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11:27 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Little Printer, custom paper news-ticker for your living room
Today, London design firm Berg announced Little Printer, a "printer connected to the Web." Little Printer generates a hardcopy, customized news-ticker. It grabs stuff from sites based on your paramete...
10:21 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Imperial Japanese Army acoustic locators: Let loose the tubas of war
Behold, the fearsome Japanese War Tubas, used as "acoustic locators" by the Imperial Army. War Tubas...
09:54 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Mick Jagger, 15-year-old rock climber
[Video Link] Then and now. Go, Mick!...
09:41 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Police hand- and ankle-cuff 5-year-old, charge him with battery on a police officer
Police feel safer in Stockton, California, after they successfully subdued a big, scary 5-year-old boy, cuffing him with cable straps and charging him with "battery on a police officer." In it, the of...
09:00 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Anthology of forgotten Carl Barks' Barney Bear comic books
My friend Craig Yoe (a designer and comic book historian whom I interviewed on Gweek a while back) has has edited over 30 books about comic books and illustration, including Krazy Kat & the Art o...
08:51 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Hacking carbon emissions into Minecraft
James Smith's entry to the Stockholm Green Hackathon was a Minecraft mod that adds carbon emissions to the game, which revolves around resource extraction and use: When you burn some wood in a furnace...
07:49 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Kidnapper sues victims who escaped for breach of contract
Jesse Dimmick is suing Jared and Lindsay Rowley, whom he was convicted of kidnapping, for breach of contract. Dimmick argues that because the two won his trust when he invaded their house at knifepoin...
06:47 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Jesus and Mary Chain, piano duet
Here is a lovely cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey" played as a piano duet!...
06:47 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Jesus and Mary Chain, piano duo
Here is a lovely cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey" played on two pianos!...
06:45 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Cupcakes made from Coke, Ruffles, Mountain Dew, Doritors, Cheerwine, and Nehi grape soda
Orlando's new 4River Sweetshop sports dessert-like semi-edible object made by combining iconic junkfood in unthinkable ways, such as "Coke and Ruffles cupcakes, Mountain Dew and Doritos cupcakes, Chee...
06:45 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Cupcakes made from Coke, Ruffles, Mountain Dew, Doritos, Cheerwine, and Nehi grape soda
Orlando's new 4River Sweetshop sports dessert-like semi-edible object made by combining iconic junkfood in unthinkable ways, such as "Coke and Ruffles cupcakes, Mountain Dew and Doritos cupcakes, Chee...
05:33 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Debunk a myth
I'm going to bookmark The Debunking Handbook, a quick-read pdf with all sorts of great advice for effectively countering misinformation. It's put together by the same people behind Skeptical Science, ...
04:48 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing The best spam I've received in a long time
I love unintentionally funny email spam so much. Sadly, it's been a long time—like, years—since I got any that wasn't just a boring re-tread of now-standardized routines. Then, this mornin...
04:41 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Senate set to pass bill that redefines America as a "battlefield," authorizes indefinite military detention of US citizens without charge or trial
The US Senate's Defense Authorization Bill redefines America as a "battlefield" and authorizes US troops to conduct military arrests of civilians on US soil, and to indefinitely detain citizens withou...
04:39 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Battered Tahrir Square protester recounts Monday clashes
Alejandro De La Cruz from Turnstyle News tells Boing Boing, Our reporter out of Egypt, Shadi Rahimi, has completed an online post with video on a Tahrir Square protester who was in the middle of Monda...
04:24 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Oil company changes its name to "Pixar"
A Canadian oil company called Paramount Resources has changed its name to Pixar. Seriously. Previously known as Paramount Resources, I guess the executives got tired of being named after one of Hollyw...
04:21 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Interactive musical map of Colombia
The excellent Soundway Records label continues its musical exploration of Colombia with another huge compilation, The Original Sound of Cumbia. To promote the release, they've created a really fantast...
04:15 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Crowdfunded journalism + crowdsourced expertise = ?
This is a small thing now, but could become more interesting in the future. American Public Media (the people behind a lot of the shows you hear on NPR) have a project called the Public Insight Networ...
04:04 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing X is for X-Ray: Cool, interactive kids' app
There are lots of alphabet books out there. Matching a letter to an object and pairing them with a little bit of cute poetry is a conceit that goes back to the days when alphabet books were printed on...
03:21 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing JWZ: you don't need to sleep under your desk to succeed in a startup, but if you do, it'll make your VCs plenty rich
Prompted by his being quoted in Michael Arrington's article on how you should view your work at a startup, Jamie Zawinski opines that the reason that venture capitalists tell you that startups should ...
03:08 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: I Am The 99%
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03:00 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Introversion releases source code for all its games
The Humble Introversion Bundle -- a pay-what-you-want compilation of the games Uplink, Darwinia, Defcon and Multiwinia -- gets a huge upgrade today: the source code for every title and a bonus game, D...
02:54 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Kit-a-day giveaway from MAKE:
Gareth from MAKE: sez, "To celebrate the release of our special Make: Ultimate Kit Guide, we're running a Kit-A-Day Giveaway between now and Dec 23. We're giving away nearly $9,000 worth of merch from...
02:48 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing OWS and the webcasting revolution: Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Show
I joined The Madeleine Brand Show today to talk about independent live-streaming backpack journalists covering Occupy Wall Street. What gear are they using, how and why are they doing what they do, an...
02:31 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Boars, Gore and Swords: 3rd best Game of Thrones podcast
When all my friends were talking about George "Rail Road" Martin's 'Game of Thrones' -- I was lost. The show confused me, the books were just not an option; yet a small circle of my friends were compl...
02:13 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Stross: publishers' insistence on DRM "hands Amazon a stick with which to beat them"
Charlie Stross unloads both barrels on the big six publishers and their insistence on using DRM in connection with their ebooks, arguing that their demands for DRM lock their customers into Amazon's K...
12:59 pm PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Venn Diagram: "Using a tent is not always just camping."
Link to larger size, from @punkboyinsf....
11:52 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Neil DeGrasse Tyson interviewed by out-of-character Stephen Colbert
The Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey hosted a fascinating, one-hour chat between Neil DeGrasse Tyson -- Hayden Planetarium director, TV science host, and all-round good guy -- with Stephen C...
11:31 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Star Trek Book of Opposites: educational reading for geek babies
Tor.com has a gallery of pages from the Star Trek Book of Opposites, a board-book for little happy mutants featuring illustrations from the original Star Trek series. Star Trek Book of Opposites...
11:25 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Report: top Toronto police ordered campaign of illegal arrests during G20
A civil charge brought by a man who was arrested on his way to church during the Toronto G20 has revealed that senior officers ordered Toronto's police to make illegal arrests during the event. The ma...
10:52 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Om Malik reflects on a decade of blogging
"Blogging is not about opinion but it is about viewing the world in a certain way and sharing it with others how you look at things."...
10:46 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Podcast: "Another Time, Another Place," mixing space like time with Harris Burdick in a YA story
In my podcast this week, I read my story "Another Time, Another Place," recently published in The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, a companion volume to Chris Van Allsburg's classic Mysteries of Harris B...
04:57 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing 23.5-tonne Marmite traffic-jam
Traffic in Yorkshire is snarled this morning after an overturned lorry dumped 23.5 tonnes of yeast extract on the motorway....
02:44 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Voynich Manuscript online
Avi sez, "Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has put complete high resolution scans of the enigmatic, undeciphered Voynich Manuscript online." Written in Central Europe at the end of the...
02:10 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing Daria cosplay
Over at deviantART, SoDespair shares a small gallery of excellent Daria cosplay! Above, Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane. SoDespair's deviantART Gallery (via Neatorama)...
01:41 am PST - Tue, November 29, 2011
BoingBoing VIDEO: Porcupine really into corn on the cob
[video link] This porcupine, named Teddy Bear, enjoys corn on the cob. A LOT. (Thanks, UPSO!)...
11:43 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Steven Heller reviews Zippy Goes to School
In Print online, Steven Heller reviews Zippy Goes to School: Born in Africa, the real Zippy lived the better part of his life with Bonnie and Lee Ecuyer. Adopted when he was just three months old, he ...
07:39 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing A visit to an unusual bookstore in Quartzsite, Arizona
Quartzsite is a town of 3,000 people in western Arizona. It calls itself the Rock Capital of the World and is also known for its spirited police/citizen relations (example 2). But I didn't come to thi...
06:54 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Secret records of US bank bailout released, over howls of protest
Bloomberg has won a lengthy Freedom of Inforn battle to get the details of a secretive, no-strings-attached multi-trillion-dollar payout from the Bush administration (continued by the Obama administra...
06:01 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle
In 1920, Harry Houdini, famed illusionist, met Arthur Conan Doyle, famed creator of Sherlock Holmes. The two became friends even as their complex views on spiritualism and the paranormal often put the...
05:51 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing One percenter asks: "Have You Ever Heard of Anybody Great That's Come Out of the 99 Percent?"
A gentleman in a nice suit who's disgustedly watching an Occupy LA protest proudly identifies himself as "part of the one percent" and asks, "Have you ever heard of anybody great that's come out of th...
05:17 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Elvis Costello to fans: my label is gouging you on my new box set; don't buy it. Buy Louis Armstrong music instead, and download my stuff by "unconventional means"
Elvis Costello addresses his fans in an editorial called "Steal This Record," in which he notes the absurdity of the price set by his label on "The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook," a live...
05:12 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Little Brother II naming rights up for bid
Fantasy literature doyenne Terri Windling is in the midst of a serious financial and health crisis and her friends are pitching in to run a fundraising auction for her benefit. My contribution: naming...
04:59 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Representative from Burzynski Clinic sends aggressive legal threats to skeptics who question "antineoplaston" cancer therapy
Houston's Burzynski Clinic is a cancer-treatment facility specializing in "antineoplaston therapy," a treatment involving urine developed 34 years ago by the clinic's founder, Stanislaw Burzynski. Mr ...
04:48 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Parkour-style urban skiing
Here's a "street skiing" video that crosses street-skating with parkour, driving a long-suffering pair of skis over a series of urban obstacles from stone stairs to snowy hills. Just watching this dar...
04:39 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Why you should be skeptical of evolutionary psychology
Using the attractiveness of waist-to-hip ratio as an example, psychologist and blogger Sabrina Golonka explains why you have to be skeptical when someone declares a psychological finding to be a unive...
04:23 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing New sports stadiums don't improve local economies
As a person whose state is currently embroiled in a debate over whether (and, more likely, how) the public should pay for a private company to build its new facilities, I found this quote from a 2000 ...
03:44 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Split-second high-speed photos of dogs shaking their jowls
Photographer Carli Davidson catches high-speed frames of dogs shaking their jowls. Insane landscapes of weird and cute. Shake (via Making Light) (Image: downsized thumbnail from Shake6.jpg, by Carli D...
03:29 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing CIA threat-tracking technology is fascinating, creepy
Palantir is security software that helps CIA analysts take innocuous events (man comes to U.S. on temporary visa, man takes flight training classes, man buys one-way ticket from Boston to California) ...
02:55 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Teenager won't be punished for saying mean things about state governor
Last week, Kansas teenager Emma Sullivan posted a snarky tweet about the state's governor Sam Brownback, which, naturally, led to Brownback's staffers pressuring her principal to make her apologize on...
02:40 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful 1940s rail ads
From Vintage Ads participant write_light, a triptych of 1940s illustrated rail ads of surpassing loveliness. Sunday Surplus: The Luxury of Rail Travel in the Forties...
02:36 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing How the tax code works for billionaires
The NYT has a long investigative piece explaining the procedures deployed by the Estee Lauder heirs to "shelter" their income from tax, such as donating millions of dollars' worth of art to their own ...
02:17 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Fish House parade
The Aitkin, Minnesota, Fish House Parade is a post-Thanksgiving tradition. People dress up their snowmobiles, Sno-Cats, and fish houses—portable cabins used for ice fishing—in silly costum...
01:27 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing WWII "gremlins" safety posters
Vintage Ads poster Write_light rounds up a collection of WWII "gremlins" safety posters, beauties every one. Sunday Surplus: Back Up Our Battleskies!...
01:07 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Twitter buys secure communications company that helped hack the Arab Spring
Twitter has bought a company called Whisper Systems, who make a secure version of the Android operating system as well as suites of privacy tools that are intended to protect demonstrators, especially...
01:04 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 028: The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones
In this episode of Gweek, David and I speak with Jon Ronson, a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and the author of the bestselling books, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry a...
01:03 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing HP Offers a New Movie and Music Experience in Time for the Holidays
ADVERTISEMENT A new laptop for Christmas sounds pretty awesome, right? What if it could play Blu-ray discs and output flawless audio, too? HP can make all of your dreams come true with its new dv6t, t...
12:42 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing UK warns of riots if Euro fails
Ottowa Citizen: "British embassies in the eurozone have been told to draw up plans to help British expatriates through the collapse of the single currency, amid renewed fears for Italy and Spain."...
12:24 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing If Ghostbusters was a Dr Seuss book
DrFaustusAU, whom you'll remember from this autumn's Dr Seuss meets Cthulhu mashup, is back at the drawing table, with There Goes A Gozerian, Ghostbuster: a reimagining of Ghostbusters as a Dr Seuss b...
12:20 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Gift Guide 2011
Though we're delighted to have our own online toystore up this holiday season, there are a thousand things we could recommend from elsewhere. Cutting it down to a couple of hundred, for our fourth ann...
12:12 pm PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing The future of Foxconn
At TechCrunch, John Biggs presents a series on the future of Foxconn, a major supplier for western consumer electronics companies such as Apple. Made infamous by a series of suicides, the truth is mor...
03:21 am PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing One-second film festival
Montblanc held a one-second film competition. The videos are really very good, even if they're embedded in a genuinely obnoxious Flash blob that superimposes a watch-face over them. Better to watch th...
01:46 am PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Philly faces threat of eviction tonight
The eviction deadline ordered by the mayor of Philadelphia for Occupy Philly protesters has passed, and there is a possibility that police will take action to forcibly remove occupiers. More here, and...
01:16 am PST - Mon, November 28, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy LA faces eviction deadline, follow events here
Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa has imposed a deadline of midnight tonight (12:00am Monday) for Occupy LA protesters to vacate their encampment of more than 60 days. If they don't, LA's police chief dr...
09:12 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing Sex Pistols imagined as a Hanna Barbera cartoon
Illustrator Dave Perillo says: "This what i thought a Hanna Barbera cartoon about the Sex Pistols would've looked like if they made one in the 70's"...
06:00 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing Alan Moore talks V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes masks
The Guardian catches up with Alan Moore, writer of >V for Vendetta and noted grumpy, uncompromising debullshitificator, and asks how he feels about the Guy Fawkes mask from his comic becoming a symbol...
04:41 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a home-made pocket-sized espresso machine with tiny alcohol stove
Instructables user Urant decided to create a pocket-sized espresso machine that could be built using simple tools and parts from a local home-improvement store. He came up with a tiny, soldered contra...
04:22 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing NYC sues roll-your-own cigarette shops over taxes
[Video Link] CNN reports that the City of New York is trying to come up with a way to charge tax on stores/customers who use roll-your-own machines to make their own coffin nails. A pack contains 20 c...
02:49 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing Saurian spiky backpacks
MadPax does a line of cool kids' backpacks covered in soft spikes, available in vibrant colors (I like the safety orange) as well as textured, lizardlike fabrics. MadPax Online Store (Thanks, Cynthia!...
01:42 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing List of San Francisco long-term brothels, 1937
Hank sez, "The San Francisco Examiner reported in March 1937 that private investigator Edwin Atherton, hired by the city to investigate police graft, delivered a list of 135 long-term brothels, called...
01:16 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing World's smallest V-12 engine
In this video, Patelo hand-machines all the parts for "the world's smallest" V-12 engine, then assembles it and runs it. It's a remarkable feat of machining and engineering, and by the 5 minute mark, ...
12:49 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing UK Houses of Parliament police: no political material allowed in Parliament
Police officers at Britain's Houses of Parliament have been caught telling protesters that political material may not be brought into the government's deliberative house; reports say this wasn't the f...
12:12 pm PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing 82 year old grandmother tries pop rocks for the first time
In this 2009 video, an 82 year old grandmother tries pop rocks candies for the first time and evinces delight and surprise at their fizzling, crackling action. 82 year old tryin pop rocks (via The Mar...
10:38 am PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing Jabba the Cupcake
Who knew that fondant icing was such a great medium for sculpting Hutts? Jabba cupcake (via Super Punch)...
04:09 am PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing World's most expensive apartments: only 9 in 62 paid full council tax
One Hyde Park, the world's most expensive apartment building, is a notorious den of tax avoidance. The building is located in London's Knightsbridge, between the Serpentine and Harvey Nichols, and has...
04:09 am PST - Sun, November 27, 2011
BoingBoing World's most expensive apartments: only 9 in 62 paid council tax
One Hyde Park, the world's most expensive apartment building, is a notorious den of tax avoidance. The building is located in London's Knightsbridge, between the Serpentine and Harvey Nichols, and has...
03:11 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Fugazi on NYT front page; aging punks everywhere go, "WTF?"
Read the article. Then download one of the 800 live shows in the newly restored audio archives, starting next Thursday. Then, go buy the book. (Thanks, Glen E. Friedman!)...
02:56 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Coco Robicheaux, "hoodoo bluesman" of New Orleans, has died
Via writer Ned Sublette, who profiled him in this 2008 Bomb article, comes the sad news that New Orleans hoodoo bluesman Coco Robicheaux has died. He is said to have suffered a massive heart attack wh...
02:38 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing New Yorker on the origins of OWS
For your post-Thansksgiving long read list, "Pre-Occupied: The origins and future of Occupy Wall Street," in the New Yorker today by Mattathias Schwartz. "It's very tl;dr," said the friend who forward...
02:34 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD "Disorder Control Unit" guidelines, snagged from inside van by arrestee
@newyorkist says, "@OccupyWallStNYC got their hands on a New York Police Department Disorder Control Unit document, allegedly picked out of a van by an arrestee." The pull quote: "A strong military ap...
02:29 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Caturday
An Occupy Cal demonstrator carries a cat in Sproul Plaza at the University of California, Berkeley November 15, 2011. OWS protesters converged on the University of California at Berkeley on this day, ...
02:26 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Rollercoaster staircase
This awesome rollercoasteroid staircase is underway in Germany: The walkable, large outdoor sculpture Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain is currently in construction on the Heinrich Hildebrand Hhe in...
01:46 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Peruvian mayor: strontium in water makes you gay
Huarmey, Peru mayor Jose Benitez is reportedly concerned that high levels of strontium in his town's drinking water are turning men gay. From LGBT Asylum News (unrelated photo from Travel Blog): Unfor...
01:35 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Curiosity rover on its way to Mars
An Atlas V rocket containing NASA's Mars Science Laboratory lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station this morning, carrying the new Curiosity rover to the red planet. Follow the updates at NAS...
01:23 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Judge exercises extreme sarcasm on US Bank
Georgia Judge Dennis Blackmon has rejected a petition from U.S. Bank to throw out a complaint from a homeowner whose mortgage the bank refused to modify, without explanation. The judge didn't mince wo...
12:17 pm PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Interrogation of Byron Sonne, Toronto G20 hacker on trumped up charges for mocking G20 security
Here's a video of the interrogation of Byron Sonne (more on his case here) by Officer Tam Bui. Sonne is a Toronto hacker who was offended by the security theater associated with the Toronto G20, which...
11:08 am PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Baby naps peacefully atop enormous, plush Totoro
Redditor Honestly_ snapped this pic of a tiny baby sleeping peacefully atop a giant, plush Totoro from the Studio Ghibli masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro. Dawwww. I hope he appreciates this when he's ol...
03:05 am PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Particularly despicable cigarette ad
This L&M Cigarette ad from the July 1962 Popular Science is a particularly despicable example of the genre, whose subtext is, "If you love your family, celebrate it by contributing to your own ea...
02:14 am PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Turbo and the broom from Breakin'
[video link] From the 1984 film Breakin', Turbo (Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers) does his broom dance to Kraftwerk's "Tour de France." All strings aside (heh), this was quite a memorable performan...
12:04 am PST - Sat, November 26, 2011
BoingBoing Bicycle repairer pets his doggie, in Beijing (photo)
A bicycle repairer strokes his dog inside a storage box on his tricycle as he waits for his customer in Beijing November 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Soo Hoo Zheyang)...
09:56 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary about an alternative nuclear fuel: thorium
Alex Pasternak of Motherboard.tv produced a documentary with Hugo Perez about the thorium movement. He says: The disaster at Fukushima drew attention once again to the perils of nuclear energy, and ra...
09:50 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing 2012 Calendar of the Impending Apocalypse
Amy Crehore (Boing Boing's monkey T-shirt artist) says: The newest print set by Cloudy Collection has just been released and I am in it. In this set, there are 12 different 6"x 6" 3-color screen print...
08:28 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing The sketchbook of Susan Kare, designer who developed the original Mac icons
Steve Silberman says: As you know, Susan was the Apple designer who developed the original Mac icons, including the lasso, the bomb, the watch, and the Happy Mac. While writing the introduction to Sus...
08:28 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Create a meeting tomorrow at teen anal
YouTube link [Tech Australia via Daring Fireball]...
08:02 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with asst. prof. Nathan Brown on UC Davis letter
[Video Link] Shira Lazar of What's Trending says, "We had Nathan Brown live on What's Trending- he's the assistant professor at UC Davis who wrote the letter that went viral asking for the chancellor ...
07:57 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing 76-year-old skateboarder Lloyd Kahn on TV news
KGO-TV in San Francisco ran a piece about our pal Lloyd Kahn, book publisher and longboarder. Go Lloyd! 76-year-old skateboarder rolls through life Lloyd Kahn (age 76) on skateboarding DIY and Green B...
07:38 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing At-At Walker wears cone of humiliation
From the Boing Boing Shop: a T-shirt depicting an At-At Walker wearing a cone of humiliation....
06:40 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy News Bins: miniature Lego OWS, complete with pepper-spraying cop
"No property was harmed during this installation," DocPop tells us about this hilarious teeny-tiny Lego Occupy. "From what I understand the piece has already been removed though I don't know by whom."...
05:43 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The Cryin' Shames perform "Please Stay" (1966)
[video link] Friday Freak-Out: The Cryin' Shames' 1966 French TV performance of "Please Stay" (and also "Gloria.") "Please Stay" was penned by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hillard and first made famous by T...
05:26 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Photos of USA in the early 1970s
The Atlantic reports on DOCUMERICA, an early 1970s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) photo documentary project. More than 100 photographers were hired not only to document specific environmental i...
04:51 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing The Gun Snuggler: from parody video to real holiday gift you can buy
The Gun Snuggler. "Because happiness is a warm gun." Comes in sizes to fit everything from handguns to assault rifles! (Thanks, Marque Cornblatt!)...
04:51 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing The Gun Snuggler: from parody video to actual holiday gift
The Gun Snuggler. "Because happiness is a warm gun." Comes in sizes to fit everything from handguns to assault rifles! This began as a funny internet joke, but so many people took it seriously that it...
04:20 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Bicycle wheel zoetrope
Katy Beveridge turned her bicycle wheel into a zoetrope, fastening cut sheets of paper to the spokes so that the bike's wheels displayed sweet animations when in motion. This is a piece created to que...
04:04 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing How will world's worst dictators spend Christmas? Hilarious TV ad for South African chicken chain reveals all
[Video Link]. BB pal Griffin from South Africa says, "This TV ad was made for Nandos, one of South Africas popular chicken fast food chains. As I understand it, they might have an outlet or two in the...
03:15 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing 1930s newsreel predicts fashion in the year 2000
This brief, 1930s UK newsreel predicts the future of fashion, asking "famous fashion designers" to predict the garb of the year 2000. Pretty much everything worn in this video could be worn, somewhere...
01:55 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Photos of disassembled gadgets, artfully arranged
Todd McLellan's gorgeous photo-series "Everyone has a piece of the puzzle" shows everyday electronic items disassembled and arranged in neat (or messy) layouts, laying the machine bare in all its glor...
12:52 pm PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing MakerBot open source toy kits for your 3D printer
MakerBot's just released three open source hardware toy kits to produce with your 3D printer: an RC car, a windup robot, and a hand-cranked dynamo: The MakerBot Botmobile is the first open source remo...
11:49 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Octopus table
Isaac Krauss's octopus table is a fantastic piece of work -- I want a giant brass octopus for my house! Then, while taking his first bronze sculpting course, Krauss unearthed the idea and set to work....
11:21 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Paintwork: cyberpunk++ stories of killer augmented reality mechas and QR code graffiti writers
Tim Maughan's self-published short story collection Paintwork collects three of his stories, including the British Science Fiction Award-nominated story "Havana Augmented." In an era of "post-cyberpun...
11:18 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Holiday Entertainment Never Sounded So Good
ADVERTISEMENT It's no surprise that many of today's computers also double as home entertainment systems, but HP takes it to another level with its dv6t laptop, outfitted with incredible audio and vide...
10:43 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Was DB Cooper a French Canadian who got the idea from Belgian comics?
The FBI thinks that DB Cooper, the infamous parachuting plane hijacker, was a French Canadian who got the idea from a Belgian comic book: On the cover of one issue of the Belgium-produced comic sold ...
10:20 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Wal-Mart Black Friday shopper pepper-sprays rivals
At an LA-area Wal-Mart today, one shopper pepper sprayed rival bargain hunters, and the horde tore down the video game stands. #Occupy Aisle 13! But Wal-Mart's reckless encouragement of Black Friday s...
08:02 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Synesthesia and evolution
We've posted many times about synesthsia, a fascinating and bizarre neurological condition in which two ore more senses are linked so that someone, for example, might "taste" sounds or "hear" colors. ...
08:00 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo is offering progressive savings for its BLACK FRIDAY TIME MACHINE SALE. Save up to 20...
06:59 am PST - Fri, November 25, 2011
BoingBoing A flight on a B-17
Photos by Carl Carruthers, Jr. When the B-17 Aluminum Overcast appeared on the horizon above a Houston suburb sky last week, her shape was immediately recognizable. She was curvy, substantial and down...
11:53 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage chairs reupholstered with coffee sacks
Etsy seller blanaid upholsters overstuffed chairs with coffee sacks, for a great, rough look. These reclaimed vintage armchairs which I covered in worn vintage coffee bean bags. The chairs are 'sold a...
07:50 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing WKRP's Turkey Drop, short attention span theater edition
Condensed for your abbreviated pleasure, WKRP in Cincinnati's classic turkey drop episode, shrunk down to a brisk 30 seconds. AS GOD IS MY WITNESS I SWEAR I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY. WKRP Turkey Drop...
06:00 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Gloriously impractical, beautifully handmade luggage
UK designer Sarah Jane Williams sells beautiful, finely constructed handmade luggage that is deliberately impractical: suitcases with right-angle bends, U-shaped suitcases, suitcases that curve in a s...
04:55 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian indigenous band declares state of emergency due to horrific conditions, government takes no notice
Three weeks ago, Canada's Attawapiskat First Nation -- an indigenous community living on a treaty reservation -- took the unprecedented step of declaring a state of emergency. The community's housing ...
04:07 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Fictional disease
Wikipedia helpfully catalogs the major fictional diseases. (via Maria Popova)...
03:47 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Russian social media erupts as Putin apparat tries to suppress video of booing crowd
A hairline crack has appeared in the authoritarian facade of Vladimir Putin's Russia. The would-be-dictator-for-life -- he recently commanded his sockpuppet, Dmitry Medvedev, to stand down from the ne...
03:35 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing I am thankful for Minneapolis
There's a great write-up on Good about my city and my mayor, R.T. Rybak. Minneapolis isn't a perfect city, by any means. But it remains the best place I have ever had the privilege of living. And I th...
03:06 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Why you shouldn't parse HTML with regexp
On StackOverflow, Robert Harvey -- apparently a man who's been around the block a few times -- has some impassioned advice for naive developers who are contemplating parsing HTML using regular express...
03:05 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Surfaces - a short story for a thesis on border security
The dilemma of how to reconcile the needs of security with the desire for humanity is the defining question of the twenty-first century. This sentence opens my thesis, "Loss Prevention: Customer Servi...
02:48 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold: 2011 Competition
As she does every year, Danielle Spencer hosted a "Turkey-shaped Jell-O mold competition" in New York City a few days ago. And as it happens every year, the entries are awesome. Above, Cassandra C. Jo...
02:35 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing FBI nabs suspects in Amish Beard Attacks. One of them is named "Mullet."
FBI agents arrested seven Ohio Amish men yesterday in Pennsylvania. They are accused of participating in a series of "beard-cutting attacks." Samuel Mullet, the leader of an offshoot group who reporte...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Dieter Rams electronics store
Das Programm is an online store featuring the iconic electronic designs of Dieter Rams. As incorrigible Dieter Rams collectors we are all too aware of the gap between the desirability and availability...
01:44 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Science tricks to impressdistract your family
This morning, NPR brought on Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, of the depressingly small House Civility Caucus, to offer advice on how to defuse the now-traditional Thanksgiving political spat. As y...
01:30 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt police detain, beat, sexually assault US-based journalist Mona Eltahawy; other journalists also targeted
[video link] US-based Egyptian blogger, speaker, and journalist Mona Eltahawy was released today after spending 12 hours detained by Egyptian security forces in Cairo. According to her tweets, she was...
01:04 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing A very Twinkie Thanksgiving
This is what a turkey looks like after it has been stuffed with cubed, toasted Twinkie cake and glazed with a mixture of Twinkie filling and honey. Chow's Joyce Slayton did this, following a recipe in...
01:04 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Two turkey-related videos
Watch My Life as a Turkey on PBS. See more from NATURE. Video Link 2. (thanks, Andrea James!)...
01:00 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing A Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs
And as we do every year, let us bow our heads as Uncle Bill recites A Thanksgiving Prayer....
01:00 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing White Friday
"Americans are expected to fork over some $45 billion to retailers this holiday season. But what if instead of hitting the stores this Black Friday, we put our money to a different use? One that is mo...
12:55 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Governor, school district offended by 18-year-old's cranky tweet
Kansas high school student Emma Sullivan took a field trip to see Governor Sam Brownback speak. She didn't like what he had to say, and tweeted about what she wished she could do: "just made mean comm...
12:53 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Frank cookery advice for turkey roasters
Before you put your bird in the oven, spare a moment for Tante Mary's "Just Put the Fucking Turkey in the Oven," a frank, 8-minute discussion of turkey, which includes the fact that making turkey tast...
12:26 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing European Court of Justice: national copyright censorwalls are illegal
The European Court of Justice has issued a ruling that it is illegal for EU nations to use national censorship regimes to block entire websites accused to violating copyright. The Court held that bloc...
12:26 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing European Court of Justice: spying with national copyright censorwalls are illegal
The European Court of Justice has issued a ruling that it is illegal for EU nations to spy on users with national censorship firewalls used to block entire websites accused of violating copyright. The...
12:26 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing European Court of Justice: spying with national copyright censorwalls is illegal
The European Court of Justice has issued a ruling that it is illegal for EU nations to spy on users with national censorship firewalls used to block entire websites accused of violating copyright. The...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Filmmaking in Bollywood's Shadow: An Interview with Jaideep Varma
.thingy {background-color:#222;padding:3px;color:#eee;text-align:right;font-size:12px;} Jaideep Varma is an author, filmmaker and cricket fanatic working in India. Avi Solomon Tell us a bit about your...
11:49 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Pizza is a Vegetable, a jaunty ditty about Congressional scientific illiteracy
Attentive readers will recall Congress's reclassification of pizza as a vegetable for the purpose of mandated healthy school lunches. Jonathan Mann's composed a jaunty ditty to correct the record. Piz...
10:40 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Talking Heads Chronology: live performances 1976-1983
Talking Heads Chronology is a $21 DVD that chronicles footage of the band from every stage of its life to 1983, including rare footage of their performances at CBGBs in the early days of their act. Ta...
02:45 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Lucky iron fish persuades Cambodian women to cook with iron, stave off anemia
Marilyn sez, "University of Guelph student Christopher Charles worked on a project with scientists in Cambodia three summers ago. They were trying to persuade women in poor villages to put chunks of i...
02:04 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Bacon squeezins water bottle
As an unrepentant bacon junkie (and saver of bacon grease to cook everything else I eat), I appreciate this water bottle, which we sell in the Boing Boing shop. Bacon squeezins water bottle...
01:19 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Watch starfish flee an icy finger of death
This clip from the BBC's Frozen Planet is one of the most amazing things you will ever see. "Brinicle" is a clever portmanteau for an icy finger of death that forms naturally in the very cold seawater...
12:55 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing What the evidence says about pepper spray safety
The casual and close-range use of pepper spray on nonviolent protesters: It's not just morally bankrupt, it's also not evidence based! Judy Stone is a doctor, infectious disease specialist, and the au...
12:29 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing 2012 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival calls for entries
Carsten Turner writes in, with a call for entries for the 2012 Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, running Feb. 10-20 in Somerville, MA. "Film-makers can submit projects to withoutabox. Winners will...
12:07 am PST - Thu, November 24, 2011
BoingBoing Realistically-encumbered adventurers
Of the many absurdities that have become conventions in computer role-playing games, the nigh-unlimited inventory--packed with items that are not visible[1] on your character's person--is my favorite....
11:58 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Master bait ad
Undated and without providence, this bait ad for "Bloody Good, The Real Blood Bleeding Minnow" needs the word "blood" a few more times, but is otherwise perfect in every way. Sure Fire For Big Ones...
11:14 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Professional books with booze flasks hidden in them
Bender Bound cuts flask-sized cavities into thick, sober (ahem) books in a variety of categories, suitable for hiding in plain sight on a professional looking bookshelf: medical books, law books, cook...
10:35 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Three great galleries
This week, redditors founded a subreddit just to contain the spectacular landscape art generated by the hit RPG Skyrim. The real world is no less beautiful, of course, and it is also no less fantastic...
10:11 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing TARDIS fridge
The person(s) behind Time Machine Yeah! turned their fridge into a TARDIS, which is as cool as it gets. Filed under: TARDIS refrigerator I did this I actually did this doctor who (via DVICE)...
10:00 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Ho, ho, ho, well if it isn't fat stinking billygoat Billyboy?
The Casual Pepper-Spraying Cup has found his niche: he's a droog, and he's up for a bit of the old ultra-aerosol. Droogs (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
08:12 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Fiskars ShopBoss: multiscissors to the limit
Writing for MAKE:, Gareth Branwyn reviews the Fiskars ShopBoss, a sucessor, of sorts, to the multi-scissors the company shipped last year. Fiskars is the Finnish giant of bladed tools, renowned for ge...
07:25 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing What's on Leonardo daVinci's "To-Do" list?
The above image is an illustrated and translated version of an actual "to-do" list written by Leonardo da Vinci. It was put together for NPR by Robert Krulwich and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, based...
07:07 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing 21 lb layer cake containing three pies
Chef David Lowery created this "Cherpumple" -- a "dessert version of the turducken," composed of "CHERry, PUMpkin and apPLE pie," baked into three separate cakes, then assembled into an enormous layer...
06:26 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Teenagers: Enter YouTube Space Lab competition by December 14
Scientific American and YouTube are offering teenagers a chance to participate in real science. It works like this: Think up a question that can only be tested via an experiment performed in space. Ma...
06:08 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing A recipe for sweet potato biscuits
These look amazing. And you can make them with marshmallows, if you are so inclined. Happy Thanksgiving! (Thank you, Rebecca Berkey)...
05:59 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer science?
View more presentations from Terri Oda A great look at math, and real vs. imaginary Bell curve distributions. Thanks to Gideon for bringing this to my attention!...
05:52 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Aussie senator: News Corp offered me favorable coverage if I killed legislation it didn't like
A former Australian senator has accused News Corp -- Rupert Murdoch's media empire -- of offering to give him favorable coverage in exchange for his vote in against media legislation that would curtai...
05:40 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing The dronecam revolution will be webcast: Interview with Tim Pool of "The Other 99"
Webcaster Tim Pool of "The Other 99." In recent weeks, one source of live, breaking news coverage for the Occupy Wall Street movement has stood out above all others. Not a cable news network, not a ne...
05:29 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Syneseizure, Isodrag Typeface, and other amazing results from Science Hack Day SF 2011
(photo by Matt Biddulph) Earlier this month, Science Hack Day SF brought together 150+ scientists, designers, developers, and makers together to make science-related project. Along with US hacker...
05:19 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Why "earn" is a poor word-choice when describing the profits of the 1%
Dan Gillmor sez, "When we report the 'earnings' of the 1%, the media are often distorting reality. The 99% should demand that we use more neutral -- and accurate -- words." To be sure, one of the mean...
04:15 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Blazing de-bullshitification of the arguments for militarized campus police forces
UC Davis music professor Bob Ostertag has written a savagely brilliant editorial in the Huffington Post, denouncing the use of military-style force by campus police, in particular the now-infamous poi...
03:50 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing PKD vs. UC Davis teargassing cop
The Philip K. Dick fanatics at Total Dick-Head provide their take on the meme....
03:39 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Suburban California crime caper on This American Life
Josh Bearman did an episode of This American Life episode that features "private eyes, MILFs, undercover informants, dirty cops selling drugs, sting operations in strip malls, and a reality show on Li...
03:25 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Crass, anti-fashion fashionable eco-tote bags
My old Parisian friend Nicole Locher, creator of the wildly success Locher's line of supersweet and crass embroidered apparel, just created a fun series of cotton canvas bags made from unbleached and ...
03:22 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Pepper-spraying cop gets Photoshop justice: Xeni's Guardian op-ed on meme-ing of UC Davis police brutality
LALO ALCARAZ The nice people at the Guardian invited me to write an op-ed about the meme-ification of Lt. John Pike's unforgettable act of brutality against UC Davis students last Friday. Photoshop ou...
03:02 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Cops stun-gun a disabled 61yo man while he was riding his bike. He died.
"A 61-year-old Halifax County [North Carolina, U.S.] man died Tuesday, a day after police shocked him with a stun gun while he was riding his bike, family members said." The tl;dr: someone called the ...
02:55 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing High-rez scan of Einstein's brain slide from Philadelphia's Mtter Museum
Last week, I toured Philadelphia's Mtter Museum -- the Philadelphia College of Surgeons' astounding collection of pathological oddities -- and was treated to a sneak peak at the museum's latest acquis...
02:50 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Spacemen 3: "Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)"
[video link] I've been on a Spacemen 3 bender as of late. What deeply entrancing, beautiful, and spaced-out music they made in the 1980s and early 1990s. ("Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to....
02:30 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: God-Man saves the day! Well... he saves A day, anyway.
GOD-MAN commands that you visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE often (at least once a week, unless you have a REALLY good reason, like your football team's in the playoffs); and if you don't follow R...
01:58 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Extreme strongman routine on India's Got Talent
The Warriors of Goja, a Sikh performance troupe, performed an astonishing strongman/bed of nails routine on India's Got Talent, a spectacle of extreme stunts involving a lot of glass eating, being run...
12:53 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Cross-sections of teapots embedded in cement blocks
Dutch designer Rolf (no last name, apparently) created a series of cool cross-sections of "teapots and kitschy vases" by embedding them in cement blocks and then sawing them in half: ". By cutting the...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Robert Sapolsky on Stress: An Interview
Prof. Robert Sapolsky on Coping with Stress (Audio link) Photo Courtesy of Indiana University Robert Sapolsky is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Neurology at Stanford University. Avi Solomon: W...
11:46 am PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Popular Mom-and-pop water purification business shuttered by DEA's meth-hunting "knotheads"
Here's a Mercury News profile of Bob Wallace, an 88-year-old chemist who started a very successful cottage business selling iodine crystals under the "Polar Pure" brand new, used by hikers and disaste...
11:22 am PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing UC Davis course catalog, pepper spray edition
From Jay Rosen, "Excerpt from UC Davis 2010-2012 General Catalog": 176. Introduction to Pepper Spray. (3) Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: Crowd Control Through Chemicals 122B. Basic uses of pepper spra...
05:39 am PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Psychology of pepper spray
Researchers who've investigated the way that "nonlethal" weapons like pepper spray and tasers affect policing weigh in on the epidemic of callous and brutal police attacks on protesters. They conclude...
01:23 am PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt: furry-lover
Source....
12:38 am PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing DHS: reports of Illinois water system hacker attack were rife with bogosity
Brian Krebs reports: "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today took aim at widespread media reports about a hacking incident that led to an equipment failure at a water system in Illinois, notin...
12:35 am PST - Wed, November 23, 2011
BoingBoing Willard M. Romney fibs about first name
Mitt Romney today said that 'Mitt' was his first name, a statement that makes no sense even as the joke it must surely have been intended as. This led commentators to suggest that he just says whateve...
07:43 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Anil Dash: Facebook attacks the open Web, becomes a badware site
Anil Dash examines Facebook's latest navigational practices, which go beyond making a walled garden of its own content and begin to attack the open Web, including websites that incorporate Facebook's ...
07:43 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Honeybees can smell TB
New Zealand biologists believe that honeybees can sense the faint floral odor on the breath of people infected with tuberculosis, and are trying to find a way to train bees to help them diagnose TB: W...
07:40 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Audio version of my essay collection Context
Jan Rubak has once again set out to create a fan-audiobook of my essays, reading aloud from my book Context as he did with my earlier collection, Content. He's a great reader, and he's uploaded half t...
07:23 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing RIP, Anne McCaffrey
One of the greats of science fiction and fantasy literature, Anne McCaffrey, is reported to have died. She will be missed. Our condolences to Todd McCaffrey and the rest of her family....
06:21 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Turkish psych music from Erkin Koray
It's easy to get overwhelmed with the flood of outernational and psych reissues released these days, so here is one that's not to be missed. Beginning in the 1960s, Erkin Koray has been a pioneer of T...
05:44 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Inflatable robots
Saul Griffith, maker hero and MacArthur "Genius," has released video evidence of his latest creations, inflatable robots. So far, Saul and his colleagues at Otherlab, Meka Robotics, and Stanford Unive...
05:39 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Penguin fights Amazon by cutting off libraries' access to the books they've paid for
The American Library Association has weighed in on Penguin's dispute with Amazon's Kindle library lending program, calling on the publisher to restore access to its books to library patrons. Penguin a...
05:39 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Penguin fights Amazon by cutting off libraries' access to the books they've paid for (Updated)
The American Library Association has weighed in on Penguin's dispute with Amazon's Kindle library lending program, calling on the publisher to restore access to its books to library patrons. Penguin a...
05:35 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Errol Morris and JFK's assassination
On the 48th anniversary of JFK's assassination, Errol Morris posted a video interview with Josia Thompson, author of Six Seconds In Dallas. The discussion centers on The Umbrella Man, the star of quit...
05:21 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Best. research paper abstract. evar.
On arXiv.org, where astronomers and physicists post pre-publication research papers, the possibility of neutrinos that travel faster than the speed of light has led to dozens of new papers, including ...
05:17 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Tor project asks supporters to set up virtual Tor bridges in Amazon's cloud
The Tor project, whose network tool helps people avoid online censorship, works by bouncing traffic around several different computers before it reaches its destination. The more computers there are i...
05:04 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Instant holiday diet plan
Reduce your consumption of turkey this Thanksgiving by simply reading Maryn McKenna's report on drug-resistant staph bacteria infecting the U.S. meat supply....
04:59 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Open letter from an Army vet to military servicepeople: what will you do when they send you to fight Occupy?
Mitch Green, a US Army vet and economics PhD candidate, has written an open letter to members of the US armed forces, who, he believes, will soon be called upon to put down the Occupy movement in Amer...
04:52 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing University Chancellor meets students
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who now knows that issuing wheedling, lawyer-approved statements doesn't help, has figured out what does. This morning, she headed out to the protest and talked with ...
04:51 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Otzi the Iceman and life after death
In Science Ink, Carl Zimmer's new book collecting photos of cool science tattoos and the stories behind them, there's a photo of a guy who got tattoos to match those found on Otzi, aka The Iceman, who...
04:28 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing 10 Great Science Books for Kids
I wrote earlier this month about how much I loved coffee table books as a kid, and a couple of people asked me about recommendations for science books that kids will love today. Smithsonian has a grea...
04:18 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Octopus walks on land
Perhaps you've heard the tale of the octopus that broke out of its tank at the aquarium and walked across the room to break into another tank where it proceeded to eat other forms of sea life. That st...
04:01 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Greetings from the Future
As you read this, there are robots swimming across the Pacific Ocean. (Via Rowan Hooper)...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Anonymous in "Birthday Blues"
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02:54 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy 1-2-3, a DIY mini-kids-book about Occupy-
John Seven sez, "We are a children's book author/illustrator team who have decided to create this free download-it-print-it-fold-it-distribute-it-yourself mini picture book called Occupy 1.2.3. We tho...
02:52 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Sign the petition against SOPAPROTECT-IP, and Ron Wyden will read your name into the Congressional record in an epic filibuster
As SOPA ("the worst Internet law in American legislative history") steamrolls its way through the House, the slightly less batshit senate version, PROTECT-IP, is also heading for passage. But Senator ...
02:49 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing 48th anniversary of JFK's assassination
Forty-eight years ago today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, and a thousand conspiracy theories bloomed. This is the Zapruder film stabilized. More here....
02:00 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Interactive chart: understanding the chokepoints for censorship
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted an interactive map showing where the chokepoints are for online free speech, and which laws, proposed laws, and tactics can be used to force them to take ...
01:08 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Evidence-based copyright: UK online movie marketplace is expensive, broken, patchy
My latest Guardian column is "Movie fans turn to piracy when the online cupboard is bare," a report on the Open Rights Group's study of the lawful options for people who want to watch great British mo...
12:46 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing When radium was a beauty product
A mega-post on the Vintage Ads LJ group rounds up ads from the 1920s and 30s for products that were "enhanced" with radium, then believed to be a great way of improving your health and appearance. Mis...
12:20 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Spray Anything
Over at Mother Jones, Dave Gilson has a look at how manufacturers market pepper-spray machines, monster Tasers, "pain compliance rounds," and other toys to make occupiers obey....
12:02 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Breaking: Occupy LulzPepper Spray Cop meme continues to be funny
More here at our previous post. The image above: "Casually spraying Crispus", and here's a related Reddit discussion. (thanks, Mike Outmesguine)...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Court: OccupyBoston can stay, but has to appoint mediators and abide by final ruling
Quinn Norton continues her excellent Wired coverage of the Occupy movement around America, reporting today from Boston, where a court has ruled that the tent-city at Dewey Park is a form of "protected...
11:07 am PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing How comics downloading was born, a Streisand effect tale with a twist
In a 2007 ComicMix article, Glenn Hauman recounts the bizarre story of "Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter," a comic story by Kyle Baker with Liz Glass that was spiked by DC Comics publisher and pr...
06:14 am PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Odd classroom photos from the 1970s
Westword has a roundup of odd 1970s classroom posters that have been severed from their original captions. It's hard to imagine what lesson they were meant to convey initially, but Westword's made som...
06:14 am PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Odd classroom posters from the 1970s
Westword has a roundup of odd 1970s classroom posters that have been severed from their original captions. It's hard to imagine what lesson they were meant to convey initially, but Westword's made som...
01:59 am PST - Tue, November 22, 2011
BoingBoing Layar augmented reality for MAKE Vol 28 (and how to make your own)
[Video Link] I love the augmented reality content that Layar created for MAKE's Toys & Games issue. And Gene Becker at Layar, who led this project, kindly wrote a how-to article about creating an...
10:56 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Pizza slice sleeping bag
Etsy seller brookish7 makes these pizza-slice sleeping bags (with veggie pillows) to order, at $300 a slice. Slice of Pizza Sleeping Bag w/ Veggie Pillows Deposit (via Neatorama)...
09:41 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing CUNY security cops bully peaceful Baruch College students during OWS protest over unfair labor practices, tuition hikes
Boing Boing reader Timothy Krause says, Here are some videos of police violence and beatings that occurred around 5:15 at Baruch College, CUNY, in response to an Occupy CUNY OWS protest about tuition ...
09:41 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing CUNY police bully peaceful Baruch College students during OWS protest over unfair labor practices, tuition hikes
Photographer and Boing Boing reader Timothy Krause shares the photos and videos above and below in this post, and says, Here are some videos of police violence and beatings that occurred around 5:15 a...
09:11 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing A vote for Shiffman is a vote for sharks (in a good way)
College student bloggers from across the United States are currently competing to win a $10,000 scholarship. You can vote for the winner. And you should consider voting for David Shiffman, one of the ...
08:53 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing The trouble with lab mice
You've probably seen this caveat pretty often: Just because a study that uses mice as subjects produces a specific result, doesn't mean you'd get the same result using human subjects. Mice are handy r...
08:30 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Behold: The world's largest Tesla coil
Electrical engineer Greg Leyh built the giant Tesla coil in this video, and wants to construct an even larger version: Two 10-story-high towers that would send lightning zinging across an area the len...
08:09 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Bookmarklet lets you know how the companies you buy from lobbied Congress
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, "Before Americans open their wallets for Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), the Sunlight Foundation encourages consumers to first explore the connection between t...
08:02 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing How I use Robot Mode and non-digital creativity to accomplish more in the day
Lifehacker posted my article about how I make my daily task list and how I get through it. I've never had myself tested for ADD, but I know for sure that I'm very easily distracted. The fact that my j...
07:55 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Space exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" opened this week at NYC's American Museum of Natural History. The magnificent-sounding exhibition includes a model of a proposed moon habitat, sp...
07:51 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Boing Boing Shop: kicking it off with a new T-shirt by Amy Crehore!
Hey kids, look! Boing Boing has a shop! We've always wanted a store that reminded us of the mind-boggling Johnson Smith Catalog of yesteryear, and now we have one! We've partnered with our mutant frie...
07:40 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing "A Pepper Spray Thanksgiving," Norman Rockwell's long-lost Saturday Evening Post cover
By artist and illustrator Bob Staake, whose work you may have seen on the cover of the New Yorker. Gonna have to add this one to the meme-stack. As I post this, word's coming in that the ACLU has just...
07:37 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Smiths deluxe box set
For Smiths completists is The Smiths "Complete," a new set containing all eight albums remastered by Johnny Marr himself. It's available as a vinyl set or CD, but the one to get is really the "Deluxe ...
07:20 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy "Bat Signal for the 99%" light projections: the "making of" video, shot by Mark Read and crew
Above: #Occupy Bat Signal for the 99%, a beautiful short film by Mark Read and friends, shot inside Denise Vega's home in the projects opposite the Verizon building at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge....
06:55 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Video remix: UC Davis pepper spray incident viewed from 4 different perspectives
Andy Baio says, I was stunned and appalled by the UC Davis Police spraying protestors, but struck by how many brave, curious people recorded the events. I took the four clearest videos and synchronize...
06:38 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Mean Monkey Monday 10
[Video Link] Monkey does not like being videotaped. (Thanks, Andrea!) See also: Mean Monkey Monday: Macaque vs iPhone User - Boing Boing Mean Monkey Monday (bonus material 1) Mean Monkey Monday 1 Mean...
06:08 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Foreclosure law firm famed for mocking the foreclosed-on will close; world's tiniest violin plays sad song
Awwww, that "foreclosure mill" law firm that threw Halloween parties where employees dressed as foreclosed-upon Americans is going out of business. I has a tiny widdle sad. The firm had already been d...
06:04 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Cedar-Sinai takes cancer sufferer off transplant list for taking the medical marijuana its doctor prescribed
Norman B. Smith was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer by his doctor at LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, who prescribed medical marijuana. Now, Cedars-Sinai has removed Mr Smith from the list of ...
05:41 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Caffeine boosts signals in the hippocampus
New research shows that even a small hit of caffeine strengthens the connections between brain cells in the hippocampus. In rats, anyway. Apparently, most scientific studies of how caffeine affects th...
05:29 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing "Get a job"
Source: U.S. Bureau or Labor Statistics Many compare Occupy protestors to protestors from the 1960s, which allows for well-rehearsed arguments to run their course, over and over again. Here's a conser...
05:22 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Man's "Quest for Every Beard Type"
Jon Dyer is a master of facial hair. Since 2007, he has grown nearly three dozen moustache/beard styles and is still at it. Above is the "Rap Industry Standard" and the "Hulihee." At left, of course, ...
05:11 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Massive rally at UC Davis, following police pepper-spray incident
Photo: Ramon Solis Hard to estimate numbers, but by some accounts, well over 15,000 students and supporters are gathered at UC Davis for a rally and Occupy GA right now, following an incident Friday i...
05:11 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Massive rally at UC Davis, some protesters carrying "pepper-spraying cop" meme-signs
Photo: Ramon Solis Hard to estimate numbers, but by some accounts, well over 15,000 students and supporters are gathered at UC Davis for a rally and Occupy GA right now, following an incident Friday i...
05:00 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing News of the World shredded hard-drives, laptops
A lawyer for victims of News of the World phone hacking told the court that long after NotW knew of the police investigation of its newsgathering process, it put reporters' laptops and hard-drives "th...
04:57 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing 3D-printed UAV
Last July, engineers from the UK's University of Southampton have flown an unmanned air vehicle whose chassis was entirely constructed of parts that came off a 3D printer; the parts were designed to s...
04:18 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt: 33 dead in Tahrir protests, as "Arab Spring" mirrored in bloody Fall
[Video Link, warning: graphic content.] Reuters reports: "Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day on Monday and morgue officials said the death toll had risen to 3...
04:12 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Space Ipsum
Why, look, a space-themed lorem ipsum generator. (via @brainpicker)...
04:04 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Tent Hope
By Mike Estee. Here's a PDF. (thanks, @nicoles)....
03:33 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing "Worst passwords" of 2011
SplashData, a company that makes password management tools, has released a roundup of 2011's "25 worst passwords," gleaned from password-dumps posted by "hackers" (presumably, sources like the Lulzsec...
03:31 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Lisa Randall on extra dimensions, the Large Hadron Collider, and weird physics
Harvard physicist Lisa Randall, author of the mind-bending 2006 book...
03:25 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing In NYC, Kafka-licious policies say press can avoid arrest by getting press pass they can't get
Wired.com's Quinn Norton has been tirelessly covering the Occupy movement from the front lines in cities throughout the US. In New York, it's a very good idea to have a press pass when you're doing th...
03:20 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Cursing baby doll?
Some parents are complaining that the You & Me Interactive Play & Giggle Triplet Dolls are foul-mouthed. Do the dolls, sold at Toys "R" Us, sound like they're saying "You crazy bitch"? Or is...
03:06 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing UC Berkeley police give "Beat Poets" new meaning: poet laureate Robert Hass on his violent encounter
University of California, Berkeley poetry professor and former US poet laureate Robert Hass writes in the New York Times, on what transpired when he wandered down to the Occupy with his wife, to see f...
02:59 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing AFP blocks YouTube embed of own reporter getting arrested
As inadvertant self-censorship, goes, this is rather inconsequential stuff -- just click through. But it's so cute! Previously: AFP journalist films her own arrest at Occupy protest in NYC...
02:52 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Measuring Pepper Spray on the Scoville scale of chili pepper hotness
If you're heading out to an Occupation today AND you're a fan of tasty, tasty chili peppers, you'll want to read this essay "About Pepper," in Scientific American. The reason pepper-spray ends up on t...
02:40 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Peter Thiel on the iPhone
Erick Schonfeld, leading from a paywalled New Yorker item, quotes top investor Peter Thiel on the iPhone: "I dont consider this to be a technological breakthrough." It's unfair to decontextualize the ...
02:23 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing AFP journalist films her own arrest at Occupy protest in NYC
Video Link. NYPD is facing growing condemnation for its treatment of journalists covering Occupy Wall Street marches and encampements in the city. About half a dozen journalists were arrested during a...
02:22 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Portable TV ad: is that cigar just a cigar?
Goodness, but this is an odd ad, with weird harmonics of penile insufficiency -- is that cigar just a cigar? -- and the odd, anachronistic boast that a piece of "portable" electronics weighs a mere si...
02:20 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD press credentialling process: labyrinthine and defeating, by design
Elizabeth Spiers on the laughably complex, self-contradicting series of rules and policies for reporters who want to obtain a press pass to cover OWS. You know, so they won't be beaten by police. "You...
02:05 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing XKCD's megachart on money
The latest XKCD is a monster infographic on money, called "MONEY: A chart with almost all of it, where it is, and what it can do." It's a fascinating, astounding piece of work, including everything fr...
01:56 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Jenny O: "Happiest Days Of Our LivesAnother Brick In The Wall Pt. 2" (Pink Floyd)
[Video Link] I saw singer-songwriter Jenny O. perform in Los Angeles last night, during this awesome benefit at Largo for Ryuichi Sakamoto's project to replace school musical instruments lost in Japan...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Cory in DC tomorrow
Reminder: I'm heading to DC tomorrow to give a lunchtime talk at New America Foundation, from 1230h to 14h. Admission is free, but they're looking for an RSVP....
01:38 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning, suspected source for WikiLeaks, will go on trial Dec. 16 in Maryland
The first hearing for Bradley Manning, whom the US believes was the source for Wikileaks State Department cables and damning material from the Iraq war, is scheduled to begin at Fort Meade on Dec. 16....
01:16 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing danah boyd on a nuanced understanding of privacy in the networked age
Sociologist danah boyd has posted her responses to a Wall Street Journal debate on privacy that included Stewart Baker, Jeff Jarvis, and Chris Soghoian. Boyd's responses are nuanced, evidence-based, a...
12:57 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek episode 028: We Are All Weird
In this episode of Gweek, I'm joined by Boing Boing's managing editor Rob Beschizza and Seth Godin, an author, entrepreneur, and human wunderkammer. Here's what we talked about: The Domino Project: Se...
12:57 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek episode 027: We Are All Weird
In this episode of Gweek, I'm joined by Boing Boing's managing editor Rob Beschizza and Seth Godin, an author, entrepreneur, and human wunderkammer. Here's what we talked about: The Domino Project: Se...
12:11 pm PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Fake plastic surgeon "enhanced" patient's butt with tire-sealant injection
A Florida man called Oneal Ron Morris has been arrested for performing dangerous cosmetic surgeries of his own devising, injecting his "patient" with a cocktail of tire-sealant, cement, and glue to "e...
11:06 am PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Swedish Pirate Party MEP Amelia Andersdotter, on taking office at long last
Amelia Andersdotter is the Swedish Pirate Party MEP who won her seat more than two years ago, but is only heading to the European Parliament now, due to eurocratic delays. TorrentFreak catches up with...
10:20 am PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD press credentialling process: labyrinthine and defeating, by design
Elizabeth Spiers on the laughably complex, self-contradicting series of rules and policies for reporters who want to obtain a press pass to cover OWS. You know, so they won't be beaten by police. "You...
08:00 am PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Laurie Penny talks #OWS with a Goldman-Sachs mouthpiece, totally crushes it
In this clip from BBC Newsnight, Boing Boing pal Laurie Penny (who's in NYC covering the Occupy demonstrations) takes on a former Goldman-Sachs partner who tries to concern-troll the #OWS movement, sa...
05:32 am PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing After police violence, UC Davis students plan large rally Monday
Following the widely-reported pepper spray incident which left multiple students injured, #OWS-affiliated students at UC Davis will hold a rally Monday, November 21, at noon. I'm told that students fr...
05:19 am PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing UC Davis chancellor Katehi issues statement on police pepper-spraying of student protesters
After police cracked down with shocking force on UC Davis student demonstrators, and those students in turn confronted the university's Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi in an unusual and dramatic way, the...
05:06 am PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Police Executive Research Forum: We aren't involved in guiding Occupy crackdowns. Oh wait, yes we are.
A US police organization can't seem to make up its mind about whether it is or isn't playing a significant role in crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street in cities around the US. Above, a tweet from Chuck W...
12:03 am PST - Mon, November 21, 2011
BoingBoing Rich New Yorkers buy plain black vans with plush interiors
New York Times reports that rich New Yorkers are buying cargo vans that look plain on the outside but are lavishly furnished pleasure palaces on the inside. Some cost $500,000. As the economy limps al...
06:49 pm PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Lulz
Everything becomes a meme, eventually: Occupy Lulz....
05:39 pm PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Woody Guthrie is timeless. Unfortunately.
Richard sez, "This is a link directly to archive.org's mp3 archive of the Woody Guthrie song All You Fascists 'bound to Lose. I couldn't have said it better. I hope that it is true."...
12:54 pm PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Every Beatles song ever, all played at once: All Together Now
All Together Now - Everything the Beatles ever did. by ramjac Ramjac, a British DJ, has produced a mashup of the whole Beatles catalogue. Ramjac's mix, "All Together Now," layers every single Beatles ...
11:02 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter for documentary on the global protest movement
Taghi Amirani, who's running a Kickstarter for a documentary called "We Are Many," writes, "The film is about the global protest movement linking the massive global Iraq War protests of Feb 15 2003 to...
06:58 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with a pepper-sprayed UC Davis student
Photo: Bryan Nguyen/The Aggie. 22-year-old UC Davis student W. (name withheld by request) was one of the students pepper-sprayed at point-blank range Friday by Lt. John Pike while seated on the ground...
03:48 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Fractaly, breathing optical illusion
Trippy or nauseating? You decide! Hit the permalink to make it larger. (via @coseyfannitutti and @bengoldacre)...
03:48 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Fractally, breathing optical illusion
Trippy or nauseating? You decide! Hit the permalink to amplify the sensation. (via @coseyfannitutti and @bengoldacre)...
03:28 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Eyewitness account of pepper-spraying officer from UC Davis student: "Stop. No. I want to spray these kids."
[Video Link.] From N.A.: Full credit goes to "brwnjeanette" at Ustream and the Occupy UC Davis channel she setup and broadcasted during the moving silent walk of shame/protest of Chancellor Katehi on ...
03:28 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing Eyewitness account of pepper-spraying officer from UC Davis student: "Stop. No. I want to spray these kids down."
[Video Link.] From N.A.: Full credit goes to "brwnjeanette" at Ustream and the Occupy UC Davis channel she setup and broadcasted during the moving silent walk of shame/protest of Chancellor Katehi on ...
03:17 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing VIDEO: Muppet Whatnot does Bowie
My family adores the custom Muppet we designed a few years ago for my son at the FAO Schwarz Muppet Whatnot Workshop. In fact, the whole process of mixing and matching the dozens of bodies, eyes, nose...
12:45 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing One day after pepper-spraying, UC Davis students silently, peacefully confront Chancellor Katehi
[Video Link] I thought I wouldn't see a more dramatic video than the ones yesterday of the pepper-spraying of students by police at UC Davis. I was wrong. In the video above, UC Davis students, silent...
12:07 am PST - Sun, November 20, 2011
BoingBoing After pepper-spraying incident, UC Davis redesigns website
Link. They might want to rethink that motto, however. (thanks, @justinq!)  Police officer pepper-sprays seated, non-violent students at UC Davis...
11:11 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO get a free Stanford Comp Sci education
Avi sez, "UnCollege has the lowdown on how to get yourself a free Computer Science education at Stanford. No tuition, no textbooks, no set class times (students get a week to complete the assignments)...
10:38 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Britain's Occupy movement picks up steam
An Occupy-flavoured gathering of the tribes is underway in London, as Occupiers from across the country converge on London, where an abandoned building belonging to UBS has been liberated for a sympos...
10:32 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Geeky, science-fiction inspired tees
Geekboy Press does a pretty good line of cute tees featuring great illustrations inspired by science fiction. Geekboy Press...
03:32 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Assemblage steampunk raygun
Mad clockmaker Roger Wood just sent these images of his latest creations around to his mailing list -- a sweet, simple assemblage raygun. Klockwerks...
01:59 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse ad, 1962
Here's a 1962 LA Times ad for Disneyland's Swiss Family Robinson, now (tragically) rebranded as "Tarzan's Treehouse" (though a version with the original livery lives on at Walt Disney World, Florida)....
01:47 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Memo to American Bankers Association from lobbyists spells out $850,000 anti-OWS plan
MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" broke the story today of a memo by Washington D.C. lobbyists to the American Bankers Association on how to go about discrediting the Occupy Wall Street movement, perceive...
01:37 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Wanted: your books in Brooklyn, today, to rebuild a new "People's Library"
Image: Cory Doctorow. The OWS library on Nov. 14, one day before NYPD destroyed it. Brooklynites, do you have books to contribute to a new "People's Library"? Maria Popova [you should follow her on Tw...
01:21 pm PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Plush robot bear-pillow fights sleep apnea with face-tickles
Waseda University's Kabe Lab exhibited Jukusui-kun, a robotic bear, at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo earlier this month. Jukusui-kun is a medical appliance intended for people who have s...
11:15 am PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Prominent Republican leaders in clown makeup
WMxdesign's GOP Clown College Flickr set is a collection of prominent Republicans and Republican commentators in clown makeup. GOP Clown College (via Kottke)...
08:12 am PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Board games for little kids and their parents
My daughter, Poesy, is coming up on four years old and she's starting to enjoy rolling dice and counting the pips, so we figured it was time to start thinking about board games. My wife, being the gam...
01:57 am PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing World's largest 3D painting creates nifty optical illusion
Actors pose with gym equipment on what the Guinness World Records bills as the world's largest 3D painting, at Canary Wharf in London November this week. British artist Joe Hill's creation measures in...
01:35 am PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Police pepper-spraying, arresting students at UC Davis
Video Link. At UC Davis today, students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement sat down on the grass in an open area of the school campus. In the video above, you can see a police officer walk pa...
01:35 am PST - Sat, November 19, 2011
BoingBoing Police officer pepper-sprays seated, non-violent students at UC Davis
[Video Link, by terrydatiger]. At the University of California at Davis this afternoon, police tore down down the tents of students inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, and arrested those who ...
11:06 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing German Mercedes-Benz manager arrested under Alabama's extreme anti-immigration law
Papers, please. "A German manager with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested for not having a driver's license with him under Alabama's new law targeting illegal immigrants." What makes this diff...
10:17 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Shoemaker Kenneth Cole launches non-fake #OWS ad campaign
"Our position on the 'Movement', billboard about to post. #ows. Unlike other #OWS ad campaigns recently featured on Boing Boing, this one is real....
10:12 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Was there a "cyber attack" on a U.S. water system?
Reuters: "Federal investigators are looking into a report that hackers managed to remotely shut down a utility's water pump in central Illinois last week, in what could be the first known foreign cybe...
10:01 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Cat-themed birthday pizza arrangement
Kevin Nutt (who loves pizza, cats, and Boing Boing) writes, I wanted to share this awesome (I think) picture. My wife's co-worker (who happens to be named 'Cat'), just celebrated her birthday. Her hus...
09:09 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing EXCLUSIVE: photos of BofA's new #OWS-themed ad campaign
I have no idea who shot these, where it happened, or who did it....
08:49 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Photo of the day: police drag #OWS protester by her hair at #N17
NYPD cracking down on Occupy Wall Street protesters near the New York Stock Exchange on the November 17 Day of Action in NYC. Photograph by Jon Tayler (web), Columbia School of Journalism student, rep...
07:54 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Richard Branson: "Capitalism has lost its way."
"I truly believe that capitalism was created to help people live better lives, but sadly over the years it has lost its way a bit. The short-term focus on profit has driven most businesses to forg...
07:50 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Iraq war veteran Kayvan Sabehgi beaten by police at Occupy Oakland, left with lacerated spleen
Video from The Guardian: "Protester and three-tour American veteran Kayvan Sabehgi was beaten by Oakland police during the Occupy protest's general strike on 2 November. Sabehgi, who was 'completely p...
07:21 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing One week after attending NY Public Library gala, Bloomberg destroys #OWS library containing honorees' books (and his own)
Bloomberg with books destroyed by NYPD raid. From those radical libroterrorists at the Occupy Wall Street Library working group: On Monday, November 7, 2011 Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in attendance a...
06:58 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Photos from the Occupy Wall Street National Day of Action
C.S. Muncy / www.csmuncyphotography.com At the Village Voice, photographer C.S. Muncy has a slideshow of images from the Occupy Wall Street: National Day of Action - New York. Related: Muncy's eyewitn...
06:49 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing The Occupy Wall Street API
Crowds at the OWS Day of Action, November 17, 2011, in New York City. C.S. Muncy / www.csmuncyphotography.com You'll want to read this dense, meaty essay on OWS as API, by Alexis Madrigal—and th...
06:29 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing UFO: Unidentified Flying Occupation. Tents float over UC Berkeley after cops trash encampment.
This is what democracy looks like, gliding up toward the heavens on helium-filled balloons after campus police beat students and smashed all their Occupy Cal tents. This was shot outside UC Berkeley b...
06:22 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Telekinesis: "Please Ask for Help"
This song is made of sugar-coated cotton candy dreams and creamy pudding pie rainbows. I know it's called "Please Ask for Help" and it's probably about something sad or desperate or crybaby-like, but ...
06:06 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Pakistan telecom censors ban 1,500 words that must not be texted
Officials at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) have issued a list of 1,500 words that must be automatically censored from text messages by celphone service providers. The list includes "m...
05:36 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Are you Rob Base?
[From ilovecharts, and here's the song, released on cassette ca. 1990: "It Takes Two." Video below.]...
05:34 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing A robotic 3D carver of invisible stuff
[Video Link] Frits Lyneborg (creator of the delightful Yellow Drum Machine) kludged a gadget to carve the shape of a magnet's field. Robotic 3D Carver of Invisible Stuff...
04:29 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Norway's world-beating ebook stupidity
Espen sez, "Yesterday, the Norwegian book industry introduced a scheme where they would sell electronic books on little plastic cards, to be inserted in proprietary readers - an astonishingly stupid i...
04:22 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Observation tube under the Antarctic sea ice
One more incredibly cool video from research diver, musician, and filmmaker Henry Kaiser. Henry says: "Since support workers in town cannot make their usual recreational trips out onto the sea ice, th...
04:19 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing How to make iPhone Gloves
[Video Link] MAKE's Becky Stern shows how to add conductive thread to gloves so you can use a capactive touchscreen (like the kind an iPhone uses) without removing your gloves. Complete instructions a...
04:13 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing A tour of McMurdo Station, Antarctica
This video was made by Henry Kaiser, a musician and research diver who guest blogged here yesterday about the problems caused by thinning sea ice in Antarctica. The film takes you on a tour of McMurdo...
04:09 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Insane glee for orange juice
What does mommy put in her kids' orange juice? (Via X-Ray Delta One)...
04:07 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Book of odd items found inside body cavities
Stuck Up! is a new book by two psychiatrists and an emergency physician examining 100 x-ray images of strange foreign objects that have, er, made their way into people's bodies, such as bronzed baby s...
03:59 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Contest: open 3D print designs for sustainable development
Ivana sez, You are invited to participate in a design competition for development of sustainable technologies and their components for printing on open source 3-D printers! The goal of the contest (or...
03:50 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Eric Burdon and War play "Tobacco Road" (1970)
Friday Freak-Out: Eric Burdon and War perform "Tobacco Road" on German television in 1970. Originally a folk tune written by John D. Loudermilk, the song was first made a hit in 1964 by The Nashville ...
03:50 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Words matter
In an answer to a reader question, NPR explains why it uses both "climate change" and "global warming" to refer to the concept of rising anthropogenic greenhouse gasses forcing a corresponding rise in...
03:46 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Steampunk Lego inventions
Matt "Monsterbrick" Armstrong -- he of the epic Lego Room in Wednesday's post -- is working on a neo-Victorian series of models. Each of these models, like the stunning typewriter above, is constructe...
03:31 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Scotch Tape ad with flying saucers
3M's 1957 Scotch Tape ad makes me want to go out and buy office supplies. Five Fun Friday Ads :P...
03:29 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Tumblr users give Congress an earful about SOPA
Tumblr has rounded up the effects of its participation in American Censorship Day, a global day of protest of the prosed Stop Online Piracy Act, the worst proposed Internet law in American legislative...
03:25 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Why we love food porn
Turns out, we like food porn for the same reason we like such things as the art of Tom of Finland and certain parts of Dolly Parton. There's a big connection between the way we're attracted to exagger...
03:09 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing More absurdity in the trial of G20 hacker, Byron Sonne
Denise Balkissoon continues her excellent coverage of the trial of Byron Sonne, the Toronto security researcher who was arrested and prosecuted (persecuted, even) after publishing material about the s...
03:00 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Once more, with feeling
A repeat of the faster-than-light neutrino experiment turned up the same result. Bear in mind, this was performed by the same group of researchers that performed the original experiment. So it's not q...
02:33 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Surfline explains the science of Maverick's
In this amazing feature, Surfline, a fantastic surf forecasting service, delivers the science behind a truly awesome break to behold. They do a wonderful job explaining the geology, wave force and per...
02:25 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Rear-view mirror with built-in GPS, hands-free phone, camera, and video screen
Chinavision's "Complete Car Bluetooth Rearview Mirror Kit" is a replacement rear-view mirror that can play videos (including a video-feed from a rear-mounted parking camera), display status-messages f...
02:17 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Hummingbird drone on the cover of Time
Earlier this year, I posted about AeroVironment's hummingbird drone, a palm-sized spy plane outfitted with a video camera. (Yes, it's a project for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Rece...
01:48 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing The Disco Dungeon of Skyrim
Tiff Chow reports a particularly strange glitch in the PS3 version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Anyone remember Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall? It had the best bugs. I had a levitating horse in Daggerfal...
01:12 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Chubettes, the badly-named clothing line for overweight girls, 1957
This 1957 ad for "Chubettes," a line of clothes for "plump" youngsters, betrays an ad agency where the person who thought up the product names was vastly outclassed by the illustrator. I mean, serious...
12:25 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Newsweek's woes in a nutshell
At WWD, John Koblin takes a look at the troubles at Newsweek. You don't need to speculate much to figure out why, in an age of Wikileaks and the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, of cameraphoned sic s...
12:07 pm PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for Pixar's "Brave"
Pixar has posted the trailer for its next feature, "Brave," which opens in June 2012. I had a bit of a meh reaction to this, though I can't put my finger on why, precisely. I'm generally very fond of ...
11:59 am PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Report: NYPD cop pushes New York Supreme Court Judge into wall
Democracy Now quotes New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith: I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested As Im standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police offi...
11:22 am PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Congress: pizza is a vegetable when it is fed to children
After intense lobbying from frozen pizza makers, and the potato and salt industry, Congress is poised to pass a spending bill whose riders establish that pizza is a vegetable and can be served in scho...
08:05 am PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Nanomaterial is world's lightest
A new material developed by scientists at UC Irvine is described as the "world's lightest material," so light it can perch atop a dandelion clock without disturbing the seeds. The material is document...
04:15 am PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street "bat-signal" projections during Brooklyn Bridge march
[Video Link]. Earlier this evening, tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched throughout New York City, and thousands of them marched on to the pedestrian path of the Brooklyn Bridge,...
04:15 am PST - Fri, November 18, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street "bat-signal" projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march
[Video Link]. Earlier this evening, tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched throughout New York City, many making their way on to the Brooklyn Bridge, carrying LED candles and chant...
11:22 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Kindle Fire reviewed
Glenn Fleishman reviews the Kindle Fire for The Economist: "The Fire is not an iPad killer. But nor does it need to be."...
11:04 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing #OWS Verizon Building "bat signal" projections during Brooklyn Bridge march (video)
Video Link: Projections on Verizon building #ows. Thanks, Eric Spiegelman! Here's a partial video of a beautiful sequence of light projections that appeared on the side of the Verizon building while t...
09:48 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Custom, giant junkbots made from old car and truck parts
Marco sez, "My elementary and middle school friend Tom Samui from Switzerland makes these custom sculptures out of recycled car and motorcycle parts." He and his team have been perfecting these sculpt...
08:50 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Teaser for upcoming graphic novel based on Karl Schroeder's Sun of Suns
Karl Schroeder sez, "This is a link to a teaser image for my upcoming reveal of the new graphic novel version of Sun of Suns, my far-future freefall steampunk pirate adventure. I'll be introducing the...
08:39 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing After massive marches throughout NYC, Occupy Wall Street occupies the Brooklyn Bridge
Looks like Mayor Bloomberg's apparent plan to squash the Occupy Wall Street movement by evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park earlier this week only added fuel to the fire. This morning, occupiers sw...
08:39 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing After massive marches throughout NYC, Occupy Wall Street occupies Brooklyn Bridge, "bat-signals" on Verizon tower
Looks like Mayor Bloomberg's apparent plan to squash the Occupy Wall Street movement by evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park earlier this week only added fuel to the fire. This morning, occupiers sw...
08:02 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Sour candy's acidity in comparison to battery acid
The Minnesota Dental Association is worried about super-sour canday, because super-sour = super acidic. Here's a handy chart they've revealted that will tell you how close to battery acid your favorit...
07:49 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Forget love, biological sex is a battlefield
Gender isnt a simple thing. A person can be male, female, both, neither, and more—and that identity doesnt have to have anything to do with the particular genital plumbing they were born with. B...
07:03 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Antikythera mechanism in a wristwatch
Swiss luxury watch company Hublot has announced a version of the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator, that is incorporated into a wristwatch. The mechanism is to be display...
06:05 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Time Twister - LEGO Mindstorms digital clock
[Video Link] Hans Andersson's Time Twister clock, made from Lego Mindstorms components, is very clever! I have always been fascinated with time and clocks. Time Twister is my first clock invention. Ti...
06:03 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing New Zealand Prime Minister sends police to raid major news outlets over covert recording of negotiations with far-right party
Juha writes, The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, is angry that a conversation between him and a rightwing candidate for Parliament was recorded by a cameraman - so angry that he's reported th...
05:54 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing The magic of exploration
Brian Lam, quoting Lorie Karnath on exploring the past: "Many who venture into the field to conduct dinosaur paleontological research never or rarely have the chance to even see let alone find and tou...
05:41 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Wrathful Whale Wednesday
I know it isn't Wednesday, but Subtropic Bob posted this 1961 Cavalier cover today and it's no fun to call it Mean Whale Thursday. See also: Mean Monkey Monday: Macaque vs iPhone User - Boing Boing Me...
05:09 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Sanjay Patel: "Deities, Demons, and Dudes with 'Staches: Indian Avatars" in San Francisco
San Francisco's Asian Art Museum opened an exhibition this week of work by Sanjay Patel, the wonderful illustrator and Pixar animator who we've featured on BB many times over the years. The show, titl...
05:05 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing International human rights community vs SOPA
An enormous, diverse global coalition of press freedom and human rights groups have signed onto a letter (PDF) opposing America's Stop Online Piracy Act, the worst proposed Internet law in the USA's l...
04:04 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing OWS library is rebuilding after being trashed by NYPD, needs your donated books
The librarians of Occupy Wall Street saw their carefully catalogued collection of over 5,000 books and archive of original writing, art and other material from the historic protest destroyed by the NY...
03:22 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Domokatsu Bento
Domokatsu Bento from the amazing "Adventures In Bentomaking." (Thanks, Koshi!)...
03:16 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing NY Deputy Mayor: press don't have the right to report in vicinity of NYPD ops
Carey sez, "NYC Deputy Mayors Howard Wolfson and Cas Holloway went on NY1 (our local news channel) last night to discuss Tuesday morning's raid on Zuccotti Park. When the anchor confronted them about ...
03:13 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing San Francisco's iconic neon Yahoo! sign is coming down
The neon Yahoo billboard, which sits by the highway on the way to the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, is about to come down. It has been an iconic (and quite lovely) sign of the Internet boom that remade...
03:04 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Brian Eno: Composers as Gardeners
At the always-provocative Edge site, Brian Eno presents his lecture on a shift from the composer as an architect "who carries a full picture of the work before it is made', to 'gardener' standing for ...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Under the Ice: Research Diving in Antarctica
Introduction Maggie Koerth-Baker The Polar regions of the Arctic and the Antarctic are both cold. Beyond that, you cant really talk about conditions at one pole based on the conditions at the other. C...
02:28 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Pennsylvania town auctions off Wild West oddities
The city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is bankrupt and is holding a fundraising auction of some neat items from its cabinet of curiosities. Oddly, the items are in the "Wild West" vein even though the c...
01:12 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Got $8k? You may now buy a Microsoft Surface from Samsung
The Samsung SUR40 has a 40" 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display, a 178° viewing angle, and an Athlon X2 Dual-Core CPU. It's just over 1m wide by 71cm, and weighs 39.5 kg, and comes with Windows 7 Profess...
01:08 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Inglourious Animals: Fantastic Mr FoxInglorious Basterds mashup
"Inglourious Animals" is a rather clever and well-done mashup of footage from Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox and Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, mostly using the former's footage and the lat...
01:05 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Anatomy of a skyscraper: book examines skyscrapers as urban objects
Aggregat456 has a great review of a fascinating book called The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, a heavily illustrated account of the underlying structure, social impact, engineering challenges and u...
01:03 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. More than twice the strength of stainless steel, the brawny new Ceramic Diesel DZ4220 & Di...
12:06 pm PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Sustainable Materials: indispensable, impartial popular engineering book on the future of our built and made world
Julian Allwood and Jonathan Cullen's Sustainable Materials - with Both Eyes Open: Future Buildings, Vehicles, Products and Equipment - Made Efficiently and Made with Less New Material is a companion v...
11:59 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Sea salt isn't better for you than table salt
UK consumer groups have investigated claims about the health benefits of sea salt as compared to table salt and concluded that they are without merit. They say that the illusion of health benefits fro...
11:19 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street Occupies Wall Street: #N17
[Video Link] to a "The other 99%" livestream of history unfolding on Wall Street this morning in New York City. Today, OWS participants called for marches throughout the world. Protesters in NYC have ...
11:07 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Patent Strapcutters
After my first child was born, I found that taking pictures was a problem. The Canon S1 IS I'd purchased was a terrific model, but unwieldy when holding a baby. With kid number 2, the problem became w...
10:53 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Wire creator to atty gen'l: "Thanks for your interest in another season; end the war on drugs and we'll talk"
Last summer, US attorney general Eric Holder made a public plea for another season of The Wire to be produced; series creator David Simon emailed a response saying he would do another season if Holder...
08:46 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Cory in Philly
A reminder: I'm giving a free lecture tonight at 17h at the Wharton School in Philadelphia; I'm in town because I'm the guest of honor at PhilCon, the world's oldest science fiction convention....
07:47 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing United Republic: creative, inclusive group aims to end corporatism and corruption in US politics
United Republic is a group that campaigns to get corporate money, corruption and lobbying out of politics. They've formed coalition with similarly aimed groups like Larry Lessig's Rootstrikers and Dyl...
03:19 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing In yet another midnight police raid, Occupy Dallas eviction under way
"Dozens of Dallas Police officers holding shields, batons and wearing helmets about to enter the #Occupy camp," tweets WFAA (Dallas, TX) reporter Jason Whitely. By various reports, about 50 Occupy Dal...
02:59 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing #OWS: Message from a prison cell
Via @newyorkist, and found on Pastebin, a statement written collectively from the Men's holding cell, Precinct 1, NYC. November 15, 2011: We are prisoners in a cell but we are also prisoners in a syst...
02:53 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing #OccupyMap
#OccupyMap: a live, crowdsourced, online map you can update with reports from the #OWS November 17 day of action, by using the hashtag #occupymap. (via @newyorkist)...
02:32 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Dorli Rainey, octagenarian pepper-sprayed by police at Occupy Seattle, on "the importance of activism" (video)
Doris Rainey, the elder woman in this iconic and shocking photograph shot by Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer Joshua Trujillo, says to Keith Olbermann during this interview: "I feel great. I fe...
02:06 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Yellow Magic Orchestra on Soul Train
Yellow Magic Orchestra doing "Firecracker" on Soul Train, 1980. The original version of that tune was written by Martin Denny in 1959. YMO's cover was a commentary on Denny's kitschy orientalist trip....
12:06 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD hates books: police and Brookfield properties workers destroy #OWS library. Again.
"NYPD & Brookfield have taken the People's Library again. and we love you all," tweet the Occupy Wall Street librarians of Zuccotti Park. They also took all the energy bars, waters, and snacks at...
12:05 am PST - Thu, November 17, 2011
BoingBoing Piece of chicken thinks it's an eagle
Look what I found on my dinner plate tonight....
11:54 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street gears up for a big day: Thursday, November 17
Josh Harkinson in Mother Jones: "At 7 a.m. tomorrow Occupy Wall Street will attempt to live up to its name. Hundreds of activists will converge upon the Street's most famous addressthe New York Stock ...
11:44 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD raiding Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Park, set to "New York New York" (video)
[Video Link, via @sgtkeso]...
11:01 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Occupiers set up Occupy tent inside "occupied" Bank of America in SF, live-tweet from within
Yo, dawg, I heard you like occupations... so I pitched a tent inside your bank while you occupy the bank! Photo above taken by Aaron Muszalski, of Occupy protesters' tent, erected inside a Bank of Ame...
10:13 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Six Finger toy commercial
When I was a tiny kid, this was the coolest toy imaginable. My opinion hasn't changed much about it, either....
09:58 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Test driving the Mitsubishi i electric car
On Monday I was handed the keys to a Mitsubishi i electric vehicle to try out for the day. This four-passenger vehicle is not a plug-in hybrid, but a true electric car. The price is very attractive: i...
08:26 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Open source tool to evaluate redistricting proposals and stop gerrymandering
Dave sez, The redistricting process is one of the most important -- yet least understood -- aspects of the US political system. It's full of smoke-filled back room dealmaking by political insiders wit...
08:20 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Extreme Lego organization methods
Lego fans take their organizational methods very seriously -- there's even a Flickr group where they can share their techniques. Basically, Lego fanaticism translates into tons (sometimes literally!) ...
07:38 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Harvey Pekar statue campaign on Kickstarter gets Alan Moore's help
[Video Link] Ed "Brain Rot" Piskor says: Harvey's wife Joyce is spearheading this effort to get a Pekar memorial created at the Cleveland library, where he spent most of his time. As an incentive for ...
07:00 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Introduction to Kafka-inspired fiction anthology
Jeff VanderMeer sez, "James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel were kind enough to let us run their entire introductory essay to their new anthology Kafkaesque from Tachyon, and we've used that as a jumpin...
06:30 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Rebecca McKinnon in NYT: SOPA will strengthen the Great Firewall of China
James Losey from New American Foundation sez, "Rebecca MacKinnon, former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief and now a researcher focusing on the intersection of the Internet, human rights, and foreign policy wa...
06:17 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Gary Valentine Lachman on Secret Societies
Over at The Daily Grail, Gary Lachman, author of the excellent Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius and co-founder of Blondie, posted his fascinating short e...
06:10 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing MAKE's Ultimate Kit Guide - on newsstands this week
A special issue of MAKE, the Ultimate Kit Guide 2012, is hitting newsstands this week! In it, we review over 175 different kits, ranging from rockets, robots, and remote control, to cocktails, kombuch...
05:59 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing The new "Seven Wonders of Nature"
The New7Wonders campaign has announced the "New 7 Wonders of Nature," chosen by a combination of public voting and an expert panel led by the former head of UNESCO. National Geographic posted a photo ...
05:59 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Associated Press reminds its reporters not to break news
After it was reported on Twitter than an AP reporter and photographer were arrested while covering Occupy Wall Street, the AP sent out an angry internal email reminding staff...
05:48 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Long String Instrument: Ellen Fullman performs at Berkeley this week
For three decades, Ellen Fullman has been developing and playing her Long String Instrument that stretches seventy-feet. She's performing at the Berkeley Art Museum this coming Friday evening. Tomorro...
05:02 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful mechanical wooden hand
Dug North sez, "I don't know what to say other than this mechanical wooden hand is awesome. The articulating hand and arm were made by the talented automatist Keith Newstead. There is nothing in the v...
04:25 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Introducing the MacBook HP
From HP: HP today introduced its first business Ultrabook, which features a thin and light design, strong security options and a responsive solid state hard drive for the ultimate mobile experience. T...
04:03 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Bicycle with USB ports to charge devices off a built-in dynamo
German bike-maker Silverback has a new bike that incorporates a dynamo into the wheels that powers a recharging USB port on the handlebars, so you can charge your phone or tablet while you ride. The S...
03:52 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing The "Frozen Zone"
"So, what's a 'frozen zone'? It's an area secured by police typically because they're guarding it from possible terror threats. Zuccotti Park is very close to Ground Zero, which is being built up, fin...
03:46 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Image of the day: 84-year-old woman hit with pepper spray, Occupy Seattle
Image at left: "Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Westlake Park." Seattle Post-Intelligencer...
03:36 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing It's fun to write with things that are not laptops
Photo: Ryan Brunsvold For MyLifeScoop, I wrote about 5 laptop alternatives. That writing always ends up on a computer is to be taken for granted. But certain tools encourage certain ways of thinking, ...
03:23 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Mayors and police around the US swapped OWS strategies on conference calls
As I've blogged here previously, there's much interest over the possibility that mayors and police departments around the country are coordinating crackdowns on "Occupy" encampments in some kind of sh...
03:20 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing The case against synchronized periods
Myths about menstrual cycles are a great example of why carefully collected data is important. Without that, it's extremely easy to see a pattern where none exists. For instance, there's no good evide...
03:02 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing OccupyEducated: an online library for occupiers
Mother Jones reporter Josh Harkinson, who has been doing really incredible coverage of OWS in various cities, tweets, "In response to the trashing of 5,000 books in the #OWS library, writers have laun...
03:00 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing MAKE's Collin Cunningham explains how to read a circuit schematic
[Video Link] MAKE's Collin Cunningham created a nice video explaining how to read a schematic. Schematics are the functional diagram of electronic circuits. With so many designs available on the web, ...
02:59 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing What openness means
Stirring words from Rob O'Callahan, head of Mozilla's New Zealand office: "We want the internet to be a level playing field, which means no company or organisation should be able to dictate who can us...
02:51 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Woman watches her house getting burglarized via web video camera
[Video Link] A woman who installed web-enabled security cameras in her house was watching the video feed while at work and discovered a pair of burglars stealing her son's Wii gear. The video includes...
02:37 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Minecraft for iOS is here
Depending on which side of the International Date Line your computer thinks you are, Minecraft for iPhone and iPad is available now. I'm looking forward to reading the reviews, but I'llm probably jet ...
02:25 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: The Hunger Games
[Video Link] My daughter keeps telling me to read The Hunger Games. After seeing this trailer, I think I should move the novel to the top of my Kindle queue....
02:17 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Narco Polo: Talibans Drug Policy Was More Humane Than USs
I always enjoy Rob Arthur's Narco Polo comics. Rob is the author of an interesting book called , You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos, "which takes an anthropological look at how wrong and debili...
02:10 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare Into the Uncanny Valley
Four out of five dentists recommend the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE for their patients who visit time-wasting websites. The other one out of five recommend that their patients brush their teeth with p...
02:08 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Catbird Seat problem
From Futility Closet: A ladder is leaning against a tree. On the center rung is a pussycat. She must be a very determined pussycat, because she remains on that rung as we draw the foot of the ladder a...
02:05 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Plush weapons
Designer Bryan Ku's "Pillow Fight" is an adorable collection of plush weaponry: "Light sabers, scimitars, double sided viking axes, nunchucks, ninja stars and grenades. Silkscreen on fabric." Pillow F...
01:58 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Apple replaces Steve Jobs with virologist
Apple's new Chairman of the Board is Arthur D. Levinson, also Chairman of Genentech. He's a virologist, with 35 peer-reviewed published research papers. The papers are pretty old though. Levinson last...
01:56 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Hulk Hogan recurssion
My friend John Edgar Park took the Moustair fad to another level, or five....
01:56 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Hulk Hogan recursion
My friend John Edgar Park took the Moustair fad to another level, or five....
01:51 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Patrick Roberts art opening in LA: Saturday, November 19, 2011
On Saturday, November 19, 2011, an assortment of collage/assemblage on paper and canvas, as well as close to 1,000 re-faced baseball cards by Los Angeles-based artist Pat Roberts will be on display at...
01:47 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Zoo monkeys attack inebriated gentleman
[Video Link] Warning: biting and blood. A gentleman at a zoo near Sao Paulo, Brazil wanted to visit the monkeys, so he hopped the fence and swam over to meet them. The monkeys became alarmed and attac...
01:03 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Extending Manhattan street grid to everywhere on Earth
ExtendNY is a fun mapping exercise that extends Manhattan's street grid across the whole planet. It turns out our flat in London is around E10,874th Ave and 63,764th St. ExtendNY (via JWZ)...
12:33 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Britain's jobless youth told to work without pay for profitable retailers or lose benefits
Young unemployed people in the UK are being told to work for up to 30 hours a week in low-skilled retail jobs for big, profitable firms, without any pay and without promise of any job when their "trai...
12:27 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Life Magazine's best covers of all time
LIFE Magazine's selection of its own 20 worst covers is, in fact, a selection of 20 of its very best covers....
12:07 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing A better astronaut recruitment video
After watching NASA's astronaut recruitment video (which managed to make going to space sort of feel like applying for a lower-level management position at Wal-Mart), Gavin St. Ours made his own versi...
12:02 pm PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing The problem with fecal transplants
Over the past few years, we've linked to a couple of stories about fecal transplants—a real medical procedure where doctors take a donor stool sample, dilute it, and inject it into the colon of ...
11:26 am PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Periodic Table adds new elements
Welcome, Darmstadtium (Ds), Roentgenium (Rg), and Copernicium (Cn)—three new elements that joined the Periodic Table earlier this month. None exist in nature. In fact, they don't exist very long...
11:13 am PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing Internet giants place full-page anti-SOPA ad in NYT
Congress may not want to hear from opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act at today's hearing, but that hasn't stopped a broad coalition of (often fierce) competitors representing the Internet's giant...
10:55 am PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing The Freedom Maze: a different sort of slavery-time alternate history
Delia Sherman's alternate history The Freedom Maze is really nothing like the contemporary and mythology-infused fantasy she is best known for, except that, as with Sherman's other books, the story he...
10:35 am PST - Wed, November 16, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA: the whole world's Internet under US jurisdiction
Michael Geist sez, The U.S. Congress is currently embroiled in a heated debated over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), proposed legislation that supporters argue is needed combat online infringement,...
11:52 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Joe Biden: SOPA is Un-American - but not when America does it
A reader writes, "A video made by TechDirt and Fight for the Future of a speech VP Biden gave on November 1st at the London Conference on Cyberspace. In the video VP Biden explains EXACTLY why the Sto...
11:51 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Infographic: How SOPA will change the net
Dean sez, "Here's a really helpful infographic that shows how the Blacklist Bill/SOPA could drastically change the Internet." SOPA Infographic...
11:46 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Joe Biden: SOPA is Un-American - but not when America does it
A reader writes, "A video made by TechDirt and Fight for the Future of a speech VP Biden gave on November 1st at the London Conference on Cyberspace. In the video VP Biden explains EXACTLY why the Sto...
10:46 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing U.S. council of mayors discussed strategies to deal with OWS
As noted previously on Boing Boing, Oakland's mayor Jean Quan disclosed today that she was one of 18 elected officials on a conference call last Thursday organized by the United States Conference of M...
10:40 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Police shoot man inside UC Berkeley computer lab
A man armed with a weapon was shot by campus police in a computer lab at the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business....
10:29 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Police raid Occupy Seattle, tear gas reported used on demonstrators
The Occupy Seattle is marching, and police have responded in force, according to multiple eyewitness accounts. The Occupy Seattle account tweets, "Pepper spray has been depolyed against protesters inc...
10:20 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing New York supreme court ruling on OWS
The Guardian has a copy of the New York State Supreme Court's ruling on Occupy Wall Street. The 'petitioners' application for a temporary restraining order is denied.'...
10:13 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Cal: School-wide student strike at UC Berkeley
Turnstyle News photog Denise Tejada has a set of photos from today's mass protest at UC Berkeley, in California's Bay Area. At the time of this blog post, the crowd gathered is somewhere north of 1,50...
10:07 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing City of Seattle passes resolution supporting Occupy movement
The City Council of Seattle, Washington today adopted Resolution 31337 in support of the Occupy movement. "The resolution recognizes and supports "the peaceful and lawful exercise of the First Amendme...
10:05 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing OWS: Occupiers return to Zuccotti Park in force, watch it here
Protesters are returning to re-occupy Zuccotti Park in New York City. Mayor Bloomberg's administration maintains that the occupiers will not be allowed to stay overnight. Watch the live video stream h...
10:04 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing AV Club vs Frank Miller vs Occupy
The Onion's AV Club does quite a good job examining the weird world of Frank "Dark Knight" Miller's view on the Occupy movement: Comic book crank Frank Milllers political philosophy has become as angr...
10:04 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors: documentary on the net's hidden physical infrastructure
Ben sez, "I want to share a short documentary that I recently produced about the hidden Infrastructure of the Internet called Bundled, Buried and Behind Closed Doors. The video is meant to remind view...
10:00 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing OWS: NYPD occupy Zucotti Park, but what are their demands?
OWS, bloodied but unbowed, has made a rather good funny: "What are their demands?" asked social historian Patrick Bruner. "They have not articulated any platform. How do they expect to be taken seriou...
08:57 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make your own 3D printer
Karen sez, "Instructables user RobHopeless has engineered a way to make your own 3D printer. This tutorial is an entry in Instructables' 4th Epilog Challenge, which is accepting all sorts of creative ...
08:24 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing The Physics Book: From the Big Bang to Quantum Resurrection, 250 Milestones in the History of Physics
A couple of years ago our friend Clifford Pickover wrote the terrifically fun book, The Math Book. Now he's got a new one that's just as good about physics. It's called, as you might guess, The Physic...
07:54 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO "safely" cover your body with squirming, gorging raccoons
Vice profiles the efforts of one woman to "snuggle" with a bunch of feral raccoons, a feat she accomplished by donning a protective suit of material she judged thick enough to fend off rabid scratches...
07:41 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing CubeDudes: Cartoony, geometric Lego figures
Pixar animator Angus MacLane created a way to show humanity in Lego that is bigger and more creative than a minifig, while still being charming and lovable: the CubeDude. Consider the Tron Guy CubeDud...
07:34 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing CubeDudes: Cartoony, geometric Lego figures
Pixar animator Angus MacLane created a way to show humanity in Lego that is bigger and more creative than a minifig, while still being charming and lovable: the CubeDude. Consider the Tron Guy CubeDud...
07:14 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Playboy: Krassner vs. Breitbart
Playboy ran a lengthy conversation between our pal Paul Krassner and our former-pal Andrew Breitbart. KRASSNER: As a Supreme Court Justice, Thomas has declared that the Constitution gives states a rig...
07:03 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Responses to Herman Cain's "Libya" embarrassment
After Herman Cain drew an utter blank when an interviewer asked him how he felt about Obama's handling of Libya, and proceeded to unconvincingly fake a response, Andrew Sullivan rounds up the response...
06:59 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Lab-grown meat gets closer to reality
You see that whitish stuff in the petri dish? That, my dears, is lab-grown meat. Meat made without all the physical, environmental, and ethical mess that goes along with raising actual animals for foo...
06:38 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing The connections between "itch" and "ouch"
The biology of itching and the biology of pain are intertwined in interesting ways, writes graduate student and science blogger Aatish Bhatia. Understanding itching can help us better understand how t...
06:25 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing 4th Annual Machinima Expo: Saturday & Sunday, November 19th & 20th
Machinima (real-time animation in a 3D engine) grew out of the gamer-hacking community who, back in the mid-'90s, took games like Quake and figured out how to hack the game's pod camera to create a ne...
06:17 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Which came first?
A large study of men from Southern California found a correlation between men who are taking more medications, and men with an increased risk of erectile disfunction. Medical reporter Helen Branswell ...
06:10 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Flood-hacking in Thailand
Meanwhile, it's still flooding in Thailand. And, after three months of this, the Thai people have been forced to get creative. Thai Flood Hacks is a Tumblr that feels like a pean to human ingenuity. H...
06:00 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Future of Citizen Science: "honing the division of labour between professionals, amateurs and bots"
Fiona Romeo, who has worked with Greenwich Observatory on some successful "citizen science" initiatives, gave a presentation called "The near future of citizen science," explaining what she's learned ...
05:41 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Puppy gives cat a massage (video)
[Video Link, thanks @kaepora]...
05:33 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing OWS: Who's raiding whom, where? A city-by-city guide of police crackdowns
The Guardian has an excellent cheatsheet of city-by-city police crackdowns so far for the Occupy Wall Street movement....
05:25 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing NASA now accepting applications for astronaut position
I'll be honest. I did not realize that you could just apply to be an astronaut like it was any old job listing. Nor would I have guessed that the NASA "Apply to be an Astronaut!" recruitment video wou...
05:24 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Florida Atheists' Xmas ad campaign
After years of hearing the Christian right complain about the nonexistent "War on Christmas," the Florida chapter of American Atheists have decided to finally essay a skirmish. They'll be placing bus-...
05:17 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing The most dangerous place to be a park ranger
This photo was taken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, where the Nyamulagira volcano is currently erupting. The man in the photo is named Romeo. No last name given, and ...
05:16 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Inside Police lines at Occupy Wall Street eviction: "Destroying things never felt so good"
Mother Jones reporter Josh Harkinson was one of the few, if not the only, reporters inside the police perimeter at Zuccotti during the raid (previous BB blog post here). At Mother Jones, his first-per...
04:51 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Colonel Bleep -- fun retro cartoon
[Video Link] I forgot all about Colonel Bleep! In 1990, I brought a VHS of this cute but odd spaceman to the ArmadilloCon in Austin and we played it during a Boing Boing party in our hotel room. The t...
04:41 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Chip mimics brain synapse
MIT researchers have fabricated a computer chip that uses 400 transistors to mimic the activity of a single brain synapse, the junction between neurons. The device is a step toward in silico simulatio...
04:27 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Comic about San Francisco's 6th and Mission
Artist Wendy MacNaughton created a wonderfully-moving comic about the intersection of 6th street and Mission in San Francisco. That rough block is a geographic and social interzone that's full of pers...
04:01 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Sam3's telescope mural
Artist Sam3 painted this lovely mural and several others for the recent Bien Urbain street art festival in Besancon, France. More images of the art in the Bien Urvain Flickr stream. (via Laughing Squi...
03:45 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Which bra was the world's largest?
The British company Varnish recently hung a massive bra across a London skyscraper to draw attention to the "Wear It Pink" Cancer-awareness campaign. Photo above. Guinness World Records awarded it "Wo...
03:42 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Electric cars need hotrodders
Mr Jalopy sez, "Bob Lutz, veteran sage of the automobile industry, believes that an electric automobile racing league would greatly advance electric cars - if it was not hamstrung by homologation and ...
03:40 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing ThinkUp: openfree app lets you harvest your social media activity
Andy Baio sez, "After 20 months in development, ThinkUp is out of beta and hitting 1.0. ThinkUp is the first free app to allow you to archive your Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ activity, a power...
03:31 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Combination pocket knife"revolver"
From a 1930s Johnson Smith & Co catalog, "The Defender," a combo pocket knife/"revolver." It's clearly "a most useful combination that will be thoroughly appreciated by sportsmen, hunters, camper...
03:19 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO be more anonymous in your anonymous blog
Andy Baio explains how he tracked down a trolling "anonymous" blogger who revealed his identity by using a Google Analytics ID that was incremented one up from his public blog. He uses this as a sprin...
03:08 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: To Serve And Protect
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02:54 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Jake Shimabukuro plays "Don't Stop Believin'" for Boing Boing
[Video Link] A couple of weeks ago, we ran a poll to see which song you wanted ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to play. "Don't Stop Believin'" was the overwhelming top pick (followed by "I Shot the ...
02:35 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Tomorrow is American Censorship Day: FIGHT SOPA!
Nicholas from Fight for the Future says, Hundreds of sites have been joining American Censorship Day, taking place tomorrow, November 16, including the EFF, Boing Boing, Reddit, Creative Commons, Hype...
02:23 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous Finland: 10% of Finnish email accounts nationwide compromised
"Anonymous Finland" claims it has compromised the email logins and passwords of 500,000 Finns -- about ten percent of the country's population. Among the hacked emails are allegedly accounts belonging...
02:06 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Tesla coil hat: "a really bad idea"
MIT student Tyler Christensen created a musical Tesla coil hat for his Hallowe'en costume (it played the Mortal Kombat theme and the Harry Potter theme while discharging semi-tam lightning). While fre...
01:55 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Did US cities coordinate crackdowns on #OWS? Oakland mayor's remarks suggest so
"Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC, casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occ...
01:42 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Mobile Holga lens kit
For $25, you can give your iPhone shots that cheapo 1970s plasticam look. What I like most about the design is that it's made as a phone case, resembling a certain other toy from the era, rather than ...
01:33 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Mexican gov detains Twitter user over joke about helicopter crash that killed top drug war official
[Ed. note: A Mexican Twitter user was detained by the government last week, after he posted a tweet that referenced a recent helicopter crash that killed a top official. Below, guest contributor Wooki...
12:58 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Ben-Gay ad featuring cruel, disfigured leprechaun with suggestive name
This old Ben-Gay ad, featuring a now-lost character called "Peter Pain" (a kind of thuggish, pox-speckled leprechaun) is one of those artifacts that suggests we've gone through an aesthetic singularit...
12:28 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Universal Music asks insurer to pay its part of $50M copyright infringement settlement
Michael Geist sez, Earlier this year, the four primary members of the Canadian Recording Industry Association (now Music Canada) - Warner Music Canada, Sony BMG Music Canada, EMI Music Canada, and Uni...
12:24 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Protesters at London student rally capture police "snatch squad" on video
Alan sez, "The vid is grainy and hard to read the superimposed text, but you can clearly see the plainclothes agents going into the crowd, 'attacking' a protester and at the end a group of as many as ...
12:09 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD raze the #OWS library, throw out over 5,000 books
Some collateral damage in the police raid on Occupy Wall Street: over 5,000 books comprising the #OWS library have been thrown in the trash. I visited the library yesterday and interviewed one of the ...
12:01 pm PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Congressional SOPA hearings: no opponents of the bill allowed
As the House of Representatives opens hearings on SOPA, the worst piece of Internet legislation in American history, it has rejected all submissions and testimony from public interest groups and other...
11:56 am PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing How to get unstuck in 30 seconds
Unstuck is a new book from Noah Scalin offering 52 methods and strategies that one can use to get out of a creative rut. He's also running a bunch of 30 second videos from people describing their own ...
11:50 am PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Don't Go Back to School: Kickstarter to fund a book about self-education
Kio Stark, co-author of the Cult of Done manifesto, debut novelist, and instructor on the uses of technology in interactions with strangers, is running a Kickstarter fundraiser for her newest project,...
11:49 am PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Oxford city council: every cab must have a CCTV to record riders' conversations
The Oxford city council has ruled that every taxi must be outfitted with a CCTV for the express purpose of recording passenger conversations that are to be held for 28 days in case the police wanted t...
11:16 am PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Follow #OWS eviction on the Guardian's liveblog
As is often the case with breaking news, The Guardian's liveblog of the happenings at Zucotti Park this morning is a really good way to follow the action (in addition to Xeni's excellent ongoing cover...
09:57 am PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: NYPD raid Zuccotti Park, closing OWS encampment after two months
[5:30am PT] Live ABC News stream of Bloomberg's presser here, NYC stream here. There's a large crowd outside. Journalists to follow, who are there, include: @antderosa, @quinnorton. Bloomberg: "Our in...
09:57 am PST - Tue, November 15, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD raid Occupy Wall Street, evict OWS encampment after two months
Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com Photo: C.S. Muncy Hundreds of NYPD officers evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park before dawn this morning, ending...
11:33 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing How to make a wooden salt cellar
In today's CRAFT, I explained how to make a salt cellar and tiny spoon out of wood. A couple of years ago I whittled a wooden spoon as a thank-you gift for our family friend Valerie, who was my daught...
10:22 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing What the Vaio Z says about Sony's little design problem
Sony's latest ultraportable laptop is stunning. It's beautiful and lightweight, with a classy metal chassis and impeccably tasteful trim. It has a powerful i7 CPU, 1600x900 13" display and a lightning...
07:20 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Stolen government of Malaysia certificate used to sign malicious fake Adobe software update
Security researcher Mikko Hypponen reports finding a piece of malicious software that was cryptographically signed by a forged Adobe certificate originating with Government of Malaysia: Malaysian Agri...
05:32 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Laser sintering explained
Here's a great little video explaining laser-sintering, the process by which some 3D printers do their magic -- melting fine powders, bit by bit, into 3D shapes. How Laser Sintering Works...
05:27 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing ICYMI: Crowdsourcing radiation data inside Fukushima hot zone, Xeni in Japan
A Monday re-post for those who missed: I traveled to Japan with PBS NewsHour's Miles O'Brien, and helped produce this story about efforts to use DIY tech and the power of crowdsourcing to gather and s...
05:06 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast episode 026: A heavily medicated ren faire
NOTE: If you did not get Gweek episodes 24 - 26, then please re-subscribe using this feed URL. In this episode of Gweek, I'm joined by Boing Boings managing editor, Rob Beschizza, andJoel Johnson, edi...
04:52 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Animals in space
Apparently 32 non-human animals (not including microbes or fruit flies) were on the final Space Shuttle trip back from the Space Station. Air & Space Magazine posts about NASA's animal research i...
04:49 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Sounds that no longer exist
Feel old by listening to these 11 obsolete sounds. (Via Andrew Moseman)...
04:40 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Can cows sense magnetism? The debate continues
In 2008, some scientists proposed that cows can sense magnetism and actually line up in fields along Earth's magnetic lines. It's the sort of paper that everybody in the media wants to talk about for,...
04:38 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing CC-licensed games
Lisa sez, "Mob Rules Games is a small, indie-startup founded on the core idea that game developers and the community of players should work together as much as possible. All of their content will be l...
04:19 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing How autistic adults can contribute to science
The downside to having a brain disorder: Your brain works differently than the majority of humans'. That can make it difficult to participate in society. It puts people at risk for poverty, abuse, and...
04:13 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing The Future of Science 2021: A Multiverse of Exploration
For the last year, my colleagues and I at Institute for the Future have been researching the future of science to identify big areas of science we think will have a transformative impact over the next...
04:13 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing A Multiverse of Exploration: The Future of Science 2021
For the last year, my colleagues and I at Institute for the Future have been researching the future of science to identify big areas of science we think will have a transformative impact over the next...
03:51 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Texas missing opportunity to be awesome
Sadly languishing in committee since 1997: A bill to make buckminsterfullerene the official State Molecule of Texas. (Via Carmen Drahl)...
03:50 pm PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Odd requests of British embassies
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office reports some of the wonderfully odd requests its received at its embassies around the world: In the last six months staff have been asked for a telephone nu...
10:03 am PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Secret documents reveal the flimsy case for Ofcom to give into BBC's public TV DRM demands
The Guardian just published an investigative piece I've been working on since the summer: "How the BBC's HD DRM plot was kept secret and why." It contains the previously secret text of a memo that th...
07:30 am PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO attain radical hotel-room coffee independence
I travel a lot -- book tours, sf conventions, paid lectures, activist visits -- and I am no stranger to jet-lag (I even wrote a novel about it). My favored tonic when I find myself restless and awake ...
05:07 am PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing How members of Congress make gigantic bank on insider trades, real estate deals, IPOs and other sweetheart opportunities
Marilyn sez, "Even as the Occupy protesters are being swept out of their campsites, Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes is exposing the very greed and corruption they are protesting The 60 Minutes team did a gr...
04:48 am PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Chapel Hill sends SWAT team to arrest Occupy "anarchists"
Chapel Hill police sent a heavily armed swat team to evict and arrest a group of some 80 Occupy Chapel Hill protesters who'd taken over a long vacant used car dealership (they also arrested members of...
04:47 am PST - Mon, November 14, 2011
BoingBoing Grid-It: flexible storage folio for gadgets and cables
Grid It uses a clever-looking combination of elasticated cross-cables to allow travellers and those who need to store/arrange tools to array their stuff in a handy, versatile layout. Grid It (via Crib...
11:51 pm PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Real cost of patent trolling
Real cost of patent trolling Kim sez, "Tech investor Brad Feld has a blog entry up summarizing and linking to a great paper by some BU School of Law students, in which they research the social & ...
10:43 pm PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Time-lapse video from ISS
This is pretty spectacular footage, an amazing combination of profound human impact on the planet, and vast spaces with no detectable human impact. Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a spe...
08:25 pm PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Kids react to Minecraft
[Video Link] My kids and I like the "Kids React to Viral Videos" series by the Fine Bros. This time, they interview kids about a Minecraft trailer....
08:14 pm PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing OccupyLondon members evicted from St Paul's memorial services
OccupyLondon protesters who attempted to attend services at St Paul's cathedral on Memorial Day were ejected by private security forces who told them they were not welcome at St Paul's as there was ro...
01:01 pm PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing And the bride wore zip ties: Nice day for an Occupy Wall Street wedding
A cute couple is getting married in Zuccotti park this morning in New York City. Have fun occupying a happy future together, kids. Here's a photo of the bride, and here's the "sacred space." Here's th...
12:58 pm PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt: "social media activist" hero Alaa Abd El-Fattah jailed for another 15 days
Ahram: "Egypt's military prosecution Sunday ordered the renewal of prominent activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah's detention for another 15 days pending investigation into charges of inciting violence and ass...
10:22 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Berlusconi to neo-fascists: "I'll be back."
Berlusconi is ready to return to politics, having been absent from office for (almost) a whole day. In a message to a neo-fascist gathering, Il Mafioso wrote, "I share your spirit and I hope to resume...
05:50 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Plush Slinky Dog muffler
Bossini's "Premium Edition Slinky Dog Muffler" is, apparently, a Slinky Dog scarf. I can't make up my mind whether this would look insanely great around someone's neck, or just silly. Or both. Someone...
03:19 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Bye-bye, Bunga-bunga: "Addio Berlusconi"
"I haven't been so inspired since 1994," an Italian friend of mine posted on her Facebook page. Well, I too can remember the year 1994, when I was in Milan, giving a public speech among some so-called...
03:06 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Police to Occupy Cal protester, after cracking his rib with baton blow: "You have no rights"
From The Daily Californian: "For UC Berkeley graduate student Alex Barnard, the most disempowering moment of Wednesday night was not when he was repeatedly hit with a police baton, cracking one of his...
02:44 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Police choke non-violent protester at Occupy San Diego (video)
[Video Link] From the description for this video by photographer and military veteran Adam Plantz: Bob O'Grady being arrested in the San Diego Civic Center Plaza for laying inside of his sleeping bag ...
02:28 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing The Grass Is Closed: an Occupy Cal protester, on police and power
Snip from a terrific long-read by Aaron Bady, aka zunguzungu, on his experience at the OWS-inspired "Occupy Cal" protests at UC Berkeley, after campus police violently attacked peaceful fellow student...
02:27 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Bye-bye, Bunga-bunga: "Addio Berlusconi"
"I haven't been so inspired since 1994," an Italian friend of mine posted on her Facebook page. Well, I too can remember the year 1994, when I was in Milan, giving a public speech among some so-called...
02:20 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Balancing 3,118 coins on a dime
TaiStar42 accomplishes a jaw-dropping feat of dexterity, balance, and impractical engineering in this clip in which he balances 3,118 coins on a single, thin dime. balancing tower of change 3118 coins...
02:14 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Police choke non-violent protester at Occupy San Diego (video)
[Video Link] From the description for this video by photographer and military veteran Adam Plantz: Bob O'Grady being arrested in the San Diego Civic Center Plaza for laying inside of his sleeping bag ...
01:18 am PST - Sun, November 13, 2011
BoingBoing Stop motion music video with pencil crayons
The video for Australian indie band Hudson's song Against the Grain is a fun piece of stop-motion animation using a whole ton of sharp pencil crayons; I thought the pencil/graphic equalizer stuff was ...
10:50 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Robert Crumb's Rejected New Yorker Cover
Zeon Santos of Neatorama says:"The New Yorker rejected this great same sex marriage cover art by Robert Crumb, so he subsequently declined to do any more work for the magazine. I think Robert Crumb is...
07:54 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Comics legend and crusading lawyer Bill Mantlo now brain-injured and warehoused in Queens
National Underwriter Life & Health Magazine has the insanely depressing story of comics legend Bill Mantlo, an incredibly prolific comics writer who created ROM and wrote Micronauts before gettin...
07:00 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Pull-out furniture and moving dividers cram a good-sized apartment into a 450sqft Manhattan studio
A New Yorker with a $235,000, 450sqft studio apartment in Manhattan paid $70,000 to remodel it with a series of clever, well-thought-through dividers and pull-out furniture that makes very good use of...
05:52 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing TedXVienna talk on the problems of storytelling in the digital age
Johannes sez, "monochrom's Johannes Grenzfurthner gave a short presentation about traditional narrative cinema, the problems of storytelling in the digital age -- and monochrom's feature film project ...
05:00 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing US college grads' salaries in steep decline
According to analysis from economist Michael Mandel, the average wages of US college grads have experienced sharp declines in the last decade. On the other hand, college keeps getting more expensive, ...
04:17 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Quack upside-down hammock gadget, 1920s
This 1920s ad for a Molby "revolving hammock" promises to "make your spine young" and give you "a full chest and a small waist." My cup runneth over - with poorly named products!...
03:34 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing How SOPA will attack the Internet's infrastructure and security
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is continuing its series of in-depth analysis of the Stop Online Piracy Act, the most dangerous piece of Internet legislation ever introduced, which is set to be fas...
02:22 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Freaky gun-toting kid in a Karo corn syrup ad
Dearie me, that's some freaky illustration in this 1952 Karo corn syrup ad -- that belligerent, half-naked moppet in his Village People cowboy suit is clearly experiencing some kind of blood-sugar rol...
01:46 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Silicon Valley job fair for people who want jobs in India
This weekend, Silicon Valley's premier convention venue is hosting a job fair -- for people who want to work in India: A job fair at the San Jose Convention Center this weekend is focused on helping c...
01:18 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO bake a brownie in an eggshell
La Receta de la Felicidad, a Spanish-language site, has Sandeea Cocina's great little HOWTO for baking brownies inside blown eggshells. You make a hole in the shell with a corkscrew, stand the shell u...
01:07 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Inside Fukushima: 8 months after disaster, foreign journalists get first look at crippled nuclear plant
The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's upper part of the No.3 reactor building is seen from a bus window, November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo. On Saturday, Japanese government representativ...
12:11 pm PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Library to get a hackerspace
The Fayetteville Free Library is installing a hackerspace/fablab with 3D printers, CNC routers and other equipment, available free to the public as a community space for making. The project is led by ...
11:05 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Trial of Byron Sonne, security researcher jailed for publicizing flaws in Toronto G20 security
Back in May, I linked to the perverse tale of Byron Sonne, a Toronto hacker and security researcher who was caught up in the G20 dragnet, part of the overall campaign of illegal harassment, arrest and...
04:28 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Small dog is ready for carnival season to begin in Germany
A dog dressed for carnival is pictured in the streets at the start of the carnival in Cologne, Germany, on November 11, 2011. In many parts of Germany, at 11:11am on November 11 people mark the offici...
04:06 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Dozens arrested at late-night police raid on Occupy St. Louis
Police are raiding the Occupy St. Louis protest encampment. According to their Twitter, at least two dozen have been arrested tonight. "People are chanting, 'Our passion, our freedom, is stronger than...
03:53 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Scotland Yard arrest EDL members over alleged plot to attack Occupy London
Scotland Yard have arrested 179 members of the ultra-right English Defense League for plotting an attack on the OccupyLondon protesters encamped at St Paul's cathedral in London. The EDL had sent a st...
03:44 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Salt Lake City must be closed, mayor says, after dead guy found in tent
After an Occupy SLC camper was found dead in his tent, the city's mayor has called for an end to the protest. "Investigators believe the man died from a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning due to...
03:39 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Sex offender serving life sentence in Florida says soy-based prison food is "cruel and unusual punishment"
A 34-year-old inmate in a Florida prison who is serving a life sentence for sexual battery on a child says soy-based prison foods amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Soybeans, according to the con...
03:31 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese elderly citizens' choir covers Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"
Video Link: "Lao Lai Qiao Gaga," from Hunan TV, China. (via @Theremina)...
03:27 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Penn State: connecting the dots between child sex abuse and sexual assault of women
Claire Potter on the PSU child sex abuse case: "The mistake Penn State made was... a simple category error: they mistook these pubescent boys for women." (via @ncecire)...
02:56 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Slideshow: science tattoos from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Here's a slideshow of images from Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed, a new book collecting Carl Zimmer's favorite science-y tatts. I still think the Euler's identity brand I photographed a ...
02:42 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Scott Olsen, Marine vet injured by police at Occupy Oakland, is released from hospital
Scott Olsen, the 24-year-old Marine veteran seriously injured by a police projectile during a violent raid on the peaceful Occupy Oakland encampment, was released from the hospital this week. Olsen re...
02:37 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Scalzi on the suspension of common sense in PSU sex abuse case
Regarding child rape at Penn State, says John Scalzi, These things should be simple....
02:37 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Scalzi on the suspension of common sense in PSU sex abuse case: Omelas
Regarding child rape at Penn State, says John Scalzi, These things should be simple (it's an Omelas allegory)....
02:29 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Eviction notices served on Occupy Oakland campers, who then destroy every last one of them
"Every last one of the 200 eviction notices handed out earlier" were destroyed by angry Occupy Oakland protesters, according to Inside Bay Area. But don't worry, you can read the full text here....
02:10 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing NYT writer who investigated secret FBI probes loses fight to unseal information in FBI's secret probe against him
Courthouse News Service: "The FBI can shield its terrorism-investigation data from the prying eyes of New York Times investigative journalist Charlie Savage, a federal judge ruled. Savage repeatedly s...
02:10 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing NYT writer who investigated secret FBI probes loses fight to unseal information
Courthouse News Service: "The FBI can shield its terrorism-investigation data from the prying eyes of New York Times investigative journalist Charlie Savage, a federal judge ruled. Savage repeatedly s...
02:03 am PST - Sat, November 12, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: Interior Minister killed in mysterious chopper crash 3 years after predecessor's death in mysterious plane crash
There's no evidence of foul play in the death today of Mexico's Interior Minister Jos Francisco Blake, but amid the country's raging drug war, there's plenty of suspicion. The helicopter carrying the ...
11:31 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Bil Keane 1922-2011
Illustrator Robert Ullman wrote a nice eulogy for Bil Keane, creator of Family Circus: The funnies lost another grand old man today with the passing of Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus. Family ...
11:24 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Least exciting comic book action sequence ever
Sleestack of the blog Lady, That's My Skull presents a comic book story by Frank Frollo for Funny Picture Stories #11 (Nov 1938) that's so dull and lifeless that it is fascinating. The lion threatenin...
09:59 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary about collectors: Finders Keepers: The Heart of Collecting
[Video Link] Patrick Rosenkranz is the author of an outstanding history of underground comics, Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution. He just emailed to let me know that he has completed a d...
09:43 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Jennifer Daniel's art based on Playboy centerfolds who have died
This is a detail from a print called Dead Sexy by artist Jennifer Daniel. The print reproduces the lips from the centerfold photos of the 36 Playmates of the Month who have died since 1963, listing th...
06:25 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Barack Obama on his re-election campaign's television media strategy
"We may just run clips of the Republican debates verbatim." You're a bold kid, Barack. Real bold. via USA Today. Thanks, Noah!...
06:17 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Current cover of Esquire inspired by 1920s pin-up artist?
Jack R runs a blog dedicated to the great early 20th century illustrator Enoch Bolles. Here, he takes a look at a the November 2011 cover of Esquire, comparing it with this 1920's cover of Film Fun, w...
04:06 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing My novella Chicken Little as a stand-alone ebook
40K, an Italian publisher, have brought out a standalone ebook version of my novella Chicken Little, publishing it simultaneously in English and Italian with some lovely illustrations. They're startin...
03:53 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing This 28-year-old's startup is moving $350 million and wants to completely kill credit cards
Business Insider interviews Ben Milne, founder of an online payment system called Dwolla that charges a flat fee of $0.25 per transaction (unlike Paypal, Square, credit card companies, which charge a ...
03:41 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing The mystery of the Lower Haight's Peacock Lounge
Rose Garrett over at The Bold Italic did some crackerjack investigative work on a little lounge nestled between the bars in the Lower Haight of San Francisco. The Peacock Lounge is almost always close...
03:40 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Collie in the coalmine: What's the fallout for pets abandoned in Japan's Fukushima hot zone?
PBS NewsHour's Jenny Marder wrote a really interesting feature about the abandoned pets inside the Fukushima evacuation zone in Japan. I encountered some of them when I traveled to the area with Safec...
03:40 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing What's the fallout for pets abandoned in Japan's Fukushima hot zone?
PBS NewsHour's Jenny Marder wrote a really interesting feature about the abandoned pets inside the Fukushima evacuation zone in Japan. I encountered some of them when I traveled to the area with Safec...
03:38 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Oddballz Circus
Boing Boing pal Sarah Ruxin just released her first iOS app for children and it's a hit with my little happy mutants. Oddballz Circus is a very simple, silly, and ultracute game in which you mix and m...
03:26 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing John Dunivant's amazing Theatre Bizarre
[Video Link] My favorite maker at Maker Faire Detroit this year was John Dunivant, the creator of an "abandoned theme park" called Theatre Bizarre that comes to life with otherworldly performers. He's...
03:08 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Mystery radiation over Europe
The IAEA reports that "very low levels of radiation, which are higher than normal but don't seem to pose a health hazard," have been registered in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe. The sourc...
03:07 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Flying rhinoceros
This is a black rhinoceros being relocated by helicopter out of its home where poachers would likely kill it. Why? Black rhino horn is valuable as "medicine." From National Geographic: The rhino airli...
02:51 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Safecast draws on power of the crowd to map Japan's radiation, after Fukishima (video)
[Video Link: YouTube, PBS.org] I traveled to Japan with PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien to help shoot and produce a series of stories about the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, t...
02:51 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Safecast draws on power of the crowd to map Japan's radiation
[Video Link: YouTube, PBS.org] I traveled to Japan with PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien to help shoot and produce a series of stories about the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, t...
02:49 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Cute Soviet space program statuettes, 1961
These delightful porcelain statues from the days of the Soviet space program, circa 1961, are up for auction on eBay. "Soviet Moon Spacemen USSR Rocket Porcelain 3 Statues 1961"...
02:35 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Oakland Police ask Occupy Oakland to "please: leave peacefully and immediately"
Today, the morning after a homicide took place near the Occupy Oakland encampment, "An Open Letter to Occupy Oakland from the Oakland Police Officers Association." My guess is that odds are high for a...
02:32 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Shanghai, then and now
When I opened the new issue of Smithsonian, I was struck by a two-page spread of this magnificent Blade Runner-esque photo of Shanghai, taken by Justin Guariglia. The article is fascinating, putting t...
02:14 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing OWS: "The banks pee and poo on us every day of the year."
"Who is really pooping on who here?" A local TV news reporter in Eureka, California, asks Occupy protesters if they peed or pooped on a nearby bank (one of the walls is smeared with feces). Some of th...
02:14 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our daily delivery of blog headlines to your inbox. Not to be confused with new radiotelescope dishes for SETI, these cool new ODM Hacker watc...
02:12 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Man caught swinging cat by tail on security video
The man in this video turned himself into authorities after being caught torturing a cat on a surveillance camera. Perhaps he turned himself in to escape the wrath of Anonymous. [Video Link]...
02:09 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Human Rights Watch reports "Crimes against humanity" in Syria
A report released today by Human Rights Watch details systematic torture, killing, and disappearance of pro-democracy activists in Homs. HRW urges the Arab League, which meets in Cairo tomorrow, to "s...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Learn to design tailfins, 1946
This 1946 Popular Science ad appears to be soliciting student for a tailfin and grille design course ("be an auto-stylist"), in "a course originating in dynamic Detroit." Be A Highly Paid Auto Stylist...
01:51 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing STOP SOPA, SAVE THE INTERNET
Tiffiny from Fight for the Future sez, Google knows it. Viacom knows it. The Chamber of Commerce knows it. Internet democracy groups know it. BoingBoing knows it. But, the Internet hasn't been told ye...
01:37 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Notorious B.I.G. calms down crying baby
Funny, works the same way on me, too. "Biggie's coming back," cooes her dad. Ah, if only that were literally true. So how does it work? Is it the song, the artist, or something... bigger? "She actuall...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Spouse abuse humor ad, 1970s
This is an undated "1970s" ad for a book on how and why to beat your wife that was available for cash or trade (the author accepted stamps), suggesting that this wasn't a mere money-making venture on ...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Using toys to teach maker basics
Writing in Make, engineer-dad Saul Griffith proposes a "curriculum of toys" that adapts the toys around our kids to provide a curriculum that teaches all the important subjects for a happy, well-infor...
11:00 am PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Bank of America rakes in big debit-card fees from people withdrawing unemployment benefits
Bank of America may have ditched its controversial debit-card fees for voluntary customers, but people on unemployment benefits who are forced to use the bank because it has to contract to administer ...
04:28 am PST - Fri, November 11, 2011
BoingBoing Minimum wage hike coming to Guangdong, the world's factory
Guangdong, the Chinese province in the Pearl River Delta where practically everything you've bought in the past ten years was made, is about to see a minimum wage increase effective Jan 1, with some w...
11:21 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Hacking geigers: Safecast crowdsources radiation data in Japan after Fukushima disaster
Watch Online "Hacker" Group Crowdsources Radiation Data for Japanese Public on PBS. See more from PBS NEWSHOUR.On PBS NewsHour tonight, a report I helped the program's science correspondent Miles O'Br...
10:52 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Romenesko resigns from Poynter
Poynter reports that Jim Romenesko has resigned from his long-running series of daily online reports about the business and culture of news. Apparently this was the result of some kind of weird confli...
10:47 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing In Wikileaks case, US court rules Twitter data is not protected, but government orders are
Big blow to online privacy today, and another win in the US government's war on Wikileaks. A US District Court ruled that private info on Twitter accounts of three people related to Wikileaks must be ...
10:38 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Man shot near Occupy Oakland
Near the Occupy Oakland site in downtown Oakland, CA, a man was shot tonight in an incident protesters say was unrelated to the protest....
09:00 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Legoland (with Lego QR code)
Adam Greenfield snapped this "Occupy Legoland" piece at OWS, including a Lego QR code (!). As Adam says, 99%, but 100% awesome. Occupy Legoland!...
08:03 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing HoJo's soda can design
Love the package design on this old-timey Howard Johnson's own-brand soda from the depths of yesteryear. Howard Johnsons...
07:02 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Bechdel's Fun Home to be a musical
"Fun Home," Alison Bechdel's brilliant graphic novel memoir (review here) is being adapted for musical theater: My father and I grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town and he was gay and I was gay...
06:49 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Hulkmania the the nth
Welcome to the Hulkursion loop. [Moustair via Matt Haughey and Mike Monteiro]...
06:49 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Hulkmania to the nth
Welcome to the Hulkursion loop. [Moustair via Matt Haughey and Mike Monteiro]...
06:28 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Medieval marketing
Grant McCracken, a research affiliate at MIT and the author of Chief Culture Officer, writes about the appeal of "hidden messages" in popular culture. Fnord. The medieval world took for granted that t...
06:11 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Neil deGrasse Tyson's Symphony of Science
The amazing Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the forthcoming TV sequel to Cosmos, stars in this latest auto-tune Symphony of Science. Onward to the edge! (via Imaginary Foundation)...
06:02 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Taleb: Banker bonuses should be banned
Nassim Nicholas "Black Swan" Taleb has an NYT op-ed arguing that the best way secure the financial system from future collapse is to eliminate bankers' bonuses altogether. Taleb says bonuses reward ri...
04:52 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Movie poster for next Republican debate revealed
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04:25 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Whimsical, anatomy-inflected art from Yoan Capote
I'm loving the works of Yoan Capote, whose paintings, drawings and sculpture are just the right mix of horror, whimsy and anatomy to tickle my aesthetic sense. If I ever need a bench, this is the one ...
03:18 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Computer-human interaction that gives hands their due respect
Bret Victor's "Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design" is an eye-opening look at the poverty of the current options for computer-human interaction. Victor argues that our hands have enormous e...
03:16 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: Nuevo Laredo online says murdered man wasn't blogger or "social media" reporter, but scapegoat for terror
In Mexico, online local news site Nuevo Laredo Live is tweeting today that the man murdered yesterday in gruesome cartel-style killing was not, as widely reported, a blogger, forum moderator, or an af...
02:53 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico's "War on Drugs" leads to catastrophic rise of murder, torture, "disappearance"
Human Rights Watch reports that instead of reducing violence, the war on drugs in Mexico has resulted in a dramatic increase in killings, torture, and "disapparances." Read the report. [Video Link]...
02:14 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Cainthology: Songs In The Key Of Cain, by Tim Heidecker
Tim Heidecker, whom you may know best as "Tim of Tim and Eric," or one of the "Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule" creators (a second Brule season is coming up!), has come forward with new allegations ...
02:10 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Warner Bros admits it sends takedown notices for files it hasn't seen and doesn't own
Warner Brothers has filed a brief in its lawsuit against file-locker service Hotfile in which it admits that it sent copyright takedown notices asserting it had good faith to believe that the files na...
02:10 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing French court sends EDF execs to jail for hacking, spying on Greenpeace
EDF, the French energy company, has been fined €1.5 million and its head and deputy-head of nuclear operations have been jailed over its use of Kargus (a private security firm run by a French ex...
01:45 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing The Cave Singers: "Black Leaf" (MP3)
Sound It Out #6 The Cave Singers No Witch was probably my favorite record of 2011. It really epitomized the sludge of wintertime when it came out in January and it has managed to reflect moods and sea...
01:42 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing OWS: Police beat protesters with clubs at "Occupy Cal" protest, UC Berkeley
Above, video footage of police beating protesters at Wednesday's "Occupy Cal" demonstrations on the UC Berkeley campus. The video was uploaded to YouTube by Miles Mathews. More on the peaceful protest...
01:08 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Report: "No proof" man killed in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico was social media user
Animalpolitico reports about questions in the case of a man murdered yesterday in a cartel-style torture and beheading, who was identified in the press as a moderator of the "Nuevo Laredo Live" forum ...
12:56 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Art Spiegelman lecture on Maus
In this fascinating hour-long Seton Hall lecture, Art Spiegelman expounds on Maus, his Pulitzer-winning graphic novel history of the Holocaust, providing excellent companion material to Metamaus, the ...
12:21 pm PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Potash mining on the Colorado River
EcoFlight is a group that photographs ecological threats in western states from the vantage point of small airplanes. The idea is to give people a clear picture of the contrast between wilderness and ...
11:48 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Next up: The search for alien light pollution
Today's best telescopes could see the amount of light produced by Tokyo from as far away as the Kuiper Belt. Future telescopes may be able to hunt for alien civilizations by looking for artificial lig...
11:43 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Post-modern, paleontological art
One a recent art crawl in St. Paul, Minnesota, I ran across the work of Michael Bahl. Dressed in a white lab coat, Bahl bills his work as "post-osteological interpretation." Basically, he's built both...
11:39 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing All roads lead to "Philosophy"
A neat widget demonstrates the truth behind an XKCD joke: Take any article on Wikipedia, click the first link in the article, and then repeat—and you will eventually end up at "Philosophy." It e...
11:24 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Antique photos from optical telescopes
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is home to the Astronomic Photographic Data Archive (APDA), a collection of photographic plates taken by optical telescopes from the mid-19th century ...
11:04 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing What friends are for: making Simpsons humor real
A grief-stricken Redditor asked by a friend if there was anything he needed quoted the Simpson's episode in which Barney's Japanese girlfriend requests "A single plum, floating in perfume, served in a...
11:00 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Understanding McDonald's as a commodities broker with a restaurant sideline: the McRib
Willy Staley's "A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage," is a lyrical, insightful conspiracy theory about the appearance and disappearance of McDonalds's McRib sandwich. Staley argues that the M...
11:00 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Cory in Philly, DC
I'm headed to Philadelphia next week to be the guest of honor at PhilCon (Nov 18-20), and while I'm in the area, I'm giving a free talk at the Wharton School at UPenn (Nov 17, 5PM). On my way home, I'...
11:00 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Recycling in Antarctica
When I recycle, I have to separate out metal, plastic, chipboard, glass, plain paper, glossy paper, and newsprint. That sounds like a lot of separating, until you compare it to the recycling protocol ...
10:23 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing James Murdoch, "the first Mafia boss in history who didn't know he was running a criminal enterprise"
James Murdoch has been hauled back before Britain's Parliament to answer questions about what he knew and to what extent he is culpable in the News of the World/phone hacking scandal. In the BBC clip ...
03:02 am PST - Thu, November 10, 2011
BoingBoing Fake British WWII passport for Hitler
This fake German passport for Hitler was produced in 1941 by Britain's Special Operations Executive, the spy branch in charge of forging documents for moles, spies, partisans, and other covert operati...
11:44 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Duck does not like to be touched
Noted....
11:32 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Switchblade bottle opener
BB pals Greg Long and Chris Edmundson designed this clever SwitchPop Bottle Opener. This would be infinitely more useful to me than the common variety switchblade comb. Because I'm bald. Even still ve...
11:26 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Quilts of nebulae and galaxies
Jimmy McBride makes magnificent intergalactic quilts, like M1 V2 (The Crab Nebula) seen above. They are >$12,000 and available on Etsy. More details about the process and products at his Intergalactic...
09:28 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Why we get the future of tech wrong
John Naughton's Association for Learning Technology keynote, "The elusive technological future," is a no-holds-barred, kick-ass talk about the systems, blindspots and biases that keep us from understa...
08:32 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Library builds a hackerspace
In March, MAKE's Phil Torrone argued that libraries should retool to become hackerspaces. The Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY is doing just that. Here's the story from KQED's Mindshift: ...
08:15 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: another moderator of online discussion forum about narcos is tortured, decapitated by narcos
The moderator of an online discussion forum about local cartel-related crime has been killed in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Near his corpse, a "narco manta," or sign taking responsibility for the murder, th...
08:15 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: moderator of online discussion forum about narcos reported as tortured, decapitated by narcos
The moderator of an online discussion forum about local cartel-related crime is reported to have been killed in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Near his corpse, a "narco manta," or sign taking responsibility fo...
08:15 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Mexico: moderator of online discussion forum about narcos reported as tortured, decapitated by narcos (UPDATED)
UPDATE: One media outlet in Mexico reports that there is no proof that the man killed in Nuevo Laredo on Wednesday was a social media user. Police say they are still investigating. Unlike in previous ...
08:08 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Possum eating strawberries (video)
Opossumnomnomnomnom. [Video Link, thanks Antinous!]...
07:57 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Sega Outrun re-created as Arduino-driven mechanical game
Gustavo recreated the classic Sega driving game "Outrun" as a handheld mechanical amusement, controlled by an Arduino. Made in over a month using spare time, he managed to capture all the features of ...
07:52 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Science Book Club: National Geographic's The Big Idea
I have a weird relationship with coffee-table books. In general, I kind of think of them as clutter—like a particularly heavy and ungainly pile of junk mail that you can't just throw away. They'...
07:00 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing iPad 2 unlocking-by-cover vulnerability
The iPad 2 has a weird vulnerability: its PIN-based security can be bypassed by hooking up a "smart cover"...
06:04 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing IndieGoGo campaign for Custom Made Theatre Company's sweet, low-budg stage adaptation of LITTLE BROTHER
San Francisco's Custom Made Theatre Company is mounting a sweet, low-budget production of Little Brother, and they're looking to raise the funds for a high-quality video projector, which the playwrigh...
06:00 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Scathing critique of "social" sites: "The Social Graph is Neither"
Maciej Ceglowski's "The Social Graph is Neither" is a scathing, spot-on critique of the deceptive and seductive simplicity of "social graphs" which purport to represent human interaction and relations...
05:19 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing SF in SF this Saturday: Kim Stanley Robinson and Ceclia Holland
The next installment of the always-awesome SF-in-SF reading series features two exceptional writers: Kim Stanley Robinson and Ceclia Holland (check out previous mentions of Robinson here). It's on Sat...
03:50 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Bullet-shaped ice molds
GeekStuff4U's bullet ice-molds produce ten rounds at a time. I've had pretty mixed results from two-part ice-molds (and it's not clear from the illustrations how the two halves of this mold fit togeth...
03:25 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Indie Jewish music from the 1950s to the 1970s and pop-up record shop in San Francisco!
"Songs For The Jewish-American Jet Set: The Tikva Records Story 1950-1973" is a new compilation celebrating the indie Jewish record label that raged in the latter half of the last century. Tikva had a...
02:56 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing New Fed warrantless GPS trackers discovered in the wild
As the fight over the warrantless placing of GPS trackers on suspects' cars continues, Americans continue to discover hidden GPS trackers. Wired's looked at these before, and today they've got the sto...
02:41 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing The Tetris Effect
"The world's first commercial electronic video game, Computer Space, was released in 1971. The world's first electronic stock market, the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation...
02:09 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing New Thomas Doyle dioramae: freaky floating houses and apocalyptic craters
Thomas Doyle (previously) has a show at LeBasse Projects in Culver City; the gallery of miniature dioramae is mouth-wateringly apocalyptically magical. Preview: Thomas Doyle Surface to Air @ LeBasse ...
02:06 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Op-ed by US hiker jailed in iran: solitary confinement is torture
"You dont have to beat someone to inflict pain and suffering; the psychological torture of prolonged solitary confinement leaves no marks, but its effects are severe and long-lasting." From a New York...
02:04 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Music video set beneath the Antarctic sea ice
Dayton's Wall is an underwater geologic formation named for Paul Dayton, a marine ecologist who studies the lives and interactions between seafloor-dwelling organisms. Located in Antarctica, in an are...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Look What Happens When You Over-Tax the Job-Creators Like Hollingsworth Hound!
If you visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, you just might be participating in the type of patriotic and entertaining activity that CREATES JOBS FOR AMERICANS. If you follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER...
01:55 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Radiohead, from the basement (DVDBlu-Ray)
The band Radiohead today announced that their video performance of The King Of Limbs will now be made available to buy on DVD and BluRay. In case you didn't see it, the programme is a live studio perf...
01:46 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Attorney General says FBI harmed anti-terror fight with "violent Muslim" training
Spencer Ackerman at Wired: "The FBI wasnt just wrong in teaching its agents that average Muslims are likely to be terrorist sympathizers, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress Tuesday. That bigot...
01:34 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Great Moments in Pedantry: The odds of your existence
What are the odds that you, as an individual, exist? Pretty good, you'd guess, since you're sitting right here reading this. But, in an abstract sense, the chances that you exist are really rather sli...
01:18 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Occupation in October: beautiful, long-form OWS radio documentary by Alex Chadwick
I've been wondering when the first great radio documentary about Occupy Wall Street would come out, and when I was driving around in LA yesterday doing errands, I tuned into it by accident on KCRW. Lo...
01:11 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Jaw-dropping northern lights
This amazing shot was taken in Norway by Ole Christian Salomonsen. It's one of the many photos featured in National Geographic's upcoming photo book, Visions of Earth. You can check out a video previe...
01:03 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful 3D printed Settlers of Catan tiles
Shapeways user Tedparsec has created a wide assortment of 3D printed, colorized Settlers of Catan tiles that you can have printed and shipped to you in a wide variety of materials. He's also got a goo...
01:03 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Why does the rising moon look so big?
A few years ago, artist Maki Naro drew a comic explaining why the Moon appears larger on the horizon than it does way up in the sky. Recently, he got a helpful email from astronomy blogger Phil Plait....
01:01 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Berlusconi Bye Bye?
Is this really the final end of the Berlusconi era, or just another pause for the Cavaliere to catch his breath? Will he return on a fresh horse as the savior of an ever-crumbling Italy, as he has don...
12:47 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing More landmarks in Minecraft
The Edison Memorial Tower; the Basilica; the Golden Gate Bridge; the Eiffel Tower; the Vatican; the Globe Theater; and Fallingwater....
12:42 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Call Me Hope
[Video Link] Genius work from Joe Sabia, for the nonprofit Mama Hope. This is the second video in Mama Hope's "Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential" campaign. This video campaign is about telling the s...
12:42 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing A ride on NASA's flying telescope
SOPHIA—the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy—is a telescope unlike any other. It's not mounted to the Earth's surface. And it's not floating in space. Instead, SOPHIA travel...
12:23 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing RIP, Heavy D.
Dwight Arrington Myers, the Jamaican-American musician and actor known to fans as Heavy D. passed away in Beverly Hills last night at the young age of 44. Cause of death is unknown, but there is no ev...
12:08 pm PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Oscar, the handstand-peeing dog, deserves an Oscar
[Video Link]. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)...
11:53 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Policy-by-nudging unsupported by evidence, and undemocratic
In a New Scientist op-ed, Henry Farrell and Cosma Shalizi take aim at the trendy idea of "nudging" people towards healthy, socially beneficial choices. The authors find the evidence for the effectiven...
11:20 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Lights, crystal blocks and music: Prisma 1666
Prisma 1666 involves beams of light, prisms, and an app to control them. [Wonwei via The Verge]...
10:55 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Atlanta encamps on lawn of house under foreclosure threat
An Atlanta police officer sent an email to Occupy Atlanta protesters asking for help with his house, which is under threat of foreclosure (when the family tried to refinance their mortgage, the bank r...
10:53 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing QR Markham's plagiarized spy thriller didn't stop being good when he was caught
Debutante plagiarist Q.R. Markham's temporarily-lauded spy thriller, Assassin of Secrets, is in fact a string of passages lifted from other books in the genre. No-one noticed until it was released, at...
10:13 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Flash in the pan
Adobe is finally giving up on Flash in mobile browsers, according to Jason Perlow at ZDNet....
09:41 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Blockade Runner
If you like Minecraft and you like spaceships, you may like Blockade Runner. [RPS]...
02:33 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Green army man costume
Harrison Jones created this fabulous green army man costume (which included a coating of green latex paint on his skin, yowch, suffer for your art!), and worked a full shift at a grocery store while s...
01:27 am PST - Wed, November 9, 2011
BoingBoing Joe Paterno, not getting it.
"The kids that were victims or whatever they want to say, I think we all ought to say a prayer for them."—Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, on the child sex abuse scandal in which he i...
10:04 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Unique reinterpretations of Frankenstein's monster for sale
The It's Alive project features unique artists' reinterpretations of the classic Frankenstein's monster bust. There's some great pieces there, including 34-FRANCISCO DE LOS MUERTOS by P.J. Tamayo and ...
09:03 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Identity theft marketplace sells mothers' maiden names, dates of birth, etc
Many websites will allow you to "recover a lost password" if you (or a crook) can supply your date of birth, mother's maiden name, etc. So, of course, crooks buy and sell data like dates of birth, mot...
09:02 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Ben from Ben and Jerry's serves ice-cream to OWSers
Scott Lynch was kind enough to place this photo of Ben "Ben and Jerry's" Cohen scooping up free ice-cream for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in the Boing Boing Flickr pool. Occupy Wall Street: Day ...
07:32 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Early picturephone ad
From the annals of history, this ad for Western Electric's picture phone, which wouldn't catch on for decades more -- probably needed more Chatroulette. It Seemed Like a Good Idea: The Picture Phone...
07:16 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Video of an illegal vegetable gardener
[Video Link] Todd Bieber (the fellow who made that video about the snapping turtle that tries to bite a guy that looks like Will Ferrel) says, "I planted this illegal vegetable garden in Brooklyn and ...
07:12 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: Grand Theft Auto 5
[Video Link] Grand Theft Auto V is likely to come out in late 2012....
07:06 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Help fund 10-story Tesla Coil lab
Several years ago, I wrote a MAKE: article about Greg Leyh, a brilliant, understated high-voltage engineer/artist in San Francisco who builds the world's largest Tesla coils. For as long as I've known...
06:25 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Wired.com photo policy: all staff-produced photos will now be Creative Commons licensed
Wired.com has a new photo policy: "Beginning today, were releasing all Wired.com staff-produced photos under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC) license and making them available in high-res format on a new...
06:05 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Black Sabbath to announce reunion tour on 11-11-11
Black Sabbath [discography at Amazon] is expected to announce a reunion tour on November 11, 2011. The announcement will be made at the Whisky A Go Go in LA where they performed for the first time in ...
05:54 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing White House: no evidence of ETs yet
"We The People" is a White House initiative where the US government will respond to any petition that can land 25,000 signatures (a recently increased threshold) in a month. Today, the White House Off...
05:21 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy-like additions to San Francisco municipal election posters
This week, San Francisco municipal election posters have sprouted Occupy-chic "corrections." Political Posters Defiled Day Before Election Day (via JWZ) (Image: downsized, cropped thumbnail from a pho...
04:14 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing EFF to Chamber of Commerce: of course SOPA is a blacklist
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has more on the deadly Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the most extreme, anti-Internet, anti-privacy, anti-free speech copyright proposal in US legislative history. T...
04:04 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Prostitutes, pot, pet peacocks, and plasma TVs found in Mexico prison raid
Authorities say a pre-dawn search at an Acapulco prison led to the discovery of two peacocks, 100 fighting cocks, two big bags of pot and 19 prostitutes within the prison. Oh, and dozens of recent-mod...
03:50 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Genomics X-Prize looking for centenarians
The Archon Genomics X-Prize is offering $10 million to the first research team to sequence the genomes of 100 people who are age 100 or older. The goal: Get a clear view, for the first time, of what m...
03:21 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Experts in use of force shocked by video of Oakland police shooting photographer
A story in the San Jose Mercury News today on the video we published yesterday here on Boing Boing, which shows an Oakland Police officer shooting a photographer with a projectile, for no apparent rea...
03:10 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous 101: Introduction to the Lulz
Quinn Norton has a definitive introduction to Anonymous up at Wired.com's Threat Level today. It's a must-read. Quinn was on the NPR radio program Morning Edition today to talk about her research. It'...
03:05 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Billionaire Koch brothers building vast database for political campaigning
"The secretive oil billionaires the Koch brothers are close to launching a nationwide database connecting millions of Americans who share their anti-government and libertarian views," reports the Guar...
03:03 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Preservation Hall Jazz Band: old time jazz from New Orleans
Last year, I found myself in New Orleans for a rather epic birthday party. One place I knew I wanted to visit was Preservation Hall, (which I'd written about here), a legendary unamplified jazz club. ...
03:02 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing ACLU's public records request about Oakland police's use of force against OWS is refused
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the Oakland Police Department for information about what happened during incidents of excessive force against Occupy Oakland demonstrators. "The department...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: In The Name Of Art...
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02:58 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Researchers to build Babbage Analytical Engine
Over the next decade, a group of researchers in the UK will attempt to construct a working version of Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, which he dreamed up a hundred years ago, but did not complete...
02:44 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Boyett's Mortality Bridge: Rock n' roll Dante meets Orpheus
Mortality Bridge is Steven Boyett's first book since his comeback novel Elegy Beach, published last year as the 25-years-later sequel to his breakout novel Ariel. Superficially, Mortality Beach is a v...
02:09 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing "Piracy-stricken" Viacom CEO tops pay-raise charts
Philippe P. Dauman, CEO of Viacom, led the executive compensation raise chart this year with a $50.5 million raise that brought his total annual compensation up to $84.5 (much of the 148.6% raise came...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing AnyChevrolet Volt Drivers Out There?
ADVERTISEMENT The Chevy Volt is getting a lot of attention these days, and if you drive a Volt, you are, too! Volt drivers say theyre constantly getting stopped at grocery stores and cornered in parki...
12:57 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Glitch: dreamlike whimsy and play in a MMO
Ars Technica has an in-depth review of Glitch, the whimsical, free-to-play game from Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield (we've written about Glitch here before) and his new company, Tiny Speck. Gli...
12:34 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing My friend Spot
The black-and-white spotted "Dalmatian" horses depicted in some prehistoric European cave art may have actually existed. (Via Steve Silberman)...
12:31 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Ballet shoes as technology
At the Atlantic, science historian Suzanne Fischer has a really interesting post up about the development of pointe shoes. In the early 20th century, at a time when all sorts of technologies were rema...
12:07 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Just wash your pants, people
Levi's recommends freezing jeans, instead of washing them, as a way to save water. The idea is that freezing will kill the bacteria that make your pants smell. But Stephen Craig Cary, an expert in low...
12:03 pm PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Cloud computing and labor disputes: University locks striking profs out of their coursework and email
Robert Spahr, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Department of Cinema & Photography, writes, I wanted to let you know that we are not only in the middle of a labor strike, but...
11:58 am PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing What happens when you flush a toilet in the world's tallest building
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It's located in Dubai, a city with a lot of other skyscrapers. What Dubai doesn't have: A central sewage infrastructure that can accommodate the ...
10:51 am PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing If Cormac McCarthy was a Yelp reviewer
Yelping with Cormac is a rather arch and very funny Tumblr with a simple premise: what if Cormac McCarthy was addicted to reviewing restaurants and stores on Yelp? Whole Foods Market Noe Valley - San ...
09:29 am PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Russian historian charged with grave robbing after police discover "gruesome tableau" of 29 mummified bodies in his home
A man identified as Russian historian Anatoly Moskvin has been charged with desecrating graveyards after Russian police found 29 mummified bodies dressed in bright clothes and posed like dolls in a "g...
07:03 am PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Climate denier as Borat: what if Christopher Monckton was really a long-running Sacha Baron Cohen character?
Australian comedy-news program The Hamster Wheel covers archconservative British politician Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, a Thatcherite climate denier, and former editor fo...
05:21 am PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Then we take Berlin
Reminder: I'm doing a live reading in Berlin tonight at 2000h (Sankt Oberholz, Rosenthaler Str. 72, Berlin Mitte). Chs!...
02:32 am PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Astounding 3D effects projected onto a building's facade
This LG mobile phone ad "event" projected a startling and well-conceived montage of 3D effects onto a building's facade in Berlin. It's all very spectacular and beautiful -- pretty amazing for an ad (...
01:55 am PST - Tue, November 8, 2011
BoingBoing Using a miter box to make straight cuts in wood
I wrote an article in CRAFT about making straight wood cuts with a cheap miter box. Project 101: Make Straight Wood Cuts with a Miter Box...
08:07 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing The future of energy and the future of risk
I got to have another great conversation with synthetic biologist and blogger Christina Agapakis on Bloggingheads.tv's Science Saturday. Christina and I chatted about some of the issues that came up a...
07:49 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Ask physicist Brian Greene anything
Last week, physicist Brian Greene answered a lot of questions—including a few submitted by BoingBoing readers!—at a live event in New York City. If you missed it, you can watch a recording...
07:31 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing News of the World had victims' lawyers followed
After phone hacking allegations started hurting last year at U.K. tabloid News of the World, it placed its victims' lawyers -- even their children -- under surveillance. [BBC]...
04:58 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Asteroid close encounter tomorrow night!
Don't forget that a 1,300 foot asteroid, about the size of an aircraft carrier, will fly by Earth tomorrow even closer to us than the moon. Don't worry, it won't hit. It'll be tricky to catch a glimps...
04:39 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Simulations of galaxy collisions prove accurate also amazing video
In September, I posted about Bolshoi, the most accurate computer simulation of the universe in the world. (Visualizations from Bolshoi were also seen in Bjork's Biophiliar performance.) Bolshoi's co-c...
04:20 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Kick-ass makeup on Colombian student protesters
These student protesters in Bogota, Colombia have really got it going on, makeupwise. Student protestors in Colombia know how to get attention (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) (Image: cropped, downsized thumbnail...
03:33 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Burning Man opera soundtrack now available
A couple years ago, I posted that BB pal Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis and Visionary State, wrote the libretto for a critically-acclaimed rock opera about Burning Man. How to Survive the Apocalypse...
03:15 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing GAMA-GO holiday sale
Our pals at GAMA-GO are hosting their big holiday sale in San Francisco this Saturday. Have a cocktail! Save some money! Harass co-proprietor Greg Long about his incendiary comments on this site! "GAM...
03:14 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Die Antwoord: "Fok Julle Naaiers" (music video)
[Video Link] The song, and the video, which apparently led to Die Antwoord's divorce from Interscope to go independent. This will be the first single to be released off their soon-to-be-self-released ...
02:33 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Photographer shot by Oakland Police with "less-lethal" round, for no apparent reason
An Oakland Police Department officer shot blogger and videographer Scott Campbell with a projectile (a "bean bag" round or rubbber bullet, it's not clear which) while he was recording video during Occ...
02:29 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Lego army invades Chalkfestival to "Free" Ego Leonard
"Free Ego," a chalk painting designed by Leon Keer, was inspired by Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army "in honor of the arrival of Ego Leonard and to support his release out of his custod...
01:38 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Multitool cigarette case, 1933
Ah, the good old days, when it was de rigeur to stick a knife-blade onto every single object one carried, back before the era of aviation confiscation totum: Eight distinct purposes are served by the ...
01:18 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Die Antwoord leave Interscope, will release "TEN$ION" on their own new indie label
Anyone can not sign with a major label (see there? you just did it yourself!), but to sign with one and then sign off abruptly when the label tells you your work needs to be reworked for more mainstre...
12:20 pm PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Eyal Ophir on the Science of Multitasking
Photo: Eyal Ophir with his daughter Sahar, courtesy of the subject. Eyal Ophir was primary researcher on the pioneering Stanford Multitasking study. He now designs information interfaces for the brows...
11:00 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast episode 025: Michael Kupperman
In this episode of Gweek, Ruben Bolling and I are joined by the cartoonist and illustrator Michael Kupperman, who has a hilarious new book out, called Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010. Ruben inter...
10:51 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Bug report: "Simultaneous cat and external keyboard input causing kernel panic"
From the annals of epic bug reports, "Simultaneous cat and external keyboard input causing kernel panic": I encountered a kernel panic with the 3.1.0 kernel on a Dell Latitude E6410 while inputting si...
10:48 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing AnyChevrolet Volt Drivers Out There?
ADVERTISEMENT The Chevy Volt is getting a lot of attention these days, and if you drive a Volt, you are, too! Volt drivers say theyre constantly getting stopped at grocery stores and cornered in parki...
10:45 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Korg expands monotron lineup
Korg, maker of miniature synthesizers such as the Monotron and Monotribe, have two more analog pocket-synths for me to noodle around with for 20 minutes then put in a drawer: the Monotron Duo and Mono...
10:32 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Smash TV's Skinemax
Skinemax from Smash TV on Vimeo. Skinemax, described as "Koyaanisqatsi for a generation raised on late night television and B-movie VHS tapes," stars Kurt Russell. [Video Link]...
10:26 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Insanity
Google Books' scan of Edward Spitzka's book, "Insanity", includes this interesting page concerning involuntary constriction of the pupils, disturbances in the flow of words, and how patients distort l...
10:10 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Best Buy was worst buy for Brits
Best Buy Europe, jointly owned by Best Buy and the U.K.'s Carphone Warehouse, is to close all its "big box" stores in Britain: "Since 2008, the consumer electronics marketplace has changed substantial...
09:59 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Cyborg yeast
From Jason Palmer at the BBC: "a comparatively simple means to take control of fantastically complex biochemical processes."...
02:04 am PST - Mon, November 7, 2011
BoingBoing Codex Seraphinianus: semi-licit copy of a semi-legendary book of the weird
Codex Seraphinianus is a much-sought-after, very weird book, now available as a free (slightly dodgy) scanned (low-rez) download via the Internet Archive: "The Codex Seraphinianus is a book written an...
07:34 pm PST - Sun, November 6, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street: "Don't Worry" (sign in Brighton, UK)
via Bob Jaroc: "Spotted in an alleyway over the road from my flat in brighton."...
06:56 pm PST - Sun, November 6, 2011
BoingBoing In Stereo banners from LPs
From How to Be a Retronaut, a "Stereo Stack" anthology: 4,000+ pixels of "In Stereo" logos from LP jackets, ganked from the Stereo Stack site. Stereo Stack...
12:52 pm PST - Sun, November 6, 2011
BoingBoing Free nerdy crochet patterns: Nerdigurumi!
Mneptok sez, "Nerdigurumi offers up free amigurumi crochet patterns for whimsically serious alpha geeks." Nerdigurumi - Free Amigurumi Crochet Patterns with love for the Nerdy (Thanks, Mneptok!)...
12:48 pm PST - Sun, November 6, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printed exploratory spiders
Fraunhofer's 3D printed exploration spiders are intended for use "as an exploratory tool in environments that are too hazardous for humans, or too difficult to get to." They use hydraulic bellows to e...
12:45 pm PST - Sun, November 6, 2011
BoingBoing Slicing stuff with a sword, the modern samurai way
In this clip, a "modern samurai" called Isao Machii efficient slices a large variety of challenging objects in twain with his sword, including a round fired from a nearby pellet-gun. It's pretty astou...
12:43 pm PST - Sun, November 6, 2011
BoingBoing Pirate Party mysteriously barred from exhibiting at Sweden's Gamex
Sweden's Pirate Party says it was avidly courted by the sales staff for Gamex, the largest games conference in the country. The party bought a booth and went to some expense arranging to have it decor...
12:39 pm PST - Sun, November 6, 2011
BoingBoing Highrise: a documentary built with WebGL and other open standards
Brett sez, "What does citizenship mean in a transnational, globalised context? One Millionth Tower, the latest strand of the multi-media, multi- award-winning HIGHRISE project from National Film Board...
05:08 pm PDT - Sat, November 5, 2011
BoingBoing Welcome to Kitty City - new video from Cyriak
Video Link. This is why Cyriak is my favorite animator on the net. Sometimes, I suspect that he is the internet, trying to communicate with us in a language it thinks we understand. Previously: Cows a...
12:29 pm PDT - Sat, November 5, 2011
BoingBoing #OccupyOakland: video shows journalists, legal observers kettling themselves to seek safety, then they're arrested
[Video Link] Susie Cagle, a journalist and cartoonist who has been covering Occupy Oakland in a manner I can only describe as fierce and tenacious, shot this video just before she was arrested, along ...
12:10 pm PDT - Sat, November 5, 2011
BoingBoing Women struggling to drink water
The Hairpin has a gallery of stock art of women who are unable to accurately pour water into their own mouths....
08:02 am PDT - Sat, November 5, 2011
BoingBoing Commendably honest ad for failed child restraint system
Here's an innovative automotive child-restraint system from 1961. Clearly this little tyke is enjoying her crash-webbing. Wonder why it never caught on? Contest Entry--Easybaby Car Belt, 1961...
07:59 am PDT - Sat, November 5, 2011
BoingBoing OccupierArmy Ranger in ICU: Oakland PD "jumped me"
Kayvan Sabeghi, a veteran of the US Army Rangers, is in the ICU at Oakland's Highland General Hospital after a clash with Oakland PD during the Occupy Oakland protests. Sabeghi claims he was "jumped" ...
07:42 am PDT - Sat, November 5, 2011
BoingBoing Prisoner's toothpick replicas of Final Fantasy weapons
A prisoner in Wales made these astounding Final Fantasy weapons out of toothpicks, only to have them confiscated because they were so realistic that the prison authorities felt that they constituted a...
08:38 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Kum pencil sharpeners
Mister Jalopy says, "Coco's sells beechwood, made in Germany Kum pencil sharpeners for $1 each [left]. I knew Kum had been around for about 100 years, but I did not know they made the most awesome pen...
07:14 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Zen and the Art of Making, by Phil Torrone
Phil Torrone says: This week for my bi-weekly MAKE soapbox column, I thought I’d share some of my notes I’ve jotted down recently about making things, working with and supporting beginners...
07:08 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Yarn-bombed music video by Seventeen Evergreen
Seventeen Evergreen - Polarity Song from Lucky Number Music on Vimeo. [Video Link] (Thanks, Jim!)...
06:59 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make your own skateboard truck lazy-susan table
Inspired by the skateboard-truck lazy-susan table I blogged last year, Instructables user Wilgubeast has produced a HOWTO for replicating it for about $70, excluding the glass: "Think of the possibili...
06:33 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Competitive Sobriety Tests and Automotive Hot Wiring Classes Amongst Offerings at Machine Project's Benefit
Echo Park's much loved Machine Project offers art, classes and civilized mayhem from Experimental Millinery and Bookbinding to Flame Effects (read: giant fireballs) and Sewing 101. Annually, a month's...
04:02 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Worst fonts ever
Simon Garfield offers his selection of the eight worst fonts in the world. Comic Sans is not included on grounds of lifetime achievement, but loathed classics Papyrus and Trajan make good showings. Th...
02:44 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing DIY Sous vide cooking
Jon Kalish reports on DIY sous vide immersion cookers. (In a recent issue of MAKE magazine, we ran a how-to article on building a sous vide cooker for about $75. Here are the full instructions. ) Sous...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Global Village Construction Set: Towards a DIY civilization
Meara O'Reilly says: Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set -- a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-perfor...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Is this Jack the Ripper's ripper?
Above left is Welsh surgeon Sir John Williams who has long been suspected of being Jack the Ripper. Above right is a knife that Sir John's great-great-great-great nephew, Tony Williams, found that he ...
02:29 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Aquaria out for iPad
Aquaria, one of my favorite indie games of recent years, is now out for iPad. [Thanks, Adam!]...
01:47 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing El Tren Fantasma: ambient recording of a ghostly train journey
Chris Watson was a founder of the seminal 1970s experimental music/performance art group Cabaret Voltaire who has since become a highly-respected ambient sound recordist for television, film, and radi...
01:18 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Sophie Madeleine performs "Oil & Gold" on ukulele -- Boing Boing exclusive
Sophie Madeleine "Oil & Gold" - Live at the Loft from Indaba Music on Vimeo. [Video Link] Shown here, for the first time anywhere, is this wonderful video of Sophie Madeleine performing "Oil ...
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Love the ocean? Check this out
The Scuttlefish, former-Gizmodo editor Brian Lam's newish blog about all things awesomely ocean, is looking for writers and interns....
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Memory Palace: Rhode Island's 19th century vampire
A delightfully creepy, interesting, and real tale on the latest Memory Palace podcast. Host Nate Dimeo says, "1893: a sad dad's neighbors convince him that his dead daughter is a vampire who's after t...
01:07 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Soundtrack for an abandoned skyscraper
Sathorn Unique is a 50-story skyscraper in Bangkok that was meant to be a luxury living address but now it's totally abandoned and decaying. Cory posted about this Ballardian behemoth earlier this yea...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Whales, kayakers get a little too close
This is why whale watchers are warned to stay 100 yards away from whale feeding areas. Or, as National Geographic's Sven Lindblad put it, "Note to self: Avoid kayaking among schooling herring or sardi...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Jacketing Lolita
Book industry art director Peter Mendelsund was a judge in a book jacket contest. One of the entries, a proposed cover for Nabokov's Lolita (above left), inspired Mendelsund to write an essay about th...
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Couple adopts Dachsund, days later doses it with LSD, tripping dog wanders into traffic and dies
Two assholes in Georgia dropped some acid, ran naked in the streets, and dosed their pet dachsund "Oscar" (at left), who they'd just picked up only days earlier from a Georgia animal shelter. The diso...
12:29 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing A must-read for college students and professors
As much as 40 percent of the people who start out majoring in science and engineering end up switching to other degrees. Why? The answers are complex, and the people who drop out are often the best-of...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing A quick Q&A with Chuck Hogan, co-author of The Night Eternal
Chuck Hogan is the co-author, with Guillermo Del Toro, of The Night Eternal, which concludes their best-selling Strain trilogy. He is also the author of Prince of Thieves, recently filmed as The Town....
12:16 pm PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing As you already suspected, the CIA is reading your tweets and Facebook status updates
According to this Associated Press story, the tinfoil beanie hat crowd was right all along: "In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets ...
11:51 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Fukushima: The first 24 hours
IEEE Spectrum has a big special feature online now about the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its after-effects. It includes an interactive map showing the impact that Fukushima has had on evacuation of...
11:46 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with a Stoic: William O. Stephens
William O. Stephens is Professor of Philosophy and of Classical & Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He plays tennis and chess, is a vegetarian, and tries to be Stoi...
11:29 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Science helps old mice age gracefully
There was some interesting research out of the Mayo Clinic announced this week. The study focused on a new method to combat aging, though not, significantly, one that could extend life. Instead of liv...
10:51 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Hedgehog after a bath
For no real reason, here is a picture of a cute hedgehog. Image: Acorn is displeased after a bath., a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivative-Works (2.0) image from justinandelise's photostream...
06:58 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Home Secretary to OccupyLondon: you're scaring the tourists
Theresa May, the UK Home Secretary, has asked the OccupyLondon protesters to move away from St Paul's cathedral so that tourists won't get the wrong idea about the place....
03:36 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Asking an Oakland PD officer why he's hidden his badge
These upstanding citizens noticed that an Oakland PD officer had hidden his badge, so they calmly, peacefully confronted him about this, escalating to his supervisor when he wouldn't respond. This how...
03:21 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Monster supplies from Hoxton Monster Supplies
Hoxton Monster Supplies, my local outlet of the 826 Valencia literacy charity, has put some of its marvellous "monster supplies" online, including tins of Mortal Terror and Night Sweats, cubes of earw...
03:12 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Artoo Tutu: a droidy ballerina
Flickr user Leeloo's "Artoo Tutu" costume may be the single cutest thing I've seen this Hallowe'en. Artoo Tutu (via Neatorama)...
03:04 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Prof who keeps announcing links between the Internet, childhood dementia and autism should publish theories in a scientific journal
Baroness Susan Greenfield, Professor of pharmacology at Oxford, made headlines this week by claiming that video games gave children dementia. She later partially retracted the statement, but it's the ...
02:50 am PDT - Fri, November 4, 2011
BoingBoing Judge whose daughter released video of him beating her suspended from bench during judicial investigation
The Associated Press has a long followup on the story of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, whose daughter Hillary posted a seven-year-old video of her father viciously beating her for b...
11:53 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing HTC Rezound
Ars Technica's Casey Johnston checks out a new Android handset designed to be good at playing music: "we're not sold"...
11:45 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing 48pixeles
Video game sprites posed together in such a way as to suggest romance. [via Auntie Pixelante]...
08:11 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing In the first issue of Scientific American: Centrifuges and levitating haystacks
Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in America, began life on August 28, 1845 as a 4-page, black and white newsletter. There were only a couple of illustrations. The cover ...
06:59 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Phantogram -- "Don't Move" (MP3)
SOUND IT OUT #5. Things are not what they seem here. Phantogram sounds like a sexy, cosmopolitan collective, not a couple of childhood friends recording music in a barn outside tiny Saratoga Springs, ...
05:36 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Gulf War Syndrome: A lot of questions, few answers
Twenty years ago, the United States sent almost 700,000 soldiers to Kuwait and Iraq as part of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. The war was quick. Bombing began on January 17th and ...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection
[Video Link] Hurray! R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection is available. I've been waiting for this book for while. A landmark work that pays splendid homage to a forgotten era of seminal Ame...
03:55 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Twin Rivers Police Association stops selling t-shirt
The Twin Rivers Police Association in California had been selling a T-shirt that showed a child behind bars along with the humorous text, "U Raise 'Em, We Cage 'Em." After it was pointed out to the as...
03:49 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Snake menace art
A small gallery of "snake menace" cover art from men's adventure mags. I wonder if the snakes are meant to represent something....
12:38 pm PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Atari Teenage Riot: Black Flags
[Video Link] Atari Teenage Riot has released the second edit of the video for the song "Black Flags," featuring video snippets "supplied by fans and friends of Atari Teenage Riot and Anonymous." If yo...
10:31 am PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Guy Fawkes OWS bandanas
Matthew Borgatti is taking pre-orders for this saucy OWS Guy Fawkes bandanna, which has many useful features: Fold this bandana in half to transform into the famous fawksy provocateur from the comic p...
09:15 am PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom free audiobook
Sean Puckett has read my first novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, aloud for the Voices in the Dark site. The download is free and CC licensed, and it's very good. (Thanks, Tomi!)...
06:39 am PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Cory coming to Hamburg, Berlin and Munich
I'm heading to Germany next week for a series of school visits and public appearances to promote the German edition of my novel For the Win. I'm doing public stops in Hamburg (Nov 7, 10AM, Hamburger K...
03:49 am PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Brazilian police car rams smuggler's airplane
According to its title, this video shows a Brazilian police car ramming the wing of a smuggler's small twin prop airplane. A commenter named pvbernhard translated the dialogue: 0:13 - I'm going to hit...
03:22 am PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing Hylozoic Ground: art installation made of gossamer computers is like a huge lung
Hylozoic Ground, a Canadian art installation that was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, sounds like a really lovely, immersive environment. One warning: if you're the sort of person who's allergic to ...
12:44 am PDT - Thu, November 3, 2011
BoingBoing "Saber-toothed squirrel" from the dinosaur days
This intimidating squirrel-like beastie with the impressive choppers lived 94 million years ago. Scientists from the University of Louisville recently discovered fossilized remains of the animal, name...
09:11 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing William Gibson interviewed in The Paris Review
Kevin Kelly pointed to this great interview with William Gibson. Kevin says, "This long revealing interview with William Gibson is a gold mine. In addition to being a gifted writer, Gibson is one of t...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing There is no copyright policy, only Internet policy; there is no Internet policy, only policy
My latest Locus column is "Its Time to Stop Talking About Copyright," about the way that concentrating on "copyright" instead of "Internet policy" or "policy" causes us to miss the big picture: The di...
07:54 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Which office drone misplaced the computer tape?
A great 1965 ad from Fortune asks the burning question: who is responsible for misplacing the data-tape? the case of the disappearing data (Apr, 1965)...
07:44 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing In praise of "crap" technology
I visited my little brother, a dedicated minimalist, last month. In general, I think of myself as not particularly consumerist-y. But hanging out with somebody who is sooo much better at not consuming...
07:24 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Bayhem
In Michael Bay's next movie, the eighth explosion will also be the thousandth of his directorial career. [Frankenspace]...
06:52 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Colombian officials assigned indigenous people "funny" names like Piss, Coitus, and Marilyn Monroe
The Wayu people, an indigenous tribe in Colombia, have been promised restitution after they discovered that the government workers who assigned them "normal" names gave them names like Piss, Coitus, T...
06:16 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing TrustoCorp's phone booth takeover
The amazing TrustoCorp has published photos of its Phone Booth Takeover in lower Manhattan. TrustoCorp exhibition in LA, Oct. 23-24, 2010...
06:06 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Photo of a crosswalk light
Here's a photo of a crosswalk light and a portion of a tattoo store sign. I wonder what's in the metal box behind the pole? (Via Reddit)...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Shick razors: sharp enough to shave the victims of terrible tragedies
From the annals of poorly considered marketing campaigns, this ad for Schick razors, which touts the fact that the product is so gentle it was used to keep the horribly burned flesh of the survivors o...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Schick razors: sharp enough to shave the victims of terrible tragedies
From the annals of poorly considered marketing campaigns, this ad for Schick razors, which touts the fact that the product is so gentle it was used to keep the horribly burned flesh of the survivors o...
05:39 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Startling photo of volcanic lightning
No, this is not a still from the Radiers of the Lost Ark scene when the ark is opened, but an absolutely magnificent image of southern Chile's Puyehue-Cordn Caulle volcano spewing lightning-topped ash...
05:03 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Tunisia recognizes the American Transitional National Council
Tunisian Facebook users have plastered Obama's Facebook page with thousands of messages in support of the Occupy movement: Among the comments, Tunisian Facebook users circulated Arab Spring jokes, suc...
04:46 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing ApocaLego: Building end-times with plastic bricks
One of my favorite Lego genres -- and one for which the Lego Group will never release a set -- is that of ApocaLego. Whether it's a zombocalypse, bioplague, robot insurrection, or nuclear conflagratio...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Supercuts: rapid-cut videos that collect repetition
Andy "Waxy" Baio writes about the "Supercut" phenomenon for Wired -- these being videos that edit together dozens (sometimes hundreds) of instances of some iconic cinematic moment, whether it's Sarah ...
03:25 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Concrete ladle made from German WWII helmet
This concrete ladle, made from a Nazi army helmet, was apparently created by a demobilized German veteran who turned a tool of war into a tool of creation: THERE IS SOMETHING MAGNIFICENT and poetic ab...
03:17 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Skylanders speed drawing
[Video Link] Last night my 8-year-old daughter and I played Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (we have a Wii and it is available on the other console platforms and the PC as well). We had a great time pla...
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Bjrk - Thunderbolt (music video)
brightcove.createExperiences(); Boing Boing is proud to present an exclusive debut: the video for Bjrk's "Thunderbolt," from her new album, Biophilia. Bjrk tells us: Am playing live shows in reykjavik...
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Whose Encampment Should Crowd-Control Police Be Breaking Up?
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)....
02:20 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Righthaven copyright troll's victims send in US marshals to seize its assets
Righthaven, the copyright trolling organization that misrepresented its title to the copyrights of many of the newspaper articles at issue in its lawsuits against website operators, is now on the brin...
01:43 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Couple's nude photo shoot inside their dead horse
After Elizabeth Herrick and her boyfriend "euthanized" their 32-year-old horse with a shotgun, they gutted it and Herrick climbed inside its carcass for a nude photo session. Then they posted the phot...
01:34 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Where does pain happen?
Someone stubs her toe. Where is the pain? In her mind ... or in the toe? In a recent study, laypeople indicated that they thought the pain was in the toe. (Via Scientific American Mind)...
01:25 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing NASA developing tractor beam
NASA researchers are exploring the possibility of tractor beams. The scientists are studying several methods for grabbing planetary or atmospheric particles in a laser beam for transfer to an instrume...
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Ten OccupyPortland protesters arrested for asking why they were being arrested
Ten more Occupy Portland demonstrators were arrested yesterday at 4AM. When they asked what the charge was, they were told they had "failed to comply with a lawful direction: "'The didnt give a Mirand...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Snake in ATM machine
[Video Link] "A resident in Llodio, Alava, got a shock when a snake came slithering out of the slot of a cash machine when he withdrew his money. Police report that this occurred at a Caja Madrid bank...
12:36 pm PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Mike Tyson Quotes: The Song
[Video Link] JustDaveMusic made a song using Mike Tyson Quotes for the lyrics. (Via World's Best Ever)...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Video: "Judge" beats disabled daughter for using the Internet
A YouTube video posted by a person who claims to be Hillary Adams, daughter of Aransas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams shows a video of a man said to be Judge Williams viciously beating her as...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Oakland PD to mayor: are we 99% or not?
The Oakland PD union is confused by Mayor Jean Quan's approach to the protests -- they say that after they were ordered to clear the Occupy camp (a mission that led to bloody conflict in the streets),...
10:09 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Julian Assange loses extradition appeal
Wikileaks' founder will be deported to Sweden to face rape allegations within a month. Assange has 14 days to seek to appeal to Britain's supreme court. [Guardian]...
09:54 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Physics contest winners
Yesterday, I asked you to submit your physics questions for a chance to win either VIP tickets to see Brian Greene tonight in New York City, or a DVD set of Greene's new NOVA series. I did the drawing...
09:46 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Exiled Tibetans in India hold memorial for recent wave of Tibetan self-immolations protesting Chinese military rule
Photo: David Huang This morning, a demonstration took place in McLeod Ganj, a quiet Northern Indian village adjacent to the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. In this town on ...
09:46 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Exiled Tibetans hold memorial for self-immolators protesting Chinese military rule
Photo: David Huang This morning, a demonstration took place in McLeod Ganj, a quiet Northern Indian village adjacent to the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. In this town on ...
07:49 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Oakland General Strike posters
The Occupy Oakland folks have been publishing designs for today's general strike, including this jaunty little number from R Black. Lots more to choose from, too, including the venerable IWW black cat...
02:39 am PDT - Wed, November 2, 2011
BoingBoing Corporation of London "pauses" action against OccupyLondon
The Corporation of London has "paused" its legal action against the OccupyLondon protesters camped outside of St Paul's Cathedral, in the wake of the Cathedral's decision to drop legal action altogeth...
10:04 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Roger Doiron - A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard
[Video Link] Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardens International (an organization that promotes kitchen gardening and home-cooking) argues that gardening for food is a subversive activity, because ...
08:15 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing The Cure's Killing An Arab (1979)
The Cure performing their homage to Camus, "Killing An Arab," way back in 1979....
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Planet of the Apes painting by Jason Edmiston
I'm old school when it comes to Planet of the Apes. If they aren't wearing tunics or padded vests, I'm not interested. That's why this painting, entitled "Trophies" -- which depicts a trio of proud go...
05:37 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Why Microsoft killed the Courier tablet
The short version: it was killed because making a cut-down Windows for tablets would "threaten" the desktop version that runs on all the hugely successful UMPC/MID/Slate tablets (pictured) that gave M...
05:15 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Time out dolls: dolls that appear to be children who've been stood in a corner
A "time out doll" or "corner doll" is (apparently) a large-ish, realistic child-doll that is posed with its hands over its face, intended to be stood in a corner or up against a piece of furniture, so...
04:50 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Exhibit about drugs and graphic design
Opening today at NYC's Cooper Union is Pharma, a new exhibition about graphic design and the pharmaceutical industry. The Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union examines the influence and impac...
03:35 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Rockets and missiles in advertising
A little window on the marketing and communications side of the military-industrial complex: How to Be a Retronaut's gallery of ads for missiles and rockets. Rocket Ads, 1947-1974...
03:29 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Edible metallic spray paint
This is how Richie Rich's family serves the Thanksgiving goose. Edible Spray Finish From Germany...
03:21 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Submit your physics questions, win cool prizes
Tomorrow night at 9:00 pm Eastern, physicist Brian Greene will be speaking in New York City about ... well ... life, the Universe, and everything. He'll be joined via live link by theoretical physicis...
03:17 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Mona Simpson remembers her brother, Steve Jobs
In the New York Times, novelist Mona Simpson wrote a moving and revealing eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs. One time when Steve had contracted a tenacious pneumonia his doctor forbid everything ̵...
03:05 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Lion enjoys riding in a sidecar racing around a velodrome
Of course the only way to race in a velodrome is with a lion in your sidecar. And here's a video. (Via Arbroath)...
02:59 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Funny hate mail sent to journalist Radley Balko
Radley Balko received some choice hate mail in response to his HuffPost article about OWSers using cell phones and social media to report on police abuse." Here's a my favorite: Sir: I am appalled by ...
02:57 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Simon and Kirby Crime comic anthology: exclusive Boing Boing excerpt
Titan Books has just released a new volume in their The Simon and Kirby Library. This one is called Crime. They've kindly given us permission to run a complete story, which you may read after the jump...
02:50 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Fabric brain art
I love serendipity. On the same day that Anja Austerman posted this awesome knit hat to my Google+ feed, Kevin Zelnio also posted a link reminding me of the existence of the The Museum of Scienti...
02:29 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Dangers of licorice
Eating too much licorice can lead to irregular heartbeat or even heart failure due to its glycyrrhetinic acid content. If you tend to overchew, you might be advised to seek out DGL (de-glycyrrhizinate...
02:23 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Lego porn
[Video Link] So, yeah, porn. Rule 34 tells us that if you can imagine it, someone has made porn out of it. Lego minifigs have been forced to hump one another by 8-year-old boys since day one, but with...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Video: Paraglider ensnares vulture
Vladimir Tsar'kov was soaring over the Indian Himalayas when an eagle vulture flew into his ropes and got tangled. . (Don't blink at the 29 second mark in the video or you'll miss it). Tsar'kov had to...
02:14 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Break the speed of light in your own backyard
Minute Physics serves up another nifty video. Via Jennifer Ouellette Video Link...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: Shut Up Little Man (2011)
[Video Link] In 1987, Eddie and Mitch moved into a low-rent apartment in San Francisco where, through paper-thin walls, they were informally introduced to their middle-aged alcoholic neighbors, Raymon...
02:07 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing The Verge launches
The Verge, a new gadgets 'n' tech site founded by former Engadget editors and staffers, launched earlier today....
02:04 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Testicular tumor has a face
This is an ultrasound image of a mass in a 45-year-old's testicle. It was published in the International Society of Urology's journal, Urology. Is it just another example of pareidolia or something fa...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: The Future In Suburban Law Enforcement?
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01:56 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Help crowdfund scientific research!
Over the next two months, you can fund scientific research through Rockethub. The SciFund challenge runs from November 1 through December 15. Essentially, it's an experiment by a group of scientists w...
01:48 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Pictures of people about to smash something but they obviously aren't really
Angry woman smashing a laptop computer against the wall by Edw Doctor at his desk, smashing hammer on computer, frustrated by Patrick Hermans Woman holding hammer over piggy bank by Media Bakery13 Gui...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Why being wrong makes us angry
Christie Aschwanden is a science journalist. Last month, she joined a lot of other science journalists at the National Association of Science Writers conference and gave a short Ignite presentation ab...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing MAKE Circuit Skills: Infrared Light
[Video Link] Here's MAKE's Collin Cunningham with a quick primer on using infrared LEDs and phototransistors to send and receive wireless signals. MAKE Circuit Skills: Infrared Light Collin Cunningham...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Blue Coat "deep packet inspection" tools used by Syrian secret police and other repressive regimes
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has more information on Blue Coat, a US company whose "deep packet inspection" products are being used by the Syrian secret police with reportedly horrific consequen...
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Terry Pratchett on Snuff
Did you catch Neil Gaiman's interview with Terry Pratchett on his latest novel, Snuff? We're delighted to follow-up with a short video of Sir Terry discussing such things as the inability of detective...
12:28 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Why is Portland Police Dept. posting mugshots of Occupy Portland arrestees to Facebook?
As inadvisable police tactics around Occupy Wall Street go, this feels like it's right up there with tear gassing people in wheelchairs: The Portland, Oregon police department is posting mugshots to F...
12:17 pm PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Creepiest anti-nonviolence leaflet ever handed out at an Occupy. Ever.
Someone very very creepy attempted to distribute these to a not-receptive audience of Occupy Oakland protesters yesterday: "YOU hold the cock of the Empire in your supple hands!" (via Susie Cagle, who...
11:58 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing New Yorkers in Marie Antoinette costumes throw Let Them Eat Cake protest at mayor's mansion
Cries of "Let them eat cake!" rang out Sunday evening at the @OccupyGracie event outside of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's Gracie Mansion. While we rallied outside, New York City's exceedingl...
11:56 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Study: why parents help their underage kids pretend to be 13 in order to use Internet sites
Danah boyd writes, "I'm really excited to share a new study that Eszter Hargittai, Jason Schultz, John Palfrey and I have been working on for the last six months that has serious implications for pare...
11:49 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing DHS seeks intelligence on "domestic threats" from Twitter traffic
Popular uprisings in the Mideast and North Africa, and now, Occupy Wall street: unrest powered in part by Twitter. In response, the U.S. government is reported to be developing guidelines for culling ...
11:44 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Governments turn to hacking techniques for surveillance of citizens
"It's an open market. You cannot stop the flow of surveillance equipment."—Jerry Lucas, head of the Intelligence Support Systems conference showcasing technology that corrupt regimes around the ...
11:32 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing St Paul's Cathedral drops eviction effort against OccupyLondon; almighty Corporation of London plows ahead
Following an earlier signal from the Bishop of London, as well as the resignations of three prominent clerics, St Paul's cathedral has withdrawn from its legal action against the OccupyLondon demonstr...
11:28 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous vs. Zetas: is #OpCartel a flop, hoax, or honeypot?
[Video Link] Over the last few days, word has spread of a purported #antisec operation by Anonymous against the most brutal of all Mexican drug cartels, Los Zetas. What was unusual about the way this ...
11:14 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing On working with predators in finance
I work with clients in the banking and investment industry and see both the good and the bad. It isn't a "necessary evil"; it just is. People have dreams of having big money, enough to retire when the...
11:08 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Egypt: Tarek Shalaby on "Free Alaa. Again."
"Alaas detainment proved to be a lot tougher than I had initially hoped for. Its a wake up call for the expensive price of freedom, and it makes one value the struggle on the one hand, but curse the i...
10:07 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: awesomely dangerous pranks from the age of fraternal lodges
Julia Suits's The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: The Curious World of the Demoulin Brothers and Their Fraternal Lodge Prank Machines - from Human Centipedes and Revolving Goats to Elect...
09:56 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Explosive pumpkin carving in science class
This science teacher illustrated gas-expansion for his students by trapping a flammable gas inside a pumpkin whose Jack O'Lantern face had been cut and not removed, then waited for the pressure to bui...
07:10 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Bishop of London to St Paul's: distance yourself
Richard Chartres, the bishop of London, "is expected to urge the chapter of St Paul's... to dissociate itself from the legal action [brought by the City of London] to expel the [Occupy London] protest...
02:53 am PDT - Tue, November 1, 2011
BoingBoing Adorable Minecraft creeper and candy
Brand sez, "My little girl (age 8) put together her costume this year based on her favorite video game creature: the Minecraft Creeper. I've seen a few creepers this year, but none as good as hers." S...
07:20 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Third Person Effect: an excerpt from You Are Not So Smart
The Third Person Effect, an excerpt from the new book You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself, by...
06:47 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Spa offers massage, facials, shamanic journey
I recently attended a conference at a luxury hotel in Marina, California where the spa brochure lists services like massage, facials, and, er, shamanic journeys. Ostensibly, the shaman is a white dude...
06:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Recreating reality in Lego
In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney pumped birdshot into a friend's face, simultaneously upping his thug cred while inspiring Lego fan Thom Beckett to depict the scene in plastic bricks. Next, conside...
05:49 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Fire at LA's famous Magic Castle
Hollywood's legendary Magic Castle, where Boing Boing has held yearly partner dinners, is on fire. Reports say the kitchen and dining room were extensively damaged, and that the other floors are also ...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Air Space - a trip through an airport detention center
The Iceland Air lounge has helpful staff—the welcome desk offers helpful tips on avoidingairport hassles and even provides free internet access. They'll helpyou read your boarding pass and even ...
04:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
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Our guest co-host is John Hodgman, actor, "resident expert" on The Daily Show, celebrity judge, and book author. The third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge -- That Is A...
04:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek podcast episode 024: John Hodgman
Our guest co-host is John Hodgman, actor, "resident expert" on The Daily Show, celebrity judge, and book author. The third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge -- That Is A...
04:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Faster-than-light neutrino update: What's going on behind the scenes?
The publication process for a research paper about physics works a little differently than other subjects. That's because of arXiv. Funded by Cornell University, this site posts research papers, befor...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Vintage Hallowe'en postcards
Here's a beautiful gallery of vintage Hallowe'en postcards from the New York Public Library Picture Collection on Flickr. Haunted Postcards (via How to Be a Retronaut)...
03:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing The problems with the Gates Foundation malaria vaccine
Don't get too excited about the RTS,S malaria vaccine, the development of which is being funded by the Gates Foundation. At present, the vaccine doesn't seem to work well enough to make a difference a...
02:49 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing How yogurt can alter gene expression
Scientists don't actually know how the bacteria in yogurt and other fermented foods help humans digest food easier. But a recent study hit on a possible explanation. Turns out, some probiotics seem to...
02:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 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...
02:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing The 2011 DIY Halloween costume open thread
One artfully torn dress from Goodwill, white face paint, and some of that hairspray-style hair dye to color my hands and feet = A weekend of explaining what a "wight" is to people who have never read ...
01:58 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Circusleaks: documents show cruelty to elephants at Ringling Bros.
Mother Jones has published the results of its yearlong investigation that rips the big top off how Ringling Bros. circus treats its elephants. "The Cruelest Show on Earth."...
01:43 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Hollywood production in Chinese city of Linyi attended by human rights abuses
According to Chinese activists, the production of a Hollywood movie called "21 and Over" from Relativity Media in the Chinese city of Linyi has led to human rights abuses. Local activists accuse the g...
01:42 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Inn at the Crossroads: A "Game of Thrones" cooking blog
I've long been a big fan of modern attempts to cook medieval cuisine (see: Medievalcookery.com, University of Chicago Press' The Medieval Kitchen, and all the various scanned, historic cookbooks avail...
01:15 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Spooky nebula
Space ghosts dance amongst the interstellar clouds of creation. "SH2 136: A Spooky Nebula" (NASA)...
01:08 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Free Alaa. Again.
This weekend, Egyptian blogger, Twitter activist, and human rights advocate Alaa Abd El Fattah (@alaa), who is something of a legend, went in to a military court in Egypt for interrogation. "He refuse...
01:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Oakland: photos before and after violent police raid
About the photos above and below, Mike Godwin says, The "Before" photo, with Occupy Oakland tents in place, was taken October 21. Photographer Donna Enright, an Oakland resident, says she took the pho...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing (Every Day Is) Halloween
Well I live with snakes and lizards and other things that go bump in the night 'Cuz to me everyday is Halloween I have given up hiding and started to fight Ministry's "(Every Day Is) Halloween," 1985...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Cain Train, Baby: another Tim Heidecker mock campaign jingle featuring Rich Little (audio)
I don't know how Tim Heidecker's gonna top this latest song: "CAIN TRAIN, BABY." Audio's here. Featuring famed voice actor Rich Little. Heidecker, in case you don't know, is half of "Tim and Eric," an...
12:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing White House required by law to oppose marijuana legalization
The White House recently responded to a petition on marijuana legalization with a statement that amounted to "go away and don't bother us, pot will turn you into a depraved junkie." Turns out that the...
12:31 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Hasan Elahi: "Giving the F.B.I. What It Wants"
We've blogged before about artist Hasan Elahi, who learned in 2008 that he was being tracked as a terror suspect by the U.S. for undisclosed reasons. He has never been charged with a crime, but that's...
12:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Halloween
Via Incidental Comics Thanks to Kristina Killgrove for the link....
12:22 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Oakland protesters claim presence of police infiltrators and provocateurs
Video Link: "[email protected] Oakland: Beware of Police Infiltrators and Provocateurs."...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy the Nor-easter: NYC OWS protesters braved a snowstorm this weekend
Boing Boing reader Peter Brauer says, I went down to OWS to see how folks were fairing during the nor-easter. The weather was bleak, but spirits were high. I don't think these folks are going any wher...
12:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wellington: whiteboard, camera, outrage, action!
Penelope Lattey of Wellington, New Zealand headed down to her local Occupy with a whiteboard, a marker, her camera, and asked people to explain why they were there. The result: Occupy Wellington: a pr...
12:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Meatyard's masks
Happy Halloween! Ralph Eugene Meatyard's "Romance (N.) From Ambrose Bierce #3" from Portfolio 3, negative 1964/1974. More Meatyard at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Thanks, Sarah Ruxin!)...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Jim Woodring's new Web site
I am thrilled to share that BB pal Jim Woodring has launched a new Web site showcasing his "visionary art for adventurous spirits." I profiled Jim in 1995 for the Happy Mutant Handbook and he remains ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Dean of St Paul's resigns over plan to evict OccupyLondon
Graeme Knowles, the dean of St Paul's Cathedral, has resigned his position over St Paul's plan to evict the OccupyLondon protesters. He joins Giles Fraser, the former canon of St Paul's, who resigned ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing ARTIST #TALK from HP and ArjanWrites explore the personalities behind your favorite music
ADVERTISEMENT This Post is Sponsored by HP: Ever heard a song and felt as though the artist wrote it for you? To explore that question, HP partnered with Arjan Timmermans from ArjanWrites.com. Part tw...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing "Stop Forcing Journalists to Conceal Their Views"
Caitlin Curran was fired from her part-time job at the WNYC radio show "The Takeaway" last week after the show's general manager found out that she attended an Occupy Wall Street protest. "Curran and ...
11:44 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Searching for change
Search trends on Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street: "NY is tops in searches, right? Wrong. Top 3 states for most Occupy searches: Vermont, Oregon, New York." [Google]...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Mona Simpson's eulogy for her brother, Steve Jobs
Make some time for yourself, and maybe someone you love, to read the whole thing through, all the way to the end. "A Sisters Eulogy for Steve Jobs," delivered on Oct. 16 at his memorial service at the...
11:17 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing The Candy Hierarchy (2011)
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11:07 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing New science fiction story podcast on the future of the living room: Authorised Domain
Here's a reading of my short-short story "Authorised Domain," commissioned as part of a package on "the future of the living room." The judge said I have to write this note and so I am, but I want to ...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Horrifying crochet from Croshame
Croshame created this fab crocheted Exorcist amigurumi playset. She sells more horrific crochet work in her Etsy store. Croshame (via The Mary Sue)...
09:46 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Sales tax is still regressive, gravity still sucks, and George Osborne is still a delusional ideologue
In 2010, UK Chancellor George Osborne surprised the world's economists by declaring that VAT (the UK's ubiquitous sales-tax) was a progressive tax; this is surprising because there's widespread agreem...
09:38 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing OccupyWiki: clearinghouse for UK Occupy sites
OccupyWiki is a central hub of information related to UK Occupy sites. Of particular interest are the /Wishlist sections, that detail lists of materiel and hardware that the Occupy sites lack. Here's ...
06:24 am PDT - Mon, October 31, 2011
BoingBoing Prince Charles exercises a secret veto over a wide swath of UK legislation
UK government ministers have been secretly offering Prince Charles a veto over proposed legislation since 2005, under a little-known law that gives the prince the right to silently kill or amend legis...