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10:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing University of the People: free, online education
Nora sez, Founded in 2009 by educational entrepreneur Shai Reshef, University of the People is the world's first tuition-free completely online university, offering Associate and Bachelor degrees in B...
10:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Scary horror movie set in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion
The Daws brothers' "Missing in the Mansion" is a great little Blair-Witch-style short horror movie about ghosts in Disneyland. It's actually plenty scary. Inside the Magic's Ricky Brigantine, an assoc...
09:46 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing "After Sandy," Rob Delaney
ABC News coverage of the NYU hospital evacuation, via Gothamist Rob Delaney, writing about those babies rescued by first responders from a hospital in New York City that lost power during Superstorm S...
08:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Infinite Gangnam Style: realtime, beat-matched remix that goes on forever
With "Infinite Gangnam Style," Paul Lamere provides an infinite, intelligent remix of Psy's viral classic....
08:40 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Heckuva Job Brownie criticizes Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy so quickly.
Former FEMA Director Michael “Can I come home?” Brown is upset with President Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy “so quickly.” “One thing he’s gonna be asked i...
08:26 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Look at Ivanovich's fancy cap
Ivanovich was famous for one thing: his beautiful cap....
07:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Shuttle Enterprise may have sustained damage from "Superstorm" Sandy
Photo: Heath Hurwitz. Enterprise sits partially exposed and possibly damaged at Intrepid Museum in NYC after the storm, Oct. 30, 2012. At CollectSpace, word that space shuttle Enterprise, NASA's origi...
07:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing What happened to the HMS Bounty? After Hurricane Sandy sinks tall ship, many questions remain
The HMS Bounty, a 180-foot sailboat, is shown submerged in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo b...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing XKCD's massive map of Congress's political leanings since the start
Just in time for election season, XKCD's Randall Munroe has busted out another of his amazing, wall-sized infographics, this one depicting the swings to the left, right and center of the senate and th...
06:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger patients
A wonderful article by Liz Szabo in USA Today on "I heart boobies," "save the ta-tas," and all those other horrible sexualized breast cancer campaigns that raise dubious funds for dubious goals and le...
06:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Collective Intelligence: Science on Trial, Berlusconi sentenced. Dispatch from Italy, by Jasmina Tesanovic
The Italian scientific community was stunned when Italian scientists, seismologists, were recently sentenced to years of prison for manslaughter, for failing to predict the lethal earthquake in Aquil...
06:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing What Apple's Game of Executive Thrones means for you
iOS chief Scott Forstall is out, SVP Jonny Ive moves to head of Interface design—lots of changes at One Infinite Loop. Dan Moren at Macworld writes about the executive shuffle Apple announced la...
05:55 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Non-bummer Hurricane Sandy instagram of the day: Guy sharing power strip with strangers
Jen van der Meer snapped this wonderful photo of a nice man sharing power with strangers in NYC, after massive outages from Hurricane Sandy. Click for large. (thanks, @aileengraef!)...
05:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Disney acquires Lucasfilm
The Walt Disney Company today announced that it has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction valued at $4.05 billion, with Disney paying "approximately half of the consideratio...
05:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Good Books: Geek Mom, The Hive, Building Stories, Weird Horrors
Here are a few notable books that have recently crossed my desk: Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families. Written by the editors of Wired's Geek Mom blog, thi...
05:10 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Open thread: your DIY Hallowe'en costumes?
Each year here at Boing Boing, we invite you, dear readers, to share your plans for fun home-made costumes. So what's it gonna be? Frankenstorm Sandy? A Mars Rover? Honey Boo Boo? Do tell, in the comm...
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Report from the Supreme Court's Kirtsaeng hearing: will you get to go on owning your stuff?
Yesterday, I wrote about the Supreme Court's hearting for Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, which threatens to undermine the very nature of property itself, taking away your right to sell, modify, loan and give awa...
04:55 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Open thread: your DIY Hallowe'en costumes?
Each year here at Boing Boing, we invite you, dear readers, to share your plans for fun home-made costumes. So what's it gonna be? Frankenstorm Sandy? A Mars Rover? Honey Boo Boo? Do tell, in the comm...
04:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Stranger movies patio furniture (video)
"An Albuquerque, New Mexico family has had an unwelcome visitor not just once, but twice, a mysterious patio furniture rearranger."...
04:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Stranger moves patio furniture (video)
"An Albuquerque, New Mexico family has had an unwelcome visitor not just once, but twice, a mysterious patio furniture rearranger."...
04:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing A time for celebration
From Doghouse Diaries...
04:31 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Sandy update: 39 dead in US; over 8.2 million in East without power
A roundup of Hurricane Sandy damage via AP: millions of Americans from Maine to South Carolina are still without electricity, New York City is quiet and "all but closed off by car, train and air," and...
04:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing TV news reporter strong Darwin Award contender for live Hurricane Sandy coverage
CBS reporter Ted Scouten was very nearly washed away by Sandy's waves while doing a live shot in the Rockaways section of Queens, NY....
04:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a gingerbread Haunted Mansion
The always-excellent Haunted Dimensions has excellent directions for making your own gingerbread replica of the Phantom Manor, Disneyland Paris's answer to the Haunted Mansion, along with a gallery of...
04:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Philippe Caza's early psychedelic art
50 Watts has a gallery of Philippe Caza's early work. Caza writes, "I was a great fan of Moscoso, Crumb, Griffin, and some other US underground comix that I could find at one bookseller in Paris." I t...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Classic horror soundtracks on vinyl
Death Waltz Recording Company deals in exquisitely-curated horror/cult movie soundtracks reissued on vinyl in gorgeous packaging with newly-commissioned cover art. Several months ago, I posted about t...
03:02 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Radar imaging of Hurricane Sandy reveals the power in its core
The images above — prepared by NASA hurricane researcher Owen Kelly — were taken on Sunday, before Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the United States' Northeast coast. They're made from ra...
02:56 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Daddy-daughter power-loader costume
Jason Smith made this awesome father-daughter power-loader costume for his baby daughter, who gets to play Ripley as they stalk the night streets....
02:40 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Why do electric transformers explode?
Sixty milliseconds is fast. But sometimes, it's not fast enough. That's the gist of a great explainer at Popular Mechanics, which answers the question, "Why do transformers explode?" Before I link you...
02:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Minecraft Creeper hoodie for kids
I've got one of Jane's Christmas presents taken care of. Minecraft Creeper Premium Zip-up Youth Hoodie...
02:34 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Spiderlings, zebrafish embryo blood-brain barrier, and the 2012 Photomicrography Competition winners
Walter Piorkowski's startling image above of live newborn lynx spiderlings at 6x magnification won 2nd place in Nikon's 2012 Photomicrography Competition. The winning image, at right, was Dr. Jennifer...
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Real Myst "linking book"
Mike Ando creating a Myst "linking book" with an embedded screen to play realMyst....
01:56 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Lucy the Elephant 1881 novelty house survived Sandy
BB pal Todd Lappin reports: Last night, tropical story Sandy made landfall approximately 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, NJ. That means Sandy came ashore in Margate, NJ, on the exact site of Lucy ...
01:56 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Chat about climate science and Sandy with Stanford's Noah Diffenbaugh
Yesterday, I told you that the relationship between Hurricane Sandy and climate change can be summed up with "It's Complicated". If you want a referendum on climate change, the data is in and we know ...
01:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Sumana Harihareswara and sf writer Leonard Richardson will match up to $10,000 in donations to the Ada Initiative, funding for women in open culture and freeopen source
Sumana sez, "Scifi author Leonard Richardson and his spouse Sumana Harihareswara are pleding up to $10,000 from their own pockets to match donations to the Ada Initiative made before November 1st. The...
01:01 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Instagramming Hurricane Sandy's damage
Mobile Photo Group has a live curated feed of the #hurricanesandy Instagram tag, and photos of the storm's damage throughout the Eastern US. Related: Time's photogs covering the storm last night via I...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing The Great Showdowns, exclusive excerpt from Scott Campbell's terrific new book
Here's Scott Campbell with a few words about his wonderful new new book, The Great Showdowns, which depicts cartoonified iconic scenes of conflict from beloved movies. Ever since the beginning of time...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Quack medicine pills made from babies and super bacteria smuggled from China to South Korea
The South Korean customs department is going to target its inspections in order to intercept shipments of Chinese quack medicine tablets made from the flesh of babies and foetuses, which are sometimes...
12:55 pm PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Millions without power in US after Hurricane Sandy
#Sandy is the largest storm-related outage in #ConEd history. Crews are working around the clock to access damage and restore power.— Con Edison (@ConEdison) October 30, 2012 East Coast electric...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Awesome and ill-starred bodges: "Crazy logistics"
The latest installment of Dark Roasted Blend's "Crazy Logistics" series highlight some sterling examples of awesome bodgeing, kludgeing and ill-starred jerry-rigging. My favorite story about this come...
11:38 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Video from flooded NYC: East 8th Street and Avenue C before the blackout
"Looking down at flooding from Hurricane Sandy on East 8th and Avenue C before the blackout."...
11:36 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing How to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning from generators in an emergency
This CDC link contains essential tips for avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning, which can happen when people use emergency generators in confined spaces, as many affected by Sandy were forced to do....
11:30 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Busy Bee vs. Kool Moe Dee pt. 1
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO follow FDNY radio scanners in an emergency
ShutterstockDuring last night's storm emergency, I monitored the FDNY scanners to try and follow fast-moving and difficult-to-obtain details about what was happening where in NYC. For future reference...
10:54 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Haunted Mansion model-kit ads
Man_Writing_Slash has plundered a haul of Haunted Mansion ephemera from Monster Memories, including a pair of ads for the (absolutely fabulous) old model-kits. Disney Haunted Mansion toy ad & sou...
10:48 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing First-person account of emergency hospital evacuation in NYC after Sandy power outage
Image: CBS NewsOne of the focal points of the storm emergency in New York City last night was New York University's Langone Medical Center: the hospital's main and backup power generators all failed, ...
10:39 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Sandy slows US nuclear plants, oldest in US declares alert: morning-after update
Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey was placed on "alert" status last night, after a storm surge from Sandy caused water levels at the plant to rise over 6.5 more than normal, threatening the "wa...
10:09 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312: a novel that hints at what we might someday have (and lose)
Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 is an insanely ambitious novel of life three hundreds years hence, set in a solar system where the Earth continues to limp along, half-drowned, terrified, precarious -- and...
01:24 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Con Ed transformer explosion in Manhattan
A transformer exploded at the Con Edison plant on 14th Street in Lower Manhattan....
12:46 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Music for Sleeping Children (Video)
I have long been a fan of Charlie White's photography. His new project is called Music for Sleeping Children....
12:40 am PDT - Tue, October 30, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing Daily Digest 004 10292012
Commentary on a few of my favorite Boing Boing posts of the day, plus what I did over the weekend. Please let me know what you think of these (criticism is welcome)....
11:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing NYC Mayor Bloomberg's ASL interpreter Lydia Calas has her own fan-tumblr
Lydia Calas, the ASL interpreter at New York mayor Mike Bloomberg's side during tonight's Sandy update was like a human emoticon for one of the nation's most expressionless mayors. Now she has interne...
11:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing NYC Mayor Bloomberg's ASL interpreter Lydia Callis has her own fan-tumblr
A woman identified by NY Mag as Lydia Callis, the ASL interpreter at New York mayor Mike Bloomberg's side during tonight's Sandy update, was like a human emoticon for one of the nation's most expressi...
11:31 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Exploding electrical wires sparking fires in NYC
Power lines downed from Sandy's storm sparking electrical fires, endangering people in the water and structures nearby....
09:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 32: Cobypic
In this episode of Apps for Kids, we talk about a coloring book app for iPhone called Cobypic....
08:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Rescue video: Sandy sinks tall ship HMS Bounty replica off NC; 14 saved, 2 missing (updated)
A 180-foot, 3-mast replica of the 18th century tall ship HMS Bounty sank on Monday, Oct. 29 during the epic surf and winds from Hurricane Sandy....
08:31 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Gawker, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post experience Sandy downtime after power knockout
As others have quipped, if you're a celebrity, now is the time to do something stupid. Hurricane Sandy has achieved what Anonymous could not: the ultimate pop culture publishing blackout trifecta. . F...
07:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Monkey rides on a goat walking a tightrope
As you can see in this detail from a larger photo, the monkey looks concerned. But the goat appears to know what he's doing. And here's a related post....
07:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Dying old satellites jeopardize future storm coverage
In the NYT, a story about "endangered satellites" that orbit the earth and provide essential data for tracking storms like Hurricane Sandy. But because of "years of mismanagement, lack of financing an...
06:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Man steals phone on subway
It's a good idea to keep your wits about you when you are riding the subway in Budapest....
05:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Sandy's getting bad
(Via instacane)...
05:32 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Halloween greetings from Antarctica
Henry Kaiser is kind of our man on the inside in Antarctica. He works there every year as a film maker, turning science into movies. He sent this awesome Halloween greeting from underneath the sea ice...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing How Adrian Tomine came up with his first New Yorker cover
Optic Nerve cartoonist Adrian Tomine wrote a great piece for The Thought Fox about how he came up with his popular (and first) cover for The New Yorker. It includes a lot of preliminary sketches. If y...
05:29 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing All the Bonds, fighting themselves
Who would win in a battle between Bond and Bond... James Bond? ...
05:23 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Wingsuit flight documentary
Beautiful new mini-documentary on wing suit champ Espen Fadnes. ...
05:23 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Ye olde hurricane analysis
The above is an excerpt from the entry on hurricanes in A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, published in 1763 by the delightfully named "A Society of Gentlemen". The entry contains inf...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Time travel or illusion?
Amazing magician Jamie D. Grant, whose Send Wonder project I blogged several months ago, sent me this fairly dramatic video last night....
04:56 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Rescue video: Sandy sinks HMS Bounty replica off NC coast; 14 saved, 2 missing
A replica of the 18th century tall ship HMS Bounty sank on Monday, Oct. 29 during the epic surf and winds from Hurricane Sandy, some 90 miles off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Sixteen people were ...
04:56 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Rescue video: Sandy sinks tall ship HMS Bounty replica off NC; 14 saved, 2 missing
A 180-foot, 3-mast replica of the 18th century tall ship HMS Bounty sank on Monday, Oct. 29 during the epic surf and winds from Hurricane Sandy....
04:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Auction of laptop used by Clinton to email John Glenn in space
Hurry, hurry, this is your chance to own the Toshiba Satellite Pro that President Bill Clinton used to email John Glenn in space on November 6, 1988. Apparently, the laptop belonged to a member of Cli...
04:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Machine tricks moths with sexy smells, sprays them with deadly fungus instead
Here's an ingenious method to stop caterpillars from eating crops. It involves luring male moths into a machine that exudes sex pheromones....
04:20 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Skeletal rocker: rockin' bones
I don't know what's more tragic: that I missed out on the chance to bid on this skeletal rocking chair, or that I didn't think to search for its like when we were shopping for a nursing chair after my...
04:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a gingerbread Haunted Mansion
The always-excellent Haunted Dimensions has excellent directions for making your own gingerbread replica of the Phantom Manor, Disneyland Paris's answer to the Haunted Mansion, along with a gallery of...
04:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing NBC's Up All Night gets more episodes, is changing completely (again)
This kind of thing is usually reserved for sweeps week, but it's not a stunt: NBC's single-camera comedy Up All Night, starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph, will be changing mid...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Crashed car sculpted from painted people
Look closely. Those are seventeen people that artist Emma Hack painted and contorted into the shape of a smashed car. See how she did it below. (thanks, Sean Ness!)...
04:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Cops raid free poker tournament
America, did you suddenly feel safer after masked police officers "in full riot gear" and "weapons drawn" raided an openly-advertised, no-money poker tournament at a Florida bar?...
03:46 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing The Magical Professor
Todd Landman is a professor of government at the University of Essex. He's also a talented stage magician and mentalist. Now, Landman has combined his love of teaching with his passion for illusion to...
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Hurricane horse guy
It wouldn't be a legitimate hurricane without a near-naked guy wearing a horse head crashing a local news live shot. ...
03:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing $5 SIM card cutter
Here's a handy device to cut older SIM cards to fit newer phones, like the iPhone 5. The Nano SIM Cutter takes any regular or micro size and trims the excess off to provide you a precision cut nano SI...
03:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Wind map shows Sandy's gusts
The surface wind data in this beautiful wind map from Hint.fm comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. It's basically an art project, not guaranteed to be scientifically perfect, but it's dr...
03:14 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Carved cedar mask with carved skull inside
Anthony Santell carved this magnificent "transformation mask." Santell was inspired by ritual transformation masks made by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska. Those masks...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing This week's recap of The Walking Dead finally catches up with Andrea and Michonne -- and the Governor [SPOILERS]
Last night's episode of The Walking Dead took us away from the prison and back to Andrea and Michonne and their misadventures in zombieland. When we last saw Andrea, she was what doctors call "serious...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Freaky Halloweek snapshots: 1875-1955
Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magickal electronic music group Coil and is currently in Cyclobe, a duo with his partner Stephen Thrower. Ossian is a strange attractor. Weird things find him. L...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Freaky Halloween snapshots: 1875-1955
Ossian Brown was a member of the dark, magickal electronic music group Coil and is currently in Cyclobe, a duo with his partner Stephen Thrower. Ossian is a strange attractor. Weird things find him. L...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Red Sonja and The Wizard: lost footage from 1978 Comic Con show
Footage of a 1970s performance of Red Sonya and The Wizard, a legendary San Diego Comic-Con show performed by Frank Thorne and Wendy Pini, hitherto thought lost to time....
02:24 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Pete Swanson: "Pro Style" music review
Pro Style, the latest record from former Yellow Swan Pete Swanson, finds him continuing to explore/dissect/reimagine/reinvent his own mutant strain of techno....
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Did climate change cause Hurricane Sandy? The answer depends on why you're asking
There are two answers here: One for the legitimately curious, and one for people who want a disaster to be a referendum on climate change....
02:04 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Sandy, as viewed from the International Space Station (pics)
Said one astronaut on the ISS just now, during the video transmission I screengrabbed these stills from: "We just flew over the big storm down there, hope everyone's doing okay." Source: NASA TV....
01:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Fake gold bars infiltrate precious metals market
Warning: some of your $18,000 10-ounce gold bars might actually be filled with tungsten. Gold goes for about $1800/ounce; tungsten is $1/ounce. Chemical engineer Ibrahim Fadl, who owns a business in M...
01:40 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Parody iPad Mini promo video
This parody promo for the iPad Mini is funny because it's all true....
01:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Google's Hurricane Sandy crisis map
Here's an excellent resource to link and re-tweet: a crisis/storm-tracking map from Google, with shelter information, and updated data on Sandy's expected course.  Eastern US braces for "Fran...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Minecraft creeper mug
"It’s a magnificent piece of Minecraft merchandise." Pre-order now for $21. (Via WTC)...
01:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Ze Frank's guide to trading Halloween candy
Everything you need to know to get ahead in candy trading. Everything....
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Joss Whedon bets on Romney -- to lead us into the zombie apocalypse
Because Romney's policies are actually perfect for setting the stage for a "nightmare zombie wasteland."...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: The shapeshifter's farewell
Page 8 of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online-first for the first time here at Boing Boing. First time reader? You're a few issues behind....
11:24 am PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing HowTo figure out Windows 8
Windows 8's new UI is elegant, minimalist and, for those used to the older versions, utterly baffling. Sean Hollister's lengthy guide to the new OS will have you figuring it out in no time. tl;dr just...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing The Candy Hierarchy (2012)
This year's Candy Hierarchy provides gentle but firm instruction for your confectionary purchases this Hallowe'en, and serves doubly as a means to evaluate the success of one's own haul of treats. Upd...
09:41 am PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Act now: your right to own property is being considered at the Supreme Court today
On the EFF's Deep Links blog, Parker Higgins presents the stakes in today's Supreme Court hearing for Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, which concerns the right of a student, Supap Kirtsaeng, to import textbooks fr...
09:19 am PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Another rainy day fun project: Hurricane Hackers
Hurricane Hackers is a hashtag on Twitter (i.e., #hurricanehackers) and a crowdsource hub to create tech and social projects related to Hurricane Sandy. Proposed projects include an ad-hoc food and wa...
08:55 am PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Rainy day fun project: Help scientists gather data on Hurricane Sandy
If you're staying home from work today because of Hurricane Sandy, you might be able to help out a team of scientists from the University of Utah and Perdue. They're studying isotopes of water —...
08:22 am PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Sped-up video makes real airplanes look like bad 1950s special effects
Real airplanes look like toys dangling from strings in this video from Heathrow. ...
12:45 am PDT - Mon, October 29, 2012
BoingBoing Facebook claimant charged with fraud
Paul Ceglia, the New York businessman who claimed to own half of Facebook, was charged with fraud Friday over evidence presented in the case. [BBC] Previously....
09:59 pm PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Epic hurricane is epic
Hurricane Sandy will likely cause 16-foot to 22-foot waves ... on Lake Michigan. (Via Jessica Morrison)...
04:51 pm PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Pioneers at the ready, Leningrad
On Retronaut, Viktor Bulla's "Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad." It dates from 1937, four years before the Siege of Leningrad, and that makes the weirdness vivid and poignant. So many of the children...
04:44 pm PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Aralac: The "wool" made from milk
Yesterday, Cory posted a vintage ad for boys' hats and accessories, which included a small selection of ties made from something called "Aralac". I didn't think much of it, until I noticed J. Brad Hic...
02:18 pm PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Eastern US braces for "Frankenstorm" Sandy's strike
NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured this image of Hurricane Sandy Oct. 28. The line of clouds from the Gulf of Mexico north are associated with the cold front with which Sandy is merging; the western cl...
10:45 am PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing When your news comes from nerds
It takes a while watching TWC before you realize that they are such weather nerds that they sometimes tend to see things from the storm's point of view. They talk about the shape of the storm as beaut...
10:45 am PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing How to know when your epic storm weather news comes from nerds
NPR's Linda Holmes in an article about hurricane coverage written in August, 2011: It takes a while watching TWC before you realize that they are such weather nerds that they sometimes tend to see thi...
09:48 am PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Skull watch, 1780
Hayden sez, "A good one for Halloween - this skull-shaped memento mori clock is historically important and even a little spooky today. The Art of Mourning site is all about death and love in jewelry a...
05:41 am PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Panic in Detroit
I can only imagine...
01:44 am PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Fibonacci drawers in a cabinet
Guangzhou's Utopia Design created this Fibonacci Cabinet, whose drawers are scaled according to ratios from the Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci Cabint - - UTOPIA ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN: (via Neator...
12:28 am PDT - Sun, October 28, 2012
BoingBoing Faulkner estate claims that quoting his novels in films is both a trademark and copyright infringement
A reader writes, "A character in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris quoted nine words from William Faulkner, with attribution. Faulkner Literary Rights LLC has responded a year later with a lawsuit alleg...
10:41 pm PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing Commensense about ebooks
Joanna Cabot's An Open Letter to E-Book Retailers: Lets have a return to common sense is just what you'd hope for from a post with a title like that: three commensensical points about ebooks, licensin...
10:21 pm PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing 17 year old builds a tiny house on wheels
Austin Hay began to build himself a tiny house when he was 17 and planning to move out his parents' place. ...
07:04 pm PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing Dinosaurs had cancer, too
I'm at the National Association of Science Writers conference this weekend and, in a panel on creating narrative in journalism, author David Quammen mentioned something absolutely fascinating. Quammen...
06:55 pm PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing William Shatner schools a director
Here's a smashing recording of an commercial audio recording session with William Shatner. The director in the booth has lots of notes for Captain Kirk, and Kirk gives it to him, with astounding, pass...
04:15 pm PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing Accessories for boys
Turning to page 326, we find a selection of sartorial wonderments for boys. The hats, the rayon ties, the better quality rayon ties, the Jr Commander and Jr Tech lids... It's a lad's paradise! Boys' A...
01:34 pm PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing Caturday: Japanese cat in a box
Shironekoshiro....
09:14 am PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing Long dinosaur is long
Diplodocus is a sauropod — one of those dinosaurs whose shape you probably associate with the name "brontosaurus". Except that Diplodocus was long. Really long. At an average length of 90 feet, ...
09:06 am PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing HOW TO: Fish in the desert
In the United Arab Emirates, a freshwater lake has appeared in the middle of the desert. The oasis is beautiful and full of life, and it's risen 35 feet since 2011. It's also probably accidentally man...
07:11 am PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Boston today for finale of the Pirate Cinema tour
Yo, Boston! Today is the last day of my Pirate Cinema tour (after this, I'll be touring complete) and I'm wrapping it up in Boston, the 18th city in 6 weeks, where I'll be appearing at the Boston Book...
01:09 am PDT - Sat, October 27, 2012
BoingBoing Knuckles that promote literacy
Spotted today at a Toronto restaurant: a great, pro-literacy set of knuckle-tatts. READ MORE knuckles, Fresh, Crawford Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada...
11:36 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Man cultivates healthy lifestyle to be more like his avatar
Marcus Dickinson, 40, was very overweight and unhealthy when he created his EVE Online character Roc Wieler, the tough guy seen above left. Eventually, Dickinson became so inspired by Roc that he hit ...
11:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Two brilliant SF YA novels now in paperback
Great news: two of my favorite young adult novels of recent years are now in paperback. First is Steven Gould's 7th Sigma, a spectacular science fiction/western mashup set in the southwest after a mys...
09:23 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Slow animated GIF
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09:12 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie lord carved from pumpkin
Ray Villafane carved this pumpkin lord at the New York Botanical Gardens, where it was captured on still and video. ...
08:07 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Photos from Disney Television Animation's fall art gallery
Here are photos from Disney Television Animation's fall art gallery, themed "Some Kind of Monster," spotlighting submissions from its pool of talented creative artists, executives and staff who create...
07:43 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Starlog Magazine: Crazy movie rumors before the Internet
Mike Ryan has a fun article about Starlog magazine in The Huffington Post. "Starlog" was a glorious publication. In the mid-1980s, at a small-town newsstand in mid-Missouri, I had my first experience ...
07:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide
Here are some examples of projects from the Unofficial Lego Technic Builder's Guide....
07:15 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing The infrastructure of longevity a systems-level perspective of living to 100
I really enjoyed reading a recent story in The New York Times Magazine about attempts to understand extreme longevity — the weird tendency for certain populations to have larger-than-average num...
07:08 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic and cephalopod winebar accessories
Special thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other curious creations. The shop's inventory of Dellamorte's cephalopod wi...
07:03 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing This year's hottest fashion item is a CSS style sheet
What do Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in Web design share in common with high fashion?...
06:53 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing MAKE Vol 32 is here!
The new issue of MAKE magazine has hit the stands! Volume 32 has lots of cool projects and articles....
06:46 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed "Success Kid"
Ryan sez, "I did a digital sculpture of the e-famous Success Kid and am selling 3D printed copies through Shapeways. Here's a video timelapse of the sculpting process."...
06:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing A fact that explains a lot about why I hate certain bars
According to a Popular Science story published earlier this month, turning up the volume of music in a bar increases the rate at which the patrons drink. Which I suppose makes sense. When you can't ta...
06:20 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing citizen science opportunity!
This is seriously awesome. Researchers with the Mastadon Matrix Project need help sifting through "matrix" — the dirt that a fossil is embedded in. Join the Project, and you'll be sent a kilogra...
06:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. (Photo)
A 1939 photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. See full size at Shorpy....
05:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Scientific American goes inside the rogue geo-engineering story
Recently, news broke that a scientist in Alaska had unilaterally launched a geo-engineering experiment — dumping iron sulfate and iron oxide into the Pacific Ocean. There were two goals to the p...
04:45 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a Minecraft Herobrine costume
Matt sez, "Here's a link for the Herobrine costume I made for my son. After a bunch of requests, I put up the PDF files and instructions to make your own. It was a huge hit with the kids at his school...
04:43 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Eat a triceratops
With their big, bitey teeth and teeny, ineffectual arms, it can be difficult to picture how Tyrannosaurus Rex actually managed to eat anything. After all, all of our personal experience with eating in...
04:42 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Copyright versus human rights
On TechDirt, Leigh Beadon's taken an excellent, in-depth look at the way that UN instruments and treaties address copyright and human rights....
04:38 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing G4 announces the end of Attack of the Show!, X-Play
In an official announcement on its web site, gamer channel G4 told fans that its two of its most popular and long-running shows would end at the end of the year: G4's two longest-running and defining ...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Wet Hair: "Spill Into Atmosphere" music review
These Iowa psychpop-kraudrone-WTFwave weirdos return with their second full length for De Stijl....
04:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Bird poops on TV anchor
It's raining poop. I have to tell you Bethany," says Fox anchor Paul Robins, one of my goals in life is to make it on YouTube and I think I just did. ...
04:06 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing In the year 2000
Illustration from a 1960 Cinzano ad, shared on Flickr by photographer and vintage ad aficionado Paul Malon of Toronto. His collection is extensive and excellent....
04:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing The dangers of being a 19th-century x-ray fiend
How a 19th-century fascination with x-rays turned deadly....
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing Daily Digest 003 10262012
I am continuing to experiment with a daily digest highlighting some of my favorite posts on Boing Boing. This one is about eight minutes long. Let me know what you think!...
03:58 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Storm chaser's gorgeous photography
Tornado-loving BB pal Jody Radzik just turned me on to Extreme Instability, a collection of one intrepid chaser's breathtaking weather photography. The above photo that I've taken it upon myself to ti...
03:52 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Touched by a mountain gorilla
An amazing close encounter with wild mountain gorillas in Uganda....
03:26 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Honda designs a car "for women," the Fit She's
At left, the new Honda Fit She's, a car available in predictable pink or what the maker calls "eyeliner brown." The vehicle is designed for the female market in Japan, and costs around $17.5K USD at c...
03:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Some of the scariest moments in sci-fi and fantasy movies, all in one place!
In case you were looking for a comprehensive list of the most terrifying moments in science fiction and fantasy, plus some straight-up horror, io9 has compiled one -- complete with YouTube clips! Imag...
03:01 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Ted Nugent Halloween costume, 1977
Now that's scary. Trigger warning, indeed, if you get my drift. Nov. 3, 1977 Rolling Stone, shared on Flickr by jbcurio....
02:54 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Wheel of Urine
This Wheel of Urine is from Ullrich Pinder's Epiphanie Medicorum (1506). It was used to diagnose disease based on characteristics of the patient's piss, including its taste. Urinalysis is common today...
02:42 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Letterpressed, inappropriate infographic greeting cards
Safwat sez, "Greetings from Nowhere is a series of inappropriate (but totally awesome) letterpressed greeting cards made up of venn diagrams, pie charts and bar graphs. These cards were designed with ...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Alive! Real! Apeman! 1937!
This is a photo of an apeman captured in the jungles of Brazil in 1937. Or not. (Reddit)...
02:16 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Seals & Crofts perform "Summer Breeze" (1973)
Friday Freak-Out: Seals & Crofts perform "Summer Breeze" on Midnight Special, 1973. ...
02:11 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Slow Loris eats rice ball
Slow loris is slow. And hungry. And cute....
02:08 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic and cephalopod winebar accessories
Special thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other curious creations. The shop's inventory of Dellamorte's cephalopod wi...
01:45 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing DIY low-poly mask, now with glowing edges!
Remember this cool "low poly" papercraft mask by BB reader kongorilla? Check it out, he modified it with glow-in-the-dark tape strips, so it... glows in the dark! Make it yourself....
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Berlusconi sentenced
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is off to the clink for four years for tax evasion—pending appeals and whatnot, of course. [RT]...
12:49 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Interactive art installation: Bird on a Wire
My friend Matt Richardson is part of a group from New York University's Interactive Technology Program that's launching an interactive window installation in Manhattan tonight call Bird on a Wire....
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a really well-tucked bed
From the Art of Manliness website, instructions for "How to Make a Bed You Can Bounce a Quarter Off Of." I have to say that I hate sleeping under tightly tucked sheets (especially at the bottom! The f...
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Bald for Bieber
Internet assholes managed to trick gullible young fans of Justin Bieber into believing the pop idol had cancer. Teens shaved their heads as a gesture of support, and posted those photos online with th...
11:04 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing If Twitter was like Facebook
People give Twitter plenty of guff, but at least its promoted tweets program is straight-up advertising--unlike the awful "pay to reach your own followers" stunt that Facebook is pulling....
11:00 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing TechCrunch launches Crunchgov to craft and pass better tech laws
Greg from TechCrunch sez, TechCrunch has launched a beta version of a new technology policy platform, Crunchgov. Crunchgov (beta) is designed to source the most thoughtful people and ideas for the pur...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Doggie warning system
It gets loud, you've been warned....
10:40 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing In Greece, financial tragedy creates horrific conditions for cancer patients
In the NYT today, a report on the plight of cancer patients in Greece who cannot afford treatment. The profile of a woman with breast cancer who delayed medical care for lack of funds is gruesome, and...
10:02 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Children of tech executive slain in New York by nanny
Two of the three children of Kevin Krim, a CNBC Digital senior vice president, and Marina Krim, a mom who maintained a blog about their family life, were stabbed to death by their nanny last night in ...
10:02 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Children of tech executive slain in New York; nanny accused of murder and attempted suicide
Two of the three children of Kevin Krim, a CNBC Digital senior vice president, and Marina Krim, a mom who maintained a blog about their family life, were stabbed to death by their nanny last night in ...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Toronto today, Boston tomorrow
Hey, Toronto! It's my last night in town -- I'll be at Harbourfront's International Festival of Authors doing a double-act with China Mieville (there's still some tickets available). Tomorrow I'm off ...
12:03 am PDT - Fri, October 26, 2012
BoingBoing The inane Randroidism of "disruption"
The failure of cab-hailing service Uber to take Manhattan reveals Silicon Valley's capacity for entitlement thinking—and for worshipping "Ayn fucking Rand"...
11:58 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Alien is pooped
Here's HR Giger's Alien, deep in thought after a hard day on the set, from a Retronaut set of "Behind the scenes of Alien movies." Behind the scenes of Alien movies...
11:33 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Get a copy of the Web
Want 80 terabytes of web-crawl? The Internet Archive will give you a copy of (an appreciable slice of) the Web, for research purposes: "we would like to experiment with offering access to one of our c...
11:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Game writer out of a job after libel complaint
Photo: Shutterstock A game writer who criticized his beatmates' journalistic shortcomings no longer has his job. Rab Florence, formerly with top gaming site Eurogamer, resigned from his position at af...
10:56 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing NYPD officer planned to kidnap and eat women [trigger warning]
Gilberto Valle, an NYPD officer, has been arrested after details of a plot to kidnap and eat women came to light. Officer Valle is alleged to have used NYPD databases to locate 100 potential victims, ...
09:54 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Bleeding skull candles
ThinkGeek's bleeding skull candles are filled with red wax that drips out of the eye socket as it burns down. ...
09:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a rainbow-flag Eagle Scout Medal
Rachel sez, "Instructions on how to replace the red-white-blue ribbon on the eagle award with a rainbow hued ribbon in support of LGBT rights. There is also a surprisingly passionate discussion on bot...
07:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Unlace: rubber shoelaces for taming your cables
I like the look of Unlace, Cindy Glass and Dante Pauwels's fully funded Kickstarter project to make rubber-over-wire faux-shoelaces that can be used to tame cable tangles....
07:32 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 073: Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn
Interview with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn....
07:04 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Decapitated heads
A late addition to my New York Comic-Con posts: the Lulubell/Velocitron Decapitated Heads, which I knew I loved from the moment I clapped eyes on 'em. Decapitated Head - NYCC GID/blue rub...
07:02 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Conquering Graymail With Outlook.com
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: Go and look at your inbox right now. Go on, Ill wait. Done? Good. For the majority of you, over 80% of the email you receive is something called graym...
06:01 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing How Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology works
An officer from the Long Beach Police Department shows how automatic license plate recognition technology works....
05:42 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing English town wins its war against chain coffee
Totnes, the English town with no chain coffee shops, has won its fight to keep Costa Coffee out of town. Although Costa was given approval to open its shop, they have voluntarily agreed not to: "Chris...
05:32 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Apple now owns the Beatles' Apple logo
According to Cult of Mac, "the Canadian IP office has just disclosed that the Beatles' iconic recording label is now an Apple Inc. registered trademark."...
05:27 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Miniature wearable Bluetooth camcorder
I don't know about the video and sound quality of this little bluetooth camera, but it seems like it would be fun to use when you are riding a bike, hiking, or engaged in some other activity you would...
05:15 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Random Penguins!
John Scalzi, on the news that Penguin Books and Random House are contemplating a merger: If the (possible) merger of Penguin and Random House isn't called Random Penguin, they'll have failed.— J...
05:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Dale Chihuly at VMFA, and photography and accessibility of art in museums
I visited the new Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts today, and a guard told me Chihuly explicitly demands in his contract that photography must be allowed. He also insists on a...
05:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Dale Chihuly at VMFA, and photography and accessibility of art
I visited a new Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA today. A guard told me that while photography is generally prohibited in the museum, Chihuly explicitly demands...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Website asks you to rate fashion sensibility of unwitting pedestrians
Styleblaster is a website that takes photos of people walking down a street in Williamsburg and invites visitors to click a top-hat icon if they think the hapless pedestrian is fashionable. (Via The W...
04:29 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Pepper spray iPhone case
$40 at The Fancy...
04:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Surfer killed by great white shark
Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, was killed this week by a 15- to 16-foot great white shark while surfing off a beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara, California. Those are teeth mark...
04:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing The Exorcist as an '80s sitcom
Silly Regan, always getting into trouble!...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Conquering Graymail With Outlook.com
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: Go and look at your inbox right now. Go on, Ill wait. Done? Good. For the majority of you, over 80% of the email you receive is something called graym...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Field biologist describes horrific foot-fungus
Fuzzyatelin, a field biologist, offers graphic and compelling advice on keeping your feet dry during your fieldwork. 1) For fraks sake, DRY OUT YOUR SOCKS. Put them over the fan over night so that you...
03:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing City business people
An oddly mesmerizing and creeptastic stock video, and the resultant animated GIFs....
03:43 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Striking new scientific study shows strikingly that studies with striking results are often false
The tl;dr: If a medical study seems too good to be true, it probably is. Eryn Brown in the Los Angeles Times writes about a statistical analysis of nearly 230,000 trials compiled from a variety of dis...
03:43 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Striking new scientific study shows strikingly that scientific studies with striking results are often false
The tl;dr: If a medical study seems too good to be true, it probably is. Eryn Brown in the Los Angeles Times writes about a statistical analysis of nearly 230,000 trials compiled from a variety of dis...
03:31 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Viktor Timofeev: "GiveHealth 999" music review
Visual artist/musician Viktor Timofeev traffics in expanses of layered drones, and looped riffage, of atmospheres and ambience, but active ambience, with sounds blurred and tangled, rhythmic without a...
03:21 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Gentleman is possessed by gay demons
Televangelist and tele-exorcist Bob Larson cleanses a man possessed by a gay sex demon. The lamest gay sex demon ever....
03:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing How to dress as Cookie Monster, for girls and boys
Party City sells a "Girls' toddler Cookie Monster costume" and a "Boys' toddler Cookie Monster costume" -- there's a slight difference between the two, but I can't quite spot it. But I guess they're j...
03:04 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Vote with your gum
BB pal Joe Sabia found this on the streets of NYC's NoHo neighborhood....
02:46 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Eli Roth showed Amazonian villagers Cannibal Holocaust, and they thought it was hilarious!
In one of the most delightfully disturbing stories you will read today, director Eli Roth screened 1980's Cannibal Holocaust for 200 Amazonian villagers who had never seen a movie before. While Roth w...
02:41 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Typing Karaoke game
Typing Karaoke is a terrifically-fun browser game where instead of singing the song's lyrics, you must type them. (via Indie Games)...
02:17 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Halloween head drop trick
What makes this Halloween costume special effect even more special is that magician Rich Ferguson performed it in the famous Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo....
02:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing No, really: Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. is really happening, and Ming-Na is in it!
Post-Avengers, assemble! Ming-Na, well-known for her work on ER, Stargate Universe, and as the voice of Mulan, has reportedly joined the cast of Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. show for ABC, which will als...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing We have the technology to look for life on Mars
The Curiosity rover can do a lot of things, but nobody is expecting her to find direct evidence of life on Mars. In fact, the hunt for life on the Red Planet has been a pretty stunted one. The last ti...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing anatomically correct baked goods
I absolutely love cheeky science cooking projects. So the Eat Your Heart Out bakery website makes me sincerely wish that I lived in London. From white chocolate vertebre stuffed with dark chocolate cr...
01:46 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing Digest #002 10-25-2012
Thanks for your feedback on the first daily digest, which I posted yesterday. This one is a lot shorter, and hopefully better!...
01:45 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing It's not okay to threaten to rape people you don't like: Why I stand with Rebecca Watson
Every now and then, I am reminded of how lucky I am. I'm lucky that none of my readers has ever responded to a comment I made, which they didn't like, by calling me ugly. I'm lucky that they've never ...
01:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Colbert to Trump: I'll pay $1M to your favorite charity if you let me put my balls in your mouth
Stephen Colbert has raised the stakes on Donald Trump....
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Aviation vulnerability: Scan boarding passes to discover if you're in for deep screening; print new barcodes if you don't like what you find
Want to know if you're in for a date with Doctor Jellyfinger the next time you go to the airport? Just print out your boarding-card and scan in the barcode: it encodes whether you're getting the "full...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Conquering Graymail With Outlook.com
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: Go and look at your inbox right now. Go on, Ill wait. Done? Good. For the majority of you, over 80% of the email you receive is something called graym...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Where servers meet saunas
"Google operates nine giant data centers across the U.S. and Europe. And its building four more in Asia and South America. But only one has a sauna. Yes, that would be the one in Hamina, Finland." ...
11:04 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing All-in-one Sable Complete PC, an Ubuntu-based desktop PC that competes on price and power
OMGUbuntu reviews the new System76 Sable Complete, a $799, expandable, open all-in-one computer that is price-competitive and performance-competitive with iMacs and other all-in-ones. I've owned some ...
10:46 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Carl Sagan's Cosmos: The Meat Planet (with pork volcano)
"A giant planet with a liquid interior full of liquid beef and pork, into which a thousand earths would fit."...
10:44 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Pregnancy fashion tips
Heres some helpful tips on pregnancy fashion from the amazing Desire Dubounet....
10:29 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Run Wrake, animator of dark and imaginative award-winning short films, dead of cancer at 47
"Rabbit," a dark, nightmarish short film by UK animator Run Wrake. He died this week of cancer, at the relatively young age of 47....
10:00 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Toronto today, tomorrow (then Boston!)
Hey, Toronto! I'll be at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors tonight and tomorrow night (tonight it's a joint appearance with Larissa Andrusyshyn, Stuart Clark, Corey Redekop and Robert...
09:45 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing A 15-16' great white shark killed a 39yo surfer near Santa Barbara, CA this week [latimesblogs.latimes.com]
A 15-16' great white shark killed a 39yo surfer near Santa Barbara, CA this week. A 19yo surfer was killed by a shark off the same beach two years ago. Tip: don't surf there....
09:39 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing SpaceFlightNow has details on Sunday's scheduled departure of the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft, "filled with nearly one ton of failed parts, experiments, and precious blood and urine sam
SpaceFlightNow has details on Sunday's scheduled departure of the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo spacecraft, "filled with nearly one ton of failed parts, experiments, and precious blood and urine samp...
12:06 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Polygon, a new site from The Verge's stable, launched this evening [polygon.com]
Polygon, a new site from The Verge's stable, launched this evening. Launch features include a look at Halo 4's playtesting labs, a review of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and a roundup of developer thou...
12:01 am PDT - Thu, October 25, 2012
BoingBoing Japanther video by 50 teenaged animators
Souris sez, "'She's The One' by Japanther and the California State Summer School for the Arts Animation Class of 2012 features the work of 50 teenage animation students, who collaborated over three da...
11:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Ai Weiweis Gangnam Style parody video
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei covers PSY's viral hit....
11:01 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Felt animal hats
Barbara Keal makes unusual felt hats, perfect for cold winter mornings and pagan orgies. [via Trendland] Update: Barbara's email box is full and it is essential that I procure a hat. Anyone got workin...
09:59 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Paul Krugman's introduction to the Folio Society's beautiful edition of the Foundation trilogy
The Folio Society has released a beautiful, illustrated slipcased edition of Asimov's Foundation trilogy, illustrated by Alex Wells, with a special introduction by Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman...
09:29 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Bench made from books
DeviantArt's Funnysock posted this this "bench made of books," which she or he apparently found and photographed, but did not make. It's available as a print. Bench (via Neatorama)...
08:34 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Audio experiment: Boing Boing digest
We have a new Soundcloud account and I've been playing around with it. This morning I recorded a 13-minute commentary about recent posts on Boing Boing. If you are inclined, please give it a listen an...
07:45 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Hey! There's a new Hilda book out! Hey!
Back in January, I reviewed Luke Pearson's Hilda, an amazing, beautiful, perfectly brilliant kids' comic from Nobrow Press in London. I've just heard from Sam at Nobrow that there's a new Hilda out, H...
07:17 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Jem (and the Holograms) is (are) making a comeback
Ladies -- and gentlemen -- I couldn't possibly brace you enough for this amazing retro toy news, so I'm just going to come out with it: Jem, lead singer of the Holograms and the rock 'n' roll answer t...
07:05 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Lana Wachowski on growing up transgender
Lana Wachowski, director of Cloud Atlas, describes in a speech delivered this week at the Human Rights Campaigns gala fundraising dinner how she "once suffered a physical beating at the hands of a Cat...
06:59 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com
John Franklin Stephens, a 30yo man with Down Syndrome, writes an open letter to Ann Coulter. The professional political troll recently used the word "retard" to refer to the president of the United St...
06:59 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing John Franklin Stephens, a 30yo man with Down Syndrome, writes an open letter to Ann Coulter [specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com]
John Franklin Stephens, a 30yo man with Down Syndrome, writes an open letter to Ann Coulter. The professional political troll recently used the word "retard" to refer to the president of the United St...
06:50 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing www.slate.com
Rebecca Watson, aka Skepchick (YouTube), in Slate: "I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats."...
06:50 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Rebecca Watson, aka Skepchick (YouTube), in Slate [slate.com]
Rebecca Watson, aka Skepchick (YouTube), in Slate: "I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats."...
06:50 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Skepchick on sexism
Rebecca Watson, aka Skepchick (YouTube), in Slate: "I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats."...
06:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing www.salon.com
"When cancer was suspected during my pregnancy, I faced a decision no woman wants -- and few politicians understand." Abortion and cancer, and a different kind of "right to life."...
06:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing "When cancer was suspected during my pregnancy, I faced a decision no woman wants -- and few politicians understand." Abortion and cancer, and a different kind of "right to life." [salon.com]
"When cancer was suspected during my pregnancy, I faced a decision no woman wants -- and few politicians understand." Abortion and cancer, and a different kind of "right to life."...
06:41 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing www.mercurynews.com
Barack Obama, "the first meme president."...
06:41 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Barack Obama, "the first meme president." [mercurynews.com]
Barack Obama, "the first meme president."...
06:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing www.nydailynews.com
Awful headline of the day: "Evil clown metal drummer accused of making child porn."...
06:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Awful headline of the day [nydailynews.com]
Awful headline of the day: "Evil clown metal drummer accused of making child porn."...
06:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Lana Wachowski on growing up transgender
Lana Wachowski, director of Cloud Atlas, describes in a speech delivered this week at the Human Rights Campaigns gala fundraising dinner how she "once suffered a physical beating at the hands of a Cat...
06:05 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing www.dailykos.com
The GOP Rape Advisory Chart, modeled after the TSA Threat Level charts of yore....
06:05 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing The GOP Rape Advisory Chart, modeled after the TSA Threat Level charts of yore. [dailykos.com]
The GOP Rape Advisory Chart, modeled after the TSA Threat Level charts of yore....
05:53 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing An epic nonprofit PSA: "Follow the Frog," for Rainforest Alliance
A clever example of short-form advocacy filmmaking by Max Joseph for Rainforest Alliance. ...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing UK record industry demands expansion of the Great Firewall of Britain
The British Phonographic Institute -- UK equivalents to the RIAA -- are demanding an expansion to the existing Internet censorship regime in Britain, which already blocks access to The Pirate Bay on a...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing A breast cancer support network on Twitter: #BCSM
#BCSM's Jody Schoger (L) and Alicia Staley (R) tweet and blog in Dr. Deanna Attai's Burbank, CA office. Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY. I'm very happy to see the wonderful #BCSM Twitter community ...
04:49 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Bad pun alert: The trailer for the new Evil Dead will have tongues wagging!
Watch the red-band trailer for the new Evil Dead movie...if you have the guts! (Haha, little horror joke.)...
04:39 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Cyberpunk juice, 1984
I remember this stuff! Imagine carbonated denatured pruno and you about have it....
04:36 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing No, a magical healing bath will not bring Angelina Jolie back from the dead for Wanted 2
Remember how Angelina Jolie's character, Fox, was shot in the head at the end of 2008's not-exactly-supernatural Wanted? Apparently, the (silly) idea had been floating around to bring her back from th...
04:15 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Realistic Popeye
By Vancouver artist Lee Romao, who is currently working on an animated feature, Escape from Planet Earth. Prints are just $15 at his homepage. [via Joe Hill]...
04:05 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Mark on Lifehacker live podcast: How I Work
I'm on Lifehacker right now for a live podcast about work tips and tricks. C'mon over and chat! I’m Mark Frauenfelder, Editor-In-Chief of MAKE Magazine, and This Is How I Work...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Terrifying pumpkin
Some lovely unsourced pumpkin-carvery for you, courtesy of a Reddit post that stirred up controversy when someone else posted the same image, claiming to have carved it him (or her) self, and made the...
03:06 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Simulated Mars mission to study space food
In March 2013, six people will spend four months on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano simulating a Mars mission. Funded by the NASA Human Research Program, HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simula...
02:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Rubik's Cube fruit salad
Rubik's Cube fruit salad from our friends at DIY.org....
02:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Moon Duo: "Circles" music review
"Circles" (CD and LP) is record number three from the beloved modern minimalist psych-kraut combo Moon Duo. ...
02:26 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing How to fill a 5-gallon jug from a drinking fountain
(Via Unique Daily)...
02:21 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Help celebrate Carrie's birthday by packing the Carousel of Progress
The Carousel of Progress is a classic Walt Disney World attraction consisting of an Audio-Animatronic stage show that follows a family throughout the technological progress of the 20th century....
02:12 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Woman raised by monkeys when she was a young girl?
Marina Chapman of Bradford, England claims that in the 1950s, when she was four-year-old, she was kidnapped from her Colombia home and dumped in the jungle where she spent five years in the care of ca...
01:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Amazon should come clean about e-book policies
NBC's Joel Johnson on Amazon's remote deletion of a customer's ebooks: "You don't own your Kindle books, Amazon reminds customer If the world's governments determine that customers don't have the same...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: "...You Just Might Have Romnesia!"
Tom the Dancing Bug: "...You Just Might Have Romnesia," and ALL of President Obama's Hit Comedy Bits, now on DVD!...
01:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Trump "bombshell" turns out to be birther challenge: "I'll give $5m to charity if birth certificate yadda yadda"
"We know very little about our president ... yadda yadda." The Onion: In a blockbuster announcement today, Donald Trump announced that he is a very sad man who has nothing to live for other than drawi...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing A possible medical diagnosis of zombies, just in case they end up being real
The Zombie Research Society has some information about medically diagnosing zombies that might interest you!...
12:38 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing How to teach kids classical music
Here's a new way to teach young people about classical music: have them sing their favorite pop lyrics to the tune of classical compositions....
12:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Tiny clip-on camera for lifelogging
The tiny clip-on Memoto camera takes two photos a minute. The Memoto app displays the GPSd photos on a timeline, so you can go back and see where you were at any point in the past. The camera has no b...
12:13 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Dangerous Minds on Facebook's "bait and switch" for publishers: "I want my friends back"
Over at Dangerous Minds, Richard Metzger writes about the damage to indie web publishers wrought by Facebook's ever-changing policies about who sees your content, and what it will cost you to get your...
12:12 pm PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Neal Stephenson talks REAMDE with lawyers, security experts
A recent U Washington Law School panel discussion with Neal Stephenson regarding his video-game crime-thriller REAMDE....
10:43 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Denny's to launch Hobbit-themed menu
Diner chain Denny's is to offer a Middle-Earth-themed menu to coincide with the theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. From Ad Age: Menu items include 11 breakfast, lunch and dinner ...
10:39 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Orbital Habitat concept had supercomputer, dolphins
Welcome to Bluestar, a ring of space laboratories that would have put a dolphin colony in orbit....
10:28 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Zynga lays off 100 staffers during Apple event
Josh Constine at TechCrunch: Possibly trying to hide the grim news by announcing it during Apples event, weve just independently confirmed that Zynga has shut down its Boston office and laid off 2/3s ...
10:23 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing GOP Senate candidate: Rape pregnancy is God's intent
"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that Go...
10:18 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Windows Surface reviews
Mat Honan at Wired: "This is a great device. It is a new thing, in a new space, and likely to confuse many of Microsofts longtime customers." Joshua Topolsky at The Verge: "I wanted to love this devic...
10:05 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Cory coming to Toronto, Boston
Hey, Toronto! I'll be at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors on Thursday and Friday nights, both times at 8PM. On Thursday, I'm reading with Larissa Andrusyshyn, Stuart Clark, Corey Red...
10:05 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Seismologists guilty in Italy: More on the L'Aquila verdict, and what it means for the future of science
In a guest piece at Scientific American, David Ropeik argues that an Italian court's decision to charge scientists and a government official with manslaughter isn't about quake prediction per se, but ...
01:20 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Accidental CC from wedding planner to couple reveals thriving English class snobbery
A couple in England have gone public with the news that a wedding planner at the Stoke Park country resort (used as a location in James Bond: Goldfinger) accidentally cc'ed them on an email where she ...
01:01 am PDT - Wed, October 24, 2012
BoingBoing Amino acid necklace spells out "we are star-stuff"
Colette Taylor is a molecular biologist and crafter who makes some rather lovely pieces, including the amino-acid inspired necklace shown here (which I saw in person tonight), which reads "We are star...
10:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing ADELE (Boing Boing TV, 2008)
We may not have discovered Adele, but our old pal Russell Porter did introduce her to much of the Boing Boing community for the first time, in 2008. ...
10:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Florence + the Machine (Boing Boing TV, 2008)
Classic Boing Boing TV from our vaults: Russell Porter interviews Florence Welch of Florence+the Machine, at the UK Standon Calling festival in 2008....
10:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Entropy versus warranty: how companies figure out how breakable their products are
The current Wired has a long feature by Robert Capps on the significant changes in product testing and warranty service brought about by the combination of highly accurate computer modelling and discl...
09:39 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Louis Coulon and his 11-foot beard that holds his cat
Abraham Piper says: "I vote this guy for President of the Internet"...
09:33 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Former inmate's description of minimum security Federal prison: sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll
I recently started listening to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Wikipedia describes Rogan as an "American martial artist, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and color commentator." In the latest episo...
09:21 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Free To Be...You and Me -- a retrospective
Must-read longread about the origins of Free To Be...You and Me...
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Solving Laugh Out Loud Cats #2100
Apelad sez, "I posted the 2100th Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comic last night. My kids had me print it out so they could cut out each panel to try and recreate the tunnel route. It's not easy!" Laugh-Out-Loud...
07:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing NYPD officers beat homeless man to a pulp
And it wouldn’t be a police beating without the obligatory charge against the victim for assaulting the police officer’s fist with his face....
07:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing AirTracks: Kickstarter for an inflatable dollying system for SLRs
Tom Baker (no relation) has nearly funded his Kickstarter for "AirTracks: Inflatable All-Terrain Camera Slider" -- a dollying system for SLRs that will cost you about $275 in pre-support (assuming the...
06:48 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer Tuesday: new documentary about "The Central Park Five"
The lesson here is clear: if you are a minority without a lot of money and a prosecutor wants to put you in prison, you will be imprisoned. The Central Park Five is the story of the five young men who...
05:17 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing iPhone 5 Panorama
Here's a link to larger view of this panorama I just took with the iPhone 5. First try and it works pretty darn well. At full size you can see the camera trickery, especially in the center where the i...
04:58 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Original contract for Moby-Dick
Lowering the Bar has a copy of Herman Meville's publishing contract for Moby-Dick, made 161 years ago between Harper and Brothers of the city of New York, Publishers and Melville. Melville got 50% of ...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Nails painted with a printed circuit board motif
My nine-year-old daughter would like to have her nails painted this way, I think. (via The Mary Sue)...
04:34 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Unusual choice of Halloween decorations for a retirement home
(Via Reddit)...
04:30 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Dyskograf
Jesse Lucas's Dyskograf reads graphical disks marked using felt tip pens; the mechanism translates the drawings into a musical sequence....
04:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Did you miss Jamie's interview with RiffTrax, regarding their plans to bring horrible film Birdemic to theatres.
Did you miss Jamie's interview with RiffTrax, regarding their plans to bring horrible film Birdemic to theatres? Drinking game: "Every time a bird explodes. But that happens so often that you may want...
04:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing How my VW won me the college presidency
ADVERTISEMENT Sponsored Post: This post is brought to you by Volkswagen. It's not the miles, it's how you live them. Read our stories or share your own at whyvw.com. Naturally, the thing to do when on...
04:18 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Every episode of The Walking Dead explained in a simple infographic
I stopped watching The Walking Dead a while back, so I agree with everything here except the blue part. (via This Isn't Happiness)...
04:01 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Minecraft Style versus Gangnam Style
CaptainSparklez's "Minecraft Style" is a spot-on perfect "Gangnam Style" parody featuring all the eight-bit tropes and memes we love from Minecraft, scaled up in glorious jaggievision. Love the "sexy ...
03:41 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing NBC will air the pilot of its Munsters remake, Mockingbird Lane as a Halloween special
In case you were curious about Bryan Fuller's updated Munsters series, Mockingbird Lane -- and you might be, because Eddie Izzard is in it -- you will get the chance to watch the pilot this Friday, Oc...
03:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing How my VW won me the college presidency
ADVERTISEMENT Sponsored Post: This post is brought to you by Volkswagen. It's not the miles, it's how you live them. Read our stories or share your own at whyvw.com. Naturally, the thing to do when on...
03:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing The Knockoff Economy: How Copying Benefits Everyone (Video)
Kal Raustiala, co-author of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation, was interviewed by Reason TV. What do you think of copy-cats? Are they stealing property from the creator? Co-author ...
03:30 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing Video!
"Dusting the television with a feather-brush," from Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands. We love video here at Boing Boing—finding cool new works from talented directors and animators, curating...
03:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Assemblages made from toys
These remarkable assemblage sculptures made from plastic toys are the work of Freya Jobbins: My work explores the relationship between consumerist fetishism and the emerging recycling culture within t...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Apple announces iPad Mini
Apple did a side-by-side comparison of the new iPad Mini (7.9-inch display) with the Android Nexus Seven tablet (7-inch display) at their live event. Price ranges from $329 to $659, and will go on sal...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Like A Kind Of Matador: "Halfway To Dangerous" music review
Halfway To Dangerous is the first and final release from this now defunct UK trio who meld crushing slow motion doomdronesludge to haunting prog and drifting abstract ambience....
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing "Empty America" time lapse videos
Inspired by Matt Logue's "Empty LA" photo series, director Ross Ching created time lapse videos of big American cities devoid of people....
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Denny's hopes to woo geeks with a Hobbit-themed menu, will probably be successful
As if you actually needed an excuse to have "second breakfast," Denny's -- home of the mozzarella stick grilled cheese sandwich -- will be offering up a new menu inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected ...
01:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing How my VW won me the college presidency
ADVERTISEMENT Sponsored Post: This post is brought to you by Volkswagen. It's not the miles, it's how you live them. Read our stories or share your own at whyvw.com. Naturally, the thing to do when on...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Zed Nelson photos of plastic surgery culture
Love Me is Zed Nelson's photographic tour of the culture of plastic surgery across 18 countries. Above: "Ive had three toes shortened a portion of bone removed between the joints and xed together wit...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Custom Star Wars bacta tank scene
Mick Minogue mood this fantastic carved-wood bacta tank scene from The Empire Strikes Back. Una Mullaly commissioned it for her partner, Sarah, who had suffered a running injury. "Sarah loves peanut b...
01:18 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Clint Heidorn's "The Oak Tree" exquisitely-packaged cassette
"+33 58' 41.85", -117 49' 13.74" (The Oak Tree) arrived in the form of a hand-stained and screened wooden box with a black and white image of a tree encased in the lid. Inside the box were six ph...
01:10 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Presenting the Iron Man 3 trailer, in which Tony Stark is having a hard time dealing with himself
With great power comes great responsibility, amirite, Tony Stark?...
12:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Books made from bricks
These "brick books" are created by Melbourne's Daryl Fitzgerald who markets them to booksellers and others as "Book ends, display piece, use them however you like!" Brick Books...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Ira Glass makes balloon animals
As a young'n, This American Life's Ira Glass performed magic and made balloon animals at children's birthday parties. You can watch his mad balloon skills in this Rookie Sunday Video during which he a...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing All the latest slang that's fit to print, from 1971
BB reader MewDeep shares this vintage newspaper scan in the BB Flickr Pool: Illustration for New York Times Magazine by National Lampoon art director and freelance illustrator Michael Gross. Foregroun...
11:43 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing MakieLab Hallowe'en costumes and contest
Hallowe'en's come to Makie-land: the 3D printed doll and toy company my wife co-founded is running a Hallowe'en contest to design the spookiest Makie possible . Deadline is Oct 30! Create and save a s...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing DIY Strandbeest kit in a Japanese hobby magazine
Last saturday Gakken celebrated the 10th anniversary of the series 'Otona no Kagaku': an hybrid of magazine and book with an educational toy attached to each release.Beside showing the complete collec...
11:04 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Cold Crush Bros. vs. The Fantastic 5
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
11:01 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing The best cheap, all-purpose juicer: Omega 8003
During my treatment for breast cancer this year, nutrition was a big challenge. Hell, getting any food down was a challenge during chemo and radiation. That's where my interest in fresh juices began. ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing How my VW won me the college presidency
ADVERTISEMENT Sponsored Post: This post is brought to you by Volkswagen. It's not the miles, it's how you live them. Read our stories or share your own at whyvw.com. Naturally, the thing to do when on...
09:50 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Seattle today, then Toronto and Boston
Hey, Seattle! I'll be in town for one day only today, making a pair of public appearances -- first at the University Bookstore at 1230h, then at Elliot Bay Books at 1900h. Both are free! From Seattle,...
02:47 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing The sparkling wit of Ann Coulter
I highly approve of Romney's decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 23, 2012 It's really something, isn't it?...
01:12 am PDT - Tue, October 23, 2012
BoingBoing Pussy Riot activists sent to secret harsh labor camps
Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have been sent to regions known for hosting Russia's harshest hard-labor camps, places that once served as Soviet gulags. The 24 and 22 ye...
11:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Voter fraud is a fraud
The New Yorker's "Voter-Fraud Myth" by Jane Mayer is a good, fair, investigative piece tracking the rise of the Republican orthodoxy that says that voter fraud is rampant, and that it favors Democrats...
10:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 072: A History of Halloween
An interview with horror author and screenwriter Lisa Morton, author of Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween...
08:51 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Keyboard made from beer-cans
Here's a cute way to gimmick a keyboard out of a grid of beercans, using Raspberry Pis and Arduinos....
08:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Mold growing behind refrigerator looks like Jesus
"I took a picture on my mobile and then wiped it off -- it might look like Jesus but I've got three kids and can't be doing with mould in my house." -- Kenny Iddenden, atheist. (Via Arbroath)...
07:46 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing How a Haunted Mansion addict fell in love with the greatest ride on Earth
This post is sponsored by Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two the video game: I fell in love with the Haunted Mansion in 1977. I was six years old, and we'd gone to Fort Lauderdale to visit my gr...
07:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Zuca: rollaboard luggage with drawers doubles as a chair
Speaking of bags and luggage, Ben Hammersley swears by the Zuca Pro, an overhead-legal rollaboard bag that you can sit on, and that organizes its contents into drawers. It's been years since I've both...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Join MAKE editors for Llve Google+ hangout, Oct 23
Stett Holbrook says: MAKE magazine’s latest issue goes on sale tomorrow and to mark the event, MAKE editors, designers, and contributing writers will participate in a Google+ hangout on air...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Join MAKE editors for live Google+ hangout, Oct 23
Stett Holbrook says: MAKE magazine’s latest issue goes on sale tomorrow and to mark the event, MAKE editors, designers, and contributing writers will participate in a Google+ hangout on air...
07:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing The electric dog delights and astounds
No one will ever guess that your well-behaved dog is actually a robot! Full build instructions included. Recapping ‘The Jetsons’: Episode 04 – The Coming of Astro (Via Nerdstink)...
07:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Marijuana majority: well-known liberals and conservatives advocating for legalization
Marijuana Majority is a well-designed website that has quotes from hundreds of religious leaders, political figures, law enforcement officials, celebrities, and other notable figures, all advocating f...
06:46 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Goggled coat
Luxury retailer Luisa Viaroma at one point sold these $424 Matt Nylon Hooded Down Jackets with integrated, goggled facemasks. In an apparent bid to soften the appearance of alien menace projected by t...
06:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Whale mimics human speech
From the NMMFoundation: A new paper published by the National Marine Mammal Foundation in the scientific journal Current Biology sheds light on the ability of marine mammals to spontaneously mimic hum...
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing A Necronomicon, for your very own bookshelf!
The Necronomicon -- it's like the Bible, but not really! ...
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Fun Fantasy Adventure Young Adult Novel: The Other Normals
The unlikely hero in Ned Vizzini's young adult fantasy novel, The Other Normals is Perry Eckert, a 15-year-old with divorced parents, an alcoholic older brother, and few friends. He is terrified of gi...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Greenhouse and safety perimeter
The above structure is allegedly a greenhouse surrounded by a safety perimeter to keep the children away from said greenhouse. Redditor Syyraxus's post is called "So my brother in law built this... th...
05:14 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Louis C.K. has more sketch comedy experience up his sleeve than you think
While an undeniable comedic genius, Louis C.K. is not well-known for his wild, wacky array of characters or impressions, so it was weird (though not unpleasant) to hear that he'd be hosting Saturday N...
05:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Bollywood Steel Guitar
Just from the title alone -- Bollywood Steel Guitar -- we knew that this installment in the always-amazing Sublime Frequencies series of unusual and under-documented "world music" recordings was gonna...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Experimental short documentary on the northern lights
An experimental short form documentary contrasting the northern lights with the harsh landscapes and decaying man made remnants littered in the northern Canadian town of Churchill....
04:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing A new animated trailer for the new Graham Chapman "documentary"
Graham Chapman was kind enough to record his somewhat truthful autobiography, A Liar's Autobiography, before he died in 1989. But since he did die, the rest of Monty Python got the chance to turn the ...
04:20 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Hey, Paranormal Activity 4: You're cute, but can we talk about your hot subplot friend?
Paranormal Activity 4 opened this weekend, and it topped the box office. Then, it was announced that there would be one more sequel and a spinoff. But what I want to know more about is the infinitely ...
03:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Sixth grader gets third eye in school picture
Her father (right) is demanding an explanation. (Via Photoshop Disasters)...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing www.nytimes.com
The vindication of a craphound: a rescued Kurt Weill recording is the prize in this New York Times piece on how a Craigslist ad for old books and records led to the discovery of four 78rpm acetate dis...
03:34 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Humans can cause earthquakes
We don't have a great handle on predicting earthquakes. But we do know enough about them to know that they aren't all purely forces of nature. Humans can actually cause (or maybe just prompt) the Eart...
03:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing When I hear the word "DJ"...
WhenI hear the word "DJ" I think of Wolfman Jack. ...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing BagJack: Berlin's handmade courier-bags
Conversations with William Gibson are always a treat. Yesterday we sat down for a chat after our joint appearance at the Vancouver Writers' Festival, and talked about everything from how dead people u...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Engineering photo competition winners
The winning entries of the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering 2012 Photography Competition....
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Brain-on-a-chip for drug testing and injury research
Draper Laboratory and University of South Florida researchers are developing a prototype "brain-on-a-chip." No, it's not an AI but rather a combination of living cells and microfluidics in a bio-artif...
02:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing How a Haunted Mansion addict fell in love with the greatest ride on Earth
This post is sponsored by Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two the video game: I fell in love with the Haunted Mansion in 1977. I was six years old, and we'd gone to Fort Lauderdale to visit my gr...
02:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Russell Means, Native American activist and actor, dead of cancer at 72
Native American political activist and actor Russell Means, founding member of AIM, has died at 72 of esophageal cancer. A NYT obituary is here. More: russellmeans.com....
02:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Enjoy classic illustrations of the micro world, for free
This illustration of a flea comes from Robert Hooke's Micrographia — an amazing collection of illustrations drawn from microscope images, first published in 1665. Think of it like a proto-viral ...
02:15 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Pesco's favorite headphones
Over at our sponsor Intel's LifeScoop site, I wrote about three of my favorite headphones. My go-to pair these days are the Bowers & Wilkins P3s, pictured here. From my post: In 1979, Sony introd...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing The Walking Dead heads into "Sick" territory in this season's second episode [SPOILERS]
Hey, so, what really went on with those plucky survivors during the months we didn't see them? It's understandable that a few months spent in a zombie apocalypse may cause a shift in priorities. But l...
01:49 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Ben and Jerry's officially allowed to discount shareholders in favor of the public good
Ben and Jerry's has reincorporated as a "B" corporation, "a new kind of corporate entity thats legally allowed to consider social good as well as shareholder good when making business decisions." (via...
01:40 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing RIP Stanford Ovshinsky inventor with an eye on energy and communication
America lost a great Maker last week. Stanford R. Ovshinsky was a self-taught engineer and inventor who held more than 400 patents when he died on October 17th at the age of 90. The name may not be fa...
01:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Caturmonday: Caption this
"Segundo," a photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Boing Boing reader Bill of Providence, Rhode Island. It begs for image-macro-fication....
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Peter Molyneux reloads
Game designer Peter Molyneux—almost as legendary for unfulfilled ambitions as for classics such as Populous and Magic Carpet—was inspired to quit and start over when a twitter doppleganger...
12:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Italian scientists found guilty of failing to predict L'Aquila quake; face 6 years in prison (updated)
A verdict has been reached in the trial of 6 scientists and a former official charged with manslaughter for failing to predict a 2009 quake....
12:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Italian scientists guilty of manslaughter after failing to predict L'Aquila quake; face 6 years in prison (updated)
A verdict has been reached in the trial of 6 scientists and a former official charged with manslaughter for failing to predict a 2009 quake....
12:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing reason.com
Police officer Edward Krawetz earned a 10-year suspended sentence for beating a woman on the street. But he didn't lose his job, because it's nearly impossible to fire a bad cop....
12:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Soon, AOL will "got mail" again
America Online has developed a web-based email service called Alto (altomail.com), and early reports sure sound promising. Alto is not a new email provider (no @alto.com email addresses, at least not ...
12:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Make a papercraft skeleton
Over at Digitprop, a free PDF to make this delightful papercraft skeleton....
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing How a Haunted Mansion addict fell in love with the greatest ride on Earth
This post is sponsored by Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two the video game: I fell in love with the Haunted Mansion in 1977. I was six years old, and we'd gone to Fort Lauderdale to visit my gr...
11:36 am PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Drug-war spending versus drug addiction
Here's Matt Groff's chart showing the relationship between US drug-war spending and US drug addiction (or rather, the lack of such a relationship). It's a compelling way of demonstrating the economic ...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: the ways of insects
Page 7 of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online-first for the first time here at Boing Boing. First time reader? You're a few issues behind....
10:12 am PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Man "mistakes" girl for skunk, shoots
"Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk." What, don't you go skunk-shooting ...
10:08 am PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Kindle user claims Amazon deleted whole library without explanation
When your Kindle is wiped by Amazon without explanation, refund, or appeal, it's time to wake up and realize the truth: ebook readers treat you as a tenant-farmer of your books, not an owner. You have...
09:25 am PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Vancouver and Victoria today, then Seattle, Toronto and Boston
Hey, Vancouver and Victoria! Today I wrap up my Pirate Cinema tour weekend in Van with an appearance for the BC Civil Liberties Association and the Centre for Digital Media at 11AM at the Great Northe...
01:41 am PDT - Mon, October 22, 2012
BoingBoing Sugar pills
Eat Your Heart Out has got Popping Candy Placebos for sale: clear pill gels filled with little candy beads -- real sugar pills. EAT YOUR HEART OUT 2012...
04:05 pm PDT - Sun, October 21, 2012
BoingBoing Excellent high-voltage warning glyph
I'm having a pretty great time in Vancouver this week on the Pirate Cinema tour. Granville Island has lots to recommend about it, but I'm especially taken with the electrocution hazard glyphs on the a...
01:56 pm PDT - Sun, October 21, 2012
BoingBoing McIntosh compact AirPlay stereo system
The McIntosh McAire is a standalone stereo system designed for Apple AirPlay. It also is a fine hardware complement for the McIntosh AP1 Music Player app, virtualizing those iconic blue meters. The ap...
01:37 pm PDT - Sun, October 21, 2012
BoingBoing Stranded in Hawai'i on the no-fly list
Wade Hicks Jr. got a standby flight on an Air Force jet from Gulfport, Miss to visit his wife, a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in Japan. But when the jet set down in Hawai'i, he was not allowed to bo...
01:13 pm PDT - Sun, October 21, 2012
BoingBoing Wood that Works by David C. Roy
Years ago I became fascinated with David C. Roy's kinetic sculptures, Wood that Works. His new piece Frolic is beautiful....
12:19 pm PDT - Sun, October 21, 2012
BoingBoing Cory at Kidsbooks, Vancouver tonight
Yo, Vancouver! Thanks to all of you who turned up to both of the sold-out events yesterday at the Writers Festival. If you missed out, I've got another event tonight, at Kidsbooks at 7PM, and I'll be ...
11:17 am PDT - Sun, October 21, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the record industry lobbyists who'll be throttling your Internet connection in America's six strikes world
The Center for Copyright Information is the organization behind America's "six strikes" plan, where the major ISPs and phone companies have signed up to voluntarily degrade your Internet connection, a...
01:03 am PDT - Sun, October 21, 2012
BoingBoing Music Appreciation: Hauntology
In the future, the past is the present. Don't miss our Boing Boing Music feature on hauntology, in which Mark Pilkington connects the dots between Arthur Machen, Demdike Stare, 70s British television,...
11:57 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate Cinema presentation at Brooklyn's WORD
Joly MacFie from The Punkcast was good enough to bring his cameras down to my Pirate Cinema tour stop at Brooklyn's WORD books....
10:22 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Shocking, vicious attack-ads from the dirty presidential race
Redditor Aspirin742 and his six-year-old daughter Elissa are both contenders in a hard-fought election for President of their house. The campaigning has gotten really ugly. My 6 year old daughter and ...
08:08 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing MIT's Futures of Entertainment conference, Nov 910
Sam from MIT sez, "This 2-day conference at MIT brings together 50 leading thinkers about innovation in the media and marketing industries. Issues tackled include the importance of listening to their ...
07:17 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Einstein with puppet-Einstein
If you think Einstein-with-his-tongue-out is the last word in whimsical physicist photography, have a look at this 1931 shot of the Mighty Hip Einie with an Einstein marionette. Here's the runner up: ...
04:45 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Chinook: the story of the computer that beat checkers
Last month, I blogged about Relatively Prime, a beautifully produced, crowdfunded free series of math podcasts. I just listened to the episode on Chinook (MP3), the program that became the world champ...
04:13 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing DC pulls in a record-setting $85M from traffic cams
A little followup to yesterday's post about NoPhoto, an Indiegogo fundraiser for a flash that confounds red-light cameras: the city of Washington, DC has smashed its previous record-setting rake on it...
02:36 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Groucho meets Bradbury
Groucho meets Bradbury...
01:54 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Humble Ebook Bundle breaks the $1,000,000 barrier
Just now, a few minutes before 10AM Pacific, the Humble Ebook Bundle crossed the $1 MILLION mark. Yes, it's an arbitrary round number, but it's a BIGGUN! For those of you who haven't clocked it, the H...
01:41 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Full-size museum replicas from a MakerBot
These pieces were printed on a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer, by artist Cosmo Wenman, who printed them in several pieces and then assembled them. MakerBot is justifiably proud of these extraordinar...
12:46 pm PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Thomas Jefferson: not an enthusiastic, brutal slaver
Wagner James Au writes, "Annette Gordon-Reed, a Pulitzer and National Book Award-winning, African-American academic at Harvard, has a brutal takedown of the new Jefferson biography by Henry Wiencek me...
11:00 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Big Carrot tips its hand
In this rare ad from history, Big Carrot tips its hand and arrogantly advertises the moment where it climbed into bed with Big Fat. WHUT...
09:53 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing OMG, baby octopodes!
National Geographic's Enric Sala took this photo during an expedition in Gabon. He and another researcher were using a remote operated vehicle to explore the ocean off the coast of that country's Loan...
09:41 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Donate to help schools purchase science supplies
From a rural Louisiana middle school that has never had a microscope, to a school in California that lacks basic laboratory safety equipment (think, nitrile gloves) — many schools in the United ...
09:33 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Temple Grandin's brain doesn't just think differently, it is physically different
This is kind of neat. Scientists conducted several psychological and neuro-imaging tests on Temple Grandin — the woman who has used her own autism as a model for designing better livestock contr...
08:54 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing When geology meets meteorology
Dust from the Sahara desert could leave Sweden soaked in red "blood rain" this weekend. (Via Kevin Zelnio)...
08:51 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Boys might be hitting puberty earlier, too
Several studies have now led to a scientific consensus that American girls are hitting puberty earlier. Now, a new study suggests that the same might also be true of boys. The New York Times has a ver...
08:36 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing Cory at Vancouver Writers Festival today with William Gibson
Hey, Vancouver! Quick reminder: there are still some tickets left for my appearance with William Gibson today at the Vancouver Writers Festival (the conversation with Margaret Atwood is sold out, alas...
12:14 am PDT - Sat, October 20, 2012
BoingBoing R2D2 hoodie that zips up all the way
SuperHeroStuff's R2D2 hoodie is a $70 way to keep warm and look like a droid ($73 if you want to look like an XXL droid). I dig the way it turns into a droid-inspired fencing mask if you zip it up all...
10:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Identity thief's amazing disguise fails to fool bank, toddlers
Joshua K. Pinney is charged with attempting to defraud a Bank of America branch in Des Moines into issuing him a bank card in the name of a man whose wallet had been stolen. To help with his ruse, Pin...
09:57 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Clever bread flour storage
I was looking for a clever way to store excess novelty bread flours I'd bought to play with in my bread machine. Technician775 has one......
09:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Retro City Rampage
Retro City Rampage is a curious game. In development for a good decade, the resulting hodge-podge of genres, technologies and influences resulted in a kind of ultra-ironic 16-bit GTA, packed with a bo...
08:03 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-traffic-cam countermeasure
NoPhoto is Jonathan Dandrow's electronic countermeasure for traffic-cameras. It's a license-plate frame that uses sensors to detect traffic-cameras, and floods the plate with bright light that washes ...
07:58 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Everyone's talking about weird twitter
Read Nick Douglas for a human perspective; knowyourmeme for the tl;dr....
06:41 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Baby dressed as Gimli
Back in 2007 Sean Donohue dressed up little PJ as Gimli, Son of Gloin, and immortalized him in pixels: "PJ was Gimli the dwarf from Lord of The Rings for Halloween. Michaela's mom made the costume, Mi...
06:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Building a computer from scratch: open source computer science course
Here's an absolutely inspiring TED Talk showing how "self-organized computer science courses" designed around students building their own PCs from scratch engaged students and taught them how computer...
05:53 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Math journal accepts computer-generated nonsense paper
The peer-reviewed journal Advances in Pure Mathematics was tricked into accepting a nonsense math paper that was generated by a program called Mathgen. To be fair, the journal did note several flaws i...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Disgraced Reddit mod Violentacrez on CNN
The Reddit/Gawker/"jailbait" story has reached its likely zenith: an Anderson Cooper 360 interview. A second part is here. But is Brutsch really a troll? I don't know that this is accurate. Posting di...
04:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing San Francisco's Travelodge on Market Street accused of racism
My friend Jason Perkins, who owns several nightclubs in the San Francisco Bay Area and has an impeccable reputation, says that he and legendary guitarist Leo Nocentelli of The Meters were treated to s...
04:20 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing News reporter oblivious to cockroach on shoulder
[Video link] Los Angeles NBC affiliate KNBC 4 reporter Robert Kovacik handled this like a boss, or had no idea it was happening. (via ProducerMatthew)...
03:40 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing What it's like to be on Jeopardy
A spam filter almost scotched my chance to be on television. I was scanning through the usual detritus of offers in July 2011 to enhance body parts and transfer large sums of money from people in dist...
03:40 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Redesigned cereal mascots as creepy, wrinkled costumed characters
Peruvian illustrator Guillermo Fajardo has taken a crack at redesigning some of the more iconic breakfast cereal mascots, uploading his excellent efforts to his Behance portfolio. There's the Trix rab...
03:36 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Muppeteer Michael Earl has colon cancer, is uninsured; muppet fans raise funds for his care.
BB reader Tony Teofilo says, Master puppeteer Michael Earl (he did The Muppet Movie, Sesame Street, and many others) has Stage 3 Colon Cancer and no insurance. Any chance you could let the happy mutan...
03:23 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Andrea Seabrook's DecodeDC
Andrea Seabrook had a brilliant career at National Public Radio (NPR), and spent the last several years covering Congress in Washington, D.C. If you listen to NPR, you know her voice, and likely perke...
03:09 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing To do in DC: "40 under 40: Craft Futures" at the Smithsonian
Now through February at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, an exhibition of under-40 American craftspeople. Among them, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. Her work "La Llorona" is shown here, and is fea...
02:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Robin Cooper gives Obama advice on winning the debate
Robin Cooper tells Boing Boing, "I called the White House with advice to Obama on how to win the next Debate."...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing New Zealand record industry flubs its first three-strikes prosecution
The first of eight prosecutions brought under New Zealand's three-strikes copyright law (passed as a rider to the emergency legislation freeing up money to provide relief for the Christchurch earthqua...
01:29 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Music Appreciation: Drone
For many people, a drone wouldn't even be called music, just an irritating noise, like the buzzing of a refrigerator, the hum of traffic, the sound of bees in a hive. For others, it is OMMMM, the soun...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Girl dresses as a different person every school day
Stella Ehrhart is an eight-year-old girl in Omaha who dresses as a different historical, prominent or local figure every day, with few repeats; she's been at it since the start of second grade. Much o...
01:08 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Iconic erotic film star Sylvia Kristel of Emmanuelle dies of cancer at 60
Actress Sylvia Kristel died this week at 60 years of age. She died during the night during her sleep, her agent, Marieke Verharen, told the AFP news agency. The cause of her death was cancer. In recen...
12:55 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing 1950s Data storage ad
How Don Draper's firm might have saved client data. From OrangeCats' Flickr stream, referenced in "History of Modern Computing" (Ceruzzi)....
12:40 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Secret Garden, relax-em-up browser game
The Secret Garden (play) is a relaxing trip around a mysterious polygon-tastic pastoral landscape. The Garden's deligts include jumping around and Buddha-hurling. [via Free Indie Games]...
12:29 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Panama aims to adopt Euro
The Panamanian president announced that the country would like to introduce the Euro as legal tender, alongside the U.S. dollar. [Reuters]...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Improving the Tibetan dung-stove with wire coat-hangers
Liz To has designed a coat-hanger-based disassemblable stove for Tibetan nomads who cook indoors. It's a clever way of recycling one of the more pernicious waste products of western society (coat hang...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Time-Traveling Librarians from Outer Spa... from Texas
When I first heard of the Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library, a new Houston-based bookmobile venture, I felt myself get a bit unstuck in time. For one thing, I usually see traveling library used to descr...
09:12 am PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing Cory coming to Vancouver this weekend
Hey, Vancouver! I'm headed your way tomorrow for a pair of ticketed appearances at the Vancouver Writers Festival, the first with William Gibson at 2PM, then another at 5PM with Margaret Atwood and Pa...
01:01 am PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing What does Ritalin do to kids? Why don't we ask the kids?
I know. It's a crazy idea. The ADHD Voices report isn't peer reviewed research (and it's presented in way that you might find to be refreshingly readable, or a jumbly mess that's hard to follow in spo...
12:38 am PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing The binary stars of Alpha Centauri, as seen from Saturn
Earlier this week, we learned that there is (most likely) at least one planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B. If you want to get really in-depth on this discovery, how it was made, and what it mea...
12:26 am PDT - Fri, October 19, 2012
BoingBoing The crowd psychology of Grand Central Station
New York's Grand Central Terminal, as it currently stands today, was built between 1903 and 1913. But it is the third Grand Central. Two earlier buildings — one called Grand Central Depot, and t...
11:40 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Nine books I think you should read (plus a couple more than I need to read, myself)
The New York Times Magazine's 6th Floor Blog interviewed me about the books I'm reading now (including a climate scientist's account of dealing with evidence and uncertainty in the treatment of cancer...
11:40 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Nine books I think you should read (plus a couple more that I need to read, myself)
The New York Times Magazine's 6th Floor Blog interviewed me about the books I'm reading now (including a climate scientist's account of dealing with evidence and uncertainty in the treatment of cancer...
10:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Kill robocalls, get paid
If you hate robocalls and love money, the FTC wants to hear from you. They're offering a $50K bounty for practical robocall-killing technology. Details at robocall.challenge.gov....
10:32 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Pharisee quits
Conservative thinker Dinesh D'Souza split his time between haranguing the president over "traditional values", getting engaged to a 29-year-old woman who is not his wife, and being president of an eva...
10:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing A cordial invitation
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08:39 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Mark at WFMU Radiovision Festival 2012, Saturday in NYC
If you are going to be in New York this weekend, I'll be giving the keynote talk at 10 am on Saturday at the WFMU Radiovision 2012 Conference. I'm going to be talking about maker culture, Boing Boing,...
07:34 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Edmonton tomorrow morning
Hey, Edmonton! A reminder: I'll be at the free PAGES library conference tomorrow morning at the Stanley Milner Library. My keynote is at 9:15 AM, followed by a Q&A at 1130h and a signing at 1, be...
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Researcher claims feasibility of writing lethal wireless pacemaker viruses
In a presentation at the BreakPoint security conference in Melbourne, IOActive researcher Barnaby Jack described an attack on pacemakers that could, he says, deliver lethal shocks to their owners. Jac...
06:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing 99 useful hints and tips for everyday life
Most of the clever tips on this page will eventually come in handy for me. I tried the toilet roll iPhone speaker trick and it works!...
05:42 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Paranormal Activity 4 has been infiltrating all of your social media with secret plot things
Dread Central has been doing a little bit of investigating into the viral campaign being run by Paranormal Activity 4. Accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube apparently belong to a man named Jacob...
05:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Music and the Psychedelic Mind (documentary video)
"Music and the Psychedelic Mind" is a 20-minute documentary that explores the relationship between music and psychedelic drugs....
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing PENDING LARRY QUOTE
Google posted (apparently bad) quarterly earnings with the SEC early, and the stock fell about 9 percent before it halted trading. [Buzzfeed]...
04:28 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Dutch government gives itself the right to break into your computer and destroy it
Ot from Bits of Freedom sez, "On 15 October, the Dutch ministry of Justice and Security proposed powers for the police to break into computers, install spyware, search computers and destroy data. Thes...
03:51 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing How's Your News, Election 2012: developmentally disabled reporters go to GOP and DNC
Developmentally disabled news reporters cover the weird world of the 2012 US presidential elections....
03:21 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the man who showed up to be Jack Nicholson's body double in The Shining -- 57 years early
When the Overlook Hotel swallowed Jack Torrance's soul in The Shining, sucking him into their haunted history, did you ever wonder if Stanley Kubrick actually got a whole bunch of people to pose for t...
03:13 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Failed cannonball into frozen swimming pool
"Fuck the fucking cold."...
03:04 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Twitter censors Germans access to Neo-Nazi groups Twitter account
A story that seems tailor-made for internet comment thread arguments: Twitter has blocked access for those inside Germany to the tweets of a German neonazi group, whose very existence is against the l...
02:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing "Naked caveman" may be evicted from cave-like home in El Paso, TX
A naked "caveman" whose life and political beliefs have intrigued residents of El Paso, TX may soon be evicted from his cave home. There's a video interview with him here. The local ABC TV affiliate l...
02:51 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing NY AG urges breast cancer charities to be transparent on where pink dollars go
Consumerist reports that New York state attorney general Eric T. Schneidermans office did a year-long review of the so-called pink ribbon business, which I loathe almost as much as I loathe breast can...
02:49 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Delicious amanita mushroom stew nearly kills family
A woman cooked some mushrooms she found growing in her back yard "with onions, garlic and green chili peppers for dinner," and everyone in her family "agreed that it was a tasty meal." But after they ...
02:24 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing BBC radio documentary on same-sex couple coping with cancer and mortality
BB reader Jane Lowers sends along this beautiful BBC Radio documentary about two men in California who have been together for decades, now facing one's terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis. "I know bo...
02:21 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Zombie Rave: chopped and screwed gloom house music
"Zombie Rave" is a proper full length from weirdo witch house / ghost drag outfit First Flesh....
02:07 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Amazon reviews for "binders" (full of women) are funnier than Romney's original gaffe
You knew it was coming. Binders full of women, the funny Amazon reviews. (HT: Tara McGinley)...
01:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing American once placed in solitary confinement in Iran explores solitary confinement in US prisons
Shane Bauer, one of the American hikers who was arrested by Iranian authorities on the Iran-Iraq border, then placed in solitary, goes inside the notorious isolation units of California's Pelican Bay ...
01:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Ivan Reitman has a de-Murrayed Ghostbusters 3 on his schedule for next summer
In an item that actually has nothing to do with the "development hellish" Ghostbusters 3, Deadline is reporting that director Ivan Reitman will be directing the "reboot" (that's what they're calling i...
01:50 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Genetically-modified mouse to sniff out landmines
The MouSensor is a lab mouse genetically-engineered to sniff out land mines. Mice have already been trained to find explosives by scent but according to Hunter College biologist Charlotte D'Hulst, the...
01:44 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Candy Corn on the cob
An Instructable exists for this. It must be made. Alaskantomboy writes, in the prelude: I experimented with fondant first, that was completely unsuccessful. Then I though of gluing it together with ca...
01:36 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing The raven
A wonderful photograph of one my favorite birds, just in time for the Goth season. Shared in the BB Flickr Pool by Nick Loven....
01:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Nike's X-ray tights
Nike Women's new performance tights digitally printed with X-ray images....
01:18 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Coming to America: Six copyright accusations, lose your Internet
Hey, America, no need to feel left out! You're soon to join Britain, France and New Zealand in having a sneaky program to spy on your Internet connection and cut you off on the basis of unproven accus...
01:15 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Why casual sexism in science matters
Psychobiologist Dario Maestripieri returned from a neuroscience meeting in New Orleans and posted to Facebook that he was disappointed with the "unusually high concentrations of unattractive women. Th...
12:53 pm PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing New tiny street installations from Slinkachu
Brilliant new street installations from Slinkachu. His creations are collected in several books now, including the brand new Global Model Village: The International Street Art of Slinkachu.  Tiny...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing French family enjoys its consumer durables, invokes Talking Heads
This French family is certainly pleased by its exciting gadgets! Deuxime leon: la question & le washmatic...
08:47 am PDT - Thu, October 18, 2012
BoingBoing Ai Weiwei guest-edits the New Statesman, which pirates itself to evade the Great Firewall of China
Helen from the UK newspaper the New Statesman writes, Today, the New Statesman is publishing an issue of the magazine guest-edited by the Chinese rebel artist Ai Weiwei. In the issue, Ai interviews th...
11:59 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate Bay moves to the cloud
The Pirate Bay has moved its servers into a network of cloud-based hosting services around the world, making it less vulnerable to police raids. I wonder how well this will work, though: cloud provide...
09:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Dancing Alone To Pony
There is a tumblog for people who dance alone to Ginuwine's 1996 classic, Pony. [via Anil Dash]...
09:55 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Corruption in Arizona National Guard, from "bum-hunts" to sexual harassment
A long, excellent investigative piece in the Arizona Republic documents a litany of awful and criminal practices by senior officers (especially recruiters) in the Arizona National Guard. Reporter Denn...
07:50 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Horrifying facethroat zombie makeup
Redditor Specialxk's zombie walk face-and-throat trompe l'oeil makeup job is awesomely horrifying, and it's a nice extension of the sort of work we've featured before with the Venom makeup from Captai...
06:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Watch this Great Dane bitch deliver her puppies...live!
Chaos the Great Dane is about to have puppies. Watch one dog become several...live!...
05:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing NYCC: Issa Ibrahim's "Love Among the Ruins"
One of the booths at New York Comic Con that caught my eye was the one above, by artist Issa Ibrahim, who specializes in (sometimes risqu) pieces featuring comic book characters. "Love Among the Ruins...
05:47 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing When Kleenex was a novelty
This 1940s Kleenex ad features illustrated testimonials for facial tissues is an interesting look back at the time when "one hand removes a tissue... and up pops another" had enough novelty value to f...
05:43 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Rock faces: street art by Andre Muniz Gonzaga
Brazilian artist Andre Muniz Gonzaga reveals the hidden personalities of rocks, stone surfaces, and crumbling walls. (Hi-Fructose)...
05:11 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Blondie's Debbie Harry explains how to Pogo
Debbie Harry in 1978 explaining how to Pogo....
04:26 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing NYCC Interview: Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick, creators of The Venture Bros.
Ask any fan of Adult Swim's The Venture Bros. and they will tell you this: it has been a long time since we saw a new season of The Venture Bros. Yes, we were treated to the one-shot mockumentary epis...
03:42 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Mondrian cake
Last December, Nicole J Caruth posted this photo of a "Mondrian cake" to her Twitter stream. What a fabulous piece of work! Finally trying the Mondrian cake...
03:09 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gum: weird avant-turntablism from 1987
Gum is an Australian avant-turntablist duo from the 1980s that began quite literally with a skipping Brian Eno record. Their output has now been compiled on a double-CD titled Gum: "Vinyl Anthology"....
02:30 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Life is swell in a fallout shelter!
Cute placemats! (Via X-Ray Delta One)...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Fire Whip Cracking to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid"
Why the internet, and specifically YouTube, was invented. A guy doing fire stunts to one of the greatest metal songs of all time....
02:20 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare - Get that McGuffin!
TOM THE DANCING BUG: In which the plot is rocketed forward when Billy Dare discovers he simply must obtain a McGuffin! I'm lovin' it! ...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Photos of heads in space helmets
From Things Magazine: a grid of photos of heads in helmets. I recognize about a third of the images....
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Universal Computer Users
Citing my talk on General Purpose Computing and regulation (and many other works), Olia Lialina describes a "General Purpose User... that was formed through three decades of adjusting general purpose ...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Why forensic science is failing us and why tonight's NOVA documentary doesn't quite cut it
In 2009, the National Academies of Science published a massive report on forensics. For many Americans, forensics is possibly the most familiar of all the sciences. It's the one we welcome into our li...
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Contest to build a human-powered helicopter
Since 1980, hundreds of young engineers have entered the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. Nobody has won the grand prize of $250,000 for demonstrating "a one minute hovering time...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Exclusive: New track from ex-Throbbing Gristle's forthcoming Final Report
In 2006, industrial music pioneer Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson of Throbbing Gristle and Coil was so taken with Desertshore, a challenging 1970 album by Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico, that he set ...
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Beyonce, owner of very red lipstick, will perform in the Super Bowl's halftime show
In a photographic announcement on her blog, Beyonce let the world in on some important pop culture news: duck-face is alive and well! And she is also going to be the main attraction at the Super Bowl ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gary McKinnon on the decision not to extradite him to the USA
Following up on yesterday's announcement by the UK Home Secretary that Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the USA (where he faces up to 60 years in prison), the Guardian's Lizzy D...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing La Columbe Cold Brew: jet fuel in a beer bottle
My hosts at last night's signing at Philadelphia's Indy Hall co-working space did a lot to make me welcome, but most of all, they supplied me with rocket-fuel. The fuel took the form of a bottle of La...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing La Colombe Cold Brew: jet fuel in a beer bottle
My hosts at last night's signing at Philadelphia's Indy Hall co-working space did a lot to make me welcome, but most of all, they supplied me with rocket-fuel. The fuel took the form of a bottle of La...
10:44 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing More on the fake stem cell researcher who faked stem cell transplants
Hisashi Moriguchi probably isn't a specialist in stem cell research. He doesn't have an affiliation with Harvard University. And he most likely has not injected reprogrammed adult heart stem cells int...
10:24 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Why do some people say the Earth isn't getting hotter?
If you haven't seen the Skeptical Science website yet, you're missing out. Via Tom Standage...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Bethesda tonight
Hey, DC! I'm heading to Bethesda today for my Pirate Cinema tour -- I'll be at the Bethesda Public Library tonight at 7PM. Come on out and say hi before I head to Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattl...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing How Anonymous broke its own rules to break free
Before the summer of 2011, Anonymous was an amorphous collective of hackers and pranksters ready to pour cold water on members' nascent political aspirations. By 2012, a growing antiauthority, anticen...
09:54 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing A useful blog for people interested in alternative medicine
Until 2011, Dr. Edzard Ernst was the head of one of the few university departments doing real, unbiased research on the effectiveness and safety of alternative medicine techniques. That's important, b...
09:37 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Did the average Neanderthal know she had a brother-in-law?
In an interview with The Houston Chronicle, paleoanthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin hits on an interesting point that I don't think we (the media and laypeople) consider enough when we talk about our ...
09:04 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Why you should care about the planet found orbiting Alpha Centauri, even though it's not a good place to live
Last night, astronomers with the European Southern Observatory announced that they'd found a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B — an orange star a little smaller and a little less bright than our ...
02:34 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Thoughts from a Japanese Media Pirate
The following was submitted for publication by a reader who asked to remain anonymous — Rob I just finished Pirate Cinema and felt the need to write something about it, because it concerns a cau...
12:55 am PDT - Wed, October 17, 2012
BoingBoing Binders Full of Women, the tumblr
Link: bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)...
10:02 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing New book about the greatest trading cards ever: Mars Attacks
Yesterday I posted an illustration by the famed pulp illustrator Norm Saunders. Coincidentally, Abrams ComicArts just released a book commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Mars Attacks trading car...
08:48 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Judge John Hodgman live in New York
Jesse Thorn says: We're doing a few Judge John Hodgman shows in New York. We just sold out our show Monday night and added one on Sunday night. We'll have special guests (very special guests), and I w...
08:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Virtual comic book newsstand displays all the comics on the rack for any given month and year
Ruben Bolling alerted me to this cool website. You enter a month and year, and it will return a page of thumbnail images of all the comic books that were available on newsstands for that month. Above,...
06:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Zak Loves Mandy
Photo: Kimberly Kane for VICE.Photographer and porn performer Kimberly Kane interviews friends and fellow adult film travelers Zak Sabbath and Mandy Morbid in Vice. "Last year, Mandy was diagnosed wit...
05:53 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing NYCC interview: Face Off's Rod Maxwell
Among my favorite parts of New York Comic Con was getting to interview Rod Maxwell, special effects makeup artist and a (sadly, former) contestant on Syfy's competition show, Face Off. He's been worki...
05:24 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Sheet music for John Cage's 4' 33"
The sheet music for John Cage's 4' 33" is available for $5.95. Of course, 4' 33" is a classic of avant-garde music in which the performer plays nothing at all....
05:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Hideous Macintosh marketing video from 1996
A profoundly dreadful Macintosh marketing video produced while Dr. Gil "I insist that you call me Dr. Amelio" Amelio was CEO of Apple. (Via Doobybrain)...
05:01 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Support Diana Gameros' indieLatin album effort
With just a day to go, my favorite San Francisco singer/songwriter Diana Gameros is approaching her Kickstarter goal to fund the recording of her first full-length album. As I've posted before, Diana ...
04:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Photos of untidy home offices
Geeklogie uncovered this photo gallery of home offices in need of tidying up....
04:45 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing The story of the iconic cover art for Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures
EDW Lynch of Laughing Squid says: Graphic designer Peter Saville tells the fascinating story of the iconic cover art he created for the 1979 Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures. The intriguing graphi...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Albrecht Drer's Young Hare on Google Art Project
Considered to be one of the finest watercolors ever painted, Google Art Project has a nice zoomable scan of Albrecht Dürer's Young Hare from 1502. From Wikipedia: The subject was particularly cha...
04:29 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Five more books join the Humble Ebook Bundle!
We've hit the halfway mark on the Humble Ebook Bundle, a name-your-price, support-for-charity, DRM-free ebook promotion. With one week to go, we've added in FIVE more books: XKCD Volume 0; Zach Weiner...
04:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Here is the teaser trailer for Carrie from NYCC (not a bootleg)
(Video link) Right before New York Comic Con's Evil Dead panel (which I could not resist writing about first, because it's what I like to call "my jam") was the panel for the remake of Carrie, directe...
04:15 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing 1 gallon jug of 1992 McDonald's McJordan barbecue sauce sells for $9,995 on eBay
"That 1992 vintage of McDonald's McJordan BBQ sauce, which was on eBay yesterday, has actually been sold to an anonymous buyer in Chicago, Illinois for the "Buy it Now" price of $9,995."...
03:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Talking Pictures: Ransom Riggs' vernacular photo book
Ransom Riggs, author of the novel Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, is a collector of vernacular photography. Maggie posted about his collection several years ago. And his Miss Peregrine's n...
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Kids' librarian literary sleeve tattoo
Today I stopped in at the Whitman Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library to participate in the Field Family Teen Author Series, which distributes books to teens, then brings their authors in to speak...
03:26 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: "Elliott's" audition
This year is the 30th anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Above is a clip from Henry Thomas's audition for the roll of Elliott. In a recent Esquire interview, Thomas recalled his audition for S...
03:18 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Curiosity's big idea: Was Mars ever a habitable planet?
This video interview with Ashwin Vasavada, Deputy Project Scientist of the Mars Science Laboratory, is a nice overview of the what everybody's favorite currently operational Mars rover is looking for....
02:54 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing New features in Glympse, a location-sharing mobile app I like
For the last year or two I have been using a free location–sharing app on my iPhone called Glympse. It's purpose is simple: when you are driving somewhere to meet someone, the app generates a UR...
02:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Plinth's antique music machine tunes
Plinth's strange and wondrous music is created using a collection of calliopes and Victorian music boxes, antique sound makers and wheezing creaking mechanisms from way back when....
02:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Enter a drawing for a chance to win a trip to CERN
The Massey Lectures are an annual event in Canada, where one person gives five different public speeches over the course of a month. This year, the speaker is theoretical physicist Neil Turok. He's al...
02:22 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Campbell conquers New York Comic Con with amazing Evil Dead footage, mere presence
Allow your skepticism about the new Evil Dead movie to die now. This weekend, New York Comic Con attendees were treated to exclusive footage of the movie that is not a reboot, nor a remake, but a new ...
02:12 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Violentacrez expos should be taken on its own merits
Freddie deBoer doesn't like Gawker's publication of an expos on infamous internet creep Violentacrez: "I'll take honest depravity over depravity masked as righteousness." It's not sympathy for Violent...
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Die Antwoord: Fatty Boom Boom
Contains explict content. A vivid, psychedelic, comedy-horror-parody short film from South Africa's finest freaks. Hey, is that Lady Gaga making a cameo?...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarter for pop record producer Joe Meek
I'm happy this documentary about the incredible recording pioneer Joe Meek is going to get funded. It's a project nine years in the making. Who is Joe Meek? Born in 1929 and raised in rural Newent, En...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Justin Beiber duct tape
Sign of the end-times part MMMLXVII: Justin Beiber duct-tape is a thing. "Containing four black and white images of the teen idol and incorporating hints of his favorite color -- purple -- the tape is...
01:44 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Justin Bieber duct tape
Sign of the end-times part MMMLXVII: Justin Bieber duct-tape is a thing. "Containing four black and white images of the teen idol and incorporating hints of his favorite color -- purple -- the tape is...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing How to make a "cancer medal" for a patient in your life
I recently wrote about a meaningful gift I received from my friend Michael Pusateri, at the end of my primary treatment for breast cancer: this wonderful medal. So, today, Michael explains how to orde...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Contest to improve research of rare diseases
I met Jimmy Lin last year at TED. He's a research instructor at Washington University in St. Louis and founder of the Rare Genomics Institute, a "non-profit that makes cutting edge research technologi...
01:10 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing A crowdfunded doc on Rick Griffin, pop surrealist comics and psychedelic art legend
Digging this film Kickstarter, and by the looks of the amount they've raised so far, others do too: Griffin, a feature-length documentary exploring "the art, life and eccentric spark of one of the wor...
01:01 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing NASA finds Cookie Monster on surface of Mercury
Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab/Carnegie Institution of WA "The superposition of younger craters on older craters (in this case two smaller craters upon the rim of an older cr...
12:56 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Deaf, parapalegic, dying Twitter star isn't
"David Rose," a deaf paraplegic blogger who inspired thousands with inspirational inspiring quips on Twitter, was a hoax. HuffPo has it all. Notably, some of the sleuthing was done by theCHIVE, a site...
12:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars, Medieval manuscript-style
Chawakarn Kongprasert from Bangkok, Thailand, created these illuminated manuscript-style Star Wars illustrations. These are just perfect, the kind of thing that makes me happy to be alive in the 21st ...
12:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing The smartest person alive got Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the Golden Globes
It was announced last night that the most brilliant decision in show business was made: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be the hosts of the 70th Golden Globes telecast on January 13! They'll take over f...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Bambaataa's Jazzy Sensation, and Rick Rubin plays CBGB's
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
11:09 am PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Advertisers launch campaign to bury "unfavorable media attention" over tracking
The Direct Marketing Association has launched a $1m campaign to convince the public that being tracked online creates "value for consumers". The Data-Driven Marketing Institute will redouble DMAs effo...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Philly tonight
I'm heading to Philly today for an event at Indy Hall, co-sponsored by the awesome Geekadelphia and the Hive76 hackerspace. From there I go to Bethesda, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Toronto...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing How Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light transformed into the CIA's Argo covert op
Argo dramatizes the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 hostage crisis. To facilitate the diplomats' return, CIA technician Tony Mendez concocts an incredible cover story: ...
09:00 am PDT - Tue, October 16, 2012
BoingBoing Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US for hacking the Pentagon
Gary McKinnon, is a British man with Asperger's Syndrome who has been fighting extradition to the US after he hacked a US military server "looking for evidence of UFOs." He faced a 60-year sentence if...
11:53 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing #InsurancePoll: Amanda Palmer wants to know about your experience with health insurance
Amanda Palmer was musing about the messed up state of US health insuranceso she took to Twitter, writing about it under the #InsurancePoll tag ("quick twitter poll. 1) COUNTRY?! 2) profession? 3) insu...
11:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Winners of the Pirate Flix Video Remix contest
Thanks to everyone who submitted to the Pirate Flix Video Remix contest and especially to those who braved the rain to come out to Brooklyn's WORD books tonight. Herein presented are the winners of th...
09:58 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Cool handheld 3D scanner
How soon before we hear rumblings in Congress that cool handheld 3-D scanners like this need to be tightly regulated, lest they get into the hands of manufacturers of knockoff goods? See also: Myhrvol...
09:50 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing What Canada stands to lose in the war on science
The reign of the current Canadian Conservative government has been relentlessly hostile to science. Government scientists are not allowed to publish or speak to the press without permission from polit...
09:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Doctor Dreadful Alien Autopsy Lab
Here is the latest Doctor Dreadful toy, the Alien Autopsy Lab, created by my friend and MAKE magazine columnist Bob Knetzger. When those hoaxers created the fake alien autopsy video, did they ever thi...
09:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Mothership Hackermoms seeks funders for for woman-centric hackerspace
Laura sez, "The Mothership Hackermoms is the first ever women-centric hackerspace. We give mothers the time and space to explore DIY craft and design, hacker/maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all m...
08:13 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Timothy Leary's prison correspondence with Carl Sagan
Lisa Rein from the Timothy Leary estate writes, Dr. Timothy Leary Futique Trust has released two letters from its archives from Carl Sagan, written to Tim Leary in the Spring of 1974. Turns out that S...
07:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Pearson's takedown notice over a quote from a 1974 textbook shuts down 1.45 million edublogs
EduBlogs, a service that hosts 1.45 million educational blogs, had all 1.45 million of them taken offline for 12 hours because their $70K/year hosting company, ServerBeach, pitched a wobbly after rece...
06:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing The zombie ferret car sticker you've been seeking is finally available!
Let me guess: You are a member of a family with a pet ferret. You are also a fan of zombies. But whenever you look for a set of "family" stickers for the back window of your motor vehicle that not onl...
06:09 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Awesome NYCC panel: Comics Pros and Film Buffs - When Fanboys Collide
(Video link) One of the really fun panels I attended at New York Comic Con discussed a subject with which I'm very familiar: comic book movies, and being a comics fan versus a movies fan. While I dig ...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Little Nemo, the Google Doodle edition
Normally, I'm pretty blase about Google Doodles, but today's Doodle pays homage to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo, with a beautiful, pitch-perfect animated series of "Adventures in Google-Land" that you r...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Nicholson Baker at the joy of writing on rubber with a ballpoint pen
I read Nicholson Baker's book of essays, The Size of Thoughts, when it came out in 1997. If you are familiar with Baker, you know that he has a knack for making the familiar seem wondrous, even bizarr...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Nicholson Baker on the joy of writing on rubber with a ballpoint pen
I read Nicholson Baker's book of essays, The Size of Thoughts, when it came out in 1997. If you are familiar with Baker, you know that he has a knack for making the familiar seem wondrous, even bizarr...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Lies writers tell themselves
#2. All you need to be a writer is talent. [The Awl]...
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Analog Ultra-Violence
J. Christopher Arrison on how the Moog came to represent a new sound of evil for the movies: "This ingenious re-purposing of classical themes through multi-layered analog synthesizers remains as power...
04:48 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing The adolescence of Reddit
Joel Johnson on what went wrong at Reddit, where moderators closed ranks around a particularly nasty member in the face of outside scrutiny: "outcast cultures ... must survive an awkward adolescence b...
04:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Write a story about this illustration of a swinging party in the suburbs
Norm Saunders was a prolific and talented mid-century illustrator. I don't know the really story behind this illo he did for a men's adventure magazine, but it's more fun to make up something anyway. ...
04:29 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Bastard chairs of China
Years ago, photographer Michael Wolf became fascinated with improvised, DIY, and haphazardly-repaired chairs that he encountered in China. He called them "bastard chairs" and compiled them into a 2002...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Ceramic subwoofer
Boom! Joey Roth is making a ceramic subwoofer to go with his ceramic speakers....
04:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Bulletproof briefcase
Tumi's new high-security brief is laden with enough layers of Tegris thermoplastic to make it bulletproof. It also has a false bottom. However, for $6,000, I think it should also include handcuffs. Tu...
04:09 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing The Walking Dead returns, now with increased moral abandon! [SPOILERS]
In case you haven't seen it already (and this post contains lots of spoilers after the jump, so you might want to hold off), AMC's The Walking Dead came back with a vengeance, picking up months after ...
04:08 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing A medal for completing breast cancer treatment
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December, 2011. In January 2012, I began treatment. Chemo, surgery, radiation. When I finished 6 weeks of daily radiation, the last of my primary treatment round,...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Stacks of suitcases turned into chests of drawers
UK design firm JAMESPLUMB created "Suitcase Chests" -- functional assemblage sculptures that turn stacks of old suitcases into chests of drawers. They are really very beautiful, with wood or metal cha...
03:45 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Highlights of the Felix Baumgartner Red Bull Stratos "free-fall from space"
A highlight reel of yesterday's spectacular skydive from the edge of space. As blogged during the event, and reimagined in LEGO and cat GIF form, Austrian parachuter Felix Baumgartner dropped out of t...
03:32 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Zynga sues own employee for stealing "trade secrets"
Jeffrey Grubb at Venturebeat: "Zynga claims [former executive Alan] Patmores allegedly stolen documents contained sensitive information about Zyngas operations." The secrets are said to include how Zy...
03:25 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing We once ate tiny pandas, says scientist in China
Scientist Wei Guangbiao believes our paleo ancestors munched on panda meat in southwest China. He is the head of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology in Chongqing, China, and says excavated...
03:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Why is a mysterious kidney disease killing sugar-cane workers in Central America?
"It goes by many names, but around here they call it 'the malady of the sugar cane," writes Will Storr in the Guardian. A quiet epidemic has been preying on Central American sugar field laborers for d...
02:37 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Parody of anti-gay pamphlets offers detailed, behind-the-scenes view of how liars misuse real citations
The Box Turtle Bulletin has put together a great parody of anti-gay, fear-mongering pamphlets. Entitled, "The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing the Myths", it includes important revelations about the hete...
02:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Custom Star Wars LEGO for charity
Legohaulic made these wonderful custom LEGO Star Wars characters for Creations For Charity (site currently down), which raises money to buy LEGO sets for disadvantaged children....
02:23 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing How crooks turn even crappy hacked PCs into money
Brian Krebs revisits his must-see chart on the ways that hacked PCs can be valuable to criminals, which is meant to help explain the importance of security to people who think that their old PCs aren'...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Al Jaffee portrait print by Drew Friedman
Our pal Drew Friedman drew this portrait of Al Jaffee, the beloved MAD magazine writer and artist. Jaffee made his MAD debut in 1955 and joined the "Usual Gang of Idiots" in 1958. Since 1964, only one...
02:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing On Romney, health care in America, and dying in your apartment
Recently, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told members of the Columbus Dispatch editorial board, "We don't have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don't have insuranc...
01:31 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Stem cell madness
Last week, Shinya Yamanaka won a Nobel Prize for figuring out how to make adult stem cells revert to an embryonic (and much more medically useful) state. Within days, another scientist unconnected to ...
01:09 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Anduin: "Stolen Years" music review
A darkly spectral sound, infused with a deep melancholia, a spare, ghostly sonic landscape that manages to fuse field recordings, deep dronemusic, lumbering slowcore, downtempo electronica, and plenty...
01:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing The Dinosaur Alphabet tells the stories of non-famous dinos
At The Dinosaur Tracking blog, Brian Switek is starting a cool, new series meant to highlight the lesser-known dinosaurs that the public as long ignored. Sure, it's a bit easier to pronounce Tyrannosa...
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic and tentacle t-shirts!
Thanks to our longtime sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other delightful goods. Wrap your body with a Tentacle Tee from Sharp Shirter, ne...
12:55 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Cats free-falling from space
Created by combatcameraman on b3ta. Felix the cat! (Via: crackajack.de. Thanks, Tara McGinley)  Parachuting from 120,000 feet - Boing Boing Felix Baumgartner jumps with a parachute from space - B...
12:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing A menu for the intrepid space jumper
Step one: Skip the beans. On Sunday, Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a balloon capsule in the stratosphere, parachuting safely down to Earth. Today, The Guardian answers some interesting questions abo...
12:33 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing A closer look at that freaky, giant fish eye
Last week, Mark told you about a giant eyeball that washed up on the beach in Florida. Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released their preliminary analysis of who that eyeb...
12:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Weller Pyropen
The Weller Pyropen is one of the best portable soldering irons out there. I like them because I get almost an hour and half of heat, and I can move around no cords. So, while I have an electric solde...
12:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Brooklyn tonight
Hey, Brooklyn! I'll be at WORD Books tonight at 7PM for the last New York stop on my Pirate Cinema tour. Tomorrow I'll be in Philly at Indy Hall, before heading to Bethesda, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victo...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: I think I can do this
Page 6 of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online-first for the first time here at Boing Boing. First time reader? You've got some catching up to do....
11:08 am PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing The hidden (and incredibly expensive) relics of gaming's golden age
A growing obsession with retrogaming relics has led to a bubble in the auction market, with the most inflated prices commanded by prototypes, unreleased games and rare games still in their 30-year old...
10:08 am PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing NES controller door for a games-room
Redditor Fredeev did a smashing job painting the door to his or her game-room as a giant NES controller. I like the (current) top comment, from starving_troll: "the next step is to add actual buttons ...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing The Stratos jump - in Legos (Video)
Lego reenactment of the Stratos jump from this morning. Scale 1:350. That was fast!...
09:30 am PDT - Mon, October 15, 2012
BoingBoing The Stratos jump - in Lego (Video)
Lego reenactment of the Stratos jump from this morning. Scale 1:350. That was fast!  Parachuting from 120,000 feet Follow along as Felix Baumgertner skydives from space Free-fall from stratospher...
09:24 pm PDT - Sun, October 14, 2012
BoingBoing Water-powered car scammers through history
If you missed Jason Torchinsky's Jalopnik story about water-powered car hucksters of past and present, here's your chance to read it. The idea itself to build a car that runs on ordinary water is tota...
05:20 pm PDT - Sun, October 14, 2012
BoingBoing Monster Mash: horrific composite of Universal Monsters' Big Four
We've covered Jason Edmiston's genius monster illos here before, but this one deserves special attention. His "Monster Mash" comes from an alternate universe where Doctor Frankenstein has gotten a lit...
03:50 pm PDT - Sun, October 14, 2012
BoingBoing Accused of infringement? AT&T will take away YouTube and Facebook and send you to Copyright Reeducation Gulag
David sez, "According to TorrentFreak, a leaked AT&T training doc indicates that starting on Nov. 28, if a customer is flagged 4-5 times for copyright infringement, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevisio...
01:14 pm PDT - Sun, October 14, 2012
BoingBoing Free-fall from stratosphere, live now
Red Bull Stratos is a mission to the edge of space that will try to surpass human limits that have existed for more than 50 years....
05:52 am PDT - Sun, October 14, 2012
BoingBoing Pink Gipper
More fine housewares/gift ideas from New York Comic-Con: Frank Kozik's pink bust of Ronald Reagan. Only 50 were made! Sold by Clutter Magazine. Clutter Exclusive PINK Gipper/Reagan Bust By Frank Kozik...
12:47 am PDT - Sun, October 14, 2012
BoingBoing Skele-Gore skull
Spotted today at New York Comic-Con, "THE 17,000 SINS OF SKELE-GORE" from Scarecrow Oven. Sadly, it is sold out. Let us hope for a restock. THE 17,000 SINS OF SKELE-GORE...
12:16 am PDT - Sun, October 14, 2012
BoingBoing Action Philosophers: philosophy of the ages in comic form
Action Philosophers is a delightful and educational comic created by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, presented as a series of vignettes that explain the biographies and ideas of the philosophers thr...
10:21 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Metal circle template
Tim from WindFired Designs writes, We designed this specialized circle tool. We originally made it for ourselves as kite makers, but it was quickly clear that it should be available to everyone that l...
07:48 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Bring-Your-Own-Puppet Million Muppet March planned
A group of public TV fans have announced a "Million Muppet March" on November 3 on the National Mall in DC. They are upset at Mitt Romney's vow to have Big Bird waterboarded. This will be a Bring Your...
07:18 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Fiji Mermaids, shrunken heads, and other essentials from The Gemini Company
John Weisgerber's Gemini Company sells handmade replicas of sideshow gaffs, including Fiji Mermaids, shrunken heads, two-headed baby skeletons, and other essentials. I saw these up close and personal ...
04:39 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Junkbot bug assemblage sculptures: The Litter bug
Mark Oliver's Litter Bug series is a collection of assemble-sculpture insects made from urban found objects and laser-cut metal and wood. They're extraordinarily beautiful -- right up my street. They ...
03:50 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Autumn: Spaghetti-harvest time
On April 1, 1957 the British television programme Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland....
03:40 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Comic superheroes re-imagined as Ottoman Empire figures
"Ottoman was Geeky," a fanciful series of illustrations by Berk Senturk. Above, Justice League as Fevc-l Adlet....
03:37 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing The harvesting of ukelele strings
A long-lost educational film on the growing and harvesting of uke strings....
03:33 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Caturday: I am a Cat.
A tribute to cats everywhere, by Camels and Friends, starring Pancake....
01:31 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Stone tools with plastic handles
Israeli designers Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow presented their modern stone and flint tools at the Budapest Design Week. The pair combined hand-chipped blades and axes with modern high-impact plastic ha...
01:24 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Afrika Bambaataa and Global Bass
How did Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" (1982) lead to the digital dancehall that is Global Bass? Don't miss Marcus Boon's primer on the international Global Bass scene, from DJ/Rupture to M.I.A to t...
01:02 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a 10-year-old's cup design for her grandad, who's got Parkinson's; and her dad, who is a klutz
Lily is a ten year old girl who's into pottery. Her grandpa has Parkinson's disease and is prone to spilling his coffee due to his tremors, and so she invented the "Kangaroo Cup," a stackable, reusabl...
01:01 pm PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Gangster Computer God Worldwide Secret Containment Policy: the cult rants of Fracis E. Dec, Esq.
Schizovisionary cult radio ranter conspiracy theorist Francis E. Dec was recorded by LA radio host "Doc on the ROQ" of KROQ-FM. ...
10:25 am PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Some highlights from NY Comic-Con
I'm at Comic-Con for the Pirate Cinema tour. Here's some highlights from yesterday's brief excursion on the floor: An Occupy Ankh-Morpork protester at Terry Pratchett's signing for Dodger. Star Trek: ...
07:51 am PDT - Sat, October 13, 2012
BoingBoing Cory at NY Comic-Con today
Hey New Yorkers! I'll be at New York Comic-Con today, speaking in the Author Spotlight on the Unbound Stage at 12 o'clock, and then signing books at the Tor Booth (#920) at 3PM. On Monday night, I'll ...
11:58 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Wax anatomy-model cake
Conjurers Kitchen created this anatomical wax-model cake for the mad bakers at Eat Your Heart Out. Delicious and educational! Anatomical Wax Model Cake...
11:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Photos from backstage at Disneyland
StoopidTrooper's "Backstage Disneyland" Imgur set is as good a collection of images of the behind-the-scenes action at Disneyland as I've ever seen. I'm especially gratified by all the pics from backs...
09:52 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Gloria Vanderbilt's fashion tips, 1968
Phil Are Go! spotted a beautiful Gloria Vanderbilt outfit from 1968. As Phil explains it: It all begins with basic black leggings of black velvet. Everyone knows that less is more.. and less is WAY mo...
09:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Shuttle Endeavour transits Los Angeles this weekend, en route to her final resting place
NASA orbiter Endeavour is squeezing her way through tree-stripped streets of Los Angeles this weekend, en route to a permanent retirement home at the California Science Center. Here's a Google Map of ...
08:17 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Tusken Raider kids' costume
Ward Jenkins dressed up little Ezra as a Tusken Raider for Hallowe'en, and the effect is WARSOME. Halloween 2011...
07:44 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Reddit's creepiest character unmasked
Gawker's Adrian Chen unmasks Violentacrez, the man behind subreddits such as "Jailbait", "Creepshots" and "Chokeabitch". A troll exploits social dynamics like computer hackers exploit security loophol...
07:28 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing California AG publicly shames United Airlines on Twitter over crappy privacy policy
Shum sez, "California Attorney General Kamala Harris has been working to oversee tech companies so they better protect consumer privacy--notably forging an agreement with the 6 leading mobile platform...
07:08 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Cassandra Clare, author and internet-bullying victim, "on hiatuses and hate blogs"
Fantasy author Cassandra Clare, writing about her experience at the receiving end of some fairly serious and organized internet bullying. These sort of attacks are so shocking/upsetting because they b...
07:04 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Wikileaks "paywall" pisses off Anonymous
Ars Technica reports on the very! major! internet drama brewing between Anonymous and Wikileaks, who once were besties, over Wikileaks/Assange's recent decision to use a front door takeover ad demandi...
06:52 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing LocalWiki Antarctica, a crowdsourced map of the icy southern continent
LocalWiki's Philip Neustrom says, My non-profit, LocalWiki, has been working on this really incredible project to help document the continent of Antarctica. Most notable, at least right now, is this c...
06:20 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Hauntologists mine the past for music's future
The growth of online media channels means that the near-entirety of our cultures pasts have been excavated and placed on display for anyone to watch, hear, or read in an instant. Hence, hauntology. ...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Videos from the HOPE 2004 conference: Jello Biafra, Woz, Schneier, Mitnick and more
2600's Emmanuel Goldstein sez, "Another 78 videos of historical hacker talks have been restored and posted online. The Fifth HOPE conference in 2004 brought together Steve Wozniak, Kevin Mitnick, Bruc...
05:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing iPhone case with my art on it
The fine folks at Twig Case created a new iPhone bamboo case with one of my illustrations on it. I love the way it turned out. (Twig Case also has a stunningly cool Jim Woodring case.) Pussypus Case -...
05:19 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Panetta warns of imminent "Cyber Pearl Harbor"
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, speaking this week: An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches. They could derail passenger trains...
05:17 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Cuffing Season
What is "cuffing season?" Watch and learn, on the streets of New York City....
05:01 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Magical appliance turns hamburger meat into hot dogs
Billions of years from now, in the final seconds before the heat death of the universe snuffs out life for all eternity, the last living creature can take comfort in the fact that we created the Ham D...
04:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Whole Foods visits my house and we make a skateboard
Dark Rye, the online magazine for Whole Foods, came to my house this summer and shot a video of the stuff my daughters and I like to do. They've also included a downloadable version of bOING bOING #1 ...
04:25 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Massive drug control spending has no effect on addiction rate
Who benefits from the $1.5 trillion that taxpayers have given to the drug law enforcement industry? En Passant's comment on Balko's blog nails it: If addiction rates increase, drug warriors need more ...
04:07 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing This woman died of cancer today.
Via my fellow breast-cancer-traveler @hellojomo, who's waiting on word from her oncologists about her own cancer scans, sad news that a photographer, mom, sister, and fellow person with cancer has die...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing UK surveillance bill: 19,000 letters opposing, 0 in favour
The Snooper's Charter is Britain's pending Internet surveillance law, which requires ISPs, online services and telcoms companies to retain enormous amounts of private online transactions, and to hand ...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Hauntologists mine the past for music's future
The growth of online media channels means that the near-entirety of our cultures pasts have been excavated and placed on display for anyone to watch, hear, or read in an instant. Hence, hauntology. ...
03:38 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Feds to debate medical use of marijuana
Marijuana is currently classified in the US as a Schedule I controlled substance: no medically accepted use, despite ample evidence to the contrary. Science Friday has a segment out about next week's ...
03:34 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing City of Oakland sues to prevent closure of embattled medical marijuana dispensary
The NYT reports on a lawsuit filed by the City of Oakland in federal court to prevent the Department of Justice from seizing property leased to Harborside Health Center. Previous posts on Boing Boing ...
03:26 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing A sister's advice: "You should toughen up a bit."
A little bit of schoolyard psychotherapy, from a sister to her brother....
03:17 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: Bob Luman and The Shadows perform "The Creep" (1957)
Friday Freak-Out: Bob Luman and The Shadows perform "The Creep" in the 1957 film Carnival Rock....
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing CryptoParty: like a Tupperware party for learning crypto
CryptoParty is a global movement for people who want to teach their neighbors how to use cryptography to protect themselves from snoopers, especially broad government surveillance. It was kicked off b...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Eagle nabs crocodile
Wildlife guide Mark Sheridan-Johnson snapped this thrilling photo on a Tanzania river bank. The Eagle nabbed the juvenile Nile crocodile while the reptile was lunching on some fish. "Amazing Image: Ea...
01:45 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Garden planter turns out to be Roman antique
Auction appraiser Guy Schwinge was visiting a Dorset, England home when he noticed an unusual planter in the garden. It turned out to be a Roman sarcophagus from the 2nd century. According to the Anti...
01:42 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing New York Comic Con 2012: Justice Is Served
Greetings from the Javitz Center and the second day of New York Comic Con! Besides being a hotbed of debuts, premieres, and news, NYCC is also pretty great if you're in need of creative inspiration. I...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing SWAT team injures 12-year-old girl with flash grenade - no drugs found
Radley Balko says: "Montana SWAT team drops a flash grenade through a window into a bedroom where two children are sleeping. No arrests. No alleged meth lab." A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to one ...
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing The Mixed Magic of Looper
Looper is an elegant, beautifully rendered time travel story with quality performances and cool action sequencescompletely hijacked in its second half by an evil kid who talks like a 50-year-old man....
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing The Mixed Magic of Looper (SPOILERS)
Looper is an elegant, beautifully rendered time travel story with quality performances and cool action sequencescompletely hijacked in its second half by an evil kid who talks like a 50-year-old man....
01:15 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-choice Tea Party Congressman: My mistress wasn't pregnant when I insisted she have an abortion
Anti-choice Representative Scott DesJarlais, who made a tape recording of himself insisting that his mistress get an abortion, has an explanation that should clear the whole matter up. She wasn't real...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Is Obama a communist? "Study it out"
This woman was with a group of Tea Party supporters outside the Vice Presidential debate last night. After she shouted several times that Obama was a communist, Chris Matthews asked her to explain why...
12:58 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Steven Johnson's favorite video games
Author Steven Johnson spoke to the Gameological Society about his latest book, Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age, and the games he enjoys playing. The Gameological Society: What...
12:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Eyeball the size of a softball washes up on a Florida Beach
Video!...
12:10 pm PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Myhrvold patents 3D printing DRM
Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures has received a patent for a DRM system for 3D printers, to stop people from printing out trademarked and patent objects. Like other DRM systems, this won't work...
11:03 am PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Spam of the day
In reply:...
10:16 am PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Cory at NY Comic-Con today
Hey, NYC! Start spreading the news, etc, as I'm appearing today and tomorrow at NY Comic-Con -- signing today at 1715h at Table 2, speaking Sunday at 10AM, and signing again at the Tor booth on Sunday...
01:58 am PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Outlook.com's social life
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: For the majority of us, our online connections with friends, family, colleagues and internet celebrities are managed through Facebook, Twitter and Lin...
01:55 am PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Bottles beware! Compilation of Will Keith destruction videos
YouTuber goosmurf published this compilation of videos from Will Keith aka "bbillyk," which includes much smashing....
01:28 am PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing The Vice-Presidential debate, in animated GIFs
The Atlantic does what must be done: live-blog the 2012 VP debate, in animated GIFs. "The highlight of the debate is Biden's face. Ryan's eyebrows a distant second."...
01:13 am PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Wyclef Jean's highly-hyped Haiti charity defunct and in debt, surprising approximately nobody
Yle is bust. How bust? So bust that their domain, yele.org, has expired. Deborah Sontag in the NYT, writing about the rockstar who once thought himself a good choice as president of Haiti: "In a new m...
01:12 am PDT - Fri, October 12, 2012
BoingBoing Outlook.com's social life
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: For the majority of us, our online connections with friends, family, colleagues and internet celebrities are managed through Facebook, Twitter and Lin...
11:30 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Scanning whole books is fair use
A landmark fair use ruling: a judge in the Southern District Court of New York has ruled that Google's program of scanning books for libraries, and giving them copies to use for full-text search is fa...
10:13 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Nerdy custom dresses
Etsy's Lameasaurus Awesomesauce makes and sells these custom nerdy dresses, including R2D2, Tardis, Dumbo, Vader, Mickey, Snow White, and many others: "The dress is fully lined dress with a semi-fitte...
09:04 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Panorama of a despoiled library
Jeffrey sez, "Because there aren't enough things to be sad about in the world. Behold, a once-glorious attic full of books falling victim to entropy and vandalism. I don't know the real story behind t...
08:36 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Cheating F1 team wins the right to deduct its fines from its taxes
McLaren, a cheating Formula 1 team, got caught and fined £34M, so they deducted it from their taxes. The British tax authority objected, but they appealed, and won. Ren Reynolds has a gamerly per...
07:59 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Peanut butter ads had the best typography, seriously
On the LJ Vintage Ads group, the always-reliable Man Writing Slash has assembled a collection of some of the finest illustrated peanut butter ads this writer has had the pleasure of seeing. It's a sli...
07:46 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Outlook.com's social life
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: For the majority of us, our online connections with friends, family, colleagues and internet celebrities are managed through Facebook, Twitter and Lin...
07:44 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing AwayFind gives you the peace of mind to ignore your inbox without fear of missing an important email
I've found that having big stretches of time where I don't frequently check my email boosts my ability to accomplish things. A service called AwayFind gives me the peace of mind to ignore my inbox. In...
07:02 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Poster: cartoonists bid farewell to Life in Hell
Matt Groening retired his weekly strip Life in Hell after more than 30 years, and 22 of his fellow cartoonists created a poster (PDF) in tribute to the beloved strip. Contributors include Sergio Arago...
06:42 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing First new Rolling Stones song in six years cashes in on zombie craze [Video]
Listen to the first Rolling Stones song in 6 years....
06:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Latest celebrity to get swallowed up by the "Bermuda Triangle" of drug bust checkpoints: Nelly
Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and Fiona Apple have all been famously busted for possession of cannabis at Texas' Sierra Blanca border checkpoint. But Nelly, who was detained last night, could be in a lit...
06:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Illustration from a vintage issue of OCD Monthly magazine
Have you been saving your milk cartons? (Via Phil Are Go!)...
06:06 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Adrian Tomine's New York Drawings: exclusive excerpt
Yesterday, I posted my interview with Adrian Tomine on the Gweek podcast. We talked about his new book, New York Drawings, which has every illustration he's done for The New Yorker. Below are some of ...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Turtle that pees out its mouth
In The Chinese soft-shelled turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis, excretes urea mainly through the mouth instead of the kidney, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, National University of Singapor...
05:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Video-game tights
Etsy's eatmeclothing makes kick-ass video-game themed tights, including a Galaga set, Wonderboy, and Bubble Bobble (via The Mary Sue)...
05:28 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing build of the Batcave using Lego
Our friends at Laughing Squid have lots of photos of this great Lego build of the Batcave. I like the dramatic lighting. Incredible LEGO Batcave Built Out of Over 20,000 Pieces...
05:03 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Bong: "Live At Roadburn 2010" music review
After enthused hails from the crowd, the first of two loooooong tracks starts up, or seeps in, eerie and airy and understated, quite lovely really, not at all heavy, but nicely hypnotic......
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Marshmallow Study and class
The Marshmallow Test is sometimes used to suggest that people are poor because they have low self-control....
04:59 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Outlook.com's social life
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: For the majority of us, our online connections with friends, family, colleagues and internet celebrities are managed through Facebook, Twitter and Lin...
04:54 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing "Where The Wild Things Are" comes alive
Video artist Netia Jones holds a 21st century-style Wild Rumpus in the LA Phils production of Oliver Knussens opera version of Maurice Sendaks Where The Wild Things Are. ...
04:49 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Crying baby autotuned
Second in a series of altered recordings of babies crying today, here's an autotuned baby's cry. (Via Artifacting. Previously: Recording of a crying baby with the pitch dropped.)...
04:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Dead Ewok action figure
More tragically unsourced brilliant stuff from the tubes: a dead Ewok action figure. (via Super Punch)...
03:56 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing U.S. panel urges end to secret DNA testing for "discreet samples"
On Thursday, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report on privacy concerns sparked by the advent of whole genome sequencing (decoding the entirety of someone's D...
03:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Kid Koala CD comes with a build-your-own-turntable kit and a flexidisc
DJ Kid Koala's 12-Bit Blues comes with a kit for building your own miniature cardboard turntable, and a bonus two-track flexidisc to play on it. ...
03:54 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Dee Dee Ramone gets a posthumous art show at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects
The Los Angeles Times reports that "The late Dee Dee Ramone will receive a posthumous gallery exhibition of his artwork thanks to street artist Shepard Fairey," at the Subliminal Projects gallery in E...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing The lush underwater photography of Christy Lee Rogers
Artist Christy Lee Rogers, who is based in Hawaii. Her "Reckless Unbound" series will be on display at Anesthesia Studios in LA in November. More at gupmagazine.com: Without the use of post-production...
03:46 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Great moments in irony
On Monday, John Gurdon won the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. This is an excerpt from his 1949 high school report card....
03:44 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Online diaries of girl who took on Taliban and was shot as punishment
"I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to sc...
03:37 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing This turtle pees through its mouth
Ed Yong writes about the Chinese soft-shelled turtle: "Looks like someone glued the snout of a pig onto the face of a fish, with the texture of a scrotum for good measure. But its bizarre appearance p...
03:35 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing James Urbaniak's "My Bastard Son"
The actor James Urbaniak documents his new life with his estranged adult son....
03:31 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing New study suggests "arsenic life" is actually a phosphate glutton
Remember arsenic life? In 2010 NASA researchers thought they'd found evidence that certain bacteria could use arsenic in their DNA where all other forms of life on Earth use phosphate. Then it turned ...
03:30 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing White House classifies MS-13 gang an international criminal organization
A Central American street gang based in Los Angeles has been newly classified by the Obama administration as an international criminal organisation, which means that it is now subject to US sanctions....
03:29 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Cory doing a Reddit AMA
I'm doing a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") at 1PM Pacific today! Come along and ask me anything!...
03:28 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Shoes with teeth
From London's Fantich and Young: Apex Predator shoes, whose soles have been covered with denture teeth: Apex predators are predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of their food c...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Morrissey vs. Colbert
This video captures everything that is great about Morrissey, and everything that is great about Stephen Colbert....
03:21 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Fall of the Pumpkin People: a halloween walk-thru in Los Angeles
I admire artist gerG Maclaurin's work. His Ghost Phones exhibition at Maker Faire 2008 was one of my favorite attractions that year. This year, gerG is building a walk-through diorama experience in hi...
03:03 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing The great Predditor wars of 2012
A Tumblr that purports to collect publicly-available information on "Predditors," male Reddit users who like to post non-consensual sexual photos of women and girls, is live. Various creepy subreddits...
02:53 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Viruses to the rescue
Technology Review's list of 35 Innovators Under 35 includes Timothy Lu, an MIT researcher who is engineering viruses designed to seek out and destroy biofilms — bacterial colonies that stick tog...
02:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Game of Life with floating point operations: beautiful Smoothlife
Smoothlife (paper, source code is a floating-point version of the old Game of Life, a classic of evolutionary computing and genetic algorithms. By adding floating point math to the mix, Smoothlife pro...
02:46 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Baby's First Baby
"Baby's First Baby," by Darren Cullen (2012). via BB Flickr Pool....
02:32 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Check out this sweet flying saucer
Ooooh. Wired Danger Room has some neat, recently declassified schematics of a "flying saucer" that the Air Force wanted to build (but didn't) in the 1960s. Also included: Video showing why the proposa...
02:30 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Portal gun that can levitate a companion cube, made from parts from a toy store
Caleb sez, "I tore apart components you can find at your local toy store to make a portal gun that actually levitates a companion cube." I really wanted to make my own portal gun for this. My schedule...
02:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Low-poly mask, a papercraft mask for Halloween
"kongrorilla" created this nifty design for a Low-Poly Mask for Halloween 2012. Download it from Thingiverse and make your own. Here's a blank canvas for the new you. Or your Halloween costume. Or may...
02:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Paintings of Minneapolis and St. Paul, by the author of the Madeline books
In 1936, Ludwig Bemelmans painted scenes of the Twin Cities to illustrate an article in Fortune magazine. If the style looks at all familiar, it's probably because you're remembering Bemelmans' most f...
01:56 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Paul Ryan's Halloween costume: Kevin Rose circa 2006
Time's photos of vice president hopeful Paul Ryan bear a striking resemblance to the BusinessWeek's 2006 cover of Digg cofounder Kevin Rose....
01:55 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Fraud, failure, and FUBAR in science
Here's an issue we don't talk about enough. Every year, peer-reviewed research journals publish hundreds of thousands of scientific papers. But every year, several hundred of those are retracted ̵...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-choice Tea Party Congressman pressured pregnant mistress to get an abortion
Tennessee Tea Party Rep Dr. Scott DesJarlais -- a serial philanderer who told a court he'd cheated on his wife four times -- calls himself anti-abortion. His website says, "All life should be cherishe...
01:44 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Recording of a crying baby with the pitch dropped
Now we know what a concern troll sounds like! (Via Reddit)...
01:11 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Trustworthiness of guitars poster
Chris Gregori says: A couple months back I worked with my friend Jeremy on a Trustworthiness of Guitars poster… an idea that was taken from Matt Mcinerney’s Trustworthiness of Beards poste...
12:43 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Australian Attorney General says that public scrutiny of spying bill would not be in the public interest
The Australian government is following the UK, US and Canadian governments' examples and establishing a secretive, no-holds-barred snooping regime. The "data retention" bill that's been prepared by th...
12:42 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Outlook.com's social life
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by Outlook.com: For the majority of us, our online connections with friends, family, colleagues and internet celebrities are managed through Facebook, Twitter and Lin...
12:19 pm PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Tegaderm
Use this3M material, called Tegaderm,for applying dressing over a bleeding injury. Its much better than adhesive tape or a big band-aid.Tegaderm isan air-permeable plastic film, as thin as cling film,...
11:37 am PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Evanston, IL tonight
Hey, Evanston, IL! I'll be at the Evanston Public Library tonight, on the final stop of the Chicago-area part of my Pirate Cinema tour (if you're coming, you can RSVP here). Tomorrow, I head to NYC fo...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Rain room lets you walk between the drops
The Rain Room, an exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London, is a room from whose ceiling torrential rain falls. However, a series of 3D cameras are used to track where people in the room are, and i...
10:29 am PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Seattle cops want more drones to match the ones it doesn't use
Seattle police want to spend at least $150,000 on more drone aircraft—even though they've got two they don't use. Beyond conducting limited training exercises, SPD has never deployed the two dro...
10:19 am PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Verizon opts you in to advertiser tracking; here's how to opt out
Matthew Panzarino at The Next Web. "The opt-out options are only available for 30 days after youve fired up a new line and theyre located in the MyPrivacy section of Verizons website. There are three ...
10:09 am PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing Pratchett's Dodger: Dickens by way of Discworld
Terry Pratchett's latest novel, Dodger, isn't a Discworld book, except, well, it kind of is. Nominally, this is an historical novel, a fictionalized account of the fictionalized person who inspired Mr...
09:28 am PDT - Thu, October 11, 2012
BoingBoing San Antonio students and parents upset at mandatory radio-tracking snitch-tags
Chris Matyszczyk on CNet rounds up a variety of reports on the outrage over the schools in San Antonio, Texas, which have insisted that their students wear radio-tag trackers. The schools are using ev...
10:47 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Fla. governor gives out sex hotline
"In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone sex hotline number to Floridians seeking information on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak." — Michael Peltier, with Re...
10:24 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Coop's work in Taschen's The New Erotic Photography
Congratulations to our artist friend Coop, whose photography is featured in The New Erotic Photography, published by Taschen....
08:58 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing D10 engagement ring
Dragonslorefury posted this wonderful D10 RPG-player's engagement ring to DeviantArt, along with these notes: My engagement ring, designed by myself and a reality thanks to my amazing jeweller father....
08:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 071: Adrian Tomine
My co-hosts are Adrian Tomine, author of New York Stories, and Joshua Glenn, co-author of Unbored....
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Australian PM lances a sexist boil in Parliament
Australian PM Julia Gillard rose in Parliament to address a motion from the leader of the opposition Tony Abbott to dismiss the Speaker of the House for sending sexist text messages. She proceeded to ...
07:31 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Woman denies ownership of marijuana hidden in her genitals
Reason cited: she's a medical student....
07:24 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Sexy Sesame Street Halloween costumes
No, Fox News didn't start producing Sesame Street. These are Sexy Bert and Ernie Halloween costumes. (Via Geekologie)...
07:20 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully attaches to ISS
At 9:03A ET, #Dragon was secured to the space station, its home for the next 2.5 weeks. twitter.com/SpaceX/status/— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 10, 2012 For the second time in 2012, a SpaceX Dragon...
06:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing UK website taken down by spurious copyright complaint regarding UK ultra-right groups
Richard Bartholomew maintains a thoughtful, well-informed British site about religion, hate groups and religious extremists, as well as hate groups. His site was taken down last night, apparently in r...
06:33 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Can D&D make a person confident and successful? [video]
Heath says, The latest episode of PBS Digital Studios’ weekly Web series Idea Channel suggests that table top fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons, despite their repeated skewering through...
06:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Should your tax dollars stop funding PBS?
Chris Schmidt, a senior producer with the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW, responds to the GOP talking-point that the public broadcasting system should no longer receive federal funds. The network current...
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Billionaire timeshare CEO to employees: there'll be fewer jobs around here if Obama is re-elected
David Siegel, the billionaire CEO of the highly profitable Florida-based Westgate Resorts timeshare company, has sent a letter to all his employees implying that they'll all get fired if Obama is elec...
06:12 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Military court to consider requests to loosen secrecy in Bradley Manning case
Declan McCullagh reports on a military appeals court hearing taking place today: media and civil liberties groups are asking the court to "decloak the prosecution of Bradley Manning, an Army private a...
05:13 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Yet another reason why I love Gravity Falls
Last night, my nine-year-old daughter Jane and I watched an episode of our favorite cartoon together: Gravity Falls. (See Jane's interview with the creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch, here.) In the...
04:57 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Illustration from a peer-reviewed research paper provides poignant commentary on the futility of life
I'm not sure even Chris Ware could have done it any better. In context, this illustration comes from a recently published paleobiology paper examining a cache of animal bones and pottery found in a si...
04:54 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Bay Area law enforcement agencies eye aerial drones
Bay Area law enforcement agencies are considering aerial drones originally designed for military use "as a cost-cutting way to replace helicopters." The drones under consideration as crime-fighting, p...
04:54 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Spooky delicious pizza
Chef Mom's mozzarella ghost and olive spider Hallowe'en pizza literally made my mouth flood with saliva. Spooky, spooky drool. Slice the fresh mozzarella. Using a ghost cookie cutter cut out some ghos...
04:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Celebrate Cephalopod Awareness Days!
October 8-12 are Cephalopod Awareness Days. I was just made aware of that fact. Yeah, awareness! Today, specifically, is Squid/Cuttlefish Day, dedicated to honoring the tentacled members of the cephal...
04:26 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing The Maker (animated short film)
From LA-based Zealous Creative, a beautiful animated short in which "a strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life." The Maker has screened at ove...
04:20 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Ohio State Marching Band halftime show of video game theme songs
Halftime performance of The Ohio State University Marching Band during a game against Nebraska on October 6. A "video game" theme, with music from Zelda, Halo, Pokemon, Tetris, and others. So how'd th...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Electric guitars made from old oil cans
Bohemian Guitars turns empty cans of paint thinner and motor oil into handsome electric geetars. You can hear their sound here. The guitars start at $230 and with every guitar sold, Bohemian donates o...
03:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing A fun image that I think you will enjoy
Hey guys! Check out this great JPEG I found last month. I've really been looking forward to sharing it with you! In totally unrelated news, I just read a story by Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience.com, ...
03:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Seven Psychopaths has a message for the internet: Christopher Walken as a cat!
I honestly don't know what more an internet audience needs when the voice of Christopher Walken is coming out of a digitally manipulated cat in a wig. Seven Psychopaths presents: Seven Psychocats. NSF...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Walken reads Boo Boo (video)
On "Screen Junkies," Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell interpret scenes from the TV program, "Here comes Honey Boo Boo". There's a lot to wade through, but worth it just for Walken's ...
03:31 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing The Nobel Prize in Quackpottery
At The Guardian, blogger GrrlScientist is passing out Nobel Prizes for Quackpottery in the fields of physiology, physics, and chemistry. The prizes are awarded to actual Nobel Laureates who have made ...
03:25 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing On the auction block: "arguably the most aesthetic iron meteorite known to exist"
Here is Heritage Auctions' description for the Gibeon Mask -- "an incomparable iron meteorite" Closing out the Gibeon section is arguably the most aesthetic iron meteorite known to exist. In 1992, ind...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Meet NASA's apocalypse expert
OK, I know that I promised to never post anything ever again about a certain hypothetical disaster that rhymes with Schmapocalypse MiffyMelve, but hear me out. This really isn't about that. Instead, I...
02:54 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt and Rob
Comedian Rob Delaney's tweets to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, illustrated by @pants: Mitt and Rob....
02:50 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Examining the viral spread of Gangnam Style, through graphs of API calls
Sean Creeley of Embed.ly writes that K-pop star PSY's "Gangnam Style" sensation "created some interesting data on the rise of one of the most viral videos of all time." He shares stats on the "growth ...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Software converts two-dimensional drawings into interactive 3-D animation
Luc Latulippe of Drawn! says: "I don’t understand what’s going on here because I’m old and crotchety, but I suspect it’s the future and it’s leaving me further behind tha...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Peter Callesen's skeleton from a single sheet of A4 paper
Juxtapoz shares some startling new paper sculptures by Danish artist Peter Callesen. We first posted in 2005 about Callesen's exquisite papercraft sculptures from single sheets of A4....
02:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Beautiful, "lethal" freeformed Nixie tube clock
Having seen and admired Matseng's freeformed "The Lethal Nixie Cube Clock," which displays the time one digit at a time, I have only one question: is this a great-looking Nixie tube clock, or the grea...
02:37 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing A tribute by fellow comic artists to Matt Groenings "Life in Hell"
In June 2012, "after 1,669 installments (and down to only 38 papers, amid the smoking wreckage that was once the alternative press), Matt Groening put an end to one the funniest and most caustic comic...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Ihnatko on "Why BBEdit rules"
Andy Ihnatko, on "the real reason for BBEdits endurance"—"It has the one crucial characteristic shared by every truly great creative work: It has a purpose beyond the way it articulates its imme...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Bacteriogoraphs of famous scientists in petri dishes
Zachary Copfer is a microbiologist and artist who creates portraits of his favorite scientists from living bacterial emulsions in petri dishes. I find what he wrote here to be inspiring: When I was an...
01:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing How to take down a helicopter with a bikini and a boomerang
Another amazing true adventure from the man's magazine of exciting fiction and fact. from X-Ray Delta One's wonderful Flickr stream....
01:20 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Man dies after eating roaches and worms
Edward Archbold, 32 had just competed in a roach and worm-eating contest at a south Florida reptile store when he keeled over and died. (The video above shows the contest in progress.) Archbold was ho...
01:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Close to Home sucks
Illustrator Tom Pappalardo on the stunningly unfunny newspaper strip Close to Home: "It is so poorly executed I usually spend more time trying to comprehend what Im looking at than I do not spend laug...
01:15 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing 1820 advice on how to beat the blues
Excellent advice for maintaining a positive outlook. From the wonderful blog, Futility Closet. A letter from Sydney Smith to Lady Georgiana Morpeth (right), Feb. 16, 1820: Dear Lady Georgiana, -- Nobo...
01:11 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Mitt Takes a Stroll Down Sesame Street
Tom the Dancing Bug: Come and play, everything's A-OK when Mitt Romney is President and makes some changes on Sesame Street....
01:03 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Everybody hates Zynga
Farhad Manjoo writes that Zynga, no longer shielded by its early success, is now in a death spiral fueled by universal contempt: "If youre looking for this generations Pets.com, Zynga is pretty much i...
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing 3 days to go to Kickstart Sword of Fargoal 2: Classic Dungeon-Crawler Adventure
The Kickstarter for Sword of Fargoal 2 has only three days to go. The developers have so far received $30,000 out of a $50,000 goal. I want this to happen, because Sword of Fargoal is one of my favori...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a 9-layer density column
Steve Spangler shows you how to create a nine-layer density column with seven objects suspended in it. This would be great fun to do at home on a rainy afternoon (or a sunny afternoon, if your kids ar...
12:20 pm PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Maker education project: "Let's make seats in school."
Are you a teacher seeking a creative, fun, and compelling design/engineering/maker project? Try the WikiSeat Catalyst, a welded steel central structural support for a three-legged-stool! The stool sea...
10:47 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing International release dates for games are stupid
Here's John Walker on the absurdity of staggered international release dates for games that everyone has already pre-downloaded. The reason it happens, as best as weve ever been able to ascertain, is ...
10:31 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Little droid dress
If you need a party frock to go with your R2D2 bathing suit look no further, for this is clearly the dress you've been looking for. Artoo Dress...
10:22 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing New York Five: beautifully told coming-of-age comic from Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
DC's Vertigo has published The New York Five, the sequel (and conclusion?) to the original Minx title. I've just finished it and it was worth the wait. The characters from the original story return se...
10:16 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing More trouble for proposed Do Not Track flag
The proposed Do Not Track browser standard is turning into mud. Ad-dependent organizations already wanted the goalposts moved; now the advertising industry itself wants the goalposts to be the entire ...
09:12 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Factrix: "Scheintot" music review
Factrix originally manufactured their proto-Wolf Eyes sound in San Francisco some 30+ years ago. The history of underground music on the West Coast in the late '70s is not an easy one to trace. U...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Boy sell's mom's bling to finance brothel trip
A 14-year-old teen sold his mother's jewelry to pay for a visit to a brothel in Karlsruhe, Germany. [Reuters]...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Boy sells mom's bling to finance brothel trip
A 14-year-old teen sold his mother's jewelry to pay for a visit to a brothel in Karlsruhe, Germany. [Reuters]...
08:45 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Naperville, IL tonight
Hey, Naperville, IL! I'll be speaking and signing at Anderson's Bookshop tonight at 7PM, in part two of the Chicagoland leg of my Pirate Cinema tour, which wraps up tomorrow night at the Evanston Publ...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing Alaskan baby walrus seeks bukkit in New York
Mitik, a 234-pound, 15-week-old, rescued baby walrus, will travel from his former home in Alaska to New York City this week in a jumbo-size crate aboard a FedEx cargo jet, accompanied by a veterinaria...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, October 10, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make an Ewok bento box
Jenilanda's recipe for an Ewok bento box is delicious and cute as the dickens. Yub nub. How To Make An Ewok Bento Box (via The Mary Sue)...
11:12 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Court sets accused rapist free, arguing severely disabled woman who can't talk could still refuse sex
Your daily dose of rage: the state Supreme Court in Connecticut has decided to let a rapist go free in a case involving a severely disabled woman with limited mobility who cannot talk. Why? Because th...
10:48 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing How to survive an atomic bomb: insurance company ad, 1951
A vintage Mutual of Omaha insurance company ad from 1951, lovingly scanned and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by v.valenti....
10:35 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Brightly colored Guy Fawkes mask-scarves
$15 a pop, in red, orange, blue, and violet, as well as the more traditional black. Hot Occu-Babe not included. Giant Eye/sleekanddestroy.com. I'm also feelin' the Kraken Loves Galleon - Laser Cut Pap...
09:45 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Price discrimination without coercion: the Humble Ebook Bundle
My latest Guardian column is "Giving online customers the chance to pay what they want works," which describes the thinking behind the Humble Ebook Bundle, a bold name-your-price ebook promo that laun...
09:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Shuttle Endeavour's California flyover, as seen from an FA18
This NASA video captures shuttle Endeavour's aerial view during its tour of Southern California on September 21, 2012. Sites the shuttle flew over included Malibu, Dodger Stadium, California Science C...
08:53 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate Cinema, for your downloading pleasure
It took me a little while, but the Pirate Cinema website is finally up, with multiformat downloads and purchase links for the ebooks, print books, and audioboks. Have at it!...
08:42 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Cheesy video for AT&T's Frame Creation Terminal, a 1982 graphics workstation
The Bell Labs-produced Frame Creation Terminal (FCT) was an all-in-one graphics system designed to generate the types of pages used by the Viewtron system. Price: $34,000 in 1982 dollars, or about $81...
08:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing The Beer Shuttle: Kirin ad, Japan, 1984
The Beer Shuttle. If NASA had used this sort of pragmatic ingenuity, perhaps the shuttle program would have lasted longer. Generously scanned and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by v.valenti....
08:22 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Disneyland employee cafeteria, 1961
This pic from the Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961 has got to be staged (the astronaut with his helmet still on is a bit of a giveaway), but it's still a great shot. Disneylands backstage cafeter...
07:36 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Antifascist Greek protesters say they were tortured by police
Antifascist protesters in Greece who were arrested during a clash with members of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party/gang say they were tortured by the police, who put out cigarettes on them, tased the...
07:14 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Occubaby is born!
Call it kismet. Last year police officers fenced in a peaceful young woman and pepper sprayed her in the face at an Occupy protest. She fell in love with the medic who came to her aid. On September 28...
07:02 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Surreptitious recording of a stop-question-and-frisk in New York
The New York police department conducts 1800 stop-question-and-frisks every day. This video contains an audio recording of a couple of Officer Friendlies conducting a stop-and-frisk on a Harlem teen n...
06:34 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing The Verge profiles SRL robot artist Mark Pauline
Here's a beautifully shot video profile of our friend Mark Pauline, founder of Survival Research Laboratories. Mark has been creating explosive robotic art performances for over 30 years. This is Mark...
06:25 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Cupcake appears to be topped with bloody glass shards
This completely edible Dexter-themed cupcake would go well with the Carrie cake I saw several years ago at a craft fair....
06:19 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing High-flying financiers subscribe to high-ticket astrologers
According to Heidi N. Moore's report in Marketwatch, thousands of high-flying Wall Street traders secretly rely on advice from "financial astrologers" who tell them what the stars and planets predict ...
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Sheet music for Super Mario Brothers Coin sound
(Via World's Best Ever)...
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Sheet music for "Super Mario Brothers Coin Sound"
(Via World's Best Ever)...
04:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Woman with leukemia says TSA contaminated her saline and humiliated her
The Mad Turk sez, "In today's example of the TSA's disregard for humanity and dignity, a woman dying of leukemia was denied a private search at Sea-Tac airport, and had her saline contaminated and her...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Louie won't be back until 2014 because Louie C.K. wants it to be extra good
As a follow-up to today's news that Community's return to NBC would be delayed, we're now finding out that FX's Louie won't be back until the spring of 2014. Why, oh, why would this be happening to us...
04:23 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Sexy Hamburger Costume
It's $40 at Yandy. (Thanks, Jess Hemerly!)...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing The Airship: graphic novel printed on letterpress
John Baichtal of MAKE says: Minneapolis letterpress printer Todd Thyberg received a Jerome Book Arts grant to write and illustrate his own 3-color graphic novel, then print it on a 90-year-old Vanderc...
03:56 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Data does Captain Picard
Here's Brent Spiner (Star Trek's Data) doing his greatest party trick: a pitch-perfect imitation of Patrick "Captain Picard" Stewart, including hilarious anaecdotes about how he used this power to sow...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Woman with late-stage terminal cancer humiliated by TSA bandage-lifting
What has the TSA done to protect America from rogue cancer terrorists this week? This: A woman with leukemia who was making an end-of-life journey to Hawaii was humiliated en route by a revealing TSA ...
03:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Tig Notaro's "Cancer Set" at Largo now a downloadable album, via Louis C.K.
Comedian and writer Tig Notaro was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. On the Oct. 2 "Professor Blastoff" podcast, she announced that she has undergone a double mastectomy, and there is currently n...
03:08 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing The 2012 Nobel Prize in physics
Pretty much everyone — including, probably, you — thought that the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics would go to the people who discovered evidence of a particle that meets the description of th...
03:02 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Jack and Rose would have fit on a Titanic door, claim Mythbusters guys
The Mythbusters team did the math on the actual size and fit for two bodies on a door of the Titanic, and shared their findings with James Cameron: yes, Jack and Rose could totally have survived toget...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Photojournalist Dennis Stock visits Planet of the Apes
Photographer Dennis Stock (1928-2010), a legend of the Magnum Photos cooperative, is most famous for his 1955 shot of James Dean in Times Square. Following that, he made stunning photos of the era's j...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Humble Ebook Bundle: Name your price for eight bestselling, ass-kicking sf novels
I'm delighted to announce that the Humble Ebook Bundle is live! Based on the wildly successful Humble Indie Bundles for distributing video games on a name-your-price basis, the Humble Ebook Bundle is ...
02:58 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing A t-shirt jam session with Generation T's Megan Nicolay
(Video link) In non-entertainment news, I am a huge nerd for a cool t-shirt. Sometimes I buy them (usually from Busted Tees or Headline Shirts), and sometimes they find me. The latter shirts are gener...
02:54 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Is acceptance of climate change on the rise?
A Yale survey found that 3/4 of Americans believe anthropogenic climate change is really happening. Of course, this comes after an exceptionally hot and drought-y summer and we already know that opini...
02:41 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Scenes from "Petrochemical America"
Over at my sister-in-law Heather Sparks's new Science Sparks Art tumblog, selections from Richard Misrach and Kate Orff's book Petrochemical America, a collection of Misrach's photos and Orff's infogr...
02:32 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Follow along as Felix Baumgertner skydives from space
Felix Baumgartner is going to skydive from space today. At Popular Science, editor Jennifer Bogo is on site and live blogging the whole thing. As of 12:18 Central time, Baumgartner was in his capsule ...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Replicating John Lennon's "Mr. Kite" poster
The Beatles tune "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" was inspired by an 1843 circus poster that John Lennon purchased at an antiques store and hung in his music room. London designer and Beatles supe...
02:03 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Mark and Joshua Glenn talk about Unbored, an activity book for kids live on G+ now
Joshua Glenn, co-author of the great new kids' activity book, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, and I are talking in a Google hangout right now. Unbored is the guide and activity book...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing $100k chicken coop
Neiman Marcus sells this chicken coop for $100,000. Your custom-made multilevel dwelling features a nesting area, a "living room" for nighttime roosting, a broody room, a library filled with chicken a...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Remembering the Tomy Mighty Men and Monster Maker kits
On TheFwoosh, Themanintheanthill has a detailed remembrance of Tomy's Mighty Men and Monster-Maker kits, which John at Super Punch calls "the toy from my childhood I most regret not keeping." I'm with...
01:40 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Psychic Teens: "Tape" music review
While the rest of the world has been reveling in the resurgence of the cassette tape, some folks have been taking it a step further, and going full VHS! Video Horror Show is a label that only releases...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Extreme EPCOT geekery from the Norway pavilion
Jeff sez, "Disney nerds rejoice! Last week, to celebrate EPCOT's 30th Anniversary, Communicore Weekly had a live show in the Norway Pavilion's VIP Lounge. We geeked out over EPCOT History and intervie...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing The City Museum: St. Louis' Happy Mutant wonderland
At one point — I think it was about halfway through climbing the twisting warren of dark staircases and pipe organ parts that leads to the top of the 10-story slide — I turned to my husban...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Chic's "Le Freak" and post-punk
I'm reading Simon Reynold's absolutely fascinating and comprehensive book about this history of post punk, titled Rip It Up And Start Again. As in his latest book Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction t...
12:55 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing NBC delays Community -- so it can actually promote it
While everyone is enthusiastically awaiting the return of NBC's Community this fall, news broke today that the network was delaying its fourth season premiere indefinitely. Now, when I first read this...
12:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Psychic Teens: "Tape" music review
While the rest of the world has been reveling in the resurgence of the cassette tape, some folks have been taking it a step further, and going full VHS! Video Horror Show is a label that only releases...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
11:50 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Deerfield, IL tonight
Hey, Deerfield, IL! I'll be at the Deerfield High School Auditorium tonight at 7PM for the latest stop in my Pirate Cinema tour. I've got two other stops in the Chicago area: tomorrow, it's Anderson's...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Vote for Mitt Romney
This is utterly convincing. [via Robert Popper.]...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Wife-carrying champion defends title
Taisto Miettinen and Kristina Haapanen are once again wife-carrying world champions, writes Scott Thistle at the Oxford Hills Sun-Journal: "The prize, besides a check for $530 ... is the winning woman...
10:27 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Pinkwater's Bushman Lives: absurdist misfit story is an insightful treatise on art
Daniel Pinkwater's Bushman Lives is another of Pinkwater's marvellous novels for young adults (and adults!) in which a misfit narrator embraces his inner weirdo and finds odd joy. Harold Knishke is a ...
02:01 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Idea Box draws community to public library
The Idea Box at Oak Park Public Library is a new experiment in community participation and library programming that invites visitors to explore, learn, and play. The 9 x 13 glass-enclosed space opened...
01:48 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Second Wind, a brutal browser roguelike game
Described by author Squidly as "Text Adventure, Roguelike, and Sweet Simplicity," Second Wind is a grind-em-up browser adventure. Attack, upgrade, buy stuff, and watch as stats accumulate, new charact...
01:48 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Second Wind, a brutal browser roguelike
Described by author Squidly as "text adventure, roguelike, and sweet simplicity," Second Wind is a grind-em-up browser adventure. Attack, upgrade, buy stuff, and watch as stats accumulate, new charact...
12:53 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing QWOP creator on gaming
Bennett Foddy, creator of staggeringly difficult running game QWOP, has no sympathy for complainers: "My worry is not that games are getting too easy, because easy games can be wonderful. My worry is ...
12:50 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Girl's stomach removed after liquid nitrogen cocktail drunk
The BBC's Amy Gladwell: "If swallowed, liquid nitrogen can cause cold burns to the mouth, throat and stomach, killing the tissue. As the frozen vapour hits the stomach it rapidly warms, releasing larg...
12:37 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Art.sy
Art.sy is a recommendation engine a la Pandora or RDIO, but for the visual arts. Melena Ryzik, in The New York Times: An extensive free repository of fine-art images and an online art appreciation gui...
12:24 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Dishonored "the finest hour" for shooting games
Dishonored is a striking new first-person action game from Arkane and Bethesda. Beautiful and unique—it's set in a bizarre alternative London that suggests a Peter Ackroyd novel on drugs—i...
12:06 am PDT - Tue, October 9, 2012
BoingBoing Mathew Borrett's hypnagogic cities
Matthew Borrett's Escher-like sunken cityscapes invite exploration; Huge, finely-detailed prints are available. [via Illusion 360]...
11:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Inky-Linky: making live links on printed webpages
Roo Reynolds's Inky-Linky is a bookmarklet that makes printed-out webpages much more useful by adding QR codes to the margins, corresponding to the links in the document. That way, you can follow the ...
10:22 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing TRAMPOLARCHERY: loosing arrows whilst bouncing on a trampoline
Ryan is a University of Waterloo Engineering grad student who has invited the world to suggest damnfool stunts that he might perform for the youtubes. In this episode, he looses arrows from a powerful...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Carnage in Azeroth
"Hackers have massacred all the virtual characters in some of online adventure game World of Warcraft's major cities" [BBC]...
09:46 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Mind-powered animal ears
Gillian BenAry says: This is without a doubt the next best thing to actually being a colorful furry animal (for those who’d be interested in that sort of thing). I got chatting with the guy who ...
08:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Steve Jurvetson, on Roses Law for quantum computers
If you are a nerd and you're not following Steve Jurvetson on Flickr, you should correct that. Why? Posts like this one, in which the VC and tech-thinker explores interesting things in interesting way...
08:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing YouTube adds more than 50 original content channels
YouTube was once all about "oddball videos of gurgling babies, teenagers crashing their skateboards and synchronized wedding dances." They're still there, but now they're part of a broader mix, with a...
08:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing David Pogue, Neanderthal
On the Wednesday edition of NOVA scienceNOW, David Pogue walks the streets of San Francisco in Neanderthal drag. Above, a actual clip from the upcoming hour, "What Makes Us Human?," in which the tech ...
08:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Kids are receiving more CT scans than ever, but is radiation risk worth it?
There has been a steep increase in the number of CT scans given to children in emergency rooms across the U.S., mostly for "kids presenting with belly ache," but the appendicitis rate hasn't budged. F...
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing SpaceX launches first official cargo resupply mission to International Space Station
SpaceX this weekend "successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on the first official cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station," at 8:35 p.m. ET on Sunday fr...
08:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Prank signs for the London Underground
An anonymous -- but inspired -- prankster has affixed some helpful addenda to the usual London Underground official signage on various tube-trains, as are documented in this Imgur photoset. London Und...
07:26 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Redefining Pink
Jody Schoger, a writer and cancer advocate whom I met over Twitter during my treatment and now look to as a cancer mentor of sorts, writes about how to move beyond Pinktober, Pink Nausea, Pinksploitat...
07:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Doctor Who bathrobe
Among the many delights and nerd confections for sale at ForbiddenPlanet.com is this 4th Doctor bathrobe, with integrated scarf. Magnifique! Towelling Robe: 4th Doctor (via The Mary Sue)...
07:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing The Decent People: LGBT pride in the former Yugoslavia
Years ago during the reign of Milosevic in Serbia I wrote an essay called "Decent people". It was about that 80 percent of Serbian people, the classic silent majority, who lived in denial of the genoc...
06:41 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Web series Broad City get picked up by Comedy Central, Amy Poehler producing
Awesome news coming out of the New York comedy scene: the very popular (and excellent) web series, Broad City, starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, was just picked up by Comedy Central for a pilot...
06:03 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Find out what fun a train can be
PhilAreGo happened upon this brochure for the Santa Fe Railway, and offered the following interpretation os the scenario depicted on the cover. Wow! Get a load of them eyebrows! The two guys look like...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Backyard Blockbusters: documentary about fan films
John sez, Did you ever see that movie where Batman fought a Predator? Or where kids remade "Raiders of the Lost Ark"? What about the fourth season of classic "Star Trek"? If none of these are familiar...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing VHS review: The buzz was way more exciting (and likable)
As a big fan of horror, as well as the found-footage subgenre, I was really excited to see V/H/S, a found-footage horror anthology. After it screened at Sundance, it got a lot of buzz -- people were p...
05:16 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Monkey gets upset about receiving unequal pay (Video)
Dutch primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal shows a video of two Capuchin monkeys in side-by-side cages. Each monkey is given the same task to complete: handing the experimenter a rock. Their "pa...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing The most polluted place in the world
At Grist, Jess Zimmerman has an interesting piece about a lake near a notoriously leaky former Soviet nuclear research site, where the radiation level is so high that an hour on the beach can be enoug...
04:43 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The Nobel Prizes in science will be announced — one prize per day — between now and Wednesday. Today, the winners of the prize for physiology or medicine were announced. John Gurdon and Sh...
03:43 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO make a sandwich caddy out of a milk jug
On Make, Gareth Branwyn reposts an unsourced set of wordless directions for making a lovely sandwich caddy out of a milk jug: "This pantomimed project obviously shows how to make a neat little sandwic...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing MAKE Weekend Projects - Monkey Couch Guardian
I invented the Monkey Couch Guardian, and wrote a how-to so you can build one, too. Combine an Arduino with a proximity sensor, and make an obnoxious device to discourage cats and other fur-shedding p...
03:14 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing It's time for psychiatrists to stop being so friendly with pharmaceutical companies
Psychiatry is "committing professional suicide" because psychiatrists are far too willing to accept gifts, food, trips, and free samples from the pharmaceutical companies that push psychiatric drugs, ...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Ancient spider never gets to finish dinner
This is a spider, which was encased in tree sap while in the act of attacking a wasp. The sap turned to amber, leaving an incredible preserved scene, with even individual strands of silk from the spid...
02:44 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing FBI questions man for taking a photo of a cloud
"You’re not a threat and you are doing a public service but just be careful next time,” FBI Agent David Pileggi to Michael Galindo, who took a photo of a thundercloud over an oil refinery ...
02:37 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Making Inaccessible Island a little more accessible
This is a detail from one of the regularly updated maps that researchers in Antarctica use when they want to leave McMurdo Station and travel across the continent's sea ice. It shows the well-traveled...
02:35 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing New Yorker cover about Obama-Romney debate is funny
This week's New Yorker cover is clever! (Via Cover Junkie)...
02:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing "Happiness Valley" song from "Toomorrow"
"It's the only film bold enough to cross-pollinate The Monkees with Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, then throw a young, psychotically smiley Olivia Newton-John and student activism into the mix." -...
01:56 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Ohio Supreme Court hears appeal from creationist teacher
John Freshwater used to be a science teacher at an Ohio school. His science lessons included promoting creationism and a "Christian view against homosexuality." As a bonus, Mr. Freshwater reportedly b...
01:45 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Gameplay video for upcoming edition of SimCity
The upcoming version of SimCity is really beautiful. In this video, one of the producers builds a casino city, and explaining why he makes certain choices in roads and other infrastructural elements. ...
01:39 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Tobacco enemas for everyone!
Out of the depths of historic woo rises the ancient and leathery tobacco enema kit. Gaze with horror. Gaze! Made by Evans & Co of London, this apparatus was used to revive people who were apparen...
01:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Zee Avi, skewered on an angelic voice
I'm not entirely certain where I first encountered Zee Avi. All I know is that I've got a couple of Avi tracks in my "shuffle top-rated MP3s" playlist, and when they come on, they skewer me with her b...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Aphex Twin: "I Care Because You Do" music review
The mad-scientist of electronica - Richard D James aka Aphex Twin - originally released I Care Because You Do in 1995; and now in 2012, that classic electronica album gets a 2lp reissue by way of the ...
12:09 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out: Watchimso
Our thanks to Watchismo, sponsors of our daily email update. Watchismo's 3rd annual CLOCKTOBERFEST German Watch Sale is back! Save an additional 25% off already discounted watches, just apply the code...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Lansing, MI today
Hey, Lansing, MI! I'm headed your way today for a signing at Schuler Books & Music at 6PM, as part of my Pirate Cinema tour, which then moves on to Chicagoland, NYC, Philadelphia, Bethesda, and m...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: a bit of life
Page 5 of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online-first for the first time here at Boing Boing. First time reader? You're a few issues behind....
11:20 am PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing The music of the primes
Little-scale offers music procedurally-generated from prime numbers. A "full version", available for download, is 26 hours long. [Little-Scale]...
10:35 am PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Survey: 60% want web tracking regulated
The New York Times offers a blunt reminder for tech companies which claim defaulting to "Do Not Track" deprives users of the right to make the "decision" for themselves: users do not want to be tracke...
10:20 am PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Fake cop demands food
Floridan Joseph Pineda, 33, wanted a burger but was unable to pay for his order. So he pretended to be an officer of the law, flashing a gun and badge in an attempt to get his meal free of charge. [Fl...
10:15 am PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Judge performs jury duty
Judge Linda Fleming happily reported for jury duty Thursday, but was soon struck off the panel by either the defense or prosecution: "Im not supprised I didnt get selected." [The Tribune-Democrat]...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Supergod: Warren Ellis's horrific arms-race endtimes
Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny's Supergod is a magnificently grim and horrifying superhero comic, in which a British government scientist narrates the sequence of events that killed the planet Earth...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Gilded Youth, a quick interactive fiction
Gilded Youth is a green-on-black text adventure from Jim Munroe and Matt Hamill. Writes Brandon Boyer: "one of the most evocative portrayals of our collective disaffected BBS-enhanced adolescence Ive ...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, October 8, 2012
BoingBoing Guilded ilded Youth, a quick interactive fiction
Guilded Youth is a green-on-black text adventure from Jim Munroe and Matt Hamill. Writes Brandon Boyer: "one of the most evocative portrayals of our collective disaffected BBS-enhanced adolescence Ive...
11:47 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Orson Welles hates the advertising copy he's being asked to read
Here's a YouTube clip of Orson Welles' infamous frozen/canned food advertisement voice-over recording sessions in which he berates the engineer for the inanity of the material he's being asked to read...
10:44 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Tool to calculate benefit of rooftop solar in Cambridge, Mass
Gmoke sez, "The city of Cambridge, Mass has teamed up with MIT to produce a Solar Tool that allows people to type an address into a website and get a detailed account of that roof's solar electric pot...
10:16 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Microsoft claims ownership of the number 45, asks Google to censor the US government and Bing
A series of monumentally sloppy, automatically generated takedown notices sent by Microsoft to Google accused the US federal government, Wikipedia, the BBC, HuffPo, TechCrunch, and even Microsoft Bing...
09:03 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Fact-checking the RIAA's claim that the number of working musicians fell by 41%
Matthew Lasar's long Ars Technica feature, "Have we lost 41 percent of our musicians? Depends on how you (the RIAA) count" does an excellent job of digging into RIAA CEO Cary Sherman's claim that the ...
07:37 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Sexy Ursula the Sea Witch costume: sexy fat characters have to be skinny
Tavie sez, Heads up - if you're a fat woman who wants to dress up as a popular fat character for Halloween, good luck trying to find a plus-size Ursula (from "The Little Mermaid") costume. Disney DOES...
07:02 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Bacon ice cream sliders
Further nutritional oddments from a touring author (see yesterday's installment). I stopped into the most excellent indie bookstore Diesel at the Brentwood Country Mart in LA for my Pirate Cinema book...
05:37 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium: Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly's debate kicked ass
Last night's Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart debate, the "Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium," just crushed it. This is the best 90 minutes of video you're gonna see this month, and is unquestionably ...
04:35 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Toothpaste for Dinner needs your business
Complexin writes, "Drew, of daily webcomic 'Toothpaste for Dinner' and 'Married to the Sea,' among other sites, seems in danger of going offline. He's offering special discounts on t-shirts, a book, a...
04:00 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Don't throw your baby in a dumpster sticker
There's not much context for this image uploaded to Imgur by sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net, which uses pictograms to encourage people to take unwanted babies to hospitals rather than putting them into dumpst...
02:51 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Sociology Student Sheep have fun-ruining epiphanies
Holly curates a Tumblr called FUCK YEAH SOCIOLOGY STUDENT SHEEP, featuring a wide variety of symbolic Soc students having ironic epiphanies, and whose motto is "Time for some motherfucking Sociology."...
02:10 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Supreme Court case will decide whether you own your stuff
Writing in MarketWatch, Jennifer Waters explains the implications of a Supreme Court case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, which turns on the question of whether you have the right to re-sell thi...
02:00 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Oatmeal fundraiser for Tesla museum is a triumph
The Oatmeal's campaign to raise funds to preserve and develop the 16 acre plot in Wardenclyffe, Long Island where Nikola Tesla's lab once stood has concluded successfully. The fundraiser aimed to rais...
12:00 pm PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Redondo Beach today
Yo, Redondo Beach! You're my last west coast stop on this leg of the Pirate Cinema tour, and I'll be at Mysterious Galaxy today at 2:30PM (I'll be back on this coast later to visit Vancouver, Victoria...
09:34 am PDT - Sun, October 7, 2012
BoingBoing Clothes made from vintage kids' sheets
One of my favorite shirts of all time is a Western shirt made partly from recycled Star Wars sheets, just like the ones I had as a boy. In that vein, I offer you BongaChopShop on Etsy, where you will ...
09:24 pm PDT - Sat, October 6, 2012
BoingBoing Scenes from an LA mall
I'm in LA for the Pirate Cinema tour this weekend, and my publisher's rep is taking me around to local stores to sign their stock between the public events. Today we found ourselves in a mall in Glend...
05:12 pm PDT - Sat, October 6, 2012
BoingBoing New Order live, yesterday and in 1981
I caught the revitalized New Order (sans Peter Hook) at Oakland's Fox Theatre last night and I must say, they were fantastic. Tight, rocking, passionate, and they looked genuinely delighted to be play...
12:01 pm PDT - Sat, October 6, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Pasadena this aft
Hey, Pasadena! I'm signing and speaking at Vroman's Bookstore this afternoon at 3PM, as part of the Pirate Cinema tour. I'll be in Rendondo Beach at Mysterious Galaxy tomorrow, before heading east to ...
09:59 am PDT - Sat, October 6, 2012
BoingBoing Brazil to roll out national radio-chip IDsurveillancelogging for all vehicles
In Brazil, a new regulation requires drivers to add radio ID tags to their car windshields, which broadcast "vehicle year or fabrication, make, model, combustible, engine power and license plate numbe...
12:00 am PDT - Sat, October 6, 2012
BoingBoing Bees make blue honey by harvesting waste from M&Ms manufacturing
Beekeepers in Ribeauville, France discovered blue honey in their hives. When they investigated further, they discovered that their bees were harvesting M&Ms manufacturing waste from a biogas plan...
10:13 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Talk sophisticated with PronunciationManual
The PronunciationManual YouTube account consists of short clips of clearly enunciated borrowed words and proper nouns that are often uttered by English speakers, including some tricky single malt Scot...
09:30 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Ladyada's geeky coloring book for makers of all ages
Phil Torrone sez, Ladyada's "E is for Electronics" is a coloring book adventure with electronic components and their inventors. Makers of all ages can learn, color, and share common parts and historic...
07:54 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate Flix: Video remix contest
On the NYC leg of my Pirate Cinema tour, I'll be stopping at Brooklyn's wonderful indie bookstore WORD. The WORD folks have cooked up a remix video competition for the event, inviting you to make shor...
06:47 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Why is the sky dark at night?
So, the sky looks blue because of the particular gases in our atmosphere reflect and scatter the blue wavelengths of light from the Sun. Fair enough. But that leads directly to a second question that,...
06:27 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gay Boy Scout denied his Eagle Scout award
Back in the Summer, I told you about a movement among Eagle Scouts, some of whom have been sending back their awards — in effect, resigning — in protest of The Boys Scouts of America's dis...
06:07 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Back Yard Air Bubble, 1961
Only $50! Scanned and uploaded to X-Ray Delta One's photostream, and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. View larger sizes here....
06:03 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Mark your calendar now for December 2013 comet-viewing party
Provided that the world does not end in December of 2012, you might have the opportunity to view a particularly impressive comet around Christmastime in 2013. The poetically named C/2012 S1 (ISON) wil...
05:53 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Physicist dance bombs Stephen Hawking
So, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show they have a thing called a "Dance Dare". The basic idea: Sneak up around somebody when they aren't looking and boogie down, just outside their peripheral vision. If you...
05:47 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarting a freeopen adult education book
Dan sez, "Most adult education teachers are subject-matter experts but have no experience teaching. This book, 'How to Teach Adults,' contains everything you need to start, well, teaching adults: How ...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Astrophysics student with lymphoma makes epic trek
Andy Lyon, an astrophysics student at UC Berkeley, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2008. He went through chemotherapy, and returned to school, but his cancer returned. He did a stem cell transplant, bu...
04:01 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Mitt Romney agrees with you
Use the RoboRomney service to fill in your positions on issues from abortion to the economy to gun-control, and the system will mine a database of real Romney quotes to produce a position paper in whi...
03:54 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Artisanal mayonnaise is giving me a post-modern headache
"These mayonnaise people. Have I assumed their pretension too harshly? Did I falsely detect a sense of irony so thick they dont even know when theyre kidding anymore? Why do I assume they arent earnes...
03:24 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Happy 50th, Mr. Bond! Here is the fancy new song that Adele sang for you
The fancy new James Bond theme, "Skyfall," sung by Adele is out, and it's pretty sweet! You can buy it at iTunes and consume it in video form on the singer's YouTube page. Adele has experienced some m...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Useless Machines in a political struggle
[Video Link] I feel cheated because this Useless Machine video runs out after only 11 minutes and five seconds. Buy a Useless Machine kit from The Frivolous Engineering Company Inc...
02:59 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing How to steal the Space Shuttle
Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik wrote a detailed scenario on how to steal the Space Shuttle in Los Angeles. Yesterday morning I was at the California Science Center's press conference outlining their pla...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Ticket to hell (and back)
Apparently, this remarkable little coupon was offered up at auction, once upon a time. This is a souvenir of a visit to a Coney Island Bowery amusement called Darkness and Dawn. It was a Cyclorama, an...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Let the casting speculation for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy begin with Michael Rooker
Ever since Marvel announced that one of its next film ventures was The Guardians of the Galaxy, not much discussion has taken place about who might join the cast. But now, Michael Rooker (who is retur...
02:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing The "Swiss Beatles" - Les Sauterelles - "Dream Machine" (1969)
In the 1960s Les Sauterelles became known as the "Swiss Beatles." Their song "Dream Machine" doesn't have anything to do with Brion Gysin's Dreamachine, as far as I know....
02:22 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Friday Freak-Out: The "Swiss Beatles" - Les Sauterelles - "Dream Machine" (1969)
In the 1960s Les Sauterelles became known as the "Swiss Beatles." Their song "Dream Machine" doesn't have anything to do with Brion Gysin's Dreamachine, as far as I know....
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Internet governance and cyber-security conference in Toronto
Robin Gross from IP Justice sez, "Public interest groups involved in ICANN will gather for the event, 'ICANN & Internet Governance: Security & Freedom in a Connected World' on Friday 12 Octo...
01:49 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Lizz Winstead, co-creator of Daily Show, launches Lady Parts Justice
[Video Link] Look, it’s time to stop being polite and start asking, “What the fuck do you think you are trying to pull here?” It is time to ask, “Why the fuck are men and women...
01:18 pm PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Entire, working mobile phone with SIM free in this week's Entertainment Weekly
This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly sports a live-tweeting interactive video display. The folks from Mashable did a teardown to see how this was accomplished, and discovered that there is a comp...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Berkeley tonight
Hey, Berkeley! I'll be at Books Inc tonight on 4th Street at 7PM, as part of the Pirate Cinema tour. Tomorrow, I'll be in Pasadena and then Redondo Beach, then Lansing, MI, Chicagoland, and many (many...
11:07 am PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing 68,000 Texans no longer have to prove they're not dead in order to vote
68,000 Texans will no longer have to prove that they aren't dead in order to vote in the next election. The state of Texas has settled a suit brought on behalf of 68,000 "potentially deceased" Texas v...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gary War: "Jared's Lot" music review
Expertly performed, extremely difficult clash between pop inclinations and punk ideals sent through a completely synthetic, inhuman aesthetic....
10:30 am PDT - Fri, October 5, 2012
BoingBoing Sensible Internet policy platform from the German Pirate Party
The German Pirate Party has released a brochure (PDF, German), outlining the party's agenda for a free and open Internet, based on discussions with a group of German publishers. The program they set o...
11:36 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Disney Research's ideas for 3D printed toys
Printed Optics: 3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for Interactive Devices, a paper from Disney researchers in Pittsburgh, details a set of toymaking techniques involving 3D printers. Some of th...
10:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Geeky license plate gallery
Wired's Robert McMillan has collected some of the geekiest license plates he can find for a fun little gallery. I've only ever owned a car once, the year I lived in LA, and I was happy to score COPYFY...
08:25 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Striking new Murakami book covers
Vintage Books has redesigned its Haruki Murakami backlist with striking covers by Israeli designer/illustrator Noma Bar. The covers are reproductions of Bar's hand-pulled screen prints. "Vintage Murak...
08:17 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate Cinema audiobook: no DRM, no EULA, just the spoken word
Further to yesterday's post about the availablity of a DRM-free, EULA-free MP3 download for the audiobook of Little Brother, I'm pleased to announce that I'm also selling the audiobook for my new nove...
07:49 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Schoolkids pay to store cell phones in "valet" trucks
Some NYC students not permitted to bring their phones or other gadgets to school shell out $1/day at "valet" trucks like the "Pure Loyalty Electronic Device Storage" vehicle and other similarly conver...
06:58 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Maine GOP attack-flier condemns Democratic candidate for playing an orc rogue in online game
A flier distributed by the Maine GOP attacks Democratic state senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz for playing an orc assassin rogue in World of Warcraft, using quotes she's made about the virtual viole...
06:57 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song: exclusive excerpt from new graphic novel about country music pioneers
What is the year that country music started to suck? 1970? 1960? 1950? I don't know, but The Carter Family was around well before any of those years, and I love their music. I also love this new graph...
06:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Rings carved from billiard balls
Eleanor Salazar, a jewelry maker in Maine, fashions beautiful rings from old billiard balls, carving them to size and polishing them to a smooth finish. These rings are carved from bona fide used bill...
05:41 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Chirp sends information from one smartphone to another, using electronic birdsong
[Video Link] Nicolas Pergola of Chirp says We're a spinout from University College London Computer Science and we've developed a new data transfer application for smartphones (and more) called Chirp. ...
05:31 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing discoveries in science fiction: Everyone in Star Wars might be illiterate
"It seems like all the characters in Star Wars learn how to do is punch certain buttons to make their machines do what they need to do, and everything else is left up to droids." Ryan Britt at Tor has...
04:50 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing PBS Off Book video: What Are Indie Video Games
[Video Link] As I've mentioned before, I love PBS's Off Book video series about Internet culture. The videos are intelligent, well produced, and often reveal things that surprise me. The newest video,...
04:36 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Thief steals iPhone from a baby
How soon before this gent -- who stole an iPhone from a 20-month-old baby watching an episode of Barney & Friends -- gets doxed? Thief steals iPhone from a baby (Via Cult of Mac)...
04:24 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing How to flip food in a pan (Video)
[Video Link] You aren't supposed to lift the pan. You're supposed to slide it back and forth. Thanks, Chef John! (Via Doobybrain)...
04:02 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Future of racism, Canadian style
Denise sends us Jef Catapang's project where "A bunch of Canadian science fiction authors riff on what sci-fi teaches us about race, and share their thoughts on the future of racism."...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing New 3D printer makes furniture, glass jars, food and more out of garbage
[Video Link] The Muffin Monster creates useful objects out of shredded garbage. This is a game changer. (Via Laughing Squid)...
02:47 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Photographic proof that Arrested Development is really, truly back
We knew that several reports over the last few months have confirmed the wonderful news that Arrested Development was not only coming back, they were coming back to film 13 episodes that would be stre...
02:16 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 years of Life on the Street
Last night, I spent an hour flipping through this lovely coffee table book on Sesame Street. Every time there is a debate about some obscure memory of the Street, out comes this tome. Sesame Street pl...
02:12 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Ronald Reagan collage art show by Winston Smith and friends
This Friday at Grant's Tomb in San Francisco, "The Beginning of the End: Ronald Reagan's Legacy," a show of new and classic collage art by Winston Smith, Fast, Cheap & Easy Graphics, Ron Donovan,...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing UN's copyright agency won't let the Pirate Party in
International non-governmental organizations with an interest in copyright and related issues have always been admitted to the United Nations's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as obser...
01:33 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Einstrzende Neubauten's "Blume" video (1993)
From pioneering German industrial band Einstrzende Neubauten, this terrific video for their song "Blume" that embodies the underground spirit of the time/scene. The song is on their 1993 album Tablua ...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing If Looper had been made in 1994 -- by Disney
(Video link) This is an amazing discovery! Not only was Looper a remake of a (fake) madcap family comedy from the '90s, but it's a remake that starred the same exact actors! I can't wait until someone...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Happy Anniversary, Sweetcakes -- From Gina
Late last week we got an email from Gina. Her husband Sweetcakes is an avid Boing Boing reader and she thought there'd be no better way to say "I love you" than with a message here. Thank you so much ...
01:14 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing New kids book from creators of Yo Gabba Gabba!
Six years ago, a group of hyper-creative old-school punks from Orange County unleashed the psychedelic kids insanity of Yo Gabba Gabba! on the world. The moment that Boing Boing first discovered the s...
12:52 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Man in a "drunken blackout" bought 69 percent of the global market in oil futures
2009: "Between the hours of 1:22 a.m. and 3:41 a.m., [Steve Perkins] gradually bought 69 percent of the global market [7 million barrels of crude oil], while driving prices up from $71.40 to $73.05, b...
12:50 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: "Only In My Dreams"
"I'm just a rock n' roller from Beverly Hills / My name is Ariel... Pink!"Well, okay. Sing it, Ariel! Peculiar popsmith Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti are back, and as absurdly delightful and inf...
12:49 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing The dead rise in Georgetown
Authorities think that an area of Washington D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood — on Q Street north of Volta Park — might once have been part of a cemetery. Several sets of human remains have ...
12:39 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Berlusconite politician caught slashing disabled man's tires
Antonio Piazza, a Milanese government official from Italy's People of Freedom party (that's Silvio Berlusconi's party), has made headlines after he was caught on CCTV slashing the tires of a disabled ...
12:37 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing The surface of Venus
I love rediscovering cool things. I'm sure I learned, at some point, that the Soviet Union had once sent probes to land on the surface of Venus. But I had completely forgotten this fact until today. T...
12:05 pm PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Fossils in storage: How do you sort through the backlog?
Yesterday, I posted about Pegomastax africanus, a parrot-like dinosaur whose fossil was discovered not in a remote waste in some far corner of the world, but in a rock that had sat in storage at Harva...
11:42 am PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in San Francisco tonight
Hey, San Francisco! I'm at Borderlands Books in the Mission tonight at 7PM, for the Pirate Cinema tour! Tomorrow night it's Berkeley, then south to LA, then all the way to Lansing, MI, and then a host...
11:34 am PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Read the abstract of a scientific research paper
Abstracts are summaries — the short paragraph that usually explains the question a study was asking and the answers it found, plus a brief overview of what methods the researchers used. Because ...
11:31 am PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Rube Goldberg machine that integrates freerunners with lots of guts, little regard for own safety
Freerunner Jason Paul and friends got (a presumably large amount of) money from Red Bull to construct a building-scale Rube Goldberg machine that integrated several parkours at various stages of its o...
10:20 am PDT - Thu, October 4, 2012
BoingBoing Sailor Twain: don't fall in love with the mermaid of the Hudson valley
I wrote about Sailor Twain, Mark Siegel's beautiful, haunting serialized graphic novel when it began. Since then, the story of a New York steamship captain who is haunted by his love for a mermaid has...
11:40 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Nina Paley's history of the Holy Land: "This Land Is Mine"
Nina Paley's new "potential-possible-maybe-feature film" project is Seder-Masochism, and she's posted a clip called "This Land Is Mine," which she envisions as the final scene of the movie. "This Land...
10:35 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Download the Little Brother audiobook
Thanks to the kind folks at Random House Audio, I'm now able to offer direct downloads of the unabridged audiobook of Little Brother, read by Kirby Heyborne. The download is DRM-free, and comes with n...
08:27 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Congress: The DHS's "fusion centers" full of bad intelligence, lies, and imaginary buildings
A bipartisan report on the DHS's much-vaunted, scorchingly expensive "fusion centers" that were supposed to be the future of American security. The Congressional investigators who wrote the report don...
07:43 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Meaningful appeals for accused YouTube uploaders
After years of video creators being caught in Kafkaesque support-loops from Google, the company has finally introduced a meaningful appeals process to copyright complaints for YouTube videos. Though, ...
06:49 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing E. Horton Kinsman, Shoe Consultant
Share your experiences with E. Horton Kinsman, Shoe Consultant, in the comments. (Via Drew Friedman)...
06:21 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Replica vintage sports jerseys made out of new-old vintage fabric
Ebbets Field Flannels makes replicas of vintage baseball jerseys from various leagues (including Cuban and Japanese jerseys), using new-old vintage textiles for their projects. They also do hockey jer...
06:20 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing The new trailer for Movie 43 is very, very funny and not-at-all SFW
(Video link) A rather off-the-wall trailer for the upcoming anthology flick Movie 43 -- which stars every single person in Hollywood and is directed by everyone else who showed up late the day it was ...
06:17 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Theatre Bizarre: Stupendous yearly Halloween ball in Detroit
The coolest thing that I saw at the Detroit Maker Faire in 2011 was John Dunivant's Theatre Bizarre. John (right) is an immensely talented artist who creates stages, costumes, artwork, carnival attrac...
05:15 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing A cool way to turn a window into a door
Last weekend, I visited St. Louis and got to catch up with some friends who live in an old brick house in that city's South Grand/Tower Grove neighborhood. (Which is awesome, by the way. After hearing...
05:03 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing The science of debate strategy
In preparation for tonight's American presidential debate, please enjoy this Science Friday piece on the social psychology involved in successfully dodging a question. How do politicians slip into ans...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Skateboarder runs into deer
During the Buffalo Bill Downhill race in Golden, Colorado, a skateboarder hit a deer crossing the road. I hope the deer is OK. (7News, thanks Gabe Adiv!)...
04:49 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Wingnut fantasy: Obamas mom was a porn star, dad was communist poet
From Digital Journal: A scandalous DVD claiming that President Barack Obama's mother posed for pornographic photos and that his real father was a communist poet who indoctrinated young Barack with Mar...
04:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing The weird, black, spidery things of Mars
See those weird, black, spidery things dotting the dunes in this colorized photo taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2010? Yeah. Nobody knows what the hell those things are. What we do know ab...
04:41 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing RiffTrax is bringing Birdemic: Shock and Terror to theaters for festive October soul-hurt (and jokes)!
There are colossally bad movies, and then there is Birdemic: Shock and Terror. Written, directed, and produced (all badly) by James Nguyen, this movie is one of the more delightful disasters you'll co...
04:12 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Start saving now!
It would cost $384 million to launch my 1500-square-foot house into space. Theoretically. Based on estimated weight of the house. But the point is, there's an app that can show you how much it would c...
03:49 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Why some technologies fail, and others succeed
My second column for the New York Times Magazine went online today. It's about the history of technology and the forces that determine which tools end up in our everyday portfolio and which become fod...
03:46 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Live-in replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion for sale
A Disney contractor is selling a seven bedroom, full-sized, live-in replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion that he built in Duluth, Georgia. Mark Hurt 1996 home was built to closely replicate the e...
03:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Goodbye "Snowmageddon XIX", hello "Gandolf"
The Weather Channel has decided to begin naming winter storms the way we already name tropical storms. But while tropical storm nomenclature is an organized and official process, carried out by a bran...
03:08 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing In a neglected fossil: A vegetarian with bite
This is an artists' rendition of Pegomastax africanus, a 200-million-year-old dinosaur that is the subject of a new peer-reviewed research paper out this week in the journal ZooKeys. It's a great face...
02:14 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing The Princess Bride writer William Goldman says he's been trying to write a sequel
Before you start worrying that some unworthy person is going to try writing a sequel to The Princess Bride, let it be known that the man who wrote the original, screenwriter William Goldman (who also ...
02:08 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing iOS Maps debacle reimagined as surrealist art project
If Apple's iOS Maps disaster was actually avant-garde art (Thanks, Dustin Hostetler!)...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Glen Hansard sings for The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with some excellent musicians and filmmakers to raise awareness of environmental issues. Boing Boing is pleased to premier this video with Swell Season and The ...
01:34 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Exploding washing machines?
The rise of the machines has begun. Apparently, dozens of washing machines from numerous brands are "exploding" and UK consumer product watchdog magazine Which? is investigating. The typical story inv...
01:23 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Adrian Tomine on tour for his new book, New York Drawings
Adrian Tomine is on tour to promote New York Drawings, his anthology of New Yorker illustrations. He'll be in Providence, RI tonight, and Cambridge, MA tomorrow. Peggy Burns of Drawn & Quarterly,...
01:08 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Geeks, Girls, and Super Identities - new kids' novel with great illustrations by Mike Maihack
I admire the work of illustrator and cartoonist Mike Maihack. His simple line art, subdued color palette, and quietly humorous illustrations remind me a bit of Seth, if Seth liked to draw female super...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Music review: Common Eider, King Eider's "Sense of Place"
Sense Of Place is an ambitious audio/visual document that captures San Francisco drone/ambient/folk band Common Eider, King Eider's quest to build a cabin in the wilds of Alaska. It's an incredible pa...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix - Percival Dunwoody vs. Hitler, and MORE!!
Presenting another installment of Super-Fun-Pak Comix, featuring "Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveler From 1909," "Darthfield," "Mother-In-Law Guffaws," and much, much MORE....
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Monkey Jesus cosplayer
Here's a Monkey Jesus/restored icon cosplayer in full regalia. The identity of the person behind the mask is the source of controversy: it was posted to Reddit by OhioUPilot12, whose description impli...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Todd Akin on the scourge of doctors giving abortions to non-pregnant women
[Video Link] Salon: Among “abortionists,” Akin said in a floor speech in 2008, “you find that along with the culture death go all kinds of other lawbreaking: the not following good s...
12:08 pm PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Correlation, Causation and Internet Comments
Daniel Engber wrote a wonderful piece at Slate. Engber examines when you can hide behind the phrase correlation does not imply causation and when that may not be the best idea. "The correlation phrase...
11:53 am PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in Menlo Park tonight
Hey, Menlo Park! I'm coming to Kepler's Books tonight at 7PM for the Pirate Cinema tour! I hope to see you there. I'll be in San Francisco tomorrow (Thu), Berkeley on Friday, and then I head south to ...
11:47 am PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing eBook review: Blue Skies, Atopia Chronicles
Blue Skies is a great start to Matthew Mather's Atopia Chronicles. In just a few pages he introduces you to believable future and a character I immediately identified with. Olympia is an advertising e...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing A Wrinkle in Time, worthy graphic novel adaptation
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle's justly loved young adult novel about children who must rescue a dimension-hopping physicist who has...
09:53 am PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing So that's what an execution chamber in Japan looks like
The Kyodo/Reuters photograph accompanying this NYTimes article by Hiroko Tabuchi is a stunner....
02:25 am PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Quadcopters playing catch
The ETH Zurich quadcopter folks have added to their already impressive collection of videos of cooperative, autonomous quadcopters doing exciting things (previously) with this video of the adorable li...
01:19 am PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Time-traveling designer produces 1970s ads for MP3 player, laptop, mobile phone & gameboy
Alex Varanese's "ALT/1977" post on Behance is as sweet a piece of contrafactual history as I've seen in a lifetime of pursuing this. I want to live in his timeline. I've explored that idea in this ser...
12:27 am PDT - Wed, October 3, 2012
BoingBoing Solar-powered dowel-sawing machine is a perfect desktop distraction
Alex's Almost Useless Machine is a solar-powered desktop amusement that slowly saws through dowels whenever the light is bright enough to power its motor. It's mesmerizing. This little machine uses a ...
11:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Topless dungeon master sought
A Craigslist poster is looking for a woman to dungeon-master a D&D game/bachelor party. DM must be familiar with D&D 3.0 or 3.5, and topless. C-cup or greater preferred. "There will be 5 'gu...
10:27 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 070: John Hodgman returns
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...
10:21 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Hexaflexagons! The miracle of the inside-out hexagon with many, many sides
The incomparably great Vihart continues her Doodling in Math Class video series with a history and demonstration of the miraculous Hexaflexagon, a simple-to-fold paper hexagon that contains several it...
08:18 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing 3D domino fall illustrates the extinction of the dinosaurs
FlippyCat's animated 3D domino depiction of the comet-strike extinction of the dinosaurs is both poignant and exciting, and the setup/blooper-reel that follows the main action is a real nail-biter. Al...
07:52 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Your drugs are tested on Russians
It's so difficult to get access to modern health care in Russia that the country is becoming a haven for medical testing — there are more people there willing to be guinea pigs for more stuff si...
07:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Exploration Day > Columbus Day
First celebrated nationally in 1937, Columbus Day pays homage to Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. It is, needless to say, viewed very differently by different groups of Americans. Some p...
06:43 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Science of L.A.'s 'Carmageddon' proves (shock!) that cars cause much of LA's air pollution
Suzanne Paulson, UCLA professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, saw "Carmageddon" as an opportunity to make use of a "natural experiment." She and a colleague "measured pollutants in the air duri...
06:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Goldilocks in space: Interview with Lee Billings about the hunt for aliens and habitable planets
Are we alone in the Universe? Last year, journalist Lee Billings wrote an excellent series of guest posts for BoingBoing about the quest to answer that question. One of those posts — Incredible ...
06:37 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing A pillow into which you insert your head
"The Ostrich Pillow" is Kawamura-Ganjavian's oversubscribed Kickstarter project, a kind of padded textile space-helmet into which you insert your head (and, optionally, your hands), muffling your hear...
06:14 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing Music!
Do you dig ambient drone? Are you deep into sixties psych? Curious about forest metal? Connoisseur of outernational grooves? Unclear on dubstep vs. brostep? Krautrock vs. komische? Fussy about free ja...
06:13 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Costumes that integrate wheelchairs
On Buzzfeed, a collection of Hallowe'en costumes that integrate wheelchairs, for adults and kids, ganked from a wide variety of sources. I really like this ice-cream wagon costume, and I wish it was c...
06:10 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Childrens Hospital upset by creepy clown ads for Rob Corddry's TV show, "Childrens Hospital"
Snip: "People in clown costumes and makeup are not allowed in Children's Hospital Los Angeles.'We do observe a no-clown policy because they can be scary for some kids." More on the controversy surroun...
06:05 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Creepy vintage novelties (photo gallery)
A couple of weekends ago I took my 15-year-old daughter to the fabulous Farmers Market in Los Angeles. It isn't a typical farmers market. It was established in 1934 at the corner of Third and Fairfax,...
05:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing What it's like to be a black man working in a tech startup where white guys are free to be racist
This first-person account of Qu33riousity's experience of racism in a Bay Area startup will no doubt ring familiar to other "others" who've been there, too. And, it will no doubt inspire some number o...
05:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Kittencam
Animal Planet network is promoting "Cute," a new television program, with this live webcam of kittens. As kitten-cams go, this is rather good shit. (via @boraz)...
05:50 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Evan Caminiti: "Dreamless Sleep"
Dreamless Sleep is the latest from Evan Caminiti, whose day job is as one half of twang flecked drone duo Barn Owl, and like his partner in Barn Owl, Jon Porras, Caminiti's solo records don't always d...
05:39 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Persol 714 sunglasses
I declare myself the winner in this summer's Steve McQueen off between Pesco and I. Typically we find some extremely awesome thing about THE KING OF COOL and then abusively research until one of us sh...
05:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Music Appreciation: Global Bass
A Tribe Called Red bounce up and down as they play a ferocious remix of their track Indigenous Power made by Monterrey, Mexico based producer Javier Estrada, along with a stream of rap, dancehall, cum...
05:20 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Casey Neistat's guide to not sucking so bad on Instragram
[Video Link] I like using Instagram when I'm traveling (see my photos here). David also is an Instagram user. I picked up some good tips on this video, "Casey Neistat's guide to not sucking so bad on ...
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing New skyway spans nation with words, pictures: AT&T's wireless data plan, ca. 1951
"The demands of defense are heavy and urgent." A Bell Telephone ad from 1951, lovingly scanned and posted to the Vintage Advertising Pool on Flickr by James Vaughan, whose collection of vintage ads is...
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Unlock your doors with an iPhone
Here's a $149 gadget that you can mount over a door's deadbolt so you can turn the knob via your iphone. Lockitron is an attachment you can place on the back of any deadbolt lock in your house that al...
04:51 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing What a dead fish can teach you about neuroscience and statistics
The methodology is straightforward. You take your subject and slide them into an fMRI machine, a humongous sleek, white ring, like a donut designed by Apple. Then you show the subject images of people...
04:26 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars villains and cute bunnies
Artist Kelly Kerrigan paints many lovely things, but especially fine are Kerrigan's portraits of the villains of Star Wars cuddling a variety of adorable bunnyrabbits. Kelly Kerrigan (via Neatorama)...
02:59 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Hey, little deathlings: it gets better
Caitlin Doughty, host of AskAMortician has a message to the "little deathlings" out there who face social disapprobation due to their fascination with death and dying: it gets better. Life as a mortic...
02:53 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Cartoon Network celebrates 20 years on the air with a 'toony music video
(Video link) Cartoon Network turned 20 years old last night at exactly 6:58 PM, EST! But that still isn't old enough to drink, which is surely the reason Adult Swim isn't featured in this tribute vide...
02:38 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Music Appreciation: Global Bass
It's midnight, early August, Toronto, 2012 in a hall on the waterfront. On the stage behind large stacks of computers and gear, three large, serene dudes that go by the name A Tribe Called Red bounce ...
02:34 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Evan Caminiti: "Dreamless Sleep"
Dreamless Sleep is the latest from Evan Caminiti, whose day job is as one half of twang flecked drone duo Barn Owl, and like his partner in Barn Owl, Jon Porras, Caminiti's solo records don't always d...
02:23 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Ex-TSA agent: stealing is commonplace in the TSA
Marilyn sez, "My reporter friend Nicole Glass interviewed ex-con and ex-TSA agent Pythias Brown who said stealing is commonplace in the agency." The article, in RT, describes a culture of total, unacc...
02:07 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Why the fedora grosses out geekdom
The fedora draws increasing controversy in internet circles. In just one hour I found no less than three Tumblrs related to shaming people who wear the creased, curve-brimmed hatformal with a touch of...
01:45 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing An incredibly spoiler-filled take on Looper's MacGuffin (SPOILERS)
In case you already forgot the third word of the headline, this post contains major spoilers for the movie Looper, which opened this past weekend. Overall, I thought it was a very fun action movie wit...
01:30 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarting a "fair trade" remix project
We copyfighters have a problem: Remix culture (mostly western, technologically dominant) has the power to irresponsibly exploit and appropriate traditional culture (mostly poor, technologically unempo...
01:28 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Anastasiya Shpagina, "real-life anime girl"
The internet teaches us that there are many forms of cosplay, and many young women who identify as "human dolls." Some become viral-famous-overnight sensations by posting photos of themselves in unusu...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Ikea to women: we 'regret' airbrushing you out of Saudi catalog
The Swedish flatpack furniture company Ikea says it "regrets" that images of women went missing from the Saudi version of its mail-order catalog. Women are visible in the version of these same images ...
01:08 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Marvel and Komen produce "pink-themed" comic covers
I can't manage to type how I feel about these Komen "for the cure" Marvel Comics breast cancer themed comic book covers because I'm too busy vomiting. And, not from chemo. (The Mary Sue)...
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Poodle survives 11-mile ride trapped in car grill, after being hit by clueless driver
A female poodle survived an 11-mile ride from Taunton, Mass., to East Providence, RI after jumping out into the street and being hit by an unaware driver. Photos: Associated Press....
12:09 pm PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in St Louis tonight
Hey, St Louis Boingers! Looking forward to meeting you tonight at the first stop of my Pirate Cinema tour, at the St Louis County Library at 7PM! Next up, stops in northern and southern California, La...
11:59 am PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Why are breast cancer rates so high among US troops?
In Marine Times, a Gannett newspaper targeting people in the Marine Corps and their families, an article for "Pinktober" (pink-ribbonny breast cancer awareness month, bleargh) about the high rate of b...
11:36 am PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Redditor dad advises son on safe porn surfing
When a redditor discovered his 13 year old son had been surfing porn, he shared this and other loving advice in the form of a note: There are sites that are completely safe and you can go on them and ...
10:33 am PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There is the long-awaited sequel to Cat Valente's debut novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and it delivers...
10:31 am PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing eBook review: The Walk up Nameless Ridge
Clearly Hugh Howey has become one of my favorite authors. He maintains the fun and pace of a short story while giving us the information and detail we need to feel present in them. The Walk up Nameles...
01:10 am PDT - Tue, October 2, 2012
BoingBoing Women in horror cake pops
Dang, the folks at Evil Cakes can make some inspired horrific carby treats. Case in point, a four-pop set of "Women in Horror" cake pops featuring the Bates character from Misery, the little girl from...
11:58 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Fractal cutlery that fringes off into hairy infinity
On the FractalForums message boards, a user called LhoghoNurbs has posted this wonderful contest-entry for a notional set of fractal cutlery. In a subsequent post, LhoghoNurbs explains that all the im...
11:19 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Swedish police raid ISP for Pirate Bay and Wikileaks
Swedish news service nyheter24.se reports that authorities have raided web host PeRiQuito AB (PRQ). Police in Stockholm took four of the free-speech ISP's servers, PRQ owner Mikael Viborg told Nyheter...
10:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Thai Navy's "Gangnam Style" YouTube remake lands officers in hot water
The Bangkok Post reports that a senior officer in Thailand's navy was forced to apologize over a silly YouTube video remake of PSY's "Gangnam Style." Vice Admiral Tharathorn Kajitsuwan, the Third Nava...
09:55 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Japan competes with Panama to pass the world's worst copyright law
Japan has extended its shockingly bad copyright law, passed in June, which provides for 10-year prison sentences for people who upload copyrighted works without permission; under the new law, download...
09:06 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Tech journalism
Dan Gillmor sez, "This is a story about a story about a rumor of an invitation to an announcement of a product launch. Needless to say, the company involved is Apple."...
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing CA governor signs law banning "cures" for homosexuality
Today CA Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a ban on so-called cures for homosexuality. Brown referred to such cures as "quackery" and added "This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven y...
07:47 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Font designed for proofreading OCR'ed text
A page on the Distributed Proofreaders project advises people who are trying to find typos in scanned and OCR'ed texts to try DPCustomMono, a font specifically designed to make it easy to catch common...
06:42 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printer company seizes its leased unit from the home of a man planning to print out a pistol
Defense Distributed is a collective that raised $20,000 in BitCoins to lease a 3D printer and develop and prototype a 3D printed pistol. Stratasys, the manufacturer of the printer, seized it from the ...
06:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Ask science: Does sugar really make children hyper?
"Why arent my kids hyper after binging on sugar?" asked Gillian Mayman at Mind the Science Gap, a blog featuring the work of various Master of Public Health students from the University of Michigan. T...
06:12 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Julian Assange speaks about his life inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London
"Its a little bit like being in a space station. I have been in solitary confinement and this isnt comparable to the difficulties in prison. I have complete control within a small environment and it e...
06:07 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Baturday, because Caturday is so last week
"Post some fucking bats!" baturday.tumblr.com, a Tumblog of Greatness. (thanks, Antinous)...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing How Frederik Pohl became a pulp literary agent, and saved himself 8 per story in postage
From science fiction great Frederik Pohl's ongoing blog/memoir "The Way the Future Blogs," a lovely post explaining how Pohl became a "literary agent" in the era of the science fiction pulps, inspired...
05:49 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing LEGO Dr. Strangelove (video)
Using LEGO and pure genius, YouTuber XXxOPRIMExXX created this amazing stop-motion homage to the great Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. View p...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Monster Briefs, "for the guy who has everything" (vintage ad)
Scanned and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by v.valenti....
05:05 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Strange "jihadi" video of Austin Tice, U.S. reporter missing in Syria
Its like a caricature of a jihadi group. It looks like someone went to the Internet, watched pictures of Afghan mujahedeen, then copied them.—Joseph Holliday, who researches Syrian rebel groups ...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Jonathan Hickman: graphic novel stories, with infographics
I was intrigued by a recent Warren Ellis post about comics creator Jonathan Hickman. Ellis described Hickman's background in graphic design prior to his comics work, and mentioned that he'd done "the ...
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Molotov cocktail in slow motion
Slow motion Molotov cocktail! (via Devour)...
04:49 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing A four-year-old's interpretation of the Mars Curiosity Rover mission
Josh Stearns writes, My four year old son painted this at school and told his teacher, This is Mars. Mars is red. And there is a robot there taking pictures and sending them back to earth. Mars Curios...
04:18 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Facebook fan-pages broken, but FB will unbreak them for a price
Writing in the New York Observer, Trust Me, I'm Lying author Ryan Holiday says that Facebook has deliberately broken its fan-page service so that only a small number of registered fans see status-upda...
03:23 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Tinfoil hats actually amplify mind-control beams
A group of MIT students decided to test the performance of different tinfoil beanies to see how various designs (the "classical," "fez" and "centurion") interacted with commonly used industrial radio ...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Popular synthesizer manufacturer wants you to print out your own replacement knobs
OP-1 synthesizer manufacturer Teenage Engineering doesn't want to ship you replacement knobs and buttons for your instrument. Instead, they've uploaded printable shapefiles to Shapeways and have asked...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Seth MacFarlane tapped for the Oscars
Very groovy news coming through the entertainment pipeline this morning as we find out who will host the Oscars: Seth MacFarlane! The Family Guy and American Dad creator, who just opened up Saturday N...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comic books picks for October
Sick of New York stories? No? Good, weve got a pair of those this month. And for those of you who could care less about the plights of Brooklynites in the early 21st century, no need to fear -- theres...
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Quant: leaving finance made me happy, you should try it
Cathy "Mathbabe" O'Neil is a former finance-industry quantitative analyst who escaped her former career and has advice for other quants looking to do something better with their lives. She works in a ...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Images to make perfectionists suffer
Are you a perfectionist? Do you like everything "just so"? Do you pick lint from others' clothes? Do you alphabetize your spice rack? Are you a masochist? If you answered yes to that last question and...
12:52 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Game mechanics for work
Over at our sponsor Intel's My Life Scoop site, I wrote about "Work As A Game": Fun is not the enemy of work. Thats the slogan of Natron Baxter Applied Gaming, a boutique game development firm thats d...
12:52 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Time-lapse of 12-foot Lego vampire build
[Video Link] Fiona Chan says: Last night, LEGO kicked off the countdown to the Halloween season by inviting the New Orleans community to build a 12-foot tall LEGO vampire by the light of the full moon...
12:28 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Post-"Gangnam Style," America wakes up to K-pop
Factory Girls, a [paywalled] New Yorker piece this month by John Seabrook, explores the rise of the two billion-dollar Korean pop music industry and "its fraught entry into the Western music market" d...
12:02 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: a grandsire twice
Page 4 of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online-first for the first time here at Boing Boing. Previously. First time reader? You're a few issues behind....
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Cory in St Louis and 17 other cities
Hey, St Louis, MO! I'm headed your way, for the kick-off of the tour for my latest YA novel, Pirate Cinema. I'll be at the St. Louis County Library on Tuesday, October 2 at 7PM for an event hosted by ...
11:51 am PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing eBook review: Midnight's Tale
Midnight's Tale by George Berger was a completely unexpected pleasure. While I don't often enjoy stories told from the POV of an animal, Berger's tale drew me right in. While Midnight's life may seem ...
11:33 am PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Searching the universe for habitable planets (video)
Filmmaker Matt Checkowski sends word of two cool new documentary shorts he produced for the University of California video series "Onward California." These episodes focus on the work of a UC Santa Cr...
11:08 am PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Kindle Paperwhite reviewed
Joshua Topolsky, representing the consensus: "Amazon wants to make great reading devices for the masses, and with the Paperwhite, they just took the game to a whole new level."...
11:07 am PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing Modified pop culture Virgin Mary icons
French artist Soasig Chamaillard turns damaged icons of the Virgin Mary into popular culture figurines, to great effect. The pieces themselves are for sale individually, and you can buy beautiful cata...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, October 1, 2012
BoingBoing The Golden Dawn
The Golden Dawn, Greece's ultra-right thug club, used to come out only at night. For a street-fighting fascist gang turned ascendant political party, with all the weary symbolism of flame-waving and p...
10:01 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Replacement ear grown on an arm
A woman whose exterior ear was removed during her fight with cancer has grown a replacement ear made from starter-tissue harvested from her rib, which was cultured and scaffolded on her arm. Once the ...
06:55 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Sleight of hand, without hands
Here's a video of a Mahdi Gilbert card magic show at Magic-Con 2012. Madhi's a 20 year old magician from Toronto, whose arms and hands are affected by a congenital condition. His sleights and routines...
06:12 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Mind bending music mash up
Joshua Glenn says: "Singer-songwriter, music critic and theorist Franklin Bruno has discovered that if you play Terry Riley's pioneering minimalist song 'In C' (1964) at the same time as Marc Cerrone'...
04:22 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing WSJ trend story of the week: ending "jerky shame" by adding adjectives, increasing price of dried meat products
Meat jerky "is like Greek yogurt for men."...
04:13 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Gangnam Style as a "literal" music video, remixed without music (video)
[Video Link] by UK-based remixer Moto2h via Flux....
03:47 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Howard Rheingold's Mind Amplifier ebook
Howard Rheingold sez, "I have been interested in mind amplifiers since I wrote my 1968 Reed College thesis on brain biofeedback and the future of consciousness. This short e-book contains all kinds of...
03:32 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Dick Will Make You Slap Some Body
[Video Link via Sean Bonner] Alexyss K Tylor, Atlanta, GA-based public access cable television host and Vagina Power Coach....
03:22 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Two cats just hanging out in a frying pan (video)
[Video Link] From Shironekoshiro....
03:14 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Shocking: NBC series "Parenthood" nailed the experience of breast cancer
Jody Schoger, writing about a rare instance of a TV show getting the cancer experience right: "Most women diagnosed with breast cancer arent feeling sick to begin with. They walk from the land of the ...
03:01 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing A website for elaborately handmade barrister's wigs
I was waiting in line in a coffeeshop recently, when I looked over the shoulder of a guy at a nearby table and saw this website: legaltailor.com. The Hong Kong-based company claims their primary clien...
01:30 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Great Graphic Novels: Promethea, by Alan Moore
Last month I asked my friends to write about books they loved (you can read all the essays here). This month, I invited them to write about their favorite graphic novels, and they selected some excell...
12:34 pm PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Origami TIE Fighter
Martin "starwarigami" Hunt made this lovely TIE Fighter origami piece for London's MCM Comic Expo and contributed it to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, along with several other marvellous creations. The ...
11:26 am PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing eBook Review: Warm Moonlight
Warm Moonlight is the second Kindle Single I've read by Joseph Wurtenbaugh. I really like his style! Warm Moonlight reveals a former 20's gun moll turned grandmother, sharing a supernatural story of t...
10:00 am PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars meets Rushmore meets Breakfast Club: Jedi High
Vincent sez, "A hard-working group of film students from Oak Park High in Winnipeg, Manitoba made this intergalactic cinematic mashup, which is an homage not only to Star Wars, but also The Breakfast ...
12:59 am PDT - Sun, September 30, 2012
BoingBoing Thomas Jefferson, enthusiastic, brutal slaver
Marilyn sez, "My historian friend Henry Wiencek was distressed when he found, halfway into his research on Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves a new book about Thomas Jefferson, th...