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09:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Video: slowmo water balloons
Slow motion water balloons, sans breakage....
09:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing The case of the upside-down woman in the emergency room
A 7-foot-man walked into an emergency room dangling a 5-foot-woman by her feet. She told the staff that if she was upright, she'd pass out. She was only able to maintain consciousness while upside dow...
09:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Case of the upside-down woman in the emergency room
A 7-foot-man walked into an emergency room dangling a 5-foot-woman by her feet. She told the staff that if she was upright, she'd pass out. She was only able to maintain consciousness while upside dow...
06:59 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing New Boing Boing T-shirt: Robots, by Tom Gauld
The great cartoonist Tom Gauld (The Gigantic Robot, Goliath) designed our latest Boing Boing T-shirt. It's called "Robots." New Boing Boing T-shirt: Robots, by Tom Gauld: $16.95 More Boing Boing Tees:...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Revealed at last: India's public safety code for tamarind pulp
Carl Malamud says: Public.Resource.Org has published 701 technical standards for the Republic of India. These government-produced documents cover everything cover a vast array of topics important to t...
06:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Campaign to rename our moon
Jack Pate says: "'The Moon' is a stupid name for our moon. As a species, we should all come together and come up with something even marginally more creative. The planet Jupiter has 63 moons. None of ...
06:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing That time a German prince built an artificial volcano
Perrin Doniger of Smithsonian.com says: "When a 18th century German prince visited Mt. Vesuvius in Naples, he insisted on building a replica of it on his estate back home." Leopold III Friedrich Franz...
06:18 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Interview with and reading by Richard Kadrey for Devil Said Bang
Rick Kleffel says: Richard Kadrey read from Devil Said Bang at SF in SF and afterwards I spoke with him about the novel. He told me that he originally wanted to write some hard-edged noir like Jim Tho...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing The Trestle, Kirtland Air Force Base
Unknown Fields (UF) is a design studio, originating in Londons Architectural Association, that "ventures out on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth exploring unreal and forgotten landscapes, a...
04:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Apple granted patent for location-based camera phone disabling
Last week I was frustrated in my attempt to take a screen grab of a frame from the cartoon Gravity Falls, which I was playing in iTunes on my Mac. The screen grab image showed the player window as gra...
03:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Attention Browncoats: Get ready to squee over this 10th anniversary poster
Fans of the cult TV series Firefly may not ever get their wish of having the show come back to the air, but they do have nostalgia! Geek swag purveyor Quantum Mechanix is currently offering up a 10th ...
03:24 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Cast iron crepe pan on Kickstarter
I enjoyed Joe Sandor's crepe pan Kickstarter video. He's seeking $6k. I hope he gets it, because it's nice to see a project that doesn't have electronics in it for a change....
03:19 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Audrey Kawasaki: exclusive first look at new paintings
As regular BB readers know, we are huge fans of Los Angeles-based painter Audrey Kawasaki. Mark and I both have had original paintings by Audrey hanging in our homes for years and they continue to bri...
02:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing This Is How I Roll: Kat Vecchio and Joe "Maulin' Brando" Mihalchick on the rise of men's roller derby
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a screening of This Is How I Roll, a documentary about the growing presence of men's roller derby teams. Not satisfied with acting as coaches and referees --...
01:59 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing This is how you do a video PSA about childhood cancer.
This video from City of Hope, a large cancer research and treatment center in Los Angeles, documents the story of Gavin Wolfrank, a boy first diagnosed with leukemia at 7 months old. His treatment of ...
01:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing New Cassini eye candy: the changing seasons of Saturn
Carolyn Porco, Cassini Imaging Team Leader and director of CICLOPS in Boulder, CO, writes: For no other reason than that they are gorgeous, the Cassini imaging team is releasing today a set of fabulou...
01:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Please admire this hitch mounted stripper pole
Sometimes I think the parties my friends and I throw are not very good. The Platinum Stage Hitch Pole Related Post: The Bumper Dumper...
01:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad Dance Remix music video (warning: S.1+2 spoilers)
[Video Link] Do not watch if you have not yet watched seasons one and two of the television show Breaking Bad. Tight, tight, tight, yeah! Created by the very talented video remixer Chris Lohr. Damn, b...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Hello, Aleister Crowley, Clockwork Orange, and Ganesha Kitty
Spotted on Dangerous Minds: Etsy seller TheAllSeeingCat's Hello Kitty mods. From L-R: Hello Ganesha Kitty, Hello A Clockwork Orange Alex Kitty, and Hello Aleister Crowley Kitty. $227USD apiece....
01:08 pm PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Beast-Jesus Restoration Society
Remember the elderly woman's startlingly strange ("bad") DIY restoration of the century-old Jesus fresco at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza? If you, like me, just couldn't look away, perha...
11:06 am PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Cow rescued
Firefighters in England rescued a cow after it got stuck in a tree. The cow was described as "reasonably happy" following its ordeal....
10:57 am PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing How white and male are new web publishing platforms?
They are very white and male indeed. [Buzzfeed]...
10:52 am PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Make your own megademos
CODEF is a set of javascript libraries that make it easy to create Amiga-style cracktros—minimalist graphical and audio vids traditionally stuffed onto whatever space remained on a game disk aft...
10:39 am PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Miners to be charged with murder after police kill 34
Two weeks ago, police in South Africa shot dead 34 striking miners at a protest. Now, some of those who remain will be charged with their colleagues' murder. [BBC] National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing U.S. Public Libraries Weather the Storm
Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and the woman seated next to you on the plane could smoke her Virginia Slims all the way from Chicago to L.A., libraries were fully-funded and considered an essen...
09:59 am PDT - Thu, August 30, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Many thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Save up to 20 percent on most watches at Watchismo's Too Cool For School Sale. The deal's simp...
11:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Subscribe to receive boxes of items that I've curated
Quarterly is a company that sells subscriptions to boxes filled with items selected by guest curators (including our friends Veronica Belmont, Joshua Foer, and Alexis Madrigal). They've also invited m...
10:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Modded Power Wheels racing
MAKE senior editor Goli Mohammadi interviewed Jim Burke, organizer of the Power Racing Series, an event where adults soup-up battery-operated Power Wheels cars and race them on a track, often wearing ...
07:54 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Animals Spread Disease Constantly
"Bitter at the ascendency of man, these scheming apes brewed this deadly virus in their jungle lairs." — David Attenborough†. † The Onion....
07:49 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Bergen on new books about Obama vs. Osama
Peter Bergen, CNN's man on terror and author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad, reviews pseudonymous SEAL Mark Owen's No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mis...
06:49 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Lee remix
The one and only Bruce Lee, remixed by melodysheep. Empty your mind Be formless, shapeless Like Water "Be Water My Friend! Bruce Lee Remix"...
06:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing To the delight of everyone, Sam Raimi says he'd like to write another horror movie
Sam Raimi is involved in a lot of projects these days as a producer and director, but the last time he actually wrote us something was 2009's Drag Me to Hell. He'd like that to change, and in an inter...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing T-shirt: Dunkin' Donuts vs Dungeons & Dragons
Excellent t-shirt design by Joe Grady, also available as prints, stickers, etc. from RedBubble. They should make coffee mugs too! (via Laughing Squid)...
05:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Barack Obama is answering questions on Reddit from 4:30-5PM ET
Unfortunately the thread is crashing frequently and is in read-only mode due to heavy traffic, but I'm looking forward to seeing his answers to people's questions. Here's a cached copy of the page, bu...
03:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Are We Alone? charticle
From David McCandless's Information Is Beautiful Studio comes a magnificent charticle about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Above is just the top portion. See the whole thing at BBC Futu...
03:26 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Help DC comics writer Karl Kessel pay for his baby's medical treatment
Comics writer Karl Kessel and his wife recently adopted a baby whose parents were addicted to heroin. This is the sort of backstory that would normally land a kid in the foster-care system, which does...
03:26 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Help DC comics writer Karl Kesel pay for his baby's medical treatment
Comics writer Karl Kesel and his wife recently adopted a baby whose parents were addicted to heroin. This is the sort of backstory that would normally land a kid in the foster-care system, which does ...
03:18 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing The internet uncovers the horrible Ninja Turtles bullet we all dodged
Apparently, it was just as bad as we feared. Not long ago, it was reported that production on the Michael Bay-produced "Ninja Turtles" movie was pushed to 2014. Because 2014 is the 30th anniversary of...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Caloric restriction for long life? The results are mixed.
A new, 25-year study of rhesus monkeys is muddying the waters around the theory that heavily limiting the number of calories you eat can prolong your life. You've probably heard about the studies with...
03:10 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing images from Google Street View
Jon Rafman has compiled a breathtaking collection of bizarre, moving, upsetting, and compelling photos culled from Google Street View. His site is called "9-eyes," for the number of cameras on the top...
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Amanda Visell's wood Star Wars figures
The hyper-talented Amanda Visell is creating a series of handmade, wood Star Wars figures! Here are Obi-Wan, IG-88, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett...
02:53 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing "We die."
The Last Starfighter always makes me smile... Man, Lord Kril handles this with class....
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing The facade of NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art has never been fully finished
It sure seems like a completed structure at first glance. But look closer. Specifically, look at the piles of stone blocks stacked on top of the columns. Those blocks were hauled up there during const...
02:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Steve Jurvetson, on the recurring nightmare Neil Armstrong had for two years leading up to Apollo 11
Venture capitalist, photographer, and master-level space fanatic Steve Jurvetson has been digging in to his archives for special finds related to the life and legacy of the late astronaut Neil Armstro...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Why do some doctors so emotionally distant? Maybe it's the economy.
I've got a good doctor, and one of the reasons I like him as much as I do is his "bedside manner"—the shorthand we all use for describing whether or not medical professionals are able to connect...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Why are some doctors so emotionally distant? Maybe it's the economy.
I've got a good doctor, and one of the reasons I like him as much as I do is his "bedside manner"—the shorthand we all use for describing whether or not medical professionals are able to connect...
01:44 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Saturday Night Live announces its first three hosts of its new season, starting with Seth MacFarlane
Riding on the success of his first feature film/sleeper hit Ted, Seth MacFarlane will take the stage as the host of Saturday Night Live's season premiere on September 15. He will be accompanied by mus...
01:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Burning Man on Instagram: photos by sfslim
I cannot get to Burning Man this year because I'm in cancer treatment. It's funny, too, because the experience of going through that has given me a new kind of fondness for the annual playa festivitie...
01:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Reddit user creates lost scene from Community in a video game, brings staff writer and fans to tears
Dan Harmon recently conducted an AMA on Reddit, in which he revealed that in the emotionally charged season finale of Community, "Digital Estate Planning," Chevy Chase didn't show up to film a scene t...
01:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing About the cameras on Curiosity: "Taking pictures on Mars"
At the Economist, Glenn Fleishmann writes about the 17 cameras on board the Curiosity rover on Mars. That's "seven more than any previous exploratory vehicle," he writes. They "store images in a raw, ...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing London Zoo animal audit: World's most adorable bookkeeping
Why is this owl on a scale? Because of science. Tracking the growth of captive animals isn't just about making sure the captive animals are well taken care of. It's also an important part of understan...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Guns 'n' Roses' "Sweet Child O'Mine," performed in polka on Huell Howser's "California Gold" (not)
[Video Link]. An enterprising YouTuber who goes by the handle adnmusic slapped together this funny little monstrosity. It's fake. And it's fabulous. The original, unadulterated version is here. The pe...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Lord of the Rings: The Orcs' side of the story, told in LEGO
[Video Link] A short LEGO parody telling the Orcs' side of the story from Lord of the Rings, Directed and Animated by Kevin Ulrich....
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing How do guns work in space?
[Video Link] Important questions in physics, explored by vsauce. This one will come in handy for those of you headed to Mars for target practice. The ballistics specifics start around 4:00 in....
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing Sean Hollister on the corporate demise of OnLive
The Verge ran an excellent story about the financial collapse of OnLive, which operated high-end gaming computers in the cloud and streamed the gameplay to distant customers. Two Fridays ago, Steve Pe...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Great Moments in Lady-Parts Science - Todd Akin's Startling Discovery
Help sustain Tom the Dancing Bug, by @RubenBolling, by joining the INNER HIVE....
12:28 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing First 4K TV set
The 84-inch XBR-84X900 fulfills Sony's three primary marketing objectives. First, to be the first to the mass market with a 4K-resolution TV set. Second, to be as expensive as a small yacht. Third, to...
12:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing How science turned into science fiction
Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist. In the video above, which Cory posted on Friday, he tells the story of how a paper he published in the journal Nature ended up getting him phone calls from Apple and in...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing [SPOILER] A review of the film "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," by two young boys in the back seat of a car
SPOILER ALERT! [Video Link]. To be fair, I felt and reacted precisely this way about the most recent episode of Breaking Bad....
12:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 29, 2012
BoingBoing "Monsieur Rene Magritte," dir. Adrian Maben, 1978, feat Roger Waters
[Video Link] In an earlier thread, Boing Boing commenter "complicatedcrustation" wrote about a late-seventies documentary on the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte, which features appropriately ...
09:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Despite Hantavirus, Yosemite expects to be full
Park rangers at California's Yosemite National Park are warning visitors about an outbreak of the rodent-borne hantavirus. Two tourists have died and two more were infected. Rangers have distributed f...
06:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Documentary on the Dude on whom 'the Dude' was based
Jeff Feuerzig offers us a glimpse into what its like to be the dude that the Cohen Brothers based "The Dude" in the Big Lebowski on. Far out, man!...
06:34 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Can you guess which newspaper shared a column with the CIA before it was published?
The New York Times! And it goes from tragedy to perversity: it was caught by a Freedom of Information Act request. [Politico]...
05:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Michael Fassbender to co-star with Natalie Portman in Jane's Got a Gun
Natalie Portman is starring in a new western called Jane's Got a Gun, which is being directed by Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin). Portman will play a woman forced to defend her farm from a ...
05:02 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing The Avengers was originally going to start on a very different note
A Yahoo! video is popping up on the blogosphere because it's the original opening for The Avengers, and it's setting a really, really, really different tone than what we saw in theaters. I will offer ...
04:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing New social media horror movie XOXO will be directed by George Nolfi
Every once in a while, a new project comes along that makes you go "Hmmmmmm." Like a horror movie in which the method of terror is social media. Good news! Such a movie is now in the works! George Nol...
03:26 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Gorgeous 1939 map of physics
I love this Map of Physics that turns an entire academic discipline into a fictional country, showing the way different sub-disciplines interact and the concepts that connect seemingly disparate disco...
02:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing How bad neuroscience can mislead us
If you watch or read much science fiction, you know that all it takes to suspend disbelief about fictional science is an explanation that sounds good on the surface and makes use of terms and ideas th...
02:34 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Missing woman searches for self
A search and rescue operation was underway near Iceland's Eldgj canyon last Saturday when a woman did not return to her tour bus. Turns out, the woman had in fact returned to the tour bus and had actu...
02:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing What's climate change ruining today?
In Virginia, rising sea levels are threatening Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge's ability to provide free parking near the beach for the summer tourists who provide a major source of income in the region....
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage ammunition boxes
Accidental Mysteries posted a striking selection of vintage ammo packages....
01:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Jody Schoger: Livestrong, Armstrong, and why "finding the cure" isn't all that matters for people with cancer
The recent news about Lance Armstrong and the USADA sparked much discussion online about Livestrong, the cancer organization founded by the cancer survivor and cycling champion. As regular Boing Boing...
01:52 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Thief infected with Ebola from stolen phone
A thief nicked a cell phone from a patient at Kagadi Hospital in Kibaale District, Uganda. Turns out, the owner had Ebola and the thief became infected. From The Monitor: Police detectives began track...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Apple's "secret" Genius training manual
Gizmodo acquired a copy of the Apple Genius Training Student Workbook. At the Apple Store, computers don't "crash," they "stop responding;" software never has a "bug," it just has an "issue;" and prod...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing The profound beauty of the night sky
At the dead hour of the night, when the world is hushed in sleep and all is still; when there is not a sound to be heard save the dead beat escapement of the clock, counting with hollow voice the foot...
01:30 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Super Rhymes, 8th Wonder, Rick Rubin Heads Downtown
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
01:26 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Student sleep problems aren't just about individual behavior
Coinciding with the beginning of the US school year, researchers at UCLA published a study last week showing a correlation between lack of sleep and poor academic performance. Some 500 high schoolers ...
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Steven Moffat says the 12th Doctor on Doctor Who really could totally be a woman (maybe)
Quick and thought-provoking item concerning a quote by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. Our current 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, is signed on through about 2014. But what about after that? During the ...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing 8 milestones in the technology of recorded sound (video)
Video Link. Another brilliant musical experiment from Joe Sabia and the CDZA project....
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Two more Tibetan teens die in self-immolations, protesting Chinese rule
Lobsang Kalsang, an 18-year-old monk, and Damchoek, a 17-year-old former monk, set themselves on fire on Monday morning near Kirti Monastery in Aba county, in the Tibetan region. This brings the numbe...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing In China, some people are seriously into collecting pairs of big, round, nuts, and playing with them
[Video Link]. Collecting pairs of walnuts is a thing in China. The bigger and the older, the better! "Playing with these kind of nuts isn't for ordinary people," says one collector in this exquisite R...
01:01 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Destroying Precious Land to Drill for Gas: Sean Lennon, anti-fracking activist
In the New York Times, an eloquent op-ed by Sean Lennon that serves as a manifesto of sorts for Artists Against Fracking, an organization started with his mother, Yoko Ono. Snip: Natural gas has been ...
12:56 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Accor will drop fees for WiFi at 500 hotel properties
Let's hope the rest of the hotel industry will follow Accor's lead: they're making wireless internet free at 500 hotels....
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Watch the watchers with this homebrew map of surveillance cams in Tampa at RNC convention
Tampa, Florida web developer Jon Gales mapped the city's new network of downtown surveillence cameras installed for the Republican convention, to empower fellow citizens to become aware of the encroac...
12:40 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Hangman position open
Sri Lanka is accepting applications for the post of hangman. A de facto moratorium on executions may be about to end, and there's a lot of work to do. [Reuters]...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing The first recorded human voice transmission from Mars
Snip from statement of Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator, speaking via broadcast from the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars: "The knowledge we hope to gain from our observation and analysis of G...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing How police can obtain your records without a subpoena
Over at Wired News, David Kravets writes about the administrative subpoena, a nifty legal tool that allows government agents to access sensitive personal data without court warrants if agents believe ...
12:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Israeli court rules US activist Rachel Corrie's death an accident
The death of 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, an American pro-Palestinian activist crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer, has been ruled an accident that occurred during a military activity mean...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing 6. The starters of crazes
Ezra Pound's 6 types of writer. [Brain Pickings]...
12:26 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Great Giana Sisters back again
A new version of seminal Mario clone The Great Giana Sisters is on its way. Project Giana is a modern take on the genre, however, bearing only a passing resemblance to the originals. John Walker at RP...
12:18 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Happy Women Reading Comics in Public Day!
When I was about 10, I developed an obsessive love for The X-Men. It started with the Saturday morning cartoon show, but quickly became about comic books, as well. To this day, long-overwritten plot p...
12:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Attack goose!
(Via Bag of Nothing)...
11:59 am PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-Gay Activist and Prop 8 donor confesses to sexually abusing young boys
In a sadly less-than-shocking tale Caleb Hesse, a California elementary school teacher and 'family-values' proponent, has confessed to decades of abusing young boys. "According to KTLA, the incidents ...
11:55 am PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing School demands that boy must change his name from Hunter because it violates its weapons policy
In the interest of safety, a preschool is insisting that a deaf boy named Hunter change his name at school so people don't accidentally shoot and kill someone with their finger when they use sign lang...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Woman took part in search for herself
"It appears she had even taken part in the search, without realizing that she was the woman being searched for. Eventually, it occurred to her that she could very well be the 'missing person" being de...
10:28 am PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Tuesday linkdump
* Clockwork fairy. Steampunk! Steampunk! Set aside the impulse to tedious kvetching about nonfunctional gears and sit agog with me. (via) * Stop Pretending Art Is Hard. From botched art restoration to...
10:17 am PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Devil Said Bang: Sandman Slim finds it's lonely at the top
Devil Said Bang is the latest Sandman Slim novel, and Richard Kadrey continues to knock them way the hell out of the park. As with previous volume (the first three were Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, an...
09:31 am PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA budget drops 50% in two years
It's not just the RIAA who've seen its budget slashed over the past two years; the MPAA has also seen a greater than 50% revenue decline over the past two years. But don't worry, the millionaire lobby...
12:03 am PDT - Tue, August 28, 2012
BoingBoing Bigfoot hoaxer killed
Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, Montana was killed yesterday while reportedly attempting to stage a Bigfoot hoax. Tenley was walking on a highway wearing a hunter's ghillie suit, likely similar to...
10:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Make: Talk 017 - Backyard Ballistics with William Gurstelle
In this episode of Make: Talk, I interviewed William Gurstelle, a contributing editor to MAKE. I've interviewed Bill before on this podcast, but I invited him back on the show again because the second...
09:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing R.I.P. Russell Scott - Blinky the Clown, Denver TV icon for more than 40 years
[Video Link] I spent many hundreds of hours enjoying Blinky the Clown's TV show on Denver's KWGN-TV. The good-hearted clown (real name Russell Scott) died today at the age of 91. I'm sorry to hear it....
09:28 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Interview with Tim Powers
Rick Kleffel sez, Tim Powers is one the founding fathers of steampunk, and a writer whose every book is superb. I drove down to San Bernardino City College to talk to him about his latest work, Hide M...
08:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Archer & Armstrong comic book #2 with Boing Boing blurb
Fun to see Boing Boing on the cover of the fantabulous Archer & Armstrong, which has a team of supervillians who call themselves the 1%....
08:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing EFF Pioneer Award winners announced
Rebecca from EFF sez, "EFF is proud to announce the winners of this year's Pioneer Awards: hardware hacker Andrew (bunnie) Huang, anti-ACTA activist Jrmie Zimmermann, and the Tor Project -- the organi...
08:23 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Circuit-bent toy geetar
A.S.M.O.'s circuit-bent toy guitar, currently for sale on eBay, features "super pitch bend knob and touch bolts, LFO with speed and depth controls, headstock light sensor, audio out jack socket." Note...
07:03 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing The Mark Inside: the best book I've read on the long con
Amy Reading's The Mark Inside is perhaps the best book I've ever read on con artists and con artistry, a retelling of one of the classic stories of the bunco boom that marked the start of the 20th cen...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Video report on PA Cigar Box Guitar Festival
Shane Speal says: "The York (PA) Dispatch newspaper just posted a 10 minute documentary on the PA Cigar Box Guitar Festival. It features shots from the pre-party, photos and interviews."...
05:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing British police call off lion hunt
Police in Essex, England, said Monday that they've found "no evidence to support locals' claims that they'd spotted a lion." [Reuters]...
05:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Newest rumored contender to direct DC Comics' Justice League movie: The Wachowskis
After Ben Affleck denied that he was ever officially asked by Warner Bros. to direct the Justice League movie, a new name has been tossed into the internet rumor mill: Wachowski, as in Andy and Lana W...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Evoland
Evoland is a Zelda-style adventure game by Nicholas Cannasse, opening with monochrome graphics and rudimentary gameplay. As the player progresses, it evolves in complexity and color—just like yo...
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Samsung vs. Apple verdict in a nutshell
Alexis Madrigal gathers the best analysis of Apple's patent win over Samsung. One common refrain: the real winner's name begins with "M" and ends with "icrosoft."...
05:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Road rage hijinx
A Boing Boing reader says: "A SUV is getting blocked by two cars on purpose and almost gets hit by oncoming traffic so the SUV driver decides to take revenge on those two cars. Harmless fun with 5,000...
05:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Vera Farmiga set to play Norman Bates' infamous mother in A&E's Psycho prequel series
When you watch Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and see the corpse of Norman Bates' mother revealed, don't you wonder what she used to look like? I mean, Norman was kind enough to put on a wig and give us an...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing I Draw Comics sketchbook & reference guide
The I Draw Comics Sketchbook & Reference Guide is the follow-up the the successful I Draw Cars Kickstarter. The funding goal was $10,000 but they've received $130,679 since August 20. The I DRAW ...
04:10 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Realistic drawing of a torn-up playing card
[Video Link] From James Gurney: Mark Crilley tears up a playing card and then creates a matching trompe l'œil in time lapse....
03:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Hammacher Schlemmer catalog copy parody competion
Hammacher Schlemmer, purveyors of expensive stuff of no use to anyone, is famous for its precious catalog copy. Example: Designed in Milan, it is handcrafted entirely of slip-cast ceramic fired in Vin...
02:19 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Breast cancer surgeon rides child's pink bike to get through traffic jam for surgery
Catherine Baucom, a breast cancer surgeon in Louisiana, was on her way to a surgery at BRASS Surgery Center of Baton Rouge last Wednesday morning when she found herself caught in a complete traffic sh...
02:19 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Cthulhu Pocket Idol
If HP Lovecraft directed the Brady Bunch, this would have been the star of the Hawaii episodes. Meatspider's clay and resin, hand-painted Cthulhu Pocket Idol is $50 from our friends at ShanaLogic....
01:49 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Cancer threatens Tasmanian Devils with extinction by "devil facial tumour disease"
In the last 2 decades, some 85% of wild Tasmanian Devils have been wiped out. The primary cause isn't poachers or habitat destruction, but cancer. "A recent epidemic disease, known as devil facial tum...
01:47 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Dery on Gore Vidal, "The Last Roman"
Over at Thought Catalog, the inimitable Mark Dery presents an epic appreciation for the late Gore Vidal. His perennial subject was the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, and his commentaries ...
01:47 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Watch Neil Armstrong narrowly escape a 1968 training accident
This silent film clip, posted at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum blog, is one of the most amazing things I've seen in a while. First off, it shows a 1968 test run of a lunar landing research...
01:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Weird loud booms in northern California
Mysterious booms are rattling citizens of El Dorado County, California. Quarry owners require government permission to use explosives. The local Naval Air Station denies any supersonic flights over th...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Beautiful jellyfish photography
Alexander Semenov's lovely photos make jellyfish look completely amazing—masses of ethereal tissue surrounded by thousands of strands of iridescent embroidery floss. This shot is part of a serie...
01:29 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Andy Rooney x Chief Keef: "I Don't Like"
[Video Link, by @mrlaszlototh]...
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Autism is more than a parasite deficiency
The New York Times Sunday Review had an article this week linking autism with the hygiene hypothesis. Written by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, the piece is part of the Times' opinion coverage, not reported...
01:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Uninsured comic artist with cancer draws the moment she opens first big medical bill
[larger size.] Chicago-based comic artist Laura Park (@llaurappark) was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She underwent surgery in June, and illustrated the moment she opened the first big bill ...
01:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing If you like funny comedy ladies, you might be interested in discovering the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy
For about two years, the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy has been operating as a blog, building an online community for women in the New York comedy scene (and elsewhere). But it's not nearly as gigantic as...
01:04 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Children die mining the tin for your smartphone
Businessweek publishes a feature on the hazardous work performed by poor people on an island in Indonesia to mine "The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone." Some of them are 15 and under....
12:59 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing A handwriting font for doctors
Link to larger size. Created by Orion Champadiyil (web, Twitter). (via Steve Silberman)...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Curiosity Mars Rover descent footage interpolated from 4fps to 25fps (video)
[Video Link] This is a magnificent thing. YouTuber hahahaspam explains, "This is the Curiosity Mars Rover descent footage interpolated from ~4 frames per second to 25 frames per second. It is playing ...
12:49 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing When Neil Armstrong emailed Robert Krulwich
NPR's Robert Krulwich (one of the greatest science journalists ever IMO, and a personal hero of mine) writes about the day he received an email from the late astronaut Neil Armstrong. Krulwich wondere...
12:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Miles O'Brien on Neil Armstrong
"He was really an engineer's engineer -- a modest man who was always uncomfortable in his singular role as the first person to set foot on the moon. He understood and appreciated the historic conseque...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Microscopic scale measures mass of single molecule
This is a microscopic scale that can measure the mass of a single molecule. The scale was manufactured with the same semiconductor fabrication technology used to make computer chips. From Smithsonian:...
12:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing Pink Floyd moon landing space jam, 1969: "Moonhead"
[Video Link] A few weeks ago, I blogged about my new obsession with early to mid-era Pink Floyd oddities. Following the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong this weekend, the NYT Lede blog points to a sp...
08:40 am PDT - Mon, August 27, 2012
BoingBoing 2600's hacker calendar for 2013: the surveillance edition
2600 magazine's Emmanuel Goldstein sez, "The theme of the 2013 Hacker Calendar is surveillance, and there are 12x12 glossy photos for every month of our surveillance culture hard at work - airport sec...
06:40 pm PDT - Sun, August 26, 2012
BoingBoing Rocket shipdoll house
The Educo Discovery Rocket is one of those toys I see in gift shops around the world and always think, huh, if that thing wasn't so big and unwieldy, I'd probably take it home. It's basically a nicely...
05:50 pm PDT - Sun, August 26, 2012
BoingBoing DNS as an attack vector
Here's a weird idea: stuffing Javascript into DNS to attack browsers. (via Hacker News)...
09:49 am PDT - Sun, August 26, 2012
BoingBoing How Facebook design tricks people into trading away privacy
On TechCrunch, Avi Charkham provides an excellent side-by-side comparison of an older Facebook design and the latest one, showing how the service has moved to minimize the extent to which its users ar...
10:00 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing LEAKED! TPP: the Son of ACTA will oblige America and other countries to throw out privacy, free speech and due process for easier copyright enforcement
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the son of ACTA, a secretive copyright and trade treaty being negotiated by the Pacific Rim nations, including the USA and Canada. As with ACTA, the secretive negotiat...
08:19 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian border guards stop looking for dope exporters, focus on stolen cars and fissiles
The Canadian Border Service Agency has been ordered to stop hunting for illegal drug exporters and worry instead about catching nuclear material and stolen car smugglers. Lee Berthiaume writes for Pos...
05:59 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Noodle-slicing robot is a triumph
Cui Runguan, a Beijing inventor and restaurateur, has created a "robot chef" for slicing noodles: it's basically an automated dough-shaving knife encased in a charming retro-robot shell with superfluo...
04:24 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon or any other world, died today. The former test pilot and NASA astronaut recently celebrated his 82nd birthday, and underwent heart surgery just weeks...
04:24 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012: One Giant Loss for Mankind
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon or any other world beyond Earth, died today. The former test pilot and NASA astronaut recently celebrated his 82nd birthday, and underwent heart surge...
03:54 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Water wigs: frozen instants of water dashed on the heads of bald guys
Tim Tadder's "Water Wigs" project is a series of photos of bald guys who allowed buckets of water to be upended over their heads, while a high-speed camera caught the frozen instant in which they appe...
01:57 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing New theory on the Jesus fresco retouch
(Via Pete Emslie) Previously...
01:44 pm PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Appreciation for "the beautiful white dialect"
A bit of lovely arch irony from the ExoticWhiteGirls Tumblr, on "The beautiful white dialect": I love how beautiful and simple the exotic white dialect is. Because it has less words and lacks any logi...
11:42 am PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Catan Junior for ages six and up
SeenOnTableTop reviews Catan Junior, a streamlined, simplified pirate-themed version of beloved Boing Boing favorite Settlers of Catan aimed at kids six and up. My daughter's just getting to the age w...
10:20 am PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Cookie Monster as Batman
Utubelor figured out where your sense of deja vu at Christian Bale's "Batman" voice comes from. [Video Link]...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Switching to a straight razor
I stared, face lathered up, sweat dripping, hand shaking, into the fogging mirror in my bathroom almost every day for over 2 weeks before I built up the courage to actually put the 4 razor to my face ...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Raising money to help Steve Brust and Emma Bull's medical expenses
Two of the greats of science fiction and fantasy literature, Emma Bull (War for the Oaks and many others) and Steven Brust (the Vlad Taltos books and many others) have coincidentally gone for surgery ...
01:47 am PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing Wookiees and Slave Leias in great number
Spotted at last year's DragonCon: a large collection of Slave Leias and a couple Chewies, chilling poolside: Matt and I stumbled across this group purely by chance. If anyone knows who the group was, ...
01:00 am PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO automatically license your Instagram pics as Creative Commons
Philip Neustrom has created Set your Instagram free!, a simple way to add Creative Commons licenses to your Instagram photos (something the service doesn't support natively, meaning that technically a...
12:15 am PDT - Sat, August 25, 2012
BoingBoing How the entire world's media got a Nature cover story totally, utterly wrong
Moran Cerf, the Israeli military hacker turned good-guy bank-robber turned neuroscientist, tells the hilarious stories about how the best day of his scientific career -- when he got the cover of Natur...
11:08 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA says "they're doing something" about offering legit services, ignores the fact that they're doing it poorly
Here's Techdirt's Mike Masnick at his finest, nailing a point perfectly: [MPAA spokesman Howard Gantman] says that somehow, magically, because there are more crippled, annoying, expensive, incomplete ...
10:05 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Black teenager who was stopped-and-searched 50 times between 14 and 17 will sue London cops for harassment
A 17 year old black teenager in London is tired of being busted for walking while black. He says he's been stopped-and-searched without cause fifty times since he was 14, and that on a number of occas...
08:54 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Rapture of the Nerds giveaway
Charlie Stross and I have a forthcoming comic novel called Rapture of the Nerds (we'll be touring it in a couple of weeks, and to celebrate, our publisher Tor Books is giving away ten copies....
07:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing RIAA lobbyist turned judge runs a fantasy courtroom, the only one in America where they don't laugh copyright trolls out the door
Judge Beryl Howell used to work for the RIAA as a lobbyist. Or perhaps she still does. How else to explain her totally bizarre courtroom appearance in a copyright troll lawsuit -- where ISPs are argui...
07:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Wombat and kangaroo love
An orphaned wombat and kangaroo are unlikely BFFs at the Wildabout Wildlife Rescue Centre in Kilmore, Victoria, Australia. This photo from the Wildabout Wildlife page on Facebook. Revel in more of the...
07:05 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Beacon Phoenix: coffee mug sized bluetooth speaker
I really like the Phoenix, a small bluetooth speaker from Beacon Audio. They sent me an evaluation unit a couple of weeks ago. It paired very easily to my iPhone (unlike a lot of bluetooth devices, wh...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing LIBERAL PROFESSOR sends video of self being liberal to right-wing Campus Reform group, demands his $100 bounty for turning himself in
The people at Campus Reform (whose mission is to smash left-wing scum) are offering a $100 bounty for videos of "LIBERAL PROFESSORS" that lead to news stories. Kieran Healy, being a liberal professor,...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Jerry Nelson, Sesame Street's "The Count," RIP
Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street's "The Count," has died. He was 78. "In Memoriam: Jerry Nelson" (Sesame Workshop, via CNN)...
06:03 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Ian McDiarmid is ready for that Star Wars TV series that is still trying to happen
Well, consider Emperor Palpatine cast and ready for his closeup. When asked during his first appearance at a Star Wars event in Orlando, Ian McDiarmid said that if Lucas & Co. come calling in cas...
05:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing In case you thought Marie on Breaking Bad was a little annoying, let this interview with Betsy Brandt change your mind
If you find yourself obsessing over a TV show, watching three or four episodes in a row, becoming completely immersed in this fictional world of fictional people, you tend to form opinions and pick fa...
05:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Irish president lambastes right wing US radio DJ over the politics of fear
Irish politicians are justly famed for their scathing wit, and if you've ever wondered why, listen to this clip of Irish president Michael D Higgins flaying alive Michael Graham, a US radio host, grad...
05:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Free to a good home, a giant, live-in head of Humpty Hump
Here's a freebie you won't see again any time soon: a gigantic head of Digital Underground's Humpty Hump, available free to a good home, and Shock-G himself will deliver it to you, and promises to ren...
04:52 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Marti Noxon is developing an ensemble comedy for Showtime
One of my favorite writers of film and television, Marti Noxon, is developing an ensemble comedy for Showtime. And here is the extra fun part, for those of us who like to watch funny women on televisi...
02:11 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Styx: Mr. Roboto
My first rock concert was Styx, on tour for their 1983 science fiction rock opera Kilroy Was Here. Above is the video for the album's first single, "Mr. Roboto." Not only does the song feature such pr...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Battle on Venus
He seems to be thinking: "No time to dodge! But if I get out of here alive, I can sell the idea to Ridley Scott for the climactic scene in Prometheus."...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Man with the world's lowest singing voice
Tim Storms holds the World Record for the lowest note ever sung by a human. He can hit a low E of 41.203 Hertz, two octaves below middle C. It's so low you can't even hear it, but it's measurable. I l...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Hand-painted Makie doll
Sioux has posted her Makie Doll paintjob to the site's forums, along with extensive notes. Makies are the ivory-white, custom 3D printed dolls, and Makie owners have been experimenting with ways to br...
01:01 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing What exactly is athletic doping, anyway?
In this Smithsonian Mag piece, some background on the "high-tech, high-stakes competition between Olympic athletes who use banned substances and drug testers out to catch them." Helpful context for th...
01:01 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Luchador bottle opener
Clever Luchador bottle openers, available in several colors and poses for $11 from Amazon. "Kikkerland Luchador Bottle Opener" (via Super Punch)...
01:01 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Glittery henna crown on child cancer patient in chemotherapy (photo)
Sara's Henna, a henna shop in Hong Kong where ladies go to doll themselves up with temporary designs based on Indian tradition, did something really cool: inspired by Henna Heals, they traveled to Chi...
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Testing out a Star Wars-style hover bike in the Mojave desert
I really, really hope that this is real and not another cruel hoax by Robert Zemeckis*. Popular Science says it's legit, and that you wouldn't need any special training to drive the thing: Brought to ...
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing The sun is round. Very, very, very round.
The sun is the roundest natural object known to humans, according to new research. University of Hawaii researcher Jeffrey Kuhn and his colleagues used NASA's space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory to...
12:18 pm PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Kitten-chasing pit bulls chew up minivan
The damage above is reportedly the work of four pit bull terriers were were trying to reach a stray kitten camped out in the Dodge minivan's engine compartment. From CBS News: The Desert Sun of Palm S...
10:37 am PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Bill Nye on creationism: "Your world view just becomes crazy"
Bill Nye makes a plea for teaching our children science and preparing them to make good choices for the future....
10:29 am PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Rob LL Cool J at own risk
Rap star and actor LL Cool J encountered a burglar in his home. Meeting the superstar left the home-invader with several broken bones and no autograph. "The family was sleeping when their home securit...
10:19 am PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Shirt that got Poop Strong man tossed off a Delta flight available once again!
After Arijit got thrown off of a Delta flight for wearing a TSA-mocking t-shirt I designed, a lot of people began to email, asking where they could buy one for themselves. Well, it seemed a bit weird ...
07:59 am PDT - Fri, August 24, 2012
BoingBoing Devon Steampunk Watch: all springs and belts and such and oh my
We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog to bring you a brief moment during which I will fantasize in public about having an extra $25,000 lying around so I could pre-order one of these Devon Steampu...
10:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing MAKE Weekend Projects - Optical Tremolo Box
[Video Link] Check out Charles Platt's cool Weekend Project for MAKE: an optical tremolo box. Built by MAKE's tech editor, Sean Michael Ragan. Inspired by Charles Platt's "Stomp Box Basics" article (M...
10:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Wide variety of human innards in delicious macaron form
Further to the anatomically correct macaron hearts from Evil Cake Shop; the project has blossomed into a full-blown set of anatomical macarons. Anatomical Macarons MUST SEE!...
09:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 30: iHideAndSeek
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...
09:33 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 30: iHideAndSeek
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...
08:46 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarter pen case copied by person who set up their manufacturing?
Notcot has a story about what looks to be a sneaky trick pulled on some folks who launched a cool pen and ruler sleeve campaign on Kickstarter (which raised $280,000). Another company is selling a pen...
07:39 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO separate eggs with a plastic bottle
This Chinese-speaking woman has a cool tip for separating eggs, using the suction of a slightly compressed water bottle. That's a pretty clean separation. I could watch it all day. (via Kottke)...
07:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Front yard gardener wins over officials with petition
Mark recently wrote about a fantastic front yard veggie garden in Drummondville, Quebec, which local officials wanted destroyed. Alejandro De La Cruz writes to say that they've backed down: not only w...
06:08 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Interview with the creator of Gravity Falls, Disney Channel's fun new cartoon
Last month I bought a season pass on iTunes for a new cartoon series on the Disney Channel called Gravity Falls. My family was about to take a long plane trip and even though I didn't know anything ab...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Twisted Sister frontman denounces Paul Ryan's use of "We're Not Going to Take It"
Dee Snider's spokesperson has denounced Paul Ryan's use of his band Twisted Sister's anthem "We're Not Going to Take It" in his campaign: I emphatically denounce Paul Ryans use of my band Twisted Sist...
05:29 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing StoryBundle: pay what you like for DRM-free ebooks
StoryBundle publishes and promotes ebooks by bundling them and letting readers pay what they want: a sales model that's proven itself with games and apps, and a great way to sample new voices. There a...
04:48 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Adan Jodorowsky seeks funding for surrealist short featuring a gold-yielding vagina (and a pretty cool story)
Oh, my lovelies, wait until you hear about this so you can throw all your money at it like fairy dust: Adan Jodorowsky, son of avant garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky (who almost made Dune with Sal...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing German copyright trolls will single out cops, Arab embassies and clergy for accusations of porn downloads
Urmann is a German copyright troll law firm that represents hardcore pornographers, sending shakedown notices to accused downloaders, threatening to publicly link them with porn unless they pay "settl...
03:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing On the Googlers who are paid to look at the absolute worst things on the internet
Buzzfeed reports that the people Google hires to screen for the worst possible stuff on YouTube (CP, beheadings, and this horrific stuff) suffer mental health risks (well, duh), and that they are unli...
03:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Unfortunate vintage ads
Yes, that's real. More unfortunate-in-hindsight vintage ads over at Collectors Weekly....
03:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing The colorful results of playing Cypress Hill through a squid
[Video Link] Greg Gage of the DIY neuroscience company Backyard Brains stimulated the axons of a squid with the electrical signals coming out of a headphone jack plugged into an iPhone playing a Cypre...
03:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing AdHawk: who's behind that political ad?
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, The Sunlight Foundation recently launched a free mobile app to help voters better know who is buying political ads this election year. Ad Hawk available for iPh...
03:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Data recovery firm gives man happy ending
Technology writer Mat Honan was "epically hacked," in a widely-circulated cautionary tale that should have you changing your passwords and turning on secondary authentication measures. The Novato, Cal...
03:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Vote for Robot Hall of Fame 2012 inductees
Carnegie Mellon University, curators of the "Robot Hall of Fame" (online and at Carnegie Science Center), has opened public voting for its 2012 Robot Hall of Fame inductees. Nominees are broken down i...
03:10 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing New study examines how alcohol can boost risk of cancer
"Almost 30 years after discovery of a link between alcohol consumption and certain forms of cancer, scientists are reporting the first evidence from research on people explaining how the popular bever...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing China: Statue in public square appears to show pigs having incestuous sex
"I can explain this." Pigs Depicted Having Sex Doggy-Style In Zhengzhou Public Square Are Said To Represent Filial Piety....
02:37 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Young Barack Obama parodies self
Buzzfeed posts what is purpoted to be a genuine self-parody by Barack Obama, published under the name Baroque Yo' Mama in a parody zine put together by his Harvard Law School graduating class. I sure ...
02:30 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Gawker drops "The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney's Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes"
Today, Gawker (specifically, John Cook) publishes a Wikileaks-style data dump: The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney's Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes. As Dylan Byers at Politico points out, not all of the in...
02:30 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Divine Fits - Would That Not Be Nice (free MP3)
Sound it Out # 35: Divine Fits - Would That Not Be Nice Divine Fits is a great band that plays melodic indie rock. I saw their seventh-ever live show last week and they played with a reckless joy that...
02:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing How Smokey Bear creates forest fires
By now, many of you are probably aware that human behavior is one of the key factors behind some of the massive forest fires we've seen in recent years. The basic story goes like this: Under a natural...
02:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing History's smoothest conman
During his legendary criminal career in the 1920s and 1930s, Victor Lustig may not have tried to con anyone into buying the Brooklyn Bridge, but he did manage to sell the Eiffel Tower to a scrap deale...
02:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Fake celebrity pranks New York City in social experiment caught on video
Brett Cohen pranked NYC on the night of July 27th, 2012, and he has video proof: he "came up with a crazy idea to fool thousands of pedestrians walking the streets of Times Square into thinking he was...
02:10 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Bentley the bulldog puppy is fussy (cute animal video)
(Video Link, via Joe Sabia)....
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Edward Tufte's sculptures of Feynman's diagrams
Next month at Edward Tufte's ET Modern Gallery in New York City, the pioneering information designer will exhibit his incredible sculptures based on physicist Richard Feynman's diagrams of subatomic b...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing China's one-percenters make ready to take the money and run
China's wealthy elite is increasingly making offshore moves -- surveys indicate that the Chinese hyper-rich are keenly aware that they have a lot more than their neighbors, and the government might on...
01:58 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing The neurobiology and psychology that connect summer vacation with your morning run
Time is relative. Remember how each day in grade school (especially summer days) seemed to last for an eternity? Ever notice how it seems to take forever to travel a new route on your bike, while the ...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Assange: "You can't ground Spider-Man"
A Reuters piece on the ongoing Julian Assange Ecuador Asylum Saga, with a focus on the freedom of speech and press transparency issues that make Ecuador an odd place for a whistleblower to seek asylum...
01:39 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing David Carson and "grunge typography"
Over at The Awl, Sharan Shetty posted a great essay about the "Rise and Fall of Grunge Typography." Shetty chose to start her story with pioneering designer David Carson, infamous for making the text ...
01:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing The Fawlty Towers Basil Fawlty Supercut (video)
[Video link]. So many of John Cleese's greatest Basil-isms from the BBC series "Fawlty Towers" were completely non-verbal, or consisted of a single word or grunt....
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Young science writers whose work you'll love
Looking for high-quality, smart reads on science? This Twitter list, put together by Scientific American's Khalil A. Cassimally will introduce you to lots of great, young science writers you might not...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Dining room table spontaneously "exploded"
On a recent Seattle morning, Adam Welch heard an crashing sound and saw broken glass everywhere. Turned out that his dining room had table spontaneously shattered. While spontaneous glass breakage is ...
01:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Ex-physicist in charge of Europe's largest economy
Did you know that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Ph.D. and used to do research in quantum chemistry? I did not. (Via Jennifer Ouellette)...
12:38 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing The coming civil war over general purpose computing
Even if we win the right to own and control our computers, a dilemma remains: what rights do owners owe users?...
12:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Bloody hell: The first look at Chlo Moretz in Kimberly Peirce's Carrie
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Chlo Moretz as the tormented, titular star of the Carrie remake being directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), and it is exactly what you'd hoped: a sti...
12:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Waste, abundance and ideology: the Singularity versus Collapse
The always wonderful and thought-provoking Vekatesh Rao has a typically spot-on analysis of the ideology underlying the idea that we are heading for a world of either collapse or abundance. Along the ...
11:57 am PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing WikiWeapons: 3D printed guns for everyone
Andy Greenberg has written a story about the latest development in the world of 3D printed guns: a project to create a set of open blueprints for "Wiki Weapons": Earlier this month, Wilson and a small...
10:09 am PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing East German advertisements of the 1950s and 1960s
On the Vintage Ads LJ group, the always-great Man Writing Slash has posted a marvellous collection of East German advertisements that combine propaganda and sales-pitches and appear to have dropped ou...
01:04 am PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing Spain's pocket communist utopia, Marinaleda
Dan Hancox sez, You may have heard about Spain's 'Robin Hood Mayor', Juan Manuel Snchez Gordillo - who last week made global headlines after he led farm labourers into supermarkets to expropriate basi...
12:57 am PDT - Thu, August 23, 2012
BoingBoing The Dictator's Practical Guide to Internet Power Retention, Global Edition
The Dictator's Practical Guide to Internet Power Retention, Global Edition is a wry little 45-page booklet that is, superfically, a book of practical advice for totalitarian, autocratic and theocratic...
11:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Little face Mitt
Enjoy these unsettling pictures of Mitt Romney with a very tiny face....
11:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO survive a DDoS attack
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a comprehensive, multi-lingual guide to keeping sites that are undergoing distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks alive. Denial of service (DoS) a...
09:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Ayn Rand as Paul Ryan's biographer
Paul Ryan's first day on the job, as written by Ayn Rand (as written by Bloomberg's Michael Kinsley): "Paul Ryan laughed. He stood naked on top of the vice presidents desk in the Senate chamber, scann...
09:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Swiss Army Knife with animals instead of blades
Third year design student David Suhami made the "Animal Pocket Knife" for a studio course at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv. As he explained to Designboom, "the piece is made fo...
08:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
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...
06:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Adam Savage's toolbox
BB pal Adam Savage of MythBusters liked using antique leather doctor's bags to hold his tools. But the bags couldn't handle the 50+ pounds of tools that he needed while working at Industrial Ligh...
06:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing A temper tantrum supercut, in case you felt the need to punch something today
Good afternoon! Did you accidentally scroll down into the comments section of a political website today? Maybe you got stuck in traffic, or you're expecting to? Well, here is about four and a half min...
05:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Disney might be preparing a remake of The Rocketeer
Perhaps riding on the wings of the WWII-era Captain America: The First Avenger, and all the success that came after it, Disney is apparently talking to screenwriters about rebooting its 1991 cult clas...
05:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Author is "ready for a punk-rock concert"
I was flipping through my copy of Walt Noon's Secrets of Building Electrostatic Lightning Bolt Generators (1992) and came across this photo, captioned: "The author's hair is usually flat and combed so...
04:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Jim Carrey is being courted to play Colonel Stars in Kick Ass 2, perhaps change his career trajectory
News is emerging that Jim Carrey is being considered for a role in the sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass. While it's far from official casting news, I have to say that as a fan of both that movie and Jim Carr...
04:18 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Greatest movie threats of all time
hh1edits's "The 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time" is a truly fabulous 11:37 worth of threatening behavior -- angry, calm, brave, terrified. The creator casts an admirably broad net, including ap...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Boy: A Fantastic Scheme to Conquer the Earth
Look at this fantastic Earth-conquering scheme! Is there any hope in defeating it? (Via X-Ray Delta One)...
03:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Mars Curiosity rover: HD video of landing, and an image of her first drive
[Video Link] Above, HD video of the Mars Curiosity Rover's landing on Mars. And below, an image of her first drive. (via @tweetsoutloud)...
03:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Not a Pussy Riot protest: the Face-Kini is big in China
At the NPR two-way blog, an explainer of sorts about a sun protection accessory popular in China. Given the recent attention to balaklavas around the Pussy Riot story, one might glance at these images...
03:36 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Sending messages from Mars: Interplanetary broadband
Glenn Fleishman writes in the Economist about how Curiosity sends messages home from Mars: "NASA'S Curiosity has the fastest modem on Mars. Since its only competition is an oldish bit of kit aboard Op...
03:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Garry Kasparov: When Putin's Thugs Came for Me
"I was dragged away Friday by a group of policein fact carried away with one on each arm and leg." Author Garry Kasparov in the WSJ, on what happened to him at the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow last week...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Alleged shoplifter has a fit after stealing and eating extra hot chili pepper, enabling police to arrest him
"…when officers searched [Marcus] Banwell they found another four [Scotch Bonnet] chili peppers in his pocket, a stolen milkshake and fruit juice, and a clarinet stashed in his waistband, which ...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Christopher Lee's Charlemagne reviewed
Mike Barthel reviews Christopher Lee's concept album, which is available at Amazon. It is exactly as you would expect it to be. It is metal. [The Awl]...
02:54 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Coroner: "Top Gun" filmmaker Tony Scott did not have brain cancer
Filmmaker Tony Scott jumped to his death on Sunday, off a bridge in Southern California. Early reports from ABC News (which were copy-pasted by TMZ, HuffPo, and other outlets) that the "Top Gun" direc...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Fresco restored
An elderly woman in Spain has "stunned Spanish cultural officials" after setting out to restore a prized fresco at te Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza. I have to admit, it's pretty good! But so...
02:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Al-Jazeera report on the heart-breaking consequences of the drug war in Baltimore (Video)
The election of the first black US president offered hope to millions of African Americans across the country. But have four years of an Obama presidency seen positive change for black communities in ...
02:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Guatemala: Former police chief convicted in 1980s disappearance
Justice at last, in one case from the US-backed 36-year civil war in Guatemala where some of the "harsh techniques" our military now uses in Iraq and Afghanistan and Gitmo were first perfected. Three ...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing In The Boy Kings, Zuck's personal ghostwriter reveals little
Katherine Losse was present at the creation. Employee 51 at Facebook, the English major became first a major player in the company's customer service team and then rose to prominence in i18n, Facbook'...
02:20 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad Breath
This Breaking Bad - Mentos TV ad parody is probably funnier if you, like me, grew up in the era of these ubiquitous Mentos commercials. The Heisenberg blue ones were always my favorite. Good luck gett...
01:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie Disney princesses fell under a scarier, less glamorous spell than usual
Ongoing evidence that Disney and the horror genre are not mutually exclusive: zombie Disney princesses. DeviantARTist Clocktowerman has a mashup collection that will surely delight horror fans, Disney...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing French tourists in Sri Lanka receive suspended jail terms for pretending to kiss Buddha statue
Three tourists from France (two women and a man) took photos of themselves posing with Buddha statues in Sri Lanka. At least one of the photos showed the tourists pretending to kiss one of the Buddha ...
01:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Japan: record high radiation levels found in Fukushima fish, more than a year after nuclear accident
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in Japan said Tuesday its monitoring efforts have recorded record high radiation levels in local seafood: 25,800 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in f...
01:12 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Ayn Rand: How everyones favorite spouse-swapping, godless pulp novelist and dorm-room doyenne became the Tea Partys new mascot
One of my favorite artists -- Drew Friedman -- draws two of my least favorite people -- Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand. It appears on today's cover of the NY Observer. Jump on the Rand Wagon! How Ryan Resurre...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Scientists Agree - It's the Shortest Summer on Record
Support Tom the Dancing Bug and receive BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES by joining the INNER HIVE right now!"I used to spend 20 dollars a year on TOM THE DANCING BUG collections... Happy to support him and pa...
12:44 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for "Lawless" - movie about prohibition-era rural bootleggers
I'll watch anything with Guy Pearce in it. (NSFW: boobies) Lawless (hitting theaters nationwide August 29) is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for...
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Maggie speaking in Kansas City and Lawrence
I'm excited to be back on my old home turf next week, with two speaking events in Kansas City, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas. Both events are centered on Before the Lights Go Out, my book about elect...
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Psygnosis promotional video from 1996
Then the biggest development house in Europe. Let's go!...
12:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Sony shutters Psygnosis studio for good
Sony's Studio Liverpool, originally stylish game house Psygnosis, is closing after 28 years. Kyle Orland at Ars: Studio Liverpool got its start in 1984 ... releasing moderate PC hits like Obliterator ...
11:57 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Climate science, climate change, and denial
CONvergence, Minneapolis' great big science fiction and fantasy convention, also has a whole series of panels based on hard science—Skepchickcon. This year, I was invited to speak on a few of th...
11:32 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Complaint against online adver-game dismissed
Advertising regulators in the UK have dismissed a complaint aimed at a game developed by candy company Haribo. The side-scrolling adventure, posted it its corporate website, was called "Haribo Super M...
10:57 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Super Mario Bros. for Atari 2600
Sprybug at the Atari Age forums published an Atari 2600 version of Super Mario Bros. with 16 levels, world bosses, pipes and even flagpoles. The collision detection with the playfield blocks isn't 100...
10:43 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Awkward stock videos
The ultimate collection. [via Waxy & Yewknee. Previously.]...
10:15 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Chartwell font turns numbers into graphs
FF Chartwell, designed by Travis Kochel, is a typeface that represents sequences of numbers graphically. Driven by the frustration of creating graphs within design applications (primarily Adobe Creati...
10:14 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Epic doggerel about bad blog-comment behavior
Inspired by some of the more pathological behaviors on display in the comment section of John Scalzi's blog Whatever, author Steven Brust has created a doggerel epic entitled "John Scalzis Blog." Here...
02:12 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing MakeShop: a hackspace in Dublin
In the Irish Times, Ruth O'Connor documents a Dublin's new MakeShop, a hackerspace launched by the Science Gallery and open to adults and children alike. It sounds like a wonderful place. Once inside,...
12:26 am PDT - Wed, August 22, 2012
BoingBoing Three hidden photographs found in Mac SE ROM
The folks at the NYC Resistor hackerspace found an Macintosh SE that had been abandoned on a Brooklyn sidewalk and decided to conduct a little "digital archeology." While digging through dumps generat...
10:27 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing For Aileen.
My boyfriend Miles O'Brien lost his beloved sister to breast cancer today. They both lost their mom to it a few weeks after I was diagnosed with the same disease. There is so much to say about what a ...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Science fiction of the world
Lavie Tidhar sez, "The Apex Book of World SF 2 is now officially released and available on Amazon and elsewhere. This is the second book in the international SF/F series collecting short stories from ...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Delta refuses boarding to Poop Strong man for flying while brown and wearing the security theater shirt I designed
Back in 2007, I designed a shirt for Woot! that featured a screaming eagle clutching an unlaced shoe and a crushed water bottle, surrounded by the motto MOISTURE BOMBS ZOMG TERRORISTS ZOMG GONNA KILL ...
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing DEVO Synthesizer featuring DEVO sounds
I've featured Remo Camerota's work and books on Boing Boing many times. He's a talented artist and designer with a love for robot art. His latest project is an iOS application that lets you design DEV...
06:18 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing NBC's The Office will end this season
One of television's most successful adaptations of a British show is finally coming to an end. Currently filming its ninth season, The Office will not be back next year, but its original showrunner, G...
05:11 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Grow up, game journalism!
Leigh Alexander on the perpetual adolescence of game culture—and a press corps only too willing to pander to it even as it makes a superficial show of fighting it: No wonder that when the indust...
05:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing List of Satan's hobbies was a page from a dead-on Jack Chick tract parody about Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal
Troy of Cult Jam Pro says: You did a post about "Satan's Spiritual Structure" on July 18. The list was part of a tongue-in-cheek Jack Chick tract that we at Cultjam Productions created to promote our ...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Campbell has seen the new Evil Dead, still swears it's awesome, is probably making a cameo
The Evil Dead Reassurance Tour marches on! The new installment of the classic horror trilogy being directed by Fede Alvarez has just finished principal photography in New Zealand, and Bruce Campbell h...
04:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Garage door that looks like a book-case
LA Observed republished this photo of a garage-door painted to look like a magnificent outdoor book-case, apparently ganked from author Robert Crais's Facebook (I don't have a FB account, so I can't v...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing My Geek Culture recommendations on Bullseye
The latest episode of Jesse Thorne's terrific Bullseye radio show and podcast is out, and it includes my semi-regular segment on "Geek Culture recommendations." This week, I talk about "the engaging o...
03:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking Bad art show in Los Angeles
Fans of Breaking Bad, take note if you're in Los Angeles. Gallery 1998 Melrose has a show from the guys behind Breaking GIFs. I heard about it through Bob "Saul" Odenkirk's Twitter, so it's certifiabl...
03:16 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Tool for boring a hole in coconuts
[Video Link] Cleaning stick included. Protip: Use FLVTO to rip the song from the video and play it every time you use your CocoDrill. CocoDrill Young Coconut Opening Punch Tap Tool on Amazon for $9 (V...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Pussy Riot solidarity protests: Topless lady with chainsaw cuts down massive crucifix in Kiev
. More photos here, some NSFW. (Via Steven Leckart.)  Free Pussy Riot [Jasmina Tesanovic] Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years in a penal colony, release new ... Pussy Riot's closing statement...
03:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Video interview with Doug Fine, author of Too High to Fail, book about cannabis industry
Here's an interview with Doug Fine, author of Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution. "How can you have 56 percent of Americans in support of fully ending the drug war, and z...
03:03 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing For Mr. Akin, from a woman who conceived her child through rape
Writes Maureen Herman, at "A is For..." blog—"Rep. Akin, Id like you to meet my daughter. Id like to show you how dead wrong you are when you say that women rarely get pregnant from rape. Im wri...
02:46 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Todd Akin apologizes for "legitimate rape" remark
From The Onion: You see, what I said was, If its a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But what I meant to say was, I am a worthless, moronic sack of shit a...
02:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Complaint about a pocket watch photograph
The readers of Popular Science in 1950 rightfully demanded accuracy for their 25-cents. After all, a quarter was worth $2.26 in today's money (using The Inflation Calculator). Yesterday, I posted a re...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Best Buy a bad buy for investors
Best Buy made just $12m in profit on revenues of $10.6bn in the last quarter, falling from $150m over the same period from last year. With stock and sales alike slumping, the firm suspended its profit...
01:30 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Kool DJ Red Alert, Jazzy Jay, and the Zulu Nation
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
01:05 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Update: NBC wins Michael J. Fox's sitcom -- and orders a full series
Last week, we heard about Michael J. Fox's new sitcom project, how happy this will make everyone, and how badly all the major networks wanted their hands on it. Well, NBC has won this bidding war, and...
01:01 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing 3 Facts about bears and lady business
Good news for ladies who like the woods—your period is (probably) not something that attracts (most) bears. There are not a lot of studies addressing this particular topic, but a National Park S...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Makie dolls limited batch two for sale
Makies, the 3D printed toy startup my wife quit her job to co-found last year, has opened its doors for a second batch of limited edition sales. The company is still working out its logistics and doll...
12:52 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing The best arguments for a Disney park in Toronto are a little bit depressing
Over at The Disney Blog, Mike Bastoli has put together a few talking points proposing a potential new Disney park in Toronto. As a New Yorker, I, for one, would visit such a park at least once a month...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing If you like watching actors giggle in silly costumes, then I've got an Avengers blooper reel for you
It's not common for Marvel to feature blooper reels as part of their DVD/Blu-ray special features because obviously, fictional superheroes and the people who play them are supposed to be perfect. Howe...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Diamond Rings- "Im Just Me (free MP3)
Sound it Out # 34: Diamond Rings- "Im Just Me (MP3)When I was a naive and confused tween, I yearned to lose my virginity to Boy George. I later learned that a few of my male friends shared this same f...
12:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Going medieval on the female reproductive system
Speaking of Todd Akin, Cory posted yesterday about the history of the bogus idea that women who were raped (excuse me, "legitimately" raped) can't get pregnant from it, citing a medical/legal text fro...
12:18 pm PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Science, rape, and pregnancy
Kate Clancy is one of my favorite bloggers. An anthropology professor at the University of Illinois, she studies the evolution of female reproductive anatomy. Her blog covers science I don't see anywh...
10:54 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Shots of Nikon's Android camera surface
Nikon Rumors has pictures of Nikon's forthcoming Android camera, the S800. Resembling a standard compact digicam from the front—with a 25-250mm-equivalent lens—the rear's full-size touchsc...
10:43 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing NYPD Muslim surveillance generated no leads
In six years of secret surveillance of Muslims, the New York Police Department turned up zero leads. [AP]...
10:22 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing TV producer tweets confrontation with angry airline passenger
TV Producer Cassian Elwes helped calm a violent passenger yesterday, whose behavior forced an LA-bound plane to divert and land in Denver. "We all love the ones we hate", the man left on a note for El...
10:11 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Password cracking goes into hyperdrive
Dan Goodin's Ars piece on the state of password security is a must-read overview of the way that the password cracking landscape has changed in surprising ways. It's not just that computers have gotte...
09:58 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Nook reader heads to UK
Barnes & Noble's Nook reader is to finally be made available to Britain's "discerning and highly educated consumers". [Julie Bosman at the NYT]...
09:54 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Your passwords probably suck
"The average Web user maintains 25 separate accounts but uses just 6.5 passwords to protect them", writes Dan Goodin—and they're becoming unexpectedly easy to crack, thanks to ever-increasing pr...
09:44 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Good samaritans restrain victim instead of thief
Two hapless heroes helped a thief escape with $400 worth of jewelry: The victim said he tried to prevent his assailant from leaving the area, engaging her in a physical struggle, when the passing moto...
09:37 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing Facebook shares slump
Somini Sengupta at The New York Times: "The challenge for Facebook, which is worth just over half of what it was three months ago, is to convince Wall Street that it has a real plan for making money."...
06:41 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing BICYCLE: 2m long, detailed, grotesque bike-ride through London
A new bit of wonderfulness from the good folks at Nobrow press: Bicycle, a concertina-folded, 195cm, two-sided grotesque and highly detailed bicycle ride through London by artist Ugo Gattoni. Inspired...
02:10 am PDT - Tue, August 21, 2012
BoingBoing How to turn a PR nightmare into a dream
Ever since the Keystone XL Pipeline (originally slated to transport Tar Sand bitumen from Alberta to Nebraska) was stalled, the attention on finding a new delivery route for this tar sand oil has focu...
11:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing The secret history of shipping pallets
Tom Vanderbilt's "The Single Most Important Object in the Global Economy," in Slate is an absolutely fascinating look at the role that pallets play in the modern world, starting with their origin in t...
10:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Space Mountain construction advertorial
The Vintage Ads LJ group is having a theme-park ad theme-week, and as you might expect, this pleases me greatly. It's no surprise that the redoubtable Man Writing Slash has come through with some of t...
09:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Little Free Library #2646 is open for business
Back in May, I postedabout a nearbyLittle Free LibraryI happened upon, and promised to open my own. Well, we did it yesterday. Little Free Library #2646 was built by my good friend Wesley Smith with m...
09:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Complaint about a carved fish
This photo of a fish sculpture is from the October 1949 issue of Popular Science. It was carved from cherry wood by Clark Battle Fitz-Gerald. The January 1950 issue ran a letter of complaint from Al G...
08:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Fest this Saturday, August 25
It's time for the Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival! This Saturday, August 25, The York Emporium Bookstore and the city of York PA will host the Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival This event ...
08:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing MakerPlane open source hardware airplanes
John sez, "MakerPlane is an open source aviation organization which will enable people to build and fly their own safe, high quality, reasonable cost plane using advanced personal manufacturing equipm...
07:07 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 065: Super Tight
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...
07:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO be the number one SF writer in Russia
Practically everyone at the SF Assembly in St Petersburg, Russia was clutching a copy of this humorous board-game from Silvercon.su, which is a kind of Candyland-style game lampooning the dreams of "h...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Lux Interior on SpongeBob Squarepants
Mark and I were just discussing our admiration of Lux Interior and The Cramps. Neither of us realized that Lux was on a 2002 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, singing as the lead singer of the Bird Br...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Cthulhu balloon
Redditor Frostbite795 asked a Bar Mitzvah balloon twister for a Cthulhu, and the twister delivered. Asked for a Cthulhu. Balloon guy at bar mitzvah delivers. (imgur.com)...
05:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Researchers: Friday best weekday
According to science, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are equally as loathsome as Mondays. [BBC]...
05:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Syrian insurgency front lines
The complex zones of control in Arab Spring uprisings can be baffling. Here's the BBC's new map of Syria's myriad front lines (compare to religious demography), which makes everything perfectly clear....
05:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing RIP comedian Phyllis Diller
She was 95. "You can say the nastiest things about yourself without offending anyone."...
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Pastor claims holy black currant drink will cure cancer, HIV, diabetes
The Manchester Evening News's Richard Wheatstone has done a good investigative series on the Victorious Pentecostal Assembly Manchester, which hard-sells a "holy" cure-all (made from black currant dri...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Running mate Ryan handsome young suction gold
Machine-translating the official Chinese translation of the New York Times back into English results in curious delights....
05:04 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Free Pussy Riot [Jasmina Tesanovic]
I used to say, "This will not be my war anyway" to my daughter, to my young colleagues, and friends feminists or not: to girls. We fought in the seventies eighties nineties for freedom of choice, for ...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-suicide nasal spray
The US Army is funding the development of a hormone nasal spray that they hope may ease depression and lift suicidal thoughts. Indiana University medical researcher Dr. Michael Kubek co-discovered a h...
04:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Your daily Twitter enema
Benjamin Jackson recommends daily efforts to kill the 'bots following you on Twitter, for the greater good: "consistently reporting real spammers does work. If you're older than 35 and it helps, you c...
04:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Headphone reviews
Joe Brown offers a deconstruction of every positive headphone review ever. It's danceable! [Gizmodo]...
04:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Cul de Sac Cartoonist Racks His Pen
We told the story of Richard Thompson, the cartoonist behind the fey and subversive comic strip "Cul de Sac," back in April, describing his battle with Parkinson's, and his plans to keep producing the...
03:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Women in atheism: a tour through history
Here's an hour-long lecture and Q&A with Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The lecture recounts the long, honorable history of women in atheism, and ex...
01:58 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Cthulhu idol, one day only
Jason sez, "Available for one day only, The Arkham Cthulhu Idol is Cryptocurium's way of celebrating the birthday of the Earl of Eldritch himself, H.P. Lovecraft. A smaller recreation of the infamous ...
01:39 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Clanky the Chocolate Spaceman
[Video Link] Possibly the best robot-shaped chocolate syrup squeeze bottle ever designed. (Via Filled with Chocolate Pudding)...
01:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Deleted scene from The Avengers gives us a glimpse of Banner's existential crisis
Remember in The Avengers after the Hulk fell to the Earth, came to as Bruce Banner in a warehouse, then suddenly showed up on a moped? Entertainment Weekly's Inside Movies has a new deleted scene that...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing How to talk about technology in education without losing your mind to fear
Dangerously Irrelevant's "26 Internet safety talking points" is just about the best essay I've read on creating a sane, evidence-led, pro-education, anti-fear Internet safety policy for a school. Give...
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Timelapse movie of building a shed
Building the Shed from RH on Vimeo. Ryan Haskell says: I'm trying to install the maker ethos in my kids. When the need came up for a garden shed, rather than buy a pre-built big-box store job or have ...
12:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Hunter Thompson, Kafka, and a commercial for Goodbooks International
Antfood, Buck, and String Theory created this fantastic faux-Hunter Thompson tribute to Kafka disguised as a commercial for Goodbooks International that donates all of its retail profit to Oxfam. (Tha...
12:22 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Here is your Monday morning dose of Bill Murray
It's not his birthday, but does it even have to be for us to celebrate the existence of Bill Murray? Eclectic Method has put together this short and sweet supercut of Murray moments. Clocking in at ju...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Daredevils and circus acts on Wheaties boxes
The first woman on a Wheaties box was the pilot above left. No, it's not Amelia Earhart but rather Elinor Smith who in 1930 set the solo endurance record for a 13 hour (and later 26 hour) flight. Prev...
11:45 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Man survives metal rod piercing his head
Eduardo Leite is recovering after a six-foot steel rod fell 5 stories at a Rio de Janeiro construction site and went right through his head. According to the Miguel Couto hospital chief of staff, Leit...
11:37 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Stately and elegant steampunk bathroom
San Francisco architect Andre Rothblatt and contractor Fredic Grasset recently completed this "Steampunk Bathroom" as part of a residential remodel. Beautiful! More at Todd Lappin's Bernalwood: "Berna...
10:55 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing RPG miniatures Kickstarter hits $1M
Matt writes in with news of the Reaper Miniatures Bones Kickstarter, which has hit an eyepopping $1M with five days to spare. Reaper makes paintable RPG miniatures and paints, and they're rather good ...
10:08 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Whence springs Todd Akin's belief in magic, rape-proof vaginas?
Justine Larbalestier provides some context for Republican MO senate nominee Todd Akin statement that, "from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If its a legitimate rap...
09:53 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Little House on the Prairie, serial killers, and the nature of memoir
Over the weekend, I read a couple of the posts blogger Ana Mardoll has been writing in which she deconstructs some of the weirder/more objectionable elements of the Little House books. That sent me lo...
09:14 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing How the refrigerator got its hum
Technology solves problems. But there's usually more than one way to solve a problem. Cars don't have to run on internal combustion — and they don't have to look like smoothly curved pods. (In f...
09:01 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Great Moments in Pedantry: Librarian critiques Twilight Sparkle's professional practice
At Neatorama, librarian John Farrier helpfully points out some places where fictional pony librarian Twilight Sparkle could stand to improve her professional practice. It is simultaneously a dedicated...
08:54 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Solving the Zynga problem
Even with internal dicta such as Steal someone elses game. Change its name", Zynga will be a slippery target in court. At The Kernel, George Osborn sees Electronic Art's copyright lawsuit as a red her...
08:30 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Valedictorian denied diploma after "hell" quote in speech
A brilliant student, Kaitlin Nootbaar, was denied her High School diploma for using the word "hell" in her Valedictorian speech, according to Oklahoma City's KFOR. A school administrator at the High S...
08:01 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Rep. Todd Akin: bodies of "legitimate" rape victims can prevent pregnancy
Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin claimed this weekend that women who are victims of "legitimate" rape can avoid pregnancy because the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. For o...
07:33 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-open source propaganda in Disney kids' TV show
A funny moment from Disney kids' sitcom Shake it up: Nerd: Did you use open-source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it? Stupid: Maybe? Nerd: Rookie mistake. Disney sitcom says open sourc...
07:13 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Tony Scott, 1944-2012
Tony Scott, director of movies such as Top Gun, Unstoppable, and True Romance, is dead at 68. [Newsday]...
07:07 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing SparkTruck: Taking Making on the Road
Meet SparkTruck, an educational build-mobile for the twenty-first century. Dreamed up by a group of Stanford d.school students and funded through Kickstarter, SparkTruck is a mobile maker space curren...
06:56 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing 50 shades of randomly generated smut
The Fifty Shades Generator is described as "a breakthrough in erotic fiction", producing passages of terrifying randomly-generated porn. The results—more a sampling of bizarre British sexual eup...
12:01 am PDT - Mon, August 20, 2012
BoingBoing Custom zombie portraits
Rob Sacchetto, I'm a zombie artist. I'm an illustrator and I have now likely illustrated more zombies than anyone else on earth. My ZombieDaily.com project, which has been running for over 1200 consec...
09:49 pm PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing In post-Soviet Russia, Siberian banana just looks at you
I'm presently at the SF Assembly in St Petersburg, Russia, where I'm one of the writer guests. Last night I was helping prepare for the sashlik barbecue, slicing up cucumbers, when a con-goer looked o...
07:27 pm PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Man forced to work in jail laundry while awaiting trial sues for "slavery"
In 2008, Finbar McGarry, a grad student at the University of Vermont, was arrested on gun charges. While he was awaiting trial, his jailers ordered him to work for $0.25 in the jail laundry or be cond...
04:50 pm PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Adversarial mind-reading with compromised brain-computer interfaces
"On the Feasibility of Side-Channel Attacks with Brain-Computer Interfaces," a paper presented by UC Berkeley and U Geneva researchers at this summer's Usenix Security, explored the possibility of adv...
02:11 pm PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Executive Inn in Belleville, IL: not a nice place to stay, evidently
The Belleville, IL Executive Inn sounds like one of the worst hotels in the world, judging from the TripAdvisor reviews. Incredibly, it's rated 8/10 for the city, which means that there are two worse ...
01:18 pm PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Air France pilot begs first class passengers for cash to refuel in Damascus
An Air France jet was diverted to Damascus due to "tensions" at its destination airport in Beirut. They couldn't take off again without refueling, and the Syrian authorities weren't about to extend cr...
10:14 am PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Beautiful blown glass retro rocketships
Artist Rik Allen makes beautiful blown-glass and metal sculptures of retro rocketships, with so much personality and detail. And tiny chairs. Every one of these evinces a ZOMG WANT reaction from me. B...
08:13 am PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing European Directories sends legal threat to guy who wants to make it easy to stop receiving phone books
Branko sez, Everybody in the Netherlands still receives the paper phone guide once every year, whether they want to or not, even though in these days of Google and the Internet it is nothing but a veh...
07:22 am PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Boots keeps selling quack remedies intended for babies, even after they are banned from US import over fears of broken glass
Boots, which styles itself a "pharmacy-led Health & Beauty retailer" has caught a lot of flack for selling homeopathic "remedies" that contain no active ingredients. One report actually found a B...
06:24 am PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Man in a coma is "fit for work," loses disability benefits
A post in a thread on rightsnet.co.uk claims that ATOS (a French private company that administers disability benefits assessments for the UK Department of Work and Pensions) has declared a man in a co...
02:04 am PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Extreme space age hairdos of yesteryear
Presumably this old Pathe reel showing women getting huge armatures with planetoids on them inserted into their hair by men wielding combs with sparklers on them and strange electric shock devices is ...
12:40 am PDT - Sun, August 19, 2012
BoingBoing Song of Mitt's Self
[Video Link] "The real Mitt Romney stands up and reflects on who he is, what he believes and why he is running for office."...
01:49 am PDT - Sat, August 18, 2012
BoingBoing Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years in a penal colony, release new anti-Putin single
Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk trio who've been on trial for singing an anti-Putin song in an Orthodox cathedral, have been sentenced to two years' hard labor in a penal colony. The band releas...
12:02 am PDT - Sat, August 18, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO eat a watermelon
Mr Tom Willett, a man of many years and great experience, gives us the benefit of his long experimentation and refinement in watermelon-eating techniques. There are some surprises here, but he had me ...
09:53 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Tales from Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? essay and exclusive excerpt
Destination: Development Hell David Hughes, longtime Empire contributor and author of the new book Tales from Development Hell, reveals the secrets of the darkest place in Hollywood These days, Hollyw...
07:41 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing 100 years of gay shame
The highest court in Moscow has upheld a 100 year ban on gay pride parades....
06:57 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Shirts for copyfighters
A pair of most excellent copyfighter tees are now available from Techdirt's store. They've revived their classic DMCA notice/YouTube shirt, and added a fab "THIS T-SHIRT HAS BEEN SEIZED" ICE tee that ...
05:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Cheap-looking bug-bite zapper actually works
Gizmodo's Brent Rose reviews the TheraPik, a $13, ugly, plasticky bug-bite zapper that actually works really well. It heats up your mosquito (and other critter) bites until the venom's proteins break ...
04:26 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Five animated mashups we might desperately need
Marvel superheroes are going on summer vacation with Phineas and Ferb, and Archer is going to Bob's Burgers. When you consider what it would mean stylistically and comedically, cartoon mashups can be ...
04:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Visit the Tesla Museum, today!
Not that there can't be more than one museum for something, but it's worth noting that there already is a Nikola Tesla Museum. It houses more than 100,000 of his original documents, plans, and drawing...
03:51 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Science summer-camp for girls
Get WISE is a sold-out science camp for girls running in Halifax, NC, on the campus of Mount St. Vincent University. It's part of the Women In Science Education Atlantic initiative, and combines kinet...
03:37 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Ka-Be-Nah-Gwey-Wence at 129 years old
This photo of John Smith (Ka-Be-Nah-Gwey-Wence), a Chippewa Indian from Cass Lake, Minnesota, was taken when he was supposedly at 129 years old. Sold on eBay for $29.95. Ka-Be-Nah-Gwey-Wence at 129 ye...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Ambrotype photo on iPhone back glass
Jake Potts made an ambrotype photo, using a wet plate collodion process, on the back glass of his iPhone. Fantastic. From Potts's blog: A few weeks ago, my inner tech geek and camera nerd merged and a...
02:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Rare is relative
Rare genetic mutations turn out to not be quite as rare as we previously thought....
02:24 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Penny-sized thrusters for microsatellites
MIT researchers used micro-manufacturing technologies to build ion thrusters smaller than a penny that could propel CubeSats in space. Smaller than a milk carton, CubSats are relatively inexpensive an...
02:08 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Moelcular Synth: snap-together electronic music instrument "bricks"
My 6-year-old and I love playing with our Stylophone, half-broken Casio keyboards, cheap-o effects pedals, and other tools for creating weird music. My young'n also goes deep into beginner DIY electro...
01:53 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic
Thanks to our sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other fine products. Right now, the shop is featuring a surreal series of animal "Corporat...
01:45 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing University of Georgia wants student newspaper to stop catching people doing bad things
Top editors and much of the staff at the University of Georgia's student newspaper have resigned en-masse following managerial changes, and proposed content guidelines, that undermined editorial indep...
01:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Major American firms pay more in CEO compensation than they do in fed tax
26 major American companies paid more to their CEOs than they paid in taxes in 2011, including Citigroup, Abbott Labs, and AT&T. This from a study published by the Institute for Policy Studies en...
01:37 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Cryptozoological embroidery patterns by Ape Lad: $5
A bigfoot embroidery pattern from our friends at Sublime Stitching? By Ape Lad no less? I imagine Pescovitz is on his way to the craft store to buy a hoop, needles and floss. Other creatures in the pa...
01:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Negativland art show in Los Angeles
Seminal culture jammers and master appropriationists Negativland have an art show hanging September 7 - 30 at Los Angeles's La Luz de Jesus Gallery. "Our Favorite Things" is a retrospective of their v...
01:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing RIAA budget shrinks nearly 50% over two years
TorrentFreak has had a look at the RIAA's IRS filing for the year ending March 31, 2011, and has discovered that the organization has faced major contraction. Over two years, the organization's budget...
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Childplay: SF novel about life with virtual children, free this weekend in Kindle edition
Matthew Mather says: As the world moves online, why not virtual children too? Childplay is the second novella in my #1 best-selling Atopia Chronicles collection. It explores what life would be like ra...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for Compliance, a movie that explores obedience to authority
Compliance is a psychological thriller based on a true event in which a sociopath pretending to be a cop called a fast food joint and convinced the manager to do horrific things to a young employee. I...
12:43 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing NYC conference for sofware artists seeks Kickstarting
Isabel sez, We've created a conference that brings together some of the most cutting edge artists and curators working in new media and software art today...now we just need people to buy the conferen...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing More about how the Sahara creates the Amazon
On Monday, I posted about an incredibly fascinating study linking the minerals that fertilize the Amazon rainforest to a specific corner of the Sahara desert in the country of Chad. That lake of sand&...
11:09 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Man in rural China loses arms in industrial accident, makes his own prostheses
Sun Jifa, from Jilin province, China, made his own homebrew prosthetic arms after losing his own in a "fishing related explosion." The hospital that treated him after the accident recommended a set of...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Batman Earth One: rebooting the bat
Batman: Earth One is a reboot of the Batman story written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank. It's a timely book, coinciding with the conclusion of the trilogy of Christopher Nolan Batman fi...
09:22 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Cow Week: Angry cows vs. angry mothers
Editorial note Cow Week is a tongue-in-cheek look at risk analysis and why we fear the things we fear. It is inspired by the Discovery Channel's Shark Week, the popularity of which is largely driven ...
04:52 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Amazon recruits 5000 UK cornershops to act as delivery depots
Amazon UK has recruited 5,000 cornershops to act as pickup depots for people who order goods online. The Amazon shipments will be delivered to convenient shops with late opening hours for customer pic...
02:11 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing LBJ liked to piss on his bodyguards
LBJ was not only the president, he was also a prodigious urinator, who pleased himself by pissing on his Secret Service detail while shielded from public view, according to Mental Floss's Jenny Drapki...
01:51 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Why do NASA engineers like peanuts?
As Curiosity was landing safely on Mars, many of you noted that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers orchestrating the whole thing were eating an awful lot of peanuts. In fact, each workstation boa...
01:25 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Retired NASA flight director blogs about the aftermath of Columbia disaster
On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up in the sky over Texas, bits and pieces falling onto at least two states. All seven astronauts on board died. As we close in on the 10-year anni...
12:25 am PDT - Fri, August 17, 2012
BoingBoing Kalashnikov sales to America boom
Izhevsk, the town in Russia where the Kalashnikov rifle is made, is booming. The town is exporting Kalashnikovs by the boatload to the USA, where gun collectors are snapping them up. It's likely the c...
10:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Mars CuriosityLFMAO parody video: "We're NASA and We Know It"
[Video Link]. This parody music video debuted this week on a new YouTube channel called Satire, and mashes up LMFAO's hit Sexy and I Know It with the NASA Curiosity mission and abundant JPL-love. "It ...
10:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing K-LOL: new "internet local news" web show features "Cute Animals & Exploited Hipster Girls" (video)
I K-LOL'd. This new web show, featuring the delightful Jordan Morris of Max Fun fame, is to the internet what Portlandia is to Portland. [Video Link]...
10:19 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Raising money to build a Tesla museum
The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman -- who raised a small fortune for charity from readers who were offended by a groundless legal threat penned by Charles Carreon at the behest of the website Funnyjunk -- ha...
10:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Cat Dance (video)
In the 1970s, someone thought this was a good idea. [Video Link] (Thanks, Tara McGinley)...
10:04 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Cool ceramic jewelry for scientists, skeptics, and fossil lovers
A friend pointed me today toward the awesome work of Surly Amy (aka Amy Davis Roth), who makes really neat ceramic jewelry with science/skeptic themes. Some of her pieces are really simple and not sup...
09:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Set theory, Christians, and parody
Last week, I wrote a piece for BoingBoing about fundamentalist Christian objections to the mathematical idea of set theory. Those objections are, apparently, real—sourced to math textbooks produ...
08:30 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing No more spells, hexes, or prayers on eBay
eBay is banning the sale of spells, hexes, healings, blessings, prayers, and other similar supernaturalia. From CNN: Beginning in September, the site is banning the sale of "advice, spells, curses, he...
06:54 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing The Mind Thing, by Fredric Brown: excellent pulp-era science fiction
When I was in junior high school, I joined the Science Fiction Book Club. One of the books I got from the club was an anthology that included several stories by Fredric Brown (who was primarily a myst...
06:53 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Demonic flat tires
Ever wonder where flat tires come from? Demons. It's demons. The Puncture Fiend-- Foiled! (Atlas Tyres, 1900s)...
05:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Pocket Dungeons: a 3D printable dungeon crawl game
If you've got access to a 3D printer, you can download and print a "Pocket Dungeons" set, created by Thingiverse user dutchmogul, who calls it "a modular, competitive dungeon-crawl for two to six play...
05:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing "Have a Nice Trip" an anti-drug song by Merv Griffin (1968)
[Video Link] Excellent use of 1960s pop culture images in this video accompaniment to Merv Griffin's masterpiece, "Have a Nice Trip." (Via Laughing Squid)...
04:59 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Errol Morris film about sports-themed funerals
Errol Morris made this short film about unique funerals of hardcore sports fans. (via Next Draft)...
04:46 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Guy sets up his own sting operation to get his stolen bike back
[Video Link] The alleged thief's defense: "I bought this bike from Craigslist. I knew it was stolen, yes. It's not illegal to by stolen stuff. I LOOKED IT UP, DUDE." Guy finds stolen bike on Craigslis...
04:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Smoke Signals: interview with Martin Lee, author of new book on the social history of marijuana
At Dangerous Minds today, something you really must read: Michael Backes, head of R&D of medical marijuana concern Abatin, interviews Martin Lee, author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Mari...
03:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Shooter at conservative group's HQ was armed with backpack full of ammo, Chick-fil-A sandwiches
The Associated Press reports that a Virginia man has been charged in federal court in the shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters. "Authorities found a box of ammuniti...
03:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing DRM-Free logo: like "certified organic" for DRM-free media
Defective by Design -- the Free Software Foundation's campaign against DRM -- has cooked up a new badge for technology, media and devices that are provided without DRM, a kind of "certified organic" l...
03:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Mars Curiosity rover's landing: A video by one of her 3,000+ creators at NASA JPL
What a beautiful video by Mark Rober, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory: "I was able to work on NASA JPL's Curiosity Mars Rover for 7 years. This video is an attempt to capture what it felt like to ...
03:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing NASA executes 350-Million-Mile interplanetary software patch on Mars space robot. What'd you do today?
This week the team at NASAs Mars Science Laboratory finished "what amounted to a complete overhaul of the Curiosity Rovers software," from 350 million miles away on another planet. Ben Cichy, Curiosit...
03:18 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing House Industries' foldable storage boxes
I like everything that House Industries makes. They started off in the early 1990s as a font design shop, and I have been following them closely ever since. They just announced a line of attractive fo...
03:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing UKEcuador Assange asylum standoff continues
Photo: the scene outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London at this hour, via @wiseupforBM. The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has accepted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's bid for asylum. Wheth...
02:51 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Uno Moralez' wonderfully creepy cartoons
Sean T. Collins of The Comics Journal interviewed Uno Moralez, a 44-year-old cartoonist from Bashkortostan. His black-and-white work has an old-timey Macpaint look. Check out his creepy loops. Collins...
02:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Planning for a gay old time at GaymerCon
Planned for next year in San Francisco, GaymerCon is meant to be "the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) geek culture. The idea was born of the...
02:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing GaymerCon for LGBT gamers
Planned for next year in San Francisco, GaymerCon is meant to be "the first gaming and tech convention with a focus on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) geek culture. The idea was born of the...
02:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Kit Kat Cake
This Kit Kat and M&M cake is very appealing. RecipeGirl has the recipe. It's a traditional layer cake inside. I'd prefer if the guts were Twinkies. (via Neatorama)...
02:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing The preview for Robot Chicken's DC Comics special is the most stop-motion fun you'll have today!
Last year at New York Comic Con, the creators of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken teased their upcoming DC Comics special, which is finally arriving on Sunday, September 9 at midnight. They showed a bunch o...
02:10 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Man suffocated to death in DIY gadget-control helmet
A 34-year-old New Zealand man suffocated in a "a home-made helmet, which he was attempting to use to control devices in his home," according to Stuff.co.nz. I'm sure there is, well, more to the story....
02:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Einstein's slippers
And now here's a picture of Albert Einstein wearing fuzzy slippers. Clearly the inspiration for the Val Kilmer slippers in Real Genius. EINSTEIN AT HOME (via How to Be a Retronaut) (Photo: Einstein si...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing The Coming Civil War Over General Purpose Computers
Last month, I gave a talk called "The Coming Civil War Over General Purpose Computing" at DEFCON, the Long Now, and Google. We're going to have a transcript with the slides on Monday, but in the meant...
12:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Today in "Stop it, that's impossibly wonderful": John Slattery will be in Arrested Development
This is going to happen in the year 2013: when Arrested Development comes to Netflix, it will feature an arc for a new character being played by Mad Men's John Slattery. TV Line asked a rep from the s...
12:46 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing The 5-cent popularity cure
Can you count how many ways this Life Savers ad is creepy? (Via X-Ray Delta One)...
12:46 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing The 5-cent cure for unpopularity
Can you count how many ways this Life Savers ad is creepy? (Via X-Ray Delta One)...
12:43 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Last Dandy comic to roll off press
The Dandy, Britain's long-running childrens' comic, is to end after 75 years. Publisher DC Thomson promises that plans are afoot for its popular characters; sister comic The Beano will remain in print...
12:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Michael J. Fox is ready to come back to TV, developing a semi-autobiographical sitcom
If there is anyone whose career should just never ever end, it's probably Michael J. Fox. So it's really great news that he's ready to come back to television full-time! Working with Sony Pictures Tel...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO send vulture debt collectors packing
"Defending Junk-Debt-Buyer Lawsuits" is a paper written by Peter A. Holland of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and published in the May 1 issue of Clearinghouse Review. It'...
10:52 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Many thanks to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. The third annual Barcelona 666 Hotter Than Hell Summer Sale is on at Watchismo! For a limited ...
10:01 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Cow week: Welsh cattle hate dog walkers
Editorial note Cow Week is a tongue-in-cheek look at risk analysis and why we fear the things we fear. It is inspired by the Discovery Channel's Shark Week, the popularity of which is largely driven ...
09:36 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing English seaside town with no chain shops fights off Costa Coffee incursion
The Guardian's John Harris looks at the battle taking place in the Devon town of Totnes, a kind of counterculture/hippie haven on the "English Riviera," where residents are furious at the plan to open...
09:36 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing English seaside town with no chain coffee shops fights off Costa Coffee incursion
The Guardian's John Harris looks at the battle taking place in the Devon town of Totnes, a kind of counterculture/hippie haven on the "English Riviera," where residents are furious at the plan to open...
08:16 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing Channel Sk1n: Jeff Noon's first novel in 10 years
Alex sez, Seminal science fiction author Jeff Noon has a new book coming out called Channel Sk1n. This is Jeff's first novel in 10 years, and what makes it even more exciting is the fact that Jeff has...
06:39 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing How Hollywood-funded corporate vigilantes in the UK shut down SURF THE CHANNEL and sent its owner to jail
Anton Vickerman is a British entrepreneur who operated a search-engine called "Surf the Channel," indexed links to online video content. After an estranged former business-partner filed a complaint, h...
12:26 am PDT - Thu, August 16, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO bake a cake inside the skin of an orange
Here's a cute idea from CHOW and Chris Rochelle for baking chocolate cakes in campfire coals, using scooped-out orange peels as molds: Cut the tops off about 10 oranges and scoop out the pulp. Fill th...
10:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Folding electric car inches toward the market
Some concrete dates and prices for the Hiroko Fold, a folding electric car that can park in teeny places and turn with "zero radius." The following is from PSFK's Yi Chen: Researchers from MITs Changi...
09:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Ecuador claims UK threatens to barge in to embassy and grab Assange
UK Police are definitely inside the ecuadorean embassy #wikileaks #assange— odotm (@odotm) August 16, 2012 The UK governments threat to storm the Ecuadorian embassy to arrest Assange is an assul...
09:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection, by David F. Dufty
How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick's Robotic Resurrection, by David F. Dufty is about the creation of the Philip K. Dick android head, and how it vanished. Two people are chiefl...
09:14 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Public school encourages students to "practice punishment" during math homework
It's no carrots, all sticks at Tom Heck's son's middle school. Click the thumbnail to see the entire page....
08:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going? The Ancestral Health Symposium 2012
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." —Marcus Garvey (Lindsay with Paleo Solution author Robb Wolf at AHS11) I'll start with a ...
07:44 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarting a fun card-battling game
Darren sez, "Obsidian Abnormal is the creator of Commissioned, a madcap webcomic with zombies, gnomes, ninjas, cats and nerds. So Obsidian and I made a card game that pits them against each other - 3v...
06:48 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Bike helmet with signal lights controlled by head tilting
Last night I went to Crash Space, a hackerspace in Los Angeles, to see the cool things that its members have been working on. One of my favorite projects was Naim Busek's "Bike Luminance," a signal li...
06:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing The NFL kindly reminds everyone that some women actually really love football
Condoleezza Rice and I have very few things in common, but here is one thing we can probably break bread over without too much shouting: NFL football. Good gravy, do we both love football. (And from t...
05:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Michael Sporn Animation's video for "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid (1983)
In 1983, Michael Sporn Animation Studios produced this terrific video for Liquid Liquid's "Cavern," released by seminal downtown NYC music label (and shop!) 99 Records. Of course, the "Cavern" basslin...
05:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Judge throws out FBI wiretapping case in interest of protecting state secrets
U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney threw out a lawsuit against the FBI for illegally spying on Muslims in Orange County, CA. "The state secrets privilege may unfortunately mean the sacrifice of indi...
05:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Visualzing 3D printing statistics
Stephen sez, "A few months ago I became fascinated by 3D printing and have read some of your work on the subject. Then I came across some stats by The Journal of Peer Production and decided to make a ...
05:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing DIY tooth removal (video)
[Video Link] (Via Arbroath)...
05:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Micro sonic grenade for $5
From one of my favorite blogs, $5 Finds: a Micro Sonic Grenade. Want to scare the living crap out of somebody? Well nothing better than a grenade explosion sound at 110 decibles. You can set the ̶...
05:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing New video series from MAKE: "DiResta"
[Video Link] "DiResta" is a a new video series on MAKE. In each episode, artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) will let us into his worksho...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a cocktail that looks like outer space
Given a black light, some tonic, some gin or vodka, and pink lemonade concentrate, you can mix a cocktail that looks like the aurora borealis: Aurora is TCCs black light phosphorescent take on jungle-...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Unpublished Timothy Leary manuscript for auction
Timothy Leary wrote The Periodic Table of Energy while he was in Vacaville state prison in 1974. "The work explores 'correspondences among the Periodic Table of Elements, the Neurogenetic Theory of Ev...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a school computer lab for free with "broken" computers and freeopen source software
Elizabeth on ifixit tells us the heartwarming story of Robert Litt, a teacher at ASCEND, "a small arts K-8 school in the Alameda County School District." Litt needed a computer lab. His school had no ...
03:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Beth Orton - "Magpie (MP3)
Sound it Out # 33: Beth Orton- "Magpie (MP3) I cant think of anyone who makes more consistently beautiful, melancholy music than Beth Orton. Her songs are full of nuanced wisdom and the sound of her v...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Neo-Nazi MEP from Hungary discovers he is Jewish
A Hungarian neo-Nazi leader has had to retire from professional antisemitism because he discovered he was Jewish. Csanad Szegedi, who had decried "Jewishness" in Hungary's political class, and referre...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Running away to Piers Anthony's house
Recently on This American Life, a man recounts how as a lonely, miserable teenager in 1987 he escaped into the fantasy novels of Piers Anthony and then escaped, albeit briefly, into the real life of P...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Ecuador's president denies granting asylum to Wikileaks' Assange
Rumor de asilo a Assange es falso. Todava no hay ninguna decisin al respecto. Espero informe de Cancillera.— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) August 14, 2012 The Guardian reports that the Ecuadorean...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Cops in Rome bust massive underground pot farm in Mussolini-era tunnel beneath bank
Man, the Italians sure know how to live. Police in Rome this week busted a gigantic marijuana grow, situated within a Mussolini-era tunnel that goes underneath the Italian Central Bank. (HT: @psaffo)...
01:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing The first film adaptation of Frankenstein was shot in Thomas Edison's studio
Here is a vintage horror gem for your mid-week blues: Back in 1910, when he wasn't coming up with civilzation-changing inventions, Thomas Edison lent his studio in the Bronx out to filmmakers. While t...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Staggering Beauty fun JavaScript demo
"Staggering Beauty" is a fun JavaScript demo by George Michael Brower. Play with it for a while. "Those at risk of epileptic seizures should choose a different website." Staggering Beauty (via Chrome ...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Political cartoons from La Caricature (1830-1835)
Yes, it looks like art you'd see hanging in La Luz De Jesus Gallery, but it's actually an 1831 political cartoon by Eugne-Hippolyte Forest. It's one of many pieces featured in a new art show titled "W...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Raiders of the Lost Ark coming to IMax
Raiders of the Lost Ark will be screened at IMax theaters for one week starting September 7. Following the big BIG screen showings, all of the Indy films will be released on Blu-Ray as Indiana Jones: ...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: What Strange and Disorienting Alternative Universe Has Louis Entered?
Tom the Dancing Bug by @RubenBolling is supported by readers like YOU. Seriously, its a very homogeneous group. Join the team by going to the INNER HIVE -- its easy, fun, and you get content, jokes, a...
12:48 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing On quack cancer cures, and "alternative medicine" as religion
I loved Science Blogs contributor Orac before I was diagnosed with cancer. I love him a whole lot more now. Well-meaning friends have suggested I try coffee enemas and oxygen therapy to cure my breast...
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing XKCD with a very boingy punchline
Daww, that was nice of him: Randall Munroe's made me the punchline of another XKCD! Starwatching...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Behold: A hole thru a hole in a hole
You'll tell your grandkids about the day you saw this. (Thanks Clifford Pickover!)...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printing show in London, Oct 20-21
Rachel sez, Taking place on 20th-21st October this year, the 3D Printshow will be London's first major 3D printing trade and consumer event. We will be hosting over 70 exhibitors, ranging from major m...
12:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Scouts stone rabid beaver
Boy Scout troop leader Norman Brousseau, 51, was swimming in the Delaware River in Pennsylvania when he was attacked by a rabid beaver. After the scouts pulled Brousseau to shore, they stoned the beav...
12:12 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Gentleman steals pot from police station because "that bud smelled so good"
David Allan Thompson, 27, was arrested for ripping off a bag of marijuana seized as evidence from the Charleroi Regional police department, in Pennsylvania. Mr. Thompson had gone to the police station...
12:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Yo-yo dieting not considered harmful?
History of weight cycling does not impede future weight loss or metabolic improvements in postmenopausal women, a study from researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, published in Met...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Devo to release single commemorating Mitt Romney's roof-tied dog
Rolling Stone reports that the band DEVO "are set to release a track later this month entitled "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Remember Seamus)." It is inspired by Mitt Romney's notorious road trip from Ma...
10:56 am PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing RIP, Harry Harrison
RIP, Harry Harrison, author of Make Room, Make Room (which was the basis for the movie Soylent Green) and the absolutely hilarious and indispensable Stainless Steel Rat books. I only met Harry once, w...
10:06 am PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books
Mary Blair is best know as a Disney illustrator, whose modernist, stylized illustrations formed the basis for the It's a Small World ride and facade, as well as several of the best-loved murals in the...
09:42 am PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing The leaning houses of Dawson City
This photo, taken by Kulvir Gil, shows a pair of houses in Dawson City, Yukon Territories, Canada. Dawson City exists in a subarctic climate, the sort of place with a lot of permafrost—soil that...
09:10 am PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Cow Week: Bull gores man, follows him until certain he is dead
Editorial note — Cow Week is a tongue-in-cheek look at risk analysis and why we fear the things we fear. It is inspired by the Discovery Channel's Shark Week, the popularity of which is largely ...
03:40 am PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Matt Fisher: Progressive Insurance is lying, they did too defend my sister's killer
Yesterday, Mark posted Progressive Insurance's denial that it had represented the driver who killed one of its policy holders, in an effort to getting out of paying a claim. Now, Matt Fisher, the brot...
12:20 am PDT - Wed, August 15, 2012
BoingBoing Turning living plants into multitouch interfaces
"Botanicus Interacticus" is a Disney research project that uses an electrode in the soil of a plant to turn the entire plant into a multitouch interface that can be used to control computers and other...
10:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing 90 Days, 90 Reasons (to reelect Obama)
90 Days, 90 Reasons is a compelling Web project where each day, an interesting thinker contributes an essay on why President Obama should be reelected. First up was Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard o...
09:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing In the future, we will shout at machines (even more than we do today)
New father Charlie Brooker has caught himself shouting at the machines in his life, given the matter careful consideration, and decided that it's OK -- more than OK, really. For Brooker, the future wi...
07:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Manufacturing processes beautifully illustrated in cutaway drawings
On the Vintage Ads LJ group, the fabulous Man Writing Slash has posted a set of "industrial cut-aways" by Frank Soltesz -- these being elaborate diagrams showing the details of manufacturing processes...
07:08 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 064: Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
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...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Yo-yoing in space
Ever wonder what happens if you yo-yo in space? Wonder no more. Rather, stare in wonderment as NASA astronaut Don Pettit uses his downtime to demonstrate the amazing phenomenon of micrgravity yo on a ...
06:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Fran Kranz will star in the directorial debut of Gillian Greene-Raimi, Murder of a Cat
There is so much exciting news involved in this story that I'll just give it to you bit by bit: Sam Raimi is producing a movie called Murder of a Cat, which is about a guy who discovers that his recen...
06:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Kindle version of "World's Worst" book on sale for $1.99
I just learned that the Kindle version of my book, The World's Worst: A Guide to the Most Disgusting, Hideous, Inept, and Dangerous People, Places, and Things on Earth is on sale at Amazon for $1.99. ...
05:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Civil rights implications of Big Data
An excellent editorial by Alistair Croll on the civil rights implications of Big Data contains a number of points I hadn't considered before, as well as great analysis of the way that the Big Data sit...
04:46 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Progressive denies defending the person who killed its policyholder
Adweek has a short item about Progressive Insurance's "social media crisis" resulting from Matt Fisher's claim that the insurer defended his sister's "killer in court in an effort not to pay out the b...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing What to do if your car gets broken into and you're the MPAA
In a guest editorial on TechDirt, Harold Feld ruminates on the recent theft of his iPod from the front seat of his car, and imagines what his response to this difficulty might have been like, had he b...
03:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Mulberry's beastly photo campaign
UK fashion house Mulberry's latest campaign is a forest fairytale shot by famed British fashion photog and Vogue mainstay Tim Walker. The photos are fantastic but I hope those wild things run like hel...
03:09 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Gotye's YouTube orchestra remix of "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Gotye created the ultimate remix of his ubiquitous "Somebody That I Used to Know" track strictly from covers and parodies of the song that he found on YouTube. Gotye says he was directly inspired by K...
03:02 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Little Printer can now be pre-ordered
BERG design studio's delightful Little Printer that we first blogged about in November can now be pre-ordered! You use your phone to subscribe to content sources that the Little Printer spews out as a...
02:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Great writing advice from this year's Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy writing workshop
Sam J Miller sez, "I just graduated from the amazing Clarion Writer's Workshop, and transcribed over 300 great pieces of advice and guidance from my instructors and fellow students. I did it for the b...
02:46 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Bigfoot checks
I don't write many checks, but if I did, I'd prefer Bigfoot checks. (via Cryptomundo)...
02:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing What is climate change ruining today?
Chocolate and high school football are being affected by climate change, according to two stories published on the Scientific American website yesterday. In the case of chocolate, the cocoa its made f...
02:29 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Rise of the omics
Wall Street Journal science reporter Robert Lee Hotz posted a funny-cause-it's-true essay about the curious rise in the suffix "-ome" or "-omics," as in foldome, physiome, biome, and sociomics, pharma...
02:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Stan Lee is taking questions on Reddit right now
If you're a Marvel fan, or a non-discriminating fan of comics in general, then you might be interested to know that the Generalissimo Stan Lee is conducting an IAmA over on Reddit right now! Excelsior...
02:13 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Free NASA iPad book on space food
There are some topics that inspire an almost universal fascination—weird animal penises, for instance ... or, more SFW-ly, space food. The question, "what do people eat in space?", quickly leads...
02:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing A miracle! Adult Swim will air a Moral Orel prequel special in November
Lying is a sin, so I would never bear false witness when it comes to Moral Orel coming back to Adult Swim. Dino Stamatopoulos announced on Twitter not too long ago that his stop-motion show would retu...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Harlem World!
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printing buildings and other structures with soil and binder
Stone Spray is a promising-looking 3D printer that is intended to produce building-scale structures by combining soil with binder from a spray-nozzle. Unfortunately, all the meaty tech information is ...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing United Airlines loses a 10 year old girl
Bob Sutton writes about a horrible ordeal his friends Annie and Perry Klebahn had in late June and early July when United Airlines "lost" their 10 year-old daughter, who was traveling as an unaccompan...
01:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Military spy blimps used in Afghanistan will now patrol US-Mexico border
The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. military and border-patrol officials are teaming up on a new initiative to bring dozens of surveillance blimps from Afghanistan war zones to the Mexican b...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing How to compound bad business with bad social media: @Progressive's crummy job explaining the company's legal defense of a policy-holder's killer
Last night, Mark wrote about Matt Fisher's experience with Progressive Insurance, the insurer for his late sister, who was killed in a traffic accident. Progressive tried to deny Fisher's claim (the o...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing WTFNASA?
A website that auto-generates answers to the question, "What the fuck has NASA done to make your life awesome?" (via Rob Sheridan)...
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Steve Jobs' Palo Alto burglarized in "totally random" attack
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the Palo Alto home where deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once lived was burglarized in a "totally random" attack last night. More than $60,000 worth of "com...
12:52 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Thailand: politician accidentally kills woman with machine gun in restaurant
CNN reports that a Thai politician accidentally shot and killed his ex-wife with a submachine gun in a restaurant in northern Thailand. "Senator Boonsong's gun was accidentally fired off while he was ...
12:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing New reports of Tibetans burning themselves alive to protest Chinese opression
Multiple sources: Two (possibly three) more Tibetans self-immolated in protest of Chinese military rule in Tibet. The two confirmed cases involve men in their early twenties, monks in Tibet's Ngaba re...
12:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Will.i.am's custom DeLorean has been deStolean
My car was stolen...what the fuck...— will.i.am (@iamwill) August 14, 2012 Jalopnik reports that a bespoke automobile created for (and reportedly designed in part by) will.i.am was ripped off la...
12:22 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Dave Hill: My Friend David Rakoff
"I won't bother trying to compete with the eloquence of so much that has already been written about David and his work because the fact is, compared to the man himself, it all seems like the grunts of...
12:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Nocebo, now available without a prescription
New, from the makers of Maximum Strength Placebo, it's Nocebo, the product you will almost certainly regret." Now for the first time, Nocebo is available for sale direct to the general public! Despite...
12:08 pm PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Electromagnetic Field: a UK geekmakerhacker weekend campout
Jonty sez, Electromagnetic Field is a three day camping festival for hackers, geeks, scientists, engineers, artists, and crafters. From the 31st August to the 2nd September we'll be taking over a fiel...
10:17 am PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Cow Week: Cow kills Irish pensioner
Last winter, I found out something really fascinating: Cows kill more people than sharks. It's true. Here's Popular Mechanics on the statistics: Between 2003 and 2008, 108 people died from cattle-indu...
09:43 am PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Scenes from a heart surgery
This is absolutely wonderful, and absolutely not for the squeamish. Defective Heart Girl Problems is a blog where physicist Summer Ash has blogged her experience with finding out that she has a defect...
09:39 am PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Corporate IT adoption visualized
As someone who's spent a bit of time working in corporate IT management, I had to laugh and wince at Simon Wardley spot-on chart of the enterprise IT adoption cycle. It's so sadly accurate, including ...
09:31 am PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing The invention of interactive science education
Today, when almost every major city in America has a science museum with hands-on, interactive exhibits, that particular format of education seems pretty obvious. But it wasn't always. In 1969, Frank ...
02:45 am PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Hachette to Tor authors: you must keep the DRM on your ebooks
You'll recall that Tor Books (and its sister science fiction imprints of Macmillan publishers around the world) has dropped DRM on all of its titles. Hachette, one of Macmillan's rivals in the "Big Si...
12:00 am PDT - Tue, August 14, 2012
BoingBoing Anatomically correct heart macaroons
Eat Your Heart Out Bakers, home to some of the weirdest confections in my weird world, have unveiled a line of anatomically correct macaroons. Because of reasons. If you have to ask, you'll never om n...
10:17 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing 1863 Manhattan brought to life in miniatures, to retell the story of the Draft Riots for "Copper" (video)
[Video Link] Director Joe Sabia, who collaborates with us on the Boing Boing video channel for Virgin America, says: To promote BBC America's Copper, we turned 1863 Manhattan into miniatures to detail...
10:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Branch sounds neat
Branch, a new social startup, just came out of beta today. Promising "A new way to talk to each other," the startup is incubated by Obvious Corporation, the "mini-accelerator" from Twitter's Biz Stone...
09:40 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing StarShipSofa sf podcast is having a killer August
Tony from the StarShipSofa podcast writes, "August sees a fantastic line up of top SF authors on StarShipSofa. This month boasts stories by Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, Gene Wolfe and Adam Ro...
09:10 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Insurance company defends policy holder's killer in court
Comedian Matt Fisher says: "On June 19, 2010, my sister was driving in Baltimore when her car was struck by another car and she was killed. The other driver had run a red light and hit my sister as sh...
08:51 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 29: Yodel-Oh!
[Video Link] 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...
08:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 29: Yodel-Oh!
[Video Link] 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...
08:26 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing How to Tell Good People from Bad People
I remember reading this pamphlet when I was a first or second grader living in Golden, Colorado. I can't remember if my school passed out copies, or if it came in the mail. The page scans at Budget Ra...
08:05 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing The Sixty-Eight Rooms: exciting kids' novel about shrinking to fit inside the miniature Thorne Rooms
One morning a couple of weeks ago my family and I were rushing out the door for a vacation. Everyone but my 9-year-old daughter had packed a book for the long plane ride (Me: Too High to Fail; Carla: ...
07:38 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing For his birthday, (almost) all of Alfred Hitchcock's cameos
In honor of Alfred Hitchcock's birthday - which would have been his 113th - here is a very decent compilation of nearly all the cameos made by the Master of Suspense. He may not have been an angel, bu...
07:22 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Animation teacher faces the sack for refusing to push "unnecessary, expensive" textbooks at hedge-fund invested Art Institute of California
Mike Tracy teaches at the Art Institute of CaliforniaOrange County, but not for long. In a note on his Facebook page, Tracy explains that AIC-OC (whose parent company, EDMC, is 41 percent owned by Gol...
06:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Kirby Ferguson's TED Talk: "Embrace the Remix" - a must-see
Kirby "Everything is a Remix" Ferguson, whose work we've blogged about a lot, gave an amazing, must-see TED Talk about the way that creativity comes about as the result of creative re-use of others' w...
04:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Bain Capital buys profitable American plant, ships it to China; soon-to-be-jobless workers train their overseas replacements
In the Guardian, Paul Harris reports from Freeport, IL, where a profitable, competitive auto-parts plant has been bought out by Bain Capital, who have literally shipped the factory to China, and who h...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing BREAKING: Gunman shot multiple people at Texas A&M
A gunman who opened fire from a home near Texas A&M University and shot multiple people, including police officers, has just been taken into custody. (CNN) More details at The Eagle...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing BREAKING: Gunman shot multiple people at near Texas A&M
A gunman who opened fire from a home near Texas A&M University and shot multiple people, including police officers, has just been taken into custody. (CNN) UPDATE: Three people, including the sho...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Michael J. Nelson on the heavily anticipated return of Manos: The Hands of Fate, RiffTrax, and MST3K
In a sure sign that our dreams are really coming true, Manos: The Hands of Fate is returning to movie theaters for all of us to experience on the big screen. No, this won't be the restoration you've b...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Michael J Nelson on the heavily anticipated return of Manos: The Hands of Fate, RiffTrax, and MST3K
In a sure sign that our dreams are really coming true, Manos: The Hands of Fate is returning to movie theaters for all of us to experience on the big screen. No, this won't be the restoration you've b...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Michael J Nelson on MST3K and the heavily anticipated return of Manos: The Hands of Fate, and RiffTrax
In a sure sign that our dreams are really coming true, Manos: The Hands of Fate is returning to movie theaters for all of us to experience on the big screen. No, this won't be the restoration you've b...
03:33 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing If typists were robots (1935)
(via Weird Universe and Wishbook's Flickr)...
03:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing WWII "war sand" on the beaches of Normandy
As much as four percent of the sand on the beaches of Normandy consists of shrapnel left over from D-Day. In a post about this at BLDGBLOG, Geoff Manaugh references a book called "Sand: The Never-Endi...
02:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Fiasco: an RPG for collaboratively generating caperheist stories
On the most excellent TableTop web-show, a two-part episode on the RPG Fiasco, which Mordicai Knode on Tor.com sums up perfectly: ...a game in which you capture the dark comic confusion of the Coen br...
02:53 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing New show of Thomas Allen's book diorama photos
Thomas Allen has a new show of photographs of his exquisite cut-up book dioramas opening September 9 at New York City's Foley Gallery. Some of the series, titled "Beautiful Evidence," is viewable onli...
02:41 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Look at this solar trike tear down the road
[Video Link] As soon as I get my hands on some quiodes I'll build myself one of these Solar Powered Warrior Tadpole Trikes, too!...
01:57 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing New photo printing tech reflects light like 3D object
UC Santa Cruz researchers developed a new way to print photographs on special "reflectance paper," covered in dimples that reflect light as if the image is a 3D object. From UCSC: "If the paper is fla...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Doc Martens have got some pretty audacious designers
Doc Marten's were the iconic footwear of my adolescence, both a subcultural marker and a dare to Toronto's skinheads, whose sport was beating up other kids and taking their Docs. There was a whole han...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Jersey Shore shark attacks that inspired Jaws
On the Jersey Shore during the summer of 1916, four people were killed and one injured by what was likely a single great white shark. The attacks and panic that ensued in the seaside towns inspired Pe...
11:39 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Father performs "Let it Be" to raise funds for his 11-month-old's cancer bills
[Video Link] "On July 5th, 2012, my 11-month-old son, Noah, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor," writes Mike Masse in the introduction to this YouTube video, a beautiful performance of the Bea...
11:28 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Games for chores and fitness
Over at our sponsor Intel's My Life Scoop site, I wrote about several apps to make chores and fitness more like a game: For the last year, gamification has been on an accelerated hype/hope/backlash/sp...
10:47 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Interactive version of Curiosity's Mars panorama
Jeffrey from 360 Cities sez, "Fresh from the Rover! Our member Andrew Bodrov stitched this interactive version of the 360 photo from Mars together. Be sure to go FULLSCREEN for the maximum awesomeness...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Skidoo: the LSD-fuelled Alcatraz movie with Groucho, Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Lurch, and everyone else
On our family holiday this summer, we had the great good fortune to be shown around Alcatraz Island by Ranger Craig Glassner -- among other things, the Ranger responsible for the excellent documentary...
10:03 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Why does nobody think Usain Bolt cheated?
Covariation theory is a psychological idea that helps explain why we instantly suspect some record-breaking athletes of doping, while giving others the benefit of the doubt. (Via Melanie Tannenbaum)...
09:38 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing The desert that creates the rainforest
This is probably the most amazing thing I learned all weekend. The Amazon rainforest—with all its plant and animal life, and all its astounding biodiversity—could not exist as we know it w...
09:35 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Great science chicks from history
From Merit Ptah—Chief Physician of ancient Egypt—to 1st-century BC alchemist Mary the Jewess, the Science Chicks from History Tumblr is dedicated to introducing you to all the science-y la...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing "Boring" pictures of Mars
I'm with Steve Silberman, who tweeted this image, taken by the Mars Curiosity rover. Silberman, a science journalist, pointed out how amazing it is to be able to have access to photos of Mars that loo...
09:20 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing How old is post-traumatic stress disorder?
It is very hard, and very weird to try to get a handle on how human health has changed between the 19th century and today. Obviously, the way we live has changed dramatically. But understanding how th...
08:10 am PDT - Mon, August 13, 2012
BoingBoing Dolphins befriend an underwater camera
So a bunch of guys go fishing, and they take a long an underwater camera, encased in a mobile, waterproof housing. Basically, their camera can move around underwater, like a little RC car. Then this h...
11:38 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing WARNING: STREET ART TOURS ARE ILLEGAL!
My neighbourhood in East London has a lot of very nice street art, and a fair number of hipster entrepreneurs who lead tourist parties on "Street Art Tours." Artist Dr D combined the Olympic police-st...
10:05 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing D20 fez!
Fez-O-Rama sell a D20 fez. How cool is a D20 fez? Marvel at Wil Wheaton modeling the item in question and stand agog with me. The D20 Fez (via Wil Wheaton) (Photo: Atom Moore Photography)...
08:34 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing Mom makes painted Batman Converse
A redditor called zacch asked his mom to paint him a pair of Batman Converse. She came through with flying (and suitably gloomy) colors. I couldn't afford a pair of Batman Converse that I wanted so my...
07:27 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing Stories reboot offering a free issue
Steve sez, "Amazing Stories magazine is in the process of being resurrected. In order to satisfy trademark registration requirements, have some content to capture a bit of attention and to help get th...
06:48 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing RIP Joe Kubert, comic book artist extraordinaire
Sgt. Rock and Easy Company are saluting comic book legend Joe Kubert, who passed away today at the age of 85....
06:33 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing Michael Geoffrey Jones plays "Train in Vain" in a public library
Here's some random old dude at the library playing The Clash's "Train in Vain." (Via Open Culture)...
05:31 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing White House TSA petition goes dark as it nears the finish line, disappears when the lights come back on
A White House petition about the TSA's screening procedures was 90 percent of the way to completion when Wired ran a story giving it a final push. The White House's petition site went down for unannou...
04:02 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt Romney's tax bill under Paul Ryan's budget? 0.82% (Your taxes will probably go up, though)
Paul Ryan wants to kill all tax on capital gains, interest, and dividends -- income you get from owning things, rather than doing a job. Under this plan, Mitt Romney's $21,000,000 in 2010 income would...
03:21 pm PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing Twisted, abandoned bike carcasses on the streets of New York
Ryan sez, "We recently went out on the streets of Manhattan to photograph bikes around the city that have been abandoned, destroyed or otherwise left for dead, and how they contrast with the many vibr...
09:53 am PDT - Sun, August 12, 2012
BoingBoing Time wars: our finite lives frittered away in the precarious world of automation
Mark Fisher's essay "Time-Wars" riveted me. It's an analysis of the way that stories about technology and work -- both explicit political/ideological stump speeches and futurism, and science fiction s...
04:32 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Custom made 3D printed Portal gun from model ripped straight from the game
Melissa sez, "Here are some of the best pictures as well as a demonstration video of my custom-made portal gun. I wanted the gun to be as accurate as possible, so I used 3D printed parts that were rip...
04:03 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Make Weekend Projects - a touchless 3D tracking interface
[Video Link] This Weekend Project from MAKE is really cool: a touchless 3D tracking interface made from foil and cardboard. Using a combination of low- and high-tech components, we'll show you how to ...
02:59 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Pussy Riot's closing statement
Argument in the show-trial of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot -- who gave an unlicensed anti-Putin performance in a cathedral and now face harsh, Stalinist justice for daring to point out the spy-emp...
02:28 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Kid-crack: Japanese "paper doll" fashion stickers
Last month, I took my daughter into town for lunch, and we ended up at a communal table with a couple of slightly older girls (and their mom) who were geeking out, pasting intricate Japanese "fashion ...
01:59 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Laser-cut, laser-etched flat-pack metal model kits
On our recent summer family holiday, I stopped in at The California Academy of Sciences, a beautiful science museum and research facility in San Francisco. In the gift shop, I grabbed a MetalWorks las...
01:27 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing TrapWire: Wikileaks reveals ex-CIA agents running a face-recognition profiling company that surveils NYC subways, London stock exchange, Vegas casinos and more
Douglas sez: Newly released WikiLeaks publications from the Stratfor leak reveal much about Trapwire, a multi-country surveillance network run by a private US company, Abraxas, led by ex-CIA operative...
01:20 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing A Long, Drawn Out Trip: The "lost" animated short that introduced Pink Floyd to Gerald Scarfe
[Video Link: "A Long, Drawn Out Trip"] Last night I watched (and greatly enjoyed) the Pink Floyd "The Story of Wish You Were Here" documentary Richard Metzger turned me on to last week (buy it here, a...
12:31 pm PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing BB reader: "Spot where Pink Floyd's 'Wish you Were Here' album cover was shot? I actually *am* here."
In the comment thread for my post about "The Making of Wish You Were Here" documentary, something worth a post all on its own. Boing Boing reader Donald Peterson writes... Coincidentally enough, that ...
10:22 am PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Marilyn Manson reportedly goes through airports with obscenities written on his face to stop paps
Redditor j_patrick_12 says he ran into Marilyn Manson in an airport security line, and that Manson was apologizing profusely for the word FUCK written in eyeliner on his face, explaining that it was t...
06:19 am PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing WIPO's Broadcasting Treaty is back: a treaty to end the public domain, fair use and Creative Commons
The UN's World Intellectual Property Organization's Broadcasting Treaty is back. This is the treaty that EFF and its colleagues killed five years ago, but Big Content won't let it die. Under the treat...
04:08 am PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Cactus cellular tower in Arizona
A Redditor called Jaycrew posted this photo from the erection of a cellular tower disguised as a cactus in Arizona. How to hide a cell phone tower in Arizona (i.imgur.com) (via Super Punch)...
12:25 am PDT - Sat, August 11, 2012
BoingBoing Beck's new album is sheet-music only
A collaboration with McSweeney's, "Song Reader," is the new Beck album. It comes an illustrated folio of sheet-music: In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Becks latest album comes in an al...
09:41 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Sexy video game from the Apple e era
I'm a little unclear on how "Interlude," the early-1980s pornographic video game advertised here, did its thing. Was it just dirty stories? Were there computer-generated pornographic animations? Jagge...
09:22 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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...
09:13 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Narratively: digital magazine about New York's stories
I am rooting for the folks behind Narratively, a digital publication about "New York's untold stories." Narratively slows down the news cycle. Each week, we’ll explore a different theme about Ne...
09:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Help fund Lizz Winstead's PSA for reproductive rights
Lizz Winstead is raising money to make a PSA about reproductive rights. She's a writer, comedian, asskicker and one of the creators of The Daily show. I believe her that she will get this thing made a...
09:03 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Jot Touch Bluetooth pressure sensitive stylus for iPad
My friend I-Wei Huang (who designed the characters for the Skylanders game) reviews the new Jot Touch Bluetooth pressure sensitive stylus for iPad. He also shows how he modified the tip. Jot Touch Rev...
08:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Carved nickel looks like alien grey
"Hobo nickels" are made from US Buffalo nickels. They are made by carving a new face from the Native American face. During the depression, artists would carve these nickels and sell them for a profit ...
08:13 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Wi-Fi controlled power outlet makes home automation easy
Steven Sande of The Unoffical Apple Weblog reviewed the Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch and says it works well with If This Then That (IFTTT.com). If you've never used IFTTT before, give it a try. ...
08:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Cake or snake?
Gareth Branwyn of MAKE says: "Francesca Pitcher from North Star Cakes in the UK created this amazingly realistic Burmese python cake for her daughter’s birthday. She posted it on her Facebook pa...
07:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Windshield Smasher (MP3)
Sound it Out # 32: Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Windshield Smasher Theres a guy in Pittsburgh who calls himself Tobacco. He's been making music as Black Moth Super Rainbow since 2003. His sound has tra...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Survivalists are the prosumer reviewers of pouches and bags
Core77's hipstomp looks at the arcane world of survivalist bag reviewers. These brave souls (who both fear the end of the world and prepare for it) are experts at cramming a metric asston of stuff int...
06:58 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Why do Olympic records keep getting broken?
Over at Discovery News, Emily Sohn asks the question I've been wondering for the last two weeks. Why are Olympians today better at their sports than Olympians of the past? Why do speed records keep ge...
06:47 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing How does the brain think?
I was on Minnesota Public Radio's morning show The Daily Circuit today—along with Ivan Semeniuk, chief of correspondents for the journal Nature—talking about the Curiosity rover, human evo...
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Real history from a pretend pirate
Meet Richard Nolan: quartermaster of the Whydah, captain of the Anne, former coworker of Blackbeard—in general, pirate. He is also—at least through Labor Day—my friend Butch Roy. But...
04:19 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Reggie Watts making fun of "big idea" presentations
I got a kick out of Reggie Watts at PopTech 2011 taking the piss out of the cliches so frequently heard at conferences dedicated to big ideas, innovation, deep thinking, the future(s), the long view, ...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing NSFPOTS: the pornophone of yesteryear
This undated ad for the Erotica, a pornographic land-line telephone, was supposed to make its owner feel like Hef every time he (or she) clamped a badly rendered, unwieldy sculpture of a naked woman t...
03:57 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Diaper-box AT-AT
Here's Off-Beat Mama's photos show how you can build your own AT-AT out of empty diaper boxes. What a fantastically shitty idea! I have a dozen nappies boxes sitting around, and recently decided (whet...
03:53 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing France's batshit HADOPI copyright law on life-support; three strikes is dying
Hadopi was the jewel in the Sarkozy regime's crown of shitty copyright policy: a rule that said if you lived in the same house as someone who'd been accused of copyright infringement, you would lose y...
03:28 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Hodgman's COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, the box set
Benjamin writes, "Five hours ago, John Hodgman released a picture to Instagram showing his three works (The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, That Is All) in a collected boxset...
03:18 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Robotic worm
In another example of biomimicry applied to robotics, researchers from MIT, Harvard, and Seoul National University created this Meshworm. The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is remarkab...
02:44 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Adam Yauch's will: No ads with my art
Don't expect to ever hear the Beastie Boys in any Budweiser commercial, or any other ad for that matter. From Adam Yauch's will: ""Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or...
02:33 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Clear-bottomed swimming pool atop skyscraper
This cantilevered clear-bottomed swimming pool is on the 24th floor of the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao. (via CNN)...
02:29 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing High velocity trading rendered visceral
The latest installment of Tim Harford's BBC/Open University podcast (RSS) More of Less has a fantastic and chilling look at the world of high-frequency automated stock trading, where warring algorithm...
02:28 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Interview with developer of 2MP cameras taking those amazing Mars photos on the Curiosity rover
As regular readers of this blog will recall, I asked a question of the Mars Curiosity team about imaging technologies during the post-landing press conference at NASA JPL a few days ago. Related: Digi...
02:05 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Dery on Vidal vs. Buckley
When Gore Vidal died last month, Xeni posted the classic TV highlight (lowlight?) of the writers' infamous heated exchange on ABD during the 1968 Democratic convention. Over at Las Vegas CityLife, BB ...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing To do this weekend: watch the Perseid meteor shower
The brightest planets of the solar system are lining up right in the middle of this year's Perseid meteor shower display. The action peaks on the night of August 12. Meteor rates of up to 100 per hour...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing The Counting Song, by Adam Buxton, dir. Cyriak (video)
[video link]. Illustrations by Sarah Brown. Do stay with it. Things escalate. (HT: Tim Shey)...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Cotton Exchange blues vinyl subscription: Jessie Mae Hemphill
The Cotton Exchange is a terrific vinyl record subscription service that delivers 8 LPs/year of rare, historic, or unreleased blues music right to your door. Recent releases have included Bukka White,...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Cotton Exchange blues vinyl subscription service
The Cotton Exchange is a terrific vinyl record subscription service that delivers 8 LPs/year of rare, historic, or unreleased blues music right to your door. Recent releases have included Bukka White,...
01:29 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Friends With You: "Cloudy" (animated video short)
[video link]. From Friends With You, the short film "Cloudy", described as an art piece "with the purpose to transcend its viewers to a relaxed and joyous state." This short is an exploration into the...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Man demonstrating milk carton design has difficulty opening it (video)
[Video Link] Arbroath says: "This quite famous clip shows a high-ranking official of the Austrian equivalent of The Milk Marketing Board demonstrating how to use their newly-introduced wax/cardboard m...
01:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Skateboarding goat wins Guinness World Record (video)
[video link]. The goat's name is "Happy," of course. (thanks, Clayton Cubitt)...
01:06 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing How do we make web stuff that's secure enough for human rights workers?
Patrick Ball sez, "Lots of people in the world depend on electronic security. That means it has to be seriously strong, and I have been worrying that lots of folks -- esp media folks -- are eager for ...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Toronto to host real-life flamethrower game based on Street Fighter II
Joey sez, "Super Street Fire is a creation of a group at Toronto's Site3 coLaboratory hackerspace that lets two people fight 'Street Fighter II' style, with real punches and real fire. Players stand i...
12:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Down in Smoke: through comics, Susie Cagle chronicles the DEA raids on medical marijuana facilities in California
At Cartoon Movement, "graphic journalist" Susie Cagle (Twitter) surveys the impact of recent DEA raids of Harborside and other medical marijuana centers in 'Down In Smoke'. Oakland, California. Ground...
12:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing David Rakoff, 1964-2012
David Rakoff, best known as a storyteller, author, and a regular contributor to the radio programs "This American Life" and "Fresh Air," has died of cancer. The news first appeared on the website Thir...
11:29 am PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
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10:38 am PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Virgin Airlines Australia moved firefighter from seat next to boys because men can't be seated next to unaccompanied children
An Australian firefighter named Johnny McGirr was told to made seats on his Virgin Airlines because he'd been seated next to two unaccompanied boys. The airline's policy is reportedly that men may not...
08:21 am PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Stross and Doctorow text-and-voice chat today at 11AM Eastern
Charlie Stross and I are doing a text and voice chat with Internet Evolution today at 11AM Eastern, in celebration of our forthcoming novel Rapture of the Nerds. Hope to see you there! Look out! The t...
08:18 am PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing UK prisons to open outsource call centres; David Cameron urges business to switch to prison labour
The UK prison systems will soon supply in-house call centres on contract through industry partners. One such partner, UrbanData Ltd, sent out sales solicitations to potential call-centre customers las...
02:08 am PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing Pastor Jack Schaap demonstrates how to polish a shaft
[Video Link] Jack Schaap was the pastor at the largest church in Indiana until he was fired last week for having sex with a 17-year-old congregant (the FBI is looking into it). Here he is in 2010 at a...
01:26 am PDT - Fri, August 10, 2012
BoingBoing $49 remote control multicopter
Another fun toy from Brando of Hong Kong -- this time it's a $49 quadcopter with remote control unit. The manufacturer's description describes it much more clearly than I could: SIX AXES GYRO, Super S...
08:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Ballad of Poisonberry Pete (short animated video)
I enjoyed this short animation called "Ballad of Poisonberry Pete," a western starring anthropomorphic pies and cakes. It's a film by Adam Campbell, Elizabeth McMahill, and Uri Lotan and was presented...
07:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Errol Morris' quiz about killer asteroids was a secret experiment to find out how fonts affect our thinking
Remember Errol Morris' New York Times quiz about being an optimist or a pessimist about killer asteroids? It turns out the quiz wasn't really about being an optimist or a pessimist. It was about how f...
07:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Short PBS documentary about Glitch Art
Heath says: [Video Link] The latest installment of the “Off Book” series from PBS Digital Studios is now live. The newest video takes a look at Glitch Art -- how unintentional digital mish...
06:53 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Love and Rockets 30th Anniversary Northeast Tour with Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
Good news for fans of Love and Rockets: Gilbert and Jaime are going on tour to celebrate 30 years of making one of the world's best comic book titles. September 14th-23, the seminal Love and Rockets c...
05:47 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Happy Mutant Congressman has at least two Boing Boing T-shirts in his wardrobe
It was great to see US Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) wearing my "Critter" Boing Boing T-shirt (Cory posted the photo here as an update to his post about Rep. Polis' epic takedown of the laughably disingenuo...
05:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Make yourself healthy: Searching for the cause of acne
Martha Rotter, a software engineer, grew up near St. Louis. She did not have skin problems in high school or college. After college, she spent six years in Seattle. Her skin got a little worse. In 200...
04:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Police pull over woman for rolling through stop sign then strip search her and "forcibly" pull tampon out of her, lawsuit alleges
"A passing cop pulled a u-turn, flashed the lights, and rolled up behind her. Tarantino claims that the cop immediately drew his weapon, pulled her from the car, and refused to explain why he pulled h...
03:59 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Curiosity transmits first full-color panorama back from Mars
Ain't it pretty? The first color panorama image of Gale Crater, the landing site for the Curiosity rover. Thumbnail versions of images taken by the Mast Camera were combined to form this 360-degree vi...
03:53 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing The Twenty-Year Death, a crime novel written in the form of three different period crime novels
The Twenty-Year Death by Ariel S. Winter is a 700-page hardbound crime novel that's written in the form of three separate crime novels (which are all tied together). The 1931 novel is in the style of ...
02:52 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Archer & Armstrong - comic book where the 1% are costumed supervillians
Todd Allen of Comics Beat reviews Archer & Armstrong, a brain-rotting propaganda comic book produced by the liberal media elite (and funded by George Soros, no doubt). When the teasers for Archer...
02:48 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing "Do things that have never been done before, says guy who invented computer
Joel Runyon writes about "An Unexpected Ass Kicking," intellectually speaking, which he received in a Portland coffee shop from Russell Kirsch—the 80-year-old man who invented the world's first ...
02:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing New virus targets online banking systems in Mideast
Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab claims to have uncovered a new "cyber-espionage toolkit" designed by the same people behind the state-sponsored Flame malware that infiltrated machines in Iran. The...
02:33 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Earth Illuminated: Dazzling ISS time-lapse photography, from NASA (video)
John Streeter, who is a television producer with NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston, sends this cool video and tells Boing Boing: It is all real, all shot from the International Space Station and...
02:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Father accused of waterboarding daughter
An 11 year old girl tells police her father has been waterboarding her as a bizarre and cruel form of punishment. The accused is pediatrician Melvin Morse, who was featured on CNN's The Larry King Sho...
02:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Neil Armstrong, first human on moon, "doing great" after heart surgery
Astronaut and "first man" Neil Armstrong is "doing great" after undergoing cardiac bypass surgery. He and his wife live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and he just celebrated his 82nd birthday this past ...
02:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Epic American drought gets worse in key farm states, after hottest month on record
This does not bode well for food prices: the Plains states where corn and soybeans are produced in greatest quantities are receiving the worst of excessive drought conditions, in the wake of the hotte...
02:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Whales: Surprise, the world's largest mammals produce the world's largest turds
Wired Science has a revealing post about a particularly notable plume of whale poop spotted by a scientist off the Southern California coast. From giant animals come giant poo. Marine biologists and o...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Travis Louie paints the Thylacine
Behold Travis Louie's magnificent take on the Thylacine! Declared extinct in 1936, thousands of unconfirmed sightings have made the beautiful animal a darling of cryptozoology. Louie's painting is par...
01:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Here's 70 minutes of Russian dashcam video showing car collisions
[Video Link] Joey deVilla says: "Here’s an interesting compilation: 70 minutes of (mostly) Russian car collisions, from mild fender-benders to all-out flip-the-car moments, most of which were sh...
01:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing A movable mosque: One young Muslim woman's daily photoblog (video)
The "30 Mosques" guys are producing some wonderful "30 Days Ramadan" videos this year that really give you a sense of what it's like to be a Muslim person in America. I enjoyed this one, featuring a y...
01:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing A moveable mosque: One young Muslim woman's daily photoblog (video)
The "30 Mosques" guys are producing some wonderful "30 Days Ramadan" videos this year that really give you a sense of what it's like to be a Muslim person in America. I enjoyed this one, featuring a y...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Sideshow banner art show in Texas
Waxahachie, Texas's excellent Webb Gallery is hosting an exhibition of more than a dozen vintage sideshow banners! Titled "The Greatest Show On Earth," it runs until September 9 and can be browsed onl...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing The story of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" (video)
[Video Link] My friends Richard Metzger and Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds re-sparked my interest in early Pink Floyd the other night, when I visited their home: they were playing a quadrophonic ver...
01:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing An "extremely rare anti-masturbation device"
I'm sure this didn't cause any psychological issues in the Catholic boys forced to wear this. The rare 19th century item is made of copper and was designed to be worn by boys so they could not commit ...
01:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Man with Parkinson's arrested at Olympics event for not smiling
"The man was positioned close to a small group of protesters and based on his manner, his state of dress and his proximity to the course, officers made an arrest to prevent a possible breach of the pe...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Cat-loving teen with cancer gets a "cat immersion" tent at hospital
I've been spending rather a lot of time in the cancer ward at a hospital lately, and I think this is a fabulous idea: a "cat immersion tent." The teen girl in this video, Maga, is a cancer patient at ...
12:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing 33 Quips for Queers (video)
[Video Link] Joe Sabia, our Boing Boing video on Virgin America collaborator, directed this absolutely fabulous video for Montreal's "Queer of the Year" contest....
12:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Most epic slow-speed police chase ever (video)
[ Video Link] This video has it all: a giant truck carrying tons of lumber, a manic suspect, a maudlin news narrator intoning cliches, cops shooting guns, and lots of fire. It's weird how something li...
12:37 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Golf balls stuffed into holes of lava wall
It's been a few years since I thought about these photos I took of golf balls stuffed into lava rock holes in Hawaii. They were brought to my attention again by the group administrator for the Flickr ...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Al Jazeera on the copyfight: it's about control over sharing without boundaries or regulations
James from the New America Foundation sez, The latest Fault Lines documentary from Al Jazeera English is a must see. The piece argues that Internet policy debates - from copyright to cybersecurity - a...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Searching for Magic in India and Silicon Valley: An Interview with Daniel Kottke, Apple Employee #12
Daniel Kottke lives and works in Palo Alto, Ca. Here, he talks about the genesis of his 1974 trip to India with Steve Jobs. Daniel Kottke was one of Apple's first employees, assembling the company's e...
11:05 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing The Eighth Continent: Searching for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
20 AUGUST—3442' N 14019' W In the middle of the night, I dream that I am at the wheel of a great ship, sailing the Pacific Ocean. A hundred and fifty feet of steel, crowned with a dozen broad sa...
08:45 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Unboxing the astoundingly cool, dirt-filled ParaNorman press-box
I've just come back from a four-week working vacation with my family in LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Mountain View. As is customary on the morning after a long-distance family trip, I dragged my j...
02:47 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Four comics panels that never work
Here's Mark Waid's fitting tribute to Wally Wood's "Two Panels That Always Work" -- four panels that don't. Also available as a handsome print, suitable for framing and display near to one's drafting ...
02:30 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Vintage train fan excited about rare vintage train is the new "Double Rainbow" (video)
[Video Link] Double rainbow, all the way. Oh my god. (via Newley Purnell)...
02:13 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Back yard DIY PVC rollercoaster with a 12-foot drop (video)
[Video Link] About this video, which is a few months old but new to me, I can put it no more eloquently than Eric Meyerson of Youtube: "There's a fine line between 'world's best dad' and 'Darwin Award...
01:00 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing Slick anti-corruption video takes on US copyright system
This anonymously funded movie satirizing the corruption of the copyright system in the USA has been viewed more than 10,000,000 times. The creators, who maintain the website political-prostitution.com...
12:08 am PDT - Thu, August 9, 2012
BoingBoing At Gitmo, Fresh Prince replaces Harry Potter as entertainment most requested by detainees
President Obama isn't closing Guantnamo any time soon, but prisoners will be well-taken-care-of in the entertainment department, according to this Miami Herald article: they have an endless supply of ...
11:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing What if? XKCD answers hypothetical questions, with physics
This has been around for some weeks, but I just now came upon it and it is wonderful: Randall Munroe of XKCD answers hypothetical questions with physics, every Tuesday, in a series titled "What If?"...
11:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Advertising supplement from 1880: sweet typography
Advertising supplements were a lot more fun to look at in 1880. Submitted as evidence: this issue of the Philadelphia Grocer. If you have a thing for typography...
11:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing What time is it right now on Mars? There's a NASA app for that.
And you can download it right here, for Mac, Windows, Linux, OS/2, and other open operating systems. About: Mars24 is a Java application which displays a Mars sunclock, a graphical representation of t...
11:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Social engineer hacks Wal-Mart from Defcon
In a contest at the hacker conference Defcon, security specialist Shane MacDougall successfully penetrated Wal-Mart. "Social engineering is the biggest threat to the enterprise, without a doubt," MacD...
11:14 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Treadmill desk advice sought
After reading Neal Stephenson's essay on using a treadmill desk in Some Remarks, I've decided to try it for myself. But I don't want to ditch my beloved desk (a wooden kitchen table) -- instead, I was...
11:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Mexican-US illegal migration has been largely static since the 1950s
Princeton's alumni magazine has an excellent profile of Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and director of Princetons Office of Population Research. Massey studi...
10:57 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Interview with a Mars rover driver: Scott Maxwell of JPL
Thomas Hayden at The Last Word On Nothing has a wonderful little interview with Scott Maxwell, who works at JPL as a Mars rover driver (aka coolest job ever). I had the honor and pleasure of meeting M...
10:53 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Mars Curiosity image of the day: first pic by Navigation cameras includes an augmented reality tag
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today received and published the first photograph shot by the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. It shows the shadow of the rover's now-upright...
10:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Shuttle Endeavour retires to Los Angeles: details on her transit to LA released
"Space shuttle Endeavour, retired from service after 25 missions that spanned 123 million miles, will star in a remarkable 12-mile parade through the streets of Los Angeles on October 12-13, traveling...
10:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing A watch that displays time on both Earth and Mars
Looking for a gift for the NASA Mars rover flight controller in your life who has everything? Executive Jewelers makes watches that display Martian time, and watches with dual displays so you know wha...
09:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Former MPAA CTO who switched sides explains to the White House why SOPA is stupid
You may remember Paul Brigner, the geek who quit his job as CTO of the MPAA to work for its arch-rival net-freedom advocates at the Internet Society, who manage the .ORG top-level domain. He has just ...
09:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Models of rusted cars
Classic Wrecks: The Rusted Car as Art from Etsy on Vimeo. Eric Beug is a video producer at Etsy. He says: We've just published a 4-minute video about John Findra's love of classic cars and his creativ...
09:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing This Is My Body - short film in response to Republican attacks on women's health and reproductive rights
This Is My Body from Jason Stefaniak on Vimeo. Kelsey Rowland says: This Is My Body is a short film project that is a passionate, full-throated expression of the fundamental, inalienable, universal ri...
08:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing American off-duty cop complains he couldn't pack heat in Canada, worries about guys who talked to him and then went away
Jesse sez, "This letter to the editor for a Kalamazoo police officer to the Calgary Herald has been floating around Twitter and the internet today, mostly for the purposes of mocking it. The officer d...
08:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Interview with Owen Brozman, illustrator of new graphic novel by author of Go the F**k to Sleep
[Video Link] A fine short interview with the talented Owen Brozman, who illustrated Nature of the Beast, a graphic novel written by Adam Mansbach, who also wrote the mega-hit faux-kids' book Go the F*...
07:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Mr Rogers speaks: four hour video memoir of Fred Rogers
The Archive of American Television has posted an epic, four-hour interview with Fred Rogers, better known as TV children's entertainer and world-beating mensch Mr Rogers, of Mr Rogers' Neighborhood. Y...
05:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Stick-up kid foiled by beer-throwing store manager
An English stick-up artist was foiled in his attempt to rob a cornershop by a manager who flung 12-packs of lager at the crim until he fled the premises. There's an important RPG lesson here about the...
05:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing The director who was approached to helm the Justice League movie is... Ben Affleck
On the blazing comet tail of the big Marvel-Joss Whedon-Avengers 2 news comes this strange announcement: Ben Affleck -- that Ben Affleck -- has been approached by Warner Bros. to direct DC's equally h...
04:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Makie doll with expressive animal ears
Katsideswide has modded her alpha-version Makie doll with a pair of expressive animal ears. She drilled holes in the head of her custom, 3D printed dolls, used the head-cavity to house a controller, a...
04:04 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Create disposable telephone numbers for the iPhone with Burner
[Video Link] Burner is an iPhone application that lets you generate temporary phone numbers. This would come in handy, for example, if you are selling something on Craigslist, and you don't want to gi...
03:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing If ghosts suffered with autocorrect
High concept from the Hairpin's Mallory Ortberg: "Text-messages from a ghost:" hey im gaunting you ok Do you mean haunting yeah sorry i dont have any fingers so im poltergeisting a stick to help me te...
03:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Colorado cattle mutilations
Four mutilations of livestock in Gunnison, Colorado over the last few months are freaking out area ranchers. Recently, a horse was shot, its head skinned, and tongue and anus yanked out. And in June, ...
03:04 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing What you can learn from a chimpanzee's diet
Given the trend lately to look backwards, historically, in search of the ideal human diet, I found this article by Rob Dunn really interesting. Dunn discusses some new research that gives us a better ...
02:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Coming soon: Computer finds the face of Jesus in a photo of toast
You know how your brain likes to see faces where there are not actually any faces? (Hint: This tendency, called pareidolia, is the force behind all those faces of Jesus turning up on slices of toast.)...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Patrick Farley reboots Cloverfield
The great (and maddeningly erratic) Patrick Farley has a typically awesome new comic up: "Cloverfield Rebooted," in which the monster's true nature is revealed. Cloverfield Rebooted (via JWZ)...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Watch a spider molt
Spider molting from Karli Larson on Vimeo. Spiders don't have an internal skeleton like we do. Instead, their muscles are anchored to an exoskeleton—a sort of hard, semi-flexible shell that enca...
02:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing The social science of IUDs
IUDs are the weird form of birth control. We don't really know exactly how they work, for instance. And they've been largely unpopular my entire lifetime—really, ever since a couple of poorly de...
02:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Top 100 unintentionally lewd comic book panels of all time
Mitch O'Connell says: Sex in comics! The top 100 strangest, suggestive and steamy vintage comic book panels of all time! I started with almost 100, but soon there'll be 1000 (depending on how much I w...
01:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Eisenstaedt photographs a county fair, 1938
In 1938, famed photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt visited the Greenbrier Valley Fair in West Virginia. LIFE published his shots in that year's September 26 issue. From the accompanying article The first ...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Custom Hitchcock vinyl toy
Here's an excellent custom Hitchock vinyl toy by Atomic Blythe! Built on one of these blank KidRobot Munnyworld Mini Bub Figurines....
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Spoilers are actually kind of nice
UCSD psych researchers Jonathan D. Leavitt and Nicholas J. S. Christenfeld have published a paper called Spoilers Don't Spoil Stories in Psychological Science, in which they systematically study the e...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Tax Return Mitt Romney Doesn't Want You to See
Tom the Dancing Bug by @RubenBolling is supported by readers like you. Join the the INNER HIVE -- its easy, fun, and you get STUFF....
01:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing World's earliest known matchsticks
Small clay and stone artifacts found in Israel's Jordan Valley, long thought to be phallic symbols, may actually be 8,000-year-old matchsticks. Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem used ...
01:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Tiny, perfect, movable, flat-pack live-work loft
SpaceFlavor, a design firm, won the 2012 Small Project Awards for "Cube," a flatpack live/work loft elegantly crammed into a teeny weeny mobile space. Responding to the Mings preference for zen-modern...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing More on Marvel's Joss Whedon news, including how he's now involved with basically everything through 2015
Yesterday brought the exciting, but not at all unexpected news that Joss Whedon will return to write and direct the sequel to this year's superhero success The Avengers. While that's basically the gis...
01:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Coding Curiosity
A project like Curiosity involves lots of computer programming. So what language is that done in? And what's the procedure for testing something so high-stakes? In a fascinating conversation, programm...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Invasive species: From the classroom to the creek
A survey of 2000 science teachers in the United States and Canada found that, of those who used live animals in the classroom, 1 in 4 were releasing those animals into the wild afterwards. Why worry a...
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Vote for Limor Fried for Entrepreneur of 2012!
Entrepreneur Magazine has announced its five finalists for their Entrepreneur of 2012 award. Our friend Limor "Ladyada" Fried, founder of Adafruit Industries, is one of the finalists! Limor is not onl...
12:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Texas executes mentally handicapped man
God Bless America. The state of Texas just killed a man who was mentally impaired with an IQ of 61....
12:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Boy Scout "perversion files" reveal repeat child abuse by sexual predators
An investigative report by the Los Angeles Times shows that the the Boy Scouts of America has, for about a century, used a secret blacklist called "perversion files" to track sexual predators within t...
11:37 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Photo gallery of Mars landing scenes, on both planets
The Atlantic has a doublewide photo gallery of Associated Press photos from the night of the Mars Landing. I'm in this shot (#13). The whole gallery is a great reminder of the human emotion and sheer ...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Crazy stuff they'll teach in Louisiana's publicly funded charter schools
Louisiana governor (and retired exorcist) Bobby Jindal has signed an aggressive charter school bill that will transfer millions in tax dollars to religious academies run by evolution-denying, homophob...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Curiosity landing is a bonanza for YouTube ContentID copyfraudsters
Remember the bogus takedown of NASA's YouTube footage of the Curiosity landing? It gets worse. Lon Seidman uploaded some clips from the Curiosity landing to his Google+ hangout, only to have them...
09:28 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Call centre brings in prison labour at 3day, fires regular workers
Becoming Green is a Welsh call centre that brought in cheap prison labour at £3 per day. These workers were supposed to be receiving temporary on-the-job training, but just as they were brought o...
02:47 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Join ZomBees, help track bee parasites that turn their hosts into colony-threatening living dead
You've doubtless heard about the parasite Apocephalus borealis, which infects bees and turns them into weird zombies. It's pretty awesomely awful stuff. The ZomBees project aims to track the spread of...
01:18 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Who will buy the WELL?
No one knows what will become of the WELL, the venerable online community that erstwhile owners Salon.com have put on the auction block. One group of users is pledging cash for a co-op buyout. Now ano...
12:40 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing Video for Tom Waits's "Hell Broke Luce"
The new video for "Hell Broke Luce," the best track on Tom Waits's outstanding recent album Bad As Me is every bit as kick-ass as it should be. Directed by Matt Mahurin. (Thanks, Jonny!)...
12:17 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing An encounter with Russell Kirsch, inventor of the world's first internally programmable computer
Joel Runyon: "Thats the problem with a lot of people, he continued, they dont try to do stuff thats never been done before, so they never do anything, but if they try to do it, they find out theres lo...
12:06 am PDT - Wed, August 8, 2012
BoingBoing New SF bookstore devoted to rescuing out-of-print sf books and making them into free ebooks
Singularity & Co is a new Brooklyn based science fiction bookstore with a mission: based on the Kickstarter project that provided its seed funding, the store is devoted to rescuing one customer-c...
11:44 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Apple suspects over-the-phone password resets
Following the incredible social engineering hack suffered by Wired's Mat Honan over the weekend, Apple's shut down the exploit by "ordering support staff to immediately stop processing AppleID passwor...
11:44 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Apple suspends over-the-phone password resets
Following the incredible social engineering hack suffered by Wired's Mat Honan over the weekend, Apple's shut down the exploit by "ordering support staff to immediately stop processing AppleID passwor...
11:20 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing The Human Jukebox: Donations to street musicians, as votes
[Video Link] The latest musical video experiment from Joe Sabia and friends at CDZA: "Donations as votes. A fun and democratic way for street musicians to receive money." Charles Yang on Violin. Micha...
11:20 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Comic legend Mark Waid on the medium's future
Turnstyle's Noah Nelson interviewed comic book great Mark Waid, longtime creator of adventures for Superman, Batman, Spider-man and The Incredibles. He's now mastering the format's transition to digit...
11:10 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Every one of Rudy Rucker's short stories on one web-page for free
Rudy Rucker has put every goddamned one of his mind-bendingly awesome short stories on his website for free. This includes collaborations with some of the best names in the field ("This huge collectio...
11:08 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing US goes after bloggers for writing about imaginary laser weapon that could set insurgents clothes on fire
A number of journalists I know believe the Obama administration is the most secretive administration yet. When I read news like this, I am inclined to believe them: the Naval Criminal Investigative Se...
10:24 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing A Sinister Reading of A Poky Little Puppy
It has come to my attention that my Sinister Reading of A Poky Little Puppy is no longer available at its original host. Fortunately, I backed it up to Soundcloud, and can give it a new home here at c...
10:05 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Excerpt from Devil Said Bang, the forthcoming Sandman Slim novel
IO9 has published the first 40 pages of Devil Said Bang, the fourth of Richard Kadrey's kick-ass, super-gritty demonic supernatural horror Sandman Slim novels (the first three were Sandman Slim, Kill ...
08:56 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Internet Archive adds 1,000,000 legal files to the world's store of BitTorrents
The Internet Archive has partnered with BitTorrent to publish over 1,000,000 of its books, music and movies as legal torrents. It's a huge whack of legal content in the torrentverse, and a major blow ...
08:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Don't let zombies get the jump on you!
An IFTTT recipe may give you an early enough warning to head for the hills, or a mall. "Text me if the CDC reports a zombie outbreak" (Via Dennis)...
07:56 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing DIY Mars Curiosity Lander Lego kit
Avi sez, "Stephen Pakbaz has generously shared free DIY instructions for making a Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover model out of Lego." MOC-0271 - Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover (Thanks...
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Breaking: Joss Whedon confirmed as writerdirector for Avengers 2, plus a Marvel series
Just coming through the wire: Disney has announced that Joss Whedon has officially signed on to write and direct Avengers 2 for Marvel Studios. Not only that, but he has also signed on to develop a Ma...
06:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Volcano killed thousands of British people in the 13th century
In the 1990s, archaeologists found a mass grave in London, filled with more than 10,000 skeletons. There have been plenty of things over the centuries that could wipe out tons of Londoners en-masse...
06:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Does sunscreen actually prevent skin cancer?
It does successfully prevent sunburn, but what about the evidence for sunscreen protecting you from skin cancer later in life? The answer: Nobody is really sure. Last year, I wrote a short piece for B...
05:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Martian Mt. Sharp vs. Mt. McKinley
Philip Bump put together this great comparison of Earth's Mt. McKinley and Mars' Mt. Sharp (as photographed by the Curiosity rover). Officially, it's Aeolis Mons, and it stands 18,000 feet above the c...
05:11 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Behold the Wall Breaker
Thanks, Ipo!...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Remembering Marvin Hamlisch with a performance of his work by Gilda Radner
You have probably heard by now that composer and EGOT -- that's a winner of the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards -- Marvin Hamlisch has passed away at the age of 68 following a "sudden, brief illn...
04:53 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing What do Christian fundamentalists have against set theory?
I've mentioned here before that I went to fundamentalist Christian schools from grade 8 through grade 11. I learned high school biology from a Bob Jones University textbook, watched videos of Ken Ham ...
04:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Mars Curiosity rover: NASA's John Grunsfeld and Miles O'Brien on PBS NewsHour
[Video Link] It took just minutes for Curiosity to complete her landing sequence on Mars. But the journey to that point took years of work back here on earth. The celebration of the rover's successful...
04:30 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing We've been teased and taunted, and today Arrested Development finally (actually) went back into production
The part where the actors arrive on set and say the words and do the things in front of the cameras? That is happening with the new season of Arrested Development, and it's happening today, according ...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing What NASA fears most on Mars (image)
"Curiosity makes me very angry, very angry indeed!" By David Silverman, of Simpsons and Tubatron fame....
02:42 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Film about Mexican mental asylum run by the patients
What happens when the inmates run the asylum? Mark Aitken's forthcoming documentary "Dead When I Got Here" answers that question. It is a film about a Jurez, Mexico mental asylum where the patients ar...
02:40 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Russian synchronized swimmers performed to the theme from Suspiria to the delight of Olympic horror nerds
The Russian synchronized swimming team performed their routine at the Olympics today. I won't spoil the results if you're waiting to watch the performance at another time, but you can check out the re...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Daniel Day-Lewis completely disappears into Abraham Lincoln and it's kind of crazy
We can provide just a tease, but you will definitely want to see this: Daniel Day-Lewis is playing Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, and the first official photo of him -- courtesy of Ent...
11:47 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Paper clips banned due to injuries
The UK's Manchester National Health Service Trust has reportedly banned metal paperclips due to staff injuries. If this policy spreads, it may be time for Henry Petroski to write a new afterward to hi...
11:47 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Paper fasteners banned due to injuries
The UK's Manchester National Health Service Trust has reportedly banned metal paperclips paper fasteners due to staff injuries. If this policy spreads, it may be time for Henry Petroski to write a new...
11:35 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Redd Kross - "Stay Away From Downtown" (MP3) - Boing Boing Exclusive!
Sound it Out # 31: Redd Kross - "Stay Away From Downtown"The brothers Steve and Jeff MacDonald are the core of Redd Kross, who played their first show opening for Black Flag at a middle school graduat...
11:34 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Drew Friedman visits MAD Magazine, 1974
In 1974, my favorite portrait artist Drew Friedman, then 15-years-old, visited the offices of MAD Magazine. And all he got was the crummy souvenir above. Actually, he also got a terrific blog post out...
11:29 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Wall explodes
During the storm a couple of nights ago, we heard an almighty thunderclap and our dogs came dashing into the house. Once the rain ebbed and we went outside, we found this scene just around the corner:...
11:29 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Wall ... explodes?
During the storm a couple of nights ago, we heard an almighty thunderclap and our dogs came dashing into the house. Once the rain ebbed and we went outside, we found this scene just around the corner:...
10:51 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Singularity and its skeptics, in haiku
Jill from Tachyon Books sez, "Is the Rapture of the Nerds just around the corner? Or is the Vingean posthuman technological Singularity the biggest myth since Y2K? You knowand you can prove it in vers...
10:17 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Neal Stephenson's Some Remarks, a remarkable essay collection
Neal Stephenson is a talented essayist, a fact that anyone who read his seminal In the Beginning... Was the Command Line will be aware of. Some of the finest moments in his fiction is really nonfictio...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Soul Train and more...
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
09:28 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing First teaser for procedurally-generated Tweedpunk shooter "Sir, You Are Being Hunted"
Just perfect. Can't wait. The Robotic Arms: Sir, You Are Being Hunteds Teaser [RPS]...
01:24 am PDT - Tue, August 7, 2012
BoingBoing Mat Honan on being hacked
Mat Honan was hacked. The nightmare unfolded minute by minute, a sequence of security failures daisy-chaining their way into a disaster. But there was a single point of entry: Apple's willingness to h...
09:58 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing MPAA seeks UK sock-puppets to help them screw over TVShack's likable, innocent owner
Craig O'Dwyer, creator of the legal UK website TVShack, faces extradition to the USA (even though TVShack is probably legal in the USA too). As usual, the MPAA has managed to get lawmakers to do their...
09:53 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Animated GIF of Mars Curiosity descent images
This animated GIF composed of descent images captured by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover as it headed towards landing is better than all the kittens on the internet combined. Via @nasasocial....
09:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Curiosity landing removed from YouTube after bogus copyright claim by Scripps
Ten minutes after NASA posted a video of the Curiosity landing on Mars to its official YouTube channel, the video was taken down again, replaced with a message saying it had been removed due to a copy...
09:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing If Hemingway (and Shakespeare, and co) were coders
Fat XXX's "If Hemingway wrote JavaScript" is a great piece of imaginative writing, speculating about the coding styles that various literary titans (Shakespeare, Hemingway, Dickens, Breton and more) w...
09:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Mars Curiosity Rover: Boing Boing's $2.5 billion dollar question about image file types, answered by JPL
Photo: Two of the first images transmitted back by Curiosity, as seen on monitors at JPL 20 minutes after the rover landed on Mars. (Xeni Jardin) NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was a magical place t...
08:58 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Chavela Vargas, 1919-2012
The great ranchera songstress Chavela Vargas has died. She was born in Costa Rica, and became one of the most timeless interpreters of what was, and is, a predominantly masculine music genre. She came...
06:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Tig Notaro joked about her breast cancer diagnosis during an epic set at Largo -- and killed
Standup comedian Tig Notaro took the stage Friday night at Largo as part of her farewell to Los Angeles as she prepares to move to New York to begin work on Amy Schumer's new show. But that wasn't all...
05:24 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Wikipedia's list of infamous software glitches
Worth noting, especially if you read my piece last Friday about problems with America's electric infrastructure: Wikipedia's list of infamous software glitches includes the problems with General Elect...
05:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Google Street View goes to Kennedy Space Center
I don't know what the best words ever written in the English language are, but I'm willing to put "Top of Launch Pad 39A, Address is Approximate" up there on the short list. Among the images you can n...
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing The teaser trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's controversial Zero Dark Thirty hits the web
Before May 2, 2011, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was working on a movie about the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. After May 2, 2011, she had to rework her movie a bit, because that manhunt offi...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Associated Press: As dozens of Eagle Scouts resign, Boy Scouts of America ignores them
I recently posted a couple of articles featuring heartfelt letters from people who had earned their Eagle Scout awards as boys, but no longer wanted to be associated with the Boy Scouts of America and...
04:41 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Liquid nitrogen hovers over the surface of a hot pan
The Leidenfrost Effect is a lovely sounding name for some very strange and nifty physics. When you heat up a liquid, it will, eventually, boil away into a gas. Different liquids have different boiling...
04:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Totally Not Photoshopped photos from Mars (a tumblog of greatness)
More like this: "TOTALLY NOT 'SHOPPED PICS FROM MARS" (Thanks, Sean Bonner!)...
03:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Silcing vegetables with thrown playing cards
This fellow hopes to break a world record throwing playing cards with vegetable-slicing speed and accuracy. If you'd like to learn this useful skill, you might start by reading Ricky Jay's 1977 classi...
03:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Slicing vegetables with thrown playing cards
This fellow hopes to break a world record throwing playing cards with vegetable-slicing speed and accuracy. If you'd like to learn this useful skill, you might start by reading Ricky Jay's 1977 classi...
03:28 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Birth of the deodorant industry
In Smithsonian, Sarah Everts traces the deodorant business to Edna Murphey, a high school student from Cincinnati who around 1910 took an antiperspirant her surgeon father invented, meant for his swea...
02:59 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic
Thanks to our sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other fine products. Above, Deadworry's Octo Owl Messenger Bag emblazoned with an unholy h...
02:51 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Mars Curiosity moment of joy: NASA JPL team high-fiving after landing (video)
[Video Link] As the post-landing press conference begins, NASA and JPL MSL leaders high-five and cheer with the Mars rover engineering and flight control team. I shot this last night (on my iPhone, pa...
02:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Mark Twain on film
No, not Hal Holbrook but Mark Twain himself. Thomas Edison shot this film of Twain in 1909 and it is the only known footage of the author. To celebrate, Jason will cook me one of his celebrated Mark T...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Curiosity rover "caught in the act of landing"NASA photo
This just in from Mars: NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolutio...
02:32 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing If there is anyone who can save M. Night Shyamalan from himself, it's Marti Noxon
Here is some excellent news that I promise is excellent, just wait for the second part: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and let's leave it there) is coming to television, deve...
02:29 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Instagram streams from various cities
"This is Now" provides real-time streams of Instagram uploads from a variety of cities like London, Paris, New York, and Vegas (above). I'm surprised there aren't more photos of feet and food!...
02:15 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Radioactive uranium sculptures
Australian artists Ken and Julia Yonetani created a series of sculptures from radioactive uranium glass. The large artworks, including the chandelier above and a 6-meter green ant, will be unveiled th...
01:58 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Profile of videogif artist Max Capacity
Glitch video/GIF artist Max Capacity work pushes the grainy VHS cut-ups and early home computer bit constraints of 1980s cyberpunk into the digital realm. Network Awesome and Radosaur Productions inte...
12:18 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Bees ground Delta flight
Honeybees clustered under the wing of a Delta Airlines flight at Pittsburgh International Airport last week; the plane could not depart until a beekeeper was summoned to take possession of the swarm. ...
12:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Life on Mars: A round-up of Curiosity-related awesomeness
They were chanting "Science! Science! Science!" and "NASA! NASA! NASA!" in Times Square last night, as the Curiosity rover touched down on Mars at about 1:30 am Eastern time. The best parts are yet to...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Memory card leads to long-lost camera's owner
Found by Vermont teacher Jon Noerr in a creek near Pharaoh Lake, a muddy Canon XT Rebel had clearly taken its last shot. But the memory card was ship-shape, and its contents made it possible to track ...
11:49 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Baby deer saved
A cute, speckled deer "scampered" into the woods Thursday after being rescued by from a 20-ft hole in Suffolk County, NY. [Huffington Post. Photo: Suffolk County Police Department]...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Science fiction grand master Jack Vance rockin' a uke and a kazoo
The video description says it all, really: Science fiction legend and grand master Jack Vance, 96, owns you completely with his ukelele and kazoo. He plans to sell music from his Go For Broke Jazz Ban...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Temple killer was white supremacist
Wade Michael Page, who killed six people inside a Sikh temple Sunday, was a "frustrated neo-Nazi who led a racist white supremacist band," reports the AP. Page told a white supremacist website in an i...
11:40 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Fire alarm enters tenth hour without relent
Public housing officials in Pittsburgh are hunting for whoever has the key to turn off a fire alarm triggered yesterday evening. As of 8 a.m. Monday, it's been blaring for 10 hours straight; if you ha...
11:37 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Five reasons to play D&D
I thought Grimm Wisdom's "5 reasons to play D&D" was a great list -- and it made me want to get my 4-y-o out of bed and have a go at the stripped-down version we play with random toys, polyhedral...
11:35 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Man crushes 7 police cars with tractor
A man accused of using a tractor "like a monster truck" to crush seven police cars is out on bail. Roger Pion, 34, of Newport, Vermont, was reportedly angry at a recent arrest; he now faces up to 16 y...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Hi-res image from new Mars rover
From NASA: "This is one of the first images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). It was taken through a "fisheye" wide-angle lens on...
11:05 am PDT - Mon, August 6, 2012
BoingBoing Meanwhile, in space...
Maaaaaars? MARS! Marsmarsmarsmarsmarsmarsmarsmars ... Thanks, Kate Davis!...
03:01 pm PDT - Sun, August 5, 2012
BoingBoing Today, science willing, Curiosity rover lands on Mars. Here's how to watch.
Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com This is it, guys. Tonight's the night. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity will attempt to land on the surface of Mars today...
02:34 pm PDT - Sun, August 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gender-neutral toy department
Harrods, one of London's most iconic department stores, has bucked the established practice of strongly gender-segregating its toy department, contracting with Shed Design to create a "gender-neutral"...
11:23 am PDT - Sun, August 5, 2012
BoingBoing Pareidoloop
Phil McCarthy's Pareidoloop overlays randomly generated polygons on top of one another until facial recognition software recognizes a human face. Can't sleep, at SIGGRAPH! [via @Brandonn]...
09:45 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Thank you, Bamboo Reef!
Another quick shot from diving off Catalina with Sal and the Bamboo Reef crew. Their annual August charter on Truth Aquatics' Vision is wonderful. Thanks again guys!...
09:08 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing London Varieties comes to the Edinburgh Fringe
Juggler and impresario Mat Ricardo sez, After six months of sell-out shows and fun times in London, we've arrived at the Edinburgh Fringe where Mat Ricardo's London Varieties has become The Voodoo Var...
06:56 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Student disciplined for improving campus course-selection system
Timothy Arnold, a student at the University of Central Florida, produced a app called U Could Finish that automated the process of hunting for vacancies in popular courses. After the app was the subje...
05:42 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Twitch gamer swears by Rat mouse
My wife Alice is a retired pro twitch-gamer, and when she gets excited about a new pointing device, I pay attention. Last night she glommed onto Chris DiBona's remarkable Rat Mouse, played with it, an...
04:36 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Why do stubbed toes hurt so damned much?
Many's the time I've rolled around on the ground, grimacing and making animal keening noises and wondering why the hell humans evolved to experience such dramatic pain from toe-stubbing. Here is a pla...
04:30 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Towards a Poor Theatre, by Jerzy Grotowski
Towards a Poor Theatre, by Jerzy Grotowski I had not heard of Grotowski until 1977 when I witnessed a film document of his Polish Theatre Lab's performance of Akropolis. As I left Berkeley's Pacific F...
03:29 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Machine-stitched monster patches
Refashion Co-Op's Resweater shows us a great technique for machine-stitched monster-patches for your holey jeans. A cute fix for a hole in the knee of jeans (via Craft)...
02:40 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Caturday
Boing Boing reader Nicholas Longtin of Minneapolis has carefully 'shooped a series of photos from the 2012 Olympics to include his cats. I'll consider it complete when this shot's included. (via BB Fl...
02:18 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing "You Bet Your Life" out-takes, with Groucho Marx (video)
My friend David Silverman tipped me off to these compilations of too-risqu-for-TV out-takes from Groucho Marx's television show, You Bet Your Life. Above, part 1, below, part 2, of one set. There's mo...
02:13 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Stuffed toy bunny helps police unravel giant global child porn network
Trigger warning, for sure, in this Associated Press story about a single physical clue that led police to bust a network of child rapists who published evidence of their acts online: "43 men have been...
01:51 pm PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing When Curiosity was born: a peek at Mars rover during construction at JPL, one year ago
In April, 2011, the engineers at JPL gave Boing Boing permission to visit the clean room where the next Mars rover, Curiosity, had just been completed, for an exclusive first look. Photographer Joseph...
03:42 am PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Cybercrime, patent-theft numbers are total bullshit
In case there was any doubt in your mind, the alleged $1B cost to America from cyberwar and the $250B cost to America from "cyber-theft of Intellectual property" are both total bullshit. Pro Publica b...
02:37 am PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Make a backyard control panel with your kids
This looks like a great weekend project: Depending on your childs experience and motor skills, this will require some adult supervision. How much you involve yourself is up to you but Im warning you, ...
01:56 am PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Mission to Mars: Anticipating NASA rover 'Curiosity' touchdown
[Video Link] This Sunday night (and through the wee hours of Monday morning), engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA will attempt to land the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curio...
01:31 am PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Designer room interiors of 1946
How to Be a Retronaut picks out the best of a 1946 portfolio of designer room interiors from the Internet Archive. Above, a room I would live in in a heartbeat. Right, a swell kitchen. Portfolio of Ro...
12:31 am PDT - Sat, August 4, 2012
BoingBoing Sociability's value comes from privacy
A smashing essay on Kyro Beshay's site about the relationship between sociability and privacy is a must-read: Social networks and services have definitely given us new and seamless ways to communicate...
11:19 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Electronics Arts files lawsuit against Zynga
There are plenty of boots out there trying to squish this bug, but Electronic Arts' are the biggest yet. What was that Aliens vs. Predator tagline again? [NYT]...
08:26 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Drew Barrymore pledges to celebrate life at the end of the world in her second directorial effort
If you could spend the end of the world with anyone from Hollywood, wouldn't Drew Barrymore be a delightful choice? I mean, she's adorable, and she never wants to be a bummer, you guys. That's why she...
06:18 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Batman is probably not the most chill video game companion
For those of you who are lonely and looking for a cool person with whom to play video games, I do not recommend Batman, what with his shouty nature over things like, I don't know, triggers. (via Crave...
05:46 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Tippi Hedren on the abuse she took from Alfred Hitchock: "Today, I'd be a very rich woman"
There is nothing more disappointing than finding out that someone whose work you have always admired was not a divine, magical genius, but a deeply flawed human being. Sometimes such flaws can be over...
04:30 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: The Emigrants, by W.G. Sebald
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...
04:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Outside Lands contest winner!
Congratulations to Brad Konick, winner of our Outside Lands 2012 "summer photo" ticket contest! Thank you all for the amazing entries! We hope you enjoyed the contest. Brad submitted the beautiful pho...
03:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Citizen Kane knocked down a notch
After 50 years, Citizen Kane has lost its top seat on the British Film Institute's famed list of the "Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time." The number one spot now goes to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (19...
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Survival Research Labs live performance on eBay
Would you like Survival Research Laboratories to perform at your next party? How about adding their unique blend of robotic mayhem, orchestrated annihilation, and black comedy to your company picnic? ...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing If the Doors performed the theme to "Reading Rainbow"
A truly outstanding Jim Morrison impersonator croons the theme to "Reading Rainbow," on a Jimmy Fallon show episode. What more could you want? The Doors Sing "Reading Rainbow" Theme (Jimmy Fallon) (Th...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Pixelhead masks that make you look like a pixellated German Secretary of the Interior
Martin Backes is selling a limited edition of 333 "Pixelhead" anonymity masks, which allow you to replace your face with the pixellated likeness of German Secretary of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedric...
02:47 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Chick-fil-A store sponsors gay pride festival
Anthony Piccola, owner of the Chick-fil-A franchise in Nashua, New Hampshire, announced this his shop will be a sponsor of the area's gay pride festival next weekend. From Picolla's statement: In both...
02:45 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing And now, we pause for a Moment of Kitten (video)
[Video Link]. Him widdle names is "Pancake." He is a "foster" kitten, snuggling up in this video with a doggie....
02:36 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Murderers dumping bodies in Detroit
A dozen corpses of murder victims have turned up over the last year in desolate and decaying parts of Detroit -- vacant lots, abandoned homes, overgrown parks From the AP: "You can shoot a person, dum...
02:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Toy butcher shop from 1840
This is an 1840 butcher shop model. Note the exquisite detail down to the sawdust and blood on the floor. Such items weren't uncommon and were sold as promotional displays for shops or, yes, as child ...
02:11 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing I Love the '10s! Best Week Ever returning to VH1 in January
Great news for fans of VH1's brand of pop culture snark: weekly recap show Best Week Ever is coming back to the cable network this January, reviving the dreams of aspiring talking heads across the nat...
01:52 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Long before CEO's douchey gay marriage comments, some at Chick-fil-A were jerks to workers
In Salon, an article about series of lawsuits against Chick-Fil-A by former employees who claim managers "have wielded their authority over workers in ways that break the law: firing a Muslim for refu...
01:29 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Chilling effect spreads, as FBI hunts down national security leaks
"Current and former high-level government officials from multiple agencies" have been interviewed privately by FBI agents in recent weeks, reports the NYT, "casting a distinct chill over press coverag...
01:22 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing New Nike ad features overweight 12-year-old boy
[Video Link]. Wieden+Kennedy's new ad for Nike is provocative stuff. Nike isn't sponsoring the Olympics this year, but the ad is timed accordingly. The star of this spot, Nathan, is 12 years old ...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO open an electronic hotel-room lock without a key
Cody Brocious -- a Mozilla dev and security researcher -- presented a paper on a vulnerability in hotel-door locks last month at Black Hat. Many electronic hotel door-locks made by Onity have a small ...
01:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing NASA's Ashwin Vasavada talks Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity with Boing Boing
In April, 2011, Boing Boing (well, our photographer pal Joseph Linaschke) visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a peek inside the clean room where the Mars rover, Curiosity, and other component...
12:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing In mid-'60s LSD research study, dosed scientists achieved creative breakthroughs
Illustration: Jonathan Castro, for The Heretic A wonderful long-read at The Heretic by Tim Doody, on 1966 LSD studies that took place as the US government's position on acid research shifted from "sur...
12:10 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing SpaceX, Boeing win $900 million to develop spacecraft for human space flight
NASA has awarded Boeing (not to be confused with "Boing Boing," you guys), SpaceX, and a Colorado-based systems integration firm a combined $900 million in contracts to develop spacecraft capable of c...
12:05 pm PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Ice-cream ads: words fail me. In a good way.
I know nothing about the quality of the products on offer at Little Baby's Ice Cream in Philadelphia. But their excellent nightmare-fuel advertisements will haunt me in a good way forever. The one abo...
11:01 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing The Library of Congress welcomes our new galactic overlords
The Library of Congress has an official standard for abbreviations of different languages. It's a long list, because, well, there are lots and lots of languages that might be mentioned in the Library ...
10:59 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Babelfish: Adafruit's Arduino-based RFID flash-cards for learning language with open source hardware
Phil Torrone sez, "Learn to make a speaking, card-reading toy! The Babel Fish helps you learn to say words and phrases on RFID flash cards by reading the card and playing an associated sound file load...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Patent on a method for exercising a cat
When you pull out a laser pointer and get your cat to chase the dot of light around your house*, you are using a patented method of cat exercise. The rights are owned by Kevin Amiss and Martin Abbott ...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Coconut crab is frighteningly large
On the plus side, that means it makes a great comic photo prop. Here, blogger Angelo O'Connor Villagomez plays Edward Crabhands. Native to a wide range of Pacific islands, the crabs used to be plentif...
10:06 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Blackout: What's wrong with the American grid
It began with a few small mistakes. Around 12:15, on the afternoon of August 14, 2003, a software program that helps monitor how well the electric grid is working in the American Midwest shut itself d...
01:25 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing The next book I'll be reading
Holy cats, Jo Walton knows how to review a book in such a way as to get me drooling. (She's no slouch at writing 'em too). The book under discussion now is Francis Spuffords Red Plenty, available fina...
01:04 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Vote against CISPA, SOPA and PIPA in 2012
A reader writes, "The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has a list of candidates who are running for Congress who strongly oppose indefinite detention of American citizens and SOPA/CISPA. The link also...
01:02 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing Petition to make the TSA obey a court order and hold hearings on pornoscanners
Bruce Schneier writes, Year ago, EPIC [the Electronic Privacy Information Center] sued the TSA over full body scanners (I was one of the plantiffs), demanding that they follow their own rules and ask ...
12:18 am PDT - Fri, August 3, 2012
BoingBoing The other Olympics
The British, Irish and French put in predictably strong showings among the world's most drink-guzzling nations; Western Europeans drink nearly twice as much as the U.S. per capita. But no-one knocks i...
11:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Japan launches criminal probe into Fukushima nuclear crisis
Finally: Prosecutors in Japan have launched a criminal investigation into the 2011 nuclear plant accident, after more than 1,300 residents filed a complaint against TEPCO executives. Bloomberg reports...
11:45 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Sexism in gaming
Not a new thing for women who game, but it's great to see the New York Times devote more than a thousand words to it. The hate-filled attacks that followed Anita Sarkeesians Kickstarter campaign are p...
11:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Traffic hacks: elderly woman in China ties sex doll to tree to slow motorists
According to the rough translation I've found here, an elderly woman in China who lived near a pedestrian crossing that drivers often speed through found a clever way to get motorists to slow down. Sh...
11:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing US nuclear weapons site shut after protesters breach security
The only US facility for "handling, processing and storing weapons-grade uranium" was closed temporarily after anti-nuke activists, including one 82-year-old nun, breached security fences. Reuters rep...
11:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Diving Catalina with Bamboo Reef
I'm diving this week with the fine folks from Bamboo Reef, in San Francisco. Every year I try to join them on their charter to Catalina Island. One of my fellow divers, Stacy Kerkela, got this wonderf...
11:11 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing It sure sucks to work for Chick-fil-A when you're gay
Great piece over at Huffington Post in which LGBT employees of Chick-Fil-A are interviewed about what it's like working there right now. They're getting it from both sides: the icky customers who than...
10:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Are we all Martians? The curious hunt for life on Mars
NASA's newest rover Curiosity, is zipping through space, slated to enter the Martian atmosphere early morning eastern time on Monday, August 6. (Image: NASA) At the PBS NewsHour site, space journalist...
07:45 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity headed for Mars landing. Are you ready?
NASA JPL's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover will try to land at the foot of a 3-mile-high mountain on Mars this Sunday night (technically, early Monday morning) to learn more about the possible buildin...
06:03 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Cops: handcuffed man shot self
Just how hard can it be for a left-handed man to shoot himself in the right temple with a concealed pistol after being searched and put in a police car? While handcuffed?...
04:42 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing A be-mulletted Eric Bana has some very useful advice for aspiring Olympic athletes
Before he played Nero the evil Romulan, the Hulk, and other dramatic roles in gut-wrenching movies like Munich and Black Hawk Down, Eric Bana put on silly wigs and did impressions as part of his actua...
04:30 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell, by Deborah Solomon
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...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing "Sacrifice Zones" and corporate greed
In 2010, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Chris Hedges and comix artist/journalist Joe Sacco travelled through towns in America where real people's towns, homes, and lives are destroyed to benefit corp...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Life in a city made of computers
Here's a transcript of a classic Charles Strossian rant, his speech at TNG's Big Tech Day in Munich last June. Entitled "How low (power) can you go?" it's a look at life in a city whose entire surface...
03:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Tomorrow: Same-Sex Kiss Day At Chick-fil-A!
Tomorrow is National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A!...
03:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Ambient music for the moon landing
Polish composer Marek Kamiski (Lights Dim) and Hidekazu Imashige (Gallery Six) created a beautiful ambient/classical soundscape celebrating the 43rd anniversary of the first humans on the moon. Above ...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Some people don't watch NASCAR for the crashes
New research suggests that people still watch NASCAR for the brutal crashes, but that number is declining. University of Iowa economist John Solow and his colleagues studied the TV ratings of more tha...
03:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing What do you get when you have 6.02210^23 moles?
More juicy awesomeness from Randall "XKCD" Munroe's "What If?" series! This week, Randy looks at what you'd get if you marshalled a mole (6.02210^23) of moles (small burrowing rodents). First cut: you...
02:34 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Will Wright on life on Mars, 2047
Air & Space Smithsonian invited Sims creator Will Wright to imagine the first communities on Mars. Here's an excerpt from his vision of Marstown, population 8,000, in 2047: Like most colonists, S...
02:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Today, Dan Aykroyd says that Bill Murray is not involved with Ghostbusters 3
We interrupt your web surfing for a brief update on the Ghostbusters 3-Bill Murray Involvement Saga: In a recent interview with Metro, Dan Aykroyd stated that Bill Murray "won't be involved" in the mo...
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Tornado snapshot from 1943
My friend Randall de Rijk has an astounding collection of vintage vernacular snapshots. This is his latest acquisition, a photo of a tornado that hit the Cavalry Replacement Training Center at Fort Ri...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Scientology's "Hole" - alleged torture-camp for high-ranking execs who fell out of favor
The Village Voice has a haunting, well-sourced account of "The Hole," where upper echelon Scientologists who have fallen into bad odor with the group's leader are imprisoned under inhumane conditions ...
01:33 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Christopher Eccleston cast as the villain in Thor 2, geekdom is immediately overwhelmed
This is bigger than Zachary Quinto playing Spock, and even bigger than David Tennant showing up in a Harry Potter movie. Christopher Eccleston, best known in Nerdville for playing the ninth incarnatio...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchismo
Our thanks go to Watchismo for sponsoring Boing Boing Blast, our once-daily delivery of headlines by email. Batman & Bane Limited Edition Watches from Diesel's The Dark Knight Rises timepiece col...
12:43 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Boyett's Mortality Bridge, now in paperback
Steven Boyett is one of my favorite authors (and has been for decades, since I was wowed by his debut novel Ariel). I reviewed his latest, Mortality Bridge , back in November, when it came out in a li...
12:14 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Nokia Lumia nail polish
When Nokia announced the N9/Lumia 800, I was among the many delighted by the attractive hardware. With the new Windows Phone OS—itself getting surprise raves for its minimalism and focus—i...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the Haunted Mansion's hitchhiking ghosts
Annie Leibovitz has been commissioned by Disney to produce a series of "Dream Portraits" showing actors dressed and posed as characters from the company's films and rides. I'm very taken with this Hau...
11:01 am PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Sight: haunting short sf movie
"Sight," a short film and grad project from Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, is one of those science fiction stories that don't treat the technology as a larger-than-life operatic prop, but rather try to...
10:24 am PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Skittles' bestiality ad
Via JWZ, who quotes' John Nolte's amusing outrage: "Pay special attention to the thoroughly disgusting sound effects. You can laugh and say it's just a joke, but through a war of inches, Hollywood con...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Bull attempts to mate with man
Megan Reynolds at Log Cabin Democrat: "According to the report, a deputy arrived at the home and noticed a man slapping the bull on the head and leading him across the yard. The report says the bull t...
10:11 am PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Lost fur seal makes it to Hawaii
Audrey McAvoy writes: A seal that would normally live in waters around the Aleutian Islands and California has shown up thousands of miles away on a beach in Hawaii, officials said Wednesday. Little f...
10:08 am PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Olympic "K-Tape" unproven, scientists say
Alexis Madrigal on the weird tape that Olympic athletes are sticking on themselves: It's called kinesio (or just 'k') tape. Athletes use the tape as a kind of elastic brace that they say helps relieve...
01:34 am PDT - Thu, August 2, 2012
BoingBoing Kids and Mozilla hack my novel Little Brother
I'm proud and excited beyond words to see the running notes from the work being done in Chicago by a group of students and a facilitator from the Mozilla Foundation's Hive NYC on a number of video pro...
10:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Aurora shooting suspect's psychiatrist alerted colleagues of threat, but officials never contacted police
The University of Colorado psychiatrist who treated mass shooting suspect James Holmes was so concerned by his behavior, she alerted colleagues in June that he was potentially dangerous. CNN reports t...
10:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Sharp cuts
Japan's Sharp Corporation, best known for its Aquos televisions and solar panel technology, may soon cut 5,000 jobs globally, or "just under 10 percent of its consolidated workforce. (Reuters)...
10:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Red scare ad for Canadair
I'm a bit baffled by the context for this Canadair red-scare ad -- maybe Korean War? Do We Actually Know WHERE to Face Communism?...
10:03 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO survive a robot uprising (just add water)
Randall "XKCD" Munroe's "What If?" site continues to shine -- and possibly even to outshine his most excellent webcomic. This week, Randall (whose background is in robotics), looks at what would happe...
09:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Perhaps you thought General Butt Naked in "Book of Mormon" was a fictional character? You thought wrong.
In Vanity Fair, Tom Freston profiles the former Liberian warlord turned evangelical minister whose alias many Americans know only through a character in Matt Stone and Trey Parker's Broadway hit, Book...
09:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing When Rudy Rucker met Kurt Gdel
Science fiction writer and mathematician Rudy Rucker -- surely one of the world's all-time happiest mutants -- met with Kurt Gdel on three occasions, which he documented in an essay from his book Infi...
09:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing KFC Loves Gays, starring John Goodman as Col. Sanders (video parody)
This parody ad skewering the anti-gay in Chick-fil-A is the best thing yet to come out of the whole fast-food-chicken-meets-marriage-equality kerfuffle. "If you want the gayest chicken, you have to vi...
09:12 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing What ADHD feels like
Perhaps the best description for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ever, from Amy Alkon: "Having ADHD is like trying to think while being attacked by a flock of crows or having 16 squirrels in ...
09:10 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Cat, wearing chapeau, rides through streets on bicycle (video)
[Video Link] This must be seen to be believed. What's with his widdle platform he's standing on, the two discs? And how does he hang on wif him widdle paws? Your theories in the comments. (thanks, her...
08:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Desperate banks fall for the 419 advance-fee fraud
The FDIC has issues a special alert warning that America's debt-haunted, cash-strapped banks are falling prey to conmen working the advance fee fraud, the same scam used in the familiar "Nigerian prin...
07:56 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing The Higgs-like particle makes its way to peer review
It takes 98 total pages and two different research papers to describe the discovery of the particle that CERN scientists believe is probably the Higgs Boson. The papers have now been submitted to peer...
07:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing The whooping cough vaccine your children get may not work as well as the one you got as a kid
About 20 years ago, the United States and a few other countries started using a different pertussis vaccine than had been used previously. The change was in response to public fear about some very rar...
07:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing The history (and future) of kid's chemistry sets
Sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s, my mom bought me a chemistry set. I was in grade school, but I remember thinking it was pretty cool. I also remember being slightly disappointed (particularl...
07:26 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Romney's tax-free decade
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told the press that the reason Mitt Romney won't release his tax returns is that he paid no tax at all for a decade. (via Reddit)...
06:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing All the way to Timbuktu
Timbuktu is, for the record, in the West African country of Mali. But how did it end up immortalized in Western idiom? Pamela Toler at Wonders and Marvels explains. Here's a hint: In the 14th century,...
06:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Where extreme weather and infrastructure meet, bad things happen
I just posted the first part of a two-part feature about America's electric grid and the risk of blackouts. If this is something you're interested in, though, there's a New York Times piece from last ...
06:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the people who keep your lights on
Power was restored today in India, where more than 600 million people had been living without electricity for two days. That's good news, but it's left many Americans wondering whether our own electri...
06:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing The $9 cardboard bicycle
Israeli designer Giora Kariv invented his $9 cardboard bicycle after hearing about someone who'd created a cardboard canoe. The finished product is advertised as remarkably strong and durable: The Car...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing The CW had better not be pulling our legs about this alleged Muppets holiday special
Dear readers, do not mistake this story for official facts just yet, because it looks like all we're getting from CW president Mark Pedowitz is a fleeting promise for some sort of Muppets holiday spec...
05:17 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Armored diving suit
On Diving Heritage, a brief history of 1882's Carmagnolle armored diving suit, inspired by medieval armorers. This thing is a science fiction costume-designer's dream. Alphonse and Theodore Carmagnoll...
04:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing After worst blackout in global history, India's power minister rates his performance as "Excellent"
About 10% of the world was without power when a massive blackout hit India this week. Power has mostly been restored, and so has the hubris of the officials responsible. From the WaPo: "Asked to rate ...
04:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing How to build a nuclear-fusion reactor with parts from eBay
"For the past four years, Brooklyn web designer Mark Suppes has been building a nuclear-fusion reactor in the corner of a friend's cluttered warehouse -- even though he has no background in nuclear ph...
04:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Review of coffee brand boasting "200% more caffeine"
At The Dropp, Mallory Winstead reviews Death Wish Coffee, which claims to contain 200% more caffeine than "typical coffee shop coffee." Mallory writes, "Death Wish Coffee Companys website has a discla...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon
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...
04:28 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Gambia: Activist jailed for life over t-shirt treason
In The Gambia, an activist is serving life in prison with hard labor for printing and distributing t-shirts that called for an end to the dictatorship in the small West African nation. Dr. Amadou Scat...
04:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Nine months and $76,000 later, UC Davis's Pepper-Spray Pike is fired
Lt John Pike, the UC Davis campus cop who attained infamy by casually walking a line of student protesters, pepper-spraying them at point-blank range, has been fired. He has been on administrative lea...
04:07 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Shocker: Fruit flies on meth become anorexic, agitated
A new study published in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences shows that fruit flies on methamphetamine "drastically reduce their food intake and increase their physical activity, just as humans do."...
04:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Outside Lands contest finalists!
I'm pleased to announce the three finalists in our Outside Lands ticket contest! We asked you to post a photo that's quintessentially "summer" and pick an accompanying song from one of the artists per...
04:04 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Neat data viz of 350,000 websites: "The Internet Map"
Ruslan Ekineev created what he calls "The Internet Map," a graphic that charts 350,000 websites from 196 countries in an clickable "galaxy." Each website is a "planet," size is determined by traffic, ...
04:03 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Finnish band tells its fans how to get around Finland's Pirate Bay block
Alymysto is a Finnish band that releases its music over BitTorrent, and counts on fans being able to access The Pirate Bay in order to find it. But The Pirate Bay is blocked by court order in Finland....
04:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Sony Walkman "inspired" iPhone mockup
Here's the Sony Walkman that an Apple designer was apparently inspired by when making a 2006 iPhone mockup. Samsung hopes the similarities will stymie legal claims that the Korean firm too-closely ape...
03:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 028: Subway Surfers
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
03:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 028: Subway Surfers
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this week's episode Jane...
03:27 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Cancer stem cells tracked
In the journal Nature, interesting stem cell news that could lead to more effectively-targeted chemotherapy for cancer patients. Part of why chemo is so brutal is that it targets all fast-growing cell...
03:24 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing FCC: Verizon must allow tethering apps
Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOm: "Verizon customers will soon have the option of downloading Android apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot apps that Verizon blocked initially because...
03:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Belarussian air chief fails to deter teddy bear airdrop
In other news, Belarussian resident Alexander Lukashenko sacked his air defense chief for failing to stop a Swedish plane drop hundreds of teddy bears on Europe's last dictatorship. [Reuters]...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Communist Porsche turned away at Lithuanian border
Lithuania denied entry to a Belarussian man who turned up in a Porsche painted with the Soviet flag, replete with hammer and sickle: "The border guards suggested the driver leave his car behind and en...
03:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Dropbox: "We wuz hacked"
A couple weeks ago, a few hundred Dropbox users noticed they were receiving loads of spam about online casinos and gambling websites, at email addresses those users had set up only for Dropbox-related...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Pubic hair stuck to a urinal forms a treble clef
A redditor called Frankie842 snapped a photo of a public hair stuck to a urinal in a near-perfect treble clef. I once experienced something like this, back when I was roomming with Possum Man. We'd co...
02:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Digital Paranormal Activity 4 looks just as creepy as its analog predecessors
Apple has the full trailer for the fourth entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise, and I'm happy to report that the creepy factor has upgraded from VHS to digital! The saga of Katie and Kristi and ...
02:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Erik Davis on psychedelic poster pioneer Rick Griffin
My favorite magickal, mystical tour guide Erik Davis of Expanding Mind and Techgnosis fame wrote a two-part column on iconic 60s-70s psychedelic poster/comix/surf artist Rick Griffin. From HiLowbrow: ...
02:14 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing NBC's Stars Earn Stripes might be the bastard child of The Hunger Games, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder
NBC is taking advantage of its Olympics coverage by promoting its new fall and late summer shows. A particularly unnerving one is for a show called Stars Earn Stripes, a new reality/competition show h...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Call your Senator today and stop the Cyber Security Act of 2012, which legalizes spying on your email, chats, photos, social behavior, and location for any purpose
Tiffiny from champion SOPA-fighters Fight for the Future says: This year, grassroots movements defeated SOPA in the US and ACTA in Europe. We might be able to make another bad-idea bill, CISPA, go dow...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Call your Senator today and stop the Cyber Security Act of 2012: it legalizes spying on your email, chats, photos, social behavior, and location for any purpose
Tiffiny from champion SOPA-fighters Fight for the Future says: This year, grassroots movements defeated SOPA in the US and ACTA in Europe. We might be able to make another bad-idea bill, CISPA, go dow...
02:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Stinkfish, Emol, Ziegler: street art show in Culver City
Stinkfish is a street artist from Bogot, Colombia who is best known for creating massive, psychedelic murals based on his snapshots of local people he encounters. He converts those portraits into sten...
01:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing The Unbearable Lightness Of Being British
Photo: Shimelle (cc) The epithets attached to the Olympic opening ceremony piled up: eclectic, spectacular, monumental, shambolic, parochial, world-beating, hideous, embarrassing, filmic, and even ins...
01:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing How bus passengers avoid each other
Yale University sociologist Esther Kim traveled thousands of miles on buses to study "nonsocial transient behavior," basically how passengers keep their distance. Of course, the most obvious unspoken ...
01:36 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Divers making weird faces in midflight
TheFW has gathered together a gallery of striking photos of Olympic divers' faces, captured in midflight by various photographers working for Getty Images. It turns out that divers make some pretty we...
01:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Crop circles appear in Washington
Spokane's KHQ-TV reports the appearance of crop circles in a Washington wheat field. Reporter Mike Perry: The circles resemble a four-leaf clover and remind [landowner] Cindy Geib of Mickey Mouse ears...
01:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Pepper-spraying cop exits force
The cop who pepper-sprayed seated students at UC Davis last November is no longer employed by the force. [Sacbee via Digg]...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Jerry Springer starts off on wrong hoof with Bronies
Adrian Chen writes that Bronies—adult male fans of girly TV show My Little Pony—have swiftly organized a united front against Jerry Springer's Brony casting call. [Gawker]...
12:44 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing "RIP Al Gore"
Dan Munz and Alex Balk spotted that people on Twitter are unaware of the separation of Gores....
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Cold, Thirsty and Hungry on a Desert Island
Tom the Dancing Bug by @RubenBolling is supported by readers like YOU. Join the team by going to the INNER HIVE -- its easy, fun, and you get STUFF....
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Valve user agreement now disallows class-action suits
To buy games from Steam, you must now sign an agreement not to join class-action lawsuits against operator Valve. [Steam via Ars]...
12:31 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Doonesbury has a new protagonist
Doonesbury has an official new lead character: Alex Doonesbury, the daughter of Mike Doonesbury, who has been the comic's protagonist for more than 40 years. Writing for ThinkProgress, Alyssa Rosenber...
12:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Royal toast sold
This leftover slice of toast, left uneaten by Prince Charles on the morning of his wedding to Diana Spencer, was sold for $360 at a recent auction in London. [Hansons via AP]...
12:22 pm PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter apologizes for part of the Guy AdamsNBCOlympics affair
Here's a followup on the earlier story about Twitter suspending a journalist's account after he tweeted the work email address of an NBC exec and asked people to write in complaining about NBC's broad...
11:53 am PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Comics Rack: The Hypo, Snake Oil #7, Drama and Turtie Needs Work
Happy Read Comics in Public month! In honor of the world's fourth favorite made-up geek holiday (August 28th -- happy early birthday, Jack Kirby!) here are some picks to help you get started on your o...
11:46 am PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Minecraft gets major update
A wild array of new features arrived today for Minecraft, the all-conquering digital RPG Lego addiction vortex: trading with villagers, bonus chests in new worlds, and countless new map features and b...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Man busted for feeding gator that ate his hand
Wallace Weatherholt, 63, was leading a tour of Florida's Everglades when he allegedly reached over the side of his boat to feed a fish to an alligator. The 9-foot alligator bit off Weatherholt's hand ...
02:20 am PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing OMGCATSINSPACE
A Tumblog of Greatness: OMGCATSINSPACE. (thanks, @sbethm)...
01:18 am PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Gore Vidal, 1925-2012
Writer, analyst, and eloquent opinionator Gore Vidal died today. He was 86. The LA Times reports that he died Tuesday in his Hollywood Hills home, from complications related to pneumonia. In his lifet...
01:11 am PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Gentleman argues with neighbor about fence (video)
[Video Link] "Ya know what? How ya doin, motherfucker?" (via Joe Sabia)...
01:07 am PDT - Wed, August 1, 2012
BoingBoing Snow leopard munches on a squirrel (video)
Video Link. A man films a snow leopard snarfing up a squirrel in a zoo enclosure, while his little son watches in curiosity. (thanks, Joe Sabia!)...
11:17 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Where pianos go to die
If you ask your piano mover to donate your old, expensive-to-repair piano to a good home, chances are, she or he will reassure that this will come to pass, but chances are that your beloved instrument...
10:14 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Music industry, in sum
In three short panels, the Oatmeal does a fine job of capturing the problem and promise of the music industry in the 21st century. The state of the music industry - The Oatmeal (via Reddit)...
09:16 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Deluxe vinyl edition of Eraserhead soundtrack
The Eraserhead original soundtrack recording will get the special vinyl reissue treatment in August from Sacred Bones Records. This deluxe edition includes the LP, a 16 page booklet, three 11" x 11" a...
09:12 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing What can we learn from the Colorado shooting?
Bruce Schneier asks what lessons we can learn from the shooting in a Colorado movie theater, and answers the question with admirable good sense: The rarity of events such as the Aurora massacre doesn'...
08:54 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Bathing suits matching book covers
Matchbook is is Kate Imbach's Tumblog of bathing suits that match book covers. And vice versa. (via @nickbilton)...
08:46 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Ranking airports for pandemic-spreading potential
According to MIT research, the top three US airports most likely to influence the spread of a pandemic are JFK, LAX, and HNL. The most influential hubs aren't necessarily the busiest, but rather those...
08:18 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Dan Harmon scores yet another sitcom deal, this time at CBS
So, interesting story: Sony and NBC fire Dan Harmon from the show he created. Harmon then sells an animated pilot to Adult Swim. Then Harmon got a deal to write a multi-camera sitcom pilot for Fox. An...
07:59 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Ebola in Uganda
Yesterday, Xeni told you that the deadly virus Ebola has reemerged in Uganda. The disease has actually been infecting and killing people in the western part of the country for three weeks. We're heari...
07:39 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Nudists on a semiconductor
Infineon Technologies' Lim Saw Sing discovered a colony of microscopic nudists having an orgy on the surface of an integrated circuit. Of course, there is some chance, albeit small, that they aren't n...
07:06 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Magician Ferdinando Buscema on Expanding Mind podcast
Stage magician and "magic experience designer" Ferdinando Buscema, who I've previously posted about, was a guest on the always-provocative Expanding Mind podcast with Erik Davis and Maja D'Aoust. The ...
06:37 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Should you buy an unlimited-ride Metrocard?
Unless you count a three-month internship in college, I've never lived in New York City. But, between friends and work, I've managed to visit every couple years or so and I've nearly always picked up ...
06:11 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Interview with the Berlin Patient
Timothy Ray Brown (aka, The Berlin Patient) is the first person to go from being HIV+ to HIV-. Usually, he's described as the first person to be cured of AIDS. Scientists are a bit more circumspe...
05:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Exit the Dogg, enter the Lion
Evidently rap-star and all around interesting guy Snoop Dogg is no more. Meet Snoop Lion! "I feel like I've always been Rastafarian," Snoop said and also informs us that he is "Bob Marley reincarnated...
04:30 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Enthralling Books: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
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...
03:01 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing 17-y-o arrested in England for sending nasty tweet to losing Olympian
Police in Weymouth, Dorset, England came to the home of a 17-year-old boy and arrested him, because he had retweeted an unpleasant sentiment to an Olympic athlete. The offending tweet? "You let your d...
03:01 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing UPDATED: 17-y-o arrested in England for sending nasty tweet to losing Olympian
Update: I misread the article -- the same 17-y-o later sent some pretty dreadful threats to the Olympian in question: "i'm going to find you and i'm going to drown you in the pool you cocky twat your ...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Jackson Publick announces an hour-long Venture Bros. Season 5 premiere
In a wrap-up interview following Comic Con, co-creator of Adult Swim's The Venture Bros. Jackson Publick revealed two things: the previously announced Halloween special will be a regular part of the f...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Possible spoilers: What NYC landmark might be making a creepy cameo on Doctor Who?
The picture has already made the rounds on the internet, but in case this was the first you're hearing of this delightful Doctor Who news, I put it after the jump. Rumor has it, however, that a famous...
01:48 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Stross and Doctorow on the road: the Rapture of the Nerds tour in Lexington, Brooklyn, Brookline, Rochester
Charlie Stross and I are hitting the road this September 5-9 for a mini, post-Burning Man, post-WorldCon book-tour for our collaborative comic novel of the Singularity called Rapture of the Nerds. We'...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Ant-Man might be in theaters as soon as 2014
For some reason, and despite the test footage Edgar Wright presented at Comic Con, it still feels (to me, at least) like Ant-Man is still only rumored to be happening. But that feeling is finally shif...
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Butter-knife money-clip
Last night at dinner in San Francisco (I'm in town to give a Long Now talk tonight), our waiter noticed that I was wearing a ring made from an ornate spoon handle and produced his home-made money-clip...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Science T-shirt is blunt, to the point
Have I mentioned how much I absolutely love geneticist (and occasional BoingBoing contributor) David Ng? The fact that he designs awesome T-shirts while procrastinating just seals the deal. You can bu...
12:24 pm PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Cancer and music "that makes me want to live"Brian Mansfield
USA Today's Nashville music critic Brian Mansfield was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 48. In a beautiful piece at USA Today, he describes a kind of "cancer honeymoon" just after his diagnosis in w...
11:52 am PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing India's in the dark, are we next?
670 million people—roughly half of India's population—has been without electricity for two days, following a massive blackout. The United States has a much more modern grid, but only nine ...
11:29 am PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing HD video from the RX100
Sorry if you're getting sick of everyone raving about Sony's RX100, but this thing--the size of a deck of cards!--really is the dog's bollocks. With Canon about to hit town with an APS-C mirrorless, I...
10:57 am PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Why aren't you turning potatoes into cash RIGHT NOW?
Potato chips, how my mouth just drips, Crunch, crunch, I don't want no lunch, All I want is potato chips. No matter where it is, You'll always find a bag around, You can be at a bar or a picnic, Even ...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing vN: a science fiction novel about robots, perverts, power and privilege
vN, Madeline Ashby's debut novel, drops today. I'm an immense fan of Ashby's work (I actually published her first story) and vN did not disappoint. The novel is set in a medium-term future where a rac...
02:27 am PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter does something really, really, really stupid - will they fix it?
You've heard by now that Twitter suspended Guy Adams, a journalist from the UK paper The Independent after Adams posted the email address of an NBC exec and urged his followers to send in email compla...
02:15 am PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Free at last (to talk in a very limited and constrained way about NSA crimes)
Hey, hooray, senators are finally legally allowed to mention the fact that the NSA has been breaking the law and spying on Americans! Freedom!...
02:12 am PDT - Tue, July 31, 2012
BoingBoing Where was God?
God here. I thought I would take the time to personally explain my absence in the Aurora shootings. While I was at it, I thought I would also explain my absence during every murder, massacre and crime...