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09:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Chimpanzee testing era ends at controversial US lab
Photo: Shutterstock Washington Post science writer Brian Vastag reports on the story of the last four chimps that remain at a controversial research facility in Maryland. Bioqual has been experimentin...
08:47 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Mates of State: "I am a scientist," from pro-girls-in-science compilation "Science Fair" (music video)
[video link] A cool cover of the Guided By Voices song "I am a Scientist," performed by Mates of State on the "Science Fair" benefit compilation support girls in science. Dir.: Lindsay Van Dyke. Scien...
08:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Classic pro-science-careers music video PSA: Chemical Party
[Video link]From 2008, hence the hinky aspect ratio. The EU wasn't always so terrible at promoting science careers through funny internet music videos! (thanks, Guido)  Historic photos of female ...
08:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Now *that's* a "girls in science" video.
[Video Link] Miles O'Brien points me to this cute musical video written and performed by young female scientists at the Barber Lab. The video was discussed on a recent email thread of scientists debat...
08:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Now *that's* a "girls in science" video: "The Longest Time," by the Barber Lab Quartet
[Video Link] Miles O'Brien points me to this cute musical video written and performed by young female scientists at the Barber Lab. The video was discussed on a recent email thread of scientists debat...
07:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing The WELL is for sale.
Again. I miss its glory days....
06:14 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing The physics of crowds can kill
Almost two years ago, 21 people died when they were crushed to death in the crowd at the Love Parade music festival in Germany. Now, scientists have been able to pinpoint exactly what lead to those de...
05:54 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing How physicist Jim Kakalios invented a math equation for the new Spider-Man movie
Scientific advising for science-fiction films is a really fascinating topic for me. It's a weird, weird world, where the goal is not necessarily extreme accuracy, but extreme believability. That can b...
05:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Another option for affordable healthcare: Marry a Norwegian
In a first-person account of his battle with chronic illness, Minneapolis musician Kevin Steinman explains why he's decided to move to Norway rather than keep fighting the American healthcare system. ...
05:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing The sad, unintentionally funny history of America's vice presidents
Smithsonian has a fun article on America's top second-banana—the vice presidency—a job that John Adams, the first vice-president, described as "the most insignificant office that ever the ...
05:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing "I Put A Spell On You" lip sync video
[Video Link] Jimmy Slonina's lip sync videos are really good. Here's his latest: Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You." (Thanks, Pat!)...
05:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Ask Scott Horton Anything: Should We Get Rid Of The DEA?
Scott Horton of Harper's explains why the Drug Enforcement Agency does a lot of damage to society. (Via Andrew Sullivan)...
05:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Diamonds do not come from coal
Okay, maybe I'm an idiot, but this is one of those facts I'd missed until recently. Despite the impression you may have gotten from grade school and/or old Superman cartoons, diamonds are probably not...
04:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Blackout tracker tells you where the electric grid is down
The other day, someone asked me what the most surprising thing was that I learned while writing Before the Lights Go Out, my book about America's electric infrastructure and the future of energy. That...
04:20 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed, fully assembled, teeny-weeny little cars
This teeny weeny little car is 3D printed, fully assembled, with all its mechanisms in place: These tiny 3D printed cars were printed on the Objet Eden 3D printer and scale down from 4cm in length to ...
03:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing F*cking cops cracking down on curse words
[Video Link] Here's Reason TV's Net Nanny of the month award: June's busybodies want to shield your eyes from bikinis and remind you that they're not above ripping your garden out (even if you are com...
03:16 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Burning Down the House: Palmer & Byrne
Here is a video in which Amanda Fucking Palmer and David Byrne and a very large, very good band perform "Burning Down the House." My life is complete. That is all. David Byrne & Amanda Palmer - "...
03:08 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Seeing Beyond the Human Eye: Video of beautiful scientific and artistic photography
[Video Link] The latest installment of the "Off Book" series from PBS and Kornhaber Brown is called Seeing Beyond the Human Eye and features microphotography, astrophotography, slow-motion video, and ...
02:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Shepard Fairey designs 50th anniversary logo for Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger asked Shepard Fairey to redesign John Pasche's 1971 tongue and lips trademark for the Rolling Stones. In a statement by Fairey, he said that he was overwhelmed by the idea of redesigning t...
02:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Mitch O'Connell's funny Hanna Barbera paintings
Yesterday I wrote about artist Mitch O'Connell's funny pencil sketches that Hanna Barbera commissioned him to create. Today, Mitch posted the paintings that Hanna Barbera commissioned. See them all he...
02:38 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Fantasizing about what you could buy instead of health insurance
Cockeyed's Rob Cockerham lost his job last year and now works as a contractor. He now buys his own medical insurance: And man, oh man, is it expensive. Our family's policy, two adults and two kids, fo...
02:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing As Shenzou 9 returns to earth, China makes space history: analysis from Miles O'Brien + Leroy Chiao (video)
China made space history this week, as three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth after a 13-day mission that made their nation the third to dock on manned spacecraft to another in orbit. The Shenzhou...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Zelda the kitten plays with the iPad
[Video Link] We got a couple of kittens a few weeks ago. Louis doesn't pay much attention to Game for Cats, but Zelda (above) loves it....
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Quotes from RIM's chiefs
"The most exciting mobile trend is full Qwerty keyboards. I'm sorry, it really is. I'm not making this up." Mike Lazaridis, May 2008. To mark RIM's $500m first quarter loss and impending doom, The Gua...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing End of the line for Flash on Android
Adobe's Tareq AlJaber: "To ensure that the Flash Player provides the best possible experience for users, our partner program requires certification of each Flash Player implementation. ... There will ...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Compressed-air gramophones: a loud, bad, wonderful idea
This web page (which is rather elderly itself) has valuable information on the long-lost Auxetophone and its successors and imitators, a family of compressed-air gramophones which were apparently very...
09:39 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing SimCity Social is horrible
Kyle Orland on a game that looks like Sim City but is in fact a mindless, pointless treadmill: "judged by the relatively low standards of CityVille clones, SimCity Social actually isn't a half-bad exa...
09:32 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Arsonist burns out
An Arizona man collapsed and died in court Thursday immediately after his conviction for arson. [AP]...
09:26 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Cable hacker jailed
A good old fashioned hardware hacker is off to jail for 3 years for selling rooted modems. The boxes gave cable users actual unlimited internet. P.S. His book, Hacking the Cable Modem: What Cable Comp...
03:06 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing National Review: supreme court "pretended" mandate was constitutional
As a Brit in the US, I landed on a left-leaning limb of the tree. This is not unusual—our conservatives are often more liberal than your liberals, after all. That said, I often found myself enjo...
01:18 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing Derelict farmhouse turned into massive doll's house
A Canadian artist called Heather Benning converted a derelict farmhouse into a giant doll's house, open on one side. Her photo gallery includes several making-of images that are quite marvellous. She ...
12:08 am PDT - Fri, June 29, 2012
BoingBoing $4.5M in 72h
Louis CK's experiment in direct retailing the tickets for his upcoming comedy tour is a huge success: $4.5M in business in three days!...
11:50 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Birds with human arms
The Birds With Arms Tumblr has a simple command for the net: "Photoshop arms on to birds. Send them to us." This turns out to be remarkably effective. Birds With Arms (via Kottke)...
09:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Art show with Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Dominique Sapel
The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA) announced “Miami Makeover: Almost Anything for Beauty”, an exhibit featuring the work of Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Dominique Sapel. They "set ...
09:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Notes from the bankruptcy of Stockton, CA
The LA Times's Diana Marcum tells the story of the bankruptcy of Stockton, California, a city of about 300,000 people, which has just filed for bankruptcy. The city -- and its developers -- borrowed h...
09:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Assange to UK cops: No, I will not come out of my Ecuadorean embassy
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in no hurry to depart his refuge inside the embassy of Ecuador, in London, where he has been holed up for about a week. British authorities are demanding that he do...
09:32 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Harvey Pekar's Cleveland
Jeff Newelt snapped this photo of Robert Crumb reading a copy of the recently-published book, Cleveland, one of the late Harvey Pekar's final contributions to comics. It has beautiful art by Joseph Re...
09:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Western US wildfires, as seen from space
NASA/NOAA GOES Project. Caption: NASA Goddard, Rob Gutro The NASA GOES-15 satellite captured this image of the western United States which shows smoke from fires in many states creating a brownish-col...
08:45 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Bookcase that cunningly stores a table and chairs
Orla Reynolds's "As If From Nowhere" is a bookcase with four removable chairs and a dining table cunningly worked into its frame. It's basically a storage unit for an extra table. As if from nowhere (...
08:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Kim Dotcom raid was illegal, New Zealand judge rules
New Zealand's high court today ruled that a raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion was illegal. From the Guardian: Justice Helen Winkelmann said the warrants used when more than 90 N...
08:29 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Stupid EU video PSA shows how *not* to promote science to young women
[Video Link] The title tells you there's gonna be trouble even before you hit play. "Science: It's a Girl Thing!" is part of a European Commission campaign to promote science careers to young women, w...
08:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Here lie the bones of the Boings
Gareth Branwyn sent this to me, via Candi Strecker....
08:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing "Obama" joins the NERF militia
I went to the NERF site to look for a basketball set for my first grader. Not only is the NERF brand now mostly about pretending you are in an elite special forces unit (protecting NERF Nation, no les...
08:07 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Darling Pet Munkee's monster songs
I'm a big fan of the garage punk band, Darling Pet Munkee (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling's Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola and Cathy Capozzi of Axemunkee). They write songs based on old comic...
08:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Republican conventions better for strip bars than Democratic ones
As the Democratic National Convention prepares to descend upon Charlotte, the Charlotte NPR affiliate perform the regular ritual of sending their reporter to talk to strip bar owners about how Republi...
07:31 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing The hilarity of CNN + Fox's bungled Health Care Act reporting, in a single 'shoop
Gary He of Inside Images today tweeted his photoshopped interpretation of an epic CNN gaffe. His 'shoop visually references the historic 1948 photo of just-elected President Harry Truman displaying be...
07:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Artist Mitch O'Connell's funny Hanna Barbera commissions
Mitch O'Connell says: Back in 2003 I was asked by Warner Bros (who owns Hanna Barbera) to come up with my take on those great characters. I could choose from Atom Ant, Dastardly and Muttley, The Flint...
06:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Cool musicians drawn as South Park characters
The Noise Park Tumblr features dozens of avant-garde, indie, and outr music artists reimagined as South Park characters. Above, Throbbing Gristle, Sun Ra, and Peaking Lights, whose absolutely fantasti...
06:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Nixie tube chess-set kits
Tony from LaserMad is poised to offer kits to build your own magnificent Nixie-tube chess-sets: This is not a project for beginners it makes extensive use of surface mount components. The circuits ar...
06:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Data after a death?
Open question: when a friend dies, what should her loved ones do with the data on her hard-drives? Assume that she has been using the Internet for more than a decade and has archived email, personal f...
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Narco Polo: Legal drug linked to more cannibalism than bath salts
Visit Rob Arthur's blog for the complete cartoon and his additional comments. (Not for weak stomachs.)...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Chinese corruption and looting on a vast scale: industry, government, and military
Here's a well-cited and pretty scary article describing the vast scale of corruption at the highest levels in China, and the extent to which "the success of 300m Chinese who live in western level pros...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Rare three-axle 1959 Lincoln
Phil Are Go has performed the vital service of close-cropping the finned beast from this 1959 Lincoln ad, for your clip-art pleasure, but not before adding a much-needed third axle. A vanilla two-axle...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing When urban beekeeping gets too dense
Bees need a certain amount of nearby green space in order to find enough pollen to survive. Without that, bees can starve. They can also end up subsisting on a diet of syrup that's about as healthy fo...
04:24 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Release a deadly monster: a DRM-free ebook crowdfunding startup
Back in May,Cory postedabout the then-brand-new websiteunglue.it's campaign to unlock the classic scholarly bookOral Literature in Africathrough crowdfunding. That campaign was successfully wrapped up...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Some thoughts on subspecies and the death of Lonesome George
The giant tortoise is dead, long live the giant tortoise. (Via Brian Switek)...
04:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Help reverse-engineer Vimeo's anti-downloading measures
JWZ wrote his own Vimeo downloader (and uses other Vimeo downloaders like Miro), but it's stopped working, because Vimeo's got new countermeasures. I really rely on Vimeo downloaders for my own watchi...
04:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing How 100-million year old geology affects modern presidential elections
The image above shows the outcome of the 2008 presidential elections in the American South. Counties that swung Republican are in red. Counties that swung Democratic are in blue. The result shows more...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Belgian tourist missing in Himalayas found dead with her head cut off
The "latest in a string of assaults and disappearances of young women in Nepal’s Himalayan national parks" is a 23-year-old Belgian woman found dead near a hiking trail. Her head had been cut of...
03:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Pyura Chilensis, the living rock
This is not a geode. It's an animal. An apparently delicious animals with clear blood, whose body is accumulates surprisingly large amounts of a rare metal used to strengthen steel. This is Pyura chil...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Stacking metal lunchbox made from tuna cans
[Video Link] Here's an ingenious makeshift jig for forming tuna cans into a stacking metal lunchbox. How-To: Stacking bins from tuna cans with cool improvised jig...
03:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing MAKE founder Dale Dougherty profiled on CNN
[Video Link] MAKE founder Dale Dougherty was profiled on a recent episode of CNN's The Next List, hosted by Sanjay Gupta. Dale Dougherty is the founder of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire. He believes in...
03:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Sarah Robles: The strongest woman in America lives on $400 a month
Meet Sarah Robles. She can lift as much as 570 pounds. In last year's weightlifting world championships, she bested every other American—both female and male. Sarah Robles is going to the Olympi...
03:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing How many Legos are needed to build your house?
Movoto created a fun calculator that figures out how many Legos it would take to build your house....
02:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Video: Egg cracked 60 feet underwater
The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) cracked an egg 60 feet underwater. Why? Science! "2011 Ocean Academy: Water Moves"...
02:46 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Nerf Rage
Jesse Singal, on the scientific significance of Diablo III's preturnaturally demanding fanbase: "The game has unleashed a torrent of nerdrage. White-hot, screeching nerdrage. Nerdrage about how the ga...
02:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Video of New Yorkers tripping on subway step
At Brooklyn's 36th Street subway stop, one of the steps is slightly higher than the others. This causes many many people to trip on their way up the stairs. Filmmaker Dean Peterson set up his camera t...
02:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Demigod designer Philippe Starck has perfectly deconstructed the wristwatch by completely el...
02:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing England police's "Memory Man" spots fugitives
They call him "Memory Man." A police community service officer in Birmingham, England spotted 130 "wanted" fugitives in the last year after memorizing their faces from CCTV footage, BBC's Crimewatch T...
02:14 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Snow White rides, secret pockets of theme-park horror
The always, always, always fantastic Passport to Dreams Old and New blog traces the history of the Snow White rides at the Disney parks around the world, with an emphasis on the horror motifs in the o...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Kingdom Rush available on iPhone
[Video Link] My favorite tower defense game is Kingdom Rush. You can play it online for free, and there's also an iPad version. I don't want to admit how many hours I spent playing it on my iPad. (I w...
01:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Robot & Frank: new film about humanmachine interaction
One of the primary applications of humanoid robots is expected to be elder care. For decades, researchers, particular in Japan, have been on a mission to develop androids that would enable old people ...
01:16 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Miami cannibal wasn't on "bath salts"
The horrific story of Florida cannibal Rudy Eugene, who ate the face off homeless man Ronald Poppo last month before being killed by police, made "bath salts" a household term. Turns out though, Eugen...
12:53 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Supremes uphold Romneycare, including mandate
David G. Savage writes: "The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. upheld the heart of President Obama's healthcare law Thursday, ruling that the government may impose tax penalties o...
12:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Antisemitic Elmo interviewed
The New York Times interviewed the gentleman who dresses up as Elmo in Central Park and rants about Jews, etc. (previously). Highlights include a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, a sti...
12:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing One squillion gimme pens from Big Pharma
From Reddit, hxstr's photo of "10 years worth of Pharma Rep's free pens, very few duplicates." The comments on the photo contain a blazing fight over its provenance, though it may be the personal coll...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Essential mobile adventure games
Konstantinos Dimopoulous offers the 10 adventure games you must play on iOS. Android gamers have plenty to choose from too (albeit buried in Google Play's "Puzzle" section), including the just-release...
10:04 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Stormtrooper with wellies and umbrella tattoo
Amy didn't want just any stormtrooper bicep tattoo: "I am a HUGE geek. I collect comics. I can quote Firefly. I am my friends and familys personal tech support. I live my life by lessons I learned in ...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Pepsi Goes on a World Tour
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Pepsi: Listen up, soft drink lovers:...
09:38 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Diablo vanquished
Weeks after its release date, Diablo III has been completed on the highest difficulty level with hardcore (i.e. one life only) characters. The victorious duo are Kripp and Krippi, and one may watch th...
09:17 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Subway leads to Rome
Construction workers in Greece made an interesting find while digging a new subway tunnel: a hitherto-lost Roman road. [Trib Live]...
01:39 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Terrorist watch now available in chartreuse, magenta, ginger and more
I recently noticed that Casio's F91W, the de rigueur chronograph of terrorists, is now officially available in colors other than "Anarchist Night". Having ordered one myself to make sure they weren't ...
01:16 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Sony's RX100 gets glowing write-up
David Pogue reviews Sony's RX100, a point-and-shoot camera with an image sensor far larger than other models in its class: "If you care at all about your photography, youll thank Sony for giving the c...
12:55 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Spiral-cut your wieners for good topology, excellent condiment retention, and extra caramelization
The Chow Video folks make a VERY good case for spiral-cutting one's wieners. Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Wiener - CHOW Tip (via Reddit)...
12:29 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Ringbow: Bluetooth game controller you wear on your finger
"Ringbow" is a recent, half-funded Kickstarter project from a team that includes Andrew Hartman, design director of Philips Electronics. It's a Bluetooth game-controller that you wear on your finger, ...
12:10 am PDT - Thu, June 28, 2012
BoingBoing Eulogy for Erik "Possum Man" Stewart
br> Today, many friends and loved ones of Erik "Possum Man" Stewart gathered at Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery to remember him and his life. I gave a eulogy. Many of Possum's friends asked me for t...
10:23 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing If Frazetta was a bronie
In 2010, DeviantArt's Zedew produced "My Little Death Dealer," which posits Frank Frazetta as a secret bronie. My Little Death Dealer (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
09:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Kingdom Animalia art show
Amy Crehore painted “Blue Mirror” for the Kingdom Animalia show opening June 29 in Anahiem. All proceeds from the show will be donated to Big Life Foundation in Africa. See all the artwork...
09:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress: Learn to play the most complex video game ever made
O'Reilly Media has just released what must be counted as one of the most important books of the decade: Getting Started with Dwarf Fortress Dwarf Fortress may be the most complex video game ever made,...
09:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Short film about sound design in Brave
[Video Link]SoundWorks profiled Brave director Mark Andrews, re-recording mixer and sound designer Gary Rydstrom, supervising sound Editor Gwen Yates Whittle, and sound designer E.J. Holowicki about t...
08:48 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Teaser video for Jake Shimabukuro's new ukulele album
[Video Link] I'm happy to learn that Jake Shimabukuro has a new oo-koo-lay-lay album coming out this fall. Jake Shimabukuro plays "Don't Stop Believin'" for Boing BoingJake Shimabukuro: which song sho...
08:16 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Causes of death: 1900 and 2010
An editorial in the 200th anniversary issue of the New England Journal of Medicine looks at mortality and health through the centuries, and includes this chart of causes of death from the turn of the ...
07:26 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing New comic series by Love & Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez
I had no idea that the great Gilbert Hernandez released a new comic book mini-series today. It's digital only, and available on iTunes and Android. Comics luminary Gilbert Hernandez envisions his stra...
06:12 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Ticket Grab: New Game at Caine's Arcade + 5 lessons for entrepreneurs
Nirvan Mullick, the filmmaker who made the sensational short movie about the boy named Caine in East Los Angeles who built an amusement arcade out of cardboard, says: Caine and I just got back from Fr...
06:10 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Peter Watts's drone-ethics story "Malak" podcast
Tony from the StarShipSofa podcast sez, "This week on StarShipSofa we play the short story Malak, by science fiction writer Peter Watts. Malak was originally published in the anthology Engineering Inf...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Fleetwood Mac's Rumors at 35
I'm a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac's California cocaine trilogy of Fleetwood Mac, Rumors, and Tusk. It's amazing that this year Rumors turns 35. Ken Caillat, who co-produced and engineered the record, ha...
05:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at 35
I'm a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac's California cocaine trilogy of Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, and Tusk. It's amazing that this year Rumours turns 35. Ken Caillat, who co-produced and engineered the record, ...
05:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing CDZA: "Aces of Bass" (video)
The latest musical experiment from BB collaborator Joe Sabia's fantastic CDZA project.  CDZA ("Collective Cadenza") launches: one-take, medley-driven ... ZUCKERBERG: The Musical! (a Faceb...
05:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Prisoner's "escape fantasy" photos on display
"The Age of Innocence: Prisoner Escapist Photos," collected and documented by artist Dave Adler, is on display at The Clocktower Gallery until August 31, 2012. "The exhibition consists of 16 photograp...
05:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Prisoner's "outdoor" photo portraits on display
"Prisoner Fantasies: Photos from the Inside," collected and documented by artist Dave Adler, is on display at The Clocktower Gallery until August 31, 2012. "The exhibition consists of 16 photographs o...
05:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Dollars and Dentists: PBS Frontline investigates America's dental health crisis
In America, in the 21st century, people still die of toothaches and dental neglect. "Dollars and Dentists," the latest investigative documentary hour from PBS Frontline, explores America's broken dent...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Japan-based beatboxer Hikakin meets US-based freestyle dancer Nonstop (video)
The folks at MYISH put together two beautiful talents in the video above: Hikakin, a beatboxer based in Japan, and Marquese Scott a.k.a. Nonstop, a US dancer from Georgia who achieved viral fame in th...
04:04 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing PT Barnum's get rich slow advice
Austin "Steal Like an Artist" Leon pulls the Table of Contents from PT Barnum's 1880 book Art of Money Getting (which Mark wrote about last year), noting "Like most prescriptive books (including my ow...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 026: Cargo-Bot
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
03:31 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Adult hockey coach trips teen player
Here's a Vancouver, Canada hockey coach demonstrating good sportsmanship to young players! During the post game handshake, the coach tripped one of the opposing players. The 13-year-old broke his wris...
02:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Atari's 40th anniversary
Forty years ago today, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari and forever changed how we related to our televisions. In 1999, I wrote a bio of Bushnell for Salon. Excerpt from that piece: While s...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Special "Kids Summer Fun Guide" issue of MAKE on sale for $5
[Video Link] For today only, MAKE magazine is offering a special deal on its "Kids Summer Fun Guide" issue. You get the print issue (includes 3D glasses to view the 3D images) plus a PDF of the issue ...
02:31 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Nagai Hideyuki's clever 3D drawings
Charley Parker says: "Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki has created a fun series of drawings that span two sketchbooks propped at 90° to one another, and when viewed from the proper angle, give the ...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Time-lapse video chalk art of 3D Mario
Time-lapse of chalk artist Chris Carlson creating an amazing 3D Mario piece. It took him eleven hours to complete....
02:21 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Nexus Q media streaming ball
Google briefly exposed its Nexus Q media streaming box—or, rather, a ball—today at the Google Play store before taking the page down. An official announcement will likely come at today's G...
02:10 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Asus Nexus 7 tablet
Google and Asus have a tablet, reports The Verge, ready to run Android 4.1; Modaco.com has a screengrab with specs: a 1280x800 display, 8 or 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and a 1.2MP webcam....
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing High-speed computer vision system beats you at Rock, Paper, Scissors every time
Researchers at UTokyo's Ishikawa Oku Lab have created an unbeatable Rock-Paper-Scissors robot that uses a computer vision system to analyze opponents' hand-shapes for precursors to their final move an...
01:55 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Genetically-evolved semiconductors
Researchers have "evolved" new semiconducting structures in a process that could someday lead to higher-performing computer chips. The UC Santa Barbara bio/nano-engineers amplified the DNA of silicate...
01:52 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination at TEDGlobal 2012
Massimo Banzi is the co-creator of the popular electronics prototyping system called Arduino. He spoke at TEDGlobal 2012 about the cool things people are making with Arduino. Massimo Banzi helped inve...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Barackman, The Dark Knight vs. Bane Capital!
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter. Further: JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's proud and mighty INNER HIVE and receive untold BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES!...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Suspected burglar with drill isn't
A man in Bochum, Germany called police this weekend, concerned about a loud mechanical noise in his flat. Tracking the noise to the storage cellar, police expected to find a burglar with an electric d...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Rubegoldbergian light-switch cover
Etsy's GreenTreeJewelry makes these whimsical, rube goldbergian light-switch covers that let you toggle the switch by means of a delightfully superfluous mechanism: "This light switch cover is complet...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing TV "psychics" are stock photos
Peter sez, "This blog entry describes how Alan Rice, a student in Ireland, became suspicious about some of the photos displayed as 'Live psychics' to be called at €2.44/min on Irish TV. He used ...
11:20 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing London police crowdsource the panopticon
London's Metropolitan Police have produced an app called Facewatch ID that is billed as a crowdsourcing tool for identifying suspects shown in stills from CCTV footage of last summer's riots. But the ...
11:11 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing On the fate of bad advisors
Josh Fruhlinger on the crap policymakers of medieval England: "One thing about Edward II's biography is clear: He had a series of intense attachments to men whose counsel he valued above all others, a...
11:03 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing LulzSec members plead guilty
Two LulzSec members, Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis, pleaded guilty to conspiracy on Monday. Two other defendants will go to trial in April. [NYT] Previously....
10:50 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Antisemitic Elmo
Elmo was removed from Central Park zoo in an ambulance after embarking on a anti-semitic tirade: "the scariest Elmo I've ever seen in my life," observed a bystander. Video link via Gothamist, The Awl,...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Tumor heavier than host
Doctors in Mexico removed a 33-pound tumor from a 26 pound toddler. [AP]...
10:06 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Rasputin's Bastards: epic, psychic cold war thriller
Rasputin's Bastards is David Nickle's latest book, an epic novel from one of horror's weirdest voices. During the cold war, the Soviets established City 512, a secret breeding experiment intended to c...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing The Soviet synthesizer that bridged occultism and electronic music
You don't play the ANS synthesizer with a keyboard. Instead you etch images onto glass sheets covered in black putty and feed them into a machine that shines light through the etchings, trigging a wid...
12:27 am PDT - Wed, June 27, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-cheating ring brands I'M MARRIED into the flesh of your finger
TheCheeky sells a $550 titanium wedding-band with I'M MARRIED etched on the inside in block serif caps. After wearing it for a sufficient time, your finger will bear the indelible mark of those words,...
11:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing TSA dumps Grandpa's cremains all over airport, laughs at distraught relative as he picks bone fragments off the floor
John Gross of Indianapolis claims that a TSA operative at the Orlando airport opened up the tightly sealed jar, labelled HUMAN REMAINS, which bore his grandfather's ashes, and then proceeded to butter...
10:31 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing An amazing story of a father's love
This story from the Chattanooga Times Free Press is one of the most inspiring, heart-wrenching stories I have ever read. It's about Matt Nevels, a lifelong Southern Baptist, and the changes that happe...
10:22 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Lobby card for a movie that should have existed: "The War With Myself"
From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, Adam Baron's fab "The War With Myself" photo-collage in the form of a lobby card for a film that never existed (but should have). The War With Myself...
10:18 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Map of world weed use
Where in the world do people smoke the most dope? According to the United Nations' World Drug Report 2012 released today, it's the Pacific island of Palau. As reported in The Economist, "Nearly a quar...
09:17 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing London's towering SHARD is a microcosm of everything that's wrong in the world
Aditya Chakrabortty writes in The Guardian about the Shard, a titanic building that already towers above London, and explains how it is a microcosm for everything that's wrong with the world today: So...
08:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Wee Turtle vs. Raspberry (VIDEO)
No berry is safe from Peanut the turtlet....
08:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling on Alan Turing, gender, AI, and art criticism
Bruce Sterling gave a speech at the North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) on the eve of the Alan Turing Centenary, and delivered a provocative, witty and important...
06:54 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Final episode of Search Engine podcast
The very last episode of TVOntario's Search Engine's just went out (MP3), and I'm honored to say that it's an interview with me. I started out with Search Engine when it was a broadcast on CBC radio, ...
06:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing The history of margarine
Writer Christine Baumgarthuber has a really interesting article in the June issue of Dissent magazine about what working-class Victorians ate, and how their diets (and health) changed with the introdu...
06:13 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing 80 Teddy Ruxpins with robot voices tell you how the Internet feels
Sean Hathaway stuck 80 Teddy Ruxpins on a gallery wall and hooked them up to a sentiment-analysis engine fed by a social media scraper. Snippets of emotional, throwaway text are turned into synthetic ...
06:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Excellent 8tracks mixes from SpaceBunnySounds
My friend Nicole Tindall turned me on to the fantastic 8tracks.com mixes of SpaceBunnySounds. After-Hour Space Lair Groovin' offers rare groove and sci-fi instrumentals from Klaud Doldinger, Aaron Nev...
06:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: The Red Tube Bar Tapes
I had to attend a comic convention this past week to support my Wizzywig graphic novel, which made a new Hip Hop Family Tree strip impossible. It'll be back next week though....
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing The perilous world of banana slug sex
Banana slugs are hermaphrodites. Every slug has both a penis (which pops out of a pore on its head, like you do) and a vagina. Or, rather, every slug should have a penis. The truth is that quite a few...
06:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Cat Power- "Ruin" (MP3)
  Sound it Out # 29: Cat Power - "Ruin" Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) has finished her first album of new material since 2006s The Greatest. Its called SUN and its out on September 4. Chan played...
05:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Decorate your house with vintage microscope images
I love these images of diseased cells that are currently for sale on Etsy. The photos appear to be prints made from slides taken at Duke University in the 1970s. You can pick up a set of six 8x10s for...
05:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing CIA fake vaccine program will have wide-ranging effects on health of Pakistani children
Remember how the CIA used a phony vaccination campaign in order to collect DNA samples from Osama Bin Laden's family? (If this is news to you, there are lots of places to get the backstory. Suffice to...
05:05 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Venezuelan tribe angry at "sacred" stone in Berlin
Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld's sculptures in a Berlin park were meant to promote world peace, but the 79-year-old German now finds himself at war with a Venezuelan tribe which accuses him of stealing a ...
04:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing What if the Moon didn't exist?
The Life's Little Mysteries blog is in the midst of a string of posts that are, basically, like Marvel Comics "What If?" series as applied to the scientific history of Earth. For example: What if huma...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Custom book-wrappers that make shelf mosaics
Thatcher Wine, a designer, has a firm called Juniper Books that does a roaring trade in designing custom book-jackets that form shelf-mosaics: "What makes Juniper Books special is that it can manufact...
04:05 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Fewer options, better healthcare?
Over at Discover, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn makes an interesting point about flaws in our current healthcare system. Historically, we've put a lot of effort into innovation, and not enough into buildin...
03:32 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Uranium disposal cells
This is a uranium disposal cell in Green River, Utah. It's one of several dozen sites around the United States that are the burial grounds for nuclear waste. BLDBLOG posts about this form of "Perpetua...
03:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing National Trust audio tour of Soho London's darker side
The UK's National Trust has released a free smartphone audio tour of London's Soho that apparently focuses on the neighborhood's bohemian, vice, and criminal roots that sprouted with the emergence of ...
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 lineup
Our friends at San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival announced the lineup of this year's extravaganza, taking place October 13-14, and it's a doozy. Unlike many of the big music festivals, Tr...
02:01 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Probably false article claims Madonna worries that her fans want her DNA
An report in the Melbourne Herald-Sun, quoting an unlinked article in the UK Mirror (a truly awful tabloid) claims that Madonna has a DNA cleanup crew who sterilize all the surfaces and vacuum all ski...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Louis CK direct-sells tickets to his next concert tour - no fees, no scalpers
Having disrupted the traditional concert DVD distribution system with his ground-breaking DRM-free $5 download video, comedian Louis CK is now preparing to go on tour and he's going to cut out all the...
12:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing iPhone reviewed
Animal's Joel Johnson has completed his review of the iPhone....
11:57 am PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Search masterclass
Daniel Russell is a search guru in the employ of Google. He addressed a crowd of journalists with a lecture on the super-advanced search techniques, and posed this riddle: "Whats the phone number of t...
11:08 am PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Dead Battery and Live Skype
Photo: Diorama Sky (cc) I stood at the top of the stairs of a friend's apartment building in Washington, D.C., with a dead iPhone, a burned-out porch lamp, and no idea of how to reach him. This was th...
10:51 am PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Rebuttals to David Lowery's indictment of "free culture" and its alleged murder of musicians
The Internet has been abuzz with Emily White, a intern at NPR, and her article about how she has never bought music and probably never will. and the response from David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven ...
10:07 am PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing Miami Heat owner sues blogger over photo
Miami Heat stakeholder Ranaan Katz is suing a blogger over an "unflattering" photo published online, reports Tim Elfrink in The Miami New Times. In the lawsuit, Katz claims copyright violation; coinci...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, June 26, 2012
BoingBoing King City: awesomely weird, sillyfunny sf comic
King City collects Brandon Graham's magnificent Tokyo Pop comic serial in one mammoth, $11 (cheap!) trade paperback edition, and man, is that a deal. Take the sprawling, weird, perverse cityscape of T...
10:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Interviews with Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson about futurism, society, technology and science fiction
I did a series of interviews with Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson, as part of my involvement in The Tomorrow Project, which resulted in my writing Knights of the Rainbow Table. Here they are!...
08:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Great moments in pedantry: Scientists point out flaws in the science of Prometheus
I've not yet seen Prometheus, but as a genre, I honestly enjoy articles that are all about applying a (perhaps overly) critical lens to the way science is portrayed in science fiction. I think there's...
07:57 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Sonic.net stopped saving logs for more than 14 days in order to frustrate copyright trolls
Sonic.net is a great ISP. Not only are they technically proficient, but they also spend their own money fighting stupid subpoenas on their customers' behalf. They won't seal a police request unless th...
07:51 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing The man who made his own toaster
I spent the weekend at the Aspen Environmental Forums, and one of the presenters I got to see there as Thomas Thwaites—a man who built a toaster from scratch. As a project for his design degree,...
06:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Key to the Gustavademecum
Last week, I posted about the The Gustavademecum for the Island of Manhattan, a delightfully geeky, DIY-made, mid-20th century dining guide produced by a physical chemist for the benefit of traveling ...
06:43 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Use a squat toilet
In 2007, my husband and I were privileged enough to take a month off and travel around Europe. Given that we spent most of our time in Western Europe, there really wasn't a whole lot of cultural confu...
06:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Creeptastic video of Bolaj Badejo rehearsing in his Alien mask
Deeply creepy test footage from Alien (1979) of alien actor Bolaji Badejo slithering around The Nostromo in a prototype costume head. Posts one YouTube commenter: "movie about a tall skinny black seri...
06:07 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It?"
Michael Jackson died three years ago today. Above, the epic psychedelic video for The Jacksons' "Can You Feel It?" from their 1980 album Triumph. The video was conceived by Michael Jackson and develop...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing HOPE speaker lineup
2600's Emmanuel Goldstein sez, "The HOPE Number Nine speaker schedule is out - over 100 talks on a whole variety of subjects. This conference in particular shows how much the hacker community has evol...
05:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Cat playing guitar interrupted by earthquake
[Video Link] A cat named Steven was playing guitar when an earthquake struck in Melbourne, Australia last week, causing it to stop for a moment. (Via Arbroath)...
04:38 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Supremes rule on Arizona immigration law, campaign spending, life in jail for children
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States: • Killed most of Arizona's hated immigration act—but will still allow police to check immigration status while enforcing other laws. [CNN] &#...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Landing on Mars: seven minutes of TERROR!
JPL's video demonstrating the engineering challenges in the precise timing of the descent of a human-crewed Mars lander is nail-biting territory. There's a reason they call the landing "seven minutes ...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 056: Kevin Kelly's Silver Cord
Click here to play this episode. Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, TV shows, music, movies, tools, gadge...
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Beware of attack birds
I spotted this somewhat disconcerting sign at a playground yesterday. (BTW, I've starting playing with Instagram. If you care to follow, I'm @pescovitz)...
03:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Camera Comics of the 1940s
Canera Comics was published in the 1940s by the US Camera Publishing Company to spur excitement among youngsters around amateur photography. Along with the exciting tales of Kid Click, Linda Lens, and...
02:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian fed court: linking isn't copyright infringement, neither is excerpting an article
Michael Geist sez, The Federal Court of Canada has issued an important decision involving copyright and posting content online. The case involves a lawsuit launched by Richard Warman and the National ...
02:54 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Gentleman plays with cigarette lighter while pumping gas
[Video Link] Faced with the prospect having to wait a minute or more while his tank was being filled, this gas station customer amused himself by playing with his cigarette lighter. His boredom was su...
02:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Tim Mullen, collector of deeply weird antique machines
Our friends at The Midnight Archive visited Tim Mullen, a New York City-based engineer with a mind-blowing collection of strange and beautiful machines, from antique x-ray devices to a huge hair dryer...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Successful Drawing, an instructional art book by Andrew Loomis
Andrew Loomis was an American illustrator whose work appeared in many magazines in the mid-20th century. In addition to his beautiful editorial work for magazines, Loomis also wrote and illustrated a ...
02:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Easter Island statues walked?
It's long been a mystery how the residents of Easter Island moved the iconic moai statues from the volcano quarry where they carved them to the statues' permanent locations up to 11 miles away. Now, a...
02:17 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing What your tennis shirt says about you
Fred Perry and Lacoste are fashion businesses built around superficially similar shirts emerging from the elite Wimbledon tennis tournament. How did one come to exemplify working class cool, and the o...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Edible shotgun shells
If you're planning a shotgun-themed wedding, then Etsy seller MysticLair's edible shotgun shell cake-toppers might just be the thing for you. Also potentially useful for adapting in a shotgun-themed r...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Female rights activist goes topless In NYC
Veronica Grossman says: "I work for a music website in NYC called BreakThru Radio. We recently published an episode for our show BTR Pulse. This episode features Moira Johnston and her feelings about ...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: What's New Pussycat?, by Richard Metzger
Recently, Boing Boing presented a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. We are extending the series. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies ser...
01:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Make Yourself Healthy: Daughter Knows Best about Kidney Disease and Gluten Intolerance
(I'm very interested in the Quantified Self movement, which involves self-experimentation and self-tracking to gain self-knowledge.Seth Roberts, a professor of psychology at Tsinghua University in Bei...
01:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Loch Ness Monster disproves evolution
Accelerated Christian Education's high school biology textbook, used in some private religions schools, argues Darwin's theory of evolution doesn't hold water if dinosaurs co-exist with man. And appar...
12:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Don't call it the ZunePad
After Microsoft announced its in-house Surface tablet, the critical response was warm but cautious. It looks good, but we just don't know enough about it. One sign that it's a contender: Microsoft's o...
11:56 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Judge has girls' hair cut as punishment
Two young girls cut off a younger playmate's hair. In court, 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen offered to reduce the 13 year old perp's sentence if her mother chopped off her own locks in cou...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing "Once again, no history": Sen. Chuck Grassley's regular updates on the state of The History Channel
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and I have something in common—we both loathe the distinct lack of history present on The History Channel. Since January, the Senator has posted multiple complaints a...
11:52 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing JR "Bob" Dobbs shows off the new-model lightsabers
Yes, it's here!...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Thieves outwit retailers
To deter theft, shoe stores put only one of a pair of shoes on display. Crooks, however, have them beaten: they simply hunt for the same pair in two stores, each with a different foot on the shelf. [N...
11:33 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Gadgets cheap to charge
Gadgets do not cost much to juice up; together, an iPad runs to $1.36 a year at the U.S. average residential price of electricity. [Jonathan Fahey/AP]...
11:25 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Duct tape prom dress
Gary Demuth, writing for the Salina Journal: "Brooke Wallace knew her dress for this year's spring prom would be water-resistant. That's because it was made entirely of duct tape."...
11:10 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Tetris: mere ruleset or copyrighted expression?
What makes Tetris Tetris? The mobile app explosion threw gasoline on the game's already-numbing history of copyright battles. At Ars Technica, Kyle Orland takes a look at the Tetris Company's endless ...
10:55 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Tyrannosaurus bones seized
Joseph O'Leary writes: "U.S. officials on Friday seized the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus dinosaur that Mongolia wants returned on suspicion that it was smuggled to the United States from the Gobi deser...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Zita the Space Girl: delightful kids' science fiction comic that's part Vaughn Bode, part Mos Eisley Cantina
Zita the Space Girl is Ben Hatke's 2011 kids' science fiction graphic novel about a young girl's adventures on a distant world that she is transported to after clicking a mysterious button that she fi...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Tim Leary, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono in conversation in 1969 - released for 1st time today
Michael Horowitz*, Timothy Leary's longtime archivist, has permitted the Timothy Leary Archives website to publish a transcription of a tape recorded conversation between Dr. Leary and his wife Rosema...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Tim & Rosemary Leary, John Lennon & Yoko Ono in conversation in 1969 - released for 1st time today
Michael Horowitz*, Timothy Leary's longtime archivist, has permitted the Timothy Leary Archives website to publish a transcription of a tape recorded conversation between Dr. Leary and his wife Rosema...
12:05 am PDT - Mon, June 25, 2012
BoingBoing Shakespearean Hokey Pokey
A bit of genius unsourced net.stuff: if Shakespeare wrote the Hokey Pokey. "The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt/Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about." Shakespeare Teaches the Hokey Pokey...
11:45 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 026: Cargo-Bot
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
09:45 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Prada goes steampunk
Prada's fall 2012 menswear line is awfully steampunky -- modelled by Gary Oldman, Jamie Bell, Garrett Hedlund, and Willem Dafoe. Prada Menswear Fall 2012 Ad Campaign (Thanks, Matthew) (Images: Steven ...
07:40 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing List of geodesic hub connectors
The good folks at Domeorama have got all your geodesic needs covered in a thorough and awe-inspiring list of all the different kinds of geodesic hub connectors you can buy: This is the classic way to ...
06:33 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Daybreak - a zombie graphic novel starring YOU
Yesterday I reviewed a realistic and unusual novel called Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse. Twenty-four hours later, I figure it's time to review another zombie book. This o...
06:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Dan Ariely explains why we cheat and steal, and how we're generally wrong about this
On the occasion of the publication of a new book, behavioral economics writer Dan Ariely (a great favorite of mine) answers questions with Wired about the underlying causes of lying and cheating, and ...
04:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Turning your bike frame into a woven basket
Yeongkeun Jeong and Aareum Jeong created the "Reel," a bike accessory that invites you to create a woven container on your frame, using a clever system of adhesive buttons to keep it secure: The conce...
03:10 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Entertainment industry to Japanese ISPs: we'll hand you a secret list of copyrighted works, and you have to block them
As part of Japan's batshit new 10-years-in-jail-for-uploading copyright law, the Recording Industry Ass. of Japan is demanding that ISPs install network filters that spy on all user activity and attem...
02:22 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing World's scariest zip-line
A tour operator in Nepal runs what they claim is the world's fastest zip-line, a 1.8km run that drops 600m and attains speeds of 160km/h. Watching the helmetcam sections of this video actually made th...
01:03 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Jimmy Wales to UK Home Secretary: don't render Richard O'Dwyer to the USA
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has launched a signature drive to get the UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, to intervene to stop the extradition to the USA of Richard O'Dwyer, who created the TVShack w...
12:17 pm PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Q&A with a former member of the Westboro Baptist family
Nate Phelps, the 6th of 13 of Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps's kids, took to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything Q&A. Nate escaped his father's notorious, hateful "church" when he was 18. As you'll see f...
11:00 am PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing TRUCKCAR!
Are you in Knoxville? Do you want to own a hybrid vehicle? Craigslist's pjbxr-3091802234 has the answer: for sale 1962 international truckcar, has every optional that a car could have ,has frontwheel ...
10:09 am PDT - Sun, June 24, 2012
BoingBoing Rohinton Mistry's fairy-tale about Canadian neocons
Much-loved Canadian novelist Rohinton Mistry delivered the convocation speech to graduates at Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto, in the form of a fairy-tale based on A Christmas Carol, by way of a critiq...
10:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Universal Turing Machine in 100 punchcards
SE Peeze Binkhorst sez, "100 years ago today, Alan Turing was born. To celebrate, I wrote a Universal Turing Machine in 100 Punchcards. I've uploaded a video to explain a small part of the read head (...
07:22 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing If Dungeons and Dragons cartoons depicted real RPGs
Here's 13 minutes' worth of the old (rather dreadful) Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, overdubbed with plausibly banal and profane dialog from a group of RPG players whose campaign the cartoon depicts. I...
06:39 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Tarheel Slim: "Number 9 Train"
[Video Link] Tarheel Slim's "Number 9 Train" (1958) is so great it makes a spinning record fun to watch....
04:54 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Turing and pride in Manchester
Here's the Alan Turing statue in Manchester, decorated with pride for the centenary, taken by Josh R with Jonnie B. Happy birthday Alan Turing (via Nelson)...
04:33 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Beautiful watercolor notes from the Aspen Environmental Forums
I've been live-tweeting today from the Aspen Environmental Forums. But in a session this morning, I noticed that my friend Rachel Weidinger—director for the ocean advocacy group Upwell—had...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Top US drug cop can't tell the difference between marijuana and heroin
Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart, a Bush appointee, was questioned by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) in a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing. Polis asks Leonhart about the relative harms ari...
02:51 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Dead Inside: a zombie novel told in the form of found notes
[Video Link] Last month I found myself in Palo Alto in need of an espresso. Yelp directed me to a place called ZombieRunner, which turned out to be a running shoe store with a zombie-themed espresso b...
01:14 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Science fiction in Africa
Here's a 23-minute BBC World Service documentary about science fiction in Africa, hosted by Zoo City author Lauren Beukes, who speaks to various luminaries, writers and commentators, including Distric...
01:09 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Buy one divorce, get your next one half off
An attorney called Sean Simmons is apparently offering "buy one, get your next one half off" divorces, with the strapline "End the Misery Today." The image is unsourced, so it may be a fake, though th...
12:10 pm PDT - Sat, June 23, 2012
BoingBoing Learn about climate, energy, and "the new normal" this weekend
I'm at the Aspen Environmental Forums, an annual conference focused on many different aspects of climate science, energy policy, conservation, and other environmental issues. You can follow along on T...
11:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Military contractor claims it can read fingerprints from 6m
IDair, a military contractor, claims that it can image and resolve fingerprints from six meters away. The article goes into a lot of credulous, breathless rhapsody about this, but fails to note that i...
11:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Jim Gurney's 45-minute painting of a car dealership
A lot of people play with their cellphones or read while waiting for something. Jim Gurney, the creator of Dinotopia, paints small watercolors. (See my previous post about Jim's painting of a mud pudd...
11:18 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Sandusky trades Penn State for state pen
Guilty on 45 of 48 counts. Before the verdict, Sandusky's own laywer said he'd be shocked if he was acquitted. [MSNBC, BBC] Previously....
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Wall Street, like the mafia, but more ambitious
In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi is his usual incandescent self in reporting on the United States of America v. Carollo, Goldberg and Grimm, a bid-rigging trial against brokers at GE Capital, which impli...
08:11 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Kim Stanley Robinson talks about his latest novel, 2312
The latest episode of the always-excellent Agony Column podcast features an interview with one of science fiction's greatest living writers, Kim Stanley Robinson, discussing his latest novel 2312, a m...
07:49 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Fun mobile app: Trivi.al
I've been having fun playing a new iOS game called Trivi.al. It reminds me of the wonderful University of Colorado Trivia Bowl I loved so much when I was in high school in Boulder. Trivi.al is a turn-...
06:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Learn the sign language of physics, male genitalia
A couple of years ago, Scientific American's Ferris Jabr wrote a really fascinating story about the sign language of science. Along the way, he touched on an issue I'd never thought of before. Turns o...
06:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Counterpoint: algorithms are not free speech
In the New York Times, Tim Wu advances a fairly nuanced article about the risks of letting technology companies claim First Amendment protection for the product of their algorithms, something I discus...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing The science of brain freeze
It is 83 degrees in Aspen, Colorado—just hot enough that I started dreaming of ice cream as soon as I stepped off the plane. Now, if I do find some ice cream and give myself a brain freeze while...
05:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing What it's like to take belladonna
Entry #20 in the Mondo 2000 History Project is R.U. Sirius' entertaining essays about his horrible belladonna experience in 1968. It was early in the summer of 1968. Myself and my friends had heard st...
04:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Preview of incredible science fiction and pulp art auction
On Tuesday June 26, 2012, Heritage Auctions is hosting a reception and preview of its upcoming illustration art auction featuring The Jerry Weist Collection of science fiction and fantasy art, pin-up,...
03:47 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Comedy and tragedy in a WWII anti-freeze ad
Incredibly, this is not an old ad encouraging you to nag your doc for a barbiturates prescription, but rather, a WWII-era Dupont anti-freeze ad. Zerone and Zerex...
01:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing US Olympic Committee says sorry to knitters whom it claimed "denigrated" the games
The US Olympic Committee has apologized for describing the knitters' Ravelympics as "denigrating" to real athletes. Ravelympics are an activity on Ravelry, a community for knitters, in which members c...
01:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Fake vaginas sold as powerful Chinese medicinal mushrooms
While doing some construction work, residents of the Liucunbu village in China's Shaanxi province came across a fake vagina that they, um, mistakenly identified as a lingzhi mushroom, legendary in Chi...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Circumvention Tools Hackfest in NYC before HOPE
James Losey sez, The Open Internet Tools Project (OpenITP) is a collection of open source projects that help build a truly unfettered internet -- private, anonymous and resistant to control. In the we...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Video software to "see" someone's pulse
MIT researchers developed software that highlights differences between successive frames of video that are usually too subtle or quick to catch. "So, for instance, the software makes it possible to ac...
12:40 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Mac app changes desktop to local satellite image
Satellite Eyes is a free OS X app that automatically updates your desktop wallpaper with satellite imagery of your current location....
12:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Computing pioneer Larry Smarr and his quantified self
BB pal Larry Smarr is director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and was director of the NCSA during the birth of Mosaic, the first popular Web browser. I h...
12:16 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Covers from 1960s Russian tech-youth mag, and other SFspace art of the era
Dark Roasted Blend posted a fantastic gallery of pulp science fiction/space art from the mid-20th century. Above are covers of the Russian pop science magazine for young people, Tehnika Molodezhi ("Te...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing 28-port USB hub
Manhattan's aptly named Mondohub is a 28-port USB hub (24 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0). The last time I set up a new desk, I went hunting for some $BIGNUM-port hubs and they all seemed to cap out at 10 or 12. ...
10:55 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Portraits made from thread passed around nail-heads
Kumi Yamashita's "Constellation" series are portraits made from a continuous piece of black thread, strung around and around a dense mesh of nails hammered into a white-painted wooden board. Shown her...
10:17 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing St Colin and the Dragon: great torn paper kids' comic
St Colin and the Dragon is a perfectly great 27-page kids' comic about a dragon that hatches in a faraway kingdom and the dumb things that the residents of the kingdom try to get rid of it. They give ...
10:01 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Two planets barely a million miles apart
Newly-discovered worlds, 1200 ly from Earth, have the closest orbits between two planets ever confirmed—on closest approach, only five times the distance between the Earth and its moon. [JPL. Ar...
09:54 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Pakistani police unfit
After only a quarter of of Punjab's 19,000 police officers passed a fitness test, Pakistan is to insist on 38-inch waistlines. Senior officers are, of course, exempt. [Reuters]...
09:25 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Listen to the sounds of nature
The British Library has a collection of 268 nature recordings made in the first half of the 20th century. The recordings date back to the 1930s and include the songs of birds, noises made by large ver...
09:18 am PDT - Fri, June 22, 2012
BoingBoing Turtles killed, fossilized while doing it
Teenagers, beware! Here is another very good reason to never, ever have sex. Like these 50-million-year-old turtles, you could get so caught up in the act, that you don't notice you are sinking into a...
11:32 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing EFF joins the defense in Charles Carreon v. The Whole Goddamned Internet
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has joined the defense team for Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, who is one of the parties named to a bizarre lawsuit by Charles Carreon, who recently threaten...
10:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling interviewed about the New Aesthetic
David Cox interviews Bruce Sterling about the significance, lifecycle and future of the New Aesthetic movement: First to the issue of is the New Aesthetic really new? Id say those images are new prett...
09:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing How to turn old car parts into a video game controller
Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik shows how to turn old car parts into a video game controller. The idea came to me while adjusting the mirrors in a car, and realizing that the little mirror-control joysti...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Open platform for peer-driven food production needs your help
Devin sez, We need the crowd's help to fund development (or just to find awesome pro-bono developers) of a platform that facilitates peer production driven local food systems. Think Craigslist meets E...
07:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Loco: a new story by Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
"Loco," a new story by Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling is the weirdest fucking thing I've ever read that managed to still make sense. I've read pretty much every word both of them ever published and to...
07:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Malware author taunts security researchers with built-in chat
Security researchers from AVG were decompiling a trojan -- it had been originally posted to a Diablo III forum, masquerading as a how-to video -- when the malware's author popped up in a window on the...
06:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Infinite Schwarzenegger "Gear Up" scene
Fond as all civilized people are of 1980s action movie "gear up" scenes, it is often noted that Mark Lester's Commando contains the genre's highest point of achievement. In the 1985 classic, Arnold Sc...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing The Beatings Will Continue Until Copyright is Respected
Japan prepares to imprison children for listening to music the wrong way. "illegal downloaders could be hit by penalties of up to two years in prison, or files that extended up to 2 million yen (16,00...
04:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Portal trick photo done with light painting
Tackyshack's "The Portal is a Lie?" is a beautiful trick "painting with light" photo -- a camera is set with its shutter open in a dark place, and small lights are used selectively to illuminate parts...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Book trailer: Trust Me, I'm Lying
[Video Link] Here's the trailer for Ryan Holiday's new book, Trust Me, I'm Lying" Confessions of a Media Manipulator. Ryan has a terrific email newsletter of book recommendations that I look forward t...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Vacuum-nozzle "suction mat" cleans your shoes as you wipe them
In this trade-show-floor video, a Japanese inventor shows off his ~$6,000 "suction mat," uses a sensor-triggered grid of vacuum nozzles to suck the grime off your shoes before you come through the doo...
03:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Visualizing pizza company's network: from the farm to local deliveries
This clip from the PBS (UK) program "America Revealed" visualizes the Domino's Pizza supply chain starting at the level of local deliveries....
03:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Effective and disorganized: a new thing upon this earth
My latest Guardian column is "Disorganised but effective: how technology lowers transaction costs," a piece about a new kind of group that has been enabled by the Internet -- a group with no formal st...
02:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Caption competition
Photo: Mukesh Gupta with Reuters...
02:50 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Prison to inmates: defeat locks, win food
WSBT news reports that inmates in Altanta are being given the opportunity to win food by defeating new locks. Apparently the current locks don't work very well, allowing inmates to roam....
02:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Behind the scenes: Product recalls
The real story behind a product recall is not always the narrative of negligent corporation vs. the little guy consumer. In a great long read from Popular Mechanics, Dan Koeppel explains the complicat...
02:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Mickey Mouse on Mercury
NASA's Messenger probe has found Mickey Mouse on Mercury. Messenger has already transmitted more than 100,000 other images, so perhaps Pete is up there somewhere too. Pete's my favorite. (Los Angeles ...
02:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Narwhal chaser
Listening to Sir David Attenborough talk about narwhals is truly a soothing and rejuvenating experience. Good for whatever ails you. Video Link Via Explore and Maria Popova...
02:32 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing The aftermath of extreme weather
IMAGE: Derek Montgomery for MPR That is not the result of an earthquake. Instead, this is what happens when a city receives as much as 10 inches of rain in three days. Over the last two days, flash fl...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Hermetus Bottle Opener and Sealer
I often make my own beer at a local brew-it-yourself taproom (props toThe Brew Kettle). The bottles we use are 22-ounces, so drinking one is almost like drinking two. Often times I'll end up drinking ...
02:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis
Weve had a couple weeks to let the Game of Thrones finale breathe, so now we can talk about it, and we can reflect on season 2 as a whole. If you dont like spoilers, you may not want to read an articl...
02:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Defend Innovation: EFF's patent reform plan
Hugh sez, "Today, EFF launched a new campaign against software patents. In this campaign, we outline seven proposals that we think will address some of the greatest abuses of the current software pate...
02:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. ZIIIRO Watches display time in a simple and unique way: the inner swirl's tip represents the...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Ask Neal Stephenson anything
Neal Stephenson's doing an AMA on Reddit right now. (Thanks, Steve!)...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing WobbleWorks: animatronic dinosaurs and animated floppy-ear hats
Engadget's Brian Heater visited the WobbleWorks folks at the Somerville, Mass. hackerspace, where animatronic dinosaurs and rabbit-ear hats are the order of the day. The WobbleWorkers sound like they ...
10:27 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Powerful EU committee rejects ACTA - now it's unanimous
A fifth and final EU committee has reported unfavourably on ACTA, the controversial, secretly negotiated, far-reaching copyright treaty. The damning move came from the committee for International Trad...
09:39 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing DMZ is finished: Brian Wood nailed the ending
After six years and 72 issues, Brian Wood has finally finished his epic graphic novel >DMZ, and the final issues are collected in a collection, entitled The Five Nations of America. There is practical...
06:50 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Tor anonymity developers tell all
Runa from the Tor anonymity project sez, "Karen and I will be answering questions on Reddit today. Feel free to ask us anything you'd like relating to Tor and the Tor Project!"...
01:09 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing G4S boss predicts mass privatisation of UK police forces
G4S, the scandal-haunted private security firm, is one of the world's largest companies, with 657,000 staff. It's about to get bigger, according to G4S's UK/Africa chief David Taylor-Smith, who predic...
12:10 am PDT - Thu, June 21, 2012
BoingBoing Jackhammer Jill, Ape Lad style
Our dear pal Adam "Ape Lad" Koford has done us the honor of adapting Jackhammer Jill as a Twitter avatar, in his characteristic style, and plunking the result in the Boing Boing Flickr pool. bOINGbOIN...
11:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Scout: get notified every time Congress proposes legislation with keywords you care about
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, It is nearly impossible to follow all the activity in state and federal laws, regulations and speeches in Congress without a significant policy team or an army ...
09:51 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Test, Learn, Adapt: using randomized trials to improve government policy
"Test, Learn, Adapt" is a new white paper documenting the ultimate in evidence-based-policy: government policies that are improved through randomized trials. It's co-authored by Laura Haynes, Owain Se...
09:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing LN2-frozen cocktail popsicles -- the cocksicle!
Karen sez, "Instructables user kazmataz has figured out how to freeze alcohol using liquid nitrogen, and made her own cocktail popsicles." CAREFULLY pour your liquid nitrogen into the container, makin...
09:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing The Silver Cord, by Kevin Kelly and others
My friend Kevin Kelly is senior maverick at Wired, editor of Cool Tools, co-founder of Quantified Self, and author of many books. He has been working with some colleagues for the last 8 years on a gra...
08:32 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing What paper means in prison
"The vast majority of altered paper is harmless. Some officials tend to look the other way when toilet paper is crafted into chess pieces (using an age-old prison paper mch recipe of toilet paper and ...
08:26 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Canine gelato
Italian dogs may now avail themselves of cool, refreshing gelato. [AP]...
08:13 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Lead Breakfast
From Pogo, of Alice fame. [Video Link]...
08:13 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Lead Breakfast (and how Pogo makes 'em)
From Pogo, of Alice fame. [Video Link] Update: Pogo has a howto explaining his methods, so you can learn to make your own mashups! [via Waxy]...
08:13 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Cover for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother
Click for the huge, full version I recently turned in the manuscript for Homeland, the sequel to my 2008 YA novel Little Brother. Tor's going to be bringing it out next February, 2013. I've got two mo...
08:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Woman glued to Walmart toilet
Police are investigating a Monticello, Kentucky Walmart after a woman used the restroom there and found herself Super Glued to the toilet seat. The same thing happened in a Maryland Walmart just prior...
07:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Daydream Vacation- "Dare Seize the Fire" (MP3)
Sound it Out # 28: Daydream Vacation- "Dare Seize the Fire"Im pretty sure Dave Einmo is some kind of pop music savant. He has a band called Head Like a Kite in which hes the only consistent member and...
06:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Bacigalupi: cyberpunk saved sf
Paolo Bacigalupi (whose books have been reviewed here in the past) writes in Wired about the way that cyberpunk saved science fiction: For me as a kid, reading cyberpunk was like seeing the world for ...
06:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Adidas pulls "shackle shoe" design
Adidas has decided not to sell this particular shoe design after a photo of it on their Facebook page generated quite a negative response. "The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 ...
06:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Portal's Chell in the style of Norman Rockwell
Jesse Rubenfeld's aptly named painting "This Was a Triumph" is a handsome, Norman Rockwell inspired version of Chell from the game Portal: "Based on Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter cover for the S...
04:39 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Kids eating carrots on sticks, 1941
Would you look at these adorable BritishWWII urchins enjoying their wartime carrot-on-a-stick in these stills from a 1941 Pathe newsreel? CARROTS ON STICKS, 1941...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing How stupid is Charles Carreon's lawsuit against The Oatmeal, IndieGoGo, the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation? Really, really stupid
Regular readers of Boing Boing will know that Charles Carreon is a lawyer hired by the humor-aggregating website FunnyJunk to send a letter to the webcomic The Oatmeal, demanding $20,000 and threateni...
04:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Watercolor animation of Blade Runner
Swedish artist Anders Ramsell animated 3,285 watercolor paintings to recreate this sequence from Blade Runner. "Blade Runner Aquarelle Edition, Part 1 (Teaser)"...
03:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Author claims knowing the secrets to magic tricks actually deepens the mystery
Alex Stone is the author of a new book called "Fooling Houdini," about magic, psychology, and perception, in which he reveals how many illusions are achieved. In fact, last week in the Wall Street Jou...
03:28 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing The only good abortion is my abortion
As I write this, it is 1:17 am on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. I am lying awake in bed, trying to decide whether or not to have an abortion. Of course, we dont call it an abortion. We call it a procedu...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Photos of cosmetic surgery facilities
For her new book Singular Beauty, Cara Phillips photographed the insides of cosmetic surgery facilities, what she calls the "industrial beauty complex." Above is "White Consultation Room, Upper East S...
01:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Lego Turing machine
Some more wonderments in honor of the Alan Turing centenary: Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam have created a working Turing machine out of ...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: God-Man and Human-Man Team Up to Fight Crime!!
Support Tom the Dancing Bug and receive BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES by joining the INNER HIVE right now! "My only argument with Ruben B. here is his apologetic tone for asking you to pay money for early a...
12:07 pm PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Teens and deputy hurt in crash of drunk driving simulator
Three Indiana teens and a sheriff's deputy in a tricked-out golf cart were injured when the 14-year-old driver turned too hard and tipped the vehicle. The driver was wearing googles meant to simulate ...
11:53 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Teen survives spear through head
During a fishing trip earlier this month, Yasser Lopez, 16, was hit in the head by a spear gun. It went in over his eye and straight out the back of his head. He's in a Miami hospital and, amazingly, ...
07:28 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Drugs Without the Hot Air: the most sensible book about drugs you'll read this year
Cambridge's UIT Press has established a well-deserved reputation for publishing clear, engaging, evidence-based books on controversial subjects. Titles like Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air and ...
05:09 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing If politics in Game of Thrones featured attack ads
Mike Mechanic from Mother Jones sez, "So, basically, the folks in our DC office were sitting around shooting the shit, and someone asked: What would it be like if they had Super-PACs in Westeros? Well...
02:31 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO access The Pirate Bay in the UK
If you (like me) are in the UK, and if you (like me), find that your ISP is complying with the court order to censor access to The Pirate Bay, here are two new IP addresses added by TPB, which are not...
02:06 am PDT - Wed, June 20, 2012
BoingBoing Fanfic inspired by the apocalyptic state of a ten-year-old Civilization II game
Lycerius's post on Reddit last week by caused enormous, worldwide interest as he revealed that he had been playing a single game of Civilization II for a decade, and that in that time, thousands of ye...
09:16 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 025: Expand it!
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
09:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 025: Expand it!
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
09:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Fight Church trailer
[Video Link] "Fight Church is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and mixed martial arts, including ministries which train fighters. The film follows several pastors and popular...
08:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Simple trick to get more juice from a lemon squeezer
Here's Alan Graham's trick for getting more juice from a lemon squeezer: cross-cut the lemon. What will happen this time is the lemon will collapse outward as you squeeze it, more surface area in cont...
06:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Typecasting in the typosphere
In Salon Jessie Schiewe writes about the "typewritter renaissance" -- the re-discovered delights of working on typewriters, or at least disassembling them for their parts. Max likes to scan the docume...
06:34 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Cosey Fanni Tutti's music piece "inspired and made possible" by Xeni's treatment for cancer
Performance artist and Throbbing Gristle alumnus Cosey Fanni Tutti created an 18-minute piece called "Bioschismic," which she says was "inspired and made possible" by Xeni's treatment for cancer. She ...
06:07 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Russell Simmons and Kurtis Blow Tour The World
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
04:48 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Loggerheads in Mississippi
For the first time in two decades, someone has found Loggerhead turtle nests on the beaches of mainland Mississippi. (Via Jaymi Heimbuch)...
04:44 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Expand your summer reading list
Writer Robin Sloan has a cool, new feature up on his blog this summer. He's beginning a series of short videos, talking about books he loves and why you should read them. Think of it like Reading Rain...
04:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Gardening on the Moon
Frycook posted this fascinating video from the Apollo era on the BoingBoing Submitterator. The basic gist: Back in the day, NASA scientists tried exposing various crops—corn, lettuce, tobacco .....
04:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Assange seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy
Wikileaks' Julian Assange, his deportation to Sweden imminent, has requested asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London. [Pic from Ravi Somaiya via Glenn Greenwald] Update: The AP: "Ecuador's foreign minis...
04:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Police were reluctant to release video that shows handcuffed and hog-tied woman being tased
Two years ago, police officers in Chariton, Iowa handcuffed and hog-tied a 34-year-old woman (The police had pulled her and her boyfriend over because they thought the woman might be the victim of dom...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Hillbilly Holler and other Mountain Dew generics
Wikipedia's "Generic citrus sodas" lists 27 (as of this writing) generic equivalents to Mountain Dew/Mello Yello/Sun Drop. "In deference to Mountain Dew's leading position in the market for citrus sod...
03:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Sorcerer executed
A man found in possession of books and talismans was beheaded earlier today in Saudi Arabia. [BBC]...
02:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing New York Times: It's okay to like that taco made out of a giant Doritos chip
Good news for those of you who require some kind of public justification for your love of junk food. The Paper of Record has published a positive review of Taco Bell's Doritos Loco taco. Fair warning,...
01:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing LA Magazine profiles sex toy manufacturer
Los Angeles magazine has a feature by by Dave Gardetta about father-son team who runs Doc Johnson, a North Hollywood business that manufactures more vibrators, plugs, and sexual prosthetics than any o...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Angelina Jolie makes a pretty credible Maleficent
Coming soon to a live-action Sleeping Beauty remix near you. First Photo of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent as Production Begins on Film...
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Beer mug produces a head of foam on demand
[Video Link] Brando, the infamous Hong Kong maker of irresistible crappy gadgetry, has solved the age-old problem of not having an easy way to create a foul-tasting, foamy barrier between your lips an...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Students: build a mobileweb app, get $15K10K in venture capital
Tim writes: If you're like most college students we know, you'll be headed for a few weeks of downtime now that the academic year is winding up. But what are you going to do over the summer if you don...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Falsehoods programmers believe about time - riff on the malleability of computer time
"Falsehoods programmers believe about time" is InfiniteUndo's riff on Patrick McKenzie's classic Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names. It's quite an eye-popping and mindbending riff on the malle...
12:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Oatmeal to Charles Carreon: calm down before you get yourself into trouble
Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has written an open letter to Charles Carreon, the lawyer who threatened to sue him on behalf of FunnyJunk, and has since sued him, online fundraising site IndieGoGo, the ...
12:09 pm PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Precise angle of open MacBooks in the Apple Store
Before Apple stores open in the morning, employees use an iPhone app to ensure that each MacBook screen is opened to exactly the same angle. Writing at Forbes.com, Carmine Gallo, author of The Apple E...
11:06 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Incredibly-detailed scale model of 1930s cinema
Birmingham, England's Cyril Barbier, 82, built a scale model of the huge Odeon New Street 1930s movie theater, complete with 2,600 seats, an organ that raises and lowers, and a curtain surrounding a 1...
10:57 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Aaron Swartz reviews Twilight of the Elites, an indictment of meritocracy
On Crooked Timber, Aaron Swartz reviews Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes's indictment of "meritocratic" society. I recently blogged an excerpt from Twilight, published in The Nation -- I was really...
10:48 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic
Thanks to our sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other fine products. ShanaLogic is cephalopod crazy, offering such cuddly creatures as the...
10:19 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Switzerland is one gigantic booby-trap
Geoff Manaugh at BLDGBLOG has been exploring the bizarre world of Swiss self-destructing infrastructure, documented in La Place de la Concorde Suisse, John McPhee's "rich, journalistic study of the Sw...
09:09 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing Precise angle of open MacBooks in the Apple Store
Before Apple stores open in the morning, employees use an iPhone app to ensure that each MacBook screen is opened to exactly the same angle. Writing at Forbes.com, Carmine Gallo, author of The Apple E...
02:23 am PDT - Tue, June 19, 2012
BoingBoing UK spying bill is King George III 2.0
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Legal Director Cindy Cohn was in the UK for the launch of the Snooper's Charter (AKA the Draft Communications Data Bill), and she provides some much-needed global ...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Automated rubegoldbergian postcard-writing machine in a suitcase
Melvin the Mini Machine from HEYHEYHEY on Vimeo. Melvin the Machine's latest iteration is a rubegoldbergian automatic post-card-writing machine that is intended to travel the world, penning brief post...
09:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Evolver T-shirt from Go Ape
The Evolver T-Shirt was kindly sent to me as a gift from Go Ape Shirts. I was trying to think of song names for an Evolver album, but not doing a very good job. Can you help? Taxman = ? Eleanor Rigby ...
09:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Seth Godin does very well indeed on Kickstarter
Marketing guru and fab writer Seth Godin recommends Kickstarter for the similarly situated, having just raised over $120K on it in less than a day....
08:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Skull violin
The Electric Violin Shop has got the answer to your electrified, death-gloom fiddle needs -- this fab carved skull instrument: The death's-head shape of this natural wood Stratton electric violin defi...
07:09 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing First daisy-wheel typewriter, 1889
AntiqueTypewriters.com has just added this lovely 1889 Victor index typewriter: This was the first typewriter to use a daisy wheel, which would be a common design feature on 1980s typewriters. The dai...
06:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Spongebob Popsicles: evidence of declining quality assurance practices?
In 2007 a Boing Boing reader shared the above photo of a Spongebob Popsicle that bore little likeness to the well-known cartoon character. (She sent in the photo after seeing my photo of a poorly made...
06:35 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Hacker episode of PBS's Ghostwriter wJulia Stiles (1993)
"Can you jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace?" Julia Stiles talks cyberpunk in a 1993 episode of the PBS series "Ghostwriter." (Thanks, Frank Drake!)...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Toyota's Camette concept car
Campsite has photos of a Toyota concept car called the Camette, "developed to attract the growing younger market of drivers." (Via The Fox is Black)...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Hex-nut-shaped ring is a six-sided die
Individual Icons's "Nut Dice Ring" is a ring shaped like a hex-nut, which functions as a six-sided dice, for those moments of indecision and romance. This ring is a perfect piece of jewelry for people...
05:46 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Ninth Circuit to DEA: putting a gun to an 11-year-old's head is not OK
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals told the DEA that holding a gun to an 11-year-old girl's head constitutes “intentional infliction of emotional distress,” and they should stop doing it. ...
05:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing Pac-Man 3D street painting
Submitted by Leon Keer, the artist. Check out his flickr set of the painting....
05:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Free chips
Via Arbroath...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Canada's apocalyptically crap copyright law passes (but it could have been worse)
Michael Geist sez, Nearly 15 years of debate over digital copyright reform will come to an end today as Bill C-11, the fourth legislative attempt at Canadian copyright reform, passes in the House of C...
04:46 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing 10 tons of toilet paper wiped out by fire
A tractor-trailer hauling 10 tons of toilet paper blocked an Ohio highway last week when the payload caught fire. Hundreds of rolls of blazing tissue spilled onto the highway, according to the Toledo ...
04:43 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Science fiction films as pulp novel art
Tim Anderson reimagines science fiction films as pulp novel covers. "Sci-Fi Film Favorites Get Pulp Cover Make-Overs" (Poster Collective, thanks Dave Gill!)...
04:42 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Man blames fire on dog
An accused arsonist in Lilly, Pa., blamed his dog for starting the 2011 apartment fire in question. He remains in Cambria County Jail. [Tribune-Democrat]...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing The mother of invention is teamwork
The Atlantic has a collection of stories, demonstrating how major inventions usually have more than one "Father". The stories we like to tell each other about one dude who had one great idea and chang...
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing DEA steps up its efforts to make life miserable for people in chronic pain
Radley Balko comments on a Reuters article about the DEA's vigorous campaign to make life miserable for doctors, pharmacists, and pain patients. The DEA is now quite literally treating doctors and pha...
04:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing The business end of a sea urchin
How's this for an amusing case of photographic mis-identification? Call it "Dueling Disgustingness". Last week, New Scientist posted this lovely image of a blue-spotted sea urchin, taken by nature pho...
03:57 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Young man with autism sees off the Snow White ride at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World's Snow White's Scary Adventure ride had its final run this weekend, a casualty of a renovation that will see the erection of a new Fantasyland with a much more thrill-ride-like Snow ...
03:48 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing A quick and dirty education in fossil fuel subsidies
How much do you know about energy subsidies? National Geographic has a really interesting quiz that covers some of the basics, as well as a few interesting background details. Here's one freebie: The ...
03:35 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Hacker episode of PBS's Ghostwriter (1993)
"Can you jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace?" Julia Styles talks cyberpunk in a 1993 episode of the PBS series "Ghostwriter." (Thanks, Frank Drake!)...
03:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Space vehicles, to scale
Digging this drawing by astronomy blogger Invader Xan, showing spaceships of the past, present, and (possible?) future lined up side-by-side for size comparison. I, for one, just learn that the Space ...
03:12 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing What it's like to be the subject of a conspiracy theory
Michael O'Hare is a public policy researcher. He teaches at UC Berkeley and specializes in the arts and the environment. He does not sound like a very threatening guy. But, since the early 1980s, Mich...
02:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Promise of a forgotten era
This is what the world was supposed to be like. $ $ $ $ $ PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE (Nov, 1959)...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Attack of the zombie maples
Last month, I spent several days in Harvard Forest, 3500 acres of woods dedicated to scientific research. The forest is home to dozens of research projects, some short-term, others stretching over dec...
02:39 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Girl endures blow to chin from Willy Wonka's Candy Man
[Video Link] I've seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory a half-dozen times, but I never noticed the Candy Man giving a little girl an uppercut with the bar arm. Dangerous Minds: Pure Imaginati...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing CNC'ed half-tone portrait of Einstein created with StippleGen 2
The Evil Mad Scientists bring us some of the work of Bruce Shapiro, who used StippleGen 2 to direct a CNC machine to create this beautiful half-tone portrait of The Mighty Hip Einie. This reminds me o...
12:52 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Swinging guitar feedback video
Above, experimental musician Nik Colk Void's short film "Swing." Simple but effective! Void also encouraged people who bought her 7" "Gold E" to play the handmade sleeve as a "record" itself, and send...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Hitchhiker writing book on kindness actually shot himself
Last week, writer Ray Dolin, 39, made news when he was claimed to have been shot in a random drive-by while gathering experiences as a hitchhhiker for his book "Kindness in America." Turns out though,...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO think like Alan Turing
In early celebration of the Turing centenary this week, Ars Technica's Matthew Lasar has a lovely list of seven of Alan Turing's habits of thought, including this one: Be Playful. There was something ...
09:46 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing FunnyJunk's lawyer sues American Cancer Society and National Wildlife Federation
Charles Carreon, the lawyer who sent a legal threat to The Oatmeal on behalf of FunnyJunk (FunnyJunk was upset that The Oatmeal had complained about the undisputed fact that its users routinely post O...
09:41 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Gears of War custom LEGO
More epic custom LEGO work from my nephew Andy Pescovitz. This Gears of War MOC is titled "Horde Mode on Rustlung." Many more in his Flickr stream, pescovamsbricks.  Andy Pescovitz's custom v...
09:27 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Images of "the worker's hands," 1942
Over at Weird Universe, images from "The Worker's Hand" by George Rosen, M.D. in the July, 1942 issue of the medical journal Ciba Symposia . Above left: "Metal worker. Penetration of metal particles i...
09:16 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Hitchhiker writing book on kindness actually shot himself
Last week, writer Ray Dolin, 39, made news when he claimed to have been shot in a random drive-by while gathering experiences as a hitchhhiker for his book "Kindness in America." Turns out though, Dol...
06:45 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Dixie Cups and disease
As a kid, our bathroom was always stocked with Dixie Cups. I don't buy them at my own house though -- wasteful, unnecessary expenditure, etc. There is something appealing about Dixie Cups though, as e...
03:26 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Vint Cerf on Alan Turing's legacy
The BBC is celebrating the Turing centenary with a series of commissioned essays on the importance of Alan Turing and his work, kicking off with today's essay by Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet ...
02:10 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing The food of champions
Britain's Football Association embodies the nation's most popular sport. To promote fitness and good health, it provides these splendid awards to schools that offer adequate soccer programs. I'd ask i...
02:06 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing A hard-won physics lesson...
[Video Link] ...with a bonus Muttley laugh. (Via WTC?)...
01:40 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Movie poster colors through history
Vijay Pandurangan visualized the colors found in movie posters since 1914. Would you look at all that teal? Thanks, Hollywood complementary color voodoo! [via Explore]...
01:31 am PDT - Mon, June 18, 2012
BoingBoing Retina display only the beginning for high-res displays
Apple's definition of a "Retina Display"—the point at which pixels become indistinguishable to a person with normal vision—began at the iPhone 4S's 326 pixels per inch. Though already an i...
07:15 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian government wants to fill airports with KGB-style hidden microphones
The Canadian border agency wants to cover the nation's airports with spy-ears that can listen in on and record your conversations from a distance. They've already done it for some airports, though the...
03:48 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2012
BoingBoing Datamancer's Seafarer keyboard: brassy, nautical steampunk confection
The latest Datamancer keyboard is the Seafarer: Coming Soon! We recently decided to try our hands at some brass-casting and this is the first result, "The Seafarer", an intensely ornate, nautically-th...
12:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 17, 2012
BoingBoing Looking for $21M to record an album on the moon
A $21M Kickstarter project aims to record an album of lunar folk music, on the Moon. Erik writes, "This video breaks down the entire plan for purchasing, colonizing, and writing a folk album on the mo...
09:50 am PDT - Sun, June 17, 2012
BoingBoing Fascinators banned from Royal Ascot
"Assistants will have waistcoats, ties, pashminas and other items at the turnstiles for those who need them."...
12:58 am PDT - Sun, June 17, 2012
BoingBoing Marx Toys catalog, 1975
Ed Iceberg's Flickr stream includes a set of medium-rez scans of the 1975 Marx Toy catalog. The toys are awfully fine, especially stuff like the Marxwriter, but the icing on the frosting on the cake t...
12:12 am PDT - Sun, June 17, 2012
BoingBoing Father's day songs to learn and perform, by Groucho Marx
Here are a pair of Groucho Marx classics for you to rehearse and perform for your pater familias tomorrow: "Everybody Works But Father" (MP3) and Father's Day (MP3) -- both ganked from Old Time Radio'...
11:01 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Evil Klowny Flakes
I give you Sugar Krinkles, bearing the finest cereal package art in the history of the world, a relic of 1950, the vintage year for such work. Be sure to click through onto the whole Vintage Ads post,...
10:06 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Toilet paper with a horror story from the author of "Ring"
Hayashi Paper Co. sells toilet paper that is printed with "Drop," a horror story written by Koji Suzuki, writer for "Ring" and "Spiral." An English version is coming soon. The product is made by Hayas...
09:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Market for zero-day vulnerabilities incentivizes programmers to sabotage their own work
In this Forbes editorial, Bruce Schneier points out a really terrible second-order effect of the governments and companies who buy unpublished vulnerabilites from hackers and keep them secret so they ...
08:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Tactical stabbing pen adds handcuff key and other stuff
ThinkGeek's Uzi Tactical Defender Pen goes beyond the usual "if it's stabby and matte black, it's tactical" realm, adding in a DNA-Catcher (a snaggy bit), a hidden handcuff key, a glass-breaker, and a...
07:19 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Plot holes in Prometheus, delivered in a monotone
This four-minute "review" of Prometheus consists of one fellow droning a list of all the plot holes in the film whilst another fellow listens, stupefied and slack-jawed. Needless to say, it's one prot...
06:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Knolling: a verb for those who like things nice and kentucky
Here is an incredibly useful verb for you: to Knoll. Knolling is "the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization." It was coined by Andrew Kromelow, ...
04:55 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Award-winning book-burning hoax saves Troy, MI libraries
The Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide agency has won a gold prize in the Effie awards for their hoax "Book Burning Party" campaign, which is credited with saving the public library in Troy, MI. Michigan's ext...
03:48 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Rare photo of honeybee leaving behind its stinger
Kathy Keatley Garvey has won the Association for Communication Excellence gold medal for her rare photo of a honeybee leaving behind its stinger in an unfortunate (but now immortalized) human. Ms Garv...
03:48 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Rare photo of honeybee leaving its stinger behind
Kathy Keatley Garvey has won the Association for Communication Excellence gold medal for her rare photo of a honeybee leaving behind its stinger in an unfortunate (but now immortalized) human. Ms Garv...
02:41 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Fifth grader barred from giving speech on marriage equality by Queens, NY principal, later reversed by Schools Chancellor
Kameron Slade is a Queens, New York fifth grader who won his class speaking competition planned to participate in the school-wide contest with a speech about same-sex marriage. The principal of PS 195...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing FunnyJunk's lawyer vows revenge on The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman
Charles Carreon, the lawyer whose threat-letter to The Oatmeal comics creator Matthew Inman ended with he and his client being ridiculed far and wide, and a small fortune being raised by Inman for cha...
01:21 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Worlds tallest building will be built in China, over 90 days
Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) is an innovative Chinese architectural firm whose mission is to erect "medium-cost, super-saving utility buildings and to promote a futuristic urban lifestyle." They a...
12:13 pm PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage trailer birdhouses
Etsy seller Jumahl specializes in birdhouses that look like vintage campers, from Airstreams to Shastas. He's a woodworker with 40 years' experience, who makes everything from yachts to banjos. Vintag...
11:08 am PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Vagina song
Jonathan "Song a Day" Mann's latest is "The Vagina Song," inspired by Michigan's legislative fight, in which Republicans have censured a woman Democratic lawmaker for using the word "vagina" in an abo...
10:04 am PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Rev. Ivan Stang retires from Church of the Subgenius, appoints successor
Jeremy sez, "Church founder Ivan Stang has released a brief statement naming his (iron-fisted?) successor. Something inside me has died. I just KNEW I should have pulled its beak off first. Seriously,...
02:11 am PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing Tarantula with strange, antler-like fungal appendages
This unhappy fellow is a tarantula that has been colonized by cordyceps, a fungus that "invades and eventually replaces the host tissue." Paging Mr Mieville, your subconscious mind is manifesting agai...
01:17 am PDT - Sat, June 16, 2012
BoingBoing The Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings, pt. II
The long-awaited sequel to the 40 worst Rob Liefeld drawings of all time is upon us. Here are 40 MORE Of The Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings. [Progressive Boink]...
11:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Valve's new economist-in-residence will publish notes on the political economy of games
Yanis Varoufakis, "an academic economist," recounts the story of how his widely read writings on the Euro crisis led to a job offer from Valve software, who were contemplating the creation of a shared...
10:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing
[Video Link] Todd Wilder has made a smaller version of the Lego Mystery Box (which I posted about in February). To open it, you have to pull on pieces in a specific order. He's hoping to get enough vo...
10:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Lego Mystery Box redux
[Video Link] Todd Wilder has made a smaller version of the Lego Mystery Box (which I posted about in February). To open it, you have to pull on pieces in a specific order. He's hoping to get enough vo...
10:23 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Fort Magic, a fun backyard building kit for kids
[Video Link] My 9-year-old daughter and her friends love playing with her Fort Magic kit (the manufacturer sent me a couple of review kits). You get a box full of PVC pipes and connecters and clips to...
10:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Class action against PublishAmerica; claims the business is a ripoff for would-be writers
A class action lawsuit has been filed against PublishAmerica, a notorious vanity press that has long appeared in the Writer Beware! bulletins from the Science Fiction Writers of America, which warns o...
10:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: World on a Wire (1973), by Erik Davis
Mind Blowing Movies: World on a Wire (1973), by Erik Davis [Video Link] When you think about movies that blew your mind, you often think about flicks you saw when you were an adolescent or even a kid,...
08:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Cheese-flipping robot patiently rotates gruyere
K0re on YouTube had a genuinely wonderful day in Switzerland that included the HR Giger museum, lashings of absinthe, and a good deal of time in the company of a machine that patiently rotates wheels ...
07:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Toronto subway system map, Mario style
Dave created a quite fab Super Mario 3-style map for the Toronto subway system. Delighted with the popular interest in the design, he's offered it for sale as a poster. Toronto TTC Subway/RT Map Supe...
06:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Apple I and Steve Jobs Atari memo sold at auction
Sotheby's just auctioned off a working Apple I computer for $374,000. It included the manuals and the Apple-I cassette interface. Someone else paid $27,500 for a 1974 memo by Steve Jobs about how to i...
06:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Apple I and Steve Jobs Atari memo auctioned
Sotheby's just auctioned off a working Apple I computer for $374,000. It included the manuals and the Apple I cassette interface. Someone else paid $27,500 for a 1974 memo by Steve Jobs about how to i...
06:11 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Fracking and earthquakes: The real risk is injecting liquid underground
The National Research Council published a report today, reviewing and analyzing peer-reviewed literature, federal and state documents, data requested from private companies, and more ... all in an eff...
05:11 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Poem which uses all 100 Scrabble tiles
From the year 2000, Ben Engelsberg sez, "Mike Keith forumlated this brilliant poem using all 100 scrabble tiles for each of 6 verses in iambic pentameter." A Scrabble-Tile Poem (Thanks, Ben!)...
04:29 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Penguin sex deemed too graphic for Edwardian scientific publications
Between 1910 and 1913, surgeon George Levick traveled with Robert Scott through Antarctica on a mission to reach the South Pole. Along the way, Scott's team recorded their observations of Antarctica a...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing A midcentury Happy Mutant's dining guide to New York City
This is a page from Gustavademecum for the Island of Manhattan: A Check-List of the Best-Recommended or Most Interesting Eating-Places, Arranged in Approximate Order of Increasing Latitude and Longitu...
03:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Hard drive in slow motion
The Slo-Mo Guys -- a YouTube channel filled with fast things in slow motion -- have a go at a hard drive. It's pretty amazing on its own -- seeing that blurred, too-fast-to-follow arm slowed down is l...
03:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Laetitia Sadier - "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe" (MP3)
Sound it Out # 27: Laetitia Sadier - "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe" Laetitia Sadier sings like no one else. She bravely meanders all over the vocal spectrum, frequently dipping into a bit of dron...
03:16 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Sugru's short film about maker dads
[Video Link] Jane ní Dhulchaointigh is the inventor of Sugru, a moldable plastic repair material. I've been using Sugru ever since I discovered it a few years ago. Here's a video Jane made about ...
02:57 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Giant murderous half-ton car-part junkbot will hold 32 bottles of wine for you
A welder in Phoenix assembled a robot out of car and motorcycle parts that serves as a wine-rack. It weighs "Approx 1,000lbs," stands six feet high, holds 32 bottles of wine (or other beverage of choi...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Launch party for "Idle Hands: The Art of Coop" in LA on Saturday
Our pal Coop is the guest of honor at the launch party for his new book, Idle Hands: The Art of Coop, published by Baby Tattoo. Join us at Studio Servitu in Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the relea...
02:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Game of Thrones easter egg: George W. Bush's head on a stick
I guess they happened to have a fake head of George Bush in the props department? Maybe that's where the Phil Dick android head is, too! According to the creators of Game of Thrones' DVD commentary, t...
01:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Montage of car dashboard camera incidents
[Video Link] Miss Cellania of Neatorama says: "Many Russian drivers use a constantly-recording dashboard camera for legal defense in case of trouble, which leads to some awesome clips for the internet...
01:40 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing X-Men meet Guernica
"X-Men Guernica" -- a marvellous reworking of the Picasso by DeviantArt's Theamat, who was participating in an "Alternate Reality Character Designs" contest on The Line it is Drawn!. I've grabbed a th...
01:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Robert Browning's "Sordello" was not received well
Please read Robert Browning's Sordello and let us know if you agree with the sentiments expressed below. Robert Browning spent seven years composing Sordello, a 40,000-word narrative poem about strife...
01:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Heart String Marionette, animated movie by M dot Strange
Center of the Netherworld in Heart String Marionette [Video Link] In 2007, We Are the Strange opened at the Sundance Film Festival. It was self-taught, underground animator, M dot Strange's first feat...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Worlds tallest building will be built in China, over 90 days
Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) is an innovative Chinese architectural firm whose mission is to erect "medium-cost, super-saving utility buildings and to promote a futuristic urban lifestyle." They a...
01:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Video of people getting hit in face with powerful jet of air
Blow Job video from Tadao Cern. I posted about Cern's photo series in May....
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing U.S. Justice Department knowingly keeps innocent people in jail
The U.S. Justice Department says it can't be bothered to release dozens of legally innocent people they've imprisoned, reports USA Today. Justice Department officials said it is not their job to notif...
12:49 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstart a revival of a science fiction classic at the NYC Fringe
Michael Ross Albert sends us "A Kickstarter campaign to help fund the first major New York revival of NIGHT OF THE AUK by Arch Oboler." Originally produced by the legendary Kermit Bloomgarden in 1956,...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Minitel goes dark
The last 800,000 Minitel terminals in France will go dark this month, as the service is finally shut down. Minitel was a proprietary network service that used "free" dumb terminals to access online se...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing UPDATED: Scottish town council shuts down 9-y-o girl's wildly popular school lunch blog
A nine-year-old girl in Scotland has been ordered to abandon NeverSeconds, her wildly popular blog, which features photos and commentary of the food served in her school. The blog began as a writing e...
10:52 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. "Rough like a five o'clock shadow," the textured steel of Nixon's new Ride watches is now av...
10:29 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Forest boy identified
The mystery of the "forest boy" is solved. He is Robin van Helsum, a 20-year-old Dutchman reported missing last September. Confronted, "he then confirmed his real personal details and admitted that th...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Woman legislator in Michigan barred from future debates for using the word "vagina" in abortion debate
Michigan state rep Rep. Lisa Brown intervened in a debate about a pending abortion bill in which she used the word "vagina," for which she was censured, and prohibited from participating in some futur...
06:21 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Snooper's Charter petition: don't let the government transform GB into KGB
If you're as outraged as I am that the UK Coalition government is planning on spending £1.8B to spy on every click, IM, email and Facebook update, without a warrant, then please consider visiting...
12:00 am PDT - Fri, June 15, 2012
BoingBoing Performance athletes and their bowel-movements
ESPN's David Fleming looks at the strange world of athletic crap. Athletes can be so focused on performance, can subject their body to such overwhelming endurance-stresses, and can experience such vio...
11:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Supreme Librarians in Metaspace: the comic
Matt sez, "The School of Library and Inoformation Management at Emporia State University (Kansas, USA) unveiled a comic book aimed at generating newfound excitement for librarianship and increasing th...
09:01 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing
Self-delusion is an ugly thing: "While on a 1:1 audio call, users will see content that could spark additional topics of conversation that are relevant to Skype users and highlight unique and local br...
08:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Crappy, expensive Internet and insufficient laptop plugs top business travellers' hotel annoyance list
The annual FlyerTalk survey of frequent business travellers' greatest hotel annoyances found that the top three peeves are all related to network access: expensive Internet, inaccessible/inadequate el...
07:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Robbing banks is a crappy way to earn a living
"Robbing banks: Crime does pay but not very much," a paper by academic economists commissioned by the Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association on the economics of bank-robbery c...
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Hacker School sets out to bring in more women programmers, succeeds
Hacker School is an intensive, three-month residential programming bootcamp in NYC. Some students receive tuition grants funded jointly by Etsy, 37 Signals, and Yammer. This year, they decided to focu...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing FunnyJunk lawyer continues to act as his own worst enemy
Charles Carreon, the lawyer who sent a letter demanding $20,000 from The Oatmeal on behalf of FunnyJunk, is evidently his own worst enemy. First he threatens a lawsuit against Oatmeal creator Matthem ...
06:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Study guide for Welcome to Bordertown
The editors of Welcome to Bordertown have just published a study guide for teachers and librarians. WtB is the latest installment in the Bordertown series, one of the oldest (and finest) examples of u...
05:32 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing That tingling in your mouth could be a squid trying to mate with you
If you eat a male squid that has not been disemboweled first, you might end up with said squid's spermatophores—basically, sperm-filled packets—attempting to burrow into your soft gum tiss...
05:31 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Here are some pictures of a giraffe swimming in a pool
Ah, the infinite surreal comedic potential of a giraffe in a swimming pool There she was. Long legs, long neck and all she wanted to do was swim. (imgur.com) (via Super Punch)...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Is Voyager I outside our solar system?
Probably not yet. But it's on the cusp. And part of what makes this entire process really, really interesting is that, by the very nature of this whole experiment, we don't know exactly what will happ...
04:46 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing ToorCamp: HackMake under the stars
George writes, ToorCamp, the American Hacker Camp, is back again this summer! Although there is no missile silo this time, the weather/environment should be a lot more pleasant on the beach in Washing...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Film soaked in hydrochloric acid
MattAttackPro is a chemistry and physics teacher in South Carolina. This is what happened when he dropped a roll of unused camera film into a container of hydrochloric acid. What you're seeing is the ...
04:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Horror stories from the history of surgery
Sometimes, it's a little mind blowing when you remember just how recently medicine passed from the world of art/magic/tradition and into the realm of science. There's plenty of reason to argue that th...
04:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian sff artist whose wife struck by two cars while jogging seeks donations, offers JPEG
Diane Walton sez, "On May 30, Clarice (an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada teacher) was hit and seriously injured by two cars, on her way home from her daily jog. Her husband's post on Facebook describing th...
03:59 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing DRM in the projector booth - destroying the village to save it
From Melbourne's Astor Theatre, a harrowing tale of the way that the DRM on digital projectors -- intended to stop exhibitors from leaking high-quality videos onto the Internet -- can interfere with l...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Vending machines of loving grace scratch-cook pizzas to order
A1 Concepts "Let's Pizza" vending machines are robots that scratch-bake pizzas in three minutes, to order. In this video, the Let's Pizza is demonstrated by a model (made extra weird by dubbing from s...
02:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing What a chronic ear infection looks like
These are images from the inside of two human ears. The ear on the top doesn't get chronic infections. The ear on the bottom does. The difference seems to be the presence of a biofilm—a little c...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing EFF Pioneer Award nominations are open
Nominations are open for the Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual Pioneer Awards, which are given out "to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in th...
01:46 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Short comic about the life of a female pirate
Back when I worked at mental_floss magazine, I wrote up a short article on the life of Cheng I Sao, a 19th-century Chinese woman who rose from prostitution to became one of the most successful pirates...
01:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing PoV documentary on underground bike-messenger racing
Here's a trailer for "Line of Sight," a documentary on underground bike-messenger racing that uses helmetcams to capture some pretty insane (and often terrifying) examples of cycling skill: Line Of Si...
12:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing eBook review: the Renewal
The Renewal by JF Perkins is a post-apocolyptic tale of rebuilding American society. It is intentionally short and sets the stage for future installments. I was interested enough that I'll be reading ...
11:42 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Excerpt from Rapture of the Nerds, Charlie Stross's and my comic novel of the Singularity
Suicide Girls has published an excerpt from Rapture of the Nerds, the novel Charlie Stross and I wrote, which will come out in September. Charlie and I will be touring the book together briefly after ...
11:29 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Hollywood's secret, aggressive copyright lobbying campaign in Canada
Michael Geist sez, Over the past few years, the Motion Picture Association - Canada, the Canadian arm of the MPAA, has recorded nearly 100 meetings with government ministers, MPs, and senior officials...
10:53 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Why the ebook you want isn't for sale in your country
Tor Books' senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden takes to the comments of John Scalzi's Whatever to explain why ebooks are often not available at all places in the world at the same time. It's a combin...
10:13 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing UK economic crisis ends, Tories celebrate by committing 1.8Byr to spying
The pricetag for the UK "snooper's charter" -- a comprehensive warrantless spying proposal from the government -- is in: "at least £1.8 billion." This is how the coalition fight crime, even as th...
10:13 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing UK economic crisis ends, Tories celebrate by committing 1.8B to spying
The pricetag for the UK "snooper's charter" -- a comprehensive warrantless spying proposal from the government -- is in: "at least £1.8 billion." This is how the coalition fight crime, even as th...
10:03 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing What happened with the salty slug-maze
In case you're wondering what happened with the salt-maze that killed stupid slugs and rewarded the clever with jam, here is an update. So my friend HAD a problem with slugs. I think he did it right. ...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Selling zip guns to cops for $300 apiece
From Wikipedia, Tom Sachs entry: Many works from the show conflated fashion and violence, as with HG (Herms Hand Grenade) (1995) and Tiffany Glock (Model 19) (1995), both of which were models made wit...
08:05 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Photo released of Ray, the "forest boy" of Germany
Last year, this young fellow showed up at Berlin's City Hall and said that he's been living the forest for the last five years with his dad who died last summer. He claims not to know anything about h...
08:00 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Todd Lappin's Instagram tips
Mark F and I really dig the photos that our pal Todd Lappin posts to Instagram under his telstarlogistics account. His shots always have a wonderful hyperreal quality that is just subtle enough not to...
07:41 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing UK-wide workshops on how to talk to your MP about Internet spying and censorship
As the UK government ramps up to pass the snooper's charter -- a sweeping, unaccountable regime of tax-funded, warrantless snooping on all online activity -- the Open Rights Group is offering workshop...
07:35 am PDT - Thu, June 14, 2012
BoingBoing Tories divided over UK spying bill, Home Secretary dismisses critics as "conspiracy theorists" who want to protect freedom for "criminals, terrorists and paedophiles"
The UK Conservative party is embroiled in a public internal squabble as its libertarian wing contemplates the "snoopers' charter," a proposed warrantless Internet spying bill that will require ISPs to...
11:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing PGP founder creates secure voice mobile app, bets people will pay for privacy
PGP creator Phil Zimmerman has launched Silent Circle, an encrypted phone-call app for Android and iOS. The service will likely cost $20/month, for which Zimmerman does not apologize: "This is not Fac...
09:44 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Smart people are especially prone to stupid mistakes
Jonah Lehrer takes to The New Yorker to discuss Thinking, Fast and Slow, the latest book from Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist who's won the Nobel prize in economics. Lehrer discusses Kahneman's conten...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Error Code 451: an HTTP error for censorship
XML creator Tim Bray has proposed a new HTTP error code: 451, "Legally restricted." The idea is to create an unambiguous code that ISPs can return when a user requests a page that has been censored by...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Real-life Portal adventure
Jason Craft is very good at special effects. As proof, I offer this homebrew Portal video, in which Craft and friends animate an excellent (and rather comical) Portal adventure. I was amazed to discov...
07:37 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Fun with trains
For those of us who saw Mark's post on the train simulator game and thought, "Man, I want that," here's a couple more bits of train-related goodness. First, back in February, I rode Amtrak's Empire Bu...
06:54 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing NSA whistleblower to keynote HOPE hacker conference in NYC
2600 Magazine's Emmanuel Goldstein writes, "Our second keynote speaker at this year's HOPE conference is someone who has been deep inside the National Security Agency. Former analyst William Binney be...
06:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Meritocracies become oligarchies
In The Nation, Christopher Hayes has a brilliant article on the way that "meritocracy" inevitably turns into oligarchy, and what that means for our society today. Hayes's account of the transition fro...
04:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Solving this maze might be a bit of a stretch
Via Pineapplecharm at Reddit....
03:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Corporations are people, Sarah Guthrie paints their portraits
Scott Edelman sez, "Artist Sarah Guthrie (whose work I discovered at the Crystal City, VA art installation Artomatic) believes that since Citizens United grants corporations the same legal status as h...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Salt-maze kills the stupid slugs, rewards the clever
A person on the Internet is combatting a nasty slug problem with a nastier slug-maze, which promises a fiery death for slugs who stray from the true course, but rewards the cleverest slugs with all th...
02:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Passive Aggressor Enters His CITADEL OF SOLITUDE!
JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's elite INNER HIVE and receive untold BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES!...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Kate Wilhelm and Ray Bradbury on the StarShipSofa podcast
Tony Smith from StarShipSofa sez, Today, StarShipSofa has two of the greats from the SF genre on its show. In July 2010 I carried out an interview with Ray Bradbury - being wet behind the ears at the ...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing In defense of the much-ridiculed train simulator, Railworks
[Video Link] Kirk Demarais (author of the great Mail Order Mysteries book) wrote a positive review of the PC train simulator Railworks, which is frequently derided for its lack of monsters, magic, ali...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Personal photo postcards from the early 1900s
House of Mirth asked antique photo collectors to share their favorite vintage Real Photo Postcard (RRPC), often taken using special Kodak cameras from the early 1900s that took postcard-size film. The...
01:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing UK government offers unlimited budget to pay ISPs to spy on us
The other shoe is slowly dropping on the "Snooper's Charter" -- the proposed UK Internet spying legislation that will require ISPs to harvest and retain fantastic quantities of user activity and make ...
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing New domain name suffix applications published
Applicants for "bespoke" top-level domains--which will cost more than $100,000--were published by Icann. Looking foward to .bbc, .ninja and .walmart? Go go gadget real estate! [BBC]...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Storytelling the Pixar way
From the Twitter feed of Pixar story artist Emma Coats, a series of "Pixar story rules." Some of these strike me as specific to the Pixar business and/or filmmaking, but others are perfect storytellin...
12:32 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing eBook Review: the Plagiarist
Hugh Howey, the author of the Wool series that I love and reviewed a few months ago, is a master of creating interesting realities. Howey's The Plagiarist is the tale of a college professor who moonli...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Two minutes of runway models falling down
[Video Link] (Via Biotv)...
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing SETIcon II: public conference about space, extraterrestrial life, and imagination
Are you an extraterrestrial? Or you dig thinking about extraterrestrial life and other far out ideas? Then you should attend SETIcon II, June 22-24, 2012, in Silicon Valley. Presented by the SETI Inst...
11:43 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Old-fashioned animation expresses Winnipeggers' concern over mass-privatisation
The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 500 -- Winnipeg -- has created a video to express the city's widespread horror at the mass privatisation campaign looming over its political landscape. Win...
11:30 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Patent for a wristwatch that tells you how much longer you could expect to live
In 2007, Kevin Kelly started displaying a life expectancy countdown clock on his computer. (I posted about it on Boing Boing.) Here's what he wrote about it: I've been using this system for several mo...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing "Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society": history of influential culture jammers
Launched in 1986, the Cacophony Society is a highly-influential, "randomly gathered network of free spirits united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society." This undergroun...
10:47 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Two months in Asia in 90 seconds
Kevin Kelly really knows how to document a vacation: I took a one-second clip each day on a two-month trip in Asia during April & May 2012. On a few days I just had to do an extra second, so this...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for crowd funded zombie web series : The Silent CIty
[Video Link] The looks really cool! The Silent City premieres online on July 1. There will be five episodes. Rubidium Wu says: Back in January, you were good enough to publish an article on Boing Boin...
10:04 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Brooklyn: "That Sinking Sense of Wonder" art show
When I first saw this stunning image, I thought it was an antique lunar photograph. Turns out, it's a graphite drawing by Brooklyn artist Juliet Jacobson. She is part of a group show, "That Sinking Se...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Kevin Kelly's 1 secondday video of Asia
Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants, spent two months in Asia and took a one-second video clip each day. He says, "On a few days, I just had to an extra second This is all the video I took."...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Digital Bill of Rights
The two reps who led the Congressional fight against SOPA have unveiled a draft bill of rights for the Internet. Reps Darryl Issa and Ron Wyden unveiled their proposal at Personal Democracy Forum, and...
09:42 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing On Trolling
Zoe Williams examines the difference between trolls and the merely bad-mannered. [The Guardian via The Awl]...
09:38 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Mophie Juice Pack Pro
Mophie's $130 Juice Pack Pro doubles the amount of juice to 2,500 mAh (along with the size) for people who never want to recharge their cellphone again. The good: days on a charge. The bad: all that t...
09:31 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Dingo killed baby
After 32 years, resolution to a long-running mystery: did a dingo or Azaria Chamberlain's parents kill the infant child in the Australian wilds? The dingo did, a court rules. [Reuters]...
09:29 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Gamers search for end to ten-year Civ II game
Reddit user Lycerius has been playing the same game of Civ II for 10 years. But his distant future's Orwellian grind—there are even three nuke-thrashed superpowers stuck in an endless war—...
09:26 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Sony RX100: point and shoot camera, DSLR sensor
With the minimally-designed Cyber-shot RX100, Sony puts a DSLR sensor in a point-and-shoot no larger than Canon's popular S100—and with it, the promise of much higher-quality photographs. It com...
09:26 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Sony RX100: small camera, big sensor
With the minimally-designed Cyber-shot RX100, Sony puts a large sensor in a pocket camera—and with it, the promise of much higher-quality photographs. It comes with a 28-100mm-equivalent F1.8-4....
09:22 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Romanian criminals attempt to steal goods from moving truck
[Video Link] Romania's Department for Organized Crime and Terrorism videotaped criminals in a car attempting to break into a moving truck. The criminals succeeded in opening the door to the truck, but...
09:08 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Indie Game: The Movie available
The Sundance winner is now available to download or view online for $10....
09:07 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing High-res MacBook Pro teardown
Apple's new MacBook Pro has a 220 dpi screen and an i7 CPU, yet is only .7" thick. iFixit took a look inside....
08:29 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Scottish cops auto-Godwin Olympic sceptic
Afraid of the Knock on the Door sez, "An old age pensioner, living in a residential care home, received a visit from the Scottish police plain clothes division following his letter to a local newspape...
08:00 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing "Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society": history of influential culture jammers
Launched in 1986, the Cacophony Society is a highly-influential, "randomly gathered network of free spirits united in the pursuit of experiences beyond the pale of mainstream society." This undergroun...
05:52 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing Funny "Lost Wormhole" sign
An unknown human produced this funny LOST WORMHOLE sign. Have you seen the missing singularity? Lost wormhole (via Beth Pratt)...
02:25 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing FunnyJunk's bewildered lawyer: "I'm completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat"
The Internet's head exploded yesterday at the news that FunnyJunk had sent a $20,000 legal demand letter to The Oatmeal, asserting that the Oatmeal's complaint about FunnyJunk's users reposting Oatmea...
12:17 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing ZOMBIE vanity plates lead to arrest of hit-and-run driver who attacked man with a stun gun
Yardley Joy Frantz of Allentown, PA was released on $20,000 bail after being arrested for attacking a man with stun gun who had been aiding another man she'd allegedly hit with her car. It was easy fo...
12:17 am PDT - Wed, June 13, 2012
BoingBoing ZOMBIE vanity plates lead to arrest of hit-and-run driver who used stun gun to attack man
Yardley Joy Frantz of Allentown, PA was released on $20,000 bail after being arrested for using a stun gun on a man who had been aiding another man she'd allegedly hit with her car. It was easy for po...
10:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Spirit Level documentary needs your support
Katharine sez, "Dartmouth Films are working with the Equality Trust on a documentary film of 'The Spirit Level, which aims to take the message of the book -- that more equal societies are better for e...
09:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Burger King goes long on pig with bacon sundae
It seems that Burger King must have taken a very long position on pork futures, because they've rolled out a temporary Memphis Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, Carolina BBQ Whopper, Texas BBQ Whopper and a b...
09:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Inserts (1974)
Mind Blowing Movies: Inserts (1974) [Video Link] Inserts could never be made today. It's too politically incorrect, and it would be difficult to find talented actors and actresses to essay its mentall...
08:07 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Joe Jackson and Iggy Pop sing Duke Ellington
This month, Joe Jackson releases his tribute to Duke Ellington, titled The Duke. Guests include the likes of Sharon Jones, Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim, violinist Regina Carter, and members of The Roo...
08:02 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Basket-woven hair
Here's a bizarre-but-striking couture moment: basket-woven hair. There were many permutations, Palau said to Style.com of the technique, but in the end it was highly technical yet very simple. Palau d...
06:57 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Defensive Patent License: judo for patent-trolls
Ars Technica's Jon Brodkin has an in-depth look at the "Defensive Patent License," a kind of judo for the patent system created by my former EFF colleague Jason Schultz (who started EFF's Patent Busti...
05:59 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Psychedelic dance video that puts me in a fine mood
If your day is in the doldrums, I present "Oh god, did you put something in my drink" (presumably not the original title, though who knows?), 3:17 worth of sheer freakout. Oh god, did you put somethin...
05:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Papercraft phone-booth business-card
Clark and Kent, an ad-agency, created this nifty business card that folds into a phone booth for added Supermanness. Clark&Kent: Phone Booth Business Card (via Super Punch)...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing MC Escher's "Relativity" recreated in Star Wars Lego, with many in-jokes and grace-notes
Paul Vermeesch, a Lego jedi, created this loving tribute to MC Escher's Relativity, with innumerable grace-notes and sly in-jokes. It's living proof of the progress of Lego: ten years ago, I blogged L...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: The Curse Of Mr. Bean
Last week, Boing Boing presented a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. We are extending the series for several additional days. See all the essays i...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing LEGO Star Wars vs. MC Escher
Paul Vermeesch, 16, created a LEGO Star Wars version of MC Escher's "Relativity." From Yahoo! Games: "This particular model took just over six months to get from brain to bricks," Vermeesh said. "Norm...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Suit of armor hoodie
A person called Chadwick John Dillon produced this suit-of-armor hoodie. He's apparently selling it (or possibly producing them to order). The details require a Facebook account, which I don't have. C...
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing The Art of Luke Chueh -- exclusive image gallery
Out today, The Art of Luke Chueh. After the jump, a galley of selected images from the book. The eagerly awaited first book from critically acclaimed pop surrealist artist Luke Chueh, The Art of Luke ...
01:26 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Documentary about psychedelic pitcher Dock Ellis
Oh, you know how we at BB love baseball player Dock Ellis who in 1970 pitched a no-hatter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while tripping balls on LSD. Ellis was quite a character. I hope this film about El...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Google search results are editorial, not (merely) mathematical
My latest Guardian column is "Google admits that Plato's cave doesn't exist," a discussion of how Google has changed the way it talks about its search-results, shifting from the stance that rankings a...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Crash Crew
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
11:59 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Free kids' books
On Metafilter, user Flex has a fabulous collection of links to public domain and freely available children's books, from the antique to the modern....
11:01 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing eBook Review: From Hither to Yon
Why aren't we suffering under a flood of time-travelling tourists? What will happen if I meet my own grandfather? In From Hither to Yon author and humorist Rich Cohen shares with us his research on th...
11:01 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Lungs found on Los Angeles sidewalk
On Sunday, a Los Angeles woman found what appear to be a pair of lungs on the sidewalk. Wonder if (ahem) someone coughed them up. L.A. County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter, told the L.A. Times ...
10:43 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Indie author gets sticker shock from Amazon "delivery fees"
Andrew Hyde wrote and self-published a great-looking travel book and put it up for sale on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, and an indie marketplace called Gumroad that retails the PDF. The book had an excit...
10:42 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic
Thanks to our sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other fine products. I'm digging this fine line of hand-screened ties by Cyberoptix and so...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing NSA Built Stuxnet, but Real Trick Is Building Crew of Hackers
After decades of waging a scorched earth war against hackers, the US government is now complaining about a shortage of hackers it needs to conduct cyberwarfare....
09:57 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed scale armor
Thingiverse user Krest has posted a file to help you print your own scale armor on your MakerBot or other 3D printer: "Print, paint, and tie together, that's it." Although Krests shoulder scale armor ...
02:42 am PDT - Tue, June 12, 2012
BoingBoing Spanish activists raise money to sue bank boss at center of financial crisis
A group of Spanish activists organized under the #QuerellaPaRato ("Lawsuit for Rato") hashtag, have raised a large private fund to pay for a civil action against Rodrigo Rato, the disgraced former cha...
11:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing FunnyJunk threatens to sue Oatmeal creator
FunnyJunk is threatening to sue Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, for $20,000 in federal court. His offense? Criticizing FunnyJunk, and making fun of it for its relentless, unauthorized monetizat...
09:44 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Fake Month at the Museum: fun facts, snarkily delivered, slathered in awesomesauce
Last year Kyle Thiessen created a series of "fake month at the museum" five-minute short films that explore different odd facts from history and the natural world. I've just started watching these, an...
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Giant NES Zelda map wall-hanging:
Etsy seller Packmania is selling this gigantic CAD$40 Legend of Zelda map/mural: 97x32" (8 FEET BY NEARLY 3 FEET!). Amazing wall mural of the map of The Legend of Zelda for the NES! This amazing cente...
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Giant NES Zelda map wall-hanging
Etsy seller Packmania is selling this gigantic CAD$40 Legend of Zelda map/mural: 97x32" (8 FEET BY NEARLY 3 FEET!). Amazing wall mural of the map of The Legend of Zelda for the NES! This amazing cente...
07:43 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Recreational robot shooting
[Video Link] "The Guns & Gardens crew launches a new reality show called Doomsday Design. In this episode we test the remote hunter killer target drone. Can the drone track and shoot an intruder?...
07:26 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movie: Chameleon Street
Last week, Boing Boing presented a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. We are extending the series for several additional days. See all the essays i...
07:07 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Using Pop Rocks as a sound effect in Prometheus
[Video Link] SoundWorks talks with the sound team of Director Ridley Scott's latest science fiction film Prometheus....
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO securely hash passwords
In the wake of a series of very high-profile password leaks, Brian Krebs talks to security researcher Thomas H. Ptacek about the best practices for securing passwords. The trick isn't to merely hash w...
05:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing 'Shoop before 'shoop
NY Daily News posted a fine gallery of old timey altered photos. Above, "Lincoln's head was placed atop South Carolina politician John Calhoun's body in this 1860 photo. Interestingly enough, Calhoun ...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Clever sucker-bets
Here are ten clever sucker bets from Richard Wiseman. They're a good mix of physics, logic, low trickery, concept-shifting, misdirection, topology, and breathtaking chutzpah. Seriously, I can't believ...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Electronic business-card with blinkenlights show
Cody Shaw, a first year Co-op Electrical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, spun up these wonderful electronic business cards for his job-search: set a 9V battery on the contacts and v...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 055: Rainn Wilson's Soul Pancake
Click here to play this episode. Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, TV shows, music, movies, tools, gadge...
03:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Batgirl's equal pay for women PSA (1972)
Batgirl demands equal pay in this fantastic 1972 public service announcement. (via Super Punch)...
03:39 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO to shut down the Internet
I've located the master switch. Oh, the temptation....
03:31 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Internet sunglasses
Essential for protecting yourself from the web's harsh, glaring irony. (From Histoire De Voir, apparently)...
03:25 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Islands of exile
Alcatraz may be the most infamous prison island (unless you count Australia OK, I'm kidding!), but it's hardly the only one. Smithsonian lists ten "islands of exile," some of which were true penal col...
02:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing "Retina Display" MacBook Pro
Apple's just announced the 15" Macbook Pro, with a high-resolution 2880x1800 15.4" display. They're calling it a Retina Display, but if that's the case, it's not quite the first laptop to have one: So...
02:13 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Students assigned to cheat on exam use doctored Little Brother cover and many other clever methods
The IEEE's Computer and Reliability Societies recently published "Embracing the Kobayashi Maru," by James Caroland (US Navy/US Cybercommand) and Greg Conti (West Point) describing an exercise in which...
01:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Musical notation for a loop
From pioneering artist/designer Bruno Munari's Discovery of the Circle (1965). Munari's children's books Zoo and ABC are also classics of design, illustration, and whimsy....
12:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing eBook Review: Don't Eat Cat
Zombies that aren't even really dead! Jess Walter's Don't Eat Cat is a new (to me) and creative take on the coming zimbo epidemic. Set in not-to-far-in-the-future Seattle, Walters paints a picture of ...
12:03 pm PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Live fish and secret herbal goo to cure asthma
This fellow was one of 70,000 individuals in Hyderabad, India on Friday who swallowed a live sardine with a secret herbal paste in its mouth, a treatment that they believed would cure their asthma. I ...
10:14 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Musical notation for a loop
From pioneering artist/designer Bruno Munari's Discovery of the Circle (1965). Munari's children's books Zoo and ABC are also classics of design, illustration, and whimsy. (via The Art of Memory)...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing FTC sets sights on scammy "crammers" who bill your phone a fortune for services you don't need, want, or use
Ars Technica's Nate Anderson writes about the FTC's lawsuit against Streaming Flix and its billing partner, Billing Services Group. The companies are accused of putting random charges on peoples' phon...
09:37 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Toothpick thieves on loose
The authorities in Athens, Ga., are hot on the trail of thieves who stole 374,400 toothpicks. The haul included not only MicroPicks, but coveted ProPicks. [Online Athens]...
09:33 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing British PM left kid at pub
The British Prime Minister left his 8-year-old daughter at a public house near Chequers: "The prime minister and Samantha were distraught when they realised Nancy wasn't with them. Thankfully when the...
08:56 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Crazy Isn't A Destination: Minds Aren't Lost
Nikol Hasler is a writer, producer, and single mother living in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma almost two years ago, and has undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, ...
08:55 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Futurama's Back, Baby, for Another Season
Download The science geekiest show on broadcast television was once Futurama, an animated series co-created by The Simpsons' Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, a Simpsons writer and showrunner. The sho...
08:55 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Futurama's Back, Baby: another new season
Download The science geekiest show on broadcast television was once Futurama, an animated series co-created by The Simpsons' Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, a Simpsons writer and showrunner. The sho...
07:41 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing On receiving an honourary doctorate in computer science from the Open University
Last Friday, June 8, I was immensely, fantastically thrilled to receive an honourary doctorate in computer science from the Open University, an institution I have long held in high esteem and where it...
07:41 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing On receiving an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University
Last Friday, June 8, I was immensely, fantastically thrilled to receive an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University, an institution I have long held in high esteem and where it ...
04:50 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing Hrii Cthulhu, Goka Font Ph'nglui!
Do you love nameless, creeping horrors in the deep? Unnaturally! Do you love fonts? Of course, you do. Thomas Phinney, a veteran type designer, is attempting an unholy union of the two by resurrecting...
02:23 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing G4S: the scandal-embroiled "private security" behemoth that will provide 10,000 "security contractors" to London 2012
Laurie Penny takes a look at G4S, the scandal-embroiled "private security firm" (they're not technical mercenaries because the "security" people who work from them are usually born in the same territo...
01:22 am PDT - Mon, June 11, 2012
BoingBoing 8-bit sunglasses
Dmitry Samal offers a range of pixelated sunglasses (top left), priced $150 or so. Triple Optic has a similar design (top right), which are almost as cool ... and just $10....
09:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Brazil, by Tiffany Lee Brown
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark The Ot...
06:47 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2012
BoingBoing Kessel Run movie poster
Oldredjalopy DeviantArt piece "The Kessel Run" is a bit Star Wars, a bit Cannonball Run, and a whole lot of awesomesauce. The Kessel Run (via Super Punch)...
04:13 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2012
BoingBoing Snarky (but accurate) Prometheus review
Henry Rothwell has an epically long, epically snarky review of Prometheus, entertainingly and engagingly written. Its fundamental point is that science fiction films are visually consistent, not logic...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Fantasia (1940) and Eraserhead (1977), by Jay Kinney
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Mind B...
01:08 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2012
BoingBoing Send Wonder: the Anything is Possible Bottle
For several years I've been watching Jamie D. Grant's Send Wonder project to both great amazement and joy. Grant, a fabulous magician, has systematically stumbled into a way to place a sealed pack of ...
01:02 pm PDT - Sun, June 10, 2012
BoingBoing Neal Stephenson kickstarts realistic swordfighting game
Neal Stephenson and the good folks at the Subutai Corporation are looking to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter to fund CLANG, a rich, detailed and faithful swordfighting game. I've heard tell of the Steph...
11:55 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing How the world's travel guides describe America
The Atlantic's Max Fisher does a survey of foreign tour guides to the USA and finds in them a frank view into how America is viewed outside the USA. Travellers are advised that the real price for rest...
09:56 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Women beat 18-34 men for tech adoption and purchasing power
An interesting piece from The Atlantic's Alex Madrigal points out that the coveted 18-34 male demographic is no longer the most important force in technology consumption and purchasing. He quotes Inte...
09:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Ghost World (2001), by Amy Crehore
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Ghost ...
07:46 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Black Lagoon-esque mask from Bob Basset
New from Ukrainian fetish/steampunk mask makers Bob Basset, the "60 monstr" -- a little bit Creature from the Black Lagoon, a little bit steampunk, and a whole lot of happy mutation. "60 monstr" Art l...
05:41 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Autotuned Mr Rogers tribute
Robbo sez, "John Boswell is well know for making cool musical concoctions with auto-tuned scientists explaining the glory and wonder of the natural universe - the Symphony of Science. Now he's teamed ...
04:54 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Mr Yummy battles Mr Whippy in Blackburn Ice Cream War
Hostilities erupted this weekend between two ice cream truck operators in Blackburn, England, leaving both their vehicles damaged. According to a local quoted by Lancashire Telegraph, children watched...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Invaders from Mars (1953), by Douglas Rushkoff
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Mind B...
01:37 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Internet freedom activists arresteddetained after Internet freedom conferences
James Losey from the New America Foundation sez, "I noticed a pattern of people getting arrested, detained, or sentenced following Internet Freedom conferences. The timing is coincidental, but its a p...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Hacking a vintage phone into an old VW minibus to use as a kidsdriver intercom
Caleb sez, "My kids really have to scream from the back of my VW bus for me to hear them while we're flying down the highway. With this little hack, we have a nice intercom for them to talk to me with...
10:39 am PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing eBook Review: Old Soul
Joseph Wurtenbaugh's Old Soul is a fantastic Kindle Single. I tore through this short story, unwilling to put it down. A tale of survival, change and perhaps the source of that eerie deja-vu that plag...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, June 9, 2012
BoingBoing Farcical wishlist from Canada's copyrightpharma lobby: warrantless search, Canadian SOPA, jail time for downloaders, public subsidy of copyright enforcement
Michael Geist sez, The Canadian intellectual property's lead lobby group, the Canadian IP Council (which represent the music, movie, software and pharma industries) released a new policy document yest...
10:08 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Catcopter artist explains all
In the event that you were wondering about the motives of the Dutch artist Bart Jansen, who attained notoriety by taxiderming his dead cat and retrofitting its corpse to serve as a quadcopter, wonder ...
09:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Popee the Performer (circa 2000), by Lars Martinson
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Mind B...
07:40 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Doctor tried bath salts and liked It
Here's the latest Narco Polo comic from You Will Die author Robert Arthur: On May 26, 2012, a naked Rudy Eugene ate the face of Ronald Poppo by a Miami causeway. That evening CBS Miami featured the fo...
07:02 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Get a free copy of "Share or Die" - strategies for a shared, post-austerity world
Share or Die is a new anthology from Shareable.net (whose mandate is to promote sharing in all its guises), written by 20-somethings struggling through austerity and econopocalypse, who find in sharin...
06:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage Sex Pistols record sells for $19,672 on eBay
What Sells Best reports that a 35-year-old Sex Pistols promotional record sold for $19,672 on eBay today. The bidding ended at $19,672 (12,629) for this rare vintage Sex Pistols record on eBay, placin...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing "Thank You Hater!" by Clever Pie and Isabel Fay
[Video Link] "Dedicated to hard working internet trolls everywhere." (Thanks, Jesse Thorn!)...
04:33 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing John K's T-shirt commercial for Stussy
Stussy x John K. from Stussy on Vimeo. My pal John Kricfalusi (creator of Ren & Stimpy) made an animated commercial for his T-shirt designs that Stussy released today. I love John's animation wor...
02:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Artist makes clouds in gallery
For his Nimbus series, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates clouds in empty gallery settings. They are short-lived, but damned lovely. More images at Smilde's site and you can see a video of the clou...
02:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Missing: King Kong's headphones
Someone stole these giant headphones from a bus shelter in in Halifax County, Nova Scotia. According to police, "Given the size, it is believed that two or more people are responsible for the theft." ...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Middle Men (2009), by Paul Krassner
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Middle...
01:54 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Gabor Szabo's jazz raga "Walking On Nails" (1967)
Friday Freak-Out: From 1967, Hungarian musician Gabor Szabo's psychedelic guitar/sitar experimental jazz number "Walking On Nails." (Video unrelated to original song.) It's on Szabo's Impulse! album J...
01:38 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing "Death and the Maiden" art show
Opening tonight at Seattle's Roq La Rue gallery, a group show around the classic art motif of "Death and the Maiden." The show runs until August 4 and features BB faces like Travis Louie, Glenn Barr, ...
01:14 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Canon offers cheap pancake lens for modern DSLRs
Finally! Smaller and cheaper ($199) than the Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f2, but also f2.8. [EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens at B&H]...
12:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Terrifying typewriter
This 1945 Royal Typewriter ad provides a glimpse into the horror of messing about with mechanical typewriters. Life, May 28, 1945...
12:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Work Your Way Around the World
It's many a graduate's dream -- pay your way as you travel around the world. I lived the dream myself when I was younger, so I know it is possible. Since then I've been tracking this subject faithfull...
09:54 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing This is real life. Not Tron.
This amazing photo was taken by astronaut Don Pettit on board the International Space Stations—of which you can see a chunk at the top of the frame. It's part of a whole series of absolutely stu...
09:45 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Scientists risk their lives to sample volcanic lava
There are few things quite as tense as watching one volcanologist mutter, "Oh my god. He's crazy. He's crazy," while watching another volcanologist scramble around the edge of a caldera. It only gets ...
09:40 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing The secret lives of citrus fruit
Okay, I had no idea that lemons and grapefruit are actually hybrid mixes of other fruits. How did I get to age 31 and miss this? Better yet, both citruses were born accidentally, of illicit love affai...
09:40 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Canada's warrantless surveillance bill is back, and bigger than ever, with surveillance powers for US gov't, too
Bill C30, the sweeping Canadian warrantless Internet surveillance bill, is back from the dead. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (who declared that opposition to his bill was tantamount to support for ...
09:39 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing The Librarian and the Hot Rod Shop
What do you get when you cross a librarian with a hot-rod shop? Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it isnt. A provincial Libraries and Literacy grant and a directive to create a mobile initiativ...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing The end of cheap STD control?
More than 700,000 people in the United States probably get gonorrhea each year. I say "probably" because the Centers for Disease Control doesn't know for sure. It's an estimate, because a lot of those...
02:20 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Tumblog of greatness: Celebrity Googly Eyes
I like it: celebritygoogly.com. Above, Wil Wheaton. Say the editors of this fine site, "To submit a picture, just post it on your tumblr and tag it 'celebritygoogly'." (via badastronomer)...
01:52 am PDT - Fri, June 8, 2012
BoingBoing Model crowdsources name-and-shame for lecherous airline seatmate
Our Avram takes to Making Light to tell the remarkable story of a model who found herself sitting next to a lecherous married man on an airplane, and who crowdsourced a name-and-shame campaign for him...
11:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Walmart breaks bad: active meth lab found inside Missouri store
Apparently, corporate profits just aren't enough for some global megabusinesses these days: a Walmart store in South St. Louis County, Missouri was emptied by police when an "active methamphetamine pr...
10:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Ray Bradbury's original concept script for Epcot's Spaceship Earth
An anonymous reader sent me Ray Bradbury's 1977 concept script for Spaceship Earth at Epcot Center. It's a beautiful read, and led me to vivid recollections of the original script from Epcot's opening...
09:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Terry Gilliam's Brazil letter to Universal (1985): "I feel every cut, especially the ones that sever the balls."
One of my favorite websites is Shaun Usher's Letters of Note, which runs interesting letters written by notable people. Today, Shaun posted a 1985 letter from Terry Gilliam to the head of Universal, S...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Blade Runner (1982), by Gareth Branwyn
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Like T...
08:11 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Do it for the young black males: legalize marijuana, writes Tour in TIME
Author, journalist, and MSNBC commentator Tour writes in TIME this issue about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's desire to decriminalize marijuana from a racial standpoint. "Black men are targeted and ...
08:01 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Excerpt from new Hard Case Crime thriller: False Negative, by Joseph Koenig
Here's an excerpt from False Negative, the first new novel in 20 years by acclaimed crime writer Joseph Koenig. A quarter past eleven, and he was having breakfast over the Monday paper when the phone ...
07:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Monkey eating raptors and the only bird with a bill longer than the rest of its body
Above: John McCormack shows off a specimen of the sword-billed hummingbird, the only bird known to have a bill longer than the rest of its body Seth Teicher of Atlas Obscura wrote about his visit to O...
07:11 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Space nerd family fun in LA this weekend: NASA JPL open house
Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA opens its doors to the public for an annual Open House. The event, themed "Great Journeys," ...
07:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman remembers Ray Bradbury
Neil Gaiman's remembrance of Ray Bradbury is very sweet and paints a picture of one of the field's great mensches: Last week, at dinner, a friend told me that when he was a boy of 11 or 12 he met Ray ...
06:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Suicide rate among US troops hits all-time high
One US soldier killed themselves each day this year, on average: the fastest pace of suicides among active-duty troops in the nation's decade of war. AP reports: "The 154 suicides in the first 155 day...
06:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Designer Takeshi Miyakawa out of prison, after art project misinterpreted as terrorism
The NYT has an update on the case of designer Takeshi Miyakawa. The 50-year-old Japanese artist, who lives in New York City, was arrested last month while he draped plastic I NY bags stuffed with LED...
06:31 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing New study connects CT scans with elevated cancer risk in children
A study released this week in the medical journal Lancet provides the strongest evidence yet that CT scans in children are linked to elevated risk of developing cancer. As with all things involving ra...
06:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Aurora Light Painters on America's Got Talent (video)
[Video Link] The Aurora Light Painters. I think what these guys do is cool: live, performative light painting. It starts getting really interesting around 1:50. Rusty at Laughing Squid has more. (via ...
05:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing "Everybody poops. Even your favorite athlete."
I am really not sure what to say in regards to this 2010 ESPN story about the science and psychology of elite athletes shitting themselves all over the place. Two thoughts though: 1. This story is tot...
04:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Texel, Netherlands: An island where science and culture meet
The Frisian Islands are barrier islands off the coast of the Netherlands. Between these islands and the mainland, there is an area called the Wadden Sea. This sea is only wet in some places, at some t...
04:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Shell sends legal intimidation to journalists who might report on #shellfail hoax video
Shell's PR department just sent me this: Lawyers operating on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell plc. (Shell) are considering formal action against unknown activists who staged a counterfeit campaign launch ...
04:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Shellfail hoaxers send hoax legal threat. I fall for it.
Update: [5 minutes later] OK, wait a second. It's a hoax. Wainwright and Shore, the "PR Agency" that sent out this email, has only had a domain for a month. They've got virtually no Google footprint (...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Looping retro game GIFs
Brother Brain has many. [via Waxy]...
04:33 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing U.S. flag stolen from man in chicken suit
Police in Manchester, Conn., are investigating the theft of a small American flag from a man wearing a chicken suit. The thief was described as "an overweight white dude." [Courant.com / AP]...
04:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Toy bunny saved from oncoming train
A stuffed toy bunny escaped dismemberment Wednesday when transport workers in Boston halted an oncoming train. Nummy, right, "somehow jumped" out of 3-year-old owner Roozle's stroller at Green Street ...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing YouTube video uploads hit 3 daysminute
Back in late March, I linked to YouTube's announcement that they were receiving an hour of video every second -- 60 hours' worth of video per minute. Just 10 weeks later, they've made a new announceme...
03:59 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Greek politician punches female rival on TV chat show
Ilias Kasidiaris, freshly elected politician for Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, was not in top rhetorical form during a TV debate with a left-wing rival. But he still had his fists! After hurli...
03:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Shell's model oil rig spurts something nasty over guest at party
At a private party hosted by Shell Oil, a model rig malfunctioned and spooged its dark ichor all over a guest. "I can't turn it off!" says one hapless organizer. Adds another: "Why are you filming? Ca...
03:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Shell's model oil rig spurts something nasty over guest at party (Update: Hoax!)
At a private party hosted by Shell Oil†, a model rig malfunctioned and spooged its dark ichor all over a guest. "I can't turn it off!" says one hapless organizer. Adds another: "Why are you film...
03:15 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Timewave Zero: Did Terence Mckenna *really* believe in all that 2012 prophecy stuff?
Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds explores Terence McKenna's prediction that December 21, 2012 will mark the occurrence of what McKenna called "an unpredictable event ... some enormously reality-rear...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing French "Beetle" experimental aircraft of the 1950s
Introduced in the mid-1950s, the Coloptre (French for "beetle") was one of many experimental aircrafts in history designed to take off and land vertically. According to Smithsonian Air & Space, t...
02:10 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Great fan video for Eno's Kings Lead Hat
Vann Hall spotted this fantastic fan-created video for Brian Eno's "Kings Lead Hat," a 1977 jam whose title is an anagram for Talking Heads. The video maker, Buck Spongehole/Snirgwert, has posted a sl...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Poltergeist (1982), by Kirk Demarais
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Mind B...
01:59 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Most fashionable squirrel of the 1940s
In the early 1940s, the Bullis family of Washington, DC adopted a pet squirrel. Mrs. Bullis dressed the squirrel, named Tommy Tucker, in more than two dozen outfits, from a coat and hat to a Red Cross...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing IT Crowd Rap, by Superpowerless (music video)
[Video Link] A parody of the theme song from The IT Crowd (a fantastic BBC Channel 4 TV series which you can buy here). "This is a collaboration between Superpowerless, Sparkles* (From Area 11), MC Wr...
01:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Russian unlicensed protest fines increased 15,000 percent
In Russia, where there have been many outbreaks of protest since Vladimir Putin and his cronies stole won another election, the fine for protesting without a permit has been increased 15,000 percent t...
12:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Virgin Mobile offers no-contract iPhone plan for US customers
Virgin Mobile USA, which operates as a sort of sub-brand of Sprint in the United States, today announced plans to begin selling the iPhone on June 29 with pre-paid, no-contract voice and data service ...
12:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Water droplets + aerogel powder = superhydrophobic fun
This 2010 video demonstrates the wonderful and intriguing behavior exhibited by water when it is dripped on paper that is coated with "superhydrophobic" aerogel powder. The water forms tiny marbles an...
12:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Tear-Aid Repair Tape
Tear-Aid is watertight and airtight adhesive repair tape marketed for use in repairing outdoor products. I first found it when I was looking at options for repairing a tear in a self-inflating sleepin...
12:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing VGA ports on skinny laptops
John Gruber points out three skinny laptops announced today still come with have thick, chunky VGA ports: vestigial curiosities, given that you can hardly buy projectors and monitors these days withou...
11:07 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Preliminary analysis of LinkedIn user passwords
As you've no doubt heard, a large tranche of hashed LinkedIn passwords has been leaked onto the net. There's no known way to turn the hash of a password back into the password itself, but you can make...
11:04 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Proposed "Do Not Track" specification actually mandates otherwise
The ostensibly pro-consumer "Do Not Track" specification under development now mandates that it be an "opt-in" feature. Ryan Singel at Ars Technica: The latest proposed draft of the Do Not Track speci...
10:08 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Amped: Daniel Wilson's followup to Robopocalypse is a wild ride through the Singularity's civil war
Daniel Wilson's latest novel is Amped, a post-apocalyptic high-tech apocalypse cast in the same mold as his spectacular debut novel, Robopocalypse. Wilson is a roboticist by trade, and he combines his...
10:04 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Dead catcopter in flight
Good morning. Here is a high-quality photograph of the taxidermy catcopter Xeni posted video of yesterday. [Cris Toala Olivares / Reuters]...
09:54 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing School punishes children for family cheering at graduation
Dan Sewell writes: "A suburban Cincinnati high school held onto four graduates' diplomas and required community service as punishment for what it describes as overly boisterous cheering by their famil...
09:52 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Golf cart stolen
A Pennsylvania groom and his best man were pulled over by police Saturday while trying to drive to their hotel in a stolen golf cart. Michael Mitchko and Ian Hopkins, both 27, were cited for numerous ...
09:23 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Congratulations on completing the progam
A batch of high school diplomas from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, must be reprinted, because they all contained a misspelling of the word "program". [Jenni Pompi and John Davisson / Patch]...
09:16 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo just introduced a new collection from Hamilton Watches. Hamilton's Ventura was the...
08:13 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing East London variety show returns Jun 14
Juggling happy mutant Mat Ricardo is putting on another one of his glorious east London variety shows! He writes, Mat Ricardo's London Varieties is back - and we only have two more London shows this y...
12:48 am PDT - Thu, June 7, 2012
BoingBoing Print your own MAPO stickers, declare your goods to be of bespoke Disney manufacture
FoxxFur at Passport to Dreams Old and New has created a PDF template for printing out your own MAPO stickers. MAPO (MAry POppins) is the Disney division responsible for fabricating many of the limited...
11:41 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing MST3K robots in Lego
From 2009, an unsourced, but delightful re-creation of MST3K's Crow T Robot and Tom Servo, executed in Lego. LEGO Crow and Tom Servo. (via Wil Wheaton)...
11:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Ray Bradbury at NASA JPL, 1971, reading his poem "If Only We Had Taller Been" (video)
[Video Link] A beautiful video from NASA JPL honoring Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday, June 5 2012 at 91. Through the years, Ray Bradbury attended several major space mission events at JPL/Caltech. On ...
11:10 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Enterprise floats to a new home: New York's Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum (photos)
Photo: C.S. MUNCY The Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) floated to its "retirement home" today, Wednesday June 6, 2012: the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. The museum's Space Shut...
10:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Solar Impulse plane lands, completing world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun (photos)
Photo: REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal The Solar Impulse plane project president and pilot Bertrand Piccard lands after a 19-hour flight from Madrid at Rabat's International airport, June 5, 2012. The plane l...
10:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing This is what a colon-stapler looks like
I subscribe to Medgadget's RSS feed because it's a universe of gadgets I would never see otherwise, and these gadgets have names and functions that alternately mystify and send shivers up the spine. C...
10:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstart a free reading and pronunciation game
James Salsman sez, "I've been working for decades on a free speech recognition-based game to teach English reading and pronunciation, and this year it is going to happen, thanks to Google's Summer of ...
10:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Picturesque Austrian town secretly cloned in China
A Chinese property developer called Minmetals Land Inc secretly built a copy of a picturesque Austrian village called Hallstatt, building it in Guangdong province, the white-hot center of the Chinese ...
09:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Ewokwookie dresses made to order
For $150, Etsy seller Nerdalertdesigns will whip you up one of her clever, furry Ewok/Wookie dresses (you wear it with the bandolier for Wookie, with a cute hat for Ewok). with this purchase, you will...
09:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Ewokwookiee dresses made to order
For $150, Etsy seller Nerdalertdesigns will whip you up one of her clever, furry Ewok/Wookiee dresses (you wear it with the bandolier for Wookiee, with a cute hat for Ewok). with this purchase, you wi...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: El Topo (1970), by Antero Alli
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Mind B...
08:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Why you should keep a tampon or two in your survival kit
The Art of Manliness makes a good case for carrying tampons in your camping/survival kit, with ten woodlands uses for them, ranging from sterile field dressing to kindling to blowgun-dart fletching. T...
08:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Patient-abusing doctor reacts to growing awareness of own career's imminent end
In this hidden-camera investigation by Striscia, a doctor or therapist is filmed sexually molesting a patient. When later confronted by a journalist, he is at first accommodating. Then it begins to da...
07:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Airlines have never been a great business
Domestic airlines in the United States are failing financially. Fine. Sure. We knew that. But here's the kicker: They've been financially failing for 40 years, almost the entire time they've been popu...
07:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Cod hat
Check out this cod piece. Author William Gibson found it in Masset, BC, Canada. The head of a 145-pound cod, meant to be worn as a great helm. Nothing intimidates your enemies quite like wearing the h...
07:13 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Religious statues in superhero costumes
In a series called Hagiographies, an Italian artist called Igor Scalisi Palminteri reinterprets the pantheon of saints by repainting religious statuettes as superheroes. They're really very well done....
07:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Of hermit crabs and home sales
In 2005, my husband I bought a house in Birmingham, Alabama. I was working for mental_floss and we thought we'd live there for a few years. But, in 2006, my husband got an amazing job opportunity in M...
06:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Moe Pope mashed with Big D and the Kids Table
Mashup virtuoso djBC sez, "Here's a new mashup album- and it's legal. I merged the concious raps of Boston MC Moe Pope with the soulful 'Fluent In Stroll' record from Big D and the Kids Table. The res...
06:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Meredith Monk performance art (1966)
Here's a fine piece of downtown NYC avant-garde history. Performance artist Meredith Monk's "16 Millimeter Earrings" for voice, guitar, and tapes, first performed in 1966 and recreated for the 1979 vi...
06:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make hand-grenade guacamole
PES, a very talented animation director, shows how you can make guacamole out of hand grenades, casino dice, and Monopoly houses. Imaginative, well-executed, and genuinely funny stuff. SHORT stories :...
05:39 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Neuroscience of choking under pressure
Over at the New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer looks at recent research on the neuroscience of choking. No, not "cough cough" choking but rather failing when the stakes are high and tension is up. To study what...
05:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Exciting boring video
This video from Herrenknecht AG shows the operation of the enormous tunnel boring machine that will conduct the deep tunnelling for San Francisco's new subway lines. The machine obviates the necessity...
04:54 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Feynman's FBI files
Michael sez, Loved your piece about the Trinity graphic novel this morning, and thought you might find this interesting. MuckRock has published the FBI files of noted physicist, esteemed author and al...
04:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 024: Mobbles
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
03:57 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Napalm girl's life and times
An anonymous AP story tells the life story of Kim Phuc, the "napalm girl" seen running naked down a village road in Nick Ut's 40-year-old Pulitzer-winning photo. Phuc went on to medical school, but he...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Saving dying languages with the help of math
Languages come and go and blend. It's likely been that way forever and the process only accelerates under the influence of mega-languages (like English) that represent a sort of global means of commun...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing It is fun to live in the future
So, somebody has invented a tactile touch screen interface where buttons rise out of the flat surface like the Lady of the Lake, and disappear again when you're done with them. I'm not sure whether it...
02:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Full-back Garbage Pail Kids tattoo
Glen Goon Trevithick, a friend of Geekologie, had a highly detailed full-back Garbage Pail Kids inked. It's quite a piece. Garbage Pail Kids (via Geekologie)...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Pig (2010), by Rev. Ivan Stang
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Pig (2...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Li'l Barack Has a Playdate
SUPPORT Tom the Dancing Bug and receive untold BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES by joining the new INNER HIVE right now! It's easy! And fun! And has other positive attributes! CLICK NOW!...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Lobbynomics refuted: "Pirate Canada" actually a world leader in digital music sales
Michael Geist sez, The IFPI, the global recording industry association, recently released its Recording Industry in Numbers 2012, which provides detailed sales data from countries around the world. Ye...
01:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Now, *this* is the way to stare at the sun (photo)
South Korean primary school students wearing masks with solar viewers watch Venus passing between the Sun and the Earth at the Gwacheon National Science Museum in Gwacheon, south of Seoul, June 6, 201...
01:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Teacher says job offer rescinded because he's gay
Jonathan Zeng was offered a music teaching position at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. He accepted the job. Shortly thereafter, school administrator David Thompson called Zeng back to the office. ...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing F&*#ing Internet, how does it work?
For the next 60 years or so—basically, until everyone roughly my age has died off—former Alaskan senator Ted Stevens will be widely remembered (and mocked) for once describing the Internet...
01:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Imaginary orange gift-shop for the Golden Gate bridge
As part of the celebration for the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, a group of artists led by Stephanie Syjuco have set up an imaginary gift shop for the Bridge, filled with tchotchkes in the ...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Short-statured actor vows "100 Midget March" to protest Snow White casting tall people as little people
Making the rounds on Hollywood local blogs today: Some so-called "Little People" who work in Hollywood are upset at the producers of the forthcoming Universal motion picture Snow White and the Huntsma...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Video: A Brief History of Video Games
Digital creative agency Reverse Enginears' "A Brief History of Video Games" is a delightful companion piece to our own Rob Beschizza's modern classic "Game Deaths."...
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing #Twitter is #changing its #logo
"Our new bird grows out of love for ornithology, design within creative constraints, and simple geometry. This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles similar to how your networ...
01:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Super-slow motion video of skateboard tricks
Perfectly-executed skateboard tricks seen through the magic of super-slow motion. Makes it look easy, doesn't it? Actually, never mind. It doesn't....
01:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Reactions around the web to Xeni's rant on "MEN invented the Internet"
Over the weekend, the New York Times published four words that pissed a bunch of people off, including me. I responded with a little rant here on Boing Boing, and shared stories about women in the his...
01:25 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Radio play about electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire
In the 1960s, Delia Derbyshire was one of the pioneering electronic musicians of the iconic BBC Radiophonic Workshop. She's best known for her absolutely exquisite 1963 electronic version of Ron Grain...
01:21 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Internet privacy: a hard bargain
I wrote a piece for MIT's Technology Review on the way that Internet privacy works, and the deficiency of our tools -- browsers, phones -- in protecting it: Even if you read the fine print, human bein...
01:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Dead cat helicopter upsets people on internet (video)
[Video Link. Warning, may totally creep you out if you love cats. ] Dutch artist Bart Jansen had a cat named Orville that he loved very much. When Orville died, he did what any cat-loving guy would do...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Internet killing porn
Louis Theroux, who produced a documentary on the US porn industry 15 years ago, has revisited the industry, and found it in severe decline. The proliferation of free Internet porn and the rise of amat...
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Did Bible study and anti-drug vow cause Miami cannibal attack?
The latest Narco Polo cartoon from Robert Arthur, You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos....
12:44 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Google now warning people whose Gmail has been targetted by suspected state-sponsored spies
Google believes that it can distinguish run-of-the-mill hack-attacks on Gmail accounts from state-sponsored spies trying to gain access to dissidents' email. When it detects the latter, it will displa...
12:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Good new monthly e-comic: Double Barrel
Leigh Walton of Top Shelf sent me a pre-release of Double Barrel, digital-only monthly action comics magazine from Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon (no relation, but it explains the title of the comic)....
12:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing RIP, Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury is dead. He was 91 years old. He wrote some of the most inspiring and beautiful stories I've ever read. He fought for libraries. He changed my life with a novel called Dandelion Wine, muc...
11:41 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Polaroid SX-70 refurbs
If you like the leathery classic Polaroid SX-70 but don't fancy chancing it on eBay, Holga Direct is offering refurbished models for $334: "Each camera has been painstakingly restored to an almost new...
10:49 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing The Luvilee Jubilee: underwhelmed by opposition to Her Majesty's Big Day
There was little surprise at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, but that's probably the point. Dutifully present were the Queen, the rain, the warm beer and the National Health Service glasses and ...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Bosch-like paintings from Michael Hutter
Avi sez, "Michael Hutter makes (and generously shares) his re-imagining of searing Bosch-like art." These are amazing -- instant clicktrance. Kunstkrake - Painting - Purgatorium (Thanks, Avi!)...
10:19 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Trinity: the birth of nuclear weapons in graphic novel form
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's Trinity is a nonfiction book-length comic for adults about the birth of nuclear weapons. It covers the wartime events that spawned the idea of a nuclear weapons program, the int...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Sea Urchin video (Guest post from a kid)
This video about deep sea life is very informative. It tells you the story of a sea urchin and about its parents' sex. It also talks about other babies, their parents and their sex. It talks about how...
07:51 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Dull town and Boring town find common cause
The town of Dull, Scotland has become a sister community with the Oregon town of Boring. They have joined forces to promote their inherent interestingness. Alexandra Topping writes in The Guardian: Be...
02:38 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Recreating iconic Banksy images as still-life photos
UK photographer Nick Stern's "You Are Not Banksy" series recreates many of Banksy's iconic, humorous graffiti images. I've always thought that Banksy recreations made excellent cosplay (as this old po...
02:38 am PDT - Wed, June 6, 2012
BoingBoing Recreating iconic Banksy images as photos
UK photographer Nick Stern's "You Are Not Banksy" series recreates many of Banksy's iconic, humorous graffiti images. I've always thought that Banksy recreations made excellent cosplay (as this old po...
11:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 024: Mobbles
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
10:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Severed foot and hand sent to 2 Canada schools: More missing Magnotta murder parts?
AP reports that "packages containing a human foot and hand were discovered at two schools in Vancouver on Tuesday, in what could be the latest gruesome twist in the case of a Canadian porn actor suspe...
10:28 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Orly Taitz, "birther movement" queen, runs excellent self-produced ad for US Senate campaign (video)
In a series of self-produced and narrated internet ads for her California senate campaign, Orly Taitz praises herself in the third person: "Anyone who knows Dr. Orly Taitz knows she has no 'off' switc...
10:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Me the People (book trailer)
[YouTube Link] One of the funnier and more beautifully produced book trailers I've seen in a while! It's for the just-released book "Me the People," by Kevin Bleyer. Via Jason Wishnow: Kevin Bleyer (E...
09:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Paris struck by le Food Truck
A style piece in the New York Times about a trans-Atlantic trend: "Artisanal food trucks have been making inroads in Paris, adding a new twist in culinary culture to a city where diners rarely eat on ...
09:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Like Kardashians, but dumber: Gay-hating Evangelical gun nut reality TV
Richard Metzger at Dangerous Minds introduces us to Call of the Giles, which he describes as a "gun-totin, Bible-quotin, homo-hatin, and obviously over-compensating for sumpthin macho, macho man douch...
09:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Bimbo's Initiation (1931), by Jim Woodring
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Mind B...
08:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Belly Time lapse transit of Venus
"Last time you'll see that for 105 years."—Sam Cornwell. [Video Link]...
08:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Matthew Modine to play John Sculley in Jobs biopic
Matthew Modine will play the man who fired Steve Jobs. Film actor Matthew Modine has signed on to the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic entitled jOBS, which stars Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple founder. Di...
08:11 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Now under way: Transit of Venus across face of the Sun
Q: Can I put 10 pairs of sunglasses together to view the sun? A: Not unless you are currently not blind, but wish to become so.A better bet: watch the Griffith Observatory webcast (thanks, Andrea Jame...
07:46 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Die Antwoord: Baby's On Fire (music video)
Video Link (thanks, Yo-Landi and Ninja!)....
07:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing First portal passed in Ready Player One DeLorean contest!
That was fast! It looks like Tom B has passed the first of three portals on his way to winning a restored DeLorean in the Ready Player One competition. To find out more, listen to today's Gweek podcas...
05:18 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Random history from Wikipedia
The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars lasted for years and ultimately took the lives of six people. The subsequent court case took two decades to resolve. (Via Danny Mears)...
05:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing What the transit of Venus looked like to Captain Cook
In 1769, Captain James Cook was part of a massive, coordinated effort to document the transit of Venus from multiple spots around the globe. It was all part of calculating the size of the solar system...
04:58 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing How early electric experiments destroyed the University of Missouri's main academic hall
I'm completely fascinated by stories from the early days of electricity ... specifically, stories of experiments that went horribly (and sometimes, comically) wrong. For me, it's a great reminder that...
04:57 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing The shite food of Britain
The Shite Food blog reviews some of the remarkable foodstuffs available in Britain: the microwave meals and boil-in-bag dregs of another level in the English-speaking consumerspace. Shite Food was sta...
04:35 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Why the crowd gave Amanda Palmer $1.2m
Glenn Fleishman at The Economist: "Amanda Palmer learned everything she needed to know to raise nearly $1.2m for her latest album as a street performer. Ms Palmer says that six years of busking, often...
04:24 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing The Watt?: Great Kickstarter project aims at helping people better understand energy
The Watt? is an interactive energy primer aimed at making the complicated and completely non-intuitive world of energy use a bit more understandable to laypeople. I wholeheartedly support any effort t...
04:09 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Anodize aluminum
I absolutely love this this new video from Engineer Guy Bill Hammack. Why? Because Hammack managed to make me intensely interested in something I'd previously never really thought twice about—th...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Arik Roper's doom rock album art
I previously raved about artist Arik Roper's monograph "Mushroom Magick," a book of paintings depicting various species of hallucinogenic shrooms. At the time, I somehow missed Roper's utterly fantast...
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Videos of people fighting bogus pot busts in NYC
The Drug Policy Alliance is producing powerful videos about people who have been entrapped by the NYPD on pot possession charges using a "stop-and-frisk" stunt. [Video Link] Andre was charged with cri...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing How mosquitos survive rain
Above is what happens when a water droplet, like from rain, smashes into a mosquito mid-air. How does the insect handle the collision? New research shows that the mosquito actually "rides the drop" do...
02:31 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Digital cyclorama to replace air traffic control towers
Saab has designed a digital air traffic control center (top) that harkens back to 18th-19th century cycloramas, such as the Panorama Mesdag (above), which is still in its original location at The Hagu...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Village of the Giants (1965), by Peter Bebergal
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Villag...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Catholic Cardinal authorized $20K to pay priests who raped children, then railed against immorality of gay marriage
From Think Progress: Cardinal Timothy Dolan has led the charge against same-sex marriage, describing gay and lesbian unions as “unjust,” “immoral,” and unnatural. “This i...
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Electronic soul from the 1970s and 1980s
For about a month, I've been repeatedly listening to Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984, a fantastic new compilation of tracks by R&B and soul artists like Jeff Phelps (above), The Makers,...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Woman in 1950s describes LSD experience
[Video Link] "I wish I could talk in Technicolor."...
01:16 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing SimCity E3 Gameplay Trailer
[Video Link] The upcoming SimCity looks cool. It uses something called the GlassBox Simulation Engine to run the simulation. I won't pretend to understand how it works, but here's Maxis' Andrew Willmo...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Christmas Rappin'
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Retina display laptops expected at WWDC
It is the dumbest week of the year to buy a new Mac. [Ars]...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Achievement: humorous indie gaming vignette!
Enjoy a gorgeous 5-minute lampooning of RPG grind courtesy by Jordan Wilson. [via Indie Games]...
12:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Radiation is like an angry wife
A public info campaign in Japan compared radiation to a nagging wife. Apologies have been made. Reuters' Miki Kayaoka: The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency devoted a page on its website to an effort to "...
12:11 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gamers unimpressed by trade show glitz
The E3 trade show already has one winner—Ubisoft's upcoming Watch Dogs—but resentment at Microsoft and Sony's inane press events, light on new titles, was the order of the day. John Walker...
12:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing RIP, Erik "Possum Man" Stewart
Erik "Possum Man" Stewart was one of my oldest, dearest friends. He died last week, of a sudden and freak cerebral hemorrhage. It happened while he slept, and his housemates found him the next day, ap...
11:57 am PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Laptop thief nabbed by webcam photo
Theft protection software snapped a photo of a would-be burglar, helping police send him to jail and the laptop back into its owner's hands. The as-yet unnamed robber, 19, took games, checks, office e...
11:10 am PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Scalzi's Redshirts: existentialist comedy space opera
John Scalzi's new novel Redshirts starts from a a well-worn, but clever premise: what if the characters in a hackneyed genre story realized that they were trapped by the poor imagination of a hack wri...
11:10 am PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 054: Win a DeLorean!
Click here to play this episode. In this episode of Gweek our special guest is Ready Player One author Ernest Cline. He breaks the news that the print editions of his novel contain an easter egg. The ...
09:57 am PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Everyday low sales for JCPenney
JCPenney's new "everday low prices" policy—no coupons, no ads covered in fine print, no deceptive "sales"—is off to a bad start: the company posted a loss and its sales have dwindled. The ...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, June 5, 2012
BoingBoing Austerity Jubilee: unemployed workers tricked into being Jubilee stewards, denied toilets, left to camp in the rain
Long-term unemployed workers say they were bussed to London to act as stewards for the Queen's Jubilee, told they would be paid for the work and cared for while in town. When they arrived, they were t...
09:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Getting High on Scorpions: The Afghan Drug War
Here's the latest comic from Robert Arthur, author of a book that I read years ago and think about often, called You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos. David Macdonald argues in his 2007 book, Dru...
09:12 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing "A Brief History of John Baldessari," godfather of conceptual art
[Video Link] Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the talented fellows who made Catfish and the Paranormal Activity sequels, made a fantastically fun video about artist John Baldessari. Tom Waits narrates....
09:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Technological Dream Series: No. 1, Robots (2007)
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. See all the essays in the Mind Blowing Movies series here. -- Mark Dunne ...
08:39 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Blog about crap you can buy for $5
I try not to buy cheap junk that clutters my house, because my kids already take care of that job. But I enjoy looking at the stuff that Cliff finds on his website, Five $ Finds. This Hide-a-Key Fake ...
08:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Harvey Pekar's last interview?
James Gill of Trick Coin says: "A month before Harvey Pekar died, Frank Young did a Skype interview with him for a series of articles Frank was writing about the creative processes of comic book creat...
08:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Five novels and their occult inspirations
Guido Mina di Sospiro and Joscelyn Godwin, authors of The Forbidden Book, wrote about five novels and their occult inspirations for Boing Boing: How do you find works of occult fiction that are not ju...
07:49 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing "Chinese Giant Salamander," by Michael Hearst
[Video Link] A fine song, from the album Songs for Unusual Creatures, by Michael Hearst. He has another music video, called "Jesus Christ Lizard," which was recorded on a glass armonica. By remarkable...
07:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing John Scalzi, Charlie Stross and I explain why Tor Books went DRM-free
Today I appeared in a group presentation of Tor Books authors -- Charlie Stross, John Scalzi and me -- and Macmillan USA's Executive Vice President for Digital Publishing and Technology -- Fritz Foy -...
07:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Just look at this banana-flintlock.
Just look at it. This Is A Banana (Thanks, Brian!)...
03:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian psycho arrested in Berlin
Rocco Luka Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman, was arrested this morning in Berlin. The Canadian porn actor is a suspect in the murder of Jun Lin, a 33-year old Chinese, whose body parts were...
02:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Windows 8 breaks with past
Spotted by Screenshots of Despair and Joseph Kugelmass....
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Groundhog Day (1993), by Ruben Bolling
This week, Boing Boing is presenting a series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists. In my invitation letter, I wrote: "The movie can be a documentary or fict...
01:44 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Sharing Economy vending machine
The Swap-O-Matic vending machine is designed for user to give, take, or swap anything that fits inside the compartments. People have traded items like original art, poems, clothing, metro cards, etc. ...
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing The practical side of the transit of Venus
The transit of Venus is cool. I think we can all agree on that. On Tuesday, the planet Venus will pass between us and the Sun—a little black dot sliding across the face of a giant, yellow ball. ...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing New York Governor asks to decriminalize possession of pot in public view
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is asking legislators to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is fighting back because he b...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Truman Show delusion
Remember the Truman Show Disorder? It's the delusion in which someone is convinced they are starring in their own reality TV show. When the Montreal psychiatrists Joel and Ian Gold first named the del...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Open-source human genomes
Yesterday, during a World Science Festival panel on human origins and why our species outlasted other species of Homo, geneticist Ed Green mentioned that there were thousands of sequenced human genome...
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Illuminatus! vs Atlas Shrugged
John Higgs, author of the terrific Timothy Leary biography I Have America Surrounded, wrote a side-by-side comparison of The Illuminatus Trilogy and Atlas Shrugged. Here are the first few items: Illum...
12:52 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Free soundtracks for your projects
Over at our sponsor Intel's My Life Scoop site, I wrote about great online sources for music you can use for free in your own creations. From My Life Scoop: Back in the pre-digital days of video creat...
12:51 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Why the modems screamed
In The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal recalls the otherworldly howl of a 56K modem negotiating its connection, and quotes our pal GlennF in his 1998 explanation of that characteristic anthem of the heroic ...
12:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing The science of gaydar
Researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell claim that gaydar is real, but also that nobody's gaydar is really that much better than random guess work. (Via Steve Silberman)...
12:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Kids, wear your sunblock
A few days ago, I saw this photo on a friend's Facebook feed, accompanied by a caption claiming that it showed a truck driver who had exposed half his face to the sun for 30 years. There wasn't any li...
11:43 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Railfest week in the UK
British people! Did you know that it is Railfest Week at your National Railway Museum? And did you know that that means you can get up close and personal with (and even go for a ride on) an amazing va...
11:28 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing The little 747 who dared to dream
Do they still make children's books with sad endings? Like The Velveteen Rabbit? Because I think I've got a doozy here. It's all about a 747 who loves to fly. It's what she was built to do and it's wh...
10:13 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Petition to save Canada's National Archive
Peter sez, The Canadian federal government recently announced that they are cutting $9.6 million from the budget of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Canada's national archives. This will seriously u...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Abstract expressionist urinator sentenced to probation
Police were initially unable to determine if Carmen Tisch succeeded in her attempt to urinate upon Clyfford Still's 1957-J no.2. But she did plenty else to the $30m canvas, and was sentenced to two ye...
10:01 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Mystery panties incinerated
Two weeks ago, Brazilian legislators rushing into congress left an unusual item in their wake: a pair of women's underwear. No-one has claimed them since, and they were subsequently incinerated. "We h...
09:48 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Eduardo "Trololo" Khil dead at 77
Eduardo Khil, the Russian entertainer who enjoyed a recent resurgence of fame as the "Trololo" singer, died this weekend in St. Peterburg. Khil's newly famous I Am So Happy To Finally Be Back Home was...
09:48 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Eduard "Trololo" Khil dead at 77
Eduard Khil, the Russian entertainer who enjoyed a recent resurgence of fame as the "Trololo" singer, died this weekend in St. Peterburg. Khil's newly famous I Am So Happy To Finally Be Back Home was ...
09:35 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Prince Holds The Katamari On His Shoulders
Prince Holds The Katamari On His Shoulders [Everfalling's Flickr Set]...
09:33 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Google alerts Chinese when results censored
"It ... seems likely to irritate Chinese officials, who have already employed an array of techniques to punish the company since a clash over censorship led Google to move its servers to Hong Kong in ...
09:03 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Google lawyer on Oracle victory: "People are treating patents like lottery tickets"
Google defeated Oracle's claims regarding Java in the Android operating system. But at what cost? Google's general council writes: "The case illustrates the cost when the patent system doesn't work we...
08:41 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie Garden Gnome
Despite recent events, the Fairyland CDC "does not know of a virus, condition or curse that would reanimate dead gnomes (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)." Gnombie [Amazon] Zombie Garde...
08:21 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Sir Thomas Turtleton the turtle free at last
A turtle of the same species as Sir Thomas. Photo: Brocken Inaglory (cc) A Cayman Island turtle farm is to release a 60-year-old turtle, Sir Thomas Turtleton, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years...
08:11 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Cow sex halts traffic
This weekend, state police in Pennsylvania State Police reported that cows "having relations in the road" brought traffic to a standstill near Kittanning, PA. "The bull rebuffed any notion of interrup...
08:06 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Lab: phosphorus caused burning beach pebbles
A few weeks ago, we brought you news of a lady whose new collection of beach pebbles exploded in her pocket, sending her to the hospital and making a hazmat site of her home. Additional testing confir...
07:58 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Songbird seized on flight
From the AP: "Passengers on a 10-hour flight from Taiwan to California discovered a surprising stowaway when a songbird hopped down their plane's aisle in what officials suspect is a failed animal smu...
07:56 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Candy wrapper trail leads to snack bar burglars
Police hunting burglars who worked over a Little League snack bar had no trouble finding them: they just followed the trail of discarded food wrappers. [UT San Diego]...
03:43 am PDT - Mon, June 4, 2012
BoingBoing Austerity obliterates ecology: Canadian budget to make environmental impact statements optional, class eco-groups as money-launderers
Chris sez, "The budget bill currently before the Canadian Parliament (Bill C-38) does a bunch of things that don't seem to have much to do with the budget--including completely gutting Canada's federa...
10:27 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Cthulhu tiki mug
Jonathan Chaffin has discovered the true purpose of crowdfunding: producing cthulhoid tiki mugs. The project is funded and more-than-funded, but there's still time to stump up for a $40 horror in whic...
03:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Most gadget reviews suck
Matt Buchanan on everything that's wrong with gadget reviews, as exemplified by David Pogue's oleaginous impartiality. [Buzzfeed FWD]...
01:52 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Right, but I have a 1D.
There are photographers and there are people who collect equipment....
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Tor vs Ethiopia
Runa from the Tor project, which oversees production of the anti-censorship/anti-surveillance technology, sez, "We have managed to determine exactly how Ethiopia blocks Tor and we have developed a wor...
12:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Why did our species survive?
Today, we're the only living member of the genus Homo and the only living member of the subtribe Hominina. Along with chimpanzees and bonobos, we're all that remains of the tribe Hominini. But the fos...
12:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing NYT: MEN invented the internet
What a steaming turd of an opening line of David Streitfeld's otherwise serviceable New York Times piece about the Ellen Pao/Kleiner Perkins sexual harassment lawsuit, and gender discrimination in Sil...
08:00 am PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Cable-TV Update: Off the Grid, Still In the Box
The cable box can make channel serfs of us all.It's big, it's bulky, it has an interface an Excel spreadsheet might salute, and it sucks down too much electricity. It's one reason why cable TV bottom-...
08:00 am PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Off the Grid, Still In the Box: where's Cable TV headed?
The cable box can make channel serfs of us all.It's big, it's bulky, it has an interface an Excel spreadsheet might salute, and it sucks down too much electricity. It's one reason why cable TV bottom-...
04:15 am PDT - Sun, June 3, 2012
BoingBoing Publishing's hidden virtues
My latest Publishers Weekly column is "Publishing's Virtue," a look at the relative moral uprightness of trade publishing, especially when compared to the record labels and movie studios, with their j...
09:19 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing photos of insect eyes
Shikhei Goh knows his way around a macro lens. Check out his incredible gallery of insect eyes at 500px. (Via This is Colossal)...
03:07 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Innovative dystopias
An essay by Matt Stoller called "Profit-Driven Surveillance and the Spectrum of Freedom" on Naked Capitalism looks at the way that analytics, real-time tracking, and the for-profit prison and debt ind...
01:55 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Paul Krugman on science fiction's relationship to economics
In this long interview with Wired, Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman talks about the relationship between science fiction and economics. Krugman says he was inspired to pursue economics by Asimov's...
01:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Caturday
A wonderful photo contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Ben Lepley, who explains that this is his cat Yoshimi Minski, "sleeping in the semi-mummy position."...
12:54 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing How book publishing learned from music's digital mistake
Rob Reid writes in the WSJ, praising publishing for getting behind ebook publishing by licensing books for electronic formats, rather than boycotting e-readers, as the music industry boycotted MP3 pla...
12:27 pm PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian politician: My internet spying bill would help us catch serial killers like Luka Magnotta
The Toronto Sun today reports that "politicians and their aides in Ottawa have been shocked by the gruesome killing" attributed to Luka Magnotta. But not too shocked to exploit it for their own politi...
11:53 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Austerity obliterates transparency: budget cuts mean cuts to Canada's Freedom of Information
A reader writes, "Yet another voice calling attention to the ever narrowing access to information in Canada as the Harper Government repeatedly thumb their nose at the Canadian Access to Information A...
10:53 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Austerity obliterates history: Canadian heritage docs no longer available through interlibrary loan
A reader writes, "Canadian heritage documents that used to be accessible through inter-library loan will be no longer accessible. If you want to access documents of Canada's history, be prepared to do...
10:20 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Hard words for good spellers: the evil spelling test
Teresa Neilsen Hayden's evil spelling test is back, with more "words that trip up good spellers, arranged in an order thats intended to increase their difficulty." The origin of the test was pragmatic...
02:10 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing PENIS graffiti
WE ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO LEARN TO PROGRAM AND JUST LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED (via JWZ)...
01:06 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing R2D2 USB drive cufflinks
I remain skeptical of high-priced novelty USB drives (because today's beautifully made, high-capacity USB drive is tomorrow's beautifully made, laughably low-capacity USB drive, and gadgets with close...
01:03 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing Car with a dead Christmas Tree on its roof
BB pal Eric Paulos snapped this photo today of a car in Pittsburgh. Yes, that's a (dead) Christmas Tree tied to the roof. Yes, this is June....
12:00 am PDT - Sat, June 2, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a papercraft Enigma machine
Franklin Heath, a UK security consultancy, offers plans for printing and assembling your own papercraft Enigma machine, approximately like the ones that Alan Turing and the Polish cryptographers and c...
09:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Live from the World Science Festival: The mysteries of quantum biology
Video streaming by Ustream Earlier today, I told you about how the strange sort of physics that happens at the subatomic level can have an effect on big, warm, complicated biological systems. Quantum ...
08:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 053: Fitness for Geeks
Click here to play this episode. Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. Every once in a wh...
06:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Income inequality can be seen from space
How? It's surprisingly simple. Turns out, demand for trees in neighborhoods behaves a lot like a luxury item, as opposed to a basic necessity. Tim De Chant at The Per Square Mile blog wrote about rese...
06:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing 20-year-old bOING bOING T-shirt spotted in the wild
Our pal Joel Johnson of Animal New York snapped this photo of fellow staffer Jane-Claire Quigley wearing a 20-year-old bOING bOING T-shirt, lovingly "hung together with safety pins and shit" (as Joel ...
06:14 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Google image search for "European," "American," "African," "Asian"
One of these is not like the other. (Via Twisted Sifter)...
06:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Prominent GOP spokesman says "Let's hurl some acid at those Florida zombies"
Oh wait, Jay Townsend said, "Let's hurl some acid at those female democratic senators." Never mind, just business as usual at the GOP, carry on....
05:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Anarchist group targets scientists in terrorist attacks
Last year, I told you about Individuals Tending Towards Savagery, a terrorist group that has mailed bombs to nanotechnology researchers in Mexico, Chile, France, and Spain. Their stated goal: Stop tec...
05:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing What's quantum physics got to do with biology?
Plants can convert light from the Sun into energy, and they can do it incredibly well. In fact, 95% of the light that hits a leaf becomes useful energy for the plant. That's the power of photosynthesi...
05:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing The Pirate Bay gift card
It's got a Cory quote, and he gets a 10% royalty on each card sold. (Via Twisted Swifter)...
04:34 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing And then there were three ... hard drive manufacturers
How three hard drive companies gobbled up the industry [Buzzfeed]...
04:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Wired's first issue (1993) plus 12,000 word oral history of Wired as a free iPad app
I started working at Wired in 1993 (3rd issue), but I wrote a piece for the first issue (a review of Bruce Sterling's Hacker Crackdown) so I'm excited that Wired is releasing the first issue for free ...
04:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Responding to "cannibal fever," CDC denies existence of zombies
"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," wrote the US government agency spokesman David Daigle in an email to The Huf...
04:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Cannibal news: MMA fighter, high on shrooms, ate friends still-beating heart
A California judge has determined that a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter accused of killing his friend and sparring partner "by ripping his still-beating heart from his chest after gruesomely b...
03:39 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Documentary about combat pigeons, starring 103-year-old pigeoneer
[Video Link] Col. Clifford Poutre - my new ShorDurPerSav. The film, The Pigeoneers, opens June 8. In this debut film, director Alessandro Croseri delivers a stunningly beautiful ode to combat pigeons ...
02:23 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Happy Jubilee, Ma'am
From Cyriak, of course. [Video Link]...
01:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing 7 tips for good behavior, circa 1500 A.D.
Gretchen Ruben, author of the terrific Happiness Project book, posted seven tips for good social interaction, written by Desiderius Erasmus around 1500 A.D. in his book De Civilitate Morum Puerilium L...
01:57 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Internet governance shifting from civil society to government, and getting less free
James from the New America Foundation sez, "I wanted to share this blog post on why civil society voice is essential in Internet governance and some efforts shift control to government-only entities:"...
01:42 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Occult art show in Brooklyn
Pam Grossman of the entrancing Phantasmaphile blog curated a group art show in Brooklyn of works inspired by magick and occult symbology. Above, Jesse Bransford's "Magic Square (Jupiter)," {2011, acry...
01:33 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Letting someone die for their faith: Moving essay by photojournalist who documented snake handler's death
Randy Wolford made the news this week. A pastor in a Christian sect that promotes holding and carrying venomous snakes as a way of expressing faith in God, Wolford died from a snake bite. Just like hi...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Accused Maryland cannibal-murderer who ate pal's heart and brain had podcast, was into QR codes, self-publishing
Profile pic Alex Kinyua, aka COREeye67, used for his "WARRIOR SYNDICATE RADIO (WSR-366)" podcast. Maryland resident Alexander Kinyua reportedly confessed to police that he killed his a man who lived w...
01:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Drugs and electrical stimulation enable paralyzed rats to walk
Paralyzed rats were able to walk and run again through a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, and robotics-assisted rehabilitation. In the new issue of the journal Science,...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Another cannibal in the news
A professor at Sweden's Karolinska Institute is being held for reportedly cutting off his wife's lips and eating them, according to the Sidney Morning Herald. She was allegedly having an affair. From ...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Stuxnet, the worm that targeted Iran's nuclear facilities, was created by US and Israel
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inspects centrifuges at a uranium enrichment plant. Reporting for the New York Times, David Sanger confirms what internet security researchers suspected all along...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing House cleaner breaks into home, tidies, leaves bill
Last week, the proprietor of Sue Warren Cleaning service tidied up Sherry Bush's home in Westlake, Ohio and left a bill for $75. Thing is, Bush never hired her. Warren broke into the home, cleaned it,...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Minecraft-themed wedding
The Goodness lavishly photo-documents a Minecraft-themed wedding: Matt and Asia are simply the most perfect couple ever. They met through their church (Matt said he fell for her watching her dance, aw...
12:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Hitler attempts to navigate the peer-review process
Anything that inspires a good angry rant in real life can be turned into a Downfall video. Getting a peer reviewed research paper through the aforementioned review process can be a stressful, rant-ind...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Buckminster Fuller blanket fort
Wired has instructions for making a simple broom/twine/blanket fort based on Buckminster Fuller's concept of tensegrity, "tensional integrity."  Buckminster Fuller hand-painted designer toy - Boi...
12:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Missing scientist no longer missing
About a month ago, Mike Martin published a profile in Psychology Today, all about Margie Profet, a controversial evolutionary biologist and McArthur fellow who had been missing since 2004. (I posted a...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Bottle-Cap Blues: HOWTO open a beer with pretty much anything
I liked Chris Sumers's "Bottle Cap Blues," a well-edited and nicely shot comic short featuring all the different (and often dangerous) ways by which one might open a stubbourn beer bottle when caught ...
11:17 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Florida voter-suppression campaign means WWII vet has to prove he is American or lose his vote
Florida governor Rick Scott has ordered a high-velocity purge of the state's voter-rolls, using secret criteria to target 180,000 Floridians and requiring them to prove their citizenship in 30 days or...
10:09 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing Tax-refund fraud: filing someone else's return to rip them off
In the New York Times, Lizette Alvarez reports on a "tsumani of fraud" in the form of tax-refund identity theft. Using only a very little information, crooks file tax returns in their victims' names (...
12:30 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing An interview with China Miville
Photo: Ceridwen (cc) China Miville is one of the most important writers working in Britain today. The author of ten novels of "weird fiction"—as well as short stories, comics, non-fiction, a rol...
12:25 am PDT - Fri, June 1, 2012
BoingBoing The Butterflies of India: An interview with Isaac Kehimkar
Isaac Kehimkar is an avid naturalist and the author of The Book of Indian Butterflies Isaac's photostream of Indian Butterflies is at Flickr. Avi Solomon: What early influences drew you to the study o...
11:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Fantasy settings populated by live ants
Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov builds miniature fantasy settings, designed to coax the ants he sets loose upon them to follow certain paths, bringing the scenes to life. (Thanks, Derryl!)...
10:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing ACTA crash-landing in the EU
Michael Geist has more detail on the fortunes of ACTA, the secretive copyright treaty that seems to be crash-landing in Europe, about which Rob posted earlier: Earlier today, three European Parliament...
09:17 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Macacbre coin-op automaton depicts a mortuary scene
Dug North sez, "The upcoming auction at Skinner features a macabre coin-operated mortuary scene automaton. When a coin is inserted, the doors open revealing four morticians and four poor souls on emba...
08:13 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Arrtez-moi quelqu'un! Vowing to violate Quebec's anti-protest law
Arrtez-moi quelqu'un! ("Someone stop me!") is a site where Quebeckers and their supporters around the world can post photos of themselves holding signs in which they state their intention to violate S...
07:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Globe and Mail turns celebrity photos slideshow into commentary on Quebec protests
The caption writer on the Globe and Mail's "Celebrity Photos of the Week" department has some trenchant political fun with the feature. Opening with a picture of the mass demonstrations still rocking ...
06:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing LAPD wants tapes of 1969 chats between Manson Family member and attorney
Tapes of 1969 conversations between Charles Manson's right hand man Tex Watson and his attorney may give new insight into the Manson family murders. The recordings turned up as part of the late attorn...
06:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Google not guilty of infringement in OracleJava suit
The judge presiding over the Google/Oracle suit has ruled that Google didn't infringe copyright by using the Java APIs, though he didn't rule on whether APIs themselves can be copyrighted....
06:36 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing The Mysterious Mr. Hokum
The Mysterious Mr. Hokum is a fascinating story about an enigmatic con-man, told by documentarian and internet archivist Jason Scott. He died of a heart attack at his expensive, beautiful home outside...
05:53 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing African bootleg MP3 street-market
3bute's comic has adapted Chris Kirkley's blog post about an MP3 street-market in Nouakchott, Mauritania. It's a fascinating look at the intersection of traditional developing-world counterfeit/bootle...
05:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Lockdown: freeopen OS maker pays Microsoft ransom for the right to boot on users' computers
A quiet announcement from the Fedora Linux community signals a titanic shift in the way that the computer market will work from now on, and a major threat to free/open operating systems. Microsoft and...
04:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing CISPA: time to kill this sucker
Zak from Fight for the Future/Privacy is Awesome sez,: It's only days before the Senate votes on its version of CISPA, the SECURE IT Act. The bill would open all your data up to the government, no mat...
04:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing CISPAtime to kill this sucker
Zak from Fight for the Future/Privacy is Awesome sez,: It's only days before the Senate votes on its version of CISPA, and the SECURE IT Act. The bill would open all your data up to the government, no...
04:37 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Toddler kicked off plane after iPad deprivation tantrum
A family from Washington state had to cancel an island vacation when their flight was grounded after their 3-year-old son pitched a tantrum. The toddler had been quietly playing with an iPad while wai...
04:36 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Generate your own Malcolm Gladwell best-seller with this handy website
Malcolmgladwellbookgenerator.com is a source of high LOLs. (via @onthemedia)...
04:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Illinois state representative totally freaks out in epic "Let My People Go" tantrum (video)
I'm not sure what kind of lawmaker he is, but Illinois State Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) is, without a doubt, a source of high-quality viral video entertainment. The tl;dr: he became upse...
04:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Apple iMac was almost named "MacMan," until this guy stopped Steve Jobs
Fast Company has published an excerpt from Ken Segall's new book Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apples Success. The excerpt recounts the tale of how former ad exec Segall helped steer then...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing With a splash, the (SpaceX) Dragon has landed
The first picture of the Dragon spacecraft as it floats in the ocean awaiting recovery ships. (SpaceX) At 8:42AM Pacific/11:42 AM Eastern this morning, SpaceX completed an historic mission as the busi...
03:50 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Otis Elevator's ads for the 1964 NYC World's Fair
In the Vintage Ads group, Man Writing Slash has posted a set of three Otis Elevator ads that were themed to tie in with the 1964 New York World's Fair. Man Writing Slash is just about my favorite post...
03:27 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Toddler kicked off plane after iPad deprivation tantrum
A family from Washington state had to cancel an island vacation when their flight was grounded after their 3-year-old son pitched a tantrum. The toddler had been quietly playing with an iPad while wai...
03:14 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing "Aint No Homos Gonna Make it to Heaven," sings toddler in church
In a video made viral by our pals at Dangerous Minds, a child sings: "I know the Bibles right, somebodys wrong / I know the Bibles right, somebodys wrong / Ain't no homos going to make it to heaven." ...
02:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking bits in pretty ways: The visualists of Blip Fest
This past weekend I sunk into the depths of chiptune music at Blip Festival. I noticed pretty quickly that a lot of the bands had the same visualists managing the projected artwork behind the stage. I...
02:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
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02:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing More on Wikileaks, Assange, and the UK Supreme Court ruling
The highest court in the UK ruled yesterday on a 5-2 majority that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on accusations of rape and sexual as...
01:46 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Cat and Ram are pals (photo)
A reader photography contest at National Geographic yields this photograph by Sarah Deutsch, of "a magical moment of love between a cat and a ram." If interspecies love is not your thing, try this tri...
01:46 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Cat and Goat are pals (photo)
A reader photography contest at National Geographic yields this photograph by Sarah Deutsch, of "a magical moment of love between a cat and a ram." If interspecies love is not your thing, try this tri...
01:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing "Old people smell" is real
You know the odor of retirement homes, synagogues on high holidays, churches on crowded Sundays, and, perhaps, your grandmother's house? Turns out that "old people smell" seems to be a real thing, acc...
01:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Florida is center of coming zombie apocalypse
From ihopericksantorum: 5/16: McArthur High School HazMat SituationStudents, Teachers Decontaminated After Breaking Out In Rash https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/mcarthur-high-school-contamina...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing It's shopped, this new app will be able to tell by the pixels
At Poynter, Craig Silverman writes about FourAndSix, a new photo forensics tool now in beta. The idea is to create tools that "sniff out digitally altered images." Two of the people behind it: Kevin C...
01:27 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing The history of pigeon camera photography
I bought this tiny video camera because my kids and I want to strap it to our cat and see where she goes when she wanders around outside. We are trying to design a safe and comfortable harness for her...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Kid's guide to Minecraft
On Something Awful, Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka's seven-year-old daughter Lauren has a guide to Minecraft for budding players and pros alike: A Seven-Year Old's Guide to Minecraft (Mindcraft 3?)...
12:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing ACTA falters in Europe
Three EU committees rejected ACTA this week; good news for a bad treaty. Previously. [Ars]...
12:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Super-size soda to be banned in New York under obesity plan
At the NYT, Michael M. Grynbaum reports on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to abolish sales of large bottles or cups of soda outside of grocery stores. The proposed ban would affect virtually the entir...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Clarion Write-a-Thon: the home-game edition of the Clarion writing workshop
The Clarion Foundation has announced its annual write-a-thon, which is a sort of "home-game" edition of the famous Clarion science fiction and fantasy writing workshop, a boot-camp for budding writers...
12:11 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Lightning rainbow
A rainbow during storms in Haikou, the capital of China's Hainan province. Photo: China Daily/Reuters...
12:03 pm PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Sun god appeased in Manhattan
To this marvelous photo of something odd going on in Manhattan, Jane-Claire Quigley appends an explanation (of sorts). [Animal NY]...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Hypercard at 25
Matthew Lasar at Ars: "Where does HyperCard fit in the narrative of innovation? It's always tempting to go the condescending route and compare the program to, say, the optical telegraph, which was the...
11:14 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing SpaceX Dragon takes fiery ride from ISS back to Earth today
Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com Six days after it berthed with the International Space Station on an historic mission to prove that it could, the SpaceX Dragon vehicle...
11:10 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian border guards demand inbound journalist's mobile phone contacts, prohibit writing while in-country
Henry sez, "Jacobin editor and In These Times correspondent Bhaskar Sunkara got a going over from Canadian border cops who accused him of being 'political' for knowing about health insurance, and of b...
11:03 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing New York City mapped by rappers' origins
Click through to A Very Small Array for full size. You may also enjoy The Rap Map....
10:00 am PDT - Thu, May 31, 2012
BoingBoing Click watches look like light-switches
Click's latest watches are the "Wall Switches." As the name implies, they look like wide, flat, blank wall-switches, but have a hidden illuminated time-display that lights up when the switch is flicke...