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09:36 pm PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing London cops recording movements & association with mobile tracking device: "blanket & indiscriminate"
The London Metropolitan Police Force uses a tracking appliance that can force mobile devices to cough up their unique IDs (IMEIs and IMSIs) and give the Met realtime views into who is where and who th...
06:08 pm PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Hideous "bespoke library" with pre-selected books: $125,000
For people who have more money than time, taste, or intelligence: The $125,000 "bespoke library" from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The publishing house renowned for its beautiful volumes and cult...
04:30 pm PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Princess Vader: the cute is strong in this one
Redditor JonXP made this wicked "Princess Vader" costume at his five year old daughter's request: "I painted the helmet, and sewed the cape (my first sewing project ever). It was fun to put together."...
02:07 pm PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Oakland PD told a judge it wouldn't use projectile weapons any more
The Oakland PD's use of projectile weapons such as flashbang grenades in its assault on the Occupy Oakland camp seems to violate the 2004 court settlement it agreed to in a class-action settlement wit...
01:37 pm PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Hallowe'en mannequin prank
This 2009 video shows off a curiously effective Hallowe'en prank: the pranksters dressed a child-sized mannequin in a skeleton costume, then posed it, holding a candy-bag, in front of houses, rang the...
12:36 pm PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing OWS: the sand-sculptureDay of the Dead edition
Carl Jara writes, "Calavera del Toro: Gold Medal sand sculpture by Carl Jara, depicts Occupy Wall Street in a Day of the Dead satire. Created last weekend at Sand Castle Days in South Padre Island, Te...
11:04 am PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Marg Warrior Princess's greatest hits
In case you found it hard to understand the whole business of "Marg Warrior Princess" (in which a comedian/news reporter from the CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes dresses up like a middle-aged housewife...
11:04 am PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Marg Princess Warrior's greatest hits
In case you found it hard to understand the whole business of "Marg Princess Warrior" (in which a comedian/news reporter from the CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes dresses up like a middle-aged housewife...
10:34 am PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Fresh German police-malware uncovered; everything the police said in defense to date revealed as lies
More revelations on the official police-spread malware that Germany's Chaos Computer Club discovered in the wild and reverse engineered: pretty much everything the German police said in their defense ...
10:29 am PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Russia dumps daylight savings
Most of Europe's clocks fell back by an hour last night, but not Russia, which will stay on "summer time" forevermore. Or until it changes its mind again....
10:27 am PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Welsh nightclubs to fingerprint customers
Clubgoers in South Wales are to be fingerprinted, with the resulting biometric data to be retained indefinitely. The scheme is "voluntary" -- unless local councils make it a licensing condition for cl...
07:01 am PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Class War funnies: 1935 Daily Worker comics
Ruling Clawss was a Daily Worker comic strip by "A Redfield," better known for his contributions to the New Yorker under the name Syd Hoff. The strips are pretty resonant today, amid the Occupy uprisi...
03:21 am PDT - Sun, October 30, 2011
BoingBoing Christian groups: we will bodily protect Occupy London from St Paul's
British Christian groups have vowed to protect the Occupy London tent-city out front of St Paul's cathedral by surrounding it with a "circle of prayer" in the event that the cathedral attempts to evic...
10:27 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Video visit to Tim Biskup's studio
[Video Link] Here's a fun look at artist Tim Biskup's studio....
09:07 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Ford reintroduces the 1965 Mustang
A pricey, but cool, offering for Mustang aficionados. Ford Motor Co. will soon sell brand-new 1965 Ford Mustangs for just $15,000 each. The only hitch: There's some assembly required. As part of its F...
06:05 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Danger 5: 1960s superspies fight Adolf Hitler
Danger 5 is an wonderfully kitschy and awesome indie video production about a "1960s-inspired version of World War II" in which five chainsmoking, wisecracking superspies take on Adolf Hitler. Danger ...
05:57 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO defend yourself against tear-gas
A flier circulating within the Occupy movement gives detailed instructions for defending yourself against tear-gas attacks, noting that it is "only for defense purposes" and warning "never incite viol...
04:54 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Mirror-ghost candid camera prank
This clip -- from some sort of Japanese candid camera show -- shows a guy having the bejeezus scared out of him by a woman dressed as a ghost hiding behind a half-silvered mirror. Japanese ghost prank...
03:51 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a steampunk pumpkin
Brute Force Studios's Thomas Willeford wrote this great guide to steampunking your jack-o-lantern to make a "Steampunkin." Awesome. Behold, the Steampunkin! (PDF) (via Neatorama)...
02:45 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Flaming rocket-ship sparkplug ad
Something about sparkplugs brings out the exuberant lunatic in advertising illustrators. Above, exhibit B (exhibit A here). AC Spark Plugs...
01:37 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Firefox with built-in PDF support
A near-future version of Firefox will have PDF support right in the browser, with no plugins; there's a preview of the feature you can see now. That's awfully handy (though it would be handier if peop...
12:35 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Linux Foundation memo: how to make a computer that doesn't lock out GNULinux
UEFI is a new hardware standard nominally aimed at stopping malicious software, but it could also make it illegal to replace Windows or MacOS with GNU/Linux on your computer. The Linux Foundation has ...
12:10 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Top US foreclosure law firm threw Halloween party where staff dressed as homeless, foreclosed-upon Americans
From a NYT opinion piece by Joe Nocera, "What the Costumes Reveal"— On Friday, the law firm of Steven J. Baum threw a Halloween party. The firm, which is located near Buffalo, is what is commonl...
12:01 pm PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Traders talk back to Occupy Chicago
Someone in the Chicago Board of Trade dropped this printed rant on top of Occupy Chicago protesters this Wednesday, as demonstrators and union workers gathered in the city's financial center: We are W...
11:06 am PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA in depth: the worst-ever copyright proposal in US legislative history?
SOPA, the House version of the US Senate's PROTECT-IP Bill, might be the worst-ever copyright proposal in US legislative history. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has begun a series of articles exam...
10:22 am PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie Apocalypse: tonight on SyFy
Zombie Apocalypse is a new movie written by BB pal and SyFy digital honcho Craig Engler -- it premieres tonight on SyFy: The film takes place months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of t...
10:13 am PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Justin Bieber: senator who sponsored anti-streaming bill should be "locked up -- put away in cuffs"
Justin Bieber's lawyers might object to the FreeBieber campaign, but Justin himself has called for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who sponsored the anti-streaming legislation that would criminalize upload...
05:05 am PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Europeans: EU to vote on ACTA, get informed and involved!
ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a punishing, secretly negotiated copyright treaty that could send ordinary people to jail for copyright infringement. The EU will soon vote on it. Her...
04:30 am PDT - Sat, October 29, 2011
BoingBoing Microsoft buys Skype, attacks reverse engineer with bogus takedown notices and florid language
Microsoft-owned Skype has launched a campaign to shut down programmers who use reverse-engineering to understand its protocol and make interoperable products. Their PR agency calls this "nefarious att...
08:48 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Herman Cain warns against "big potato moths"
[Video Link] Best "Bad Lip Reading" yet, I'd say.  Herman Cain sings God Bless America Cain Train: Herman Cain campaign ad by Tim Heidecker Visualizing Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan to redistribut...
08:26 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really?
Kobun Chino Otogawa, Steve Jobs' Zen teacher. Courtesy kobun-sama.org. At PLOS, Steve Silberman goes in depth into the influence that Steve's Buddhist teachers had on Apple's mission and its products....
08:19 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing The White House supports leaks
"Im all for leaking when its organized."—White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley. (ProPublica)...
07:59 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Watch Live: Michael Moore at Occupy Oakland
KQED has a live stream of Michael Moore speaking to "Occupy Oakland", right now. And North Oakland Now is live-tweeting soundbites while he speaks, as is East Bay Express....
07:57 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Mike Godwin's first-person account: "What Happened at Occupy Oakland"
"I knew I had to see what was happening for myself. Since there was a chance I would be arrested, or worse, I took off my watch and emptied my wallet of most of its cashI carried only a single ID and ...
07:35 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street roundup for Friday, Oct. 28
Over at Wired News, Quinn Norton has a comprehensive Occupy Wall Street roundup: #occupysd, #occupynashville arrested, and Tahrir Square marches with #occupyoakland. And separately: the Oakland police...
07:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Blue Coat, a U.S. tech firm, admits Syria used its products to censor the web during "Arab Spring"
A U.S. company that makes Internet "filtering" systems admits that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devices to censor Web activity there. This news comes as the Syrian government cracks down on...
07:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Emerald City: The Wizard of #OWS
Boing Boing reader Ed Marsh ([email protected]) created this homage to "The Wizard of Oz," and to the Occupy Wall Street movement. What did they want, after all? A heart. A home. Courage....
06:50 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Saif Gaddafi's paintings
People keep talking about Saif Gaddafi's artwork, but it is useless without pictures. Here are a few of the paintings ascribed to him in press reports. Many are sadly but necessarily shot at oblique a...
05:47 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing In NYC, Occupy Wall Street isn't very brown (yet)
Thanks to our overwhelming no-show of numbers, 49,000 shots havent been fired at OWS yet.—Essayist Greg Tate, who is black, musing that a "blacker" Occupy Wall Street movement would have meant m...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing "Lord Cain," by Tim Heidecker (music)
Herman Cain speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's Presidential Forum in Des Moines, Iowa October 22, 2011. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank. Because Herman Cain's actual campaign ads just aren't w...
03:48 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Of course Occupy has a message
A kick-ass op-ed by Dahlia Lithwick smashes the myth that the Occupy movement doesn't have a message: "Mark your calendars: The corporate media died when it announced it was too sophisticated to under...
03:45 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Roberts Robots title sequence
Here is the excellent title sequence for Roberts Robots, a 1973-1974 UK comedy television series about an inventor of androids and his mechanical creations. (via Toys and Techniques)...
03:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing HuffPost Bingo
From FluffPo (the blog of bad Huffington Post behavior), here's the HuffPo bingo board....
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Man stuck in baby swing
A gentleman spent nine hours stuck in a toddler/infant bucket swing at a Vallejo, California playground until firefighters rescued him. Apparently, the 21-year-old had bet $100 that he could fit into ...
02:56 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing How Occupy has shifted the national debate
Prior to Occupy Wall Street, the dominant narrative in US politics was about debt and deficit reduction, and the attendant austerity measures that entailed. A study of keywords from network newscasts ...
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Changes in U.S. Consumer Spending, 2007-2010
Gwen Sharp of Sociological Images comments on an Economist graph that shows how spending patterns have changed in the US during the Great Recession. The results provide a good snapshot of the economic...
02:30 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Blood Bros' 1980s action movie DJ mixes
DJA and Dirty South Joe are the Blood Bros, dedicated curators and compilers of 1980s action movie songs. Get fired up to chop wood, take on a bully, or stage a single-handed coup. On two mixes, First...
02:30 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Found-object light fixture made from Ikea-harvested dead lightbulbs
Matthew Agostinis from Toronto made a smashing light fixture by harvesting a collection of odd, dead lightbulbs from the recycling bin at his local Ikea, and setting them amid one working light affixe...
02:17 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Crowley vs. Wicked Witch
"Aleister Crowley, "The Wickedest Man In The World," Meets His Match With The Wicked Witch Of The West, From '"The Wizard Of Oz'" Who would win? My money is on the witch. Crowley may have been pals wi...
02:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Mummies and Monkey Skulls: Oddities Host Ryan Matthew Cohn on the creepiest antiques
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: "We published an article about Ryan Matthew Cohn's jones for bones. It's got videos from the Oddities show and lots of cool photos of goat-skull chandeliers and B...
01:58 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing What the Bible says about women who won't go barefoot
In the coming global food riots, keep a close eye on women who don't go barefoot: when things get grim enough that families start eating the youngest children, it's the mother who wears shoes who will...
01:32 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing How to make glowing kryptonite candy
Over at CRAFT, Becky Stern has a video showing how to make glowing kryptonite candy....
01:26 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Shape Type: typography game of graceful curves
Shape Type is a new HTML5 typography game from the creator of Kern Type; this time around, you have to drag curve-adjustment tools to perfect letterforms. Shape Type (via Waxy)...
01:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Ads of Yore
@AdsofYore is a twitter feed that republishes unusual liner ads from the archives of local newspapers....
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing "How Occupy Wall Street Cost Me My Job"
At Gawker, Brooklyn-based journalist Caitlin Curran explains how you could quickly go from being part of the downtrodden 99% to being part of the "no, really, unemployed and utterly fucked" contingent...
12:54 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Police tactics in Occupy Oakland raid questioned
My sense is the left hand didnt know what the right hand was doing, he said. I dont think there was adequate command and control. The NYT Lede blog digs into what happened in Oakland Tuesday night. Al...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Happy 125th birthday, Statue of Liberty!
Today, the statue of Liberty is 125 years old. Above, from the Smithsonian Institution archives, a Harpers Magazine cover: Wilbur Wright flying his Wright Flyer around her in 1909. Sarah Taylor Sulick...
12:29 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Hair-shaving redhead grows it out
In Esquire, Richard Dorment writes about growing his red hair our after spending years buzzing it to avoid "hearing shit about it" from others. "For the first time in a long time years, maybe I feel...
12:18 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Depression the Hyperbole and a Half way
Hyperbole and a Half, the brilliant, frenetic, illustrated memoir, tackles sudden depression, its effects and eventual cure in the long awaited new installment. I spent months shut in my house, surfin...
12:12 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Egyptians march from Tahrir Square to support Occupy Oakland protestors
As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to march in support of Occupy Oakland—and against the type of police...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Jay Rosen and Clay Shirky respond to Breitbart and O'Keefe's entrapment attempt
Shirky and Rosen respond: "Lefty journalism professor tries to discredit the Tea Party by passing along sensational footage to his buddies at the Times!!!" Really, if this "sting" is the best that And...
11:33 am PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Seif Gaddafi to turn himself in
The dead tyrant's smartest son intends to hand himself over to the Hague to face prosecution. [NYT]...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Did British hacks fabricate "empty camp" story?
Did British newspapers fabricate a story about the Occupy London protest camp being left unoccupied at night? The answer is "yes", when seen through the lens of a specific model of re-rented thermal i...
11:02 am PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Justin Bieber vs FreeBieber
The FreeBieber campaign -- which seeks to raise awareness of the US illegal streaming bill that criminalizes the kind of YouTube cover songs Bieber launched his career with -- has received a legal thr...
10:09 am PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary on 50 years of The Phantom Tollbooth
Beloved kids' book The Phantom Tollbooth turns 50 this year (commemorated by a new edition introduced by Michael Chabon) and an oversubscribed Kickstarter campaign has been funded to produce a documen...
06:38 am PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Margaret Thatcher reimbursed for more than 500K in expenses by UK taxpayers
Margaret Thatcher leads Britain's former prime-ministers in claiming expenses back from the taxpayer. She's been reimbursed more than £500,000 in the past five years. Figures revealed by the Cabi...
04:14 am PDT - Fri, October 28, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie poodle
Zombie Poodle, an unsourced net-finding, shows how a little creative dog grooming can turn even the cutest dog-breeds into shambling zombies. Just a Zombie Poodle (Pic) (via Neatorama)...
10:41 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Oakland Riot Cat
OAKLAND RIOT CAT. Here's the background. (via Renny Gleeson)...
08:43 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Scott Olsen, Iraq veteran injured at Occupy Oakland, to undergo brain surgery
The Guardian has an update on the case of Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a projectile fired by police during the Occupy Oakland protests Tuesda...
07:12 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Liberty (new Lalo Alcaraz Occupy Wall Street poster)
Lalo Alcaraz, the artist and Uppity Mexican-American commentator who created the totally dope new "Occupy"/"Anonymous" poster above, is at laloalcaraz.com and pocho.com. I asked Lalo for info on how t...
07:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Scott Olsen, Iraq veteran injured in police raid of Occupy Oakland: how you can help
In the photo above, Veterans For Peace member Scott Olsen, who is identified as a former U.S. Marine and Iraq war veteran, lies on the street after being struck in the head by a police projectile in O...
06:54 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Google rejects JWZ's 2-step plan to end the nym wars
JWZ proposed a two-step plan to help Google realize its stated goal of allowing pseudonyms on Google+: 1. Stop deleting peoples' accounts when you suspect that the name they are using is not thei...
06:31 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy College
"How can the government justify charging students nearly 7 percent while it charges the banks nothing and can itself borrow for less than nothing?" —Tamara Draut, writing at The Nation. (via Ned...
06:27 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Blog del Narco, site chronicling Mexican drug cartel violence, is under attack
Mexico's Blog del Narco, the subject of a previous Boing Boing interview feature, denounces attempts at censorship as access to their website access is blocked. More: Knight Center for Journalism in t...
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing TSA fires screener after Get Your Freak On note left in woman's luggage
Forbes and Betabeat report that the TSA screener responsible for leaving a pervy note in Feministe's Jill Filipovic's checked luggage (after finding a sex toy there) has been fired....
06:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Scott Olsen, Iraq veteran injured by police at Occupy Oakland: how you can help
In the photo above, Veterans For Peace member Scott Olsen, who is identified as a former U.S. Marine and Iraq war veteran, lies on the street after being struck in the head by a police projectile in O...
05:44 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing The FBI's latest gang threat? Juggalos.
[Video Link]. Fucking gangs, how do they work? Spencer Ackerman at Wired's Danger Room blog: "The FBI considers the fans of shticky rap group Insane Clown Posse to represent a threat on par with the C...
05:38 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing "Satellite," Brandon Schott (music video)
[Video Link] "Satellite," the latest music video for pop tunesmith, multi-instrumentalist, and record collector Brandon Schott, directed by Matt Barrios. Buy Brandon's latest record "13 Satellites" on...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a $5 homebrew fog machine
Here's a quick and easy recipe for making your own fog machine for $5 worth of household objects: a candle, glycerin, water, a pop bottle, and a disposable pieplate. 5 Dollar Fog Machine (via Red Ferr...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Say Hi -- "Devils" (MP3)
Sound It Out #4: Say Hi -- "Devils"It's getting to be the end of the year, which is traditionally a slow time for interesting new music. I'm going to scatter in a few songs in coming weeks that came o...
04:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Video trailer for "The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"
Matt Freidell, a video editor/producer who created a company called The Glossary to produce short trailers for books, wrote to say, "I read the novella included in your newest release The Great Big Be...
03:33 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Blackboard courseware opens up for open classes, CC-licensed materials
Blackboard, the ubiquitous, hedge-fund-backed classroom software found on campuses around the world, has just changed its billing structure to make it possible for schools to share their courseware wi...
02:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto mayor confronted by comedy interviewer calls 911, reportedly shouts "You bitches! Dont you fucking know? Im Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city!
Rob Ford is Toronto's buffonish embarrassment of a mayor, elected by the suburbs to "end Toronto's war on cars" and "open the city for business," he declared that he would save money by "ending the gr...
02:45 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Maggie on Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
I'll be the guest on the Dr. Kiki's Science Hour podcast today. The live show starts at 6:00 pm Central time/ 4:00 pm Pacific. Can't join us this afternoon? A recording of the show will be posted on S...
02:39 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Soghoian: " Without Computer Security, Sources Secrets Arent Safe With Journalists"
Christopher Soghoian's NYT op-ed on one important lesson from Wikileaks: infosec for journalists and their sources. "Sadly, operational computer security is still not taught in most journalism schools...
02:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Hackers hit US government satellites
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02:27 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Microbial home: fuelling the kitchen with methane from waste
This concept design for a "microbial home" centered around a methane digester hub that feeds gas from your food into various appliances has a nice, bodgy, Rube Goldberg feel. We can call it methanepun...
02:23 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Internets Celebrities visits Occupy Wall Street
[Video Link: "Police Presence at Occupy Wall Street"] From Casimir Nozkowski and the guys behind Internets Celebrities (Twitter), whom we've featured on Boing Boing's Virgin America in-flight TV chann...
02:02 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Right-wing media sting hitman O'Keefe targets Clay Shirky, Jay Rosen over Occupy Wall Street
[Video Link: "To Catch a Journalist."] Andrew Breitbart, who wasn't always like this, writes: Earlier this morning, James OKeefes Project Veritas released a new video that sheds light on the way the N...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Vimeo to indie game devs: your art is beneath us unless you pay $200
Vimeo's snobbish policy against footage of video games has long upset indie developers. Recently, however, it began pitching a $200 account upsell directly with ban notifications, and the dam of rage ...
01:22 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Orange County city council unanimous: Occupy tents are a form of speech
A five-hour Orange County, CA city council meeting ended with the council unanimously agreeing that the Occupy tents on the town hall's lawn were a form of free speech and vowing to "add the needs of ...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Early Smurf drawings to be smurfed at the smurfing house
Some of Belgian artist Peyo's early drawings are headed to the auction house, where they are expected to fetch $160,000 or more. [Reuters]...
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Live chat on science and art
What happens when you combine science, art, and humor? Join Marc Abrahams of the Ig Nobel Prizes and Brian Wecht, a theoretical physicist and half of the music comedy duo Ninja Sex Party, for a live c...
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Lawyers target RIM
RIM faces class-action lawsuits for its extended service outages last month, with the first already filed in California and Canada. [Ars Technica]...
01:04 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Animals in space
Once upon a time, people sent monkeys and dogs into the stratosphere as test subjects aboard rockets we weren't yet willing to put a human being on top of. We also used mice to gauge how microgravity ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 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's showing some very cool automatic mechanical timepieces from Nixon Watches. The...
12:45 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing A dinosaur's teeth can be a map of its travels
Bones can tell you a lot about a creature, but there's much more they can't tell you. Bones are not behavior. We know what the skeletons of dinosaurs looked like. But there's a great deal about their ...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing PATRIOT Act at 10: the 3 worst provisions for ordinary Americans
As Xeni noted yesterday, the USA PATRIOT Act is now ten years old. In case you were wondering which parts of PATRIOT are the most offensive to liberty, human dignity and commons sense, the Electronic ...
12:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Nokia's Windows Phones look good
The lack of good phones to go with the Windows Phone OS is at an end! Nokia's Lumia 800—clearly a derivative of its doomed MeeGo handset—puts Microsoft's well-designed but largely unwanted...
12:03 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Settlers of Catan: The Novel (with exclusive book trailer)
[Video Link] Here's the book trailer for the new novelization of the game Settlers of Catan. The 620-page novel was written by Rebecca Gable and is published by Amazon. I just started reading an advan...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Celebrating Horsepower, and Animators
Movie premieres like DreamWorks Animations Puss in Boots, are more known for the red carpet appearances of actors like Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek and less known for the efforts of the animators ...
11:54 am PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian Tory MP: Don't worry about violating our stupid new copyright law, because we probably won't catch you if you do
Canadian Conservative MP Lee Richardson, a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, responded to a letter from a constituent who worried that the new copyright bill C-11 creates penalties for bre...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Passive cooling
Facebook is to build a server farm near the arctic circle. [Telegraph]...
10:05 am PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA: US House of Reps copyright bill proposes national censorship, attacks on hosting services, Twitter, YouTube
PROTECT-IP is a US Senate bill that establishes a draconian censorship and surveillance regime in America in the name of protecting copyright. Its House version, SOPA, has just been introduced, and it...
09:55 am PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories: trove of lost Dr Seuss stories
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories is a collection of "lost" Dr Seuss stories culled from short stories published in magazines like Redbook in the 1940s and 1950s, collected and reprinted for the...
09:55 am PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Canon of St Paul's resigns over plans to evict OccupyLondon
Giles Fraser, a canon at London's St Paul's Cathedral, has resigned his job and given up his church residence in protest of the plan to forcibly evict the Occupy London protesters camped in St Paul's ...
08:33 am PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Sony to take over Sony-Ericsson
Sony will finally make its own cellphones, absorbing the joint-venture it established with Ericsson in 2001. The time it took for this decision to move from evident necessity to execution -- about 3 y...
04:12 am PDT - Thu, October 27, 2011
BoingBoing Edible Venn diagram: the piagram
I can't find any further info on this Venn piagram, but surely it belongs in the annals of great math related food humor. Venn piagram....
08:21 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Mark live on Triggla.tv at 5pm pacific
I'm the guest on The Experts today at 5pm Pacific time. It's hosted by Alexis Diana and streams live on Triggla.tv....
07:11 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing 1907 open-top auto accessories
Pretty much every item for sale on this 1907 ad for "open driving" accessories would make my life better today in 2011, and I don't even own a car. Sleeve protector, robes and apron, raw hide tire ban...
06:10 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Triticum Fever, by Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly
Quick: Name a common food, consumed every day by most people, that: Increases overall calorie consumption by 400 calories per day Affects the human brain in much the same way as morphine Has a grea...
06:02 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Goths age gracefully
Surrey University sociologist Dr Paul Hodkinson conducted a series of follow-up interviews with goths he'd studied as teenagers in the 90s and found that the cohort has made a pretty graceful transiti...
05:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing WFMU Radiovision Festival this Weekend In New York City
WFMU presents a festival celebrating radio's future as it takes on new forms in the digital age for the medium's fans, tinkerers and future thinkers. A special opening night performance with Radio Leg...
05:36 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing League of Implict Superheroes
COSMIC RAYS TURNED HER INTO A FANTASTIC ICE CREAM TREAT. Josh Glenn says John Hilgart, creator of the excellent comic-book detail galleries Comic Book Cartography, 4CP, and Supertype!, has recently di...
05:05 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing 60th anniversary of wind-up chattering teeth
Ben Marks says: "In our latest interview with Mardi and Stan Timm, the couple who collect novelties such as Girlie Glasses and Fake Barf, we drill down on the history of chattering teet...
05:03 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printing a mechanical computer
Chris Fenton is using his MakerBot 3D printer to print out a mechanical computer; here he demonstrates one of the counting mechanisms. Because I have a 3D printer and I can!...
04:34 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Oakland: video shows police officer throwing "flash grenade" into crowd trying to help injured protester
[Video Link.] Video analysis by blogger Matt Kresling: "Footage from the Occupy Oakland protest, October 25th, 2011. After protesters ran to the aid of a badly-injured person, Oakland Police deliberat...
04:33 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing TSA IDs agent who left "inappropriate note" in woman's luggage, "removed from screening operations"
This really is news: the TSA has identified and fired the screener agent who, upon finding a sex toy in a woman's checked luggage, left a creepy note for her. Update: The TSA has not fired the agent. ...
04:32 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Oakland police: "Let slip the kittens of war"
Matty Iglesias, observing Shani O. Hilton's twitpic of the Washington Post front page today: "It's amazing that Oakland PD managed to disperse the Occupy Oakland crowd solely by petting kittens." Says...
04:10 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Happy 10th anniversary, Patriot Act!
My how time flies and civil liberties fade. Ten years to the day since the Patriot Act passed, making potential enemies of the state of us all. And no signs of retirement in sight.  Patriot Act i...
04:04 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Business self-defense kit: stylish, wallet-sized concealed weapons
Tha Business is a concept design by Hoang and Anh Nguyen that rethinks a number of antipersonnel objects (pepper spray, knives, brass knuckles) as stylish, wallet-sized gizmos. Also includes a whistle...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a magnetic "reverse hammer" to remove dents from brass instruments
SuperMagnete documents a clever method for removing dents from brass instruments using powerful magnets. You insert a steel ball (smaller than the dent) in the instrument, and then use a padded magnet...
02:26 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Modern-abstract walnut-wood nativity scene
Etsy seller Bunnywithatoolbelt made this "white and walnut" abstract nativity that reminds me of Danish modern furniture crossed with classic starburst clocks. Nativity Set - white and walnut (via Mak...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing The roots of perennial wheat
This is not the best photo, but it is pretty damn mind-blowing. What you see here is Jerry Glover, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, holding the root system of a single perennial wheat plant. The...
02:24 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Coffee Joulies review: the effect is barely noticeable
In the spring, Cory and I both linked to the Kickstarter campaign for Coffee Joulies. Here was the promise of these intriguing metallic lozenges: Coffee Joulies work with your coffee to achieve two go...
02:16 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing One-percenter: why I support Occupy
Gaius, a self-described member of the 1% ("Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan would save me roughly $400,000 a year in taxes, and President Obama's tax proposals would cost me more than $100,000") writes on Dai...
02:09 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful video of the demolition of the Alaskan Way viaduct at night
[Video Link] 3ric Johanson of Hackerbot Labs shot this beautiful video. He says it "shows the upper deck of the viaduct being demolished by massive jackhammers, while a brave construction worker spray...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Royal Society opens archive, kills productivity
60,000 peer-reviewed papers, including the first peer-reviewed scientific research journal in the world, are now available free online. The Royal Society has opened its historical archives to the publ...
01:51 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing I.D. thief in CA nabbed with over 300,000 victim profiles
CNET reports that a man in California has been sentenced to eight years in prison for identity theft after federal police GPS-tracked his phone and discovered a hard drive with over 300,000 victim pro...
01:50 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Tax Dodge scheme, or name of a song by UK post-punk band The Fall?
"See if you can tell the difference between a corporate tax avoidance scheme and a Fall song title, by playing our soon-to-be-household-favourite game."...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Pete Seeger: To Hear Your Banjo Play
[Video Link] Mike Springer of Open Culture says: This past weekend, Pete Seeger marched through the streets of Manhattan with the Occupy Wall Street movement. He was a spritely 92. It was the lat...
01:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Crowdsourcing a middle-school science lab
Reddit poster mdrabz is a middle school science teacher who just got a $5500 state grant to set up a lab for his 7th and 8th grade students in the Mississippi Delta. How do you choose what to buy with...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Gaddafi wrote a creepy love song for Condolezza Rice
And then he said, I have Libyas best composer, most famous composer write this song for you, and it was called Black Flower in the White House.—Condolezza Rice, describing her stalker, Muammar G...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Moroccan bow lathe
[Video Link] I've never heard of a bow lathe, much less see one in action. This is a fascinating video of a man in Marrakech who uses a hand-powered lathe to cut wooden chess pieces. He uses his foot ...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: In Which Lucky Ducky and the Houndsville 99% Declare Class Warfare!!
FOR INFORMATION, RECIPES AND PONTIFICATIONS CONCERNING GIANT WOMBATS, please do visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, and/or FOLLOW RUBEN BOLLING on the TWITTER (secret code name: @rubenbolling)....
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Police raid on Occupy Oakland: the morning after
Photo: Oakland North. Veterans for Peace member at Occupy Oakland last night. Last night, hundreds of police in riot gear from divisions throughout Northern California descended on the Occupy Oakland ...
01:22 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Design classics of Soviet-era Czechoslovakia
Nanovo Shop sells hand-picked vintage housewares and designy tchotchkes and doodads from Czechoslovakia's Soviet era. NANOVO shop (via Core 77)...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Why are rabbit's feet considered lucky?
At Anthropology in Practice, Krystal D'Costa looks at the cultural history of the rabbit's foot as a good luck charm, and attempts to figure out why bunny feet ended up being imbued with such signific...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing The biped robot which rides on a bicycle
[Video Link] Get out of the way, Big Dog: here comes "the biped robot which rides on a bicycle." (Via nerdstink)...
12:54 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Rushkoff: OWS is not a protest, but a prototype for a new way of living.
As usual, Douglas Rushkoff has an interesting perspective on OWS: "t is not a protest, but a prototype for a new way of living. " But “Occupy” is anything but a protest movement. That...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing John Hodgman's That is All video
[Video Link] John Hodgman, deranged millionaire, has a job to do concerning his upcoming book, THAT IS ALL....
12:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Time lapse digital painting
[Video Link] It's fascinating to watch UnidColor create his digital paintings. For the one above, he started by laying down some photos of the woods behind his house as a "texture wall." As he paints ...
12:27 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Hand-drawn astronaut art
David East drew this detailed, beautiful piece from a 2008 photograph of astronaut Ron Garan working on the exterior of the International Space Station. It's damn fine work. Look below the jump to see...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Doctor Whoodie
Etsy seller Geekcetera offers this Doctor Who hoodie: "Featuring the iconic tweed lapels and 11th Doctor's sonic screwdriver, this awesome hoodie will keep you warm all winter!" Doctor Who- Matt Smith...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Celebrate the birth of the Internet
Dress in your best 1960s attire for a grand-opening party this Saturday at the Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site on the UCLA campus. The site is like Colonial Williamsburg for nerds (or is that redunda...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Google quietly removes + functionality from search
It used to be that you could make Google include terms in search results by placing the + symbol before them in queries. Not any more! Writing for Wired, Andy Baio covers Google's increasing will...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Machine Man: a discomfiting novel about the antihuman side of transhumanism
Max Barry's Machine Man is a disarmingly funny and light-feeling novel about an antisocial engineer who decides to create his own prosthetic leg after he loses his own in an industrial accident. Charl...
10:09 am PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Zombies burst from monster pumpkin
Inhabitat has a great gallery of photos of sculptor Ray Villafane's zombies carved out of the world's largest pumpkin: Last week, we brought you news that the world's largest pumpkin was going under t...
02:57 am PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Fruit labels that dissolve into fruit-wash
Scott Amron's Vanishing Fruitwash Labels are a concept design for a water-soluble, adhesive-backed fruit label that is impregnated with "fruit wash" -- a detergent engineered to remove wax and pestici...
01:52 am PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Remarks by the President on a series of uprisings
"Square by square, town by town, country by country, the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights. (...)The United States supports a set of universal rights. And these rights include fr...
12:04 am PDT - Wed, October 26, 2011
BoingBoing Debunking the OccupyLondon "empty tents" story
Writing in the Guardian, Patrick Kingsley debunks the attempts to smear Occupy London protesters as "part-timers." Local councillor Matthew Richardson has been widely quoted in the press saying that t...
11:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Oakland protestors face off with riot police after chaotic day of evictions, arrests (UPDATED)
Photo: Oakland North From Oakland North blog: Vowing to reoccupy Frank Ogawa Plaza, hundreds of Occupy Oakland protestors marched through the streets of downtown Oakland late Tuesday afternoon, chanti...
11:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Oakland: Riot police use tear gas, other nonlethal weapons on protestors after chaotic day of evictions, arrests (UPDATED)
Photo: Adreadnonymous. Protester in wheelchair at Oakland protest, tear-gassed. [Video Link: Oakland police throwing tear gas bombs at protesters.] From Oakland North blog: Vowing to reoccupy Frank Og...
11:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Oakland: Riot police use tear gas, other nonlethal weapons on protestors
Photo: Adreadnonymous. Protester in wheelchair at Oakland protest, tear-gassed. [Video Link: Oakland police throwing tear gas bombs at protesters.] From Oakland North blog: Vowing to reoccupy Frank Og...
11:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Cain Train: Herman Cain campaign ad by Tim Heidecker
[Video Link]. What could possibly top the horrible and weird and real campaign videos for horrible and weird and real presidential candidate Herman Cain? Why, a horrible and weird and fake campaign vi...
09:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing EFF report: How often is SSL attacked?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Peter Eckersley has been monitoring the revocation of SSL certificates as a way of figuring out how often the 600+ certificate authorities are hacked. A hacke...
08:33 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Creative Commons fundraising drive
Jane from Creative Commons sez, Today marks the official launch of the 2011 Creative Commons Annual Campaign! Please join us in powering the future of openness! This year, we are offering a limited te...
08:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphic Detail, exclusive Boing Boing preview
The 9 Most Lucrative Heists. 10 Unsolved Mysteries. 13 Fad Diets. 7 Things Made From Insects. If these pique your interest, you'll enjoy the new book Listomania: A World of Fascinating Facts in Graphi...
07:46 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Pop-up ghosts and the Haunted Mansion: transcending a spook-house tradition
Passport to Dreams Old and New -- the smartest Disney blog I know of, and some of the best design criticism I've ever read -- discusses the role of pop-up ghosts in American spook-houses and ghost tra...
06:45 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Great old letters: 19th-c. Smithsonian Institution Secty. on "superior excellence" of a good cup of coffee
Samuel P. Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Photograph by R. H. Lord. Boing Boing pal Isabel Lara of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum sends along a fantastic little gem f...
06:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Tabletop gaming: modeling tips and tricks
Our friend Gareth Branwyn (editor-in-chief of Make Online) has written a wonderful and detailed "Skill Builder" article on tabletop gaming. In the early aughts, I ran a popular and well-regarded table...
06:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Rogue Drummers, Disobedient Cops, Oakland Evictions: An Occupy Round-Up
"Occupy protests are tough to keep up with, having spread across the four corners of the nation, and beyond them into the net," Quinn Norton writes at Wired Threat Level blog. And she's right. But she...
06:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Rick Perry and the Birthers that just won't die
On the subject of Obama's birth certificate, presidential candidate and noted douchebag Rick Perry seems essentially to be saying, "it's a theory that's out there." (thanks, anonymous!)...
05:12 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing 1955 predicts 1965
Paleofuture features "If Today Were 1965!" -- a 1955 publication of the Reading Automobile Club Magazine, published a year before the Federal Freeway Highway Act. It's an interesting mix of humility a...
04:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing The world's most controversial Lego model
My friend and MAKE colleague John Baichtal co-wrote an upcoming book called The Cult of Lego. I liked it so much that I wrote the foreword to it. As you might guess, John knows a great deal of Lego lo...
04:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Robin knee-socks with capes
These (sold out, sob!) ladies' Robin socks come with capes, which is nothing less than a stroke of genius. Robin Socks w/Capes Jr Women Knee-Highs (Sold Out) (via Geekologie)...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Maker Faire and the growth of DIY
(Photo by Jeffrey Clark) Gwen Moran of Entrepreneur magazine interviewed me about MAKE and Maker Faire. The article came out today (and so did the paperback edition of my book Made by Hand). The Maker...
03:53 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Yet another weird Herman Cain campaign ad: "He Carried Yellow Flowers"
[Video Link, via Tim Heidecker] This one's classic, meaning it came out back in August when no-one was paying attention.  Herman Cain sings Lennon classic Imagine There's No Pizza ... Visuali...
03:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Today in lost diversity
It's October 25, 2011, and another subspecies of the Javan rhinoceros has gone extinct. There's only one subspecies left, and it's down to 50 individuals....
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing The Northern Lights meet the Mason-Dixon
How do you know that you just experienced a more-impressive-than-average display of the Northern Lights? When somebody can take a picture like the one above in freaking Arkansas. Arkansas, people. Pho...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Lamps made from plumber's pipe and fixtures
Etsy seller ZALcreations makes crazy-wonderful lamps. My favorites are the ones that run their wiring through plumber's pipes and use faucets as on/off switches, but then there's the skateboard vanity...
03:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni on Madeleine Brand radio show: "Wikileaks struggles to survive financial blocks"
I joined the Madeleine Brand Show today for a discussion about the latest Wikileaks news. On Monday, Julian Assange said—for the second time in as many years—that the organization known fo...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing A new system for studying the effects of climate change
I've talked here before about how difficult it is to attribute any individual climactic catastrophe to climate change, particularly in the short term. Patterns and trends can be said to link to a rise...
03:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Coffee: An antidepressant and religion preventative?
A recently published study found a correlation between higher rates of coffee drinking in women and decreased risk of depression. Naturally, that finding made headlines. But blogger Scicurious has a r...
02:33 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing TV tuffets: you know, for the kids!
These genuine Hollywood TV Tuffets are not only good for parking your drooling tot in front of the goggle-box, but can also do triple-duty as unsafe car-seats and precarious booster-chairs. Watch out ...
02:26 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy the laboratory
In Baltimore, scientists have joined the Occupy Wall Street movement. They're worried about the lack of job prospects for Ph.D.s, but they're also worried about what that lack of jobs says about a soc...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing What good is half a wing?
One of the most common arguments you'll hear against evolution (or, at least, one of the most common arguments I heard growing up amongst creationists) had to do with transitional forms. An eye is a v...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Charles Darwin on Pro Wrestling
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01:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: writers produce "official" stories to go with the much-loved "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" illustrations
Today marks the publication of The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, an anthology of short stories inspired by The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a much-loved book of illustrations and titles for short stor...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing URGENT: Restricted Access to Public Data in the UK
Nishma from the Open Rights Group sez, "The Public Data Corporation consultation could mean access to public data is restricted only to those who can afford it. This could mean that data on weather an...
01:30 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Long Island, NY couple files trademark for "Occupy Wall St.," branded "hobo bags" are on the way
A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) application shows that Robert and Diane Maresca of Long Island, New York, are seeking to trademark the phrase Occupy Wall St. so that they can place it on "a...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Knick-knack cluttered shag carpet ad
This old shag carpet ad gives due veneration to the almighty knick-knack, showing us what a room can be with sufficient visual noise and soft synthetics underfoot. Bigelow Carpets [vintage-ads.livejou...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing P.T. Barnums "Art of Money-Getting"
Over at credit.com, I took a look at P.T. Barnum's 1880 advice book, The Art of Money-Getting. P.T. Barnum, the great circus showman of the 19th century, is probably best remembered for saying, “...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing New Hermain Cain campaign video, uh, well, oh I give up just watch.
[Video Link, via Joe Sabia]  Herman Cain sings God Bless America Visualizing Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan to redistribute wealth from the ... Herman Cain sings Lennon classic Imagine There's ...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing New Hermain Cain campaign video is, uh, well, oh I give up just watch.
[Video Link, via Joe Sabia]. You know what they say about blowing smoke. Also, is Cain pulling a trollface at the end?  Herman Cain sings God Bless America Visualizing Herman Cain's 9-9-9 pla...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: The Elephant in the Living Room (2010)
[Video Link] The Elephant in the Living Room is a 2010 documentary that "exposes the controversial American subculture of raising wild predators as common household pets." It's not on Netflix yet, but...
12:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing House thermostat that "learns" from iPod designer
[Video Link] The Nest thermostat was designed by Tom Fadell, the "father of the iPod." It will cost $250 and will be available next month. Nest learns from your temperature adjustments, programs itsel...
12:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-racism awareness poster campaign inadvertently spawns meme
Through a widely-reported poster campaign (see inset), "We're a Culture not a Costume" is a sincere and laudable effort to draw awareness to the perpetuation of prejudice through racist Halloween cost...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Using machine translation techniques to attack ciphers reveals secrets of ancient German opthalmology cult
A team of Swedish and American researchers used machine translation techniques to crack an 18th century cipher used by a secret society. The approach -- presented to the Association for Computational ...
12:11 pm PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Free teacher workshop on 3D printing in the classroom
NYC teachers: MakerBot is holding a free workshop on using DIY 3D printers in the classroom. It's a four-hour program at the Bot Farm in Brooklyn on Oct 29. "No prior knowledge of 3-D modeling or 3-D ...
11:56 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with a Maker: Jack Zylkin, USB Typewriter Guy
Jack Zylkin created the USB Typewriter. I interviewed him about his creation, the response he's received, and why people are so interested in "the muggle magic of gears and pulleys and solenoids." Avi...
11:24 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Dozens of Occupy Oakland protesters arrested in dawn raid
Early this morning in Oakland, California, some 300-500 police brought weapons including flash-bang grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets, and shotguns to break up and arrest a large encampment of "Occup...
11:20 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Protestors sketched
At Occupy Wall Street, a sketch artist seeks inspiration from protestors. [Turnstyle]...
11:09 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Ceiling covered in preserved dandelion clocks
Regine Ramseier's "Windstille" installation involved hundreds (thousands?) of fluffy dandelions, sprayed with fixative and hung from the ceiling of a tall, narrow white room. The result is both exuber...
11:07 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Android Dreams: Time-lapse Tokyo Homage to Blade Runner
[Video Link]. Boing Boing reader Samuel Cockedey created this lovely short, and explains: This is a tribute to Ridley Scott and Vangelis, whose work on Blade Runner has been a huge source of inspirati...
10:59 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Conan O'Brien tackles Apple's New Siri Commercial
Oh, Conan: Apple's New Siri Commercial Cuts To The Chase. Will be region-blocked or ad-preceded for many of you, but there are some illicit copies floating around on YouTube. (Thanks, Susannah Breslin...
10:39 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Perpetual Inattentional Blindness
Linda Stone, on human attention: "Our relationships with our SmartPhones, and this wicked habit that many of us have, of walking or driving while texting or talking, holds us in a state of perpetual i...
10:24 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Bad As Me: Tom Waits's first all-new studio album in 7 years
Bad As Me, Tom Waits's first studio album of new music in seven years, was released yesterday. I'm an enormous Tom Waits fan and never met an album of his I didn't love, but I love some of the materia...
10:24 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Bad As Me: Tom Waits' first all-new studio album in 7 years
Bad As Me, Tom Waits' first studio album of new music in seven years, was released yesterday. I'm an enormous Tom Waits fan and never met an album of his I didn't love, but I love some of the material...
10:03 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Violent cornflakes ad
This 1908 Kellogg's Corn Flakes ad is about as good as vintage ads get: you've got your American vernacular, your grotesque charcoal drawing of a vicious attack on a poor grocer by a furious cook, you...
10:02 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing The Homeland Directive: taut technothriller for the paranoid era
Robert Venditti and Mike Huddleston's stand-alone graphic novel The Homeland Directive is a tight, suspenseful technothriller (in Bruce Sterling's definition of the term: "a science fiction story with...
09:37 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Giant Lego Man washes ashore in Florida
Photo: Jeff Hindman Boing Boing reader Jeff Hindman says he was strolling on the beach at Siesta Key Village, Fla., today, when he chanced across a "giant Legoman washed ashore." "It is very big, abou...
08:51 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing Gatwick airport took away my belt buckle: "I stick to what they've told me. I'm not going to speak to you anymore. Not if you're going to publish it. I'm not speaking to you."
Back in 2008, I bought one of 686's belt buckles, which has a clever set of snowboard-binding-adjusting tools built into it, including a small flathead and Philips head screwdriver tips on the buckle'...
07:17 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing NewsCorp shareholders revolt against Murdoch family
Following up on the contentious NewsCorp shareholder meeting where the independent shareholders were to express their displeasure with the crimes committed on the Murdoch family's watch: the majority ...
04:59 am PDT - Tue, October 25, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO take over your neighbor's stereo
Redditor Junkyardmessiah has a proposal for dealing with neighbors with very large stereo systems: Simple suggestion here, I had the same issue with a neighbor that no matter how nicely or how well I ...
06:58 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Flame Effects Workshop Weekend in Los Angeles, Nov 5 & 6
Lee Sonko of The Crucible industrial arts center in Oakland, CA is conducting a flame effects workshop in Los Angeles. Looks great! In this hands-on weekend-long intensive class you will learn how to ...
06:40 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Spider Man swing-dancers
This clip from the 2007 American Lindy Hop Championships features a pair of talented hoofers cutting a rug to a cool jazz rendition of the Spider Man theme, and the fella is wearing a Spider Man getup...
05:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Cool handmade puzzle box
[Video Link] Xemnas2421 made this crazy puzzle box for his girlfriend. The box is composed of three 1/8" layers. The inner layer is the basic shape, the intermediate layer houses every sliding/locking...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Officials use ruse at high school to clear halls for drug search
[Video Link] Police and school administrators Wolcott High School in Connecticut tricked students and teachers into believing a dangerous intruder had come into the school building and ordered a lockd...
04:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Tools To Not Die With: An Interview with Vinay Gupta
Photo: Jay Springett Vinay Gupta is a man between worlds, and hes got a lot of arms. Born to Scottish and Indian parents, he was programming from a young age. But looking back on the advent of web-cul...
04:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Tools To Not Die With: An Interview with Vinay Gupta, creator of the Hexayurt
Photo: Jay Springett Vinay Gupta is a man between worlds, and hes got a lot of arms. Born to Scottish and Indian parents, he was programming from a young age. But looking back on the advent of web-cul...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Geek Mafia author seeks Kickstarter funding to prototype indie games
Rick Dakan, author of the brilliant Geek Mafia books, sez, "Mob Rules Games is a small, indie-startup founded on the core idea that we should develop both the game and the community of players at the ...
03:24 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Haunted Air: Halloween Photos 1875-1955
Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magical electronic music group Coil and is currently in Cyclobe, a duo with his partner Stephen Thrower. Ossian is a strange attractor. Weird things find him. L...
03:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Here be giant amoebas
In the deep sea, there dwell amoebas of unusual size. Of course, "gigantic" is relative. Although they would dwarf other amoeba species, the biggest xenophyophores are a little more than 4 inches acro...
03:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie in a Penguin Suit: poignant short film
This short film, "Zombie in a Penguin Suit," is a very high-production-value, often scary, and ultimately very touching seven-minute short film by Chris Russell. It's a good example of how a gimmick p...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Evolution of an outfit
Please marvel at Wired's great slideshow history of the spacesuit....
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Space lasers
Removing Orbital Debris with Lasers. How's that for a great research paper title? Most of you are probably aware of the existence of space trash—that collection of disused satellites, lost tools...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Amateur yeti filmmaker stands up for First Amendment right to record bigfoot skits in NH park
Jonathan Doyle, a performance artist, has appealed a case involving his right to film bigfoot skits in New Hampshire's Monadnock State Park to the NH Supreme Court. He argues that the permit requireme...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Jake Shimabukuro: which song should he play on ukulele for Boing Boing?
You might know that I'm a big fan of Jake Shimabukuro, who is probably the greatest living ukulele player. His latest album, Peace Love Ukulele features his standing-ovation cover of Bohemian Rhapsody...
01:49 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Three common mistakes in medical journalism
I love Gary Schwitzer, a former journalism professor at the University of Minnesota and a key advocate for better health and medical reporting at HealthNewsReview.org. Schwitzer has a quick list of th...
01:40 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Finally, Gizmodo goes to jail
No, no, silly: not for that stolen iPhone prototype, but for a series of stories on technology used inside California's San Quentin State Prison. First up, "prison hacks." Next, perchance, heirloom pr...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Roky Erickson's Devotional Number One
My sister-in-law recently gifted me "True Love Cast Out All Evil," psych rock pioneer Roky Erickson's first album in more than a decade. The disc is a collection of unreleased songs that Roky wrote ov...
01:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Quiz at Tennessee State Faire: which door leads to Heaven?
Mitch O'Connell chose "Good Works" as the door to Heaven. Whoops!...
01:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Quiz at Tennessee State Fair: which door leads to Heaven?
Mitch O'Connell chose "Good Works" as the door to Heaven. Whoops!...
01:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Mystery feet identified
Vintage plastic foot charms, via The Girl Can't Help It As regular BB readers know, Mark and I have been fascinated by the dozen or so mystery feet that have washed up on the shores of Canada's Pacifi...
01:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Context essays on Command Line podcast
Thomas Gideon at the Command Line podcast has done me the honor of selecting a couple of essays from my new collection Context for his latest podcast....
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing MTV to launch "Occupy Wall Street" reality TV show
Make way for The Real World, Zuccotti Park. MTV television will premiere "True Life: Im Occupying Wall Street" on Saturday, Nov. 5, according to NYT media writer Brian Stelter. Word spread of TV pilot...
12:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Who else was targeted by attack on RSA?
Brian Krebs posts a list of additional organizations said to have been targeted in the RSA attack, that massive data breach disclosed back in March. How many additional targets? Nearly 800 of them....
12:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Typewriter-part cat
Love this typewriter-part fraidy cat from Jeremy Mayer, a real favorite around here. It's an older piece, dated 2000. (via Super Punch) Cat X [jemayer.tumblr.com]...
12:21 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs bio out early for downloads; "60 Minutes" devotes entire episode to book
As every blog and news site everywhere has already reported (including Boing Boing), the definitive biography of the late Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, is out today. Actually, it's out today in pape...
12:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Microsoft YouTube channel compromised in lamest hack ever
The Microsoft YouTube channel was hacked over the weekend, but it was totally the weakest hack of all time. Nary a nyan cat, not one dicksuit, not a speck of porn, not a single Katy Perry bewb. You ca...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Assange: Wikileaks will suspend publishing, financial blockade has "destroyed" 95% of income
In a press conference today, Julian Assange announced that WikiLeaks will temporarily suspend all publishing activities to "ensure future survival." A financial blockade against Wikileaks by payment p...
11:44 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 023: Cool apps and websites
Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps and other neat stuff. In episode 023...
11:31 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Crazy kitchen decor and a cornucopia: old Frigidaire ad
This old Frigidaire ad features some crazy, exuberant kitchen-cabinet decor, and the classic fridge-as-cornucopia imagery, nicely offset by the creepy girl-and-doggy posed in postures of supplication ...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing TSA goes through woman's luggage, finds sex toy, leaves pervy note
"Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA," tweets writer and attorney Jill Filipovic of Feministe. "Guess they discovered a 'personal item' in my bag. Wow." It was a standard-issue "we ...
11:21 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Army seeks to counteract PTSD nightmares with "real-life Inception"
Danger Room reports that an Army-backed R&D project called Power Dreaming at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington State promises to help troops battle their nightmares with digital "counter-dre...
10:58 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing New edition of Made by Hand - win a Kindle
The paperback edition of my book, Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself is coming out tomorrow (October 25). It includes a new section with a recipe for making kombucha and instru...
10:23 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Lists of award-winningnominated science fiction books
BestSFBooks produces lists of the most award-winning and award-nominated science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as lists of new releases from writers whose works have won a lot of awards in the p...
09:59 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Scored: pulse-poundingthought-provoking YA novel about surveillance
Scored is Lauren McLaughlin's latest YA science fiction novel, a remarkable book about surveillance, class, and culture. It's McLaughlin's third novel, and her best so far (though the previous two wer...
09:35 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Connectors Quiz!
Twaggies presents another quiz, which this time will have you in knots of frustration behind the media center....
07:12 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Background image by "WhishingOnAsTar!"
Thanks to Boing Boing reader "WhishingOnAsTar!" for submitting today's background image to the Boing Boing Flickr pool!...
02:48 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing Wood wristwatches
I was at a friend's birthday dinner when he received a WeWOOD wooden watch from his wife. Everyone at the table was quite impressed. The wooden watch is very striking, elegant, and solid. WeWOOD timep...
02:19 am PDT - Mon, October 24, 2011
BoingBoing JPEG artifact humor
B3ta user Limpfish's "Lossie" graphic is great JPEG artifact humor -- and other B3tans took up the challenge with similarly altered movie posters. Home Messageboard Message 10579834 [b3ta.com]...
10:20 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Scratchbuilt motorcycle
Pere Tarragó built this MV Agusta 750 S. For the fun surprise, click here....
10:15 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Narco Polo comic: Marijuana Promotes Creativity
Here's the latest Narco Polo comic by Rob Arthur, a a former inner-city teacher and public defender and author of one of my favorite books, You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos. The astronomer an...
04:59 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Scientology investigates South Park
Leaky ex-Scientology bigwig Marty Rathbun reveals that the Church of Scientology has been running deep "public records checks" (including dumpster-diving and investigating friends) on South Park creat...
03:45 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Garbage omelette
Spotted in the Clinton Station Diner in Clinton, NJ: a "garbage omelette" with "anything the cook can find." Check out the omelette I'm too scared to order at the Clinton Diner. (It's the last on the ...
02:41 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Insane shop-window sign
Spotted in @carriebish's Twitter, this insane and menacing shop-window sign about an improbable sky-diving trip and a fraught marriage. Just about the amazingest craziest sign I've ever seen [twitter....
01:37 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Understanding the hyperrich through the lens of tomorrow's history
Charlie Stross goes on a tear with "A cultural thought experiment," looking at what the wealth of the 1 percent means, what it can't buy them, and how it might be viewed from a future society. The dim...
01:02 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Context essays on Command Line podcast
Thomas Gideon at the Command Line podcast has done me the honor of selecting a couple of essays from my new collection Context for his latest podcast....
12:02 pm PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Teller working on stage production of The Exorcist
Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) is working on a stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist. Teller's got an eclectic, less-well-known scholarly/serious bent, having contributed to pee...
11:54 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing 7.2 earthquake hits Turkey, more than a thousand feared dead (big photo gallery)
A man carries an injured girl after an earthquake in Tabanli village. REUTERS/Abdurrahman Antakyali/Anadolu Agency. Turkey's Kandilli Observatory estimates that some 500 to 1,000 people were killed in...
11:54 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing 7.2 earthquake hits Turkey, more than a thousand feared dead
A man carries an injured girl after an earthquake in Tabanli village. REUTERS/Abdurrahman Antakyali/Anadolu Agency. Turkey's Kandilli Observatory estimates that 1,000 or more people were killed today ...
11:03 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing DARPA wants vampire satellites to harvest parts from dead sats prior to de-orbit
A new DARPA solicition seeks "swarming robot space vampires" (in JWZ's evocative phrasing) to disassemble and harvest valuable components from decommissioned satellites before they're deorbited, to us...
11:03 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing DARPA wants vampire satellites to harvest parts from dead sats prior to decommissioning
A new DARPA solicition seeks "swarming robot space vampires" (in JWZ's evocative phrasing) to disassemble and harvest valuable components from decommissioned satellites before they're decommissioned, ...
10:35 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Apple's iPod turns 10 years old today
On October 23, 2001, Steve Jobs and Apple unveiled the first iPod: 5GB of music packed into a white box no bigger than a deck of cards. More on the history, and Tony Fadell's role in developing the de...
10:10 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Post-it watches
PA Design sells die-cut post-its shaped like wristwatches, gummed so they can be joined at the wrist. A cute way to put notes where you're sure to glance at them. Montre Post It Pense bte [pa-design.c...
02:07 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Densely-linked cluster of 147 companies control 40% of world's total wealth
The network of global corporate control (PDF), a study published in PLOS One, analyzes the ownership structures of the world's corporations and finds a tightly-knit cluster of 147 entities control 40 ...
12:59 am PDT - Sun, October 23, 2011
BoingBoing Plotting advice for fiction writers
Some damned good fiction advice from Teresa Nielsen Hayden, just back from teaching the Viable Paradise science fiction/fantasy writing workshop on Martha's Vineyard. Rules 3 and 4 are particularly ni...
11:53 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie nativity scene
Since you know that November 1 is the day that retailers bust out their Christmas dross, why not combine Hallowe'en and Xmas with this zombie nativity scene from Etsy seller fetishforethics? (via Maki...
11:07 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Crocheted combustible lemons: Portal 2 fan-art for salecombustible
Etsy seller GeekyCuteCrochet (and there's a descriptive moniker for you -- a 16-character repudiation of the theory that real names make for better commerce than nyms) has these sweet little crocheted...
10:04 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Toronto Tempo: beautiful timelapse of Toronto's rhythms
"Toronto Tempo," a 3:42 timelapse video of Toronto captures the city's many iconic rhythms and gaits, from the subway's rocketing roar to the deceptive stillness of the lakeshore to the beetling crowd...
09:32 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Willie Nelson reads poem for Occupy Wall Street protesters
Video Link: Willie Nelson and his wife wrote this poem in solidarity with the "Occupy" movement. "We're the ones we've been waiting for." Disclosure: I love this totally awesome dude, and he can do no...
09:16 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed Minecraft implements
Etsy seller CarryTheWhat created these 3D printed Minecraft pickaxes and swords. They're handpainted to your spec: "wood, stone, iron, gold or diamond available." There's a Thingiverse model for you t...
08:17 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Gaddafi riches "staggering"
Muammar Gaddafi may have died the richest person on earth, with more than $200bn in assets sneaked out of Africa's most oil-rich nation....
08:07 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing ACLU Tennessee brings suit against ICE officers who broke into house and said, "We don't need a warrant, we're ICE, the warrant is coming out of my balls."
The ACLU of Tennessee has brought suit against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a warrantless raid on an apartment complex where ICE officers believed some illegal immigrants were housed. ...
07:07 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Airplane graveyard
Ransom Riggs's photo-essay on the airplane graveyard in the Mojave Desert features astounding imagery of ancient, rotting aviation hardware bleaching its bones in the desert sun. I thought it was a mi...
06:44 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Kinky Boots
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06:04 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing How to: No tangle extension cord storage
[Video Link] Thanks for reminding me how to store my 100-foot extension cord, Muskrat and Rat Man!...
06:03 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Dating Sims Get Real
The Escapist's Leigh Alexander interviews Anna Anthropy, author of a dating sim that breaks out of the "nerd harem fantasy" conventions of the genre....
06:02 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Stories of revolution and rebellion
New from PM Press: Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail!: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion, a short story collection "that revolves around riots, revolts, and revolution." It includes "I Love Paree...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Canada's Supreme Court: Linking isn't libel
The Canadian Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that linking does not constitute libel, arguing that subjecting linkers to the same libel risks as publishers would cause the Web to collapse. This rev...
03:52 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy the Classroom: economic justice demands universal early childhood education
"Occupy the Classroom," Nicholas D. Kristof's NYT op-ed, argues that the fight for economic justice needs to include a demand for universal access to high quality early childhood education, as this is...
02:55 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO recreate the Haunted Mansion's singing busts
TheNewHobbyist has posted an Instructable for re-creating the "Singing Busts" effect from the Disney Haunted Mansion rides, using an Arduino to control the effect so that it springs to life when trick...
02:53 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Thor's Daughter: 2011 CrossFit Champion
[Video Link] An interesting 30-minute documentary about 2001 CrossFit champion, Annie Thorisdottir. I've never been to a CrossFit gym before. The workouts look intense! Join filmmaker Sevan Matossian ...
02:07 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing ACLU: FBI practicing racial profiling on an "industrial scale"
The ACLU has sent a...
01:51 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing What a NATO airstrike looks like: Gaddafi's convoy reduced to scrap metal
As Blake Hounsell says, "The civilized way to kill a dictator's entourage." Video Link. In Sirt, Libya.  The Day Gaddafi Died: Photos (warning, graphic content) Muammar Gaddafi killed...
01:27 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing How not to handle a TV camera, and how not to handle a TV cameraman's mistake if you are a TV anchor (video)
An instructive lesson in what not to do on television, from a FOX affiliate news program in Grand Rapids, Michigan. YouTube ("Funny Local News"), via Gawker....
01:18 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Dominique Strauss-Kahn attended "sex soirees with prostitutes paid for by businessmen"
New reports about DSK coming out in the French press involving pimping, paying for possibly underage prostitutes with company funds, and related activities—some while in the United States—...
01:09 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Rightscon: a human rightstechnology conference in Silicon Valley
Next week marks the inaugural Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference (AKA Rightscon) in San Francisco. This event will explore the role that technology plays in the expansion -- or elimination -- of h...
01:09 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Jon Bon Jovi opens "pay what you can" restaurant in New Jersey, helps hungry locals who are livin' on a prayer
[Video Link] Soul Kitchen is a new restaurant opened in Red Bank, New Jersey, by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea. The establishment offers a "pay what you can afford" payment model, and serves who...
01:08 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing The Steve Jobs biography.
Walter Isaacson's definitive biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is out Monday. All week long, excerpts have been leaking out, with little snippets of the late Apple CEO's reported thoughts on al...
12:56 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese web censors block terms related to "Occupy," to stamp out movement's spread in China
China Digital Times verifies a long list of banned keywords on Sina Weibos search function that combine occupy () with a place name inside China: "provincial capitals, economically developed regions, ...
12:52 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Angry Birds vs. Alfred Hitchcock: "Them Birds" by Dandingeroz Designs
From Dandingeroz Designs, from the Philippines (created by Dan Eijah Fajardo, aka Dandingeroz, and Pedro Kramer, aka Badbasilisk). It's currently up for voting as a Threadless t-shirt design. (MyModer...
12:42 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing The FBI and the War On Us: Racial profiling on an "industrial scale"
Justin Elliott in Salon: "New documents obtained by the ACLU show that the FBI has for years been using Census data to map ethnic and religious groups suspected of being likely to commit certain types...
12:39 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Dick Cavett on meeting Steve Jobs: kind of bummed he wasn't a tree-dweller
"I was a little sorry Wozniak wasnt along that day because Id read that he had lived in a tree. Im partial to tree-dwellers, having as a kid hoped to be one, when my little friend Bob Nelson (we were ...
12:34 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Qadaffi's corpse on display in freezer between vegetables, onions
One wonders if a trial for crimes against humanity might have been a little more dignified—not because the deceased deserved it, but because the living deserved something better than perpetuatio...
12:34 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Qadaffi's corpse on display in market freezer used for vegetables, onions
One wonders if a trial for crimes against humanity might have been a little more dignified—not because the deceased deserved it, but because the living deserved something better than perpetuatio...
12:29 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie sing "This Little Light of Mine" in Columbus Circle, NYC (video)
Columbus Circle, New York City, last night. [Video Link, via Kevin Gosztola]...
12:29 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and others sing "This Little Light of Mine" in Columbus Circle, NYC (video)
Columbus Circle, New York City, last night. [Video Link, via Kevin Gosztola]...
12:21 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing The Steve Jobs biography.
Walter Isaacson's definitive biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is out Monday. All week long, excerpts have been leaking out, with little snippets of the late Apple CEO's reported thoughts on al...
12:06 pm PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: "Starting Out Small"
Starting Out Small, a photo by The Mighty Womble, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool....
08:15 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing WIPO's secret, corporate-run trademark enforcement meeting
The World Intellectual Property Organization is hosting an off-the-books meeting in the Philippines on trademark enforcement, with speakers from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, the Swiss Watch Federation. The ...
03:41 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Complaining letter that got toilets installed on India's trains
This 1909 letter from Okhil Chandra Sen to the Sahibganj divisional railway office in West Bengal is credited with instigating the practice of installing toilets on India's trains. The image presented...
02:02 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Super Barrio and "Occupy Together" in Mexico
The popular Mexican social activist and superhero "Super Barrio," who says he wants to improve the financial situation of the working class and the poor and homeless, stands outside the Stock Exchange...
01:51 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Pete Seeger, 92, marching and singing with Occupy Wall Street protesters in NYC
As I publish this blog post, the iconic American folk singer Pete Seeger is marching and performing with Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York City. There's video at Livestream....
01:47 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing DEA bans the building blocks of Bath Salts
An emergency measure put into place by the DEA on Friday places mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and methylone under the most restrictive category of drugs for at least a year, while the ...
01:35 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Progrumkin
Forget it, everyone: there can be no greater jack-o'-lantern theme for 2011. Robert Pearlman tweets this snapshot of a pumpkin carved as an homage to the Space Shuttle Program, which ended this year....
01:20 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing John Lennon's tooth at auction
John Lennon's tooth will be on the auction block November 5. Omega Auctions placed a reverse price on it of approximately $16,000. "So, any road, we went to see the dentist instead Who gave her a pair...
12:34 am PDT - Sat, October 22, 2011
BoingBoing Science Book Club: The Siesta and the Midnight Sun
Why did you choose go to sleep last night at the particular time you did? Maybe you were just plain tired. But, chances are, there were other factors involved in that decision, as well. Where you hopi...
08:07 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie Shultz by Rev. Dave Johnson
This gag by the talented Rev. Dave Johnson made me laugh....
07:42 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Someday Funnies - an exclusive Boing Boing preview
Forty years in the making, The Someday Funnies is a 12" x 16", 215-page book containing color comic strips about the 1960s. They were created by famous cartoonists in the early 1970s for a Rolling Sto...
05:57 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a Frankenstein hat
Delia Creates made this awesome kids' Frankenstein's monster hat for her son, Owen. She started with an off the peg Frankenstein suit and then modded for great excellence. (via Craftzine)...
05:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Paranormal Activity 3 reviewed at The Awl
The only one you need to read....
05:07 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Expired patent of the day: Lego
Godtfred Kirk Christiansen et al, filed Jul 28 1958 [US Patent Office/Google Patents via 365blanc] Previously: The Lego brick turns 50; Lego cannot be trademarked, European judges rule....
04:57 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Fine art recreated with plastic tchotchke assemblages
Tom Deininger is an assemblage artist who arranges bewilderingly large collections of odd plastic tchotchkes into gorgeous pieces, including this Monet-like masterpiece. (via Craft)...
04:54 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Sprint kills unlimited 4G data plans
It applies to hotspots and tablets, not smartphones, but haha, wasn't that fast?...
04:35 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing 1980s cartoon heroes as persons of leisure
Obviously, Fab Ciraolo's newly-recovered illustrations of Oldschool Heroes provide more evidence of the ruthless looting of 19A0s culture by the subsequent memetic counterrevolution....
04:11 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Keep Calm and Konami Code
Dann Matthews' variation on the Keep Calm poster is one I can live with. Prints are available for $15 and up. via GamOvr....
04:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Improv in Toronto: DARE TO FIGHT!?
[Video Link] Good times at Improv in Toronto. Imagine this. A single ninja, standing silently by himself. Beside him sits a sign urging people to fight. Walking along the pathway, you notice said ninj...
04:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Burger King billboard gets diabetes graffiti
The Consumerist: "Someone has graffitied this Burger King billboard in downtown Seattle to transform it into criticism about how sugary fast food contributes to diabetes and the obesity crisis."...
03:57 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Anatomical kitchenware
Christine Chin's "Sentient Kitchen" sculptures imagine a whole set of kitchenware sculpted to resemble body parts. The hairy nostrils are a really good touch -- indeed, the whole collection uses spars...
03:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Second City musical director Fred Kaz
I'm thrilled to be able to share the new website of Jazz and Improv legend Fred Kaz. For the better part of my life Fred's wisdom and music have been a guiding force in the lives of hundreds of the mo...
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Iraq War Is Not Over
Spencer Ackerman at Wired News: "The fact is Americas military efforts in Iraq arent coming to an end. They are instead entering a new phase. On January 1, 2012, the State Department will command a hi...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Red Light Properties: spooky and bawdy serial webcomic about realtors who specialize in haunted houses
Dan Goldman's Red Light Properties is a serial webcomic about a Florida real-estate brokerage that specializes in exorcising haunted houses and then listing them for cheap. Goldman (who created the fa...
03:18 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Gaddafi is not Santana, and Santana is still alive.
Important news: "Despite confusion, Carlos Santana is NOT Muammar Gaddafi; still very much alive." Via Tim Heidecker. Image Credit: l-r: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images; Richard Drew/AP....
03:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our daily delivery of blog headlines to your inbox. BoingBoing readers can get an additional 25% off with the coupon code CLOCKTOBER on any of...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Tim Biskup's new painting show, Former State, opened in Los Angeles
Tim Biskup's new solo show just opened at the THIS Los Angeles gallery. The Los Angeles I'm Yours blog has a slew of striking images from the exhibition, titled Former State. "Tim Biskup's Former Stat...
02:37 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Unconsumption Project
Our friend Rob Walker, author of Buying In and a contributor at Design Observer, has spun off another brilliant branch of the Unconsumption Project: The Unconsumption project that I co-founded, which ...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage circus photos
How To Be A Retronaut posted a series of lovely vintage circus photos, all from Dominique Jando's The Circus Book: 1870-1950. (via @wonderosity)...
02:16 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing On Tea
Consider yourselves informed....
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Univac ad, 1956
From the Aug, 1956 issue of Scientific American, this sweet advertisement for the Univac: "Leading companies throughout the country have learned that Univac has become synonymous with enlightened mana...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Murdoch to pay $3.2 million to murdered schoolgirl's family
Our thoughts are with Mr. Murdoch on the day of his tragic loss....
01:52 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Obama: all US combat troops to leave Iraq by end of 2011
As I type, U.S. president Barack Obama is addressing the nation on live television. "After nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over. (...) Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holi...
01:18 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni in POETRY magazine: "Everything Moves to Live."
The editors of Poetry magazine invited me to contribute a piece for the October issue. It is here: "Everything Moves to Live." This Poetry podcast episode includes a conversation between me and the ma...
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Chris Piascik cartoon: Millionaires in US Congress
A graph by the wonderful illustrator Chris Piascik....
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Streaker disguised as referee interrupts college sporting event
[Video Link] At a recent college bowling event, a streaker dressed as an umpire ran onto the diamond and interrupted a free throw attempt. Policemen knocked him down and dogpiled him before he could j...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Star Trek bathrobes
I dote on pajamas and bathrobes (first thing I do when I get on an overnight flight is change into a pair of freshly ironed jammies for a good night's sleep -- I call it the "Most comfortable man in t...
12:58 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Card Trick from Futility Closet
From Futility Closet: Publicity hound Jim Moran brought a sealed case of playing cards to a meeting of magicians. One randomly chosen audience member opened the case, a second chose a deck, a third op...
12:50 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing 20 Christian academics speaking about God
[Video Link] Dan Colman of Open Culture writes: This summer, Jonathan Pararajasingham created 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God and then Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About G...
12:43 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Do you have the right kind of wife for a VW Microbus?
Can your wife bake her own bread? Can she get a kid's leg stitched and not phone you at the office until it's all over? Find something to talk about when the TV set goes on the blink? Does she worry a...
12:41 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Earthquake Prediction: Could We Ever Forecast the Next Big One?
[Video Link] I traveled to Japan recently with PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien, and helped shoot and produce a series of stories related to the March 11 disasters: earthquake, tsunami...
12:11 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Google Doodle for Mary Blair
Today's Google Doodle honors Mary Blair, the Disney artist who defined the look of "It's a Small World" and the tremendous tile-mural at the Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World. Today is Blair's ...
12:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing University of Kansas takes home quidditch title
I would just like to take a moment to congratulate my alma mater on being ranked #1 by the World Quidditch Association. Rock Chalk!...
12:07 pm PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Awlaki's 16-year-old son killed by US drone
Glenn Greenwald rounds up a number of reports related to the killing of al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son by an unmanned aerial drone from the US: Two weeks after the U.S. killed American citizen Anwar Awla...
11:57 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Gadhafi's corpse "stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping center"
Reports the Associated Press: "Moammar Gadhafi's blood-streaked body has been stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping center as Libyans try to keep it away from crowds as they figure out where a...
11:37 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Scenes From a Multiverse: wicked webcomic mixes science, net.humor, high weirdness
Scenes from a Multiverse, the delightfully weird webcomic from Scott Rosenberg (creator of the transcendently bizarre Goats, is now available in book form. Rosenberg created Scenes as a more accessibl...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Cooking with Machiavelli
Ommatidia's recipe for "Bolognese Machiavelli" is a delightfully savage bit of cookery: 1. Arrange to have garlic and onions cast into hot oil. 2. The carrot and celery you must divide against themsel...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright policy in the UK: an evidence-free zone
The UK Open Rights Group has released a report on the way that the UK government approaches copyright policy, in the wake of the government's recent plaudits for the UK film industry's online offering...
10:19 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Serge Salat's Menger Sponge
Beyond Infinity, an installation by french artist Serge Salat, is described as "interweaving mirrors, light, music, and fractal art" to "conflate visitors' perceptions of space". Sponsored by Buick, i...
10:09 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Flexible wood
Snijlab's wood flexes and folds thanks to an intricate pattern of laser-cut grooves. The best part, however, is that the materials and hardware required to do it yourself are commonplace. "Because a l...
10:01 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Cellphones still don't cause cancer
A new Danish study finds no causal association between cellphone use and increased risk of brain tumors. [British Medical Journal]...
09:54 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Will Wright's business card
This is the business card of game designer Will Wright, interviewed for The Atlantic by Alexis Madrigal. Naturally, the country that minted the note no longer exists....
09:48 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Nokia N9 is beautiful, flawed, doomed
This is my Next's Vlad Savov reviews the Nokia N9, "one of the most fascinating phones of the last few years." Beautifully designed and toting a linux-based operating system that can actually scroll s...
09:35 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Ice Cream Sandwich
Gadget Lab's Mike Isaac take a "deep dive" into the latest version of Android, with the platform's chief engineer as tour guide....
09:30 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Periodic table of swearing
The Periodic Table of Swearing isn't just a saucy JPG: it's a real-life interactive box that gets down and dirty with everyday English. It was built by Modern Toss—the duo of artists Jon Link an...
09:19 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing T(ether) turns iPad into VR interface
T(ether) from Matthew Blackshaw on Vimeo. T(ether) is a display that sees you. With motion capture cameras embedded in a special glove and headset, it tracks the user's movements and allows them to ma...
08:57 am PDT - Fri, October 21, 2011
BoingBoing Clockwork Fagin on Escape Pod
My steampunk YA short story, "Clockwork Fagin" (about the children who are mangled by the machinery of the industrial-information revolution, who murder the orphanage's cruel master and replace him wi...
09:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing How-to: cross-stitched cell phone case
Haley Pierson-Cox of CRAFT found a tutorial from Wee Little Stitches to make a personalized cross-stitched iPhone cover. It uses this terrific Justice League of America Cross Stitch Pattern. How-To: C...
08:28 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing 8-bit creatures in a music video by Anne Lucht
[Video Link] If you like this, be sure to check out the fun companion iPhone app. Anne Lucht's visual music clip takes you for a trip round the town of Dsseldorf, Germany - the place where electronic ...
08:11 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Late Libyan leader lacked SEO
Khaddafy. Gadhafi. Gaddafi. Qadhafi. Qaddafi. el-Qaddafi. "Good luck googling his obituary." (Rachel Maddow Show)...
07:57 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, hacker in AT&T iPad case, on Occupy Wall Street
[Video Link] In the video above: Noted troll Andrew Escher Auernheimer, aka weev of Goatse Security, on his federal case and why Occupy Wall Street matters to him: "I've had a strong decade of infuria...
07:43 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Tom Watson to attend NewsCorp board meetings with "details of previously undisclosed surveillance methods"
Tom Watson, the Labour MP who's tirelessly hounded Murdoch's News of the World over its illegal spying, has flown to the USA to attend the NewsCorp's shareholder meeting (he's got the AFL-CIO's proxy)...
07:28 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Gaddafi snuff shots, and why we love the porn of war
Susannah Breslin in Forbes: "Really, there isnt much of a distinction left between porn and snuff, between selling sex and selling death, between the worlds desire to see a dead person dragged through...
07:27 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing To do this weekend: the Orionid meteor shower
From NASA: "Earth is about to pass through a stream of debris from Halley's comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Saturday morning, Oct. 22nd, wit...
06:33 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Revenge Of The Electric Car [Theatrical Trailer]
[Video Link] The documentary Revenge Of The Electric Car opens in the US beginning Oct. 21. Looks like fun. Revenge Of The Electric Car follows 4 larger-than-life entrepreneurs at the forefront of the...
06:21 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Pizza
I'm not sure I have any comment for this, other than to say how pleased I am that puns work just as well in math. Via Vincent Knight...
06:11 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Buddy Bumper Ball
There are many pretenders to the throne of Violet Beauregarde. Buddy Bumper Ball...
05:30 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Lubbock, Texas dust storm similar to Dust Bowl-era events
Whenever you see a dust cloud, there's an almost instinctual reflex to start talking about The Grapes of Wrath. It's natural. But it's often misplaced. Your average cloud of dirt is less apocalyptic t...
05:15 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Adorable baby alligators
They said it couldn't be done. But National Geographic Traveler's Andrew Evans seems to have invented the Alligator Chaser. As a bonus: Check out this 2007 research paper, published in The Journal of ...
05:03 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing 8-bit remakes fix the past
Back in the day, home versions of arcade hits were often disappointing: low-res screens, tiny sprites and tinny music. At the time, this was seen as the result of computers and consoles lacking the or...
04:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing The Day Gaddafi Died: Photos (warning, graphic content)
An anti-Gaddafi fighter shows the media what they say was the golden pistol of Muammar Gaddafi, near Sirte October 20, 2011. Gaddafi was killed on Thursday as Libya's new leaders declared they had ove...
04:41 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Choose MIT's Energy Night for Friday night fun
I can't make this, but if you're in the Boston area tomorrow, you should consider spending your Friday at MIT's Energy Night. The event starts at 5:30 pm, it's free and open to the public, and you'll ...
04:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Ask the Smithsonian to withdraw copyright claim on public domain images
Creative works published before 1923 are legally part of the public domain. Beyond that, the federal government can't copyright anything, except in very specific circumstances. So why is the Smithsoni...
04:07 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing MakerBot is hiring
A sweet gig for NYC-based makers and hackers and 3D printing enthusiasts: MakerBot is hiring support technicians: "To work for support is to be right in the thick of all that is MakerBot if you find ...
03:36 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler finds out Gaddafi has been killed
[Video Link, thanks @demarko]...
03:34 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Muammar Gaddafi killed
[Video Link] Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed today when rebel fighters battling what was left of his regime took over his hometown of Surt. Since no-one has created a "Hitler Finds Ou...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Naomi Wolf arrested at OWS event for violating terms of an imaginary law
Writer Naomi Wolf attended a HuffPo event in NYC where Governor Andrew Cuomo was expected to attend, and which had attracted a group of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who wanted to address the gover...
02:17 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Scrutinizing mobile apps: privacy violations, bloat, and poor security
Troy Hunt installed the HTTP proxy Fiddler on his network and used it to examine the way that iPhone apps performed. What he discovered was a series of shockingly poor implementation decisions that ma...
01:07 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian Tories admit that Canadians don't want DRM rules, push for them anyway
Canada's Parliament is debating bill C-11, the latest incarnation of a "modernisation" copyright bill, which contains a very controversial US-style "digital locks" (DRM) rule. Under C-11's digital loc...
12:58 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Trebuchet attack! Elementary school kids build castle siege demonstration for school
[Video Link] Boing Boing pal Mike Outmesguine shares this excellent video of his son Mikey and his classmates putting on a demonstration for his school. Mike is a wireless technology expert and a fun-...
12:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Jenny O. -- "Well OK Honey" (MP3)
Sound It Out #3: Jenny O. -- "Well OK Honey" Its not easy to find information about Jenny O. Her bio tells us that her father is a scientist/wedding singer and that she began playing music at an early...
11:57 am PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Human forms created from densely welded chains
Korean sculptor Yeong-Deok Seo works with densely welded bicycle (and other) chains, creating beautiful, hollow forms with strange, irregular surfaces and voids. (via Colossal)...
10:45 am PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing How much radiation are you exposed to on a plane?
Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, you've probably heard me and other people talk about the radiation exposure we experience in everyday life. All humans, throughout history, have been exposed to b...
10:35 am PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing New Decoy Website Launched To Lure Away All Moronic Internet Commenters
From The Onion: "The groundbreaking Outkube.com launched this week, providing an online destination where pandering and incendiary content is used to lure moronic Internet commenters away from all oth...
08:49 am PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Power On Self Test (analog edition)
Submitted to the Boing Boing flickr pool by Dan Swenson....
08:42 am PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing Gadaffi captured, claims official (Update: killed)
According to an NTC leader quoted by Reuters, Colonel Gadaffi was shot and captured today. Update: And he's dead....
08:34 am PDT - Thu, October 20, 2011
BoingBoing U.S. used to have awesome money
On the 1896 five dollar bill, "the entire obverse was covered with artwork representing electricity." The $2 bill offered an image representing science, with youth gracing the $1....
07:13 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Free Bieber: campaign to kill proposed law that would send you to prison for 5 years for singing copyrighted music on YouTube
S.978, a new bill in Congress, make it a felony to post videos that contain copyright-infringing music, with up to five years in prison for violators. The clever folks at Fight for the Future have not...
06:28 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Obama campaign asks graphic designers to work for free on Jobs poster
Good thing there are no unemployed graphic designers in America. Because if there were, it would be really uncool for our president to have asked them to labor, without pay, for a poster about creatin...
05:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Marie Curie: 100-year anniversary of a Nobel Prize
The United Nations named this year the Intenational year of Chemistry in honor of the amazing Marie Curie, who won her second Nobel Prize a century ago this month. She shared her first Nobel prize in ...
05:04 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Belarusian central bank auctions off its sugar bowls
The central bank of Belarus has auctioned off its office chairs, cardboard boxes, and sugar bowls, but they promise it's not an indication of any sort of trouble with the economy....
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Frankie Doodle Dandy
The way he has been burned alive and is smiling about it, Frankie Doodle Dandy would make an ideal mascot for the Tea Party....
04:33 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Enclose small styrofoam cube in your letters to qualify for parcel-rate discounts on confirmed delivery service
The Indiana Election Division sends its notices out with a small styrofoam cube in the envelope; the cube increases the envelope's thickness to 3/4", so it qualifies for discounted parcel-rate shippin...
04:21 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Devo commercial for Honda scooters
This c.1984 Honda commercial starring Devo makes me want to buy an original Elite instead of a vintage Vespa. But only if I can have a Devo visor for my helmet. (Thanks, Lux!)...
04:16 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Jane Birkin sings Di Doo Dah
[Video Link] Here's Jane Birkin (the best part of Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow Up NSFW link ) singing "Di Doo Dah." (Via Dangerous Minds)...
03:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Man intentionally eats high-carb junk food to gain weight before trying to lose it again
Left: Before. Right: Now. For the last 23 weeks, personal trainer Drew Manning has been eating "sugary cereal, soda, chips, white bread, white pasta, pizza, cakes, cookies, muffins, etc." in order to ...
03:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Blindside: quest to create a great audio-only video game
Aaron Rasmussen and Michael T. Astolfi have a project going called BlindSide, for which there's a Kickstarter, to create "a video game with no graphics, played entirely using audio." The idea is to cr...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Restaurant of Soviet Time
IFTF exec director Marina Gorbis visited her native Ukraine and was delighted by the signs for this inviting eatery in Kiev....
03:40 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: How much does the First Amendment guarantee your right to protest?
The First Amendment guarantees the right to peaceable assembly. So why do peaceful protestors keep getting arrested, and sometimes pepper-sprayed and beaten up by police? Pro Publica looks at "Just Ho...
03:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Chicks in space: Baby quail floating in zero gravity (video)
[Video Link]. Not sure of the origin of this footage, or the mission in question. The quail chicks on the space station apparently didn't live long. (via Heather Goss)...
03:33 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing The Biosphere 2 "starvation diet"
In 1992, eight individuals entered the "Biosphere 2" in the Arizona desert where they lived for two years. The point was to study interactions inside a closed ecological system. The success of the "pl...
03:21 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Ceci Bastida: "Narco, Narco, have you heard?"
[Video Link] "Have you heard," the latest from LA-based, Tijuana-born artist Ceci Bastida (web, Amazon). "Narco, Narco, have you heard? Drugs and money gonna kill the world. Dollar's green and border'...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed shoelace toggle lets kindergartener tighten his own shoes
Larsie, a Thingiverse user and MakerBot owner, whipped up these 3D-printed shoelace-toggles for his kindergarten-aged son's sneakers, helping the lad tighten his own shoes: Tying knots in shoelaces ha...
02:53 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Frozen armadillo as weapon
Several weeks ago, a man attacked a woman in Dallas with a frozen armadillo. Apparently, the man was selling the armadillo to the woman, who intended to eat it. They argued, and he chucked the carcass...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Saudi men arrested over viral video about poverty in Riyadh
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested two men in connection with a video about poverty in Riyadh (above) published to YouTube. "Feras Bughnah and Hosam al-Deraiwish were summoned for questioning o...
02:26 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Animoog music synthesizer for the iPad
[Video Link] I'm one of those suckers who will buy a 99-cent iPad app for the sole reason that the maker says the price will be $29.99 after 30 days. Animoog music synthesizer for the iPad...
02:06 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Artist produces temporary works by etching her oversensitive skin
Ariana Page Russell is a visual artist whose work features intricate patterns etched in her own skin. Russell has dermatographia, an immune system disorder that causes histamine swelling in response t...
01:41 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing The Assumption Song
[Video Link] Thanks to Doobybrain and Laughing Squid for exhuming this funny song that has 15 million views on YouTube. “The Assumption Song” a 2008 video created by animator Chris O’...
01:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing France orders ISPs to block site showing police misconduct videos
The French court has ordered ISPs to block a website that posts videos of alleged police misconduct. The court made the "right decision," said Jean-Claude Delage, secretary general of the Alliance Pol...
01:07 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Fasteners: a rather stylized history in graphic form
Love the crazy-ass exuberance of the imagery in this ad for Dzus fasteners. In general, fastener companies seem to do some pretty sweet signage and collateral -- there's the most excellent Brafasco si...
12:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing The Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Album (1979) scan
Monster Brains has a scan of The Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Album from 1979, which was illustrated by underground cartoonist Greg Irons. Isn't it nice when someone makes somethi...
12:31 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Dataviz as defacement: OCCUPY GEORGE
Occupy George presents data about US wealth disparity as a series of data-visualizations that are intended to be overprinted on US dollar bills. The visualizations are available as templates to turned...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Latest smartphones compared
This Is My Next rounds up coverage of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Even better, though, is its useful comparison chart of the latest Android, Windows and iOS phones....
11:23 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing EFF: "We are generally satisfied with the privacy design of Silk"
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been investigating Silk, the web browser built into Amazon's new Android-derived Kindle Fire. Silk is billed as being a very fast browser, thanks to acceleration...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing An interview with David Eagleman, neuroscientist
Photo: Poptech David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and author. Avi Solomon What fascinates you about the nature of time? David Eagleman We all go through life assuming that time is an external river th...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing The future of energy: Where will we be in 2030?
I'm spending today at "What Will Turn Us On in 2030?"—a Future Tense conference on the future of energy. I'm live Tweeting, and you can actually watch the whole conference live stream online. Tu...
03:54 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing The Revolution Will Be Digitised: how Cablegate, Facebook, Google and the regulation will shape the future
Heather Brooke is the American-trained "data journalist" who upended British politics when she moved to the UK and began to use the UK's Freedom of Information law to prise apart the dirty secrets of ...
01:27 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Mace-in-the-face NYPD officer "broke pepper-spray rules" at Occupy Wall Street. Punishment: "loss of vacation time."
Remember Anthony Bologna, the New York police officer seen on videos pepper-spraying female Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at close range? An internal NYPD review finds that he violated departmental...
01:18 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Scrap metal thieves steal entire 50-foot bridge in Pennsylvania
Construction material and indoor plumbing are common targets for scrap metal thieves who re-sell copper and steel for quick cash. But a group of scrappers in PA dared to think big: they're blamed for ...
12:46 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing By the light of the super full moon
This photo was taken last March 19 in Cordoba, Spain. Photographer Paco Bellido captured a particularly special full moon—it appeared larger than any full moon had in 20 years. NASA explains: Fu...
12:34 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Russian space caves on the Moon
Some Russian scientists want to build a space colony inside a network of caves on the Moon. No, really. It's hard to tell, from the Reuters story, how much support this plan actually has from the peop...
12:29 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Improv Everywhere wedding
What happens when the founder of Improv Everywhere marries his girlfriend, another Improv Everywhere provocateur? See above. Congrats, Charlie Todd and Cody Lindquist! "Pro Wrestler Wedding"...
12:08 am PDT - Wed, October 19, 2011
BoingBoing Cuttlefish tricks
Marine biologist Roger Hanlon is king of the color-changing cephalopods. I've talked about him here before. In this video, narrated by NPR's Robert Krulwich, Hanlon demonstrates how much fun his job r...
11:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing How cats obey the laws of physics
The science of adorable kitties is actually really fascinating, and more than a bit weird, says Marc Abrams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and the man behind the Ig Nobel prizes. In an a...
11:36 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing S#*@ scientists say
How do you define "aerosol", or "manipulation"? What about "organic", "mutant" and "confidence"? The truth is that scientists often say words that do not mean what the general public thinks they mean....
10:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO avoid a copyright shakedown legal threat: be famous, a politician, a cop, a soldier or a corpse
TorrentFreak looks at the sleazy mass lawsuits brought against alleged BitTorrent users by pornographers and compiles a list of the criteria that lawyers use for deciding who to let off the hook. Your...
09:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 022: The Fishbone Documentary
[Video Link] In this episode of Gweek, I interviewed Chris Metzler, the co-director and co-producer of the new documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. Chris and Lev Anderson made another...
09:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Folding utility knife that fits in your wallet
The CardSharp 2 from Iain Sinclair is a folding utility knife that turns into a credit-card object when it's not in use, suitable for storing in your wallet. It's a clever little design, unlike a lot ...
08:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing EFF: HOWTO keep your mobile phone from ratting you out if you're arrested at a protest
The Electronic Frontier Foundation reminds protesters everywhere that the mobile phones they bring to protests, rallies and marches are little snitches, chock full of personal information that the pol...
08:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Why are more people opting for legal name-changes than ever before?
The BBC reports that record numbers of Britons are legally changing their name by deed-poll, and speculates on the factors that account for this (escaping your past, reverting to maiden names after di...
07:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words -- exclusive preview
The following Steve Jobs quotes are reprinted with permission from the new book I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words, edited by George Beahm, Agate B2. Broad-Based Education Reed College at that time...
07:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Advice to the 1% from Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket has contributed 13 sharp-eyed and well-worded observations to the Occupy Writers project -- I think anyone standing in a glass tower watching the demonstrators down in Liberty Park woul...
06:11 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Laser-cut papercraft niftiness from the geared fidget-ring guy
Last weekend at New York Comic-Con, I had the pleasure of meeting Glen from Kinect, who made the geared fidget rings we featured back in 2010 (one of my favorite gadgets of all time!). Glen's been doi...
05:05 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Wireless junkbot sculptural mice
We've featured the works of Aaron Ristau, a talented mechanical sculptor, before; his latest whimsical mechanical found-object mice are sweet and odd and lovely....
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Subway station decorated with pixelart inspired by 8-bit games
A Stockholm metro station has been redecorated with pixel-art inspired by classic games. They're lovely -- what a nice way to start your daily commute. (via Neatorama)...
03:41 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Harry Belafonte not snoozing, rather "meditating," on air
According to Harry Belafonte's publicist, the 84-year-old was not dozing off while waiting for his TV interview. Rather, "His earpiece wasn't working, so he decided to take the the time to meditate be...
03:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Amazing "quantum levitation" superconductivity video
Here's a magical demonstration of superconductivity from Tel-Aviv University. Of course, superconductors are key to the future vision for high-speed maglev trains. (Thanks, Ariel Waldman!)...
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Revised Monopoly space
Time to revise the Luxury Tax space in Monopoly. Resolution-independent PDF here...
03:05 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing EU vs Facebook: Facebook's dossiers on Europeans breach EU privacy laws
An Austrian student has kicked off a movement that pits EU privacy rules against Facebook's data collection practices. Max Schrems requested a copy of the data Facebook had collected on him (which Fac...
02:48 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: The Astro-Zombies (1968)
[Video Link] This 1968 piece of schlock isn't John Carradine's finest moment, but the trailer is entertaining! "The Astro-Zombies are a strange, weird, unbelievable breed of living dead in human form....
02:46 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing The Willat Effect - hedonic change caused by side-by-side comparison of similar things
After just having read Seth Roberts' blog post about The Willat Effect (the hedonic change caused by side-by-side comparison of similar things), it was interesting to see Xeni's post about the side-by...
02:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Survivor of LRA atrocities replies to Rush Limbaugh: "My Heart Breaks"
Following up on yesterday's BB post: here's a Video Link to a testimony by 22-year-old Evelyn Apoko. A post with more on her story at Media Matters. Here is her statement. From the website for Ms. Apo...
02:29 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing #OccupyWallSt: Luke Skywalker is the 99%
Photoshopper unknown. Via Brandon Neely....
02:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street
The Real Role Of Anonymous In Occupy Wall Street: "Anonymous has caught the attention of the media--and even Homeland Security--with its biggest contribution to Occupy Wall Street: hype. But, so far, ...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Proposed Australian law makes it an offense to insult Gaming Minister Michael O'Brien
The state of Victoria, Australia is considering legislation making it an offense to "assault, obstruct, hinder, threaten, abuse, insult or intimidate" the state's Gaming Minister Michael O'Brien or hi...
01:41 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing DHS says Anonymous wants to hack America's critical infrastructure
At Wired Threat Level, Kim Zetter parses a recently-leaked DHS memo that effectively brands Anonymous as a domestic terrorist organization....
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing A Duet with Siri
[Video Link, by Jonathan Mann, via Sean Bonner.]...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing iPhone 4S vs Canon 5d MKII: video comparison, side by side
[Video Link] On Vimeo, Robino Films did this "fair" test between the iPhone 4S and the Canon 5D MK II. I've been shooting video and stills with the iPhone 4S for a couple of days, and I've been pretty...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Internet trolls on SNL
"They’ve been anonymously commenting on the web for years, but some of the Internet’s most prolific commenters reveal themselves and share why they do it." (Via Laughing Squid)...
01:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Today's Background: Cityscape, by Eliot K Daughtry
Our background art today (visible on large displays) was submitted by Eliot K Daughtry of Killer Banshee Studios. Visit the permalink to see a high-res version suitable for use as desktop wallpaper. T...
01:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Medieval cosplayers hit teen daughter with tree branches, force her to wear armor, fight stepfather
KING-5, a local news station in Seattle, Washington reports that a couple who also happen to be very much into RenFaire-style cosplay forced their daughter to fight the stepdad in a medieval-style due...
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Actress suing Amazon for publishing her actual age on IMDB
A 40-year-old actress is suing IMDb and parent company Amazon for "misusing her personal information" by publishing her real age on IMDB after she signed up for the industry insider IMDbPro service in...
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Record high: 50% of USA wants to legalize pot
A Gallup poll released yesterday shows that for the first time since it began conducting the survey, more Americans favor legalizing pot than Americans who favor keeping it illegal. As Radley Balko pu...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Space Ship Countdown Pillow
I love these pillows They're $35, or $20 for just the cover. Designed by Michael Mabry.(via @heathermg)...
01:05 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Science, Politics, and the future of media: Xeni and Miles O'Brien talk at Harvard Shorenstein Center
During the recent 25th anniversary celebration for the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, I had a public conversation with Miles O'Brien, longtime scie...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Jan Pehechan-Ho: the badass original dance routine
You might be familiar with "Jan Pehechan-Ho," Mohammed Rafi's Bollywood anthem, from the opening credits of Ghost World, but have you seen the fabulous accompanying dance number from the original film...
12:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Hackathons for the occupation!
Hackathons in support of Occupy Wall Steet were organized in New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and elsewhere, and the results posted to Occupy the Web. One of the most promising projects, ...
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Bukowski's letter to a library that banned his books
In 1985, a library in Holland banned one of Charles Bukowski's books: Tales of Ordinary Madness. The library officials said the work was "very sadistic, occasionally fascist and discriminatory against...
12:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing The Occupiers
Last week, I pointed to an amazing set of "Occupy Wall Street" protest portraits by Boing Boing reader Eddie McShane, aka Macdawg. He has been going down to Zucotti Park, setting up a little portrait ...
12:26 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Introducing Ed Piskor's Brain Rot
It's my great pleasure to welcome Ed Piskor to Boing Boing, where he's launching a new comic strip, Brain Rot. You may know Ed from his work on Wizzywig, which he recently completed. A professional ca...
12:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: STAY TUNED
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12:08 pm PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Account of the first-ever Internet demo, 1972
Ars Technica's Matthew Lasar has a great potted history of the 1972 first International Conference on Computer Communication in Washington, DC, where, for the first time, ARPANet (the first iteration ...
11:35 am PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Nookie kit for campers
The "Backcountry Intimacy Kit" is a waterproof bag with everything you need to push-push whilst in the bush: "3 lubricated condoms, 2 packets of lubrication, 4 wet wipes, 4 compressed towels, and one ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing An interview with William Powers, author of Hamlet's Blackberry
Photo: Anne_Ghory-Goodman William Powers is the author of Hamlets BlackBerry. Avi Solomon First of all, I understand why you're having all these interviews because I think you've really touched on a s...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, October 18, 2011
BoingBoing Aloha From Hell: Sandman Slim goes back to Hell and kicks more ass
Oct 18 Aloha From Hell is the long-awaited third volume in Richard Kadrey's hard-boiled, kick-ass supernatural horror series Sandman Slim (the other two being the Satanic revenge novel Sandman Slim an...
08:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Virgin Galactic launches world's first commercial spaceport with performance by gravity-defying Project Bandaloop
[Video Link] Man, if there's one thing Richard Branson knows better than anyone, it's how to put on an amazing launch event. Above, video from the unveiling of the world's first commercial spaceport, ...
08:08 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 21: I Go Pogo!
Gweek is Boing Boings podcast about movies, science fiction, games, comics, books, gadgets, and other cool stuff. In episode 21 Rob reports back from ROFLCON and Respect the Internet. Also! Rob prese...
08:08 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 021: I Go Pogo!
Gweek is Boing Boings podcast about movies, science fiction, games, comics, books, gadgets, and other cool stuff. In episode 21 Rob reports back from ROFLCON and Respect the Internet. Also! Rob prese...
07:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Customize your door with colored lenses
I like these lenses. If I tried to install them in a pattern like the one shown above, the lens holes would be non-collinear and unevenly spaced, and I would have to buy a new door. Craft-Modern intro...
07:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Scandalus Olympus: ex-CEO alleges financial fraud
Michael C. Woodford (shown above), the former CEO of Olympus, says the Japanese technology company is involved in a whole lot of financial hanky-panky. The Olympus board says the 51-year-old British n...
06:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses: a Tumblog of Greatness
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA NOSES, by Simon Fletcher. "GOD IS THE ARTIST. I JUST FIND THE NINJA TURTLE IN HIS WORK." (thanks, Joe Sabia)...
06:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Nun becomes ninth Tibetan to self-immolate as protest against Chinese military repression
Tenzin Wangmo, a 20-year-old nun from Dechen Chokorling Nunnery in Tibet, is the ninth Tibetan to commit self-immolation since March, and the fifth of those to die. They are protesting repression by C...
06:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Dean at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco
I'm at the Web 2.0 Summit for the next couple days. You can follow along with me as I tweet my notes and thoughts on the event or watch their live stream. It's already heating up!...
06:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with Futility Closet blogger Greg Ross
Futility Closet is a blog about surprising passages found chiefly in out-of-print books. It's one of my favorite blogs. Greg Ross, who runs it, describes it as "An idler's miscellany of compendious am...
05:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a years work and tried my hardest to give it away
[I am reading Bill's novel now and really enjoying it. Look for a review from me soon -- Mark] When John F. Kennedy was asked how he became a war hero, hes supposed to have replied: "It was involuntar...
05:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Adventures in self-publishing: Why I took a year's work and tried my hardest to give it away
[I am reading Bill's novel now and really enjoying it. Look for a review from me soon -- Mark] When John F. Kennedy was asked how he became a war hero, hes supposed to have replied: "It was involuntar...
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Just when you thought you couldn't loathe Limbaugh more, he defends The Lord's Resistance Army
PHOTO, click for larger size without mosaic: Jean-Marie Anigbishe, 45, who was attacked by Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels near Ngalima sits with gaping head wounds at hospital in Ngalima ...
04:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Advice for protesters with cellphones, from the EFF
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a helpful legal checklist for people participating in the "Occupy" protests (and any other form of civil disobedience likely to draw the attention of l...
04:31 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Letters of Note, the book
Above, a rare letter by Walt Disney, featured on Letters of Note, a neat blog that gathers and sorts fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Shaun Usher, the guy who runs Letters ...
04:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Instapaper 4
Best-in-class "Read Later" app Instapaper hit version 4 today, featuring redesigned navigation and much else besides. [Marco Arment]...
04:22 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Taibbi: Occupy Wall Street is Bigger Than Left vs. Right
At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi on right-wing efforts (yeah, including Breitbart) to turn the "Occupy Wall Street" movement into a liberal-left conspiracy. "Don't fall for it," he writes. (via Dan Gillm...
04:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy protests around the world: 951 protests in 82 countries
The Guardian is mapping "Occupy" protests around the world....
04:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing "French Spiderman" Scales Hotel in Bucharest (Big Photo Gallery, Not Safe for Acrophobics)
French urban climber Alain Robert, also known as the French Spiderman, climbs to the top floor of a 22-story hotel building in Bucharest October 14, 2011. Robert's climb was part of an advertising cam...
03:45 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Blackberry maker RIM offers customers free apps after outage; RIM stock continues to drop anyway
Shares of beleaguered Blackberry maker Research In Motion dropped more than 5 percent today after the company tried to make up for a four-day BlackBerry outage by offering customers $100 worth of free...
03:36 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing How Occupy Wall Street Is Like the Internet, or a tale of a randomly-blogged funny protest sign
Conor Friedersdorf, an associate editor at The Atlantic, shares a strange but true story of how his words wound up on a protest sign 3,000 miles from his home: "How Occupy Wall Street Is Like the Inte...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Chomping Pacman costume
[Video Link] Make: Projects has complete instructions to make a chomping pacman costume....
02:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Death Cab for Cutie remixes
Last night, I saw Death Cab for Cutie perform an epic, majestic set at the Treasure Island Music Festival. I'd never caught them live before but their musicianship and the energy behind it was really ...
02:20 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Herman Cain sings Lennon classic "Imagine There's No Pizza"
In this performance from 1991, presidential candidate Herman Cain sings (splendidly) a version of Imagine in which the lyrics have been changed to be about pizza. [via Gawker]...
02:14 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing National Radio Quiet Zone a haven for people who say wireless signals make them sick
Bennie says: "The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000 square mile area located in parts of West Virginia and Virginia. Some find the silence soothing; others because they suffer from electromagnetic...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing MAKE Volume 28: Toys & Games
[Video Link] Becky Stern says: "MAKE Volume 28 hits makers’ passion for play head-on with a 28-page special section devoted to Toys and Games, including a toy “pop-pop” steamboat mad...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Texas officials edited climate change out of environmental report
Texas scientists wrote a report detailing the state of the environment in Galveston Bay. Rick Perry-appointed officials from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality went through the report and s...
01:22 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Cyclops shark fetus
This is an incredibly rare cyclops shark embryo. Sadly, this dusky shark never even had a chance to live. A fisher caught its momma in the Gulf of California and when cut her open, he found the curiou...
01:15 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Yachtsman eaten by cannibals. Or not.
In 2008, Stefan Ramin was on a global sailing trip when he and his girlfriend landed on the remote French Polynesian island of Nuku Hiva. He was never heard from again. and ashes, believing to be his,...
01:14 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Does light make people safer? Maybe. Maybe not.
One of the cool things about LED lighting is that it provides opportunities to bring some of the benefits of big, modern infrastructures to developing countries without having to actually build the bi...
12:55 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Sea slug steals plant genes
A species of sea slug can become photosynthetic by eating plants. The creatures eat algae for two weeks when they're young, and are then capable of surviving off the algae's photosynthetic abilities f...
12:45 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Dance your Ph.D. thesis: Teaching a robot to appreciate beats
Every year, intrepid Ph.D. students face off in a high-stakes competition for honor, glory, and the intermingling of science and art. The goal: Dance your Ph.D. thesis. I showed you the finalists last...
12:25 pm PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing HOW TO: Make silver ink that conducts electricity
This custom silver ink, developed by materials researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, allows you to draw working circuits out on paper. It's extremely cool, and the video shows y...
10:53 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Apple iPhone 4S: 4 million sold in first 3 days
Apple Inc says today that 4 million iPhone 4S have been sold since it went on sale October 14. In-store sales began Friday in Japan, Australia, France, the UK, Germany, Canada and the US. Over 1 milli...
10:36 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Virgin Galactic opens world's first commercial spaceport
Richard Branson blogs: "A historic day today in New Mexico as we will be opening the first commercial spaceport in the world - Spaceport America." More at the Virgin Galactic website. We'll have photo...
10:35 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing MC Frontalot's Critical Hit (BB Exclusive!)
We're honored to be first to present the video for MC Frontalot's Critical Hit, starring Brian Posehn alongside the nerdcore rapper. The track's from Frontalot's latest album, Solved, which is availab...
10:32 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: a protester's version of the Citibank arrests
Gawker has published the account of Elana Carroll, one of the 24 (or more?) "Occupy Wall Street" protesters in New York who were arrested at the Greenwich Village Citibank location this weekend....
10:13 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Rome Burns
Photo: La Repubblica, Italy That is the graffiti in one of the destroyed streets in this Saturday's "indignati" demonstration. It ended in violence against the police, city security, and last but not ...
07:49 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing UK media swallowed the "adult content" filter line
My latest Guardian column, "Adult content filters can't replace good parenting," is a critique of the media coverage of Britain's new national "adult content" filter. The reporting on this story all l...
06:27 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Enthusiasm for tablets grows in government
Government workers are dying to get their hands on tablet computers, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and published by Government Attic. The files show, however, th...
04:43 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing 24k Gold Sorapot auction to benefit Amit Gupta
Designer Joey Roth is auctioning a limited run of 24-karat gold Sorapots to help out BB pal Amit Gupta, who recently fell ill with leukaemia: "South Asians are severely underrepresented in the pool of...
03:10 am PDT - Mon, October 17, 2011
BoingBoing Bookbinding in the Digital Age: an interview with Michael Greer
Michael Greer is a Bookbinder. I interviewed him to find out more about his unusual profession and his recent creation, the binary Genesis. Avi Solomon Could you tell us a bit about yourself? Michael ...
09:19 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing I Heart Guts: adorable anthropomorphic plush internal organs!
I Heart Guts sells absolutely excellent plush internal organs. I ran into them at New York Comic-Con today and had a chance to play with their wares, and they're adorable, well-made, and well, organy....
09:16 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing No I'm Not Going To Law School: Disrupting Law Schools
Derek Slater is my former colleague at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, now serving as a policy analyst at Google. He's just published a barn-burning essay called "#noimnotgoingtolawschool: Or, Why...
08:55 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Octopi* Wall Street
Wade sez, "This cartoon appeared in U.S. Money vs. Corporation Currency, ;Aldrich plan' by Alfred Owen Crozier, published by The Magnet company in Cincinnati, Ohio." *I have one (1) delicious knuckle-...
06:39 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Bananas and donuts go great together
It appears that infamous wire fraud criminal Charles Keating doesn't have as much influence on the availability of pornography at 7-Eleven as he once did. Photo by Mitch O'Connell...
05:15 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Bo Diddley's son arrested in park named after Bo Diddley, during "Occupy Gainesville, FL"
From the Independent Florida Alligator via Guardian UK, via Greg Mitchell's blog, proof that awesomeness sometimes just runs in the family: Ellas Anthony McDaniel, the 56-year-old son of rhythm and bl...
05:03 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Post-steampunk movements
Some post-steampunk ideas I had at yesterday's preview screening of Vintage Tomorrows (a documentary on steampunk and its relationship to technology), premised on the idea that new movements will simp...
03:58 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Lady Liberty's arm and torch
One for the demonstrators in some 1,000 cities in some 80 countries who are #occupying: The arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty in Madison Square Park, New York. These portions of the Statue were e...
02:11 pm PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Court verdict on Adnan Latif not for you to know
Fortunately, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion on Gitmo detainee Adnan Farhan Abd Al Latif's appeal against his continued detention by the Obama administration. Unfortunately, it's...
11:44 am PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing #OccupyWallst: video of NYPD arrests in Washington Square Park
[Video Link] Occupy Wall Street protests took place in New York and around the world yesterday. In New York, thousands packed Times Square, then broke off into smaller groups occupying other public ar...
11:40 am PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing #OccupyWallSt: video of man arrested at Times Square after following NYPD orders
[Video Link] A video shot at the Occupy Wall Street protest at Times Square yesterday, which at its peak included some 15-20,000 protesters. The man in this video, whose identity we do not know yet, i...
10:03 am PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Epic Star Wars snark tee: "Show us on the trilogy where George hurt you"
Another find from New York Comic-Con: this epic Star Wars snark tee from Joel Watson, creator of Hijinks Ensue, a most excellent webcomic....
09:39 am PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Romanians invade Comic-Con
A tip for New York Comic-Congoers: don't miss the Romanian booth for a look at some of the weirdest, coolest comics being made in the world today. See my piece in Forbes from a few years back on Roman...
08:51 am PDT - Sun, October 16, 2011
BoingBoing Writer: "my publisher said I could only get the rights to my out-of-print book back if I bought their leftover copies from them"
Writer Doranna Durgin sez, "For eighteen months, publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside has refused to honor the contract reversion clause for one of their fantasy titles; they have persistently demurre...
10:27 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing U.S. govt's General Services Administration wants $113,680 to respond to FOIA request for internal discussion of iPads
_ Anyone got any spare change for the anonymous submitter?...
09:17 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing #OccupyWallSt: 24 arrested at Citibank, closing their bank accounts
[Video Link]Ken Layne at Wonkette: Be patient through the first 90 seconds   haha, attention span of a gnat!   because a remarkable little drama unfolds with protesters inside the Citibank b...
09:12 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing #OccupyWallSt sign of the day: "It's Wrong."
Snapped by Ben Furnas. Protester/sign-maker's name unknown. Ben got another funny shot here....
08:26 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street protesters take over Times Square (updated)
Happening as I post this. Watch live video here. More on the New York City protesters' longer-term plans back at Zucotti Park, including a map, at Mother Jones. (via @antderosa) Update, 715pm PT: I've...
08:26 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street takes over Times Square (updated)
Watch live streaming video from occupynyc at livestream.com 445pm ET: Happening as I post this. Watch live video here. More on the New York City protesters' longer-term plans back at Zucotti Park, inc...
07:04 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Custom Zombie action-figure kits
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending: the forthcoming "Create Your Own Zombie Action Figure" kits, which are available for pre-order, and sport arms, legs, torsos, heads, chest pr...
06:29 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Cute cosplay wings
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending: Yaya Han's hand-cut foam cosplay wings, which come in a variety of styles, including devil, fairy, angel, cherub and steampunk. They're darne...
06:06 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street protesters taking over Times Square
Happening as I post this. Watch live video here. More on the New York City protesters' longer-term plans back at Zucotti Park, including a map, at Mother Jones. (via @antderosa)...
06:02 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Japan: High radioactive cesium concentrations found in plankton off Fukushima shores
From multiple news sources in Japan today: "Researchers from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology collected plankton in waters up to 60 kilometers from the coast of Iwaki City in July. Th...
06:00 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Hostess life: "What I learned by being a migrant sex worker in Japan"
Bloomberg News has published a two-part, first-person investigative piece by Rhacel Salazar Parreas, a professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, on the lives of Filipina sex wor...
05:55 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing US judge says police need judge's permission, not a warrant, to force cell providers to turn over suspect's mobile location data
A federal judge has ruled that police need only a judge's permission, not a warrant, to force cellphone service providers to hand over data to law enforcement that reveals where a suspect used their m...
05:52 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Downs Designs, a clothing line for people with Down syndrome
This is really cool: "Downs Designs." Snip from a post on Springwise: When Karen Bowersoxs granddaughter was born with Down syndrome, she saw the challenges her mother faced trying to find clothes tha...
05:44 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing October 15th: "Global Day Of Action," Occupy Wall Street protests planned worldwide
Activists in hundreds of cities around the world are planning demonstrations for Monday, October 15th, inspired by Occupy Wall Street....
05:34 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Hostess life: "What I learned by being a migrant sex worker in Japan"
Bloomberg News has published a two-part, first-person investigative piece by Rhacel Salazar Parreas, a professor of sociology at the University of Southern California, on the lives of Filipina sex wor...
05:25 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Whimsical flickering LED circuit-board sculptures
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending: Banana Design's whimsical bare-bones lights, which consist of flickering LEDs set into sweet, cut-out circuit boards that look like candelabr...
04:22 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Fat werewolf eating a cupcake in a Michael Jackson "Thriller" jacket tee
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending: these terrific Johnny Cupcakes tees, entitled the "Lycanthriller." The site lists the men's tee as sold out, but the woman's edition is in st...
03:26 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: Bonkers Cat Rave
Video Link: "Bonkers Kitty." (thanks, Jose!)...
03:18 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Cereal Monsters: Frankenberry and friends as Universal classic monsters
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending: Jason Edmiston's "Cereal Monsters" illustration (available as a print) which portrays the Frankenberry family of cereal monsters in the style...
03:09 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Patrons sought for Jack Kirby Museum
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending: this plea for 500 Jack Kirby fans to kick in $60 each to get a pop-up Jack Kirby museum in a Lower East Side storefront, to be curated by the...
02:34 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Photos from Occupy Pittsburgh
Photos: Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing — CC BY 3.0, allowing commercial use with attribution. Demonstrations inspired by Occupy Wall Street spread worldwide today, with marches across the U.S and A...
02:13 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Geek Chic's insane and beautiful gaming tables
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending, the fabulous, ultra-deluxe gaming tables of Geek Chic, which sport a series of nested, pull-out play-surfaces, drawers, a rail-system for sus...
01:01 pm PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing A house on the back of a dog: "The Price of Safety"
Michael Klapthor's ceramic sculpture "The Price of Safety" is a one of a series of beautiful and evocative works featuring stylized houses on the backs of expressive dog-like creatures. (via Super Pun...
11:58 am PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Your ascent to the 1% doesn't mean the system is fair
From Reddit's Cylinsier, a response to Occupy Wall Street critics who argue that because they somehow managed to bootstrap themselves to wealth and privilege, the system is fair and its critics are ju...
10:54 am PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Alabama's racist "immigration" law creates misery and fear for brown people
The Guardian reports on life for visible minorities under Alabama's new "immigration" law that allows the police to detain and question "suspicious" (that is, brown) people and arrest them if they don...
10:06 am PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Ball-camera that you toss in the air for a 360 panorama
Jonas Pfiel's "Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera" sports 36 cameras and contains firmware that stitches their output together to form a global panorama; you throw it into the air and at the top of its a...
09:52 am PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Ghost in the Machine: steampunk Hallowe'en ball in London, Oct 29
Toby Slater sez, "London, UK steampunk extravaganza White Mischief hosts 'Ghost In The Machine', a Halloween ball on Saturday 29th October. Headlining is Abney Park, arguably the world's most famous s...
09:43 am PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Excellent tees from illustrator Pat Dorian
Seen at New York Comic-Con, which I'm presently attending: illustrator Pat Dorian's excellent t-shirts, which took top honors in my personal "t-shirt I would buy if I didn't have about 40 times more t...
09:19 am PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Neuroscience explanations are more believable than mere psychological ones
"The Seductive Allure of Neuroscience Explanations," published in 2008 in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, experimentally verifies the hypothesis that laypeople find explanations for psychologic...
08:04 am PDT - Sat, October 15, 2011
BoingBoing Intel's "Tomorrow Project" -- public conversations about the future of technology
Forbes has a good article on Intel's "Tomorrow Project," wherein Intel Chief Futurist Brian David Johnson gets science fiction writers and technologists to produce materials about the future of techno...
09:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing I Fight Dragons' tutorial for making chiptunes
[Video Link] Brian from the band I Fight Dragons generously made a tutorial that explains how to create your own chiptunes (music made on old videogame soundcards). Many of you have asked how we do wh...
09:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Did an NYPD officer run over this National Lawyers Guild legal observer with a scooter at Occupy Wall Street?
[Video Link] This disturbing video is making the rounds today, and there are conflicting reports of what it documents. The man on the ground has been identified as 32-year-old Ari Douglas, a legal obs...
08:53 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Brave NYPD "white shirt" heroically punches protester at Occupy Wall Street
[YouTube video link.] This YouTube video title misidentifies the person being punched as female. The person is Felix Rivera-Pitre, reports Gothamist. He tells Gothamist that he is HIV positive and is ...
08:42 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing American Made in China, by Randy Regier
Here's Randy Regier's latest artwork. I don't know if it's the size of a matchbook cover or a blimp hangar door, but its terrific. Randy Regier's "Fisher Fire Fly" model spaceship kitRandy Regier's Sh...
07:54 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Breaking: Wrong People Arrested on Wall Street
From Borowitz Report: "NYPD spokesman Frank Hannefy explained the controversial decision to arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters while leaving the people who had brought the nations economy to the bri...
07:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing The Sound of Sport
The latest episode of the consistently great podcast 99% Invisible is particularly great: a profile of Dennis Baxter and Bill Whiston, sound designers for televised sporting events. (thanks, Jesse Tho...
06:33 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Plants and Animals, a photocollage series by Stephen Eichhorn
More here. Artist Stephen Eichhorn lives and works in Chicago, IL, and is represented by EBERSMOORE gallery. (via Susannah Breslin via @superanne)...
06:11 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Epic Blackberry outage leads to epic turd-FUD headlines like "Welcome to the World Of Cyber-Terror Vulnerability"
I didn't think it was possible to think any less of disgraced former New York Times reporter Judith Miller. But then, sweet fancy Jesus, I read her analysis of the Great Blackberry Outage of 2011. For...
05:42 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Student kicked off of campus after protesting debit card that doubles as student ID is reinstated
A North Carolina college student who was angry at what he believes is the forced use of a school-branded debit card, which also doubles as college ID, was kicked off campus after ranting about the pol...
05:40 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Penguins need sweaters
Look at 'im in 'is widdle swedder. Just look at 'im. Seriously, though, apparently penguins caught up in oil spills sometimes need sweaters to keep them from preening their feathers and ingesting toxi...
05:26 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Saddam Hussein "porn double" escapes violent gang of Egyptian porno kidnappers. For the second time.
Photo: Ahram Online. Mohamed Bishr was minding his own business last Sunday, walking to a local cafe in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, when three black-suited guys grabbed him and shoved him in the ...
05:02 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Portraits of Occupy Wall Street: "OccupiedNYC"
Fetzer, 51, From Waitsboro, North Carolina. Military Veteran, Arabic Linguist. Boing Boing reader Eddie McShane, aka Macdawg, has been doing an amazing portrait series of people at the Occupy Wall Str...
01:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow: a chapbook in PM Press's Outspoken Authors series
I've just put up the site for my latest book, a slim chapbook in PM Press's Outspoken Authors series called The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. The book contains a novella ("There's a Great Big Beautifu...
01:03 pm PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian government advice defines abortionists as terrorists
From the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, a helpful banker's guide to spotting "single-issue terrorists," which includes (apparently) abortionists and ecological extremist...
11:47 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Maggie in DC, talking about the future of energy
I'll be speaking next Wednesday, the 19th, in Washington DC, as part of a one-day conference on the future of energy. What Will Turn Us On in 2030? is part of Future Tense, a series of events sponsore...
11:30 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Suggest a new name for the Very Large Array
The Very Large Array is a spectacular piece of a scientific equipment with a less-than-compelling name. Located in New Mexico, you've seen this radio observatory pop up in the background of movies, al...
11:08 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful short film about decomposition of a whale carcass
When an animal as big as a whale dies, its body becomes a whole new ecosystem. One whale carcass can support other forms of life for 50-to-75 years—basically as long as the whale itself lived. T...
10:48 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing At a Tokyo radiation hotspot, weirdness abounds
Officials were worried this week, when they discovered a radiation hotspot in Tokyo, kicking off readings as high as 3.35 microsieverts per hour. (For context, a dental x-ray is about 5 microsieverts....
10:34 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing NYC backs off Occupy Wall Street "cleaning"
The Awl offers a selection of photos and videos from the early hours today, in which the city of New York's deadline for clearing out the park (so it might be "cleaned") passed....
10:15 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Paris flooded and abandoned in short film
This strangely affecting short of Paris, abandoned under a yard of water, is by Olivier Campagne & Vivien Balzi. Brice Tillet made the music. [Video Link via Laughing Squid]...
10:07 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Fire Spotter notebook
Field Notes' lovely but inexpensive pocket jotters now come in stiff-cover red....
09:58 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Shooting ash
Holy Smokes is a company that will load cremains into shotgun shells and standard-caliber cartridges for you. [Wired]...
09:47 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing William Gibson Interview
Illo: Rob Beschizza. Photo: Frederic Poirot Author William Gibson discusses Victorians, John Shirley and the early days of his career. A longer version of this interview appeared in the 197th issue of...
12:08 am PDT - Fri, October 14, 2011
BoingBoing Warner Brothers to film Rome Sweet Rome movie
Rome Sweet Rome, a historical sci-fi saga published as comments at Reddit, was snapped up today by Warner Brothers. In answer to a question -- "Could I destroy the Roman Empire ... with a U.S. Marine ...
11:21 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Advice for a person contemplating rectal insertion of the world's hottest pepper
An unwise individual has made a wager that involves inserting a cotton bud soaked in the world's hottest pepper into his rectum. He has asked Reddit how to minimize the harm that might arise as a cons...
07:12 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing UK mobile phones are a-crawl with poo-bugs
If you thought your mobile carrier was a pile of shit, it's understandable -- after all, the phones themselves are festering hives of E coli: Researchers said that 16% of the devices were contaminated...
05:37 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Seattle superhero not prosecuted
Seattle prosecutors decided not to press charges against Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones. As I posted yesterday, Jones was arrested over the weekend for allegedly pepper spraying a group of people. Hi...
05:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing A swell trick with a nail and a block of wood
[Video Link] I couldn't figure out how he did it. I had to watch the video below to learn the trick. (Via TYWKIWDBI)...
04:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Laser pointer leads to quick arrest
[Video Link] This police helicopter has gee-whiz visioning technology that makes it easy for the pilot to pinpoint a moron who flashed him with a green laser. Laughing Squid: Man Aiming a Laser Pointe...
03:42 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Demonstrating Lenz' Law with a magnet and a copper disk
[Video Link] It's fun to watch this fellow drop a magnet on a large disk of copper. I have no idea why he is talking about a Brazilian X-rated website. That's just a bonus feature....
02:53 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Why handmade keys?
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02:29 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs, the movie
The publication of Walter Isaacson's highly-anticipated, authorized bio of Steve Jobs, formerly titled iSteve (like iWoz?) and now titled, er, Steve Jobs, has been moved up to October 24 and Sony Pict...
02:20 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Software to predict crime scenes
Santa Cruz, California police are testing prototype software that predicts where crimes may be committed in the next few days. The deputy chief of police thinks that it may help police patrol areas th...
02:12 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing The day Frazetta took away Tarzan's erection
On his blog, Frazetta historian and collector DocDave Winiewicz shares a wonderful story about the above artwork. (To see the whole NSFW painting, click the link below). [In 1994] Alex [Acevedo, owner...
02:07 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO: Rubik's Cube chest of drawers
Instructables user makendo created this wonderful Rubik's Cube chest of drawers for his children. This cubic piece of furniture has only one of the three required axes of rotation, so is unsolvable in...
02:02 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Competitive pumpkin growing
No, Linus, THIS is the great pumpkin. Greg Ruffing took this photo of Tim Parks harvesting last year's entry into a contest held by the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers club. Amazingly, he didn't win...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Liquid Television relaunch
MTV has relaunched its classic 1990s animation showcase Liquid Television as an online venture. Ah, Aeon Flux, Beavis and Butt-Head, and Dog-Boy Original trailer above. Liquid Television...
01:42 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Tame Impala - Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind? (MP3)
Sound It Out #2: Tame Impala "Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind?" Ill admit to being a latecomer to Tame Impala, and for the stupidest reason: based on their name, I assumed that they were a bunch of pre...
01:42 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Tame Impala: Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? (MP3)
Sound It Out #2: Tame Impala "Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind?" Ill admit to being a latecomer to Tame Impala, and for the stupidest reason: based on their name, I assumed that they were a bunch of pre...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Moss Man skips out on trial
Have you seen this gentleman? This is Gregory Liascos, 36, of Portland, who was arrested last year for allegedly trying to cut a hole in the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals to break in. He...
01:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Apollo 11 customs form
Do you have anything to declare? Yes, moon dust and moon rock. This is the customs form filed by NASA for the astronauts entering Honolulu after departing from the moon. The Atlantic recently posted i...
01:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Paul Allen on the singularity
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and AI scientist Mark Greaves are pessimistic about the prospect of a technological singularity in the intermediate future: "If [it] is to arrive by 2045, it will take u...
12:59 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO laser-cut a cardboard Tardis
T4obrien has uploaded files to create a laser-cut cardboard Tardis to Thingiverse: This detailed and thoughtfully laid out laser-cuttable cardboard version of a TARDIS by t4obrien totally qualifies as...
12:53 pm PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Turning occupation into lasting change
Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters The history of populist uprisings like Occupy Wall Street isnt a reassuring one. The last one to have any staying power was the populist farmers revolt of the 1800s, and...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing A Closed World: queer-friendly Flash game
A Closed World is an JRPG-style flash game, whose androgynous hero faces up to the oppressive attitudes of his/her hometown by leaving it. "[It's] a digital game with LGBTQ-friendly content, something...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Blackberry outage enters fourth day
RIM's service troubles roll on: "I'd like to give you an estimated time of full recovery around the world, but I cannot do this with certainty". [Ars Technica]...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our daily delivery of blog headlines to your inbox. This special edition version of Mr. Jones Watches 'The Last Laugh' features artwork by Bri...
10:38 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius book is a cross between a comic and a prose novel
Agatha H. and the Airship City is the first prose novel about Agatha Clay, the heroine of their Hugo-winning webcomic Girl Genius. I've been reading the Foglios since I was a sprout poring over Dragon...
10:02 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Head-sewn-on necklace
Etsy seller WeirdlyCute (an apt name!) makes these "Zombie Stitch" necklaces that make it appear that your head has been sewn on. Alice and I went as Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein last year, ...
09:48 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs, nightmare sitter
Apple's co-founder and longtime CEO was a "very challenging photo subject." Photographer Albert Watson, however, once heard that his 2006 photo of Jobs--currently serving as a memorial at Apple's home...
09:28 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Famous cartoon characters' eyes
Prints are available for $16. Designer Yoni Alter also published a cheat sheet, if you can't figure them all out!...
09:19 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Daffy Duck, famished from his latest quest
Do you like Daffy Duck? Do you like 1970s-style fantasy-themed heavy rock? Then you will like this. [Merrie Melodies via Flooby Nooby]...
08:54 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Asus ZenBook
The ZenBook, from Asus, is a Windows 7 "ultrabook" hewing closely to the MacBook Air's mold: an 11" or 13" display, teardrop shape, SSD as standard, and i5 or i7 processors from Intel. Previous challe...
04:05 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Ryanair declares war on bodily fluids, vows to remove toilets
Discount airline Ryanair continues to wage war on dignity and comfort with a plan to remove all but one of the toilets from its aircraft, leaving 200+ people to share one bog: The prospect of onl...
01:36 am PDT - Thu, October 13, 2011
BoingBoing Was the U.S. military drone virus caused by pilots playing Mafia Wars?
The malware that infected unmanned aerial drones in the US Air Force "is routinely used to steal log-in and password data from people who gamble or play games like Mafia Wars online,  notes the A...
11:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language co-inventor
Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. No further details are available at the time of this blog ...
11:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer
Computer scientist Dennis Ritchie is reported to have died at his home this past weekend, after a long battle against an unspecified illness. No further details are available at the time of this blog ...
10:01 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing EscherPortal remix
Here's a nice gallery of video-game-themed fine art remixes, including this curiously appropriate Escher/Portal remix. (via JWZ)...
09:25 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Comic about the complexity and decline of copyright
Sam sez, "Copyright laws are supposed to spur innovation by protecting creators' rights. But after 400 years of legal wrangling, and the complexities of new technology, the law has become muddied. Ins...
08:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Insufferable Coffee Snobs video
Jeff Simmermon says: I am not sure if you saw this Funny or Die clip about insufferable coffee snobs -- but it REALLY reminded me of the whole "iced-espresso" incident I wrote about that you promoted ...
08:31 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Lawrence Lessig at Occupy Wall Street
[Video Link] Here's Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig in Boston: "If this movement can be identified as a fight against the corruption that our political system has become, then it has the potential t...
08:25 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Balloon Tardis
In a remarkable feat of balloon twistery, Twisty Kristy made this full-sized balloon Tardis for eAtomic Comics at Chandler Fashion Square Mall. (via Neatorama)...
08:17 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Top Gun: new 360-degree flight simulator for fighter jet pilots unveiled
Geert Matthys, research and development manager at Barco, a Belgian company specializing in high-definition projectors and displays, gives an explanation inside a fully immersive 360-degree flight sim...
08:11 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Dogs styled as My Little Pony
Here's a poodle styled to look like My Little Pony. Visit The Telegraph to see more full-size photos of the creature....
08:01 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Bankers salaries vs. everyone elses
This just isn't fair. Wall Street bankers are making less today than they were in 2007! Bankers’ salaries vs. everyone else’s...
07:45 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Core77 Design Awards trophy is a crayon mold
This year's Core77 Design Awards trophy is a mold. The winners also get a supply of crayons to melt for casting. This year we invited New York design team Rich Brilliant Willing to create the first tr...
07:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing FBI arrests Florida man in "Operation Hackerazzi" for hacking Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, other celebs
The feds believe they've nabbed the man who hacked into the personal e-mail accounts of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, whose nude pics were then spread out all over the web. His name is Chr...
07:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing The Moon Jumper, made by the makers of the Bubble Fort
Watch the creative Needham brothers (who built the underwater bubble fort that Maggie wrote about in August) demonstrate their awesome moon jumper on tonight's episode of National Geographic's Mad Sci...
07:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Commodore is beautiful
Boing Boing reader Byron shares this photograph of one of our ancestors in the National Museum of Scotland: An old Commodore PET computer (complete with tape deck for loading and saving programme and ...
07:08 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Alleged IranMexico narco-mullah assassination plot is a head-scratcher
From the FBI website, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, center, joined by Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General for National Security Lisa Monaco at a press conference about an all...
07:05 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Bop 'em beep-and-blink punching toys
This 1966 ad for "beep n' blink" Bop 'Em punching bags is interesting: I remember nearly identical ads from the mid-1970s, when I was old enough to pore over the Consumers Distributing catalog and sho...
06:03 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook's misleading "log out" button and the future of privacy legislation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Activism Director Rainey Reitman has an in-depth analysis of how Facebook continues to track its users even after they've taken several affirmative steps to log ou...
05:45 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Victoria Jackson Goes to Occupy Wall Street
[Video Link] (I recommend skipping to the 2 minute mark so you don't have to watch her taking a cab ride into the city.) Former Saturday Night Live regular Victoria Jackson does a fine job of not resp...
05:13 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Matt Taibbi's suggested Occupy Wall Street demands
Matt Taibbi, the Rolling Stone columnist who has produced better coverage of Wall Street corruption and government collusion, has a list of suggested demands for the Occupy Wall Street movement; as yo...
04:09 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Using chocolate to teach calculus
Tim Chartier, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College, has a series of ingenious and delicious methods for illustrating fundamental concepts from calculus using chocolates. I had a b...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Ry Cooder's Los Angeles Stories: excerpt
Last month Cory reviewed Ry Cooder's album, Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down, describing the songs as "a combination of Mexican-style corridos, stomping blues, shitkicking C&W tracks, and other form...
03:44 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Turkey Terror Tape: Increasingly hysterical TV news producer films turkey attack on self
[Video Link] "The camera is shaking because I'm shaking. And I'm shaking because I'm SCARED OF THAT TURKEY."—Duffy Kelly, Sacramento, CA television news producer, who was terrorized by a turkey....
03:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing US citizen accused of spying on Syria protesters in US for Syria
A federal grand jury has indicted 47-year-old Syrian-born Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid. He is an American citizen who lives in Virginia. Soueid is accused of spying for Syria: collecting info on protes...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Fallows: WE WUZ HACKED
Over at The Atlantic, columnist James Fallows shares a cautionary tale that should serve to remind you to have lots and lots of strong passwords for all the internet-connected services and sites you u...
03:30 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing How did Gizmodo escape indictment in iPhone fiasco?
Declan McCullagh and Greg Sandoval at CNET: "The great iPhone prototype caper of 2010 has finally ended, with the two men accused of shopping the device to gadget blogs sentenced to probation yesterda...
03:25 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Cranky and eloquent Google engineer's rant about what's wrong with Google+ (bonus: and Amazon)
Google engineer Steve Yegge posted a long, impassioned, and blunt rant to Google+ about what he felt were problems with Google+. One of those problems, it seems, manifested in the fact that ...
03:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Georgia High School creates awesome lipdub video for OK Go's "Here it Goes Again"
"2011 Homecoming Lip Dub. Morgan County High School, Madison, GA." Video Link, and they're lipdubbing to OK Go's "Here it Goes Again." (via Ze Frank)....
02:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed "glitchy" tea-set
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez's "Glitch Reality II" is a 3D-printed tea set made by harvesting mismatched pieces from charity shops, scanning them in with a 3D scanner, "roughly repairing the digital mesh...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Great online comic about 1960s underground publisher John Wilcock
Cartoonist Ethan Persoff pointed me to the first 8-page installment of his outstanding new online comic book (which he drew with Scott Marshall) about the 1960s underground publisher John Wilcock. It ...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Seattle superhero arrested
On Sunday morning, Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones, whose secret identity has been revealed as 23-year-old Benjamin John Francis Fodor, was arrested for allegedly pepper spraying a group of people. Do...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing How online crooks use "work from home" patsies to launder goods and forward them offshore
Brian Krebs continues his excellent investigative series on the inner workings of online ripoffs, today with a deep look at underground freight-forwarders, so-called "Drops for stuff." These services ...
01:11 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Welded-steel fantasy characters toting badass weapons
So Hyun Woo creates amazing, weird steel-welded beloved fantasy creatures from classic children's literature, often toting large and impressive armaments. Many appeared in a show called "Cruel Fairy T...
01:01 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Flash Matic Tuning, a device to shut off long, boring commercials
Love this old ad for Zenith's early remote control, the "Flash Matic," which let you "shut off long, annoying commercials while picture remains on screen!" (a process that was eventually known as "mut...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for Mail Order Mysteries
[Video Link] Here's the trailer for Mail Order Mysteries, "the book that reveals what you really got when you ordered stuff out of comic book ads." I interviewed Kirk in Gweek 019....
12:29 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Candid Camera gag (1962) reveals the pressure to conform to group behavior
[Video Link] Open Culture posted a Candid Camera prank about group pressure in the uncomfortable confines of an elevator.  Philip Zimbardo, who conducted the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971, w...
12:28 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing When you drink, you are what you think
"To put it very simply, the experiments show that when people think they are drinking alcohol, they behave according to their cultural beliefs about the behavioural effects of alcohol." — Anthro...
12:20 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Burning Cam 2011: photos from this year's Burning Man
Photographer NK Guy has posted his annual "Burning Cam" set of photos from Burning Man. This was my first year attending the festival in Black Rock City (my wife and I went as a mutual fortieth birthd...
12:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Scarlett Johansson avenged: FBI arrests suspect in "Operation Hackerazzi"
The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI has made an arrest in its investigation of celebrity phone-hacking in Hollywood. As every heterosexual male of fapping age on the internet knows, nude snapsh...
12:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing The illusory cow
Richard Wiseman found a cow that may have a vase on its face. Or ... maybe ... it has two faces on its face. Is your mind blown yet? Via Dimitrios Diamantaras...
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing FBI agent and federal prosecutor take Ferrari for joyride and total it; owner out of luck
A man's $750,000 Ferrari was stolen. It was recovered, and while the government was holding it as evidence an FBI agent and a federal prosecutor took it for a joyride. They totaled it. The owner sued....
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing FBI agent and federal prosecutor take Ferrari for joyride and total it; insurance co. out of luck
A man's $750,000 Ferrari was stolen. It was recovered, and while the government was holding it as evidence an FBI agent and a federal prosecutor took it for a joyride. They totaled it. The owner's ins...
11:59 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Why the failure of Solyndra is good for solar power
Solyndra, a would-be solar energy manufacturer that went belly up, has been in the news a lot lately because, before the company failed, the United States government gave it a sweet financing deal. Wh...
11:37 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Meet the pentastome
At the Thoughtomics blog, Lucas Brouwers has a really nifty post on a recent discovery about the biology of pentastomes. What's a pentastome? Oh, I am SO glad that you asked. Every animal has its own ...
11:05 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Your morning dose of Feynman
Richard Feynman, God of Perfect Analogies, explains why it's not a failure or a scandal when scientists adapt and change their understanding of the world. This is a really important point, applicable ...
10:26 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter project to fund another volume in Tobias Buckell's Xenowealth series
Pablo Defendini writes, "Caribbean-born sf author Tobias Buckell is crowdfunding The Apocalypse Ocean, the fourth installment in his Xenowealth series (Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose, whic...
10:22 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Nursery Rhyme Comics: Great comic illustrators do Mother Goose
FirstSecond's new Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists is one of those rare parental treasures: a picture book that kids and parents can really enjoy together. Edito...
07:05 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Pioneer One: crowdfunded science fiction TV series
Jamie writes in about Pioneer One, "A drama series with a sci-fi bent, made independently and distributed online. It gained some notoriety for being the first 'TV show' to be distributed through BitTo...
03:59 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Royal Navy ejector seat for sale as office-chair
When It's Gone It's Gone, an online one-of-a-kind store, is selling this Royal Navy ejector seat that's been fitted with legs for use as an office desk-chair. Not sure what the ergonomics are like (I ...
02:45 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: Protests travel to homes of ultra-rich
A doorman looks out the entrance to a Park Avenue building as members of the Occupy Wall Street walk past in protest through the upper east side of New York October 11, 2011. The Occupy Wall Street mo...
02:39 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing OccupyStream: live streaming video of the "Occupation"
Over the past week, I've been tuning in to various live video streams from cities around the US on OccupyStream. An excellent resource for "live television by the people," from protests all over. When...
02:29 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing More than 100 arrested at Occupy Boston
Video Link: "Occupy Boston 10/10/2011: Police show their presence at new campsite." Hundreds of "Occupy Boston" protesters were arrested last night, as police moved in on demonstrators who refused to ...
02:13 am PDT - Wed, October 12, 2011
BoingBoing Portraits from Occupy Wall Street (Boing Boing Flickr Pool)
Boing Boing reader Joe Holmes shares this set of portraits of Occupy Wall Street participants, in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool....
11:36 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Again with the Sony hacking! Intruder tried to access 93,000 accounts for Playstation, other networks
From Reuters: "Sony said on Wednesday that a third party had tried to sign in to 93,000 active accounts on its PlayStation and other networks this month."...
10:57 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Should you get an iPhone 4s? And if so, which carrier?
From the looks of all these iPhone 4S reviews suddenly hitting the web, it seems Apple's press embargo has just lifted. TL;DR consensus is that the latest revision of Apple's dominant device is really...
10:57 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Should you get an Apple iPhone 4s? If so, which carrier?
From the looks of all these iPhone 4S reviews suddenly hitting the web, it seems Apple's press embargo has just lifted. TL;DR consensus is that the latest revision of Apple's dominant device is really...
10:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Mountain biker taken out by Red Hartebeest buck during race in South Africa
[Video Link] Evan van der Spuy, a mountain biker with Team Jeep South Africa, is thrown from his bike in this video during a cross-country race by a Red Hartebeest buck. His teammate Travis Walker sho...
10:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing What's the best way to escape the police in a high-speed car chase?
An ex-cop answers that question here. At last, I've figured out what Quora is good for! (thanks, Todd Lappinhttps://twitter.com/telstarlogistic/status/123934638380023808 )...
10:08 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Subpoena for AG Holder imminent in "Fast and Furious" guns-for-narcos investigation
(Eric Holder. Photo: REUTERS) A congressional subpoena directed to Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to be issued soon, according to CBS News, and will order him to hand over documents to lawma...
09:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Iranian mullah-narco terror plot to kill Saudi ambassador with cartel hitman and Mexico-laundered cash is so obviously ripped from Breaking Bad
(Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir speaks to the media at the Mideast Peace Conference in Annapolis, November 27, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed) This alleged Iranian terror plot...
09:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Get hacked, don't tell: US Air Force base didn't report drone virus
Danger Room reports: "Officials at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada knew for two weeks about a virus infecting the drone "cockpits  there. But they kept the information about the infection to them...
09:23 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Bank robbers who ill-advisedly stop for lunch
Lowering the Bar, a legal humor blog, has a look at bank robbers who stop for lunch at nearby restaurants. Most recently, there was Henry Elmer, who allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo in Yuma, AZ, then st...
08:17 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Lucy Knisley's fun presentation on autobiographical travelogue comics
Life is the Story from Lucy Knisley on Vimeo. I've written about the talented cartoonist Lucy Knisley before. Here she is giving a presentation about one of my favorite types of comics, the autobiogra...
07:56 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Art show in NJ to benefit Jack Kirby Museum, October 15, 2011
This Saturday (October 15) at 5pm, legendary rock club Maxwell's in Hoboken will open its Kirby Enthusiasm art show in its front room. More than 30 visual artists have contributed work paying tribute ...
07:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing The Wage Slave's Glossary: exclusive preview
My friends Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwell wrote a gem of a book called The Wage Slave's Glossary, which was designed and edited by the great cartoonist Seth. They've kindly permitted me to run a few e...
07:18 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing The QDrive: a "radiation pressure imbalance" drive for space travel
Our friends at House Industries designed the logo for the QDrive, some kind of "radiation pressure imbalance" drive for space travel. I don't understand it, but it looks nifty! The QDrive is a resonat...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Old Superhero costumes
This small gallery of "original" superhero costumes have a nice tactility to them, looking like they've been crafted from naturally occurring fibers, a far cry from the seamless, shiny lycra aesthetic...
06:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing John Waters on coming out
[Video Link] John Waters being as brilliant and funny as ever.Paul Gallagher of Dangerous Minds says: It’s National Coming Out Day and to celebrate, here is John Waters - a man who knew he was g...
05:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Custom Viewmaster reel wedding invites
Etsy seller Melangerienyc makes custom Viewmaster reel wedding invitations, which are nicely packaged with a lot of associated printed matter. Not cheap ($3450 for 100!), but they sure are purdy. (via...
05:03 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Mixtape of the Lost Decade
Of those who remember, some reveal our secret history through unusual media such as fashionable tumblogs and private filesharing forums. By sharing elements of an intricate and rigorous symbology draw...
04:40 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Ruben Bolling wins Society of Professional Journalists award for Tom the Dancing Bug comic
Congrats to our friend and colleague Ruben Bolling for winning the Society of Professional Journalists Award for his Tom the Dancing Bug comic strip! "Combining rapier wit with an astute sense of kits...
04:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy the World
Reuters: "Tahrir Square in Cairo, Green Square in Tripoli, Syntagma Square in Athens and now Zuccotti Park in New York -- popular anger against entrenching power elites is spreading around the world."...
04:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Mexican Narcogangs' War On Digital Media
Neal Ungerleider interviewed me for a (very good) piece in Fast Company about drug cartels in Mexico, and a new assault on digital media: "The factors that are remarkable about the narcoblog phenomeno...
03:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Jean-Luc Godard's WEEKEND, 1967, returning to theaters in a new 35mm print
Above, the original, rarely-seen French release trailer for Jean-Luc Godard's WEEKEND, which is now touring again in a new 35mm print via Janus Films. That opening shot with the slow pan accross the t...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni speaking at Harvard: Shorenstein Center 25th Anniversary, on Press, Politics and Public Policy
I will be joining a group of speakers in Boston on Friday and Saturday for the Shorenstein Center's 25th Anniversary Weekend, at Harvard. Others on the bill whose names have appeared in Boing Boing be...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Cloud Cities art installation of giant plastic bubbles
This is Toms Saraceno's Cloud Cities, a massive art installation at Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof museum. Twenty huge bubbles are suspended inside the massive hangar. It reminds me of 1970s space colony ...
03:29 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Macrame with brass hexnuts
Brass nuts make this macrame bracelet into a beautiful, industrial fashion statement (via Craft)...
02:54 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Faces of Occupied Wall Street: Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple's "Faces of Occupied Wall Street."...
02:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Aesthetics and Astronomy Project at Harvard
The Aesthetics and Astronomy Project is a new effort from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to explore how beautiful scientific images can better be used to present complex ideas and pro...
02:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Video: Moose rescued from swimming pool
It took nine people to rescue a moose that was trapped in a swimming pool on Friday night in Manchester, New Hampshire. From WMUR: The visit came as a shock to the pools owner, George Trapotsis, who s...
02:06 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Smart Petri dish photographs itself
One of the more tedious parts of health science and microbiology is monitoring Petri dishes. It's time consuming. And, if you don't look at everything that's going on in the Petri dish often enough, y...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Not so fast, neutrinos
Scientists are already publishing formal critiques of the methodology used in the "faster than light neutrinos" study. There's nothing super definitive yet. That'll have to wait until an independent t...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Competitive kerning game
Kern Type is a competitive kerning game that invites you to nudge type until it's laid out real nice and kentucky. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
01:45 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Why Occupy? Here's Why
Susannah Breslin in Forbes, story and photos: "Is the Occupy Wall Street movement a revolution or a mess? That all depends on who you ask."...
01:45 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing What's the difference between a honey bee and a bumble bee?
Because I have, in the past, illustrated a story about honey bees with a picture of a bumble bee, I am posting this handy chart, put together by biologist Alex Wild, as a form of penance....
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Xeni interviewed in Gatopardo, an alt-culture mag in Mexico
The Mexican art, technlogy, games, and culture magazine GATOPARDO interviewed me recently, about Boing Boing and all things online. The interviewer, Wookie Williams, is as cool as his name. Content is...
01:26 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing California Governor vetos bill that would have shielded citizens from warrantless cellphone searches
California governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that required the police to get a warrant before searching a telephone. Without this law, California's police will continue their practice of searching th...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Climbing the world's tallest tree, in California
[Video Link] The great science reporter Robert Krulwich of NPR has a beautiful story up from earlier this year about epically tall trees in the ancient forests of California. I missed this when it was...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: Shadows (1959)
[Video Link] John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959) is "the real story of real people living in the shadows of the neon-crazy streets of Manhattan." Jazz and beatniks. Watch it, one 10-minute chunk at a time...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing The absolute worst Steve Jobs tributes
Copyranter rounds up some tasteless "homages" to the late Steve Jobs. What were they thinking?...
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Space dust: Your tax dollars at work
Your tax dollars build bridges. They pay the salaries of teachers and firefighters. Tax dollars help put people through college, provide a safety net for the elderly and the disabled, and pay for figh...
12:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Giant head model on billboard
A good one from our friends at Photoshop Disasters. It's almost like the artist wanted to see how many ways he/she could fuck up the photo and still get it approved. UPDATE: Marktech suspected the gia...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing X-ray stained glass
Wim Delvoye merges X-rays with stained glass to make religio-anatomical art. (via Crib Candy)...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing My Morning Jacket by Scott Compton (Boing Boing Video)
On June 24, My Morning Jacket descended on Oakland's historic Fox Theater for an epic performance in support of their majestic album, Circuital. Remedy Editorial's Scott Compton and his merry band of ...
11:56 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Daniel Clowes' masterpiece: The Death-Ray
Daniel Clowes' comic book, Eightball # 23 contained a 48 page story called "The DeathRay." It's a superhero origin story about a teenage boy named Andy who discovers he has superpowers whenever he tak...
11:21 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Great Moments in Pedantry: Analyzing blackboards from school-themed porn
There is now an entire blog dedicated to looking at what is written on the blackboard in the background of naughty schoolgirl porn films, and evaluating it for accuracy and grade level of information....
11:05 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle pay-what-you-like DRM-free games crack $1M
The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle -- the latest installment in the Humble Bundle project, which distributes DRM-free games on a pay-what-you-like basis with a portion of each payment earmarked for char...
10:15 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Skull truffles
Marc Brownlow's Skull Truffles look like a fabulous seasonal treat: I wanted to create a Halloween treat for adults. Something not to be gobbled, but savored. As a kid, I thought shelled walnuts looke...
10:14 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Vernor Vinge's Children of the Sky: bootstrapping high-tech civilization from hive-mind Machiavellis
The Children of the Sky is the third novel in Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought cycle of novels, three brick-sized, Hugo-award winning novels that are the near-perfect balance of science fiction's twin ...
06:33 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO write more secure freeopen source software
Having recently conducted a security audit of several free/open source software programs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Chris Palmer and Dan Auerbach have published some guidelines for improv...
05:00 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Scottish mall-cop: it's illegal to take pictures in the mall; Scottish cop: photographers can have their devices confiscated under terrorism laws
A security guard in Braehead shopping centre near Glasgow questioned a man who was taking pictures of his young daughter looking cute while eating an ice-cream. The guard told him that photography in ...
03:52 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing UK press has mass-credulity moment on national porn filter
A media theory moment: UK media outlets are reporting on the government/ISP deal to "block child pornography", and are universally regurgitating the press release's language, saying this will "block a...
02:17 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Disney, Dali, and toy trains
Here's an excellent photo of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali admiring what I presume to be Walt's model train. It was likely taken around the time of their collaboration, Destino. Production on that fil...
02:11 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Chaos Computer Club cracks Germany's illegal government malware, a trojan that spies on your PC and lets anyone off the street hijack it
Germany's Chaos Computer Club published the sourcecode for a piece of malware used by the German government to spy on citizens. The software was discovered in the wild and reverse engineered. It can b...
01:08 am PDT - Tue, October 11, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street sign of the day: Sasha, 7, painting "Homes for the Homeless"
Scott Matthew of Turnstyle tells Boing Boing: Hi Xeni, saw your post about the signs of Occupy Wall Street, and thought I'd share ours. Amy (Cory blogged her autism story a few weeks ago) and took our...
09:53 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Lunchbox guitar
My daughter and I built a guitar out of a lunchbox this weekend. It actually sounds better than the cigar box guitars I've built. For frets, it uses toothpicks. If you decided to listen to this sample...
09:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Two children of the earth photographed next to a quarter
I found these waterlogged insects in my backyard yesterday. I prefer to call them "children of the earth," but they are also known as "potato bugs" and "jerusalem crickets." Click image for a closer l...
06:34 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Why fixers will save our planet
My pal Kyle Wiens, founder of iFixit, is in Africa with Wired's Brian X. Chen to make a documentary about "e-waste in Africa, and the repair technicians who turn our unwanted junk into coveted treasur...
05:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Stick-on crooked teeth for beauty
[Video Link] Hooray for stick-on crooked teeth! (Via Dangerous Minds)...
05:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Seth Roberts: Grandmother knows best about Crohn's Disease
Seth Roberts is the author of The Shangri-La Diet and posts at Seth's Blog about personal science, self-experimentation, and the scientific method. [Video Link] Crohn's Disease is a type of inflammati...
04:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Former Weezer bassist "predicted" own death?
Weezer's former bassist Mikey Welsh tweeted the above on September 26. Then he followed up with, "correction - the weekend after next." Guess what? He died on Saturday. In Chicago. According to CNN, "...
04:21 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Megamash: retro Flash game requires you to mash up vintage genres to win
Play This Thing reviews Megamash, a weird chimeric Flash game that combines several kinds of play and requires players to figure out how to use the mechanics of each genre to solve puzzles: At first, ...
04:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Steam-powered car from 1884 sells for $4.6 million
This lovely steam-powered jalopy, built in 1884, is said to be the oldest automobile still running. It sold at auction on Friday for $4.6 million. From CNN: The four-wheeled De Dion-Bouton et Trepardo...
03:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing BookCD of 78 recordings and antique music-related photos
Record label/publisher Dust-to-Digital -- creators of Victrola Favorites and Take Me To The Water, have just released what appears to be another exquisitely-packaged book and CD set. I Listen To The W...
03:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing BookCD of 78 RPM recordings and antique music-related photos
Record label/publisher Dust-to-Digital -- creators of Victrola Favorites and Take Me To The Water, have just released what appears to be another exquisitely-packaged book and CD set. I Listen To The W...
03:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Vampire fangs bottle opener
Check out Gama-Go's Bite Me! bottle opener. Sharp!...
03:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Excellent Nollywood movie trailer: Mass Destruction
Video Link. Nigerian films have better trailers than movies from any other country in the world. Always. (via Robert Popper)...
03:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Video of Survival Research Labs at LA MOCA last weekend
Last month, I broke the news that Survival Research Laboratories was restoring their first ever machine, the "De-Manufacturing Machine" (1979), for a group exhibition titled "Under the Big Black Sun: ...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Rich and Tasty: Recipes for the New Class Warfare
.post img {margin-bottom:0px; } .captioned {font-size:14px;text-align:right;color:gray; } Portrait of a cute mature couple enjoying themselves while preparing food — Yuri Arcurs. Rich and Tasty:...
02:34 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Science Fiction Encyclopedia beta online
A "beta edition" of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia's third edition (which is online-only) is up and available to the public. I served as a volunteer advisor to the project, and can't wait to see how...
02:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing The Matrix is a remix
Everything is a Remix, the short video series previously featured here, is back with a new installment on The Matrix, in which Rob Grigsby Wilson and his friends trace the influences, lifts, cribs, an...
02:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing October 31st is Jesusween
[Video Link] Kids around the nation will be happy to hear that Jesusween celebrators plan keep their candy for themselves and instead "give out Bibles and Christian gifts -- in a friendly way!" on Oct...
02:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing The Harry PotterGlass Family Connection
J.D. Salinger published very little, considering his literary legend. His place in classic American literature of the 20th century is secured mostly by his single novel The Catcher in the Rye, his col...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Wall Street Spirit
Musician Dan Bull (YouTube) created this rap mix of Radiohead's Street Spirit to honor the protests in New York and elsewhere. "I made the song because I believe the monetary system needs to be review...
01:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Goldman Sachs, Lockheed pay Congress supercommittee members in charge of cutting budget
Keeping things honest, Washington style. Deep-pocketed corporate interest are writing big checks to members of the supercommittee, the group of 12 senators and members of Congress who have been tasked...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Bigfoot discovered on sun (photo)
Astrophotographer Alan Friedman took this photo of a large, vaporous Sasquatch taking a stroll on the surface of the sun. Sunsquatch (Via Neatorama)...
12:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing DoD warming on cool energy?
Documents revealed under the Freedom of Information Act suggest that the U.S. government is interested in low-energy nuclear reactions, but remains cautious due to the field's controversies. [Thanks, ...
12:11 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Haunted mirrors: half-silvered glass over creepy pictures
Etsy seller Bionicbuttercup makes "haunted mirrors": "Originally a picture frame, the glass was painted with a special paint that allows it to be part functioning mirror, part gateway to the paranorma...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 020: MAD's Al Jaffee
Ruben Bolling and I had a terrific time interviewing one of our heroes, the amazing Al Jaffee, who has been a member of MAD magazines usual gang of idiots for 56 years (his work has appeared in every ...
10:23 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Pratchett's Snuff: a ruralnautical tale of drawing-room gentility, racism, and justice
Snuff, Terry Pratchett's latest Discworld novel is an absolute treat, as per usual. It's a Sam Vimes book (there are many recurring characters in the Discworld series, whose life stories intermingle, ...
10:22 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing An interview with Sir Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett's latest book, Snuff: A Novel of Discworld, is out now. Don't miss Cory's review. — Boing Boing Neil Gaiman: Where did the idea for Snuff originate? Terry Pratchett: I havent a c...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing An adorable fractal analysis
Geoscientist Brian Romans posted this very real scientific abstract at his blog, Classic Detritus. It's from a collection of papers that were presented at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union i...
10:07 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Dr Seuss vs Call of Cthulhu
DeviantArt's DrFaustusAU has been posting "The Call of Cthulhu," Dr Seuss/HP Lovecraft mashup, one page at a time. The good doctor's got a nice ear for scansion, and is quite adept at producing seussi...
09:46 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing What we don't understand about the speed of light
Last June, researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology published the results of an experiment that proved that light does not move faster than light—specifically, that si...
09:39 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Keep Calm and Carry On Filing Trademarks
At The Awl, Maria Bustillos authored an excellent feature about the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which became a huge hit 60 years after it was first printed by the British government. An entrepreneu...
09:25 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Photo taken by a beer can
This gorgeous photo of a statue in England called The Angel of the North was taken by Justin Quinnell, over the course of three months, using a pinhole camera made out of a beer can. Yes, the parabola...
09:18 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Rauch Brothers animate American stories
Turnstyle's Jeremy Helton interviewed Emmy-nominated artists Mike and Tim Rauch, who are helping a national oral history project retell its most compelling stories through animation....
09:13 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing What reward does your brain actually seek?
Dopamine Jackpot! Sapolsky on the Science of... by FORAtv Dopamine does a lot of things, but you're probably most familiar with it as the chemical your brain uses as a sort-of system of in-game gold c...
08:47 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Big Ben is listing
Big Ben was completed in 1858 and it sits on a site that is both directly next to a river, and surrounding by subterranean construction work. With that in mind, it's probably not a huge surprise to fi...
01:55 am PDT - Mon, October 10, 2011
BoingBoing Secret US Court Order demands email data for WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report tonight that Jacob Appelbaum, a hacker, security researcher, and human rights activist, is the subject of a secret court order demanding his email data ...
10:44 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Sesame Street
There's something inevitable about Tautr's "Occupy Sesame Street" set, but that doesn't mean I don't like it. After all, most of us learned how to think about concepts like "fairness" from these chara...
07:39 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Turning a 2l soda-bottle into a "lightbulb"
Brazilian favela-dwellers without reliable electricity have an alternative means of supplying light to enclosed spaces that have no/insufficient windows (either because they are abutted on all sides b...
07:32 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Snoop Dogg portrait in marijuana by artist Jason Mecier
Artist Jason Mecier has used candy, food, pills and the actual garbage of actual celebrities to construct celebrity portraits. This new Snoop Dogg portrait is made of marijuana joints, marijuana leave...
07:27 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street Sign of the Day
I feel like there are so many excellent signs at these Occupy Wall Street (and Everywhere) protests, we should just be featuring one a day on Boing Boing while the movement lasts. All these mainstream...
06:48 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Skull shot-glass
Neatoshop's $10 "Doomed Skull Shot Glass" is a pretty stylin' way of presenting your ethanol....
05:32 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing It's Raining Zombies on Wall Street
Bob "dj BC" Cronin sez, "Last winter Big D and The Kids Table (the ska/punk outfit I have worked with, you may remember) recorded a kicking dubby punk song called "It's Raining Zombies On Wall Street....
02:27 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Edible pencil made from licorice root
The Matitizia is an edible pencil made from (delicious, delicious) licorice root, created by Cecilia Felli. (via Neatorama)...
01:01 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Occupying Los Angeles: portraits
Noe Montes shot some beautiful portraits of people at city hall in Los Angeles, at the "Occupy LA" protests. (thanks, Jesse Thorn)...
12:41 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Did a right-wing agent provocateur instigate Air and Space Museum pepper-spray chaos?
At Fire Dog Lake and at American Spectator, evidence indicating that Patrick Howley, Assistant Editor of The American Spectator, effectively acted as an agent provocateur at an anti-war protest outsid...
12:22 pm PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Snowy slopes of Saturn's moon
Researchers report that Saturn's moon Enceladus is covered in superfine powdery snow. From National Geographic: "The particles are only a fraction of a millimeter in size even finer than talcum powde...
11:40 am PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Book news: "Rapture of the Nerds" and Little Brother II
Two bits of glad tidings: first, Charlie Stross announces that we've turned in the manuscript for our collaborative, post-Singularity comic novel Rapture of the Nerds; second, my agent Russ Galen has ...
09:21 am PDT - Sun, October 9, 2011
BoingBoing Soviet cars
On the always-excellent How To Be a Retronaut, a gallery of the dreadful automobiles of the Soviet Bloc from the 1960s and 70s....
09:22 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy DC: Mace in the face at Air and Space
A group of protesters in the nation's capitol tried to force their way into the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday. Police responded with force, pepper spraying many of the demonstrators. The m...
09:22 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Mace in the face at Air and Space
[Video link, from "Stop the Machine," aka October 2011, the anti-war group that attempted to occupy the National Air and Space Museum today in Washington, DC. Shot by Nathan Schneider.] A group of pro...
09:01 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing More on secret U.S. memo that made it legal to kill a citizen
From the New York Times, more on a secret legal memo from 2010 that paved the way for the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen in Yemen: The secret document provided the justification...
07:45 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing The New Yorker cover: Steve Jobs, knockin' on heaven's door
The cover of the October 17, 2011, issue of The New Yorker....
03:21 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing House bill would impose U.S. drug policy worldwide
Radley Blako says: "I have a piece up at Huffington Post looking at a new House bill that would make it a federal crime to plan or advise any activity in another country that would violate U.S. drug l...
02:38 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Daily Show: Sarah Palin pulled "Nigerian prince" scam on donors
Jon Stewart looks at Sarah Palin's fundraising tour across America through which she solicited donations from people who might support her presidential bid, all the while coyly refusing to say whether...
01:33 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Intrepid junkbot from Tinkerbots
Dan Jones (AKA Tinkerbots) was kind enough to add this charming fellow to the Boing Boing Flickr pool. There's plenty more where that came from....
01:20 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Polling the Occupation: What #occupywallstreet really wants
"There has been a lot said about the lack of vision, lack of specific demands, and a disparity of beliefs and goals among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in the media in the past several weeks," wri...
12:50 pm PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Elderly couple of 62 years plays piano
From YouTube user havelah's video description: An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. Theyve been married for 62 years and hell be 90 this year. ...
11:25 am PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Caturday
Photo by zoestercoaster, taken at an "Occupy Dallas / Occupy Wall Street" demonstration in Dallas, TX, and contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool....
10:30 am PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing Doggy AT-AT
Laika the dog is seriously styling in this AT-AT costume, created by Katie Mello. (via Super Punch)...
04:58 am PDT - Sat, October 8, 2011
BoingBoing WIPO boss: the Web would have been better if it was patented and its users had to pay license fees
Last June, the Swiss Press Club held a launch for the Global Innovation Index at which various speakers were invited to talk about innovation. After the head of CERN and the CEO of the Internet Societ...
10:11 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Essays on the trap of US student debt
Reclamations, a journal published by University of California students, has published a special, timely pamphlet called "Generation of Debt," on the trap of student debt in America. Young people in Am...
08:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Noisolation headphones let your ears blink
Composer Alex Braidwood whomped up these awesome "Noisolation Headphones," which are designed to "let your ears blink," and are quite eye-catching, in order to "start a conversation." And if you don't...
08:06 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing My "Story About Steve" in Business Week
[Video Link] BusinessWeek asked me to write my "Story About Steve." I never met Steve, but I had a story to tell. Here it is. In May 2002 I got a call from my friend Alberta who asked if I'd like to b...
06:18 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Court threatens sanctions against sleazy copyright troll lawyer
Virginia district court Judge John A. Gibney has threatened to sanction D. Wayne O'Bryan, a personal injury lawyer with a sideline in copyright threats on behalf of pornographers. O'Bryan used subpoen...
05:10 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Andy Warhol's Apple Macintosh print
This print from Andy Warhol's 1985 Ads Portfolio set of 10 screenprints is on eBay for $400,000, more than 10x what you can get it for elsewhere. If you really want it and have that kind of money burn...
04:12 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Epic family zombie-slaying portrait shoot
A crafty family decided to do a series of portraits while dressed in improvised body-armor from a notional post-zombpocalyptic world. I love this little girl's zombie-hunting outfit! When your dear si...
03:58 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Christa Faust on her new novel Choke Hold -- a Boing Boing Exclusive
Christa Faust has penned numerous crime and horror novels, including the Scribe Award-winning novel version of the cult movie Snakes on a Plane and Edgar Award-Nominated Money Shot. Choke Hold, the st...
03:52 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing San Francisco: Festival of Rock Posters this weekend
This Saturday is the Festival of Rock Posters in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Over at the New York Times, our pal Ben Marks talks about some of the fine artists who will be making the scene. One ...
03:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Tempo: transformative, difficult look at advanced decision-making theory
As I've noted here before, Venkatesh Rao is a thought-provoking, profound thinker, and I always welcome his long, fascinating blog posts. When he sent me a copy of his slim book, Tempo, I was very exc...
03:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Remembering Steve Jobs: how those who covered his life observed his death.
A brief roundup of some of the pieces observing the passing of Steve Jobs, by journalists who covered Apple and Jobs, and peers who knew him. Steven Levy's piece in Wired was beautiful. Levy first int...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs, Enemy of Nostalgia
Mike Daisey wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times arguing against Jobs hagiography. Some might say "too soon," but it's a compelling piece, with much to think about. The Steve Jobs who founded...
02:47 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing U.S. military drones hit by computer virus
Noah Shachtman at Wired News: "A computer virus has infected the cockpits of Americas Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and othe...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Right Here All Over: a short film on Occupy Wall Street by Alex Mallis
Alex Mallis directed this beautiful short film about Occupy Wall Street....
02:26 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing How to build giant Space Invaders as public art
I asked Jason Torchinsky, one of my favorite makers/artists, to describe how he built his gigantic Space Invader sculptures for the IndieCade Festival (the international conference festival of indepen...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Pictoplasma character design convention in NYC, November 4+5, 2011
Pictoplasma is an annual conference and festival of contemporary character design and art. It will be held at Tishman Auditorium, November 4+5, 2011. Our pal, Tim Biskup, will be giving a talk th...
01:59 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Photos of people being terrified in a spook house
Niagara Falls, Ontario's Nightmares Fear Factory has a Flickr feed full of visitors being terrorized in its environs. I grew up with the spookhouses of Niagara Falls, and they can be incredibly scary,...
01:59 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Road eats car
This car fell into a massive hole that suddenly opened up on a busy road between the towns of Woking and Chertsey in Surrey, England. A busted water main caused the road collapse. From an onlooker quo...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Seattle mayor makes Occupy Seattle "legal 
"I share the values and the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement. We want to provide the opportunity for the people of Seattle to express their views. And we are." The Mayor of Seattle has given...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Seattle mayor makes Occupy Seattle "legal"
"I share the values and the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement. We want to provide the opportunity for the people of Seattle to express their views. And we are." The Mayor of Seattle has given...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing The Black Rider: theatrical musical fable by Burroughs, Waits, and Wilson
Settle in for some good ol' fashioned avant-garde theater. This is an Austrian TV broadcast of "Black Rider," a 1990 collaboration between Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs, and theater director Robert ...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy San Francisco: eyewitness account
Photo: Quinn Norton At noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, #occupysf protestors staged a march starting at their tent city in front of the San Francisco Federal Reserve down Market Street street, to C...
01:20 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Men posed as female pin-ups
Photographer Rion Sabean created a series of "Men-ups!," males posing in stereotypically female model poses. "Men-ups!" (Flickr) Sabean interview (Jezebel)...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Wearable bird carrier
This handsome pack allows you to stroll around with your bird on board. This hands-free, vest-style bird carrier hangs over your shoulders and is constructed of durable mesh fabric that allows good ai...
01:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Morphing fashion models
The New York Times's T Magazine posted an excellent interactive photo gallery where you control a slider to see how models are transformed with makeup and styling for fashion runways. Seen here, Iris ...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Animation: "Mass" by Henning M. Lederer
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01:10 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Animation: Vaetxh's "Mass" by Henning M. Lederer
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01:01 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing No such thing as "neurotypical"?
"The distinction between neurodiverse and neurotypical is too simplistic. There is certainly a great deal of structural variability between individuals, and that's compounded by structural changes tha...
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Don't waste your money on alternative flu remedies
What's one of the things Time magazine says you should never waste your money on ever again? Alternative flu remedies—from homeopathic to herbal, there's no evidence that they actually produce r...
12:35 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Dinosaurs & Robots: Art opening in Anchorage, AK
This Tron-o-saurus is part of Dinosaurs & Robots, a gallery show by artists Scott Elyard and Raven Amos, which opens tonight in Anchorage, Alaska. For more info, check out the video trailer that ...
12:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Infographic on the history of space launches
From satellites, to probes, to capsules full of people—humans have launched more than 7000 objects into space. In a nifty infographic at Technology Review, Tommy McCall and Mike Orcutt illustrat...
11:52 am PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Brain carved out of a watermelon
Redditor TheHerferd carved this brain out of the rind of a watermelon using a potato peeler and a paring knife. The project took less than an hour and looks great. We've posted about this before: here...
10:34 am PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our daily delivery of blog headlines to your inbox. Enter the special BoingBoing code CLOCKTOBER for 25% off most German watches at Watchismo....
09:47 am PDT - Fri, October 7, 2011
BoingBoing Appeal for South Asian bone marrow donors for Amit Gupta
Elizabeth Stark sez, Friend of Boing Boing Amit Gupta was recently diagnosed with cancer, and he needs help finding a bone marrow donor match. In fact, for someone of South Asian descent, the odds of ...
09:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing How to: haunted house silhouettes
This project from CRAFT shows how to make paper silhouettes for a terrifically spooky Halloween effect. The author has a book of silhouettes you can punch out. It's reviewed (by my wife Carla) here. H...
09:41 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with early Apple employee Daniel Kottke
Daniel Kottke demos the Microwriter (Photo by Avi Solomon) Avi Solomon interviewed Daniel Kottke at his home in Palo Alto on 2nd September, 2011. He says: I had a wide-ranging conversation with Daniel...
08:59 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing For Steve
Here I am, days after I was born, being held by my father in front of the family Macintosh. Our family has spent an enormous amount of time and effort growing with Apple. My brother and I spent years ...
08:58 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Tiny tire-swing for a little bitty tree
Alexis Jones writes, "Went out and bought a toy car spare tire because I thought this tiny tree needed a swing." Miniature Tire Swing (via Super Punch)...
08:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Song by Boston Spaceships: "Tabby and Lucy"
I knew Amy Seidenwurm had good taste in music when I saw that she had painted the names of some of my favorite bands on her beehives. Amy worked in the record business at Enigma, Elektra, Virgin and S...
08:09 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Parking jalopies in a tall stack
There's no additional info for this photo, so I'm not sure how this bizarre car-parking lift worked back in the glory days of running boards, but I'd sure love to see it in motion! Vintage Vertical Pa...
06:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Uncle Six Eyes: a bust
I really like "Uncle Six Eyes," a 10" high bust based on Travis Louie's painting of the same name. Uncle Six Eyes (via Super Punch)...
06:45 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Population streams: globalization results in liquefaction
Venkatesh Rao (one of my favorite provocative thinkers) noodles around with the idea of "streams" -- demographics of people who follow a particular international course, in long, stable, weird, nearly...
04:33 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing An intro to cybernetics via the 555 timer Ball Whacker
This is a such a fun project. Steve Hobley make a "ball whacker" that uses a simple circuit consisting of a 555 timer chip and a photoresitor to create a feedback loop. When a ball (or a plastic egg) ...
04:19 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Surgeon's hobby creating cigar box guitars
Kirk Withrow, a surgeon and cigar box guitar maker, imparts a good deal of maker wisdom in this lovely CNN profile. "I absolutely don't want to make them to support myself. Once you switch from making...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Wine carafe shaped like human heart
Paola C's Cuore is "two glass carafes shaping a human heart when joined together" -- made from blown Pyrex. Cuore : LIVIANA OSTI (via Neatorama)...
02:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Automatic hanging-up machine for terminating calls with phone solicitors
The "PX1020 Easy Hang Up" is a device for people who a) still have landlines and b) hate phone solicitors. Simply press the button and hang up, and the person on the other end is played a pre-recorded...
02:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing IR Jammer Kit: a TV-B-Gone-B-Gone
You probably have heard of the TV-B-Gone. If you haven't, it's a small wireless gadget that will turn of any TV. Now, for people who hate the TV-B-Gone, or for people who hate it when someone changes ...
02:10 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Eyeliner skull transformation for Hallowe'en
Redditor Fakeproject shows off his annual Hallowe'en costume, a skull drawn on with eyeliner -- bald guys get all the fun on Hallowe'en! Let's share Halloween costumes. Every year, I draw a skull on m...
01:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Math Girls novel is "Glee for math nerds"
Math Girls is Hiroshi Yuki's immensely popular series of fiction and manga about math geeks ("Like Glee for math nerds"), and the stories themselves are a potted education in all sorts of mathematics....
01:02 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Frazetta subject of online issue of The Pictorial Arts Journal
Thom Buchanan says: "If you're a fan of Frank Frazetta, and I know a couple of you are, The Pictorial Arts Journal has just published its latest on-line issue that just might interest you."...
12:45 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Meet Science: How clinical trials work
Did you know that, with a properly conducted series of clinical trials, it can take upwards of 20 years before a medical discovery makes it from the lab to the hospital? Judy Stone, an infectious dise...
12:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing I can't go out tonight, the robot is washing my hair
This hair-washing robot, introduced by Panasonic at a public demonstration in Tokyo last week, is actually a pretty practical idea. Washing your hair involves a decent amount of small motor coordinati...
11:56 am PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Man undergoes extensive plastic surgery to look like Superman
A Filipino man named Herbert Chavez has undergone extensive surgery to make himself look like Superman: a nose job, a chin implant, collagen in his lips, and (randomly) hip implants. Pinoy goes under ...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Dark energy: No, seriously, what the heck is it?
The fun thing about the Nobel Prize in Physics is watching pundits try to explain to the public the research that won. It doesn't always go well. Physics is not, shall we say, the public's best subjec...
11:17 am PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing How do you want to be remembered?
I know we're all thinking of a different death today, but I'd like to go back for just a moment to Ralph Steinman. Steinman is the man Xeni told you about earlier this week, who won the Nobel Prize in...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Fine dining sign language
Here's a guide to the specialized sign language used by the Maitre D' and staff at NYC's swanky Eleven Madison Park restaurant; there's also a set of traffic rules to keep things moving smoothly (staf...
10:06 am PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing 1931: Architect occupies Wall Street
Scott Edelman sez, "It seemed serendipitous that on a day when so many out there are occupying Wall Street I should run across this wonderful 1931 photo of Ralph Walker, the architect who designed One...
06:29 am PDT - Thu, October 6, 2011
BoingBoing Dutch online rights group Bits of Freedom fundraiser
Ot sez, "Dutch digital rights organisation Bits of Freedom is raising money to ensure it can continue defending online freedom in the coming years. Bits of Freedom fights for an open Internet which is...
08:44 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Jobs has died.
Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO, passed away today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Here is the statement from Apple's Board of Directors....
08:16 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Jelani, a 16-year-old Occupy Wall Street protester
[Video Link] Turnstyle News from Oakland, CA interviewed Jelani, a 16-year-old protester who traveled with his grandmother from Pontiac, Michigan to New York City for the Occupy Wall Street protests. ...
07:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Molly Crabapple's Occupy Wall Street "Vampire Squid" poster, for your printingstenciling pleasure
Artist Molly Crabapple created this downloadable, printable, stencil-able, remixable poster with an excellent reference to Matt Taibbi's classic characterization of Wall Street fraudsters: a bunch of ...
07:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing At Chicago Board of Trade: "We are the 1 percent" signs mocking Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Chicago protests
Arturas Rosenbacher (@USAanon) shot this photograph of windows in the building where the Chicago Board of Trade is located. The CBOT was established in 1848, and is the world's oldest futures and opti...
06:54 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Interactive map of Occupy Wall Street protests
Mother Jones is maintaining an interactive map of "Occupy" protests around the US, and beyond. That little lonely red dot in the Pacific is a demonstration in Hilo, Hawaii! If you know of others, tell...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Hitler is Angry About the iPhone 4S
[Video Link] This one is inspired. (Via Cynical-C)...
06:10 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Everywhere
Friends in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the U.S. are sharing tweets, photos, and texts with me today about Occupy Wall Street and spinoff demonstrations. I was on IM w...
04:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Time lapse of stop-motion puppeteer at work
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04:27 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Photographic proof of the isolator
Thanks to 50 Watts for posting this photo of The Isolator from Hugo Gernsback's Science and Invention in 1925. See the cover I posted yesterday. (Via A Great Disorder)...
04:14 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Dan Bull's #occupywallstreet rap
Copyfighting British nerdcode rapper Dan Bull sez, "I've now made a rap video for #occupywallstreet. The video mixes Radiohead's Street Spirit with dubstep and my own lyrics."  Dan Bull's Stu...
03:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing The most important thing I learned from a teacher
Who inspired you? The role that teachers play in influencing the lives of their students is something that's been lost in current debates about education mandates and standardized testing. Teaching is...
02:31 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Comic about upcoming referendum on muni broadband in Longmont, CO
Chris from Telecommunications as Commons Initiative sez, "There's an upcoming referendum in Longmont Colorado on providing municipal Internet service over existing fiber. We know that the incumbents (...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Animated video about the placebo effect
[Video Link] The Professor Funk made a fun video about the placebo effect. Now excuse me while I shoot up my morning dose of saline. Laughing Squid: The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing 1000-piece stick bomb video
[Video Link] This stick bomb, which winds through a house, is a thing of beauty. I like this YouTube comment: "I just reported this to the Improper Use of Magic Office over at the Ministry of Magic. H...
01:28 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing How Mark Boyle Lives on $0 a Year
Over at credit.com I reviewed the book Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomics Living, by Mark Boyle [I]n 2008 Mark Boyle decided to try living for a year without money. His self-imposed rules were simp...
12:59 pm PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Phished PayPal accounts selling on the criminal underground for $0.50 apiece
Security researcher Brian Krebs got a look at the auction prices at iProfit.su, a criminal marketplace where you can buy hacked and phished PayPal accounts; he discovered that the going account for 10...
11:54 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Zoomertab 2.0 Activity Tablet
[Video Link] Sure am glad someone posted a copy of this "Timeless Seasons" shopping network clip, so I could share the good news about these ladygadgets with Boing Boing readers. I almost expected the...
11:54 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Walking Dead webisodes
AMC has posted six short webisodes intended to whet your appetite for season two of the TV adaptation of The Walking Dead, a kick-ass zombie comic. They're goddamned scary stuff. (via JWZ)...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Copepod up close
This image of a tiny crustacean called a copepod is one of the winners of this year's Nikon Small World photography competition. At Deep Sea News, blogger ParaSight explains how the photographer, scie...
10:50 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Caffeine hallucinations: Why "Letters to the Editor" matter in science
Letters to the Editor are an interesting feature of peer-reviewed scientific journals. The function of this section varies from journal to journal, but, in general, this is where you'll find things li...
10:27 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing MetaMaus: the secret history of Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer-winning Maus
More than a quarter-century since its inital publication, Maus, Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer-winning graphic novel history of his father's Holocaust experience, is still counted as one of the seminal doc...
09:55 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing New York State Senators want "refined First Amendment," laws to prevent trolling, flaming and excluding people from online groups
New York State Senators Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky apparently missed civics class, because they think the First Amendment grants the "privilege" of free speech, not the...
09:53 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Scientists simulate Europa
Researchers at the Universidad de Buenos Aires recreated conditions found on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa in the lab, and then proved that some Earth organisms are capable of surviving in that...
09:41 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Visit the Unicorn Museum
Briefly mentioned on BoingBoing back in 2007, The Unicorn Museum is a spot-on (and Biblically correct!) parody of the Creation Museum. This photoshopped billboard kind of makes me wish it were a real ...
09:24 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Remove a bladder stone in the days before anesthesia
The Chirurgeon's Apprentice is an entire blog dedicated to eye-witness accounts of surgery in the days before anesthesia. Oh, Internet. Thou art wonderful and horrible. Collected by University of Lond...
09:02 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Watch lectures on mind, brain, and human nature
On Monday, I told you about The Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., where top neuroscientists are speaking about the mind, the brain, and what it means to be human. Now...
08:21 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Italy's insane Internet law prompts removal of Italian Wikipedia
Prompted by Italy's punitive (batshit) wiretapping law proposal, Wikipedia has removed its Italian version and now directs anyone trying to find Italian Wikipedia to a page explaining that Italy's Int...
07:08 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Bletchley Park gets a 4.6m grant, financed by government pro-innumeracy programme
Bletchley Park, the birthplace of modern crypto and the home of the WWII codebreaking effort, has received a 4.6m Heritage Lottery Fund grant to fund restoration efforts and new exhibits. Bletchley wa...
12:05 am PDT - Wed, October 5, 2011
BoingBoing Electroswing mix: "Caravan Palace"
Caravan Palace is Alexandre10021's fabulous swing/electro mix, and it got me juking and jiving in an all-reet way. (via Reddit)...
10:22 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Feynman explains beauty and science
Here's Richard Feynman monologing about the way that science creates new ways to appreciate the beauty of the world around us. Inspiring stuff, and the accompanying video is nicely apt. (via Kottke)...
09:31 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Jahbulon, a demon for the modern age
Steven Daily's "Jahbulon" (available as giclee on canvas print) is a thoroughly contemporary sort of demon -- the stuff of delirious and glorious nightmares. (via Super Punch)...
08:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing GamersOptOut will send printed EULA opt-outs to game companies on your behalf
As game companies start to add conditions to their EULAs that prohibit class action suits for their negligence in handling your personal data, a collective of gamers called Gamers Opt Out have created...
08:04 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Randomly generated 3D spaceships to print on your 3D printer, generated with WebGL
Dolf sez, "Dolf Veenvliet aka macouno of Entoforms fame has been working on some fun tools to generate 3D forms. Under the ShapeWright moniker Dolf has produced a random space ship generator entitled ...
07:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Charming song about Lego
Do enjoy the lead single from USL's latest album, "Build Motherfucker!" (Thanks, Joel)...
06:29 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Ginormous popsicle stick bomb
This young fellow and his mother created a ginormous popsicle-stick bomb that snakes through their kitchen and living room, constructed on a scale that beggars the imagination. The detonation event is...
05:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Chocolate-covered flour sacks as benches
Dejana Kabiljo's contribution to Beijing Design Week are these flour-sacks covered in chocolate-looking polyol sponge frosting. The recyclable sofas are called LetThemSitCake. Beijing Design Week has ...
05:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Portrait of a blogger in the 1920s
Old school blogger. From Hugo Gernsback's Science and Invention. Lots of other great science fiction illos on this page. (Via TIH)...
05:17 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Officer accused of terrorizing citizens, still on force
Despite over 500 pages of internal affairs complaints lodged against Clayton County police officer Michael Hobbs, he is still on the force. A Metro Atlanta police officer is accused of being out of co...
05:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Boss creates "Guess who I'm going to fire next" contest
William Ernst, owner of the QC Mart chain of stores headquartered in Bettendorf, Iowa, has lost a court case against an employee who claimed benefits after quitting. Ernst had created a contest that i...
05:01 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Michele Bachmann honored by Bad Lip Reading
[Video Link] A new video from Badlipreading.com always brightens my day. "I went from being two banana plants up to a thrill-seeking shark who sold pictures of different toys I wanted." (Via Dangerous...
04:53 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Gallery of Hildebrandt illustrations
The fantastic Monster Brains blog has some examples of Greg and Tim Hildebrandt's excellent book cover art. The painting above is the cover for John Christopher's wonderful young adult science fiction...
04:25 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Miramax CEO: our biggest threat is online distribution monopolies, not piracy
Netflix CEO Mike Lang, speaking a the MIPCOM conference, discussed the problems facing his industry and suggested that while piracy isn't a big deal, chokepoints in the distribution chain were, becaus...
04:23 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing David Lynch's solo album
The inimitable David Lynch is releasing his first solo album on November 7. The title track, "Crazy Clown Time," can be heard at left. It's quirky, dark, and strange. Does that surprise you? Didn't th...
04:07 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Old ad: anguished housewife needs to be drugged
Give that lady her Serpasil! From Wikipedia: Reserpine was isolated in 1952 from the dried root of Rauwolfia serpentina (Indian snakeroot), (which had been known as Sarpagandaand had been used for cen...
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Shadowy organization publishes blacklist of writers who track down con-artists
One of the better services provided by the Science Fiction Writers of America is Writer Beware, maintained by Victoria Strauss and Ann Crispin, which lists scammy vanity publishers, book doctors, fake...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Corn mazes across the country celebrate NASA
Nothing makes more sense than this. Rachel Hobson of CRAFT says: In a special outreach titled Space Farm 7, seven of the nation's top agritourism farms have been selected to celebrate and honor the U....
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Strange Russian "numbers station"
In the new issue of Wired, Peter Savodnik wrote a great story about the very strange Russian shortwave station UVB-76. Known as the Buzzer because of the buzz patterns it transmits, UVB-76 is most lik...
03:05 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Electroswing mix: "Caravan Palace"
Caravan Palace is Alexandre10021's fabulous swing/electro mix, and it got me juking and jiving in an all-reet way. (via Reddit)...
02:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Smartypants Occupy Wall Street protester makes Fox News interviewer look stupid, interview doesn't air
Fox News has been dispatching a stream of trolling reporters to Occupy Wall Street with the mission of making the protesters look stupid, using cheap editing tricks to heighten the effect. But sometim...
02:33 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Shaving with a shovel
A Russian tabloid features the story of Nizhny Novgorod Alexander Karpenko, who taught himself to shave with a shovel (also a hatchet and a pair of scissors), inspired by his grandad's stories of shav...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing One-legged woman's Hallowe'en costume
An unnamed one-legged woman conceived of this terrific Christmas Story lamp costume for Hallowe'en....
02:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Sunset on the Tevatron: Photos and memories from a Fermilab physicist
For more than 20 years, the Tevatron reigned as the gold standard in particle accelerators. Under a berm outside Batavia, Illinois, the machine pushed protons and antiprotons to high energies around c...
01:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Exciting Silicon Valley startup to launch new 'telecommunications' device
Apple has gathered gadget bloggers and tech journalists to unveil an update to the iPhone. Gizmodo, GDGT, and Engadget have boots on the ground and/or liveblogs in the ether (some are covering remotel...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Humiliating airport pat-down for breast cancer survivor: an update on Lori Dorn's JFK incident
The health blog "Well" at the New York Times covers the case of Lori Dorn, a 44-year-old New York woman and friend of Boing Boing who learned in March that she had breast cancer. Over the weekend, I b...
01:15 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing UC Berkeley's excellent anatomy lectures on YouTube
My friend Yasuko is the most talented massage therapist I know, not least because she's always studying anatomy and related subjects. Last week, she raved to me about the Integrative Biology 131 class...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage stereo info online
Over at Intel's MyLifeScoop site, I wrote about my quest to put together my dream hi-fi system, circa 1972. I have hundreds of gigabytes of digital music. Yet I listen to less than one percent of it. ...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Federal & local law enforcement agencies try to take family motel from innocent owners
[Video Link] The US Department of Justice and police in Massachusetts have decided to confiscate a $1,000,000 motel from a family that has owned and operated it for two generations, because 0.0005% of...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: Salesman (1969)
[Video Link] Who needs Glengarry Glen Ross when you can watch the Maysles Brothers' fantastic 1969 documentary about door-to-door Catholic Bible salesmen and their impoverished, reluctant, guilt-racke...
12:17 pm PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing People watch rats eat ice cream
[Video Link] A busy crowd in China stops for a moment to marvel at rats enjoying ice cream through a small opening in a manhole cover. (Via biotv)...
11:56 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Goofus and Gallant's crude wristwatches
A highlight from Mitch O'Connell's blog....
11:05 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Hardcase crime author Max Allan Collins answers the question: "Who do you read?"
Max Allan Collins wrote the award winning graphic novel Road to Perdition. His new Hard Case Crime novel, The Consummata is out today! Here's an essay Collins wrote for Boing Boing, titled, "Who Do Yo...
11:02 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing GPS inventor joins EFF in asking Supreme Court to ban warrantless GPS tracking
The Electronic Frontier Foundation are asking the Supreme Court to ban the practice of using warrantless GPS-based bugs to track citizens' movements. They've just been joined in their appeal by Roger ...
10:57 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Debunking James Moore's talking points on Canada's new copyright law
James Moore recently appeared on TVO's Search Engine podcast. Moore is the Canadian minister hell-bent on spending Canadians' tax-dollars to police DRM, making it illegal to break DRM even if you're n...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street (?) protest sign, with flowers
From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, a nicely composed shot of an upbeat Occupy Wall Street (?) protest sign with flowers, taken by Sleepy Armadillo....
10:05 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Inquisitor's Apprentice: tenement sorcerers versus the robber barons in an alternate Guilded Age New York
Chris Moriarty's The Inquisitor's Apprentice is the first volume in a fantastic new historical young adult series that takes place in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York where magic is the key to...
10:05 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Inquisitor's Apprentice: tenement sorcerers versus the robber barons in an alternate Gilded Age New York
Chris Moriarty's The Inquisitor's Apprentice is the first volume in a fantastic new historical young adult series that takes place in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York where magic is the key to...
07:00 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Mobile cabinet of curiosities: The City
Wayne Chisnall's assemblage sculpture The City, a "mobile cabinet of curiosities," will be displayed at TROVE gallery, in the Engine Room of Birmingham's Science and Industry Museum for a show called ...
06:06 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Steam pioneers to grace 50 note
The new Bank of England 50 pound note features British steam pioneers James Watt and Matthew Boulton; it's a nice, makerish touch to the currency. (via Core77)...
02:29 am PDT - Tue, October 4, 2011
BoingBoing Mouse and USB stick sandwich and garnish
Here's a clever mouse-and-USB-stick sandwich, creator uncredited. (via Neatorama)...
09:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing El-wire activity board for kids
Meon is like Lite-Brite with EL wire (electroluminescent wire). The manufacturer sent a review unit and my 8-year-old daughter and I have enjoyed playing with it. You basically weave strands of EL wir...
08:55 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Line of clothes based on WWII Russian penal battalions
MIR is a Brooklyn based clothing co. that features designs inspired by old Russian criminal tattoos. A while back, I asked Roman Belenky, the designer, to tell me about Russian criminal tattoos, which...
08:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Horizons Perspectives on Psychedelics, October 14-16, 2011 NYC
Kevin Balktik says: Horizons is an annual forum for learning about psychedelic drugs in New York City. Its goal is to open a fresh dialogue on their role in medicine, culture, history, spirituality, a...
07:45 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing No, you're not in love with your iPhone
The New York Times has an op-ed out today, which claims that fMRI studies show that, when people are exposed to a pretty, shiny, ringing iPhone, the experience lights up the part of their brains that ...
07:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with cartoonist Peter BaggePeter Bagge talks to Reason TV
[Video Link] Reason's Nick Gillespie talks to cartoonist Peter Bagge for Reason TV. He created great comic books: Neat Stuff and Hate, and was also the editor of Robert's Crumb's Weirdo for a while. P...
07:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with cartoonist Peter Bagge
[Video Link] Reason's Nick Gillespie talks to cartoonist Peter Bagge for Reason TV. He created great comic books: Neat Stuff and Hate, and was also the editor of Robert's Crumb's Weirdo for a while. P...
07:15 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Darling Pet Munkee's songs based on old comic book ads
Glows in the Dark! by Darling Pet Munkee I was looking at the comments section for the Gweek 019 post and I learned about this terrific garage punk band called Darling Pet Munkee (Do Not Forsake Me Oh...
07:10 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO carve a pumpkin by hammering cookie-cutters into it
Here's a set of instructions for "carving" precise shapes into a pumpkin by knocking them through using a cookie-cutter and a mallet. Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber ...
07:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Awesome mentor program for Toronto high schoolers
This year, six Toronto-area high school students will get to learn supercomputing from researchers at The University of Toronto. If you'd like to be one of them, check out the application materials. D...
07:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing A lesson for 3-year-olds from 1818
A gem of a story, posted by The Futility Closet: "For Children Three Years Old,  from Lessons for Children by Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Philadelphia, 1818: There was a naughty boy; I do not know wh...
07:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Surfing the red tide
Phytoplankton are tiny, plant-like organisms that live in the ocean and are, basically, at the very bottom of the food chain. But, sometimes, they get their revenge. When lots and lots and lots of phy...
05:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Canada's new copyright law punishes blind and visually impaired people
Canada's Conservative government is set to bull through its copyright legislation, Bill C-11, which notoriously includes a special protection for "digital locks," making it illegal to remove such a lo...
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Unicode's "right-to-left" override obfuscates malware's filenames
Unicode has a special character, U+202e, that tells computers to display the text that follows it in right-to-left order; this facility is used to write text in Arabic, Hebrew, and other right-to...
02:52 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Darth Vader's yacht in Greece
My IFTF colleague Mike Liebhold just snapped this photo of a strange juxtaposition of a "Darth Vader yacht at the entry to Mandraki Harbor on Rhodes, Greece by Agios Niklaos a ruined 15th century fort...
02:52 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing How to escape from zip tie handcuffs
[Video Link] What to do if you accidentally zip-tie your wrists together. How to escape from zip ties (Via TYWKIWDBI)...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Luna plays Bold as Love on a gayageum
[Video Link] Gayageum is the new ukulele. (Via Cynical-C)...
02:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing George Harrison on The Dick Cavett Show (1971)
[Video Link] Dan Colman of Open Culture says: [A] vintage interview with Dick Cavett. Recorded 40 years ago (November 23, 1971), the conversation starts with light chit-chat, then (around the 5:30 mar...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Another satellite will re-enter Earth's atmosphere in the coming months
In case you were curious, that atmospheric research satellite crashed to Earth without hitting a single person. It landed in the Pacific—scattering bits and pieces over an 800-mile-long stretch ...
02:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Adobe acquires Typekit
Hrm....
01:51 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Shell funded warring militias in the Niger Delta -- report
In Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta, Platform and a coalition of NGOs accuse Shell Oil of funding vicious conflicts between rival gangs in the Niger Delta, br...
01:47 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Imperial March played on floppy drives
[video link] The Star Wars "Imperial March" played on two modded floppy drives. (Thanks, Jim Leftwich!)...
01:37 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Montage of awesome cephalopod camouflage clips
Roger Hanlon is a scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He studies cephalopods—octopus, squid, and cuttlefish. Specifically, he studies the way these animal...
01:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing The Wirecutter
Brian Lam, former Gizmodo editor, today launched a "list of amazing gadgets" called The Wirecutter. I dig the look, and the Big Idea....
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Great science lecture series in Minnesota
If you live anywhere near St. Peter, Minnesota, I highly recommend taking tomorrow and Wednesday off from work to attend the 47th Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College. Every year, the school ...
01:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing First lady of Iceland climbs security fence to join protesters
Dorrit Moussaieff, the first lady of Iceland, made a dramatic gesture over the weekend by joining a group of demonstrators hit by the debt crisis. As the Icelandic president and MPs came under fire fr...
01:10 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Widespread statistical error discovered in peer-reviewed neuroscience papers
"Erroneous analyses of interactions in neuroscience: a problem of significance," a paper in Nature Neuroscience by Sander Nieuwenhuis and co, points out an important and fatal statistical error common...
01:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Counting crows?
A new study suggests that crows can recognize symbols that represent quantities of items. At Japan's Utsunomiya University, crows were shown two containers. Only the container marked with five symbols...
12:29 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Kid learns who Luke's father is
The young lad in this video, four-year-old Faris, is about to learn who Luke Skywalker's father is. His face should be in Wikipedia under the (nonexistent) entry for "mindblown." Kudos to young Faris'...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing An interview with novelist Helen DeWitt
In 2002, The Economist writer/editor Emily Bobrow gifted me a copy of Helen DeWitts The Last Samurai and my life changed forever. Its one of those novels that you can go back to every couple years ane...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Biologist and Immunologist Ralph Steinman wins Nobel Prize, is then discovered to have died
Rockefeller University in New York says Ralph Steinman, co-winner of this years Nobel Prize in medicine, has died. The immunologist and cell biologist is reported to have died on Friday after a four-y...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 019: Mail Order Mysteries
In 1979 Kirk Demarais bought a comic book at a neighborhood gas mart. It was a copy of Micronauts #9. Kirk was a kid at the time, and the comic books plot confused him. But he was drawn to the adverti...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Handmade vacuum tubes
Prywatna Wytwrnia Lamp is Aleksander Zawada's one-man vacuum tube factory, now housed in Warsaw's Institute of Vacuum Technology (Zawada's original vacuum tube factory was in his apartment). Sbastien ...
10:52 am PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Capacitative touchscreen keyboard
Accustomed as I am to typing on the iPad, it's not an experience I'd take over tapping it out on a proper desktop keyboard. And yet the cruel, perfect look of Dr. Kazuo Kawazaki's "Cool Leaf" still in...
10:52 am PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Capacitive touchscreen keyboard
Accustomed as I am to typing on the iPad, it's not an experience I'd take over tapping it out on a proper desktop keyboard. And yet the cruel, perfect look of Dr. Kazuo Kawazaki's "Cool Leaf" still in...
09:40 am PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Simpson's intro by John K.
The sofa sequence in last night's Simpsons episode was created by Happy Mutant John Kricfalusi! Love it. (via Super Punch)...
09:40 am PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Simpsons intro by John K.
The sofa sequence in last night's Simpsons episode was created by Happy Mutant John Kricfalusi! Love it. (via Super Punch)...
07:19 am PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century
Context: Further Selected Essays on Productivity, Creativity, Parenting, and Politics in the 21st Century, my second essay collection, is now officially available from Tachyon Books, and in finer book...
12:27 am PDT - Mon, October 3, 2011
BoingBoing Daily Idioms: hypothetical buzzwords
Oh, I could read Debbie Chacra's #dailyidioms buzzword tweets all day long: * uterine replicator, Turkish delight doughnut, Galapagan isolation, ghost craters, empathy system, nonconsensual collaborat...
10:52 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Slackline acrobatics: trampoline meets tightrope
Here's a whole whack of extremely talented and energetic young people doing awesome and fun acrobatic routines on a slackline -- a bouncy rope that works like a cross between a trampoline and a tightr...
08:03 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Hanging chain clocks
Ticktock Showroom's handmade "Timing Chain" clocks are a really appealing way of telling time. They run $100, and you'll need 26" of clearance below them for the chain-hang. Innovative chain driven cl...
07:37 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Koch Brothers paid bribes to win contracts, and sold "petrochemical equipment" to Iran despite embargo
"A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries -- in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East -- has sold millions of dol...
07:15 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: "Declaration of the Occupation of New York City"
(Image: Woman at Occupy Wall Street, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from [email protected]'s photostream) A manifesto of sorts has emerged from Occupy Wall Street: As we gather together in soli...
07:06 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Glass floor
Esther Dyson snapped this vertiginous shot of a glass floor at the Digital Moscow event. I have a mild fear of heights, but this kind of thing goes straight into my spine and my digestive-tract's puck...
05:29 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing As Occupy Wall Street began, Chase makes biggest donation in history to NYPD
A coincidence, I imagine, but it sure is poetic. Just as the Occupy Wall Street movement was picking up speed, JPMorgan Chase donated what the financial organization itself described as "an unpreceden...
05:25 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: live streaming video coverage
The live streamed coverage of the NYC protests by the Occupy Wall Street organizers is pretty impressive stuff....
05:20 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: video of NYPD arresting what is said to be a 13 year old girl
This video from the #OccupyWallStreet livestream on Saturday shows what is being widely reported as a young girl being arrested by the NYPD on the Brooklyn Bridge, in full restraints. I am trying to c...
05:20 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: video of NYPD arresting a girl in an awesome green GIR hat
This video from the #OccupyWallStreet livestream on Saturday shows what is being widely reported as a "13-year-old girl" being arrested by the NYPD on the Brooklyn Bridge, in full restraints, and an a...
05:18 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing The Battle of Brooklyn Bridge: What happened at Occupy Wall Street before hundreds were arrested?
The Village Voice notes a changed account at the New York Times of what exactly happened between police and demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday. Nick Greene at the Voice writes, The above p...
05:12 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing "Do I look like a hipster?" What protestors are looking for from Occupy Wall Street
[Video Link] From Media Sanctuary TV: "We get to the root of what many protestors are looking for from Occupy Wall Street."...
04:03 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with Internet censor from an unnamed Middle Eastern country
Here's a frank discussion (an "IAmA" in Redditese) from someone claiming to work as a censor for the Internet ministry of a "Middle Eastern country." It makes for interesting reading, as this guy come...
02:29 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing As Occupy Wall Street began, Chase made biggest donation in history to NYPD
A coincidence, I imagine, but it sure is poetic. In mid-June, just before the Occupy Wall Street movement took shape, JPMorgan Chase donated what the financial organization itself described as "an unp...
01:15 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Pac-Man ghost dresses
Etsy seller Boobercakes made these Pac Man ghost Hallowe'en dresses (though, honestly, I don't understand why you couldn't wear them to the office or out at the shops). She'll make 'em to order, and d...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Some UK rail stations add airport-style body-scanners
Britain, the land that "sleepwalking into the surveillance state" was coined for, continues its somnambulistic randomwalk into a privacy-free zone. Recently, without any public discussion or debate, s...
10:11 am PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing Super-Charged Auburns: longer is better
This ad for the Super-Charged Auburn from the May 5, 1935 Newsweek shows a car sporting a four-yard-long hood driving at 100mph to the red-faced chagrin of someone in a merely very large car....
02:21 am PDT - Sun, October 2, 2011
BoingBoing More than 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested on Brooklyn Bridge
The Guardian reports that 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested in "chaotic scenes" as a group of "several thousand" protesters move to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. At one stage 500 protesters...
08:04 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Little people climbing into rum drinks
I just love the little fellers crawling around in these fancy-pants rum drinks of yore. They sure don't make 'em like that anymore....
05:58 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Buddhist monk vs hackerspace
Here's a piece of hackerspace lore from earlier this summer. Rinpoche Fa Zang, a Buddhist monk, believed (incorrectly) that the rule of the San Francisco Noisebridge hackerspace was that "if the space...
04:31 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Thousands attend funeral of Troy Davis, executed for a crime advocates say he did not commit
Many attending the memorial for Troy Davis in Savannah, Georgia, wore t-shirts that said I am Troy Davis. "Troy... told us to keep on fighting until his name is finally cleared and Georgia admits what...
04:15 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing United Steelworkers union, North America's largest, joins Occupy Wall Street
Leadership of the United Steelworkers (USW), with 1.2 million active and retired members, issued a statement on Friday in support of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. "[The USW] stands in solid...
04:14 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Mouthy ceramic sculptures
Sculptor Ronit Baranga's ceramic pieces sport sensual mouths and walking fingers, something between Clive Barker and Giger, and beautiful. (via Street Anatomy)...
03:52 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: images, reports, and ambient soundscapes, from Dan Patterson
Broadcast journalist Dan Patterson of ABC News Radio went down to Occupy Wall Street on Friday, and has posted extensive reports in Storify, image, and audio form. Below, an ambient soundscape of the ...
03:34 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Breast cancer survivor forced into invasive patdown by TSA, even after submitting to backscatter imaging scan
My longtime friend Scott Beale, who runs Laughing Squid, says: My wife Lori Dorn, who has breast cancer, tells her story about a TSA agent at JFK on Friday who required her to submit to a pat down due...
03:20 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: Bodhi
Bodhi, a photo by TomorrowGirl contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Boing Boing's Caturday cover-kitten of the week is available for adoption at Friends of Animals Los Angeles....
02:43 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Fire-escape haircut
From the Boing Boing Flickr pool, a candid moment of a young man cutting his hair on a San Francisco fire-escape, by Erik Wilson....
02:03 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Hacker Prom tonight at San Francisco's Noisebridge hackerspace
NoiseBridge, the celebrated hackerspace in San Francisco's Mission district, is celebrating its third anniversary tonight with a Hacker Prom. There's a makeout room (featuring Makerbots), pre-spiked p...
01:01 pm PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Fully automatic Lego Gears of War rubberband assault rifle
Plumb B made this rubber-band-firing, full auto-capable chainsaw/assault rifle out of Lego, inspired by the Lancer Assault Rifle in Gears of War. (via DVICE)...
11:48 am PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Science Saturday: Allergies, symbiotic bacteria, and scientific literacy
I had a great conversation with Christina Agapakis, a science blogger at Scientific American and a scientist studying synthetic biology. In this episode of Bloggingheads.tv's Science Saturday, you'll ...
10:58 am PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Jon Stewart on NYPD Mace in the Face cop Tony Baloney
Here's Jon Stewart and the Daily Show crew and some very special guests on the future TV show featuring ruthless NYPD mace-rampager Anthony Bologna. (via Salon)  Occupy Wall Street: "Mace-in-the-...
10:09 am PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Animatronic axe-murderer prop door
Etsy seller Patricaia Rodriguez has created an astounding Hallowe'en prop: an animatronic door inset with an LCD that looks like a window showing a corridor beyond it. An axe-murderer stalks down the ...
02:55 am PDT - Sat, October 1, 2011
BoingBoing Motorized tricycle that runs on human poo
Toto, Japan's foremost toilet manufacturer, has made a motorized tricycle that runs on human crap. The saddle is a functional toilet, and if you can muster up enough colonic motility to keep up a stea...
09:40 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing A secret U.S. memo authorized assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki
"What constitutes due process in this case is a due process in war.  The Washington Post reports that a secret Justice Department memorandum authorizing the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki. The operat...
09:04 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Technique for fighting submission-form spam
Ned Batchelder sums up a series of technique to keep spammers from attacking submission forms with automated bots (it won't work against humans, but even cheap humans are more expensive than bots). So...
09:04 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: Snapshots from September 30, 2011
Maximus Clarke shares photos taken today at Occupy Wall Street....
08:32 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing NYC Transit Union workers join Occupy Wall Street (and so does Michael Moore)
[Photo by Jim Kiernan] Michael Moore, holding a copy of the announcement that the New York City Transit Workers' Union has voted unanimously to support the #occupywallstreet movement. The Transit Unio...
08:18 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Show and Tell for MAKE at Crashspace in LA - tonight 93011, 8pm
[Video Link] My friends at Crashspace are opening their doors to the public tonight for a fun event: its members are going to show me things they are working on and we are going to figure out the best...
07:58 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Another hit from NYPD's "Mace in the Face" cop, DI Anthony Bologna
This video, labelled as being recorded "moments after" NYPD DI Anthony Bologna's now-infamous unprovoked mace assault on four women at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, shows the same office in an...
07:35 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Report: "Internet companies increasingly co-opted for surveillance"
Reuters reports from the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi: "Google, Twitter and Facebook are increasingly co-opted for surveillance work as the information they gather proves irresistible to law e...
07:20 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street spreads to more US cities
The "Occupy Wall Street" protests in New York City are inspiring similar demonstrations in other US cities. Above, in San Francisco on Thursday, protesters scuffle with a Charles Schwab employee at th...
07:10 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: crowds march on NYPD, and the Radiohead concert that wasn't
Gawker's Adrian Chen is liveblogging the afternoon's events at the Occupy Wall Street protest in NYC. Sounds like some of the protest organizers (or an overenthusiastic supporter?) pranked the media a...
07:05 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing New reality: US assassinates it own citizens with no due process
Glenn Greenwald reports on the US assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen in Yemen, who had not been charged with (or convicted of) any crime. Al-Awlaki was "far from any battlefield," and no j...
06:58 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing When illustrators were almost as famous as the Kardashian sisters
An advertisement from the good old days when illustrators were celebrities. See some examples of Jon Whitcomb's work. (Look at that big bowl of chicken broth, too!) Drawn: Hard to believe illustrators...
06:49 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Halloween makeup lesson from a 5-year-old: how to be a cheetah
[Video Link] Caturday arrived early. That's good, because you'll need extra time to handle all the cute. Madison has previously appeared on Boing Boing, teaching us all how to be sunflowers. (thanks, ...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing To do this weekend: Special Police Balloon Ride
Creator unknown. (via Chase Turner, via Joe Sabia)....
05:11 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing XKCD: Why you should give bad reviews to hotels you like
Today's XKCD proposes a strangely optimal strategy for reviewing the hotels you love, provided you don't mind being a jerk. He calls it the "tragedy of you're a dick."...
04:04 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing With a Little Help now available to libraries
Daniel Krause interviewed me in Booklist about my DIY short story collection, With a Little Help, on the occasion of that book being listed in the Ingram catalog, which'll make it easy for libraries t...
03:52 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing NY Times' "Sexy Chicken" has a Twitter
You like what you see, don't you? She's on Twitter now. Previously ogled by Dean here on Boing Boing....
03:38 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Swimming with the squids
Last June, Xeni posted some photos of a huge school of squid swimming off the California coast, taken by photographer/1st grade teacher Jon Schwartz. This month, Schwartz got to swim with the squids a...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing NONONONO Cat
[Video Cat] Today's weird animal viral video is, like all great examples of the genre, equal parts funny, creepy, cute, and sad. Apparently, the cat in this video is having a fear/anxiety/aggressive r...
03:10 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Sylvia Robinson, "mother of hip-hop," has died at age 76
[Video Link: Sylvia Robinson performing her hit "Pillow Talk" on Soul Train] "Most famous for assembling the Sugarhill Gang, Sylvia Robinson was a songwriter, performer, producer and label owner. 'RIP...
03:03 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Mystery hit-and-run enema
A visually impaired man who'd recently undergone intestinal surgery answered the door to find a woman who announced that she was there to give him an enema. He complied, but later felt that there was ...
02:23 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street gets support from MoveOn, trade unions, community groups
A coalition of activists, community groups and trade unions (whom Crain's New York Business hilariously refer as "agitators," as though they were the Red Menace a post-WWII installment of Little Orpha...
01:53 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Day after big debit fee hike, BofA homepage fails
Christopher Maag of Credit.com write: Bank of Americas homepage was down Friday morning, a day after the megabank announced that it will begin charging customers $5 a month to use their debit cards. I...
01:20 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Euthanasia Coaster: the suicide roller coaster
Alex Santoso of Neatorama says: "The Euthanasia Coaster, designed by London's Royal College of Art's student Julijonas Urbonas, lets you ride the last ride of your life. Literally." The three-minute r...
01:20 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing BART cops get shirt-pocket snitch-cams
San Francisco BART police are going to start wearing video cameras that record their interactions with the public (transit cops in SF have committed some controversial high-profile shootings lately). ...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Tsunami survival capsule
This is the "Noah" capsule, a Tsunami survival pod now sold by Japanese company Cosmo. From The Guardian: The company's president, Shoji Tanaka, said the capsule could hold four adults and had survive...
01:08 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Obama: Trick the Bridesmaid
[Video Link] "Let's creep in the frozen aisle and think one thought: trick the bridesmaid to get her to take it off." I appreciate the work Bad Lip-Reading does to make politician's speeches bearable....
01:01 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Swimming cap fashions (1950s)
[Video Link] Here's the swim cap fashion show set in a Punch-and-Judy theater that you've been waiting for. Pete Emslie would be happy with the colors! The brooding people in the audience look like th...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Buddy Rich drum solo
[Video Link] Happy birthday, Buddy Rich! (1917-1987) (Via Thomas Arey)...
12:31 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Compilation of soulful, R&B, and rocking gospel, 1957-1982
"This May Be My Last Time Singing" is a rousing collection of African-American gospel from the latter half of the last century. Interestingly, the tracks were compiled from 45s, many of which were pre...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Happy 13th birthday, Google!
Gaylord Stinchcomb's B3ta illustration celebrating Google's 13th birthday is everything I love about B3ta in one little bitmap....
12:26 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing 29-year-old woman born deaf hears herself for the first time
[Video Link] sloanchurchman says: "I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :)" (Via Sean Bonner)...
12:14 pm PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing DIY Hobbit Houses in Wales
At top is Simon Dale's DIY hobbit house in Wales' "first authorized 'low-impact' ecovillage." The home is their second foray into hobbit living. Several years prior, Simon Dale and his friends and fam...
11:48 am PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Simulating the universe
Behold the magnificence of the Bolshoi, apparently the most accurate computer simulation of the universe ever. The researchers from the University of California High-Performance Astrocomputing Center ...
11:31 am PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Graham "IT Crowd" Linehan adapts The Ladykillers for stage in London
Ooh, this does look good: Graham "The IT Crowd" Linehan has done a stage adaptation of The Ladykillers, a classic Ealing comedy recently remade (with moderate success) for modern audiences. The origin...
10:25 am PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing TeletubbyThe Ring mashup
This unsourced bit of net.art depicting the girl from The Ring climbing out of Po the Teletubby's screen is freaky in the extreme. (via Neatorama)...
02:13 am PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO erase about 15 drives
A Slashdot user posed a question: how to conclusively destroy 15-some hard-drives without spending big bucks on a degausser or wasting a lot of time waiting for DBAN to run. I like this response from ...
01:25 am PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing Boeing workers busted in drug sweep. Don't worry, they were only making aircraft for Iraq, Afghan wars.
Dozens of current and former Boeing workers were arrested today in a federal drug bust. The workers are accused of illegally dealing prescription drugs (including Actiq, Oxycontin, and Xanax) at a pla...
01:02 am PDT - Fri, September 30, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO bake an apple pie with no apples
Stephany Aulenback tried out a recipe for "Chemical Apple Pie," a beloved science experiment that uses cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) to trick the human tongue into tasting apples, though no a...