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10:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing No transgender cartoon torsos please, we're Facebook
Wendy Pini, creator of a decadent sci-fi version of Edgar Allan Poe's Masque of the Red Death, learned the hard way that one does not simply post paintings of blue-skinned hermaphrodite event planners...
09:22 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Notes from DEFCON and DEFCON Kids
I've been posting lightly around here for the past week, as I've been at DEFCON, where I gave a speech. I brought my whole family -- wife, daughter, and parents -- and the kid got to do some lockpicki...
08:26 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing William Shatner and Wil Wheaton welcome NASA's Curiosity rover to Mars (video)
Check out these cool videos William Shatner and Wil Wheaton hosted for NASA, explaining how the Curiosity rover will, science willing, land on the surface of Mars on 1:31 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6....
07:04 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Young Tom Waits's shtick presages Heath Ledger's Joker
This 1979 clip of a young Tom Waits being interviewed on Australian TV by Don Lane demonstrates just how similar Waits's shtick (especially back in those days) resembled Heath Ledger's Joker character...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Teacup lined with teeth
Artist and Shapeways user Lily X Su designed this 3D printed ceramic teacup whose lip is lined with human teeth. Of her work, Su writes, The ultimate challenge in my opinion is to create something tha...
04:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Carved wooden tennies
Artist Brent Owens produces wonderful carved sculptures, including this carved pair of wooden tennis shoes from 2009. Carved Works - Brent Owens (via Craft)...
04:30 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Johnny Got His Gun
This is one in a series of essays about enthralling books. I asked my friends and colleagues to recommend a book that took over their life. I told them the book didn't have to be a literary masterpiec...
04:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Medal Count
Attention sports-hating patriots! Here you can have just the stats. [medalcount.com]...
03:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Defining the Reality Hackers
In the cyberdelic lineage of RU Sirius's publishing efforts, the 1980s 'zine High Frontiers morphed into Reality Hackers which eventually evolved into the massively-influential Mondo 2000. The transit...
02:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Gentlemen's garter ad, 1924
In 1924, an ad in the Boston Globe reminded the lads to pull up their socks. How did your garters look this morning? (Oct, 1924)...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Chris Marker, director of La jete, RIP
Chris Marker, the French artist, writer, and film director, has died at age 91. Marker is best known for his incredible 1962 science fiction featurette La jete which was the direct inspiration for Ter...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Update: There will be a third Hobbit movie released in 2014
Remember that time I said there might be a third Hobbit movie, but not to get excited? Well, feel free to get excited: Peter Jackson has confirmed that the summer of 2014 will see the release of The H...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing How to get expelled from the Olympics
Je les tous Defonce Corens, allez vous tous Bruler, bande de trisos "I'll smash the Koreans, you'll burn, you band of mongoloids." — Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella, on Twitter, earlier to...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Ubisoft's DRM leaves your computer wide open to browser-based system hijacking
Yesterday, noted security researcher (and Google employee) Tavis Ormandy published his discovery that Ubisoft's UPlay DRM installs a browser plugin that leaves your computer terribly vulnerable to dri...
01:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Atlanta cops can't explain to CNN anchor why they pulled him over
Neetzan Zimmerman at Gawker: "T. J. Holmes was one mile from his Atlanta home when he was suddenly pulled over by two police cars. The normally affable CNN anchor proceeded to live-tweet the stop, get...
01:37 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing David Byrne and St Vincent's monumentally funky "Weekend in the Dust"
David Byrne and St Vincent (AKA "Annie") have collaborated on a new album called "Love This Giant," which will come out in Sept. If you pre-order now ($9 for electronic delivery, $11 for electronic &p...
01:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Meet Robin Shelby, Slimer actress in Ghostbusters 2, current web series star
A while back, I came across some old footage from the set of Ghostbusters 2, a movie that is one of my favorite movies of all time. (And a movie that I will defend to the death.) The scene they were w...
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Conner's "Mea Culpa" film for Eno and Byrne
At Saturday's "This Must Be The Place" post-punk film festival in San Francisco, I was bowled over by Beat filmmaker/photographer/assemblage artist Bruce Conner's 1981 short film for the song "Mea Cul...
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Ethnic slur on hotel TV
On Friday, Joseph Ross had just checked into a Motel 6 in Sharonville, Ohio when he turned on the TV and was greeted with an on-screen message that said "Hello Nigger!" Motel 6 responded that the comp...
12:43 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Iowa City Public Librarys Local Music Project
If you have a library card and password, and live in Iowa City you can download this music. You own it forever. Put it on your phone. Play it at parties. Turn it up Thats the message on the Iowa City ...
12:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing GAMAGO's zombie foot chew toy
Perhaps your dog, or you, may enjoy chewing on a zombie foot....
12:37 pm PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Zed's (not quite) Dead
This video, by Toronto dubstep duo Zeds Dead, just happens to star actor Peter Greene, who played the role of Zed in Quentin Tarantinos classic Pulp Fiction. Turnstyle's Noah Nelson interviewed the di...
11:42 am PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Report: complexity of cyberspying botnets greater than previously known
Brian Krebs interviews Jon Stewart, a security researcher "whos spent 18 months cataloging and tracking malicious software that was developed and deployed specifically for spying on governments, activ...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing "How I lost my fear of Universal Health Care"
Worth a read: American blogger A Young Mom, who believed state-funded abortion was "a horrible thing," writes about how she changed her mind about Universal Health Care after realizing that affordable...
11:27 am PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Very important public service annoucement about spiders (video)
[Video Link]. "A lot of people die. Just so you know."—Dan Lucal. (via Casimir Nozkowski)...
11:27 am PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Very important public service announcement about spiders (video)
[Video Link]. "A lot of people die. Just so you know."—Dan Lucal. (via Casimir Nozkowski)...
11:21 am PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Uganda: Ebola's back
The president of Uganda has "banned all physical contact" as the deadly Ebola virus is reported in the city's capital, Kampala, for the first time. The Ministry of Health are tracing all the people wh...
11:13 am PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Plant caught
Internet users get it done fast: the identities of animal abusers, the provenance of clever media hoaxes and the details of shocking crimes are often exposed within minutes. To the galleries of summar...
11:03 am PDT - Mon, July 30, 2012
BoingBoing Guardian reconstructs Olympics basketball match in LEGO
If NBC's Olympics coverage were this adorable, I would not only watch it, I would forgive them for delaying it and pretending like it were live. Video: "Brick-by-brick men's basketball: USA v France" ...
05:54 pm PDT - Sun, July 29, 2012
BoingBoing An investment fund that makes trades based on superstitious beliefs
Shing-Tat Chung says: Would you trust a superstitious robot with your money? Can technology operate with human characteristics, interpreting data and information with basic human behaviors. The Supers...
05:28 pm PDT - Sun, July 29, 2012
BoingBoing Team Geek: A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others - excerpt from new book
Here's an excerpt (PDF file) from the new O'Reilly book, Team Geek: A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others, by Brian Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman. In a perfect world, software...
03:18 pm PDT - Sun, July 29, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Blood Music, by Greg Bear
This is one in a series of essays about enthralling books. I asked my friends and colleagues to recommend a book that took over their life. I told them the book didn't have to be a literary masterpiec...
11:42 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing UK high court experiences flash of sanity, decriminalizes sarcastic aviation tweeting
In a rare and welcome moment of sanity, the UK High Court has ruled that guy who made a snarky tweet about bombing an airport is not a criminal. The judge's written opinion is not kind to the cops and...
10:38 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Apple won't carry an ebook because it mentions Amazon
Author Holly Lisle has a series of online writing guides that she sells. One volume of this, "How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Storys Market" was rejected by Apple's iB...
09:48 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Report of working 3D printed gun
Popular Science's John Robb reports on a person who claims that his 3D-printed pistol can successfully fire live ammunition, though not with total reliability. The same person then went on to print a ...
09:35 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Record labels won't share Pirate Bay winnings with artists; they're keeping it for record companies
The record labels that successfully sued The Pirate Bay for millions on the grounds that the network had infringed upon artists' copyrights have announced that it will not share any of the money it re...
08:47 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Astronaut Sally Ride's partner won't receive government death benefits. Thanks, homophobes.
Sally Kohn at TIME, writing about the female domestic partner of Sally Ride, physicist and first American woman in space: "Under federal law, Rides domestic partner of 27 years will not receive death ...
07:22 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Poop Strong: Cancer patient whose costs exceeded insurance cap wins victory, via Twitter
Arijit, 31, is graduate student in Arizona who was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with stage IV colon cancer. He endured multiple surgeries, and grueling rounds of chemotherapy. Then, in Februa...
06:23 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Mysteries, by Knut Hamsun
This is one in a series of essays about enthralling books. I asked my friends and colleagues to recommend a book that took over their life. I told them the book didn't have to be a literary masterpiec...
01:40 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Olympics ceremony honors Tim Berners-Lee, but NBC anchors don't know who he is
"Tim being Englishman Tim-Berners Lee... if you haven't heard of him, [laugh], we haven't either." Video here. (via @stevesilberman)...
01:40 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Olympics 2012 opening ceremony honors Tim Berners-Lee, but NBC anchors don't know who he is
"Tim being Englishman Tim-Berners Lee... if you haven't heard of him, [laugh], we haven't either." — Meredith Vieira, derping out with Matt Lauer during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympi...
01:37 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing What do you think of the new Apple "genius" ads running during Olympics 2012 TV coverage?
The internets are a-flutter with critics of these new Apple ads. I'm not crazy about them. They feel like they're for Best Buy or something, not Apple. I do wish they'd just bring back John Hodgman. (...
01:28 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Sick of the Olympics already? Olwimpics browser blocker is your new best friend.
Greg Leuch at fffffat unveils the Olwimpics content blocker for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Sweet Jesus, thank you. (via @gautamramdurai)...
01:22 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing A message for the media from an Aurora shooting survivor: "Give victims and survivors their space"
"Student, writer, and self-identifying geek" A.J. Focht, writing on a Suicide Girls blog, talks about the experience of surviving the recent mass shooting at "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at an Aur...
01:10 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt Romney Goes to Paris (a poem)
"Its an honor to be welcomed by the President of France/Who would have been that World Bank guy if hed kept on his pants"—Jerry Adler's poetic interpretation of presidential candidate Mitt Romne...
01:06 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Yelp reviews, read by real actors (video)
[Video Link] Chris Kipiniak, who is a working actor, puts all those many years of training and practice to work in a dramatic interpretation of an online restaurant review for the Stratford Diner. Thi...
12:54 pm PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Caturday (photo)
Muaz Mohamed shot this lovely photo of a kitteh wishing you a happy Caturday, with a high-five paw. Shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool....
11:26 am PDT - Sat, July 28, 2012
BoingBoing Why one mutation can protect people from HIV
We've talked here before about the importance of the protein CCR5 in HIV/AIDS treatment research. CCR5 is a protein on the surface of immune cells. Some people have a genetic mutation, called Delta-32...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 063: Fanboys vs Zombies
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. My co-hosts for th...
08:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
This is one in a series of essays about enthralling books. I asked my friends and colleagues to recommend a book that took over their life. I told them the book didn't have to be a literary masterpiec...
08:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Cartoon explains how world's cutest encrypted chat service works
Cryptocat Adventure! from Nadim Kobeissi on Vimeo. Sean Bonner shared this cute video for Cryptocat, a web-based service that enables secure, encrypted online chatting and file transfer between two pa...
07:09 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Best Marriage Equality ad ever (video)
[Video Link] A PSA by "Why Marriage Matters (Maine)", featuring Harlan Gardner of Machias, ME along with four generations of his family, talking about what marriage means to him and why it matters to ...
06:52 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Chocolate Han Solo in Carbonite Sugar Cookie
Moogieland has a recipe, and photos, for this delightful Star Wars-themed sweet. Snip: In a galaxy far, far away, I purchased the Han Solo in Carbonite ice cube tray from Think Geek. I knew that I wan...
06:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Rich Kids of Instagram: a tumblog of greatness
[richkidsofinstagram.tumblr.com]: Rich Kids Of Instagram. "They have more money than you and this is what they do." (via @mistergif)...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing US charges citizen with $6,500 fine for visiting Cuba
Zachary Sanders, 38, traveled to Cuba as an unauthorized tourist 14 years ago. He was 23, and had been teaching English in Mexico. He decided to travel to Cuba for a couple of weeks in 1998. "I wanted...
06:26 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Happy Sysadmin Day!
A very happy Sysadmin Day to Boing Boing's own Ken Snider (@orenwolf on Twitter), and to all the others who toil in the server room coal mines. Without them, you would not be reading this blog post. S...
06:11 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Holding hands with strangers (video)
[Video Link] Andrew Hales of LAHWF ("Losing All Hope Was Freedom", a Fight Club reference) walks around in public trying to get strangers to hold his hand. Below, part two (via Joe Sabia)....
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Great moments in science education
And now, let us pay tribute to the 1992 winner of the Ig Nobel Award in the category of Art: Jim Knowlton's informative poster "Penises of the Animal Kingdom". (Bonus: The U.S. National Endowment for ...
05:20 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Eagle Scouts make a Tumblr for protest letters
Earlier this week, I posted a couple batches of letters from grown-up Eagle Scouts who chose to resign their hard-earned, elite awards in protest of the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning gay and ...
05:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Giant scale worm
Scale worms are usually small, and there are many different species that fall under the common name. At least one, Arctonoe vittata, famously enjoys a complex relationship with starfish. The worm live...
04:33 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Amid PR crisis, top Chick-fil-A publicist dies
The Midland, GA-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A has been in the middle of a public relations firestorm over issues of homophobia and allegations of gender discrimination. Today, the company's chief ...
03:44 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Matthew Weiner on Elisabeth Moss leaving Mad Men: Why would that happen?
Apparently, leaving the company does not mean leaving the show. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner says that even though Elisabeth Moss's Peggy Olsen has found greener pastures at their competition, it do...
03:29 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Disney World tells man to stop looking so much like Santa Claus
"I wasn’t wearing a red suit, a hat or black boots," Tolbert told NBC News, "just khaki pants, red high-top sneakers with green laces and a billowy, specially-made shirt decorated with a collage...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Charles Schulz's pre-Peanuts comics were visually dense
Thomas Haller Buchanan says: "It's fun to see Charles Schulz delineate grown-ups and cars and such. It shows that the simplicity in Peanuts was a chosen exile."...
03:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Ralphisms: great Wiggum moments
"Ralphisms" by alasdairdavidstewart. (via Laughing Squid)...
02:47 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing "it has witches, magic and French words."
My 8 year old niece, Salem, recently read Boing Boing for the first time. She appears to have liked it a lot and felt she had something to share. She'd like to tell you a bit about manga: Shiju Manga ...
02:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-porn video yields awesome 80s crowd reaction shots
[Video Link] Dr. James Dobson has clearly done his research! (Via Christian Nightmares)...
02:20 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Cloud Atlas trailer
Here is a teaser of what the Wachowskis are doing with Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell's 2004 challenging and immersive novel of nested stories that span the world and several centuries back and forward i...
02:09 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Da de los Muertos wallpaper
Emily Evans designed this gorgeous Da de los Muertos wallpaper for two Latin bars in London. It's hand-screened using metallic gold ink on peacock, charcoal, and raspberry paper. Anatomy Boutique (via...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Win tickets to San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival!
It's almost time for Outside Lands, the massive music festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. This year's festival, August 10-12, features the likes of Foo Fighters, Beck, Sigur Ros, Regina Spek...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Your quote of the day about penises and vaginas comes courtesy of George R. R. Martin
The man behind HBO's Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, is often asked about all that sex they have on the show (and in the books he wrote that inspired the show), like "Why do they have to have so...
01:23 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Post-punk film festival in San Francisco this weekend
If you're in San Francisco this weekend, there's a doozy of a mini-film festival at the Roxie Theater. "This Must Be The Place: Post-Punk Tribes 1978-1982" is a series of short films documenting the r...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Gubernatorial campaign staffer hates elderly people and Asians: "Shut up and speak English"
Kathlyn Ehl, a policy staffer for Washington Republican Rob McKenna's gubernatorial campaign, has many tweets to delete! [The Stranger]...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO watch Battlestar Galactica
The rebooted Battlestar Galactica was great at first, then got bogged down as it became clear no-one involved had any idea where things were headed. Choire Sicha offers the essential viewing guide to ...
12:17 pm PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Early iPhone mockups show Sony influence
The current iPhone design, it turns out, was in the works since 2006—and was so influenced by Sony that they even put its logo on the mockups. Court filings in the ongoing legal battle between A...
11:42 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing The graffiti of Pompeii
Pompeii is the city frozen in time. Which means that nobody ever came through and cleaned up all the (often incredibly dirty) ancient Roman graffiti (or added their own, more modern, stuff). So, what ...
11:42 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Olympics chief rings in the games
UK Olympics secretary Jeremy Hunt rang a bell Friday morning to herald the beginning of the summer games. The bell disintegrated, parts spinning into nearby bystanders....
11:34 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Tetris lights
I have just ordered this seven-piece reconfigurable Tetris light set, which automatically turns on when all the pieces are stacked together. I bet it sucks; if it does, I'm going to go right ahead and...
11:23 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Are you a two percenter?
Post [Violet Mae Lim via MG Siegler]...
11:18 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Dan Harmon close to finding a new home at Fox -- would Community be better off there, too?
Coming on the tails of NBC's news that they'd be pursuing "broader" projects for their comedy lineup, Fox has announced that they're moving forward on a possible new sitcom being written by the former...
10:58 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Thief stuffs Pomeranian puppy down pants
A thief caught on CCTV at a pet store made his escape by stuffing a $1,400 puppy down his pants. Recorded by Zoo-Rama in Elmont, New York, footage shows the dog snatcher grabbing the pup out of a cage...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Me, Al Franken and the worst meeting in the history of show business: a true story
I've never publicly shared my story about The Worst Meeting In The History Of Show Business, but this seems like an appropriate time, for reasons I'll get to in a minute. In the late '90s I was workin...
12:01 am PDT - Fri, July 27, 2012
BoingBoing Your coloring-in assignment for the evening
I looked at this and thought, "there is probably a lawsuit going on somewhere over who owns this art", then began laughing hysterically. Ah, but no! It just sold at auction for $657,250. Todd McFarlan...
11:52 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Ayn Rand's Lord of the Rings
'Yes,' said Frodo. 'I shall keep the Ring from the foolish parasities who wish to destroy it. For shockingly, many wish to destroy the Ring! They wish to keep the Ring from the rightful ownership of t...
11:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Meanwhile, some bears are fishing salmon out of a river in Alaska
#Bearcam may just be the best thing ever. Explore.org has two hi-def webcams turned on in Alaska's Brooks River in Katmai National Park. More than a hundred Brown Bears gather along a mile long stretc...
11:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Bug-a-salt: Gadget gun takes aim at flies, with a pinch of salt
I first met Lorenzo Maggiore a couple years ago in yoga class, and run into him at the beach from time to time—he's a surfer, and pops a mean handstand in yoga. But until recently, I had no idea...
11:06 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Mainstream making
The mainstreaming of making, makers and 3D printing marches on, with a very nice feature in CNN....
10:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing The coolest photo you'll see of that "derecho" storm hitting NYC today
It's Manhattan, not Mordor. With this shot, photographer Ryan Brenizer wins derecho day in New York City. "Not Photoshopped to heck; it actually looks like that," he explains. "23 images with a new le...
10:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Pot legalization is on the ballot in three US states. What happens when one state says yes to weed?
This November, voters in three US states—Colorado, Washington, and Oregon—will be able to vote on ballot measures that would legalize marijuana, period. Not just for medicinal purposes, bu...
10:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Facebook investors: "I am disappoint."
Today marked the day that Facebook released its first earnings report as a public company. There was some good news, but enough bummer news—a net loss of $157 million— to disappoint invest...
10:05 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Industrial accidents of yesteryear
This 1961 ad for Summitville Tiles, Inc. features an all-too-familiar lab scene that we were only able to put behind us for good when we stopped letting Salvador Dali cook his meth in Boing Boing Labs...
09:02 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Automated baked-goods identification computer vision system
A Japanese point-of-sale system has the native cunning to recognize baked goods of its own accord, a surprisingly tricky computer vision problem: Brain Corporation has developed a system that can indi...
08:44 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Zynga tanks
Zynga CEO Mark "just copy what they do" Pincus dumped $200m worth of shares recently, safely in time for the company's stock to tank. Yahoo: In April, Zynga conducted a "secondary stock offering" in w...
07:58 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing When men's sleepwear ruled the world
As a committed lounger-about-in-nice-pajamas, I have long suspected that the golden age of men's sleepwear was in the past. Here I present conclusive evidence for my hypothesis. Loungearounds! & ...
07:44 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Documentary about an iconic drum machine
Due out next year, Planet Rock And Other Tales of the 808 tells the tale of the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, a drum machine introduced in 1980 that helped define the sound of hip hop, house, and mos...
06:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Will Minecraft and Makerbot usher in the post-scarcity economy?
I swear that when I wrote this, I had not seen this PBS Idea Channel video, which argues that Minecraft and 3D printers will usher in a post-scarcity economy. From the Jetsons to Cory Doctorow, scienc...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Outdoor dining table with wind-resistant plate-recesses
Marco Marotto and Paola Oliva's "Table Bye Bye Wind" is designed for outdoor eating, with recessed nooks for plates and cups that offer protection from the wind. Table Bye Bye Wind par Marco Marotto e...
06:33 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Walrus emits excellent noises on command (video)
[Video Link] What's 3,400 lbs and makes fart-noise vocalizations when asked? E.T., a 30-year-old Pacific walrus at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, WA, who is one of only 17 walruses in U...
06:20 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Tor project considers covering costs for exit nodes
The maintainers of the Tor Project -- which provides more anonymous and private Internet use by bouncing traffic around many volunteers' computers -- is considering paying $100/month to people who mai...
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Ultimate Nick Arcade Megamix (video)
Ryan Hunter created this supercut for Jest.com of Nick Arcade host Phil Moore's short song-and-dance improvisations. If you watched this show as a kid when it originally aired in 1992-1993, you will s...
06:09 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing New Order to play in the US
I am so looking forward to New Order's tour this fall! No surprise that Peter Hook -- whose new book, "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division," will be published in October -- will not be part of this...
05:56 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing The middle of nowhere
Mitt's international tour, day 1: "Say something so undiplomatic that your host sees no reason not to publicly insult you."...
05:40 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-Super-PAC Super PAC
George Soros's son Jonathan is running a Super PAC that will run attack ads targetting candidates who oppose abolishing Super PACs....
05:19 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing BART escalators caked in human poo
So much human excrement was drawn into one San Francisco subway escalator that a HAZMAT team was required after it ground to a poo-glued halt. Will Kane in SFGate: While the sheer volume of human wast...
05:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Humble Music Bundle does for music what Humble has done for games -- DRM-free, pay-what-you-like, awesome
The wonderful folks at Humble Bundle -- who produce pay-what-you-like bundles of DRM-free media, inviting customers to apportion some or all of their payments to charity -- have expanded from games bu...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing 8 habits of high effective fraudsters
Scientists aren't always right. In fact, individual research papers turn out to be wrong pretty often and scientists are the first people to tell you that they don't know everything there is to know. ...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing 8 habits of highly effective fraudsters
Scientists aren't always right. In fact, individual research papers turn out to be wrong pretty often and scientists are the first people to tell you that they don't know everything there is to know. ...
04:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing DC cops snatch camera, keep memory card one day after promising to stop
A day after Washington D.C.'s police chief issued orders to respect the right of citizens recording public police activity, an officer forced a man to hand over his cellphone and later failed to retur...
04:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Army needs oyster shells
If you have 4,000 bushels of empty oyster shells, the US Army will pay you $15,000 for them. (Thanks, David!)...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Pen, removed from woman's stomach after 25 years, still works
Things like this are why medical case reports make for absolutely fabulous reading. From the Annals of Improbable Research Via Philip Bump...
04:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Famous "star cradle" might have been destroyed long before we ever discovered it
This is one of the most-famous astronomy photos in the world. Called "The Pillars of Creation" it was taken by the Hubble telescope in 1995 and shows massive columns of hydrogen gas and dust in the Ea...
04:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Dinosaurs didn't only live in jungles
And they probably didn't drag their massive tails along the ground, either. At The Guardian, Dave Hone debunks some of the most common dinosaur myths. (Via Mark Becker)...
04:26 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Forensic psychologist says mass killing is about culture, not mental illness
The story is familiar to us today: Somebody, usually a young man, walks into a public place, kills a bunch of people seemingly at random, and (usually) ends the murder spree with a suicide-by-cop. But...
03:50 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Build a living sea creature from spare parts
A couple of days ago, Rob told you about scientists who had built a "jellyfish" in the lab, using rat cells. Which is awesome. Naturally, it's not quite as awesome as it sounds, though. The scientists...
03:29 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing DC police chief issues extremely excellent guidelines on citizens taking pictures of cops
As part of a settlement with Jerome Vorus, who was ordered to stop taking pictures by DC cops, DC chief of police Cathy Lanier has issued guidelines to her officers on citizen photography of police ac...
03:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Facebook makes Karl Frisch sit in a corner for 24 hours because of his Chick-fil-A political cartoon
Democratic strategist Karl Frisch got bounced off Facebook for a day for posting this satirical ad about Chick-fil-A. As many know, Frisch is openly gay and does not support the practices and policies...
03:07 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Disinfo Podcast interview with Henry Rollins
Matt Staggs, the host of the Disinfo podcast, says I interviewed legendary punk icon, world traveler, and lecturer Henry Rollins, Rollins. He is intensely focused on creating a better world and a bett...
02:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Documentary about Pee-Wee's Playhouse artist Wayne White
[Video Link] Wayne White is an artist whose work is probably familiar to many of you, even if you don't know him by name: Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Smashing Pumpkins videos, sculpture, painting. This upcom...
02:10 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Smoking orangutan moved to more isolated and better habitat
Tori, a 13-year-old female orangutan at Central Java's Taru Jrung Zoo, has been moved to a new island habitat at the facility so she can quit smoking. Apparently, she picked up the habit because idiot...
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing PBS remixes Bob Ross
PBS released this delightful video of Bob Ross "remixed," titled "Happy Little Clouds."  Trove of Bob Ross videos on YouTube - Boing Boing...
01:54 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. If you want to blend in with your friends wearing Rolex and Tag, do not buy a Tendence watch...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Top 10 corporate theme songs
The first offering has lyrics by famous advertising copywriter Salman Rushdie. The second is a version of U2's One created for Bank of America, titled One Bank. By the time you get to The Gazprom Song...
01:27 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Book review in JavaScript
Robin Sloan wrote a book review in JavaScript. You can watch the video above but the point is to enter the code you see into the JavaScript console on Robin's site. And if you can't be bothered but ar...
01:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter down because of reasons
Twitter users anxious for their dopamine hit currently see the following image when compulsively refreshing twitter.com....
01:15 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing A rant on marijuana dispensaries, and the quest for a living wage in LA
Over at Dangerous Minds, Richard Metzger has an epic rant in response to a recent Los Angeles City Council vote to close medical cannabis dispensaries in the city (there are many). I use pot to help w...
01:10 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Skype changes video call routing, privacy advocates say snooping now easier
Skype has made changes to the way it routes video calls: in a new, centralized routing model, some of the video calling data is pushed to Skype's own servers, instead of random nodes out in the cloud....
01:06 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing 2001: A Summer Blockbuster
Via Imaginary Foundation, this trailer for a new summer blockbuster called 2001: A Space Odyssey. In theaters June 4, 1968!...
12:38 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing RPG for water balloons
Japan's Marudai has brought forth upon this world a new form of water gun: a water rocket-propelled grenade launcher, which fires water balloons a great distance. As the machine-translated text says, ...
12:38 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing RPG for water rockets
Japan's Marudai has brought forth upon this world a new form of water gun: a water rocket-propelled grenade launcher, which fires water balloons bottle rockets a great distance. As the machine-transla...
12:38 pm PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Olympic gold medals contain only 1% gold; would cost $25,000 if pure
The amount of gold in an Olympic gold medal has fallen to 1.34 percent, thanks to gold prices that recently peaked at $1,895 an ounce. At current prices, a pure 400g medal would cost about $25,000 to ...
09:49 am PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Homophobic Chick-Fil-A in a chickeny shitstorm
Homophobic chicken-slingers Chick-Fil-A are reeling in a tempest of bad publicity. First the Jim Henson company yanked its toys from its stores, then the mayor of Boston told it that it should set up ...
09:25 am PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Olympics: the alien invaders that destroy our cities
(Image by Smuzz) A topical message from our overlords...
05:56 am PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing America's secrecy system is totally, utterly, completely screwed up
It's obvious to anyone who's paying attention that the US secrecy system, by which government documents are classified "secret," "top secret," etc, is totally broken. J. William Leonard, who served as...
01:12 am PDT - Thu, July 26, 2012
BoingBoing Day-of-week underwear of yesteryear
My goodness, but that woman is fond of her underthings. ROCK ON WITH GRANNY PANTIES...
11:46 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed "mixtapes" from Makerbot
MakerBot has a delightful way of reviving the mixtape: a 3D printed MP3 player kit that looks like an old-fashioned cassette. You can either download and print the chassis yourself and assemble the de...
11:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Backyard shedTardis
Einstein19 built this home Tardis shed and matching dalek ten years ago, but only recently published it on Tardisbuilders*. It's a magnificent piece -- I only wish I could access the Tardisbuilder for...
10:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Humiliating giant head squirrel feeder
If you've decided to surrender to the squirrels that raid your bird-feeder and just set out squirrel chow instead, why not use one of Archie McPhee's humiliating giant-head-squirrel-feeders, which all...
09:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Honey Boo Boo gets her own show on the Learning Channel
The Learning Channel is dabbling in eschatology, and will soon air a programme starring young miss Honey Boo Boo Child, a young beauty competition participant from the Toddlers and Tiaras phenomenon. ...
07:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Critical history of the war on sympathetic magic
"Very Superstitious," Colin Dickey's essay for Lapham's Quarterly, presents a critical take on The Golden Bough, James G. Frazer's 1890 classic text on superstition. Dickey frames contempt for sympath...
07:26 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing IFPI's anti-piracy strategy leaks
A 30-page document containing the master anti-piracy strategy for IFPI (the umbrella group for all the record labels' national associations, like the RIAA and BPI) has leaked. The document, written by...
07:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Perfume that smells like new books
Paper Passion, a scent from Geza Schoen for Wallpaper* magazine, makes its wearers smell like freshly printed books. I suppose it can be alternated with "In the Library," a perfume that smells like ol...
06:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling talks technology and science fiction with Intel's futurist Brian David Johnson
Intel futurist Brian David Johnson continues his excellent "Tomorrow Project" with the first of a series of videos of his dialog with Bruce Sterling. In this opening installment, Sterling describes th...
06:08 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Comics Philosophy & Practice:
I haven't been to a comic book convention in over 15 years. I don't want to deal with the crowds. But after listening to Benjamen Walker (host of the terrific WFMU radio program Too Much Information) ...
06:04 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Rock Roll plays The Twitch
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05:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Gadget to shoot 360 panoramic video on iPhone
The Kogeto DOT is a $49 gadget that lets iPhone users shoot 360 panoramic videos. (Via Blame it on the Voices)...
05:39 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing MTV is making an hour-long "found footage" show inspired by Paranormal Activity
MTV is apparently developing a new series called The Experiment that will be shot in the style of The Blair Witch Project and the Paranormal Activity franchise, incorporating the scary, creepy element...
05:36 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing An interpretation of "Fish's Night Song" poem from 1905
Above: Christian Morgensterns 1905 poem Fishs Night Song. Heinrich Plett in Literary Rhetoric, points out the obvious: the referentiality of this isographemic configuration is polysemous. Fish's Night...
05:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Munsters to be rebooted as Mockingbird Lane, created by Brian "Pushing Daisies" Fuller
NBC is rebooting The Munsters as a new series called Mockingbird Lane, created by Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies), and incorporating Universal's stable of classic monsters. JoBlo's Alex Ma...
05:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Did Sherman Hemsley have an LSD lab in his house?
Jeff Simmermon says, "Apparently [recently-departed] Sherman Hemsley was a serious acid/psych-rock fiend and had an LSD lab in his basement." From an interview with Daevid Allen of Soft Machine and Go...
05:19 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Galaxy Laser Team: the greatest gumball machine plastic toys ever cast
Kirk Demarais of the Secret Fun Blog looks into the series of space monster plastic figurines from the late '70s known as the Galaxy Laser Team. Since then, clues about the series have popped up aroun...
05:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Medieval underwear
This is a 600-year-old bra, part of a recently-publicized archaeological find of thousands of 15th century textiles in an Austrian castle. Until now, the modern bra form was thought to have been inven...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Cinderblock necklaces pendants made from poured concrete
Max Steiner's Cement Cinder Block Necklaces are actually cast from poured concrete and cured for a month before being sold. At 3/4" tall, they're the cutest construction materials with which you can a...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing History of subway accidents in NYC
Kyle Chayka offers a history of deaths and injuries in the NYC subway system, from Victorian tunnel collapses to gang warfare and commuter-pushing psychopaths. [Animal]...
04:13 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Trying to hack the rules of wishing
Today's XKCD, the "Eyelash Wish Log," is a bit of design fiction that implies the story of a too-clever-for-his-own-good protagonist who tries to hack the rules and regulations of wishing. It reminded...
02:07 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing NBC announces its depressing plan to become the network of the lowest common denominator
In an incredibly disheartening interview with Time Magazine, NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt has announced that in light of the low ratings for uniquely creative and fun shows like Community...
02:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Pig's milk, and other difficult dairies
Writing in Slate, with reference to Deborah Valenze's Milk: A Local and Global History, Benjamin Phelan discusses the milks of various mammals, wild and domestic, and describes their culinary peculiar...
01:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Obama administration plays politics with treaty on copyright exceptions for disabled people
An update on the story about the Obama administration stonewalling on a treaty to make it easier for disabled people to access copyrighted works: "Obama can't overcome opposition from a handful of mos...
01:28 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing More men join the ranks of Former Eagle Scout
On Monday, I published a letter from my husband, Christopher Baker, to the Boy Scouts of America. In that letter, Baker returned his hard-earned Eagle Scout award and explained that he no longer wante...
01:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: What Will Be the Biggest Political Story of 2032?
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter. Further: JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's proud and mighty INNER HIVE to support the comic and receive untold BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES!...
12:54 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO drive, the Woz way
Mr Roadshow, a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, gave over this week's column to an interview with Apple-cofounder and legendary arch-hacker Steve Wozniak about his philosophy of driving and ro...
12:46 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Body retrieved from river was actually sex doll
Eighteen policemen worked to retrieve a woman's body from a river China's Shandong province. Turns out, it was actually a sex doll. Apparently, Shandong is a center for sex toy manufacturing. "China c...
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Goat Man speaks!
Goat Man, the fellow I posted about Monday who was photographed in a goat suit hanging with a herd in Ogden, Utah, has come forward. The man called the Division of Wildlife Resources and said he was s...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Canon EOS M mirrorless camera
Canon's EOS M is finally upon us. $800 will get you the company's first mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera, with a 22mm prime and a sales pitch centered firmly around its video capabilities. At h...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing eBook Review: Year Zero by Rob Reid
Rob Reid's Year Zero is pretty darn funny. Very much in the vein of a Douglas Adams novel, Reid's humor is light-hearted, intelligent and just plain silly! Nick Carter, a seemingly worthless attorney ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Lodnon 2102 Oimplycs
The official site of the Lodnon 2102 Oimplycs features news and views from an alternate reality London Games, as well as interesting news stories, such as the fact that the wine merchant Oddbins will ...
11:59 am PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing One less thing to worry about today: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart extend their contracts with Comedy Central
In case you thought that the world was going to hell because of everything that has been in the news lately (this weather, amirite?), you can rest assured that Comedy Central's best fake newscasters w...
11:41 am PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Unfuck Your Habitat: tidy advice for messy people
I've been really enjoying "Unfuck Your Habitat," which offers advice and community for messy people who struggle to stay organized and tidy. I especially like the before and after shots of messy rooms...
09:46 am PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Body retrieved from river was actually sex doll
Eighteen policemen worked to retrieve a woman's body from a river China's Shandong province. Turns out, it was actually a sex doll. Apparently, Shandong is a center for sex toy manufacturing. "China c...
12:13 am PDT - Wed, July 25, 2012
BoingBoing Government Skype surveillance "may be a good thing"
John C. Dvorak, on why Skype backdoors allowing government spying on users is "not a bad thing": I would not be surprised if one of the reasons why Microsoft bought Skype was to outfit the product wit...
11:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Uninsured Aurora shooting victims face financial devastation
Caleb Medley, an aspiring standup comic, YouTuber, total nerd, and enthusiastic fan of Batman, was shot in the eye at the Aurora movie theater mass shooting. He is currently in intensive care in an in...
09:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Sherman Hemsley, RIP
Sherman Hemsley, best known as George Jefferson on "The Jeffersons" and "All in the Family," died today. He was 74. (CNN)...
09:13 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing 75 years ago, Amelia Earhart went missingand the search for her continues
75 years ago this month, pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart vanished. Today, a group of searchers looking for proof that her plane crashed on a remote Pacific atoll returned to Hawaii, having failed to...
09:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing History of optical toys
Over at Collector's Weekly, Ben Marks traces the history of optical toys from the 19th century, from Thaumatropes to Phenakistoscopes (discs seen above) to Zoetropes. All of these devices played on th...
08:53 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Miles O'Brien: Ride, Sally Ride
At the PBS Newshour website, a post by Miles O'Brien about one of his encounters with the late Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. He writes about the night of January 28, 2003, when Dr...
08:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Uninsured Aurora shooting victims face financial devastation
Caleb Medley, an aspiring standup comic, YouTuber, total nerd, and enthusiastic fan of Batman, was shot in the eye at the Aurora movie theater mass shooting. He is currently in intensive care in an in...
06:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Sherman Hemsley, RIP
Sherman Hemsley, best known as George Jefferson on "The Jeffersons" and "All in the Family," died today. He was 74. (CNN) Here is Mr. Hemsley boogying to 1970s prog rock band Nektar....
06:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Significant Objects book interview and story reading
Yesterday I was on the Madeleine Brand show on KPCC radio along with Joshua Glenn to talk about Significant Objects, a short story anthology Joshua co-edited with Rob Walker. They even let me read par...
05:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Rumor: Olympic opening ceremony to have Mary Poppins fighting Voldemort
Caity Weaver on the plans for London's Olympic opening ceremony: Before 40-foot-Voldemort appears, "about 100" children will be wheeled out on hospital beds to perform "a choreographed 'bed dance,'" w...
05:21 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing The Saturday Night Live primetime election specials will make a comeback -- whose momentum will it ruin this year?
NBC has announced that, as they did four years ago, Saturday Night Live would make an early return to the airwaves to tackle the presidential election. Two primetime specials were announced for Septem...
04:40 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing A first for Black Hat hacker con: Apple in the house
Apple has never before participated in Defcon or Black Hat, but Bloomberg reports that this will change Thursday "when Dallas De Atley, manager of Apples platform security team, is scheduled to give a...
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Report: hackers targeting Iranian nuclear facilities "ACDC-rolled" workstations after attack
Mikko H. Hypponen of F-Secure publishes an email he claims is from a scientist with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (or AEOI), which details a new "cyber attack" wave against Iranian nuclear sy...
03:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Super Mario brought to life with 7,000 post-it notes (video)
[Video Link] The Final Cut King (Web, Facebook) brings Mario to life with with thousands of Post It Notes in this stop-motion animated video....
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 062: The Paleo Solution with Robb Wolf
Click here to play the podcast. In this episode of the Gweek podcast I interviewed Robb Wolf. He’s a research biochemist, a powerlifting champion, the co-owner of a strength and conditioning gym...
02:50 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Zulu Pearls - "No Heroes No Honeymoons" (MP3) - Boing Boing Exclusive!
Sound it Out # 30: Zulu Pearls - "No Heroes No Honeymoons" Zulu Pearlsisa fellow named Zach Van Hoozer who moved from Washington DC to Berlin a couple of years ago. Hes been working on the record with...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Marvel superheroes coming to Disney's Phineas and Ferb in 2013
If you've ever had to watch television while also supervising a kid, Disney XD's Phineas and Ferb might already be on your radar. If it isn't, then here's the good news: this is a kids' show that is a...
02:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Bob Dylans Titanic by Tim Heidecker (music video)
[Video Link] Comic genius Tim Heidecker, who is roughly 50% of Tim and Eric (also behind "Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," and "Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule"), has yet again created some...
02:22 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Woody Roseland, on life with cancer: "You Are Here" (video)
[Video Link] You may remember a previous Boing Boing post about Woody Roseland—specifically, about his spectacular "Shit Cancer Patients Say" video. Man. I loved that video, and I love Woody. I'...
02:05 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Genetically modified mosquitoes proposed for anti-dengue fight in Key West
British biotechnology company Oxitec Ltd is trying to convince the locals in Key West to use genetically modified mosquitoes in their fight to eradicate dengue fever in the area. What could possibly g...
01:50 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing The First Knight of Ramadan: A Muslim Nerd's Dilemma (video)
[Video Link] Aman Ali, one of the guys behind "30 Mosques," tells Boing Boing, "Instead of doing a roadtrip this year, we're releasing short films." I love this one. In it, a Muslim nerd "is excited f...
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing CDZA: The history of wooing women (music video)
[Video Link] The latest from Joe Sabia's CDZA project: a chronology of "wooing women" in pop music, which subtly points out the arc from sweet ballads to "I want to fuck you like an animal." Where has...
12:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Sally Ride's sister, on the quiet acknowledgement of her orientation: "I hope it makes it easier for kids growing up gay."
Astronaut, physicist, and American science hero Sally Ride died yesterday of pancreatic cancer, at 61. Dr. Ride was the first American female in space, and left a vast legacy of scientific accomplishm...
12:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Designer vaginas
Melissa Hogenboom reports on women who turn to surgery in pursuit of the perfect vagina: Jessie said she used to spend hours flicking through magazines looking for women with similar labia to hers. Sh...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing ATM skimmers that fit in the card-slot
Police in an unidentified European nation have retrieved wafer-thin ATM skimmers that are so small that they can be fitted inside the credit-card insertion slot. Brian Krebs describes the finding: Tha...
12:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Maggie speaking in Richland, Washington today
I'm speaking this evening at the Public Library in Richland, Washington, talking about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. The talk starts at 7:00 pm. You can learn more by checking...
09:14 am PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Travis Louie paints Bigfoot (cyclops)
From every monster's favorite portrait artist Travis Louie comes this lovely painting, "Spirit Of The Cyclo-Sasquatch based on the Patterson footage." (Thanks, Stacey Ransom!)...
02:44 am PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Artificial jellyfish created
Made from rat bits. [BBC]...
12:00 am PDT - Tue, July 24, 2012
BoingBoing Welder women's room sign from a hackspace
Nick sez, "I designed and laser cut a new women's room sign for my hackerspace (CCCKC/Hammerspace). The files are up on thinigiverse if anyone wants to make their own. It took a long time to figure ou...
10:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing What a "self-made" man owes to the world
John Scalzi's "A Self-Made Man Looks At How He Made It" is a characteristically great essay about how his life's course from poverty and food stamps to fame and commercial success was only possible be...
08:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing If they turned R2D2 into a Death Star
I love this design for an R2D2 Death Star. Sebastian sez, "This is what the rebels should have done with those stolen plans." T-SHIRTS > DeathstaR2-D2 t-shirt (Thanks, Sebastian!)...
08:32 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing The Harvey Girls - 480 pages of comics featuring Little Audrey, Little Dot, and Little Lotta
Little Dot is about 9 years old and, like artist Yayoi Kusama, she is obsessed with dots and paints them on every surface within reach of her brush or pencil. Little Lotta is an insatiable trencherman...
08:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Washington's King County voids marriage license between a person and a corporation
Jeff sez, "King County has voided the license it issued Tuesday between Corporate Person, a Washington State Corporation, and Ms. Angela Marie Vogel: 'Marriage is a civil contract between a male and a...
08:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Norway's foreign minister on why Breivik didn't have a special, secret trial
Jonas Gahr Store, Norway's foreign minister, has written a NYT op-ed explaining why his country refused to treat the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik any differently from other criminals -- becaus...
06:51 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy, Kickstarts a cartoon
Hurray! John K. is creating a new cartoon about one of my favorite characters: George Liquor. Hi cartoon fans! I’m John Kricfalusi (creator of Ren and Stimpy). I have a new cartoon I need your h...
06:35 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Sally Ride, first American woman in space, has died
Dr. Sally Ride, an American physicist and former NASA astronaut, has died of pancreatic cancer. She joined NASA in 1978, and in 1983 became the first American woman to travel into space. From a statem...
06:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Sarah Wayne Callies is saying the most spoilery things about her character on The Walking Dead
If you're a regular reader of The Walking Dead comic as well as a viewer of the show, then you won't be spoiled if you read about a recent and interesting statement Sarah Wayne Callies made about Lori...
06:16 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Giant baby avenges poor skin-care choices by abandoning mother in a basket
In this 1945 Life ad, a giant baby exacts a vicious turnabout-is-fair-play revenge on his mother, who failed as a parent an a human being by using the wrong skin-care products on him. Life, September ...
06:13 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing New works from Ray Caesar
Artist Ray Caesar, who uses 3D design software to create his work, has a new series available at Gallery House. Shown here: La Chambre, 2012....
06:06 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Excerpt from my forthcoming novel Pirate Cinema
Tor.com has published an excerpt from my forthcoming YA novel Pirate Cinema, a book set in the UK in which a gang of squatter guerrilla filmmakers take on the entertainment industry and their pals in ...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing They are making a Bill Hicks biopic and Russell Crowe would like to direct
I'm gonna say this right now: What you're about to read is a wonderful idea. Russell Crowe, whose name was thrown around at one point to play late comedian Bill Hicks in a biopic, has now said he'd ra...
04:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Stark contrast in LA news coverage
LA area comedian and librarian, Leo Gonzalez points out the stark contrast between KCAL's and KTLA's take on the Anaheim police response to a protest of a police shooting. Leo notes, "The KTLA report ...
04:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Mont-Saint-Michel from space
France's Mont-Saint-Michel island and commune as seen from the Pliades satellite. (via Nat Geo)...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Let's talk about Madonna's post-Aurora decision to play with fake guns in her show
Okay, so this happened: Madonna had a show in Scotland on Saturday (part of her world tour, going on since late May) in which she and her dancers "waved" a bunch of fake machine guns and pistols, desp...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Wizard Wars: magicians compete to create tricks in one hour using items from a dollar store
[Video Link] 2 teams of magicians get an hour to create original magic routines. Here's the catch: The routines must incorporate four [preselected] props (chopsticks, beach balls, erasers, fake orange...
03:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Nested vehicles: A pickup on a dumptruck on a flatbed on a massive truck
Redditor Amiziras posted this photo of several nested trucks, taken last year in West Street, Bedminster, Bristol. Pickup on a truck on a truck on a truck (imgur.com) (Thank, Sam!)...
03:25 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing My miscarriage, my abortion
About a month ago, I wrote here about my struggle to decide what to do after I found out that my pregnancy wasn't going to be viable. This morning, I went on New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth...
02:59 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing MIT models which airports are most likely to spread disease
Researchers at MIT used network theory to put together a model of how an infectious disease might spread around the world with the help of American airports. The model shows which features—geogr...
02:13 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Journalist Irin Carmon responds to Trust Me I'm Lying book chapter about her work at Jezebel
Last week I interviewed Ryan Holiday, author of the book, Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. The post included an excerpt from Holiday's book, which focused on his interactions (...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Alert: Mindy Kaling's new show will be online August 27
Mindy Kaling's new sitcom The Mindy Project (along with another new Fox sitcom, Ben and Kate, which is not about the wacky hijinx that ensued between Ben Affleck and Kate Beckingsale on the set of the...
02:07 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Character from Valve's Portal 2 game is "going to actual space"
"Wheatley," an orb-shaped robot pal in Valve Software's popular 2011 game Portal 2, is on his way to space. The unauthorized stowaway is on a Japanese spacecraft now in Earth orbit, heading to the the...
02:07 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing NOLA legend stands at own wake
Famed New Orleans musician "Uncle" Lionel Batiste presided over his own wake last week. His embalmed body was propped up against a prop lamp post inside the funeral home. He looks better today than wh...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Photo of Goatman!
A man hiking in Ogden, Utah snapped this photo of a fellow who apparently was wearing a goat suit and socializing with a herd of real goats. The Division of Wildlife Services is concerned for the man'...
01:50 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing US stonewalling treaty that would help disabled people access copyrighted works
The World Intellectual Property Organization has been working on a treaty to protect the rights of disabled people with regard to copyright since 1985. Most of the world's rich countries and developin...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Marvel harassing news sites about Guardians of the Galaxy for doing journalism to it
On July 14, during the Marvel panel at Comic Con, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the studio's second big movie for 2014 (following Iron Man 3) was going to be Guardians of the Gala...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Marvel "consultant" harassing news sites for doing journalism to it
On July 14, during the Marvel panel at Comic Con, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the studio's second big movie for 2014 (following Iron Man 3) was going to be Guardians of the Gala...
01:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Minecraft, the Metaverse, and 3D printing
Over at our sponsor Intel's My Life Scoop site, I wrote about Minecraft, the Metaverse, and 3D printing: When I started playing Minecraft with my kids last year, I immediately thought of the Metaverse...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Eagle Scouts stand up to the Boy Scouts of America
If you aren't familiar with American Boy Scouting's Eagle Scout award, it might be a little hard to explain how important this story really is. Eagle Scout is a big deal. For one thing, it takes a lot...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Eagle Scouts stand up to the Boy Scouts of America: *UPDATED*
If you aren't familiar with American Boy Scouting's Eagle Scout award, it might be a little hard to explain how important this story really is. Eagle Scout is a big deal. For one thing, it takes a lot...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Unfortunate magazine cover
Yep....
10:49 am PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Massive Bigfoot model on eBay
In 1976, a fellow named Clifford LaBrecque built this "museum quality" model of Bigfoot and now he's selling it on eBay. "One look and it shouts this is the "real thing"--eyes that follow you, and han...
10:04 am PDT - Mon, July 23, 2012
BoingBoing Motivational speaker fails to motivate 21 people to walk over hot coals fast enough
Photo: Randy Stewart (cc) Twenty-one were burned by hot coals at a seminar hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Carol Pogash at The New York Times describes the cultish atmosphere of victim-bl...
11:45 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Radio that "sneezes" to clear out its dust
Here's a video of the 1972 Gesundheit Radio "sneezing," a function it was programmed to perform twice annually in order to clear the dust from its sensitive components. TIL that in 1972 a radio was de...
11:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Corning: our negative taxes are too high
Corning, whose actual tax bill was -0.02 percent on $3B in earnings (that is, they got a refund), sent a rep to Congress to complain that its taxes were too high....
09:42 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt Romney promises a chicken in every pot and a porn filter on every PC (except for the chicken)
Here's Mr Romney on the campaign trail in 2007, in Radar O'Reilly's hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa, demonstrating his mastery of First Amendment jurisprudence and the nature of the technology industry -- a...
08:54 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Realtime Mitt Romney wealth accumulation calculator
The "Mitt Romney just made" page is a running calculator that shows a realtime estimate of Romney's earnings while you watch (He made $940.38 while I wrote a couple of blog posts and got a bowl of cer...
08:50 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Beautiful teardown and rebuild of a dilapidated 1975 trailer
Here's a long, long photoset of imakethenews and his girlfriend doing a complete teardown and rebuild of a seriously decayed 1975 Serro Scotty Sportsman teardrop camper trailer. The rebuild is clever,...
06:47 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Winston Churchill in a bathing suit
It's not clear to me whether this photo of Winston Churchill in a bathing suit comes from 1911 or 1922 -- the title of the How to Be a Retronaut page is ambiguous -- but either way, he cut a fine figu...
05:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing $21 trillion has been stashed in tax havens by 0.001% of the world's population
The Tax Justice Network's Estimating the Price of Offshore Revisted report says that over $21 trillion has been squirrelled away in offshore tax-havens by 90,000 super-rich tax-cheats (0.001% of the w...
03:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Lenovo CEO distributes 314th of his compensation to junior employees
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing took $3,000,000 out of his bonus and shared it among 10,000 of the company's junior employees. From CNN: Yang had earned $5.2 million in bonuses for the fiscal year ending in ...
02:22 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing New video from Falling Still: "If U Stay"
[Video Link] I met Brett Hamilton when I blindly hired him through Taskrabbit to help me move some monstrously heavy armoires. While we were giving ourselves hernias I learned that he is the bassist f...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Fan-made Sleeping Beauty Castle
Alexandre de Arajo, a Portuguese Disney megafan, produced this spectacularly detailed model of the Sleeping Beauty castle at Disneyland Paris. He gives us a loving video tour of his five-year project,...
11:23 am PDT - Sun, July 22, 2012
BoingBoing Jack Daniel's has a very nice trademark lawyer
Patrick Wensink has posted a very nice and friendly cease-and-desist letter from Christy Susman, a Jack Daniel's company's trademark lawyer, who were concerned about the cover on his book Broken Piano...
02:31 pm PDT - Sat, July 21, 2012
BoingBoing How not to conserve wildlife
Not The Onion: Spain king ousted as honorary president of World Wildlife Fund branch after elephant hunt. [Wapo]...
02:02 pm PDT - Sat, July 21, 2012
BoingBoing Cartoon about tween girls discussing the nature of reality
A life inBTween from Charlie White on Vimeo. "A Life in BTween" is an animation by artist Charile White to accompany his exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), "The Sun and Other Sta...
01:13 pm PDT - Sat, July 21, 2012
BoingBoing Patent troll targets Minecraft
Famous patent troll Uniloc is suing the creators of popular indie title Minecraft (PDF), which it claims infringes a patent it holds on copy protection software. But it might need to improve its own g...
01:03 pm PDT - Sat, July 21, 2012
BoingBoing Hand-painted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bra
Etsy seller SceeneShoes specializes in "Hand Painted Bras and Shoes" and will paint you a custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brassiere for $35 in up to four weeks. There's also a Nintendo controller ...
12:01 pm PDT - Sat, July 21, 2012
BoingBoing How the Eagle Landed: Grumman Construction Log, and a message to space (Apollo 11)
On the anniversary of Apollo 11, Steve Jurvetson posted an amazing, never-before-seen series of space artifacts. He writes: On July 20, 1969, Eagle landed on the moon. These are the handwritten notes ...
11:54 am PDT - Sat, July 21, 2012
BoingBoing "We are on the fucking moon" (video)
[Video Link] Yesterday was the anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon in 1969, the first time humans ever set foot on another world. Today, we discover this long-lost footage and audio from th...
10:59 am PDT - Sat, July 21, 2012
BoingBoing Sink that looks like a gap-toothed jaw
This unsourced mystery photo shows a heck of a home decor choice, between the sink that looks like a casting of a gap-toothed jaw, the mustardy tiles, and the ornate, gilt-framed mirror. (via JWZ)...
11:46 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Border Patrol sadism and human rights abuses on the Mexican border
John Carlos Frey investigates the deliberate cruelty of the US Border Patrol agents who work on the US-Mexican border. A humanitarian relief group called No More Deaths used hidden cameras to record s...
10:04 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 027: Flow
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...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Climate change numbers revealed and explained
Writing in Rolling Stone, Bill McKibben brings us global warming's "new math," a collection of scary stats about the record-setting shifts in the world's climate, from the hottest rainfall ever record...
09:57 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 027: Flow
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...
09:52 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing I don't deserve better healthcare than you
When blogger Melissa moved to Canada in 2008, she identified as a conservative, Republican evangelical Christian. Part of that identity included a deep mistrust of Canada's universal healthcare system...
09:22 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Life with an "electromagnetic sensitivity"
The Guardian's Laura Page profiles Phil Inkley, a British man who believes that he is sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, and claims that he experiences convulsions and blackouts when exposed to W...
08:33 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing "30 Mosques in 30 Days" returns for Ramadan 2012
[Video Link] Since 2009, 27-year-old comedian Aman Ali and photographer Bassam Tariq have spent the Islamic holy month of Ramadan (which begins today) visiting a different American mosque each night. ...
08:11 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Seattle woman who's had a double mastectomy fights for the right to swim bare-chested
Here's a CBC As It Happens story from last month on Jodi Jaecks, a woman in Seattle who had a double mastectomy and successfully fought the city for the right to swim topless in the local pool. She sw...
07:41 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing 2012 Election Year Comment Guidelines
In the interest of not having every thread on every subject turn into a hissfest about whether Obama or Romney is a bigger doody-head, Boing Boing's election year rules are back on. These rules will r...
07:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Archaeopteryx (photo)
Retinal neuroscientist and photographer Bryan Jones sends in this gorgeous shot of an archaeopteryx fossil displayed in the Museum fr Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany. "As a biologist, seeing this fossil...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian Supreme Court copyright rules will eviscerate Access Canada's business model
Michael Geist sez, The implications of last week's Supreme Court of Canada copyright decisions seem readily apparent to just about everybody - other than Access Copyright. There have been numerous pos...
06:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing How to make bicycle handlebars that light-up
[Video Link] Our pal Becky Stern shows you how to make LED bike handlebars using nifty LED tape....
06:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Syringe access programs save lives and money but US Congress voted to ban fed assistance
Tony Papa of the Drug Policy Alliance says: Millions of people have died of AIDS because of bad drug policy – and millions more lives hang in the balance. The International AIDS Conference will ...
06:21 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage and slightly unsettling clip art gallery
Thank you to Bart & Co. for assembling this Flickr gallery of 89 scans of old and and often eldritch clip art. The Bart And Co. Clip Art Collection (Via The Comics Reporter)...
05:56 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Kids' time-travel novella seeks Kickstarting
Jason Horn, creator of the Ninjasaur webcomic, is looking to Kickstart the funds to print an illustrated kids' novella about time travel: Kathryn the Crononaut is a all-ages novella (short novel) that...
05:37 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Harry Potter and the Ten Years Later shows the grown-up wizard longing for his magical wizarding days of youth
If you ever thought that the epilogue of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series left you wondering what really became of Mr. Potter & Co., Furious Molecules has a web series specifically designed to ...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing HDTV killed the twitch gaming star
Modern HDTVs introduced a tiny but perceptible lag between receiving an image signal and displaying it on-screen. Dewi Tanner, a former employee of the developer behind Parappa The Rapper, describes h...
05:26 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing You are your microbiome
"Babies are microbe magnets," how bugs in the gut can shape brain structure, and other revelations about the tiny critters that live in and on our bodies in this USA Today article by Liz Szabo....
05:15 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Will the young'uns ruin movie history for the rest of us? Neal Gabler thinks so, I do not.
As a film geek who has been into movies, perhaps to an unhealthy degree, since childhood, reading this article by Neal Gabler at the LA Times about how the current youth generation thinks old movies a...
05:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing The wonder of small things
From a public perspective, biology in the oceans, like biology on the land, tends to favor the charismatic megafauna. Stop by your local aquarium and you'll find masses huddled around the seal pool or...
04:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing "The Eagle has landed." Remembering Apollo 11: July 20, 1969
Left to right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, the crew of Apollo 11. Photo: NASA. On this day in 1969, humans walked on the moon for the first time. The Apollo 11 spaceflight brough...
04:47 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Human-sized animal tails
Kigu sells furrie fashions -- animal onesies and strap-on animal tails, including some rather lovely dinosaur numbers. The tails run £30, the suits are £40. The tails have "ultra-lifelike ta...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Byzantium, a bootable Linux with "Ad-hoc wireless mesh networking for the zombie apocalypse"
The Doctor [412/724/301/703] [ZS] sez, "Project Byzantium is a working group of the HacDC hackerspace, and is a live distribution of Linux for easily and rapidly deploying ad-hoc wireless mesh network...
03:45 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Spacecraft 3D: Nifty robotic space travel augmented-reality app from NASA JPL
I recently had a chance to visit NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Miles O'Brien. At the NASA center in Pasadena, engineers are readying for the long-anticipated landing of the Mars Curiosity rove...
03:43 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing How to prepare for Google's acquisition of Sparrow
Google announced today that it had acquired Sparrow, the OS X email app much-loved for its uncluttered layout and minimal user experience. This HOWTO will help get you ready for all the enhancements a...
03:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing SEO company rep says it's illegal to link to his clients' websites
An SEO company called Guardlex sent a bizarre legal demand to the Big Pink Cookie blog saying that they represented a client that BPC had linked to, and that this link had damaged its googlejuice, and...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Datamancer modernizes the steampunk laptop
Datamancer has finally built an up-to-date laptop to go with his legendary steampunk keyboards. It looks like a Victorian music box, but runs like a kick-ass gamer laptop. We are currently filling ord...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Mountain bike exhibit at SFO
Our friend Todd Lappin points us to another terrific exhibition at the San Francisco International Airport. If you fly through, don't miss "From Repack to Rwanda: The Origins, Evolution, and Global Re...
02:31 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Multi-function hackery tool disguised as power strip
This is the Power Pwn, a self-contained hack box inside a power strip that secretly houses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios and remote access tools, provides SSH access over cell phone networks, and is cont...
02:29 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Leather skull purse
Brian Griffin made this beautiful skull-shaped handbag, which sold on Etsy on July 1. It looks like he makes and lists them pretty regularly. Hand formed leather skull clutch bag purse. The leather is...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Trying to understand the secretive son-of-ACTA EUCanada trade agreement
Michael Geist sez, Last week's revelations that the Canada - EU Trade Agreement's intellectual property chapter draws heavily from the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement sparked widespread media cove...
02:07 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Superhuman exhibit about human augmentation at London's Wellcome
Yesterday, London's Wellcome Collection opened the doors to a fascinating new exhibition about the future and past of human augmentation, titled Superhuman. It runs until October 16 and there is some ...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing All Tor books are DRM free from today on
Following up from their announcement earlier this year, all ebooks from Tor/Forge -- the largest science fiction publisher in the world -- are now DRM free, in all ebook stores, for all platforms. I'm...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Space Invader watch with Apollo 11 bits inside
Romain Jerome is the luxury watch brand that offers the Titanic-DNA timepiece, including bits of the sunken ship, and the Moon-DNA line, complete with moon dust. Their latest in that vein is a Space I...
01:25 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Tom Davis, former SNL writer, "de-animates" at 59
One of the original writers of Saturday Night Live, Tom Davis, has died of cancer at age 59. He was best known for his work with Al Franken, who went on to become a U.S. Senator, representing the stat...
01:13 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Profile of the strongest man in the world
Brian Shaw, 30, is the winner of the 2011 World's Strongest Man competition. He is 6'8", 480 pounds. He lifts cars. Drags airplanes. Burkhard Bilger profiled Shaw for The New Yorker: Its a little frig...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Rapture of the Nerds excerpt on Tor.com
Tor.com's just published an excerpt from Rapture of the Nerds, the comic science fiction novel that Charles Stross and I collaborated on, which comes out in September. Booklist just gave it a starred ...
12:57 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Marilyn Manson's 1999 essay on Columbine mass shooting weirdly relevant again today
When the Columbine shootings happened in Colorado in 1999, many pundits and politicians blamed games, goth culture, and dark pop figures like Marilyn Manson. After today's shooting in Aurora, Colorado...
12:57 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing History of Olympic pictograms
Smithsonian traced the history of the Olympic pictograms. Illustrations to represent the Olympic competitions were first used in 1948 to communicate across languages. (The pictograms above were design...
12:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Judge says man not guilty, just "strange"
According to the Canberra Times, "A man caught on the roof of a Braddon car wash wearing a wig and mask has been acquitted after a judge said he wasnt a burglar but was just a strange man. In other wo...
12:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Kick-ass They Live cosplayers
Here are a couple of amazing They Live cosplayers from this year's San Diego Comic-Con -- the shirts and bags really make the outfits. r/movies wouldn't allow it, so here it is. My favorite cosplay fr...
12:29 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing The science questions Obama and Romney need to answer
During the 2008 election, writer Shawn Otto lead a charge to get the presidential candidates to unambiguously and publicly explain their positions on key questions concerning science and public policy...
12:13 pm PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed keys open "high security" handcuffs
A hacker at HOPE presented a pair of 3D printed "high security" handcuff keys that unlocked cuffs whose designs are supposed to be secret and not widely available. They will shortly be on Thingiverse ...
11:05 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad street art in NYC
Walter White from Breaking Bad, immortalized in street art on Rivington Street, NYC. Photographed and shared with Boing Boing by Daniel Albanese. This wheatpaste work is credited to street artist "ME....
11:02 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing BBC World Service junk auction has nearly everything you need to start a radio station
The BBC World Service recently vacated its historic digs at Bush House in the Aldwych in London (a building I have fond memories of, as it's where my wife worked when we started courting). They're sel...
10:53 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Journalism clich of the day
"Said by some"....
09:55 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Gunman kills at least 12 in movie theater
A Colorado gunman walked into a 12:30 a.m. showing of the The Dark Knight Rises, tossed a gas gan into the crowd, then began shooting. At least 12 are dead, according to reports, with another 50 hurt....
09:55 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Gunman kills at least 12 in movie theater at "The Dark Knight Rises" screening
A Colorado gunman walked into a 12:30 a.m. showing of the The Dark Knight Rises, tossed a gas can into the crowd, then began shooting. At least 12 are dead, according to reports, with another 50 hurt....
09:55 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Gunman kills at least 12 in movie theater at "The Dark Knight Rises" screening in Aurora, Colorado
A Colorado gunman walked into a 12:30 a.m. showing of the The Dark Knight Rises, tossed a gas can into the crowd, then began shooting. At least 12 are dead, according to reports, with another 50 hurt....
09:54 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Tent which resembles a London tube carriage
For a mere $3127.59, you can own a tent shaped like a London Underground carriage, which sleeps 16 and seats "around" 72 people. London Underground Tube Tent (via Red Ferret)...
02:32 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Shadows in the Woods: candlelit board-game for kids and adults
"Shadows in the Woods" is the English version of the German board game Waldschattenspiel, an absolutely beautiful and extremely fun game for two or more kids and one adult. The kids play "dwarfs" who ...
01:11 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing Microsoft posts first ever loss
The BBC: "The computing giant Microsoft has made its first-ever quarterly loss after it wrote off some of the value of its online advertising business."...
12:19 am PDT - Fri, July 20, 2012
BoingBoing 200+ Chihuahuas rescued
"More than" 200 Chihuahuas were rescued earlier today after a search warrant was executed in Benton, Pa. [AP]...
11:49 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing There's BIG MONEY in STENOGRAPHY
I love how anachronistic this ad for earning big bucks by learning steno is -- among the obsolete elements contained in it are dictation, shorthand, shorthand gadgets. It's true that continuous speech...
11:42 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing World's largest penis arouses suspicion in San Francisco airport
Jonah Falcon, who holds the record for world's largest penis (9" flaccid, 13.5" erect), describes the frisking he received at SFO by aviation security people who wanted to get a better look at the sus...
11:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Kitted-out mobile homes of 1958
This 1958 ad for the latest model mobile homes has me totally sold -- that place looks better than my flat! Mobile Home...
10:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing RIP, Donald J. Sobol, creator of Encyclopedia Brown
Donald J. Sobol, the author who created the great Encyclopedia Brown series, died last week. Encyclopedia Brown were kids' mystery stories about a boy detective, whose solution required careful readin...
10:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Public street-bookshelves in Berlin made from hollow logs
"Book Forest" is an outdoor, public bookcase in Berlin, designed to allow BookCrossing users to drop books they're done with so that others can take them in and read them. The "forest" is made from ho...
09:17 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Retro Star Wars recruiting posters
Cat Staggs (Gattadonna on DeviantArt) has a series of fab limited edition Star Wars wartime recruiting posters, to be offered for sale at the Star Wars Celebration show in Orlando this August. Here's ...
09:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Classic SF of the 1950s: beautiful books introduced by Gibson, Gaiman, Reed, Willis, Straub and others
The Library of America is publishing a two volume treasure of science fiction next September 27, in which great contemporary science fiction writers introduce classics of the field from the 1950s. The...
08:32 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Commercial spamflooding used by crooks to tie up their victims at key moments
Security expert Brian Krebs was the target of a malicious email flood, and writes firsthand about the experience. These floods -- which can be directed at any and all of your phone (voice or SMS) and ...
07:58 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing City of Berlin owes trillions of euros to small town
The German town of Mittenwalde loaned the city of Berlin 11,200 guilders 540 years ago, when Mittenwalde was a seat of power. Berlin has never repaid the debt. With interest, and adjusted for inflatio...
07:20 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Gallery of 1960s library posters
Enokson on Flickr has collected a beautiful gallery of dozens of 1960s library posters, each more delightful than the last. Alas, they're only at a medium resolution. Retro Library Posters (1960's) (v...
07:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Film gets closer to dead: Fuji discontinues several flavors of Velvia
PetaPixel reports that Fujifilm is discontinuing several flavors of their fantastic slide film, Velvia. Luckily, for me anyways, Velvia 50 will still be around in both 120 and 135....
06:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing O'Reilly wants to save the animals on its book covers
O'Reilly, the published famed for the pictures of animals on its book covers, has launched a charitable drive to protect endangered animals: "The truth is that a large number of the animals featured o...
06:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Pro-wrestler boycotts WWE over SOPA support
@DTEFLON#WWE asked me to appear but I just cannot do anything with them for as long as they continue their support of #SOAP/#CISPA— Sean Morley (@ValVenisEnt) July 18, 2012 Sean Morley, AKA Val ...
06:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing San Francisco art show: Winston Smith, Penelope Rosemont, Dennis Cunningham
Pioneering punk collage artist Winston Smith is hosting a new art show opening this Friday, July 27, at his Grant's Tomb studio in San Francisco. Along with Smith (art left), who I consider to be the ...
06:23 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Ann Romney on Mitt's taxes
"Mitt Romney's wife is reinforcing her husband's refusal to make public more of his of tax returns, saying "we've given all you people need to know" about the family's finances." [AP]...
06:16 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Sam Raimi swears the new Evil Dead is "gut-wrenching," really needs you to trust him
Well aware that there is a great deal of fan concern over the new Evil Dead movie coming out next year, Sam Raimi spoke with MTV about how it not only has his seal of approval, but it is going to be a...
06:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing NYC water cafe sells fancily filtered local water
Molecule is a "water cafe" in New York City's East Village that takes the city's tap water, runs it through a $25,000 filter, and sells it back to New Yorkers. It's $2.50 for a 16-ounce glass bottle o...
06:07 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Sequel to my "General Purpose Computation" talk coming up in Vegas, San Francisco
I've written a sequel to my talk The Coming War on General Purpose Computing, called "The Coming Civil War Over General-Purpose Computing," which I'll be delivering twice this summer: first on July 28...
05:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Excerpt from Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother
Tor.com has just published an excerpt from Homeland, the sequel to my novel Little Brother. Homeland's coming out in February: Attending Burning Man made me simultaneously one of the most photographed...
05:16 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Sharon Hayes: 7 Reasons Why I Cant Do Free
Many freelancers will nod their heads in agreement while reading online marketing consultant Sharon Hayes' seven reasons why she has pretty much stopped doing unpaid work for the many people who reque...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Judge says it's OK to use your seized phone to impersonate you and entrap your friends
A federal judge has upheld the practice of police using seized phones to impersonate their owners, reading messages and sending sending entrapping replies to contacts in the phone's memory, without a ...
04:48 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Fred Willard arrested for masturbating to porn because that's not what porn is for, apparently
As far as celebrity arrests for whacking off in a porn theater go, we can proudly proclaim that this generation's Pee-Wee Herman has finally arrived! Fred Willard, that guy who has appeared in several...
04:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Short stories about thrift store crap
Culture jammers extraordinaire Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn bought a bunch of less-than-worthless objects at thrift stores and garage sales and then assigned people to write a short story about one of ...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Iris smart-home-in-a-box with openness potential
I remember writing about smart homes for Wired nearly 20 years ago and the technology just never seemed ready for primetime. I know that X10 has its evangelists, but from a mainstream perspective it a...
03:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Crowdsourced voice recordings: towards a disruptive technology for Parkinson's disease
Many of us know someone who has Parkinson's -- it affects more than 6 million worldwide -- and would love to play an active role in research into treatments. That's my situation: my friend Jan Stripli...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Greenpeace and Yes Lab vs Shell
Greenpeace and the Yes Lab created a faux Shell site and are crowd sourcing ads criticizing Shells' Arctic drilling plans. (Above, an example generated by egilaslak.) In a statement released today, Sh...
02:56 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Important news from the wind energy industry
DONG to buy big Siemens wind turbines for the UK. Just so you know....
02:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Death by Diablo
A Taiwanese man, age 18, reportedly died after playing Diablo III for two days without food or sleep. He had rented a private room at an Internet cafe on Friday at lunch. On Sunday, an employee found ...
02:46 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Emmy nominations: Predictable as usual, plus some stuff you'd hoped would happen that did
Here its comes: awards season! That special time of year when the days get shorter and more famous people celebrate each other for doing all those things that made them rich while we pay for cable and...
02:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Huge hole in Mars
This "hole in Mars," imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, is an opening into an underground cave. The hole is approximately 35 meters across. NASA reports, "Holes such as this are of particular ...
02:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Weird medical history, ripped from the archives of Doonesbury
My introduction to Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury happened around the age of 8, when I discovered my father's anthology collections. (I was extraordinarily up on early 1970s pop culture for a late 1980s gr...
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 061: Trust Me, I'm Lying
Click here to play the podcast. In this episode of the Gweek podcast I interviewed Ryan Holiday. Ryan’s the author of Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. He's a media strate...
01:36 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Push button, receive pancake
Because the human brain is easily impressed with gadgetry, I give you an automatic pancake-making machine—as photographed by my friend Shav, who received his breakfast from it this morning. A si...
01:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing MakerCamp: Polymer clay medallions
Google and MAKE have partnered to host an online summer fun camp, with a new project every day for the summer. Today, it's my turn to give a workshop on polymer clay, a modeling substance my kids and ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Top 11 Chemistry Moments in Breaking Bad, with Xeni and Miles (Boing Boing Video)
WARNING: Video contains spoilers. [Video Link]. To celebrate the premiere of Breaking Bad's Fifth Season this week, my fellow trufan Miles O'Brien and I dug into the show's vaults to explore the top 1...
12:17 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Elderly gentleman shoots armed robbers at Internet cafe in Florida
This surveillance video clip shows 71-year-old Samuel Williams thwarting an armed robbery at an internet cafe in Marion, Florida on Friday, July 13, 2012. Williams, a licensed gun owner, may now becom...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Each M-Theory Time & Space watch offers the surreal touch of watch hands floating free of t...
11:48 am PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Shuttle Enterprise goes on display today at NYC's Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Photo: Sawyer Rosenstein New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum opens the doors on a new Space Shuttle Pavilion today. Its central tenant? The Space Shuttle Enterprise (NASA Orbiter Veh...
11:05 am PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Man punks journalists
Ryan Holiday pretended to be a credible source on a variety of subjects, just to see who would fall for it. Scalps include CBS, ABC, Today and The New York Times. I knew that bloggers would print anyt...
10:58 am PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing What would you take with you if your house was on fire?
Maria Popova: "Thats precisely the question Foster Huntington asked himself, so he gathered the belongings he himself would take and photographed them, then asked a few friends to do the dame. Then, o...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Branding is a conspiracy!
When it comes to feeling icky at the sight of grotesque corporate marketing, Cayce Pollard has nothing on the protagonist of Branded, a forthcoming movie that is apparently about how aliens are the se...
10:24 am PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing The zen of the underwater treadmill
Something I enjoy: Specialized equipment that looks completely and utterly ridiculous when you watch people using it out of context. Case in point, this advertisement for the HydroWorx X80 Underwater ...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, July 19, 2012
BoingBoing Mr. Wizard dickery
Okay, honestly, some of the scenes in this video of out-of-context clips from Nickelodeon's 1980s reboot of Mr. Wizard hardly count as dickery. In fact, some bits just look like what happens when a go...
07:37 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Portland's "Naked American Hero" not guilty!
Here's the live blog recap of Boing Boing reader John Brennan's trial for taking his clothes off in protest at a TSA screening checkpoint at the Portland Airport. John was fond not guilty -- hurray! 1...
07:28 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Giant infographic reveals TSA to be the worst thing ever made by humankind
Two clippings from an attractive infographic that presents a great deal of damning information about the TSA....
06:11 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Thank goodness the authorities have busted these hardened front-yard garden criminals
High-tech kitchen garden evangelist Roger Doiron says: "If this garden is deemed illegal, we're in deep you-know-what." Earlier this year, Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp of Drummondville, Queb...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing This list of Satan's hobbies closely matches Boing Boing's interests
I just learned that Boing Boing is the Devil's playground. The following subjects are considered "doorways to demonic possession": Illuminati, Scientology, Remote viewing, Cyberpunk culture, Vegetaria...
05:18 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing "Same Love" - A Song for Marriage Equality
Music for Marriage Equality is working with Washington musicians to approve R-74, a referendum that will put same-sex marriage to the popular vote on Washington's state ballot in November. Macklemore...
05:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Well-endowed man questioned by TSA
Jonah Falcon, who is known for having a very large penis (9.5 inches flaccid, 13.5 inches erect), says he was stopped by the TSA at San Francisco International Airport last week. They wanted to know i...
04:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Whining Bat-fans cause Rotten Tomatoes to shut down comments on The Dark Knight Rises review page
Hey, have you heard that there's a Batman movie coming out this Friday? That Christopher Nolan made? And it's the last one he's going to make, and everyone is all psyched about it? Well, some people h...
04:19 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Whale shark eats all the fishes
Clever whale sharks have figured out that fishing nets contain a lot of tasty fish. More importantly, they've figured out that they can suck those fish out of the net through holes in the net material...
04:19 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Crowdfunding rare disease research one family at a time
If one of your loved ones was sick, what would you be willing to do to help? For millions of Americans in the US, even though they would give up anything and everything, there is no way for them to he...
04:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Happy birthday, air conditioning!
Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of air conditioning. The building pictured above—1040 Metropolitan Ave. in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York—was the first building in...
04:01 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing YouTube announces face blurring feature
Good idea -- YouTube announces a way to blur faces in videos. I hope they add a feature that puts Guy Fawkes masks on people, too. Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing ...
03:40 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Sam Raimi drops out of World of Warcraft movie, dashing hopes of a spectacular summit of nerdpeace
It was revealed that Sam Raimi will not be directing a movie based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft after all, perhaps because while doing research, he could not be torn away from his computer after be...
03:07 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing When pregnancy goes wrong
Last month, I wrote here about my miscarriage, and the difficult medical decision it was forcing me to make. Tomorrow at 12:07 Eastern, I'm going to be on New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth to...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Hilarious 50 Shades of Grey review
Katrina Lumsden's review of 50 Shades of Grey on Good Reads has me laughing out loud. Her choice of GIFs are master-class. "At one point, she thinks putting her hair in pigtails will keep her safe fro...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, featuring "Physics for the Ladies"
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter. Further: Support Tom the Dancing Bug by JOINING its proud and mighty INNER HIVE and receive untold BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES! Fun!...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman is loving Michael Bay's movie - will fans?
Hmmm, maybe it is time for us Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans to chill out? Kevin Eastman, who co-created the TMNT comic with Peter Laird, seems to be very involved in the movie Michael Bay is produ...
02:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Defunded - a heartbreaking look at the state of oceanic research
This week, I'm reporting from the Aquarius undersea research base in Key Largo, Florida. The habitat is the world's last undersea research base. Because NOAA is pulling funding from the 22 year old fa...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing How to assault Cinderella's Castle
Finally an interesting Quora question: What are the optimal siege tactics for taking Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle? Some of the answers are a lot of fun. A few include mapped-out battle plans, app...
01:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Analysis of Swiper the Fox
My three-year-old daughter loves the TV show Dora. I find it mostly annoying but I do appreciate Swiper the Fox. In an effort to better understand the complex character's motivations, I consulted the ...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Cash-for-coverage chick lit site threatens critic
Chick Lit Girls, which publishes positive reviews for money, is threatening legal action against a writer who publicized that fact earlier this week. Describing itself as "basically goodreads[sic] for...
12:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Johnny Depp is doing a movie with Wes Anderson because the world loves pleasant surprises
Possibly realizing that he me have overstayed his welcome in a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie that was not well-received, Johnny Depp has signed on to appear in Wes Anderson's next movie, The G...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Afghan Whigs cover Frank Ocean
My old friends in the Afghan Whigs, reunited and on tour, have released their cover of Frank Ocean's "Lovecrimes." It's dark, gritty, and oozing with soul, just like the Whigs. Listen above and downlo...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing You shake a pretty mean cape, Batman!
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12:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing LIFE, 1966: The one true Batman
LIFE has posted rare photos from the classic Batman TV show and spreads from this March 11, 1966 issue. "Mad New World: of Batman, Superman, and the Marqus de Sade." What a headline. And the first two...
12:06 pm PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Video: Evolution of PC Games
On the heels of Reverse Enginears' "A Brief History of Video Games" comes this new one, "The Evolution of PC Games." Again, another nice complement to our Rob's epic "Game Deaths."...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Man wrote his own funny confessional obituary
Val "Rocky" Patterson of Salt Lake City, Utah died last week of throat cancer at 59. The man whose motto was "anything for a laugh" has achieved post-mortem celebrity for the confessional obituary he ...
11:28 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Listen to Kiefer Sutherland wistfully grumble about a high school crush in an ad for Axe
Axe, purveyor of men's shower products, is not known for their subtlety in their commercials. Kiefer Sutherland is similarly not known for being a gentle and romantic type of person. But now, both hav...
11:28 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Attention Tolkien fans: There might be a third Hobbit movie (maybe)
Don't get too excited yet, but Peter Jackson is talking about possibly turning the two Hobbit movies he just completed filming -- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again...
10:39 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Google execs: our technology can be used to fight narcoviolence in Mexico
In a Washington Post op-ed, Google's executive chairman (and former CEO) Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen argue the case for technology as a tool to aid citizen activists in places l...
10:07 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Kathe Koja's The Cipher, brilliant horror novel, back as an ebook
I've mentioned Kathe Koja's fantastic, erotic, terrifying debut novel The Cipher before, and celebrated her recent return to horror after a long stint of writing amazing YA novels. Now I'm delighted t...
09:55 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Hacker Dojo, a hacker space in Silicon Valley, is raising funds to save their space
David Weekly says, "Hacker Dojo is doing a kickstarter. We have $250k we have to raise in the next few months to get the building brought up to code so we can have classes again." I visited Hacker Doj...
09:37 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad street art in Canada
Boing Boing reader Peter Schwagly sends in the photo of Breaking Bad street art above and below, and says, I'm a super fan of Breaking Bad and Boingboing as well.... is there something to the shared a...
12:22 am PDT - Wed, July 18, 2012
BoingBoing Full Body Burden: Memoir about family secrets, government secrets, and the risks of industrial pollution
Image: A worker at Rocky Flats handles a piece of plutonium using gloves built into a sealed box. The plutonium was bound for the innards of a nuclear bomb. National Archives via Wikipedia. Kristen Iv...
10:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Brandishing the Olympic Torch
Photo: Zoelee...
09:32 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Eggs dismayed at own fate
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08:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing A is For: Awareness
For A is For founder and actress Martha Plimpton, the shock of the rhetoric surrounding the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy, as well as the success of the ensuing advertiser boycott, inspired h...
07:47 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Heinz: Our customers don't want to see gays kiss
Saying that it is "listening to its customers", Heinz withdrew a TV ad featuring two men kiss. Gay rights campaigners say the company caved as soon as an "organized campaign" commenced to register com...
07:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Secret UK censorship court orders BBC not to air documentary
A UK judge has ordered the BBC not to broadcast a documentary about England's August 2011 riots, reports The Guardian. The judge also banned the BBC and media from disclosing the court in which the ce...
06:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution - exclusive interview with author Doug Fine
I had a great time interviewing Doug Fine about his latest book: Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution. Too High to Fail covers everything from a brief history of hemp to an...
06:23 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire casts Sam Claflin as Finnick
Lionsgate has apparently cast the all-important role of Finnick Odair in the sequel to The Hunger Games, the victor from District 4 who is best known for being a bit of a firecracker and also for bein...
04:35 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Rosemary's Baby special edition from Criterion
Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968) is my favorite horror film of all time. The story is exquisitely creepy, the tension is profound, and Mia Farrow is absolutely sublime. I was thrilled to learn ...
04:09 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing The physics of time travel
The majority of physicists say time travel probably won't work (at least in the Hollywood-go-anytime-you-wanna sense). Several time traveler parties have gone famously unattended by time travelers (at...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Kevin Mack's cool 3D art
Mark Frauenfelder & Kevin Mack - Between Order and Chaos from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo. Directed by Francesca Mirabella & Peter J. Brant / Produced by Benjamin Gilovitz / Music by Ni...
02:52 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Religion, space, and the power of cultural connections
That's a picture of an Orthodox Christian priest, blessing the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft. It seems like a weird and outdated pairing: Religion and space exploration. But they're actually a lot more...
02:19 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing A journey to Aquariusthe last underwater research lab
Brian Lam—former editor at Gizmodo, current editor at the ocean-centric Scuttlefish blog—got to visit the world's last remaining underwater scientific research station. Aquarius was built ...
01:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Warning labels can act as nocebos
Remember the nocebo effect? It's the flip side of placebos. Placebos can make people feel better or even relieve pain (to a certain extent). Nocebo happens when a placebo causes negative side-effects&...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gentleman facebutts police dashboard
Seen enough video of auto insurance fraudsters being exposed by front-facing dashboard cameras? One fellow in Russia thought up a clever way to get the police in trouble, but didn't count for the fact...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Dashcam footage gets driver charged with fraud
In this video recorded on a dashboard-mounted camera, Raguruban Yogarajah stops his car in the middle of the highway—then lets it roll back into following traffic. Herman Sham, the other driver,...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Sham's cam slams scam
In this video recorded on a dashboard-mounted camera, Raguruban Yogarajah stops his car in the middle of the highway—then lets it roll back into following traffic. Herman Sham, the other driver,...
01:22 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: S#!T Ed Piskor's Dad Says!
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01:05 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing Inventory: Jonathan Koshi
[Mobile? Click here.] Inventory is a new series in which characters in the Boing Boing Universe reveal their favorite apparel, gadgets, weapons, and spells. This time, it's the turn of designer/artist...
01:04 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing "Childhood Sale," a video about letting go of your comics collection
[Video Link] Filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski, whose work we regularly feature on the Boing Boing in-flight TV channel on Virgin America, tells Boing Boing: I just made a new short movie about me trying to...
12:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Google unveils Street View imagery from Antarctica, including South Pole Telescope, Shackleton sites
Photo: Cape Royds Adlie Penguin Rookery. (Google Street View) Today, Google is launching access to a new collection of hi-res imagery from the Antarctic. In this post are some examples of those stunni...
12:25 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Inside the corpse-harvesting industry
The Sydney Morning Herald published a fascinating investigation into the global trade in human remains for medical purposes, from surgical glue made from ground-up bone to cadaver skin used in nose en...
12:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Donald J. Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown author, RIP
Popular children's author Donald J. Sobol has passed away at the age of 87. His 'Encyclopedia Brown' series was incredibly important to many, many children (including this one.) (Washington Post)...
12:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Thin Mint Haters: Rise against your cookie oppressors
TIL that Thin Mints are not the most popular Girl Scout cookie. Yesterday, in Cincinnati, President Obama was booed when he mentioned that he preferred Thin Mints to all other Girl Scout cookies. This...
12:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Burlesque queen Dita Von Teese on her curious collections
Our friends at Collectors Weekly interviewed Dita Von Teese about her penchant for vintage lingerie, antique hats, classic cars, burlesque memorabilia, and a lifetime of flea market finds. Collectors ...
12:04 pm PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing High school pot kingpin
Police near Cincinnati, Ohio cracked a $3 million pot growing and selling operation. Apparently, the mastermind was a 17-year-old high school student who they think was grossing $20,000/month. "Clearl...
10:17 am PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing The Coldest War: Ian Tregillis continues the Milkweed Triptych
Ian Tregillis's The Coldest War is the long-awaited sequel to his 2010 novel alternate WWII novel Bitter Seeds, a secret history that pitted a mad Nazi scientist who'd made a cadree of twisted, diesel...
09:57 am PDT - Tue, July 17, 2012
BoingBoing Atari Compugraph
Innovative leisure courtesy of the Arcade Museum. The reverse side explains the coolness for contemporary business operators; the arcade distributor it was addressed to appears to still be in business...
10:55 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Official McDonalds three-piece suit
Attention Williamsburg! This fabulous brown polyster three-piece suit, a deadstock McDonalds management uniform from 1976, could be yours for $999.95. [eBay]...
09:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Post-apocalyptic web series, The Silent City - Episode 02
[Video Link] Watch Episode 1. First episode of crowdfunded post-apocalyptic web series: The Silent CityTrailer for crowd funded zombie web series : The Silent CityPost-Apocalyptic web series, shot in ...
09:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing "I invoke."
This text file purports to be a transcript of David House's grand jury testimony. House is a friend and supporter of Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of sending secret documents to Wikil...
09:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Sony BMG issues takedown notice to kill Romney ad
A couple of days ago, the Obama campaign released this surprisingly effective attack ad: Mitt's dreadful singing of America The Beautiful played over stock visuals of empty factories. But Romney's cou...
09:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Bleeding Virgin Mary statue attracts crowds in Baton Rouge
"One way to think about it is to see how this is real for those who devote themselves to Mary, and what that means to them as a kind of prayerful way to contemplate the role of Mary in their lives, or...
06:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Karl "Bones" Urban promises Star Trek 2 footage, shows us something else
Karl Urban, who plays Leonard McKoy in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movies, promised Comic Con attendees that he'd show them new footage from the set of the wrapped sequel. But first: surfing. And a Judge D...
06:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing New Sleeping Beauty will turn the title character into a stalker
There is going to be a new "take" on Sleeping Beauty from producer Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious, 21 Jump Street), because these re-tellings of fairy tales are going so well lately. But while some a...
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing "To Win Your Love," by Dominique Pruitt
I've become an instant fan of Dominique Pruitt's songs, which have a great 50s and 60s vibe....
05:05 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad Season 5: Xeni air-drops into the best viewing party in the world, in ABQ (video)
[Breaking Bad: Season 5, Ep. 1: "Live Free or Die". This blog post and video contain spoilers.] [Video Link: Our episode recap and review, with a room full of ABQ locals.] My aviator boyfriend Miles O...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Queers through the Years (video)
[Video Link] Joe Sabia directed the 3rd annual "Queer of the Year" in Montreal. "Basically a two week competition to promote Montreal as the most tolerant, accepting place on earth," says Joe, "Which ...
04:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Marvel announces it will continue making sequels to everything and then some other stuff
While the DC filmmaking universe languishes and prepares to go into hibernation after Man of Steel is released next year, Marvel is doubling down on every movie it's made already. Can you really blame...
03:46 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Your adventure ends here
My friend Jeff Simmermon points us to a Tumblr of the "death-pages" from Choose Your Own Adventure books, popular in the 1980s. "I recognized some of the Interplanetary Spy ones from my own childhood,...
02:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Fun summer projects at Maker Camp on Google+
Maker Camp on Google+ will be a blast! I'll be conducting a polymer clay workshop on Thursday. [Video Link] MakerCamp is a new online “summer camp” on Google+. Over the course of...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Man Carrying Dartboard (a cellphone tribute to Girl Chewing Gum)
In his bizzarre 1976 short film, Girl Chewing Gum (above), John Smith aimed a camera at a busy East London street corner and "directed" the living scene, as if the passers-by, vehicles and birds were ...
02:04 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing TSA screening tray ad
Gareth Branwyn spotted an interesting ad placed in TSA screening trays—for a futuristic TV show where Americans violently defy their legitimate government. Apparently aliens are in charge, but, ...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 060: Superman is a Happy Mutant; Batman is Jerk
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. My co-hosts for th...
01:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Hitchens and Orwell
The Humanist's Anthony Lock on why Christopher Hitchens' overwhelming hatred of totalitarianism puts him squarely in Orwell's tradition of leftist apostasy: "Try as best as you can, he challenged us, ...
12:34 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing "Everyone Only Wants Temps"
In Mother Jones, Gabriel Thompson goes gonzo with a stint doing "on demand" grunt work for one of America's hottest growth industries: temping. I grab a chair from a stack in the corner and take a sea...
12:15 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Photo of Mount Rainier's snow monster!
Caught on camera! The horrific snow monster of Mount Rainier Creek! Photo by Gisela Taranovski via National Geographic.  Good example of pareidolia - Boing Boing Pareidolia on Mars: Barsoomian Bi...
12:14 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Kalle Mattson, "Water Falls" (music video)
[Video Link] More about this at HypnoSF. Music by Kalle Mattson, Directed by Kevin Parry, Filmed by Andrea Nesbitt. (Thanks, Joe Sabia!)...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Plug NES controllers into iPhone with GameDock
GameDock is an iPhone dock that comes with game controller ports. Kyle Orland: "At $125 per Dock (plus the cost of an iOS device), the GameDock at first looks a bit less attractive than the $99 Ouya, ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Plug NES USB game controllers into iPhone with GameDock
GameDock is an iPhone dock that comes with game controller ports. Kyle Orland: "At $125 per Dock (plus the cost of an iOS device), the GameDock at first looks a bit less attractive than the $99 Ouya, ...
11:54 am PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Seedling (Browser game)
Already had enough of Monday? Sure you have. Seedling is a surprisingly well-tuned Zelda-style adventure that you can play in your browser. Stuck? There's a walkthrough....
11:46 am PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing People's Pantone colors
Brazilian artist Anglica Dass is creating an ongoing photo series of portraits of people in front of backgrounds that match the Pantone color of their faces. "The projects objective is to record and c...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Toe-sucker at Walmart
Last week at the Grovetown, Georgia Walmart, an unidentified man apparently told a young woman that he was with America's Funniest Home Videos and if he could kiss her feet, she'd get a free shopping ...
11:30 am PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing Escape From New York soundtrack reissued
John Carpenter not only directed the cult classic 1981 film Escape From New York, he composed the soundtrack too. It's a modular synth masterpiece, melding epic Krautrock-esque cinematic scoring with ...
02:47 am PDT - Mon, July 16, 2012
BoingBoing GOP state Senate candidate drops out to join rebellion
In Iowa, Republican state Senate candidate Randi Shannon has dropped out of the race to become a US Senator in the Republic of the United States. Seems our government has illegally been pretending to ...
09:54 pm PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Parking lot baby earns soda sobriquet
A baby born in the Parking lot of a 7-Eleven is to be named Cais "Big Gulps" Malley after the convenience chain's signature soda offering. [Florida Today]...
09:17 pm PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Creative Commons music contest: Freedom & Free Beer
Christian sez, 2012's Free! Music! Contest has opened it's gates at july first. It is the fourth time, that this event is being organized by Musikpiraten, a german society that promotes free art and e...
05:55 pm PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin
I've always admired Steve Martin. He's smart, funny, and avoids engaging in the kind of behavior that ends up in celebrity tabloids. (He's also a terrific banjo player.) I recently read his autobiogra...
05:41 pm PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin
I've always admired Steve Martin. He's smart, funny, and avoids engaging in the kind of behavior that ends up in celebrity tabloids. (He's also a terrific banjo player.) I recently read his autobiogra...
05:24 pm PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Savincubus plays "(Nothing But) Flowers" on ukulele
[Video Link] Here's Savincubus playing the Talking Heads' "(Nothing But) Flowers" on ukulele. U900 plays "Ben" on UkuleleZooey Deschanel plays "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?" on ukuleleSophie Made...
05:24 pm PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Saveincubus plays "(Nothing But) Flowers" on ukulele
[Video Link] Here's Saveincubus playing the Talking Heads' "(Nothing But) Flowers" on ukulele. U900 plays "Ben" on UkuleleZooey Deschanel plays "What Are You Doing New Years Eve?" on ukuleleSophie Mad...
03:55 pm PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Camp stove generates electricity to charge gadgets
The $129 BioLite wood burning campstove converts heat to electricity, so you can charge your mobile phone while you boil up your freeze-dried beef stroganoff. BioLite...
05:50 am PDT - Sun, July 15, 2012
BoingBoing Coffee ad from the 1650s
This handbill -- which can be seen in the British Museum -- dates back to the 1650s, and was produced by the first coffee shop in London, in St. Michael's Alley, Cornhill. It is a simple innocent thin...
08:06 pm PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing USB indicator light can be used to alert you to almost any online event
Mike Kuniavsky of the electronic projects studio ThingM says: When we designed the BlinkM we took the old school Unix philosophy of making it simple and focused, a useful component in a larger system ...
07:34 pm PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing Fantagraphics will publish comics in digital format
Good news: Fantagraphics, the world's greatest comic book publisher, is going to start selling digital comic books. Fantagraphics Books and comiXology have immediately made available the first four is...
07:21 pm PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing Gweekly goodness: Jonny Quest (1964)
mtdna says: I really enjoy Gweek, especially your recommendations section. I’d like to offer a recommendation of my own, the Jonny Quest TV show. Jonny Quest was a half-hour prime time cartoon t...
05:21 pm PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing Ready Player One and The Freedom Maze win the Prometheus Award for best novel
Congratulations to Ernie Cline for winning the 2012 Prometheus Award for Best Novel! His book, Ready Player One, shared the prize with The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman. Both Cline and Sherman will r...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing Posterspetitions for Seattle residents against corporate personhood
Jeff sez, "Some graphic designers in Seattle anonymously created these cool "Corporations Aren't People" posters for the I103 initiative... they are editable PDFs so you can change the text as needed....
10:31 am PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing RIM hit with $147.2 million patent verdict
Days after CEO Thorsten Heins promised that Research In Motion was not "in a death spiral," it lost a patent litigation case filed by Mformation, maker of remote wireless management software. The jury...
10:04 am PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing Apple rejects "Angry Syrians"
Frederic Jacobs produced an iOS app called "Angry Syrians," which was apparently blessed by Rovio. It was intended to raise awareness of the ongoing bloodbath in Syria. Apple rejected it because "We f...
12:10 am PDT - Sat, July 14, 2012
BoingBoing Large collection of default spam-comments from a slimy SEO tool
I get a ton of spam sent to my personal WordPress site, which is evidently sent using some kind of toolkit for would-be SEO scumbags. The spams use the SEO-target's URL as the sender's web-page, and c...
10:01 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Vision of the future, from 1969 Japan
Matt Alt in Tokyo, following up on a recent BB post about a 1979 American view of the future, shares this wonderful scan. He says: This is 1969's view of 1989! It's from Shonen Sunday Magazine, a week...
09:57 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Too many lobbyists, not enough strategists
A bit of pithy insight from the latest EDRIgram: "the intellectual property lobby employs too many lobbyists and too few strategists." In other words, Big Content can get lawmakers to do their bidding...
09:52 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Atom magazine interviewed me about the zine days of bOING bOING
The special "Zine Issue" of Atom Magazine has an interview with me about the good old zine days of bOING bOING. The made their entire issue look like a late 80s zine -- cool! Read it here....
09:45 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad's first 4 seasons, in 10 minutes (spoilers galore, duh)
[Video Link] An excellent recap, from Slate V. All 46 episodes in 10 minutes.(thanks, Joe Sabia!)...
09:42 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Song for telemarketers and other f*cking jerks
Too good not to share -- Jacob Ewing commented in my post about SiriusXM telemarketing pests: "I use a VoIP system, and have been meaning to set it up to automatically play this [NSFW] when certain nu...
09:20 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken haiku, by impressionist Jim Meskimen
Jim Meskimen is a talented impressionist, as the videos in his YouTube channel attest. In this clip, he offers his version of Christopher Walken, reciting poetry in the ancient Haiku style of Japan; t...
09:02 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Dog trying to bite oncoming traffic (funny video)
[Video Link] (Thanks, Joe Sabia!)...
08:55 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing It pleases me to see Sirius XM telemarketing calls in my spam folder
A couple of years ago, the lease on my Ford Explorer hybrid ran out and I returned the car to the dealer. Ever since, Sirius XM Radio has called me on a weekly (and when they are on a roll, daily) bas...
08:24 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad: Walt + Jesse amigurimi (the most adorable knitted meth cooks)
Via a comment in today's earlier Breaking Bad meme roundup post, this DIY yarn project at Ravelry: Inspired by Breaking Bad, patterns to make little Walter and Jesse, everyones favorite meth cooks. In...
08:24 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad: Walt + Jesse amigurimi (the most adorable crocheted meth cooks)
Via a comment in today's earlier Breaking Bad meme roundup post, this DIY yarn project at Ravelry: Inspired by Breaking Bad, patterns to make little Walter and Jesse, everyones favorite meth cooks. In...
07:53 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing One-stop shop
AGS, in Manistee, MI, has something for everyone -- whether you're shopping for a bong, a dildo or a frisbee. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Overheard at Comic-Con: The new Community showrunners promise not to ruin the show
Talk about those times when you really wish you could transport yourself to the opposite coast of a country for the nerdiest thing ever. There was a really fun-sounding panel for NBC's Community today...
06:08 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Real flying car for sale
This fantastic artifact from the history of the future can be yours for just $1.25 million. An aircraft collector is selling his 1954 Taylor Aerocar N-101D. Designed in 1949, this one of only 5 that w...
05:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Stuff makes us sad, especially in America
In the Boston Globe, Beth Teitell discusses Life at Home in the Twenty-first Century: 32 Families Open their Doors, an accessible, illustrated text that summarizes the research of four archaeologists ...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Let's go ahead and cast the What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? remake
Fantastic news coming out of Comic Con: They are remaking What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?! It's such fun news that there is no way to properly punctuate the end of the sentence! Walter Hill, who just...
04:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing "Adventure Time" poster by Olly Moss for Mondo at Comic Con
Our friends at Mondo share a sneak peek at a brand-new poster for the wonderful animated series ADVENTURE TIME. The poster is by artist Olly Moss, and goes on sale today at Comic-Con, Booth 437. Size:...
04:39 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing London Olympic committee says you're only allowed to link to their site if you have nice things to say
James Losey from New America Foundation sez, The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal, who has estimated how long it would take to read every privacy policy you encounter highlights an interesting bit from the ...
04:35 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Happy 100th birthday, Woody Guthrie!
Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday is tomorrow, July 13. A folk song is what's wrong and how to fix it or it could be who's hungry and where their mouth is or who's out of work and where the job is or who...
04:24 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing The web's best Breaking Bad memes (Season 5 starts this Sunday, w00t!)
I'm not a fan of listicles, but I'll stoop to link to this one on Buzzfeed because it is highly relevant to my interests: the 27 best "Breaking Bad" memes. A few months back when I was in chemo, we ma...
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Comic-con- and Batman- themed Suicide Girl photoset, for your NSFW Friday enjoyment
Jessy Suicide tells Boing Boing, "We are so excited to be at Comic-Con San Diego that we are bringing you the full NSFW pin-up set of Radeo for free." NSFW Link. Also: Dork alert....
03:58 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Overheard at Comic Con: The Walking Dead will be around for a while
The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman offered up this quote concerning the end of the series: We have talked about an ending that wed do if we ever got to that point, right before our joint ...
03:39 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing CNN reporter tells Bill Nye that he doesn't understand climate change
Watch in awe as CNN's Carol Costello tells Bill Nye, a respected scientist, engineer, and science education, that he's a "kooky guy who doesn't know what he's talking about" when he asserts the scient...
03:18 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Tasmanian cops to world: it's not our job to censor the Internet
The cops in Tasmania, Australia have informed the general public that it's not illegal to call people nasty names on Facebook, and that they don't want any more complaints on those lines: "If this beh...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing "Lying eyes" may be a myth
Through my early (and brief) curiosity about neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques, I learned that when a person looks up and to their right, it's a good sign that they may be lying. Turns out...
03:03 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Internet Defense League will spring into action when dumb laws are proposed, guided by the CAT SIGNAL!
Holmes from Fight for the Future sez, "The Internet Defense League is a post-SOPA network of sites that use their reach to defend and improve the web. Because it can sound the alarm quickly to million...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing The benefits of xenophobia
Xenophobia is neither the fear of Xeni, nor of Xena. Rather, it's more about knee-jerk mistrust, dislike, and hatred for people who aren't part of your group. We've come to associate it with not likin...
02:15 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Scientists aren't always right
Remember how scientists discovered alien-esque life forms in California and the Internet was all, "Oh, sheeeet!" But then other scientists started critiquing the research and there was a giant debate ...
02:04 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing On-demand ice-cream trucks from Uber
Uber, a spunky startup that's made a name for itself by using mobile devices to hook up people with rolling stock -- starting with an app that let idle limo drivers in San Francisco know about people ...
02:02 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing You are your bellybutton lint
Last January, at the Science Online conference, I noticed that there was a research group collecting swabs taken from the bellybuttons of scientists, science bloggers, and science journalists. That cu...
01:58 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Romney, the NAACP, and tactical booing
Everyone's seen the video of Mitt Romney being booed at an address to the NAACP where he promised to kill "Obamacare" (AKA Romneycare). But did he plan on being booed? "Hes not likely to receive many ...
01:14 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing FCC: SOPA is terrible (when Russia does it)
FCC chief Julius Genachowski has slammed the Russian government for considering a law that will make it possible to ban websites in the country for violating nebulous, poorly policed "illegal content"...
01:08 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Magic, lies, and deception
iPod Magic - Deceptions from Marco Tempest on Vimeo. Marco Tempest is an illusionist who works with technology, as well as traditional magician's skills like sleight of hand. Although its easier to im...
01:04 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Tight jeans bust balls
UK celebrity physician Dr. Hilary Jones is reporting that the current men's fashion of tight, skinny jeans is leading to an increase in twisted testicles, weak bladders, low sperm count, fungal infect...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Watchismo's 3rd Annual Summer Vestal sale is on! For a limited time, take an additional 20% off ...
12:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing "Paterno's legacy"
Louis Freeh's report on child abuse at Penn State confirms the worst: the college's executives, including Joe Paterno, knew about and actively covered up coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual exploitation of ...
12:49 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Autism: Epidemic or awareness?
At Discover's big-idea blog The Crux, Emily Willingham has a really interesting post about the prevalence of autism—is it actually increasing, or is this really about medical definitions and inc...
12:29 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing AOL co-founder on those once-ubiquitous CDs
"When we launched AOL 4.0 in 1998, AOL used ALL of the world-wide CD production for several weeks. Think of that. Not a single music CD or Microsoft CD was produced during those weeks." — Steve ...
12:29 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing AOL co-founder manager on those once-ubiquitous CDs
"When we launched AOL 4.0 in 1998, AOL used ALL of the world-wide CD production for several weeks. Think of that. Not a single music CD or Microsoft CD was produced during those weeks." — Reggie...
12:13 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Neil Gaiman is writing a prequel to Sandman next year
Last night at Comic Con, during a DC Comics panel that focused on its Vertigo imprint, it was casually mentioned that Neil Gaiman would debut a prequel to his Sandman series in November 2013. In a pre...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Ralph Lauren charges $2Kpop for Made in China Olympic outfits
At $2,000 a pop, the costumes supplied by Ralph Lauren to America's Olympic athletes are not cheap. But apparently, Mr Lauren and co still couldn't afford to pay American workers to sew them -- they w...
11:53 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing People overestimate mobile privacy, lawmakers are out of touch with privacy expectations
My friend Jen Urban of UC Berkeley and her colleagues Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Su Li have just published Mobile Phones and Privacy, a paper in the BCLT Research Paper Series, and a summary. In a nutshe...
11:51 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing "White Power" Toothbrush
Let the whiteness shine through with today's Gold Box Deal of the Day! [Ta, FP]...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Woodring iPhone case
Twig Case Co. in Minnesota makes nice iPhone cases out of paper and bamboo, including this beautiful Jim Woodring model, called "Frank in the Tempest." The founder of Twig Case, Jon Lucca, is an illus...
11:27 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing UK Labour party sucks up to Big Content
A reader writes, "The creative industries are busy again luring the UK Labour Front Bench with their charms. However, DCMS is not only responsible for the creative industries, they are also responsibl...
11:15 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Android Jelly Bean is sweet
I got an over-the-air update to my Nexus Galaxy last night, and I'm now running version 4.1 of Android, AKA Jelly Bean. My preliminary impression: holy shit, this is awesome. Fast! Like a time-lapse o...
11:12 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing The Silver Cord graphic novel 12 way to funding on Kickstarter
The Silver Cord is an enjoyable and thought-provoking graphic novel about a war between humans, angels, and robots with human-like intelligence. I've never read anything like it before, but many of th...
10:49 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Asteroids MMO
Finally! the Asteroids MMO you've been waiting for, with old-school vectorbeam-style graphics. Needs more RPG elements, stat! [via Indie Games]...
10:44 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Digg dug own grave
Alexis Magrigal on what went wrong at Digg: letting publishers, PR hacks and power users rule the roost instead of everyday readers. The only way to consistently get stuff on the home page was to work...
10:30 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Hello Kitty Sonic the Hedgehog
Sega and Sanrio plan to sell this "Hello Sonic" toy. From AFP: Sega mascot Sonic the Hedgehog's getting a super-cute makeover in the form of a Hello Kitty jumbo plushie, which commemorates the reopeni...
09:54 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing San Diego Comic-Con off to a strong start
Yesterday was the official first day of San Diego Comic Con following Preview Night last night, and that means that stuff happened! The panels have commenced, the pictures are starting to surface, and...
09:54 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Comic-Con opens in San Diego
Photo: Port of San Deigo (cc) Yesterday was the official first day of San Diego Comic Con following Preview Night last night, and that means that stuff happened! The panels have commenced, the picture...
08:00 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Garlic Twist
Weve always used a standard, run-of-the-mill garlic press, probably just because it was what was in the drawer. It only used half the clove. It was a pain to clean. And stinky hands were hard to avoid...
05:00 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Member of European Parliament sends "Thank you for fighting ACTA" email with 2K emails on the CC line
Lee sez, As part of my protest against ACTA I signed up to the fightforthefuture.org web page, and asked them to contact my MEP on my behalf, which they did. Now that ACTA has been defeated, Paul Nutt...
05:00 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Member of European Parliament sends "Thank you for fighting ACTA" email with 2K emails in the body
Lee sez, As part of my protest against ACTA I signed up to the fightforthefuture.org web page, and asked them to contact my MEP on my behalf, which they did. Now that ACTA has been defeated, Paul Nutt...
12:37 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Rideshare service for Burning Man
Jason sez, BurningManRides.com is a carpool site that helps attendees share rides to the Burn. Created by the rideshare service Ridejoy, the site allows users to easily request or offer a ride and get...
12:06 am PDT - Fri, July 13, 2012
BoingBoing Romney demands apology over Bain claims
The Boston Globe reported that presidential candidate Mitt Romney still controlled Bain Capital for years after he claimed to have left in 1999—a period marked by layoffs and bankruptcies. An Ob...
11:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing How Yul Brynner avoided tipping off What's My Line? contestants
*whistle*! Vincent Price, another distinctive voice, took a different tack: singing. Muhammed Ali, of course, had no chance at all....
10:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Furious religious establishment figures decry Life of Brian and John Cleese, who parries them masterfully
In this BBC 4 video, apparently contemporaneous with the 1979 release of Monty Python's classic The Life of Brian, a collection of robed clerics from the Church of England (and possibly others?) tell ...
09:18 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Are you optimistic or pessimistic about humankind's ability to prevent a killer asteroid from killing us all?
In his book, The Beginning of Infinity, Oxford physicist David Deutsch writes: If a one kilometer asteroid had approached the Earth on a collision course at any time in human history before the early ...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Why everyone in America should have access to public safety codes: "Show Me the Manual!"
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, One of the big issues we face in trying to make legal documents available to citizens at no charge is a feeling in Washington that "ordinary" people just aren't smart...
08:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Granny explains skinless weiners
Hurr hurr weiners hurr hurr. Skinless Weiners...
08:08 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Tunnel between Mexico and Arizona
The DEA found this impressive 240-yard tunnel running between an ice plant in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico and a "one-story, nondescript" building in San Luis, Arizona. They didn't find any d...
07:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Apply Truth Goggles, learn truths
Truth Goggles is a web app that highlights facts in the text of a web page or news story and provides a link that tells you whether or not those facts are true....
07:50 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Nobel laureate occasionally hangs out on street corners, answering physics questions
This morning, I got to spend a little time chatting with Daniel Bowring, a physicist who designs particle accelerators for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. During our conversation, Daniel told m...
07:28 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Stories from the world's first sex survey
This woman, Clelia Duel Mosher, conducted the world's first sex survey—a series of interviews with 45 American women, most of whom were born before 1870. She conducted the surveys off and on bet...
07:13 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing How Henry Rollins gave up scooping ice-cream to be a full-time punk
Henry Rollins makes an appearance in the Big Think video series, explaining how he came to quit his job at the Haagen Dasz to sing for Black Flag: That was 30 years ago. The years Rollins spent in Bla...
07:11 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Inside the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project
If these photos of NASA's Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project look suspiciously like they might actually have been taken inside an abandoned McDonalds somewhere in Iowa ... well, that's very observan...
06:32 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Why is 98.6 just right for your body but too hot for the weather?
Slate has a nice explainer covering heat wave health problems. The central question: If my body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, why am I uncomfortable when it's 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit outdoor...
06:20 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Crummy passwords from Yahoo users
The dump of 450,000 Yahoo passwords by a group calling itself "D33ds Company" has been analyzed by Anders Nilsson (apparently these passwords were stored in the clear). Here's the topline: Total entri...
05:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Sculptures create shadow faces
NYC artist Kumi Yamashita, whose thread/nail portraits Cory posted about previously, also creates head-spinning artworks from carefully-placed objects, a single light source, and shadows. "Light &...
05:32 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing The crucial thing that needs to be addressed in Mockingjay: Everything Katniss doesn't see
While it was news, it was hardly unpredictable that the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, was going to be split into two movies. It makes perfect sense; it's the densest, heav...
05:31 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Misspelled tattoos
and many other misspelled tattoos here. (Click Orlando, via NextDraft)...
05:11 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Beachfront morgue for sale. Also, Starbucks in a funeral home.
This 19th century mortuary in Saltburn-by-the-sea in North Yorkshire, England is up for sale by the Redcar and Cleveland Council. It's expected to make a pleasant beach chalet. Having stopped being a ...
04:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Indifferent cats in amateur porn
"Indifferent cats in amateur porn" a tumblr for people who want to see cats ignoring people who are having sex. NSFW, unless you work at the indifferent cat in a sexual situation factory. Indifferent ...
04:45 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Dan Harmon, Dino Stamatopoulos, and Charlie Kaufman are funding a stop-motion film on Kickstarter
I have mixed feelings about Kickstarter. However, I don't have mixed feelings about Dan Harmon (Community), Dino Stamatopoulos (Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole), and Charlie Kaufman (Being John...
04:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing That time Gustavo Fring tried to be a stormtrooper in another life
An amazing sculpture spotted at London Film and Comic Con by Rizwane Baig. I'll just hang out while you reconsider your lunch. (via Blastr)...
04:37 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing AMC to Dish: We'll go ahead and stream Breaking Bad for free. 'K bye.
AMC has some very good news for Dish Network customers who are being denied their Breaking Bad season premiere this weekend: They will be streaming the show as it airs for the low, low cost of zero do...
04:33 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Pee-Wee Herman dubs the Dark Knight Rises trailer, should dub the whole movie
Pee-Wee Herman took part in a bit on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in which he narrated the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. Great, now this movie is going to be hilarious when it's definitely not su...
04:07 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Viacom punishes Internet to get at DirecTV, yanks Daily Show offline
Viacom and DirecTV are fueding over which Viacom channels will be carried on DirecTV's service. DirecTV has nuked Viacom's channels. In retaliation, Viacom has removed The Daily Show from the Internet...
03:44 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing LIFE: Pesco on Buckminster Fuller
Today is Buckminster Fuller's birthday. Bucky had a profound influence on my life and thinking so I was honored that LIFE invited me to write an introduction to their photo gallery. An excerpt: Bucky ...
03:17 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Minneapolis: Home of the first (annual?) Internet cat video film festival
Well, it's been a quiet week in Minneapolis, Minnesota, my hometown. The heatwave broke. There was a giant tomato fight downtown. And the Gonzo Group Theater is performing Aristophanes in the middle o...
02:38 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing What "Fifty Shades of Grey is badly written" is really code for
Laurie Penny has a spirited defense of Fifty Shades of Grey, a bestselling pornographic novel that started out as Twilight fanfic ("quite good, quite detailed descriptions of fucking written from the ...
02:05 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian Supreme Court upholds fair dealing and user rights in copyright
Michael Geist sez, The Supreme Court of Canada issued its much anticipated rulings in the five copyright cases it heard last December. It will obviously take some time to digest these decisions, but t...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Freeopen Android-based games console raises $2MM+ on Kickstarter in one day
The Ouya is an Android-based games console design that's been floated on Kickstarter. It's done spectacularly well, garnering over $2.3MM in the first day (now closing in on $4MM), far in excess of it...
10:54 am PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Just look at that banana genome Venn diagram
Just look at it....
10:00 am PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Implanting a London Oyster card transponder in a ring
Dhani Sutanto removed the transponder from a Transport for London Oyster card (a RFID-based stored value card used to pay for rides on public transit) and implanted it in a ring, making a lovely bit o...
05:41 am PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing McDonald's chip monopoly at London Games relaxes one hairsbreadth
The McDonald's sponsorship deal at the Security Games in London meant that Olympic workers are not allowed to buy chips (AKA fries) unless they come with fish. A chorus of complaints from site workers...
05:31 am PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Shouty MP is shouty
Here's a clip from yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions in the Mother of All Parliaments, the final PMQs in this session of Parliament. The house is crowded and overheated and noisy, and when MP Ann...
01:54 am PDT - Thu, July 12, 2012
BoingBoing Hackers take Yahoo: 453,000 login credentials nabbed
Dan Goodin at Ars: "The dump, posted on a public website by a hacking collective known as D33Ds Company, said it penetrated the Yahoo subdomain using what's known as a union-based SQL injection. ... T...
11:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Nudes of performance athletes
ESPN's "Bodies We Want" photo series features "tasteful" nudes of performance athletes (tasteful inasmuch as all the genitals and women's nipples are figleafed). It's a pretty amazing series, in part ...
11:27 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Maker Station in Library Parking Lot = All Kinds of Awesome
A collaboration between the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a local nonprofit called TekVenture has created a hub of awesome for local makers called the TekVenture Maker Statio...
11:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing San Diego Comic Con Roundup: Day -1
Unfortunately, I am not at San Diego Comic-Con to cover it because, well, I am in New York. But in my travels through the internet today, I've found some interesting developments leading into Preview ...
10:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Michael Bay's Wizard of Oz
As requested in the thread concerning Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles. You're welcome....
10:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Letter to Chuck Close from the digital artist whom he threatened with a lawsuit
Scott Blake is a computer artist who created a Photoshop plug-in called th "Chuck Close Filter," which transformed images into mosaics reminiscent of the famous hand-made mosaics created by Chuck Clos...
09:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Baseball at relativistic speeds and other wild hypotheticals
Randall "XKCD" Munroe's new "What If?" feature answers one wild hypothetical per week. The first two are corkers: Relativistic Baseball baseball asks what would happen if a baseball pitcher could thro...
08:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Ice-cream that looks like spaghetti: spaghettieis
Click Clack Gorilla's "ode to spaghettieis" celebrates a German ice-cream dish that looks like spaghetti Bolognese. The noodles are extruded white ice-cream. It was invented in 1969, and remains popul...
08:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Yoga teacher fired for glaring at Facebook employee
Alice Van Ness was hired to teach Yoga at Facebook's Menlo Park Campus. She told employees who took her classes to refrain from using cellphones, but one female employee ignored her and used her phone...
06:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Tupac as a sea-shanty
David Minnick is a genius. That is all. A remix of the Snoop Dogg/Kid Cudi song "That Tree". The idea for this sort of remix was born when I became aware of the great similarities between the lyrical ...
06:49 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Hip-hop sea-shanty
David Minnick is a genius. That is all. A remix of the Snoop Dogg/Kid Cudi song "That Tree". The idea for this sort of remix was born when I became aware of the great similarities between the lyrical ...
06:04 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Trees stained by a toxic spill, with the high-tide line aligned to the horizon
This image comes from The Line, a book of photos by Palndromo Mszaros, "a Spanish photographer and architecture student whose life jumps between Madrid and Budapest." It shows the high-tide line of an...
05:18 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Ron Jeremy as bait for Canadian Cannibal?
More than a year ago, porn celeb Ron Jeremy was reportedly asked by animal rights activists to help snare animal torturer (and eventual "Canadian Cannibal") Luka Rocco Magnotta by inviting him to be i...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Declassified report about "mind altering" drugs at Gitmo
"One detainee, so-called 'dirty bomber' Jose Padilla was tricked into believing he was injected with a truth serum during an interrogation, possibly a form of LSD or PCP. In reality, it was a flu shot...
04:46 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstart a sculpture that lets you toss around 80,000 lbs of stone and steel
Zachary writes, Blurring the line between art and...a freight train, artist Zachary Coffin is leading a team building a massive human powered stone and steel merry-go-round for Burning Man 2012. This ...
04:31 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Charming teens turn into cold-hearted capitalists playing AT&T phone company simulation
Dan Rubin says: SimCity and D&D have nothing on "New City Telephone Company," a business simulator that challenged 1970s kids to run a phone company. AT&T commissioned and distributed the ga...
04:21 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Scarlett Johansson: $20 Million For The Avengers 2
According to The New York Post, Scarlett Johansson will become Hollywood's highest-paid woman, snagging a cool $20 million paycheck for assembling for the sequel to this spring's humble, low-budget sl...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Let's compare two Philip Seymour Hoffman characters: Plutarch Heavensbee and Scotty from Boogie Nights
We all know that Philip Seymour Hoffman is an "actor's actor" -- a chameleon who can play all kinds of roles, whether they be dramatic or comedic, manipulative or a pushover. Now that we know he is pl...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Bleep's "Guide To Electronic Music"
For $20, Bleep is selling a 55 track "Guide To Electronic Music" compilation starting from Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Shaeffer in the 1930s and 1940s through Daphne Oram, Morton Subotnick, Throbbing ...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Preview of Devo documentary
Official DEVO Documentary: 5-minute Preview from DEVOfilm on Vimeo. I get many requests every day from people asking me to post about their Kickstarter project. I'm sometimes tempted to filter all ema...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Piranha used as scissors
[Video Link] A man who desperately needed to cut a stick into small pieces was assisted by a kindly piranha at the Cuyabeno Rainforest in Ecuador. (Via Arbroath)...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Two things that would thaw Walt Disney with the heat of his own rage
What you are about to see is a bunch of stultifyingly counterfeit Disney characters performing at a concert where Dear Leader, Jr. of North Korea, Kim Jung Un, was in attendance. I'm wondering if he w...
01:52 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing What's wrong with TPP, the son of ACTA
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Carolina Rossini has a very good editorial explaining what's wrong with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secret trade treaty with punishing copyright provisions th...
01:27 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing $5 gets you this set of cat hobo embroidery patterns
Two of my favorite people -- Adam "Apelad" Koford and Sublime Stitching's Jenny Hart -- have combined their impressive creativity to produce a set of Hobotopia embroidery patterns. The world is a bett...
01:26 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Google's Nexus 7 tablet already behind the counter
The Verge rounds up release-date rumors surrounding Google's Nexus 7 Android tablet, well-received by critics. GameStop allegedly already has them in-store, but under lock and key; leaked inventory da...
01:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Amazon phone for Christmas?
The Wall Street Journal's Lorraine Luk writes that the fabled Amazon smartphone could go into production as soon as this year....
01:21 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing XKCD reveals your visual perception quirks
Today's XKCD, "Visual Field," is a terrific mind-bender: a series of optical experiments to try with your computer's screen and a rolled-up piece of paper that demonstrate the quirks of your visual fi...
01:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Accused Burglar Incorporates Self
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter. Even better: JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's proud and mighty INNER HIVE and receive untold BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES!...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Ghostbusters 3 hires screenwriter, but Will Bill?
We all know that Ghostbusters 3 is not going to happen, because Bill Murray will waffle back and forth until everyone is dead and no one will be able to do the movie with actual ghosts. But that doesn...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Still not sold on Michael Bay's "Ninja Space Turtles"
Good news coming from the "Ninja Turtles" front! A leaked script found by Latino Review's El Mayimbe contains references to the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villains Bebop, Rocksteady, and Kra...
12:16 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Welcome, Jamie Frevele
Attention! Please welcome our new editor, Jamie Frevele, who will be focusing on movies, TV, and other amusements and entertainments. Jamie Frevele writes and and performs comedy in New York City and ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Can Chumbawamba be replaced with a sequel to Independence Day?
So, incredibly bummer summer news, you guys: Chumbawamba, a band that has actually been around for 30 years and became fleetingly famous for exactly one song that made sense only to people from the UK...
11:45 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Child-sized hamster ball with matching bowling alley
Hammacher Schlemmer's Human Bowling Ball is a $4,500 amusement for children aged 5-12: it consists of a giant, inflatable hamster ball and an inflated bowling lane. You insert your progeny into the fo...
11:16 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Is your member of Congress on the House Judiciary Committee? We need you to fight the return of SOPA!
As I wrote yesterday, Rep Lamar "SOPA" Smith is trying to sneak through another variation on SOPA in the form of the the Intellectual Property Attache Act, which was steaming through Congress without ...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Higgs Boson "set to music, plays like a jaunty tango."
The data set which revealed the existence of the Higgs Boson may be represented as musical notation. [The Atlantic]...
11:08 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Kim Dotcom offers FBI a deal they are very likely to refuse
MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom offered to hand himself over the FBI, if only they would unfreeze his assets to permit the hiring of attorneys. [Juha Saarinen / Wired]...
11:03 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Face-recognition phone unlock
The latest version of Android unlocks your phone when you look at it. I wonder if you can specify an emotion? [Roy Furchgott / NYT]...
09:52 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Fables 17: Inherit the Wind
The latest installment in Bill Willingham's astonishingly, consistently great, long-running graphic novel series Fables is volume 17: Inherit the Wind. The premise of Fables lets its creators use any ...
08:00 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing A Handbook For Yogasana Teachers
This book is a tome of body science for yoga teachers with over 1000 pages in the second edition. I purchased it a few months ago. While Ive skimmed the entire volume, Ive spent the most time on the a...
01:23 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Crack the crypto in Agrippa, win every William Gibson book ever published
Quinn DuPont writes in with "A cracking challenge to cryptanalyse a William Gibson poem ('Agrippa', written in 1992). The winner will receive a copy of every William Gibson book published. Project is ...
12:44 am PDT - Wed, July 11, 2012
BoingBoing Skull hands
A self-modified momento mori from Jason Traeger, who maintains, with Martin Sprouse, a blog collecting unexected instances of the Black Flag Logo....
11:49 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing London libel case sought to silence journalist
"English litigation is a long and costly process that could almost have been designed to bludgeon a defendant into submission." — Nature writer Quirin Schiermeier, who recently prevailed in a ch...
11:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Clam appears to lick salt off a table (but that's probably not what's going on)
Although this video appears to show a clam extruding a long, muscular tongue and greedily licking salt off a table, ryubot4000, a knowledgeable YouTube commenter (itself a rarity worth noting!) says, ...
11:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Nest Learning Thermostat
Last year I replaced my old-looking but perfectly functional programmable thermostat with a better looking, WiFi-equipped model.The remote aspect of it was good. We could set away temps, and restore n...
10:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Epic Hurr
Upon reading Xeni's post about Herp Derp, a browser extension that turns all YouTube comments into "herp derp", I remembered that I have on-hand an image to express my own slackly-murmuring state of b...
10:28 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Behold, the Doucheburger
From Kate Black: This is @666burgers Doucheburger. It is gold leafed Kobe beef formed around foie gras, and topped with cave aged gruyere, truffle butter, lobster, caviar, and kopi luwak bbq sauce. It...
10:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Crustacean species is newly named after Bob Marley
Reggae legend Bob Marley has something in common with Barack Obama and Elvis Presley now: All three men are have biological species named after them. "In Marley's case, it's a small parasitic crustace...
10:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Summon-a-car startup Uber remains legal in Washington, DC (for now)
At the NYT, Brian X. Chen reports that Uber, the nifty internet service that uses a "clever algorithm to summon a car quickly with a smartphone app" was nearly banned by politicians in the Washington,...
09:43 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Belarusian honor guard struts its stuff
What's the use of running a basket-case, tin-pot totalitarian dictatorship if you can't drill an elite honor guard to perform breathtaking feats of close-order drill? Case in point, the official honor...
09:40 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Browser extension converts all YouTube comments into HERP DERP
Tanner Stokes writes: "I loathe YouTube comments. Heres a simple browser extension to convert them to herp derp. If you insist on reading the original (which is highly discouraged), click the comment....
09:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing All the news that's fit to embroider
Via MyModernMet, the work of California-based multimedia artist Lauren DiCioccio, whose "Sewn News" series features hand-embroidered imagery seen in back issues of The New York Times. Above, Lady Gaga...
09:32 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Call Me (Cookie Monster) Maybe (video)
Cookie Monster from Sesame Street spoofs Carly Rae Jepsen's hit pop song "Call Me Maybe." [Video Link]...
09:07 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Twilight fan struck, killed by car at Comic-Con
A 53-year-old female Comic-Con attendee who had been camping in front of the San Diego Convention Center so she could get into the popular Twilight panel was hit by a car and killed today....
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Dropped infected USB in the company parking lot as a way of getting malware onto the company network
Workers at the Dutch offices of DSM, a chemical company, report finding USB sticks in the company parking lot, which appeared to have been lost. However, when the company's IT department examined the ...
07:42 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Douche.0: Daniel Tosh digs rape jokes, proposes a female audience member be raped
The author of the Cookies for Breakfast tumblog says she attended a standup performance by Daniel Tosh, host of the notably unfunny Comedy Central show Tosh.0, in which he made some stupid rape jokes....
07:13 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing $10 Robot Challenge
Do you have ideas on how to make a $10 educational robot for primary and secondary school-age kids? BB pal Ken Goldberg at UC Berkeley and Ayorkor Korash at Ghana's Ashesi University have launched the...
06:56 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Internet killjoy: Clams don't have giant tongues
This popular video is a great example of why cartoon-level humanization of animals doesn't really work. Yes, it looks like this clam just stuck its tongue out and licked up a bunch of salt. But clams ...
06:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Popular Groups Join Sugarhill Records
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
06:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Crackpots, geniuses, and how to tell the difference
Over at Download the Universe, Ars Technica science editor John Timmer reviews a science ebook whose science leaves something to be desired. Written by J. Marvin Herndon, a physicist, Indivisible Eart...
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Mind Blowing Movies: Funny Bones, by Bill Barol
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...
05:43 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing An Abridged History of Western Music in 16 Genres (cdza music video)
[Video Link] The latest from Boing Boing collaborator Joe Sabia's CDZA project: "an abridged history of Western Music, performing 'What a Wonderful World' in 16 different genres."...
05:10 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Lunar topography replicated in gorgeous fine art carvings
San Francisco-based artist Craig Dorety has a series of carvings that "represent segments of the moon's surface as found in the topograhical data from JAXA's Kayuga mission." "Painstaking attention is...
05:02 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Car thieves root the BMW, make off like bandits
A vulnerability in BMW's keyless ignition system allows thieves to make off with them in under three minutes, possibly via the engine's diagnostic systems. BMW's acknowledged something is amiss, but h...
04:43 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing How to make corn more sustainable? Grow less of it.
I wrote a story about the future of crop science that's printed in the June issue of Popular Science. When I was doing the research, the big question I wanted to ask was this: "How can we take the mos...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Great white shark stalks kayaker
Over the weekend, Walter Szulc Jr. went kayaking off a Cape Cod beach. That's a Great White Shark behind him. Eventually, Szulc says he "saw the fin out of the water I looked down and saw the body an...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Great white shark (?) stalks kayaker
Over the weekend, Walter Szulc Jr. went kayaking off a Cape Cod beach. That's a great white shark (or perhaps a basking shark) behind him. Eventually, Szulc says he "saw the fin out of the water I lo...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Inspiration sucks
Wise words from Nick Cave: "Inspiration is a word used by people who aren't really doing anything. I go into my office every day that I'm in Brighton and work. Whether I feel like it or not is irrelev...
03:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Breast cancer conversations on Twitter, visualized in real time
Here's a cool data viz project from GE that displays real-time conversational spreads about breast cancer on Twitter. (thanks, Laura Hollister)...
03:30 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing On the Internet, think before threatening
The legal threats we cover often claim libel or copyright infringement simply as a means to shut someone up. But what if one really is the victim of a nasty internet rumor or plagiarist? Here's Ken at...
03:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Kansas "Point of Know Return"
Don't give me that shit. It's fantastic....
03:09 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Gregory Euclide's breathtaking whiteboard drawings
Gregory Euclide is an artist who makes stunning landscape dioramas and paintings that I find to be endlessly inviting and immersive. (Last year, I was honored to contribute my brief thoughts on Euclid...
02:45 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO use skateboards as ceiling-fan blades
Converting three skateboard planks to act as the blades on an electric ceiling fan is surprisingly straightforward, as Notcot's NOTlabs demonstrates: "staring at the ugly, boring ceiling fan that hung...
02:38 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Ambient music mix: Mixmaster Morris vs. DF Tram
My favorite DJ, Dylan Yanekz (AKA DF Tram), whose audio journeys move through electronica, avant-garde classical, free jazz, and myriad other genres, recently collaborated with pioneering ambient DJ M...
02:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Video: Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein
The Midnight Archive visits with mistress of the macabre Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the wonderful Morbid Anatomy blog and library....
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Imaginary Foundation's "Stardust" art print
Our friends at the Imaginary Foundation have released this beautiful art print, titled "Stardust." It was inspired by Carl Sagan's comment that "The cosmos is also within us, We're made of star stuff....
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing All the news that's fit to print
FYI: Wild hawks are doin' it in New York City....
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Will Eisner's 1968 M16 rifle manual
How to Be a Retronaut has a complete scanned copy of The M16A1 Rifle Operation and Preventative Maintenance, a US Army manual created by Will Eisner in 1968. The M16A1 Rifle Operation and Preventative...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make cheap Louboutin knockoffs
British women are painting their shoe soles bright red to replicate that expensive Louboutin look. For your own Beckhampunk effort, use Duracoat 'Flame' or 'Show Stopper' and a size 4 brush. [Telegrap...
12:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Olympic missiles on your roof, whether you want 'em or not
Hey, guess what? If you live in the UK and the army wants to put surface-to-air missiles on your roof, you don't get a say in it....
12:19 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing SOPA IS BACK: Lamar Smith trying to quietly revive SOPA and cram it down the world's throats
It's not just ACTA that is being snuck back into law through undemocratic means. Lamar Smith, the powerful committee chairman and corporatist archvillain who tried to ram through SOPA last year is now...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 059: The $8 Billion iPod
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. My co-hosts for th...
11:54 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Amanda Palmer's awesome stop-motion music video [NSFW]
Amanda Palmer's just posted her latest video for a new song called "Want it Back," and it's a fabulous piece of stop-motion animation in which the lyrics are calligraphed across Palmer's body, sheets,...
11:13 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing AT&T sued phone hacking victim for $1.15m
Michael Smith's phone bill is usually $700. In 2009, criminals hacked the Ipswitch, Mass. man's business phone and racked up $891,470 in calls to Somalia. Julie Manganis of The Salem News reports that...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Burglar tangled in window blinds
Albuquerque's KRQE reports that a burglar found himself unable to leave the scene of a crime: "Thomas Molina, 38, is charged with burglary and breaking and entering. APD says they got a call about som...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Alleged burglar tangled in window blinds
Albuquerque's KRQE reports that a burglar found himself unable to leave the scene of a crime: "Thomas Molina, 38, is charged with burglary and breaking and entering. APD says they got a call about som...
10:20 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Silicon Valley reality TV show "offensive"
Some folks in Silicon Valley are unhappy about a reality TV show that "captures the raucous reality of the tech industry," reports David Streitfeld for the NYT: The series, which is now being filmed a...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Ron English's Stickable Art Offenses: Wacky Packages meets AdBusters
Ron English's Stickable Art Offenses is an inspired collection of stickers from one of the world's most iconic sticker artists. Ron English designed the iconic Ronald McDonald parody for Super-Size Me...
09:47 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Camp Carreon's new strategy: rape puns!
The longer it goes on, the stranger it gets. Here's Nate Anderson at Ars Technica on the latest stunt. Camp Carreon isn't done with [The Oatmeal's Matthew] Inman yeta new video depicts the cartoonist ...
09:34 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Scientists: Batman would plunge to doom
Michael Holden writes: "The crime-fighting caped crusader could fly, but if he did, he would smash into the ground and probably die, a group of British physics students have calculated."...
09:30 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing A very British patent ruling
In a win for Samsung, a British judge dismissed Apple's claims of patent infringement because no-one is likely to confuse the two companies' products: "The Galaxy tablets do not have the same understa...
02:41 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Russian Wikipedia blacks out over censorship plan
People visiting the Russian-language Wikipedia today will find it blacked out, in protest of a proposed far-reaching Internet blacklist plan in Russia. Similar measures were used in the Italian Wikipe...
12:32 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Basebrawl
Angry dads flail uselessly at one another for a while at a little league game in Georgia, earning themselves citations for disorderly conduct....
12:00 am PDT - Tue, July 10, 2012
BoingBoing Porno-copyright trolls named in RICO class action suit
A group of notorious copyright trolls from the pornography industry are the defendants in a new class action suit that alleges that they have violated the RICO Act (the law regarding organized crime s...
11:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Flying robot makes 3D map of building's interior
[Video Link]The video is from 2010, but the flying robot that stars in it makes the same kind of 3D map of a building's interior that the drones in Prometheus make....
10:49 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing TSA mocks deaf man as F*cking deafie, steals his candy, eats it
You guys, you're not gonna believe this, but yet another TSA agent has bullied yet another innocent American. teaandtheatre, who is deaf, writes about an upsetting incident of "ableist" or "audist" ha...
10:49 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Deaf man writes that TSA agent mocked him as F*cking deafie, then stole his candy, ate it
You guys, you're not gonna believe this, but it seems that yet another TSA agent has bullied yet another innocent American. teaandtheatre, who is deaf, writes about an upsetting incident of "ableist" ...
10:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Oatmeal Spells F U in Money Shots
I am kneeling on a sun-dappled hardwood floor with stacks of $20 bills in $2,000 bundles in each hand helping to spell out the word "douchebaggery," and thinking: $220,000 just doesn't seem like that ...
10:15 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Vacuum tube skulls
Noah Scalin's bonus skulls on his skull-a-day site, made from two- and three-inch vacuum tubes, are tremendous: "Most of the ones I own have this extra bump at the top so I decided to try leaving it u...
10:09 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing "Queen of Clown Porn" Hollie Stevens, 30, dies of breast cancer
Image: Cover of an edition of "Girls and Corpses," featuring Hollie Stevens. The alt-adult performer known as Hollie Stevens (Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Wikipedia, MySpace) has died of breast cancer. In...
07:39 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Self-published automation book is out, at a researched price
John, a lighting/show automation guy, has written a new edition of Show Networks and Control Systems, a book about networking for automation techs. He sez, "Back in January, Cory re-posted my analysis...
06:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Chiffon pie that doesn't look right
There's something ineluctably aspic-y about this 1958 chiffon pie picture -- I can't escape the feeling that this is a pie filled with ground organ meat and shredded pickles. I dunno, this just doesn'...
06:39 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Judge Judy fight spills out of "court"
The loser in a recently-taped episode of Judge Judy is harassing the winner, according to a restraining order filed in Los Angeles—all over a dog. The two squared off on an episode of "Judy" tha...
06:25 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing NYT series on genetically-targeted cancer treatments
When you have been diagnosed with cancer, as I have, you quickly grow accustomed to "friendly cancer spam." Friends, relatives, and well-meaning acquaintances routinely forward you a gazillion identic...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Nicky Minaj, discussing sexism in the music industry while applying eyeliner (video)
[Video Link] "Had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking the pickle juice right now."—Nicky Minaj. (via Maggie Koerth-Baker, via Upworthy)...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Nicki Minaj, discussing sexism in the music industry while applying eyeliner (video)
[Video Link] "Had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking the pickle juice right now."—Nicki Minaj. (via Maggie Koerth-Baker, via Upworthy)...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing How the record industry killed legal P2P, created a generation of pirates, and laughed all the way to the graveyard
TorrentFreak's Enigmax does a great job of summarizing Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story, a remarkable scholarly paper written by Rutgers law's Michael A. Carrier, forthcoming in Wisconsin La...
04:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing X-Wing fighter in beard
This is Chad Roberts, who wins the Internet today with a Star Wars X-Wing beard. EPIC STAR WARS X-WING BEARD (via Geekologie)...
04:34 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Thunder sends baseball players running
Baseball players took off running after a very close lightning strike and thunderclap at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas yesterday. Folks who were there said it sounded like a bomb went off. ...
03:37 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Stop motion music video uses hundreds of strangers holding up a tablet on the streets of Sydney
Australian band Abe & Tell's video for their song "This Man's Brighter Days" uses a neat animation gimmick: most of the video is displayed, frame-by-frame, on a tablet held up by various stranger...
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing University suggests new students clean up Facebook profiles
My nephew Max will enter Indiana University as a freshman this fall and he just received the above status update on Facebook....
03:06 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Furniture hates America
In 2011, Americans were more likely to die by being crushed by their own TV sets than at the hands of terrorists. (via Schneier)...
02:41 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Oh, the leptons connected to the boson ...
The entire Internet has spent the better part of a year talking about the Higgs Boson with an enthusiasm usually reserved for LOLcats. Despite that, though, the vocabulary of particle physics remains ...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Arduinos in space: Awesome contest with July 15th deadline
You can do some citizen science in space, with the help of ArduSat—a proposed satellite that will be an open platform allowing the general public to design and run experiments, games, and photog...
02:24 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Safety device jams driver's mobile phone
Researchers at the Anna University of Technology in Chennai, India have prototyped another system to prevent drivers from using their mobile phones when driving. According to articles about the resear...
02:04 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Sixty-one years of tornadoes, in one map
John Nelson—the data visualization designer responsible for that global map of earthquakes I posted last week—has also made a strangely beautiful map showing every tornado to hit the U.S. ...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Found: multiple people combined into single mummies
A decade ago, archaeologists found two 3,000 year-old mummies buried on Scotland's South Uist island. The mummies had been preserved by immersion in a peat bog but not actually buried for another seve...
01:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing An annual shooting spree in North Carolina
In certain parts of the United States (including Birmingham, Alabama) shooting guns into the air is one way that some locals celebrate major holidays, like the 4th of July. For those of us who didn't ...
01:09 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing You cannot poison an opossum
As we established last week, marsupial biology is freaking crazy. Here's more proof. For this, you don't even need to go to exotic Australia. The common American opossum produces a protein called Leth...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing America's ISPs set to spy on your network access to help entertainment industry
Douglas Rushkoff writes on CNN about the new US "six strikes" copyright regime, an unholy alliance between the major entertainment companies the the nation's largest ISPs, which gives your ISP carte b...
12:29 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing ACTA IS BACK: Leaked docs show CanadaEuropean Commission trying to sneak ACTA into Canada & back into Europe
Michael Geist sez, Last week, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject ACTA, striking a major blow to the hopes of supporters who envisioned a landmark agreement that would set a new sta...
12:27 pm PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a guide to crowdfunding
Crowdfunding has fascinated me since 2009, when Kickstarter, Sellaband, Indiegogo, and others were starting to pick up steam in allowing hundreds to thousands of individuals to contribute relatively s...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Amateur game invites player to beat up woman
When Anita Sarkeesian kickstarted a research project into female videogame tropes, you might have expected some nasty remarks from game culture's contingent of adolescent boys.But Sarkeesian's been su...
11:03 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Just look at this kitten in a banana-split costume, eating a banana
Just look at it. Halloween Cute Banana Cat (via JWZ)...
10:57 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Verizon locks down Galaxy S III
Verizon reportedly shipped the Samsung Galaxy S III with an encrypted bootloader to prevent anyone from messing around with it. Naturally, it was cracked in hours. The models released by other carrier...
10:43 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Deer-hunting "mansions" on public land
How much comfort and ease does a hunter need? In St. Louis Country forest, shooters are not only building "Deer Stands" larger than some houses, but cutting down swathes of forest to make it easier to...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing How CNN and Fox's rush to be first made fools of them
SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein reviews what happened in the moments after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. The first to get it wrong was last to get it right, but Bloomberg was correct before CNN and F...
09:11 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Walking Dead vol 16: A Larger World
The sixteenth collection of the astounding graphic novel series The Walking Dead, A Larger World, is recently published, and the creators continue to vindicate my decision to follow this one for years...
02:27 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing PUNKS NOT DAD pays tribute to Monkey Boots
Dan writes, "Monkey Boots: The latest hilarious DIY video from the middle aged British punk band, Punks Not dad. This time dealing with retro footwear and a west side story rumble between punks and fa...
12:25 am PDT - Mon, July 9, 2012
BoingBoing Ernest Borgnine as Cabbie
As Rob posted, Ernest Borgnine died today at 95. From Marty to SpongeBob SquarePants, McHale's Navy to From Here To Eternity, Borgnine had a fantastic and fantastically-diverse career. For Rob, Borgni...
11:25 pm PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing Outfits inspired by game characters
Console to Closet offers tasteful and subtle fashion homages to your favorite video game characters. To the right, a fabulous ivory summer dress-and-red-wedges combo accessorized to evoke everyone's f...
11:02 pm PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing Gibson reference in Airwolf script
Nice....
10:13 pm PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing Crixus: gladiator mask
Leatherworker Tom Banwell's latest piece, his "Crixus" mask, is very nice cross between the Hannibal Lecter transport mask and something from the Road Warrior: "I realized that the center seam between...
09:08 pm PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing Ernest Borgnine, 1917-2012
He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a lovelorn butcher in 1955's "Marty," but to me he's Airwolf's Dominic Santini. [CNN]...
07:34 pm PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing For sale: Volcano House - $750,000
The perfect lair from which to hatch your evil plans for global domination. While many a volcano has flared up lately with maddening consequences, the cinder cone that hosts the “Volcano House&#...
07:03 pm PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing Homeopathic doses of the Berlin Wall and tap water
Ainsworth, a "remedy store" sells "homeopathic" "remedies" -- diluted-to-nothing, heavily shaken essences of substances that are good for what ails ya, providing whatever ails you is treatable by plac...
01:17 pm PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing Peter "Brokep" Sunde, railroaded into Swedish prison by Big Content
Peter "Brokep" Sunde was convicted in Sweden's notorious Pirate Bay trial, and now faces prison time and a multimillion-euro fine. As his imprisonment looms, he describes, in detail, the bizarre circu...
10:04 am PDT - Sun, July 8, 2012
BoingBoing Just look at this banana cream pie ad.
Just look at it. Contest entry - Pie...
09:57 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing High-security first pet naming guidelines
From the humor site NewsBiscuit, a brilliant set of security guidelines for naming your first pet, so that when your bank uses "what was the name of your first pet," in order to verify your identity, ...
08:53 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing John Scalzi, profiled in the NYT
John Schwartz wrote a great profile of John Scalzi in the NYT, in honor of his latest book, the absolutely cracking Redshirts, an existentialist comedy space-opera. The novel, Mr. Scalzis eighth, is s...
08:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Police Tape: an ACLU mobile app to secretly record the police
Police Tape is an Android app from the American Civil Liberties Union that is designed to allow citizens to covertly record the police. When activated, it hides itself from casual inspection, and it h...
07:31 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Police recruitment videos from different cities reveal astonishing differences in attitude
Police recruitment videos from Decatur, Georgia (top), and Newport Beach, California (Bottom). I wonder if the differences in attitude here reflect real differences in the quality of police service. T...
06:54 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Weatherman predicts the end-times
Here's a weather report for the apocalypse: "On WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, VA, weatherman Aaron Justus provides the last weather forecast you'll ever need." Hot Weather in Richmond this Weekend (Thanks, ...
05:20 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Junkbot insects from a metalworker in Afghanistan
Noah sez, "I thought you would appreciate these giant insects made from repurposed materials (including vehicle parts and bits of a blown up toolbox) by metalworker Ben Marcacci, who is currently at C...
03:50 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Credentialism is just as screwed up as corporatism
"Death by Degrees," a thoughtful piece in N+1, compares the inherent injustice in a system rigged to produce unequal wealth distributions to the injustice in a system that demands expensive, time...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Clientless BitTorrent downloads in your browser, using Javascript
BitTorrent Labs have released the alpha version of their "OneClick Chrome Extension," a Javascript-based Web app that obviates the need for a separate BitTorrent client. Using their plugin, you can do...
12:43 pm PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie T-Rex tattoo
Megan, a cake designer, sports her wonderful zombie/T-Rex tattoo. It was inked by Jeff Addz at Generation X in Daytona Beach, Florida, who worked freehand. Zombie T-Rex Tattoo Shoulder Tattoo (via Gee...
11:03 am PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Library in abandoned house
I'm very taken with James Charlick's photo, "The Grand Library," shot in an abandoned house during an urban exploration expedition. The Grand Library...
09:48 am PDT - Sat, July 7, 2012
BoingBoing Scientology memo asks members to censor critical web comments with trumped up "code of conduct" complaints
An internal memo from Scientology's "Office of Special Affairs" (notorious for being a dirty tricks bureau) asks adherents to the faith to find message-board comments on stories about Tom Cruise and K...
08:46 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt Romney doesn't know how Venn diagrams work
From Sociological Images's Lisa Wade: Mitt Romneys campaign put out a set of graphics illustrating a gap between what Obama promised and what he has delivered. The graphic is in the form of a Venn dia...
08:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing 0 ohm resistor
I'm not very bright, so I can't think of a reason for a 0 ohm resistor. What are they for?...
07:32 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Astronaut Don Pettit, just floatin' around in the ISS with his camera collection, like you do (photo)
Above, a NASA photo of astronaut Don Pettit, Expedition 31 flight engineer, posing with some sweet-ass digital cameras in the Cupola of the International Space Station. ISS031-E-112469 (10 June 2012)....
07:19 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Wizzywig: an excerpt from Ed Piskor's new graphic novel about a phone phreak hacker kid
In yesterday's Gweek podcast, Clive Thompson and I talked to Ed Piskor about his great new graphic Novel Wizzywig, about a young "dark side" hacker. I mentioned that I liked the scene featuring Steve ...
07:14 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Alan Alda attacks science jargon in "Flame Challenge," a science communications contest for young people (video)
In this PBS NewsHour segment, science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports on a contest launched by actor and author Alan Alda that challenges scientists to explain the science behind a flame, while fl...
06:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing iPhone app makes a game of monitoring pain for young cancer patients
[Video Link] Canada's Hospital for Sick Children (aka SickKids) and the Cundari creative agency are developing a iPhone app called "Pain Squad" to help monitor and report physical pain and emotional w...
06:38 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Nine bar bets you can't lose
Paul sez, "I'm the writer and presenter of the hit BBC3 show 'The Real Hustle', and I've just released a new video to promote my one-man show, 'Lie. Cheat. Steal. Confessions of a Real Hustler' at thi...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Louis CK's direct-sales concert: $6MM+ and running, and scalping all but extinguished
A report from Louis CK's no fees, no scalpers direct-sales concert tour: Mr CK is up more than $6 million, and scalping is down to less than one percent (compared with 25 percent for his other, tradit...
05:48 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Chip trails leads to chip thief
Benjamin Sickles, 21, was arrested Thursday after stealing snacks from a Subway restaurant near Pittsburgh, PA. To find their man. officers "followed a trail of chip bags". [WaPo]...
05:25 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing America's greatest trivia minds get their party on in Vegas next month
Tony says: If you haven't heard of the Trivia Championships of North America, well, that's understandable. It's only the second year for TCONA, but this year's event, taking place from August 10-12 at...
05:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Jackhammer Jill, the animated GIF automata
Ernie made us a Jackhammer Jill automata from pinewood and paint: "She bounces up and down like the animated GIF." Ernie wins the whole goddamned Internet. Jackhammer Jill.wmv (Thanks, Ernie!)...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Grandmother's nerdy stained glass
Les Milton brags on his mom who makes fantastic "Nerd Glass." He writes, "She started doing stained glass, a common hobby amongst the adorably active elderly, and then she started making nerdier piece...
04:39 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Just how hot is it in the US right now?
Mark Memmott at NPR's "The Two Way" blog digs in to statistics and maps from the National Climatic Data Center to illustrate exactly how fucking hot it is in hundreds of cities around the US, as a rec...
04:11 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Spock, Pee-Wee, and other geek plush crafts
A. Pants's "That's Sew Spock" (36" tall, fabric and stuffing) and Allison Hoffman's "Playhouse Friends" (10" and 4" tall, yarn and stuffing) are just two of the dozens of fun creations in the Sew Nerd...
04:05 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" poster by artist Aaron Horkey, for Mondo
Check out this beautiful poster for Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings," created by artist Aaron Horkey for Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The print kicks off ...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Rand and Ron Paul denounce net neutrality and the public domain
Rand and Ron Paul have penned an Internet Freedom manifesto that is pretty terrible. It pans the idea of net neutrality, arguing that the phone companies who receive gigantic government handouts in th...
03:54 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Epic moonwalk video
Video Link. Eric Nash, aka @onelovecandyman, is from Pasadena, CA, and works as a stuntman and actor in and around LA. You can see him stunt-busking sometimes along the Santa Monica's Third Street Pro...
03:44 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Vote for your favorite "Earth as Art" satellite photo, in U.S. Geological Survey poll
Today is the final day for voting in the USGS "Earth as Art" image project. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat Program on July 23, 2012, the federal agency seeks your help in selecting t...
03:40 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Talking comic book cover
[Video Link] Introducing Clutch Cargo-era technology to comic books....
03:29 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Robin Cooper's Song for the Lord (phone prank video)
[Video Link]Robin Cooper is the phone-pranking, letter-pranking alter-ego of British writer/producer/funnyguy Robert Popper. I've blogged about his sillywork before ("Look Around You," "Friday Night D...
03:11 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Sultan insulted
Malaysian blogger and paranormalist Syed Abdullah Syed Hussein Al-Attas (above), who publishes under the name "Uncle Seekers", was charged with insulting royalty after publishing "secret information" ...
03:10 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Choreography for Plastic Army Men
Choreography for Plastic Army Men from David Fain on Vimeo. Syd Garon says: My friend David Fain (former fish packer and Sponge Bob animator) made an incredible stop motion animation with dancing toy ...
03:06 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Penis cartoon disgusts ANC
South Africa's ruling party has expressed disgust at a cartoon which depicted President Jacob Zuma as a penis. [BBC]...
02:44 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing All-bacon burger
Souther California's Slater's 50/50 has put the ham back into hamburger with its 100% ground bacon burger, topped with a bacon slice, egg, bacon cheddar, and "bacon island" sauce. It's called 'The 'me...
02:38 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Texas vampire
A 16-year-old was walking down a Corpus Christi, Texas street when he accidentally bumped into a man who then turned and bit the boy on the neck. Then he flew ran off. (WOAI)...
02:26 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Celebrate Independence by supporting independent watch companies. Stray from the ordinary at...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Differences between corn and unicorn, brought to you by Ethyl
On the Vintage Ads LJ group, the infinitely amazing Man Writing Slash posts a collection of Ethyl gasoline ads from 1950-1952 that emphasize the advantages of leaded gasoline through humorous graphic ...
01:51 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Negative, Ghostrider, the pattern is completamente.
A Brazilian fighter plane flies just a little too close to the supreme court building in Brasilia, remodeling it for increased ventilation. I love that the offending pilot was reportedly grounded due ...
01:15 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Def Leppard cuts off Universal Music, re-records "forgeries" of its own hits
Def Leppard got screwed over by Universal Music on compensation for its digital downloads and refuses to have anything to do with them until they pay the band a fair share of the money from iTunes, th...
12:32 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing More than you maybe needed to know about the echidna
Echidnas are one of those weird Australian animals that seems to have been pieced together from leftover bits of other animals. Mammals that lay eggs, echidnas are covered in pointy hedgehog-like spin...
12:30 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Amazon plans smartphone, hires patent troll
Bloomberg reports that Foxconn is working with Amazon on a "wider range of low-priced hardware devices"; even more tellingly, it's just hired Intellectual Ventures' former senior director of acquisiti...
12:16 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Higgs on Higgs
Peter Higgs (of the Higgs Boson Higgses) would like to correct a couple of misconceptions. First off, the discovery of the Higgs Boson (if that is, indeed, what has been discovered) neither proves nor...
12:14 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Austerity creates an organlegging bubble
As economic collapse and austerity settle over Europe, criminal gangs have found a lucrative trade in brokering the sale of organs from the desperate poor to the dying rich. In his New York Times feat...
12:04 pm PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing More than 1000 shots fired in happiness in Birmingham, AL
One of the things I loved about the two years I lived in Birmingham, AL: Being in a place where people openly and un-ironically fired guns into the air in order to celebrate things. This was something...
11:20 am PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing One year of econopocalypse would pay for a civilization's worth of science
The UK has spent more money bailing out its banks in the past 12 months than it has spent on science since the time of Christ....
10:05 am PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing Infographics from 1917 on the exciting future of aviation
Scott scanned and posted, "A page of charts and graphs from the July 7, 1917 issue of The Graphic displays, among other things, Lord Montagu's ideas for how to divvy up airspace, the estimated annual ...
09:14 am PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing ZaReason: a computer company with freedom built in
For the past couple of months, I've been playing with a laptop from ZaReason, a small, GNU/Linux-based system builder founded in Oakland, CA (though it has expanded to New Zealand and Israel). ZaReaso...
06:43 am PDT - Fri, July 6, 2012
BoingBoing My stupidest moment as a customer, ever
Reading this Reddit thread on stupid customer stories reminded me of the stupidest thing I've ever done as a customer. I had flown all night and gotten into my hotel near San Francisco International v...
11:44 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage Chinese firecracker label-art
MrBrickLabel has a Flickr set of absolutely gorgeous vintage Chinese firecracker labels. I have been collecting firecracker and firework labels since I was 5 years old (1968). I appraise, buy, sell an...
09:47 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Plumber's butt, transcended
I asked photographer Markus Mueller about these hilarious and semi-disturbing shots on his website: We shot these in different locations in berlin. one day three motives, three locations, a nice and v...
09:40 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Just Do It doc on direct-action environmentalists now available as free, CC-licensed BitTorrent download
Becky sez, Almost a year ago, Just Do It!, a film that follows the adventures of direct action environmental activists in the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate summit, was unleashed on the world. A jo...
09:30 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 058: Wizzywig -- Portrait of a Serial Hacker
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...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing TwentyWonder This Saturday In Los Angeles: When Girls Collide!
Jim Hodgson says: Lucha VaVoom, Tic Tack Toe w/ Steve O, Tim Biskup, Wayne White, Dave Alvin and Andy Kindler, "The Munster's" DRAG-U-La roadster, and MST3K's Joel Hodgson are just some of wonder at o...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Big Pharma gives Oxy to kids, gets an extra six months of patent monopoly
Purdue Pharma is testing OxyContin on children six and up. Oxy's gonna go out of patent some day, and shut down Purdue's gravy train. But if they test it on kids -- even it's never approved for use on...
08:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Contemporary wax cylinder recordings
Phonographies is a collection of contemporary audio recordings made on wax cylinder phonographs from more than a century ago. In the late 1880s, Thomas Edison's wax cylinder phonographs were a mass ma...
08:00 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Dissidents airdrop hundreds of free-speech teddybears over Belarus
Per sez, "Belarus is usually referred to as the last dictatorship in Europe. The opposition is jailed and tortured. The freedom of speech is non-present. Yesterday morning a small airplane entered the...
07:20 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Unknown respiratory disease in Cambodia
Having listened to Radiolab describe the origins and early history of HIV yesterday, I found this press release particularly fascinating. The World Health Organization is investigating an outbreak of ...
07:11 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing A guide to the "snake fight" portion of your Ph.D. thesis defense
Pictured: Laocoon, who had some serious problems with his methodology. I'll bet you didn't know that, in order to earn a Ph.D. from a major American university, you must first defeat a snake in combat...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing NYC is paved with leftovers!
Street Tucker, a series of photos of "Food found on the streets of New York City." There's a whole genre of "food left on bike seats." Street Tucker (via MeFi)...
06:55 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Sewer hunters of Victorian London
In 1851, Henry Mayhew published the four volume London Labour and the London Poor, an influential work of sociology/journalism that documented the life of working class Victorians. He wrote of "bone g...
06:27 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Lifesize LEGO bridge
Street artist MEGX converted an unused overpass in Wuppertal, Germany into a LEGO bridge. LEGO-Brcke (via Colossal)...
05:57 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Doctor WhoSherlock Holmes wedding bouquet
What could be more romantic than a wedding bouquet whose flowers are made from the pages of Sherlock Holmes, and whose handle is a Doctor Who sonic screwdriver? My Sonic Screwdriver Book Bouquet (via ...
05:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Springstein and Suicide
I just picked up a vinyl copy of Bruce Springstein's classic 1982 album Nebraska, consisting entirely of tracks that he recorded as demos but decided to release them as-is. My favorite song is "State ...
05:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Springsteen and Suicide
I just picked up a vinyl copy of Bruce Springsteen's classic 1982 album Nebraska, consisting entirely of tracks that he recorded as demos but decided to release them as-is. My favorite song is "State ...
05:38 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing "A conversation with my 12 year old self" (video)
[Video Link] An amazing video by Jeremiah McDonald. In this piece, he digs up a tape he recorded as a child 20 years ago, and has a conversation with the 12-year-old version of himself who once intone...
03:54 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing CyberQ: a wireless meat-probe and BBQ thermostat
The CyberQ Wifi is a WiFi controlled barbecue monitor, thermostat and meat thermometer. It measures the temperature in your meat and adjusts the flame on your BBQ to ensure a through-and-through cooki...
03:39 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing TSA agent pokes fingers in ashes of traveler's dead grandfather, spills them on floor, cackles
Indianapolis resident John Gross was going through TSA security in the Orlando, Florida airport, carrying the cremated ashes of his Sicilian grandfather "in a tightly sealed jar marked 'Human Remains....
03:21 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Google and NBC stage War Games to prepare for hacker attacks on Olympics online coverage
Photo: london2012.com. The WSJ's Joel Schectman reports that NBC and Google are conducting war games in at least three countries, in preparation for possible hacker attacks or hardware screwups that c...
03:16 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing South Korea may resume whaling, like Japan, "for scientific purposes"
South Korea may soon again allow whale hunting in the waters off its shores for what the government claims are "scientific purposes." The news has sparked criticism from environmental organizations an...
03:12 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing First of Japan's 50 reactors restarts since nuclear crisis; Japan's energy policy still in turmoil
Photo: Oi Nuclear Power Plant, via Wikipedia. The No. 3 reactor at the Ohi (or i) nuclear plant in Japan went back on the grid Thursday morning, according to a statement from its operator, the Kansai ...
02:52 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Petition to rename font 'Comic Sans' to 'Comic Cerns'
Typography enthusiasts "moved by Dr Fabiola Gianotti's incredibly strange choice of font in announcing the recent results of Cern's ATLAS collaboration" are petitioning Microsoft to rename Comic Sans ...
02:14 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Stunning feathered dinosaur fossil
This gorgeous fossil is a 150-million-year-old squirrel-tailed, feathered dinosaur, named Sciurumimus albersdoerferi. Oliver Rauhut of the Bavarian State Collections of Palaeontology and Geology says,...
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Annie Owens's "Witch House" models
As part of her "Motherland" painting and sculpture show at Los Angeles's Copro Nason Gallery, Annie Owens created a delightful pair of "Witch House" models. They're each around two feet tall. Annie Ow...
01:58 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Video: San Diego fireworks accidentally went off all at once
San Diego's big fireworks display suffered a technical glitch causing all of the pyrotechnics to go off all at once. Ooops. From ABC News: Garden State Fireworks, the firm hired by the city to produce...
01:49 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing MaratSade online
"The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade" is a play written by Peter Weiss, whose conceit...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing So, a Higgs Boson walks into a church...
Thanks to everyone who sent this in....
01:11 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing A political typo of epic proportions
In North Carolina, a legislator accidentally pushed the wrong button on her vote-making machine and now the state will be open to fracking operations. Even though Rep. Becky Carney realized she'd hit ...
01:03 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing It's no coincidence that Higgs Boson looks like a pile of dry spaghetti
In light of recent images released by CERN, reader Snark^ reports that the Higgs Boson particle has been given a new nickname by Redditors. Behold: The FSM Particle. RAMEN! On the off chance that you ...
12:53 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Ballad of the Scutigera coleoptrata
Longtime readers will remember my morbid affection for Scutigera coleoptrata—aka, the house centipede—a species of oddly adorable, 30-legged, mostly harmless arthropods that frequently set...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing AppStore delivering corrupt updates
Marco Arment reports a serious problem in the AppStore: corrupt updates crashing every time at launch, affecting many recently-updated apps: "If youre a developer, and you have a non-critical update p...
12:41 pm PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Walmart closes, Community builds a giant library
It appears where retail giants fail, public libraries succeed. McAllen, Texas converted a 124,500 sqft "big box" into the largest single floor library in the US. The LA Times reports: McAllen is near ...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Richard Kadrey and John Shirley at SF in SF this Saturday
The next SF in SF reading series on July 7 is a punk-rock extravaganza: John Shirley and Richard Kadrey, the guys who put the "punk" in cyberpunk, reading together. Kadrey, of course, has reinvented h...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Final Mat Ricardo's London Varieties of 2012 is next week!
Juggling happy mutant conjurer Mat Ricardo is throwing his last "London Varieties" show of 2012. He writes: What started as an odd little idea I wanted to try has, over the course of the last 6 months...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the legions of wignuts who think Andy Griffith was a communist and want him to burn in hell
Remember lovable old Andy Griffith, beloved star of music and TV, who died this week? Turns out that his career involved 46-second appearance in a Ron Howard-directed Barack Obama campaign ad, and a 3...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the legions of wingnuts who think Andy Griffith was a communist and want him to burn in hell
Remember lovable old Andy Griffith, beloved star of music and TV, who died this week? Turns out that his career involved 46-second appearance in a Ron Howard-directed Barack Obama campaign ad, and a 3...
09:35 am PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing Wikileaks releases Syrian govt. emails
WikiLeaks reports having received 2.5m emails from Syrian government officials, which it began releasing Thursday night. Founder Julian Assange: "The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also ...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, July 5, 2012
BoingBoing TMBG wants your global help to make a new "Alphabet of Nations" video
Dana Cooper writes on behalf of They Might Be Giants: "They Might Be Giants is calling on fans across the globe to help create a music video for their new, bonus extended version of 'Alphabet of Natio...
10:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Young man performs "Trololo"
Tom Greto, a Redditor's young cousin, performs a quite wonderful rendition of the Trololo song. What a treat! So I was browsing my cousin's YouTube videos when suddenly... (youtube.com)...
08:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing LibraryCamp: crowdfunded UK unconference for libraries
Sue sez, "If the LibraryCamp Crowdfunder pitch reaches its target, library workers from across the UK be heading to Birmingham in October to attend LibraryCamp 2012 (think Barcamp). The volunteer orga...
08:21 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Public rights, private rights, and downloads
Rob posted earlier about a EU high court ruling that upholds the right of people who buy downloadable games to resell them. Many people will point out that this makes it much harder to pursue certain ...
06:51 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Medieval Codex Calixtinus recovered; four arrested
A medieval text stolen from the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in northwest Spain last year was found in a nearby garage on Wednesday, after police arrested a handyman - fired after 25 years at the ...
06:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Why we still fight about music and copyright on the Internet
My latest Locus colum, "Music: The Internets Original Sin," asks why music copyright is such a hot potato on the Internet, even in the post-DRM age, when most tunes are $0.99 on Amazon in MP3. The sho...
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Startups want to make stuff, not patents
I often get asked by people involved in startups whether they should be patenting the stuff they're working on. Many times they recognize their core idea isn't really patentable -- it's obvious, it's ...
05:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing A cat in a bowl, in the forest, wearing nerd glasses (video)
[YouTube link]. Stay with it for the elegant finale. From shironekoshiro's channel, which is basically full of videos exactly like this: inexplicably calm cats, putting up with stuff being put upon th...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 057: Promethea = good, Prometheus = bad
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...
05:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing What has a marshmallow-shaped lump of plutonium, rock-vaporizing lasers for eyes, and is headed for Mars?
At the Atlantic, Ross Andersen speaks with Michael Mischna at JPL about Curiosity, "The Robot of the Future That's About to Explore the Deep Past of Mars."...
05:27 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing A child's genome, in a drop of mom's blood
"For the second time in a month, scientists have announced that a simple blood test, rather than more invasive tests such as amniocentesis, can determine a fetus's genetic make-up, identifying mutatio...
05:24 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Amputee athlete Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius to make history at 2012 London Olympics
Oscar Pistorius is on track to become the first double amputee runner at the Olympic Games after being picked by South Africa for London 2012. (thanks, Antinous)...
04:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Artist who made near-perfect US$100 bills
From Wired comes David Wolman's indispensable piece on master counterfeiter Hans-Jrgen Kuhl, a printmaker, artist and rounder who forged millions in flawless US $100 bills, only to have the boodle nab...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Fireworks Fail: the ultimate video compilation
[Video Link] Compiled by WorldWideInterweb (via OneCoolThingADay)....
04:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Reagan on a Velociraptor
"Ronald Reagan Riding a Velociraptor," by *SharpWriter on DeviantArt. You can buy prints of this image, and other awesomely weird works by SharpWriter, at his Etsy store. FDR Transformer, Teddy Roosev...
04:06 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Take a trip through the Grateful Dead Archive Online
UC Santa Cruz launched the Grateful Dead Archive Online last Friday with tens of thousands of items. But it wouldn't be a Grateful Dead archive if all you could do was look at stuff, so you can also: ...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing The Black Forest: the darker side of Pittsburgh's underground art scene
Unicorn Mountain is a collective of Pittsburgh artists that publishes anthologies of local art, comics, music and literature. Their third anthology, The Black Forest, takes a different tack from their...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Joe Biden put a hit out on MegaUpload, and Chris Dodd put him up to it
Kim Dotcom, proprietor of the legally embroiled file-locker service MegaUpload, says that Joe Biden personally ordered the illegal raid on his business and his house in New Zealand. Biden's an old pal...
03:36 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Scientists might have found the Higgs Boson
Back in December, I told you that physicists at CERN thought that by this summer they might be able to say, once and for all, whether the Higgs Boson particle exists. As a quick reminder, here's how I...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Sonnet on a Higgs-Like Particle (video)
[Video Link] By Vi Hart, about today's big physics news. (thanks, Kathleen McGivney!)....
03:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Procedurally-generated British countryside
Developer Big Robot is making an open-world game named Sir, You Are Being Hunted, for which it is required that swathes of convincing British countryside be generated on-the-fly. Ive worked on a numbe...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Gettin' Higgy With it: A Roundup of Higgs-Boson Jokes on Twitter
On the day we reserve to tell ourselves America is great - July 4 - Europe reminds us that we suck at science. #HiggsBoson— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 4, 2012 Big science news today: ...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Gettin' Higgy With it: A Roundup of Higgs Boson Jokes on Twitter
On the day we reserve to tell ourselves America is great - July 4 - Europe reminds us that we suck at science. #HiggsBoson— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 4, 2012 Big science news today: ...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Wal*Mart's "I can't believe it's not Butter" clone is called "I totally thought it was Butter"
For some reason it just seems funnier to me than all the other imitators of this peculiar marketing gimmick's moist, polyunsaturated semiotic corner. Two others deserve some kind of no-prize, however....
02:42 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Ryuichi Sakamoto: "Mankind cannot live with nuclear energy"
"With the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, I feel it is now the responsibility of Japan as the only nation to suffer major ra...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing MEPs vote down ACTA: "HELLO DEMOCRACY, GOODBYE ACTA"
Here's an image that is destined to be truly iconic: Members of the European Parliament vote down ACTA in dramatic fashion, hefting signs that read HELLO DEMOCRACY, GOODBYE ACTA. (Thanks, Rene!)...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Radiolab marathon all day today
Minnesota Public Radio is playing a marathon of the NPR show Radiolab all day today. Hours of good, science-filled, story telling wonderfulness. Right now, at 12:32 central, they're doing a show about...
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Happy 4th: Joe Sabia plays Horowitz, on piano
[YouTube link]. Joe collaborates with us on our in-flight television channel on Virgin America airlines, and runs the music experiment project CDZA....
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Spinner Rack: Boing Boing's new monthly comics round-up
Photo: Ryan Hyde (cc) "Comic books are cheap, shoddy, anonymous. Children spend their good money for bad paper, bad English, and more often than not, bad drawing." -- Dr. Fredrick Wertham, 1950s anti-...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's new monthly comics round-up
Photo: Ryan Hyde (cc) "Comic books are cheap, shoddy, anonymous. Children spend their good money for bad paper, bad English, and more often than not, bad drawing." -- Dr. Fredrick Wertham, 1950s anti-...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Righthaven: copyright troll zombie!
Remember Righthaven, the copyright troll whose ass was handed to them by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, who got a court to declare that fair use exists, you can't license the right to ...
01:46 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Raise Every Voice
Photo: Scott Snider The phone system doesn't allow us to hear people at a distance in the same way they quite literally sound to us when up close. Alexander Graham Bell's accidental dehumanization has...
01:20 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Cartoon of YouTube commenters
Funny videos by Jonathan "Chunkus O'Suck" Gran...
01:03 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing The great GIFs of Matthew Devito
In a rebounded age of ubiquitous animated GIFs, Matthew DeVito makes spectacularly good ones. Fast Company profiles a master of the medium: "its not unusual for one of his posts to get more than 20,00...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed rocket-ship espresso cup
Shapeways contributor Isohedral came up with this awesome design for a two ounce stubby rocketship/espresso cup, which is available as a 3D print in ceramic: Rocket Espresso Cup 3D Printed in Ceramics...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Happy Fourth of July!
Happy Independence Day! (Classic animation by PES.)...
12:29 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Precious memories
Capture the magic of a Child or Puppy or Charles Carreon....
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing $99 Android game console planned
What do OLPC designer Yves Behar, former XBox executive Ed Fries, and Peek's Amol Sarva got in common? They're planning a hackable $99 game console running Android, complete with a development kit and...
12:09 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing "E-Readers won't catch on"
Can you guess which company had prototype e-readers 15 years ago, but buried the project in internal feudal bullshit after the CEO said they'd never catch on? [Telegraph]...
12:06 pm PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Apple loses UK patent battle
In the UK, Taiwan's HTC challenged four Apple patents covering "slide to unlock" and other touchscreen-related features. The High Court agreed today, describing them as either too obvious, or foreshad...
11:54 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing iPad Mini predicted
Bloomberg's Peter Burrows and Adam Satariano report that the long-rumored 7-inch iPad is finally on its way. Apple plans to debut a smaller, cheaper iPad by year-end, two people with knowledge of the ...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean "fast, fluid, and beautifully designed"
Dieter Bohn on the latest version of Google's Android operating system: "compared to what [iOS and Windows Phone] bring to the table today, I think Jelly Bean is a stronger offering, especially if you...
11:47 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Chicago turned into giant Monopoly board by street artist(s)
Colossal has the story of a massive, awesome street-art installation in Chicago created by Bored, who turned the city into a huge, spread-out game of Monopoly, complete with enormous Chance cards cont...
09:40 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Chinese-built ghost town in Angola - the first of many to come?
The BBC's Louise Redvers reports on the ghost town of Kilamba, Angola, a horrendously expensive high-rise enclave built by Chinese companies on a line of credit secured with Angolan oil, which has onl...
08:48 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing ACTA IS DEAD (ish) (for now)
Michael Geist sez, On October 23, 2007, the U.S., E.U., Canada, and a handful of other countries announced plans to the negotiate the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The behind-the-scenes discuss...
01:40 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Charles Carreon: "Mission accomplished"
Hours ago, Rob brought you the news that Charles Carreon had voluntarily dismissed his dumbass lawsuit against webcomic The Oatmeal, its creator Matthew Inman, and the charities he'd nominated to rece...
12:59 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Snooper cleared after reading colleague's email
Photo: Shutterstock A New Jersey teacher rifled through a colleague's email after she left her mailbox open on a public computer. She and her correspondents sued him. Jurors cleared him on hacking cha...
12:39 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Put bankers in jail
Joseph Stiglitz -- former World Bank economist and Nobel economics laureate -- has a suggestion for dealing with the Barclay's bank scandals and those that follow: put bankers in jail....
12:29 am PDT - Wed, July 4, 2012
BoingBoing Nasty men's rights ad banned
Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints leveled against a men's rights group's controversial ad campaign. Fathers4Justice's ad depicted a crying baby, his body emblazoned with ...
11:58 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Inmate hails cab
A prisoner hatched a plan to escape the clink: sneak out of the hospital in his jailhouse jumpsuit, flag down a cab, ride to freedom. The plan failed. [Beaver Times]...
11:50 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Talking urinal cakes to warn drivers
High-tech urinal cakes, equipped with piss sensors and speakers, will warn bar-goers not to drive home drunk. Urinators will also be reminded by the female voice to wash their hands. The voice is fema...
11:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Charles Carreon drops lawsuit against The Oatmeal
The EFF reports that Charles Carreon has withdrawn his mad lawsuit against Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal. Attorney Charles Carreon dropped his bizarre lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matth...
11:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing EU: software licenses may be sold by consumers
The European Union's Court of Justice ruled today that software licenses may be sold. By its judgment delivered today, the Court explains that the principle of exhaustion of the distribution right app...
10:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Chuck E. Cheese gets a crappy makeover
Like his eighties brethren Alvin and The Chipmunks, Chuck E. Cheese has been redesigned in a manner that removes all remaining crumbs of original loveable kitsch. What was once a heart-warming pastich...
10:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing 51-pound tumor removed from woman
Photo courtesy Riverview Medical Center. NSFW: Reveal / Blur New Jersey surgeons removed a rapidly growing, 51-pound (23-kg) cancerous tumor from a woman who had delayed treatment for more than a mont...
10:21 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing What news ombudsmen should do to make the news part of the Web, and vice-versa
Dan "Mediactive" Gillmor sends us his latest Guardian column, a thoughtful and fascinating manifesto for what the role newspaper ombudsmen could morph into, in order to maximize the relevance and cent...
10:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Retired NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter dies in watercraft accident
Alan Poindexter, 50, a U.S. Navy Captain who joined NASA's astronaut corps in 1998 and made two space shuttle flights, died this weekend in a WaveRunner accident. Before his space career, "Dex" flew c...
09:03 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Andy Griffith: Before Mayberry, A Movie Monster
Boing Boing recently 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 in ...
08:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars Tatooine locations today
Evidently, the sets built for the original Star Wars famed Tatooine location were simply abandoned. Beautiful to look at, impressive in how well they've held up and are instantly recognizable; these w...
08:12 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Monster storms and aging power grids nix many July 4th festivities in Eastern US
Storm damage and high temperatures have left 1.3 million homes and businesses in the eastern United States without power since Friday. At least 23 people have been killed, some crushed by falling tree...
08:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: "Only a Poor Old Man"
I've written about the great cartoonist Carl Barks before. If I were forced to get rid of all comic books and comic book anthologies except for the works of one artist, I would save Carl Barks and (te...
08:02 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing How much of a factor is climate change in the 2012 Western US wildfires? Ask a NASA JPL scientist.
JPL Climatologist Bill Patzert, on the current wildfire outbreak in the Western United States, and the role of climate change: "What's really changed in recent years is that there are more and more pe...
07:44 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing WELL users pledge more than $100K to community buyout
As I mentioned last week, Salon has put legendary online community The WELL up for sale again. WELL users have been rallying around, pledging funds to a user buyout. The major stumbling block appears ...
07:25 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Catholic priest "addicted to child porn" busted after cross-country investigation
The Rev. Dennis Carey, a 65-year-old Catholic priest in Connecticut, was arraigned today on child pornography possession charges. He claims he is receiving help for the "addiction" to illegal pornogra...
07:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage AT&T ad, 1967: "Your Brain and Our Phone System Are a Lot Alike"
Your Brain is Like a Telephone (1967), AT&T. Lovingly scanned, posted and shared to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by MewDeep....
07:04 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Mom who lost custody of her kids because she had breast cancer dies at 38
In 2007, Alaina Giordano was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She and her husband separated in 2010. Her ex fought for custody of their two kids, and the court agreed with him, based in part on a...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Writers show off their happy places
Mary Robinette Kowal sez, "My Favorite Bit is a feature where I invite authors, artists, and other creators to talk about their favorite bit of their newest work. This can be a scene, a sentence, a ch...
06:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Domestic violence can happen to anyone
Four years ago, Jana Mackey, one of my college roommates at The University of Kansas, was killed by her ex-boyfriend. When I lived with Jana, I knew her as a music major and a really fun person. But s...
06:15 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Video: Crane lifts crane lifts crane
A crane lifting a crane lifting a crane. (via V. Vale)...
05:40 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing No jury trial for naked TSA protestor
An update from our happy mutant comrade John Brennan, who removed his clothes at the Portland Airport durning a TSA screening. Portland, OR-July 3, 2012--Judge David Rees issued a ruling on Friday, Ju...
05:36 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Cisco locks customers out of their own routers, only lets them back in if they agree to being spied upon and monetized
Owners of Cisco/Linksys home routers got a nasty shock this week, when their devices automatically downloaded a new operating system, which locked out device owners. After the update, the only way to ...
05:22 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Where Anonymous actions come from
Quinn Norton reports in depth on Wired with a careful, important account of where Anonymous's actions come from -- how coordinated activity (political, lulzy, legal and illegal) can emerge from noise,...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Fretting about Facebook, 17th century style
Economist technology editor Tom Standage, author of the 1998 classic The Victorian Internet (a history of the telegraph), gives us a glimpse of his upcoming book Ciceros Web (due in 2013), which explo...
03:33 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Zumi plays with video of Zelda playing with iPad
Here's Mike Outmeguine's kitten Zumi playing with the video I took of my kitten Zelda playing a game on the iPad....
03:26 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Snotgobbler genealogical records
"The evolution of Snotgobbler begins at it's earliest origins, when the name came into existence. "The meaning of Snotgobbler may come from a profession, such as the name 'Fisher' which was given to f...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Public image, self-image, and women in computer science
Pictured: Actual female programmers at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend, November 2011. Xeni posted last week about the EU's rather ridiculous "Science: It's a Girl Thing!" video, which was aimed at recruiti...
03:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Covers from UFO Flying Saucers comic books (1968)
UFO Flying Saucers enjoyed a 13-issue run in 1968. (Tip: If you buy the complete run for David, he will post your Kickstarter project to Boing Boing. [not really]) Monster Brains' high res scan galler...
03:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Mutant political science fiction movie Sierra Zulu seeks kickstarting
Johannes from Vienna's Monochrom sez, "Sierra Zulu is a dark political sci-fi comedy about the grotesque world we live in. Let's call it the bastard offspring of Catch-22 and Buckaroo Banzai, reborn w...
02:51 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Where the colors of fireworks come from
The Works is a kids science and tech museum in Bloomington, Minnesota, just a few miles from where I live in Minneapolis. Today, they had this cool chart up on their Facebook page, explaining which ch...
02:32 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printing blood vessel networks
University of Pennsylvania engineers modified the RepRap open source 3D printer to spew out vascular networks made from sugar. They published their research in the journal Nature Materials. From IEEE ...
02:30 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Early Record Company Drama
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Obituary for a French superspy
The Telegraph's obit for Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld recounts the florid and exciting life of the aristocrat turned French resistance fighter turned UK special forces killer turned escape artist ...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Satanists claim vandalism to home a religious hate crime
Mountain View, Colorado couple Luigi and Angie Bellaviste claim they were victims of a religious hate crime after their "Vote Satan" sign was cut down from their front porch. Whether it fits the local...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Taffetaembroidered "Thank You" shopping bag
Spotted in the continually-excellent PAPER magazine, this embroidered taffeta tote designed by Lauren DiCioccio. Very clever. Have a nice day. "Thank You, Thank You Tote Bag"...
01:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing TOR project uncovers flaw in mass-surveillance appliance
The TOR team have discovered a fake certificate in the wild. The certificate, issued by a US company called Cyberoam, was used in an attempt to trick a user in Jordan into believing that her/his conne...
11:58 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing RIP, Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith, TV star, comedian, raconteur and comedian, has died at 86. I grew up on Mayberry, and I can sing all the words to the Andy Griffith theme (and also the Beyonce mashup). I'll miss him. B...
11:55 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars Kid makes good
Ghyslain Raza, best known as Star Wars Kid, is all grown up and curating a military history exhibition on the botched US invasion of Quebec. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)...
11:38 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Team Human: a high-school vampire novel doesn't suck (it rocks)
Team Human is a new young adult novel from Justine Larbalastier and Sarah Rees Brennan, about an ancient vampire who enrolls at a small town high school, where a beautiful young girl falls in love wit...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing TEDx Meta
The New Yorker's Nathan Heller looks at five of the most popular TED Talks of all time and uses them to explain why, exactly, this series of public lectures is so much more popular than all other publ...
11:12 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Maggie at CONvergence, Twin Cities, July 6-7
Every year, CONvergence draws upwards of 5,000 people to the Minneapolis/St.Paul area for a celebrations of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and general geekery. This year, I'll be one of them. ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Judge Scalia - Robed Rage!!
FOLLOW @RubenBolling on Twitter. Further: JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug's proud and mighty INNER HIVE and receive untold BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES!...
10:50 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Job insecurity in America: a terrified nation of disposable workers
Alternet's new series on "job insecurity" opens with a frightening and infuriating piece from Lynn Parramore, who paints a picture of a nation where the new normal is to be marginally employed, in ter...
10:41 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Lower tourists into a volcano
So, say you're an Icelandic tour company, with access to an extinct volcano (or, at least, a volcano that hasn't erupted in 4,000 years). And say you want to offer tours inside of said volcano, to tou...
09:51 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Karl Marx on a MasterCard
The German bank Sparkasse Chemnitz asked its readers to choose from among 10 designs for its next MasterCard issue. The overwhelming winner was this Karl Marx card. Priceless. It's not just cheap iron...
09:21 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Aussie parliamentary committee hates ACTA, too
A crucial Australian parliamentary committee has reported in on ACTA, the corrupt, US-led copyright treaty negotiated in secrecy, and has joined with all the relevant EU parliamentary committees in ro...
05:35 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Home Secretary to UK net activists: shut up, I'm rendering Richard O'Dwyer to America
Hundreds of thousands of Britons have signed a petition asking the Home Secretary to abandon plans to extradite Richard O'Dwyer to America. O'Dwyer, a student, has a website called TVShack that contai...
05:35 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing UPDATED: Home Secretary to UK net activists
Update: Jimmy Wales sez, "They have NOT said no yet. It sounds like the chap from V3 got someone on the phone to read the standard statement." Hundreds of thousands of Britons have signed a petition a...
02:41 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Iconic images recreated with Star Wars toys
David Eger, a Canadian teacher, has a project on Flickr called "Cloned Photos" that uses "Clone Troopers and other Star Wars characters to recreate important and historical images" (it's a sequel to a...
02:08 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Diablo 3 first impressions
I know I'm late with this one, but see, I've had my eye on this fantastic rare in the Auction House and can't quite get my Act III gold runs past 130k/hr. So, busy. Soon....
01:08 am PDT - Tue, July 3, 2012
BoingBoing Political cartoonist angry
Cartoonist Donna Barstow's cartoons often broach political themes. Paging Charles Carreon! Someone on the internet wants money from mocking critics, but may need a hand with the legal not-so-niceties....
11:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Minecraft quilt
One of the best things about pixel-art games is how well they lend themselves to tributes in antique media, like cross-stitch and quilts -- these being fundamentally pixel-based themselves. Case in po...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing How the Selectric's digital-to-analogue converter worked
This great video explainer shows the inner workings of a digital-to-analogue converter, using the IBM Selectric's early example of the form to illustrate the mechanism: Using slow motion video Bill Ha...
08:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Authentic Los Angeles: Raul Ojeda, shoemaker
[Video Link] My friends Jessica Gao and Gaston Dominguez-Letelier are making a series of video profiles called "Authentic Los Angeles." In this episode, they profiled Raul Ojeda, shoemaker. Authentic ...
08:22 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Texas Republicans call for an end to critical thinking in schools
A meeting of the Texas Republican party in Fort Worth came out with a list of demands for the education system, including a demand that schools end the practice of teaching "higher order thinking skil...
07:47 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing OpenROV - open source underwater robot
David and Eric's open source underwater robot became fully-funded on Kickstarter in one day. I'm not surprised. I met David and his OpenROV at Maker Faire in May and was very impressed. OpenROV - The ...
07:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing WTF is the deal with people who are contrary conversationalists?
I once worked with a woman whose conversational style was to disagree with everything I said. One day she remarked, "It's a nice day outside." I said, "Yes, it is." She said, "Not really. It's kind of...
06:34 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Disgruntled customer destroys T-Mobile UK store
A man in Manchester was denied a refund by a T-Mobile store, so he destroyed it, smashing fixtures and spraying around with a fire extinguisher. He's apparently up on criminal damages charges. There's...
06:18 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Chuck D's rules for the music business
From Public Enemy frontman and hip-hop legend Chuck D's Twitter feed, a short and useful list of rules for people who want to break in to the music business (hit the link below for the whole series). ...
05:36 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Slow motion aerial birds eye view of fireworks exploding
[Video Link] Jeremiah says: "This is a video I shot using giant helium balloons, a GoPro, and a bunch of fireworks."...
05:33 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing You got your Syfy in my science
An Animal Planet documentary, which the station insists was intended to be taken as science fiction, has forced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to publicly deny the existence of me...
05:28 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing What kind of heartless monster wouldn't help a nice Canadian girl buy a laser gun?
Jesse Thorn of Maximum Fun says: A couple of weeks ago, during the "Momentous Occasions" segment of an episode of Jordan, Jesse, GO!, a listener named Donna called in with a dual occasion: she had bee...
05:19 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Impossible Box: a $1 million handmade electronic music instrument
This is oddball instrument artist Arius Blaze's Impossible Box, a musical instrument containing synthesizers, sequencing, MIDI, multi-tracking, sampling, a drum machine, electronic filters, and, er, t...
05:14 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing @NeedADebitCard collects tweeted photos of debit cards
People are posting photos of their debit and credit cards on Twitter. Some of them are lightly blurred such as the one above which has a fake tilt shift effect added to it but most are just straight p...
04:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing First episode of crowdfunded post-apocalyptic web series: The Silent City
[Video Link] Just released: The Silent City - Episode 01: A Fractured World. "A lone survivor searches the ruins of civilization for his next meal, and finds more than he bargained for." Trailer for c...
04:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Cops in USA to drive around in pornoscannerwagons, covertly irradiating people and looking through their cars and clothes
American cops are set to join the US military in deploying American Science & Engineering's Z Backscatter Vans, or mobile backscatter radiation x-rays. These are what TSA officials call "the amaz...
04:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Be Not Content, the psychedelic classic
Steve Silberman has published a long, lyrical review of the re-issue of the psychedelic classic Be Not Content, William Craddock's legendary novel of the glory days of US psychedelic counterculture, w...
03:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing How to make match rockets
Steve Hoefer created a fun video that shows you how to make Match Rockets. This is one of my favorite projects. It’s fun, cheap, hands on, and educational. My brothers taught me how to make them...
03:49 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing LEGO: "Back to the Future" and "Star Trek: First Contact"
These are the winners of The Living Brick's "Mi-Fi" micro scale LEGO building contest. Nolnet created "1.21 Gigawatts" and halbeak constructed "Resistance is Futile." Yes, the body of the Enterprise i...
03:31 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Happy World UFO Day!
Happy World UFO Day!...
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Inverse skyscrapers
The benefits of building cities underground. (Via Maria Popova)...
03:17 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Interesting interview about the downsides of local food
Ever since researching Before the Lights Go Out, my book on energy in the United States, I've been a little skeptical of the locavore movement. Sure, farmer's markets are a nice way to spend a weekend...
03:10 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Parachuting from 120,000 feet
This summer, BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner plans to finally jump out of a helium balloon floating more than 120,000 feet from the Earth. (I first posted about Baumgartner's plans back in 2010.) If he ...
03:01 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing 1930s roller-derby scrapbook
Los Peep features a 1930s roller derby scrapbook, scanned and posted: "Here are a few images from a tattered 1930s scrapbook documenting a roller derby tournament in Oakland, California. Derbyists inc...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing The descent of Petey
Bird and Moon comics offers this helpful illustration of how evolution screwed over the parakeet. See the full comic, "Evolution Sucks" Via David Ng...
02:38 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing 100 years of earthquakes
This map of all the world's recorded earthquakes between 1898 and 2003 is stunning. As you might expect, it also creates a brilliant outline of the plates of the Earth's crust—especially the inf...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing EFF weighs in on Charles Carreon's latest dumb stunt
The Electronic Frontier Foundation have posted commentary on the latest bizarre move from Charles Carreon, the lawyer who sent a ridiculous legal threat to webcomic The Oatmeal on behalf of the websit...
01:42 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing The beginning of life
Sea urchin egg undergoing mitosis with fluorescent-tagged/stained DNA (blue), microtubules (green). Cells divide. One single piece of life tugs itself apart and splits in two. It sounds like a purely ...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Anderson Cooper: "I'm gay"
TV's first out news anchor: "Its become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide some...
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Shamans of the modern age
Colorful flags snapped in the sea breeze as more than a dozen Korean shamans, dressed in bright colors, danced and chanted prayers in front of a huge cow's head stuck to a trident. The ceremony on a s...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing VLC on Android
VLC, the world's greatest video player, is now in beta for Android. It's a bit shaky, but it's also amazing news. (via LifeHacker)...
12:27 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Giant frogfish and its egg raft, and other strange reef fishes
This is a giant frogfish with its floating egg raft, a mass of mucus laden with eggs. The rare photo appears in "Reef Fishes of the East Indies," a huge new book set detailing 2,500 fishes of the area...
12:23 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO become a security expert, Bruce Schneier style
Brian Krebs is conducting a series of interviews with computer experts on how they got into the field and what they'd advise others to do if they want to break in themselves. The first one, an intervi...
12:18 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Last push to kill ACTA: act now or the Internet gets it
This Wednesday is the make-or-break moment for ACTA, the corrupt, secretly negotiated Internet copyright treaty. Wednesday is when the European Parliament will vote on ACTA, and it's a close thing. We...
12:08 pm PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Golden Retriever's modular synth immersions, and Stumptown Coffee
When he's not exploring the finest coffee roasts, Stumptown Coffee's Jonathan Sielaff is half of modular synthesis duo Golden Retriever. Sielaff and collaborator Matt Carlson have just released their ...
11:35 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Story of Jaws, the painting
It's one of the most iconic images of 1970s Hollywood. Roger Kastel was the painter who riffed on book illustrator Paul Bacon's original Bantam Books cover (above left) for Peter Benchley's Jaws to cr...
11:27 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing The marvelous technology in IBM's Selectric typewriter
Bill Hammack explains how IBM's Selectric typewriter used a remarkable mechanical DAC to let key movement precisely control the golfball type head. [Video Link via Joel Johnson]...
10:57 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Declaration of Internet Freedom
I've signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, a short, to-to-point manifesto for a free and open Internet. It's attracted some very august signatories, including Amnesty International, Hackers and ...
10:44 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Hitler cat snack
Prompted by yesterday's "marketing vs. reality" Nutrisystem moment, Simon Jenkins sent in this photo, whereby opening a snack reveals its cuddly corporate mascot to be none other than the evil Hitler ...
09:58 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Nexus 7 "the first Android Tablet" worth buying
At The Verge, Joshua Topolsky offers a positive write-up of Google's new 7-inch tablet. Aimed more at Kindle's Fire than Apple's iPad, the $200 Nexus 7 nevertheless feels more like the latter than the...
09:47 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Cloud rapture leaves behind tech titans
Some of those who brought us the computer revolution seem to have lost their way in a world of cloud services, mobiles and flagship consumer products. Quentin Hardy profiles cashflow-rich but prospect...
09:40 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Rainbow school remodel
Palatre & Leclre did this spectacular remodel on the Ecole Maternelle Pajol in Paris's 18th arrondissement. As Tuija Seipell writes on The Cool Hunter: "The building has kept its 1940s brick-wall...
09:23 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing BronyCon
Bronies, gathered this weekend at BronyCon, are apparently getting a bad rap in the media: "Outside the convention center, young men danced and sang along with songs from My Little Pony cartoon that b...
09:20 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing Patent troll
Hat tip to Rebecca Rosen....
08:39 am PDT - Mon, July 2, 2012
BoingBoing From A to B and Through to Z: Brilliant, grotesque illustrated alphabet
Philip Harris's beautiful illustrated alphabet, From A to B and through to Z is a grotesque wonder of animals acting out different trades, and each drawing is more fabulous than the last. Mr Harris ha...
04:53 pm PDT - Sun, July 1, 2012
BoingBoing Vampires! Fresh blood in powdered form!
Make of it what you will. Stay Young the Vampire Way...
03:39 pm PDT - Sun, July 1, 2012
BoingBoing Funnyjunk's lawyer asks judge to stop charitable donation through IndieGoGo by The Oatmeal
Charles Carreon, the lawyer whose baseless legal threats against webcomic The Oatmeal made him an Internet laughingstock, is now seeking an injunction ordering IndieGoGo not to disburse the more than ...
02:13 pm PDT - Sun, July 1, 2012
BoingBoing A hearty, spicy roll drizzled with sweet frosting
I took the silica gel's advice....
09:44 am PDT - Sun, July 1, 2012
BoingBoing Knitted monster masks
Etsy seller Tracy Widdess's "Brutal Knitting" project features a number of truly remarkable soft, knitted monster masks. Brutal Knitting (via The Mary Sue)...
03:37 am PDT - Sun, July 1, 2012
BoingBoing UK immigration test to focus on Shakespeare and Christianity instead of human rights and civics
The UK Home Secretary has announced changes to the "Life in the UK" immigrant test. Instead of containing information on human rights, the nature of the political structure of the UK and the EU, and w...
03:50 pm PDT - Sat, June 30, 2012
BoingBoing Excellent list of reasons to hate standardized, high-stakes testing
This WashPo column by Marion Brady ("veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author") enumerates reason after reason to oppose standardized testing, the major educational technique in ...
02:52 pm PDT - Sat, June 30, 2012
BoingBoing You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, by Michael Ian Black
Before I read this memoir, You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, I'd never heard of the author Michael Ian Black. After reading it, I still know little abou...
12:12 pm PDT - Sat, June 30, 2012
BoingBoing Bike Zambia to fight HIVAIDS
My friends at Bike Zambiahave been working for months to raise both funds and awareness for local HIV/AIDS prevention with their 300-mile cross-country bike ride from the capital of Lusaka to Victoria...
10:42 am PDT - Sat, June 30, 2012
BoingBoing Russia's nuclear sledgehammers
Russia's nuclear missile bunkers reportedly come standard-issue with a sledgehammer whose designated purpose is smashing open the safe containing the launch-codes, should the combination not work: The...