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10:41 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing MonkeyBrains seeks $350,000,000 for its own satellite
The happy mutants at MonkeyBrains, the San Francisco hacker-friendly ISP, have launched a $350,000,000 IndieGoGo campaign to buy their own satellite ("North Korea just launched a satellite; we want to...
05:44 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing Thanks for subscribing to Boing Boing, Stefan!
Stefan says: I found this while tidying up a filing cabinet yesterday. Wow. I feel old. I think my subscription started with issue #9. This account is long closed and the address 15 years out of date,...
05:32 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing Public Resource liberates global building codes, include the Eurocode -- free the law!
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, Public.Resource.Org today released 10,062 public safety documents covering 24 countries and 6 regions, including the European Union. The release is documented in a RE...
04:48 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing You're only as old as your hair
Life, 1971 Vol. 71, No. 24. I Love Old Magazines (Via Mostly Forbidden Zone)...
04:33 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing Wally Wood's incredible "Fully Computerized" illustration
Thom Buchanan of The Pictorial Arts says of this mind-boggling Wally Wood illustration: This piece by Wally Wood, which I don't think was for EC [the comic book company that published MAD, Weird Scien...
04:27 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing Ability to sit and rise from the floor is closely correlated with all-cause mortality risk
In 2002, over 2000 people between the ages of 51 and 80 were asked to sit on the floor using as little hand- or knee-support as possible. They were then asked to stand up without resorting to using th...
02:20 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing Porcupine bites skier
"Ha ha ha ha ha. I get it on video." (Via Arbroath)...
12:29 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing Malls are dying
There's something nice about going into a well-maintained, well-thought-through shop -- indeed, there's a whole genre of fiction about this. But the dark side of retail is the sprawling American megam...
12:28 pm PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing The LED dawn at 29c3, the 29th Chaos Communication Congress
Dawn is breaking over last day of the annual Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany. CCC is the meeting of the Chaos Computer Club (also CCC), a group of German hackers hanging out together ...
11:28 am PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing Buddy Holly's demo for "Words of Love"
Experimenting with double-tracking his voice and guitar, Buddy Holly recorded a demo for a song he'd composed (by himself, despite his producer/manager taking half the songwriting credit)....
12:12 am PST - Sun, December 30, 2012
BoingBoing "In the house they built together"
Ink's Sarah Gish tells the story of the unique life that Rachel and Tyler Fracassa made for themselves and their family, and her decision to stick with it after his death. Last year, the couple built ...
06:00 pm PST - Sat, December 29, 2012
BoingBoing Test Driving the Apocalypse
On December 21, instead of waking up to fire and brimstone, I woke up and read Mitch Horowitz's “Once More Awaiting 'The End.'” Horowitz looks at our apocalypse fetish and sees a society s...
05:02 pm PST - Sat, December 29, 2012
BoingBoing Your Cisco phone is listening to you: 29C3 talk on breaking Cisco phones
Here's a video of Ang Cui and Michael Costello's Hacking Cisco Phones talk at the 29th Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin....
02:20 pm PST - Sat, December 29, 2012
BoingBoing What's inside a poop?
In PLoS One, the delightfully titled "In-Depth Analysis of a Piece of Shit" explains, in-depth, how many hookworm eggs you can expect to find in your average infectious turd: An accurate diagnosis of ...
10:53 am PST - Sat, December 29, 2012
BoingBoing Rise of the Graphic Novel: everything you need to know about the comics field in 70 pages
Stephen Weiner's seminal Rise of the Graphic Novel has had a second edition. Rise builds on Weiner's influential work in cataloging and charting a course through the field of graphic novels for librar...
06:04 am PST - Sat, December 29, 2012
BoingBoing Congress decides every aspect of your electronic life can be spied on without a warrant and you can't know how much spying is going on
They voted down every single privacy amendment to FISA, the act that lets the NSA spy on you without a warrant. ...
12:50 am PST - Sat, December 29, 2012
BoingBoing Einstein audio
On Being has a nice little archive of rare audio clips from Albert Einstein, speaking on various subjects, including what it means to be American, E=MC^2, Gandhi, and "The common language of science."...
12:22 am PST - Sat, December 29, 2012
BoingBoing Is a $10,000 Leica M9 setup worth it?
Marco Arment rented Leica's well-loved but expensive M9 digital camera, and a similarly top-shelf lens, to see what the fuss is about. The bottom line: great glass, but a frustrating and surprisingly ...
11:26 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing China's Princelings: descendants of Mao's generals who control the country's wealth
This long-read from Bloomberg about China's "Princelings" -- the generation of hyper-rich oligarchs' children, descended from Mao's generals -- is endlessly fascinating. Wealth in China is even more c...
10:00 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing "Both"
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09:17 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Adafruit is making a kids' electronics puppet show!
The boundlessly wonderful folks at Adafruit are producing an online puppet show for kids aimed at teaching electronics. I could not be more happy about this without that I exploded. Their new online s...
08:21 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Working record made from ice
Swedish band The Shout Out Louds released a limited edition of 10 promos for their new album that consisted of latex molds that you filled with distilled water, froze, and played on a turntable:...
06:56 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Census Dotmap: a dot for every person in the United States
Cartography and data analysis nut Brandon M-Anderson put together this impressive zoomable map of the United States with one dot for each of the 308,450,225 people recorded by the 2010 census: odditie...
06:53 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling's annual State of the World address
Bruce Sterling's annual "State of the World" interview on the WELL with Jon Lebkowsky is underway and roaring along, as Chairman Bruce sets out the stuff he's watching and thinking about. These are al...
06:37 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Pirate radio station jams keyless entry system
A mysterious string of keyless entry malfs in Hollywood, FL were resolved when police was discovered a 24-hour pirate Caribbean music station that was inadvertently jamming the car-fobs. For months, d...
05:32 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Pet chicken saves family from blaze
Kevin Hurd reports: "The smoke detectors were not working, the people inside were asleep. That is, until the chicken sensed something was wrong."...
04:50 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Hanging jellyfish lights
Roxy Russel's jellyfish lighting fixtures are a treat. They're made from transparent mylar, and run about $425 each. Medusae Collection (via Neatorama)...
04:07 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Sand spider builds a burrow
Watch him dig!...
03:42 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Chewbacca bandolier inspired messenger bag
This messenger bag integrates a Chewbacca "bandolier" shoulder strap and Star Wars logo imprint. I guess an actual bandolier would not likely look much like one with Wookie bowcaster ammo in it?...
03:15 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Tiny nude figurines are crowd pleasers
Amy Crehore says: The Crowd Pleaser and the VIP make perfect conceptual art pieces. Duchamp would be proud. I've always been a sucker for tiny things and these were nudes hanging around the house unto...
03:01 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Diversity of species
Visual.ly offers this great infographic: Learn about infographic design....
02:40 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Super Mario belt depicting the final level of the game
This handmade custom Super Mario belt, depicting the final level, was apparently created by Etsy seller SalukiFeathers, though the belt is not actually available through that store. The corresponding ...
02:02 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Wedding ring found: "Lisa, 5th June, 2010."
A man, aided by a good samaritan, searched fruitlessly for his lost wedding ring on a snowy California highway. They gave up. The good samaritan returned later, however, and located it—only to r...
01:56 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Communist turtles got to moon first
Alexis Madrigal writes: "The Soviet Zond 5 sent the animals around the moon -- although not into lunar orbit -- during a mission in the middle of September, 1968. The unmanned craft then returned to E...
01:48 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing The long slow death of the landline
The CDC reports that more than one third of American homes are now landline-free, with six in ten adults aged under 30 living in households with only wireless phones. In a study carried out as part of...
01:32 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Evolutionism explained
From an unspecified creationist "science" textbook, a worksheet of dubious pedagogical value. I mean, not only is this bad science, but it's a bad way to teach bad science. What is the point of a "tes...
01:29 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing You know how you find certain words seriously annoying? Like whatever.
Reuters is just saying. "Whatever" headed the list, cited by 32 percent of adults, and next came "like," which 21 percent didn't like. Runners-up included "Twitterverse" and "gotcha'." The results mir...
12:44 pm PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Ten entertainment things worth anticipating in 2013
Good news, Boing Boing readers: There is going to be a 2013! Not only that, but tons of cool stuff is coming in the way of entertainment. Here is my list of ten of the cooler things hitting screens bo...
11:26 am PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Shopping mall shark-tank ruptures
Shanghai's Orient shopping centre experienced disaster on Dec 18 when a huge aquarium filled with lemon-sharks, turtles and fish ruptured, hurting 16 people and killing three sharks and "dozens of tur...
12:44 am PST - Fri, December 28, 2012
BoingBoing Infomercial exercise machines are shit
You know those infomercial exercise machines? All junk....
11:05 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Space: 1889, RIP Gerry Anderson
A fitting tribute to Gerry Anderson, who died yesterday in his sleep at the age of 83....
11:05 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Space: 1899, RIP Gerry Anderson
A fitting tribute to Gerry Anderson, who died yesterday in his sleep at the age of 83....
08:00 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing When Gloria Steinem and Samuel Delany clashed over Wonder Woman
Ann Matsuuchi's paper Wonder Woman Wears Pants: Wonder Woman, Feminism and the 1972 Womens Lib Issue [PDF], published in Monash University's journal Colloquy, looks at the weird history of the Wonder ...
04:46 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Community Memory: a social media terminal from 1973
Wired's gallery of the paleolithic antecedents of today's social media technologies is a bit mismatched (some really interesting insights into today's media lineage, but mixed with some silliness), bu...
04:41 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Facehugger flip-up tee
The "Ask Me About My Facehugger" tee is a pretty good riff on the flip-up t-shirt design. Great choice for anyone who's virtuously spent the Xmas gorging season grinding away in the gym, honing their ...
03:58 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Clouds over the Pacific
It was a beautiful day, once I got above it all....
03:16 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Instantly turn water into snow
The physics behind a viral video...
02:59 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Jello shot orange slices
I am currently mesmerized by these mimosa jello shots, served in the peels of the oranges juiced to make them. They are absolutely ridiculous and I love them. A little something for New Year's Day?...
02:57 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing "Potential Prostitutes" site lets users label women as prostitutes, charges "removal" fees
"Potential Prostitutes" is only the latest sleazy site to wed personal photos to public humiliation. Its offer to publicize anonymous claims of sex crimes, however, is a novelty: any woman could be be...
02:51 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing The horrors of an avalanche (and the beauty of really amazing online journalism)
Now this is how you do multimedia. At The New York Times, John Branch tells the amazing, terrifying story of 16 backcountry skiers and snowboarders caught in an avalanche in the Cascade mountains in F...
02:03 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Free beer for life (and a Nobel Prize)
I'm trying to decide which is more awesome: That a Danish beer company once had a laboratory that did research in protein chemistry and funded independent scientists ... or that said beer company gave...
01:46 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Of coral and common sense: Why it's important to test our theories
Pseudopterosins are a family of naturally occurring chemicals with the power to reduce inflammation, skin irritation, and pain. In other words, they make a great additive in skin cream. If you want sk...
01:37 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Could you get a restraining order against Santa?
The excellent Law and the Multiverse blog (which seriously considers legal questions arising from funnybooks) examines the legal options available to someone seeking to get a restraining order against...
12:35 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Clampdown on candy cigarettes
An old-timey soda shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been busted for selling candy cigarettes. Lynden's, on Hamline Avenue near Cretin-Derham Hall High School, said a city inspections official came in l...
12:18 pm PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Solar system forms "vortex" as it moves through space
You can stop it at 2m in, when "Why is this important?" appears on-screen....
11:45 am PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Warrantless email snooping could still be killed
Buzzfeed's John Stanton: "Backers of new protections against warrantless monitoring of private citizens emails said Wednesday that Congress has a good shot of passing digital privacy legislation next ...
11:37 am PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Randi Zuckerberg: not sharing my photo is a matter of "human decency"
Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend's photo publicly. It's not about privacy settings, it's about human decency — Randi Zuckerberg After accidentally making a privat...
11:30 am PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-Westboro Baptist Church petition smashes White House records
The Huffington Post claims that this petitions.whitehouse.gov petition, calling for the classification of the Westboro Baptist Church as a "hate group," is now the most popular White House petition of...
04:16 am PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars memoir "A Long Time Ago" is back in the Kindle store
A followup to yesterday's post about how Amazon had nuked the Kindle edition of A Long Time Ago, Gib Van Ert's memoir about growing up with Star Wars, citing nebulous and incoherent trademark issues. ...
02:47 am PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Steampunk wrist-keyboard in a leather buckler
Etsy seller Brute Force Studios has leather, steamed-out buckler with an equally steampunk wrist-keyboard/touchpad, which talks to your computer over Bluetooth and just, you know, wow....
12:13 am PST - Thu, December 27, 2012
BoingBoing Lovely woman reunites family with stolen dog
A sketchy guy was selling a darling Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a NYC when an amazing young women passed. She knew something wasn't right and paid to get the darling dog away from him!...
10:50 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing 3D movies finally dying again?
On the BBC's website, a series of respected directors of photography and cinematographers declare the imminent death (again) of 3D movies. This is something that could not come a moment too soon for m...
08:31 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Robo-Santa and his Meccano tree, 1960
From vintage ad enthusiast Paul Malon's superb Flickr stream, this 1960 holiday season cover from science fiction magazine Galaxy. He has another one with two aliens sneaking up on Christmas, and a st...
08:21 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Lamenting the loss of children's chemistry kits
A New York Times piece on post-9/11 chemistry sets, modified for the age of lawsuits and terror-noia: Basically, you have to be able to eat everything in the science kit, says Jim Becker, president of...
08:09 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Santa's privacy policy
"Santa's Privacy Policy" is a McSweeney's classic from 2010. On the one hand, the joke is pretty much all in the headline and doesn't really need much elaboration. On the other hand, this is pretty we...
06:47 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Jack Klugmans secret, lifesaving legacy: fighting for awareness of "orphan" diseases
One thing you may not know about the late "Quincy" star Jack Klugman: he advocated for the development of treatments for rare diseases. "The problem wasthat many terrible diseases didnt afflict enough...
05:54 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Luminous retro Cyberpunk costume
Photo by Mike Vickers In the Boing Boing Flickr pool, Melissa Li shares some wonderful photo documentation of a cool costume she developed in multiple editions, over a period of years. Above, "Cyberpu...
05:03 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Once your PC is hacked, your ecommerce passwords go on sale at $2 a pop
Brian Krebs writes about how hackers have expanded the ways they extract value from compromised PCs. No longer is a compromised machine merely good for forming part of a botnet or forwarding spam. New...
03:40 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Santa tax
"Cash-strapped Ukraine on Wednesday reminded entertainers making money by posing as Did Moroz - the local version of Santa Claus - and his helpers to pay income tax." [Reuters]...
02:43 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing "Not sure where you got this photo": Zuckerbergs trip in Facebook privacy maze
Here's Buzzfeed's Jack Moore on a Zuckerberg family photo, which ended up being seen by more people than poster Randi Zuckerberg expected....
02:05 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix's 100th Anniversary!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix celebrates its 100th Anniversary by presenting its very first comic!...
01:55 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the random shopper: Amazon gifts bought at a machine's whim
Boston coder Darius Kazemi's interest in chance led him to create a bot that buys stuff on Amazon: a human decision made ineluctably alien by the randomness of a computer's whim....
01:47 pm PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Young mutant is reunited with plush Fin Fin, the discontinued 1996 Fujitsu mascot, all thanks to Boing Boing readers
This Christmas, a young mutant was reunited with his long-lost chum, all thanks to you....
10:45 am PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing Amazon kicks self-published Star Wars memoir out of the Kindle store on nebulous and nonsensical trademark grounds
Gib Van Ert sez, Amazon has decided to remove the book I self-published on Kindle, "A Long Time Ago: Growing up with and out of Star Wars", from their store for an unspecified trademark issue. Their e...
12:43 am PST - Wed, December 26, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed, hand-painted miniatures
These 3D printed, hand-painted white nylon miniatures are rather special: Take a look at TurtleWorks shop on Shapeways that does not contain any turtles, but does contain many more 3D printed min...
11:26 pm PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Soviet space-program Christmas cards
"Soviet Christmas card" sounds like a mere kitschy improbability, but what if I told you that they were space-race-themed Soviet Christmas cards? It's a Christmas miracle, dude. Old Soviet Christmas c...
08:18 pm PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Grendel as Grinch
Ross sez, "I was reading Thomas Meyer's great new translation of Beowulf when the annual showing of The Grinch came on. The potential for a mash-up overwhelmed me, and this is the result." Every Scyld...
04:55 pm PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Glowing full-moon credenza
If Sotirios Papadopoulos's "Full Moon" credenza is half as cool in real life as it is in this rendering, well, it'll be pretty cool. This'd be a fun remake/refurb project for junk-shop furniture: A st...
01:45 pm PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Gingerbread Saturn V rocket
Matt sez, "For Christmas I decided to make a model Saturn V out of gingerbread. This one's 40 inches tall. I'm waiting for my niece and nephew to show up before we paint the flag and 'USA' on the side...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Rick Rubin Goes To College, Too $hort
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
12:16 pm PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Chipmunk Christmas, slowed down to original speed
AKA "Satan confers with His minions". The MP3 link blogged here some time ago is sadly dead. Put it on repeat and you'll drift gradually into madness - it's like an acid flashback to fetal languor, th...
10:42 am PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Choose-your-own-adventure wedding proposal comic
Lauren Beukes sez, "My South African writer friend Sam Wilson proposed to his scientist girlfriend Kerry Gordon using a comic that he's been secretly collating for the last three months featuring quir...
09:10 am PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Star Trek mummer's play
"King Boreas and the Vulcans" is a Star Trek-themed rewrite of a traditional mummer's play, by the delightful (and sadly departed) John M Ford and friends. Kirk: In comes I, old Captain Kirk All my fa...
05:01 am PST - Tue, December 25, 2012
BoingBoing Erik Davis: Jesus freaks rock
Erik Davis hits the high notes of 60s Jesus freak psychedelia....
08:02 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing NSFC: Cyriak's horrific Christmas animation
"The Spirit of Christmas," a video from UK animator Cyriak, is not really like anything I've ever seen....
04:51 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Lord Buckley meets Groucho Marx
Nothing says Christmas like jazz poetry, and nothing says jazz poetry like Lord Buckley's appearance on You Bet Your life....
02:52 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Unpublish old tweets with the Shame Eraser
Now that Twitter's finally made old tweets available, you might be inclined to nuke a few. Developer Benjamin Jackson created a tool that makes it seem easy: the Shame Eraser....
02:28 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Over the river and through the woods
We still don't know exactly what causes motion sickness. NASA has some working theories, though....
02:26 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Roast dinosaur for Christmas
Tired of turkey? Bored with beef? Maybe it's time to consider a more exotic roast this holiday season. At Popular Science, Erin Berger has taken the time to figure out what dinosaur would hypothetical...
02:21 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: the Wavedancers' cove
Enjoy the latest page of Elfquest. First time reader? Catch up at the comic's official homepage....
01:40 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Lord Buckley recounts the life of Christ: The Nazz!
Earlier this month, I posted his version of "A Christmas Carol". Now, here's "The Nazz," Lord Buckley's indispensible biography of Jesus Christ....
01:33 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing The real end of the world
Once again, Earth has not been destroyed in a fiery apocalypse. But, someday, our luck will run out. Be prepared! At The Guardian, Ian Sample and Alok Jha helpfully explain how our universe will one d...
01:26 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing How plants stay warm
Plants and animals have to adapt to live in high latitudes and chilly mountain environments. With animals, we kind of instinctively know what makes a creature cold-weather ready — thick, shaggy ...
01:12 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Are these the remains of ancient worm holes?
Here's a weird, great geological feature I spotted yesterday while out hiking in rural Oklahoma. We were out in a flat, flat plan that was dotted with a few tall, angular sandstone mounds and narrow s...
01:04 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Man with mechanical heart overdoses on Brussels sprouts
"Consultant cardiologist Dr Roy Gardner said: 'Patients who are taking anticoagulants are generally advised not to eat too many green leafy vegetables, as they are full of vitamin K, which antagonise ...
12:50 pm PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Rhino horns aren't really horns
Last week, I got to visit the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City. It's an amazing collection — well worth driving out of your way to see. I was expecting just a selection of different animal s...
11:32 am PST - Mon, December 24, 2012
BoingBoing Gary Gygax explains why Christians shouldn't celebrate Christmas
Gary Gygax, co-inventor of Dungeons and Dragons, published this note explaining why Christians (like him) shouldn't celebrate Christmas. A note from Gary Gygax in the IFW Monthly of February 1969. A t...
11:09 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Kid's Boing Boing doodle, 1976
Eric Wolf says, "My mom found a 1976 calendar that I had doodled on as a kid. I was five or six at the time. I vaguely remember writing a few of the panels. My dad had made the squares for me. I laugh...
08:38 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing 1982 was a vintage year for summer blockbusters
This 1982 preview of the summer's big science fiction movies seems to prove that things did, in fact, used to be better....
06:37 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Pajamas that look like business suits
I'm a serious pajama aficionado -- insert blogger-in-pajamas joke here -- but I tend to be a bit of a traditionalist (see what I mean?). Nevertheless, my heart skipped a beat when I saw "Suitjamas" --...
05:00 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Etsy seller's awesome, 3D printed nerdy cookie-cutters
Wired profiles Athey Moravetz, a game developer who quit the business to raise her kids, who built WarpZone, a massively successful Etsy store selling 3D printed, nerdy cookie-cutters: While many home...
03:00 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Why George Bush, Sr resigned his lifetime NRA membership
Here's ex-president George HW Bush's public letter of resignation from the his lifetime membership to NRA, sent after Wayne "Armed guards in schools" LaPierre gave a speech blaming gun laws for the Ok...
01:12 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing YouTube confiscates 2 billion views from Universal and Sony
Universal and Sony Music have both had their YouTube view-counts and channels drastically cut by YouTube. A spokesman for YouTube was cryptic about the slashing, saying "This was not a bug or a securi...
12:42 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Mayan Oxlajuj Baktun: "End of an Era, More of the Same," photo essay by James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez, a brave and talented photojournalist in Guatemala, has a striking photo-essay up on his blog. On this occasion I share a photo essay documenting events in the Guatemalan northern city...
12:37 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites
Photo: The Guatemalan gov't. Tourism board's "official" Oxlajuj Baktun celebration (modification mine—XJ). At Global Voices, Renata Avila writes about how indigenous practitioners of traditional...
12:07 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Calvin and Hobbes guitar refurb
Redditor Ellepea27 painted this great Calvin and Hobbes illustration on a guitar she's refurbishing with BigWiggly1. She painted it over the course of six hours in one sitting. The idea is to put a cl...
12:06 pm PST - Sun, December 23, 2012
BoingBoing Apocalypse weekend weather forecast
Via @ned_vizzini+@HAPDADIII...
06:00 pm PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing eBook review: Cornbread
Sean Hammer's Cornbread is dark but made me laugh. With an empty life and nothing to look forward to ever, Jenny's sole pride is the cornbread she feeds her husband once-a-week. When Jenny messes up t...
02:31 pm PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing 520hp VW Bus
A Porsche 911/993 twin-turbo engine in a Microbus. Awesome! Beats the pants off my '87 Westy. (Thanks Mike Amster!)...
02:20 pm PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing "Zero Dark Thirty" not good enough to justify torture fantasies
"Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow's truthy-but-not-a-documentary-but-maybe-it-is-kinda thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, opened in New York and Los Angeles this week. I watched...
02:18 pm PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing Christmas specials: obscure, common, and weird
Zack Smith has done a deep roundup of the best in Christmas Specials, "with a number of links to unedited versions of lesser-known specials including an unedited MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS with original ...
01:13 pm PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing "Zero Dark Thirty" not good enough to justify torture fantasies
"Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow's truthy-but-not-a-documentary-but-maybe-it-is-kinda thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, opened in New York and Los Angeles this week. I watched...
11:51 am PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing Photoshop fail at The Daily Mail
Daily Mail via Tabloid Watch There's something fascinating about the Daily Mail's immersion in the alternative reality created by its graphic designers' ineptitude....
11:19 am PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack
The UK Pirate Party abandoned its fight against the BPI -- Britain's answer to the RIAA -- over its proxy for reaching The Pirate Bay, which is blocked by court order in the UK. The Party's executive ...
10:39 am PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing HOWTO convert an MP3 to a playable, 3D printed record
Instructables user Aandaghassaei has posted a HOWTO for making a 3D printed record that plays on a regular turntable. Her method converts any digital audio file to grooves ready to print....
01:14 am PST - Sat, December 22, 2012
BoingBoing Hackers for Charity
One more for the Charity Guide: Hackers for Charity: Were about proving that hackers have amazing skills that can transform charitable organizations. Were about stepping into the gap to feed and educa...
11:01 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Anonymous TSA "insider" blog
Taking Sense Away is the aptly named blog allegedly maintained by an anonymous former TSA screener. It delves into the kinds of shenanigans that go on in the image operator room where they get to see ...
09:17 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Watch a three-year-old get Spider-Man for Christmas
Santa Claus grants a superhero wish for three-year-old Kieran! ...
08:47 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing 1895 catalog of Louisville bordellos
David sez, "The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of union civil war veterans, held its annual encampment in Louisville in 1895. This 'Sporting Guide' advertises the various houses of ill re...
07:47 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Vince Guaraldi Trio: "My Little Drum," from "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
The Vince Guaraldi Trio performing a sweet holiday classic....
07:39 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing The Gingershred Man
"The Gingershred Man," a creation of Boing Boing reader Brock Davis of Minneapolis, MN, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool....
07:17 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Court: OK for man to fire woman because he was sexually attracted to her
Ryan J. Foley with the AP; A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa ...
06:55 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing The other direction
As Rob noted, I pointed the camera more west than south....
06:41 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Polio advice from Action Comics, 1954
Scott Edelman sez, "In 1954, a year before to the Salk vaccine was revealed to the world, DC Comics was publishing ads advising kids how not to catch polio., as in this one from Action #196 (which wou...
06:22 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Supreme Court of Italy decrees: Telling a man he has no balls is a crime
"…because the insult makes a man feel less manly." (Newser)...
05:20 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Crocheted knight's helmet, with movable mouthguardvisor
Etsy seller Dee Forrest has an unexpected hit with this $40 crocheted knight's helmet with a clever movable visor. The item is waitlisted for a very, very long time. Get in line now, you might have it...
05:11 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Rebel Wilson will host the next MTV Movie Awards
Whatever you might think of MTV or movies, you can at least count on the MTV Movie Awards to be a pretty fun affair. And the next one will be hosted by the fantastic Rebel Wilson, so there's even more...
05:04 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing My favorite press release (1994)
Kevin Kelly found this old press release from Myst creators Robyn and Rand Miller in his files and emailed me a scan. I remember it and it is probably the only press release I've ever liked....
04:47 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Enterprise NCC-1701 Christmas lights
Credited to Lisa Rogers on Facebook....
04:38 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Jiggleface at 1000fps
This is my face shaking, with a thimbleful of water in my mouth, filmed at 1,000 frames per second. Preeeetty gnarly...
04:25 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing SimCity in moonlight is pretty
A screenshot of the upcoming SimCity. I hope this game is as cool as the sneak peeks suggest! (Thanks, Bill!)...
04:08 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing CBS Interactive interview with Mark
Rachel James of CBS Interactive's Smart Planet interviewed me about making stuff around the house. You are currently working on a new book. What’s it about? I haven’t seen a lot of cool pr...
04:08 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Ontario Superior Court bans electronic note-taking unless you're a journalist or lawyer
Nicholas sez, "The TL:DR is essentially that the Ontario Superior Court has issued guidelines that by default make it against courtroom rules for anyone who is not a journalist or a lawyer to use tech...
03:34 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Ford 1957 concept car
This futuristic concept car from 1957, designed for kittens, was one of Ford's bolder experiments. (Via X-Ray Delta One)...
03:32 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing The Walking Dead gets a fourth season, loses Glen Mazzara as showrunner
After turning around a flailing sophomore season for AMC's The Walking Dead, the network announced that on the heels of an amazing third season start -- and a fourth season pickup -- Glen Mazzara will...
03:23 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Never work with animals or children
In which my daughter shows that she's a million times the podcaster her old man ever was....
03:16 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Wool 6 & 7
If the only new author I'd been introduced to in 2012 was Hugh Howey, then 2012 would have been a fantastic year. His series Wool is the best set of kindle shorts I've read, bar none. To avoid spoiler...
03:12 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing House made of discarded airplane engine crates (1939)
From Shorpy Historical Archives, this stunning photo by Russell Lee. March 1939. "House in Mexican section made of discarded airplane engine crates. San Antonio, Texas." Medium-format nitrate negative...
03:00 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing New Orleans schools ban teaching Creationism, reject Texas Creationist "science" textbooks
The Orleans Parish Public School Board has rejected the Louisiana Science Education Act, which followed Texas's lead by putting Creationism into the state's schools. A Board decision prohibits the tea...
02:59 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Man with Down Syndrome beaten, pepper-sprayed by San Diego sheriff's deputies
A developmentally disabled 21-year-old man was hit, forced to the ground, and doused in pepper spray by California sheriff's deputies this week. Antonio Martinez was taken to a hospital, then detained...
02:46 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Crazed gunman killed 5 in PA while NRA press conference was happening in DC
In Pennsylvania this morning three people were shot dead, including two state troopers, in a mass shooting event that occurred during the same time as an NRA press conference was taking place at the W...
02:46 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing 4 killed in PA shooting incident while NRA press conference was happening in DC
In Pennsylvania this morning four people were shot dead and multiple law enforcement agents were injured, in a mass shooting event that occurred during the same time as an NRA press conference was tak...
02:42 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Go opt out of Instagram's bullshit arbitration clause, right now
Instagram may be heading for a partial do-over on its 100% Cask Strength Terms of Service Shitshow, but it's still cramming an arbitration clause down its users' throats, which means that you can't su...
02:34 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Lonesome George: musical homage to last Galapagos turtle, from "2012:Mashed"
"Lonesome George," is about the last Galapagos tortoise to die, "done retro video game stylee."...
02:34 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Lonesome George: musical homage to last of a Galapagos tortoise species, from "2012:Mashed"
"Lonesome George," is about the last Galapagos tortoise to die, "done retro video game stylee."...
02:18 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing END OF THE WORLD SCHEDULE, for Spanish and English speakers
Via Miles O'Brien, a funny ZOMGWTFWEREALLGONNADIE "Mayan apocalypse" spoof email forward from astronomy expert and Venezuelan native Ricardo Salam Pez. HORARIO DEL FIN DEL MUNDO para los Habla Hispana...
02:12 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing A most interestingly named corporation
The best corporation in all of America: Murderfuck Industries Inc. Murderfuck is the premier service for directed talent and assistance for market-facing service offerings. We offer strategic solution...
02:12 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing A most interestingly named corporation (NSFW language)
The best corporation in all of America: Murderfuck Industries Inc. Murderfuck is the premier service for directed talent and assistance for market-facing service offerings. We offer strategic solution...
01:19 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing The best weird and wonderful Christmas videos you ever did see!
A collection of weird, vintage holiday gems!...
01:16 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing NRA says gun control advocates "exploited tragedy", blames media, calls for armed guards in schools
C-Span/Screengrab by Andrew Kaczynski At a press conference where he would not take questions from reporters, the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre said that gun control advocates have "expl...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Acquire a transhuman Compass Sense with a kit-built anklet
The North Paw is a kit for an anklet that subtly vibrates your on the side of your ankle that faces north, so that you attain a kind of subliminal "Compass Sense" like those possessed by certain birds...
12:25 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing 2013 Mayan Calender
There's even an app!...
12:25 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing 2013 Mayan Calendar
There's even an app!...
12:07 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing What is this bizarre Indian "health gadget" from 1950s Bombay?
Crate-digging for old records on eBay, my brother found this bizarre health gadget identified as having been produced in Bombay in the 1950s. The seller writes: Very rare and old Twin Transilluminator...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Getting Started with MakerBot - a new Make book
My kids and I are getting a 3D printer for Christmas, and even though its not a MakerBot, this new book by MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis is very useful for anyone getting started with 3D printing. (D...
11:27 am PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Female child pornography suspect apprehended
The woman referred to in US government advisories as "Jane Doe," pictured in a screengrab from a child pornography video at right, has been apprehended. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE...
11:12 am PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing CDZA sends season's greetings to Boing Boing
A holiday music message to Xeni and Boing Boing, from the YouTube music experiment project CDZA....
11:00 am PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Ad from 1890, when parents wanted fat kids
As rhapsodyangel points out on the Vintage Ads LJ, this fattening syrup outsold Coca-Cola in 1890, by promising that you and your loved ones could be "fat as pigs." In 1890, this sold more bottles tha...
05:01 am PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Mitch Horowitz: Once More Awaiting The End
The real anxieties behind our fascination with apocalysm. ...
12:37 am PST - Fri, December 21, 2012
BoingBoing Text-adventure interview with Zork co-creator
Zork co-creators Marc Blank and Dave Lebling are to be awarded the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Pioneer Award, a prestigious prize, and a well-deserved one. It's amazing to think of Zork'...
11:57 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Flaming unicorns!
Who doesn't love a flaming unicorn? Unizilla is one of my favorite shirts. It seems The Samba forum member Sir Sam knows how to order from Van Cafe, a well known VW bus parts shop. As an additional sh...
11:32 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Basement was once used to print newspapers, now is a fiber-optic interchange
Cabel visited an old, crumbling basement in Portland, OR, which was once the building in which The Orgeonian was printing and is now a major fiber-optic exchange. The basement is a beautiful mix of pe...
10:59 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Instagram walks back its controversial TOS update; reverts to old TOS
Well hey now. From the Instagram blog: Earlier this week, we introduced a set of updates to our privacy policy and terms of service to help our users better understand our service. In the days since, ...
10:23 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Delphine - dark fairy tale about the search for a girl who disappeared, by Richard Sala
I've long admired the gothy work of cartoonist Richard Sala. He delicately balances the line between horror and humor as few can. His latest graphic novel, Delphine, is his darkest effort to date. It'...
09:49 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing How do we enable young makers, without hiding the details of how things really work?
Michael Rosenblatt is founder and CEO of Seamless Toy Company, maker of ATOMS, an electronics construction kit for kids (and adults). He wrote a piece for MAKE about the challenges of making an easy-t...
09:37 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Ruffus The Dog's Christmas Carol: CC-licensed Christmas kids' video
Last year we released our production "Ruffus The Dog's Christmas Carol" online under a Creative Commons license and Boing Boing was kind enough to post about it....
09:26 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Book digitization: 1971-present
The Library of Congress's Leslie Johnson takes a stroll down memory lane, recounting the history of book digitization: Text digitization in the cultural heritage sector started in earnest in 1971, whe...
07:47 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing EFF creates the "Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents"
Broadcast.com founder Mark Cuban and Minecraft creator Markus Persson have donated $500,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to endow the "Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents," which wil...
07:24 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Social media turns into boring old media
Warren Ellis, always a shrewd observer of online media, supposes that we've reached peak social media, the point at which exciting new communications forms ossify into dull media titans: Twitter alter...
07:12 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Boston Terrier pup flips over into food bowl
His little head is so large, it causes him to lose balance and flip right over into his food dish. Awwww....
07:09 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Bodies of "In Cold Blood" killers exhumed in Kansas
The bodies of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, executed for the 1959 "In Cold Blood" murders made famous in Truman Capote's book, were exhumed at the request of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation this...
07:07 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Did the Church of Scientology poison an investigative reporter's dog?
A fascinating long read in LA Magazine: "In the mid-1980s, journalist Joel Sappell and a colleague began a five-year examination of the Churchof Scientology that would ultimately produce a 24-article ...
07:00 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Eco-friendly stuffies and Postmodernist socks from American Apparel
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by American Apparel: Stuff those stockings with stuffies and stockings! From the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide: Scrappies: Environmentally friendl...
06:58 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Long reads of note: NYT's series on Wal-Mart's legacy of bribery, corruption in Mexico
"Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited," an investigation by The New York Times found....
06:56 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Stress on special ops troops 'worse than we thought' in 2012
Snip from a report by USA Today's Gregg Zoroya: "According to Pentagon data, there were 17 confirmed or suspected suicides this year among commandos or support personnel through Dec. 2, compared with ...
06:53 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing A "magical" wedding proposal, captured on video
Sean, who is a fan of magic, sleight of hand, and alchemy, "magically" proposed to his girlfriend Andrea in this video....
06:40 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Eco-friendly stuffies and Postmodernist socks from American Apparel
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by American Apparel: Stuff those stockings with stuffies and stockings! From the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide: Scrappies: Environmentally friendl...
06:37 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Number of US military vets who die waiting for benefits claims skyrockets
The Veterans Administration's inability to get it together to pay benefits to veterans before they die is increasingly common, according to data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting. "Th...
06:36 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Drug Policy Alliance runs full-page New York Times ad: Prohibition is Finally Coming to An End
Tony Papa says: In a full-page ad in today’s New York Times, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) thanks the citizens of Washington and Colorado for voting to legally regulate and tax marijuana—...
06:07 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Best Viral Videos Of 2012: retrospective supercut by Videogum
Over at Videogum, an expertly-edited Best Viral Videos Of 2012 supercut video. Great stuff....
06:00 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, 2012 edition
Here's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the comments below! Electronic Frontier Foundation There's ...
05:56 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Toys that were made to be broken
Ben Marks says: "We just published an interview with Brian Heiler, author of Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings and the guy behind Plaid Stallions. We spoke with him about the lineage of all those sh...
05:54 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing What's new on Boing Boing's Video page
There are so many cool videos hand-picked for our Boing Boing video page, I cain't hardly stand it. Some of the recent selections: • Denny's "The Hobbit" Menu Video Review, a masterpiece by our ...
05:45 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Should there be a standard user interface for cars?
Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik says: "I have a post up that I though BB people may be interested in, about if it makes sense to standardize UI for cars -- most of our car-folk readers are against it, bu...
05:44 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Ideal creator Graham Duffs top 25 albums of 2012
At Dangerous Minds, the creator of Ideal, Graham Duff, has a guest post listing his favorite records of 2012. Ideal was a cult hit dark comedy that ran for seven series on BBC Three; Duff is a well-kn...
05:42 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing TSA to launch independent study of X-Ray Body Scanners for health risks
Michael Grabell of ProPublica: "Following months of congressional pressure, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to study the health ...
05:26 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA's Johnson Space Center....
05:20 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Curvy metal handheld abstract sculptures
Shiny-curvy-metal sculptor Chris Bathgate showcases a bunch of palm-sized pieces that ooze machine sensuality: "I have been sporadically making these small editions over the last few years. This set i...
04:47 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing The Art of Betty and Veronica, exclusive excerpt
Archie and his pals at Riverdale High were created by Vic Bloom and Bob Montana in 1941. My favorite characters were the lifelong frenemies Betty and Veronica. The best Betty and Veronica artist, with...
04:40 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Tabs for "100 Riffs" guitar solo
Remember the "100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Roll)" video above? Redditor adrianh wrote out the guitar tablature and posted it to Soundslice! Tabs for "100 Riffs (A Brief History of Rock N' Rol...
04:23 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Ambient jam from Buddhist chant boxes and electronic tanpura
An ambient "jam session" between three of those chant boxes and a Raagini Electronic Digital Tanpura laying down the drone. ...
03:52 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing A medical perspective on the injuries sustained by Home Alone's Wet Bandits
"Kevin has moved from 'defending his house' into sheer malice, in my opinion." And this is before Marv and Harry are even inside the house! An actual doctor looks at the cartoonish violence of 1990's ...
03:42 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Copyright in the age of ebooks
Matt Rubinstein sez, "I won the 2012 Calibre Prize for my essay on copyright in the age of the electronic book, and the essay is now available free to read on the Australian Book Review website. The p...
03:42 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Hand-drawn Indian movie-posters
AsiaObscura has procured and posted a massive trove of hand-drawn Indian movie posters from Ramachandraiah, who works at 30"x20". He certainly manages to make the movies seem alluring! A Huge New Hord...
03:39 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing The Future, as imagined by Hollywood
Eclectic Method's awesome montage of the future as seen in film....
03:36 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Yesterday was the final day of shooting at 30 Rock, here is photographic evidence
Something we'll never get to look forward to again: a new season of 30 Rock. One of TV's most excellent shows had its last day of shooting yesterday, culminating in what must have been a seriously wee...
03:02 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing SuperPACs: the ultimate get-rich-quick scheme
You know what's awesome about SuperPACs? You can raise an infinite amount of money and spend it on anything you like, including yourself: "ChristinePAC, formed by former Delaware Senate candidate Chri...
02:26 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing San Francisco: Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) to be interviewed live by David Pescovitz
On January 31, 2013, legendary bassist Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order will appear at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco in an interview with Boing Boing's David Pescovitz....
12:58 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Edgar Allen Poe as an astronaut
Courtesy of Zombie37 in the Boing Boing Flickr pool, a photo of a smashing pasteup of Edgar Allen Poe as an astronaut, by TOVEN at Station North in Baltimore. Poe Astronaut on Howard St....
12:58 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Edgar Allan Poe as an astronaut
Courtesy of Zombie37 in the Boing Boing Flickr pool, a photo of a smashing pasteup of Edgar Allan Poe as an astronaut, by TOVEN at Station North in Baltimore. Poe Astronaut on Howard St....
12:35 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Eco-friendly stuffies and Postmodernist socks from American Apparel
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by American Apparel: Stuff those stockings with stuffies and stockings! From the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide: Scrappies: Environmentally friendl...
12:31 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing A wonderful radio program with old timey Yiddish Music from "rescued" 78s
My brother Carl, a crate-digger and amateur ethnomusicologist of sorts, hosts a radio program on WRIR, an indie radio station in Richmond, VA. The latest episode of his show is available here for down...
12:27 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing One year from today, we get Anchorman 2
If there was any reason to look forward to this exact time next year (besides the fact that no one will be talking about the Mayans), it's this: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will hit theaters on ...
12:27 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Law of Superheroes: all of first-year law-school, seen through the lens of comic-book heroes
In the The Law of Superheroes two lawyers called James Daily and Ryan Davidson do a magnificent job overview of the US legal system that manages to be extremely informative and incredibly entertaining...
12:03 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing How humans evolved to explore
Boldly going where nobody's gone before. In a lot of ways, that idea kind of defines our whole species. We travel. We're curious. We poke our noses around the planet to find new places to live. We're ...
12:01 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing What to drink this winter according to Smithsonian
Smithsonian's Food and Think blog has a (Northern-hemispherically biased) list of ideal Christmas/wintertime drinks — along with some cool history about where those drinks come from and how they...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Eco-friendly stuffies and Postmodernist socks from American Apparel
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by American Apparel: Stuff those stockings with stuffies and stockings! From the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide: Scrappies: Environmentally friendl...
11:34 am PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Why entertainment industry release windows drive piracy that we all have to pay for
My latest Guardian column, "Why the entertainment industry's release strategy creates piracy," looks at the weird entertainment industry practice of defending their right not to sell us the things we ...
11:33 am PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing In which Santa helps remind us all of the importance of metadata
Metadata is one of those things that is so important, it becomes easy to forget about. We often collect metadata without thinking about it. When we don't collect it — or if we collect it in a sl...
10:35 am PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Dinosaur Comics creator's Choose-your-own-adventure Hamlet beats all Kickstarter publishing records
Ryan "Dinosaur Comics" North writes in with the improbable tale of his amazingly successful Kickstarter for a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style adaptation of Hamlet, which has made him a fortune and pro...
03:27 am PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Steampunk mask-maker gets justice after being plagiarised
Yesterday, I blogged about Bob Basset, the Ukrainian steampunk leatherworker, discovering one of his designs in the Design Toscano catalog without credit or royalty. The publicity that the Internet ga...
01:15 am PST - Thu, December 20, 2012
BoingBoing Why Mayor Rob Ford belongs on Toronto's shitlist. Again.
Torontoist's Christopher Bird explains perfectly why Mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford belongs on Villain of the Year list for 2012, after appearing on so many such lists in years gone by: Rob For...
10:50 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Dieselpunk sculptures from New Zealand
Rob Murdoch sends us a link to his site, where he posts, "Science fiction themed retro looking sculptures of machines, animals etc all made from recycled machinery. Built in Dieselpunk fashion and of ...
10:41 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Mark Crilley's how-to-draw videos
Cartoonist Mark Crilley has made over 200 high-quality videos showing how to draw people and animals in a semi-manga style. My daughter Jane and I like to watch them and sometimes we draw along with h...
10:32 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Retroreflective Scarves by Diana Eng
Fashion designer Diana Eng has created a beautiful retroflective scarf. She says: I love the lightweight scarves everyone is wearing indoors, outdoors, and in many different configurations. So I decid...
09:43 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Amanda Palmer cancels part of her tour to care for a friend with cancer
I think this post, and the decision and emotional commitment behind it, is a profoundly beautiful thing: "cancer. canceling. postponing. waiting. growing." I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Palmer rec...
09:39 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Round the World in 18 Songs: CDA's live musical performance to Google Maps accompaniment
A live performance at a private Google conference in Arizona earlier this year by Joe Sabia's CDZA musical project....
09:17 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Spider-Man vs. Obama
Spider-Man tangles with President Obama at the White House. Daily Bugle photograph by Pete Souza. (via Time)...
08:50 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, by Sam Arbesman - exclusive excerpt
Here's an excerpt from The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, by Sam Arbesman. Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to...
08:35 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Topps Ugly Stickers!
Zack sez, "Retronaut has a collection of the gloriously gross Topps Ugly Stickers from 1965. Just in time for the holidays!" These were my favorite thing in the world when I was a kid. Marc Lieberman ...
08:30 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Ukrainian steampunk mask-maker gets plagiarized by Skymall stalwarts Design Toscano
Design Toscano, a wealthy, fast-growing company, is selling a leather steampunk mask that clearly plagiarises the work of Ukrainian leatherworker Bob Basset, a favorite around these parts. As Rob Murd...
08:03 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing How to make a simple motor
I made this motor about 8 years ago when Jane was a baby (she's the one who keeps crying "Dad-dee! Dad-dee!" near the end of the video). I learned about it from this Howtoons cartoon, which appears in...
07:46 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Solved! UChicago's Indiana Jones mystery package
Last week, the University of Chicago posted that they had received a curious package addressed to Henry Walton Jones, Jr. A student mail worker recognized that name as belonging to a certain Indiana J...
07:10 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Spider creates "decoy" of self
Phil Torres: It turns out the master designer behind this somewhat creepy form is in fact a tiny spider, only about 5mm in body length, that is hiding behind or above that false, bigger spider made up...
05:56 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Pre-Holiday dinner mission: install LazyTruth
Matt Stempeck of the MIT Media Lab created LazyTruth, a "Gmail gadget that surfaces verified debunks when you receive a chain email." He says: Each year, we gather around the table with large branches...
05:24 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Ko Xiny covers My Bloody Valentine
The young, talented Ko Xiny of Singapore covers My Bloody Valentine's "When You Sleep."...
05:19 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing 1953 photos of the chemistry teacher you wish you had
This is Hubert Alyea, a Princeton University professor who clearly loves teaching science. Grimacing with fiendish delight, LIFE wrote about Alyea in 1953, he sets off explosions, shoots water pistols...
05:14 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Universal remote control pillow
If your remote control vanished as often as mine, you wouldn't dismiss this admittedly ridiculous Universal Pillow Remote out of hand. (Thanks, Charles Pescovitz!)...
05:11 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing The Newtown tragedy and the virtual front stoop
Over at Teenage Wasteland, Dave Pell considers the firehouse of misinformation, theories, and bullshit that was instantly unleashed online and erroneously "confirmed" by the mainstream media after the...
04:42 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing An alternate ending to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, by Cee Lo Green
Jimmy Stewart would never use this kind of language, so let's see what would happen if he did! ...
04:17 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Bryan Singer is going to try bringing The Twilight Zone back to TV (again)
CBS TV Studios wants to hop on the genre TV train! News broke today that the studio has hired Bryan Singer to serve as executive producer for a(nother) new version of The Twilight Zone, though it's st...
04:05 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing SpotLoss - bluetooth object tracker
Thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy, we are going to be seeing a lot more of these kinds of proximity beacons (Previous example: StickNFind). One interesting application of the $29 SpotLoss keychain fob is...
03:31 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Infographic: Understanding the Westboro Baptist Church (aka the worst family EVER)
Hilary Sargent, master chartmaker and explainer of complicated things, has totally outdone herself with a massive explainer on Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. ...
03:07 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Golden eagle snatches kid
The bird looks small when it's far away, but oh god nope that's one of those Hobbit-carrying guys and that kid is off to Mordor....
02:36 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Hatch's Fugus are the cutest digital pets ever
More than a year ago, my friend Phill showed me an iPhone app he was working on: a revamp of Tamagotchi, an adorable little pet you take care of on your phone. My digital pets normally starve alone in...
02:22 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Dave Winer: Some people like to eat out
Dave Winer writes about what it means to be creative with technology, and what it means to just sort of accept the technology we're given, la Flickr and Instagram and the changing-without-notice phot...
02:21 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Woman gets stem-cell "wrinkle treatment," grows extra bones in her eye-socket
A woman who had a $20,000 stem-cell "enhanced" facelift at a posh Beverley Hills clinic experienced a bony clicking sound and excruciating pain every time she opened or shut her right eye. The bony cl...
02:15 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Denny's "The Hobbit" Menu Video Review
What could be more enchanting to a J.R.R. Tolkien fan than hearty meals which evoke the rustic grandeur of The Shire?...
02:07 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Red-nosed reindeer are real
It's true! Science proves it! And it's more than just an effect of infrared imaging. If you duck over to Joseph Stromberg's post at the Surprising Science blog, you'll see a photo of a real, live rein...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Judge Scalila, in "A Legal Carol"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Judge Scalia learns a lesson from the Ghost of Sexual Orientation....
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Judge Scalia, in "A Legal Carol"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Judge Scalia learns a lesson from the Ghost of Sexual Orientation....
01:46 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing A steep drop into a bad place
If you think the fiscal cliff is bad, Kodiak, Alaska is dealing with a "fecal cliff" — a crisis in where to put raw sludge from the local sewage treatment plant. (Via Charles Homans)...
12:25 pm PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing How snowflakes get their shapes
Some snowflakes are unique. Other's aren't. Chemistry is why. ...
11:17 am PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing It's time to start asking serious questions about the safety of lube
The stuff you use to make sex a little more smooth might have some serious drawbacks. Nothing has been proven yet — most of the data comes from disembodied cell cultures and animal testing, whic...
11:14 am PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Disney Princess Armored Backpack, with carbon nanotubes
This is a thing. It claims to be bulletproof: "The backpack can be quickly brought to the front as a shield or can serve as center of mass protection while fleeing the scene of the shooting." Apparent...
10:47 am PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing A suicide draws attention to the ethics of psychiatric drug testing
This is a really important long read that we all need to pay attention to. It concerns how we treat people with who are suffering from paranoid delusions — and how we treat people whose families...
01:46 am PST - Wed, December 19, 2012
BoingBoing Free Live Streaming: "Letters to Santa: The Second City That Never Sleeps" 24-Hour Improv and Music Benefit
If you’ve always wanted to go to a real Second City improv show in Chicago, this is as close as you’ll get -- and then some. The world-famous theater that spawned (and continues to spawn) ...
11:20 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Muvizu Christmas Treasure Hunt
I've been looking into Muvizu a way to do simple animation with my kids. It's a "free software application that lets you make 3D animated movies on your home computer." Kerry Kasim of Muvizu says: Muv...
10:55 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Found: a child's drawing for creating a prosthetic lamb
My friend Bob Knetzger, who is a toy inventor and does amazing preliminary sketches of his creations, came across some hand-drawn plans for a prosthetic limb. He says: While on my usual lunchtime walk...
10:55 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Found: a child's drawing for creating a prosthetic limb
My friend Bob Knetzger, who is a toy inventor and does amazing preliminary sketches of his creations, came across some hand-drawn plans for a prosthetic limb. He says: While on my usual lunchtime walk...
10:47 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Instagram responds to TOS outrage: "Thank you, and were listening"
"Im writing this today to let you know were listening and to commit to you that we will be doing more to answer your questions, fix any mistakes, and eliminate the confusion," writes Instagram co-foun...
10:45 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Atoms - smart bricks for kids to build interactive projects
Michael Rosenblatt says: Wanted to tell you about my latest project, ATOMS - plug and play functionality for kids and Makers. No programming or electronics experience necessary to get started. You jus...
10:11 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing An easy way to make moonshine
In Cool Tools, Gweek co-host Michael Pusateri recommended the $200 Easystill as an inexpensive and simple way to make moonshine from mash. I stumbled upon a device called an Easystill. Basically, it i...
09:53 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Math Fleet: command a space squadron and defend planet Earth with the power of math
Kevin Kelly told me about Phil Scale's new iOS application to teach kids arithmetic. It's called Math Fleet and it sounds great. (Phil created Kevin's Asia Grace photobook app, which is also wonderful...
09:25 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How to make giant bubbles
This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. When my family and I had our epic fun day at the beach recently, we brought along a bottle of bubble solution. The included wand made wimp...
09:24 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf is Time's #4 non-fiction book of the year
Congratulations to Derf Backderf for getting his graphic non-fiction book, My Friend Dahmer, selected as Time's #4 non-fiction book of 2012! Derf was a guest on Gweek in February. His interview is not...
08:46 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing The giant bubble people of Central Park
Scott Matthews saw my post about making giant bubbles and said: Perfect timing! My daughter and I were just walking through Central Park and noticed a sudden proliferation of giant bubble people. She ...
08:45 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Childrearing advice from the Kansas State Board of Health, 1900-1920
From the Kansas Memory project, a collection of childrearing public information posters issued by the Kansas State Board of Health from 1900 to 1920. I like this advice for how to give your kid fresh ...
08:22 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing New Seth Godin book could stun an ox
Today's post brought quite a treat: a box containing (among other things), Seth Godin's massive new book, called "This Might Work/This Might Not Work," which he launched via Kickstarter. At 800 pages ...
08:17 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
My 9-year-old daughter Jane likes playing with Scratch, a kids' programming language developed at MIT. (I recently reviewed a great book called Super Scratch Programming Adventure.) Python for Kids: A...
07:14 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Are you aware of Colonel Meow?
Well, now you are. (thanks, Tara McGinley!)...
07:11 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How to make giant bubbles
This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. When my family and I had our epic fun day at the beach recently, we brought along a bottle of bubble solution. The included wand made wimp...
07:10 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comic books picks for December
All of the following comics were purchased at the wonderful Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest. That’s the main thing they have in common, aside from all being comics and all being good. Also, al...
06:55 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing New awesome things to watch in our video archives!
There's no way you're really gonna be productive this week. Give up. It's the pre-holiday slide into sugar-fueled oblivion, and you need goofy and/or interesting internet videos to lubricate your down...
06:54 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Lessons from an author who switched from a commercial publisher to an audience-funded Kickstarter book
Tobias Buckell's "How I used Kickstarter to reboot a book series, and my career (and maybe my life?)" is a fantastic, detailed postmortem on his experiment with continuing his commercially flagging sc...
06:47 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Generic gun-control debate cartoon
Katie sez, "'This Modern World' generic gun control cartoon perfectly describes the discussion regarding the Newtown shooting. It was made for the Tucson shooting but, sadly, applies equally to all gu...
06:43 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing New images of Saturn from CICLOPS: "A Splendor Seldom Seen"
Carolyn Porco, Cassini Imaging Team Leader and Director, CICLOPS, shares a spectacular new astronomy photograph with Boing Boing, and explains, "Of all the many glorious images we on Cassini have rece...
06:28 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Nate Silver crunches gun ownership stats
"An American child grows up in a married household in the suburbs. What are the chances that his family keeps a gun in their home?" Ultimate math clickbait at the New York Times today, sparked by the ...
06:15 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Wil Wheaton on Instagrams new TOS
Like most people who have read and are concerned in any way about Instagram's new terms and conditions, Wil Wheaton is a little confused. But whatever the new legalese really means for users, Wil writ...
06:12 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing The Verge on Instagram-gate: "they can't sell your photos," but they did screw up royally
An alternate reading on Instagram's new terms and conditions, which are causing all sorts of upset on the internet today, at The Verge....
06:09 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Five female polio workers shot dead in Pakistan
In Pakistan, five polio vaccination workers, all of whom were female, have been shot dead in a string of planned attacks. Four took place within 20 minutes across Karachi. No one has claimed responsib...
06:02 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing David Frum's reefer madness
Daily Beast contributor David Frum thinks legalizing weed is a bad thing: "marijuana smoking is a sign of trouble, a warning to heed, a behavior to regret and deplore," and that "young Americans deser...
05:50 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How to make giant bubbles
This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. When my family and I had our epic fun day at the beach recently, we brought along a bottle of bubble solution. The included wand made wimp...
05:46 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarting the LA Makerspace
James sez, The Los Angeles Maker Space is an inspiring project that comes along only once in a while, and many people apparently realize this. They reaches their $15K funding goal within 30 hours of s...
05:20 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How we learned to mass-produce penicillin
A moldy cantaloupe launched the (unfortunately) brief era of antibiotic supremacy....
05:03 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing What the FDA doesn't want to tell you about livestock antibiotic use
Short version: There is LOTS the FDA doesn't want to tell you about livestock antibiotic use. And that matters. As I reminded you yesterday, the antibiotics we use to keep ourselves alive and healthy ...
04:57 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Samuel L. Jackson and Anne Hathaway face off: Whose movie is sadder?
Nothing says "the holidays" like slaves and whores, but which is sadder? Really? ...
04:45 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Ladies and gentlemen: the 1958 GM line
Pontiac...
04:28 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing The next season of Project Runway will be the first "teams edition," will probably end in a padded room
When fashion designer competition show Project Runway returns to Lifetime for its eleventh season, the designers will be forced to compete in teams! For the whole season! That's ridiculous, because as...
04:17 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Solar watch, colorful beanies, and other gifts!
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by American Apparel: Dig the timeless timepiece and these bright beanies from the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide! Above, the Casio Batteryless Solar...
04:16 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Adafruit's Limor Fried wins Entrepreneur's Entrepreneur of 2012
Congrats to our friend Limor Fried for winning Entrepreneur's Entrepreneur of 2012 award! Recognizable by her signature vivid-pink locks, Fried (or Ladyada, as she is known on the internet) is one of ...
04:15 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing 45,000 years of caring for the disabled
KlippelFeil syndrome is rare and it likely doesn't describe one single disorder. Instead, it's more of a catch-all, a name for a variety of conditions that all share one common feature — being b...
04:00 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How to make giant bubbles
This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. When my family and I had our epic fun day at the beach recently, we brought along a bottle of bubble solution. The included wand made wimp...
03:45 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Cards Against Humanity: data on pay-what-you-want holiday pack -- plus $70K donation to Wikimedia
Andrew, sez, "Cards Against Humanity (the Kickstarter-funded, adult version of Apples to Apples) made a 'pay what you want' holiday expansion. They published the results of the experiment." Camille ad...
03:40 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Times Square: anti-Islamic pastor Terry Jones muted by crowd of people singing "All You Need is Love"
NY Times video, "In Times Square, protestors counter an anti-Islamic speech by pastor Terry Jones ... by singing the Beatles."...
03:31 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How to light a cigarette with a hammer
But if you hit a cigarette with a hammer and try to heat up a rod of iron, it doesn't work (Via BIOTV)....
03:07 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Trapped, Iron Druid book five
Hounded is the first in the series....
02:48 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing The medical implications of space tourism
This article from the British Medical Journal should give aspiring space tourists some food for thought. The basic gist: Traveling into the heavens is not really comparable, physically and medically, ...
02:38 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Photos of a simpler time ... in North Korea
Retro DPRK is a blog that collects images of North Korea from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Getting into North Korea from the United States and Western Europe is not easy today. But up until the...
02:36 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Solar watch, colorful beanies, and other gifts!
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by American Apparel: Dig the timeless timepiece and these bright beanies from the American Apparel/Boing Boing Style Gift Guide! Above, the Casio Batteryless Solar...
02:35 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How steampunk can humanize gadgets
Ben sez, "In 'Being More Human,' an essay in the fall/winter issue of Oregon Humanities magazine, Intel futurist and technological optimist Brian David Johnson explains what steampunk has to do creati...
02:16 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Crowds aren't stupid. Crowds aren't smart. Crowds are people.
We have this idea that physical crowds are stupid herds. Give them half a chance, and they'll form a stampeding riot mob driven by emotion. Look at history, though, and you'll see many examples of lar...
01:58 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How Victoria's Secret censored a burgeoning anti-rape social media campaign
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Alison Dame-Boyle has a good post on Victoria's Secret bad-tempered attempt to censor a campaign by the feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, which parodie...
01:56 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for Minecraft: The Story of Mojang
The Kickstarter-funded documentary about Minecraft and its creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, debuts on Saturday, December 22 on Xbox Live. Some time after that, the video will come out on DVD. Some Min...
01:50 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Infographic: Which Wes Anderson character are you?
If you're a fan of Wes Anderson movies because you felt you could relate to the characters, then this is the infographic for you! Follow this flow chart (created by Jennifer Lewis at Flavorwire) to fi...
01:30 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Last minute gift: ugly sweater
Look, you shouldn't search for ugly sweater—you'll end up with one that's all obvious and funny about it. If the recipient knows you did it ironically, you've failed: the "prestige" moment is wh...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The History of Apache, and more
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
12:48 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing "If it's free..." and the challenge of getting people to care
"If you want to stop social networking services from exploiting your likeness for advertising," writes Alexis Madrigal, "you've got to start paying up." But how do you convince them to, if, as Henry B...
12:46 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Killer elephant sought
Gopal Sharma: "Soldiers in Nepal are on the hunt for a wild elephant after it strayed into villages in the southern part of the Himalayan nation and killed four people in three months, officials said ...
12:45 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Ayatollah online
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is now on Facebook. No-one tell him they're gonna swipe his Instagrams. [Reuters]...
12:41 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Amazon Replacement Order Scam: anatomy of a social engineering con in action
Social engineering scams involve a mix of technical skills and psychological manipulation. Chris Cardinal discovered someone running such a scam on Amazon using his account: the scammer contacted Amaz...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing How to make giant bubbles
This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. When my family and I had our epic fun day at the beach recently, we brought along a bottle of bubble solution. The included wand made wimp...
11:51 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Instagram's new legalese pisses off users
Popular mobile photo-sharing service Instagram just updated its user terms and conditions, after having been snarfed up by deep-pocketed Facebook. The new legalese really sucks: among other things, th...
11:40 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Kingdom Rush for iPhone free in app store today
One of my favorite iOS games is Kingdom Rush, a medieval fantasy tower defense game. It's free to play on the Web. I talked about it on Jesse Thorn's Bullseye radio show here, and Jane and I reviewed ...
11:33 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Cigarette company endorses apples
Apparently there was a time when tobacco companies tried to link their products with good health in the public mind by devoting their ads to nutritional advice. Cheese, __________, Cigarettes....
11:21 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Nexus: fast, exciting technothriller about drug-war crackdown on braincomputer interfaces
Ramez Naam's debut novel Nexus is a superbly plotted high-tension technothriller about a War-on-Drugs-style crackdown on brain/computer interfaces....
11:17 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing "Not Exactly Rocket Science" writer Ed Yong moves to Nat Geo
Ed Yong of science blog "Not Exactly Rocket Science" has, like bacterium by an archaeon, been swallowed up by National Geographic. About the new home base, he writes: "This is ostensibly a news site. ...
11:10 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Analyzing gun violence and its effect on young people in Oakland
Data shows the overall number of reported shootings in Oakland, CA rising in recent years, from 869 in 2009 to more than 1,200 in 2011, the highest since 2003; homicide totals in Oakland follow the sa...
11:03 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing NBC's Richard Engel and team freed after 5 days captive in Syria
After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleas...
11:00 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing Point of Sale skimmer that prints out real-seeming receipts
Brian Krebs reports on a terrifyingly real-seeming Point of Sale skimmer....
12:55 am PST - Tue, December 18, 2012
BoingBoing UK record industry spokesman wants you to know why his employers are going after Pirate Party execs personally
Last weekend, I posted about the UK record industry lobby's strategy of legally threatening executives of the UK Pirate Party over the party's Pirate Bay proxy. Now, Adam Liversage, BPI Director of Co...
10:49 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Machine-learning algorithm develops heuristics for trustworthy tweets in time of emergency
In "Credibility ranking of tweets during high impact events," a paper published in the ACM's Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Privacy and Security in Online Social Media , two Indraprastha Institute...
09:09 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Yorkie in a monster costume
A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by BB reader Fred Facker....
08:31 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing If you're suspected of drug involvement, America takes your house; HSBC admits to laundering cartel billions, loses five weeks' income and execs have to partially defer bonuses
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is brilliantly incandescent in his column about the HSBC drug-money-laundering settlement with the US government. HSBC was an active, knowing participant in laundering bill...
08:26 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing NY Giant Victor Cruz pays tribute to a Newtown victim
When New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz found out that Newtown victim Jack Pinto, 6, was a huge fan, he decided to dedicate Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons to the first-grader. Cruz, ...
07:08 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Rumor: Jimmy Fallon to take over The Tonight Show in 2014?
Apparently, there are some "rumblings" (a professional show business term) that NBC is looking at Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show when the latter's contract is up in 2...
06:37 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing The War Game (1965): "too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting
Wanabee2w says: "The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city." Wikipedia: The War Game is a 1965 television doc...
06:27 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gillian Anderson returning to TV to play Hannibal Lecter's therapist
We don't see a lot of Gillian Anderson lately, but when she's coming back to genre television, that's pretty noteworthy! After a ten-year absence from American television, the former X-Files star is s...
05:21 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Painting for cover of Warlord of Mars #28
Joe Jusko's painting for the cover of Warlord of Mars #28 is a visual treat!...
05:20 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Talking to children about death
From the always-great Order of the Good Death's "Ask a Mortician" video series, "Talking to Your Children About Death."...
05:07 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Is this LouieCharlie Brown parody hilariously depressing or just depressing? Or hilarious?
Maybe we shouldn't wonder how the Peanuts gang spend their holidays as adults. ...
05:00 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Buddha Machine 4 now available
FM3 has released the fourth (ahem) incarnation of its wonderful Buddha Machine, the classic ambient music generator loaded with loops by Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. Above is the lovely "hao" loo...
04:32 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Snoopy as Cthulhu
Anna-Maria Jung's "Call of Snoophulhu," available as a print. (via Superpunch)...
04:14 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Universe a computer simulation
Times of India reports, "The experiments being conducted by University of Washington could prove that we are merely pawns in some kind of larger computer game. However, it is unclear who created these...
04:09 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing A full year of the Grateful Dead tuning up
Michael David Murphy blended together an entire year (1977) of the Grateful Dead tuning up at live concerts archived at Archive.org. It's curiously compelling. "Tuning '77"...
03:56 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Bend, Not Break, by Ping Fu - exclusive excerpt
Here's a sneak preview of Ping Fu's forthcoming book, Bend, Not Break. Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker, and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for ...
03:52 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Resolution for 2012: Don't catch the clap
Over the weekend, during a conversation with "scary disease girl" (and amazing science journalist) Maryn McKenna, I was reminded of a public health issue that we've talked about here before, but which...
03:52 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Resolution for 2013: Don't catch the clap
Over the weekend, during a conversation with "scary disease girl" (and amazing science journalist) Maryn McKenna, I was reminded of a public health issue that we've talked about here before, but which...
03:46 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Survival Research Laboratories in Los Angeles, December 22
Pioneering machine performance group Survival Research Laboratories are holding a rare full-scale performance in Los Angeles on December 22. ...
03:39 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing The world's oldest known educational film strip
This handy video will help you learn more about the scientific process. ...
03:31 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing School freaks out because students making a science video with an umbrella were mistaken for school shooters
A school in Pennsylvania went into full-on lockdown when some children who were making a video about the immune system, which involved some sort of play-fighting with an umbrella, were mistaken for gu...
03:24 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Is our solar system missing a planet?
Possibly, according to some scientists who are trying to understand the early days of Sol and friends. One way that researchers study events like the creation of the solar system is to model what migh...
03:16 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing This year's Black List is up -- which screenplay will be plucked from obscurity?
Since 2004, film development executive Franklin Leonard has set up an annual list -- called The Black List -- of the best screenplays that have been sitting around, collecting dust, waiting for a prod...
02:53 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Got questions about agricultural science? Get answers!
Sense About Science is a UK non-profit aimed at making science more understandable to the public. Right now, they're hosting a virtual plant science panel, where you can submit questions directly to s...
02:45 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Gun lobby has opposed research on effects of gun ownershipgun laws
Last week, after giving myself an initial overview of the scientific research on how gun ownership and gun laws affect violent crime, I told you that it seems like there's not a solid consensus on thi...
02:01 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing What's new in the Boing Boing video archives
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page: • "Anonymous" have declared religious war on Westboro Baptist Church. • Samuel L. Jackson said "fuck" li...
01:55 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Headline of the day: The Lonely Island loves dog turds
As part of its first comedy issue -- or as I like to call it, "The Sexiest Humans Alive" issue -- Vanity Fair has featured a photo shoot and (unembeddable) interview with the lads of The Lonely Island...
01:50 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Santacon 2012: Why the nose, Santa?
SantaCon 2012, official "Why the Nose" edition, San Francisco. Music by Kevin MacLeod, video by Mark Day....
01:41 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Are video games on your resum? Employer stigma against gaming may be waning
IBM's Vice President of Innovation Francoise LeGoues says World of Warcraft gamers are "definitely developing business skills companies like hers want." More in this PBS Frontline video report....
01:39 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing A plea to Google: give us crypto
"Rolling out strong encryption for Gmail would be a win-win situation for Google," argues Julian Sanchez in Ars Technica....
01:38 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Report: Ecuador implementing national facial- and voice-recognition system
According to the Speech Technology Center, a firm based in Russia, Ecuador has successfully completed installation of the worlds first biometric identification platform, at a nation-wide level, that c...
01:36 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Are any newspapers not bleeding cash?
"Despite all the talk about newspapers being a dying business, plenty of them are profitable." Who's in the red, who's in the black, in Advertising Age....
01:32 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Bullet control?
At The Atlantic, Philip Bump offers an intriguing alternative to gun control in an age where that might be impossible: bullet control. Were the government to limit the amount of ammunition made and so...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Dating sims broaden appeal
Kimiteru Tsuruta on the increasing popularity of dating sims among Japanese women: The video game industry has always had a strong male following, but it seems to have found a way to finally capitaliz...
12:49 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: you and the wind
Enjoy the latest page of Elfquest. First time reader? Catch up at the comic's official homepage....
12:30 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing High-DPI displays revive Vectorbeam heritage
Vectorbeam displays--think Asteroids and Tempest--drew perfect lines from point to point. As a result, these games never looked right when emulated on low-res raster displays. With the latest high-DPI...
12:07 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Great Firewall of China nukes VPNs on sight
A new rev of the Great Firewall of China seeks out VPN connections (including, I assume, connections over The Onion Router) and terminates them. Only companies who register official VPNs with the Chin...
12:03 pm PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Iain Macarthur's "Wildlife" drawings
Iain MacArthur's linework reminds me of everything from Louis Wain and art nouveau to Klaus Voormann to Jim Woodring, but isn't overburdened by references. The Google image search result grid is unusu...
11:18 am PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Code prints out randomly-generated cartoon faces
Mattias "Mokafolio" Drfelt wrote a program that generates convincingly hand-drawn but randomly-assembled cartoon faces. [via Creative Applications] Computer generated images have a certain aesthetics ...
11:17 am PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Anonymous declares religious war on Westboro Baptist Church
Some people using the Anonymous banner have declared religious war on the Westboro Baptist Church....
11:04 am PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Jony Ive introduces Apple's latest
John Herrman is brilliant....
10:49 am PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Christian teen and family object to school's RFID child-locator tags
NPR's Morning Edition reports that a federal court in Texas will today take up the case of a 15yo high-school student from an evangelical Christian family who refuses to wear her RFID-enabled, locatio...
10:30 am PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Crowd Funding the Right to Know
An op-ed by Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and John Perry Barlow, on the launch of The Freedom of the Press Foundation, an organization I'm proud to also serve as a board member. We bel...
10:29 am PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Christian teen and family object to school's RFID child-locator tags
NPR's Morning Edition reports that a federal court in Texas will today take up the case of a 15yo high-school student from an evangelical Christian family who refuses to wear her RFID-enabled, locatio...
02:53 am PST - Mon, December 17, 2012
BoingBoing Potentially useful regulatory distinctions
Some useful distinctions, I think: * Regulating using a gun * Regulating carrying a gun * Regulating owning a gun * Regulating parts of guns * Regulating tools that can be used to make guns * Regulati...
09:50 pm PST - Sun, December 16, 2012
BoingBoing Freedom of the Press Foundation launches: crowdsourcing funding for transparency and accountability
I'm proud to serve as a board member for the newly-launched Freedom of the Press Foundation, dedicated to helping promote and fund aggressive, public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagem...
07:31 pm PST - Sun, December 16, 2012
BoingBoing Visit beautiful Cape Goodenough
Or as I like to call it, Cape Fuckthiswearegoinghome. Sadly, Antarctica's Cape Goodenough (pictured here on National Geographic's Political Map of the World) was not named by a less-then-intrepid band...
03:38 am PST - Sun, December 16, 2012
BoingBoing Bunnie Huang is building a laptop
Virtuoso hardware hacker Bunnie Huang is building an open hardware laptop. Want. We started the design in June, and last week I got my first prototype motherboards, hot off the SMT line. Its booting l...
02:43 am PST - Sun, December 16, 2012
BoingBoing Samuel L. Jackson drops F-bomb on NBC's SNL
During a christmas special skit on NBC's "SNL" tonight, Samuel L. Jackson said the word "Fuck" in what looked like an unplanned goof during a skit with Kenan Thompson...
02:43 am PST - Sun, December 16, 2012
BoingBoing Samuel L. Jackson drops F-bomb on Saturday Night Live
During a christmas special skit on NBC's "SNL" tonight, Samuel L. Jackson said the word "Fuck" in what looked like an unplanned goof during a skit with Kenan Thompson....
01:00 am PST - Sun, December 16, 2012
BoingBoing Disneyland Haunted Mansion in gingerbread
Ray writes, "Some very talented gingerbread architects were able to convert Ray Keim's New Orleans Paper Model Kit into templates that they used to design and build a gingerbread version of Disneyland...
11:04 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Google's daily Transparency Report data-dump includes all DMCA requests
Fred von Lohmann, Legal Director at Google, has published a blog-post explaining the company's new practice of publishing data and reports on the number of takedown requests they get. It's all about h...
10:59 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing The Onion: "Fuck Everything, Nation Reports"
As is usually the case in times of unthinkable horror, The Onion just fucking nails it: Despairing sources confirmed that the gunman, armed with a semiautomatic assault riflea fucking combat rifle, Je...
06:57 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Disneynature's Chimpanzee
Disneynature's Chimpanzee is a great way to spend some down-time with your kid....
06:55 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Sciencey Christmas from Digital Science
The folks at Digital Science made a great, cute Christmas video -- I love the grand finale and the exploding pud! Digital Science Video...
05:07 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Loud Bicycle: Car horn for your bike
An outstanding Kickstarter project - a bike horn that is as loud as a car horn! Cycling in traffic can be frightening and dangerous. The Loud Bicycle horn prevents accidents by alerting motorists with...
04:51 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Against Security: a sociologist looks at security theater
Judging by Bruce Schneier's review of Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger, a new book by Harvey Molotch, this is a must-read: The common thread ...
03:59 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing How to make a VW Westy ornament
Nevin offers templates, tips and tricks for making your own pop-top VW Westy christmas tree ornaments!...
03:47 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Needs comma
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02:47 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Chemis-tree
Breokz uploaded a photo of "Xmas at the lab of Avans University of Applied Science." Chemistry may all be "pretty colors and things that go bang," but it sure makes for a festive tree. True Chemistree...
02:42 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing UK record industry seeks to financially ruin leaders of the Pirate Party
Ever since the UK record labels got a court to order our national ISPs to censor The Pirate Bay, the UK Pirate Party has been offering a proxy that allows Britons to connect to the site and all the ma...
12:35 pm PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Charlie Brooker on media coverage of mass shootings
A 2009 installment of Newswipe shows how the 24-hour news-cycle is part of the system that gives rise to mass shootings....
10:36 am PST - Sat, December 15, 2012
BoingBoing Roger Ebert on how the press reports mass killings
Roger Ebert's review of the 2003 Van Sant movie "Elephant" contains some of the most coherent criticism of the way the media reports mass killings I've yet read: Let me tell you a story. The day after...
10:35 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Open University is now more open
The UK Open University, where I'm a visiting senior lecturer, has just announced a new free/open learning platform called Futurelearn: "Futurelearn will be the UK's first large-scale provider of Massi...
10:30 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 079: Milo Danger, maker of the armed civilian drone
In this special edition of the Gweek podcast I interviewed Milo Danger, the guy who installed a paintball handgun into an unmanned drone and shot cardboard targets shaped like human torsos. Milo has o...
09:20 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Mike Huckabee: school "carnage" caused by having "removed God" from schools
Mike Huckabee, on Fox News: "We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools," Huckabee said on Fox News, discussing the murder spree that took the...
09:15 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Art prints from Curio House
Boing Boing friends Oric Scott De Las Casas and Allen Yamashita have founded Curio House, a new media venture launching in 2013. Ramping up, they're offering a series of prints from Dan Hipp, Bill Sie...
08:32 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Laurie Penny on the misogynist harassment she suffers as a woman journalist
Writing in The Independent, journalist Laurie Penny recounts the kind of awful, grotesque, misogynist threats and insults that she receives on a daily basis for daring to have left-wing opinions while...
07:23 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Green women, fat livers, and the cultural side of disease
Once upon a time, there was apparently a disease called chlorosis. (There is, still, a plant disease of the same name, but we're talking about human chlorosis, here.) It existed in young women from th...
06:24 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Muir Beach, sunrise
Was looking at scans of some recent photographs. Honestly can't recall when I took it, but I like it....
06:23 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing "Breaking Abbey": A Downton AbbeyBreaking Bad crossover, courtesy of Colbert
A most proper drug deal in the New Mexico desert could only happen with the finest English gentlemen. ...
06:00 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing What science says about gun control and violent crime
Does gun control mean fewer guns on the street and less violence? Does encouraging gun ownership mean better protected people and less violence? I don't think it's too early to be asking questions lik...
05:55 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing iPhone case allows you to take photos with phone held horizontally
The MirrorCase for the iPhone lets you take photos while holding the phone flat, like an old-timey camera. It seems like a good way to shoot video of yourself, too - just set it on a table and do your...
05:40 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing American Apparel style gift guide
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by American Apparel: Seeking stylish gifts for the happy mutants in your life? American Apparel has moved way, WAY beyond t-shirts and hoodies. Here's a fine selectio...
05:26 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Top Pentagon propagandist boasted of running a smear campaign against USA Today
Camille Chidiac, one of the owners of "the Pentagon's top propaganda contractor in Afghanistan" is being sued for stealing company secrets related to waterproofing Iphones, and the lawsuit's filings i...
05:14 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Drug Policy Alliance's response to Obama's marijuana legalization interview
Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance, responds to Obama's marijuana legalization comments this morning. tldr; "Obama is sort of heading in the right direction."...
04:43 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Hackers pwn industrial heating system using backdoor posted on web
Dan Goodin at Ars explains how hackers "illegally accessed the Internet-connected controls for a New Jersey-based company's internal heating and air-conditioning system by exploiting a backdoor in a w...
04:38 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing CIA 'tortured, sodomized' terror suspect, European human rights court rules
In a landmark ruling for human rights in the war on terror, the European court of human rights found that CIA agents tortured German citizen, Khaled el-Masri. ...
04:25 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing And now, puppy chaser, in case the kittens weren't enough
Puppies....
04:07 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing The Shadow knows...
Listening to radio programs with my father, just as he did as a kid, was a joy of my childhood. The Shadow was always a favorite. Nero Wolfe as well. Episodes are available on Amazon cheaply enough th...
04:07 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Kittie chaser, for a very, very bad news day
kitties....
03:46 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Chief of CIA's 'Global Jihad Unit' outed
Gawker has more on the story of Alfreda Frances Bikowsky who, according to independent reporters Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy, is the CIA analyst "partially responsible for intelligence lapses that ...
02:56 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Elementary school shooting in CT leaves scores dead
More than 20 people have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. The number of dead is not yet clear, but at least 20 people have been shot. Most of the attack took place in ...
02:56 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Elementary school shooting in CT leaves 27 dead, including 18 children
State police leading children away from shooting. Photo: Shannon Hicks, NewtownBee.com. More than 20 people have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The number o...
02:56 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Elementary school shooting in CT leaves at least 27 dead, including 18 children
State police leading children away from shooting. Photo: Shannon Hicks, NewtownBee.com. A large number of adults and children have been shot to death in a massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, ...
02:55 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing What today's Web can learn from the Web of the early 2000s
Anil Dash's "The Web We Lost" is a poignant look back at the Internet of just a few years ago, before the rise of billion-scale walled gardens where every normal act of online communications (linking,...
02:30 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing American Apparel style gift guide
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by American Apparel: Seeking stylish gifts for the happy mutants in your life? American Apparel has moved way, WAY beyond t-shirts and hoodies. Here's a fine selectio...
02:14 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing We left the moon 40 years ago today. Will we ever return?
It was forty years today (at 22:54:37 UT) that human beings left the moon for the last time. Commander Gene Cernan's last words as stood on the moon were lofty, rehearsed and memorized: "As I take man...
02:13 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Jimmy DiResta refurbishes an old hatchet
Once every two weeks artist and craftsman Jimmy DiResta produces a new video for MAKE that shows his process of creating, fixing, or modifying something in his workshop. Instead of using music, Jimmy ...
01:56 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Museum of Math opens in NYC
Math is subject dreaded by many. A museum dedicated to math may seem counter-intuitive, but The New York Times has the story: The reason that there havent been many math museums is that the enthusiasm...
01:50 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing The Web We Lost - Anil Dash on the social web's downside
Anil Dash, in an insightful and resonant long-form post: "The tech industry and its press have treated the rise of billion-scale social networks and ubiquitous smartphone apps as an unadulterated win ...
01:33 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing "Clouds," a song by 17-year-old osteosarcoma patient Zach Sobiech
Zach Sobiech has advanced-stage osteosarcoma (bone cancer), with no known remaining treatment options. "Facing months to live, 17-year-old Zach is turning to music."...
01:33 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Copyright disappears books
Yesterday Cory shared this great piece on artists and authors who work is re-entering the public domain. It reminded my friend Thom of this article in the Atlantic. A quick study showcases that copyri...
01:20 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Mitch O'Connell's stupendously eldritch thrift store art collection
Artist Mitch O'Connell says: Bad? Not really, I think they're so interesting and mesmerizing that I shelled out the big bucks (usually around $20) to have them hang on the walls of the M.O'C Manor. Bt...
01:16 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing The TSA is an irredeemable shitshow, part ten bazillion
This time it's TSA at DFW, who detained a weeping 12-year-old girl with a genetic bone disorder in a wheelchair, separated from her family, on public display, for an hour. Her hands had tested positiv...
01:07 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Obama on pot smoking in newly-legal CO and WA: "Bigger fish to fry"
Photo: Shutterstock. "Young man eating leaves of hemp. Shoot in the field of marijuana." Weve got bigger fish to fry, Obama told ABC News' Barbara Walters, speaking about marijuana smokers in Colorado...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Chief of CIA's 'Global Jihad Unit' outed
Gawker has more on the story of Alfreda Frances Bikowsky who, according to independent reporters Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy, is the CIA analyst "partially responsible for intelligence lapses that ...
12:51 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Job skills for the apocalypse
A Redditor asks the critical question, "What professions would be the most valuable in an apocalyptic world?", resulting in an entertaining thread. The tl;dr is "learn to fish, hunt and make tools"; K...
12:47 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Hawking, other scientists petition UK to pardon Alan Turing
Alan Turing, heroic WWII code-breaker, was convicted of 'indecency' as a result of his homosexuality at a time when this was illegal in the United Kingdom. The government has apologized but never form...
12:38 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Death Star petition reaches 25,000 votes
David Kravets: "A petition demanding the President Barack Obama administration build a Death Star like the one in Star Wars reached 25,000-plus signatures Thursday, a threshold requiring the governmen...
12:34 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Elephants saved by vodka
In Russia, trainers served warm Vodka to freezing elephants to save them from encroaching cold. The animals were not intoxicated. [AP]...
12:32 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Pope sends first tweet, blesses hate monger
The New Civil Rights Movement reports on the Holy Roman Catholic Pope's first tweet and his blessing of a Ugandan politician promising to kill homosexuals for Christmas. Xeni shared video of the tweet...
12:32 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Senate eyes "stalker" app ban
Joe Mullin: "If a bill being pushed by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) becomes law, mobile apps will have to ask a smartphone user's permission before they use any locational information." [Ars]...
12:32 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Video: As The Pope Tweets
The His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI sends his very first tweet, on an iPad....
12:18 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Physical, sexual abuse documented at FL facility for autistic and brain-injured
Investigative reports released under a court order to Bloomberg News show that caregivers at a Florida center for brain-injured and "non-neurotypical" adults physically and sexually abused patients, i...
12:14 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing A Rule is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy
A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy is a perfectly wonderful picture book about the spirit of anarchism and its utterly fitting dovetail with the joy of childhood. The book is full of excel...
12:06 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing A letter from PKD after first seeing a TV preview of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"
"Nothing that we have done, individually or collectively, matches BLADE RUNNER. This is not escapism; it is super realism, so gritty and detailed and authentic and goddam convincing that, well, after ...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing American Apparel style gift guide
ADVERTISEMENT This post sponsored by American Apparel: Seeking stylish gifts for the happy mutants in your life? American Apparel has moved way, WAY beyond t-shirts and hoodies. Here's a fine selectio...
11:57 am PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Global Voices and the Power of We: how global, collaborative, nonprofit journalism works
There's an awesome explainer/infographic post at Global Voices that breaks down "how the 700-plus members of our diverse, global andentirely virtual community pull together stories." Each day, section...
11:16 am PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Police want anarchists to remove files recovered from lost (cop?) thumb-drive
Someone (a newspaper report claims it was Mo Karn, an anarchist activist) found a thumb-drive full of Richmond, VA police data near a trashcan. Someone posted those files on the Internet and Karn link...
02:07 am PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Kids' soap opera, with a cameo by Nick Hornby: "Dead Ends"
Best-selling author Nick Hornby has a cameo role in a new soap opera, written by young people at the creative writing centre he co-founded in Hackney....
01:14 am PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Super-high-end 5" Android phone from China's Oppo
A high-end Chinese electronics company called Oppo has announced a super-deluxe, $500 5-inch Android phone called the Find 5, with some amazing specs: As the name suggests, the Find 5 has a 5-inch dis...
01:05 am PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Woman smuggles 3lbs of cocaine in her breasts
Digital Journal has the story. "Wednesday, Spanish border police who arrested a Panamanian woman for smuggling cocaine at the Barcelona airport found 3 pounds of cocaine in her breasts." (Thanks, Leo!...
12:23 am PST - Fri, December 14, 2012
BoingBoing Sitegeist: mobile app mines public data to tell you about the spot you're standing in
Nicko sez, "Sitegeist is a free Android and iPhone app from the Sunlight Foundation that helps you to learn more about your surroundings in seconds. Sitegeist takes public data about the people, housi...
11:10 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Using Kickstarter to fund an unthemed, all original horror anthology edited by legendary Ellen Datlow
Bret sez, "Ellen Datlow is using Kickstarter to fund an unthemed, all original anthology of terror and supernatural fiction called Fearful Symmetries for Toronto-based ChiZine Publications. Ellen has ...
10:20 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Carp with vintage car grilles for faces
Bernardo sends us his "Unique sculptural mashup of beautiful Chinese Goldfish and Fabulous American 50's cars as produced by Bernardo. Each piece is handmade and hand painted by the artist." Carp! by ...
08:59 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Class of 2013: artists whose work enters the public domain on Jan 1, 2013
Adam from Public Domain Review writes, "The Public Domain Review (a site dedicated to showcasing the most interesting public domain material online) have done a special post on their top pick of artis...
08:26 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Life As We Knew It - asteroid catastrophe young adult novel
Last month I told my 15-year-old daughter Sarina about The Last Policeman, a detective novel that takes place in the final months before a catastrophic asteroid is about to collide with Earth. She sai...
08:00 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Ghost Fink: Ghosbusters in a Rat Fink car
Brian Ewing (creator of the Anatomical Frankenstein print) has just posted another fab illustration: Slimer from Ghosbusters riding in an Rat Fink-style rat-racer. It's called "Rat Fink" -- there's a ...
07:47 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Here is a giant snow blower
So awesome, you may need a minute to compose yourself. ...
07:37 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarting a 360' streaming camera
Jeffrey Martin of the 360 Cities panorama site sez, "Sphericam is my new invention. It is a dedicated 360 video with GPS and live streaming capabilities. Inspired by cameras that are an order of magni...
07:29 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing The best (and worst) media corrections of 2012
Reading the corrections section of a newspaper or magazine is a lot like reading the methods section of a scientific journal article. It always teaches you something valuable about how these people ap...
07:15 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Another way to enjoy meteor showers: HAM radio
How to use the power of meteors to send radio signals farther. ...
06:41 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Heavy-duty, 360' ice-scraper
Having grown up in Toronto, I'm accustomed to morning car de-icing being a lengthy and exhausting process involving a lot of grunting and scraping (I'm always amazed to see Londoners whose idea of de-...
06:39 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing DJ Spock lays down some beats
Traditional Vulcan jam....
06:11 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing The Archer Live! tour is coming to your danger zone
FX has announced that the animated characters of Archer are turning into real people and invading four cities for live readings with the cast and creator of the show! Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris ...
06:05 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Archaeologists find ancient evidence of cheese
Milk, it does a body. In the 1970's some Princeton archaeologists dug up a few pots full of small, intentional holes. It took decades, and a lot of conjecture, but around 7,000 years ago people were m...
05:49 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing TLC's next unscripted masterpiece is Best Funeral Ever, which is the best idea ever
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that TLC will air a pilot for Best Funeral Ever, a new unscripted show that follows a typical day at Dallas' Golden Gate Funeral Home and all of the wacktastic death ...
05:43 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Wood sculptures of clothing
Taiwanese artist Mary Leu carves incredible wood sculptures that look like fabric objects. (via designboom)...
05:00 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing BRING ME THE 3D PRINTED HEAD OF CORY DOCTOROW
A couple of weeks ago, the nice folks at Sample and Hold asked me if I'd like to drop into their east London studio to get my head 3D scanned. Not long after, my daughter's school shut for a professio...
04:50 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing What's new in the Boing Boing video archives
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page: • Geminids Meteor shower: How to watch the big fireworks in the sky tonight. • Pacific Rim official trai...
04:18 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Dragster bike of 1969
Zaz Von Schwinn uploaded this 1969 Popular Mechanics diagram showing the specs for a spectacular dragster bicycle with all the trimmings....
04:10 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing The worst unusual baby names of 2012 in one place so you can forget them more easily
"Ace: It's bad enough when people name a boy Ace. Ace the boy has long bangs and the world's most punchable face. Ace the girl is stuck with a name that screams out to the world, 'Daddy wanted a boy, ...
03:56 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Dronestream: Twitter account that tweets every reported US drone strike, 2002-2012
Dronestream (dronestream) on Twitter promises to tweet "Every reported US drone strike, from 2002-2012." Created for @rushkoff's Narrative Lab by @joshbegley....
03:46 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Golden Globe nominations announced, predictable and safe as usual
Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces its nominees for the Golden Globe Awards, the junior prom that takes place in the high school gym to the Academy Awards' senior prom that ...
03:32 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Jesus ejected from darts tournament
Nathan Grindal, seen here, was ejected from the stands of a major dart tournament in Butlins, UK because his resemblance to Jesus riled up the crowd. Apparently, spectators' chants of "Jesus! Jesus!" ...
02:50 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Making sure Pizza Hut is "accurately and effectively represented online"
Hello Mr. Pescovitz, My name is Alli Berry and I am working with Pizza Hut, making sure that they are accurately and effectively represented online. I noticed that your article Pizza Hut Perfume at ht...
02:41 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Geminids Meteor shower: How to watch the big fireworks in the sky tonight
The Geminids Meteor shower is coming! Space reporter Miles O'Brien speaks with AtronomyNow.com's night sky consultant, Mark Armstrong....
02:39 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing City buses across America now covertly recording passengers' conversations
City buses across America increasingly have hidden microphones that track and record the conversations that take place on them. It's easy to see the reasoning behind this: once it's acceptable to vide...
02:37 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Pacific Rim official trailer
Guillermo del Toro does kaiju in Pacific Rim, coming next summer....
02:30 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Vortex illusion carpet
Excellent vortex illusion carpet in the video game department at Paris's Fnac La Dfense entertainment retailer. Photo from Alex Korting's Flickr stream. (via Superpunch)...
02:24 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Archer, or how I spent my sick day
I recently spent a day on the couch laughing so hard it made me cough up nasty stuff! Archer was the source of the laughter, my daughter the disease vector....
02:22 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Finally, Google Maps for iPhone again
Google Maps is now available again for iPhone. I'll be home soon. (via Google's Official Blog)...
02:08 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic and sailor, phrenology, and cryptozoology prints!
Thanks to our wonderful sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other curious creations! Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Maiden Voyage's...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing EFF Power Up fundraiser: every dollar you give is matched 2-to-1
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is running a fundraising challenge called "Power Up Your Donation," where every dollar donated is matched two-to-one by a group of major donors. My family has put up...
01:59 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Santa and an adoptable dog in Las Vegas
Photographer, animal-lover, and Boing Boing reader heiney shares this photograph in our Boing Boing Flickr pool, and explains that this was a shot from the Animal Network Holiday Adoption Low Cost Vac...
01:27 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Guantnamo Public Memory Project launches
The Guantnamo Public Memory Project is unveiled today, offering "both a physical and virtual exhibit about the history of GTMO," exploring100 years of military life, political negotiations, refugee ca...
01:00 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Literacy privilege, or, why grammar nazis are dicks
Chandra, a "recovering grammar snob" who works as an English teacher, has a smashing trio of essays on Literacy Privilege -- the invisible privilege that accrues to people who have the facility to wri...
12:57 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing And here is a former Beatle jamming with most of Nirvana
Sir Paul McCartney did, in fact, perform with the surviving members of Nirvana last night! Watch the performance here!...
12:22 pm PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Horrible cookbooks
Yuckylicious offers the very best of the world's worst cookbooks. Who could pass over delicious recipes such as "Sardine Rabbit" and "Clean the Refridgerator Stew"? "Meat Swiss Roll", however, sounds ...
11:52 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Beat-Bach-sing: beatboxing to Bach
Teenage pianist Kadar Qian and beatbox extraordinaire Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix (NBC's Sing Off) reinvent the Goldberg Variations....
11:48 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Announcing the 20-city US tour for HOMELAND, the sequel to Little Brother
As I mentioned yesterday, the sequel to Little Brother is coming out in February. Called Homeland, it picks up the action shortly after Little Brother ends, and features the continuing and exciting ad...
11:36 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Wham's "Last Christmas" remixed, with erotic lard dancing (messed-up holiday music video)
Dylan Mitchell-Funk remixes a Wham! holiday classic, with a woman dancing erotically on cubes of melting lard. ...
11:36 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Wham's "Last Christmas" remixed, with erotic butter art dancing (messed-up holiday music video)
Dylan Mitchell-Funk remixes a Wham! holiday classic, with a woman dancing erotically on cubes of melting lard. ...
11:23 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Luggage for midcentury space travel
From the wonderful Flickr stream of x-ray delta one, a vintage Samsonite ad that requires your captioning expertise....
11:10 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Horsies with long, flowing, luxuriant locks
Messy Beast's learned treatise on horsies includes a fascinating section on long-maned wonder horses, exhibited at carny sideshows and the like, with their flowing, lovely locks. Let the broniegasm be...
08:53 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing There's a problem with the Christmas lights
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01:59 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Chuck Berry perform "Memphis" (1972)
In February 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were guests hosts on the Mike Douglas Show. Here is John and Yoko with Chuck Berry performing "Memphis, Tennessee."...
01:04 am PST - Thu, December 13, 2012
BoingBoing Atheist Christmas novel from a former Disney World Imagineering show-writer
Darryl Pickett, the Walt Disney Imagineering contract show writer whose videos about life in the trenches at Disney World I blogged in Jan 2011 has written a fun-sounding Christmas novel called The Se...
10:49 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Man arms DIY drone with paintball handgun and shoots human cardboard cutouts
Milo Danger says: Drones aren't just for the military and government anymore - regular citizens and makers are embracing drones at an amazing rate and creating some very interesting uses for this rapi...
10:40 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Dataviz for "My Ideal Bookshelf"
Fred sez, "My lady, Thessaly La Force, recently published a book with the artist Jane Mount called 'My Ideal Bookshelf.' In it, Thessaly interviews over 100 people and Jane paints their bookshelves. A...
10:10 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Galactus Goya
Marvel meets Goya in Matt Buck's "Galactus Devouring His Herald," available for pre-order for a $20 11"x7" print now. Galactus Devouring His Herald (print) (via JWZ)...
09:38 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 078: Joshuah Bearman and ARGO
I interviewed one of my favorite journalists, Joshuah Bearman, who wrote the 2007 Wired article that the movie Argo was based on. It was called "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue American...
08:32 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Where does Assad's online army come from?
Syria's brutal Assad regime has damned few allies left in the world, but one of them, Russia, is governed by a dirty-tricking ruling elite who've made a science out of manipulating Internet opinion. T...
08:22 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Sumo: debut graphic novel from Level Up illustrator Thien Pham
Tony sez, "My dear friend Thien Pham has just released his first solo graphic novel, Sumo. Thien's work has been previously featured on Boing Boing as he did the illustrations for Gene Luen Yang's Lev...
08:11 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing J Rabbit, "Happy Things" (music video)
A talented young Korean vocalist on her way to becoming a YouTube sensation....
07:06 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing In praise of stupidity
Matthew Bostick praises honest stupidity in the age of Google, Wikipedia and relentless knowitall-dom. My life path has led me to some exciting revelations and extraordinary experiences. Its been carv...
06:57 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing The risks of visiting volcanoes
In 1993, Stanley Williams survived an close-encounter with a volcano. A volcanologist, he was standing on the rim of Colombia's Galeras volcano when it erupted with little warning. Six of his scientif...
06:35 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Beautiful snowflake catching music generator
Game musician Disasterpeace added a bunch of new features to his beautiful snowflake catching music generator!...
06:05 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Young fellow with a penchant for beat-"box"ing
A young fellow called Andrew (who apparently goes by "White Boy") drops some unwell beats in this remarkable kinematic performance....
06:05 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Cosplayers at Comikaze
Todd Awesome shot some footage of cosplayers at this fall's Comikaze—using a Red Epic, no less—and wrote a song to go with it! [via]...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing SF writers Jim C Hines and John Scalzi dress up as sexy female assassins to raise money for The Aicardi Syndrome Foundation
Science fiction writers Jim C Hines and John Scalzi donned sexy garters, high heels, little black dresses and, um, crossbows, and replicated the odd cover of Vicki Pettersson's "The Taste of the Night...
04:48 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing How to: Tell time like the ancient Maya
I promised to not speak of Schmapocalypse Miffy Melve on BoingBoing anymore, and I am standing by that. However, I do think that I would be remiss not to point you toward this nifty, interactive versi...
04:48 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Oscar's first round of Best Original Song contenders: fixing last year's mistakes
Adele's Bond theme will have a shot at Oscar this year, along with many others competing under new rules....
04:39 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Weird meteor shower to peak tomorrow night
The Geminids are one of the big deal meteor showers that happen every year. In fact, they're regarded as one of the most reliable and impressive. They're also a little strange. Most meteor showers hap...
04:31 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Saturday in San Francisco: Twas the Last Night of Hanukkah concert
This Saturday night (12/15) in San Francisco is the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation's "Twas the Last Night of Hanukkah" concert! Boing Boing is proud to be a media sponsor for this event whe...
04:21 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing ScienceBlogs on the acceleration of rising sea levels
Tim Lambert at ScienceBlogs debunks the idea that rising sea levels are slowing or have stopped. So if you were unscrupulous, and wanted to try to make it look like sea level rise had decelerated what...
04:04 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing O, tennenbohm
Cubicle Christmas by jingle_balls123 Artist's statement: This wasn't really a tree... I just twisted the wires and moves around the components to make it look like a tree. The parts are just LEDs, res...
03:59 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing 2016 Transvaginal crazy train express: don't let it happen
The 2012 elections are over, all the rape-y guys lost, and a record number of women were voted into office. So we’re done, right? I can stop watching MSNBC constantly? The Republican Party reali...
03:56 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Cat toys shaped like microbes
Behold, a truly fantastic gift for the cat in your life — catnip-filled soft toys shaped like amoebas, cyanobacteria, and (pictured above) giardia. Giardia are microscopic parasites that can inv...
03:48 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing A fond look at the gruesome zombie comic books of yore
This beautiful Frank Frazetta cover from Beware #10, July 1954 is featured in Zombies: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics, a terrific collection of vintage zombie comics, edited by Craig Yoe and S...
03:15 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Tower Bridge draws up to let a 50' rubber duck sail the Thames
Yesterday, Tower Bridge's drawbridge was raised to allow a 50-foot-high yellow rubber duck to sail down the Thames....
02:58 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Hi-Fructose Vol. 3 pop surrealism art book box set
My favorite art magazine, Hi-Fructose, has just published its 3rd volume box set. In addition to a 300+ page hardcover book that features selections from issues 9-12 of the magazine, the box set ...
02:56 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Gravity powered lights, cheaper than solar
Simple things that we take for granted, like flipping a switch and having light suddenly appear, aren't so simple in developing countries. This fantastic gravity powered light may change that, if thei...
02:44 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Rumor: Paul McCartney might be performing with Nirvana tonight
Best rumor ever: Is the former Beatle going to stand in for Kurt Cobain at tonight's Sandy benefit?...
02:33 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing A Totally Expected Journey to the 7:45 Showing of The Hobbit
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Louis makes a totally expected journey to see the 7:45 showing of "The Hobbit"...
01:57 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing San Francisco: Bazaar Bizarre Nightlife 1213, 6-10PM
This Thursday night, at 6pm, Bazaar Bizarre will be hosting Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. Over 40 handmade and indie designers will be showcasing their work while local DJs play and...
01:52 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Darwin Christmas cards from the British Humanist Association
Sara sez, "The British Humanist Association is stocking Christmas cards featuring naturalist Charles Darwin getting into the festive spirit." I'm a lifetime member of the BHA -- they do good work (and...
01:43 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Vigilante Wars
San Francisco is certainly a quirky place and Cecila Holland's Vigilante Wars sheds a lot of light on how we got there! The inner-workings and many of the social mores that today are common-place were...
01:23 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing "CORRERCTION" among newspaper corrections of the year
And this gem is way down the list. Poynter has quite a selection for you....
01:17 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing LA Makerspace featured on White House website
A child learns to make ice cream at LA Makerspace. Hooray for our LA-based friend Tara Brown, co-founder of Los Angeles Makerspace, who is interviewed today on the White House Office of Science and Te...
01:08 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing We almost got cold cocked by an asteroid, yo
Two days ago, astronomers spotted a new asteroid. Early this morning, the sonofabitch nearly hit our planet....
01:06 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Eulogy for #Occupy: beautiful, brutal postmortem
Quinn Norton's Eulogy for #Occupy is a wrenching, beautiful, long postmortem on the Occupy movement, including an eyes-open (and scathing) critique of what went wrong inside Occupy: But living in park...
01:04 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Nick Hook ft. El-P and Rood: "Sirens" (music video)
Nick Hook ft. El-P and Rood: "Sirens," directed by Ryan Staake. ...
12:54 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Never mind: Ian McKellen does not have prostate cancer
Apparently, the interview in which Sir Ian McKellen stated he has had prostate cancer for several years is outdated. The actor's rep clarified, saying he does not have cancer. You now have permission ...
12:08 pm PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Rave review for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother
Color me deee-lighted: the notoriously hard-to-please Kirkus Reviews just published a review of Homeland, the sequel to my novel Little Brother, and they loved it. After a glowing recap of the plot, t...
11:26 am PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Ravi Shankar, RIP: A performance on the Dick Cavett Show, and a reporter's recollections of a visit with Raviji
In the clip above, the great classical Indian musician Ravi Shankar performs on the Dick Cavett show, in an episode where his friend George Harrison of the Beatles introduces him to the viewing audien...
10:44 am PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Dark Lord: deadpan and deadly funny YA book about an evil overlord trapped in a kid's body
Jamie Thomson's Dark Lord: The Early Years gets right down to business: an unnamed narrator suffers a million agonies, while calling out for his hellion lieutenants to aid him, and we quickly learn th...
09:35 am PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Pope tweets
He's storming right along now, already on his third one....
09:11 am PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar, 1920-2012
Susan Stamberg writes: Sitar master and composer Ravi Shankar died Tuesday at a hospital near his home in the San Diego area. Shankar's foundation released a statement that says the musician had suffe...
08:53 am PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing 2012's overrated games
Tom Chick posted his annual Most Overrated Games list. He's wrong about Journey. But he's right about Diablo 3....
01:00 am PST - Wed, December 12, 2012
BoingBoing Hand-drawn maps of New York
Illustrator Jenni Sparks has released a very beautiful hand-drawn map of NYC: Hi everyone, so here is the Hand Drawn Map of New York that I've been working on for what seems like FOREVER! It was once ...
11:11 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Monkey Ikea Beast Jesus
Naturally, once a monkey in coat visited an Ikea in suburban Toronto, it was only a matter of time until the image was combined (to excellent effect) with Monkey Jesus by @Justin_Ling. New image of #i...
10:04 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Make: Talk 019 - Matt Richardson, Raspberry Pi, and BeagleBone
Our maker this week is Matt Richardson. Matt's a video producer, a writer, a maker of things, a technology consultant, and a student at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Ma...
09:00 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Kinky gifts from science surplus
A reader writes, "Some BDSM enthusiasts have apparently taken over a science surplus website's tagging system to list popularly repurposed science/lab items. I suspect the website's creators did not h...
08:28 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Portlandia holiday preview video: "Vagina Pillows"
Portlandia sneak peek: guest star Bobby Moynihan needs someone to watch his genderless child while he does his Christmas shopping. ...
07:15 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing John McAfee dumps VICE after photo metadata reveal; "Obviously, legal proceedings are under way."
A strange statement published on the vanity site whoismcafee.com: Based on new information. Mr. McAfee is terminating his relationship with Vice Magazine. Due to information just received, It is no lo...
07:13 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing 76 things banned in the Bible, most of which are punishable by death
Milan - detail from facade of Duomo - Expulsion from Paradise. Image: Shutterstock. An oldie but goodie single-purpose Tumblr listing things banned in Leviticus, the banny-est of all scriptures. The s...
07:04 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing John McAfee sells TV and movie rights to his life story while detained; graphic novel also under way
Impact Future Media of Montreal claims to have secured "the exclusive IP rights" to the story of anti-virus pioneer and noted crazy person John McAfee, who was arrested in Guatemala and is wanted in B...
06:54 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing New York in the dark: photos
Dan Nguyen sez, "During the Hurricane Sandy aftermath, I was luckily spared any real hardship except for the power and heat being out. Everyday I walked to work and back in pitch darkness and I brough...
06:48 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Visions of the future (2030, to be precise), courtesy of U.S. spies
"3-D printed organs. Brain chips providing superhuman abilities. Megacities, built from scratch. The U.S. intelligence community is taking a look at the world of 2030. And it is very, very sci-fi." No...
06:26 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Is the new Osama bin Laden snuff flick "Zero Dark Thirty" pro-torture?
Jessica Chastain as CIA agent Maya in Zero Dark Thirty. Photo: Sony/Columbia Pictures • Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian on the new Kathryn Bigelow film about the capture and assassination of Osa...
06:22 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Tibetan teenager becomes 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule
Wangchen Kyi, a 17-year-old girl, set herself on fire "on the grasslands of an ethnic Tibetan region in western China" on Sunday, becoming the eighth child to burn themselves alive to protest Chinese ...
06:04 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing 76 things banned in the Bible, most of which are punishable by death
Milan - detail from facade of Duomo - Expulsion from Paradise. Image: Shutterstock. An oldie but goodie single-purpose Tumblr listing things banned in Leviticus, the banny-est of all scriptures. The s...
06:00 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Simple kite aerial photography rig
This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. When we had our epic fun day at the beach recently, I brought along a kite and a homemade kite aerial videography rig. I attached a tiny $...
05:51 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Tiny holiday scenes starring Star Wars advent calendar minifigs
Boing Boing reader J5K of Helsinki, Finland picked up a LEGO 2012 Star Wars Advent Calendar 9509, and has been setting up and photographing cute little holiday scenes with the figures. He shared some ...
05:51 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Tiny holiday scenes starring Star Wars advent calendar minifigures
wookie needs a tree. Photo: J5K. Boing Boing reader J5K of Helsinki, Finland picked up a LEGO 2012 Star Wars Advent Calendar 9509, and has been setting up and photographing cute little holiday scenes ...
05:12 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Particularly excellent episode of "Bullseye" podcast, with Judd Apatow and Dolly Parton
Jesse Thorn shares word of a really special episode of his podcast, Bullseye, with guests including... Judd Apatow and Dolly Parton, plus a segment with Jason Reece of ...And You Will Know Us By The T...
05:09 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Sentence fails to start with conjunction
Via Tavie....
04:46 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Interlibrary Loan is awesome
Denizens of BushcraftUK discuss Willie Sundqvist's "Swedish Carving Techniques," a rare tome that goes for £100 and more. Then one of them has the bright idea of asking his local library to get o...
04:42 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing What's new in Boing Boing's Video archives? Pull up a chair and watch.
We've recently launched a new Boing Boing video page with a grid of nothin' but videos: those we make ourselves, and those we find from around the web. What's new in our video archives? Let me tell yo...
04:34 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 34: The Big Big Castle
Click here to play episode. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In this episode of Apps for...
04:25 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Jon Stewart almost quit, get me the fuck out of this. These people are insane.
Third-Beat reports that Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart held a lengthy, public one-on-one to raise money for the Montclair Film Festival. Apparently they offered both shocking and very personal glimps...
04:21 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Porcupine barbs may inspire new IV needles
This is a microscopic image of a porcupine quill. Harvard medical researcher Jeffrey Karp and his colleagues are studying the quills to determine whether they might inspire a new design in hypodermic ...
04:19 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Cat lady paints with poop
The New York Times Local East Village blog points us to Siobhan Meow, an artist and cat-hoarder who at one point kept 100 cats in her home....
04:19 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Donate to Public Knowledge, avert the Mayapocalypse
While preparing the PK bunker for the December 21st Mayan Apocalypse, we made a startling discovery: a machine powerful enough to prevent the end of the world....
04:09 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Phineas & Ferb alphabet
Mike Boon created a delightful Phineas & Ferb alphabet. (via Laughing Squid)...
04:01 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Man of Steel trailer #2
Man of Steel, official trailer #2. Oh, the drama of it all!...
03:56 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing SHAG's Skull Boy Shag Racer toy
This is Skull Boy, the second toy in Josh "SHAG" Agle's line of "Shag Racers" created with Squibbles Ink and Rotofugi. The ultra-limited "gallery prototype edition" of 100 are long gone but a "standar...
03:41 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing A music video crafted entirely from Instagrammed snapshots
A Mexican indie-pop band called The Plastics Revolution, who really like Instagram, created what they claim is "the very first music video done entirely on Instagram without any third party alteration...
03:33 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Mobile apps for kids fall short on privacy, new FTC report finds
The Federal Trade Commission on Monday issued a new report, Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade, which found much lacking in the privacy disclosures and practices of apps offe...
02:59 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Benedict Cumberbatch's role in Star Trek Into Darkness revealed! Or is it?
Paramount just released the first official still from Star Trek Into Darkness with a caption that seems to identify Benedict Cumberbatch's mystery villain as John Harrison. But -- and it's a pretty bi...
02:59 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Benedict Cumberbatch's role in Star Trek Into Darkness revealed! Or is it? [UPDATED]
Paramount just released the first official still from Star Trek Into Darkness with a caption that seems to identify Benedict Cumberbatch's mystery villain as John Harrison. But -- and it's a pretty bi...
02:50 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Ball of Whacks magnetic creativity toytool
I gave "Ball of Whacks" to my 6-year-old son as a Hanukkah gift and I wish I'd have given it to myself. It reminds me a bit of Rubik's Snake but it's much more free-form and fun as the individual bloc...
02:43 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Understanding the NDAA, a US law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain people without charge or trial
Omems sends us, "ProPublica's point-by-point discussion of why this year's NDAA might not allow for the indefinite detention of US citizens. As clear and concise a summary as I've seen, and provides a...
02:11 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing France remains America's copyright crash-test dummy: about to ditch HADOPI, poised to adopt the dregs of SOPA instead
France is on the verge of killing its ill-starred HADOPI system, whereby people who are accused of multiple acts of copyright infringement are disconnected from the Internet, along with everyone in th...
02:03 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Ian McKellen opens up about his years-long battle with prostate cancer
Ian McKellen in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," 2002. Photo: New Line Cinema In an interview with The Mirror, Sir Ian McKellen revealed that he's been living with prostate cancer for several ...
01:59 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing The truth is stranger than data visualization
I'm honestly not sure which is weirder: That Clean Air Asia made an interactive map of air pollution that visualizes various cities' smog levels in terms of nose-hair length ... or the fact that thick...
01:48 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing The Meteorology of Little House on the Prairie
If you read The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder's novel about narrowly avoiding starving to death during a ferocious winter on the South Dakota prairie, then you'll remember how the trains stopped r...
01:13 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing On aliens, Russian premier says he "can't say how many of them are among us, because it may cause panic"
Dmitri Medvedev added that more details could be found in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Men in Black" films. This is an example of what the AP describes as "a sense of humor slightly more subtle than [President...
01:03 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Years of computer use visualized
Marcin Ignac (twitter) recorded everything he did on his computer for 2½ years, then created a series of beautiful visualizations based upon the data: "Each line represents one day and each color...
12:58 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Play Minesweeper in Minecraft
Recently-added bugfixes—and player ingenuity!—led to a selection of Minecraft minigames built by playing Minecraft. Here's Minesweeper, created by Seth Bling. [via Digital Tools]...
12:37 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Miner Rescue, 10-minute browser platform game
The gloomy-but-glowy medieval 8-bit look of M Lino's Miner Rescue, a simple but perfectly-formed platformer with pounding, melodic chipmusic, recalls classics like Antiriad and The Cauldron. Combat se...
12:35 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Cold Days, a novel of the Dresden files
I am addicted to Jim Butcher's tales of Harry Dresden, Chicago's wizard PI. With the film noir touches, the old VW bug and a Fu dog of his very own, how could I not love Harry Dresden? Cold Days is th...
12:12 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Famous wolf briefly strays from Yellowstone and is shot
Eight wolves collared for research have been shot this year outside of Yellowstone. Controversially reintroduced to the area this season, it appears wolf hunting will reduce the population of research...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Simple kite aerial photography rig
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. When we had our epic fun day at the beach recently, I brought along a kite and a homemade kite aerial videography rig. I att...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Genius Rap, and The Original Human Beatbox
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
11:58 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Terrible insurance ad would make brilliant T-shirt
Paul Kafsis laments that this superb T-shirt does not in fact exist, even when you click on it: "I just get sent to some stupid car insurance website?!" Perhaps we should offer it in the Boing Boing S...
11:58 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Giant squid finally caught on video
It was only a matter of time but it sure took a lot of it, Discovery Channel and NHK captured footage of a giant squid! "Mankind finally confronts the greatest mystery of the deep as the first-ever fo...
11:53 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Pet obituaries
Reuters' Kevin Lim reports that Singapore's largest newspaper, The Straits Times, is accepting pet obituaries. The decision to market obituaries to pet owners in tiny Singapore, one of the world's ric...
11:43 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Pianocade, a synthesizer that looks like an arcade control panel
The open-source Pianocade synthesizer uses classic game system hardware inside and out to create a programmable, hackable USB Midi controller. I must say, though, that the design conceit is so success...
11:39 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Kids' apps get a failing report-card on privacy
A Federal Trade Commission report on data-collection in kids' apps paints a dismal picture of compliance with privacy and data-collection regulations. The survey found that most apps aimed at small ch...
11:33 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Adjustable wrench wedding-ring
Etsy seller BandScapes offers this lovely, makerish wedding-ring featuring a sterling silver adjustable wrench, clutching a sapphire: The jaws are pinching a .06ct medium-blue natural sapphire. Overal...
03:24 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Pret a Manger unionization drive: dispute over dismissal claim
An update to last weekend's post about Pret a Manger firing a union organizer from its St Pancras store: Pret management alleges that Andrej Stopa was dismissed for making repeated homophobic slurs to...
12:59 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Hit cancel to retry; hit retry to cancel
Snapped this weekend at a movie theater in London: an automated ticket machine (confusingly abbreviated to "ATM" -- namespace collision ahoy!) with a sign on it explaining that if you don't want to ca...
12:57 am PST - Tue, December 11, 2012
BoingBoing Pig Will and Pig Won't - a terrific book by Richard Scarry that belongs back in print
Jane and I love Richard Scarry's illustrated kids' books. He had a sly sense of humor and it appeals as much to adults as it does to kids. I saw Jane reading Pig Will and Pig Won't tonight and we thou...
11:41 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Musique de jeux vido or Game Music
Angle Dubeau gave NPR an interview about her new album, with string Quartet La Pieta, Game Music. It is her interesting take on some very familiar music. "On her latest album, Game Music or, in her h...
11:16 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Augmented reality card routine
'Virtual Magician' Marco Tempest blows it out of the water with this augmented card routine recently posted at TED....
10:03 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing How much does it cost to decorate your house with Christmas lights?
Rob Cockerham went around his neighborhood and estimated how much his neighbors were paying in electricity charges for their Christmas lights. For the house above: 2,135 watts = 26¢ per hour....
09:59 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Political taxonomy: Obama gets a lichen, a worm, and a carnivorous lizard
There is already a lichen — Caloplaca obamae — and a worm — Paragordius obamai — named after Barack Obama. Now he also has Obamadon gracilis, an ancient, extinct, carnivorous l...
09:25 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Great moments in pedantry: How do you grow wine in a land without predictable seasons?
Winter is here. Which means it's time once again to start science-wanking the climate of George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" series. Back in May, i09 had a great piece on possible astronomical expl...
09:19 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for My Beastly ABCs app
This young kids' iPhone app, called My Beastly ABCs, has delightful art. Duncan Studio (which worked on the animated films Tarzan, Hercules, and SharkTale) created the app, which was narrated by Jim D...
08:59 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing I am itchy. You are itchy. We're all itchy together.
Some itches are caused by obvious physical triggers (OMG, there's a spider on your arm!). Others, though, have a more complicated source. Watching other people itch can make you feel itchy. In this pi...
08:37 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing A great obituary for an un-sung maker
John Silva died last month at the age of 92. You are probably most familiar with his work as the inventor of the "News Chopper" — putting local TV crews in the air above parades and disasters in...
08:28 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Defeating earthquakes, and more free videos from the American Geophysical Union
What construction crews could learn from your high school science class, and more great earth science videos. ...
08:01 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Clean rivers: A 20th21st century miracle
I was born in 1981 and, because of that, I largely missed the part of American history where our rivers were so polluted that they did things like, you know, catch fire. But it happened. And, all thin...
07:10 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Samuel L. Jackson on the new Star Wars: "I could be a ghost hologram. I don't care."
Samuel L. Jackson seriously wants to be in the new Star Wars movies. He doesn't care how it happens, he doesn't care how many arms he has or how dead he is, or if he has to somehow do this as Nick Fur...
06:42 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing University of California's new logo
The new one's on the right. Good to see them putting the freshmen to use....
06:22 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing This is the ugly Christmas sweater that defeated all the rest
While you still won't be able to buy that Slayer Christmas sweater you've been wanting ever since you knew it existed, there is another equally hardcore option if you're still in need of something ugl...
05:53 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Modern Seinfeld Twitter account pitches episodes for the Facebook age
What's the deal with texting? Are you being sarcastic? Are you mad at me? Are you typing this while on the toilet? I don't wanna be a meme! Did you ever stop to think about how incredibly perfect Sein...
05:11 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Burrito Bomber: open source hardware-based drone autonomously delivers Mexican food
The good folks at Darwin Aerospace have figured out how to use drones to parachute burritos directly onto your property....
03:57 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Marvel is rebooting Fantastic Four, also starting to eat itself
Not content with merely continuing stories, Marvel has announced another reboot of a movie they made not that long ago. Josh Trank, director of Chronicle, will bring Fantastic Four back to the screen ...
03:56 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing A visit inside a vault holding $315,000,000,000 in gold bricks
A fascinating visit to the Bank of England bullion vault, which stores $315 billion in gold. The narrator is kind of sad because he says gold is useful for may things and it's just sitting here....
03:49 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Historic explosions recreated in cauliflower
We've previously posted about artist Brock Davis's "Broccoli Treehouse" and "Gummi Bbearskin Rug." Now he's recreated "Historic Explosions in Cauliflower." Above, "Cauliflower Space Shuttle Challenger...
03:22 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Chris Carter talks about DIY synthesizers
The directors of modular synthesizer documentary I Dream Of Wires visited the studio of BB pal Chris Carter who handbuilt many of the instruments for his pioneering musical groups Throbbing Gristle an...
03:20 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Radishes moan when groped
World's Best Ever says: "The Sekuhara (translated: Sexual Harassment) Interface is a group of daikon radishes that have been hooked up to electronic sensors to emit moans and groans when groped." It w...
03:11 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing The Rattles performance 1966
Though many other bands tried to emulate their unique sound, The Rattles were one of a kind. (Via Bedazzled)...
03:10 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Blown-glass medical models
If you loved me, you'd buy me this all-glass complete brain artery model from Farlow Scientific Glassblowing. It's $4,000. At least I didn't ask for the full-body complete artery model!...
03:09 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Mother Jones ecotastrophe headline generator
"Who Paid Al Gore to Slowly Destroy This Baby Octopus" is a headline that just came up on when I tried out the Mother Jones Eco-Doom Headline Generator, which, in lampooning some of MoJo's real headli...
02:55 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing John Hodman on the coming apocalpyse
Our friend John Hodgman delivers an important message about the imminent apocalypse. For more of Mr. Hodgman's wisdom, I'd suggest his latest book, That Is All....
02:55 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing John Hodgman on the coming apocalpyse
Our friend John Hodgman delivers an important message about the imminent apocalypse....
02:53 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Extremely important news: Arrested Development will come to Netflix Canada
Originally only intended to hit the U.S. market, Arrested Development will now hit Netflix in Canada the same day of the U.S. premiere. Boxing Day came early! (via The Hollywood Reporter)...
02:49 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Esplora - new Arduino device for learning and play
Marc De Vinck says: The Arduino Esplora is a ready-to-use, easy-to-hold controller that lets you explore the infinite possibilities you have in the world of Arduino, without having to deal with breadb...
02:32 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing She & Him's yule log app
The lovely and talented M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel have released a simple and fun free iOS app called "A Very She & Him Christmas: Yule Log." Cozy up to the fire and listen to "I'll be Home for ...
02:32 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Man shoots girlfriend in fight over The Walking Dead
Jarman Gurman, 26, had an argument with his girlfriend over "The Walking Dead" early Monday morning. So he shot her in the back with a rifle. [NBC]...
02:19 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Hello Kitty lunchbox guitar
Jane's Hello Kitty lunchbox had a crummy latch on it -- it kept popping open and her lunch items would fall out. This weekend I made a guitar out of it for my 4-year-old niece. It's her Christmas pres...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Snoot-Flute: make music with your nose!
Why this never caught on is beyond me. Snoot-Flute...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Dining with the Doctor
Huge Doctor Who fan Chris-Rachel Oseland has created a dish to go along with each episode of the series since the 2005 relaunch and complied them into this cookbook! I have yet to try any in the kitch...
01:21 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Homemade Syrian rebel-tank with gamepad gun controller
The unfortunately named "Sham II" is a homemade Syrian rebel tank whose main gun is directed with an off-brand video-game thumbstick/gamepad controller. ...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: time to go
Enjoy the latest page of Elfquest. First time reader? Catch up at the comic's official homepage....
12:10 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing You have better things to do than buy earbuds
Busy people like you and I don't have the time nor the inclination to navigate the sea of earbuds out there, so I turned to Wirecutter to find out what they recommended as the best earbuds. They've go...
12:06 pm PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Monkey in a smart coat visits suburban Ikea
A monkey in a nice coat escaped from a cage inside its owner's car, opened the car door, and strolled into an Ikea in North York, a suburb of Toronto. The monkey was removed shortly thereafter. I have...
11:27 am PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing "Posh burgers": what do you make of literary action movies?
Charlie Brooker offers ambivalent praise for the Batman-Bond trend toward smarter, more literary action movies. The Dark Knight Rises can't simply be a popcorn movie about a man who dresses as a bat a...
11:23 am PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Underwater Welder: Twilight Zone-ish ghost comic from Jeff "Sweet Tooth" Lemire
Underwater Welder is a stand-alone, haunting graphic novel from Jeff Lemire, best know for his work on Sweet Tooth, a graphic novel I greatly admire (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). It's the story of Jack Jo...
11:23 am PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing Video game controversies of 2012
Leigh Alexander tallies the year's most spectacular dust-ups in videogame land: "It's become clear more gamers than ever now have a zero-tolerance policy for prejudice, insensitivity and exclusionary ...
01:17 am PST - Mon, December 10, 2012
BoingBoing How many people are in space?
How Many People Are in Space Right Now is a single-serving site that manages to be depressing and awe-inspiring at once. How Many People Are In Space Right Now? (via Making Light)...
08:56 pm PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Why dictators (don't) shut down the Internet
Warren Ellis's Vice column, "How to Shut Down Internets," looks at the phenomenon of Middle Eastern dictators shutting off their nation's Internet during moments of extremis. Here's the money graf: Th...
04:37 pm PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Congressman calls for ban on 3D printed guns
Well, that was predictable: days after a 3D printed gun fired a few rounds, Rep Steve Israel has called for a ban on of Wiki Weapons. The congressman points out (correctly) that all-plastic 3D printed...
03:23 pm PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Guts in sofas
A pair of sofas from Cao Hui's "Visual Temperature" series hint at a kind of biological secret life of soft furnishings. Visual Temperature Sofa Visual Temperature Sofa No.2 (via Richard Kadrey)...
01:18 pm PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Radio Shack computer catalog from 1983
On the Internet Archive, a hi-rez scan of the 1983 Radio Shack computer catalog, which is a wonderland of jaw-dropping prices for prosumer equipment from my boyhood that doesn't even qualify as a todd...
12:54 pm PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Sir Patrick Moore, 1923-2012
Astronomer Patrick Moore, who presented the BBC's The Sky At Night for more than 50 years, died Sunday at his home in England. Moore turned me on to stargazing as a youngster, and he was the eccentric...
11:51 am PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Catfish beatches itself to gobble up pigeons
The above video showing a freshwater catfish stalking pigeons and beaching itself in order to gobble them up accompanies "'Freshwater Killer Whales': Beaching Behavior of an Alien Fish to Hunt Land B...
11:51 am PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Catfish beaches itself to gobble up pigeons
The above video showing a freshwater catfish stalking pigeons and beaching itself in order to gobble them up accompanies "'Freshwater Killer Whales': Beaching Behavior of an Alien Fish to Hunt Land B...
11:11 am PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Flying malware: the Virus Copter
At the latest San Francisco Drone Olympics (now called DroneGames, thanks, no doubt, to awful bullying from the organized crime syndicate known as the International Olympic Committee), there were many...
10:00 am PST - Sun, December 9, 2012
BoingBoing Teddy bears with terrifying human teeth
Mrs. McGettrick's Fuggler Emporium on Etsy specializes in adorable teddy bears... with creepy artificial human teeth. Some of them have little plastic weapons, but all of them share a disturbing "I ha...
11:03 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Schooling a reader who doesn't like female, middle-aged, black pirate captains
A reader of Scott Lynch's fantasy novels upbraided him for daring to have a black, middle-aged woman running a pirate crew, calling it a "politically correct cliche" and went on to say "Real sea pirat...
11:00 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Hour-by-hour look at hyper-disciplinarian charter school where kids maintain near-total silence for seven years
The Argosy Charter School in Fall River, Mass, described its hour-by-hour curriculum to the state Board of Ed. It's an horrific look at a hyper-disciplinarian "educational" environment in which studen...
10:19 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Chanukkah in Santa Monica
The Gay Men's Chorus of Santa Monica covers Tom Lehrer's classic. Happy first night of Chanukkah!...
07:52 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Facehugger airlines
This lovely piece is illustrator Dennis Larkins's "New Normal," apparently available as a signed, numbered print (though as of this writing, his website's not working). Welcome to the Fine Arts &...
05:30 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Stench of rotting whale emanates from near Barbara Streisand's home. Just another day in Malibu.
"Dead Malibu whale decomposing near stars' homes." The Los Angeles Times wins the week with the headline for an article about a 40-foot, 40,000-pound fin whale that washed up at Little Dume, a small b...
05:30 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Stench of rotting whale emanates from near Barbra Streisand's home. Just another day in Malibu.
"Dead Malibu whale decomposing near stars' homes." The Los Angeles Times wins the week with the headline for an article about a 40-foot, 40,000-pound fin whale that washed up at Little Dume, a small b...
05:26 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Mayan Apocalypse hysteria so widespread, NASA publishes a debunker
Your tax dollars, well spent (and I say that with no sarcasm whatsoever): NASA's "Why the World Won't End" web page, debunking crazy white people's 2012 Mayan Armageddon hallucinations....
05:20 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Caturday: dig this 2013 Japanese cat meme calendar
I enjoy following Sakurako Shimizu, or "sakuracos," on instagram for daily cute-cat-photos from Japan. I was delighted to see that she has produced this attractively-designed "cat meme calendar," avai...
05:10 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Medical Marijuana comes to New Jersey
"They skulked in and out like criminals, shoulders hunched, heads down, declining to comment." —a NYT profile on the Garden State's first pot dispensary. Hey, in the patrons' defense, it may be ...
05:04 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Then 'Lady Life Guards' of 1940s Brooklyn
The New York Times explores Lady Life Guards, an "oddly racy newsreel" made around 1940 about female lifeguards on a beach in Brooklyn....
05:00 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Environmental psychology: Can stores trick us into buying more crap with scents like cookie, orange?
At Salon, Joel Smith writes about studies in which researchers set up camp at retail stores to see which scents had what kinds of subliminal behavioral effects on the buying habits of shoppers. "One w...
04:55 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing As states legalize pot, will Obama continue the federal War on Weed?
Tom Dickinson in Rolling Stone about the growing conflict between what voters in more and more states want (legalizing pot) and what the federal government wants (shutting down dispensaries with guns ...
04:52 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing NYT: In Manning case, "Jailers Become the Accused"
The New York Times finally gets around to covering the Bradley Manning hearings at Fort Meade, MD. The accused private faces a life sentence if convicted on charges he supplied WikiLeaks with hundreds...
04:49 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Then 'Lady Life Guards' of 1940s Brooklyn
The New York Times explores Lady Life Guards, an "oddly racy newsreel" made around 1940 about female lifeguards on a beach in Brooklyn....
04:46 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Clockwork Orange babies
Butcher Billy of Curitiba, Brazil posted these "Clockwork Orange Babies" concept illustrations to Behance. It's wildly implausible that such a thing would ever exist, but I'd like to vacation in the p...
04:13 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing "Understand Music," an experimental explainer animation
"Music is a pretty damn complex thing. This experimental animation is about the attempt to understand all the parts and bits of it."...
04:09 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing It's a Bad Brains Christmas, Charlie Brown
DC Hardcore gods Bad Brains meet Charlie Brown and friends for a heartwarming holiday classic....
01:43 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Slinky crossed with an extension cord
I'm pretty taken with the idea of the Flexy Cord, which crosses Slinky with an extension cord. Clever idea! Flexy Cord Heavy Duty Coiled Extension Cord Multi-pak (via Red Ferret)...
01:18 pm PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Chuck Yeager interviewed
Chuck Yeager, one heck of a test pilot, talks about his life. "I'll be 90 in February, and while I'm not gonna run no marathon I still hunt and fish and fly," (via USA Today)...
11:00 am PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Pret fires longstanding employee who attempted to unionise, asked for the London Living Wage for all employees
UK chain Pret a Manger has a cuddly reputation for being more than a mere fast-food joint, despite the capital it took on from McDonald's. But when a longstanding Pret employee called Andrej tried to ...
01:02 am PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Sony ceases production on cassette playerrecorders
Sony will no longer make its cassette player/recorders. In other news, Sony was still making cassette player/recorders. Sony to discontinue the production early 2013 of Cassette Player/ Recorder...
12:32 am PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Improve your soundstage, DVD convergence and car horsepower with Shakti stones
Shakti On-Lines are $100 "electromagnetic stabilizers" that you place upon cables in your audio setup. They join "THE STONE", a $229 item that the user "need only place in close proximity to his compo...
12:16 am PST - Sat, December 8, 2012
BoingBoing Yann Frisch will boggle your mind
Yann Frisch is an amazing, young French magician. He's been winning awards and entertaining folks the world over....
11:56 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing D.A.R.E. drops marijuana from 5th and 6th grade program
Reason.com shares the details but D.A.R.E. has decided that 10 and 11 year olds will be better served with information about alcohol and tobacco abuse. "D.A.R.E. America has determined that anti-drug ...
10:48 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Michael Moorcock's new New Worlds is go!
Geoffrey sez, "In April of 2011, Boing Boing posted that Michael Moorcock's New Worlds was coming back to life. Well, Issue 1 went live this past October. The website is slick and the stories are grea...
10:03 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Sexist 13th birthday card for girls
That's teaching 'em young, Arnold Barton! (Via Tom Coates Twitter)...
08:16 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing 'Indiana Jones' sued over missing crystal skull
Evidently the fourth Indiana Jones film used a little too much history in its mysterious alien crystal skull tale! As they told us, there are only four known crystal skulls in the world. One of them i...
07:42 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Science says, "It sucks to be Batman"
This chart describes the key problem with being Batman — it doesn't take a serious injury to seriously disable you. Your body can rack up big damage over years of repeated small stresses and str...
07:39 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing GOP fires author of copyright reform paper
Derek Khanna, the Republican House staffer who wrote an eminently sensible paper on copyright reform that was retracted less than a day later has been fired. So much for the GOP's drive to attract sav...
07:13 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Open science event in London this weekend
If you're in London this weekend, you should know that the Wellcome Trust is sponsoring a two-day bioscience hackathon with prizes awarded for the best ideas in four categories: Open Me — collec...
07:06 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Science needs your money (and your gut bacteria)
Here's an interesting project that combines participatory citizen science with crowdsource funding models. American Gut is a project to catalog, analyze, and compare microbiomes of a diverse swath of ...
07:05 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Death Becomes Her being adapted for television
Death Becomes Her, the 1992 movie about two narcissistic, jealous, middle-aged women who attempt (supernaturally) to remain young-looking forever, is being remade into a TV series for Bravo, the chann...
06:44 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing What birds are doing with your cigarette butts
Nicotine is one of nature's bug zappers. Seriously. Lots of plants have evolved to produce bug-repelling chemicals as part of their defense mechanisms and tobacco happens to be one of those plants. So...
06:23 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Lord Buckley's "Christmas Carol"
Lord Buckley was a comedian/storyteller who performed in the '50s. His version of A Christmas Carol is an utter delight....
06:16 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing 40th anniversary of the Blue Marble photo
Today is the 40th anniversary of the "Blue Marble," the iconic photo taken by the crew of the Apollo 17. More on the photo and its impact at LIFE.com and Wikipedia. Here's NASA's original caption: Vie...
06:15 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Kevin Smith announces that his final directorial effort will be Clerks 3
We knew this was coming, but I didn't think it would make me this sad. Kevin Smith, who has been talking about his retirement for a while now, has announced that his final film will be a second sequel...
05:01 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Crypto and Bletchley Park podcast from BBC's Infinite Monkey Cage
BBC Radio 4's great math and science show "The Infinite Monkey Cage" did a great (and very funny) episode on crypto and Bletchley Park, with Robin Ince, Brian Cox, Dave Gorman, Simon Singh and Dr Sue ...
04:04 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Learn how to make an entrance the Bill Murray way
Watch one of the most exciting late-night talk show entrances in television history (I'm guessing)! ...
03:44 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Canadian Conservative govt guts protections for 99+% of waterways, spare handful of lakes with high-cost cottages
David says, "Canada used to have 2.5 million protected lakes and other bodies of water. After recent Conservative Omnibus bills, we're down to 97. 87 of which are located in Conservative ridings (rich...
03:43 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Solar system quilt from 1876
Amateur astronomer Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa made this stunning solar system quilt in 1876. The quilt is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. From the Smithsoian's His...
03:37 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Gimmie a Ho! if you got your funky bus fare
Truly a great video....
03:19 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing AOL history through the NYT Crossword
Quartz tells the history of AOL, 1997-2011, through clues and answers in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. They did it using their simple app for searching NYT Crossword clues. Above, "105-Across: ...
03:03 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Appreciating Rudy Rucker's Wetware on Creative Commons's 10th birthday
It's Creative Commons's 10th birthday, and they've asked people to write short essays on their favorite pieces of CC-licensed media. I chose Rudy Rucker's extraordinary Wetware books: Rudy Rucker is o...
02:48 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing How to make a powered speaker for your MP3 player
Make the Monobox, a nice speaker with a built-in powered amp....
02:45 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Devilish vintage books
Invisible Brooklyn, sellers of fine curiosities and devilish artifacts, just posted two terrific tomes from the early 1900s to Instagram. I think both would best be enjoyed accompanied by a puff on th...
02:38 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Santa sacked
Maine Mall's Santa was sacked earlier this week following parental complaints of rudeness and "dirty looks." [WGME]...
02:30 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Amazingly thin iMacs "attractive but compromised"
Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica reports that the new iMacs are premium high-end kit, but lose important upgradeability options and have poor hard-drive performance. Photo: Andrew Cunningham / Ars Te...
02:08 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Man to cops: prostitute owes me 10 minutes
A man from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, reported a lady of the night to police for "shorting him 10 minutes," writes Elizabeth Dinan of the Sea Coast Online. They charged him with engaging a prostitute....
02:02 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Tax hike proposed for witch doctors
"A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa's last absolute monarchy." [Reuters]...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Meet the new Nintendo DRM, same as the old Nintendo DRM (but stupider)
Remember how Nintendo's shitty, broken DRM marred the launch of the Wii? They have learned precisely nothing, apparently. The new Wii U has even dumber DRM: As Nintendo's Wii U FAQ makes clear, "a Nin...
01:53 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Low-res shoot-em-up Ice Beak is a cool blast of fun
Nitrome's Icebeak is a Cybernoid-style side-scrolling shooter with an interesting "freeze stuff" theme, loads of color and few pixels. It's not very difficult, either—great for the young ones. [...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing What are cool and inexpensive home science experiments I can do to blow my child's mind?
What are cool and inexpensive home science experiments I can do to blow my kid's mind?...
12:02 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Kid manifesto
Not a bad childrearing philosophy, if you ask me. Source unknown) (Thanks, @DrinkyMcEyeball)...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Little Digits finger counting kids app
Using the iPad multi-touch screen, Little Digits displays number characters by detecting how many fingers you put down....
11:39 am PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Finest mechanical bird song of 1890
Antique mechanical contraption which realistically mimics bird song...
03:51 am PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing John McAfee looking completely like a 1980s villain now
Anyone else think that crazy former antivirus mogul John McAfee--returned to his cell today following "heart attacks"--has begun to resemble legendary Polish-British actor Vladek Sheybal? Sheybal is s...
12:43 am PST - Fri, December 7, 2012
BoingBoing Citigroup leads finance world in bullshit-generating capacity
The Atlantic's Derek Thompson has located a truly world-beating piece of obfuscated corporate bullshit, courtesy of Citi, who took 86 words to convey a simple fact: "Citigroup today announced [lay off...
11:12 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing RIP Oscar Niemeyer (104)
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who designed some of the 20th Century's most famous modernist buildings, has died just before his 105th birthday....
10:39 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Organized crime, bureaucratized
Brazilian organized crime investigators intercepted several interminable conference calls made by crime gangs, some of whose members were in prison, but were able to participate thanks to smuggled cel...
10:07 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Report on making your own cleaning products
If you've ever considered making your own household cleaning products, you've probably asked yourself the following questions: Does it save money? Does it take a lot of time? Do they work as well as c...
09:45 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Richard Clarkson's Cloud lamp: thunder, lightning, Arduino
Allan Chochinov of the new MFA Products of Design, alerted me to the work of one of his students, Richard Clarkson. It's called The Cloud. The project is an Arduino-controlled cloud that mimics thunde...
09:25 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing WWII bomber jacket art
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says, "We have published an article on World War II bomber-jacket art. One of the people we spoke to was John Conway, who co-authored a book on the topic [American Flig...
08:21 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing The Orchestra: iPad app combines Philharmonia Orchestra music, video, with vividly interactive instrument guide
The company that brought you "The Elements" has launched "The Orchestra," an iPad app that explores classical music....
08:20 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Epic Fun Day at the Beach
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. Our sponsor Hyundai asked my family and me to take a new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe on an "Epic Fun Day." What that meant was ent...
07:43 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Drone crash on college campus in San Diego is art-hoax
Things you don't read every day in a college news publication: We understand that the recent drone crash incident has caused alarmamongststudents and staff surrounding the research and use of drones o...
07:35 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Free, partial Tardis pinata
Free on Craigslist DC: a partially completed (and rather well-done) Tardis pinata. FREE: homemade TARDIS pull-string pinata. My 6 year-old daughter wanted a Dr. Who birthday and as nobody in the US se...
07:21 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Gay Washington state clerk who signed marriage licenses for 15 years is finally able to get one himself
For 15 years, Vancouver, WA resident Paul Harris issued marriage licences, but was denied the right to marry his partner of four decades. Today, he "finally got to sit on the other side of the counter...
07:14 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Pizza Hut perfume
Pizza Hut Canada produced a limited-edition perfume. Apparently, Eau de Pizza Hut has "top notes of freshly baked, hand-tossed dough." I guess it beats smelling like pepperoni or anchovies. (TODAY, vi...
07:05 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing WSJ: Washington Post will launch a paywall in 2013, and raise newsstand paper price
The Washington Post is one of the last great old print newspapers to not charge readers for online access, but not for long. The Wall Street Journal today reports that "while details are being finishe...
07:03 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Stupid sorority insults Mexicans
Members of the Chi Omega sorority at Penn State posed for this photo during a "Mexican-themed" party. Chi Omega's president apologized and the university is "taking the matter very seriously." (CNN)...
07:00 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Lactose intolerance intolerance: Gentleman attacks McDonald's worker over unwanted cheese on burger
The Smoking Gun has details on the case of a Pennsylvania gentleman who was so angry his hamburger had a piece of unwanted cheese on it, he allegedly assaulted a female McDonalds employee. After knock...
06:47 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Headless photographs of the 19th century
I was delighted by this collection of 19th century "headless photographs." These Victorian illusory photographs likely inspired the "Head Photographer" self-portrait made by my late brother Mark in 19...
06:46 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Gag gifts for geeks
Holiday yuks from The Joy of Tech. Gag Gifts for Geeks (Via Laughing Squid)...
06:45 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing To do in LA this weekend: MST3K's Joel Hodgson at Cinefamily (plus: new 4-DVD box set of MST3K classics)
If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, don't miss this special event at Cinefamily: Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Cinematic Titanic, giving a TED-talk-like presentation at ...
06:45 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing To do in LA this weekend: MST3K's Joel Hodgson at Cinefamily (plus: new 4-DVD MST3K box set)
In Los Angeles this weekend: Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Cinematic Titanic, gives a TED-talk-like presentation at Cinefamily....
06:36 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing NYPL teams up with lynda.com to offer free online video-based education
Online learning company lynda.com is teaming up with The New York Public Library, so that people who use the NYPL's Science, Industry and Business Library will now have free access to lynda.coms instr...
06:29 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed springy bracelet
A neat 3D-printed flexible bracelet....
05:50 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Video profile of co-creator of Arduino, Massimo Banzi
The Braun Lectron was Arduino co-creator Massimo Banzis Rosebud....
05:48 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing A comprehensive visual guide to every zombie killing on The Walking Dead (to date)
Richard Johnson and Andrew Barr of the National Post have sifted through all two and a half seasons of AMC's The Walking Dead and have come up with one of the most straightforward and fascinating visu...
05:14 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Fused glass trilobite menorah
For a truly old-school Hannukah, you couldn't do better than to pick up one of these fused-glass trilobite menorahs, made by Etsy seller Trilobiteglassworks (who, delightfully, produces every conceiva...
05:00 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing King Loses Crown: "My Revenge"
A sci-fi themed video from San Francisco indie band King Loses Crown, directed by Jim Mitchell, who is best know for his work as VFX director on the Harry Potter films, Sleepy Hollow, and Jurassic Par...
04:15 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Epic Fun Day at the Beach
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. Our sponsor Hyundai asked my family and me to take a new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe on an "Epic Fun Day." What that meant was ent...
04:13 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Pretty much everyone came back for the Freaks and Geeks reunion photo
Judd Apatow is guest-editing the first comedy issue of Vanity Fair, and this means he wields slightly more power over many people than usual. That's how he got nearly every single person who has ever ...
03:36 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Kristen Wiig might play Steve Carell's love interest in Anchorman 2
While it doesn't even have a finished script yet, the makers of Anchorman 2 are already talking about adding Kristen Wiig to their cast because when you're making a sequel to Anchorman, you can do wha...
03:33 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Frogdesign presents 20 Tech Trends for 2013
Frogdesign's Design Mind blog presents 20 Tech Trends for 2013. Here's one: Sensors, social networks change health behavioron a large scale By Associate Creative Director Montana Cherney, San Francisc...
02:29 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic and
Thanks to our wonderful sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, apparel, gifts, and other curious creations! This lovely "Less Than Three Heart Ring" is made to ord...
02:09 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Anatomical Frankenstein limited-edition print
Artist Brian Ewing has produced a limited edition colorway print of his anatomical Frankenstein's monster poster. I love this work -- I gave my wife one of his bubblegum colorways of the Bride of Fran...
01:24 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Golden Spike Company announces plan for commercial lunar space expeditions
Apollo 17: Last on the Moon. Photo: NASA. An announcement of note this morning about The Golden Spike Company, a new private space travel venture, backed by private investors. Their tag line? "Extend ...
01:00 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Anna and Froga: Wanna Gumball? -- funny kids' picture book
This collection of comicbook-like stories feature Anna and her animal friends on mini-adventures that include duplicitousness, frustration, greed, fool's errands, and trickery....
12:49 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Every Audiophile Review Ever
We found the best new listening enhancers since the Mpingo Disk. They're foot-tappingly great!...
12:22 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Game of Thrones game show in San Francisco tonight!
The Bores Gore and Swords podcast is putting on a round of their hilarious gameshow Please Please don't kill me! at Murphy's Pub on Kearny at 8pm tonight! Stand up comics compete to avoid beheading. W...
12:01 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Stickers that give life to inanimate objects
InAnimate makes stickers that reveal the personalities of inanimate objects in your house. "There are LOTS of eyes, noses, and mouths in each pack, and yes they’re removable (though we can’...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Epic Fun Day at the Beach
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. Our sponsor Hyundai asked my family and me to take a new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe on an "Epic Fun Day." What that meant was ent...
11:37 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Some Macs to be made in America
The AP: "Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will produce one of its existing lines of Mac computers in the United States next year." Good for them! My money is on the Mac Pro, where sticker price doe...
11:28 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Star Trek 2 trailer!
Three thoughts: 1. Looks damned good. 2. The trailer makes it look like a straight-up action movie with sci-fi backdrops. 3. Maybe they're so cagey about calling him Khan because it's a British actor ...
11:17 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Walking Dead 17: it's grim
This week saw the publication of the seventeenth Walking Dead collection, Something to Fear. Robert Kirkman really is the absolute master of holding out a tiny, frayed thread of hope and then snatchin...
11:05 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Marijuana now legal in Washington
CBS: "An impromptu celebration was held, appropriately enough, at the Space Needle, a Seattle high point. The air was filled with the scent of victory."...
04:54 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Leaked: ITU's secret Internet surveillance standard discussion draft
Yesterday morning, I wrote about the closed-door International Telecommunications Union meeting where they were working on standardizing "deep packet inspection" -- a technology crucial to mass Intern...
12:55 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute join presentation
Having been promised a chance to meet with the delegates at the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership treaty meeting in New Zealand, a representatives from nonprofit public interest groups around the wo...
12:55 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute joint presentation
Having been promised a chance to meet with the delegates at the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership treaty meeting in New Zealand, a representatives from nonprofit public interest groups around the wo...
12:16 am PST - Thu, December 6, 2012
BoingBoing UK ISPs will unblock The Promo Bay
Earlier this week, I wrote about how UK ISPs were blocking The Promo Bay, a site launched by The Pirate Bay to promote independent artists who didn't having their material shared. The ISPs had been or...
11:58 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing New Jim Woodring iPhone 5 case from Twig
Twig Case company has a few new Jim Woodring designs for the iPhone 5 (plus the 4/4s). I'm partial to this Pupshaw/Frank/Manhog illo! Check out all the designs (including this one by yours truly) at T...
11:46 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing New Boing Boing T-shirt: "Rocket Bike"
Our latest Boing Boing T-shirt was designed by Alex Pearson! It makes a great gift for all your rocket-bike enthusiast friends! Boing Boing Rocket Bike T-shirt See all of our offerings in the Boing Bo...
11:25 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Roq La Rue Gallery art openings for Femke Hiemstra & Ryan Heshka
Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, WA is having two simultaneous solo shows with new paintings by two of my favorites: Femke Hiemstra and Ryan Heshka. It opens Friday December 7th 6-9pm, and both artists ...
10:57 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Americans! Celebrate the Repeal!
Drink of the Week's Rachel shares some thoughts on the 79th anniversary of the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, or as it is also almost never called: Repeal Day! I'm certainly glad that Prohib...
10:30 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Printing press made from IKEA drawers
Jenny and Charles are making their own wedding program, and to do so, they made their own printing press. From a set of IKEA drawers. Because they are awesome. The printing press is made of an Ikea Ku...
10:09 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Steampunk pipe-lamp with valve-switch
PeteJ sends in "a steampunk desk lamp I built, the valve is also the on/off switch." That's a hell of a switch....
08:50 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Burroughs and Cobain, 1993
William S. Burroughs and Kurt Cobain's "The 'Priest' They Called Him" (1993). After meeting Cobain, Burroughs commented to his assistant, "Theres something wrong with that boy; he frowns for no good r...
08:43 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Voicemails from hundreds of strangers answering a secret question
Olga sez, "On Thanksgiving, I got chosen by the Listserve (the email lottery!) to send an email to 21,632 people. I decided to ask them to call a Google Voicemail number, and answer the secret questio...
08:43 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing UPDATE: Tim Heidecker has been fired from Rolling Stone
In an update to our previous post about Tim Heidecker guest-editing/hijacking Rolling Stone (possibly in a fictional sense), Tim Heidecker has been "escorted out of the building after being fired with...
08:33 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing A casting agency for all of your creepy horror child casting needs
Your kid should be in (horror) pictures!...
08:24 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing What's new in Boing Boing's Video archives
Some of our loyal readers may not yet be aware that we've launched Boing Boing's all-new Video page, where all of the videos we blog on Boing Boing are viewable in one ginormous grid of genuine genius...
07:58 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing New Zealand give $120M subsidy to Hollywood for local production of The Hobbit, plus a passel of new anti-union and copyright laws -- and corrupt police raids
Writing for Bloomberg, Joe Karaganis describes the incredible subsidies that New Zealand provided to the film production for The Hobbit, and what a brutal screwjob those subsidies represent for Kiwi t...
07:30 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Does your family rock? Enter this contest!
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. Think your family rocks? Show us by uploading a photo of your family rocking out. Enter now for a chance to win great prizes...
07:23 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Transform Robot from Japan's Brave Robotics brings "Transformers" to life
The 1/12 scale Transform Robot Version 7.2 from Brave Robotics of Japan....
07:21 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Kickstarting a movie that realistically portrays hackers
David sez, "We all hate seeing the way computers are depicted in TV shows and movies. Magic boxes that can do the impossible and it only gets less realistic when the subject turns to hacking. There is...
07:06 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Happy Birthday, Walt! Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will finally get a voice (in Epic Mickey 2)!
It's Walt Disney's 111th birthday today, and there is news from the video game world that probably would have made him smile: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, his pre-Mickey Mouse, silent-era creation, is fin...
06:45 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Does your family rock? Enter this contest!
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. Think your family rocks? Show us by uploading a photo of your family rocking out. Enter now for a chance to win great prizes...
06:40 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Celebration of lurid monster-movie posters
Swan Galleries is auctioning off a collection of 139 old movie posters, including a lot of wonderful, monstrous film posters from around the world, in a collection called "Monsters with Maidens." The ...
06:00 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Building a full-scale Millennium Falcon
Nashville's Chris Lee wants to build a full-scale replica of the Millennium Falcon. ...
05:45 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing MoMath, more problems
Here's an awesome activity for anybody who happens to be in New York City. Next week, on December 15th, The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) will open at a location near the Flatiron Building. ...
05:37 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Iron Egghead: Explain biology using eight everyday items
Enter Scientific American's video contest!...
05:13 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing The secrets of elevator design
Making a high-quality elevator isn't just about designing something that can safely go from one floor to another. Elevators are service items. That means that when you design an elevator, you also hav...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing, invisible work that goes on when you click an HTTPS link
Jeff Moser has a clear, fascinating enumeration of all the incredible math stuff that happens between a server and your browser when you click on an HTTPS link and open a secure connection to a remote...
04:55 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012.
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck passed away at the age of 91. Thank you for the beautiful, beautiful music. (LA Times)...
04:49 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Tim Heidecker takes over Rolling Stone, shows off excellent dream covers
Here is something you should know is happening: Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric and the Cain Train) has taken over Rolling Stone magazine. At least that's what he's telling us, and why he's posting his...
04:48 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing The First Light of Evening
Mark Ernest Pothier's The First Light of Evening explores the life of Jim, who would rather not have it explored. Marriage over and retired Jim has spent the last few years reading all the books he sa...
04:48 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing What's up with NASA's warp drive spaceship?
Here's the best way I can sum up this story: Yes, some NASA scientists are working on a design for a warp drive. No, that doesn't mean warp drives are real. Warp drives — as a purely theoretical...
04:38 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Surreal photo illustrations by Joel Robinson
Cranbrook, British Columbia artist Joel Robinson creates delightfully simple and surreal photo illustrations. See more in his Flickr stream and Etsy shop. (via My Modern Metropolis)...
04:20 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Carlton Cuse wants fans to create a title sequence for Bates Motel
In case there are any artistically-inclined fans of A&E's upcoming Bates Motel interested in creating a piece of the show, executive producer Carlton Cuse has put out a call for an opening title ...
04:19 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Real life animated Pixar anglepoise lamp
Design students Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror and Joss Doggett created "Pinokio," a kind of animatronic version of the adorable animated Pixar lamp....
04:07 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Why scientists
The discovery of the particle that is most likely the Higgs Boson was met with wild-eyed excitement almost everywhere except CERN, writes physicist Glenn Starkman at Scientific American Blogs. That's ...
03:52 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing http:youtu.beFyWMuA8HcJkJess Bachman, whose infographics we've featured on Boing Boing before, recently started getting into animation as a way to tell data-intensive stories
Whats up with food labeling? Proposition 37 was recently voted down in California....
03:52 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing GMO foods and Prop 37's defeat: an animated infographic video
Whats up with food labeling? Proposition 37 was recently voted down in California....
03:45 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Videos of animals having birthdays
I'm fascinated by these videos of animals having birthdays, started by this especially surreal video Xeni sent me of a skunk named Peaches celebrating her first birthday. Do the animals understand tha...
03:41 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing The oldest Confederate volcano tells all
TIL: There is an extinct volcano sitting directly beneath the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Specifically, it is approximately a half mile below the Mississippi Colosseum and state fairgrounds. In the ...
03:38 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Red Callender Sextet's "Voodoo" (1953)
Red Callender Sextet's "Voodoo," accompanied by footage of the stunning Yolanda "Tongolele" Montes....
03:37 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Ilford disposable cameras
Ilford launches a new line of disposable cameras using its lovely line of black and white film. You can pick from XP2 or HP5, both at ISO 400. Sadly, no Delta 100! "Steven Brierley, the companys direc...
03:21 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Bigfoot and Yeti Christmas tree ornaments
These delightful Bigfoot and Yeti glass ornaments are available from the International Cryptozoology Museum. They're $20 each and support the fantastically Fortean museum located in Portland, Maine. I...
03:11 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Cracking passwords with 25 GPUs
Security Ledger reports on a breakthrough in password-cracking, using 25 graphics cards in parallel to churn through astounding quantities of password possibilities in unheard-of timescales. It's the ...
02:10 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: A HOSTESS TWINKIES AD - CAPTAIN INDUSTRY VS. UNION-MAN
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a Hostess Twinkies ad goes horribly awry, and Captain Industry gets more than he bargained for from the evil Union-Man...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Does your family rock? Enter this contest!
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by The New Santa Fe from Hyundai. Think your family rocks? Show us by uploading a photo of your family rocking out. Enter now for a chance to win great prizes...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Chocolate Fix: a favorite puzzle game, now a mobile app
The puzzle game Chocolate Fix has been a family favorite around our house for years....
01:11 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Chris Anderson's Makers: economic manifesto that combines business savvy with down-and-dirty workshop HOWTO
Some months ago, Chris Anderson wrote to me to let me know that he was working on a book called Makers, and given that I'd written a well-known novel on similar themes with the same title, did I mind?...
01:11 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing The worst things for sale
Drew of Toothpaste for Dinner and KOMPRESSOR fame collates the worst things that are for sale. These include voice-activated grocery list dispensers, electric bag sealers, and the purportedly funny bo...
01:04 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Translating plutocrat economic campaign-speak into plain English
The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a coalition of hyper-rich CEOs and bankers that's been formed to campaign for social safety net cuts, seizing the "fiscal cliff" moment as a chance to change the public...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Cool space-saving kid rooms
A gallery of 12 cool kid room designs....
12:05 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Check out the McAfee Mind Map
Hilary Sargent, investigator and chartmaker, created this map of murder suspect and former antivirus mogul John McAfee's bizarre exploits in Belize. Click to show an embiggened, draggable version, or ...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing How to draw Space Invaders-style characters
Pixel Dude is an image editing app for the iPad. Like the name suggests, it's pixel based, and is good for drawing chunky graphics. ...
11:57 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing MuchLoved: photos of long-suffering toys
Mark Nixon's "MuchLoved" project collects photos of peoples' long-suffering toys, along with the stories behind them. It's a poignant collection of sentimental reminiscence and beautiful patinas and g...
11:07 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing French spermcount down
Andrew M. Seaman writes: "Researchers found that between 1989 and 2005, the number of sperm in one milliliter of the average 35-year-old Frenchman's semen fell from about 74 million to about 50 millio...
11:00 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Vandal ruins millions of dollars worth of wine
A moment of silence, please. Some complete bastard in Italy has destroyed 84,000 bottles of Brunello, worth at least $25m. [Eric Asimov/NYT]...
10:55 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Villagers: women with cellphones 'debase the social atmosphere'
"The Sunderbari village council in a Muslim-dominated area east of Patna, the capital of Bihar, has also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees ($180) if a girl is caught using a mobile phone on the streets....
10:53 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing UN's International Telecommunications Union sets out to standardize bulk surveillance of Internet users by oppressive governments
The International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency dominated by veterans of incumbent telcoms who mistrust the Internet, and representatives of repressive governments who want to control it, have...
10:52 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Women can "tell a cheating man", but not vice versa
Reuters' Tan Ee Lyn: "Women can tell with some accuracy whether an unfamiliar male is faithful simply by looking at his face, but men seem to lack the same ability when checking out women, according t...
10:45 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Mixed early reviews for The Hobbit
Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy says "it's a bit of a slog" but quite likes the overall tone of the picture: There are elements in this new film that are as spectacular as much of the Rings trilogy...
10:17 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Gallivant, a minimalist travel site
Gallivant looks like a great way to cut through the noise and bloat of Yelp, Google, and plane-booking sites when headed to unfamiliar turf....
10:11 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing The "Perfect Pencil"
Faber Castell's Perfect Pencil is described by the ad copy as "the culmination of the history of the pencil", which somehow does not quite prepare one for the eye-watering $240 price tag—or that...
01:12 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Funny fake planning notices
Artist/prankster Phil Lucas puts up fake "planning notices" around Brighton, England, announcing his plans to radically improve the cityscape and inviting people to comment via the local government's ...
12:19 am PST - Wed, December 5, 2012
BoingBoing Library gift-shop, on wheels, in LA
Katie from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles sez, "The Library Store On Wheels, a mobile truck version of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' beloved Central Library gift store (which LA Weekly...
11:06 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Postmortem on the Daily
Writing on Reuters, Felix Salmon has a good postmortem on the demise of the Daily, Rupert Murdoch's iPad-only, $30,000,000 subscription-based newspaper, which folded yesterday. Among other things, he ...
10:00 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Petition to make gender-neutral Easy-Bake Ovens
Mckenna Pope of Garfield, NJ has started a petition -- with just over 23,000 signatures at time of writing (including mine) -- to Hasbro, asking them to produce a gender-neutral version of the Easy-Ba...
09:44 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing The making of "It's a SpongeBob Christmas" stop-motion episode
If you're a fan of Rankin Bass style Christmas Specials like I am, you should tune into SpongeBob Squarepants on December 9th to watch "It's a SpongeBob Christmas!" (which Jason posted about here in N...
09:21 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years
Here's my jaw-droppingly professional unboxing video of Star Trek Federation: The First 150 Years by David A. Goodman....
09:00 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Open, CC-licensed photo course draws up to 35,000 students
The BBC's picture editor Phil Coomes has a long, excellent feature on the open education photography classes offered by Jonathan Worth and Matt Johnston through Coventry University. The course is open...
08:54 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Plush Fin Fin virtual pet toy needed by distraught Boing Boing reader's grandson
Edwin's grandson fell in love with Fin Fin, a defunct plush virtual pet last offered by Fujitsu in 1996. Now Fin Fin has disappeared and he's desperate to replace Fin Fin for Christmas. If you've got ...
08:27 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Major studios send legal threats to Google demanding removal of links to their own Facebook pages and more
One things the movie studios say in copyright takedown discussions is that they're very careful when they send legal threats to Google demanding removal of links to pirated copies of their work. I mea...
07:40 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Yosemite's Bracebridge Dinner
Last year I had the incredibly good fortune to attend Yosemite's Bracebridge Dinner....
07:31 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Trailer for Breaking the Taboo: documentary about the disastrous results of the war on drugs
This groundbreaking new documentary uncovers the UN sanctioned war on drugs, charting its origins and its devastating impact on countries like the USA, Colombia and Russia....
07:02 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing You can be a loser at the game of social ostracism
Now you can play Cyberball — a computer game that psychology researchers use to study the effects of social ostracism and hurt feelings. Normally, the game is played by test subjects who are hoo...
06:39 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing How to learn hiragana in one hour or less
A week or so ago I decide to relearn hiragana and katakana (Japanese syllabaries), which I'd completely forgotten. I loaded a hiragana flashcard set onto iAnki (read Gary Wolf's excellent Wired articl...
06:33 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Fun family science project electric lighting from trash
The Joule Thief is a way of producing enough electricity to run small, but useful, electric lights using cast-off trash like pop-can tabs and "dead" batteries. It's especially handy in the Himalayas, ...
06:20 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Amazing Insects - a short video featuring cute insects made from random junk, set to weird synth music
Steve Belfer made this short video featuring cute insects made from random junk, set to weird synth music....
06:10 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing The effects of space travel on the human body (past and present)
A 1956 video about the then-still-theoretical physiology of space travel ... with a special appearance by Chuck Yeager!...
05:52 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing "Shot-for-Shot" Prisoner intro remake
Sophia and her band Do Not Foresake Me Oh My Darling made this amazing "shot-for-shot" remake of the Prisoner's opening. It is astonishing....
05:41 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing New surreal woodcut collages from Dan Hillier
I've long admired happy mutant illustrator Dan Hillier, who produces beautiful line-art collages that combine Victorian woodcuts with original illustration to produce beautiful and surreal effects. He...
05:14 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Silicon Valley, meet Genome Valley
More than 100 biomedical and life science companies are clustered in Genome Valley, a research park in Hyderabad, India. (Via Joanne Manaster)...
05:04 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing See what the Hobbit dwarves are really about: shots
Dwarves like to party, and they expect Bilbo Baggins to keep up. Bloody Marys at Elevensies! ...
05:00 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Infamous 2020 Segment on Rap Music
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
04:48 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Live, online Spider Robinson lecture on writing science fiction
Tony Smith from the StarShipSofa science fiction podcast sez, "Spider Robinson will share the sofa for a confidential live online talk full of anecdotes and insights about science fiction, the publish...
04:40 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Pop-up assembly of micro-robots and other devices
As multiple researchers continue their efforts to make micro-robotic flying insects, Harvard's Robert Wood has made strides in self-assembling systems with the robobee above. Inspired by his child's p...
04:39 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Nabokov pitches a movie idea to Hitchcock: "A girl, a rising star of not quite the first magnitude, is courted by a budding astronaut."
A girl, a rising star of not quite the first magnitude, is courted by a budding astronaut. She is slightly condescending to him; has an affair with him but may have other lovers, or lover, at the same...
04:19 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Seth MacFarlane working on a Blazing Saddles-style western
Following the success of Ted, in which he provided the voice of an animated teddy bear (and wrote and directed), Seth MacFarlane is now working on his live-action movie acting debut, and it's going to...
03:55 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Short documentary about Stromboli fisherman
Welcome to the volcanic island of Stromboli, where epically-bearded fisherman effortlessly spout profound poetry about the grandeur of life....
03:51 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Fallen Astronaut figure on the Moon
Seen above is the Fallen Astronaut, a tiny aluminum figurine that the Apollo 15 crew placed on the Moon's surface with a plaque listing the names of 14 astronauts and cosmonauts who had died. Belgian ...
03:50 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Mentos horse mask basketball commercial
I desperately want to believe that this horse mask Mentos commercial is actually from a 1992 episode of the Swedish Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as the description says, if only because this is just ...
03:39 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Computer classes should teach regular expressions to kids
My latest Guardian column is "Here's what ICT should really teach kids: how to do regular expressions," and it makes the case for including regular expressions in foundational IT and computer science ...
03:32 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing 3D printed gun fires 6 shots - then falls apart
Defense Distributed, a group that is developing free designs for weapons made on 3D printers, tested out a handgun that has a plastic lower receiver made on a 3D printer. It successfully fired six rou...
03:10 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing New book about The KLF (and their Doctor Who connections)
KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money is a new eBook charting the strange journey of prankster musicians/artists Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty at the birth of acid house....
02:47 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing LOL is pro-Satan code
This reportedly viral message generated a great thread on Reddit that I enjoyed while listening to the music of Knights In Satan's Service....
02:45 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Wild birds tweet by pecking at unsalted fat spread on an outdoor keyboard
Latvian magazine Ir created a Twitter account written by local birds by covering the keys of an outdoor keyboard with unsalted fat, and using the birds' pecking to generate 100 tweets a day to the @hu...
02:40 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Blogger proves flaws in Ecuadoran security system by hacking president's identity
Paul Moreno, an Ecuadoran blogger, discovered a flaw in the country's national online identity database, which he demonstrated by hijacking the identity of President Rafael Correa. He was briefly arre...
02:29 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Holiday music: "Twas the Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Between Christmas and the Festival of Lights"
In their continuing fight against bad holiday music, our friends at the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation have released Twas the Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Between Christmas and...
02:26 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Robert Crumb writes a short, sad story about the career of MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman
(Click to see larger image) Harvey Kurtzman created MAD in 1952. It started out as a comic book, and the first issues mainly lampooned other comic books (Superman, Archie). It soon branched out to mak...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Free Coursera Calculus course with hand-drawn animated materials
Robert Ghrist from University of Pennsylvania wrote in to tell us about his new, free Coursera course in single-variable Calculus....
01:45 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Awesome old school rap covers
Yesterday Kottke.org shared a favorite Snoop Lion cover! This Dynamite Hack is near the top of my list......
01:10 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Overpriced gadgets
Avram Pilch: "A truly superior product is definitely worth spending more. Unfortunately, sometimes tech companies think too much of their wares and too little of your intelligence." [Gizmodo]...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Tallest possible Lego tower height calculated
The good folks on the most-excellent BBC Radio/Open University statistical literacy programme More or Less decided to answer a year-old Reddit argument about how many Lego bricks can be vertically sta...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Follow up to the fabulous Look! a Book! by Bob Staake
Hurray! Artist Bob Staake has a follow-up to his terrific kids' book, Look! A Book! It's called, Look! Another Book!...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Quadcopter flight video
Quadcopters are easy-to-fly remote control vehicles that have four propellors....
03:19 am PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in an NPR Tiny Desk concert
NPR's fantastic Tiny Desk concert by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has me going back through the entire series as it looks so wonderful....
02:20 am PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing The Return of the Best Damn Comics of the Year -- Boing Boing Edition
I realized that I promised you some stocking stockers for December, but then it occurred to me: why not just approach the whole thing Tom Sawyer-style, and get a few tastemakers from around the indust...
01:00 am PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Norwegian hotel calls cops on man because they go his name wrong and thought he used an assumed name; police arrest him in the nude; hotel charges him for the room
Matt sez, Sorry, this is in Norwegian but it's definitively a story that deserves more attention. In summary, Norwegian Dagfinn Bjelland visits Clarion Collection Hotell Atlantic in Norwegian town of ...
01:00 am PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Norwegian hotel calls cops on man because they got his name wrong and thought he used an assumed name; police arrest him in the nude; hotel charges him for the room
Matt sez, Sorry, this is in Norwegian but it's definitively a story that deserves more attention. In summary, Norwegian Dagfinn Bjelland visits Clarion Collection Hotell Atlantic in Norwegian town of ...
12:55 am PST - Tue, December 4, 2012
BoingBoing Buffalo Bill Dance Unicorn Chaser
Pursuant to this; as provided by Boing Boing reader PhosPhorious....
10:46 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Avi Solomon's Boing Boing interviews: the ebook
If you've enjoyed Avi Solomon's interviews here over the years, you'll be interested to hear that he's collected them in an ebook called MetaHacks: The Boing Boing Interviews. Though it's not an "offi...
09:02 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Genderswapped, sexualized comic art
The Hawkeye Initiative is a Tumblr-wide fan-art genderswap extravaganza in which fan-artists redraw highly sexualized images of female superheros, swapping in male superheros and reproducing the origi...
08:57 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Cards Against Humanity, Against Christmas
Cards Against Humanity, the snarky, funny card game, has done a name-your-price Xmas expansion pack, just in time to blunt the edge on your holiday cheer....
08:42 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Chronicle's Dane DeHaan will play Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Harry Osborn will be besties/worsties with Peter Parker in a Spider-Man movie once again, but this time, James Franco simply could not build himself a time-turner to make himself available. Instead, f...
08:17 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Los Angeles Makerspace: A Family Friendly Innovation Hub
Great news for LA-based families - Los Angeles Makerspace is here! I'm happy to be helping them in their Kickstarter campaign to get new equipment by conducting an Arduino workshop for the first 20 pe...
07:40 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Mustache transplants on the rise
Turkish plastic surgeon Selahattin Tulunay is performing 50-60 mustache implants every month, helping Middle Eastern men achieve thick, full mustaches. The procedure costs about $7,000. Pierre Bouhann...
07:14 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing A museum of toilets at art museums
Fascinated with toilets as art, reader Ryan recommends checking out the Art Museum Toilet. This reminds me of the Happiest Potties on Earth....
06:55 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing This week's The Walking Dead recap is full of incredibly awkward reunions! [SPOILERS]
In the aptly-titled mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, "Made to Suffer" introduced us to a new group of survivors and reunited a bunch of familiar ones. But if you're thinking about giant, relieve...
06:53 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing UK home secretary says Britain needs more data retention, cites an example where a corrupt cop gave murdered victims' details to crime boss
This morning saw the publication of an editorial in The Sun by Theresa May, the UK home secretary, defending her bulk Internet surveillance proposal, the Communications Data Bill, AKA the "Snooper's C...
06:30 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing The Buffalo Bill Dance
Welcome to YouTube, the stuff of nightmares. A sampling follows; the criteria are "video includes Q Lazzarus's Goodbye Horses" and "subject appears alone."...
06:18 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing South Korea's toilet culture museum
The fantastic story of Mr. Sim Jae-duck will not end here, but having his former home turned into a park honoring the hygienic history of toilets is certainly impressive!...
05:45 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Bluetooth stickers help you find things when you lose them
StickNFinds are Bluetooth location stickers the diameter of a quarter (but thicker than a quarter). You attach them to television remote controls, pets, children, or other things that you need to loca...
05:41 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Ambulance given Denver boot during emergency response
A New Orleans ambulance was booted by a convenience store worker for parking in their space while responding to a call. WWLTV also reports the gent responsible has been issued a ticket and lost his jo...
05:32 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Atari Flashback 4 console
AT Games has released the new Atari Flashback 4 console, this time with wireless joysticks. It's loaded with Asteroids, Missile Command, Space Invaders, Jungle Hunt, Centipede and 70 more classics, bu...
04:35 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Time magazine: the GOP is "full of it" and the press won't call them on it
A stirring editorial in Time by Michael Grunwald calls out the US press for failing to report on contradictions in the GOP's platforms (for example, condemning Obama for not cutting Medicare enough wh...
04:32 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Songs in the Key of Hanukkah
Songs in the Key of Hannukah by Erran Baron Cohen is one of my favorite holiday albums....
04:21 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Wonder Woman action figure from 1976
This is Wonder Woman from Mego's Comic Action Heroes line of 1976. The strangely masculine head on the left was quickly replaced by the one on the right. The unfortunate body style remained unchanged....
04:12 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Spike TV renews Tattoo Nightmares because it also renewed Ink Master
Spike TV has renewed its two tattoo-related shows, the competition show Ink Master, and Tattoo Nightmares, which chronicles a shop that specializes in coverups of bad tattoos. Considering how the "ste...
04:10 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing CD of conservative folk music from the early 1960s
Omni Recording Corporation has pressed a fascinating CD compilation of conservative folk music called "Freedom is a Hammer: Conservative Folk Revolutionaries of the Sixties."...
04:05 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Handmade Gravity Falls figurines
Rebekka crafted these absolutely fantastic figurines of characters from my favorite "kids" show, Gravity Falls! "Gravity Falls figurines"  Yet another reason why I love Gravity Falls - Boing Boin...
03:52 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Mind-blowing animated GIF
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03:50 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Mind-blowing animated GIF
Mind-blowing. (via Imaginary Foundation)...
03:17 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Composited, time-accelerated video of airport traffic
Filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker composited four and a half hours of San Diego International Airport traffic into 25 seconds....
03:13 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Bob Ross autotuned
Earlier this year, PBS paid tribute to Bob Ross with this autotuned remix of The Joy of Painting....
02:48 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Krampus: The Devil of Christmas greeting cards
Meet Krampus, Santa Claus' devilish pal named who takes care of kids on the naughty list....
02:41 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Great opening sequence: the Prisoner
Oh, just one of the best shows EVER....
02:30 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing "Cult" sunglasses great for leaders of new religions
No prospective cult leader wants to be seen dead without an appropriate pair of 1970s-esque gradient shades, and Iris Optical's "Cult" sunglasses just happen to nail that exclusive and challenging Dav...
02:28 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Patent on creating a unicorn, and an ancient unicorn lair
The Korean Central News Agency reports that scientists have "recently reconfirmed" a unicorn's layer in Pyongyang. Not surprisingly, the magical animal itself was nowhere to be found as this is the ho...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Why (some) manufacturing is returning to the USA
General Electric has moved some of its key appliance-manufacturing work back to the USA, re-opening "Appliance Park," a megafactory in Louisville, KY. The company is finding it cheaper to do some manu...
01:58 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Map of the Dead, survive the zombie apocalypse
Spend hours planning what to do when everything goes to hell-on-earth? I know I do. This map just made things a lot easier (planning anyways, I'm not counting on a lot of connectivity post event!) I h...
01:47 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Be careful out there, bedbug warriors
Yes, bedbugs are gross. But before you go all Conan on any creepy creatures living in your mattress, please be aware that pesticides are both helpful and potentially dangerous. With bedbug infestation...
01:39 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Molecules with silly names
Meet moronic acid. It's special. Seriously. Found in mistletoe and the Chinese sumac, this chemical could be one of the reasons those plants have long been associated with herbal medicine. Scientists ...
01:20 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Chicken hotdogs and garters for boys who want to be manly
Two fine pieces of vintage ephemera from Mostly Forbidden Zone: A hotdog with the head of a chicken, and one heck of a manly garter for boys....
01:08 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing The future of fuel has gone to sh*%.
Scientists are studying panda poop to learn how to make better biofuels. ...
01:08 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing How Neil deGrasse Tyson helped Superman
NPR has a great story about Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Hayden Planetarium pitching in when given a chance to help out the Man of Steel. DC Comics, Tyson explains, approached him for permission to use...
01:00 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Elfquest: this ancient vessel's shape
Page 13 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....
12:35 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Creepers gotta creep for science
In 1938, researchers at Bryn Mawr College published a paper on Egocentricity in Adult Conversations. In order to accurately record the pattern and content of conversations as they happened in real lif...
12:29 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing The natural history of the European werewolf
A tour of werewolves in European history — the mad, the bad, and the heretics....
12:00 pm PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing The Arduino: a $25 gadget that will teach you and your kids a lot about programming and electronics
Arduino is a small circuit board that costs about $20 - $30 and can be used to add interactivity to projects....
11:43 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing The best smartphones of 2012
At Ars Technica, Andrew Cunningham offers an epic, 5-page guide to the best smartphones of 2012. Our Gift Guide recommendations are more succinct: get the iPhone 5, Nexus 4 or Nokia 920....
11:36 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Deer join horse race, announcer plays along
As they race down the track, Bambi has the lead. Here comes Rudolph from the outside. [CBS Pittsburgh]...
11:33 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Star Wars Roguelike
Ondej ra's Star Wars Roguelike is approachable and fun! It's based upon toolkits he created for making old-school ASCII adventures easier to put together in javascipt. [ondras.github via Indiegames]...
11:27 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Get married at Denny's
Timothy Pratt: "Denny's, the 24-hour American diner, opened a restaurant on Thursday in Las Vegas with a wedding chapel where couples can tie the knot."...
11:26 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing How Samsung broke from the pack
Samsung's proven that Android smartphones and tablets can go toe-to-toe with iOS, transforming mobile into its own largest growth business. It took more than $11bn in marketing expenses to get there. ...
11:15 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Posters "designed" by playing pinball
STYN is Sam van Doorn's design grad project. It uses a pinball machine as a semi-random plotter, which produces "posters" based on the rise and fall of the ball: A poster is placed on top of the machi...
04:59 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Symbolia: new tablet zine for comics journalism
Illustrator-journalist Susie Cagle shares news about a new tablet magazine of comics journalism, Symbolia, that launches Monday, Dec. 3, and includes some of Cagle's own excellent work. Symbolia edito...
02:01 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing KQED reports on own entry to venture capital space
Apparently Public Media is starting an incubator."KQED's Joshua Johnson recently interviewed Corey Ford, because he's the Matter CEO, and KQED President and CEO John Boland, because Joshua knew where ...
01:41 am PST - Mon, December 3, 2012
BoingBoing Alpha Colony misses $50k Kickstarter goal by $28, does not fund
DreamQuest games Kickstarter project fell $28 short and rules are rules. I wish I'd known of it, M.U.L.E. was a favorite. "Alpha Colony's Kickstarter campaign had raised $49,972 from 542 backers. The ...
09:19 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing X-Wing fighter made from beer-cans
Tams Knya's "X-Wing Beer Can," lovingly documented on Flickr, is a boozy tribute to interstellar combat. star wars x wing beer can (via Neatorama)...
09:07 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Boba Fett skirt
Etsy seller GoFollowRabbits produces "Geek Chic Fashion," including this marvy Boba Fett skirt. Printed Bounty Hunter Inspired Skirt (via The Mary Sue)...
09:04 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Overblocking of The Pirate Bay in the UK blocks perfectly legal, indie artist promotion site
TorrentFreak reports that UK ISPs aren't just blocking The Pirate Bay, as a court order requires of them -- they're also blocking The Promo Bay, a website set up by the Pirate Bay to promote legal, in...
03:34 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Illinois state AG investigates alleged cancer charity scam "Boobies Rock"
With a name like "Boobies Rock!" you know it's a completely legitimate cancer fundraiser. Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times first exposed allegations that "Boobies Rock!," a for-profit business that pu...
03:34 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Illinois state AG investigates alleged breast cancer charity scam "Boobies Rock"
With a name like "Boobies Rock!" you know it's a totally legit breast cancer fundraiser. Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times first exposed allegations that "Boobies Rock!," a for-profit business that pur...
03:18 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Dog dressed as two dogs holding a present
Dan Wrexham throws down the gauntlet: "If you've seen a better picture than this picture of a dog dressed as two dogs carrying a present, I don't believe you." I can't think of anything better. Dog dr...
03:11 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing "Nature is a bitch who likes to make life hard for scientists" (and lazy bloggers)
In the Guardian, Stephen Curry writes about how a new analysis of the structure of DNA using electron microscopy was mis-reported and distorted by various online publications. (HT: @nostrich)...
02:38 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing For psychiatry "bible," Asperger's is out, binge eating is in
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, will no longer classify Asperger's as an official mental disorder, but binge eating and hoarding are now in. The board of the Ameri...
02:10 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Anti-drone NYC street artist arrested
Essam Attia is NYC street artist who posted fake NYPD posters "reassuring" people about the ubiquitous surveillance of the department, especially via drones. The NYPD surveilled him, tracked him down ...
01:31 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing John MacAfee, the New York Times catch-up edition
After Gizmodo, after Wired, there is now a New York Times profile of John MacAfee's descent into the heart of darkness, this one notable for its use of the underappreciated adjective "priapic." Well p...
01:31 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing John McAfee, the New York Times catch-up edition
After Gizmodo, after Wired, there is now a New York Times profile of John McAfee's descent into the heart of darkness, this one notable for its use of the underappreciated adjective "priapic." Well pl...
01:06 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Diesel Sweeties "Fucking Coffee" mug
R. Stevens of Diesel Sweeties sent me one of these coffee mugs. When I finally stopped laughing, like 6 hours later, I poured some coffee into it and it was officially christened as my favorite coffee...
12:59 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Demonstrations in Ljubljana: Carnations, Neo-Nazis and a Water Cannon
Bob at Piran Caf blog in Slovenia shares this photograph in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. On his blog, he explains: This [photograph of a policeman behind a riot shield] was taken at about 6 pm last ni...
12:00 pm PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Don't Squish the Sasquatch!
I've been a fan of Bob Staake's illustration ever since David and I stumbled across his ABC and 123 books at SF Moma in 1998. Bob's art is appealing in its simplicity, but it's also sophisticated and ...
11:06 am PST - Sun, December 2, 2012
BoingBoing Flintlockknife
The good news is, this world has in it a thing that looks like an elaborate butter-knife, but is really a flintlock pistol. The bad news is, you missed your choice to buy it -- it sold in Sept 2011 fo...
08:12 pm PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing Boom Tee: monstrous science fiction tee from Singularity & Co
The fabulous Singularity & Co bookstore (where they find out-of-print sf classics, clear the rights to them, and bring them back as CC-licensed books) is finally selling its beautiful "Boom Tee" ...
05:02 pm PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing Santastic 7: more mashups for the holiday season
djBC and friends have put out their seventh Santastic collection of holiday mashups, "It's a Wonderful Mash." Wonderful it is, too. I recommend starting with track 14, I Wanna Be Dentated - Blitzen's ...
02:41 pm PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing Bill Nye tells us how old the earth is
Bill Nye explains how we use science to calculate the age of the planet and how that understanding and science impact our economy. I hope Sen. Rubio listens......
01:56 pm PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing It's OK to Do Stuff: rude and funny parody of Free To Be You and Me
Rob Kutner and the Levinson Brothers (and friends) released It's OK To Do Stuff, an album parodying Free to Be You and Me. Guest vocals include Steven Page from Barenaked Ladies and Jane Wiedlin of Th...
01:36 pm PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing Thrift Shop by Macklemore
Fantastic song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. He wears your granddad's clothes and looks incredible!...
12:00 pm PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing Saturday Video Matinee 001
Welcome to Boing Boing's Saturday Video Matinee!...
10:50 am PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing Rejected jokes submitted to a kids' jokes site
A moderator of a kids' joke site maintains a Tumblr filled with the jokes that were too rude to merit inclusion. Poop jokes ahoy! Q.what did batman say to robin before they got in the car A.get in the...
01:15 am PST - Sat, December 1, 2012
BoingBoing Search engine for the full text and descriptions of every Calvin and Hobbes script
The Calvin & Hobbes Search Engine performs pretty much as you'd expect: it's a search engine that runs against the full text and descriptions of all the Calvin and Hobbes strips. For example, a s...
11:09 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk
Dairy farmers protesting in Brussels sprayed thousands of litres of milk on the European Parliament and its police cadre. Shown here, a small thumbnail of a remarkable photo by John Thys for AFP/Getty...
09:28 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Project Neon: 800 neon signs in New York City
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: "We just published an interview with Kirsten Hively, whose Project Neon documents about 800 neon signs in New York City (her iPhone app directs users to about 120...
09:20 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Gweek 077: Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Chef
Tim Ferriss is a broad-spectrum enthusiast, and his sense of curiosity drives him to learn about and participate in a dizzyingly large number of activities....
08:41 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Danish entrepreneur helps people with autism get jobs that require focus, attention to detail
Gareth Cook tells the story of Thorkil Sonne, founder of a Danish social enterprise called Specialisterne ("the specialists"), which helps place people with autism in jobs that demand a degree of focu...
08:34 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing TechDirt schools a copyfraudster who tried to censor a critical post with copyright threats
TechDirt got a malformed takedown notice from Human Synergistics International, a company they'd previously written up for sending copyright threats to a blogger who quoted four sentences from a "huma...
08:09 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert will do an entire Hobbit-themed week of shows
To celebrate the release of The Hobbit, Stephen Colbert will have a full week of Hobbit shows on The Colbert Report starting this coming Monday, December 3 on Comedy Central. A die-hard fan of J.R.R. ...
07:55 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Bad taxidermy is good
Stacey Ransom points us to this delightful collection of terrifically bad taxidermy!...
07:53 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Bill Murray describes the last time he saw Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner was in the news this week -- because she wasn't considered "news" enough for some of the affiliates of Gilda's Club. That story had a less sad ending than originally thought, with only a ...
06:42 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearing: live-blogging, live-tweeting, and live-sketching
Bradley Manning (by Clark Stoeckley) Kevin Gosztola is liveblogging the pre-trial hearing of suspected Wikileaks source Bradley Manning at Ft. Meade. Also in the courtoom, the Guardian's Ed Pilkington...
06:24 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Die Antwoord: Ninja and the Parktown Prawn
Amateur entomologist Ninja of Die Antwoord sends Boing Boing this home video of an encounter with a Parktown Prawn...
06:14 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Teasers for A&E's Bates Motel are creepy and short, so you should definitely watch them
Two tiny, creepy previews for A&E's upcoming Psycho-inspired series. ...
05:55 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Everything you eat is associated with cancer, but don't worry about it
Image: Shutterstock. Fried chicken gave the model in this stock photo cancer of the double chin. Sarah Kliff at the Washington Post digs into new research out today from The American Journal of Clinic...
05:33 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Burning Man 2013 theme announced
And the theme is.... "Cargo Cult." * Image: Theme by Larry Harvey, text by Larry Harvey and Stuart Mangrum, illustration by "DA" Dominic Tinio...
05:15 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Watch Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang blow up a 40-foot pine tree in DC's National Mall, because art
In what is probably one of the first-ever planned explosions on DC's National Mall, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang will blow up a 40-foot pine tree to commemorate of the Sackler Gallerys 25th anniversar...
04:59 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing How to eat a corn in 10 seconds
how to eat a corn in 10 seconds via reddit's "Learn Useless Talents" section...
04:33 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Button making kit for kids
In this short video, Jane shows how to use the Sukie Button Factory to make fabric-covered buttons....
04:20 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing The first-ever convention celebrating Community is taking place in February!
Attention Community fans who live in or are willing to visit the Los Angeles area: CommuniCon, the first convention devoted entirely to the excellent (but neglected) show is taking place February 9-10...
04:20 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing XKCD on cancer, and commemorating a biopsy-versary
Today's edition of the webcomic XKCD rings true for me, as I'll be marking the one-year mark from my own diagnosis tomorrow. Randall, much respect. I wish both of you the best....
04:12 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Hubble Space Telescope Advent calendar
Starting tomorrow, you can visit the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar for daily pictures of the cosmos....
03:47 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Coming soon: Dinosaur hotel
A Best Western in Denver is set to begin a remodeling project that will turn it into a dinosaur-themed wonderland. (Via Alexandra Witze)...
03:30 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Real shell as iPhone loudspeaker
Earlier this month, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design kindly brought me out to meet with grad students and attend the annual MCAD Art Sale where I was happily overwhelmed with a fantastic coll...
03:27 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing How monoculture farming changes biodiversity
This image, taken by artist David Liittschwager shows the plants and animals collected in a square meter of South African public park over the course of 24 hours. This image, from National Public Radi...
03:18 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Imagine a world in which Nicolas Cage is in every movie ever made
You'd be surprised how much just one Nicolas Cage can improve a classic film!...
03:17 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing A dreadful hoax!
This rang true to me. The education system I was put through did exactly this... (The South Park-ish style also made me smile.)...
03:11 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing The wild rivers above California
Atmospheric rivers are meteorological phenomenon that we humans only discovered in 1998 and which supply about 30-to-50 percent of California's annual precipitation. In the NOAA satellite image above,...
02:43 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing The social science of Middle Earth
The Lord of the Rings Project collects and analyzes data on all the characters inhabiting Middle Earth, to produce statistical comparisons of life expectancy, age distribution, population, and more....
02:41 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Realistic chocolate baby-heads
The evil bakers at Eat Your Heart Out showcase these custom-made, specially commissioned hyper-realistic chocolate baby heads, suitable for an infanticidal feast. They won't say who commissioned 'em, ...
01:36 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Judge considers unusual plea deal for accused WikiLeaks source Manning
The Associated Press has details on the unusual plea deal being considered in the case of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of passing classified documents to Wikileaks. On Thursday, a militar...
01:31 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Julian Assange on WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and new Julian Assange book
Democracy Now has an interview with Julian Assange, speaking from inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been holed up for about six months. ...
01:31 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Overly Attached Girlfriend at the American Music Awards
Overly Attached Girlfriend hamming it up at the American Music Awards...
01:27 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing North Korea reports "Lair of King Tongmyong's Unicorn Reconfirmed in DPRK"
Seems legit. (via @chicoharlan, thanks, @klustout)...
01:24 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Weev: Hackers should keep security holes to themselves
Andrew Auernheimer, aka weev,the hacker found guiltylast week ofcomputer intrusion for obtaining the unprotected e-mail addresses of more than 100,000 iPad owners from AT&Ts website and passing t...
01:22 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Houston duo indicted for internet puppy torture videos
Wired Threat Level reports that a man and woman in Houston man and woman have been indicted for distributing snuff films online in which puppies and other animals were tortured and killed. "Federal au...
01:16 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Arrested for punching psychic, Lindsay Lohan becomes instant Skepticism movement hero
Troubled famous person Lindsay Lohan was arrested this week for sucker-punching a Florida psychic inside a Manhattan nightclub where Lohan had once been banned. I need space, Lohan allegedly declared ...
01:11 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing At pre-trial hearing, Bradley Manning testifies of mistreatment in detention
"My world just shrank to Camp Arifjan and then my cage. I remember thinking: I'm going to die. I'm stuck here and I'm going to die in animal cage."— Bradley Manning, testifying at Fort Meade on ...
01:08 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Syrian internet blackout continues for second day
The Internet in Syria is effectively shut down for a second successive day, according to activists who spoke to the New York Times, "fanning speculation among opponents of President Bashar al-Assad ab...
01:06 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Top Baby Names of 2012 include "Mac," "Siri," and "Mars"
Mac, Siri, Sky, Star, Luna, Skylar, Heaven, Stella, and Mars are among the baby names that grew in popularity in 2012, according to BabyCenter....
12:37 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing What ethics should our robots hew to?
Gary Marcus's "Moral Machines" looks at the escalating ethical questions that are already facing roboticists -- the classic example being whether a self-driving car should swerve to avoid wrecking a b...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Victorian jargon watch: "a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase"
The Internet Archive has a complete scan of James Redding Ware's wonderful 1909 treatise "Passing English of the Victorian era: a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase," ganked from the Un...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing The basketball court inside the summit of Disneyland Matterhorn
Is there a basketball court inside the Matterhorn?...
11:51 am PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Art for Tibet IV: auction in NYC to benefit Students for a Free Tibet
Kylin, "Dtsi Legomandala," combining the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice of creating and ritualistically dismantling ornate sand mandalas with the contemporary medium of LEGO. On December 1st, 201...
11:51 am PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing Art for Tibet IV: auction in NYC to benefit Students for a Free Tibet, Dec. 1st, 2012
Kylin, "Dtsi Legomandala," combining the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice of creating and ritualistically dismantling ornate sand mandalas with the contemporary medium of LEGO. On December 1st, 201...
11:00 am PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing California pot decriminalization correlated to lowest youth crime rate in recorded history
California Youth Crime Plunges to All-Time Low, a paper from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, analyzes recent data from the California Department of Justices Criminal Justice Statistics Ce...
05:19 am PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing UK record lobby wants Pirate Party to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy
The BPI -- the UK version of the RIAA -- got the courts to order the UK's ISPs to censor requests to The Pirate Bay. The UK Pirate Party promptly set up a proxy. Now the BPI has demanded that they shu...
12:50 am PST - Fri, November 30, 2012
BoingBoing New FCC rules will let a single company own a town's ISP, newspapers, 2 TV stations and 8 radio stations
Josh from Free Press sez, " FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to gut existing rules that limit media consolidation. This is bad news for people who care about the effects of too much media in too ...