and/or beautiful scientific images. Why? Because, while the usual suspects are certainly present and accounted for (O hai, NAS...
05:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Generative art with your Twitter avatar
Kent sez, “Enter your Twitter handle and watch as your tiny online avatar turns into large-scale generative art. Results can look like batik, pastel, or tie-dye, depending on the original.”...
05:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Close-up photo of fire-breathing pony
A couple of days ago I posted a video of the fire-breathing pony that was genetically engineered and vat-grown by the hackers at LVL1 in Louisville, Kentucky. A few commenters complained that the pony...
04:46 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Mannequins persuade shoppers to buy
Retailers are hoping that more realistic mannequins will trigger more spending by shoppers. The aim is for the mannequin to be an aspirational model, representing how shoppers want to perceive themsel...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Man heard his eyeballs rotate, heart beat
Stepehen Mabbutt, 57, of Charlton, UK suffered from superior canal dehiscence syndrome. A symptom of this ultrarare condition meant that he could hear his eyes moving in their sockets, and his heart b...
04:16 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Colorful camera cookies
Rachel Hobson of CRAFT says: “Some cookies look almost too good to eat. These fun sets of camera cookies from mangar on Etsy fall in to that category. They’d be such a fun treat for a phot...
04:11 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Crazed giant beast hand-cranked automaton protoype
[Video Link] Dug North says: “An unexpected sneak preview of my latest automaton prototype taken by a passerby at a local festival this weekend and uploaded to YouTube.” Crazed giant beast...
04:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Video: "Pour"  painting
This mesmerizing video shows how Brooklyn artist Holton Rower created a series of paintings appropriately-titled “Pour.” (Thanks, Carra Sparks!)...
03:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Person Pinball, A Stop-Motion Pinball Game Using Pedestrians
[Video Link] Via Laughing Squid...
03:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Buildings of Disaster models
My post yesterday about the pewter model of the Texas School Book Depository reminded BB pal Greg Long of his “Buildings of Disaster” collection. Created by Constantin Boym and Laurene Leo...
03:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing 1980s era electronics training unit
This is a 1989 electronics training unit, called The Model CES Ed-Lab 651. The colors and design are appealing to me. I took the photo at Maker Faire Detroit 2011. eBay’s got one with a Buy It N...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing CGI has been used to do all the really hard stuff in film effects
A provocative theory about CGI and filmmaking; CGI has cleared the backlog of all the stuff that was hard to do with tradition effects, and Hollywood is still locked into making safe movies: “Av...
03:08 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Gingrich's million Twitter followers: "80% dummy accounts, 10% paid followers" 
Newt Gingrich is making a lot of hay about his one million Twitter followers, casting himself as a well-loved man of the people against whom the mainstream press conspires. However, an unsourced ̶...
02:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Esquivalience: At what point does a fake word become real?
Publishers of reference material sometimes add false or trap information as a way to catch others who steal their material. Mailing lists often include trap addresses to catch people who rent mailing ...
02:16 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Collared carjacker claims to be part of movie shoot
When a Pittsburgh man tried to carjack a plain-clothed police officer’s car and got immediately collared, he claimed to be shooting a scene from The Dark Knight Rises, currently shooting in the ...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary about environmental direct-action: JUST DO IT!
Emily sez, Since being featured here last year as an upcoming project, Just Do It- a tale of modern-day outlaws has now become a feature length documentary. This latest film from acclaimed filmmaker E...
02:02 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Taxidermied Koopa Paratroopa
Darick Maasen made this unique ornament from an antique taxidermied turtle and a pair of chicken wings. [Darick Maasen Art via Kotaku]...
01:08 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Michael Hearst: Ode To Odd Instruments
[Video Link] Bravo to Michael Hearst for performing this ode to odd instruments, which is called “Ode To Odd Instruments.” Including (in order of appearance): Knockman “Chachak,̶...
01:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Missouri State business-school professor leads successful campaign to ban Slaughterhouse-Five from local schools
Wesley Scroggins, a business school professor at Missouri State University, wrote an editorial for Gannett’s News-Leader condemning the teaching of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five in R...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Ultimaker: high-speed, low-cost 3D printer
MAKE:’s Jon Kalish looks in some depth at Ultimaker, a MakerBot-style 3D printer that runs at higher resolutions and speeds than current MakerBot models. The creators of Ultimaker come from the ...
12:34 pm PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Outside Lands 2011: Write a limerick, win tickets!
My favorite San Francisco summer music festival, Outside Lands, is just around the corner! On August 12 to 14, a stellar lineup of more than 60 bands will descend upon Golden Gate Park, including the ...
11:33 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Matt Damon explains non-financial motivations and the education sector
In this brief video, Matt Damon is quizzed by a reporter who claims that he’s a good actor because he knows he’d be fired if he did a bad job, while teachers, with job security, have no su...
10:16 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Wisconsin Democratic voters targeted with Koch-funded absentee ballot notices advising them to vote 2 days after the recall election
The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity group has been reportedly distributing fliers in Democrat-leaning Wisconsin districts advising voters to send in their recall absentee ballots “before Au...
10:03 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Pittsburgh Signs Project: appreciation of the glorious signage of Pittsburgh
Earlier this summer, a nice group of people approached me at my signing at the CMU bookstore in Pittsburgh, PA and handed me a copy of Pittsburgh Signs Project, a photography book that features glorio...
12:23 am PDT - Tue, August 2, 2011
BoingBoing Schoolkids vs. disco Illuminati
In this performance from 1982, schoolchildren face off against the disco Illuminati of Pink Project, their dueling renditions of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall (part 2) and Alan Parsons ...
09:42 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Hacker stock art
.hackerage img {border:1px solid black;margin-top:10px;} All photos: Shutterstock and Reuters. Problem: Until they’re captured, alleged hackers don’t make for stories with good art. But re...
05:19 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Generative art with your Twitter avatar
Kent sez, “Enter your Twitter handle and watch as your tiny online avatar turns into large-scale generative art. Results can look like batik, pastel, or tie-dye, depending on the original.”...
04:36 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Pewter model of the Texas School Book Depository
You can own your very own detailed replica of the Texas School Book Depository Building as it looked on November 22, 1963, the day Lee Harvey Oswald (allegedly) shot John F. Kennedy from the sixth flo...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Mercury Men: science fiction web-series made for less than $10K
Craig Engler sez, “The Mercury Men is a kick-ass new Web series made for under $10,000 in Pittsburgh with ray guns, evil aliens and even a brain in a jar. It’s a modern homage to the black...
04:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Gold headphone amp with Swarovski crystal
NuForce’s uDAC-2 Signature Gold Edition 24bit/96kHz USB digital audio converter is for the discerning music enthusiast interested in connecting their computer to a stereo system or headphones. I...
02:21 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Handheld magnetrons for making crop circles?
Greenpeace’s GM Crop Circle from Circlemakers.org Are planks and rope now obsolete crop circle technology? Physicist Richard Taylor, director of the Materials Science Institute at the Univer...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing World's oldest protractor?
This object was found more than a century ago in an Egyptian tomb belonging to an ancient architect who lived around 1400 BCE. In the Turin museum where it’s displayed, the artifact is identifie...
02:04 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing What Murdoch's media empire did: the big picture
Alternet’s Russ Baker goes beyond the individual sins of the Murdoch media empire — the phone hacking and such — and looks at the big picture: what has the Murdoch empire done to the...
01:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Trees "shaped"  into sculptures
Peter Cook and Becky Northe of Queensland, Australia use wire frameworks to “guide” trees into interesting live sculptures, including figures, chairs, tables, and other stranger shapes. Po...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Deeper look at ending prices in .99
The companion site for the book Life’s Little Mysteries: Answers to Fascinating Questions About the World Around You has a short post summarizing why most prices end with .99. Of course, there&#...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Deeper look at why prices end in .99
The companion site for the book Life’s Little Mysteries: Answers to Fascinating Questions About the World Around You has a short post summarizing why most prices end with .99. Of course, there&#...
01:21 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing NASCAR prayer, autotuned
Here is the convincingly country stylings of Pastor Joe Nelms in an inevitable autotuning of his epic NASCAR prayer blogged by Xeni last week....
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Autodesk buys Instructables!
Congratulations to our dear pals at Instructables, just acquired by Autodesk! From Eric Wilhelm’s message: The Instructables community is incredible: you build, bake, and create amazing things, ...
12:59 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Art magazine designed for easy re-use as giftwrap
The appositely named Wrapper art magazine is designed to be disassembled after reading and re-used as wrapping paper and stationery: We have also altered our format a little since issue one, so Wrap i...
12:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing World Science Fiction Travel Fund
Lavie Tidhar sez, “We’re launching the World SF Travel Fund, to to enable one international person involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event. The firs...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Dial M for Murdoch
Photo: Marc/Wooster Collective...
12:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Age of Fable, a painterly old-school adventure
Illustrated with classic and contemporary artwork, Age of Fable is an absorbing gamebook played in the browser. Want to make your own? Download the source code. [Apolitical via Indiegames]...
11:58 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Diablo 3 "auction house"  to use real money
I’ve been waiting for Diablo 3 for ten years. However, Diablo 3 will now encourage players to buy and sell items for real money, which means I won’t be waiting for it any more. [RPS]...
11:55 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Flowchart shows the complexity of the New Zealand's Internet Disconnection copyright law
New Zealand’s new copyright law provides for Internet disconnection for anyone whose Internet connection has been used by someone (or several someoneones) who are accused of three acts of copyri...
11:35 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Leica gets a splash of color
If you’ve ever wanted to pay $750 for a stylish Leica version of a $450 Lumix camera, only to pay another $400 to make it resemble a dollar store water pistol, now’s your chance! [Colorwar...
11:16 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Teenager said to be LulzSec's Topiary bailed
Photo: Tim Bradshaw of the Financial Times. Jake Davis, the 18-year-old Briton accused by police of being Lulz Security spokestweeter Topiary, is out on bail. Paul Sawers writes: The suspected LulzSec...
11:02 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Debt deal reached
Republicans and Democrats in congress reached a deal late Sunday to avoid defaulting on the national debt. As expected, it involves large spending cuts, but no rollback on tax cuts for the rich—...
10:44 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Married lesbian couple rescued 40 teenagers from drowning during Utya shooting
Irene says, “Among the tourists who were near Utya on July 22, during the terrorist attack, were Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen, a married lesbian couple from Finland who deserve the title of heroi...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing CUBATV: photos of Cuban televisions and environs
Back in 2006, I blogged about photographer Simone Lueck‘s gallery of photos of TV in Cuban families’ homes. She’s since gotten a deal to print the photos in a handsome volume, recent...
10:40 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing FBI has lead on D.B. Cooper
The FBI is hot on the trail of D.B. Cooper, the mysterious heister who leapt from his looted airplane into myth. Nearly four decades since his disappearance, a “credible lead” has come in....
10:36 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Putting the Internet freedom movement into context: Barefoot into Cyberspace
Becky Hogge is the former executive director of the UK Open Rights Group, but she left us a few years back to write; she says, When I left the Open Rights Group a couple of years ago to concentrate on...
09:43 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Pin-Up Art of Humorama collects racy comics from Dave Berg, Basil Wolverton, and others
Fantagraphics’ The Pin-Up Art of Humorama collects hundreds of racy cartoons from the once-ubiquitous tasteless humor mag. In its prime, Humorama drew contributions from the great humor cartooni...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 011: "Why we get fat" 
Gweek is Boing Boing’s podcast about comics books, science fiction, games, gadgets, and other neat stuff. In this episode, Mark reviews the psychological thriller Tropic of Night by Michael Grub...
07:24 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Freedom of Information requests show that UK copyright consultation was a stitch-up; Internet disconnection rules are a foregone conclusion
Last year, the UK government held consultation into its proposed Digital Economy Act, an extremist copyright proposal created by the unelected Business Secretary Peter Mandelson. The process that foll...
01:36 am PDT - Mon, August 1, 2011
BoingBoing Stephen Fry debating Ann Widdecombe on the worth of the Catholic Church
Here’s a fascinating ten-minute animation to accompany audio from a debate between Stephen Fry and Ann Widdecombe, a UK Tory politician turned novelist. They’re debating the motion, “...
07:47 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing Incubot shiroi "voltron + shiroi nekobot USB"  Japan tsunami relief
Greetings from Tokyo! Sean Bonner, who I’ll be meeting in a few days along with the Safecast crew, shares word of a nifty, limited-edition USB gadget to benefit Japan tsunami relief. The tsunami...
02:55 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing
[Video Link] I, for one, welcome or plastic, flame-shooting horsey overlords. Shown at Maker Faire Detroit 2011....
02:55 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing Fire-breathing pony
[Video Link] I, for one, welcome or plastic, flame-shooting horsey overlords. Shown at Maker Faire Detroit 2011....
02:53 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing Haters Gonna Hate: microscopic edition
Funniest captioning of a motor-protein ever. (after the jump, so I don’t get lynched for a 2.5MB image on the front page) Haters gonna hate. [crosspost from r/gifs]...
12:37 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing Perma-cookie wars continue: KISSMetrics sneaks cookies back onto your computer even if you turn off every cookie vector
A group of respected security researchers have published a paper documenting the tactics used by KISSmetrics — a company that counts Hulu and many other Internet giants among its customers ̵...
12:30 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing Official London anti-terrorist publication says anarchists should be reported to local police
The City Of Westminster Counter Terrorist Focus Desk publishes a weekly briefing on safety called Griffin Weekly, full of useful advice. For example, this week’s briefing contains these helpful ...
12:21 pm PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing French copyright enforcers: "Pirates are big spenders on legit content" 
HADOPI, the French agency charged with disconnecting French Internet users who share their connections with accused copyright infringers, conducted a study on media purchasing habits by copyright infr...
02:26 am PDT - Sun, July 31, 2011
BoingBoing Shareholders take Vodafone to account for network shutdown during Egyptian revolution
AccessNow, an NGO that works for human rights values in telcoms policy, took a resolution to the Vodafone Board meeting in London last week, holding the company to account for its network shutdown dur...