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11:15 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Sir Jonathan Ive
Apple's design chief, Jonathan Ive, is named a Knight Commander in Britain's new year's honours list. [BBC]...
08:15 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election
[Video Link] Here's a great video from Big Think by Penn Jillette called "An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election." I have tried with friends to say the most blasphemous sentence I can possibly say an...
07:01 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Pound On My Muffin (NSFW language, cupcakes)
Behold the inexplicable Shira Miss Muffin, who appears to be Pittsburgh's answer to Rebeccah Black. [Thanks, Heather! Thanks a lot.]...
06:49 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing 60beat GamePad controller plugs into iOS sound jack
[Video Link] This $50 controller looks cool, and the man in the video seems much nicer than Paul Christoforo. 60beat GamePad controller...
06:35 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Inside the Apple archives at Stanford Libraries
In 1997, Apple gifted the Stanford University Libraries its historical collections of paperwork, hardware, software, artifacts, and other materials documenting the organization since Woz and Jobs foun...
06:06 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Marvel's lawyers get into fanboy flamewar with IRS about human-status of its mutants
A classic fanboy-type argument has real-world tax implications. If the IRS decrees that Marvel's comic book mutants are human, then Marvel will have to pay more taxes. In the non-fictional world, our ...
05:54 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Tea infuser meets junkbot
Now in the Boing Boing Shop, the Robot Tea Infuser, because tea is always better with robots....
05:31 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Now more than ever, it's time to pull your domains from GoDaddy
Todd Wasserman of Mashable says "It's time to cut GoDaddy a Break." Marco Arment (creator of the fabulous Instapaper) disagrees: Even if youre OK with their support of SOPA, their sexist and tasteless...
04:18 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Using sunlight to convert sand into glass objects
Markus Kayser - Solar Sinter Project from Markus Kayser on Vimeo. [Video Link] Marcus Kaser created a device called a Solar Sinter, which uses sunlight and sand to produce glass objects using a 3-D pr...
04:15 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Chocolate hat of the day
Photo: Aly Song, with Reuters...
04:14 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The 13th Floor Elevators perform "You're Gonna Miss Me"
Friday Freak-Out: The 13th Floor Elevators performing "You're Gonna Miss Me" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in 1966. The track is available on the essential album "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13...
04:11 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing MIT and the future of open-source education
MIT has long offered thousands of undergrad and graduate level course materials for free online. This month, they announced plans to significantly update and expand that effort, creating an open-sourc...
03:58 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Why tornadoes and hailstorms are more common during the workweek
A new study suggests that in the summertime, tornadoes and hailstorms in the eastern US occur significantly more often during the middle of the week. Why? There's more pollution during the workweek du...
03:44 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Bukkakepool
The English seaside resort of Blackpool is currently coated in a mysterious white gunge, blowing in from the Atlantic ocean on storm-force winds. "We know it happens occasionally and can disappear aga...
03:27 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Stephen Hawking needs a new technician
Sam Blackburn is the technician who for five years kept Stephen Hawking's communication systems running. Now Hawking is looking for a new Technical Assistant. To get a sense of the job, New Scientist ...
02:51 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Printer malware: print a malicious document, expose your whole LAN
One of the most mind-blowing presentations at this year's Chaos Communications Congress (28C3) was Ang Cui's Print Me If You Dare, in which he explained how he reverse-engineered the firmware-update p...
02:34 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Lego's old line of toys for girls
  A couple of weeks ago, Mark told you about Lego's new line of products aimed at girls. It includes new minifigs that look more like dolls and cutesy playsets with names like Heartlake City. Thi...
01:49 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with jolly old Maurice Sendak
[Video Link] "Go to hell. Go to hell." Maurice Sendak interview on NPRMommy? Maurice Sendak's monstrous kids' pop-up book'The Hobbit' illustrated by Maurice Sendak? The ... - Boing BoingMaurice Sendak...
12:43 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing BREAKING: U.S. Congress clueless, ignorant
Miller-McLune's Emily Badger: When members of Congress earlier this month considered the Stop Online Piracy Act better known to anyone who actually hangs out on the Internet as #SOPA the most notabl...
12:14 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Hurd harassment lawyer letter posted
ILLUSTRATION. Photos: Shutterstock, HP. All Things D's Arik Hesseldahl posts the lawyer letter that got Mark Hurd fired by HP: Hurd asked her to stay the night. Fishers reply: Absolutely not. I barely...
12:06 pm PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Danish company helped Iran with surveillance program that identified journalist who was arrested and tortured
RanTek, a Danish company, is reportedly supplying Iran with censor/spyware technology, which was part of a larger effort that was used to identify a dissident journalist who was arrested and tortured....
11:08 am PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Transcript of my 28C3 keynote
Joshua Wise transcribed my 28C3 lecture, The Coming War on General Purpose Computation. He's released the text under Creative Commons Attribution. The text is on GitHub, in Markdown format, and Joshua...
04:04 am PST - Fri, December 30, 2011
BoingBoing Ebert: film industry is losing money because they charge too much and deliver too little
Roger Ebert poo-poos the idea that piracy is at the root of dropping film revenues and ascribes the phenomenon instead to crappy movies and crappy theaters that charge too much. 2. Ticket prices are t...
09:10 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Zooey Deschanel plays "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?" on ukulele
[Video Link] Accompanied by Joseph Gordon-Levitt on guitar. Sophie Madeleine performs "Oil & Gold" on ukulele -- Boing Boing exclusiveLisa Hannigan performs "Knots" on the ukuleleTaimane Gardner ...
08:08 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Killer whale kills great white shark
Demitri Martin has observed that whale watching is often indistinguishable from watching people be disappointed. But not all the time. National Geographic has a short video about a 1997 whale watching...
07:56 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Free e-book on life cycles
  This is a page from Lifecycles, a short pamphlet by Manvir Singh. The mini-book collects illustrated accounts of reproductive cycleshow various flora and fauna create replacements for themselve...
07:25 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Inside a fossilized cell
Here's something that's just a little mind-blowing: Synchotron tomography, a type of medical imaging related to CT scanning, allows scientists to look inside the cells of fossils. Check out this post ...
07:09 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Inside a British Cold War bunker
If Britain had been attacked by a nuclear bomb during the Cold War, its government would have survived by retreating to a massive, 35-acre complex buried beneath the county of Wiltshire. I call it a b...
06:55 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Why we shouldn't let Google (or anyone else) claim their private services are public spaces
Photo: Shutterstock. At Google+, Tom Anderson argues that Google's "don't be offensive" policy is good precisely because Google+ is a public space. On the contrary, it's the insistence that ...
06:52 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Teens React to Rick Perry's anti-gay commercial
[Video Link] The Fine Brothers (who make the entertaining "Kids React to Viral Videos" videos) made a "Teens React to Rick Perry's Strong" video....
04:58 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Talented shoplifting family show their stuff on video
[Video Link] Here's a family that works together like a well-oiled machine to steal a case of beer. I wish there were more episodes of their show. They probably have other neat tricks up their skirts....
04:19 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Searching for Africa's living dinosaur
For hundreds of years, Westerners have heard tales from pygmies living in the Congo river basin of a living dinosaur called the Mokl-mbmb, the "one who stops the flow of rivers." The BBC World Service...
03:47 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Stockhausen on humanity in electronic art
Are electronics dehumanizing music and art? Here's what pioneering composer Karlheinz Stockhausen had to say on the matter back in 1972. Midway through, he riffs on the early-human scene in 2001. For ...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo has the latest Torgoen T18 Chronograph and Torgoen T30 GMT Alarm watches. Bold black ...
01:01 pm PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing State of Adversarial Stylometry: can you change your prose-style?
Today at the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin (28C3), Sadia Afroz and Michael Brennan presented a talk called "Deceiving Authorship Detection," about research from Drexel College on "Adversarial Styl...
10:50 am PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing State of the arms race between repressive governments and anti-censorshipsurveillance Tor technology (and why American companies are on the repressive governments' side)
Last night's Chaos Computer Congress (28C3) presentation from Jacob Applebaum and Roger Dingledine on the state of the arms race between the Tor anti-censorship/surveillance technology and the world's...
04:50 am PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing State of the arms race between repressive governments and anti-censorshipsurveillance Tor technology (and why American companies are on the repressive governments' side)
Last night's Chaos Computer Congress (28C3) presentation from Jacob Applebaum and Roger Dingledine on the state of the arms race between the Tor anti-censorship/surveillance technology and the world's...
04:35 am PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing Linguistics, Turing Completeness, and teh lulz
Yesterday's keynote at the 28th Chaos Computer Congress (28C3) by Meredith Patterson on "The Science of Insecurity" was a tour-de-force explanation of the formal linguistics and computer science that ...
04:32 am PST - Thu, December 29, 2011
BoingBoing The golden age of journalists noticing new blogs is over
Jeremiah Owyang writes that the golden age of blogging is over. The reasons, in brief: many top blogs have sold out; staff turnover saw "star" voices slip off the radar; younger audiences like social ...
07:14 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Wednesday-Weird-Bible-Verse: 100 foreskins as a wedding price for a bride
(Image of 1 Samuel 18:27 used with the kind permission of Brendan Powell Smith, from his book The Brick Bible, available on Amazon.com.) Dan Kimball is one of my oldest friends. We went to college tog...
07:14 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Wednesday-Weird-Bible-Verse: 200 foreskins as a wedding price for a bride
(Image of 1 Samuel 18:27 used with the kind permission of Brendan Powell Smith, from his book The Brick Bible, available on Amazon.com.) Dan Kimball is one of my oldest friends. We went to college tog...
06:00 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing "Zilla March": flexing in the New York subways
Flexing, or bone breaking, is a mix of street dancing and contortionist movements mostly specific to Brooklyn. This video in particular is mesmerizing, almost ritualistic with this group of shirtless ...
05:16 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Dieter Rams, designer of Braun electronics
Over at Domus, my dear pal John Alderman reports on "Less and More: the Design Ethos of Dieter Rams," a retrospective exhibition about the German designer that's currently at the San Francisco Museum ...
04:53 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marketting
1. The Customer Is Usually Wrong. Ensure they understand this by sending them illiterate, angry emails. That bitch got told. 2. It's Not A Lie If You Believe It. Mayor of Boston come on Bud you run a ...
04:09 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Priests fight with broomsticks at Church of the Nativity
A priestly brawl broke out this morning at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. They did battle with broomsticks. Unfortunately, no video. From CNN: Several dozen Greek Orthodox and Armeni...
03:55 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Charles Bukowski's 1971 letter outlines terms for poetry reading
"I am available for a poetry reading but don't know if you have the stakes. It would take round-trip air (which, I imagine would be a great deal from L.A. to Florida), plus $200." (Via This isn't Happ...
03:52 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Joe Bussard talks John Fahey and Fonotone, the last 78 RPM label
Joe Bussard, 75, has perhaps the world's greatest collectors of 78 RPM records. Back in 2004, I posted about Bussard and his remarkable collection of blues, folk, gospel, and Americana shellac records...
03:36 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Scottish gentleman is bewildered by newsreader's amazing appearing pen
[Video Link] Via Arbroath...
03:24 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Three inventions to keep livestock off railroad tracks
Why do cows and horses like standing on railroad tracks? Here are three inventions to encourage them to loiter elsewhere. One involves a jet of hot water, another adds a whistle to the water jet, and ...
03:09 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing LA's Lee Baca tied with Joe Arpaio as the worst sheriff in the Oort Cloud
"Hundreds of people have been wrongly imprisoned inside the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jails in recent years, with some spending weeks behind bars before authorities realized those arrest...
02:35 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Video: Clerk knocks out robber
Mostafa Kamel Hendi, armed with what was later identified as a pellet gun, attempted to rob the We Buy Gold shop in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The store clerk, Derek Mothershead, punched him in t...
02:32 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Quest, a Saul Bass short fim based on Bradbury's "Frost and Fire"
[Video Link] Avi Solomon says: "Quest is a short film made in 1983 by Elaine and Saul Bass (the iconic designer) based on Ray Bradburys 1946 story 'Frost and Fire.'" "Frost and Fire" was a memorable B...
02:13 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Robot that paints random graffiti
[Video Link] This post offered another opportunity for auto spellcheck to point out my unwillingness to learn that it's not spelled "grafitti." The good stuff starts about 50 seconds in. (Thanks, onym...
02:10 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: What Message Did We Receive From Outer Space??
Attention Earthlings: Visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, and follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER. End transmission....
02:08 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Map shows when solar will be cheaper than grid electricity in North American areas
Existing grid-supplied electricity is becoming more expensive. Electricity from solar panels is getting cheaper. Here's an animated map of North America that shows when the rising-grid-cost and fallin...
02:07 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Google given the finger
Google removed journalist MG Siegler's avatar because of the posture of his middle finger. Representative Alex Joseph explained why: As the first point of interaction with a users profile, all profile...
01:03 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Apps For Kids 002: Robot Wants Kitty
Jane and Mark review the platformer, Robot Wants Kitty. Download Apps For Kids 002 as an MP3 | Subscribe via iTunes | Subscribe via RSS | Download single episodes as MP3s Apps for kids ...
12:55 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Young girl rages over pink toys and gendered play-choices
Young Riley, seen here in a video shot in a toy store, drops some science about the way that toys are marketed to boys and girls, and demands better from the world. Riley on Marketing (Thanks, Fipi Le...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Load DRM-free media on the Kindle Fire with Miro
Nicholas from the Participatory Culture Foundation: Although Amazon tries to push their users towards DRMed media, the new Kindle Fire can in fact play your DRM free videos, if you can get them on the...
11:00 am PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing Podcast of "The Machine Stops"
Avi sez, "The Journey Into... podcast has a nice audio rendering in two parts of E. M. Forster's prescient 1909 dystopian novella The Machine Stops....
02:26 am PST - Wed, December 28, 2011
BoingBoing The Coming War on General Purpose Computation
Here's the video of my keynote last night at the 28C3, the Chaos Computer Congress in Berlin, entitled "The coming war on general computation." The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated...
10:35 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Article about the Baghdad Country Club
[Video Link] Joshuah Bearman has a 10,000 word article in The Atavist. He says it's... ... about the one Western watering hole in Baghdad during the height of the insurgency! Basically, the Baghdad Co...
10:24 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Hymn For Her - cigar box guitar music
[Video Link] Andrew says: "This video is wonderful, I had never heard of Hymn For Her but this video (a Led Zeppelin cover, needless to say) got me hooked on them and their albums even moreso."...
10:14 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing How to make sure you dont waste credit card rewards
"The average consumer earns $622 per year in [credit card] rewards and leaves $205 of that on the table." Beverly Blair Harzog of credit.com writes about three websites to help you keep track of your ...
09:57 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Don't Mess with Firefly! How science fiction fans made a campus safe for free speech
[Video Link] Ted Balaker says: "There's a good chance anyone who likes Firefly, free speech, and Neil Gaiman will enjoy this story about sci fi fans who beat back the forces of censorship! A quotation...
07:38 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese man makes tiny car for $600
Restaurant owner Qu Zhibo spent three years building this cool looking little car in his spare time. It cost about $600 in parts. I am a military fan, my design is inspired by armored command vehicle....
07:33 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Stirring "Gamer Girl Manifesto"
This "Gamer Girl Manifesto" is more stirring than any two minutes' worth of video has any right to be. The Mary Sue nails it: Whether you refer to yourself as a Gamer Girl, a Girl Gamer or simply a Ga...
07:31 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Video: History of Lyrics that Aren't Lyrics
[Video Link] (Thanks, Wowzer!)...
07:17 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing New Boing Boing T-shirt: Beetle, by Barnaby Ward
We've got a new Boing Boing T-shirt in the shop! It's called Beetle, and it was designed by the great illustrator Barnaby Ward, who we've featured on Boing Boing previously. (You can see more of Barna...
05:47 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing 1960s video: human testing of aircraft seat
This fellow is undergoing a test of a midcentury modern net seat developed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. "Seat Vibration Set" (Thanks, frycook!)...
05:00 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Alan Moore on science, religion, and imagination
New Humanist magazine interviewed master storyteller and comics author Alan Moore about science and imagination backstage at last week's "Nine Lessons for Godless People" event. Over at Daily Grail, G...
04:18 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Tino Contreras's freaky cool Mexican jazz
Tino Contreras is a Mexican jazz master who for five decades and counting has melded Latin influences with free jazz, psychedelia, avant-garde experimentation, and global sounds from Egypt, India, Tur...
03:55 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Chris Reccardi's "Love, Pasadena" paintings
Longtime BB fave Chris Reccardi has a permanent installation of new work at the Tender Greens #5 restaurant in Pasadena, California. You can see the art online at Chris's site and purchase prints at h...
03:48 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing 1923 animated film about Einsteins Theory of Relativity
[Video Link] Avi Solomon says: The Einstein Theory of Relativity is a silent animated film made in 1923 that tried to explain Einsteins work to the general public. It was produced by Fleischer Studios...
03:36 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing The Boy In The Plastic Bubble
The Boy In The Plastic Bubble (1976) starred John Travolta as a young man with severe combined immune deficiency syndrome who was forced to live his life inside a sterile environment. It was based on ...
02:56 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Ambient Field Conditioner audiophile insanity
If you'd like to spend $1,323 on a device that "enhances audio playback quality by modifying the interaction of your gears circuitry with the ambient electromagnetic field," have I got a deal for you....
02:03 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing PR man to find out if what they say about "any publicity" is true
After weeks of promises, a game controller company failed to deliver a long-placed order in time for Christmas. The customer complained, carbon- copying his email to industry bloggers and luminaries. ...
12:37 pm PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Pixel Fireplace
During our holiday gavagement, we had on a terribly kitch "Yule Log HD" cable channel, which offers an endlessly-looping video of a fireplace and the enforced cheer of Christmas music. It struck me th...
11:20 am PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing US House of Representatives: Internet pirates
TorrentFreak continues to crawl through YouHaveDownloaded, a database of IPs that have been logged by a BitTorrent-spying tool run by some folks in Russia. They've already revealed the downloading hab...
11:17 am PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Empire State: a phildickian noir detectivesuperheropocket universe novel
Adam Christopher's debut novel Empire State is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero story about a pocket universe that's created when two battling New York superheroes open a vent throu...
02:23 am PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 032: Bitter Seeds and the Game of Go
Welcome to the Gweek podcast, episode 32! Gweek is where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and...
02:10 am PST - Tue, December 27, 2011
BoingBoing Digi-Comp 1 emulator toy for learning the foundations of computers
Avi sez, "The Digi-Comp 1 toy kit was a cool hands-on way to learn the basics of computing. The Digi-Comp 1 emulator is an interim substitute for those who can't get their hands on one." In essence th...
08:05 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Infrared portraits of scientists and staff in Antarctica
Henry Kaiser—filmmaker, musician, Antarctic research diver and BoingBoing guest blogger—took a series of infrared portraits of scientists and staff at the McMurdo Research Station. I reall...
07:31 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Close up your turkey
Some holiday advice from the journal Veterinary Record. What's the best method to use for sewing up a turkey after you've stuffed it? Turns out, surgical staples might be your best option.(Actually, t...
05:53 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Demspey vs Robot: Who would win?
In 1934, famed boxer Jack Dempsey, "The Manassa Mauler," claimed he could beat any robotic pugilist. Now that would be some sweet science! From Paleofuture: In the April, 1934, issue of Modern Mechani...
05:32 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing "I built spy satellites for a living"
KH-9 Hexagon was a series of Cold War spy satellites that the United States launched in the 1970s and 1980s. Declassified in September, the program, known as "Big Bird," fed as many as 1,000 people an...
05:23 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Elektriktus: "Electronic Mind Waves" (1976)
From 1976, "Electronic Mind Waves" is the single LP from the awesomely-named Elektriktus. The name was a pseudonym for Italian avant-garde and free jazz composer Andrea Centazzo. The album has just be...
05:21 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Who needs SOPA when you have GoDaddy's shutdown policy?
David Rusenky, co-founder of website hosting service Weebly.com, describes how GoDaddy wiped his domain name records, only restoring them after a phone call. All it took was a single complaint against...
03:11 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Dead Sea Salt Formations
The Dead Sea's salinity of 33.7 percent makes it 8.6 times saltier than the ocean. Bordering Israel and Jordan, it is 423m below sea level, making it the lowest place on land on Earth. A tourist hotsp...
12:59 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Lieberman wants Taliban blocked on Twitter
Joe Lieberman wants Islamist extremist accounts banned on Twitter. Aides for Joe Lieberman, chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the move was part of a wider attempt to eliminate viol...
12:53 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Maggie talking about animal sex on the Sex Is Fun podcast
I recorded a special guest appearance on Sex Is Fun, a podcast about sex education, sexual behavior, and dirty jokes. Naturally, I'm there to talk about science. Specifically, the science of animals h...
12:39 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing How long have we known that dinosaurs were birds?
  I spent most of my childhood with books about dinosaurs that played up the ancient beasties as overgrown lizards. The connection between dinosaurs and birds, while kind of flipping obvious once...
12:20 pm PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Kindle produces nearly no electrical interference. FAA: "LALALALALA"
Nick Bilton put the FAA's claims regarding Kindles and airline avionics to the test. The result? They emit less EM interference than planes are required by law to withstand. The F.A.A. requires that b...
11:00 am PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Walking Dead 15: We Find Ourselves - a moment's respite after years of grinding, terrifying hopelessness
I've been reading The Walking Dead comic series for years now, with the kind of sick, compulsive horror that is the mark of great dramatic tension in narrative. One of the surest ways to establish dra...
10:24 am PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Romance and autistic spectrum
Amy Harmon, who wrote in September about Justin Canha, an autistic high school student, has returned with another long, incisive, moving piece about young autistic adults striving to forge romantic re...
02:47 am PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Jonathan Lethem talks about 'The Agony of Influence'
Rick Kleffel and the Agony Column have a long podcast interview with Jonathan Lethem commemorating the publication of his new essay collection, The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc., a discussio...
02:47 am PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Jonathan Lethem talks about 'The Ecstasy of Influence'
Rick Kleffel and the Agony Column have a long podcast interview with Jonathan Lethem commemorating the publication of his new essay collection, The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc., a discussio...
12:47 am PST - Mon, December 26, 2011
BoingBoing Stratfor hacked; clients and credit card numbers exposed
Intelligence and security research group Stratfor was hacked Saturday by Anonymous, which released a claimed list of clients, emails and personal information, including credit card numbers. Having exp...
04:51 pm PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Amateur color film of San Francisco, 1955
Rick Prelinger sez, "Here's a little holiday gift from Prelinger Archives. It's the work of accomplished amateur filmmaker (and expert tinkerer) Tullio Pellegrini, who combined a 16mm Bell & Howe...
04:33 pm PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Let there be sequels
Mission Impossible 4, Sherlock Holmes 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 did well at the Christmas box office in the U.S., while Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and Tintin both bombed. Depressing. [Reuters]...
03:07 pm PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-SOPA sopa
A reader writes, "One more time, some lobbyists try to regulate the Internet with some of the stupidest laws or rules. SOPA (in US) is again one of this tentative to break down the freedom of citizen ...
03:07 pm PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-SOPA soap
A reader writes, "One more time, some lobbyists try to regulate the Internet with some of the stupidest laws or rules. SOPA (in US) is again one of this tentative to break down the freedom of citizen ...
12:22 pm PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Christmas gun ads
On How to Be a Retronaut, a seasonal gallery of Christmas gun ads, including this sugar-addled, gift-crazed lad with a rifle and a thousand-yard stare. Christmas Guns...
11:04 am PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Kid's patch-panel maker Christmas present
Erik sez, "Here's a Christmas toy I made for my toddler son. It is a custom patch panel, wiring, and button pushing toy created in the 'maker' tradition! I am a broadcast engineer and recently noticed...
02:40 am PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Young Bison's Christmas song
Lee Winters Last Christmas One of my favorite Christmas songs is Young Bison's "Lee Winters Last Christmas," which I found on the 2007 edition of the SSMXMAS collection. I don't know anything about th...
02:31 am PST - Sun, December 25, 2011
BoingBoing Portal Xmas tree
Some unknown genius (possibly redditor Tmyakal) created this insanely great Portal-themed Christmas Tree that presents the illusion of a tree being shoved through one of the interdimensional portals i...
07:11 pm PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Sound it Out #11: Squirrel Bait "Sun God"
Squirrel Bait was a band of teenagers from Louisville, Kentucky that formed in 1983. All of their releases (one EP, one album, two singles) add up to less than an hour of music. The band broke up in 1...
05:58 pm PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese restaurant sign thanks Jews for eating there on Christmas
I am slowly digesting a rather large semi-traditional Christmas dinner, courtesy of my Welsh-English wife, but this glorious sign brings me vividly back to my childhood with my Jewish-atheist family. ...
05:42 pm PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Outwitting the Next Guy in Soap Box Racing
About the biggest crime in wheels is where the fathers pressed the bearings out and put precision-made ball bearings in. Also they will buff the rubber down about one-eighth of an inch, and then dip t...
02:14 pm PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful "fire-breather" mask
DeviantArt member Tom Banwell made this "fire breather" mask; it's just one example of the many wonderful pieces in his DeviantArt gallery. Fire Breather mask front view (via Super Punch)...
01:07 pm PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Rosary of skulls and faces
This early 16th century German rosary from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection is a fabulous bit of memento mori, with callow, living mortals on one side of each bead and grinning death's head...
12:18 pm PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Is plagiarism killing game development?
Clones of popular games are nothing new to the video game business. But the modern ease of it, and ready access to online marketplaces, creates a ready supply of shameless knockoffs. The law, however,...
12:01 pm PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing 2011's official secrecy outrages
The Electronic Frontier Foundation rounds up "the year in secrecy," a year's worth of shame and excuses in the realm of official secrecy from "the most transparent administration in history." As catal...
10:51 am PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Boston PD's bizarre Occupy subpoena to Twitter
A reader writes, "Boston PD subpoenas Twitter for info on users tweeting about Occupy Boston; they say it relates to a 'criminal investigation'. Also notice their ignorance when asking for account inf...
04:04 am PST - Sat, December 24, 2011
BoingBoing Marzipig!
Jonas Laberg made this horrifyingly delicious marzipig: This was meant as a Christmas present for two girls I know who are 5 and 7, but I don't think I'll give it to them actually. It turned out a bit...
07:50 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Custom Newtonmas ornament
  Reader synapselapse had this made for his family's tree. He says: This came from an episode of Big Bang theory. They observed that Dec 25th isnt actually Jesus birthday, he was most likely bor...
07:20 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Cookie recipes for Christmas or any day
This year, as a Christmas gift to my family, I scanned the pages from my Grammy's recipe folio and turned them into a spiral-bound cookbook with the help of Lulu.com. The project took several months. ...
07:06 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Best Bait
Retailer Best Buy took Black Friday orders that it could not fulfill, waiting until days before Christmas to cancel them [NYT]...
07:05 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Snow cone machines for homeland security
A federal- and state-designated homeland security agency in Michigan recently purchased 13 snow cone machines at a total cost of $11,700. A spokesperson for the agency explains why the purchase was es...
05:34 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing How to transfer your domain name
GoDaddy may have dropped its support for SOPA, but Jason Kottke points out that there are many other reasons to give it a wide berth. At Macworld, Glenn Fleishman (previously) posts a fat guide to the...
05:27 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing No. Nobody found Mayan ruins in Georgia
  I hate to lend any dignity to this story by commenting on it, but it's making the rounds, so here goes. Two things: 1. Nobody found Mayan ruins in the U.S. state of Georgia. An article posted o...
04:56 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing What is snot? And why do some people eat it?
The Stranger's "Ask Science" column offers a detailed explanation of just what, exactly, boogers are. It is simultaneously gross and mesmerizing: Mucus, chemically, is quite fascinating. Sugar chains...
04:27 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing William Gibson and Timothy Leary in conversation, 1989
As part of RU Sirius's Mondo 2000 History Project, he's posted a bit of a recorded conversation from 1989 between Timothy Leary and William Gibson. RU writes: We were working on our first Mondo 2000 i...
04:10 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Cute ABC book for Android
Wuffabet is a new Android app for small kids: an ABC book with great illustrations and music and really cute animations (it also has some very good nonstandard animal choices, like U for Urchin (sea u...
04:03 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Cool kite made from 3D printed parts
This otherwordly kite is made from "1700 3D-printed connectors linking carbon fiber rods that support cubenfiber aerospace fabric sheets." It doesn't look like it flies very well (at least based on th...
03:57 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing GoDaddy withdraws support for SOPA
GoDaddy just released a statement withdrawing its support for SOPA. Go Daddy is no longer supporting SOPA, the "Stop Online Piracy Act" currently working its way through U.S. Congress. "Fighting onlin...
03:54 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing The psychedelic origins of Santa Claus
https://youtu.be/cG3UPsC90so [Video Link] guyjames says: Is the myth of Santa Claus inspired by tales of Siberian shamans consuming sacred mushrooms? Why do we decorate our Christmas tree with tinsel ...
03:51 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Maker of 10-lb marzipan pig decides it's too gruesome to give to his daughters
spindelmann says: "Jonas Laberg made a 10 kg marzipan pig for his five- and seven-year-old girls. It turned out pretty evil."...
03:20 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing FOGCon: new literary sf convention in San Francisco
Keyan sez, "FOGcon is a new literary-themed SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon and Readercon, but based in San Francisco Bay Area. It was held for the first time in 2011. This year (2012) it'll be fr...
02:25 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing AraabMuzik hammering on his drum machine
Please enjoy Abraham Orellana (aka AraabMuzik) hammering on his Akai MPC drum machine/sampler/sequencer at the 1500M2 nightclub in Warsaw, Poland....
02:24 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Walk through an airport with Bruce Schneier
Vanity Fair's Charles C. Mann walked through Reagan International Airport with Bruce Schneier, noting all the ways in which "security" adds expense and inconvenience without making us safer. By the en...
02:17 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Pet dog from 30,000 years ago
This is the skull of someone's pet dog from more than 30,000 years ago. It was buried with a mastodon bone clenched in its chompers. Found in Czech Republic by archaeologist Mietje Germonpr of Belgium...
01:54 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Frog plays Ant Smasher
[Video Link] With a surprise ending! (Thanks, Sarina!)...
01:30 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Microsoft and CES part ways: who benefits most?
Microsoft announced that 2012 would mark its last Computer Entertainment Show Keynote presentation, citing a desire to avoid tying product and marketing cycles to the midwinter event. The organizers o...
12:56 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Tip of the iceberg
At TechCrunch, Alexia Tsotsis counts more than 40 tech companies publicly opposed to SOPA....
12:48 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Minicraft
Minecraft developer Markus "Notch" Persson entered rapid game-dev competition Ludum Dare, which provides just 48 hours to see a project from inception to completion. One must start from scratch, but N...
12:16 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Hypnotic folk dance
Found by @nomatterband and Robert Popper, who notes that one must watch to the very end....
12:07 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Winter solstice, 2011
The longest night of the year, at Stonehenge. Photo: Kieran Doherty, Reuters...
12:03 pm PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Prometheus trailer reveals Alien prequel
The high-definition trailer for Ridley Scott's forthcoming science fiction movie, Prometheus, is bound to impress. [iTunes]...
11:58 am PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Guy Laramee's books
The Great Wall and Biblios are projects by Guy Laramee, in which books are delicately carved and illustrated to create transfixing sculptures and scenes. "When I was younger, I was very upset with the...
11:45 am PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Jack Goldman, 1921-2011
Jacob "Jack" Goldman, the founder of Xerox PARC, died Tuesday at 90. In the New York Times's obit, John Markoff describes how Goldman's vision convinced a copier company to invest in the future, even ...
11:19 am PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Copyright troll Righthaven in its death throes, domain going up for auction
Copyright troll Righthaven was conceived of as a way of extorting money from websites on behalf of newspaper owners when quotations from those newspapers were posted to the web. The idea was that the ...
11:17 am PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Smartphones, the record of everything
Cameras, GPS, and always-on internet connections come with our cellphones, putting the all-seeing eye always within reach. Everyone is watching, not just Big Brother. So you'd better behave yourself. ...
09:54 am PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-SOPA registrar will help you leave GoDaddy for anywhere, even the competition
Nick sez, "I wrote a post on my company's blog (The Positive Internet Company) explaining why SOPA is a big deal not just in the US, but for the Internet as a whole. We have rescued a number of sites ...
03:12 am PST - Fri, December 23, 2011
BoingBoing Strange metal sphere that fell from the sky
This 13-pound, 3.6 foot metal ball fell from the sky in the Republic of Namibia in southern Africa last month. Nobody has claimed ownership. From CNN: Paul Ludik, director of the country's National Fo...
09:38 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing DRM-free experiment makes Louis CK a millionaire
An update on Louis CK's no-DRM experiment in direct-selling a $5 comedy concert video: he's crossed the $1M mark and he's giving half the money to staff bonuses and charity: "One million dollars. That...
08:28 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing GoDaddy supports SOPA, customers take business elsewhere
Maxwell sez, "Following GoDaddy's announcement backing the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, many customers have started to move their domains to other hosts. I guess that throw...
08:05 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Merry Grotemas!: A celebration in honor of the greatest radiofan who ever lived
Between1937 and roughly 1946 there was only one radio astronomer in the entire world:Grote Reber, an amateur from the Chicago suburbs. Reber was a HAM operator who worked in radio manufacturing. At ni...
07:35 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing National Cancer Institute help line provides unbiased, useful information
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, consider calling the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-422-6237. You'll find The operators can tell you abo...
07:27 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing MRI technicians tune machine to play "Smoke on the Water"
I experienced an MRI for the first time this week. It did not sound like this, unfortunately. I'm told this is a classic viral video among magnetic resonance imagine specialists: one group of MRI tech...
07:10 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Did Neanderthals speak with a high-pitched voice?
Neanderthals had different bodies than we do. In general, they were stockier and shorter, for instance. And there were other physical differences, as well. It's hard to say what these differences mean...
06:23 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Knife engraved with Dore's illustrations for Dante's Inferno
This gorgeous knife is elaborately engraved with scenes replicating Dore's illustrations to Dante's Inferno; I'm not clear on whether this is a knife or a razor (which is technically a knife, I know) ...
06:13 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing An open letter to Minnesota state senator Amy Koch
It doesn't appear to count toward the tally at GayHomophobe.com (where it's now been 6 days since the last time a homophobic public figure turned out to be queer), but Minnesota state senator Amy Koch...
04:44 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing TSA confiscates cupcake, calls frosting a "gel"
Rebecca writes, At Las Vegas International Airport, TSA supervisor [REDACTED] is keeping travelers safe from the terror of delicious cupcakes-in-a-jar. I learned this firsthand earlier today, when I p...
04:28 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Army: Manning asked Assange to help crack password
Wireds Kim Zetter, reporting from Army Pvt. Bradley Mannings first hearing on charges of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks: Manning asked Nathaniel Frank, believed to be Assange, about help in...
04:00 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Minimum information, maximum accuracy! Watchismo introduces the world's first Two Handed One Ha...
03:37 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Guide for bloggers who worry that they'll be imprisoned by their governments
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Global Voices Advocacy have produced a guide for bloggers who believe that their work is liable to get them arrested or kidnapped by the authorities: All blogger...
02:39 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing DOJ to America: we won't reveal the circumstances under which you can be assassinated by us
The DOJ has rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from the New York Times that asked the agency to reveal the legal basis for the newly unveiled American program of strategic drone-attack assa...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Oh dreydl dreydl dreydl, I printed you with a wire-extruding Makerbot! And when the patents expire, I'll print you again with powder deposition technology!
In the event that you found a 3D printer under the Hannukah bush this year, here's a shapefile for a 3D printable dreydl to run off to your heart's content, courtesy of Zydac. As it gets to the candle...
01:00 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing House Speaker John Boehner orders CSPAN's cameras switched off during contentious House debate
House Speaker John Boehner's office ordered CSPAN to switch off its camers during a fellow Congressman's scathing dressing-down over the Speaker's refusal to entertain further debate on unemployment b...
12:21 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA bans Tor, the US Navy's censorship-busting technology
Tor, the censorship-busting technology developed by the US Navy and promoted by the State Department as part of the solution to allowing for free communications in repressive regimes, is likely illega...
12:08 pm PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Twin Cities BoingBoing Winter Meetup: January 28
Mark your calendars, Twin Citians. The Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally is January 28. If you've never been, you're missing out. It's a Happy Mutant-filled fun fest of creatively themed homemade sleds c...
11:17 am PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Sonos removes Windows DRM playback, customers left high & dry
Gremlin sez, "Sonos recently pushed an update to their once stellar music system which disabled windows DRM. They decided that it was unnecessary to continue to support this feature moving forward. Un...
03:06 am PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Letter to Santa from 1911, found in a Dublin chimney
This letter to Santa was written in 1911, and stashed in the chimney of a house in Dublin, from which it was recovered in 1992 by the house's current occupant, John Byrne. The letter, written by "A or...
12:14 am PST - Thu, December 22, 2011
BoingBoing Recording of coyotes in my neighborhood
I went out to get the mail this evening and my Los Angeles neighborhood coyotes were very excited. They sounded like enraged monkeys! I grabbed the tail end of the event using my iPhone's recorder. Li...
10:43 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing How Computers Work
Wormholed from the archives of BBG. Scans from davidguy.brinkster.net...
09:37 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Navy kiss seals the year of "Dont Ask, Dont Tell" repeal
Washington Post: "With the repeal of Dont Ask, Dont Tell, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta was able to win a raffle that gave her the first off-the-ship kiss, a Navy tradition, with her girlfrien...
09:28 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 001: a new Boing Boing podcast
Apps For Kids is a new Boing Boing podcast. It's about iOS apps that are fun for kids and their parents. My 8-year-old daughter Jane is my co-host. We'll look at games, activities, and educational app...
06:40 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Will America's public domain treasures finally be freed?
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, "John Podesta and I have written an open letter to President Obama calling for the creation of a Federal Scanning Commission, tasking this body with developing a stra...
06:05 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing 3D printers as teleporters
Anil Dash has a characteristically great, smart noodle on the future of 3D printing, including several provocative ideas (the emnently sensible notion of not reinventing the printer as a platform for ...
05:17 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Handmade Music Factory - great DIY book
As a maker of cigar box guitars, Handmade Music Factory is a book I've been waiting for for a long time. It's written by Mike Orr, a professional carpenter and the owner of Built2Last Guitars. This be...
04:56 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Adam Savage on SOPA: "We're better than that"
James sez, "MythBuster Adam Savage joins the growing chorus of opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act." Honestly, if a friend wrote these into a piece of fiction about government ...
04:06 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing The Wolfe's Den treehouse
[Video Link] MAKE magazine's Derek "Deek" Diedricksen shows how he built this cool treehouse. This triangular treehouse was assembled in the Catskills over two weekends, and stands as one of the large...
04:00 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing TV hosts turn cannibal for their audience
Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno, hosts of the Dutch TV show Preojfkonijen" ("Test Rabbits") ate bits of each other's flesh before a studio audience. There is no report whether it tasted like chicken. Fr...
03:57 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Wrap a baby in swaddling clothes
There is no excuse for crappy nativity scenes. I can't help you with building the manger, though. Ask Mark. Video Link...
03:47 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Chinese village evicts police, army, Party officials
The ongoing dispute between villagers in Wukan, Guangdong Province and the government of China has escalated. Villagers have evicted all Communist Party officials, all soldiers and all police. The gov...
03:31 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Honey, we have a problem
Honey that comes from large grocery stores, big-box chains, and individual packet servings in restaurants may not be honey you can trust. That's because the vast majority of this honey has had all the...
03:14 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Turn air miles into train miles
Do you like trains? Do you have a lot of Continental Airlines OnePass miles? Until December 31st, you can turn those air miles into Amtrak GuestRewards points. There are certainly some people this wou...
03:00 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: So... You've Been Indefinitely Detained! Helpful Information From Your U.S. Government!
RECOMMEND: Follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER....
02:56 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Complex Systems Institute claims "bear raid" market manipulation crashed the global economy
A paper from the New England Complex Systems Institute claims that they have found evidence that traders executed a "bear raid" on Citigroup in 2007, precipitating the financial collapse. A "bear raid...
02:21 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing 6 myths of microfinancing
Over the years, I've been really impressed with the stuff I've heard about microfinancng charities like KIVA. The idea of helping people in developing countries launch and support small businesses, ch...
01:37 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO keep your data safe at the US border
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a new guide, "Defending Privacy at the U.S. Border: A Guide for Travelers Carrying Digital Devices," which explains how the law, good technology choice...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Boy pulls own tooth by tying it to the round in a nerf gun, yanking trigger
In this video, an enterprising young fellow ties his loose tooth to the projectile in his Nerf Big Bow and fires the weapon, taking his tooth out in one glorious, nearly painless instant. Pulling a to...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Obama Girl creator does an anti-SOPA anthem
Leah Kauffman, who wrote and sang the "I Got a Crush on Obama" song (it was lipsynched in the video by a different woman who became the "Obama Girl"), has recorded and performed a new anthem in protes...
11:30 am PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Shufflin' grandpa -- country dance meets electronic music
Jason Kottke rounds up a series of YouTube clips of "old styles of dancing set to contemporary music" including this Shufflin' Grandpa doing fast-footed country dancing with a dubstep contemporary ele...
11:27 am PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing ICanStalkU twitterbot nags Twitter users about disclosing their location
ICanStalkU is a twitterbot that seeks out Twitter users who transmit their location in the photos they tweet and generates responses like "ICanStalkU was able to stalk @XXXXXXXXXX at https://maps.goog...
03:16 am PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Danish human rights activist arrested in Bahrain, faces torture: will Danish foreign minister intervene?
Carstenagger sez, "The blogger and human rights activist Zainab Alkhawaja has been detained since Thursday, December 15th, where she was detained after being teargassed while participating in a peacef...
03:16 am PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing UPDATED: Danish human rights activist arrested in Bahrain, faces torture: will Danish foreign minister intervene?
Update: Zainab is back home! Carstenagger sez, "The blogger and human rights activist Zainab Alkhawaja has been detained since Thursday, December 15th, where she was detained after being teargassed wh...
12:49 am PST - Wed, December 21, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Recap: SOPA and Funky North Korea
I'm trying something new here at Boing Boing. We post lots of great videos here, but I know we don't all have time to watch them, or read the articles around them. So here's the deal: I'll make a YouT...
09:47 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Cool Tools in the Kitchen
There are now over 3,000 reviews of great stuff on Cool Tools. In an effort to make that abundance more useful we've selected the best recommendations in a narrow field, updated the info, and formatte...
09:07 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Newt Gingrich bad lip reading
This really is the best one yet. Also, I wonder if the source video had as much uncannyvalleyesque retouching of Gingrich's face?...
08:59 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing HiddenRadio and Bluetooth Speaker on Kickstarter
The attractive HiddenRadio & Bluetooth Speaker is on Kickstarter. Kick in $119 or more and you'll get one when they are ready. When asleep it hides all its functions, being silent and unanimated....
07:55 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing An easier-to-build solar cell
Solar cells are not easy to build, but a new technology from Notre Dame could, someday, change that. It involves a nanoparticle paste made from t-butanol, water, cadmium sulfide and titanium dioxide. ...
06:44 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with artist Drew Friedman about his Old Jewish Comedian books
Heeb magazine interviewed our pal, Drew Freidman, about his line of astounding Old Jewish Comedians books. Despite the love, though, you can feel the comedians passion, even anger. You once said I lov...
06:12 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Crowdsourced anti-SOPA rap
Copyfighting nerd rapper Dan Bull made an anti-SOPA video. He says: Regarding the video: I first suggested the idea of collaborating on a SOPA track on Twitter a couple of days ago, asking for help wi...
06:06 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing MPAA says SOPA-style censorship works in Yemen and Syria
The MPAA believes SOPA's censorship mandate will solve its problems, and it has presented research to Congress to support this position. As evidence, it cites the efficacy of similar censorship mandat...
06:05 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Deep-sea "batteries" could power sensors
Researchers are hoping that "biological batteries" at the bottom of the oceans could power sensors to help scientists study the deepest blue. Microbes living in chimneys atop hydrothermal vents digest...
06:02 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing North Korean party rock anthem
Ain't no party like a Pyongyang party, 'cause a Pyongyang party is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY. Perhaps all those synchronized marching demonstrations for Kim Jong-Il were because he just wanted to get down....
05:58 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA dead until 2012 for real this time?
Tomorrow's special session of the House Judiciary Committee to finish markup on the Stop Online Piracy act have been summarily cancelled. Either they saw the mounting opposition and freaked out and de...
04:53 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-SOPA plugins render censorship law pointless AND stupid
Alan sez, "Torrentfreak reports on not one but two anti-SOPA plug-ins for Firefox that will let you resolve a blocked domain name to an IP aiddress via non-US DNS servers"...
04:33 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing James Patrick Kelly's free Xmas edition of Strangeways
Hugo, Locus, and Nebula award winning science fiction author James Patrick Kelly is giving away the Xmas edition of his excellent ezine Strangeways. I have been enjoying his stories of time travel, sp...
04:32 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Wanted: "Roboticist Apprentice Extraordinaire"
"Trossen Robotics is looking to add another member to the team. The optimal applicant will be able to handle very very long hours, extremely sarcastic work environments, have a diverse skill set (IE: ...
04:27 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Field Test: behind-the-scenes look at the making of a NatGeo article
Michael Nichols is working with a micro-copter, an adapted toy helicopter, to photograph lions in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Anna Kukelhaus Dynan says: Field Test, a newly launched Natio...
04:09 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Hanukkah Mix and Tikva Records events
Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah! For some terrific celebratory music, I suggest the Idelsohn Society's Hanukkah Mix, featuring the likes of Gershon Kingsley, Milton Berle, Johnny Mathis, Neil D...
04:00 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Bill Barminski's cardboard skateboards
Artist Bill Barminski has been building cardboard skateboards, cardboard guns, and cardboard cans of spraypaint lately. His latest is a replica of the Kmart skate board he got when he was 13....
03:41 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Free cigar box guitar Christmas album
Dan Sleep of Cigar Box Nation (a website for cigar box guitar makers) says: "The 2011 Christmas album is ready for download. We hope you will enjoy the free holiday music our members have created for ...
03:14 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing DoS for phones: "busy signal service" clobbers the phone-lines of companies while their servers are being plundered
Brian Krebs reports on a new cybercrime service that will max-out a company's switchboard with fake phone calls as a diversionary tactic while their servers are being plundered: For just $5 an hour, o...
02:40 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, 2011 edition
It's time again for Boing Boing's guide the charities we support in our annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the comments below! Electronic Frontier Foundation ...
02:35 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Homemade anti-SOPA PSAs
We Forgot Our Name! is so worried about the Stop Online Piracy Act that he's created four short PSAs to help explain what's wrong with the idea to your friends and family: "The Stop Online Piracy Act ...
02:30 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Give your ma a Zippo, it's classy!
Gosh, gift-giving used to be so easy: all you needed to do was get your ma one of these swellegant skinny Zippos. And between death-sticks, she could practice doing Zippo tricks, like opening the Zipp...
02:12 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing DJ Kim Jong-Il
Here he is with Daft Punk! More at kim jong-il dropping the bass [Thanks, John!]...
02:05 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Photos of disappointing items from old comic book ads
Kirk Demarais is the author of the delightful-yet-innocence-crushing book, Mail Order Mysteries. I interviewed him about the book, which reveals the disappointing truth behind fantastic-sounding produ...
12:10 pm PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Vclav Havel dies
Czech dissident, playwright and president Vclav Havel is dead at 75. [BBC]...
11:55 am PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a 3D printed, Jingle-Bells-singing, robotic T.Rex skull
Inspired by his 4-year-old son, Rweaving 3D printed a T.Rex skull and taught it to roar out Jingle Bells. Now that's seasonal fun! It was my sons idea to create a dinosaur skull that would sing jingle...
11:28 am PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Sucker kids into taking their medicine by freezing it into medicinecicles
Here's a pretty good idea for getting young kids to take their medicine: freeze it into little popsicles (I'm guessing this works even better when there's a sore throat involved). The method illustrat...
03:17 am PST - Tue, December 20, 2011
BoingBoing Nostril-borne lightup draft-sensor jacklanterns your schnozz when you breathe
Noda Akira married a draft-sensor to a blue LED and miniaturized the package so that it would fit in his nostril. The result is a nasal prosthesis that lights up his nostril with eerie blue light ever...
11:15 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Sorry, you can't buy our time from shifty startup Allthis
A new startup, Allthis, is advertising that you can "buy time" with some of us at Boing Boing, using its service. You can't. We haven't signed up; it's just created a sleazy opt-out system and thrown ...
10:01 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Woody Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions 1942
(Thanks, Lou!)...
09:56 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Lou Beach's new book: 420 Characters, exclusive preview
Illustrator Lou Beach has a new book, called 420 Characters. I like Jonathan Lethem's blurb about it: "Holy Shit! These are great!" After the jump, some sample stories and art from the book (some of t...
07:31 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Street Art Utopia's photo gallery
Street Art Utopia posted a gallery of "106 of the most beloved Street Art Photos Year 2011."...
07:04 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing AT&T drops T-Mobile bid
AT&T drops its attempt to buy the United States' other major GSM carrier. [All Things D]...
06:06 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Monkey washes dishes
[Video Link] Dunchead says: "A truly amazing clip of a monkey washing dishes, and making a very thorough job of it." Pete had been observing me washing the pots for a few days before he took over and ...
05:59 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing InTrade betting market shows Gingrich imploding in Iowa
Ritholtz says: "So much for the Gingrich juggernaut . . . on Intrade, his Iowa polling data is falling off of a cliff."...
05:03 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Alex Pearson's film about making a poster about a film
[Video Link] Alex Pearson made a video to show how he drew his latest print, inspired by the 1958 Jacques Tati film Mon Oncle. Title: "A Ride Through Town" Illustrator: Alex Pearson / Familytree Print...
04:34 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for We Need To Talk About Kitten
[Video Link] Russell Bates says: I noticed that you recently featured the trailer for We Need To Talk About Kevin on Boing Boing. This was a fortuitous coincidence, because I also recently saw the fil...
04:20 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Pro bono lawyers rescue scienceblogger from naturopath's SLAPP legal threats
Ken at Popehat -- a lawyer -- describes the pro bono action he fought on behalf of Michael Hawkins, the scienceblogger behind For the Sake of Science, after Hawkins found himself threatened with a law...
04:04 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Law professors explain what's wrong with SOPA, constitutionally speaking
James sez, "The Stanford Law Review Online has just published a piece by Professors Mark Lemley, David S. Levine, and David G. Post on the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. In Don't Break...
04:04 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Queen Luigi
King Mario's true love. UPDATE: Here's...
03:47 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Please take me to space: Letters to the Hayden Planetarium
In 1950, as part of promoting a new exhibit on space exploration, the Hayden Planetarium in New York City put out the word that it was accepting applications from would-be space tourists. Over the nex...
03:41 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Auction of furnishings from home where Jacko died
This weekend, Julien's Auctions sold off hundreds of items from Los Angele's 100 North Carolwood Drive, the address where Michael Jackson and his kids were living when he died. Many of the most sought...
03:40 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Last look inside space shuttle Atlantis
Submitterator vetran collectSPACE tells us: collectSPACE had the rare opportunity recently to tour NASAs space shuttle Atlantis to photograph its preparation for museum display and capture its glass c...
03:26 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing A powerful personal perspective on NIMBY
OnEarth magazine has a really interesting essay on renewable energy and NIMBYism, by nature writer David Gessner. A former resident of Cape Cod, Gessner was a longtime opponent of the plan to site off...
03:18 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Keith Emerson fights with the power of prog rock
Keith Emerson as a Roman slave battling his enemies with prog rock. (This clip is from the old BBC Two comedy show Big Train. Emerson is portrayed by Kevin Eldon.) (via @chris_carter)...
03:15 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing 2011's biggest scandals in science
The Scientist magazine has put out their list of the top science scandals of 2011. I'm not normally a huge fan of overblown scandal recaps, but this particular one is interesting, I think, because it ...
03:06 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Thief accidentally butt-dials 911
On Tuesday, two gentlemen stole DVDs and video games from Madison, Wisconsin Target but didn't realize that one of them had accidentally butt-dialed 911. From the Associated Press: A dispatcher listen...
02:35 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Smurf town in Spain votes to stay blue
The small city of Juzcar in southern Spain was painted blue as a film location for The Smurfs movie. Sony Pictures offered to repaint all the homes but the residents voted yesterday to stay blue. From...
02:33 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing North Korean diplomacy, with a side of slaw
As Dean told you this morning, Kim Jong-Il is dead. (Side note: This has been one of those great moments for me, where I learned about a news story from Facebook first, at least a good 10-15 minutes b...
02:21 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing North Koreans grieve loss of Dear Leader
You should have seen them when they lost the Stanley Cup [John Biggs]...
02:21 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing North Koreans grieve loss of Dear Leader (Updated!)
You should have seen them when they lost the Stanley Cup [John Biggs] Joe Sabia made a surreal Palin-interposition in the classic tradition of Sarah Palin Breathing:...
02:05 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Alternative science mnemonics
Just in time for the lull in the conversation at your holiday dinner table, XKCD brings us these handy, sure-fire conversation-starting mnemonics for scientific concepts. Click through for the full se...
01:56 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Quantum computing with off-the-shelf hologram tech
Scientists are making some headway in building quantum computers using holograms. By exploiting the unusual characteristics of quantum mechanics, quantum computers could potentially crank out calculat...
01:49 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Contest winners - Contact me!
Last week, I got to interview astronaut Rex Walheim using questions submitted by BoingBoing readers. Those readers (plus one runner up) are entitled to a Jackhammer Jill pin and an awesome BoingBoing ...
01:36 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Contrafactual future history of Wikileaks
Lavir Tidhar's gonzo sf story Enter The Dragon. Later, Enter Another tells of a future, contrafactual history for Wikileaks with cameos from me and Bruce Sterling. (Thanks, Lavie!)...
01:17 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing The "random tattoo"
Every time you scan Fred Bosch's QR code tattoo, it'll take you to a different picture, video, weather forecast or favorite tweet. [Random Tattoo]...
01:04 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA not the only battle; don't forget to help kill Protect-IP
Maxwell Kielt writes in: "While much of the media's attention is directed towards SOPA, Protect-IP (PIPA) is nearing completion. PIPA is arguably as bad as SOPA, and while it has received a great deal...
01:03 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Fearless Fodsick: fight crime...with hair oil!
I love the way that parenting, hair oil and crime prevention are, in some way, all equivalent here. Fearless Fosdick...
12:30 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 031: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode
Welcome to the Gweek podcast, episode 31! Gweek is where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and...
12:09 pm PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing The Saudis don't need to buy Twitter to silence it
A Saudi prince and billionnaire, Alwaleed bin Talal, bought a $300m stake in Twitter. Twitter's been a useful service for protestors in the Middle East, which saw several dictatorial governments fall ...
11:20 am PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter: Monster Alphabet Board Book
This looks like a fun Kickstarter project from the creators of Hello With Cheese: When I found out I was going to become a father, I wrote The Monster Alphabet. I wanted a book to read to my son that ...
07:59 am PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Newt's Nudes: Renaissance paintings with Newt Gingrich's head
Newt's Nudes imagines a world where Newt Gingrich attends decadent feasts, consoles distressed Biblical characters, and occasionally, as a cherub, saucily peers down on amply-bosomed maidens. Perhaps ...
03:33 am PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing London cops apologise to young photographer who was told that shooting Armed Forces Day parade was "anti-social," "gay," "stupid" and an offense under the Terrorism Act
Back in 2010, I blogged the video of Jules Mattsson, a 15-year-old freelance photographer who was stopped by police while shooting an Armed Forces Day parade in London. The police inspector took down ...
01:03 am PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Kim Jong-Il is dead
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has died, CNN reports. And with him dies a great novelty Tumblog. I think I just heard every venture capital firm fire up their private jets. North Korean leader Kim Jo...
12:06 am PST - Mon, December 19, 2011
BoingBoing Phoenixs Street of Dreams: The Visual Extravaganza that was Van Buren
The Modern Phoenix website has a great article about the history of Van Buren Street, "the former glory of Phoenixs brightest thoroughfare that served as the 'Eastern Gateway' to the city." I liked th...
04:49 pm PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing CC-licensed, Dickens-based, Pastifarian Christmas Carol kids' special
Robbo sez, Puppets, songs, the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Charles Dickens - all that and more are in our internet video holiday special: "Ruffus The Dog's Christmas Carol". Not just for kids, it's a...
04:06 pm PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing Lamar Smith is a cheap date
How much has it cost the entertainment industry to convince Rep Lamar Smith to introduce and ram through SOPA, which will cost the American economy billions, which will nuke the games, microprocessor,...
04:01 pm PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing How SOPA will break DNS
In case you were trying to figure out how broken the Internet will be if SOPA passes, have a look at this article and this article from DynDNS, one of the world's leading DNS providers. (Thanks, Adam!...
02:08 pm PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing RIAA and DHS are hives of depraved piracy
TorrentFreak continues its prolonged spelunk through the database compiled by YouHaveDownloaded, a list of participants in infringing BitTorrent swarms, indexed by IP address. Today, it's a look at wh...
11:04 am PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing Head MPAA shill reduced to outright lies in bid to make the case for SOPA
MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd is making the rounds in DC, trying to gin up support for the Stop Online Piracy Act, which establishes a national censorship regime in which whole websites can be blocked in t...
01:05 am PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Wall Street hand signals, an illustrated guide by Ape Lad
Link. Some context. A related video. A NY Mag article. A Boston Globe article. Ape Lad is the guy behind this. I give it massive uptwinkles....
12:28 am PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing Cesaria Evora, 1941-2011
One of the great vocal artists of our time has died. I saw Cesria vora play once, many years ago, and she really was the "barefoot diva." Her voice filled the auditorium, and it seemed to pierce throu...
12:22 am PST - Sun, December 18, 2011
BoingBoing Are there more people with autism, or more people diagnosed with autism?
The LA Times has a really interesting and well-done four-part series on autism. The central question: Does the increase in people diagnosed with autism represent an actual increase in prevalence of au...
11:00 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Pastafarians to put up holiday display in Leesburg, VA town square
Outtacontext says: "There is a controversy brewing in Leesburg, VA over just what constitutes a 'holiday display.' The traditional creches have already been joined this year by a skeleton Santa nailed...
10:13 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA and everyday Americans
Alec Macgillivray (Twitter General Counsel, former Google attorney, Berkman Fellow) has a great post explaining how SOPA might impact everyday Americans: The harm that does to ordinary, non-infringing...
09:16 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make polyhedral chocolate dice
On OffbeatBride, a great (but complicated) HOWTO for making your own polyhedral chocolate dice molds from your D&D dice, and then cast delicious chocolates from it: Before we begin, some disclaim...
07:52 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Gay couple learns they're about to become grandpas
Via Reddit, where one commenter says, "Those pesky gays, ruining the family structure what with all the genuine, unconditional love and affection they shower on their kids/grandkids." (thanks,...
07:46 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Google: Universal lied about its private kill-switch for YouTube videos
Google claims that Universal had no basis for removing the "Mega Song" video posted in support of the MegaUpload service (which Universal is trying to drive off the Internet). Earlier this week, a cou...
07:33 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing How SOPA will destroy Internet security
Last week's SOPA hearings were punctuated by facepalming moments in which learned members of the House Judiciary Committee dismissed the distinguished engineers who say the bill weakens Internet secur...
06:26 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Math coincidences are weird
π * 1,337% = 42 (ish). (via Reddit)...
05:24 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Fort Magic: rod-and-connector system for building elaborate fabric forts
Fort Magic is a kit for building fabric forts; Tinkertoy-like connectors and rods are combined to make a frame that you can stretch blankets over to make elaborate, cool, fun play-forts -- teepees, ai...
04:58 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Cats scream yawns
[Video Link, created by justin johnson] via Joe Sabia...
02:52 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a penny disappear by changing the speed of light
A physics teacher created this video showing how to make a wet penny "disappear" by placing a Pyrex beaker over it and filling it up with water, asking why and how this illusion worked. On IO9, Esther...
01:48 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Desmond Tutu to Trinity Church: let Occupy stay!
An open letter from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to New York's Trinity Church urges the church to allow the Occupy protest in Duarte Park, which is owned by the Episcopalian parish: Yours is a voice for th...
01:41 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing So, Dog Cafes are a thing. I did not know this.
Via Reddit, today I learned that just as there are "cat cafes" in Tokyo, there are "dog cafes" in Seoul. Redditor oddipus visited one such establishment, and shot the photo above. Corgis do, in fact, ...
01:30 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing WTF is happening with SOPA now?
If you followed my tweets from the markup session for SOPA in the House of Representatives, you know how frustrating it was to watch: you had these lawmakers blithely dismissing the security concerns ...
01:24 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Caturday: Istanbul
A wonderful shot by Tokyo-based photographer Jon Siegel, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool....
01:15 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Die Antwoord album cover revealed for "TEN$ION"
Due out February, 2012. This will be the first independent release for the much-Boinged band since they split from Interscope. The business story behind this one is fascinating...  Sneaky Prawn (...
12:41 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Everyday Swedes take over management of nation's Twitter account
The Swedish tourism agency has convinced the government to turn over management of the official national Swedish Twitter account to everyday Swedes, on a rotating basis, to show the world what a swell...
12:00 pm PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Podcast chat with writers Lisa Goldstein & Ayize Jama-Everett
Rick sez, "Ayize Jama-Everett, Lisa Goldstein in discussion with live music by Fenyang Smith at the Capitola Book Cafe. Ayize's book, The Liminal People (MP3), and Lisa's book, The Uncertain Places (M...
11:28 am PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Was the G20 hacker a mad bomber, or a model rocketry hobbyist with a nice garden?
The strange, farcical trial of Byron Sonne continues (here are earlier installments). Sonne is a Toronto hacker and security researcher who was arrested during the G20, with much attendant press about...
05:25 am PST - Sat, December 17, 2011
BoingBoing Live-action Animaniacs re-enactment: "I'm Mad!"
My daughter's almost four, and we quite enjoy fishing around on YouTube for great cartoons to watch. I've just introduced her to the Animaniacs (don't tell her, but we've got the whole DVD set coming ...
11:14 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Rich Kids: "Ghosts of Princes in Towers"
[Video Link] When Glen Matlock (who probably most of the Sex Pistols' best songs) was kicked out of The Sex Pistols he formed a power pop band called Rich Kids. They only put out one album, but it's o...
10:55 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Joseph M. Chamberlain, pioneer of planetarium shows, has died
Give the audience 40 minutes of astronomy and there would be no audience. It has to be a combination of science and showmanship. If theres a sunrise, we furnish appropriate sunrise music.—Joseph...
10:48 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Naked lunch
People walk past an activist during an Animal Naturalis demonstration to promote vegetarianism in central Barcelona, December 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)...
10:27 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Japan premier declares Fukushima nuclear plant "stable"
Of course, just because Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says the worlds worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl is over doesn't mean it's entirely over....
10:19 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Vader Christmas Choir Flash Mob
Video Link. More about the making of at the Official Star Wars Blog....
09:54 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Gotta get amped.
Video Link. Have an awesome frickin day. (Via Robert Popper)...
09:51 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing "The Internet is For Porn" entered into official SOPA debate record
Video Link. Rep. Jared Polis (Colorado Democrat who previously founded BlueMountainArts.com) has entered the complete lyrics of "The Internet is for Porn" into the official record of the SOPA debate....
06:14 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning Had Secrets
Adam Butcher's short film is a portrait of Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of sending thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks. With dialog based on the chatlogs that incriminated...
05:52 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing X-ray of two-headed snake
This is an X-ray of a two-headed albino Honduran milk snake that recently hatched at the home of University of Central Florida biologist Daniel Parker, proprietor of Sunshine Serpents. (via The Telegr...
04:41 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Darling Pet Munkee: "X-Ray Specs"
[Video Link] What a treat to find a link to Darling Pet Munkee's new video of their song "X-Ray Specs" in my inbox this morning! See my previous gushing over Darling Pet Munkee here....
04:00 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo is offering progressive savings for the Last Chance Big Time Holiday Watch Sale. Save...
03:31 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Brain-eating amoeba kills via neti pot
A cautionary tale for Boing Boing readers who like to irrigate their nasal passages with warm salt water during the cold season: don't use water right out of the tap. (via @heathermg)...
03:25 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstarter: " SOPA STUPID T-SHIRT"
A timely Kickstarter campaign: censored SOPA shirts. Listening the SOPA markup hearings on December 15th left me with a feeling of helplessness despite having contacted my representatives and helping ...
03:21 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing under way in Maryland
Kevin Gosztola at FireDogLake is live-blogging/live-tweeting the Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing at Fort Meade today. The military's statement announcing the hearing is here (PDF)....
03:19 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Say Wi-Fi Hi
Mathias Nitzsche had a nifty idea: using Wi-Fi network names to create a connection between the network's owner and those who spot it in their wireless networks list. His aptly named wifis.org site le...
03:18 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing In case SOPA passes: emergency list of IP addresses for popular websites
A Reddit thread I hope we never have to use. Here's the Google Doc. (via Submitterator, thanks crisnoble)...
03:15 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Writer mourns loss of ultimate Victorian reading-chair
Charlie Stross waxes nostalgic over the incredibly elaborate Victorian reading-chair that he almost bought at an antique shop, but by the time he'd made up his mind to do so, it had already sold. The ...
02:51 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing First Amendment scholar on the failures of SOPA
James sez, "First Amendment scholar Marvin Ammori gives a great overview of how Congress has made an effort to protect free speech in the past but are turning a blind eye to the threats to speech righ...
02:39 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works (Gallery)
Yoshitoma Nara lives at the intersection of punk rock, Japanese pop art, and Western cartoon culture filtered through the lens of post-World War II Japan. His drawings, paintings, sculptures, and larg...
02:14 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Five questions with astronaut Rex Walheim
Rex Walheim is an astronaut. He's gone to space three times, including on the last flight of the space shuttle. He has spent an accumulated 36 hours outside the ISS on spacewalks. He has tweeted from ...
02:11 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Man arrested for light saber assault
Police arrested a man at a Portland Tos R Us on Wednesday after he allegedly assaulted three people with a blue light saber. (Sadly, no video.) The 33-year-old was taken for a mental evaluation. From ...
02:10 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Paracord belt unravels into 550' of survival cord
Etsy seller SurvivorGeek makes paracord belts and straps like this one. One minute, it's a stylish way to hold up your pants, but if you pull the tab and unravel it, it turns into 550 feet of paracord...
02:10 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Paracord belt unravels into 80' of survival cord
Etsy seller SurvivorGeek makes paracord belts and straps like this one. One minute, it's a stylish way to hold up your pants, but if you pull the tab and unravel it, it turns into 550 80 feet of parac...
01:38 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Woman in 1946 vacuum cleaner ad looks unthrilled
Her expression says it all. I'm surprised this made it past the review board. (Via Today's Inspiration)...
01:30 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Festive greetings from Cyriak
A delightful send-off for 2011 from British animator Cyriak. [Video Link] Note: the disquieting photo at the end is of English entertainer and spiritualist Noel Edmonds, famed for the bourgeois medioc...
01:21 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Male privilege vs. women in gaming
Harris O'Malley takes a run at male privilege in gaming, especially how it manifests as angry refusals to accept womens' complaints about the sexual objectification of female characters in mainstream ...
01:05 pm PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Sailing research cruise through the path of the Japanese tsunami to examine the resulting garbage patch
Travelina sez, "It's not your typical glamour cruise, but it's not cheap either. You travel aboard a 72-foot sailing yacht from the Marshall Islands through the great ocean vortex called the Western P...
11:43 am PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Guy Fawkes comes to Starbucks?
Monitorhead sez, "I was sitting in my car, staring at a 4-day old empty coffee cup, when I made the connection. Holy cow! Has the #Occupy movement already seeped into the marketing firms (thinking of ...
10:38 am PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Jingle Bells in space: the historic recording
Patrick sez, "Last year Boing Boing had a post about the first song ever played in outer space. On December 16 1965, the Gemini 6 crew played Jingle Bells while in Earth's orbit. I really wanted to he...
06:54 am PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing City of London police class Occupy movement with terrorists such as Al Qaeda
A leaked memo from the City of London Police (the special police force maintained by the administrators of London's financial district, who are elected by the corporations with offices in its boundari...
04:40 am PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Universal Music claims it has a private deal with Google to take down YouTube videos it doesn't own
The saga of Universal Music's war on the Mega Song (a song and video recorded by several major artists in support of the online service MegaUpload, which Universal is trying to have censored in the US...
03:57 am PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
Journalist, pundit, author, and gentleman philosopher Christopher Hitchens has died at 62, after a long battle with esophegeal cancer. Obituaries: Vanity Fair, NPR, CNN, WaPo, Reuters, LAT. Graydon Ca...
03:35 am PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Deterritorial Support Group: lulz and communism
The Guardian profiles the Deterritorial Support Group, a secretive guerrilla humour protest group whose goals include "full communism, with lulz as a transitional demand." They're an interesting blend...
03:33 am PST - Fri, December 16, 2011
BoingBoing Lovejoy Lives!
NASA SDO: "Breaking News! Lovejoy lives! The comet Lovejoy has survived it's journey around the sun to reemerge on the other side." Lots more movies of the comet that brushed the Sun and survived at t...
08:08 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing The Duke Spirit: "Procession" (MP3)
Sound it Out #10: The Duke Spirit: "Procession" If I could invent a band, theyd be one that played straight-ahead, non-trendy guitar rock. My make-believe band would meet at art college and live toget...
07:17 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Banksy's new sculpture: Cardinal Sin
Banksy spoke to the BBC about his brilliant and funny new sculpture, Cardinal Sin, at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He made it by gluing bathroom tiles to the face of cardinal bust, to give the...
06:51 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing US-funded Open Network Initiative takes to Occupy
The New America Foundation's Open Network Initiative, a US State Department-funded project to build an "Internet in a suitcase" that can be dropped into repressive zones where protesters need network ...
06:51 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing US-funded Open Technology Initiative takes to Occupy
The New America Foundation's Open Network Technology Initiative, a US State Department-funded project to build an "Internet in a suitcase" that can be dropped into repressive zones where protesters ne...
06:47 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Get Your Censor On
"Life will suck if they censor the internet," says internet comix hero David Rees, out of retirement to drop some science about SOPA....
06:32 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Comet to plunge to flaming death of hot agony in the Sun today
From Space.com: "A newly discovered comet is set to make a death dive into the sun's atmosphere today (Dec. 15), and scientists will have a ringside seat to watch its fiery demise." How could this sto...
06:13 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing High school students making out with their parents
Possibly the most upsetting thing I've seen on the internet. Ever. Video Link. The principal issued a bullshit apology. (via Joe Sabia, and thanks for the update, Pesco!)...
05:18 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing ICBM silo and air park for sale
Please note that as soon as Dean approves the capital expense, Happy Mutants World Headquarters will move from our unmarked island to this Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Silo and air park now for ...
05:17 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Free anthology of fiction from teen sff writing camp
Jeff Vandermeer sez, Shared Worlds is a unique summer SF/F writing camp for teens, based out of Wofford College in South Carolina. The participants build worlds in the first week and write stories set...
04:40 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Louis CK's DRM-free direct-sales video experiment pays off
Comedian Louis CK has weighed in with a status report on the first four days of his experiment with independent, DRM-free video distribution. CK spent $170,000 recording live performances consisting o...
04:38 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing How SOPA became a bill
Michael Weinberger sez, "Today is a big day for SOPA, but it is really the culmination of over a year's worth of negotiations, meetings, and debates. This video gives a bit of background and context f...
04:22 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Last call for Magick for Terri
This the last day of the Magick for Terri auction to benefit Terry Windling, one of fantasy literature's most beloved figure, presently mired in health and financial difficulties. Included in the auct...
04:18 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Don't eat the poison honey
One interesting fact and one bit of useful advice, courtesy the Neuroskeptic blog: • When bees use nectar from wild Rhododendrons the honey they produce is poisonous. Not poisonous as in, "dude,...
04:15 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Baby Tattoo's 2nd annual neighborhood pop-up store
Bob Self says, Baby Tattoo publishes art books that are distributed around the globe; but we are, at heart, a local business that has been based near North Hollywood, California for nearly a decade. I...
03:50 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing "The Medium is the Massage" 1967 album reissued on CD
Five Day Weekend has reissued "The Medium is the Massage" LP (1967), the experimental audio recording based on media theorist Marshall McLuhan's groundbreaking book of the same name that was designed ...
03:40 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Embezzler stole for Mafia Wars powerups
A former administrative assistant for the Maine Trial Lawyers' Association has pleaded guilty to embezzling $166,000. Apparently, much of the money was spent on powerups for the Facebook games YoVille...
03:01 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Report: Scientific research on chimpanzees "unjustified," should be limited
From the Washington Post today: Nearly all medical research on chimpanzees is "scientifically unjustified" and any future studies using the great apes must pass a very high bar, according to a new con...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Spider Robinson reads "Chronic Offender" - jazzy Damon Runyonesque time-travel story
I just caught up (rather late) with the last Spider on the Web podcast, wherein science fiction writer and musician Spider Robinson reads aloud from his work, plays his guitar, and plays some of his f...
02:55 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Music to do lab work by
You should listen to this awesome song by Adam Warrock, called I Am An Action Scientist. It's guaranteed to make you feel like a badass, even if all you're doing is plotting data points. (Via Atomic R...
02:44 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Jacko's hair to be a roulette ball
A gambling website purchased a small baggie of Michael Jackson's hair at auction for $10,000 and now they're compressing it into a roulette ball. From AOL: "Indeed, considering Jackson dedicated his l...
02:40 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing An octopus, in need of sunscreen
Floating just below the surface of the water near Italy's Mt. Vesuvius, an octopus suns its head lump in this National Geographic Picture of the Day. Thanks Maggie Fitzgibbon!...
02:39 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing A Christmastime Great Depression-era Buck Rogers Ray Gun price war story
The National Air and Space Museum has a cool post up about the first metal Buck Rogers gun: the XZ-31 Rocket Pistol, produced in 1934 by the Daisy Manufacturing Company of Plymouth, Michigan. "That to...
02:39 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Video of "magnetic" man
Etibar Elchyev, 39, of the country of Georgia, had planned to break a Guinness record for balancing 27 spoons on his face. Instead, he surprised everyone by balancing 50 spoons on his body. It's not c...
02:36 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing TubeGnosis: a repository of "mind-expanding documentaries & videos"
[Video Link] TubeGnosis has a fantastic collection of esoteric videos, featuring Aleister Crowley, Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Carlos Castaneda, Jacques Vallee, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, William B...
02:34 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing The most contrarian opinion on Slate
Slate.com is great, but it does have a predictable theme. That theme is contrarianism. If there were a contest for "most contrarian position Slate ever published", it's possible this is the story that...
02:32 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA markup, live:
Rep Darrell Issa's Keep the Web Open has live coverage of the markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act bill, including a video stream of the hearing, and a version of the bill that you can help mark up. (...
02:32 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA markup, live
Rep Darrell Issa's Keep the Web Open has live coverage of the markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act bill, including a video stream of the hearing, and a version of the bill that you can help mark up. (...
02:29 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Get Your War On vs SOPA
Tiffiniy sez, "How bad is SOPA internet censorship? It's so bad, political cartoonist David Rees came out of retirement to make fun of it. getyourcensoron.com." Get your censor on....
02:27 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing The world's first audio recording is creepy, not made by Edison
At the French site Anecdote du Jour you can listen to the world's first audio recordings, made in 1859 and 1860 by douard-Lon Scott de Martinville. The recordings, one of a tuning fork being struck an...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Light: a short video about energy waste
Filmmaker David Parker directed this short video, "Light," to more viscerally express the energy wasted from electric lights unnecessarily left on. I think it's a lovely and haunting piece. From his d...
01:03 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Everybody who's anybody hates SOPA
A joint letter from the founders of Yahoo, Netscape, Google, Blogger, Twitter, the Internet Archive, Wikipedia, the Huffington Post, PayPal, Mozilla, Flickr, YouTube, Craigslist, eBay, and other piece...
12:47 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Announcing Library Boing Boing at the American Library Association
Folks from the American Library Association are launching a member interest group called Library Boing Boing, and we're delighted to give our blessing. From Jenny Levine's announcement, at the ALA's M...
12:03 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Why SOPA is unconstitutional
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Corynne McSherry looks at the revised version of the Stop Online Piracy Act that is going to markup today, and finds that it does not address the substantive First...
12:02 pm PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Microsoft to auto-update Internet Explorer
Microsoft is turning on automatic updates for Internet Explorer, bringing it into line with competitors and its other products. Somewhere, the world's laziest IT guy is very, very angry!...
11:53 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Internet Engineers to Congress: SOPA censorship will harm Internet security
83 of the Internet's most prominent inventors, founders, and engineers have penned an open letter to Congress in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is slated for markup in the House today...
11:03 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Universal Music uses false copyright claim to censor news program about its false copyright claim
The saga of Universal Music's fraudulent attempt to censor the video major music recording artists produced in support of MegaUpload continues. Not content with perjuring themselves with a false claim...
10:16 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Sarkozy's official residence is a den of piracy
Further revelations from the YouHaveDownloaded BitTorrent logger: six infringing BitTorrent swarms included computers logged into the network of the official residence of French President Nicholas Sar...
09:00 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing 3 Things the Higgs Boson can teach you about physics
Last Tuesday, particle physicists at CERN did not announce that they had found the Higgs Boson particle. Nor did they announce that they had not found the Higgs Boson. Instead, what we got was an upda...
03:20 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Touchscreen "one hand" watch
TokyoFlash's new Kisai On Air watch uses an always-on touchscreen LCD to display the time; the "minute hand" points to the hour and displays the minutes. The watch has a bunch of fun animations and so...
01:54 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing How the effects of climate change can create more climate change
One of the interesting things about the global carbon dioxide and climate systems is the concept of feedback loops. You already know that as atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide go up (and wit...
01:27 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Black widow spider
Reader Pete Johnson took this awesome photo of the red-splotched abdomen of a poisonous black widow spider. One of my favorite things about this shot: The fact that you can see hairs growing on the sp...
01:08 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing The best set of infographics ever
At Bloomberg Business Week, Vali Chandrasekaran makes me incredibly happy by creating a series of six infographics demonstrating the ridiculous connections you can make when you start confusing correl...
01:00 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Lego's new line of toys for girls
Brad Wieners (my friend from the days when we were both editors at Wired and now an editor at Bloomberg Businessweek) wrote the cover story for the December 19 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek about Le...
12:53 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Collection of Etsy products inspired by exobiology
The discovery of Kepler 22-b, a planet that exists in the habitable zone of a star 600 light years away from Earth, lead Etsy user Alisa to curate a collection of really neat products themed around sp...
12:43 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Technology confuse lizard! Lizard no like!
Why ant no tasty? Lizard mind no grasp concept of menu selection! AAAAAAAARRRRGH! Lizard crush microprocessors!! I also originally found this as a GIF. Thanks to theortolan for Submitterating the vide...
12:29 am PST - Thu, December 15, 2011
BoingBoing Bear Wednesday 2: Adorable sweater edition
Celebrate what's left of Bear Wednesday by cooing over the cuteness embodied in this sweater, knitted with silhouettes of tardigrades. Also known as water bears, tardigrades are microscopic animals kn...
11:11 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing How the 1%-of-1% spends its political dollar
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, "The Sunlight Foundation published a very detailed analysis of campaign contributions from the 2010 cycle with accompanying infographics and profiles of the top...
10:55 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing HTTP status cats by GirlieMac: classic server error codes, now with cats
GirlieMac, aka Tomomi Imura (Twitter) just won the internet with her deftly conceived and Photoshopped series of HTTP status message "motivational poster" images, featuring cats. A bunch of them are f...
10:36 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Four Humvees unceremoniously thrown from a cargo plane
I found this as an animated GIF before I saw the video. I was shocked that there was hardly any more sound in the video! [Video Link] via Canv.as...
10:29 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Johnny McGovern - Sexy Nerd
I've been a fan of Johnny McGovern's hilarious gay-oriented music videos for years, so I was glad to see a new one pop up in Submitterator. Normally I'd let a video like this speak for itself, but I'd...
10:29 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Jonny McGovern - Sexy Nerd
I've been a fan of Jonny McGovern's hilarious gay-oriented music videos for years, so I was glad to see a new one pop up in Submitterator. Normally I'd let a video like this speak for itself, but I'd ...
10:26 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Breast cancer awareness ads feature superheroes giving themselves breast exams
"Nobody's immune to breast cancer. When we talk about breast cancer, there's no women or superwomen. Everybody has to do the self-examination monthly. Fight with us against the enemy and, when in doub...
09:45 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Canadian MPs use bogus video-game industry data to defend hated DRM law they're about to ram down the country's throat
Michael Geist sez, The Canadian government has turned to the video game industry as a major source of support for its much criticized digital lock rules. Given the fact that writers, performers, publi...
08:42 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Movie monster matrioshkas
Kevin makes beautiful hand-painted matrioshkas illustrated with whimsical, pop-culture figures. I really like this movie monster set, which features Godzilla, King Kong, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracul...
08:33 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Wild monkeys and boars enlisted to help measure Fukushima radiation in Japan
Many challenges remain in measuring radiation leaked from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, after a devastating quake and tsunami 9 months ago left that site crippled. The crowdsourced eff...
08:07 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Japan to declare Fukushima nuclear plant stable, but problems aren't over
Surely this will end well! Japan is expected to soon declare the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant "virtually stable" nine months after a quake and tsunami led to a nuclear disaster there. The ...
07:47 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Close-order drill from hacked Elmobots
In this video, an artist skins and skeletonizes a cadre of Elmo robots, installs Arduinos in them, and hacks them to do synchronized maneuvers. Yes, I am well aware that I wrote this into a novel. Dan...
07:02 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Global Voices on CNN: SOPA will hurt global human rights struggles
James from New America Foundation sez, "Ivan Sigal and Rebecca MacKinnon, respectively executive director and co-founder of Global Voices, describe how copyright enforcement legislation must respect I...
06:13 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Memoir of a child kidnapped to Guantanamo Bay, tortured for six years, and released
When Mohammed el Gorani was a boy in Saudi Arabia, he found that he could not find good work or education because his family was from Chad. A friend from Pakistan offered to connect him with relatives...
04:53 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Sandusky legal sarcasm fail
Jerry Sandusky's defense lawyer tried to brush off reporters who wanted to know about the eyewitness accounts of his client raping children. Counsel Joe Amendola told reporters who believed this testi...
04:44 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Good news, CEO pay is up!
The economy's recovered! For CEOs, that is. Exec pay is way, way, way up in America. 40% up. One CEO, John Hammergren at McKesson, took home $145M. The money-quote: "Bosses won in every area, with dra...
04:34 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Ink-stained set doesn't like SOPA either
America's newspaper editors have backed the fight to stop SOPA. Is there anyone left who supports this? Apart from the MPAA, RIAA and their shills in Congress? (Thanks, Dan!)...
04:14 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Parallel parking
[Video Link] I like the fact that someone videotaped it. (Via Cynical-C)...
04:14 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing New HP Logo will need to be frequently cleaned with a Q-tip
I quite like HP's new logo (right), which the company paid for but has not yet implemented. It's a simple, clean, and unmistakable distillation of its established identity. But as Armin at Brand New s...
04:04 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Fox News decrees that 8.6% > 8.9%
I would like to know what software they used to make this graph. Wouldn't you think it would produce an accurate graph? Simpler explanation: Fox just couldn't being itself to show a downtick in unempl...
03:50 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a Star Wars snowflake
Matters of Grey created some beautiful, downloadable designs for cutting out Star Wars-themed snowflakes, and Anthony Herrera extended the collection, adding several designs, including a smashing Admi...
03:48 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing 1972 Kenner Toy Comic Book Catalog
Ethan Persoff scanned and posted a 1972 Kenner Toy comic book catalog, which was inserted into newspapers a mere 39 years ago....
02:47 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Humble Indie Bundle: name your price for seven rad, cross-platform, DRM-free games
Hurrah! There's a new Humble Indie Bundle: seven rad independent video games for Mac/Win/Lin, no DRM, and you get to name your price, and nominate some or all of the dough for charity. The bundle's ra...
02:32 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Blackwater Iraq data-dump: mercenaries shot a judge with impunity, used bullets as hand signals, were not disciplined as this "would lower morale"
Four years after their initial Freedom of Information Act request, Gawker has received and published 4,500 pages' worth of detail on the way that mercenaries from Blackwater and other defense contract...
02:32 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Blackwater and co Iraq data-dump: mercenaries shot a judge with impunity, used bullets as hand signals, were not disciplined as this "would lower morale"
Four years after their initial Freedom of Information Act request, Gawker has received and published 4,500 pages' worth of detail on the way that mercenaries from Blackwater and other defense contract...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Fox News on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his War On Reindeer Games
Please visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE and/or follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER....
01:46 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing The best game guides on the net
Post presented by Sony Here is my Holiday Video Game Guide for 2011: Buy Skyrim, Bastion, and Minecraft. Nailed it. However, I accept that I have not nailed it for everyone, and that you may require d...
01:10 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Kill SOPA, save America's Internet and American jobs: ACT NOW, bill goes to the House TOMORROW
Tiffiniy from American Censorship sez, "Tomorrow, the US government will vote to have broad powers to block any site. SOPA would not only hurt free speech, it will choke off the internet workforce and...
12:49 pm PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Wisconsin's Scott Walker recall workers face intimidation
Activists collecting signatures for the recall of Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker report widespread intimidation from the governor's supporters, including an incident recently captured "on tape" (I'...
11:57 am PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing 58 donors responsible for 80% of SuperPAC funding
With the Citizens United ruling, the Supreme Court turned money into a form of political speech, paving the way for enormous influxes of cash from the American ultra-elite one-percent-of-one-percent, ...
11:35 am PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing TIME names "The Protester" 2011 Person of the Year
In TIME magazine's 2011 Person of the Year issue, this cover by artist Shepard Fairey, portraits of more than 50 protestors from around the world, and an essay by Kurt Andersen: Massive and effective ...
10:45 am PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing TMD-injured voice-actor can only articulate after taking Ambien, seeks medical help
Jeffrey sez, "Tom Rohe is a professional voice actor. He had a tooth extracted in 2009 and was then diagnosed with TMD, which left him unable to speak properly, and therefore unable work. Curiously, w...
03:41 am PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Harmless "weapons" made of food
Kyle Bean has made a series of food sculptures in the shape of various weapons, improvised and traditional. I wonder if pieces of toast cut to look like brass knuckles would make it through a TSA chec...
02:53 am PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing US gov says Hezbollah profits from US cocaine market via Zetas
Pro Publica: "U.S. authorities are building a politically explosive case that Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, finances itself through a vast drug-smuggling network that links a Lebanese bank, ...
02:25 am PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Oakland takes over Port of Oakland: photos
Occupy Oakland demonstrators sit on top of a trailer truck outside the Port of Oakland during the Occupy movements' attempts to shut down West Coast ports in Oakland, California on Monday, December 12...
02:04 am PST - Wed, December 14, 2011
BoingBoing Paul Allen, Burt Rutan, and SpaceX team up for new space venture, Stratolaunch
[Video Link] Billionaire Microsoft founder Paul Allen has teamed up with spaceflight pioneer Burt Rutan and Elon Musk's SpaceX to develop Stratolaunch, new launch system with a gross weight of more th...
11:18 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday (2): Slothville
[Video Link] "Trailer for upcoming documentary filmed at the world's only sloth orphanage in Costa Rica."...
08:50 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing The stupendous General Electric Partio
President Dwight D. Eisenhower called it "the most fantastic thing you ever saw." Are you going to argue with the man who foretold the takeover of the USA by the military industrial complex? President...
08:43 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Cato Institute video: Ending the Global War on Drugs
[Video Link] Yes, I know: Cato = Charles Koch, but the Cato Institute's position on drug prohibition is quite sane. "Ever since the War on Drugs, everything has hit the fan," says Romesh Bhattacharji,...
07:56 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Archaeologists expose everything in 2012
Now available on eBay: The naked archaeologists calendar you may or may not have been waiting for. Via Kristina Killgrove...
07:42 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Contest: Ask Astronaut Rex Walheim a Question
On Friday morning, I'll get 10 minutes to talk to astronaut Rex Walheim about the astronaut recruiting process—how candidates are chosen, who should apply, what happens to you at different level...
07:05 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Documentary about a barbershop and bluegrass
Pickin' & Trimmin' is a 2008 documentary about The Barbershop in Drexel, North Carolina. It's an authentic old-timey American barber shop, and on the weekends bluegrass musicians gather to jam in...
06:42 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
[Video Link] Carla and I saw We Need to Talk About Kevin on Friday at Cinefamily in LA. It's an intense, beautifully shot movie about the relationship between a mother and her bad seed son....
06:30 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Excellent guitar fretting technique from Botswana
[Video Link] I wonder if she is using open tuning. It sounds like it. In any case, I love the sound and the technique!...
06:28 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Adjust a car's sideview mirrors to eliminate blind spots
My dad told me about this a couple of months ago. Now I always adjust my car's sideview mirrors this way. From Car & Driver via Lifehacker....
05:36 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Moving Windmills, a documentary about William Kamkwamba
Tom Rielly says: I wanted to share a very personal project with you that I've been working on for the past four years. It's a full-length documentary about the young man I mentor, William Kamkwamba. W...
04:09 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Nina Simone sings "O-o-h Child"
High priestess of soul Nina Simone sings "O-o-h Child," originally played by the Five Stairsteps. The tune can be found on Simone's lovely 1971 LP "Here Comes the Sun," featuring covers of Dylan, Paul...
03:52 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing "Pet Zounds" by goLab
Dustin Hostetler (aka UPSO) says: Last year David posted a music video I made for my best friend Joel Roberts (aka goLab). For the past 10 or so years, he has been working on a cover record of the Bea...
03:09 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing your site, fight SOPA
Tiffiny from American Censorship writes, I've censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet--a bill that could pass THI...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Nostalgic Memories of the NES
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02:48 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Booked for Safekeeping: 1960 police training film on dealing with the mentally ill
This fascinating video, "Booked for Safekeeping," was a featured selection at my local San Francisco video store, Four Star Video. It's a 1960 film to train New Orleans police in how to reasonably and...
02:33 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Donate to the Ada Initiative, support women in freeopen culture, get a snazzy Ada Lovelace pendant
Vaurora sez, "Wikipedia has 9% women editors, open source software a mere 2% women. You can change these numbers by donating to the Ada Initiative and getting a pendant with a portrait of Countess Ada...
02:30 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Experimental camera records light in slow motion
MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a camera that can capture images at one trillion frames per second. The system enables scientists to capture super slow-motion video of light itself as it trav...
02:14 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Megaupload will sue Universal
Megaupload is still fuming that Universal Music Group made repeated false copyright claims to YouTube about a video that major recording artists made in support of the service, which the major labels ...
01:59 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing But I don't want to shut off my e-reader
Salon's "Ask the Pilot" column has a nicely nuanced take on why airlines have you shut off and stow electronic devices during takeoff and landing. In a way, this reminds me of the way doctors tell pre...
01:46 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Who is a journalist?
Writer and comedian John Knefel reaches for his glasses as police pull him away during an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City yesterday. This really great photo was taken by Jessica Lehrman in...
01:45 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Trillion-frame-per-second video makes speed of light look slow
[video link] Researchers at MIT have created an imaging system that collects visual data at a rate of one trillion exposures per second. "Thats fast enough to produce a slow-motion video of a burst of...
01:22 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Down and out in the tragic kingdom
Reuters' David Gray explored Wonderland, an unfinished Disneyland clone outside of Beijing. Here, a farmer tends crops in a field now encompassing the abandoned Cinderella Castle-style building that w...
12:50 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Sony "Other OS" lawsuit dismissed
Though a judge tossed a lawsuit filed against Sony for removing the "Other OS" feature from the Playstation 3, even he could not let it pass without a note of disbelief: "As a matter of providing cust...
12:25 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Hollywood studios busted as torrent-loving dens of piracy
Tomorrow, the Stop Online Piracy Act goes for markup. The bill argues that the Internet is full of "rogue companies" and that the only way to save the entertainment industry is to let the studios have...
12:10 pm PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Universal: artists didn't give consent to appear in Megaupload video
UMG claims that several artists appearing in Megaupload's music video did not give their consent. The video, in which famous singers praise the file storage site, was removed from YouTube after Univer...
11:59 am PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Who needs SOPA when it takes a year to recover mistakenly seized domains?
The government's website seizure program is already a mess, with one judge refusing to play along and the authorities forced to relinquish a domain in another case. Ars Technica's, Timothy B. Lee asks...
11:45 am PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA watered down, still toxic
The lawmaker behind SOPA introduced amendments that dramatically water it down, reports Wired's David Kravets. Unfortunately, the amended plan "still gives legal immunity to financial institutions and...
11:02 am PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing So, did CERN find a Higgs Boson?
I just finished watching particle physicist Fabiola Gianotti on CERN's live webcast, talking about the hunt for the Higgs Boson. I'll be writing more about this later today or tomorrow, but I know a l...
03:08 am PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Cambridge digital library posts scan of Newton's Trinity College notebook, claims copyright over scans
Robbo sez, "The Cambridge Digital Library has posted Sir Issac Newton's notebook which he used as an undergraduate at Trinity College in the 1660's. It can be viewed, page by page, in its entirety and...
03:00 am PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Bratz copyright lawsuit tossed
You can't copyright an idea, even if the idea is grotesquely disproportionate images of young women. A court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Brooklyn photographer Bernard Belair against the comp...
02:47 am PST - Tue, December 13, 2011
BoingBoing Just look at this Alien banana sculpture.
Just look at it. Just an alien sculpted in a banana. How should we call it? Just look at these other amazing bananasthings. (Thanks, Kritika!)...
09:44 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing SantaCon 2011: Naked Santas World Record
[video link] Funny man and filmmaker Mark Day shares his videos embedded above and below, and explains: Tex Allen of WhyTheNose.com reminds revellers that it's not illegal to be nude in San Francisco ...
08:59 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Email from a Gweek reader
Here's a nice email from Geoff Petrie, a Gweek listener. If you haven't subscribed to the Gweek podcast yet, I hope you check it out and enjoy it as much as Geoff does! I just wanted to send you a sho...
08:42 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Disney princesses with a Hot Topic filter
On Buzzfeed, a gallery of "punk" (more generic goth/emo/punk/industrial subculture) Disney princesses, ganked from an unspecified Tumblr (anyone know which?). Punk Disney Princesses (via Geekologie)...
08:26 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing UK tests "non-blinding" police lasers
The makers of a "non-blinding" laser claims an unnamed UK police force is set to trial the weapon as a means of "controlling riots." According to the manufacturer -- who developed the weapon for use a...
06:50 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Keypad watch: looks like a chunky calculator, tells the time
Watchismo's badass new multicolored Keypad watches are the followup to the equally badass (and be-dipswitched) Click Watches. Animated blinkenlights on each of the chunky keypad buttons tell the time ...
06:48 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing RIM executives "chewed through restraints"
Remember the now-fired RIM executives whose behavior forced a Toronto-Beijing flight to land in Vancouver? After being handcuffed by crew members, they chewed their way out. One of them then "lay bell...
06:00 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing How chicken wire is made
Here's a mesmerizing Gabion machine, a massive loom that weaves chicken wire fencing out of wire. Machine grace ahoy. Chicken Wire Fabrication - Video (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
05:42 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing FBI says it uses Carrier IQ for "law enforcement purposes"
The FBI disclosed this weekend that it uses data gathered by Carrier IQ software for "law enforcement purposes", but refused to give any details of exactly how it has done so. Responding to a Freedom ...
05:42 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing FBI says Carrier IQ files used for "law enforcement purposes"
The FBI disclosed this weekend that it uses data gathered by Carrier IQ software for "law enforcement purposes", but refused to give any details of exactly how it has done so. Responding to a Freedom ...
05:41 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing TSA breaks its own rules, removes elderly woman's back brace
Reason's Hit and Run: "Mistaking her back brace for its more dangerous cousin, the money belt, the Transportation Security Administration removed an octogenarians support device in a private security ...
05:33 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing NYPD shred kids' paper hearts commemorating Occupy arrestees before their very eyes
Occupy protesters and their kids made 5,000 paper hearts, one for each of the arrests at the Occupy Wall Street protests. They made a mosaic of these at the gates of New York's City Hall, only to have...
04:00 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing The Cure: "A Forest" live at Bestival 2011
The Cure playing their 1980 tune "A Forest" at the recent Bestival 2011 festival. The track is included on their new album Bestival Live 2011. All proceeds of album sales go to the Isle of Wight Youth...
03:31 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Wood(?) paneled automobile coming soon
The Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation announced that "Magnificent new designs, like this one, will some day be popping up very rapidly." (Image: ... futuristic 'woody'!, a Creative Commons Attributi...
03:25 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Interview on Command Line about Context
This week on The Command Line podcast, a recording of a live chat between host Thomas Gideon and myself at the New America Foundation, discussing (among other things), my new essay collection Context....
02:49 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Spacemen magazine of the 1960s
Spacemen was a short-lived early-1960s magazine specifically about space-themed science fiction movies. Warren Publishing -- creators of the classic magazines Famous Monster of Filmland, Monster World...
02:47 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Sneaky Prawn (Die Antwoord snapshot)
Above, a snapshot I took of Ninja and Yo-Landi of Die Antwoord during a recent visit to Los Angeles. In this photo, they are hanging out in the studio of LA-based artist David Choe. Dia Antwoord will ...
02:25 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Beethoven for Elephants
In the description for this video released earlier this year, pianist and elephant-lover Paul Barton in Thailand says: I took my piano to the mountains of Kanchanaburi to play for some very old, injur...
02:22 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Jonathan Lethem on writing under the influence
In this interview with the literary journal AGNI, MacArthur-prize-winning author Jonathan Lethem discusses originality and the way that "influence" and copying from other writers are part of the creat...
02:01 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Video: A Winged Victory for the Sullen's "All Farewells Are Sudden"
A beautifully evocative and emotional video for "All Farewells Are Sudden," a track from A Winged Victory for the Sullen's selt-titled LP. The duo consists of Adam Wiltzie of Stars Of The Lid and film...
01:50 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Missing Doctor Who episodes found
Two lost episodes of Doctor Who were found in a TV engineer's private collection. The episodes feature the first two Doctors, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton. One episode, Airlock, was part of ...
01:20 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 030: Supergods, Mutants, and Mystics
My cohost for this episode of Gweek is my old friend Barry McWilliams, a designer/art director who has turned me on to a great many wonderful books, comics, games, apps, drawing tools, and so on. In t...
01:11 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Zombie half-ski-mask
New in the Boing Boing Store: the zombie half-balaclava, just the thing for seasonal fun. The all acrylic design includes exposed brain tissue and gruesome eyebags. Zombie - Knit Half Mask...
01:11 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Last chance to enter the Webby Awards
Damiano DeMonte says: The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) today announced the final entry deadline for submissions to the 16th Annual Webby Awards is Friday, December 16, 20...
12:38 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing YouTube's real pirates: multinational companies that claim ownership over public domain videos
My latest Guardian column, "The pirates of YouTube," documents how multinational copyright-holding companies have laid false claim to public domain videos on YouTube -- videos posted by the nonprofit ...
12:29 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Motorola Xoom 2
Vlad Savov reviews the Xoom 2, Motorola's latest Android tablet. He recommends waiting until Android 4 is out: "[the] good things are for naught if the software isn't good enough and, regrettably, tha...
12:08 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Nerdy gingerbread roundup
The Mary Sue's roundup of nerdy seasonal gingerbread is not to be missed, with a gingerbread Tardis, Weasley house, weighted companion cubes, and Starship Enterprise. Shown here, Mezcraft's stonking W...
12:08 pm PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Massive stash of classic vinyl found in remote military base
Contractors renovating a Wake Island Air Force operations building recently stumbled upon a massive stash of vintage vinyl records. The long-defunct, one-room military radio station was known to be in...
11:02 am PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Samsung's four pound, 14-inch "Ultrabook"
Samsung is launching the Series 5 Ultra, an "Ultrabook" with an optical drive. It's got an Intel Core i5 processor, HDMI and ethernet ports, SSD storage and an attractive aluminum casing. At 14" acros...
10:54 am PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Sen Ron Wyden promises hard questions over US Customs Enforcement's secret seizure of domain names
Senator Ron Wyden's staffers have promised a flood of Freedom of Information Act requests to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the DHS over its program of seizing domains it believes...
10:15 am PST - Mon, December 12, 2011
BoingBoing Font swap in iBooks
Apple is a cipher, and its reasons for making changes often a mystery. A new update to iBooks for iOS devices adds a full-screen mode, a night-time reading color theme, and nicer covers for free, publ...
10:44 pm PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing Deep-voiced "vocal fry" thought to be creeping into American women's speech
A small sample-set study of young American women to be published in Journal of Voice found a high incidence of "vocal fry," a form of low-register speech once classed as a speech disorder and thought ...
06:53 pm PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing The most intense taekwondo fight ever
They're ripping each other to shreds! Oh the humanity! Thanks for Submitterating, hombrelobo! [Video Link]...
06:37 pm PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing Tim Sweeney, tinkerer
Kotaku's Stephen Totilo interviews Tim Sweeney, creator of the tech behind the Unreal series, Gears of War, and Infinity Blade: "He's a tinkerer, a man who believes he was born five years too late to ...
02:38 pm PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing Tory MP regrets attending Nazi stag party
UK conservative MP Aidan Burley has apologised for any offense given by his attendance at a stag party in France where attendees dressed up like members of the SS, chanted "Himmler Himmler Himmler" an...
01:58 pm PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing Gear cube
This cube made of gears is a great example of some of the really brilliant stuff coming out of the 3D printing scene; it's a phenomenon on Thingiverse, where the method for turning any solid shape int...
10:55 am PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing Congressional staffers behind SOPA get shiny new jobs as entertainment industry lobbyists
Allison Halataei (former deputy chief of staff for House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas)) and Lauren Pastarnack (former senior aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee) have cool new jobs. Havi...
03:45 am PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing Senior Eurocrat praises the net
David Weinberger sez, "Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, has followed up her controversial observation that the current copyright laws do not ...
01:32 am PST - Sun, December 11, 2011
BoingBoing Boombox "cluster" soundsystem
Found at the "Boombox" entry on Wikipedia, this is a soundystem built from fourteen of the 1980s classic Sharp FG-909 boomboxes. The photo is labeled as from the "Zushi Beach Electro Old School Party ...
08:20 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Hollywood locates barrel's bottom
Ogodogodogod, I can't even bring myself to embed this at full-size. Kickstopper where are you when we need you? (Thanks, Fipilele. I guess.)...
06:59 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing US Supreme Court to rule on whether practicing medicine is patentable
The Supreme Court are poised to rule in Mayo v Prometheus, a case that concerns whether medical procedures for adjusting the dosage of an out-of-patent drug can be patented. If the Supremes rule in fa...
05:48 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Norwegian butter supplies dip, prices spike, during high-fat diet mania
Norway's supplies of rich creamery butter have bottomed out as a result of a national high-fat diet mania. I assume the diet is also low-carb but I'm not sure -- the article says that the butter short...
05:01 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Giant men in 1950s advertising
Vintage Ads group contributor extraordinaire write_light's rounded up a collection of "Giant Men" ads from the 1950s, looking like the covers for pulp Ayn Rand fanfic. Friday '50s: Giant Men...
04:28 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Legal humor from the Pro Se files
Pro Se litigation -- where the plaintiff is her/his own lawyer -- is a hotbed of legal humor. Lowering the Bar rounds up some of the weirdest examples from recent history: Joan Newberger v. Department...
03:24 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Gingerbread typewriter is entirely edible
Patti from Baked Ideas made this amazing edible gingerbread typewriter for benefit of City Harvest, and it is displayed at NYC's Parker Meridien Hotel. So. typewriter came to mind a sort of gingerbrea...
02:20 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing CNet's Download.com secretly installs adware with openfree downloads
CNet's Download.com has been secretly installing adware alongside the free and open source software in its archive, in violation of its own stated policies, which claim "zero tolerance" for adware. EF...
01:16 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing TCF bank penalizes kid with $4.85 in his account by charging him $234.95 in fees in two weeks
A young man left $4.85 in his TCF Bank account. TCF assessed him a $9.95 "maintenance fee" for not having enough money in his account. Then they charged him for being overdrawn by $5.10 (ten cents mor...
12:10 pm PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing HP: cat hair is a "biological hazard," voids your warranty
HP refused to service Chris's busted, warranty-covered Elitebook, because a small quantity of cat hair in the fan and on the board constituted a "biological hazard." He seemed to relent later, and he ...
10:50 am PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Universal music files fraudulent copyright complaints with YouTube, censors pro-Megaupload song
Yesterday, I blogged about the tribute raised to Megaupload by several famous recording artists, who objected to their labels' campaign against the service. Overnight, Universal Music filed a series o...
05:56 am PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Give to EFF today, and your donation will be matched 3:1!
There's never been a better time to donate to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading organization fighting to keep the world's Internet free and open. Never a better time because there's neve...
05:42 am PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Bookwheel: the multiple-tabbed browser of the XVIth Century
There I Fixed It has an historical overview of the "bookwheel," a sixteenth-century book-desk combined with a water-wheel, which lets you easily rotate several books into your field of vision. But ima...
04:31 am PST - Sat, December 10, 2011
BoingBoing Everybody's happy nowadays
Ah, civilization! (Via Mitch O'Connell)...
10:44 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Radium infuser for drinking water
I've blogged old radium-based health product ads before, but this one is a bit of a cake-stealer: the Revigator, sold in the 1920s, was a uranium-infused crock that you filled with drinking water so t...
09:58 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Sacred Grounds
"An obsession with brewing protocol is generally the mark of an amateur -- that pitiable person who makes a simple thing complicated in the futile hope of feeling kinship with the professionals. Never...
07:21 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing On the importance of sausage to Rick Perry
Video Link, via Mike Monteiro....
06:30 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Useful vocabulary for the holidays
Kummerspeck Literally, "grief bacon." A German word meaning weight put on through emotional overeating. (via Reddit)...
06:18 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Major artists record song to benefit MegaUpload, even as RIAA vilifies it as a "pirate site"
Drunkenmaster sez, "MegaUpload is one of the main sites frequently vilified by the RIAA and MPAA as a rogue site dedicated to destroying their business models. But top music stars including P Diddy, W...
05:40 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Young people's idea of copyright vs. the law
Andy Baio looks at youngsters' persistent misapprehensions about copyright law, which is stricter than many realize. Exhibit A: a popular YouTube of Pulp Fiction scenes, remixed in chronological order...
05:34 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Chapel claimed to hold Ark of the Covenant needs new roof
Five years ago, I...
04:38 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Body-shaming douche ad, 1932
This 1932 douche ad does some Astaire-grade hoofing around the idea that "your vagina smells bad and you should be ashamed of it," dancing right up to the phrase without ever uttering it. It's a perfe...
04:25 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing World's largest collection of toy soldiers
The Museo de los Soldaditos de Plomo in Valencia, Spain holds the world's largest collection of toy soldiers and miniature figures. There are more than 85,000 of them on display in intricate dioramas ...
04:16 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Law and Order builds replica of Zucotti Park; Occupiers occupy it
Law and Order was shooting an episode about Occupy Wall Street, and the production team built a perfect replica of Zucotti Park, as it was before the brutal eviction of the protesters by NYPD. So memb...
03:31 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Patry's How to Fix Copyright: deftly argued, incandescent book on the evidence-free state of copyright law
William Patry is no copyright radical. He's the author of some of the major reference texts on copyright, books that most copyright lawyers would have on their bookcases, books like Copyright Law and ...
03:15 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing 400-year-old Pendle witch cottage discovered
A construction project in Lancanshire, northern England has uncovered a 17th century cottage that archeologists think was the home of one of the Pendle witches who in 1612 were famously tried for murd...
03:14 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Explore Mars on your computer
Want to check out the surface of Mars the way you'd use Google Earth? HiRise makes it possible. (Via artimusclyde on Submitterator)...
02:59 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Superman saves man hit by car
Medical doctor Heng Khuen Cheok saw a pedestrian hit by a car in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. He rushed to help but was initially rebuffed. Why? Because he was dressed as Superman -- part of his ...
02:53 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing New science in the ruins of Biosphere 2
BoingBoing reader davidsongray visited Biosphere 2 recently, and took some photos of the site. Today, Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona. It's also being used for scientific research pr...
02:34 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing The academic linguistics of LOLspeak
On Submitterator, Musicman pointed me towards this great presentation on LOLspeak as a form of language play, and why people engage in that play. According to Lauren Gawne, who gave this speech last w...
02:32 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Hacker history: videos from early Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conferences
Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 Magazine sez, "As part of a massive archiving project, 2600 Magazine is releasing all of the remastered videos from the second Hackers On Planet Earth conference - Beyond ...
02:15 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Stamp collectors may have outed first Chinese woman in space
China keeps the identities of its taikonauts a closely guarded secret. But a philatelic cover—postmarked envelope, to those of us who don't collect stamps—may have given away the names of ...
01:36 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Fate and the archaeologist
Some archaeologists get to discover Tutankhamun's tomb. Others go down in history for finding Kaiser Wilhelm's urinal. (Via A blog about history and Cort Sims)...
01:30 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo is introducing new collections from 01 The One Watches and Nixon Watches. There is no...
01:03 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing U.S. government seeks to block Manning defense witnesses
The government seeks to block every defense witness named by alleged wikileaker Bradley Manning's defense team. [Threat Level, Wired]...
01:02 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing TV, video games, or Internet: Which activity makes teenagers fat?
I talk a lot about the importance of context in understanding science. The results of one, single research paper do not tell you everything you need to know on a given subject. Instead, you have to lo...
12:52 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing New law would let telemarketers call your cellphone
Telemarketers may soon be permitted to call cellphones at the owner's expense. Here's a campaign to throttle the legislation in committee. [Credo Action]...
12:47 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Nest chair
This heroically impractical Nest Chair, designed by Tjep, is composed of fifty soft branches and can be expanded as needed with more branches as your family grows. I love the shot of the transport pro...
12:30 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Lens Band adds macro shooting to any phonecam
A simple, well-executed idea: a macro lens embedded in a rubber band, making it work with practically any phone that shoots pictures. It is $15 from Photojojo....
12:03 pm PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Toy soldiers cast in silver
Good Art is selling a pricey set of traditional green army men cast in sterling silver -- $2,400 for the set. Just the thing for the one percenter in your life who has everything. Ages 80 and Younger ...
11:46 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Hand-stitched Kanye West tweets
Supervelma sells lovingly-stitched tweets from the mind of Kanye West at Etsy. Discounts are available for anyone who would like a set of three or more tweets....
11:38 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Rumpole at Christmas: curmudgeonly stories for a heartwarming holiday
I'm a lifelong fan of Rumpole, John Mortimer's grumpy, poetry-spouting criminal defense barrister, star of books, TV, and radio. John Mortimer died in 2009, and Rumpole at Christmas was published last...
11:18 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing HTML5 version of Bastion hits Chrome web store
Bastion, the popular action RPG noted for its fantastic art and narration, is now available to play in-browser through the Chrome web store. It's built as a "HTML5" app, so Flash is not required—...
11:18 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Web HTML5 version of Bastion hits Chrome web store
Bastion, the popular action RPG noted for its fantastic art and narration, is now available to play in-browser through the Chrome web store. It's built as a HTML5 app with the Native Client SDK, so Fl...
11:06 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing How To: Make America strong again
Perhaps you've seen Rick Perry's homophobic pean to the establishment of religion. It's the most hated video on YouTube right now. Naturally, there are parodies. First: You don't have to sleep in ever...
11:04 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Hilary Clinton tells world leaders, "hands off the Internet"; US government prepares its own censorship regime
Hillary Clinton's in The Hague, telling world leaders not to censor the Internet. Mrs. Clinton, in her remarks, also cited efforts by countries to change the way the Internet now largely self-regulat...
11:00 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing The diagnosis
I have breast cancer. A week ago, I had breast cancer, and the week before that, and the week before that. Maybe five, eight, even ten years ago, the first bad cell split inside me, secretly. But I di...
09:48 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Understanding the peculiar loathesomeness of Rick Perry's "Strong"
If you watched Rick Perry's viral campaign video Strong, perhaps you were struck with by how it seemed a little off (and no, I don't mean the fact that a blowdried asshole like Perry recorded a video ...
07:31 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing Bots flood Twitter with noise to drown out anti-Kremlin tweets
Russia's contested election have roused the ire of the Russian people, who have risked brutal crackdowns to take to the streets and protest irregularities like ballot-stuffing, which returned Putin to...
03:11 am PST - Fri, December 9, 2011
BoingBoing SFPD sergeant orders officers: "If [Occupy protesters] do not do what you tell them, strike them."
In this video from the kettling of Occupy San Francisco protesters, SFPD sergeant Peter Thoshinsky (helmet #2197) is recorded walking the police line, ordering his officers, "If they do not do what yo...
07:23 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Iranian TV shows downed US drone
BBC: "Iranian TV has broadcast footage of an advanced US drone aircraft that Tehran says it brought down using electronic methods to override its controls." Does anyone else remember the story in the ...
06:22 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing First-hand account of Occupy LA arrest
Patrick Meighan, a writer on Family Guy, describes his arrest at Occupy LA, part of a brutal crackdown on 292 protesters whose belongings were destroyed and who were then subject to cruel (and in Mieg...
06:14 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing TechShop: gifts for DIYers
Our friend Dan Woods at TechShop (a growing chain of membership-based workshops) has some great DIY-based gift ideas. He says: The folks at TechShop are pretty proud of the role the doors theyve helpe...
05:50 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Beautiful custom-made and affordable lap desk
Rogier van Bakel says: As a photographer, I developed repetitive stress injury (RSI) in my right shoulder and wrist last year, due to too much mousing around in Lightroom and Photoshop. The pain got w...
05:37 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing TED's iPhone app
TED's new iPhone app (based on the iPad app that has been downloaded almost 2 million times) has a neat feature called TED Radio, which streams audio of curated TED talks 24/7. As a podcast junkie, I ...
05:28 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Grilled Tree Rat with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce, and other treats from The Hunger Games Cookbook
Who can resist the 150 tempting recipes described in The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, by Emily Ansara Baines?...
05:09 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Al Jaffee: live "Snappy Answers"
The great Al Jaffee went on stage recently at Joe's Pub in NYC for a live version of his classic "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions," which have appeared in MAD for decades. Al is 91-years-old but mo...
05:08 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Kid builds working farm equipment out of Lego
Avi sez, "Warren Seely tore apart his first tractor engine when he was six. When he was about 12, he started making farm equipment out of LEGOs. Warren's LEGO equipment works just like the real thing ...
04:49 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Doctor Dreadful food-making toys
My friend Bob Knetgzer is an amazingly talented toy designer. (He writes the Toy Inventor's Notebook column in every issue of MAKE, too!) He says: I run into a lot of 20-somethings that fondly remembe...
04:22 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing How Lord Sugar taught me to hack stuff
This piece was originally published on a now-defunct website for general audiences. It now lives on here in vaguely inappropriate perpetuity My first computer was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, most likely b...
04:12 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing SOPA is collective punishment
James Losey from the New America Foundation sez, "Sascha Meinrath and I have a new article arguing that bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP amount collectively punishment, something t...
02:45 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Extremely sophisticated, 3D printed (?) ATM skimmer
This ATM skimmer was retrieved from a Chase ATM in West Hills, CA, and it appears to have been 3D printed. It is very sophisticated, with "true geek factor." On the bottom of the fake card acceptance ...
01:47 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a terrarium inside a Christmas ornament
This fairly straightforward HOWTO teaches you to build a tiny terrarium inside a clear glass Christmas tree bauble. If you love terrariums as much as we do, why not trim your holiday tree with a some ...
01:46 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing A New Driving Perspective
ADVERTISEMENT Note: The 2012 Chevy Volt offers an EPA-estimated 35 miles on a single charge based on 94 MPGe [electric] and 35 city, 40 MPG highway [gas]. Actual range varies with conditions. The Chev...
01:42 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Disaster book club: What you need to read to understand the crash of Air France 447
Right now, I'm reading a book about why catastrophic technological failures happen and what, if anything, we can actually do about them. It's called Normal Accidents by Charles Perrow, a Yale sociolog...
12:42 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Gander sauce in the Georgia legislature
State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, has filed a bill requiring mandatory drug-testing for members of the Georgia legislature; it's in response to a Georgia Republican bill that would drug-test parent...
12:40 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Imperial Teen: "Runaway" (MP3)
Sound It Out #9 -- Imperial Teen: "Runaway" It's been nearly five years since Imperial Teen's last record and I have missed them terribly. The band started in San Francisco in 1996 and have managed to...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a fire-breathing animatronic pony
Karen sez, "Instructables user lvl_joe has built the ultimate Fire-Breathing Animatronic Pony from a FurReal Butterscotch play pony." For Maker Faire Detroit 2011, I displayed a hack I made to a FurRe...
11:37 am PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing Yellow Kid Weil: Autobiography of the greatest con man in American history
Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil may have been the greatest American swindler of all time. The Yellow Kid operated in the gold age of the American con, from the late 19th century up to WWII, and became a lege...
11:03 am PST - Thu, December 8, 2011
BoingBoing South African musicians can't get radio play, turn to taxis
Neil sez, "A cool video from VICE Magazine about how musicians in South Africa used taxi drivers to make their own form of Kwaito House music popular in Johannesburg and around the world." And because...
11:22 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing ESP proponents claim that ESP skeptics are psychic, and use their powers to suppress ESP
Clay sez, "Stuart Ritchie, a psychology doctoral student in Edinburgh, worked with two colleagues to try to replicate the results of a famous recent experiment, claiming people could predict in advanc...
10:17 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Writing scam of yore
Short paragraphs? I can write those! Sign me up! Do I need to grow a mustache? 'Cause I've got the glasses. How to Make Money Writing Short Paragraphs...
09:53 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Justin Bieber's Steampunk Christmas video
Cory, this is your fault. Previously....
09:39 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Money is the dark matter of American elections: visualizing political donations since Citizens United
Mike from Mother Jones sez, "For our upcoming "dark money" print package, we chartified the known galaxy of outside political spending groups by their size. As you can see, we ended up with red giants...
09:28 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Grant money to study technology and human trafficking
Noting that "there is little empirical research into the role that technology plays in human trafficking," danah boyd announces a purse of $150,000 in Microsoft money to study the question. Your prime...
08:24 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing NYC landmarks recreated with twigs and plant-matter
Jessica sez, "The 20th annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden features dozens of NYC landmarks carefully recreated using millions of plant parts, like twigs, bark, berries, leaves,...
07:24 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing 17th-century Indian paintings that look like 20th-century Western art
From Maria Popova: Astonishing rare 17th-century Indian Tantric paintings that look like 20th-century Western art....
07:22 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Future Fossils: contemporary technological artifacts cast in concrete
The Bughouse Future Fossils series are a set of highly detailed, weathered concrete castings of near-contemporary technology, from DJ turntables to film cameras to Atari joysticks. They're a nice meme...
07:08 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Computer delivery man just throwing boxes around
Submitted by studentrevolt, this video depicts computer delivery al fresco in Beijing. Video Link [youtube.com]...
07:05 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries, by Tim Anderson
Amazon Encore has kindly given Boing Boing an exclusive excerpt of Tune in Tokyo, a true story by Tim Anderson. Tune in Tokyo is the true story of what happened when a tall, white, gay Southerner deci...
05:44 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing AT&T is the worst carrier in America. Again.
For the second year running, AT&T has taken top honors in the list of America's worst phone companies -- a hotly contested spot! While AT&T's satisfaction score in 2011 wasn't as bad as its ...
05:42 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Ed Piskor's Wally Wood "Illustration Ale" label
Ed "Brain Rot" Piskor says: We have a decent cartoonist scene here in Pittsburgh and it seems that the hub of a lot of activity is our very own Toonseum. As a fundraising measure they, along with a lo...
05:31 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Portrait made from 3 million pen dots
[Video Link] Amy Seidenwurm says: "Miguel Endara used over 3 million dots (and only 1 Micron pen!) to make a beautiful ink on paper portrait of his dad....
05:13 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Jim Woodring: How To Draw Frank
If you have ever wondered, as I have, how to draw the "extravagent rack of cheek meat" that makes up the lower half of Frank's head, you will watch Jim Woodring's instructional drawing video with the ...
05:05 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Nerdy Baby Coloring Book for very young scientists
Children's illustrator Tiffany Ard has just published a Nerdy Baby Coloring Book! What fun! From Nerdy Baby: Can you find the complete circuit? Can you identify different types of cellular life? Or he...
04:59 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Hammer Vault: exclusive new book preview
Here's an exclusive preview of a new book called Hammer Vault, about the maker of famed gothic horror films in the 1950s-1970s. This remarkable journey through the Hammer Vault includes props, annotat...
04:51 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Requirements to be a space taxi for NASA
Air & Space Magazine asked NASA's Commercial Crew Program head Ed Mango about the safety requirements private companies must guarantee to land a contract to taxi future NASA astronauts between Ea...
04:38 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Aviation security expert: TSA wasted $56B on junk security
Ben Brandt, once an aviation security advisor to Delta, has published a scathing indictment of the TSA and its methods, arguing that they've spent $56B on "security" that won't stop terrorists, while ...
04:35 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Mister Handsome: a short film by Jason Wishnow
Our friend Jason Wishnow made this wonderful short film called Mister Handsome, "a love story between a grown-up girl and a mysterious friend from her childhood (plus a case against moving in with you...
04:24 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Chocolate Space Invader
Mark Kizelshteyn says: I've been a hobby maker for a few years, and I recently worked at a FabLab where I learned the "tools," my favorite being the CNC machine. I began experimenting with a chocolate...
04:05 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Little boy talks to Michele Bachmann about his gay mom
Eight-year-old Elijah and his mom attended a Michele Bachmann book signing. As Bachmann greeted the little boy, he told her, "My mommy's gay but she doesn't need fixing." The expression on Ms Bachmann...
03:43 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing People and the fish they resemble
Photographer Ted Sabarese takes photos of people with fish that he believes resemble them. From Juxtapoz: With all the recent, fiery controversy between evolution, creationism, intelligent design, sci...
03:40 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Most hated buzzwords
"Think outside the box" is the most hated buzzword. At the end of the day, however, we have to circle back and touch base with a proactive look at the many other turns of phrase that are no-brainers f...
03:26 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Cloning a wooly mammoth: Harder than it sounds
A Japanese research team has begun the process of cloning a wooly mammoth and thinks it can pull off the job in 5 years. Discover magazine is skeptical....
03:15 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Happy Bear Wednesday!
Celebrate Bear Wednesday with a peek at the awesome strength of grizzly bears, courtesy National Geographic. First, for some reason, we have a guy wrestling a trained grizzly bear named Adam. It's jus...
03:14 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Dog decorating competition
How do you know it's is a dog decorating competition and not a dog grooming competition? When the judge says it's is "a dog grooming competition... not a dog decorating competition." Vice visits the G...
03:01 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Motorola "House of the Future" ads from the 1960s, painted by Charles Schridde
Vintage Ads group participant write_light has posted a fantastic gallery of Charles Schridde Motorola "House of the Future" ads, along with some interesting background on the series: The artist who pa...
02:42 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing BoingBoing featured in anthology of best science writing on the Web
I am very pleased to announce that two BoingBoing posts made it into The Open Laboratory 2012, an anthology of the best science writing on the Internet. The first was written by Lee Billings, an excel...
02:42 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Boing Boing featured in anthology of best science writing on the Web
I am very pleased to announce that two BoingBoing posts made it into The Open Laboratory 2012, an anthology of the best science writing on the Internet. The first was written by Lee Billings, an excel...
02:34 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Afghan Whigs reunite
My favorite band of the 1990s (one of my favorite bands ever, in fact), the Afghan Whigs, will perform for the first time in more than a decade next year at the All Tomorrow's Parties festivals in Lon...
02:26 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Bikini models in H&M ads are four real heads all photoshopped onto the same CGI body
H&M has admitted that the bikini models in its ads are just real models' heads pasted onto a computer-generated "ideal" body. As Jezebel notes, "But man, isn't looking at the four identical bodie...
02:25 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing The last space suit on the Moon
This is the space suit worn by Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan, the last human being to set foot on the Moon. Side note: I knew these suits were heavy. I had not realized how heavy. With 26 layers o...
02:21 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Cool Tools reviews Make's Ultimate Kit Guide
Kevin Kelly at Cool Tools gave a thumb's up to MAKE magazine's Ultimate Kit Guide. Here is a fantastic collection of 175 of the best kits available today. Each one selected, tested, and reviewed by th...
02:13 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing A brief history of the apocalypse
A good soul named Chris Nelson has taken the time to catalog some of history's greatest end-of-the-world predictions and arrange them in a handy timeline format. Use A Brief History of the Apocalypse ...
02:11 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Army sandwich stays "fresh" for 3 years
The US Army has developed a sandwich that doesn't rot even after a few years. It doesn't need refrigeration and isn't freeze-dried. Here's the video clip, from the BBC Four program, "After Life: The S...
02:09 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Optimus Popularis, a keyboard engineered for any layout
Art Lebedev is taking pre-orders for the Optimus Mini Six, Popularis and Aux keyboards. If you have to ask, you can't afford them. Previously: Worlds *est: Art Lebedev Pultius Cudgel-like Remote; Opti...
02:02 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, featuring "Hi, Robot"!
If you visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, you might find daily doses of classic (i.e., old) Super-Fun-Pak Comix. Or, if you're a certain kind of person, you could follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER....
01:43 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Invincible scorpion punishes Serious Sam pirates
Those who pirate Croteam's Serious Sam 3 are in for a surprise. Instead of shutting you down with DRM, the game forces you to do battle with an invincible giant scorpion dual-wielding assault rifles....
01:33 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing The world's first 128Gb NAND Flash Chip
Intel and Micron's latest puts 128 gigabits of storage in a tiny chip designed for use in cellphones, solid-state drives and tablet PCs. By stacking 8 dies, the company says, it'll be able to put a te...
01:23 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Fun facts about the nature of time
Back in September, Discover Magazine blogger Sean Carroll assembled "Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time" pulled from Setting Time Aright, a scholarly/scientific conference on the nature of tim...
01:22 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Construction drawing tutorial from Lackadaisy cartoonist
Behold the Liefeldchilla, one small illustrative component of Tracy Butler's latest drawing tutorial. [Lackadaisycats via Flooby Nooby]...
01:10 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing RIM kills PlayBook root hack; hacker roots it again
RIM's attempts to stop people rooting their PlayBooks are failing. But it will keep trying! Because sunk costs aren't just about money, you know!...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Luxury computers
post presented by Volvo As its qualities are determined by the cutting edge of engineering rather than fashion or component cost, technology defines a competing system of value to traditional luxury. ...
12:55 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Reviewed: LG Nitro HD, Serious Sam 3, Botanicula, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL)
• David Pierce at The Verge reviewed the LG Nitro HD. The lowdown? Don't bother, because better stuff is on the way. • At Ars Technica, Ben Kuchera loves Serious Sam 3, a "hardcore, diffic...
12:18 pm PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing School board member flunks standardized test, speaks out against "no accountability" examinations
Rick Roach, a highly educated, multi-term member of Florida's District 3 school board, took the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (a mandatory standarized test that largely determines a student's ...
11:22 am PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Derek Kirk Kim's Same Difference: slacker Korean-American kids come of age in the Bay Area
FirstSecond has just re-released Derek Kirk Kim's Same Difference, his Ignatz, Harvey and Eisner award-winning indie comic from his early career. The FirstSecond edition is absolutely gorgeous, with a...
10:58 am PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing We Robot conference: legal and policy issues related to robotics
Lee sez, "The next generation of robots will be in homes, offices and hospitals, not to mention driving cars, flying around as drones, and, yes, working as prison wardens. Robots will be programmed to...
07:02 am PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing Petition to get a pardon for Turing's "gross indecency" conviction
The UK government has officially apologised to computing giant and war hero Alan Turing for forcing him to take hormone injections as "therapy" for being gay (driving him to suicide), but now a petiti...
03:52 am PST - Wed, December 7, 2011
BoingBoing HOWTO make a scratch-built carbon-fiber violin
Karen sez, "Instructables user AussieCFViolin has rigged up a carbon fiber violin. This tutorial is an early entry in Instructables' ShopBot Challenge, which is accepting all sorts of creative project...
10:18 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing SETI resumes at Allen Telescope Array
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has resumed at the Allen Telescope Array in northern California. The ATA was in hibernation for months due to a lack of funding. But new cash came i...
09:45 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Paul Di Filippo reviews Cult of Lego
Science Fiction author and bOING bOING contributor Paul Di Filippo reviewed The Cult of Lego, By John Baichtal and Joe Meno for the Barnes and Nobel Review. When I was a child, and well into my adoles...
09:16 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing
Music for an Oil Painting of Circus Clowns Storming the Beach at Normandy by Matt Colquhoun on Mixcloud Yesterday's post about the Nonsense Shopping List Prank received such an overwhelmingly enthusia...
09:16 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Art and music for "Circus Clowns Storming the Beach at Normandy"
Music for an Oil Painting of Circus Clowns Storming the Beach at Normandy by Matt Colquhoun on Mixcloud Yesterday's post about the Nonsense Shopping List Prank received such an overwhelmingly enthusia...
08:42 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Apparatus to focus human body heat for the purposes of cooking potatoes, 1930
I wonder if the "scientists" in this Feb, 1930 Modern Mechanix article ever actually built the potato-cooking apparatus shown here, or whether it was purely for illustration purposes. SCIENTISTS have ...
08:01 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Melbourne cops made to look foolish by protesters in tent costumes get vindictive revenge by stripping protester to underwear in park
Occupy Melbourne surprised the local law by turning their tents into costumes; when police attempted to tear down the tents, they sprouted legs and heads and started running around the park. The cops ...
07:58 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Mark is a hypocritical chicken-eater
Michael Schreiber, the editor-in-chief of Credit.com, interviewed me about my book, Made by Hand. Here's a short excerpt: Mike: Do you have a favorite project from the book? Mark: My favorite project ...
07:54 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Mountaineering refuge perched on a cliffside
This LEAPFactory Refuge Gervasutti is an alpine refuge commissioned by CAI Torino, the Italian Alpine Club. It perches, cantilevered, on a mountainside, offering accommodations and safety to mountain-...
06:59 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Faux Native American fashion
A few months ago, Urban Outfitters launched a "Navajo" line of clothing (including, er, Navjoa Hipster Panties). The Navajo Nation sent a C&D, claiming that the company violated the Federal Trade...
06:57 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Transparent speaker
Swedish design firm People People has prototyped a transparent speaker called "Speaker," which uses WiFi or a headphone jack to receive its signal. Being big is good for sound quality, but not so good...
05:32 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Eric Lumbleau on his Mutant Sounds download blog
Eric Lumbleau is the editor of my favorite music download blog Mutant Sounds, that curates, presents, and contextualizes fine outr, obscure, and out-of-print recordings that, for the most part, have e...
04:54 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Lawsuits hit Carrier IQ and customers
Carrier IQ, makers of controversial and covert software recently found to track user activity on cellphones, is only one of the eight companies sued as a result. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Apple, HT...
04:49 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Portal bookends
ThinkGeek's Portal bookends are a wonderfully geeky way to keep your books from falling off the shelf. Great for the bookish gamers in your life. Portal Bookends (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
04:41 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Vallee, Rucker, and Shirley at TedXBrussels
Three longtime Boing Boing friends/influences/contributors -- Jacques Vallee, Rudy Rucker, and John Shirley -- delivered fascinating presentations at the recent TEDxBrussels event, themed around "A Da...
04:38 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Horrible gifts for gadget fans
Gizmodo lists the worst gadget gifts this holiday season. Do not buy cheap cameras or Android tablets, the iPod Touch, "4G" cellphones, or anything with the phrase "Beats by Dre" on it. To these choic...
04:19 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Facebook "flaw" lets anyone see your private photos
From CNET's Zack Whittaker: "features in Facebook give users access to personal, private and hidden photos that would normally be hidden from view. The flaw, spotted by members of a body building foru...
03:58 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Are 100% of astronomy majors employed?
On Submitterator, ecodeathmarch linked a news report about a new study that found that people with undergraduate degrees in astronomy and astrophysics had a 0% unemployment rate. Is that for real? Fir...
03:50 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Weather warfare and the Cold War
For decades, the US military has experimented with weather warfare, controlling weather to make it a weapon. For example, the US's Operation Popeye seeded clouds over the Ho Chi Minh Trail to hopefull...
03:47 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Sugru and Lego: turn anything into a mount for anything else
I love Sugru, the polymer clay that sticks anything to anything and dries to a durable, dishwasher-safe finish. In this little Sugru ad, they demonstrate how using Sugru to stick single Lego bricks to...
03:35 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Tourist trap dungeon's skeleton turns out to be real
For more than thirty years, the managers of the London Dungeon tourist attraction have assumed that a human skeleton they have on display must be fake. Turns out, it's genuine. A curator from Guy's Ho...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Up The River...
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02:47 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Let's play a game: Guess what's being patented!
Reader iainmclean works in research and development, which means iainmclean reads a lot of patent-ese. Via the new, awesomer Submitterator, iainmclean sent us an excellent example of how the language ...
02:43 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Life-sized brain sculptures made of food
Sculptor Sara Asnaghi has produced a series of sculptures of the human brain molded from various foodstuffs, called "What have you got in your head?" The series includes pieces made from barley, chili...
02:20 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Scientists: How do ethics and culture shape your work?
Recoding Innovation is a National Science Foundation-funded documentary that's basically about the anthropology of science and engineering. If you're a scientist or an engineer, you can participate. H...
02:06 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing A limerick for the Higgs boson
"They said when the collider goes on Soon they'd see that elusive boson Very soon we shall hear Whether Cern finds it this year But it's something I won't bet very much on." — Shelly Glashow, Bo...
01:58 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Potentially habitable exoplanet: The fine print
Kepler-22b is a newly confirmed exoplanet, orbiting a Sun-like star 600 light years away from Earth. The exoplanet sits in the "habitable zone"—a range of orbits around a star that are, based on...
01:39 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Literary greats answer high-school student's survey on "symbolism," 1963
When science fiction writer Bruce McAllister was 16, in 1963, he decided that his English teacher's insistence on seeking out symbolism in literature was a tedious exercise. McAllister, who had just s...
01:30 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Leave your kids alone: a free-range parenting journey
Writing in Boston Magazine, Katherine Ozment recounts how she went from hovering over her kids to keep them from harm to adopting a hands-off regime that let them take risks and play on their own. I h...
12:51 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Cruel kids in A.B. Frost cartoon
David Apatoff of Illustration Art writes about illustrator A.B. Frost (1851 - 1928). As an example of Frost's work, Apatoff included this series about "local scamps who torment a homeless man looking ...
12:22 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Business Software Alliance fractures over SOPA support
Kaspersky Lab has pulled out of the Business Software Alliance (a trade group dominated by Microsoft) because of the group's support for the Internet-killing SOPA law currently working its way through...
12:08 pm PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: Shame (2011)
[Video Link] The World's Best Ever reviews Shame, directed by Steve McQueen (this one, not that one). Shame is the second feature film from visual artist Steve McQueen, and like his previous work, Hun...
11:19 am PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Wreath made out of thread-spools
This (already sold) thread-spool wreath was made by Etsy seller Misstitchery -- it's lovely work. Sale. Thread Spool Wreath (via Craft)...
11:06 am PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Planesrunner: Ian McDonald's YA debut is full of action-packed multidimensional cool, airships, electropunk and quantum physics
Ian McDonald has spent the past two decades blowing the lid off of science fiction with his poetic, dense, lavish novels that span the universe from Mars to Africa, from the future to the past, from B...
09:39 am PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Cory in Zurich tonight
Quick reminder: I'm speaking in Zurich tonight. It's a free event, hope to see you there!...
02:17 am PST - Tue, December 6, 2011
BoingBoing Rebar snakes
Mark Rees, an artist in Suffolk, Virginia, makes cool snakes out of rebar (he's also got a line of reworked horseshoe sculptures): "After the head is formed, it is just a process of bending and twisti...
10:32 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Diana Eng's Smart Scarves: deployable structure pleat pattern, fibonacci knit, and thermochromatic snowflakes
[Video Link] My friend, fashion designer Diana Eng, has introduced her new Smart Scarf Mini Collection. She says: There are three different styles that are created with math, science and technology as...
10:13 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Crabfu reviews the Wacom Inkling
[Video Link] My friend I-Wei Huang, who makes steam powered remote-controlled vehicles, and also designed all the characters in Sklylanders, reviewed the Wacom Inkling, a drawing pen that digitizes yo...
09:54 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing MAKE's MakerBot giveaway
Make is holding a Kit-A-Day Giveaway this month, and we will be giving away five MakerBot 3D printers, along with other fabulous kits from our Maker Shed. To celebrate the release of our latest public...
08:40 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Interview with Marc Franklin, photographer of psychedelic explorers and High Frontiers' art director
R.U. Sirius interviewed Marc Franklin, art director of issue #2 of High Frontiers (the forerunner to Mondo 2000 by way of Reality Hackers), magazine which 17" x 11". I still have the copy I bought whe...
07:11 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing eBoy does Rio
In their campaign to conquer every major city of the world, our friends at eBoy made a print of Rio. (They made a Boing Boing shirt, too, which you can buy for $20)...
06:24 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Dicing onions like a pro
Over at CRAFT, Paul Stern shows how to dice onions like a pro. I find onions almost as loathsome as cilantro, but I like Paul's technique!...
06:13 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Coming: Lego Minecraft sets
Are they coming too late to give for Yule? Minecraft is about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine in the virtual world. You can build anything you imagine with LEGO bricks in the physical...
05:57 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing FBI playset for kids!
Over at our fantastic new Submitterator, Chris Angelucci points us to this delightful FBI playset, complete with tactical vest, lightweight collapsible baton, and real-working handcuffs. Coming soon, ...
05:54 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing 3.8M children in the UK don't own a book
That's what the National Literacy Trust says. Poorer children and boys were less likely to have books, it added. The survey was carried out in September with school-aged children from 111 schools acro...
05:43 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Nonsense Shopping List Prank
Fancy Boy lip glitter, fish poison, left-handed washing glove, turtle mix, non-alcoholic whiskey, daddy butter, and an eye removal kit. These are just a few of the items Greg Benson and Ryan Smith of ...
04:59 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Copyrights vs Human Rights: big publishing and SOPA
My latest Publishers Weekly column is "Copyrights vs. Human Rights." In honor of Human Rights Day on Dec 10, I've written a piece on publishing's shameful support of SOPA, a law that will punish the o...
04:46 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Three sad things Sony did this weekend
1. The new Playstation Vita will only permit one account per device. Prevent people switching accounts easily prevents them switching between accounts in different regions, which have different releas...
04:18 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Incredible high speed water droplet photos
Heinz Maier creates absolutely breathtaking high speed photographs of water droplets using the DIY rig seen above right. Cymaii's photostream (via Imaginary Foundation)...
04:06 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Beatles "collection" t-shirt
Our friends at Chop Shop added a terrific Beatles design to their fun "collections" t-shirt series. WeFab...
04:03 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Steve Lodefink's pinewood racer bodies
Lately, Steve Lodefink, one of my favorite broad-spectrum makers, has been making beautiful pinewood derby cars. I'm sure he will finish them with spectacular paint jobs, but I also like them just the...
03:17 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing A brief explanation of the "Hairy Ball Theorem"
Why hairy balls can't be combed to lie perfectly flat and what that has to do with wind currents on planet Earth. Surprisingly, this is all totally safe for work. Via New Scientist and hectocotyli...
03:10 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Roomba art
A Flickr pool for art made using colored lights, long exposures, and Roombas. (Via Sii Bo)...
03:08 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Ryan Gosling's soulful eyes + smooth statistics
Biostatistics Ryan Gosling will look deeply into your eyes and ask about your p-value. Via Jacquelyn Gill...
03:03 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Science Christmas tree ornaments
Check out this great series of laser-cut wood Christmas tree ornaments, decorated with the pictures of science heroes. That's Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the United States. You ...
03:00 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Rudy Rucker's autobiography: Nested Scrolls
Rudy Rucker sez, "So I decided that Id better write my autobiography before it was too late. What with death and senility closing in! I didnt want my autobio to be overly long or dry. I wanted it to r...
02:50 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Flying robots build structure
ETH Zurich roboticist Raffaello D'Andrea is collaborating with architects on a new building construction technique using flying robots. Their demonstration installation, Flight Assemebled Architecture...
02:36 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing How to find out if someone who claims not to speak Russian really can speak Russian
Take the Stroop Test: Look at the 1st set of words and say aloud the color of the letters that spell out each word. Now look at the 2nd set of words and say aloud the color of the letters that spell o...
02:32 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips - exclusive preview
Fantagraphics has released the first volume in a 12 volume series that will reprint the complete run of Walt Kelly's Pogo comic strip (1948 - 1973). It's called Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday ...
01:58 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing The case of the stolen domain names
Numerous web design advice sites report that their domain names were mysteriously transferred from GoDaddy to another registrar. Though now registered in someone else's name, the DNS records and websi...
01:57 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Alan Moore on Frank Miller's unhinged Occupy rant
Comics's most awesome bearded wizard, Alan Moore, responds to Frank Miller's bizarre Occupy rant, in which the Sin City/300 creator tells off protesters for taking to the streets to protest banksteris...
01:44 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Cat-butt coffee: A critical review
Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. At my local specialty coffee bean store, it sells for $420 per pound—or $10 for a 10 oz. brewed cup. Kopi Luwak is very different from that ...
01:33 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Surrealist animator Cyriak interviewed
Fast Company chats with Cyriak, the brilliant animator behind these. There are now GIFs and donationware MP3 downloads....
01:13 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Enter a word, get fresh techno
Anthony Bowyer-Lowe created Techno Is The Word, which generates techno loops based upon the text you feed it. [via Metafilter]...
12:50 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Giant plastic log cabin ad, 1960
I imagine these things must have been incredibly flimsy, but the ad design itself was rock solid -- looking at this thing for five minutes this morning had me trying to figure out where I could instal...
12:48 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Young adult writers take the SAT, reflect on writing instruction
Katie sez, Does perfecting the art of the 5-paragraph analytical essay make you a better creative writer? How important are things like grammar, spelling, and syntax for a fiction stylist? Do test sco...
12:40 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Did digital photography kill Kodak?
Eastman Kodak, once one of America's most illustrious companies, is nearly out for the count. Trading for a dollar a share, its fortunes now rest on patent lawsuits. Here's Sinead Carew, for Reuters: ...
12:17 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing EA bans customers from playing own games
Rock Paper Shotgun's John Walker is investigating EA's habit of banning customers from playing their own games. All it seems to take is a naughty word on their official forums. The bans prevent even s...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Earrings made of 45s
Amazing to think these earrings that dangled special scratch-resistant 45RPM singles from your earlobes never caught on. From the "Now, Why Didn't I Think Of That?" Department...
11:31 am PST - Mon, December 5, 2011
BoingBoing Brochures from the companies that sell malware to governments
Ars Technica has a small gallery of the latest Wikileaks dump, consisting of brochures from companies that sell malicious software to governments for use in spying on their citizens. I spoke at length...
11:14 am PST - Sun, December 4, 2011
BoingBoing Mind tricks to try and use
On Reddit, a wonderful thread where redditors detail their favorite "mind tricks." Here's a smattering: When I walk through large crowds of people, to avoid walking into anyone, I simply stare at my d...
10:23 pm PST - Sat, December 3, 2011
BoingBoing Mixtapes in Collision
Harmony or stability in the celestial and terrestrial spheres is expressed in the celestial mechanics of Newton and the theory of evolution of Darwin. If these two men of science are sacrosanct, this ...
07:29 pm PST - Sat, December 3, 2011
BoingBoing Grandad's fancy, duded up fleas
SammichesBeCrazy, a redditor, posted these fancy fleas that his grandpa dressed up in tiny clothes, back in olden times. Found these fleas in an old box. Apparently my grandpa caught and dressed them....
06:15 pm PST - Sat, December 3, 2011
BoingBoing Canada's secret police to government: we need torture to keep this country safe
The head of Canada's secret police has asked the government to fight against a proposed ban on information gleaned through torture. The chief of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says that to...
02:39 pm PST - Sat, December 3, 2011
BoingBoing Swiss gov't study: downloading leads to sales, so we're keeping it legal
The Swiss government commissioned a study on the impact of copyright-infringing downloading. The independent study concluded that downloaders use the money they spend to buy more legitimate entertainm...
11:45 am PST - Sat, December 3, 2011
BoingBoing Groovy designer analog scales, 1961
Love the colors of these 1961 bathroom scales -- pretty much every old person I knew when I was a kid had one of these. Contest Entry--Borg Scales, 1961...
10:43 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Stephen Colbert explains SOPA
Colbert explains the science behind the net-killing SOPA, the worst proposed Internet law in American legislative history. Stop Online Piracy Act...
09:46 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Brazen vaporizer heist caught on video
[Video Link] Daniel Mauer of The Local, the NY Times's East Village blog, says: "Here's one you might find funny - some kids stealing a bunch of vaporizers on Black Friday. Looks like they're going to...
09:40 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Shirky on the nature of institutions
Clay Shirky's got another barn-burner of an essay, this one on the call to establish a functional news system with stable places for reporters by creating stable newspapers (Shirky: "like saying that ...
09:28 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Counterfeiting electronics: what it really means
Hardware hacker extraordinare Bunnie Huang explains why the new defense bill, which makes it a crime to sell a "counterfeit" chip to the US military, is going to place an impossible burden on retailer...
08:06 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Hilarious account of a legal bank-robbery
Eminent neuroscientist Moran Cerf got his start as an Israeli military hacker and then as a private security/penetration tester, robbing banks at their own behest over the net. In this hilarious anaec...
08:02 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing David-Michel Davis on What's Trending
[Video Link] Last Night on What's Trending our friend and Gweek guest David-Michel Davis, the Webbys' Executive Director, presented a fantastic Webby Talk entitled, "Staying in to Go Out: Your compute...
08:02 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing David-Michel Davies on What's Trending
[Video Link] Last Night on What's Trending our friend and Gweek guest David-Michel Davies, the Webbys' Executive Director, presented a fantastic Webby Talk entitled, "Staying in to Go Out: Your comput...
07:44 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing 3-D printer makes scaffolding for growing bones
This project at Washington State University is incredibly nifty. Researchers use a 3-D printer to make a bone-like material that can temporarily do the job of bone, while serving as a scaffold for new...
07:23 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Gweek 029: A grab bag of games, apps, books, and sex-farce comics we love
Boing Boings Rob, Maggie, and Mark, and cartoonist Ruben Bolling gabbed excitedly for over an hour about books, games, TV shows, writing implements, comic books, and more! Maggie talks about her book...
07:07 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing RIP world's most adorable vehicle
A short eulogy for Aptera, and the end of electric cars as futurism....
07:01 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling keynote from Art and Environment conference
A reader writes, "Author and futurist Bruce Sterling wraps-up the 2011 Art + Environment Conference at the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno. 28 minutes of laying it down." Goddamn I love lis...
06:28 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing An anesthesiologist's view of the human heart
This is a really fascinating entry in The Guardian's multi-video package about heart health and medicine. Bruce Martin, a British anesthesiologist, talks about his job, anesthetizing patients for hear...
05:57 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Real PACs take their names from satirical PAC-name generator
Nico from the Sunlight Foundation sez, A year ago, you may remember that the Sunlight Foundation launched the PAC Name Generator. It was a light-hearted project to shed light on how political organiza...
05:46 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Scooby-Doo is Veggie Tales for secular humanists
At Comics Alliance, Chris Sims makes such a good argument that I can only gape and think, "Oh my god, why had I never noticed this before?" Because that's the thing about Scooby-Doo: The bad guys in e...
05:33 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing The fine art of the scathing insult
One of the things I enjoy about writing for BoingBoing is the opportunity it's giving me to learn how to write reviews of books. That's not something I'd ever done before I started writing here. And I...
05:25 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Pablo Escobar's drug cartel spent $2,500 per month on rubber bands for bricks of cash
During its heyday, Pablo Escobar's drug cartel spent $2,500 per month on rubber bands for bricks of cash. Mental Floss has a interesting profile of the drug lord. The profits were astronomical at ever...
05:24 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Quantum entanglement demonstrated in macroscopic objects
A pair of diamond crystals, large enough to be seen by the naked eye, have been linked together by quantum entanglement. The diamonds are entangled such that manipulating one affects the other, even t...
05:17 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Shutterstock models are swell make-believe Herman Cain endorsers
Female stock photography models for Cain....
04:52 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Kickstopper: paying Hollywood studios to cease dumb franchise production
The Dork Tower webcomic has a modest proposal: a crowdfunding site called "Kickstopper" that raises funds to persuade Hollywood studios to halt production on tired sequels, franchises, and adaptations...
04:11 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Hot for Teacher: Criminalizing Sex Between Legal Adults?! Nanny of the Month November 2011
[Video Link] Ted Balaker says: The Nanny of the Month Award goes to the Wolverine State pol whose so-called "Hot for Teacher" bill could end up criminalizing sex between consenting adults of legal age...
04:03 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Today in corporate denials: Carrier IQ edition
Spot the difference....
03:51 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing A 16-year-old girl challenges Michele Bachman on same-sex marriage
[Video Link] A brave girl asks Michele Bachman why same-sex couples can't get married. During a town hall, 16-year-old Jane Schmidt, the head of her school's Gay-Straight Alliance, asked the famously ...
03:51 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Ken Russell's documentary photos of London teens
Before the recently deceased Ken Russell made such phenomenal films as Women in Love, The Who's Tommy, and Altered States, he was a documentary photographer. In 1955, when he was still in art school, ...
03:47 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Christmassy leather decorative balls
Ukrainian steampunk leatherworker Bob Basset's taken a departure from his usual masks to produce these Christmas-themed "Mongol" decorative balls. Xmas ball Mongol...
03:40 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Unusual anti-tagging sign
Arbroath says: "Anyone with a suspected marker pen in their trousers is now being closely monitored."...
03:34 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Sheriff locked in jail named after him
Many years ago, I went to a debate in Boulder, Colorado between a drug law reformer and a law enforcement officer on the subject of ending drug prohibition. I'm pretty sure the anti-drug officer was f...
03:22 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing State appeals dismissal in Michael Allison case, 75 years in prison for recording the police
[Video Link] The felony eavesdropping case against Michael Allison (who was arrested for videotaping the police in public) was thrown out by a judge. However the state of Illinois is appealing the dis...
03:17 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Massive giant weta insect as big as your hand
This is a giant weta, an insect found on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island. But this isn't just any giant weta. It's reportedly the largest ever found, weighing in at 71 grams. "She enjoyed the carr...
02:56 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Saturday in San Francisco: Ralph Bakshi at Tikva Records (free!)
Last night was the opening party for the Idelsohn Society's Tikva Records, a pop-up Jewish record store and community space in San Francisco's Bernal Heights. The place is fantastic but it's the upcom...
02:29 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Free Buddha Machine iPad app
The Buddha Machine is a fantastically-fun little gadget that plays loops of experimental music. It's very low-fi, simple, inexpensive ($23!), and still wonderfully entrancing. Of course, there's also ...
01:42 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-piracy group pirated music
An anti-piracy group in the Netherlands pirated the music used in its anti-piracy campaign videos. After musician Melchior Rietveld complained, a board member from a royalty collection agency tried to...
01:21 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Tired and emotional RIM executives force plane to land
In the New York Times, Ian Austen and Susanne Craig report that two executives of RIM were "intoxicated" and unruly on a Toronto-to-Beijing flight, forcing a stop-off in Vancouver to get rid of them....
01:14 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Full-disk encryption works
A paper (paywalled) in the journal Digital Investigation finds that hard-drive full disk encryption works. Police and other investigators are increasingly unable to access the data on seized equipment...
12:28 pm PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Glitch un-launches
Glitch is a whimsical, sweet multiplayer browser-game launched two months ago by Tiny Speck, and it is now un-launching. Having learned a bunch of stuff from both the people who love the game and the ...
11:19 am PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Guide: which US restaurants pay sick leave, living wages? Which have institutionalized racism?
"Consumer Guide on the Working Conditions of American Restaurants" is a 30-page guide to working conditions in popular American restaurants, published by Restaurant Opportunities Center United, a work...
11:00 am PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing A hole in the ground: Storing carbon dioxide thousands of feet below Illinois
One blazing hot afternoon in August of 2010, I stood on a mountain top in Alabama, staring at a styrofoam beer cooler upended over the top of a metal pole. Alongside me were a couple dozen sweaty engi...
08:28 am PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing SpyFiles: Wikileaks claims $5B industry spying on mobile, webmail, GPS users, delivers interactive map showing surveillance by country
SpyFiles, a new project from Wikileaks and several partner organization, is based on 287 secret documents revealing a campaign of mass spying on users of webmail, GPS, and mobile devices, with this da...
07:02 am PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Cory in Zurich next week
I'm coming to Zurich next week to do a series of high-school lectures in connection with the German edition of Little Brother, and while I'm in town, I've scheduled a free lecture, organised by local ...
03:43 am PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing Defibrillator Toaster
Designer Shay Carmon came up with this fantastic concept for a Defibrillator Toaster "to revive your old bread." (Thanks, Ariel Waldman!)...
03:42 am PST - Fri, December 2, 2011
BoingBoing EFF to Copyright Office: let my tablets, consoles, and phones go!
It's time for the triennial Copyright Office hearings on exemptions to the anti-circumvention measures in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Copyright Office will entertain submissions on when ...
10:54 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Your tax dollars at work: misleading, lurid "anti-piracy" ad campaign from US AG and Natl Crime Prevention Council
Nate Anderson reviews the new "lurid" anti-piracy ad from the US Attorney General and the National Crime Prevention Council, and "does for 'piracy' what 'reefer madness' and 'hairy palms' did for an o...
09:58 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Game Boy Super Mario recreated with 18 million Minecraft blocks
A trio of Ur-nerds have recreated the Game Boy's Super Mario Land using Minecraft. They laid 18 million blocks to accomplish the feat. It took 500 hours. Each image is a masterpiece in block placement...
08:53 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Santastic Six: killer mashups for the holidays
djBC has released the sixth Santastic collection, a set of holiday mashups from some of the greatest sonic plunderers in the world (earlier efforts). As always, the Santastic mixes are fantastic. If y...
08:32 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Edible, incredible electrified Ewok village
The Infinite Yums created this elaborate, electrified, edible Ewok village with Rice Krispie treat Death Star. The Ewoks are chocolate, the straw thatching is shredded wheat, trees are texturized kris...
07:18 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Kentucky church bans interracial couples:
The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in rural Kentucky has banned interracial couples from its congregation, following a visit from the Church secretary's daughter and her black African fiance....
06:40 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Kathryn Calder: "Turn a Light On" (MP3)
Sound it Out #8: Kathryn Calder: "Turn a Light On" An instant gloomy-day classic, Kathryn Calders Turn a Light On is lush and lovely with enchanting, layered vocals and a child-like tone. The pedal st...
06:32 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing 365 rock T-shirts a year
Amy Seidenwurm says: Isac Walter has a massive collection of t-shirts, most of them music-related. He puts one on every day, takes a picture of his torso, and posts a story about the shirt on MinorThr...
06:25 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Another great Andrew Loomis art book reprinted: Drawing the Heads and Hands
The good folks at Titan Books have released a beautiful facsimile edition of Andrew Loomis' highly-sought-after instructional drawing book, Drawing the Head and Hands. Earlier this year Titan released...
06:15 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Chase exec: we tricked naive borrowers into taking out subprime loans
An award-winning Chase vice-president has gone public with accusations that his bank deliberately tricked naive borrowers into taking out high-commission loans they could never pay back (his team wrot...
06:02 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Can Lego be considered art?
In The Cult of Lego, my co-author Joe Meno and I devote a whole chapter to art, both works created with bricks as well as art using more traditional media featuring Lego as the subject matter. Despite...
05:54 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing All new Submitterator!
Submitterator is back and better than ever! We learned a lot from our original public submission system (basically a reader-generated blog), and I've made a few key changes to help you get your cool s...
05:45 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing My Flower painting available as a print at Thumbtack Press
I love Thumbtack Press, because they make excellent art prints, offer high quality framing of the prints they sell, and pay their artists a very good commission. I've been offering my work at Thumbtac...
05:24 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Why the study of evolution matters
"Teaching science without evolution is like teaching sentence structure without the alphabet." That's a quote from Carin Bondar, one of the awesome scientists interviewed in this video about why evolu...
05:23 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Carrier IQ latest
Daring Fireball's front page currently offers a great roundup of stories about Carrier IQ, makers of spyware installed on smartphones by carriers....
05:00 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing TSA agent sues over on-the-job sexual assault
The culture of groping runs deep at the TSA: Nilda C. Marugame, a TSA agent from Hawaii, claims that she faced sanctions from her superiors when she reported a sexual assault by co-worker who had gene...
04:44 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing San Francisco: Winston Smith studio show and art sale
Hand-carved collage master Winston Smith, best known for his iconic graphics for the Dead Kennedys, is holding a special studio show and art sale December 9 at Grant's Tomb in San Francisco. Winston s...
04:32 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Sad story about a chimp in space
The life story of Enos, the second primate to orbit Earth, is extremely depressing. In fact, it's significantly more depressing than the life story of Yuri Gagarin, the first primate to orbit Earth. W...
04:23 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Why would a battery burst into flame?
In several crash tests, the battery on a Chevy Volt began to heat up or burst into flame. The battery problems happened a few days or weeks after the impact and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adm...
04:18 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Anonymous library paper sculptor returns, and calls it quits
(images: Chris Scott/Flickr) In September, Cory posted about the exquisite paper sculptures that an anonymous artist was leaving as gifts in Edinburgh's libraries and museums, along with notes of supp...
04:16 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing 5 Photoshop Disasters to astound and amuse
Photoshop Disasters presents a gallery of bizarrely-photoshopped images that made it into print or online. Thought-controlled Air Mouse? Cracks are beginning to appear in the Corner Cubby campaign as ...
04:11 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Honors for Under the Poppy:
Many congratulations to author Kathe Koja on winning the Gaylactic Spectrum award (a prize given to queer-friendly science fiction and fantasy) for her stellar novel Under the Poppy....
04:08 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Heat your home with data
Server farms generate so much heat that they have to run air conditioning year round. That requires energy, which costs money and tends to mean burning more fossil fuels. Meanwhile, in winter, a lot o...
04:04 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Snake charmer releases cobras in tax office
A snake charmer in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was angry that the government did not grant him a plot of land to keep his reptiles. So he went into the state's tax office and released a...
03:42 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing One of the earliest known examples of math homework
It's stuff like this that makes me love archaeology. Turns out, we can trace the concept of math homework back to at least 2300 B.C.E., in ancient Mesopotamia. In the early 20th century, German resear...
03:40 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Dutch copyright group accused of pirating its anti-piracy anthem, music collecting society boss seeks 33% finders' fee for getting musician paid
A musician called Melchior Rietveldt was commissioned by the Dutch copyright-lobbying group BREIN to compose an anthem for an "anti-piracy" video. According to Rietveldt, BREIN licensed his work for a...
03:22 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Some more news about CarrierIQ
the rootkit/spyware that's been discovered on various mobile phones: first, Al Franken asking some pointed questions about it (Go, Al! But come on, you're Mr Net Neutrality, anti-corporatism, and you ...
03:08 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Trailer for John Carter
Here's the trailer for John Carter, the Disney version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars. The characters and sets look gorgeous. The story is by Andrew Stanton (who also wrote Toy Story, A B...
03:07 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Kosovo's futuristic library
Behold: the futuristic glory of Kosovo's central library. Kosovo Public Library (imgur.com)...
02:53 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Is Siri sexist?
"Siri is basically an electronic version of a secretary, who schedules appointments and looks things up for you. In fact, Siri behaves much like a retrograde male fantasy of the ever-compliant secreta...
02:05 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Young Iowan gives lawmakers an earful about his two moms and same-sex marriage
Zach Wells, a sixth-generation Iowan and Eagle Scout, gives incredibly moving, well-spoken testimony to the state legislature on the issue of same-sex marriage, talking about the way that being raised...
01:55 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Mac Lethal: "Look at Me Now"
[Video Link] Nerdy white boy makes pancakes while rapping up a storm. FB, Twitter. The video reached more than a million views in less than a day, thanks to the power of Reddit. (via Joe Sabia)...
01:27 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Genki Sudo and World Order: "Machine Civilization"
[Video Link] Genki Sudo and World Order, "MACHINE CIVILIZATION." An amazing piece of choreography, link sent to us by David Byrne, via Brian Eno. The Coilhouse folks blogged more details about this wo...
01:02 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Aliens: on ice!
Austin's Old Murder House Theater has mounted a rendition of Aliens -- on ice! It's more or less faithful to the original, and it's, well, stupendous: Anyone who has seen Aliens can follow what transp...
12:45 pm PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing The language of the 99 Percent
REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi Brian Stelter has a piece in the New York Times today about language and the Occupy Movement. I was among those interviewed for the article. Within weeks of the first encampmen...
11:56 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Occupy Boston: defiant protest sets down roots
Quinn Norton continues her excellent coverage of Occupy sites for Wired, sending back dispatches from Occupy Boston, which has refused to budge and has established a sophisticated alternative city-wit...
11:20 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Anti-censorship, senator-dialing widget for your websiteblog
Holmes sez, "Fight for the Future have a new way to stop the internet censorship bills: a Senate-dialing widget you can embed anywhere. You enter a phone number and zipcode, it calls you back with tal...
10:52 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Origami stroller: electrified $850 self-extracting stroller
4moms has announced its forthcoming Origami stroller, a $850 baby transportation unit that uses wheel-mounted dynamos to charge batteries that power an electronic chair-folding/unfolding system, as we...
10:42 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. For a limited time, Watchismo is giving you the best deals it can offer on hundreds of style...
07:00 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Nottingham hackspace growing
David from Nottinghack -- the hackspace in Nottingham, England -- writes, "It's been six months since we moved into a 4500 square foot hackspace, in large part thanks to Boing Boing featuring our caus...
04:36 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Croatian transparency activists publish enormous database of government procurements, pointing the way to detecting corruption and fraud
Marko Rakar, leader of a kind of Croatian version of Wikileaks, has once again made a stir in Croatia. Previously, Rakar published a database of fraudulent recipients of veterans' benefits (including ...
02:25 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Aquarius Records t-shirt: "New Wave music is our specialty"
My favorite local independent record store, aQuarius Records in San Francisco, has just reissued this excellent t-shirt design from the late 1970s! For the new run, they embellished the classic graphi...
12:14 am PST - Thu, December 1, 2011
BoingBoing Review of Burzynski Clinic's list of "published research" turns up thin, unconvincing gruel
A followup to Monday's story about a representative from the controversial Burzynski Clinic (a cancer clinic that is presently treating a British girl whose family raised £200,000 for her care) s...
11:59 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Stand With Science: A Call to Congress
[Video Link] John Edgar Park says: You might have heard that congressional debt supercommittee has officially failed its mandate to reduce the federal deficit. As things currently stand, mandatory bud...
11:47 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Sprint loaded spyware on its Android phones
Alan sez, "TechCrunch and others are reporting that a program called "Carrier IQ" that comes pre-installed on Sprint phones has some pretty amazing spyware capabilities, right down to keylogging every...
11:36 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Underground Toy Emporium and Spaceship Parking: Incredible art by Randy Regier
The Fire Fly has landed! On November 10, Randy Regier: H. Maxwell Fishers Underground Toy Emporium and Spaceship Parking opened at Jim Kempner Fine Art, 501 West 23rd Street, NYC, where it remains on ...
11:22 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Denial of service attacks used to cover up fraudulent bank transfers
Brian Krebs documents a sophisticated offline/online attack on banks. Thieves combine a fraudulent wire-transfer to an innocent jewelry store with a denial-of-service attack on the bank that ties up t...
09:48 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Heavily gendered Dutch toy advertising
Mataklap sends in this picture from a Dutch toy brochure. For girls, there's a "washing the dishes" playset. For boys, a microscope....
08:46 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Pepper-spray inventor: "It's fashionable to use chemical agents on people who have an opinion"
Amy Goodman interviews Kamran Loghman, inventor of modern pepper spray and developer of police procedures for its use. Loghman regrets his work today, and says it's "fashionable" to use chemical agent...
08:25 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing How Mark Zuckerberg apologizes: "stuff happened, and it's unfortunate" (not that it's any of my doing)
Facebook has an established pattern: they obliterate privacy defaults in their system, wipe out their users' stated privacy preferences, and then, after a hue and cry, Mark Zuckerberg emerges and apol...
07:30 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Shiny orange floor
Holy crap that's a shiny floor. Congoleum...
06:44 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing 20 minute documentary of Steve Jobs' NeXT years
[Video Link] Mel Marton of TUAW says: The NeXT episode was filmed by John Nathan for a TV series called Entrepreneurs produced by WETA in Washington D.C. Some of the most interesting sections are Jobs...
06:25 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing MAFIAAFire team's latest browser plugin beats the national firewalls of Britain, USA, and China
The creators of the MAFIAAFire browser plugin (which allows you to reach websites whose DNS has been shut down without trial by the US State Department at the behest of entertainment conglomerates) ha...
06:15 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Galaxy Nexus teardown reveals a repair-friendly, tinkerable phone
iFixIt tears down the Galaxy Nexus, the latest "Google Experience" phone (a phone that ships with a stock Android installation and no telco/manufacturer crapware installed) and finds it to be admirabl...
06:12 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Lego minifig display case
Lish Dorset of CRAFT made this nice display case to show off her collection of Lego mini figures. She also wrote complete step-by-step instructions for making one of your own. Project: Lego Display Ca...
05:56 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Illustration for 1952 Ray Bradbury story, The Rocket Man
A stunning two-page illustration by James Bingham from the February 1952 issue of Argosy magazine, for Ray Bradbury's short story "The Rocket Man." I like the futuristic dome shaped house, with tinted...
05:31 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Lego luggage tag in the Boing Boing Shop
What a nice way to meet fellow geeks at the luggage carousel! Comes in a variety of colors. LEGO Brick - Luggage Tag: $4.95...
05:17 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Mayor, er, King Bloomberg announces that NYPD is his Army
"I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world."—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg....
05:07 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing German man sues Pope for violating seatbelt laws by standing and waving from popemobile
A German man is suing the Pope for violating seatbelt laws on his visit to Dortmund by standing up in the back of the popemobile and waving (rather than remaining seated and buckled in, as the law app...
04:31 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Wall Street Journal reports LAPD made payments to Occupy LA protesters
Well, not exactly. But, "disburse" was an interesting choice of verbs in that there headline up there. (thanks, Alec MacKaye!)...
04:22 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Review of Mint app for iPad
Over at credit.com, I reviewed the new Mint app for iPad. I’ve been a user of Mint, a personal finance website, for several years, and it has become an essential tool for keeping track of my exp...
04:13 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing New video of incredible model railroad in Hamburg: Miniatur Wunderland
[Video Link] Theresa Schuette of Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg says: The brand new video about the largest model railway of the world is online as of today. Our miniature landscape is worth 15.000.000 E...
04:03 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Expressive octopus-with-lanterns statue
The expressive insouciance of the tentacles are what really make this wonderful lantern-bearing-octopus sculpture by Scott Musgrove. Scott Musgrove (via Super Punch)...
03:48 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Build notes for a tiny house
Caleb says: "I blogged almost every detail of building a small green tiny-ish house to rent out in our backyard where our garage once was. It even includes a public Google spreadsheet of our costs."...
03:31 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing TED2012 Fellowship applications open
This is a great opportunity for creative people from around the world to present their work. I've met a few TED Fellows and they are some of the most interesting people I know. TED Fellows is an inter...
03:01 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Gingerbread AT-AT
This gingerbread AT-AT Walker is on display at Orange County's Discovery Science Museum. It's the creation of Black Market Bakery, and a fine addition to the AT-AT remixes we've featured over the year...
03:00 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Terry Gilliam: the difference between Kubrick (great filmmaker) and Spielberg (less so)
[Video Link] Mike Springer from Open Culture says: Terry Gilliam has never tried to hide his feelings about Hollywood. Its an abominable place, he told The New York Times in 2005. If there was an Old ...
02:46 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Afri-Cola commercial (1968)
[Video Link] Here's the video of a 1968 TV commercial for Afri-Cola that Cory wrote about in 2005. Love the soundtrack! (Via Cynical-C)...
02:31 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Fun paper puzzle
Futility Closet showed me how "University of Toronto math professor Ed Barbeau can take a rectangular piece of paper and, using only a pair of scissors, produce the object pictured above." Can you fig...
02:20 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Hollingsworth Hound and the American Dream of Upward Mobility
Visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, for carefully constructed humor pieces, crucial information and thought-provoking essays, and follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER for bursts of blurted inanity and e...
02:11 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Serge Gainsbourg's African-inspired "New York USA"
[video link] Here's Serge Gainsbourg in a 1964 music video for "New York USA," a track from his excellent concept album "Gainsbourg Percussions." The album, recorded with French jazz star Alain Gourag...
01:57 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Short documentary about computer generative art
[Video Link] Rusty Blazenhoff of Laughing Squid says: Off Book | Generative Art Computers, Data, and Humanity is the latest short web documentary from the ongoing PBS Arts series that explores t...
01:53 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Google implements "forward secrecy" in its encrypted traffic, releases improvements to SSL library for all to use
Google has changed its procedures to enable "forward secrecy" by default on all its search-traffic. This means that part of the key needed to decrypt the traffic is never stored, so that in the event ...
01:40 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing San Diego police arrest congressional candidate for voter registration in Civic Center Plaza
Democratic congressional candidate Ray Lutz was arrested for registering voters in San Diego's public Freedom Plaza (AKA Civic Center Plaza), where the local Occupy protest has taken place. The San Di...
01:39 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Field guide to Coelacanth replicas
Over at Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman posted a great survey of various Coelacanth replicas currently available! Coelacanths were thought to have been extinct for 65 million years until one was found aliv...
01:07 pm PST - Wed, November 30, 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...
11:47 am PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Egyptian port-workers refuse to sign for tons of US-made tear-gas shipped in by Ministry of the Interiorworkers
Five port workers in Cairo refused to sign for a shipment of 7.5 tons of tear-gas from the US, fearing that it would be used against demonstrators; another 14 tons of tear-gas were expected from the U...
11:32 am PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Nerdy guys as infantile: old ad
This 1960s Squirt ad comes to us from a moment when nerdy was equivalent to "childish" -- a funny reversal from the usual "nerdy guys are prematurely aged" trope (though prematurely aged nerds of this...
11:02 am PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Moving House, sweet picture book about a house that lobbies to keep its family from moving out
Mark Siegel's Moving House is a picture book about a house that decides to keep its family from moving away by aggressively lobbying the children. The night before Joey and Chloe's family are to leave...
09:35 am PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Study: Bandwidth hogs aren't responsible for peak network congestion
David Weinberger does a great job summarizing a paywalled report by Benot Felten and Herman Wagter, who investigated ISP usage patterns in five-minute-increments to see if "bandwidth hogs" were really...
06:57 am PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing Global Chokepoints: new activist coalition monitors censorship through global copyright enforcement rules
A global coalition of activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation have created "Global Chokepoints," a worldwide initiative to monitor censorship arising from copyright enforcement. G...
12:23 am PST - Wed, November 30, 2011
BoingBoing High-status trades indicated by enormous cigars in 1943
This 1943 ad for humongous cigars enumerates all the high-status trades of the day, a strange mix that includes "metallurgist" "dramatist" and "munitions maker." Who IS that man with the huge ... ciga...