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10:12 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing On Booth Babes
Tech writer Glenn Fleishman doesn't mind attractive people trying to get him to pay attention to their products. But "companies that rely on models whose various assets are stress-testing spandex or e...
10:05 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Project Unbreakable
Grace Brown created "Project Unbreakable" in October, 2011, and it appears to really be gathering momentum online. The idea: "Use photography to help heal those who were sexually abused by asking them...
09:48 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Did a UK fashion marketer rip off logo for iconic punk band CRASS?
At left, the CRASS logo, first seen in the mid-1970s. Center and right, a recent design for the UK garment retailer "Hardware," which appears to have repurposed the CRASS logo after 35 years of prior ...
09:21 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Stereogranimator: transform historical stereographs from NYPL archives into animated gifs and 3d images
Above, "Dixon crossing Niagara below the Great Cantilever Bridge," U.S.A., 1895-1903. And you can make your own, with Stereogranimator, a new project from NYPL Labs. Stereogranimator is " a tool for t...
08:29 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing VA state senator attaches rectal exam amendment tacked on to anti-abortion bill
"To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to h...
08:29 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing VA state senator attaches rectal exam amendment to anti-abortion bill
"To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to h...
08:27 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing First World Cat Problems
I approveof this meme. (thanks, Antinous!)...
08:09 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Object Breast Cancer: visualizing tumors through art
Above, one of the bronze sculptures to emerge from the Object Breast Cancer project by art duo caraballo-farman. Snip from the project description: 1.3 Million women in the world are diagnosed with br...
07:28 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Crabby frog
[Video Link] Three happy Boing Boing readers and one troll. (Via Arbroath)...
07:23 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing John Scalzi introduces his 13-year-old daughter to an LP
[Video Link] Apparently, so many people thought this was staged that Scalzi disabled the YouTube comments and asked Athena for a comment....
07:12 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Junk-market door as a desktablestreetdoor
This table, from Italy's Manoteca, is made from a junk-market door and a lot of style: Made from a door found at a outdoor market in Modena, the table is outfitted with a custom steel frame and new hi...
07:02 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Dad and kids play Depeche Mode
Joel Johnson turns us on to Dicken featuring Milah and Korben performing "Everything Counts" by Depeche Mode. This is fantastic. I just can't get enough. (See what I did there?)...
06:32 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing eBay: "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" vintage cover photo
My friend Randall de Rikj, noted collector of vernacular photographs, shares with us this absolutely magnificent snapshot used on the cover of Ransom Rigg's young adult novel Miss Peregrine's Home for...
04:56 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Canadians from all corners of industry, culture, education, law and civil society oppose Canada's SOPA
Michael Geist sez, "Throughout the fall, I ran a daily digital lock dissenter series, pointing to a wide range of organizations representing creators, consumers, businesses, educators, historians, arc...
04:54 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Ken Hollings lectures on John Cage
My friend Ken Hollings is a master at connecting the dots between avant garde art history, outr culture, weird science, and basically everything that interests me. You might recall that Ken is the aut...
04:24 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Psychotronic generators, pi-rays, Egyptology, and orgone accumulators
Toys And Techniques posted several wonderful scans from Christopher Hills' fantastically-titled "Rays From The Capstone: The story of the psychotronic generator of the pi-ray and the incredible coffer...
04:20 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Dog delivers receipts to customers at vet's office (video)
[Video Link] (thanks, Joe Sabia!)...
04:10 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Meet Mexican tattoo diva "La Mujer Vampira," Mary Jose Cristerna
Mexican tattoo star Mary Jose Cristerna, better known as "La Mujer Vampiro" (Female Vampire), poses during the Venezuela Tattoo Expo in Caracas, January 27, 2012. She is a 35-year-old attorney. 98 per...
04:10 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Meet Mexican tattoo diva "La Mujer Vampira," Maria Jose Cristerna
Mexican tattoo star Maria Jose Cristerna, better known as "La Mujer Vampiro" (Female Vampire), poses during the Venezuela Tattoo Expo in Caracas, January 27, 2012. She is a 35-year-old attorney. 98 pe...
04:01 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Young woman can say any word backwards, instantly (video)
"Alyssa Talking Backwards." (thanks, Joe Sabia!)...
03:59 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Rupert Murdochs Mind, 140 at a time
NYT's David Carr, on the News Corporation CEO's foray into Twitter: "The rules of effective tweeting for business leaders are no different from the ones for us mere mortals who want to both express ou...
03:55 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Strange blue gelatinous balls fall from sky
Weird blue gelatinous balls, about 3cm in diameter, rained on Steve Hornsby, of Dorset, England during a hailstorm last week. He collected them in a jam jar and put them in his refrigerator. From the ...
03:16 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Patrick Farley is back: "The First Word" webcomic explains language's origin
Patrick Farley is one of the greatest and most maddeningly irregular webcomics artists working today. We've been covering his work for a decade, and a new Farley is always cause for celebration. His l...
02:44 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Attorney General set to destroy tens of millions of users' legitimate MegaUpload files
An attorney for MegaUpload -- which was shut down by the US government earlier this month, and whose assets have been frozen, following copyright complaints from the entertainment industry -- says tha...
02:27 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Game clones swarm Facebook
Dean Takahashi on the relentlessness machinery of Zynga's game-cloning operation, whereby it minimally modifies others' work and sues those who treat it likewise. Nimblebit drew some blood last week w...
02:10 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Ex-LAPD deputy chief wins Ask Obama contest with pro-drug-legalization question
Tomangell sez, "A question advocating marijuana legalization from a retired LAPD deputy chief of police won twice as many votes as any other video question in the White House's 'Your Interview with th...
01:23 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing "Worlds Largest Emerald" fails to attract bid at auction
Who would pay $1.15m for a 57,500-carat emerald from a guy in an Ed Hardy shirt who admits dying the stone green, and who was arrested last week on unrelated fraud charges? No-one. [Vancouver Sun via ...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Oh Shit! images of overmatched, imminent failure
Safwat sez, "'Oh Expletive!' is a series of clever illustrations by graphic designer Safwat Saleem, each depicting that 'Oh [email protected]#!' moment familiar to anybody who's ever had the odds stacked against the...
12:15 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 037: Donald Duck is High on Arrival
Gweek is a weekly podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My hos...
12:07 pm PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed Hilbert curve as scrunchie
Wagner James Au writes in with novel uses for a 3D printed Hilbert curve like the one I blogged last week: "Mathematician Henry Segerman creates copies of a 3D printed Hilbert curve he originally made...
11:50 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Brits deported from U.S. for Twitter jokes
Two British tourists landing in L.A. were detained and deported because of tweets joking about "diggin' up" Marilyn Monroe and "destroying" America. According to DHS paperwork, Leigh Van Bryan was mat...
11:50 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Tourists deported from U.S. for Twitter jokes
Two U.K. tourists landing in L.A. were detained and deported because of tweets joking about "diggin' up" Marilyn Monroe and "destroying" America. According to DHS paperwork, Leigh Van Bryan was matche...
11:50 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Tourists deported from U.S. for Twitter jokes (Updated)
Two U.K. tourists landing in L.A. were detained and deported because of tweets joking about "diggin' up" Marilyn Monroe and "destroying" America. According to DHS paperwork, Leigh Van Bryan was matche...
11:45 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": Minding the beeswax
"My Favorite Museum Exhibit" is a series of posts aimed at giving BoingBoing readers a chance to show off their favorite exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the...
11:30 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": A 13-pound gold nugget
"My Favorite Museum Exhibit" is a series of posts aimed at giving BoingBoing readers a chance to show off their favorite exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the...
11:28 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Witch Doctor: demented graphic novel about a metaphysical epidemiologist bent on stamping out incipient Cthulhuism
Under the Knife is the first collection of Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner's charmingly demented graphic novel Witch Doctor, which concerns th travails of Dr Vincent Morrow, a metaphysical epidemiolo...
11:21 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Study: Ultrasound halts sperm
The latest prospect in male contraception: blasting your reproductive organs with ultrasound, thereby halting the production of sperm. Experiments on rats using the technique dropped sperm counts to 1...
11:15 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": The Poulton Elk
"My Favorite Museum Exhibit" is a series of posts aimed at giving BoingBoing readers a chance to show off their favorite exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the...
11:03 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing Hollywood: a corrupt empire, founded by pirates
Writing in the Toronto Sun tabloid, Alan Parker rails against the corruption of the entertainment industry, and the hypocrisy of the way that they've painted Kim Dotcom and MegaUpload: "The film corpo...
11:00 am PST - Mon, January 30, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": A collection of beloved collections
Last week, I asked BoingBoing readers to send me images and stories about your favorite museum exhibits—beloved displays and collections squirreled away in museums that might not have a big prof...
09:42 pm PST - Sun, January 29, 2012
BoingBoing Mika explains Spiderman movie
[Video Link] I could listen to Mika explain movies all day long. Here's her take on Titanic and Inception, too....
03:08 am PST - Sun, January 29, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO mix a grody-looking Alien Brain Hemorrhage cocktail
This revolting thing is a cocktail called an "Alien Brain Hemorrhage": "To make an alien brain hemorrhage cocktail, fill a shot glass halfway with peach schnapps. Gently pour Bailey's Irish Cream on t...
06:21 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Jeff Meadows' funny painted shoes
Artist Jeff Meadows did a great custom paint job on his shoes! From an interview with him on Illustration Mundo....
06:13 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Infographic: Hollywood's long war on technology
You know, when I was sitting down with entertainment execs on a regular basis to debate applied, practical technology choices in DRM standards bodies, their constant refrain was, "We love technology! ...
05:11 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Papercraft Viewmaster and Etch-a-Sketch
Marshall Alexander made these free downloadable papercraft Etch-a-Sketch and Viewmaster models. He notes, "Instead of creating exact paper replica's I chose to do very simple interpretations that fit ...
03:50 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Little Brother play, extended
The San Francisco Chronicle loves the stage adaptation of my novel Little Brother, and brings the welcome news that its run has been extended by two weeks!...
03:19 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Space-age Lestoil ad
From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, this contribution by V.Valenti, showing a superb space-age Lestoil ad. Lestoil Woman of the Future, 1968....
02:42 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Mini collapsing traffic cone from 3D printer
[Video Link] I was up at the MAKE offices earlier this week and saw this little traffic cone that the interns made on a MakerBot Cupcake 3D printer....
02:17 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA's number two admits industry "not comfortable" with the Internet
A great Mike Masnick Techdirt editorial deals with MPAA second-in-command Michael O'Leary's statement that, "[the Internet is] a platform we're not at this point comfortable with." The MPAA's O'Leary ...
01:14 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing More cracks in YouTube's takedown process reveal how media giants and corporations get to claim copyright to things they don't own
An unsigned rap group called After the Smoke couldn't post their song "One in a Million" to YouTube because every time they tried, it generated a YouTube content-match error saying that Universal Musi...
12:06 pm PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Approximating the Hilbert curve with 3D printers
Thingiverse's Tony Buser has an amazing approach to approximating the Hilbert curve, as Make's Sean Ragan explains: Veteran Thingiverse user Tony Buser has printed a model (intended to be an approxima...
10:58 am PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing WSJ's partisan approach to climate change vs. science
The Wall Street Journal published a letter expressing skepticism about anthropogenic climate change signed by a group of engineers, retired weathermen, and scientists from fields other than climate sc...
07:02 am PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Using bundles of PVC pipes to make motion-blurred sculptures
Kang Duck-Bong is a Korean sculptor who makes pieces from bundled PVC pipes that appear to be in rapid motion. Disguise 1: pvc pipe, urethane paint, 90x28x55cm, 2011 (via Kottke)...
03:57 am PST - Sat, January 28, 2012
BoingBoing Lego Moleskine notebooks
I already have a lifetime supply of notebooks, but I'll be buying these Lego Moleskines just in case there's a mortality cure coming down the pipes....
09:40 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter, partnering with Chillingeffects.org, publishes a year's worth of DMCA takedown notices (all 4,410 of them)
From an article by Jake Brodkin at Ars Technica: "Twitter has taken the unusual step ofmaking DMCA takedown notices public, in partnership with Chilling Effects, a project of the Electronic Frontier F...
09:18 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Nada Surf - "Waiting For Something" (MP3 download)
Sound it Out # 15: Nada Surf "Waiting for Something" Nada Surf has been playing intelligent and catchy guitar-based rock music for two decades. Their records are lush and beautifully written, and the ...
08:49 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing EFF: "What Does Twitters Country-by-Country Takedown System Mean for Freedom of Expression?"
An explainer from Eva Galperin at the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Twitter's "country-based tweet takedown" news. The key point here, which has been missing in much of the initial coverage, is th...
08:14 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Best practices for fair use in libraries
Pat Aufderheide sez, When is it OK for me to put copyrighted material on e-reserves for students? I've got an ancient VHS and the company that made it is defunct. Can I copy it to DVD for a prof's cla...
07:54 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Video for "Brothers," by The War on Drugs
[Video Link] Amy Seidenwurm says: "'Brothers' by The War on Drugs was possibly my favorite song of 2011. They just released a supremely creepy video for it."...
07:33 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for Ethos: the truth about the U.S. Government and its corrupt system
[Video Link] Sounds like this documentary explores the same kind of mass psychological manipulation that Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays invented to convince Americans that it was a good idea to get in...
06:37 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Klaus Schulze, live Moog madness from 1977
Klaus Schulze pilots his Moog spaceship through the composition "For Barry Graves" live in 1977. The track can be found on "La Vie Electronique Vol. 5." The Klaus Schulze La Vie Electronique series, w...
06:05 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Here's the utterly inconsequential recording that resulted in NZ PM John Key ordering raids on the free press
Juha Saarinen sez, 2Johns2Cups by goldenturkey New Zealand media were raided by police last November just before the general election, after the incumbent centre-right Prime Minister John Key made a c...
05:54 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing LA airport security scare caused by TSA mistaking insulin pump for gun
At Los Angeles International airport early this morning, TSA screeners mistook a woman's insulin pump for a gun. Screening and boarding at Terminal 4 were delayed as airport authorities searched for a...
05:26 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Those racist, crazy 1990s Ron Paul newsletters? He signed off on every single one, associates say
It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product...He would proof it." Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Ron Pauls company and former supporter of the Tex...
05:20 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing The Great Hall of Hams
A worker checks in a special room where the Parma hams are hung to dry in Langhirano near Parma. Prosciutto di Parma can only be produced in a very restricted area of 29 sq km (11.2 sq mile) around th...
05:14 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Art Spiegelman exhibition in Angouleme, France
[Video Link] Short video of Maus creator Art Spiegelman getting a hero's welcome in France, where a museum in Angouleme is exhibiting a retrospective of his work. (Via Potrzebie)...
05:01 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-aging mouthpiece
"This easy-to-use beauty and skincare product was developed by an ordinary housewife. Chikako Hirama was simply concerned about her own age and wanted an easy way to combat those telltale lines. Just ...
04:53 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing RePress: a WordPress plugin for proxying around national firewalls
RePress is a new WordPress plugin that turns any WordPress site into a proxy that can be used to circumvent national firewalls, including the systems used in The Netherlands, Italy, Finland and other ...
04:29 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing FBI to increase monitoring of Twitter and Facebook, seeks help building new surveillance app
From the Guardian: "Earlier this month the FBI quietly published a request for information (RFI) looking for companies that might help it build a new social network monitoring system looking at "publi...
04:26 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Hubble Space Telescope power interface console on eBay
If you're working on a DIY version of the Hubble Space Telescope, this may come in handy. It's apparently the Vehicle Power Interface Console used at the Goddard Flight Center during pre-launch testin...
04:19 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Did NYPD police chief violate code of conduct by lying about Islamophobic video?
Gothamist digs into whether NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's statements and actions regarding the production of an Islamophobic propaganda film "screened on a continuous loop for over 1,200 NYPD officers...
04:06 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing A lovely photo of a plastic bag
Photographer Edi Go made a beautiful photograph of an ugly plastic bag. "Elastic" by Edi Go (Behance, via Imaginary Foundation)...
03:53 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Earth station satellite facility home for sale
After noticing a lack of space for Rob's vintage synthesizer collection, Happy Mutants has decided not to purchase the ICBM silo and air park for sale in New York's Adirondacks. Instead, we have our s...
03:45 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Top RBS bankster's compensation in visual context
Dunchead sez, "RBS boss Stephen Hester has accepted his bonus of 963,000 on top of his annual salary of 1.2 million. RBS is 80% owned by the UK taxpayer. This image represents his annual income as 2.2...
03:27 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Newt Gingrich's pro-medical marijuana letter to Journal of the American Medical Ass'n., 1982
"On Sept 16, 1981, Representative Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant. We believe licensed physicians are comp...
03:19 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Documentary about the Langley Schools Music Project
Several years ago, VH1 made a documentary about the Langley Schools Music Project, and you can watch the whole thing on YouTube. If you're not hip to the Langley Schools Music Project, you're in for a...
03:14 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Richard Branson: Its time to end the failed war on drugs
"Just as prohibition of alcohol failed in the United States in the 1920s, the war on drugs has failed globally. Over the past 50 years, more than $1 trillion has been spent fighting this battle, and a...
03:10 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Madonna's cautionary AIDS comic, handed out at a 1987 concert
From Ethan Persoff's ongoing chronicles of vintage weird ephemera: COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #7 - MADONNA ON AIDS. This public health pamphlet was handed out at one of her concerts, one night only, in 1987...
02:38 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing In Russia, tiny protest sparks big police response: LEGO minifigs, South Park dolls, and Wall-e demonstrate for democracy
(Photo above: RFE-RL; below, Ivan Krupchik.) Authorities in Russia are investigating the legality of a "doll demonstration" demanding "clean elections" in the Siberian city of Barnaul, and looking for...
02:35 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Political Contributions from Financial Sector Increased 700% Since 1990
Nicko Margolies from the Sunlight Foundation sez, "A new analysis prepared by the Sunlight Foundation shows that wealthy financial sector donors gave $178.2 million in political contributions in 2010,...
01:31 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO build a Tardis, the adorable German schoolteacher way
Sillysparrowness, a self-described "German teacher with a leaning towards silliness," described the process by which she came to build a beautiful, obsessively finished Tardis. I built a TARDIS (Thank...
12:39 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": Where exhibits come from
Earlier this week, I challenged readers to send me photos of their favorite museum exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the tourism pantheon. Over the next few d...
12:23 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Trickster Santa and the Real Revolution, by Tiffany Lee Brown
Photo of Tiffany Lee Brown by Wiley Wiggins Someday I hope to share with you audio from an interview I conducted with Mr. Wilson, but it's entirely possible the old cassette is long gone. I'm still lo...
12:22 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter adopts country-specific censorship regime - how will that work?
As Xeni wrote, Twitter has adopted Google's tactics for coping with legally binding censorship demands: from now on, when it receives a legal demand to censor a tweet, it will only censor that tweet f...
12:18 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": Two nuclear bombs, slightly dented
Earlier this week, I challenged readers to send me photos of their favorite museum exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the tourism pantheon. Over the next few d...
12:04 pm PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing EMI VP opposes SOPA, thinks better products at better prices will solve piracy
EMI's VP of Urban Promotions Craig Davis opposes SOPA and legislation like it, and thinks the solution to piracy is better products at formats and prices that customers like. TorrentFreak's Ernesto wr...
11:09 am PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Software piracy is vital to preservation
A PC World editorial by Benj Edwards recounts the history of "copy protection*" for software, and discusses how the cracks-scene, which busted open these software locks, is the only reason the legacy ...
08:54 am PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Portuguese rights society presents lists of supporters for a digital media tax; composer says he never gave consent to be included on the list
Carlos sez, "A Portuguese Authors Association was caught faking authors' names in support of an abusive proposed law to add a copyright tax to every gigabyte of digital storage." Antnio Pinho Vargas (...
07:01 am PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Polish MPs wear Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA
The streets of Poland have erupted in protest on the eve of the country's signing onto ACTA, the secretive copyright treaty that is being rammed through many European Parliaments this year. Members of...
06:42 am PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Scunthorpe photographer faces down abusive security guards at Golden Wonder factory who want to enforce imaginary law against taking pictures from the public pavement
In this video, Hamst, a proud resident of Scunthorpe who enjoys taking photos of local landmarks for the Visit Scunthorpe site confronts two very nasty security guards for the Golden Wonder factory. T...
06:27 am PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Chief ACTA Eurocrat quits in disgust at lack of democratic fundamentals in global copyright treaty
Kader Arif, the EU "rapporteur" for ACTA (a copyright treaty negotiated in secret, which contains all the worst elements of SOPA, and which is coming to a vote in the EU) has turned in his report and ...
03:10 am PST - Fri, January 27, 2012
BoingBoing Future World Orchestra: Desire (1982)
A modern electronica duo can only dream of being as good as Future World Orchestra. [via Robert Popper]...
10:56 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Robert Hegyes, aka "Juan Epstein," RIP
"Hey, Mr. Kotter, I got a note!" Robert Hegyes who played Juan Luis Pedro Philippo DeHuevos Epstein on "Welcome Back Kotter" has died. "Robert Hegyes dies at 60" (Variety)...
09:07 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": The Bishop's Rectum
Earlier this week, I challenged readers to send me photos of their favorite museum exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the tourism pantheon. Over the next few d...
08:52 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing "My Favorite Museum Exhibit": Arab Courier Attacked by Lions
Earlier this week, I challenged readers to send me photos of their favorite museum exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the tourism pantheon. Over the next few d...
08:26 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Three extra hours a day
Brian Lam on finding happiness after absorbing too much Internet as a too-busy website editor. With my three extra hours a day, I will often go to the beach. Cook a healthy meal. Do a bunch of exercis...
08:25 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage photos transformed into superhero portraits
Rachel Hobson of CRAFT correctly figures (in my case, anyway), " you'll enjoy this series of vintage photographs that have been transformed into portraits of superheroes by artist Alex Gross."...
08:15 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Tibet: China's bloody crackdown on Tibetan protesters escalates, as self-immolations continue
Ethnic Tibetans throughout Tibet this week held some of the largest demonstrations against Chinese rule in four years. The Chinese military responded by shooting protesters. Up to 5 are said to have b...
07:31 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter caves to global censorship, will block content on country-specific basis as required
A new Twitter policy which goes into effect today allows the social network "to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country," so that Twitter can further expand globally and "enter co...
07:31 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Bank robber shoots himself in foot
[Video Link] A bank robber in Brazil shot himself in the foot. In the video he is seen limping away with his cohorts. He was later arrested while receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. (Via Arbroat...
07:24 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Report: North Carolina aviation company handled extraordinary rendition flights for CIA
From Physicians for Human Rights: "A report (PDF) prepared by professors and students at the University of North Carolina School of Law states that the CIA has been relying on Aero Contractors, Ltd., ...
07:19 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Toronto teens send Lego Minifig up 78,000 feet
Goli of MAKE says: Two young makers from Toronto, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both age 17, successfully sent a Lego minifig and four cameras to roughly 78,000 feet elevation on a homemade weather bal...
07:17 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing The MegaUpload Shutdown Effect
"With enough global data, you can actually see the traffic drop when the shutdown occurs." Internet traffic analysists at Arbor Networks examined recent worldwide data flow and determined that Megaupl...
07:13 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing How a dead paper mill in Finland became a model for future Google data centers
"In February of 2009, Google paid about $52 million for an abandoned paper mill in Hamina, Finland, after deciding that the 56-year-old building was the ideal place to build one of the massive computi...
07:01 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Guatemala: at long last, ex-dictator Rios Montt in court over possible genocide charges
Cloths embroidered with signs are seen in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City January 26, 2012. Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled the country from 1980-1982 d...
06:57 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Deranged IHOP commercial slowed down
Originally posted by Cory, this is from 1969 and involves helium balloons. The vocal effect, however, was accomplished not with vocal cord-tightening gas, but Chipmunk-style—with threats and coe...
06:54 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing The Osmonds, slowed into Death Metal
If The Osmonds were a death metal band, "Crazy Horses" might have sounded something like this. Dangerous Minds' Marc Campbell added the visuals. "ARMAGEDDON ROCK: THE VERY METAL SOUND OF THE OSMONDS" ...
06:41 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing The human cost of technology
The New York Times on the human cost of industrial accidents at Apple's foreign suppliers: Troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers disregard for workers health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an A...
06:18 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Die Antwoord gets a New York Times profile
Ninja, Yo-Landi, and their South African art/zef/rap/rave phenomenon get a NYT Magazine profile this week—complete with a portrait by legendary South African photographer Roger Ballen. (thanks, ...
06:14 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Watch a Mongolian family assemble their yurt in fast-forward video
[Video Link] Shot by multimedia journalist Dan Grossman, who writes: The nomadic people of Mongolia don't stay in one place for long. That's why they live in gers (which American's know by the Russian...
05:41 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing SFO unveils world's first (?) dedicated yoga room within an airport
Officials at San Francisco International Airport today unveiled what is said to be the first dedicated practice space for yoga in any airport, anywhere in the world. I'm not surprised to see it's in S...
05:29 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing NASA releases "most amazing high-definition" photo of earth, from space
NASA today released a so-called 'Blue Marble' image of Earth captured by the VIIRS instrument on NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite, the Suomi NPP. The composite image above "uses...
05:14 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Kim Dotcom, allegedly
This splendid work, by Aurich Lawson, is a perfect aperitif for Sean Gallagher's wonderful article about the ridiculous but astoundingly successful con artist, Quake cheat and entrepreneur Kim Dotcom....
05:01 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Guy who built epic "Star Trek Apartment" may lose it in divorce
Oh, this makes me so sad. Tony Alleyne, the trekkie, club DJ, and "house-modder" who redesigned his British flat to be a faithful replica of the Starship Enterprise? Looks like he may lose it in divor...
04:39 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Bloomberg's amazing -- and rejected -- Mitt Romney cover
It's not hard to see why Bloomberg Businessweek chose not to run with this remarkable illustration of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The creative director is Richard Turley; the rest o...
04:35 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing On fixing academic publishing
Nancy Sims, of the University of Minnesota Libraries, responds to The Atlantic's criticisms of JSTOR, an academic database that can be difficult and expensive to access: "There are things JSTOR does t...
04:34 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Reuters' Anthony deRosa interviews tech folk at Davos (video)
There's a fun online video series at Reuters TV called "Tech Tonic" that currently features host and Twitter star @antderosa interviewing technology figures at Davos....
04:24 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Minimalist superhero posters
Marko Manev creates minimalist posters celebrating Marvel superheroes. "Minimal Marvel Posters by Marko Manev" (Juxtapoz)...
04:18 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Mechanical timepieces don't need to cost an arm and a leg—check out these cool and afford...
04:11 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Roman brothel token
This coin is believed to be a "brothel token" in circulation in London during the 1st century AD. It's currently on display at the Museum of London. From the museum: Caroline McDonald, Museum of Londo...
04:09 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Calculator determines how long it would take Mitt Romney to earn your salary
This nifty widget at Slate.com will make you cry: if you're the average Boing Boing reader, this presidential candidate earns your entire year's salary in a couple days (or much less!)....
04:04 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing "Honest" Movie posters
The Shiznit devised some "honest" movie posters for this year's Oscar awards season. I love the ones that blandly explain the poster's symbolic intent (left) but not so much the ones that explain the ...
03:20 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Justin Hardison My Fun: lovely field recording-based ambient music
Justin Hardison, aka My Fun, is a Brooklyn musician who uses field recording, sampling, found sounds, vinyl record cut-up/collage, and magikcal digital processing incantations to make absolutely beaut...
03:10 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing That's no moon. It's Newt Gingrich
BB reader Ipo sends in an illustration of future U.S. president and moon lord Newt Gingrich, based on this photo by Reuters' Eric Thayers....
02:48 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Tradecraft of a "mercenary hacker" who supplies 1%ers, crooks, and jealous spouses
Gawker has a profile of "Martin," a "mercenary hacker" who provides IT security consulting to millionaires, crooks, cheating spouses (or spouses who suspect their other halves of cheating) and so on. ...
02:40 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Unexpected Air Guitar
From the channel of Still Waiting, an inexplicably unsigned band. Bonus unexpected air guitar:...
02:15 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing EFF and Everything is a Remix want you to ask the Copyright Office for the right to remix
Hughillustration sez, "Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, video artists who break the encryption on a DVD or sample online steaming videos could face legal threats - even if the video they cr...
01:56 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Punk flyers meet Swiss modernist design
As an ongoing design exercise, Mike Joyce combines Swiss modernism and punk/indie rock into new flyers for past concerts. Swissted (Thanks, Koshi!)...
01:11 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Help Imagineer Rolly Crump write his memoirs, send in your vintage Disney photos!
Jeff is helping a legendary Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump write his memoirs, and rather than wrestle with Disney archives for access to photos of Crump's work, he's hoping fans will be able to supply t...
12:50 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Wi-Fi deadzones more effective at engaging student attention than pole-dancing to Toto's Take My Hand from Dune: the official soundtrack
Yale professor Alexander Nemerov found a great way to get students to pay attention: lecturing in a Wi-Fi dead zone. Glenn Fleishman, writing for The Economist: The good professor is no Luddite. He re...
12:42 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Reminder: BoingBoing meetup in Minneapolis on Saturday
Twin Cities Boingers will be meeting up this Saturday afternoon. The meetup is ostensibly scheduled around the Art Sled Rally in Powderhorn Park, but will still happen even if there isn't enough snow ...
12:23 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: "Some of this stuff might be bullshit," by Peter Bebergal
"My function is to raise the possibility, 'Hey, you know, some of this stuff might be bullshit.'" -- Robert Anton Wilson I like to think of myself as a believing skeptic, someone who relishes in the i...
12:06 pm PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Experts concerned at Big Ben's angle of dangle
Britain's Houses of Parliament, and Ben Ben, are not on entirely safe ground. The tower is visibly leaning half a meter at its spire. [Reuters] A construction expert who worked on the leaning tower of...
11:27 am PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Mutant game controllers
Roger Ibars takes photographs of game controllers hooked up to inappropriate interfaces: "a research interest in how objects would be losing interest in interacting with the users ... where things tak...
10:47 am PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO ditch GoDaddy
Domain registrar GoDaddy drew a lot of bad publicity for supporting SOPA, resulting in a large loss of business and a reversal on its public position. But wherever GoDaddy stands on SOPA, it remains o...
10:03 am PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Groupon rapped for selling snake oil
Snake with thought bubble, Shutterstock Britain's Advertising Standards Agency has banned Groupon from marketing snake oil. An internet sales promotion for "Wrinkle Killer Snake Serum" promised to "re...
09:38 am PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Newt promises moonbase
"By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon." [NPR. Photo: Eric Thayers/Reuters]...
09:33 am PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Techno-mercenaries
Adrian Chen on the gadget experts who serve rogues: "Martin made them leave their phones in the car for safety. He recalled the phones with disgust. 'They had all smart phones, and I told them: Bad fu...
05:24 am PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Stop ACTA: secretive treaty will bring in the worst of SOPA through trade obligations
ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is the notorious, unprecedented secret copyright treaty that was negotiated by industry representatives and government trade reps, without any access by ...
04:42 am PST - Thu, January 26, 2012
BoingBoing Insane English copyright ruling creates ownership in the idea of a photo's composition
In a bizarre ruling, an English court has ruled that in favor of a commercial poster company that argued that a photo that showed a similar (but different) scene taken by a different person in a diffe...
11:18 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing 10 digital albums for $15, including Sophie Madeleine
[Video Link] The Sound Supply is selling 10 digital albums for $15, including Sophie Madeleine's The Rhythm You Started. 10 albums for $15 Sophie Madeleine performs "Oil & Gold" on ukulele -- Boi...
11:06 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Time lapse of LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall getting prepped for "Mahler Project"
[Video Link] Shayna of LA magazine says: We have this time-lapse video of the Walt Disney Concert Hall being set up for a rehearsal of Mahlers Symphony no. 8, which will be performed by the LA Phil, t...
07:25 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Disney store offers, then pulls, Mickey t-shirt based on iconic Joy Division album cover
On The Madeleine Brand Show (a radio program on which I'm a regular guest), Luke Burbank points to two strange Disney-related updates: first, Disneyland has finally relaxed their extreme rules banning...
07:11 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Fritz Goro's science photography
Stephen Jay Gould once said that LIFE photographer Fritz Goro, who died in 1986, was "the most influential photographer that science journalism (and science in general) has ever known." LIFE.com has p...
06:48 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing The adorable snoring dormouse (video)
[Video Link] Things I did not know before viewing this adorable video shot by Surrey Wildlife Trust Mammal Project Officer Dave Williams: 1) The dormouse, a little rodent species you'll find in Britai...
06:27 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Newt threatens Russia, China with cyberwar
I think that we have to treat state-based covert activities as the equivalent of acts of war. And I think that we have to respond to that and create a level of pain which teaches people not to do it. ...
05:51 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Popeye meets Wilco in hand-drawn cartoon music video
[Video Link] The Wilco track "Dawned On Me" re-imagined as a classic, early-era Popeye cartoon. The song is from the band's Grammy-nominated 2011 album, "The Whole Love." They're on tour now, and shou...
05:17 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Julian Assange to host Wikileaks TV show on Kremlin-funded Russian cable network
Wikileaks announced this week that house-arrested frontman Julian Assange would host a new television interview series with "in-depth conversations with key political players, thinkers and revolutiona...
05:08 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Academic database "imprisons" research
Laura McKenna excoriates JSTOR, the online database of academic journals that has universities and the public paying thousands of dollars to read their own taxpayer-funded research. [The Atlantic]...
04:53 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing The Mind of a Sniper
Among others, the BBC interviewed two snipers. Both have killed many people, but they are very different men. One affirms the humanity of his targets, and worries at how ideology sends them into battl...
04:32 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Shrooms may open the doors of perception, seriously
New research suggests that taking psilocybin, the hallucinogen in magic mushrooms, may actually decrease the amount of blood flow in certain parts of your brain. Scientists at Imperial College London ...
04:31 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Company you've never heard of acquires copy and paste clipboard-molesting jerks to create an even bigger pile of shit
Tynt, the company responsible for inserting adverts when you copy text from websites, was bought by another company that specializes in "graphing" brand loyalty. Just imagine how much fun these guys a...
04:31 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Space is awesome: Astronaut Rex Walheim answers more BoingBoing reader questions
A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to interview Rex Walheim—astronaut, test pilot, and all-around swell guy. He answered five questions BoingBoing readers had about what it takes to be chosen fo...
03:43 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Space Adventures planning for lunar tourism
Eric Anderson, 37, is the founder of Space Adventures, a company that acts as the middleman for rich people who want to go to space and the Russian space program that sells the seats on the Soyuz rock...
03:12 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Wade Davis's new book about Everest
Anthropologist Wade Davis is one of my heroes. He's an incredibly talented explorer and explainer of the world's cultural diversity, what he calls the ethnosphere. He's most famous for his 1985 book T...
02:55 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate Party book
Variable Rush sez, "No Safe Harbor is the first book released by the United States Pirate Party. It was released yesterday and traffic managed to knock it offline. The book is great and features an es...
02:54 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Disney parks fan vidcast: Communicore weekly
Jeff sez, "Communicore Weekly is a brand new, online VidCast/Podcast with George Taylor and Jeff Heimbuch, exploring Disney news and obscure history. With segments such as the Bathroom Break & Th...
02:52 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Canada's new SOPA-style copyright bill could shut down YouTube
Michael Geist sez, Recent revelations that the content industries are demanding that Canada implement SOPA-style provisions into its copyright law have raised concerns the law could be used to target ...
02:48 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars meets Tank Girl
Mashup master James Hance has crossed Tank Girl with Princess Leia to excellent effect. He's selling prints and tees. Latest Doodle: Falcon Girl (Tank Girl / Star Wars) (via The Mary Sue...
02:39 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Video: Aurora Australis from the Space Station
This absolutely stunning video was created from a series of still images taken on the International Space Station. From NASA's Gateway To Astronaut Photography of Earth page: The sequence of shots was...
02:11 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing US slumps in press freedom rankings
In this year's Reporters Without Borders international press freedom index, the U.S. slumped to 47th place, a fall of 27 places, largely due to arrests of journalists covering protests. The full repor...
02:03 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Hellboy camp for teens
Are you a teenager yearning to join Hellboy in the fight against evil occult, supernatural forces? Now you can, thanks to the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense Training Camp in Portland, Oreg...
01:50 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: "Lucky Ducky," Featuring Hollingsworth Hound, Who Must Decide Where to Send His Money on Vacation
RECOMMEND: Visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER, and listen to him as he joins other Boing Boingers in select episodes of GWEEK PODCAST....
01:37 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing DirecTV: click to add channels, call to remove them
JWZ reports some of the sleazy things that DirecTV does to squeeze money out of its customers, of which he is one. In addition to the predictable stuff, like market-obscuring channel bundles and below...
12:41 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing What your favorite blog says about you
Nick Douglas explains what your favorite blog says about you. Vote Ron Paul!...
12:23 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: 23 Skidoo + 5 -- Robert Anton Wilson Again, By Loren Coleman
It seems appropriate that we all should pause this week to remember Robert Anton Wilson on the 5th anniversary of his death. The world is a little less fun without RAW, and his cosmic humor/insights/i...
12:16 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Bhi Bhiman: the "Sri Lankan Woody Guthrie"
Clyde says, "Bhi Bhiman is singer and songwriter that's been labeled a 'Sri Lankan Woody Guthrie.'" His debut solo album titled Bhiman was released today....
12:00 pm PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids podcast 006: Numbers League
Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 8-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. Today, we review a math skills game called Numbers Leag...
11:12 am PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing What decryption orders mean for the Fifth Amendment
A federal judge in Colorado recently handed down a ruling that forced a defendant to decrypt her laptop hard-drive, despite the Fifth Amendment's stricture against compelling people to testify against...
08:00 am PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Study does not show that disconnection threats terrorized France into using iTunes
IFPI, the international trade group for the record industry, has trumpeted a study that allegedly shows that France saw a surge in iTunes sales following the institution of a mass-scale regime of "dis...
04:41 am PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing Conclusion of Martian Chronicles podcast
The final installment of Jeff Lane's reading of my YA story "Martian Chronicles" is up on Starship Sofa. It's from Life on Mars, a great YA anthology that came out in 2011. MP3 (Previously: 1, 2)...
12:41 am PST - Wed, January 25, 2012
BoingBoing An update in very important whaledolphin friendship news
You guys! Remember yesterday, when we learned that dolphins and whales in Hawaii have twice been caught spontaneously playing together? Apparently, this gets better. Dolphins in a French aquarium seem...
11:13 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing A view inside a nuclear reactor
This is not a metaphorical view inside a nuclear reactor. This is for real-real. This month, the good folks at TEPCO sent a remote-controlled endoscope and thermometer into the containment vessel of F...
11:02 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing How deadly is bird flu?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, say that H5N1 bird flu kills some 60% of the human beings it manages to infect. Basically, it hasn't infected many pe...
09:23 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Everything I Need to Know I Learned From RAW, by David Jay Brown
Editor's note: I received so many wonderful essays about Robert Anton Wilson, that I've extended RAW Week for a few more days! -- Mark Robert Anton Wilson departed from this world on January 11, 2007 ...
09:12 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Homebrew Monster Manual
After seeing today's entry on a homebrew D&D module, Chris sends us his own addenda to the Monster Manual, lavishly illustrated with youthful zest. My Monster Manual (Thanks, Chris!)...
07:58 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate Bay branches out into physical objects
The Pirate Bay has launched a new category called Physibles. They explain: "Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanne...
07:32 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Christian Nightmares video performance in Philadelphia, Sat, January 28, 2012
[Video Link] I’m not sure what’s going on here, but I like this video, and I like the song with the uplifting lyrics about being left behind after the Rapture, too. I learned it is a popul...
07:23 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Christian Nightmares video performance Saturday, January 28th in Philadelphia
[Video Link] I'm not sure what's going on here, but I like this video, and I like the uplifting music about being "left behind" even more. I searched around and learned that the song is called "I Wish...
07:10 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Parents' snooping teaches kids to share their passwords with each other
Matt Richtel's recent NYT article on teenagers who share their Facebook passwords as a show of affection has raised alarms with parents and educators who worry about the potential for bullying and abu...
06:57 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage Photographs of Arcane Americana
A year ago, I posted about Take Me To The Water, a terrific book/CD set and exhibit of river baptism photos from the 1880s - 1930s. The photos were from the collection of Jim Linderman, who has a terr...
06:03 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a boombox out of a toolbox
Chicago's Floyd Davis demonstrates how to make a boombox out of any case, including a Craftsman toolbox. Boombox in a Toolbox...
05:42 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Man didn't notice 3 inch nail go into his brain
Dante Antullo, 32, thought he had just been cut with a nail gun last week. But the next day, he felt nauseous and his girlfriend convinced him to see a doctor. Physicians found a 3 1/4-inch nail in hi...
05:23 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Movie about robot sex movie
Mike Sullivan is making tiny robot actors to star in his stop-motion robot sex film. Documentary filmmaker Matt Lenski made a documentary about Sullivan's efforts. Titled "The Meaning of Robots," it p...
05:01 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Louisiana commissioner proposes ban on public pajama-wearing
Caddo Parish, LA commissioner Michael Williams is sick and tired of being able to discern guys' penises through their pajamas at WalMart (apparently, the men of Caddo like to go to WalMart in their ja...
04:45 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: Illustrator Ed Emberley documentary
"Everyone who likes my books is like me in some way. If you like my books [but] you've never met me, there's something about you that's just like me." That must mean I'm a dead ringer for Emberley, be...
04:01 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing BB Video: Mastodon's "Dry Bone Valley," animated by Tim Biskup
[video link] Boing Boing is pleased to present the new video for Mastodon's "Dry Bone Valley," from their album...
03:56 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Violist improvs response to ringing Nokia phone
In this 2011 YouTube upload, violist Luk Kmi shows what to do when your playing is interrupted by a ringing phone, as happened to him during a beautiful performance at an orthodox synagogue in Presov,...
03:54 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing What it's like at CES
A bunch of people sit and stand around at CES. Photo: REUTERS/Rick Wilking This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was dull, giving reporters at the show time to write interesting offbeat c...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing SF in SF reading series returns
The next installment of San Francisco's SF in SF reading series, on Jan 28, features Ryan Boudinot (Blueprints of the Afterlife) and Ayize Jama-Everett (The Liminal People). Organizer Rina Wiseman wri...
02:47 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Space dive in Star City (photo)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi dives in a space suit during a refresher training exercise at the Cosmonaut training centre at Star City, outside Moscow January 23, 2012. N...
02:45 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Kool Herc Is Out, Grandmaster Flash Is In
  Hip Hop Family Tree, Part 1 Hip Hop Family Tree, Part 2 ...
02:41 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appears in New Zealand court
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, a German national formerly known as Kim Schmitz, is seen at court in Auckland, New Zealand in this still image taken from video shot on January 23, 2012. The file-sharin...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Mary Robinette Kowal challenges you to write a letter a day in February
Mary Robinette Kowal sez, "I have a challenge for you. When was the last time you got a letter in the mail? December sees a lot of mail and you remember that sense of delight when the first card arriv...
01:01 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing What happens when a Coronal Mass Ejection hits the Earth?
At approximately 11:00 am Eastern time (15 minutes from now as I type this), the Earth will come into contact with the largest Coronal Mass Ejection since 2005—a huge burst of charged particles ...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Homemade D&D module, 1981
Tim H sez, "A recent and amazing donation to the PlaGMaDA.org [ed: Play Generated Map and Document Archive] project: A beautiful, hand-made homebrew addition to the classic TSR Against the Giants seri...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Homebrew, 3D printed Fisher-Price record-player disc plays "Still Alive"
Pittance sez, "This is my brand new 3D printed Fisher-Price record player record (for the old clockwork music box one, not the new electronic one) playing "Still Alive" from Portal. It's entirely made...
11:00 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Jim Henson short explains "Data Communications" for Bell execs, 1963
Joly sez, "Jim Henson made this film in 1963 for The Bell System. Specifically, it was made for an elite seminar given for business owners, on the then-brand-new topic Data Communications. The semina...
07:00 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Magic, juggling and variety: Mat Ricardo's East London spectacular
I've featured the work of net-savvy, happily mutated juggler and magician Mat Ricardo here before. Now he's planning quite an astounding show in east London. He sez, Further to the tale of how I soul-...
03:16 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing The President's challenge: What more does government want or deserve from the tech world?
There's an old joke. Heavy rains start and a neighbour pulls up in his truck. "Hey Bob, I'm leaving for high ground. Want a lift?" Bob says, "No, I'm putting my faith in God." Well, waters rise and pr...
02:51 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Vortex, a USB keytar
A $250 USB keytar with DAW automapping, MIDI-assignable motion sensitivity and an internal battery for optional use with an iPad? Yes. [Alesis]...
02:35 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Inside SpaceX's Dragon
When it heads into orbit this year, SpaceX's Dragon will be the first private spacecraft to visit the International Space Station. It won't be carrying tourists, but you can explore it now thanks to a...
02:20 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing NYT Pony Correction revisited
I'm a little late back to the party, but here's even more coverage of the now-infamous NYT My Little Pony Correction. [Romenesko] Previously....
12:19 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest too much like The Hobbit, says Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers has canceled production of Elfquest, a movie about the feral descendants of space-faring space shifters and their quest to uncover the truth about their ancestors' crash-landing on a p...
12:01 am PST - Tue, January 24, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for Die Antwoord's upcoming "TEN$ION" album
[Video Link] This just hit the internet today. TEN$ION, the South African band's new album scheduled out February 7, will be their first release since breaking up with Interscope.  Die Antwoord l...
11:13 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Ornate Victorian typewriter
AntiqueTypewriters.com has a great section on the Crandall New Model, "one of the most beautiful typewriters ever made." It has a wonderful curved and ornate Victorian design and is lavishly decorated...
10:34 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing A.D.D. comic book: Exclusive essay and excerpt by author Douglas Rushkoff
Everyone seems to have A.D.D. these days. (In case youve been too distracted by your Twitter feed to remember, A.D.D. stands for Attention Deficit Disorder -- the inability to focus on any one thing f...
10:34 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing A.D.D. comic book: Exclusive essay and excerpt by author Douglas Rushkoff
Everyone seems to have A.D.D. these days. (In case youve been too distracted by your Twitter feed to remember, A.D.D. stands for Attention Deficit Disorder -- the inability to focus on any one thing f...
10:01 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Make: Talk 002 - Bob Knetzger, Toy Inventor
Here's the second episode of MAKE's new podcast, Make: Talk! In each episode, I'll interview one of the makers from the pages of the magazine. We created Make: Talk to find out about the people who wr...
09:48 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Secret history of the SOPAPIPA fight
Carl Franzen's history of the SOPA/PIPA fight on Talking Points Memo is a fascinating account of the behind-the-scenes stuff that created the series of ever-larger protests that resulted in the bills'...
08:23 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Marx Brothers history
The latest installment from the great pop culture podcast Tank Riot is an in-depth look at the Marx Brothers. The lads cover the Marx's personal lives, their filmography, their place in the histories ...
07:32 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 036: Grab bag of comics, book, gadgets, apps, and websites we love
Gweek is a weekly podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My hos...
06:53 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Notes towards a practice of responsive comics
Here's the very talented Pablo Defendini -- developer, designer, artist, digital guy -- describing how "responsive" comics can be made using HTML and CSS that intelligently format themselves for a var...
06:40 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing New Righthaven offers hosting service "with a spine"
After snatching a notorious copyright troll's domain name, a Swiss company is turning Righthaven.com into a web hosting service. The intended customers? Publishers worried about the kind of abusive le...
05:59 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing US record labels trying to sneak SOPA's provisions into Canada's pending copyright legislation
Michael Geist sez, The Internet battle against SOPA and PIPA generated huge interest in Canada with many Canadians turning their sites dark (including Blogging Tories, Project Gutenberg Canada, and CI...
05:21 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Vermin Supreme: strong teeth for a strong America
Meet presidential candidate Vermin Supreme, the tyrant you should trust. He's wearing a boot as a hat and he knows what's best for you. If you let him control your life, you'll enjoy mandatory daily t...
03:52 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Preppers: suburban survivalists
Reuters profiles "Preppers" who are getting ready for total and complete societal breakdown due to natural disaster, terrorism, economic collapse, pandemic, or a good ol' fashioned apocalypse. Of cour...
03:08 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory
When Apple fanboy Mike Daisey saw photos from someone's iPhone that were ostensibly from inside Foxconn and not wiped before shipment, he became deeply curious about the goings on in the factory that ...
02:46 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Room 237: documentary about The Shining
Room 237 is my old friend Rodney Ascher's curious new documentary about the hidden (imagined?) meanings and metaphors in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. It premiers today at the Sundance Film Festival!...
02:31 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Museum photos: Mummified Ice-Age bison
Kirk Johnson is a paleobotanist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He took this photo at the University of Alaska Museum during a recent trip to Fairbanks. What you're looking at is a mummifi...
02:31 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Testing suborbital rocket navigation on Earth
When planning a mission to another planet, or even the moon, a big challenge is testing the suborbital rockets that actually land the payloads on the planetary surface. In this video, Draper Laborator...
02:25 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Inside a malware company's trouble-ticket system
Brian Krebs has been through the support forums for the "Citadel" trojan, a piece of commercial malicious software (spun out from the notorious ZeuS trojan) you can buy and use to take over other peop...
02:09 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing John Cale on "I've Got A Secret" (1963)
While the amazing John Cale is best known as a founder of the Velvet Underground, his association with the group followed Cale's deep involvement with the avant-garde classical music scene. During the...
02:08 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Local snow does not disprove global climate change
Even with all those Snowpocalypseses(?), NASA says that 2011 was still the ninth warmest year on record since 1880—and all but one of the top 10 warmest years have happened in the last 11 years....
02:01 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Supremes to GPS-snooping cops: come back with a warrant
The US Supreme Court has unanimously overturned several lower courts and ruled that police can't hide GPS trackers on your car without a warrant....
01:46 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing I will not put a pun in this headline
You may be pleased to know that there is an International Forum for the Study of Itch. And it has a regular conference, which just leads to inevitable jokes....
01:39 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Good news: Whale and dolphins are friends
Sometimes, you need to start off your week with a dose of happy news. For instance, this video from the American Museum of Natural History details two recent instances where scientists have observed a...
12:54 pm PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Funny titles mask serious science
Sabina Hossenfelder, an assistant professor of high-energy and nuclear physics at Sweden's Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, is collecting a list of scientific research papers with hilarious n...
11:21 am PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Petition: investigate Chris Dodd for fraud
A petition to the White House asks for an official investigation of former senator and now-MPAA CEO Chris Dodd, who strongly implied that he believes his members' contributions to election campaigns a...
10:04 am PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing Hilda, kids' comic in the tradition of Miyazaki and Moomins
East London's Nobrow Press sent me a review pack last week, including a couple of kids' comics featuring Luke Pearson's Hilda. Poesy is almost four, and we recently graduated from wordless comics (lik...
03:29 am PST - Mon, January 23, 2012
BoingBoing White House petition to end support for ACTA
ACTA is a secretly negotiated copyright treaty that obliges its signatories to take on many of the worst features of SOPA and PIPA. The EU is nearing ratification of it. ACTA was instigated by US trad...
09:52 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Hair rental: you know it makes sense
Lamar Smith, are you reading this? (Via Mitch O'Connell)...
05:16 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Foreign journalist claims corruption, brutality, death threats from Japanese airport officials
Christopher Johnson, a Canadian journalist residing (until recently) in Japan published a ghastly account of his return to Tokyo after a short pre-Christmas trip. He was flagged at the border (he impl...
04:04 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Lies, damned lies, and piracy statistics
Julian Sanchez is on fire in this Ars Technica article on the funny accountancy and outright lies that underlie the harms-from-piracy stats cited in policy debates about Internet censorship and survei...
03:57 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Poor Chris Dodd
The former senator and now CEO of the MPAA can't catch a break: "You've got an opponent who has the capacity to reach millions of people with a click of a mouse and there's no fact-checker." Must be t...
02:17 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Italian Isaac Asimov graffiti
Chrisperfer sez, "I randomly came upon this Isaac Asimov graffiti when attending a birthday party in Rome for my 4 year old daughter's friend." Isaac Asimov...
02:06 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Polish anti-ACTA site
For Polish readers: StopACTA.pl is your clearinghouse for action in the Polish fight against the punitive ACTA copyright treaty....
01:06 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Breakdancing Filipino traffic-cop
Here's a Filipino traffic-cop performing his duties while breakdancing, to the great delight of a large and excited crowd. Filipino Traffic Cop Doing His Job Like A Boss (via 3 Quarks Daily)...
12:03 pm PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Newt 2012 sticker: "America is my wife now"
Inspired by a Warren Ellis tweet, Robert made this fitting Newt bumper-sticker. Newt 2012 (via Super Punch)...
11:14 am PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO lay a wood floor on top of the carpet in your rental apartment
Sumitsumit sez, "Tired of carpet, want wood floors, but living in a rental apartment? If you have the low-pile variety, here's an economical way to make yourself a great new floor without damaging the...
07:12 am PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Irish journalist humiliates EuroBank technocrat who won't stop ducking hard questions
In this video from a European Central Bank press-conference in Ireland, journalist Vincent Browne demands that the ECB representative explain why the ECB required the Irish people to bail out a bank's...
04:23 am PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Happy birthday to us
Boing Boing's blog incarnation is 12 today!...
02:47 am PST - Sun, January 22, 2012
BoingBoing Satellite photo of Costa Concordia shipwreck
From DigitalGlobe, this striking satellite image of the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Giglio, Italy....
10:08 pm PST - Sat, January 21, 2012
BoingBoing John Cale's cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
Avant-garde hero John Cale performs his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in 1992. Cale's version is available on the highly-recommended multi-artist cover album, "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Fan," fr...
01:44 pm PST - Sat, January 21, 2012
BoingBoing Puppets re-enact no-cameras-allowed corruption trial on the nightly news
Channel 19 in Akron, Ohio was disappointed that it wouldn't be allowed to take cameras into the corruption trial of Jimmy Dimora, a former county commissioner. But when life gives you SARS, you make s...
12:33 pm PST - Sat, January 21, 2012
BoingBoing Chris Dodd to Obama: Hollywood will stop supporting you because you were soft on SOPA and PIPA
Former Senator Chris Dodd, now head of the MPAA, is pissed at Obama. He's threatened to withhold entertainment lobbyist money from Obama's upcoming re-election war chest over the administration's lack...
11:24 am PST - Sat, January 21, 2012
BoingBoing SOPAPIPA mashup: how much Hollywood money did your lawmaker take? Name and shame with fellow voters
With PIPA off the legislative calendar and SOPA paused, this tool may seem a bit redundant, but it's a nice piece of advocacy work. Creator Jonathan Vanasco sez, "I tossed together a mashup over a few...
07:39 am PST - Sat, January 21, 2012
BoingBoing Undercover UK cops infiltrated environmental groups, seduced women in the groups, fathered children with them, abandoned them
Undercover police agents in the UK infiltrated environmental groups, had sex with their members, struck up long-term relationships with women in these groups, fathered children with these women, and t...
10:01 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Van Dyke Parks singles project
Van Dyke Parks has a new singles project! Michael Leddy (who wrote the "imaginary liner notes" for the first four singles) says Parks is "putting out six 45s with cover art by E Ruscha, Art Spiegelman...
07:33 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Students for Sensible Drug Policy question presidential candidates
[Video Link] Irina Alexander, Chair of SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy) Board of Directors says: Two weeks ago, SSDP members took over New Hampshire before the primary, confronting presidentia...
07:24 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing FLORA, Adafruit's new wearable electronics development platform
Our friends at Adafruit Industries just announced FLORA, a new wearable electronics development platform. For the last few years Ladyada has been thinking about everything she wanted in a wearable ele...
05:58 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing How To: Mark your tools for easy identification
Steve Hoefer (a fantastic maker who I interviewed on the Make: Talk podcast earlier this week) has come up with a great way to clearly mark his tools so they don't get lost when he brings them to a ha...
05:09 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Ice Cube
Ice Cube shares his appreciation for Charles and Ray Eames. "Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames" (via Gabe Adiv's Pinterest)...
04:51 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Mondo Media NewsHit: Rock the Caucuses
[Video Link] This reminds me of the SubGenius photo manipulations I enjoyed on alt.slack....
04:05 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing SOPA is dead
Mashable: "Lamar Smith, the chief sponsor of SOPA, said on Friday that he is pulling the bill 'until there is wider agreement on a solution.' ... and ... 'In light of recent events, I have decided to ...
03:19 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Skeptical take on the Green Revolution
CBC's long-form/big think radio program Ideas recently featured a lecture called "Feeding Ten Billion" from Raj Patel, an Africa development scholar formerly with the World Bank, and author of The Val...
02:57 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Etta James and Johnny Otis, RIP
The world lost two musical greats this week. Etta James died today at age 73. Johnny Otis passed away on Tuesday. He was 90....
02:49 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Conjoined II art show in Santa Monica
Artist Chet Zar curated Conjoined II, a mind-bending group show that opens tomorrow night at Santa Monica's CoproGallery. Featured artists include Charles Krafft, Ron English, Jason Hite, and many oth...
02:30 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Shit Baristas Say
Zachary Carlsen and Jordan Michelman of the excellent Sprudge.com coffee news site took the "Shit Girls Say" meme into my favorite San Francisco cafe, Four Barrel Coffee. Hilarity ensues. "There's no ...
02:28 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO typeset Call of Cthulhu spells to make them look like the scrawlings of a gibbering madman
Gnat sez, "The only thing cuter than this Game Master asking TeX gurus for help making his RPG notes 'look like they were scrawled by a gibbering madman, unhinged by the horrors he has witnessed' is t...
02:21 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Report from the Orchid Olympics
JG Bryce took these incredible photographs at the 20th World Orchid Conference, aka "The Orchid Olympics" that took place in Singapore last November. Bryce's photos illustrate a feature at Smithsonian...
02:10 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Playboy's "The Smoking Jacket" talks to Chester Brown
Playboy's website The Smoking Jacket interviewed cartoonist Chester Brown about his autobiographical novel, The Playboy. Jessica Campbell of Drawn & Quarterly (publisher of The Playboy) says, "OK,...
01:55 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Make money fast with the sensational new T.V. Bank
(Insert quarter into your computer to enlarge the image above. If not thrilled and delighted beyond words, your quarter will be returned.) After the MPAA orders its minions in the Justice Dept. to shu...
01:25 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Microsoft text adventure game!
"Microsoft has jumped onto the free-to-play bandwagon with its latest game, a text-driven adventure called Visual Studio 2010. The innovative new game marries the traditional interactive fiction text ...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo and Devon Works have announced details and a sneak peek of the Devon Tread 2, the eag...
12:19 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Senate postpones PIPA vote
James Losey from the New America Foundation sez, "Great news, the PROTECT-IP Senate vote scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed!" Washington, D.C. Nevada Senator Harry Reid [ed: D-NV, Senate Majori...
12:10 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Split Decision pie-pan for baking two different half-pies in one go
The Split Decision pie-pan lets you bake two pies in the same receptacle, settling any arguments about which sort of pie should be had that day and generating handsome, smooth half-pies the like of wh...
12:05 pm PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing NSFA: extracting a gauze-pack from a broken nose
Don't click this if you're at all squeamish, but there's something terrific (in ever sense) about the extraction of a gauze-pack from a healing broken nose, like watching a kind of horrible stillborn ...
11:11 am PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Cthulhu carpets
Denmark's EGE Carpets sells a line of carpeting inspired by HP Lovecraft illustrations called Dark Water. They were created by Kirill Rozhkov, who has a nice gallery of them on Behance. Dark Water (Th...
08:02 am PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing UK library lending down, generation of readers to go missing?
Charlie Stross looks at some leading indicators of library decline in the UK, which he attributes to cuts and closures, and notes: "if the drop in my PLR loans reflects library closures, then we have ...
07:00 am PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Bankster might lose his knighthood
Fred "the Shred" Goodwin, an infamous figure in Britain's aristocracy and a symbol of finance industry greed and incompetence, stands to lose his knighthood. Goodwin was knighted for "services to bank...
05:24 am PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing MegaUpload raided, founder arrested; Anonymous launches mass DDoS against entertainment companies and US law enforcement
New Zealand police, responding from a request from the US government, raided MegaUpload today, arresting founder and CEO Kim Dotcom Schmitz and three "associates." The service, which allowed users to ...
03:51 am PST - Fri, January 20, 2012
BoingBoing Wikileaks van guy harassed again
DC-area photographer Chris Wieland writes in: "Stumbled upon the Wikileaks van guy getting searched by capitol police today!" As if!...
11:40 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Where the funny piracy numbers used to justify SOPAPIPA spring from
Writing for Cato At Liberty, Ars Technica alum Julian Sanchez has a timely redux of the research he did on how the made-up piracy numbers quoted during debates about SOPA and PIPA come from, and how l...
10:40 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing EFF staffers with blacked out sites
Here's a great photo of the beaming staff of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, posed with their laptops showing the sites that were blacked out yesterday. Visitors to EFF's site sent over one millio...
10:35 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Colbert explains how to deal with Internet censorship protests
Stephen Colbert provides some perspective on the net-wide blackouts yesterday, as well as some alternatives in case the Internet needs to stand up for itself again. Now I've got to find that video of ...
09:49 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Sound it Out #14: The Young Knives "Human Again"
The Young Knives - Human Again Ive been eagerly waiting for the new Young Knives album Ornaments From The Silver Arcade to come out in the US. Now I've learned that its not being released here at all,...
09:44 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing How the Internet blackout affected congressional support for PIPASOPA
Amy Seidenwurm says: "Pro Publica posted a simple/powerful image of the members of Congress' position on SOPA/PIPA today vs. yesterday." SOPA Opera Update: Opposition Surges...
09:17 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers: exclusive excerpt
[Video Link] Soft Skull Press has kindly given Boing Boing an exclusive excerpt of Mike Edison's history of Playboy, Penthouse, Screw, and Hustler magazines, called Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, ...
09:14 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Greatest 404 of all time
You know all those times someone claimed to have found the greatest 404 page, ever? They were wrong. (Thanks, Marko!)...
08:17 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing David Cronenberg on Freud's weird chair
David Cronenberg is one of my all-time favorite film directors and I alway enjoy hearing his thoughts on the obsessive and curious details that, in my opinion, really elevate his films. In fact, back ...
08:13 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Life-sized mammoth skeleton made out of scrap farm-equipment
Jud Turner sez, "My latest piece is a life-sized Columbia Mammoth skeleton made from 95% recycled material, mostly old farm equipment. It was created as a commission for Pacific Studio, and will be pe...
07:15 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Gym membership? Check. Times I actually went? Once...
ADVERTISEMENT Does this sound like you? All New years resolutions start with good intentions, but as the year unfolds, so do many of our resolutions not to mention our waistlines. What if personal fit...
07:12 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing PIPASOPA understanding and action: flowchart edition
Joey Sellers sez, "I know you've been covering PIPA-SOPA and wanted to share a large flowcart I just completed on the subject. It brings together a slew of material to get folks new to the subject up ...
06:33 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Big Content's moneymen speak out: We expect our politicians to stay bought, dammit
Markos of DailyKos tears into Democrats who lack the fortitude and intellectual honesty to oppose SOPA, and continue to back it because they fear losing the campaign funding that comes from Hollywood....
06:12 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing When the sky crashed in Odessa
This 2009 image captures the scene on a foggy night in Odessa, Ukraine, when a digital billboard crashed and displayed a floating error warning in the night sky. Windows Error Box Floating in the Air ...
05:47 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Lawrence Lessig's SALT talk: the new federal government corruption
Kevin Kelly provided a nice summary of Larry Lessig's recent SALT ( Seminar About Long-Term Thinking) talk. It was about corruption in the US congress. Lessig said the type of corruption rampant in th...
05:11 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Rugs made from skinned soft toys
This magnificent thing is Agustina Woodgate's "No Rain No Rainbows," a rug made from skinned teddybears. There are many more. They are equally wondrous. augustina woodgate, an artist originally from b...
04:32 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Fissure opens in chess AI scene
Rybka, a powerful chess program, was stripped last year of its titles and its author publicly disgraced. Declared a plagiarist by the International Computer Games Association, Vasik Rajlich was also h...
04:08 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Ten-year employee fired for skipping lunch to work
Chicago real estate company Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. fired a receptionist named Sharon Smiley for violating company policy and working through her lunch break. She had worked for them for ten ...
04:07 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Introducing the Bell & Howell Headliner Colour Slide Projector
Here, Sabrina shows off her Bell & Howell Headliner Colour Slide Projector....
03:17 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie Family Car Stickers
Earlier this week, Cory posted about fun "My Monster Family" car stickers. Coincidentally, our pals at GAMAGO just released their terrific Zombie Family Car Stickers! Calvin, zip up your pants and run...
03:08 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing SOPA: Big Content loses a fight with the Internet
Writing in Mother Jones, Siddhartha Mahanta and Nick Baumann describe the unprecedented legislative difficulty that the entertainment lobby faces today in Congress. The MPAA was able to win a legislat...
02:48 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea
Clay Shirky gives a great talk in the TED offices about the biggest danger of PIPA/SOPA. What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper ...
02:34 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing SOPA Debate: Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales vs. Sandra Aistars of Copyright Alliance
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales engages with the Copyright Alliance's Sandra Aistars, who says she's the voice of 11 million artists in the US whose ability to make a living urgently require the country to ab...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Cyberspace's creator says SOPA is Draconian
William Gibson weighs in on SOPA/PIPA: "I think that SOPA as it stands now, or as it stood before they paused to think about it, is extremely ill thought out, and a basically crazily Draconian piece o...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Rep Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
has come out against SOPA. He previously had no public position on it....
02:08 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Senators behind PIPA are a bunch of copyright infringers
Vice's Jamie Lee Curtis Taete continues to investigate the copyright shenanigans that SOPA and PIPA's authors get up to (see the saga of how SOPA author Lamar Smith (R-TX) ripped off the photo on the ...
01:50 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Your Handy "Sex-Act Morality Flow Chart"
RECOMMEND: Visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, and follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER....
01:39 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Apple sets eye on textbook market
Reuters: "Apple Inc unveiled a new digital textbook service called iBooks 2 on Thursday, aiming to revitalize the U.S. education market and quicken the adoption of its market-leading iPad."...
01:30 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Clint Eastwood, real-life bad-ass
At The Scuttlefish, Mark Lukach reports that Clint Eastwood is, indeed, bad-assed. My friend Chris tipped me off to a pretty incredible story about Eastwood from when he was only 21 years old: the guy...
01:08 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing SOPAPIPA aren't a failure to understand the Internet; they arise from self-interested fear of free speech
Writing in the Guardian, Dan Gillmor argues that SOPA and PIPA aren't foolishly extreme because their proponents don't understand the net; rather, they are extreme because their proponents understand ...
12:50 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing French Metal
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12:20 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Tweeting and talking about science communication
I'm at the Science Online conference this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. SciO brings together scientists, bloggers, and journalists to talk about communicating science to the public, how we screw it...
12:16 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Kodak bankrupt
The company that invented the hand-held camera filed for bankruptcy protection. [Reuters]...
12:07 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Senator Leahy mystified
PIPA sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) can't figure out why people don't like it: "Hiding behind the black box of self-censorship does not resolve the problem that is plaguing American busines...
12:02 pm PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Butt biometrics
Last year, I posted about a new technology to identify individuals based on the pressure signature of their feet on the ground. Now, Japanese scientists at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technol...
11:07 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing They Might Be Giants construct enormous papercraft monster-truck hearse. Jonathan Coulton implicated.
In this video announcing They Might Be Giants' next tour, the lads construct a gigantic pink monster truck hearse. And sing a fine song! They Might Be Giants are going on tour across the United States...
11:02 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Intelligent geotextiles: wired sensor networks underground
BLDBLOG surveys fascinating "intelligent geotextiles," essentially buried wire webs that act as sensor networks to monitor the landscape above. They remind me a bit of those invisible fences suburbani...
10:52 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Cross-section of a tree played like a record on a turntable
This music -- which sounds like a moody piano soundtrack for a existentialist movie about a rainy day -- is made by slicing a tree in cross-section, sticking it on a turntable, and dropping a tone-arm...
10:47 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO drive the Disneyland Monorail
If you ever find yourself writing a historical novel about someone who goes joyriding in the Disneyland Monorail, I have a hell of a reference for you: the 1966 Disneyland Monorail Operator Guide. Dis...
07:12 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing HOPE 9 Call for Papers
Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 sez, "The Call For Papers for 2600 Magazine's HOPE Number Nine conference has been issued. HOPE stands for Hackers On Planet Earth and has been happening in New York City ...
07:00 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing An abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today
As Xeni wrote on Tuesday, the MPAA isn't pleased about sites like this one going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA. Former Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America...
03:06 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Khan Academy explains SOPAPIPA
The globally praised Khan Academy comes out against SOPA and PIPA in this explainer video, which does a really excellent job of digging into the implications for legitimate sites (like Khan Academy) i...
03:06 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing SOPA isn't dead, it's back on
House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) has vowed to resume his markup hearings in February. (Thanks, Adam!)...
03:05 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Congressmen and Senators withdraw support for SOPAPIPA
Yesterday, literally millions of Americans contacted their senators and congressional reps to ask them to withdraw their support for SOPA and PIPA. The result? A massive withdrawal of support from ele...
02:28 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Kahn Academy explains SOPAPIPA
The globally praised Kahn Academy comes out against SOPA and PIPA in this explainer video, which does a really excellent job of digging into the implications for legitimate sites (like Kahn Academy) i...
02:27 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing SOPA isn't dead, it's back on
House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) has vowed to resume his markup hearings in February. (Thanks, Adam!)...
02:26 am PST - Thu, January 19, 2012
BoingBoing Congressmen and Senators withdraw support for SOPAPIPA
Yesterday, literally millions of Americans contacted their senators and congressional reps to ask them to withdraw their support for SOPA and PIPA. The result? A massive withdrawal of support from ele...
07:50 pm PST - Wed, January 18, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 005: Glider Classic
Welcome to Boing Boing's Apps for Kids Episode 5 for Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Apps for Kids is a podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. I'm Mark Frauenfelder. My co-host is Jane ...
04:23 am PST - Wed, January 18, 2012
BoingBoing RAW quote: in other words, if you think you know what the hell is going on, you're probably full of shit.
"Whenever people are certain they understand our peculiar situation here on this planet, it is because they have accepted a religious Faith or a secular Ideology (Ideologies are the modern form of Fai...
11:32 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Crew of 170 people needed to keep Predator drone airborne for 24h
A Freedom of Information request reveals that aerial drones are rife with expensive technical problems. The aerial disasters described draw attention not only to the technical limitations of drone war...
10:20 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gym membership? Check. Times I actually went? Once...
ADVERTISEMENT Does this sound like you? All New years resolutions start with good intentions, but as the year unfolds, so do many of our resolutions not to mention our waistlines. What if personal fit...
10:00 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Why SOPAPIPA protests should matter to people outside the USA
Michael Geist sez, While there is little that people living outside the U.S. can do to influence SOPA and PIPA, there are many reasons why it is important for everyone to participate in tomorrow's SOP...
09:27 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Frontline post-Fukushima documentary "Nuclear Aftershocks" airs tonight
[Video Link]"Nuclear Aftershocks," the PBS Frontline documentary which Maggie described in a Boing Boing review as "brilliant," airs tonight online and on local PBS stations at 10pm. I've seen an adva...
09:13 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Physically protest tomorrow to protest SOPA and PIPA
Jonathan from Hackers and Founders sez, "We're planning SOPA/PIPA protests in SF, NYC, DC and Seattle on Wednesday the 18th to coincide with the blackouts."...
09:01 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Recall election in Wisconsin: It's probably on
Wisconsinites needed 500,000 signatures in order to authorize a recall election against Governor Scott Walker. They got 1 million....
08:31 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing A doctor responds to Seth Roberts' guest post about tonsillectomy
We recently ran a guest post by Seth Roberts, detailing the case against tonsillectomies as a regularly prescribed treatment for sore throats. I was able to read Roberts' post before it went up here, ...
08:09 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing New MAKE podcast: Make Talk
Here's the first episode of MAKE's new podcast, Make Talk. In each episode, I'll interview one of the makers from the pages of the magazine. We created Make Talk because we wanted to find out about th...
08:05 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing In praise of skeuomorphs
I reflected today on the fact that my four-year-old makes a "click" sound when she's playing with a toy camera because that's the MP3 that my phone plays when I take her picture. A number of people po...
07:00 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing 2600 to go PIPA-dark, too
Emmanuel Goldstein sez, "The websites for 2600 will go dark on Wednesday, joining many others around the world in protest against the potentially devastating effects of bills like SOPA and PIPA."...
06:55 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Yahoo co-founder, former CEO Jerry Yang resigns from board and "all other positions"
Yahoo announces that Jerry Yang has resigned from the internet company's Board of Directors "and all other positions with the company, effective today." Yang has also resigned from the Boards of Yahoo...
06:52 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gym membership? Check. Times I actually went? Once...
ADVERTISEMENT Does this sound like you? All New years resolutions start with good intentions, but as the year unfolds, so do many of our resolutions not to mention our waistlines. What if personal fit...
06:50 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing The greatest running shoe never sold, by Bob Parks
My friend Bob Parks has a great story in Bloomberg Businessweek about the sad fate of a new kind of running shoe that promised to be better than any other running shoe on the market. (Photo by Daniel ...
06:26 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Free PDF of the first Diesel Sweeties comic collection
The delightful R. Stevens is distributing the first Diesel Sweeties webcomic collection as a DRM-free, free PDF, in celebration of his birthday. "Pocket Sweeties, Volume 1," is a sterling example of t...
06:24 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA issues statement slamming SOPA "blackout" protests as "dangerous gimmick"
Former Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), pooh-poohs the January 18 internet blackout protests over SOPA and PIPA: It is an irresponsible r...
06:24 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA issues statement slamming SOPAPIPA "blackout" protests as "dangerous gimmick"
Former Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), pooh-poohs the January 18 internet blackout protests over SOPA and PIPA: It is an irresponsible r...
05:42 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Why the Check Engine light must be banned
"Check engine" lights suck! Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik asks you to sign a whitehouse.gov petition to "require automakers to replace the nearly useless Check Engine Light with a display that actually...
05:36 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing One more response to Boing Boing post on "Police Pad" gadgets in Georgia, by Some Guy from Georgia
People walk past graffiti on a street in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Jan. 13, 2012. (REUTERS) Editor's Note: In response to an anonymously-sourced wisecrack we published about police corruption in f...
05:21 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing TSA-compliant cupcakes: "I am not a gel"
Inspired by Rebecca Hains' harrowing tale of cupcake confiscation by the Las Vegas TSA, Providence, RI's Silver Spoon Bakery is selling "TSA-compliant cupcakes." These have exactly three ounces of fro...
05:00 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Blackout of 1977
Part 1 of The Hip Hop Family Tree...
04:37 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing A neat finding about pseudonymous commentersand why you should question it
Here's some interesting data that I would like to believe is true—mainly because it matches up with what I've experienced here at BoingBoing. Many of you use some kind of pseudonym in the commen...
04:16 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Stop-motion animation of 3D-printed people
In celebration of the new Makerbot Replicator 3D printer, a stop-motion animation that depicts the birth-by-printer of a sweet girl and the heartbreak she experiences thereafter. This all new stop-ani...
04:12 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Torture common again in post-Saddam "democratic" Iraq
"Iraqi state security officers are systematically arresting people on trumped-up charges, torturing them and extorting bribes from their families for their release." Guardian UK via Richard Engel....
04:00 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing How traffic jams are born
A couple of years ago, Cory posted a really interesting story about the mathematics behind seemingly cause-less traffic jams. It's pretty interesting. Shorter version: The researchers think jams like ...
03:57 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Titanic Tales: The Costa Concordia
Photo: An oil removal ship is seen next to the Costa Concordia cruise ship as it ran aground off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island, January 16, 2012. Over-reliance on electronic navigation syst...
03:48 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Sluggo's figure drawing
Mitch O'Connell said it had taken "a full minute to realize that Sluggo had drawn a 'three.'" Same here!...
03:32 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Google opens new Los Angeles campus
Above, a man walks through a tunnel of Google homepage logos at the Google campus near Venice Beach, in Los Angeles. Below, Googler Katharine Ng zooms in to Paris on panoramic Google Maps screens. And...
03:27 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Makerbot playsets: free, downloadable 3D files for dollhouses, dolls and accessories
MakerBot has announced "MakerBot Playsets," a series of freely downloadable dollhouses, furnishings and dolls for your 3D printer. Whip up as pieces as needed, on demand, and amaze the wee ones (and c...
03:26 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Stuff scientists say
Finally, a science-themed entry in the "Shit ______ say" meme. Science journalist Ferris Jabr and friends put this together and it's pretty funny. Reminds me a conversation I had earlier this week wit...
03:24 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing NYC's Authorized Drone Strike Zone
@BaLueBolivar snapped this picture advising NYC residents that 26th and 11th was now an Authorized Drone Strike area. The coming of drones to every neighborhood. NYC. 26th and 11th (via JWZ)...
03:12 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing The science of glow sticks
I stumbled across this randomly on YouTube today and had to share. The first 3/4 of the video are a chemistry experiment breakdown of what goes into a glow stick and what each of those ingredients is ...
02:57 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Response to Boing Boing post on "Police Pad" gadgets in Georgia, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
Editor's Note: In response to an anonymously-sourced wisecrack we published about police corruption in former Soviet states, the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs has responded with a statement, w...
02:53 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Little Brother stage-play in San Francisco
There's a new stage adaptation of my novel Little Brother opening in San Francisco. Charlie Jane Anders from IO9 got to go to the preview and loved it, which is incredibly heartening, since I won't ge...
02:46 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Google will go semithermonuclear tomorrow
Big news: although Google won't be blacking out tomorrow in protest of SOPA and PIPA, they will have a homepage graphic and link protesting the laws: "Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users...
01:28 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Cyberpunk classic Syndicate re-released
Syndicate, the Amiga-era Bullfrog classic of crime and corporate behemoths, will soon work on modern computers thanks to a DRM-free re-release by Good Old Games....
01:09 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Stop PIPA bar for your website
Morgan sez, "Hello Bar's Stop PIPA bar is a free notification bar that can be added to the top of any website. It's an easy way for websites to show their opposition to PIPA and SOPA if they can't go ...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gym membership? Check. Times I actually went? Once...
ADVERTISEMENT Does this sound like you? All New years resolutions start with good intentions, but as the year unfolds, so do many of our resolutions not to mention our waistlines. What if personal fit...
12:05 pm PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Connie Willis is the 2011 Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master
Science Fiction Writers of America President John Scalzi writes, "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has named Connie Willis, one of the most-awarded and beloved science fiction writer...
11:37 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Archaeologists discover tomb of female singer in Egypt
The tomb was recently unearthed in the Valley of the Kings, and her coffin will be opened this week. "The singer's name, Nehmes Bastet, means she was believed to be protected by the feline deity Baste...
11:36 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing If a Russian space probe falls alone in the Pacific, does it make a sound?
No one was there to witness the demise of Phobos-Grunt, the Failed Russian probe, which is believed to have crash-landed back to earth "somewhere over the Pacific." Probably about 1,000 miles off the ...
11:32 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Red wine research may have been falsified
Remember all that research about resveratrol, the compound in red wine said to help your heart? "Following a three-year investigation, a university review board has concluded that Dipak K. Das, Ph.D.,...
11:27 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Distrust That Particular Flavor, the audio edition
Having enjoyed the hell out of Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson's long-overdue essay collection, I thought I'd try it on audiobook for a second pass (I really like to do this when I fin...
10:56 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Communist tablet?
This story is sketchy and unsourced, but it claims that the Chinese Communist Party has commissioned its own Android tablet, a boondoggle that costs twice as much as an iPad and comes with a state-run...
07:13 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Martian Chronicles, part two
The StarShipSofa podcast has the second installment of Jeff Lane's reading of my YA novella The Martian Chronicles (here's part one). Lane does a great job with the reading. MP3 link....
05:00 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing Room-sized computers, tended by labcoat priests, narrated in cheerful midwestern tones, with uptempo orchestral music
This short, unsourced video contains 100 percent of your daily allowance of nostalgic paper-tape, punchcard and patch-panel techno-nostalgia. Classic old computers and machines (Thanks, Frycook!)...
04:23 am PST - Tue, January 17, 2012
BoingBoing RAW quote: intelligence blocking
"Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies, etc. block the ability to receive; robot...
11:23 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Giant mind-map of Discordianism, by Gwendal Uguen
Gwendal Uguen has created this terrific mindmap about Discordianism, and has kindly given us permission to run it on Boing Boing. Click it for full-size. Discordianism is a religion founded in the lat...
11:10 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter CEO says SOPA blackout protest "silly"
In The Guardian, Domninic Rushe quotes Twitter CEO Dick Costolo's dim view of "Blackout" SOPA protests from Wikipedia, Reddit, and others. That's just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to s...
11:10 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter CEO says SOPA blackout protest idea "silly"
In The Guardian, Domninic Rushe quotes Twitter CEO Dick Costolo's dim view of a "blackout" SOPA protest from Wikipedia, Reddit, and others* at Twitter. That's just silly. Closing a global business in ...
10:23 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Cosmic Trigger helped me get out of Jehovah's Witnesses, by Angus Stocking
Written and first published (on my radio show) shortly after Bobs death in 2007. Robert Anton Wilson is dead, again, and I'm not feeling so good myself. Wilson -- or let's call him 'Bob', as he would ...
09:38 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Interview with RAW in German
Mathias Broeckers says: "I edited some of Bob's books in Germany and did a fine interview for the German edition of Everything Is Under Control: Conspiracies, Cults, and Cover-Ups. Perhaps worth a lin...
08:57 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Be Prepared to See More Than You Expect
Artist Randy Regier (I love his work and have posted it quite a few times on Boing Boing) visited a place called Roadside America in Shartlesville PA. As he told me, "To any of us makers or wannabes, ...
08:23 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Interviews with Douglas Rushkoff, RU Sirius, David Jay Brown, Phil Farber, and Antero Alli, by Propaganda Anonymous
Robert Anton Wilson Remembered: Interviews with Douglas Rushkoff, RU Sirius, David Jay Brown, Phil Farber, and Antero Alli, by Propaganda Anonymous. My favorite memory of Bob, hmmm. Late one night dur...
08:13 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Get writing advice from Lev Grossman in your inbox
Katie sez, "To help writers get in the habit of working on their craft a little bit each day, Figment has started Daily Themes, a free email service that sends subscribers a writing prompt five days a...
07:28 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing A Year of Sun with Mr. Persol, co-directed by Yuki-7 creator Kevin Dart
[Video Link] A very nice commercial, directed by Kevin Dart and Stéphane Coëdel. Kevin Dart's Yuki 7 illustration for LA WeeklyLaunch party for Yuki 7 and the Gadget Girls book: Looks that K...
07:06 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Warren Ellis explains comics scripts
Warren Ellis has advice for writers who are trying to figure out how to write comics scripts. I've written a few of these, and I've been looking for a guide like this. I especially like his advice on ...
06:35 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Unpacking the invisible knapsack
Seven years ago, I read an article that completely changed the way I thought about what racism is, and the privileges I experience as an upper-middle class white person. In honor of Martin Luther King...
06:23 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Mark Dery's 1997 interview with Robert Anton Wilson
Here's an essay about RAW (followed by interview with him) by our friend Mark Dery, which ran in 21C magazine. Mark Dery: Youre best known as the co-author of the Illuminatus! trilogy, which seemingly...
06:10 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing US copyright lobby to Canada: pass our stupid laws or we won't let you into the suicide pact!
Michael Geist sez, "The U.S. government just concluded a consultation on whether it should support Canada's entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. The TPP raises significant concerns a...
06:03 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Mexican horror magazine cover artwork
Monster Brains has a large gallery of Mexican horror magazine cover artwork. If you are like me, you will head straight over to his Flickr photostream and launch your copy of Bulkr (Let Verona Belmont...
05:54 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Teens React to BroniesMy Little Pony
Benny and Rafi says: Why would we show teenagers the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show? Because of the internet meme. "BRONIES" of course! Why do teen guys love this show intended for young...
05:48 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage hotdog images
Fine artist Mitch O'Connell has the largest archive of hot dog ephemera on the planet. All five multiplujillion, nine impossibidillion, seven fantasticatrillion, and sixteen clippings are stored in a ...
05:22 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing How USPTO's recklessness destroys business, innovation, and competition
Luma Labs is a small company that sells a camera sling with a sliding clip. When a competitor of theirs filed for a patent on the idea, they weren't concerned. After all, Luma knew of prior art for th...
05:19 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Quiz: Cop or Soldier?
Radley Balko says: I've put together a little quiz that may be of interest to Boing Boingers. The idea is to illustrate just how hard it can be distinguish police from military. Which is a problem, gi...
05:03 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Todd Bieber's "Commercial Interruption" performance
[Video Link] Todd Bieber (whose work we have featured previously on Boing Boing) is performing Commercial Interruption this Wednesday Jan 18th at 9:30PM at UCB Theatre in Chelsea, NYC. It looks like a...
04:31 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Wikipedia will go dark to protest SOPAPIPA
Jimmy Wales has announced that Wikipedia will join Reddit, Boing Boing, and many other sites around the Internet in going dark on Wednesday to protest SOPA/PIPA, the pending US legislation that would ...
04:23 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Wilson and I, by Richard Metzger
As "outsider" teenage readers of Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea's classic Illuminatus! Trilogy in the early 1980s, it seemed to some of my friends at the time (all big Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Brau...
04:22 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing James Hills' Banjo-ukulele song video features maple syrup making
[Video Link] Tony Coleman of Mighty Uke says: "This might be the very first maple syrup music video. It's for James Hill's new single "Hand Over My Heart" His songwriting is as good as his ukulele vir...
04:00 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Junior TSA badges for young fliers
Neal Stephenson snapped a pic of this Junior TSA badge during his REAMDE tour. He notes, "Remember when we used to give them little pilots' wings?" Junior TSA badge (via Beth Pratt)...
03:56 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Emergency NY Tech Meetup SOPAPIPA protest Wednesday at Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand's offices
Andrew sez, The New York Tech Meetup, a 20,000 member community of people working in the New York Tech Industry are protesting the pending legislation in the US Senate called Protect Intellectual Prop...
03:22 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Googler on how best to black out your site
Pierre Far recommends using a 503 HTTP status code—but read on for important details. Other options include Zachstronaut's beautiful splash page; a WordPress plugin; and a simple javascript meth...
03:17 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing I Have A Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., August 28, 1963 (via Archive.org)...
03:11 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Man buys old crates for firewood, finds arsenal inside
A truck driver hauling wooden crates from an arms plant in Russia's Ural Mountains to a landfill stopped at a village to make some extra cash by selling the containers as firewood. The guy who bought ...
03:01 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing The Quantico Book of the Dead
Via a FOIA filing, Government Attic yielded the FBI's official list of notable dead people. (PDF link)...
03:00 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Tim O'Reilly on SOPA: it protects the wrong people
In an interview with GigaOm's Coleen Taylor, publisher Tim O'Reilly explains what's so wrong about SOPA: I talked with Nancy Pelosi about SOPA the other day, and she said that the experience with pira...
02:57 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Massive sugarcube architectural sculptures
Brendan Jamison sculpts intricate buildings from hundreds of thousands of sugar cubes. Above is "Eastbourne Tower," built from more than 250,000 cubes. From BBC News: Brendan's interest in architectur...
02:49 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Typewriter types colors
Artist Tyree Callahan hacked an antique typewriter so it types colors instead of letters. "Tyree Callahan's Chromatic Typewriter" (Hi-Fructose)...
02:49 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Conceptual typewriter types colors
Artist Tyree Callahan hacked conceived of hacking an antique typewriter so it types colors instead of letters. "Tyree Callahan's Chromatic Typewriter" (Hi-Fructose) UPDATE: At Callahan's site, he expl...
02:35 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Truth and consequences: FRONTLINE's brilliant documentary on Fukushima
Nuclear Aftershocks is a new FRONTLINE documentary, airing tomorrow, January 17, at 10:00 pm Eastern. I watched an advance screener yesterday. About halfway through Nuclear Aftershocks, a new FRONTLIN...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing How "idealization" of women in comics differs from idealization of male characters
Debates over the "idealization" and objectification in the portrayal of women in comics are often met with a reflexive response: "Men are idealized in comics, too!" It's true, they are. But there's di...
01:41 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing 2012 Election Year Comment Guidelines
In the interest of not having every thread on every subject turn into a hissfest about whether Obama or Romney/Santorum/etc. is a bigger doody-head, Boing Boing's election year rules are back on. Thes...
01:17 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Gemini mission images restored
NASA's freshly-restored film images of the Gemini missions are now online. The classic shots of spaceship exteriors and Earth from orbit are breathtaking. Yet the weird misfires, such as unfocused sho...
12:49 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Paul Brownstein Productions claims YouTube ownership of US government movie, could have Public Resource's YouTube account killed
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, Cory Doctorow wrote in the Guardian about our copyright problems on YouTube with FedFlix, a channel of U.S. government videos. On January 4, we protested one of the C...
12:23 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 035: Interview with Robert Anton Wilson's daughter
In this special episode of Gweek we interviewed Christina Wilson, the daughter of Robert Anton Wilson. Before interviewing Christina, I really didn't know much about Robert Anton Wilson's personal lif...
12:22 pm PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing UPDATED: SOPA is DYING; its evil Senate twin, PIPA, lives on
Updated: Commenters have pointed out that I've jumped the gun here. SOPA is shelved, but not killed. It could be put back into play at any time. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has killed SOPA, stop...
11:44 am PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing Homebrew narco-tanks of the Mexican drug war
Here's a brief article from a June 2011 number of the NYT by Damien Cave detailing the bizarre improvised tanks used by Mexican drug gangs: Over the weekend, Mexican authorities found two more of thes...
11:00 am PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a scrumptious life-sized Stormtrooper cake
Oakleaf Cakes, creator of the life-sized Stormtrooper cake we featured yesterday, have a post up detailing the fella's construction, right down to his rice krispie skeleton. The building of the Stormt...
09:15 am PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing UK education minister: times are tough, let's spend 60M on a new yacht for the Queen!
Britain's flamboyantly weird education secretary Michael Gove sometimes seems to me to be some kind of secret saboteur, bent on discrediting Tories as out-of-touch rich nutjobs. Education budgets are ...
07:27 am PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing You Can't Read This Book, new book on the ugly truth of English libel law
The Guardian published a long excerpt from Nick Cohen's forthcoming You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom, a fantastic-looking book that reveals the dirty truth of English libel la...
04:23 am PST - Mon, January 16, 2012
BoingBoing RAW quote: a monopoly on communication
"A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of monopoly in the means of production." -- Robert Anton Wilson Fnord...
07:42 pm PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt Romney to wheelchair-bound medical marijuana patient: "I don't support medical marijuana. Bye."
In this old video, an 80 lb man with muscular dystrophy in a wheelchair explains to Mitt Romney that his qualified physician believes that medical marijuana is the only medication that helps him. Mitt...
07:42 pm PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt Romney to wheelchair-using medical marijuana patient: "I don't support medical marijuana. Bye."
In this old video, an 80 lb man with muscular dystrophy in a wheelchair explains to Mitt Romney that his qualified physician believes that medical marijuana is the only medication that helps him. Mitt...
07:27 pm PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing Life-sized edible Stormtrooper cake
Pziselberger sez, "This was done by Oak Leaf Cakes, for the Arisia Science Fiction Convention in Boston. It is a 6'4" tall, edible Storm Trooper."...
06:24 pm PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing Freeopen "this site has gone dark to fight SOPA" site template
Zachary sez, "I needed someplace to vent my frustration with SOPA between calls to my Congress members. I created a homepage design option for people who want to take their sites dark on January 18. I...
05:19 pm PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing Grumpy children with toys, 1860s
These 1860s vintage photos of children posing with their toys (from the collection of Musee McCord Museum) hints at a mid-19th century in which children were a lot more serious about everything. Child...
02:15 pm PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing Colbert ad: if corporations are people, then Mitt's corporate raiding makes him a serial killer
The latest Colbert PAC attack ad points out that Mitt Romney says "corporations are people," but he also made his fortune as a raider buying up, gutting and killing corporations. Conclusion: Mitt "the...
12:23 pm PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Pope Bob Remembrance, by Rev. Ivan Stang
RAW (seated) and Rev. Ivan Stang (left) If Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea had not written the Illuminatus! trilogy, there might still be a Church of the SubGenius, but we probably wouldn't get it...
11:05 am PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing Anatomically correct papercraft torso with organs
Horst Kiechle made this astounding card-stock human torso, stuffed with anatomically correct paper organs. Its for the Science Lab of the International School Nadi, Fiji Islands. Man, what I'd give fo...
04:23 am PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing RAW quote: we look for the secret
"We look for the Secret -- the Philosopher's Stone, the Elixir of the Wise, Supreme Enlightenment, 'God' or whatever... and all the time it is carrying us about... It is the human nervous system itsel...
03:57 am PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing England worst place in the world for bogus "walking while brown" stop-and-searches
The English and Welsh law allowing the police to stop-and-search people in "exceptional" circumstances was used against black people 29.7 times more often than it is against white people in the past y...
12:27 am PST - Sun, January 15, 2012
BoingBoing White House rejects SOPA and PIPA
Ranking members of the Obama administration have published a memo condemning the approach taken in SOPA and PIPA, the punishing, pending Internet bills that establish and export a censorship regime in...
11:23 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Net-meme tile-game on Kickstarter
Some game developers are raising Kickstarter money to fund a production run of For the Win, a fun-looking tile-game based on net memes. The developers have a good track-record for producing great game...
10:15 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Was American arrested for spying in Iran producing "propaganda games" for CIA?
Dominic Girard from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sez, It's one thing for Iran to arrest an American and sentence him to death for being a spy. It's a whole other thing when you say the spy ma...
09:08 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing will go dark on Jan 18 to fight SOPA
On January 18, Boing Boing will join Reddit and other sites around the Internet in "going dark" to oppose SOPA and PIPA, the pending US legislation that creates a punishing Internet censorship regime ...
09:08 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing will go dark on Jan 18 to fight SOPA & PIPA
On January 18, Boing Boing will join Reddit and other sites around the Internet in "going dark" to oppose SOPA and PIPA, the pending US legislation that creates a punishing Internet censorship regime ...
07:08 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing CyanogenMod, the freeopen port of Android, gains traction
Here's a good brief look at the state of CyanogenMod, a free/open fork of the Android operating system that lets you do a lot more with your tablet/phone. I really like the way that CyanogenMod exerts...
05:59 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing What happens if you ask Google Images what's most similar, starting with a blank image, repeating the process 2951 times?
Sebastian Schmieg of the Netherlands created this video by feeding a transparent image to Google Image Search and asking it to find similar images, and then taking the top result and feeding it back i...
04:55 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Recursive phishing email
Bruce Sterling received a phishing email purporting to be a followup to a report of a phishing email. Coming soon: a phishing email purporting to be a phishing email purporting to be a followup to a r...
04:23 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: My Weirdest Summer Ever, by Erik Davis
I first read Robert Anton Wilson in 1985, which also happened to be my Weirdest Summer Ever. After freshman year at college back East, I went to Berkeley and lived with my high school girlfriend in Ba...
02:46 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing My Monster Family car stickers
In the Neatorama store, a set of "My Monster Family Car Stickers" designed by Mike Jacobsen. These are a great antidote to the ubiquitous sickly-sweet minivan stickers. My Monster Family - Family Car ...
01:40 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Colbert Super-PAC ad: Buddy Roemer does not coordinate with Colbert Super-PAC
The Colbert Super-PAC steams on with excellent and helpful election ads like this one, starring candidate Buddy Roemer, who did not coordinate with the Super-PAC in any way. Colbert Super PAC Ad - Und...
01:19 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Brazil: Answering work emails after hours is overtime
Workers in Brazil who must answer work emails on their mobile phones after their job shift ends can qualify for overtime pay under a new law. The Star via Slashdot (via @evgenymorozov)....
12:46 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Lamar Smith and Patrick Leahy blink: take DNS-blocking out of SOPA and PIPA
After repeatedly insisting that establishing a national censoring firewall with DNS-blocking was critical to the Stop Online Piracy Act, the bill's sponsor (and chair of the House Judicial Committee) ...
12:41 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Open medical knowledge saves lives: Oppose H.R. 3699
Here's a terrific article at e-patients.net. advocating for opposition to H.R. 3699, aka The Research Works Act (RWA). The bill before Congress would seriously impede "the ability of patients and care...
12:34 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Caturday: Alfalfa Haz a Hungry
Image: Alfalfa, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr pool by photographer David W. Oliver....
12:23 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: My Strange Evening with Robert Anton Wilson, By Lewis Shiner
Like, I'm sure, tens of thousands of others, I snapped up the Illuminatus! trilogy when Dell first published it in 1975, reading each volume as it came out, awed by the erudition, the chutzpa, and the...
12:08 pm PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Investigating reader preferences for a core technical reference book on the eve of its self-published rebirth
John Huntington sez, "I'm preparing a new (and self published) edition of my book, Control Systems for Live Entertainment. And so I put a survey online and got over 100 respondents. It's not a huge sa...
11:02 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO beat carny games
Mark's written about winning rigged carny games before, and now the Art of Manliness has a nice little guide to winning five midway challenges, including the secrets behind them (for example, the milk...
04:43 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing VHS Cassette notebooks
Peleg Design's "Video Notebook" bears an uncanny resemblance to a VHS cassette, and comes with labels for extra verisimilitude. Video Notebook (via Neatorama)...
04:23 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing RAW quote: a grandiose delusion
Belief in the traditional sense, or certitude, or dogma, amounts to the grandiose delusion, 'My current model' -- or grid, or map, or reality-tunnel -- 'contains the whole universe and will never need...
03:54 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing British man who hosted site with links to downloads elsewhere may become first to be extradited to US over copyright infringment charges
No British citizen has ever been extradited to the United States for a copyright offense. Richard O'Dwyer, who ran TV Shack, may become the first....
03:54 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing British admin for download links database may be first extradited to US for copyright charges
No British citizen has ever been extradited to the United States for a copyright offense. But Richard O'Dwyer, the 23-year-old college student who ran TV Shack, may become the first. As I understand i...
03:44 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing I brought you a transplant heart, but I dropped it
In Mexico City, butterfingers medics dropped a donor heart being rushed to a hospital for a transplant operation. Rolled right out of the container and everything, right on to the street. All worked o...
03:36 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Cat is hat
[Video Link] Look at that! (via @joejanecek+@popurls, video by Katie Westlake)...
03:36 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Space crap to hit Earth: failed Russian Mars probe expected to crash-land this weekend
The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft may impact Earth in North America, South America, Europe, Asia or even Australia. Its not possible to say where the thing is going to fall down, Heiner Klinkrad, head of th...
03:31 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Sebastian Junger on Marine Afghan corpse urination incident
From the combat filmmaker's Washington Post op-ed: "There is a final context for this act in which we are all responsible, all guilty. A 19-year-old Marine has a very hard time reconciling the fact th...
03:24 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Apple audits supply chain, vows to fight for reduction in worker abuses, environmental damage
Computing giant Apple today for the first time released an unprecedented trove of information about its supply chain: the "Apple Supplier Responsibility Report." Some industry observers believe the mo...
03:19 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Data breach at City College of SF may impact 100,000 students
City College of San Francisco's computers have been infected with software viruses that illegally transmit personal data from students and employees overseas, school officials said today. (MSNBC)...
03:12 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Activists alter 85 BofA ATMs in SF to become "Automated Truth Machines"
Rainforest Action Network claims responsibility for the art-prank intervention. RAN activists took to the streets of San Francisco last night and turned every Bank of America ATM in the city into an A...
02:58 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Hitler gets word of Google Search Plus Your World
[Video Link] The hard-working star of Der Untergang learns of a recently-launched set of tweaks to Google search results that push Google+ content to the top, integrating social information into ...
02:56 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Protest iPad, Bahrain
An anti-government protester films with her iPad during an al-Wefaq rally in Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain, January 12, 2012. Thousands of anti-government protesters participated in the rally shout...
02:37 am PST - Sat, January 14, 2012
BoingBoing Liquid nitrogen + plastic bottle = boom
[Video Link] Keep the volume low when you watch this (Via NSFW What The Christ?)...
09:55 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing TED2012 speaker lineup
Going to TED is one of my yearly highlights. They just announced their list of presenters for 2012. Take a look and let me know who you'd like me to interview for Boing Boing! (Here's who I definitely...
09:46 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Health Care Bills without the agony
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09:27 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing WWII bomber jacket art
How to Be a Retronaut's latest gallery is a world-beater: "U.S. Air Force personalised bomber jackets, WWII." Stylin'. U.S. Air Force personalised bomber jackets, WWII...
08:21 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Lawsuit: store owner tried to ruin my life over a bad Yelp review, posted fake blog claiming I was thieving, crack-addicted prostitute
A lawsuit filed by Chicago's Cecelia Groark claims that Krunch Kretschmar, owner of a store called Bottled Grapes, created a fake blog about her nonexistent drug problems, thieving, and prostitution t...
08:09 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Doc Fermento Discovers The World podcast Episode 11 - Making Social Currency
Askbryan, who runs the delightful "Doc Fermento Discovers The World" podcast, interviewed me about my book Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself . He says, "I have provided a full...
07:20 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Fool-Aid parody ad from Mad magazine
In 1978, over 900 people at Jim Jones' Peoples Temple in Guyana committed suicide by drinking Flavor Aid with cyanide added to it. This parody ad from a 1961 issue of Mad magazine is an uncanny harbin...
06:33 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing A new name for the Very Large Array
Remember the contest to rename the Very Large Array? (I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that it resulted in one of the best BoingBoing comment threads ever.) The good news: A name has been cho...
06:31 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing The new owner of Righthaven's domain hates "spineless" ISPs
Last week, a mystery bidder snatched the domain of copyright troll Righthaven at auction for just $3,300. Just now, the domain name system updated to reveal his identity: one Stefan Thalberg of Zug, S...
06:29 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm, exclusive excerpt
John Flesk, founder of the terrific art book house Flesk Publications, just released four new titles (The Art of Craig Elliott, Warren Chang: Narrative Paintings, Flesk Prime, and Naughty and Nice: Th...
06:23 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: "Hello, fellow tripper," by R.U. Sirius
Some time in 1976, I went into this very hip bookstore in downtown Binghamton, New York where I lived and came across two books whose covers screamed for my attention with their flaming psychedelic de...
06:16 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Nicest "get bent, you jerky lawyer" letter ever
Themac sez, "Fantastic response to a cease and desist. I was particularly impressed at whom they cc'ed." This may be the nicest "go screw yourself" letter ever sent. The backdrop: The San Antonio, Tex...
05:39 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing The Count Dante Documentary. Karate. Comics. Sex. Drugs. Death. Mobsters. Crazy lies, crazier truths.
[Video Link] Snig says: "A documentary is being produced on Count Dante, the man behind the Deadliest Man Alive ads that were in Marvel comics. His real life? Straight out of a comic book." [Trailer i...
05:34 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Volcano creates new island in the Red Sea
A month ago, one of these islands didn't exist. On December 13, fishermen in the Red Sea reported volcanic eruptions shooting lava into the air. Just ten days later, the new island was visible. Volcan...
05:34 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage interview with tripping girl
"Everything is color." A wonderful bit of vintage footage also seen in the excellent 1986 BBC documentary, LSD: The Beyond Within....
05:33 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Dollhouse version of a hoarder's house
Carrie M/ Becker made a 1/6th scale hoarder's house. I have a love of all things miniature. As a young adult, I collected small Japanese toys from a company called Rement. During the summer after comp...
05:28 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Post-Apocalyptic web series, shot in the real life abandoned spaces of New York
rubidium says Welcome to New York City. Population: 01 When an unexplained event decimates the human race, the survivors fight for their lives in the ruins of civilization. A new take on the post-apoc...
05:06 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Fundraiser auction for Alpha Workshop, which teaches genre writing to young writers
Sarah sez, "The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers is a ten-day workshop held annually in Pittsburgh, PA for writers ages 14-19 who are passionate about writing science fiction, fantasy, and/or h...
05:05 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Ouija planchette ring
The multitalented JL Schnabel, aka BloodMilk, created this delightful planchette ring, complete with glass window. Do I like it? The Ouija says YES. (Thanks, Stacey Ransom!)...
04:42 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Scary science, national security, and open-source research
I've been following the story about the scientists who have been working to figure out how H5N1 bird flu might become transmissible from human to human, the controversial research they used to study t...
04:15 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Car lands on van
This photo was taken in Kota Bharu, Malaysia on Wednesday. According to news reports, the small car "went out of control and hit a pile of sand before landing on the van." It's not clear if the driver...
03:49 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Hulk rob bank
The Hulk is wanted for robbing a bank in Hamburg, New York on Monday. The Hulk attempted to disguise himself by wearing a brown jacket, jeans, and a necklace as opposed to purple shorts. "Man in Hulk ...
03:49 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Google: We're "mortified" a team working on Google project "misrepresented" relationship with Mocality
A followup to this morning's post, The Google-Keyna Ripoff. Nelson Mattos, Google's Vice-President for Product and Engineering, Europe and Emerging Markets, writes: We were mortified to learn that a t...
03:05 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Conclusion to "Existential Dread" - a history of Anonymous's activities in 2011
Quinn Norton has completed her triumphant history of Anonymous's actions in 2011 for Wired and this installment is amazing, containing real insight into how the world sees Anon, how Anon sees itself, ...
02:23 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: The Gnosis magazine interview
Back in the late '80s, when Gnosis Magazine was just beginning to find its audience, we were lucky enough to have Robert Anton Wilson as one of our contributors. Over the span of six issues he contrib...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Oakland cops complicit in covering name-badges at Occupy protests disciplined
Remember this video, in which protesters ask an Oakland PD officer why he illegally covered his name-badge, then, when he won't answer, ask a supervisor why this was so? Well, both the cop and his sup...
01:48 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Look Around You turns 10
[Video Link]Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz's wonderful mock-educational-film-parody BBC2 show "Look Around You" celebrated its 10th anniversary this week. Robert writes, We had a fantastic night...
01:44 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Alaskan town has 176 inches of snow on the ground
Hey, guys, I figured out where all of Minnesota's winter snow went. It's in Cordova, Alaska. Since Nov. 1, storms have dropped 176 inches of snow and more than 44 inches of rain on the town, about 150...
01:41 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Tim Powers's Last Call: a mind-altering journey into superstition, Vegas style
I just got through re-reading Tim Power's World Fantasy Award-winning 1996 novel Last Call, which is truly one of the triumphs of modern fantasy literature. Powers, one of Philip K Dick's three proteg...
01:01 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing 60 senators won't meet with activists to talk about PIPA: will yours? Call in & ask them to reconsider!
Fight for the Future has compiled a list of 61 senators who won't meet with them to discuss PIPA (the Senate version of the Stop Online Piracy Act) before Jan 24, when a critical vote will take place....
12:58 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing The Marimba ringtone heard 'round the world: symphonygate update
The 60-or-70-something businessman and symphony-goer whose iPhone halted Mahler? Don't hate on him, hate on bad UI. The ringer mute switch on iPhone doesn't silence alarms. (via @jswatz)...
12:50 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Paula Deen, celebrity chef criticized for diabetes-inducing cuisine, has diabetes
[Video Link] Never would have seen this coming. Paula Deen is said to be planning to step back from being the public face of her food empire to become the celebrity endorsement personality for a diabe...
12:44 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Bookseller to remove posessive apostrophe from own name
British bookseller Waterstone's is dropping the apostrophe from its name, but keeping the possessive form: i.e. "Waterstones Books" instead of "Waterstone Books." Camacho for Prime Minister! Waterston...
12:44 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Bookseller removes apostrophe from own name
British bookseller Waterstone's is dropping the apostrophe from its name, but keeping the possessive form: Waterstones. In a press release, Waterstone's claims that apostrophes are "impractical" in a ...
12:18 pm PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing EFF to ask for sanctions against copyright trolling astrologers
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking a judge to sanction the lawyers for Astrolabe, who launched a frivolous copyright lawsuit against Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert. These two researchers...
11:10 am PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Judge orders Zucotti Park barriers removed, jubilant Occupiers return
After a judge ordered the removal of the barriers around Zucotti Park (a privately owned space that is open to the public, built as part of a deal to allow a property developer to put up more building...
08:32 am PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Google's Kenyan ripoff
Mocality is an African startup that has a Kenya-wide business directory. There is no Kenyan yellow pages, so the directory was crowdsourced, paying thousands of Kenyans to help create and validate its...
08:32 am PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing The Google-Kenya ripoff
Mocality is an African startup that has a Kenya-wide business directory. There is no Kenyan yellow pages, so the directory was crowdsourced, paying thousands of Kenyans to help create and validate its...
07:24 am PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Author Diane Duane's bank account cleaned out by ATM skimmers, buy her ebooks at 20% off to help her out!
Much-loved fantasy and science fiction author Diane Duane has had a lot of bad luck lately, but this takes the cake: her ATM card was skimmed and the joint account she and her husband share has been z...
04:51 am PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing New horror podcast for Friday the 13th
Tony from Starship Sofa sez, "Launching today Friday 13th sees a new horror podcast from StarShipSofa called Tales To Terrify. This will be a sister show to the Sofa but dealing with scary character d...
04:23 am PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing RAW quote: restriction of freedom (1975)
"More stringent security measures. Universal electronic surveillance. No-knock laws. Stop and frisk laws. Government inspection of first-class mail. Automatic fingerprinting, photographing, blood test...
01:57 am PST - Fri, January 13, 2012
BoingBoing Lawrence Weschler on Bullseye
Jesse Thorn says: Lawrence Weschler is on this week's Bullseye to talk about his great new book The Uncanny Valley, which is a collection of his narrative non-fiction for the New Yorker and other outl...
10:45 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Sound it Out #13: Sharon Van Etten "Serpents"
There are quite a few talented musicians playing on Sharon Van Ettens new record Tramp (out 2/7), including dudes from The National, Wye Oak and The Walkmen. Its a big-sounding album with lush product...
08:18 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing World's smallest known vertebrate
Above is the world's smallest known vertebrate, Paedophryne amanuensis. Researchers found the frog in 2010 in southern Papua New Guinea and just announced the discovery yesterday. From National Geogra...
08:05 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing From The Mouth Of The Sun: lovely droning ambience
From The Mouth Of The Sun - Like Shadows In An Empty Cathedral* by experimedia From The Mouth of The Sun lie somewhere on the ambient spectrum near Eno's Music for Airports and Tim Hecker's (stunning)...
07:36 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing New record: toilet paper folded 13 times!
For years, it was thought that a piece of paper could not be folded in half more than seven times. Back in 2002 though, then-high school student Britney Gallivan folded a piece 12 times. And later, My...
06:58 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Twins: Nature, nurture, and epigenetics
National Geographic has a really interesting story on what we can learn about human biology and human culture from studying the lives of twins. (Last week, Mark blogged about some of the photos in the...
06:04 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing North Dakota tries to be cool, fails
We all probably had at least one friend who attempted to reinvent themselves after high-school in a way that was so not them that it just made you feel pity. You know what I'm talking about. Like the ...
05:49 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Woman calls police to report that she was sold sugar, not crack, by her crack dealer
47-year-old Suzanne Basham of Springfield, Missouri called police to report that she had paid $40 for crack cocaine that turned out to be sugar, and wanted her dealer arrested. She is now in jail....
05:38 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Google bulking up in China; could censorsurveillance-compliant Android Market be next?
"Google, which has taken a principled stand by refusing to censor its search results in China, may be slipping to the dark side as it considers launching the Android Market there. The Chinese governme...
05:29 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing That call center you reached? If they're in the US, the person speaking may be a prison inmate
MSNBC reports: "When you call a company or government agency for help, there's a good chance the person on the other end of the line is a prison inmate. The federal government calls it "the best-kept ...
05:23 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Big news in small things: new nanotechnology findings found by IBM researchers
Markoff in the New York Times: "Researchers at I.B.M. have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information to the e...
05:18 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing New Yorker on new Pirate Bay religion, the Missionary Church of Kopimism
Cory blogged earlier about the Missionary Church of Kopimism, Swedens newest registered religion. Now there's a feature about it in the New Yorker, by Pollo Romig: The Missionary Church of Kopimism pi...
05:10 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Burglars abandon CDs and DVDs
British burglars have stopped stealing CDs and DVDs because, yeah, who needs 'em? "...thefts of entertainment products like CDs and DVDs have collapsed in England and Wales, to the point that they are...
04:55 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing A literally broken heart
A recent study of 2000 heart attack patients found that people who have recently lost a loved one have a greater risk of heart attack—even if they had no other risk factors for coronary medical ...
04:23 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Douglas Rushkoff to Robert Anton Wilson
[Video Link] Our friend, author Douglas Rushkoff, fills the late Robert Anton Wilson in on what he's missed since passing away on February 11, 2007. Fnord...
04:22 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Ferdinando Buscema on magic and management
Ferdinando Buscema is a stage magician and also a management/leadership consultant for large organizations. I really enjoyed his TEDxVenezia talk in which he links magic, magick, and management....
04:20 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing In former Soviet state of Georgia, an iPad knockoff for police
An employee demonstrates a "Police Pad" at the Algorithm factory in Tbilisi, Georgia, on January 11, 2012. Five thousand police officers will receive portable field computers, equipped with features t...
04:01 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Arduino-controlled interactive punching-bag
Summer interns at the Open University's computer science department created this interactive punching bag, then figured out how to play Ode to Joy on it: The interactive punching bag is a conventional...
03:47 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing MAKE Volume 29: DIY Superhuman!
[Video Link] Make Vol 29 is hitting newsstands any day now. Here's a video glimpse of what in this issue. We have the technology (to quote The Six Million Dollar Man), but commercial tools for explori...
03:45 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Death Cab for Cutie vs. Bill Barminski
"Walter Robot" -- aka BB pal Bill Barminski and writer Christoper Louie -- directed the new Death Cab For Cutie music video "Underneath the Sycamore." It's a terrific piece of neo-noir animation! And ...
03:33 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Congressman who wrote SOPA is a copyright violator
See the background photo on the archived, pre-SOPA version of US Congressman Lamar Smith's website? Jamie Lee Curtis Taete of Vice says: I managed to track that picture back to DJ Schulte, the photogr...
03:14 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing A Friday the 13th party in 1940
Tomorrow is the first Friday the 13th of 2012. To celebrate, LIFE.com posted a terrific gallery of photos from a "Friday the 13th Party" that took place December 13, 1940, in Room 13 at the Merchants ...
03:10 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Dirty cops will love SOPA
Ken at Popehat examines Google's report on the number of police departments and governments that have requested removal of police brutality videos shot by citizens, and asks what will happen once the ...
02:32 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Sheriff deputy punches mentally challenged woman in head, allegedly threatens man who taped it
[Video Link] On Monday night, Jermaine Green, a recently returned US Army veteran (who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan), videoed an LA County Sheriff Deputy strike a mentally handicapped ...
02:08 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Sneak look at the fifth volume of Karl Schroeder's triumphant Ashes of Candesce
Tor.com has a sneak peek at Ashes of Candesce, the fifth volume in Karl Schroeder's astounding, heroic Virga series, about a post-Singularity civilization mining a pocket solar-system where the last p...
02:06 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Colbert on Obama's signing of bill allowing indefinite imprisonment of US citizens without charges or trial
[Video Link] Colbert's funny/scary take of Obama's weaselly handling of the NDAA....
02:00 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo is announcing the newest and coolest "Diesel Super Bad Ass" watches today, now in sol...
01:33 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Should The New York Times tell you when politicians are lying?
Photo: Shutterstock The New York Times' Arthur Brisbane wants you to tell them whether they should disclose in stories when subjects are clearly lying about something. The New York Times is unsure at ...
01:33 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Should The New York Times tell you when politicians are lying? (Updated)
Photo: Shutterstock The New York Times' Public Editor, Arthur Brisbane, wants you to tell them whether they should disclose in stories when subjects are clearly lying about something. The New York Tim...
12:51 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing What it feels like to attend CES
Normally, the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show marks the season when I stop reading gadget blogs. It's when sites that do 12 interesting posts a day turn into a sites that publish 120 barely rewrit...
12:45 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing A thousand heroes' faces
Turnstyle's Robyn Gee interviews Brooklyn-based photographer Vanessa Bahmani, who took 1,000 portraits of Occupy Wall Street Protestors with a medium-format camera. One of the things that inspired me ...
12:23 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: The Cosmic Trigger Effect, by Antero Alli
The Summer of 1979; Berkeley California. The back story of how I got here is far and away too convoluted to explain but here I am sitting on a couch in Robert Anton Wilson's living room, dumbfounded b...
12:16 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing The only three things you need to read about CES this year
The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is ongoing, and it's been widely-hailed as the dullest in years. There are only three things you need to read about it. Brian Lam at Wirecutter: The magical (and...
12:02 pm PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA claims Ars Technica helps thieves
On its official blog, the MPAA describes Cond Nast-owned news site Ars Technica as a "blog with a long history of challenging efforts to curb content theft." Consider it a window to the MPAA's soul....
11:55 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing PIPA sponsor in the hotseat today at 12:00 Eastern
pziselberger sez, "Senator Lahey, sponsor of PIPA [ed: the Senate version of SOPA], will be on Vermont Public Radio's 'Vermont Edition' January 12 at noon. This is an opportunity to share your outrage...
11:44 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Ringing iPhone stops New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic's Tuesday performance of Mahler's Ninth symphony was halted by an unwelcomed sound: someone's ringing iPhone (using the marimba ringtone). It rang repeatedly in the fourth mo...
11:41 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarter project for Skallops: clips that turn playing cards into building toys
Evan sez, "This is a new construction toy on Kickstarter that uses clever laser-cut clips to assemble regular playing cards into almost any kind of sculpture. We hit our first production goal for the ...
10:56 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Clarion Workshop accepting applications from aspiring sff writers
The Clarion Writers' Workshop is a sort of bootcamp for science fiction and fantasy writers. You write something like six stories in six weeks, critique your fellow students' stories for several hours...
09:13 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Dutch court gives rightsholder group unchecked power to block IPs and domains in the Netherlands
Niels sez, "Yesterday, the Court of The Hague ordered Dutch ISPs XS4ALL and Ziggo to block access to 3 IPs and 24 domains of The Pirate Bay. On top of that, it granted the entertainment industry's lob...
07:02 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Toaster made from cinderblock
Adi Zaffran's "Pita bread toaster" is a super-minimalist, possibly incendiary, rather heavy brutalist rethink of the design of a toaster: "The pita bread as a staple food led me to the use of simple a...
04:23 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing RAW quote: disobedience was mans original virtue
Every fact of science was once damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The...
12:37 am PST - Thu, January 12, 2012
BoingBoing Thin Lizzy vs. The Pixies
Thin Lizzy vs The Pixies, "The Boys Are Back In Heaven," courtesy Phil Retro Spector. (via Greg Dulli)...
09:30 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Powell's 2 store in Portland: Maker heaven
Bob Knetzger, who writes the Toy Inventor's Notebook column for MAKE says: In Portland yesterday I wandered in to Powell's Books. No, not the big, main Powell's Books, but the small satellite Powell's...
09:13 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Soapy: an even better anti-SOPA browser plugin
Kate sez, "Soapy is a new web browser plug-in that allows users to visit websites blocked by SOPA by automatically redirecting them to the site's IP address. The Firefox version of the plugin is downl...
09:13 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Open Source PID Controller
I used a PID (proportionalintegralderivative) controller to regulate the temperature of my espresso maker. I wrote about it in my book, Made by Hand: My Adventures in the World of Do-It-Yourself. (You...
08:29 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Leaked DHS internet watchlist "mistakes" msthirteen.com, skeevy German site about 13yo girls for MS-13 gang news
Um. Yeah. So I'm going to be charitable here and presume that whoever compiled that internet monitoring watchlist at the Department of Homeland Security thought that "Miss Thirteen," at www.msthirteen...
08:29 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Leaked DHS internet watchlist lists msthirteen.com, skeevy German site about 13yo girls as MS-13 gang news
So I'm going to be charitable here and presume that whoever compiled that internet monitoring watchlist at the Department of Homeland Security thought that "Miss Thirteen," at www.msthirteen.com, was ...
08:23 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: a letter from Robert Anton Wilson (1991)
I always liked getting letters from Robert Anton Wilson. He enjoyed playing with the fonts on his Mac. In this letter, he thanked me for sending him a copy of my self-published comic book, Toilet Devi...
08:01 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Crocheted cyclops
Crochet costumer Veronica Knight has topped herself with this crocheted cyclops outfit. This puts the Z in ZOMG. Crocheted Cyclops Costume...
07:48 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Homeland Security Internet Watch List leaked; Boing Boing sadly omitted from list of must-read sites for domestic spying
I am outraged that our blog didn't make it on to the list of websites the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's command center routinely monitors. Cryptome, predictably, has published a copy of the g...
07:48 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Homeland Security Internet Watch List leaked; Boing Boing omitted from list of must-read sites for domestic spying
I am outraged that our blog once again failed to make it on to the list of websites the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's command center routinely monitors. The grandfather of all rogue leak site...
07:31 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Racists smash Iraqi restaurant window. Veterans hold "eat-in" to show support for Iraqi refugees.
[video link] Faith in humanity status: restored. They're from Veterans for Peace. Babylon Restaurant, the business targeted in the apparent hate crime, was featured in this Boston Globe article just o...
07:31 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Iraqi restaurant window smashed. Veterans hold "eat-in" to show support for Iraqi refugees.
[video link] Faith in humanity status: restored. They're from Veterans for Peace. There's an article about the incident in the local paper, here. Babylon Restaurant, the business targeted in the possi...
07:08 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Astronomers see more planets than stars in galaxy
Associated Press: "We're finding an exciting potpourri of things we didn't even think could exist,' said Harvard University astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger, including planets that mirror Star Wars Luke Sk...
06:55 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Sunflower geometry inspires better solar power plant design
MIT mechanical engineer Alexander Mitsos and colleagues were seeking an improved layout for solar power plants, and found inspiration in the concentric spirals of the sunflower. (via @pourmecoffee)...
06:49 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing "Martian Chronicles" reading
The Starship Sofa podcast has produced an excellent reading of my novella "The Martian Chronicles," which was originally published in Jonathan Strahan's YA anthology Life on Mars. The reading is by je...
06:23 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Mindfucking Since 1976, by Gareth Branwyn
Above: Gareth's original copies of The Illuminatus Trilogy. It's not true unless it makes you laugh, but you don't understand it until it makes you weep. -- Illuminatus! I first discovered Robert Anto...
06:19 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Muslim student claims sexual harrassment, school ignores, she's falsely reported as a terrorist, FBI shows up at her door
Balayla Ahmad, an observant African-American Muslim student at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed by a male student in 2009 for...
05:58 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing CES vs SOPA
Consumer Electronics Association president Gary Shapiro, at his CES keynote: "[SOPA is championed by] politicians who are proudly unfamiliar with how the internet works, but who are well familiar with...
05:56 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Study raises new concerns about safety of genetically modified food
A study at Nanjing University in China found that ingested "microRNA" (very small pieces of ribonucleic acid, or RNA) from plants were able to survive digestion and influence the function of human cel...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Utah AG publishes pro-SOPA op-ed with uncited quotations from MPAA promotional materials
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's recent op-ed in the Salt Lake City Tribune is full of quotes and paraphrases from promotional materials produced by the MPAA and execs from its member-companies ...
04:58 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Videogame for pigs and people
This is Pig Chase, a concept for an interspecies video game for pigs to play with humans. Researchers at Wageningen University and the Utrecht School of the Arts designed the game to make farm life mo...
04:48 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Last year's list of evil clowns
Over at Copycat Effect, Loren Coleman shares his list of "Top Ten Evil Clowns of 2011." Seen here is Andrew Joseph Davis, 20, who was arrested in May for running down a person with his car. Police wer...
04:24 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Liquid-piston-driven concept watch
Watchismo gives us an early look at Vincent Perriard & Co's HYT H1, a concept watch starting at $45,000 that will debut at the Baselworld 2012 show. It uses liquid-driven pistons as well as gears...
03:18 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Handmade TARDIS purse
Etsy seller LIMOchi makes these killer "poly leather" TARDIS purses to order for all your time-travelling bits and bobs. The seller claims that they are, indeed, bigger on the inside than they are on ...
02:14 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage aluminum label-embosser kicks your labelwriter's ass
Make's Sean Michael Ragan reviews an old-school Dymo Metal Embossing Tapewriter he found cheap on eBay and finds it to be an eminently satisfying piece of kit. There are modern versions but they'll co...
02:12 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing The Midnight Archive: Occult NYC, part 2
Part two of the mini-documentary on the historical occult underbelly of NYC is now online at The Midnight Archive. In this episode, former BB guestblogger Mitch Horowitz, author of the terrific Occult...
01:50 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Use Your Republican Decoder Badge To Find Out Their SECRET MESSAGES!
RECOMMEND: Visit the Tom the Dancing Bug website, and follow Ruben Bolling on Twitter....
01:04 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO move a makerspace
Makerspaces are pretty gnarly, filled with unwieldy equipment, fragile projects-in-progress, glorious fire hazards, and delicate instruments. Moving a makerspace sounds like a nightmare. MAKE's guide ...
12:23 pm PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing RAW Week: Keep the Lasagna Flying, by Paul Krassner
Wilson and Krassner Display Maturity . . . Maybe Most likely your daily newspaper didn't acknowledge the death of Robert Anton Wilson on January 11, 2007. He was 74. The prolific author and countercul...
11:56 am PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA lobby group plagiarizes anti-PIPA group's email
Public Knowledge, a public interest group fighting SOPA and PIPA, believes that its email to supporters has been plagiarized by its rivals, Creative America, an MPAA-funded astroturf group that lobbie...
10:50 am PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Android dock charges, plays music, controls all music apps for many phones and connectors, without an app
This "first ever" Android speaker dock does some pretty clever mojo to get compatibility with a wide variety of Android shapes, connectors, and OSes without sacrificing useful functions. JoeBorn from ...
06:59 am PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Dragon made from disposable dollar-store cutlery
DeviantArt's ~toge-NYC hot-glued this awesome dragon out of plastic disposable cutlery and cups, slaving over it for 80 hours, "completely freestyle - no plans/blueprints/drafts." Plasticdragon (via C...
04:23 am PST - Wed, January 11, 2012
BoingBoing Robert Anton Wilson Week on Boing Boing
I regard belief as a form of brain damage. Robert Anton Wilson Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of Robert Anton Wilson's death. Bob was a writer of fiction and non-fiction, most notably the Illum...
11:55 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Ron Paul Newsletters, 140 characters at a time
Following the RP_Newsletter account is great, because 140 characters of the Ron Paul Newsletters is about as much as I can stand in one gulp. The Twitter account publishes actual quotes from the presi...
11:48 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Crocheted Vulcan ears
Croshame's just posted a pattern for making your own crocheted Spock ears, which are both logical and very toasty-warm. Well, Christmas has come and gone and youve already gotten all the fancy stun gu...
11:07 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing TSA's brags about not catching any terrorists, proves its own irrelevance
Bruce Schneier looks at the TSA's brag sheet, documenting the "Top 10 Good Catches of 2011" and finds "mostly forgetful, and entirely innocent, people. Note that they fail to point out that the firear...
11:03 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Why the raw cannabis juicing trend may not be all it's juiced up to be
Earlier today, I posted a quick link to an LA Weekly item about a new round of media attention devoted to Dr. William Courtney, and his research on juicing cannabis for health benefits. The tl;dr of h...
10:13 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Lego Heroica: fun adventure gaming for kids
In episode 34 of the Gweek podcast, I mentioned Lego Heroica and how much my 8-year-old daughter enjoys it. It's a simple-rule-set role playing game that uses Lego pieces for the characters, board, an...
09:58 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Monster-movie drive-in poster
A near-perfect example of the monster-movie drive-in poster-maker's art. "The Biggest THING in Town!"...
08:55 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Run your business like a crime-boss
Donald DeSantis explains how an unnamed "crime boss" mentored him through his first high-tech startup. The piece is a little oblique, thanks to a lack of specifics ("The other business was transaction...
07:00 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Testament of humanitarian aid worker who spent seven years being held and tortured in Gitmo
The NYT gives space to Lakhdar Boumediene, a humanitarian aid worker who was arrested on secret evidence that he was planning to blow up the US embassy in Sarajevo. Despite the fact that the case was ...
06:38 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Inside NASA's Venus machine
This chamber, currently under construction at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, will be able to reproduce the temperature, pressure, and chemical conditions on the surface of Venus. Scientists ...
06:29 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Tonsillectomy Confidential: doctors ignore polio epidemics and high school biology
In 2008, Rachael Hoffman-Dachelet's eight-year-old son started having frequent sore throats. He'd run a fever, feel stiff and tired, and miss a few days of school. After six sore throats in a year, he...
06:24 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Chalkboard banquet-table
I like this idea for a banquet table: cover it with black construction paper and then chalk on place-settings and namecards for all the guests. Fall 2006, Blackboard-Chalk Reception Table (via Craft)...
05:47 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing What happens to your luggage after you check it at the airport?
Okay, yes. This is an ad for a Delta "track your luggage" ap. And, yes, it blacks out the part where your luggage goes through security. But it's also a nifty little video that reminds me of the how's...
05:41 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Giancarlo Esposito ("Gus" on Breaking Bad), the Reddit AMA
"I am Giancarlo Esposito. I've had a few people tell me Reddit would be a great place to have a discussion with fans. And what does a man do? A man provides." Reddit AMA here. (thanks, Joe Sabia!)...
05:41 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Giancarlo Esposito (Gustavo Fring on Breaking Bad): Reddit AMA with video
"I am Giancarlo Esposito. I've had a few people tell me Reddit would be a great place to have a discussion with fans. And what does a man do? A man provides." Reddit AMA here. Response videos shot by ...
05:36 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Marijuana is the new Wheatgrass
Drink your cannabis, say some raw-pot advocates. It won't get you high, but it's good for you. I'm skeptical, but I know one thing: unless you're growing your own, it is likely not good for your walle...
05:29 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing 30 hornets vs. 30,000 bees = "300" with flying insects (video)
[Video Link] Spoiler: the hornets win. Above, snip of BBC documentary with narrator commentary. Below, the EPIC MUSIC REMIX VIDEO. (Via The Daily What)...
05:04 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Intel fakes Ultrabook demo.
Hey, something interesting happened at CES! Intel got caught faking a graphical demo of a video game supposedly running on an ultra-portable laptop. Watch for the little popup when the "game" starts. ...
05:01 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing 1937 Chevy Newsreels Pets - Pussyweight Boxing Cats Battle
[Video Link] Animal cruelty as entertainment in 1937. (Thanks, Felipe Li!)...
04:57 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing State Dept. of Transportation Archaeologists forced to use ground penetrating radar and magnetometers to dispute location of cemetery located by man dowsing with wires
By walking lengthwise down the grave, he can tell the height of the deceased, he said. The rod in the right hand swings to the right if the remains belonged to a male and left if female, he said. A pe...
04:53 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Texas schoolchildren get criminal citations for cussing in class, shouting within 500' of school
In The Guardian, Chris McGreal looks at the horrific state of policing in Texas schools. The age of criminal responsibility in Texas is 10, and many schools have uniformed police officers on site who ...
04:51 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Trash Talk Slander music video
[Video Link NSFW language] EightyFour says: "I recently finished animating this music video for the LA based punk group, Trash Talk. My good friend, Jay Howell, did all of the illustration too (you ma...
04:47 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing The terribly wonderful storefront murals of East Hollywood
Evohollywood says: "Over the weekend I took a day trip over to my old neighborhood of East Hollywood to document the super entertaining professional and amateur murals that cover many of the storefron...
04:27 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Rick Santorum doesn't understand sex
Over at Psychology Today, psychologist Christopher Ryan states the obvious. My favorite part: Given the number of days a human female is actually fertile each month, it's a pretty safe bet that the Sa...
04:22 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Global No Pants Subway Ride 2012: gallery of photos larger than you might actually wish to view
(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) A young boy looks up at a woman with no pants on while riding in the subway system during the annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York on January 8. The event is organized by Im...
03:55 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing
General-purpose computers are astounding. They're so astounding that our society still struggles to come to grips with them, what they're for, how to accommodate them, and how to cope with them. This ...
03:49 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing No More SOPA: mobile app scans barcodes to tell you which products are made by SOPA supporters
No More SOPA is an Android app that lets you scan the barcodes of the products on the shelves at stores to determine (more or less) whether the manufacturer has backed SOPA. Unfortunately, manufacturi...
03:11 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Steve Jobs, the Inhumane Humanist
The current print issue of Reason has a wonderful, thoughtful piece by Mike Godwin about the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs. I know it's hard to imagine there's anything new to say about this...
02:58 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 004: Toca Hair Salon
Today, we talk about a great fictional video series for kids called Recess Stories, and review a hair salon simulation app for the iPad called Toca Hair Salon. Thanks to everyone who has written us to...
02:55 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing TSA defends cupcake confiscation
('Shoop-Illustration: Xeni Jardin) On the TSA blog, a defense of the recent confiscation of a cupcake at Las Vegas International airport over concerns the tasty morsel was a terrorist threat. Cory blo...
02:43 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Friendly giant inspects olde-timey American cars
Here's newsreel footage of a good-natured, improbably tall automotive inspector from America's past. I'd trust him to look over my jalopy! Tall guy inspects the top of cars in the factory (Thanks, fry...
02:18 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing What's up with the weather?
  Yesterday evening, I stood at a bus stop in Minneapolis wearing no socks, no gloves, and no hat. The breeze was warm. The birds were singing. Clearly, something is deeply wrong here. In fact, 2...
02:05 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Empowered health through technology: video contest with cash prize
The US Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is hosting a Healthy New Year Video Challenge with cash prizes of up to $2,000. They're soliciting short videos with t...
01:41 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Fight PIPA, SOPA's Senate cousin, with this Senate scorecard
PIPA is the Senate version of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. It's only slightly less Internet-killingly-insane, but it hasn't gotten as much attention, mostly because the House's SOPA is just so ov...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing How Mastercard and Visa rip off merchants with secret, 1,000-page "agreement"
Cisero's, a Park City, UT restaurant that is a darling of Sundance festival attendees has been hit by enormous fines from Mastercard and Visa, who claim, without evidence, that the restaurant is respo...
12:16 pm PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Presidential flipbook: combine rhetoric, appearance and icons to make presidential chimeras
Flipbook masters Idiots' Books have created a "Build Your Own President" site that lets you use flipbook mechanics to produce political chimeras consisting of the appearance, icons and rhetoric of any...
11:50 am PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Postal service missing thousands of scanners
You know that mysterious Postal Service gadget that's been in your desk drawer since the day you took the job? Or perhaps it's on top of a cupboard in the mailroom, by the dessicated remains of a long...
11:24 am PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Douglas Rushkoff's ADD: tight, smart graphic novel delivers a scathing critique of the commodification of youth culture
Douglas Rushkoff's graphic novel debut, "A.D.D." (Adolescent Demo Division) is a tight, action-packed comic wrapped around a serious, thought-provoking critique of the commodification of youth culture...
11:04 am PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Stop-motion video shows books at play after the bookshop owner has gone
The good folks at Toronto's Type Books have made this smashing stop-motion animation of their shelves mysteriously and mischievously reorganizing themselves after everyone has gone home. They position...
07:00 am PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Researcher: T-Mobile UK is secretly disrupting secure communications, leaving customers vulnerable to spying
Mike Cardwell claims that T-Mobile UK are silently disrupting VPNs and secure connections to mail-servers, using packet-injection techniques more often found in the Great Firewall of China. He documen...
01:38 am PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Ellsberg on Manning
"[President Obama] is involved in a war against leakers, against whistle-blowers."...
01:06 am PST - Tue, January 10, 2012
BoingBoing Totally amazing painter is totally amazing
...And what's amazing is the process. Joe Sabia shares this YouTube video featuring Chilean artist Fabian Gaete Maureira of arte100cia (Arte Sciencia, or "Art Science") that's making the internet roun...
11:45 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Twinkie future threatened as Hostess prepares for doom
Hostess Brands, maker of sugary snacks renowned for their immunity to the laws of thermodynamics, some of which are filled with indeterminate white creams, is preparing to declare bankruptcy for the s...
11:45 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Twinkie future threatened amid Hostess woes
Hostess Brands, maker of sugary snacks renowned for their immunity to the laws of thermodynamics, and some of which are filled with indeterminate creams, is preparing to declare bankruptcy for the sec...
11:17 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 034: Giant Jenga!
Our guest for Gweek podcast 034 is fashion designer Diana Eng, who blends technology with clothing in interesting ways. My cohost is our own Boing Boing science editor, Maggie Koerth-Baker. We sure ta...
07:58 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Congressman drops support for SOPA
A sustained campaign coordinated by redditors has evidently convinced Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Chair, to drop his support for the Stop Online Piracy Act: "The internet is one of ...
07:48 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing A Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants
Boing Boing reader Kenneth is a weird-and-rare book lover who is painstakingly scanning and posting online some of his favorite obscurities. Among the Golden Guides he's posted (dig the iconic visual ...
07:31 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Fantastic organized crime comic book, Blue Estate: Vol 2 trade paperback
One of my favorite comic book series of 2011 was Viktor Kalvachev's Blue Estate. I described it as "a hardboiled crime series that takes place in modern day Los Angeles. It’s got a sleazy action...
07:20 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing EPA to fracking-polluted village: here's some clean water! 24 hours later: Oh hey, nevermind.
Image: A Dimock, Pennsylvania resident who did not want to be identified pours a glass of water taken from his well after the start of natural gas drilling in Dimock, Pennsylvania, March 7, 2009. Dimo...
07:08 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Building covered in coats
This undated photo from an unattributed newspaper shows the facade of a Danish clothier that advertised its overstock coats by covering the building from top to bottom with over a thousand coats. The ...
06:42 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing The coming year in space exploration
Ariel "Spacehack" Waldman points us to this survey of "the most anticipated space missions of 2012." Yes, the Space Shuttle has been retired but as Ariel has said, "I see it as more of a beginning of ...
06:37 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing The best account on Twitter
Are you following @horse_ebooks? John Herrman explains why you must: "It isnt a parody account and it doesnt tell jokes. Its a spam bot that sells shitty ebooks about horses, and it might be the best ...
06:07 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing What metrics-driven games have a hard time measuring
Raph Koster's on a tear these days on the theory and practice of game design. Today, it's a fab little sermonette on why it's not right to sneer at data-driven, "free-to-play" games that use extensive...
05:56 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing The world, as mapped by frequency of cholera cases
This really fascinating image comes from a Scientific American guest blog post about the appendix. What does the appendix have to do with cholera? Turns out, the more we study the appendix, the more i...
05:54 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Kindergartner breaks leg and gets concussion, teacher makes him crawl over 200 ft of icy ground back to classroom
And doesn't call ambulance. "Youre a big boy I cant carry you." Skokie school board officials are remaining mum on the advice of their legal counsel. Of course, no one will be held accountable except...
05:49 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing News reporter's on-camera mammogram results in breast cancer diagnosis
This sure feels familiar....
05:38 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing A scientific conference presentation no one will ever forget
"He stepped around the podium, and pulled his loose pants tight up around his genitalia in an attempt to demonstrate his erection." — You really, really, really must read the story of Professor ...
05:38 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Map of pig nicknames from 1884
H.W. Hill & Co. of Decatur Illinois, the sole manufacturer of Hill's hog ringers, produced this map called "Nicknames of the States." It is from 1884. The Library of Congress has it for free downl...
05:35 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Capital headphones from AIAIAI
The coolest-looking new headphones announced this week aren't at CES. My friend Jens Martin Skibsted and Lars Larsen from KiBiSi designed the Capital headphones from AIAIAI. Jens says that the adjustm...
05:35 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Optical illusions
The Optillusions blog appears to be a collection of optical illusions, but there's something not quite right about it....
05:34 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing The story of the Apollo 11 moon landing, as told through data (video)
[video link] This data visualization of the Apollo 11 moon mission gathers social and technical data from the 1969 lunar landing in video form. The horizontal axis is an interactive timeline. The hori...
05:13 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Wide awake during brain cancer surgery
This fascinating video from the Mayo Clinic explains how 28-year-old Mary Meixner went through "awake surgery" during which surgeons used an intra-operative MRI to target her brain tumor. At the end o...
05:12 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing The crab-cam: Charming video of father-daughter science project
I love both the idea and the lessons behind this project writer Mike Adamick took on with his daughter during her winter break from kindergarten. Emmeline wanted to know what life was like underwater ...
05:03 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing MakerBot Replicator new 3D printer
Our friend Bre Pettis has introduced the MakerBot Replicator, his company's latest open source 3D printer. It can print much larger objects than the cupcake-sized creations spewed by previous models, ...
04:42 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Why you shouldn't take Nexium
The sciencebloggers are abuzz after a WSJ editorial mentioned Nexium, a heartburn medication, repeatedly by name, implying that it is some kind of wonder drug. Nexium was developed by AstraZeneca beca...
04:36 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Accessorizing with cats
Photos of famous people with cats thrown jauntily over their shoulders: It's my new favorite cat meme. Visit Heather Archuletta's Facebook collection for more shots like this. Besides Frank Zappa, she...
04:29 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Time-lapse video of lab-grown snowflakes
Back in December, researchers at Caltech posted a research paper to arXiv that attempts to explain why the shape and structure of snowflakes change significantly depending on relatively small shifts i...
03:53 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Virtual sweatshops versus CAPTCHAs
KolotiBablo, a Russian service, pays workers in China, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam to crack CAPTCHAs -- it's a favorite of industrial scale spammers. This company's fortunes represent an interesting ...
03:34 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Tallest mountains in the solar system
Mount Everest's got nothing on Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in our solar system. At 15.5 miles high, it's also the largest volcano on Mars, covering the size of Arizona. Smithsonian listed the t...
03:25 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Gathering of the Bronies
At The Awl, Kase Wickman covers the first major Brony convention, an "explosion of wild color ... the glitter, the rainbows, the homemade pony-mane hooded sweatshirts, all of it bright and sparkly eno...
03:14 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Overnight holidays at a nuclear plant
The Philippines' National Power Corporation is offering tours and overnight beachside holidays at its Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, built in the 1980s but never fired up. It's been "uranium-free" since ...
02:50 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Stars of the Lid vs. Disney
[video link] Here's drone minimalist duo Stars of the Lid's "A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaning(less) Process" as the soundtrack for Walt Disney's 1966 vision video about EPCOT. The track appears o...
02:45 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Freeopen spherical lollipop houses
A UK project called Ekinoid aims to produce free/open plans for spherical houses that perch on poles seven feet off the ground. The goal is a house that can be built in a week. Ekinoid homes will be d...
01:58 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Pedal powered Porsche
[Video Link] This is as good as the other pedal car I posted years ago....
01:54 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Ending an endless game: an interview with Julian Gough, author of Minecraft's epic finale
Born in 1966, raised in Galway on the west coast of Ireland, and now resident in Berlin, Julian Gough has been many things: lyricist and singer for cult Irish rock band Toasted Heretic; author of the ...
01:49 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Meteorological paintings of the Tunguska Event
Candace Kohl, a well-known meteorite hunter and asteroid specialist with an asteroid named after her, gave me a tour of her home and her collection of meteorites this weekend. I had a blast checking o...
01:40 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing How to build a "Family Foxhole"
Everything above ground level is getting blown apart in a fiery blast while this 1950s family gets ready to settle in for the evening in their cozy basement bunker. (Via X-Ray Delta One)  ...
01:39 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Cheap Ikea anglepoise knock-off is a good articulated arm for webcams
Ikea makes a super-cheap, $9 articulated anglepoise knock-off lamp. The articulated arm is a useful for anything lightweight that needs to have an adjustable X- and Y-axis. Instructables user Brianand...
01:09 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Unexpected camera art featured in Year of the Glitch
Phillip Stearns created Year of the Glitch, a gallery of electronic artwork resulting from the shortcomings of digital cameras. There'll be a new image added each day until 2013, at which point the wo...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Color photos of Depression-era American small towns
The Denver Post collects some of the Library of Congress's best color photos from the early 1940s, chronicling Depression life in small towns. These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Admin...
12:40 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Diablo III delayed
Epic action-RPG Diablo III will not be released in February. Rumors persist that the game is finished, but Blizzard will not launch it unless the game's real-money auction house, where players may buy...
12:22 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing OLPC Tablet launching this year
The XO-3, designed to sell for just $100, has a Marvell Armada processor, 512MB of RAM and runs Android or the OLPC project's own variant of Linux. The 1024x768 Pixel Qi display offers a high-res e-in...
12:06 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing R.U. Sirius interviewed
Joseph L. Flatley interviews R.U. Sirius for The Verge: "I can't believe how confident and flip and well, frankly funny and brilliant and inspired we were... and so very dedicated to unapologetic ab...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Live video lecture on Sherlock Holes and science fiction.
Tony from StarShipSofa sez, "What does the world's only consulting detective have to do with science fiction you may ask? What was the relationship of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to the genre...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Live video lecture on Sherlock Holmes and science fiction.
Tony from StarShipSofa sez, "What does the world's only consulting detective have to do with science fiction you may ask? What was the relationship of his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to the genre...
11:50 am PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing Canon "resurrects" original Digital Elph; monster sensor for new G1-X
A great many new cameras were announced at CES this weekend, but this is the one that caught my eye: Canon's "ressurection", as it describes it, of the original Digital Elph design and dimensions from...
11:00 am PST - Mon, January 9, 2012
BoingBoing GameStop competitor: we're not as bad as GameStop, but neither is getting kicked in the testicles
This ad for Glyde.com, a games retailer/reseller, focuses on how incredibly awful shopping at their major competitor, GameStop, is. A quick look at our archives confirms that GameStop is hardly a para...
05:06 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing American sf convention costumers of the 1980s
Here's a great gallery of Dik Daniels's photos of science fiction costumers from the conventions of the 1980s, when I was a teenaged con-goer. If only I'd had a little more forward planning nous, I'd ...
04:02 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing Reboot Page: "unlimited rebooting experience from vintage operating systems"
The Reboot Page features the reboot dialogs, shutdown sequences, and even the magical floppy-disc grinding SFX from a variety of vintage OSes. Rebooting the Amiga was just like being there. I got shiv...
02:57 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing Air France's 1947 sleeper service
There's loads to love about this 1947 ad for Air France's sleeper service -- just look at that cutaway diagram! -- but the chart-topping eye-grabber is that awesome sleeper-service bed. Man, if Air Fr...
01:53 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing The Economist publishes pathetic advertorial for the City, London's financial district
The cover story on this week's The Economist is Save the City, a love-note to London's legendarily corrupt, self-governing financial district, ground zero of the global financial collapse, and home to...
01:15 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing Critics rave for Windows Phone -- but who's buying?
Nick Wingfield, writing at The New York Times, looks into why Microsoft's excellent Windows Phone 7 mobile OS failed to take off. To the technorati, as he puts it, the reasons are obvious: Microsoft i...
01:00 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing Color photos of Depression-era American small towns
The Denver Post collects some of the Library of Congress's best color photos from the early 1940s, chronicling Depression life in small towns. These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Admin...
12:47 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed TARDIS gingerbread cookies
Steve D's friend Maggie 3D-printed TARDIS cookie-cutters and he used them to make scrumptious gingerbread cookies. Gingerbread TARDIS Cookies (Thanks, mistercliff!)...
12:14 pm PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing US Army game gear
CTA Digital is producing a United States Army-branded line of video game peripherals, including rifles, a backpack, and headsets. Start the training early! According to The Verge though, "It's not qui...
11:43 am PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing Lamar Smith Can't Hear You
Here's ChadRocco's Lamar Smith anti-election poster, in honor of the congressman's advocacy for the net-killing Stop Online Piracy Act and his blithe dismissal of the bill's critics. Meet Lamar Smith,...
10:38 am PST - Sun, January 8, 2012
BoingBoing If Randy Newman did a themesong for "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Zack sez, "Remember how a hyper-earnest Randy Newman song used to play the opening/ending of just about every Hollywood flick? Well, here's one creative person's take on the song Newman would do for t...
06:03 pm PST - Sat, January 7, 2012
BoingBoing Burning Man meets Dr Seuss: "Oh the Places You'll Go at Burning Man!"
Papabear2010 sez, "Based on Dr. Seuss's final book before his death, this is a story about life's ups and downs, told by the people of Burning Man 2011. Combining the stunning visuals of Burning Man a...
03:40 pm PST - Sat, January 7, 2012
BoingBoing Marching band plays Rage Against the Machine
George Mason University's Green Machine marching band plays Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" and they crush it. George Mason University Green Machine plays Rage (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
03:00 pm PST - Sat, January 7, 2012
BoingBoing Lamar Smith: if you oppose SOPA, you don't matter
Rep Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the principal instigator of the Internet-killing, freedom-hating, pro-censorship Stop Online Piracy Act, has dismissed the bill's eno...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, January 7, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
What in the fuck has Obama done so far? "Reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage." "Dramatically increased government secrecy, blocking more FOIA requests in 2009 than Bush did in 2008." "Launc...
01:00 pm PST - Sat, January 7, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printing in ice
Katharine Gammon writes in Wired about the work of McGill University researcher Pieter Sijpkes and colleagues, who have produced an experimental 3D printer that produces ice-sculptures. The researcher...
12:22 pm PST - Sat, January 7, 2012
BoingBoing Parking makes people insane
Writing in the LA Magazine, Dave Gardetta visits the thinking of the world's top parking theorists, who believe that parking causes people to go insane: "I truly believe that when men and women think ...
11:13 am PST - Sat, January 7, 2012
BoingBoing Ron Paul: the Venn diagram
Mother Jones attempts a taxonomy of libertarian thought in order to figure out where Ron Paul fits. My feeling is that Ron Paul can only be understood by abandoning the traditional one-dimensions left...
08:23 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Social graph analysis reveals criminal conspiracy of slumlords
OrgNet, a data-mining consultancy, describes how it mined the social graph of the interlocking, every changing owners of several slum-buildings to show that they were all in a criminal conspiracy to a...
08:04 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Pulse-sensing headband
[Video Link] Becky Stern made this video about her cool pulse-sensing headband, which makes a heart-shaped LED array flash in time to your heartbeat. You can build one yourself by following the instru...
07:41 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Righthaven domain sells for $3300
After a few days on the block, copyright troll Righthaven's domain name sold for $3,300 this afternoon. The funds go to creditors of the bankrupt firm, which tried -- and failed -- to build a business...
07:36 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing The photographic fascination with twins, by Martin Schoeller
The January 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands now, features fascinating photos of twins by Martin Schoeller. Loretta (left); Lorraine (right) When Loretta was diagnosed with br...
07:22 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Photos of snake handlers and faith healers of the 1940s
"They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them." "Snake Handlers, Faith Healers of the 1940s" (Life.com)...
07:08 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Supercute! "Dumb Dumbs"
[Video Link] The wait is over! Here's a new Supercute video, called "Dumb Dumbs." According to Alec Cumming, dad of Supercutester Julia Cumming, "Dumb Dumbs" is "a uke-driven cautionary tale about the...
07:04 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Canadians: tell Parliament to preserve Canada's public domain!
Michael Geist sez, Canada celebrated New Year's Day this year by welcoming the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Carl Jung into the public domain just as European countries were celebrating the arrival of...
06:46 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Delicious rotten cheese
"The maggots, starved for oxygen, writhe and jump in the bag, creating a 'pitter-patter' sound. When the sounds subside, the maggots are dead and the cheese can be eaten" [Wikipedia]...
06:00 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Gingerbread cuckoo clock with gingerbread gears
Instructables virtuosa Mezcraft made a (sadly non-working) geared gingerbread cuckoo clock with internal gingerbread gearing. She kind of beats herself up for the mechanical unsoundness of gingerbread...
05:30 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Papercraft Paris
This tiny, adorable papercraft Paris playset is a free download. Good fun for a weekend's pretend voyage -- spice up your romantic life by bringing your loved one a Continental breakfast in bed with a...
04:13 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a custom snowglobe of your house
A clever fellow called Qarl figured out how to make a custom snowglobe of his family's house as a surprise gift for his wife. He auto-modelled it in Google Sketchup, cleaned it up some, added a snowy ...
03:49 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Ben Marcus's The Flame Alphabet novel and short film
Author Ben Marcus sent me a link to this video based on his new novel due out next week, titled The Flame Alphabet. Judging by this animation and Ben's description, I expect it to be a delightfully da...
03:33 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Artist Robert Brandenburg "hijacks" found oil paintings
Ohio artist Robert Brandenburg "hijacks" existing mass-produced oil paintings to great effect. He has a solo show, appropriately titled "Pooh and Other Sh*t," opening tomorrow at Gallery 1988 in Venic...
03:23 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Os Mutantes perform "Caminhante Noturno"
Friday Freak-Out: Tropiclia-psych heroes Os Mutantes perform "Caminhante Noturno" on TV in 1969. (Thanks, Mark!)  Friday Freak-Out: The 13th Floor Elevators perform "You're Gonna ... Frid...
03:06 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Super Punch: "Dell laptops are terribly low quality and you shouldn't buy one"
John at Super Punch had such a farcically bad time trying to get service on a new Dell laptop that turned out to be a lemon that it prompted him to document it in eye-watering detail in a post called ...
02:30 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie head decanter in Boing Boing Shop
What is a zombie head decanter? According to the description, it's a "decanter shaped like a zombie's head." Only $19.95 in the Boing Boing Shop!...
02:13 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Jack Kerouac's 1957 letter to Marlon Brando: "I'm praying that you'll buy On the Road and make a movie of it."
Marlon didn't bite. But this May, the movie On the Road is coming out. The clip below looks like it was shot surreptitiously by someone who sneaked on the set. Potrzebie: Jack Kerouac writing to Marlo...
02:04 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Hamster-powered sub
Two (unnamed?) Ocean Engineering students created a "hamster-powered submarine" from "materials derived from common household objects" that connected a hamster wheel in a sealed, air-supplied vessel t...
02:03 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing PCs with no pre-installed crapware are now a special product category with a marketing campaign
Microsoft's "Signature" PCs come without pre-installed crapware. Many new PCs come filled with lots of trialware and sample software that slows your computer downremoving all that is a pain, so we do ...
01:58 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing How to train children to not vomit when they become astronauts
(Via Phil Are Go)...
01:50 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Quasicrystals win Nobel for discoverer
Ars Technica's Matthew Francis: "The 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Dan Schechtman for his discovery of quasicrystals, materials that do not have the regular lattice structure of crystal...
01:49 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Village Voice cover
The cover of the latest Village Voice, art directed by John Dixon. I like the way the top line information is in the reflection along the top of the bin. How fun would it be to go through airport secu...
01:34 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Novel way to apply lipstick
Every Friday, artist Mitch O'Connell runs a T.G.I.F. post featuring an image from his massive collection of vintage ephemera. This time, it's an old lipstick add, in which a woman is practicing her li...
12:58 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a gory, exposed brain cap
Hallowe'en has come and gone, but it's always the right time for hats that make you look like your skull has been removed, exposing your brain! It's best to study pictures of the human brain before ta...
12:50 pm PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Check out the DEFAKTO Inkognito. The idea is to display the time with the minimum information w...
11:55 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Congress wants to limit open access publishing for the US government's $28Byear subsidized research
A new bill in Congress, H.R. 3699 ("To ensure the continued publication and integrity of peer-reviewed research works by the private sector"), creates a regulation that make it hard-to-impossible to p...
11:54 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Huffington Post adds science section
I don't know much about the editor they've hired, former CBS.com health editor David Freeman, but color me cautiously optimistic. Will this move clean up the HuffPo's notoriously woo-filled science co...
11:48 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Fish mimics mimic octopus
This is a great find by Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong. A tourist and a couple of researchers from the California Academy of Sciences have documented an instance of Pacific-dwelling jawfish hidi...
11:26 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Earthrise + 2001: A Space Odyssey
Another great example of NASA footage set to sci-fi movie scores. Apparently, we have a thing going here now. Video Link Thanks, Avi Solomon! Previously: Comet Lovejoy + Total Recall = awesome...
11:00 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing LA City Attorney to Occupy: pay for brainwashing lessons on limits of free speech and we'll drop the charges
The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office has offered Occupy protesters a get-out-of-jail card: all they need to do to skip their court dates is pay $355 for private "free speech lessons" where they will...
07:44 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Leaked memo: USA blackmailed Spain into passing brutal, censoring copyright law
On the eve of the enactment of Spain's harsh new copyright law, El Pais has published a leaked letter from the US Ambassador to the outgoing Spanish president ordering him to enact the copyright law A...
03:38 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Jamaica's new PM vows to ditch royal rule
Jamaica's new Prime Minister -- who won by a landslide -- has vowed to turn the island into a republic, eliminating the Queen as the head of state. This may seem pretty pro-forma, but in the past few ...
02:47 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Rare 1970s Intel 4040 CPU could be yours!
This vintage chip is on sale; a snap at only $800,000. Free shipping!...
01:58 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing What's inside a $20,000 cellphone?
Having broken apart an extremely expensive cellphone from Vertu, what does one find inside it? "This is the one that I wasn't able to fix," writes S., who says he buys salvaged cellphones from insurer...
12:13 am PST - Fri, January 6, 2012
BoingBoing Vertu Signature Dragon cellphone
Two days ago, I described Vertu's $20,000 cellphones as "resembling dragon poo." Today, it announced the Signature Dragon Commemorative Edition. [Luxury News via The Verge]...
10:47 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Sound it Out #12: Spoek Mathambo "Put Some Red On It"
Johannesburgs Spoek Mathambo (real name: Nthato Mokgata) makes music that blends traditional African sounds with very current electronica, goth, rock and dubstep elements. Hes described it as township...
10:10 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Dazzle makeup and hairstyles to confuse facial recognition algorithms
CV Dazzle is a systematic approach to creating "dazzle" makeup and hair effects that fool computer vision systems. For example, you could change the symmetry of your face by painting a lightning bolt ...
10:07 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing "The Night Trawlers" by R.S. Connett
We have featured the incredible artwork of painter R.S. Connett before. Here is his latest work, called Night Trawlers. On his website, R.S. shares the story behind it: Many years ago, when I was a yo...
09:10 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Be an international policy fellow at the EFF
Here's a sweet gig: the Electronic Frontier Foundation is soliciting applications for its annual Google Policy Fellowship,"an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and law students to work alongsid...
09:03 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Pauline Oliveros: "Bye Bye Butterfly" (1965)
[Video Link] David and I were talking about avant garde musicians' work from the 1960s and we both agree "Bye Bye Butterfly" by Pauline Oliveros is one of the best. "Through Pauline Oliveros and Deep ...
08:25 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing DeLorean buffed to mirror-finish
On the Autopia forums, AkamaiDetailing recently unveiled his brushed-steel DeLorean, polished and buffed to a mirror finish: "This took an insane amount of time, but it was so worth it. Has anyone els...
07:12 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Tatooine, a tourist's paradise
From @LASTEXITshirts, an unattributed "commercial side of Tatooine" image, that made me guffaw. If you know who the creator is, please leave it in the comments! The commercial side of Tatooine. (via S...
07:07 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Rick Santorum opposes contraception
Lest you think that Rick Santorum is a mere garden-variety homophobe who offers no threat to the sexual freedom of hetero couples, consider this quote: "Many of the Christian faith have said, well, th...
06:46 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Hey, electric cars don't totally suck: A realistic sort-of rebuttal
    As a Midwesterner and someone who has been paying a lot of attention to energy issues, I read Joel Johnson's recent Jalopnik essay with interest. "You're Not Alone. America Hates Electri...
06:28 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Woman pees out of a moving San Francisco bus
At her Tumblr, Kelly Kate says: "HAPPY FUCKING NEW YEARS ASSHOLES, I JUST PEED OUT THE WINDOW OF A MOVING BUS." This image has generated many comments -- some funny, some offensive, some just plain pr...
05:51 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Floor tiles made out of recycled leather belts
Ting London makes bespoke flooring out of recycled leather belts, laying them down like floorboards. When/if you get sick of them, they'll take them back and recycle them. I'm not sure how they'd wear...
05:13 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Steampunk playing cards
Theory11's $6 Steampunk Playing Cards are manufactured in concert with the American Playing Card company on custom bronze-effect paper stock. The cards feature machinelike illustrations and are really...
04:57 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Invincible Space Lair for sale
A nuke-proof space observation station in Carmel Valley, Ca., is up for sale. The asking price: $2,950,000. Able to take a 5 megaton blast, the Jamesburg Earth Station was built in the 1960s and was t...
04:47 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Precisely how the MPAA cooks the books on piracy losses
The Cato institute's dug deep into the MPAA's funny piracy accounting: "In IPI-land, when a movie studio makes $10 selling a DVD to a Canadian, and then gives $7 to the company that manufactured the D...
04:07 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: "State of the World 2012"
Old-school bOING bOING contributors Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky posted their annual State of the World discussion on the good ol' Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link. Sidle up for some fine brain tennis....
03:51 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Create your own My Little Pony
OMG there are like 1000 different hairstyles! Nonetheless, while I am proud of my Pony, this has failed to turn me into a Brony. [General Zoi's Pony Creator via Metafilter. Previously]...
03:45 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Pan-Am's ad for poseur cowboys
This Pan-Am ad from 1983 really grabbed my attention with an oddly disharmonious message: first you have the cowboy, sleeping with his hat over his eyes, a symbol of ruggedness and the ability to rela...
03:39 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Ken Goldberg on social learning among robots
Over at the Huffington Post, UC Berkeley roboticist/artist Ken Goldberg writes about the future of social robots that help each other learn to better navigate a world they never made. From HuffPo (ima...
03:24 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Tea pouring wizard
[Video Link] Gravity seems to work differently at this Bangkok bazaar. (Via Tai-Wiki-Widbee)...
03:17 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Sunnygirls perform "From A Distance"
[Video Link]Introducing the new teen sensation, The Sunnygirls, direct from Sweden. (So, that's where Slim Jim Phantom got the idea of standing up while drumming.) Sunnygirls perform "From A Distance"...
03:08 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Recess Stories: great show for kids
Recess Stories #3: Rat Story web series for kids from Beeswax Productions on Vimeo. Recess Stories is a series of short fictional films about realistic kids' having kid-sized adventures on a school pl...
03:08 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Nathan Richard Phelps's oil pen marvels
One evening this week, my wife and I were walking on Market Street in San Francisco when we were awestruck by the painting at left leaning in the window of the E6 Gallery. The artist, Nathan Richard P...
02:48 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing File-sharing becomes a recognized religion in Sweden
Sweden has given official religious status to Church of Kopimism, a faith and philosophy based on file-sharing. The faith's foundational document, ""POwr, broccoli and Kopimi," is available as a .torr...
02:40 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Forecast uncertain: Chaos theory, weather prediction, and brain cancer
A diagnosis of brain cancer is basically a death sentence. It's a terrible thing for anyone to deal with, and it's only made worse by all the uncertainty. Doctors don't really understand how brain can...
02:06 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Electric cars suck
Joel Johnson, formerly of Kotaku and Boing Boing Gadgets, is now at Jalopnik. His first editorial: You Are Not Alone. America Hates Electric Cars....
01:45 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing TSA Confiscated Cupcake Song: "Code Red Velvet: Cupcakes of Mass Destruction"
Rebecca Hains is the lady whose cupcake was confiscated by a TSA supervisor at the Las Vegas airport because its frosting was a "gel." The story broke here, and has gone nationwide, as a grieving land...
01:25 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Cabbage flute
This clever fellow has made a flute* out of a cabbage. * (or possibly an ocarina) Cabbage slide flute-Lightly Row- (via Tokyomango)...
01:24 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing The best New York Times correction ever
Correction: December 30, 2011 An article on Monday about Jack Robinson and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, mis...
01:05 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Police unsure if woman urinated on $30m abstract expressionist painting
A Denver woman allegedly caused $10,000 worth of damage to Clyfford Still's 1957-J no.2, punching and scratching the abstract expressionist painting. Police remain unsure, however, whether she succeed...
12:41 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Meetup groups for visiting your Congresspeople and Senators at home and giving them an earful about SOPA and PIPA
Michael sez, "Congress is on recess and at home, which gives the public an opportunity to tell Members how bad SOPA and PIPA are in person. Members hold town halls, but they are often announced on sho...
12:30 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing PSP Vita sales slip in Japan
Sony's new handheld gaming console, the PSP Vita, is selling poorly in Japan. Within days of its launch, sales were slower than everything Nintendo makes, and even the PSP Old. Will Americans want a $...
12:25 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Barnes and Noble Nook sells like hotcakes
Amazon isn't the only place shifting inexpensive tablets by the truckload: bookseller Barnes and Noble reports that its Nook lineup of e-readers and tablets sold well over the nine-week holiday period...
12:21 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Lenovo's ThinkPad Ultrabook
Lenovo's ThinkPad T43 is an $850 thin 'n' light notebook with an SD card reader, two USB ports, track-nub, and an optional 1TB solid state drive. The 14" screen makes it a little larger than other mod...
12:14 pm PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Impromptu jam in a NYC subway car
In this video from the NYC subway, a singer named Jessica Latshaw, bearing a small uke, finds herself sitting across from a gentleman with a fine pair of bongos. The two begin an impromptu jam session...
11:39 am PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Bittersweet Kodak materiel: "Oh what fun we had!"
Scott Edelman sez, "With the news that Kodak is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it seems the right time to take a look at an old timey Kodak photo wallet you'd have received ha...
11:22 am PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: the kind of Internet primer you want to slide under your boss's door
John Naughton's latest book, From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, What You Really Need to Know About the Internet, expands on his spectacular Observer feature article, "The internet: Everything you ever need...
11:00 am PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Every writing system, ever, pretty much
Omniglot is an intimidatingly complete site devoted to cataloging every writing system that ever existed. As JoshP says, "If you ever need to transliterate Punic... this is the place." Omniglot - the ...
07:03 am PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Norwegian butter crisis predicted a year in advance in "funny" ad from butter monopolist
This year-old butter ad from TINE, Norway's "butter monopolist" manufacturer, eerily presages Norway's notorious, Atkins-fuelled butter shortage. Reklamefilm TINE Smr - Superchef (Thanks, Samurai!)...
01:07 am PST - Thu, January 5, 2012
BoingBoing Articulate explanation of how SOPA came about, and how it might be stopped
A redditor called BobA841908 lays out a lucid and compelling case for how SOPA came about and what might stop it: A full blackout is a reasonable response, because, in the language that is so popular ...
11:58 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Proto-maker spaces: the "New Inventors Club"
In the Nov, 1950 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, a piece about an early iteration of the hackspace: the "New Inventors Club" where a technician would help you modify your project designs so that you co...
11:26 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Cheap game design through prototyping
Raph Koster, who has many critical insights on game design, has a great new essay on his blog called "Making games more cheaply," which closes with this statement that applies to practically every for...
10:31 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Public domain WPA posters from the Library of Congress
Mynonymouse sez, "The Library of Congress just posted a Flickr set of lovely WPA posters. There are awesome ones about keeping your teeth clean, science and one that seems to be about drunk driving bu...
08:35 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Stamp semaphore as early emoticons
From an 1890 edition of the Szarvas s vidke, a weekly Hungarian newspaper, an explanation of the "stamp code" used to signal one's intention when sending mash notes and such through the Emperor's post...
07:00 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Porous paywalls are an admission that virtually no one wants to subscribe to newspapers
Clay Shirky rings in the new year with another barn-urning essay about the state of newspapers, first noting that a "porous" paywall that allows 20 free pageviews per month is a tacit admission that p...
06:20 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Leica M9-P: $8k camera looks beautiful even in a Windows screen grab
The above photo of the M9-P is how Leica's publicist sent it to me -- an uncropped screen grab. It caught my attention! The price tag also caught my attention: $7,995.00. It's the flip side of the lux...
06:01 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing How to make your online shopping cart suck less
Gareth sent me this link to The Oatmeal's funny and all-too-true 6-page comic strip about the horrible interaction design of many online checkout procedures. How to make your online shopping cart suck...
05:51 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing How cloture works and what it means for PIPA
James Losey from the New America Foundation sez, "Ernesto Falcon with Public Knowledge does a great job explaining Senate rules on filibuster and cloture, and what the rules mean for the Protect IP Ac...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing The Thing, starring Pingu
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04:47 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Precisely how the MPAA cooks the books on piracy losses
The Cato institute's dug deep into the MPAA's funny piracy accounting: "In IPI-land, when a movie studio makes $10 selling a DVD to a Canadian, and then gives $7 to the company that manufactured the D...
04:21 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Call for Participation - Los Angeles Stereoscopic 3-D Showcase
Agent X-Ray says: The Los Angeles Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the LA 3-D Club want you to participate in our non-competitive 3D Stereoscopic film festival. The LA 3-D Club (Stereo Club of Southern Cal...
04:03 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian Parliament: a notorious pirate marketplace
The IP addresses assigned to the Canadian Parliament have been implicated in several copyright-violating BitTorrent downloads. The 192.197.82.0 192.197.82.255 IP block was seen to be in BitTorrent sw...
03:48 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage space flight books blog
Dreams of Space is a wonderful blog that celebrates non-fiction kids' books about space flight from 1945 to 1975. But the images are so small that the creator of the blog ought to be fined by the Leag...
03:45 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Pan-Am's ad for poseur cowboys
This Pan-Am ad from 1983 really grabbed my attention with an oddly disharmonious message: first you have the cowboy, sleeping with his hat over his eyes, a symbol of ruggedness and the ability to rela...
03:23 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Thought-provoking essay on cause and correlation in modern science
Science is the best method we have for understanding the world. That doesn't mean that everything scientists ever think they've figured out is correct. And it doesn't mean that we're doing science in ...
03:16 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Electronic pioneer Daphne Oram recordings now available
Daphne Oram (1925-2003) was a pioneering electronic musician and sound engineer at the famed BBC Radiophonic Workshop. I've posted previously (link, link) about her amazing creativity and invention of...
03:00 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Dr Seuss meets the Joker
DrFaustusAu, the DeviantArt member who created the fabulous Cthulhu and Ghostbusters Dr Seuss mashups, is back with this great Joker-by-Seuss mashup. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Arkham Asylum...
02:54 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Banach-Tarski!: Fun with some very weird math
The Banach-Tarski paradox is one of the many places where higher-level math starts to sound like a stoned conversation in a Freshman college dorm room. Imagine a ball. Now imagine cutting that ball up...
02:44 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing The Zen of Steve Jobs: graphic novel
[Video Link] The Zen of Steve Jobs is an 80-page graphic novel by Caleb Melby and Jess3 that "imagines the part of his life when he was fired from Apple in the mid-80s... He turned to Buddhism, which ...
02:25 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Macoto Murayama's incredible digital flower diagrams
Macoto Murayama's exquisite "Inorganic Herbarium" diagrams will be on display at Frantic Gallery's booth in the Art Stage Singapore Art Fair next weekend, January 12-15. I first posted about his work ...
02:13 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Comet Lovejoy + Total Recall = awesome
Further evidence that the ability to remix scientific videos and images is awesome: Here's NASA's footage of the International Space Station rounding planet Earth to catch a glimpse of the comet Lovej...
02:12 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Greatest map of the U.S.
Each year, the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society awards a "Best of Show" prize for excellence in map design. The winners have included the Central Intelligence A...
02:05 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reveals the Mystery of Dark Matter!!
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02:00 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Bush-era whistleblower faced even more intense harassment under Obama
Jesselyn Radick is a former US government lawyer, blew the whistle on the US Justice Department when her advice that John Walker Lindh request to have access to a lawyer during questioning should be a...
01:45 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing HP unveils 27" iMac
HP's new 27" Omni all-in one is not a clone. The photoshopped slash of reflected light is at a totally different angle....
01:43 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Five women in lingerie cavort on a giant toothbrush
Or is that five lilliputian women cavorting on an ordinary toothbrush? In any case, these woman love the two-tone design and "automatic" gum-massaging action of the Pro-Phy-Lac-Tic Double Duty toothbr...
01:12 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Roku Streaming Stick plugs directly into HDMI port
Roku today announced the Streaming Stick, a wireless dongle that plugs directly into a TV set's HDMI input and requires no external power of its own. The stick features all the usual services and stre...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Quantum levitation realizes humanity's age-old dream of floating supercooled Wipe Out RC cars
Researchers at the Japan Institute of Technology have a killer demo for their controlled quantum levitation technology: they outfitted little slot-car-style RC cars with liquid nitrogen tanks and sent...
12:55 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Retrode, a USB game cartridge adapter
Retrode, a USB adapter for 16-bit Nintendo and Sega carts, may be preordered for $85 at the official website. Features include two controller ports for each platform, driverless operation with any emu...
12:21 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Elegant bug-juice bottle
On Core77, Hipstomp gives us a structural package designer's perspective on the elegant and lethal Talstar Professional Insecticide bottle. The bottle contains a potent concentrate of bug-killing juic...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 003: Kingdom Rush
In episode 3, Jane and I review Kingdom Rush, a fun tower defense game that's available for free play on the web, and on the iPad for $2.99. We're going to start this podcast with some tips from Jane'...
11:17 am PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing PayPal: if you don't like the violin you bought, smash it and we'll give you your money back
Just when you thought PayPal couldn't get any stupider, well, they get stupider. Erica sold an antique violin to someone who paid $2500 for it over PayPal. The buyer disputed the authenticity of the v...
03:46 am PST - Wed, January 4, 2012
BoingBoing Turn any hard surface into a touch interface with a contact mic
Bruno Zamborlin, a PhD candidate at IRCAM/Centre Pompidou and Goldsmiths, University of London, and Norbert Schnell, a Centre Pompidou researcher, created this astounding demo of using a contact micro...
09:23 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Missing portion of Obama Hope poster revealed
From Demand Progress President Obama just signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law despite startling provisions that will allow the military to indefinitely detain American citizens. It'...
08:55 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Steve Lodefink's finished pinewood derby racer
Last month, I posted some photos of Steve Lodefink's unfinished pinewood racer bodies. Today, he sent me photos of one of the finished racers. I love the sparkle paint job. Steve and I have started ta...
07:46 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Rooster tailin' on the Moon
This charming video combines everything you like about the Apollo program with everything you like about "The Dukes of Hazard." Thanks frycook! Video Link...
07:33 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing What it's like for a mathematician
It's hard to explain the experience of expertise. That's why one of the first things they teach you in journalism school is to avoid questions like, "What's it like to be a mathematician?" It's hard f...
07:20 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing 9 weeks of weather in 3 minutes
There are facts that just aren't apparent from our everyday perspective. Sometimes, in order to really get a scientific concept at the gut level, you have to seek out a different way to view the world...
07:19 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Judy Blume interview
Are you there Judy Blume? It's me, Smithsonian: Do you plan which important life issue you will deal with in a book? I always have some idea of the story Im about to tell. I knew Daveys father would d...
07:05 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Meet Iraq's youngest photographer. He is 8 years old.
Qamar Hashim, who is 8, takes pictures at al-Mutanabi street in Baghdad. Hashim tours famous streets to picture Baghdadis with his single camera. He is the youngest Iraqi photographer to win several l...
07:00 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Can we get cat-sharing sites to harden themselves against Iran's secret police?
In my latest Guardian column, "The internet is the best place for dissent to start," I look at Ethan Zuckerman's recent talk on the Internet and human rights, and the way that cute cats create the pos...
06:54 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing After a diet, your body might be working against you
The New York Times has a fascinating story about the current state of the science on weight loss, including the results of one recent (albeit small) study that suggests that the human body responds to...
06:46 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Belarus bans browsing foreign websites
The government of Belarus has passed a law that makes it a misdemeanor for citizens to browse websites hosted outside of the country. The law goes into effect in the former Soviet republic on January ...
06:41 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Barry White's sperm quality: Why are deep-voiced men attractive?
Here's a fascinating study that shines a bright spotlight of nuance on some of those maybe-too-simplistic assumptions we make about evolution, physical characteristics, and reproductive fitness. If yo...
06:09 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Hybrid sharks in the south Pacific
The Australian blacktip shark lives in tropical waters. The common blacktip shark prefers its water subtropical and temperate. Because of the difference in habitat, these two animals have become separ...
06:00 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Mineways: turn Minecraft creations into 3D prints
Mineways is a tool that converts your Minecraft creations into 3D files that can be sent to the 3D printing bureau Shapeways, who will print them out in color plastic and send them to you. The tool it...
05:53 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Lost ring found on carrot
Lena Paahlsson, who lives on a farm near Mora, Sweden, says that she found her wedding ring, lost for 16 years, on a carrot in her garden. From the BBC News: "The carrot was sprouting in the middle of...
05:48 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Walmart shopper tries to use $1 million bill
A gentleman from Lexington, North Carolina was arrested for trying to pay for his purchases at Walmart with a $1 million bill. (No report whether it's a Reagan bill as seen above, Statue of Liberty, G...
05:26 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Discardia: not anti-stuff, just pro-awesome
In 2002 Dinah Sanders started a personal holiday called Discardia. As she writes in her book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, her quarterly festival celebrates unconsumption, the slow movement, down...
05:12 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Sketching not permitted
At a photoraphy exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, Mark Wilson of Philanthropr and Gizmodo spotted this lovely sign: "Are things so bad we've banned sketching?" What next, No Derivative Thoug...
04:51 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Preserving Tesla's Wardenclyffe facility
Spider Robinson writes in with an account of a visit to Wardenclyffe, Nikola Tesla's facility at Shoreham, NY, near the north shore of Long Island: "I stood, gobsmacked, within a couple of hundred met...
04:38 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Jesse Thorn launches Bullseye, plus a torrent is for every episode of Sound of Young America
In this week's Gweek podcast, our guest host was the Sound of Young America's Jesse Thorn. Jesse talked about his new radio show and podcast called Bullseye. Here's episode one of Bullseye. You can su...
04:38 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Jesse Thorn launches Bullseye, plus a torrent for every episode of Sound of Young America
In this week's Gweek podcast, our guest host was the Sound of Young America's Jesse Thorn. Jesse talked about his new radio show and podcast called Bullseye. Here's episode one of Bullseye. You can su...
04:05 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie-killing sling-hammer with skull-ejector
All-round slingshot badass Jrge Sprave demonstrates his latest lethalness: a zombie-killing sling-hammer with a skull-ejector to make it easy to knock away the shattered, punctured zombie-heads after ...
03:15 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Price of Starbucks coffee to rise in some US cities; taste of Starbucks coffee unchanged
Starbucks is raising the price of their coffee beverages by an average of 1% in the Northeast and Sunbelt regions of the US. This will affect cities including New York, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Da...
03:06 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Prison inmates register with IRS as tax preparers, audit finds
Hundreds of US prison inmates, including 43 who were serving life sentences, registered with the IRS as income tax preparers. "The IRS officials told auditors it would suspend tax preparer identificat...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Ancient Greek punishments: the 8-bit Flashgame edition
"Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment" is a series of 8-bit Flash games based on the punishments visited by the gods on various naughty ancient Greeks: Sisyphus, Tantalus, Prometheus, Danaids and Zeno...
02:55 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Did genetic adaptation help early African-Americans survive harsh conditions of slavery?
Did natural selection help African-Americans adapt to the harsh conditions of their new lives as slaves in the Americas? A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai report in ...
02:40 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: My First EC Comic
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02:23 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Untitled flower scan, Katinka Matson
An untitled work by Katinka Matson, via John Brockman and EDGE.org. Update: Boing Boing reader Jennifer Forman Orth, Ph.D., who is an Invasive Plant Ecologist, says, "That's actually a scan of the see...
02:15 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Understanding Rupert Murdoch in five minutes
Charlie Brooker presents an insightful, 5-minute mini documentary by Adam Curtis on Rupert Murdoch: how did the media baron come to be, what drives him, and where is he headed? Adam Curtis on Rupert M...
12:59 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing HP Envy Spectre
The Verge has a teaser video for HP's Envy Spectre, which appears to be an ultrabook-style laptop. The original Voodoo Envy was a good-looking alternative to the MacBook Air, with a distinctive style ...
12:47 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Hugo nominations ballot is open
The Hugo Award nominations are open. Attendees of last year's World Science Fiction in Reno and next year's WorldCon in Chicago (as well as those who paid for "supporter" status) can nominate their fa...
12:16 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Poor review for new Polaroid
Ars Technica's Chris Foresman reviews Polaroid's Z340 instant camera, and finds that it captures none of the charm of the classic models. "The novelty of getting a physical print of a digital photo ne...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing One-click, in-browser MP3 recording and hosting
Tiffiniy sez, "Whenever you search for how to record an mp3 or a song or whatever else, you get some old school options that you have to download. This is better - it's a webpage that lets you record ...
11:00 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Our Selves, Other Cells
Photo: lunar caustic Is it any solace to sentimental mothers that their babies will always be part of them? Im not talking about emotional bonds, which we can only hope will endure. I mean that for an...
11:00 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing David Byrne's Nonesuch Radio
Bloo sez, "David Byrne's Nonesuch Records has a great collection of artists, of course, but something that I really appreciate is Nonesuch Radio, where you can stream a sample of everything they have ...
10:39 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Distrust That Particular Flavor: William Gibson's long-overdue essay collection
The remarkable thing about Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson's debut essay collection, is that it was so long in coming, collecting two-and-a-half decades' worth of nonfiction, opinion, ...
03:56 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Behold! Vertu's $200 USB cable
Did you know that Nokia has a "luxury" subsidiary that makes phones for stupid rich people? As the European cellular industry's supernumerary nipple, Vertu has long specialized in calculator-display b...
03:24 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Photos from the first science fiction convention, 1937
Just in time for the 75th anniversary, some photos of the "first" science fiction convention, in Leeds (shown here, Walter Gillings, Arthur C. Clarke, Ted Carnell, in front of Theosophical Hall). Alth...
02:36 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing FOIA haul covers a half-century of government telephone security phear
Government Attic's latest FOIA haul is a compilation of FBI documents concerning the security of telephone services, 1952-1995. The collection is posted as a single 66MB monster PDF. Get cracking! On ...
02:12 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing The Botany of Bible Lands: An Interview with Prof. Avinoam Danin
Avinoam Danin is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He curates Flora of Israel Online. His latest book is Botany of the S...
01:17 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing SF vs. SF
Illustration: Kurt Caesar (?) Tell me the difference between these two pieces of text. Example 1 Even if Junior had understood enough English to answer her, he didnt get the chance. The RV swerved abr...
12:36 am PST - Tue, January 3, 2012
BoingBoing Aerodyne, a compact hand-made Art Deco computer
Aerodyne is Jeffrey Stephenson's latest hand-made Art Deco PC. In keeping with the (modern) times, it's a compact Mini-ITX affair in mahogany and aluminum, with an Intel i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB...
11:17 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Steve Jobs action figure
The Next Web predicts this unauthorized Steve Jobs action figure will get the kibosh before it goes on sale in February. (Thanks, Rachel!)...
10:30 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Who is Rick Santorum?
When [Rock] Santorum was in high school, "Everybody called him 'Rooster' because of a strand of hair on the back of his head which stood up, and because of his competitive, in-your-face attitude. 'He ...
09:53 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society
[Video Link] I'm looking forward to Into the Zone, a documentary about the Cacophony Society, which was a pranksterish underground cultural movement from San Francisco that paved the way for Burning M...
09:40 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing The Verge's best tech writing of 2011
The Verge's Thomas Houston offers a roundup of the best tech stories from last year....
09:11 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Iowa Nice
[Video Link] Scott Siepker set me straight about Iowa! (NSFW) (Via Steve Silberman)...
09:06 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing If Atari game-boxes had told the truth
Mighty God King lives up to his handle with this fab series of truth-in-advertising shoops of old Atari game box-art, in which the true nature of the games is revealed in their titles. Fun From Yester...
08:54 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing "More information about penguins than I care to have"
From Futility Closet: In 1944 a childrens book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion. She wrote, This book gives me more information about pengu...
08:47 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Florida deputies cleared of wrongdoing in unusual death
Radley Balko says: Maybe theres a legitimate law enforcement reason to strip a man naked, strap him to a chair, tie a spit hood around his mouth, put a hood over his head (see video at the link), and ...
08:37 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Gingerbread Girl: graphic novel of a woman missing her Penfield Homunculus
In Gingerbread Girl, a graphic novel by Paul Tobin, and illustrated by Colleen Coover, Anna Billips is a outwardly-cheerful and carefree 27-year-old woman who is convinced that her Penfield Homunculus...
08:15 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing LOLcats and the Arab Spring - human rights and the Internet
On the CBC Ideas podcast, a lecture by Ethan Zuckerman on the connection between LOLcats, Internet activism and the Arab Spring: In the 2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Ethan Zuckerman, director o...
07:50 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Rupert Murdoch's first deleted tweet
Here is someone who hates everyone....
07:50 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Rupert Murdoch's first "deleted" tweet
Here is someone who hates everyone. [SMH] Update: Though the deletion was widely reported, the tweet is evidently still live....
07:36 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Iran tests new radar-evading missile
A soldier carries ammunition on a naval ship during the Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran December 31, 2011. Iran test-fired a new medium-range missile, des...
07:00 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Alan Turing commemorative stamp
Alan Turing will get his own UK commemorative stamp in 2012. It will be fun to use it on sealed envelopes, as a kind of cherry-on-the-top for the traditional crypto argument that scrambling messages i...
06:55 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Spare parts for humans: tissue engineers develop lab-grown lungs and limbs
[Video Link] Above, a PBS NewsHour report by science correspondent Miles O'Brien which I helped shoot, on the subject of tissue engineering. The goal in this field: Grow tissue or even whole organs to...
06:16 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Virulent, extremophile whiskey-drinking fungus
Writing in Wired, Adam Rogers tells the story of how Canadian mycologist James Scott started his career by tracking down an ancient fungus that had adapted to growing on whiskey fumes and had infested...
06:10 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Underlord with two minions, a pencil sculpture
5star's Lords of Graphite is a series of sculptures made from pencil segments: "The vision that haunts me still is a landscape of dark brooding mystic air - raw rough lines drawn forcefully throughout...
05:35 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Ambient music inspired by Instagram images
BB pal and former guestblogger Marc Weidenbaum, of the excellent Disquiet site asked 25 ambient musicians "who also enjoy using Instagram to create original short pieces of music -- call them "sonic p...
05:29 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Iberian Peninsula aglow
Above is the Iberian Peninsula as photographed from the International Space Station. Light pollution looks pretty from space. From National Geographic: This photograph from space also shows airglow, a...
05:25 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing European railway commercial: Ash cloud animation
My son and I were looking at volcano videos on YouTube and got a chuckle out of this European Railways commercial....
05:24 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Domo Arigato, Mr Roboto
Roboto, the new "house" font for Android 4, was branded a haphazard mash of classic typefaces. The longer you look at it--and the technological constraints that it aims to transcent--the clearer its v...
05:22 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing New Boing Boing T-shirt and baby snapsuit: Critter
We have a new T-shirt design! I drew this one, and it's called "Critter." It comes in a baby snapsuit size, too, for $8.95. Boing Boing Critter $14.95 Boing Boing Monkey $14.95 Boing Boing Beetle $14....
05:20 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Pyramid design for the Lincoln Memorial
Seen above is a proposed 1912 design for the Lincoln Memorial by John Russell Pope, who would go on to design the Jefferson Memorial. According to historians quoted in Smithsonian magazine, Pope didn'...
05:07 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Top ten top ten top ten lists
In celebration of the new year, David "Everything is Miscellaneous" Weinberger has written up his "Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list" -- a list of ten great lists of top ten lists. He also includes seven a...
04:36 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing How To: Build a geologic time spiral cake
For Christmas, some Oxford geologists built an amazing cake based on the geologic time spiral—a way of visually representing the order and flora/fauna of the different stages of deep history. It...
04:21 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing A science-centric SOPA boycott
Here's another SOPA supporter for you to boycott: Elsevier, publisher of many medical and scientific journals. You might also remember them from a 2009 scandal where Elsevier published fake journals a...
04:03 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Ikea tries cardboard pallets
Ikea has announced a new cardboard shipping pallet, which uses fiendishly clever folding to give a loading capacity of 1,650 lbs: "As Ikea uses some 10 million pallets a year, if the experiment is a s...
04:02 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Some great science longreads from 2011
Longform.org has a list of their favorite long science articles of 2011. Included are some of my favorites, as well: Daniel Engber's Slate.com story about the problem with research mice; Susan Dominus...
03:56 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Natural gas and the trouble with estimating fossil fuel reserves
Over the past few years, I've heard several people in the natural gas industry estimate that the United States is sitting on 100 years worth of natural gas. Every time I've heard the 100-year estimate...
03:52 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Collaborative consumption, trust, and the evolution of credit
How do you decide whether or not to trust someone you've never met before renting them your car or apartment? Christopher Maag looks for answers in an interesting article he wrote for credit.comcalled...
03:18 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing The last thing I will post about apocalypse in 2012
Seriously. If you haven't figured out by now that the world is not ending and that any Mayan predictions claiming otherwise are largely fabricated pseudoarchaeology, then I'm not sure that I can help ...
03:01 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Causality becomes increasingly elusive
Espen sez, "This is an excellent essay by Jonah Lehrer on the increasing difficulty of finding direct causation in medical (or, indeed, all) research. Highly readable, though I would have liked to see...
02:46 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Freaky airplane landing videos
My new obsession: Cockpit landing videos taken during approaches into technically challenging airports. Yesterday, Phillip Bump posted a link on Twitter to a detailed rant, written by a pilot, about w...
02:02 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Obliteration Room: a stark white room with thousands of kid-placed colored dots
(Image: GoMA Blog) Yayoi Kusama's installation The Obliteration Room at the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art started as a stark white room, and then thousands of passing children were given brightly col...
01:02 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Teapot shaped like Dr McCoy's head
Mark Nathan Stafford made this "Bones" teapot fashioned in the likeness of DeForest "Dr McCoy" Kelley's noggin: "Stoneware. Dimensions: 11 inches in height by 9 inches in width by 9 inches in depth. 2...
12:22 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Three decades of the C64
The Commodore 64 is 30 years old. [Reg Hardware]...
12:14 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Very public health
Jeff Jarvis on the trend toward being less secretive in public about our personal health: "Rather than reflexively declaring that sharing information about ourselves -- our bodies as well as our thoug...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 033: Jesse Thorn
Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. In this episo...
11:59 am PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make Champagne marshmallows from leftover bubbly
Here's a recipe for using up your leftover Champagne: combine it with corn syrup and gelatin and make champagne marshmallows. When youre not feeling especially celebratory, make these with any sparkli...
11:55 am PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing How to encrypt your disks
Seth Schoen at the EFF has a suggestion for an extra New Year's Resolution: Full-disk encryption on all your computers....
11:00 am PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Science fiction sucks at prediction, and that's OK
My latest Locus column, "A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future," talks about science fiction's uselessness as a predictive medium, and its great utility as a medium for thinking about, attaining,...
02:52 am PST - Mon, January 2, 2012
BoingBoing Raiders of the Lost Ark shot-for-shot tracing of the adventure movies it borrowed from
David Weinberger sez, "An amazing video from StooTV shows the first 13 minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark paired with identical shots from 30 different adventure movies made between 1919 and 1973. Yup...
11:36 pm PST - Sun, January 1, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing's top posts of 2011
2011 was one weird year. My essential Mac applicationsBy Mark Frauenfelder Mark's picks of the very best apps currently available for OS X (with many available on other platforms), in five parts: 1, 2...
11:33 pm PST - Sun, January 1, 2012
BoingBoing Great guest features of 2011
Here's just a sampler of the many fabulous stories, features and oddities we published last year from guests, freelancers and friends. May 2012 bring forth just as many excellent words! Air Space: a t...
11:01 am PST - Sun, January 1, 2012
BoingBoing Happy contrafactual public domain day (what you've lost)
Jennifer Jenkins sez, "What could have been entering the public domain in the US on January 1, 2012? Under the law that existed until 1978... Works from 1955. Asimov's The End of Eternity, Nabokov's L...
09:55 pm PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing Proposed law prohibits TSA employees from dressing like cops
The STRIP Act, proposed in the US House of Reps, would require TSA employees to stop dressing like police officers, because they aren't cops, and when they give orders to travellers, travellers assume...
09:54 pm PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing Happy New Year: Plan your safe travel before you're drunk
Happy New Year, Boingers. Have fun tonight, but don't drive drunk. Or tipsy. Or whatever it is you decide to call it when you're inebriated enough that your reflexes and attention aren't operating at ...
09:24 pm PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing When Anonymous met politics
Quinn Norton continues her excellent history of Anonymous for Wired, this time visiting the shift in the movement from pure transgression to political activism, and the way that this played out among ...
04:21 pm PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing The truth is the best bullshit
Marco Arment nails three companies -- Apple, Google and Facebook -- for spreading bullshit. "Everyone has their bullshit," he writes. "You can simply decide whose youre willing to tolerate." Percolate...
02:18 pm PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing London, eerily empty on Christmas morning
Every year, Ian takes to the streets of London early on Christmas Morning to photograph the normally thronged streets in their state of eerie emptiness. The project was inspired by the scenes of empty...
01:12 pm PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing EA, Sony, Nintendo pull support from SOPA (but their industry association still supports it)
EA and Nintendo and Sony's electronics divisions have renounced their support of the disastrous Stop Online Piracy Act, but their industry association, the Entertainment Software Alliance, still suppo...
11:57 am PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing ACLU fights Kafkaesque secret Occupy Boston Twitter subpoena
The ACLU of Massachusetts is representing an anonymous Twitter user who has been targetted by an Assistant DA who is trying to build a case related to Occupy Boston; the court and the ADA have sealed ...
10:49 am PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing Bohn Aluminum's hypermodernist futuristic wartime ads
Here's a gallery of advertisements from the Bohn Aluminium and Brass Corporation, illustrated in super-modernist, streamlined style by Arthur Radebaugh. They run the gamut from future farms to future ...
06:04 am PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing War on General Purpose Computing auf Deutsch
Christian Whrl has produced a German translation of my 28C3 talk, The Coming War on General Purpose Computing. Thanks, Christian!...
03:42 am PST - Sat, December 31, 2011
BoingBoing Claude Coats, the background artist who made the Haunted Mansion feel infinite
Long Forgotten, the world-beatingly insightful blog on the history and design of the Haunted Mansion rides at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and other parks, has a new lavishly illustrated post up, thi...