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11:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Today is the anniversary of LSD inventordiscoverer Albert Hofman's death (*epilepsywarning)
TIP: mouseover to animate; don't mouseover if you have photosensitive epilepsy. Five years ago today, the man who first synthesized Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) died at 102 years old. There's an i...
10:54 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Hitlers food-taster: "Every day we feared it would be our lastmeal"
"Margot Woelk was one of fifteen girls who spent two-and-a-half years testing Adolf Hitlers all-veggie diet to make sure it wasnt poisoned." When the Russians captured her (and the rest of the survivi...
10:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing How to barf inspace
"How do you upchuck if there is no up or down? ISS commander Chris Hadfield explains what astronauts do if they have to vomit." More information on this very important skill for space travelers here.&...
10:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Gold ring in the form of a dinosaur eating a chickenleg
Just what you always needed, but did not know until it existed, and it exists now: "A super detailed T-Rex eating fried chicken leg," which is available in dark oxidized silver or gold brass and sterl...
10:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing How much time should you spend automating a routinetask?
Today's XKCD really tickles me. "Is It Worth the Time?" is a handy chart showing how much time you can invest in automating any recurring task in order to save time, on balance, over five years. I am ...
09:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing What's big, corrupt, terrifying and worse than ACTA? TPP. Here we goagain!
Remember ACTA, the terrifying, secret SOPA-on-steroids copyright treaty that the US government tried to ram down the world's throat? Well, it's back, only this time it's called the Trans-Pacific Partn...
08:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Styrofoam cups sent to bottom of sea become smushed, downsizedsouvenirs
Biologist and blogger Joe Hanson writes about an interesting custom among some marine biologists and ocean scientists, who "spend weeks and months in cramped conditions aboard research vessels, doing ...
07:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Minnesota taxman says real musicians don't tour or let their stuff be played on publicradio
Jon sez, "Minnesota Department of Revenue tells musical artist during lengthy audit: You clearly aren't interested in profit, as you've "allowed" your music to be played on Minnesota Public Radio, you...
07:21 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Icelandic Pirate Party lands three seats in Icelandicparliament
The Icelandic Pirate Party has won three seats in its national Parliament in the Pirates' best-ever showing on the world stage. They form a small part of the opposition to the "center-right" Independe...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Genocide trial said to re-start Tuesday, April30
A brief update on the trial of former US-backed military dictator Jos Efrain Rios Montt and his then chief of intelligence Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez: word here in Guatemala is that the trial wil...
05:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Great old indie bookstore in St Louis faces demolition as town considers proposal to site an industrial storage facility on itslot
Thorne sez, "I grew up in a bookstore in a 150 year old Victorian mansion in Rock Hill, St. Louis. I lived in an upstairs room until I was about 10, and we needed the space for more books. This weeken...
05:34 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing The Disapproval Matrix: a framework with which to understand TheHaters
Ann Friedman writes, "In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for understanding haters, I created The Disapproval Matrix." With Ann's helpful diagram, one can more easily "separate haterade from...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Slash: a newconjunction
"Slash" has emerged as a new conjunction, which is a rarity in slang. I love the fact that people spell out "slash" and then hyphenate it, and find it hard to believe that they're not doing this for t...
04:39 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Drop: Minecraft creator's latest game is a typing tutor (or seems likeone)
Have at it. My top score is 11 because I can't type.    ...
04:09 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Reporters, bloggers in Mexico march to protest violence against newsmedia
In various cities in Mexico on Sunday, journalists from newspapers and independent online news organizations marched to protest "violence that has claimed the lives of co-workers and silenced news med...
04:08 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Repo Man: Criterion release and interview with director AlexCox
Alex Cox, director of Repo Man (1984), interviewed recently by psychotronic film buff and poster artist Jay Shaw. Criterion just re-released Repo Man on DVD and Blu-ray, featuring original package art...
04:03 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Proposal would fine tech companies for not obeying FBI's wiretapdemands
Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post: "A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept onl...
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing C.I.A. regularly delivers "wads of American dollars" to Afghanpresident
Seems legit: "For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghan...
03:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing US-aided electronic spying in Mexicos drugwar
In the Washington Post, an extensive report by Dana Priest on the changing role of the U.S. in Mexicos intelligence war on drug cartels. The article includes extensive details on how closely intertwin...
03:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing An infographic exploring what we think we know about Boston bombing suspect TamerlanTsarnaev
New from Chartgirl: "Tamerlan Tsarnaev: What We Think We Know About Who Knew What and When."    ...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing "Thatcher hairstyle" hip after herdeath
Since the death of notorious chemist Margaret Thatcher, her distinctive ultra-bouffant hairstyle has become a hit at London salons, writes The Daily Mail's Justin Stoneman.    ...
03:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing The Red Rose ofSaturn
Carolyn Porco, Cassini Imaging Team Leader and CICLOPS director, writes: One of the most gorgeous sights we have been privileged to see at Saturn, as the arrival of spring to the northern hemisphere h...
03:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing New Seattle police chief mocked homeless in 1986video
Seattle police chief Jim Pugel—tasked with reforming the department in the wake of a Justice Department report that criticized it for its routine use of excessive force—has been forced to ...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Mom forced 14-year-old daughter to bearchildren
Jill Lawless, from NBC, writes about a woman who was so desperate to have more children that she forced her young daughter to bear them. In a ruling reported for the first time Monday, High Court judg...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Soccer referee viciously attacksplayer
As a Russian league reserve game in Grozny drew to a close, linesman Musa Kadyrov sprinted onto the field and "launched a vicious assault on one of the players." Reuters: "The ref blew the final whist...
02:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing New Boards of Canada album Tomorrows Harvest due June 11,2013
"After considerable speculation since Record Store Day, we can reveal that the new album by Boards of Canada Tomorrows Harvest will be released on Tuesday June 11th in North America on Warp Records."&...
02:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make aHAL9000
With just a few steps, you can turn one of Adafruit's Massive Red Arcade Button kits into a working (ish) HAL9000 computer: Devoted film fans will spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars (occasi...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Carpets now inMinecraft
You may now get carpet in Minecraft and get Minecraft carpet. Sort of.    ...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Incredible Star TrekTransformers crossover customtoy
Unicron9 created a custom Star Trek/Transformers crossover toy in which the Enterprise transformed into Autobot E. "The head had to be long because the deflector dish is on the top of it for alt mode,...
02:10 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Check out our all-new Boing Boing video archives, now with 500% morefanciness
Rob gave our Boing Boing video post archives a sweet makeover this weekend, check it out! Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video page: • Bruce Sterling on the role of start...
02:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing An unbiased view of what the meat industry looks like from theinside
Most of the time, when somebody goes undercover inside a meat processing facility, it's done with the express goal of convincing other people to stop eating meat. But that wasn't what journalist Ted C...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing In case you missed: Xeni's updates from Guatemala on genocidetrial
Today here in Guatemala, the genocide trial of former US-backed military dictator Rios Montt and his head of military intelligence Rodriguez Sanchez remains on hold after a series of legal actions inv...
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Meat from a 20-lb swamp rat: tastetest
Rodents of Unusual Size do exist. We know because we just ate one. Here's how it happened.    ...
01:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Huge head found floating in HudsonRiver
Did you lose your head? The crew team of Pouhkeepsie, New York's Marist College spotted this seven foot sculpture floating in the Hudson River last week. The men's crew head coach described the scene ...
01:41 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Gear Guide portable foldinghammock
This folding hammock is really great!    ...
01:35 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing When trademark becomes a tool for stealing ourlanguage
My latest Guardian column is "Trademarks: the good, the bad and the ugly," and it looks at why trademark, at its best, does something vital -- but how trademark can be abused to steal common words fro...
01:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Hear Alexander Graham Bellspeak
The voice you can hear above is Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. This is the first time we have heard his voice, and it comes from a wax-and-cardboard disc recorded on April 15, 1885 ...
01:14 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Japanese folk music glitchhop
Daniel Ryan describes his music as "a mix of Japanese folk music and glitch hop." This isn't normally my sort of thing -- I pretty much only listen to music with words -- but I played this one three t...
01:09 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling on startups' role in helping the global rich getricher
Bruce Sterling's speech from NEXT Berlin is a blast of cold air on the themes of startup life, disruption, and global collapse. Bruce excoriates the startup world for its complicity with the conspirac...
01:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Video about Judith, the strange pregnant "barbie doll" from1992
Attaboy of Hi-Fructose Magazine started a new video series called "They Actually Made That!" to showcase strange toys from history. This episode is about Judith, a pregnant Barbie knock-off, complete ...
12:49 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Pravic: new SFzine
Pravic is a new science fiction zine edited by David "Total Dick-Head" Gill and Nathaniel K. Miller. The copy machine just spit out the second issue, featuring fiction by Rudy Rucker, Robert Onopa, Ca...
12:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Buildings built bybacteria
Over at Fast Company, our pal Chris Arkenberg wrote about how advances in synthetic biology and biomimicry could someday transform how we build our built environments: Innovations emerging across the ...
12:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing The Shouting Matches - Avery Hill (freeMP3)
Sound it Out # 47: The Shouting Matches - Avery Hill (MP3) Do you, like me, have a secret love for straight-ahead 70s rock? If so, that means we can enjoy together the blues guitar and gruff vocals of...
10:36 am PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Why do governments get Internet surveillance sowrong?
The UK Open Rights Group has just published "Why the Snoopers Charter is the wrong approach: A call for targeted and accountable investigatory powers," a digital paper on why and how governments go te...
06:55 am PDT - Mon, April 29, 2013
BoingBoing Monsters and Legends: kids' reference book on the origin ofmonsters
Monsters and Legends is part of the fabulous debut lineup of titles from Flying Eye, a kids' imprint spun out of London's NoBrow (they're the publishers of recently reviewed books like Welcome to Your...
02:09 pm PDT - Sun, April 28, 2013
BoingBoing Moombahton in Guatemala: house meets reggaeton meets theunknown
DJ Wicho Lopez is the best-known local ambassador of one of the more interesting musical genres to take root here in Guatemala of late: moombahton, a mix of house and reggaeton and whatever else the D...
10:06 am PDT - Sun, April 28, 2013
BoingBoing MPAA executive admits to tampering with key evidence in Finnish topsitetrial
In Finland, a long-running prosecution of six men who were accused of running a piracy "topsite" ended with disappointment for the big rightsholder groups when two men were acquitted and the remaining...
11:46 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Dystopian stock-footage science fiction: Building AHuman
Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz's amazing, phildickian video "Building A Human" is a great dystopian bit of satirical sf    ...
09:41 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make a spiral oak staircase out of cheap IKEAcountertops
Bryce Phelps made himself a beautiful oak spiral staircase and saved a ton of money by cutting up cheap IKEA oak countertops for the treads: I went with a 4" steel pipe from the local steel yard buyin...
07:38 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing 20-foot dinosaur made fromballoons
This 20-foot-tall acrocanthosaurus is made out of twisted-together balloons. It was created over four days by Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle's company Airgami for the lobby of the Virgina Museum of Natu...
07:10 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Building a Human: new retrofuturist short by Robert Popper and PeterSerafinowicz
Robert Popper (electrocuted) and Peter Serafinowicz (electrocuted) are back with a new "instructional film made by The Visitors for Human Collaborators on Edit-Frignim (Earth)."  Markets of Brita...
06:28 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Genocide trial may soon restart; Obama to meet with Central Americanleaders
PHOTO: James Rodrguez/mimundo.org. "Protest demanding continuation of Genocide trial aganst Rios Montt." A brief Saturday update from Guatemala, where the genocide trial of former US-backed military d...
06:21 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Apple won't fix your computer if you smoke nearit
Consumerist's Laura Northrup rounds up several years' worth of stories from Apple customers who say they were denied warranty support on their computers because they'd smoked around them. As an annoyi...
04:14 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make a magnetic detachable stapler for center-stapled booklets and thelike
On Instructables, DIYHacksAndHowTos has a great method for separating a cheap stapler and sticking magnets on both halves, enabling you to center-staple booklets and the like. Every year or two, I do ...
02:36 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate Cinema up for Canada's AuroraAward
The 2013 Prix Aurora Award ballot has been announced, and I'm delighted to see that my novel Pirate Cinema is up for the prize in the Young Adult category. The Auroras are a people's choice award give...
01:47 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Suburban Express bus-line sends bullying, cowardly legal threat to Reddit, discovers StreisandEffect
A convicted cybersquatter named Dennis Toeppen now runs the Suburban Express bus service that is used to take students home from university in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa to Chicago. Suburban Express ...
12:55 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Japanese Star Wars posterdresses
These Star Wars dresses are apparently coming to Hot Topic at some unspecified time in the future. Her Universe Teases Star Wars Dresses, Makes Us Drool    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Bath salts inBritain
The Guardian's Mike Power investigated the "legal highs" industry and found a pretty disturbing world where you can get kilos of LSD, cannabis and MDMA replacement couriered to you for a pittance. But...
10:51 am PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Automated constrained poetry, made from Markov Chains and ProjectGutenberg
A "Snowball" is a poem "in which each line is a single word, and each successive word is one letter longer." Nossidge built an automated Snowball generator that uses Markov Chains, pulling text from P...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Congress fixes "sequester" air traffic control disaster just in time for their own flightshome
The Congressional deadlock known as the sequester has been tough on America, especially on travellers, as air traffic controllers found themselves with mandatory 10% paycuts (attained through one-day-...
12:23 am PDT - Sat, April 27, 2013
BoingBoing Chiller "Pucs" for your whiskey, etc onKickstarter
An extremely successful Kickstarter project ($41K raised on a $2500 goal, with 36 days left) promises stainless steel chiller pucks to go in your drinks. They're rather nice to look at, and promise no...
10:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Boston troopers recount aerial spotting of bombing suspect inboat
We were there like that. We do this day in, day out. This is what we do. We went over and when I put that [infrared camera] on the boat, I was actually shocked that not only did I see there was a heat...
10:42 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing List of British words not widely used in the UnitedStates
Here's a nifty Wikipedia entry: List of British words not widely used in the United States. One must be very careful not to confuse one's "bell-ends" with one's "fag ends." (HT: @FlaixEnglish) &n...
10:36 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing An app with which to track gunfire from yoursmartphone
"A team of computer engineers from Vanderbilt University's Institute of Software Integrated Systems has made such a scenario possible by developing an inexpensive hardware module and related software ...
10:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Student wrongly linked to Boston bombings (by Reddit users) founddead
The body of 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi was "pulled from the water off India Point Park in Rhode Island," reports USA Today. Sunil was the student mistakenly linked to the Boston bombings by users on R...
10:25 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing In Japan, a new hairdo idea: "RipeTomato"
Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku blogs about a neat idea for a hair style from a stylist in Japan. It's called "Ripe Tomato" ("kanjuku tomato" or ), and was created by "Hiro" at a salon in Osaka called "Trick...
10:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Tracking the hunger strike in Guantnamo:infographic
A notable multimedia reporting project: "The U.S. military tally of hunger strikers at Guantnamo since the prison camp acknowledged the protest was under way in March." [MiamiHerald.com]  &n...
10:16 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing In defense of Reddit (with regard to the Boston bombing, and crowdsourcedsleuthing)
"Law enforcement agencies regularly turn to sites like Websleuths.com to help crack cold cases. Maybe theres hope for Reddit," writes Tim Murphy in a piece at Mother Jones. Redditors have, for years, ...
10:08 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing US budget sequester means thousands of chemotherapy patients on Medicare turnedaway
Once again, America's government screws over cancer patients: "Most of Medicare was shielded from the sequester, but because chemotherapy is funded by part of the program that was not, clinics are sta...
10:06 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Wikileaks wins in Iceland's Supreme Court court over credit card paymentblockade
In Iceland, Wikileaks has won a victory against a financial blockade on donations. "The court upheld a district court's ruling that MasterCard's local partner, Valitor, illegally ended its contract wi...
10:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing NZ Press Council finds against statement saying "Homeopathic remedies have failed every randomised, evidence-based scientific study seeking to verify their claims of healingpowers"
Juha sez, "Amazingly enough, New Zealand's North and South magazine has lost in the NZ Press Council, after a homeopath filed a complaint against an article that stated: 'Homeopathic remedies have fai...
09:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boatcarpentry
Kat Gardiner directed this lovely short documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry called "Shaped on all Six Sides."    ...
08:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 092: Cartoonist LucyKnisley
Dean Putney and I interviewed Lucy Knisley, one of my favorite cartoonists. From her website: Lucy is an illustrator, comic artist and author. Occasionally she is a puppeteer, ukulele player and food/...
07:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing US government sends itself a takedown notice over JFK documentary: you decide what todo!
One agency of the federal government has issued a takedown notice to another agency of the federal government, which in turn demanded that we remove a film from the Internet.    ...
07:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: March for an assassinated priest and justice as genocide trial remains inlimbo
In Guatemala City today, a demonstration to honor slain Bishop Juan Gerardi, and to call for the genocide trial of Rios Montt to continue. Image: NISGUA. Today here in Guatemala, demonstrators marched...
07:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: March for assassinated priest, and justice, as genocide trial remains inlimbo
In Guatemala City today, a demonstration to honor Monsignor Juan Jos Gerardi Conedera, and to call for the genocide trial of Rios Montt to continue. Image: NISGUA. Today here in Guatemala, demonstrato...
06:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: "A Trial of Two Languages," video update from the Rios Montt genocidetribunal
This video "captures that extraordinary moment when Judge Barrios ruled to continue the trial."    ...
06:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Not your great-great-grandfather'sconsumption
Tuberculosis — aka, the reason everybody in 19th century literature is always coughing up blood, escaping to the countryside for "better air", or dying tragically young — is back. And this...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Download a dinosaur (or17)
Now you can download 17 digital versions of dinosaur bodies created by scientists at the UK's The Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, and other institutions. The bodies were made for a study of the bi...
06:23 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing How animals pass disease tohumans
Given the ongoing outbreak of H7N9 flu in China (and, now, also Taiwan), this is a good time to listen to a fascinating podcast discussion with David Quammen. Quammen recently published a FANTASTIC bo...
06:10 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Why the most horrible apple in the world is also the mostgrown
Despite almost universal agreement that basically defines "so boring as to become disgusting", the Red Delicious apple continues to be the most-grown variety in the US. More than 50,000 bushels of the...
05:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Where does "new car smell" comefrom?
The answer lies in another question. How can PVC — polyvinyl chloride, a commonly used type of plastic — be the stuff that makes tough, rigid sewer pipes and, simultaneously, be the stuff ...
05:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: A march for an assassinated priest, and for justice, as Montt genocide trial remains inlimbo
In Guatemala City today, a demonstration to honor slain Bishop Juan Gerardi, and to call for the genocide trial of Rios Montt to continue. Image: NISGUA. Today here in Guatemala, demonstrators marched...
05:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO die at BurningMan
M Otis Beard sez, "You don't often hear about the deaths that happen at Burning Man. Here is an overview that just might save your life." Be that as it may, Black Rock City has extraordinarily low mor...
05:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Which is more painful? Childbirth vs. Getting kicked in thenuts
One thing we can agree on: They both hurt an awful lot.    ...
05:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Oh, the perils of being a reporter on the marijuana beat, which include getting veryhigh
An important lesson about unique occupational hazards    ...
05:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing A profile of the person behind the Boston Police Twitteraccount
HuffPo profiles Cheryl Fiandaca, the bureau chief of public information for the Boston police department, a former attorney and television journalist. The @Boston_Police's "CAPTURED!" tweet was retwee...
05:09 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Hepper cat bed has groovyappeal
It took a day for our cat Louie to fall in love with his Hepper cat bed. After assembling it (5 minutes) Jane tried to push him into it, but he backed out and ran away, eyeing it with suspicion. The n...
04:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Publishing should fight ebook retailers for moredata
I've got a guest column in the new edition of The Bookseller, the trade magazine for the UK publishing industry. It's called "Tangible Assets," and it points out that of all the fights that publishing...
04:34 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Crappy iPhone game asks kids to buy $500 worth of in-app crap on the firstscreen
Boing Boing alum John Brownlee writes about an atrociously ugly Super Mario Bros. clone that hits players up for $500 worth of in-app purchases on the first screen. I bet you’re itching to play ...
04:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Males With Long Hair Will Be Attended toLast
A sign warning long-haired customers they will be sent to the back of the line. Reportedly from a Singapore post office, late 1960s. And the sign said… (Via Lady, That's My Skull)  &nb...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Fair use decision: remixing is legal even when there is no intent to comment or parody originalwork
A Second Circuit Appeals Court judge has handed down a landmark fair use decision in Cariou v. Prince. Prince, a collagist, remixed some of Cariou's photos and sold them for large sums. Cariou argued ...
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Jello Biafra talks Occupy, music, andObama
In a great interview with the Guardian, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra talks about Occupy, Obama, his break with the rest of the Kennedys, and his current band, Jello Biafra And The Guanta...
03:15 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Hurray! We are not headed for a disaster of biblicalproportions
Ramez Naam says: "Back in November, you posted about investor Jeremy Grantham’s argument that ‘we’re headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.’ "I have a rebuttal up at Bu...
02:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Perfect score on a 4th grade science test aboutDinosaurs
I can't vouch for the provenance of this alleged school test about dinosaurs. I just like to imagine cute dinosaurs the size of sheep. They must've been fabulous pets! (Via CN)    ...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing The man who makes fake antique Windsorchairs
"Wesley Swanson" is a carpenter who makes replica Windsor chairs and puts them through an aging process. He then sells them as authentic antiques, fetching thousands of dollars. His defense is airtigh...
02:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Baboons raise petdogs
Behavior typically attributed only to humans.    ...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Magnetic pick-uptool
While opening my Mac Mini to add RAM and replace the hard drive I dropped two screws. They rolled under the couch to be lost in the dust bunnies. The hard drive screw was only about 2mm in size. My ol...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest video posts in our Boing Boing videoarchives
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page. The latest finds for your viewing pleasure include: • Sweet, nostalgic film about a magic trick. • Russi...
01:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make a DNA model out of licorice andjellybabies
What better way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Watson and Crick's landmark paper on the double helix structure of DNA than by making your own double-helix out of jellybabies a...
01:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing To-big-to-fail banks implicated in $500 trillion fraud: biggest price-rigging scandal inhistory
In Rolling Stone, the amazing Matt Taibbi documents a breaking price-rigging scandal involving the world's biggest banks. The $500 trillion conspiracy to game the interest-rate swaps victimizes every ...
01:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Too-big-to-fail banks implicated in $500 trillion fraud: biggest price-rigging scandal inhistory
In Rolling Stone, the amazing Matt Taibbi documents a breaking price-rigging scandal involving the world's biggest banks. The $500 trillion conspiracy to game the interest-rate swaps victimizes every ...
11:54 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Maps made fromdresses
Elisabeth Lecourt recycles old maps and turns them into beautiful dresses and shirts. I don't imagine they're wearable, but they'd look lovely on the wall nevertheless. Elisabeth Lecourt | Les ro...
11:54 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Dresses made from oldmaps
Elisabeth Lecourt recycles old maps and turns them into beautiful dresses and shirts. I don't imagine they're wearable, but they'd look lovely on the wall nevertheless. Elisabeth Lecourt | Les ro...
11:30 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing When is Google Glass "weird"? Ask Google'sChairman!
There's something just a bit odd about the things Eric Schmidt says. Talking out loud to control the Google Glasses via voice recognition is "the weirdest thing," Schmidt said in a talk on Thursday at...
11:24 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing CISPA is dead! (again) (fornow)
After months of activist agitation and a crushing disappointment from the cowards in the House of Representatives, the US senate has effectively killed CISPA, a sweeping Internet surveillance proposal...
11:17 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Defense contractors pimp wares after Bostonbombings
"The newly-limbless victims from the Boston Marathon attack are still being treated," writs Noah Schachtman. "But for a handful of defense and intelligence contractors, its never too early to start pi...
11:01 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mall of America welcomes 72,000ladybugs
"The Bloomington, Minn., mall, which is so huge it could hold seven Yankee Stadiums, also has more than 30,000 live plants, including about 400 trees, which act as natural air purifiers for the indoor...
10:55 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Nuts may containnuts
A British supermarket was forced to take bags of nuts off the shelves after the labeling failed to declare the possible presence of peanuts. The store, Booths, apologised and warned customers allergic...
10:44 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Psychedelics eyed for mooddisorders
Greg Miller writes that the study of psychedelics has recovered after "Timothy Leary really screwed things up for science", and is emerging from dormancy. The antics of Timothy Leary really undermined...
10:14 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Akissi: kids' comic about a mischievous girl in CoteD'Ivoire
Akissi is a French-language comic about the adventures of a little West African girl, now available in English translation thanks to the astoundingly excellent Flying Eye, a new kids' imprint of Londo...
09:29 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing The last words of murderer RichardCobb
"Wow, that is great, that is awesome."    ...
03:50 am PDT - Fri, April 26, 2013
BoingBoing Snooper's Charter is dead! (fornow)
The UK Communications Data Bill -- AKA the "Snooper's Charter," a sweeping, totalitarian universal Internet surveillance bill that the Conservative government had sworn to pass -- is dead!  ...
11:40 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Debunking the HTML5 DRMmyths
Kyre sez, "The Free Culture Foundation has posted a thorough response to the most common and misinformed defenses of the W3C's Extended Media Extensions (EME) proposal to inject DRM into HTML5. They j...
10:18 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Cat riding a Roomba in a shark costume chasing aduckling
Sounds like something Douglas Adams might have written. But there it is, larger than life.    ...
10:02 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a game based on Gaiman's "Study in Emerald" CthulhuHolmesmashup
Neil Gaiman's award-winning mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft 'A Study in Emerald' gets a Gaiman-approved board game expansion.    ...
09:22 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Cool Tools Show & Tell video podcast002
Welcome to the second episode of Cool Tools’ Show and Tell podcast! Last week, Camille Cloutier-Hartsell and I had a video hangout with Joshua Glenn and Oliver Hulland. We showed each other 18 d...
07:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Live sf writing workshop with Resnick and DiFilippo
Tony from StarShipSofa sez, "StarShipSofa is hosting a live writers workshop all in video with SF writers Mike Resnick and Paul Di Filippo. StarShipSofa built its reputation by featuring science ficti...
06:20 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing The "Lollipop Fort of Death" - a clubhouse on apole
Dig Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s dangerous digs! Make: Deek’s Lollipop Fort of Death    ...
05:58 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing The Important Book, by Margaret WiseBrown
Goodnight Moon (1947) is Margaret Wise Brown's most famous book. It's terrific, without a doubt. It entertained my kids several dozen times when they were little. But I won't shed a tear if I never re...
05:09 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Sweet, nostalgic film about a magictrick
I've just released a short film about magic and nostalgia. 'The Magic Box' is based on experiences and memories that many of us share and follows a handmade magic trick as it passes from one generatio...
03:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Paul Ryan intern charged with sextortion (he may have also dressed up as Newt'selephant)
The FBI has indicted Adam Paul Savader for "sextortion," alleging that he hacked women's computers, plundered compromising photos of them, and then threatened them with public embarrassment unless the...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Superheroes designed by littlegirls
Alex Law's "little girls R better at designing heroes than you" is a great, occasionally updated Tumblr that features illustrations of superheroes based on the hero costumes little girls have made for...
03:07 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Mid-century modernkitchen
Now that's a kitchen! 1950 Armstrong Mid Century Modern Kitchen    ...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Cartoonists angry, defensive after inane Miranda strip easy tosubvert
Editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle published this strip. Then he reran it. Spot the difference? To Ann Telnaes, this is a clear case of a cartoon syndicate trying to maximize profits by offering the sam...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Cartoonists angry, defensive after inane Miranda stripsubverted
Editorial cartoonist Daryl Cagle published this strip. Then he reran it. Spot the difference? To Ann Telnaes, this is a clear case of a cartoon syndicate trying to maximize profits by offering the sam...
01:54 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Canada Post claims exclusive use of the words "postalcode"
Canada Post -- a failing, state-owned Crown Corporation -- not only claims a copyright on the database of postal codes (a collection of facts, and not the sort of thing that usually attracts copyright...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing New Ubuntu version hitstoday!
If it's April, it must be time for a new version of the Ubuntu operating system; a great, free, easy-to-use, highly polished version of GNU/Linux. Ubuntu does two releases a year -- October and April ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Masters thesis on(post)cyberpunk
Krzysztof Kietzman sez, "I studied American literature in Poland and published my Masters Thesis on cyberpunk and postcyberpunk for free under a Creative Commons BY SA license. It is available online ...
12:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Freemasonry and the high echelons of Frenchcuisine
"There have long been whispers inside the French food world that all the top chefs are members of the Freemasons, and that membership can make or break careers," writes Bon Apptit. "The gossip can, of...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing All the contestants for Miss Korea 2013 converted to an animatedGIF
NinjaFridge says, "I found this on reddit and it shows the contestants for Miss Korea 2013." Then he made this GIF. I think they all look pretty different from each other, but it's a fun animation any...
12:14 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Neatly disassembledtypewriter
On the spectacular "Things Organized Neatly" Tumblr, an anonymous submission of a very neatly disassembled typewriter. SUBMISSION: This is an old typewriter I had the pleasure to dismantle today :) ho...
12:10 pm PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Startup founder confesses to idiotic plot to hoax techpress
Glenn Fleishman: "This strange man, if he exists, fabricated a story to promote a business that may not exist."    ...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Ricin letter case enters higher realm ofsurreality
The Elvis impersonator "framed" for sending poison-tainted letters to top policians? BB reader Jonathan Grubb writes to inform us that the case has entered a surreal world which "includes a taekwondo ...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing A Roku 3 streaming player has replaced myDirecTV
A few weeks back I shut off my DirecTV service and I haven't looked back. Upon realizing how much satellite TV service cost and that I rarely, if ever, watched it, I decided it was time to try streami...
11:13 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing UK police won't charge man filmed beating up acyclist
Carlton Reid writes: Cyclist 'BlackCountryBikeCam' suffered from an unprovoked, violent road rage attack from the driver of a white van belonging to a Birmingham pet shop. The incident was recorded on...
10:59 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing EFF, FSF, Creative Commons and many others ask W3C to reject DRMconspiracy
John from the Free Software Foundation sez, Hollywood is making yet another attempt to lock down the Web. Undeterred by SOPA's failure, Hollywood is conspiring with tech giants like Microsoft, Google,...
09:40 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Lauren Beukes's Shining Girls: a serial killer thriller with a time-traveltwist
Lauren Beukes's latest novel, The Shining Girls, ships in the UK today (the US edition is out on June 4). The Shining Girls is a departure from Beukes's earlier cyberpunk-inflected fiction, being a su...
08:21 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Putin: US and Russia security services should "combine efforts" in wake of Bostonbombing
In a move absolutely no one expected because things like this never happen after high-profile incidents of mass violence, Russian President Vladimir Putin today "urged closer cooperation between other...
08:13 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Salaries of mining union leaders in South Africa paid by miningcompanies
Just one year after the "Marikana massacre," an investigative report in South Africa's Daily Maverick reveals "a furtive conflict of interest, with mining houses footing the bill for top National Unio...
08:07 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Our Feel-Good War on BreastCancer
Peggy Orenstein has a hell of a piece in the New York Times magazine on "pink ribbon culture," and her frustration (which, as a woman with breast cancer, I fervently share) about how much progress has...
08:06 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: court begins to untangle genocide trialstandstill
Miguel Salay and Mariano Castillo have a solid update up for CNN.com on the confusing status of the genocide trial currently on hold here in Guatemala: A week ago, the genocide trial of former Guatema...
12:25 am PDT - Thu, April 25, 2013
BoingBoing Russian paratroopers deploy inflatable Orthodoxchurch
This is a film of a training session of the Russian Army deploying an inflatable Orthodox church and paratrooping priests.    ...
11:36 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Man infuriated that park rangers refuse to arrest cannabissmokers
Think of the children (Thanks, Steve!)    ...
10:22 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Nevada bans counties from gouging BurningMan
M Otis Beard sez, "The Nevada State Assembly has passed a bill that forbids the counties from charging permit fees to Burning Man and other festivals. . . but has anything really changed?"  ...
08:08 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Open Tech Forever: open source hardwareco-op
Yoonseo Kang sez, "Open Tech Forever is a new open source hardware cooperative: a worker-owned R&D and education company that teaches others how to make hardware and start their own businesses. T...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing The takeover of the US by the security-corporatecomplex
Kevin Kelly says: The takeover of the US by the Security-Corporate Complex is documented by mainstream press. It is worse than I thought. According to Dana Priest and William M. Arkin of The Washingto...
06:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for April2013
Cookbook comics! Penis lizards! Worm deers! One-armed men! There’s something for everyone in this edition of Comics Rack. And one-armed foodie alternative animal enthusiasts, get ready to get yo...
06:05 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Synthetic biology Kickstarter aims to make glowingplants
The first ever synthetic biology Kickstarter is about growing glowing plants.    ...
05:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Brew your ownBendrbru
Over in the /r/homebrewing subreddit, user hatchetthrower has recreated one of my favorite fictional brews: Bendrbru, a homebrewed beer from Futurama made entirely inside Bender the robot's chassis. T...
05:49 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic, phrenology t-shirts, and Mother'sDay!
Thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed apparel, jewelry, prints, and other unique items. Now available, Maiden Voyage's "Phrenology of a Gentleman Tee,...
05:48 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Lake Peigneur salt minecollapse
After monday's Feature by Tim Herrernan, earlier today Mark shared another amazing to watch mine collapse. It got me thinking about Lake Peigneur. The story is amazing but oh so familiar, a wayward oi...
05:33 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Writer Clive Thompson describes his tools and workroutine
Our friend Clive Thompson is in the spotlight in this week's "This is How I Work" feature on Lifehacker. What apps/software/tools can't you live without? I'm a pack rat when it comes to research. I li...
04:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic, phrenology t-shirts, and Mother'sDay!
Thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed apparel, jewelry, prints, and other unique items. Now available, Maiden Voyage's "Phrenology of a Gentleman Tee,...
04:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing The magnitude of the disastrous Bush presidency told in 24charts
In 24 charts, the Washington Post reveals how George W. Bush's presidency screwed up the country and the rest of the world for many years to come. Health, employment, the GDP, public services, the Mid...
04:25 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing More evidence that Haiti's cholera epidemic started with UNPeacekeepers
Haiti has been battling a massive cholera outbreak since, roughly, around the time international aid groups arrived in the country following the 2010 earthquake. Now, genetic evidence links the strain...
04:16 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Build a better sandcastle
Why build a normal, weak sand castle, when you could have a defensible sand fortress?    ...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Churnalism: discover when the "news" you're reading is apress-release
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, "I thought you'd be interested in a new browser extension and webtool from the Sunlight Foundation called Churnalism. It extracts article text from any site you...
04:01 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing We are all starstuff
How scientists study the fossils of ancient bacteria to find clues to a 2.6-million-year-old supernovae. Jennifer Ouellette explains how the the bacteria incorporated elements from an exploding star i...
03:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Some things to think about before you apply to go to space with MarsOne
Mars One wants to send human beings on a one-way trip to Mars by 2023, funding the mission via the proceeds of a reality television show about human settlers on Mars. If you're like me, part of your b...
03:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala video snapshot: Youth protest in Supreme Court during genocidetrial
Phone video snapshot from the trial in Guatemala of US-backed military dictator Rios Montt and his then-intelligence chief, Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez    ...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing The Earthiest planets in the universe (that we knowof)
Last week, Rob told you how scientists announced that they'd found two Earth-like planets orbiting the star Kepler-62. One of those, Kepler-62e, now ranks as the most Earth-like exoplanet we've ever f...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Video of a collapsing tin mine next to the ocean in Malaysia(1993)
On Monday, we posted Tim Heffernan's shock-and-awe inspiring article about a collapsed copper pit in Utah. In the comments, gastronaut wrote, "On the upside, at least this mine wasn't right next door ...
03:24 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Learn To Say F**k You To The World (animatedshort)
"In 1965, Sol LeWitt wrote fellow sculptor Eva Hesse a four-page letter of encouragement..."    ...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing NASA launched three smartphone satellites intoorbit
On Sunday, NASA launched three PhoneSats into orbit. House in a standard "cubesat" structures, a Google-HTC Nexus One serves as the onboard computer and sensor system, taking photos of Earth. Aamateur...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Nobel laureates issue joint statement for genocide trial against Rios Montt toproceed
Nobel Peace laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jose Ramos Horta, Jody Williams and Rigoberta Mench Tum, today issued a joint statement "calling on past and present Guatemalan authorities to ...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Cartoonists speak out for guncontrol
Cartoonists as diverse as Trudeau (Doonesbury), Spiegelman (Maus, etc), Keane (Family Circus), Mazzucchelli (Batman etc), Mo Willems (Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny) and others illustrated a script advocating ...
02:47 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Juggler for Jesus selling dad's huge fossilcollection
David Cain of Middletown, Ohio is selling off his late father's massive collection of fossils that takes up several rooms in an unmarked storefront. Cain says the most valuable items are 200 megalodon...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Minney's wonderfully ridiculous illustrations for mid-century men's adventuremags
My pal Bob Knetzger says: I'm guessing you love old school illustrators and hearing about them as much as I do, so I think you'll really like the winter 2013 issue of Illustration magazine (number 40)...
02:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Confusion follows Constitutional Court rulings; will Montt genocide trialproceed?
Photo: mimundo.org/James Rodriguez. Ixil Maya women demonstrate in support of the continuation of the trial, outside the Supreme Court of Guatemala. A quick update from Guatemala, where I've been cove...
02:12 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing New US$100 bill in circulation108
The new US$100 bill will go into circulation on October 8, 2013. New security features include a "3-D Security Ribbon" woven into the paper. The image changes from bells to 100s with the viewing angle...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic, phrenology t-shirts, and Mother'sDay!
Thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed apparel, jewelry, prints, and other unique items. Now available, Maiden Voyage's "Phrenology of a Gentleman Tee,...
01:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing BitTorrent Sync: like Dropbox, but fully peer-to-peer andprivate
Ars Technica's Jon Brodkin reviews the new BitTorrent BitTorrent Sync, a peer-to-peer-based Dropbox replacement that's now in public alpha testing. BTSync uses the BitTorrent protocol to keep the file...
01:51 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Man of Steel trailer #3: animatedversion
Jawiin remade the third Man of Steel trailer with clips from Superman: The Animated Series and the soundtrack of the real trailer.    ...
01:34 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest video posts in Boing Boing's videoarchive
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page. The latest finds for your viewing pleasure include: • How the Pirates of the Caribbean ride came to be. •...
01:28 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Police officer has sex with prostitute, then arrestsher
Pittsburgh is a safer place, thanks to police detective Ronald DePellegrin, who allowed himself to receive a blow job in order to arrest a prostitute. DePellegrin saw an online ad for a prostitute and...
01:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing 1947 Cadillac with shower, kitchen appliances, bar, andhookah
In 1952, LIFE published an article about Louie Matter, a gearhead who tricked out his 1947 Cadillac with a shower (seen at right), drinking fountain, tape recorder, washing machine, stove, "and a bar ...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: USA's gun purchase... and backgroundcheck
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the United States seeks to make a gun purchase, but is first put through a required background check...    ...
12:57 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Oklahoma state Rep. Dennis Johnson says "Jew me down" and"apologizes"
Here is Oklahoma state Rep. Dennis Johnson (R-Duncan) using the phrase "Jew me down" when talking about small business owners. Someone pointed it out to him and he quickly "apologized," saying "I apol...
12:51 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Abstract Expressionism was a CIAplot
In this 1995 Independent article, you can read about the former CIA officer who admitted that the Agency secretly funded and promoted Abstract Expressionism as a way for avant-garde, lefty types to re...
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Leeches are a hypothesis: Why it's so hard to say what a species reallyis
This is the first story in a four-part, weekly series on taxonomy and speciation. It's meant to help you as you participate in Armchair Taxonomist — a challenge from the Encyclopedia of Life to ...
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing What leeches and ligers can teach you aboutevolution
This is the first story in a four-part, weekly series on taxonomy and speciation. It's meant to help you as you participate in Armchair Taxonomist — a challenge from the Encyclopedia of Life to ...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: ShanaLogic, phrenology t-shirts, and Mother'sDay!
Thanks to our lovely sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed apparel, jewelry, prints, and other unique items. Now available, Maiden Voyage's "Phrenology of a Gentleman Tee,...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Goldie Blox and The SpinningMachine
Goldie Blox and The Spinning Machine is a game designed to encourage young girls to get into engineering. I gave my 6-year-old daughter a set for her birthday and she loves it! Kids join Goldie via a ...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Man has eaten at 6,297 Chinese restaurants in the USA andCanada
The LA Times tells the story of David Chan, a Chinese-American man who discovered a love of Chinese food as an adult, during a wave of Chinese immigration to America in the late 1960s and early 1970s....
11:27 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Schwarzenegger v Predator tee (in the style of EdwardGorey)
Ape Lad sez, "I've got a shirt for sale on woot tonight. It depicts a former governor of California being stalked by a nine-foot-tall, fishnet clad, metal faced hunter with dreadlocks, in a style I ho...
10:15 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin - exclusive bookexcerpt
Read Chapter 22 of the new book, How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: The Untold Story of a Noisy Revolution, by Leslie Woodhead, a Cold War spy who filmed the Beatles in 1962. Imagine a world where Be...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing How the Pirates of the Caribbean ride came tobe
Here's a sweet mini-doc on the creation of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, the last ride that Walt Disney supervised to completion.    ...
08:51 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is a No-Touch-Touchscreen, Not-Quite-Android AndroidPhone
Samsung's new smartphone contains multitudes. The Galaxy S 4's touchscreen doesn't need to be touched to respond to your actions. Its software looks less like Android than almost any other phone runni...
06:01 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing The Zoom: great satirical comic created by 12-year-old Britishschoolboy
The Zoom is a great British satirical comic written and drawn by a 12-year-old named Zoom Rockman. I picked up his eighth issue last weekend at a comics show in London and it was a delight, and not in...
05:34 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing UK Home Office commissions a super villain-catching-machine from Prof.Elemental
In this startling debut episode, the renowned Professor Elemental receives a commission from the government to build a marvellous snooping machine.    ...
01:34 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala genocide trial status in limbo as legal power strugglecontinues
Relatives of people killed during Guatemala's armed conflict hold up a banner with the names of the dead, during a protest outside the Constitutional Court in Guatemala City.    ...
01:22 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Surowiecki: The right way to crowdsource amanhunt
James Surowiecki in the New Yorker: After Reddits attempt to find the Boston Marathon bombers turned into a major failure (for which Reddits general manager Erik Martin publicly apologized Monday), th...
12:23 am PDT - Wed, April 24, 2013
BoingBoing Richest Americans grow richer (and, spoiler alert: poor growpoorer)
A Pew Research Center study out today shows that the modest economic growth following the so-called "Great Recession" has increased wealth inequality in America. The top 7% of American households enjo...
11:48 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Caddis fly larvae coaxed into building cocoons out of precious metals andgems
This 2007 profile of Hubert Duprat's work with caddis fly larvae is a tiny, entomological miracle. The larvae build their cocoons with whatever material is at hand; Duprat forces them to build with go...
11:26 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary on the Cydwoq shoefactory
Here's a short and beautiful documentary on Cydwoq's factory and manufacturing techniques.    ...
09:42 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Wyndhamesque missives from Scarfolk, an English horror-town trapped in a 1969-79loop
I'm loving the Scarfolk site, where "Dr R Littler" chronicles the mysteries of an English town stuck in a Wyndham-esque loop betwen 1969 and 1979. It's full of the most lovely horrors. It's all so per...
09:14 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Wonderful reading of awful sorority letter sent by horrible sororitysister
If you haven't heard about the insane letter sent around to a sorority by its concerned and thoroughly awful social chairwoman, you're probably doing something right. Nevertheless, there is a gem of g...
09:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Haunted MansionBatmanmashup
Oh hell YES. DeviantArtist ArtistAbe has crossed Batman with the stretching portraits at the Disneyland Haunted Mansion. His substitutions are extremely well-thought-through and well-wrought. The fact...
09:03 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing The science mystery behind a psychedelic HIVAIDSdrug
Some patients taking antiretroviral medications for HIV/AIDS receive the efavirenz, marketed under the commercial names Sustiva and Stocrin. According to a report in the LA Times by Melissa Healy, it ...
08:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing The Art of Harvey Kurtzman - a shortfilm
Damen Corrado from Imperium Pictures let me know about this nice video tribute to MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman. He says "it features a lot of his work from the current exhibition at the Society of Illu...
08:18 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Classic album artcakepops
These album art cakepops were made by Miss Insomnia Tulip for an unnamed client. Nice work, and infringealicious! Album Cover Cake Pops a must see!    ...
07:39 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Winners of the Marijuanamericagiveaway
Last week I announced that Abrams books was giving a copy of the new book, Marijuanamerica (reviewed here) to five Boing Boing readers. The winners would be chosen from the comments. They're all worth...
06:15 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Chainmailtights
Mitmunk's chainmail tights don't actually appear to be on sale any longer, but the design is a treat. (via Geeks Are Sexy)    ...
06:11 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing "Bela Lugosi's Dead" stretched to ninehours
Goth anthem "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus time-stretched into nine hours. Oh Belllllaaaaaa! (via Dangerous Minds, thanks, Patrick Kelly!)  Bauhaus: "Bela Lugosi's Dead" live, 1982 -...
05:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Ricin-to-president suspect may have beenframed
"The Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama reportedly has been released on bond, amid an apparent probe into whether he might have been framed." [Fox]  ...
04:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing 8-bittubemap
Chris Evans sez, "I made this 8bit London Underground map a while ago, entirely in Tile Studio with a bit of Gimp to add text." Finished Super Mario Bros 3 Zone 1 tube map. Now without stupid watermar...
04:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing How pizza and Pente led to one Oklahoman's high-flying kiteobsession
Ben Marks, Senior Editor of CollectorsWeekly.com says, "We just published an article about kites, from their history and construction to the Stillwater, Oklahoma, pizza-joint owner (Richard Dermer) wh...
04:12 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Sexy Star Warscostumes
From the people who brought you the hairless Chewbacca costume, a line of "sexy Star Wars" costumes that showcase the broadmindedness and dubious taste of Disney/Lucas licensing department. Sexy Star ...
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 006: Robin Bougie, publisher of Cinema Sewer and SleazySlice
Robin Bougie is a film journalist, cartoonist, and publisher in Vancouver. He publishes the underground film magazine, Cinema Sewer focusing on exploitation, genre, and cult films. He also publishes (...
04:02 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Michael Shannon reads the Delta Gamma girl's crazed email to her sorority sisters(NSFW)
Michael Shannon Reads the Insane Delta Gamma Sorority Letter from Michael Shannon There are many jokey plays on the leaked email that a young woman in the University of Maryland Delta Gamma sorority s...
03:52 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Volcano Dust - made from ghost chilipeppers
Volcano Dust is a brand of powdered bhut jolokia chili peppers. Also known as ghost chills, bhut jolokias are mind-bendingly hot. For example, an average jalapeo pepper measures about 5,000 on the Sco...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Burning nostrils, olives in noses, and DearAbby
I posted Sunday's curious Dear Abby column about a woman so disturbed by her husband's ice chewing that she eats breakfast in another room while wearing noise-canceling headphones. This reminded my fr...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Hexapod robotvehicle
Matt Denton of Hampshire, UK, built a huge hexapod walking machine that he operates by joysticks inside the cockpit.    ...
03:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Computer-visionboob-tracker
There's precious little info available about Mizirk "Boob Tracker," a computer vision project (based on a Kinekt?) that automatically detects boob-like objects and masks them with user-selectable bitm...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Debunking piratemyths
Pirates never made people walk the plank -- that came from Peter Pan. Pirates didn't have treasure maps -- that came from Treasure Island. Pirates didn't talk like pirates, either -- that came from Tr...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Chipping ants to understandcolonies
University of Lausanne biologists chipped hundreds of ants and digitally tracked them to see how they form social groups and work collectively to get stuff done. Based on the data, they created heat m...
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala genocide trial: legal challenges, debates, and attacks on "hairy hippies, foreigners,communists"
As Guatemala's Constitutional Court reviews numerous legal appeals, supporters of the tribunal and supporters of Rios Montt (and the Army) face off in increasingly charged public protests.  ...
02:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Gay filmmakers help teach Scouts about makingmovies
I'm a filmmaker and an Eagle Scout. Recently, while serving as merit badge counselor of Cinematography Merit Badge, I invited several gay filmmakers to help teach some Boy Scouts about making movies.&...
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S3E4: This isMadness
A friend of mine has a very bleak assessment of Game of Thrones: If you love a character, they'll die unfulfilled. If you hate a character, you'll come to learn how they became so hateful and start to...
01:02 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Rothkotoast
SFMOMA's cafe is now serving "Rothko Toast," spread in a manner reminiscent of Rothko's "No. 14, 1960." Behold: Rothko toast, the latest artsy menu item SFMOMA's caf on Third Street. Like the work tha...
12:03 pm PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Musical comment on TSApornoscanners
I saw Cory's post about the TSA accepting comments on the full body scanners and decided I'd give them a piece of my mind - in song.    ...
11:55 am PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Fraudster sold fake bomb detectors toIraq
The BBC: Millionaire businessman James McCormick, 56, has been convicted at the Old Bailey of three counts of fraud after selling fake bomb detectors.The Advanced Detection Equipment was based on a go...
11:29 am PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Man jailed for three months for "pixieporn"
In New Zealand, "cartoon fantasy creatures" led to a conviction for possessing child porn. A man has been jailed for watching cartoon videos of fantasy creatures having sex. Ronald Clark downloaded th...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing UK ISPs betray customers, collaborate on governmentsurveillance
Britain's Communications Data Bill -- AKA the Snooper's Charter -- would effectively eliminate private communications in the UK, giving government and the police the power to spy on virtually everythi...
10:36 am PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Jonzun Crew andBeyond
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!    ...
10:20 am PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing China Mieville's turn-it-to-11 high weirdness reboot of "DialH"
DC's "New 52" is a reboot of all its major superhero comics and several of its less-regarded ones. In the latter category is a silly Silver Age title called Dial H for Hero about a lad from Littlevill...
12:49 am PDT - Tue, April 23, 2013
BoingBoing Nemo,Found.
Welcome home, Nemo! Today the fine folks at Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California placed Nemo in my family. Happily filling the Calliope-sized hole in my heart with this very large, extremely j...
11:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Petition to get a plaque commemorating Isaac Asimov inPhiladelphia
Science fiction author Michael Swanwick sez, "In my adopted hometown of Philadelphia there's a move afoot to put up a plaque where Isaac Asimov lived while he was working (and writing seminal Foundati...
10:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Early American tombstone euphemisms fordeath
In 2008, Caitlin GD Hopkins collected 101 euphemisms for "died" from early American epitaphs. The epitaphs came from tombstones pre-1825, to qualify, the euphemism had to appear in the main text of th...
09:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Modern Manhunt: FBI, Hive Mind, BostonBombers
At Wired News' Danger Room, Spencer Ackerman's feature on the technology and crowdsourcing dynamics that allowed law enforcement to identify the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing so rapidly. "Hi...
09:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Canadian police: "al-Qaeda-supported" plot to derail trainthwarted
Police in Canada have arrested two men they accuse of conspiring to commit an "al-Qaeda supported" attack that was to derail a passenger train in the Greater Toronto Area. The arrests are the result o...
08:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest video posts in the Boing Boing videoarchive
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page. The latest finds for your viewing pleasure include: • Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor. • Filter can ...
08:55 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Why was the suspected Boston Bomber charged with using a "weapon of massdestruction"?
Writes Spencer Ackerman at Wired's Danger Room: A weapon of mass destruction is "a very broad category under federal law. Grenades, mines, missiles and rockets all apply. So do homemade bombs of the s...
08:45 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing High density foam rollers for post workoutmassage
I didn’t know I had knots in my calves, but I did. I spend a lot of time at the computer, and I play some video games, which means that I tense my calves involuntarily and and they get knotted. ...
07:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Transcript of Boston Bombing suspect's bedsidehearing
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been charged in a criminal complaint over the bombing of the Boston Marathon. He appeared before a federal magistrate who came to his bedside at Beth Israel Deaconess Medica...
07:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Transcript of Boston Bombing suspect's bedside hearing (yes, he wasMirandized)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has been charged in a criminal complaint over the bombing of the Boston Marathon. He appeared before a federal magistrate who came to his bedside at Beth Israel Deaconess Medica...
07:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Let's Bring Digital Liberties into the BigConversation
Photo: Shutterstock We've been CISPA'd again. For a second year the US House has passed the embarrassingly vague Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a bill that could scatter your personal ...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Gaiman on the future of publishing: bedandelions!
The audience for Neil Gaiman's talk on the future of publishing at the London Book Fair apparently greeted his talk with stony hostility. But the Twitters liked it, and I like it too.   ...
06:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Boston Marathon bombing: first-person stories, inaudio
The New York Times has a beautiful interactive feature with audio narratives from "some of the people seen near the finish line." What is most striking about the interactive design: as you scroll down...
06:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff - fantastic 90s comic book, serialized on BoingBoing
"The amount of violence and fighting Eichhorn has been involved in is, in itself, astonishing to one such as me. But he is also gifted with a good sense of humor, irony and self criticism, so that he ...
06:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 091: Dennis Eichhorn & NeatStuff
Dennis Eichhorn launched the autobiographical comic book, Real Stuff, in 1990. Dennis has had some of the strangest life experiences you can imagine, and he comes across as a person who is adventurous...
06:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 091: Dennis Eichhorn & RealStuff
Dennis Eichhorn launched the autobiographical comic book, Real Stuff, in 1990. Dennis has had some of the strangest life experiences you can imagine, and he comes across as a person who is adventurous...
05:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor - an RFIDWiFielectroluminscent driven spook-house for the XXIC.
Hong Kong Disneyland is finally going to get its own Haunted Mansion. Called "Mystic Manor," it opens in mid-May, and is a radical departure from the existing Mansions and Manor -- they've gone banana...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Finnish website go dark tomorrow to call for copyrightreform
As I've written before, Finland has an amazing grassroots legislation system that allows citizens to put any proposal with more than 50,000 popular endorsements to a Parliamentary vote, and the test-c...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Finnish websites go dark tomorrow to call for copyrightreform
As I've written before, Finland has an amazing grassroots legislation system that allows citizens to put any proposal with more than 50,000 popular endorsements to a Parliamentary vote, and the test-c...
04:54 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing World Book Night istomorrow!
Library Lab posted about World Book Night applications a couple of months ago and it's coming up tomorrow. According their website, "World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading t...
04:50 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing FBI: we didn't track elder bombingsuspect
Responding to claims from the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, the FBI said today it had not been tracking her oldest son, nor had the bureau spoken with him last week after the deadly marat...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Lincoln Continental
Three ads for tailfinned Lincoln Continentals are a reminder that one of the best ways to make something amazingly beautiful is to make a million mediocre and terrible things and wait half a century (...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing LincolnContinental
Three ads for tailfinned Lincoln Continentals are a reminder that one of the best ways to make something amazingly beautiful is to make a million mediocre and terrible things and wait half a century (...
04:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Buzzfeed fingers bombing suspect in triple homicide based on Internet comments
Over at Buzzfeed, Rosie Gray seems pretty sure deceased bombing suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev may well be responsible for a triple homicide. Based on Instagram comments and tweets. Seems legit.  ...
04:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Buzzfeed fingers bombing suspect in triple homicide based on Internetcomments
Over at Buzzfeed, Rosie Gray seems pretty sure deceased bombing suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev may well be responsible for a triple homicide. Based on Instagram comments and tweets. Seems legit.  ...
03:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Judge whose cellphone went off in court holds self in contempt
Judge Raymond Voet, presiding in Ionia County 64A District Court in Michigan, has a policy stating that any gadget that goes off during proceedings will earn the owner a contempt citation. When his ow...
03:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Judge whose cellphone went off in court holds self incontempt
Judge Raymond Voet, presiding in Ionia County 64A District Court in Michigan, has a policy stating that any gadget that goes off during proceedings will earn the owner a contempt citation. When his ow...
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Use Instagram to reverse engineer food
Leo Kent of Humans Invent writes about a new free service in Sweden that uses Instagram to find out how to make Asian food. Ask CT Food is a new service people can use through Instagram to find out th...
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Use Instagram to reverse engineerfood
Leo Kent of Humans Invent writes about a new free service in Sweden that uses Instagram to find out how to make Asian food. Ask CT Food is a new service people can use through Instagram to find out th...
03:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Lavie Tidhar remixes Dick, Burroughs, the Holocaust and Oz
Lavie Tidhar writes, "My new novel, MARTIAN SANDS (billed as Total Recall meets Schindler's List!) is now available - it's a remix of the Mars of Philip K. Dick and Edgar Rice Burroughs, a book about ...
03:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Lavie Tidhar remixes Dick, Burroughs, the Holocaust andOz
Lavie Tidhar writes, "My new novel, MARTIAN SANDS (billed as Total Recall meets Schindler's List!) is now available - it's a remix of the Mars of Philip K. Dick and Edgar Rice Burroughs, a book about ...
02:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Why can't the CFAA be fixed?
Why Is Congress Trying to Make Our Internet Abuse Laws Worse, not Better? [The Atlantic]    ...
02:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Why can't the CFAA befixed?
Why Is Congress Trying to Make Our Internet Abuse Laws Worse, not Better? [The Atlantic]    ...
02:50 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Be an armchair taxonomist! A challenge from the Encyclopedia of Life
Trouble is, a lot of information about living things is hidden behind paywalls or scattered across random sources where the general public can't easily get to it. That's where you come in! Help fill t...
02:50 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Be an armchair taxonomist! A challenge from the Encyclopedia ofLife
Trouble is, a lot of information about living things is hidden behind paywalls or scattered across random sources where the general public can't easily get to it. That's where you come in! Help fill t...
02:29 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Rumor: Gold iPhone rumored [Rumor]
Let me be the nearly the first to say Steve would never had allowed this, even if in fact he demanded it for years and the entire organization had to adopt an incredibly tense and dangerous set of pro...
02:29 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Rumor: Gold iPhone rumored[Rumor]
Let me be the nearly the first to say Steve would never have allowed this, even if in fact he demanded it for years and the entire organization had to adopt an incredibly tense and dangerous set of pr...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Short UK documentary about woman threatened with terrorism charges for videorecording cops while they stop-and-searched her boyfriend on the tune
You wrote a blog post about how I was assaulted by the police after filming my boyfriend being searched, back in 2009.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Short UK documentary about woman threatened with terrorism charges for videorecording cops while they stop-and-searched her boyfriend on thetune
You wrote a blog post about how I was assaulted by the police after filming my boyfriend being searched, back in 2009.    ...
01:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing The men who tickle rats
Apparently, if you tickle a rat it will respond with vocalizations that scientists have good reason to interpret as happy ones. Basically, it's the rat equivalent of laughter, only at ultrasonic frequ...
01:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing The men who ticklerats
Apparently, if you tickle a rat it will respond with vocalizations that scientists have good reason to interpret as happy ones. Basically, it's the rat equivalent of laughter, only at ultrasonic frequ...
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt Genocide Trials fate rests with Constitutional Court; remains in limbo
Julia Cortez, former president of the plaintiff organization AJR (Association for Justice and Reconciliation) celebrates Judge Barrios' declaration that no one person has the right to annul the trial....
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Montt Genocide Trial fate rests with Constitutional Court; remains in limbo (photos, video)
Protests outside a court in Guatemala where judges will soon rule on whether the trial of a former dictator accused of genocide can continue.    ...
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Montt Genocide Trial fate rests with Constitutional Court; remains in limbo (photos,video)
Protests outside a court in Guatemala where judges will soon rule on whether the trial of a former dictator accused of genocide can continue.    ...
01:21 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Bookcasestaircaseslide!
Architects Moon Hoon designed a house in Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, that uses a staircase as a slide, a library and a room-divider. My goodness, it is lovely. The basic request of upper and lower...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing It should not be a crazy shock to learn that there are women who f&$*ing love science
More importantly, it's not a compliment to make a Facebook page dedicated to talking about how you would totally bang a specific woman who f&#(ing loves science and it's definitely not okay to cut-pas...
01:20 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing It should not be a crazy shock to learn that there are women who f&$*ing lovescience
More importantly, it's not a compliment to make a Facebook page dedicated to talking about how you would totally bang a specific woman who f&#(ing loves science and it's definitely not okay to cut-pas...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing What you need to know now about H7N9 bird flu
Looking for a quick rundown of basic information about the new strain of bird flu that's infecting people in China? The Toronto Star's Jennifer Yang has a great, one-page breakdown that will get you c...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing What you need to know now about H7N9 birdflu
Looking for a quick rundown of basic information about the new strain of bird flu that's infecting people in China? The Toronto Star's Jennifer Yang has a great, one-page breakdown that will get you c...
12:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Perler bead Haunted Mansion wallpaperpixel-art necklace
Etsy seller MigotoChou created a lovely perler bead necklace-charm that depicts an 8-bit pixel-art version of the iconic Disney Haunted Mansion wallpaper motif. $25. Disney World Haunted Mansion Wallp...
12:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Perler bead Haunted Mansion wallpaperpixel-artnecklace
Etsy seller MigotoChou created a lovely perler bead necklace-charm that depicts an 8-bit pixel-art version of the iconic Disney Haunted Mansion wallpaper motif. $25. Disney World Haunted Mansion Wallp...
11:59 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Strange, wonderful, deep-sea creatures ... with googly eyes
Please enjoy this very serious, scientific Tumblr that posts exactly what it promises — pictures of the strange and fantastic creatures that live deep in the ocean ... with googly eyes photoshop...
11:59 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Strange, wonderful, deep-sea creatures ... with googlyeyes
Please enjoy this very serious, scientific Tumblr that posts exactly what it promises — pictures of the strange and fantastic creatures that live deep in the ocean ... with googly eyes photoshop...
11:49 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing A spaceship that tastes like Grape-Nuts
This morning, Marketplace Tech Report had a story on a new cellulose-based building material that could be made by genetically engineered bacteria — altered versions of the bacteria that natural...
11:49 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing A spaceship that tastes likeGrape-Nuts
This morning, Marketplace Tech Report had a story on a new cellulose-based building material that could be made by genetically engineered bacteria — altered versions of the bacteria that natural...
11:43 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Inside a mile-deep open-pit copper mine after a catastrophic landslide
For the past few months Ive been reporting a big story on the copper industry for Pacific Standard. It takes a broad look at how the global economic boom of the past decade, led by China and India, is...
11:43 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Inside a mile-deep open-pit copper mine after a catastrophiclandslide
For the past few months Ive been reporting a big story on the copper industry for Pacific Standard. It takes a broad look at how the global economic boom of the past decade, led by China and India, is...
11:31 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing No, Nike did not just release "Boston Massacre" t-shirts to mock Marathon bombing
Eric Stangel, a producer with the long-running late-night comedy show Late Show with David Letterman was in a Nike Outlet store this weekend and spotted a shirt with a message that seemed bizarre and ...
11:31 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing No, Nike did not just release "Boston Massacre" t-shirts to mock Marathonbombing
Eric Stangel, a producer with the long-running late-night comedy show Late Show with David Letterman was in a Nike Outlet store this weekend and spotted a shirt with a message that seemed bizarre and ...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing AMBIcon 2013, ambient music festival, May 3-5 in San Rafael, CA
Fans of Ambient/Space/Contemplative music will gather in the Bay Area May 3-5 for a "Music From the Hearts of Space" 40th Anniversary live event, AMBIcon 2013.    ...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing AMBIcon 2013, ambient music festival, May 3-5 in San Rafael,CA
Fans of Ambient/Space/Contemplative music will gather in the Bay Area May 3-5 for a "Music From the Hearts of Space" 40th Anniversary live event, AMBIcon 2013.    ...
11:04 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing The Zine Scene in 2013
Chris Berube at the NYT: Zine makers face two types of questions when they disclose their hobby. The uninitiated wonder if a zine is similar to a magazine or if its something different entirely. And p...
11:04 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing The Zine Scene in2013
Chris Berube at the NYT: Zine makers face two types of questions when they disclose their hobby. The uninitiated wonder if a zine is similar to a magazine or if its something different entirely. And p...
10:57 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Fox sends fraudulent takedown notices for my novel Homeland
My Creative Commons licensed 2013 novel Homeland, the sequel to my 2008 novel Little Brother, spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and got great reviews around the country. But Fox ...
10:57 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Fox sends fraudulent takedown notices for my novelHomeland
My Creative Commons licensed 2013 novel Homeland, the sequel to my 2008 novel Little Brother, spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and got great reviews around the country. But Fox ...
10:46 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies of breast cancer, MS
The charismatic lead singer of Australian new wave band The Divinyls, Chrissy Amphlett, has died of cancer and multiple sclerosis.    ...
10:29 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Welcome A.J. Clemente, who will be joining the Weekend News team. Once.
A brand new news anchor brings it at NBC affiliate KFYR. Do enjoy the apology: "Rest assured that something like this will not happen again." At The Huffington Post, Rebecca Shapiro reports that he wa...
10:20 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing More Post-It Monsters
I picked up John Kenn Mortensen's More Post-It Monsters at a comic-show in London and it's terrific. Mortensen draws beautiful and grotesque line-art monsters on yellow sticky notes, and, as with the ...
06:50 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary on hidden victims of Greek austerity that's crowdfunded, free & CC-licensed
Into The Fire is a film with a difference. Besides being a hard hitting documentary which shows the plight of refugees and migrants amidst a collapsing Greek economy, it's also an experiment in new fi...
12:19 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing Dear Abby: ice chewing and marital strife
DEAR ABBY: My husband has ice water with every meal. During breakfast and dinner he loudly crunches all of the ice in his glass throughout the meal. I have asked him not to do it at the dinner table, ...
12:11 am PDT - Mon, April 22, 2013
BoingBoing William Gibson tries the Google Glass
Technically, lending Bill these particular shades is a terms-of-service violation -- wonder if Google will revoke them? William Gibson, Google Glass    ...
11:43 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Then-and-now photos of Disney Parks from early days and today
A monster photo-post from Imagineering Disney compares vintage shots of the Disney parks with contemporary shots. The only thing more remarkable than the dramatic shifts in some of these shots is the ...
10:13 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Prediction: success from Boston surveillance photos will be used to argue for more spycam systems everywhere
"The images captured in Boston are validation of a three-year project in St. Louis to link 150 surveillance cameras into a single security system throughout the citys central corridor, from the riverf...
10:13 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Prediction: success from Boston surveillance in bombing manhunt will lead to more spying everywhere
"The images captured in Boston are validation of a three-year project in St. Louis to link 150 surveillance cameras into a single security system throughout the citys central corridor, from the riverf...
09:55 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing The Brothers Tsarnaev
"The digital era allows no asylum from extremism, let alone from the toxic combination of high-minded zealotry and the curdled disappointments of young men."—David Remnick in The New Yorker on t...
09:47 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing What legal rights should Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have?
Modified version of image from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's account on Russian social network vk.com. Below, an array of perspectives on what legal rights the 19-year-old American citizen suspected of having c...
09:46 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Covering the Coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings
In infographic form, Hilary "Chartgirl" Sargent breaks down the highs and lows of the media coverage of this week's attacks in Boston.    ...
09:37 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing TSA finally seeks public comment on pronoscanners
From Slashdot submitter Trims: "The TSA is now in the public comment stage of its project to roll out Advanced Imaging Technology (i.e. full-body X-ray) scanners. The TSA wants your feedback as to whe...
09:37 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing TSA finally seeks public comment on pornoscanners
From Slashdot submitter Trims: "The TSA is now in the public comment stage of its project to roll out Advanced Imaging Technology (i.e. full-body X-ray) scanners. The TSA wants your feedback as to whe...
09:36 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing New privately-owned Antares rocket blasts off from Virginia, to space
"A privately owned rocket built in partnership with NASA to haul cargo to the International Space Station blasted off on Sunday for a debut test flight from a new commercial spaceport in Virginia. The...
09:22 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing What legal rights should Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have?
Below, an array of perspectives on what legal rights the 19-year-old American citizen suspected of having co-executed the Boston Marathon bombings has, and whether law enforcement is obliged to honor ...
09:10 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remembered by Twitter friends as "cool bro, average dude" with whom to "smoke blunts"
Laura Griffin collected some tweets from apparent real-world friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The post-bombing tweets "from four people who know him, and old conversati...
09:03 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Background: Chechnya
A memorial for victims of armed conflict in Grozny, the Chechen capital. Photo: C.J. Chivers, 2008. C.J. Chivers, New York Times reporter and author of THE GUN, a social history of the AK-47, co-wrote...
08:53 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing How technology factored into the Boston bombing investigation
If you read one article on the role science and technology played in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, make it this one in today's edition of The Washington Post: Quickly, the authorities sec...
08:48 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked out, slept, partied after Boston Marathon attack
According to his friends, University of Massachusetts sophomore Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked out, slept in his dowm room, and hung out with fellow students on the same day of the attack on the Boston Mara...
08:36 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing New privately-owned Antares rocket blasts off from Virginia, to space
"A privately owned rocket built in partnership with NASA to haul cargo to the International Space Station blasted off on Sunday for a debut test flight from a new commercial spaceport in Virginia. The...
08:33 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing How crowdsourcing sleuths on Reddit searching for Boston bomber got the wrong guy
A subreddit titled "Find Boston Bombers" figured out that Sunil Tripathi, 22, was responsible for the deadly attack. Only he wasn't. This time, Reddit got it very wrong.    ...
08:29 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Massachusetts police: Tamerlan Tsarnaev was alive during shootout, until his brother drove over him
Boston Globe: "Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was alive and struggling with Watertown police early Friday morning, when his younger brother and alleged coconspirator drove over him in a st...
08:25 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Thermal video and photos of Boston bombing suspect, hiding in boat
Massachusetts state police released this video shot from their airwing helicopter hovering over a boat where the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect was found.    ...
08:02 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Why martial law in Boston after the Marathon Bombings was a bad idea
"A large percent of the reaction in Boston has been security theater," writes Popehat. "'Four victims brutally killed' goes by other names in other cities. In Detroit, for example, they call it 'Tuesd...
08:02 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Why armed lockdown in Boston after the Marathon Bombings was a bad idea
"A large percent of the reaction in Boston has been security theater," writes Popehat. "'Four victims brutally killed' goes by other names in other cities. In Detroit, for example, they call it 'Tuesd...
06:35 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing No, universal daycare doesn't destroy the national character
The Brit papers have been full of news about the Swedish daycare expert brought in to address Conservative MPs about the iron-clad, data-driven link between Sweden's universal daycare and the rise of ...
05:12 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing What about the Boston bomber's wife?
Turns out, Tamerlan Tsarnaev really did have a wife and child. They are both alive and physically healthy. The wife doesn't seem to be a suspect. Other than a brief statement by her parents, the famil...
05:12 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing What about Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife?
Turns out, suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev really did have a wife and child. They are both alive and physically healthy. The wife doesn't seem to be a suspect. Other than a brief statement b...
04:21 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO pose in your cosplay
Cherazor's "Guide: Posing in Cosplay" was a fascinating look at the thought that goes into showing off your cosplay with well-thought-through body-language that takes into account your own morphology,...
02:45 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Grassy field in Florida was once secret CIA base from which Guatemalan coup was launched
There's a fascinating article in the Miami Herald today about a grassy field in Opa-locka, Florida which was the site of the secret CIA base where the US-led coup of Guatemala was launched in 1953. Sn...
02:41 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing New Farmer's Almanac for 2013
Rick Prelinger sez, "Our friends at The Greenhorns, a national organization of young farmers, just published the first (and hopefully not the last) edition of their New Farmer's Almanac, which they ca...
02:30 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Russia warned FBI in 2011 about Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev
The Boston Globe is among many media outlets to report this weekend that Russia was surveilling suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011, and "warned the FBI of the alleged bombers radical shift" to...
12:15 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Che caf, Guatemala City (Guatemala snapshot)
A little eatery we walked by in Guatemala City, with Che Guevara photos and flags outside. The Cuban revolutionary lived in Guatemala City for some time during the early 1950s, when the democratically...
12:04 pm PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Caf cash register cat (Guatemala snapshot)
Above: Misha, the manager of Fernando's Kaffe, my favorite place for coffee in La Antigua, Guatemala. Seriously, she runs the joint. After the barista made me my espresso, the barista pushed keys next...
09:38 am PDT - Sun, April 21, 2013
BoingBoing Issuing an apology on behalf of the New York Post
Someone wrote a fake letter of apology from the New York Post's editor and inserted it into a bunch of papers around NYC.    ...
07:21 pm PDT - Sat, April 20, 2013
BoingBoing Filter can separate water from Coke
The sheer awesome filtration power of the OKO filter is on display here as a fellow from Japan's RocketNews24 uses it to separate the clear, relatively benign H2O out of the Black Waters of American I...
04:17 pm PDT - Sat, April 20, 2013
BoingBoing American cuisine
Planning a weekend brunch? You're in luck! The new Mountain Dew Kickstart is a crowdfunded highly caffeinated pseudo-juice that PepsiCo is marketing as a great breakfast drink. Then, swing round to yo...
01:12 pm PDT - Sat, April 20, 2013
BoingBoing Warren Buffet vs goldbugs
Warren Buffet thinks buying gold is dumb: specifically, he thinks that buying gold is speculation, not investing, because gold doesn't do anything productive. Here, he waxes eloquent on the subject: I...
10:07 am PDT - Sat, April 20, 2013
BoingBoing Hairless Chewbacca costume
Costume Craze's sold-out "Chewbacca Second Skin Star Wars Costume" is a great choice for cosplayers who don't like their wookiee suits too hairy. It's the sexy catsuit of the 21st century! Chewbacca S...
11:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Harrison Ford doesn't answer Star Wars questions on Kimmel
When Harrison Ford's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel switched to Q&A with the audience, Ford said that no Star Wars questions would be allowed. Whereupon Kimmel began (apparently) to troll Harrison ra...
10:07 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing San Diego cop smashes phone & beats up suspect: "Phones can be converted to a weapon. Look it up online."
A San Diego cop beat up a man whom he was ticketing for illegal smoking, after the man refused to stop video-recording the experience.    ...
09:02 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Rocket Robinson, a graphic adventure novel for kids set in Egypt in the 1930s
I loved Jonny Quest when I was a kid, and I think my 10-year-old (and I) will love Rocket Robinson, a graphic novel by Sean O'Neill, which reminds me of the 1960s cartoon. Get a taste of it by reading...
08:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Giveaway! 5 copies of Marijuanamerica
In honor of tomorrow'a 4/20 festivities, Abrams is giving away copies of Marijuanamerica: One Man’s Quest to Understand America’s Dysfunctional Love Affair with Weed, by Alfred Ryan Nerz (...
07:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Pac-Man hoodies
From IfIndustries, an (apparently?) unavailable but rather clever line of Pac-Man hoodies (one ghost shown, all ghosts in set). Pac-man & Ghosts Hoddies (via Geeks Are Sexy)   &nbs...
06:41 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing How to hide small items inside a door
In the latest issue of MAKE (Vol 34) Sean Michael Ragan shows you how to create a fantabulous doorstop stash out of a cigar tube, so you can hide things that Obama wants to take away from you (bullets...
05:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Craig Thompson interviews French cartoonist Blutch - a Boing Boing exclusive
Craig Thompson, the award-winning graphic novelist who wrote and illustrated Blankets and Habibi, recently interviewed Blutch, the award-winning Alsatian novelist whose work influenced Thompson. Later...
05:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Mazlow XXI C.
Take that, Maslow. Basic Human Needs Pyramid: Fixed [Pic]    ...
05:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Maslow XXI C.
Take that, Maslow. Basic Human Needs Pyramid: Fixed [Pic]    ...
05:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: "Dictator in the Dock," video updates from Rios Montt genocide trial
Skylight Films, the team behind "Granito" and "When the Mountains Tremble," have been filming the trial of General Efran Rios Montt since day one, and they're posting video updates from here in Guatem...
05:05 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Don't miss Love & Rockets' Gilbert Hernandez's slideshow tour
Love & Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez is on tour to promote his sublime Marble Season graphic novel (it's an all-ages story). Peggy Burns of Drawn & Quarterly (the book's publisher), h...
05:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Sushi tuna model that decomposes into individual delicacies
Francesco sez, "A Japanese company has released a plastic figure of a tuna fish. The figure is 33cm long and features a working table and the traditional 'Maguro bch' knife to cut the tuna. This figur...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing PopSci's Drug Week stories
It's Drug Week at PopSci! They've reported on a 1884 PopSci writer's "dramatic first-hand account of marijuana overdose," a reporter's description of an LSD trip in 1967 ("He notes that under LSD, the...
04:28 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Vito Acconci's 1971 instructions in case he should die in a plane crash
(Via The Museum of Modern Art Library)    ...
04:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Saturday is Record Store Day 2013!
Tomorrow (Saturday 4/20) is Record Store Day! Support your local independent record shops and score special Record Store Day exclusive releases! Here's the full list of special releases and guide to p...
03:25 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Great free reading of Robert E Howard's "Conan and the Queen of the Black Coast"
I often listen to audiobooks when I'm falling asleep, and my favorite go-to for these is Librivox, the incredible collection of volunteer-read public-domain texts (I used to buy a lot of Audible title...
02:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Vrillon Transmission: 1977 pirate TV message from space alien
The Vrillon Transmission of 1977, when a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command hijacked a UK television transmitter during the nightly news to share the above message from our space brothers a...
02:27 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Ra Chand Citrus Press squeezes every last drop of juice from fruit
Living in Southern California, we have an abundance of citrus nearly year round — lemons, limes, kumquats, grapefruits, and more. I also have a household of beverage enthusiasts, from my kids wh...
02:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing World's Strangest Flowers
Sierra magazine selected "7 of the World's Strangest Flowers," including the curious Touch-Me-Not seen above.    ...
02:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Yodel-Oh! Math Mountain - fun math drill exercise disguised as a carnival game
My 10-year-daughter Jane and I love Yodel-Oh!, an iOS target tapper game where you have to keep a Swiss mountain climber from falling off the edge of a cliff. The developer, Spinlight, just announced ...
02:08 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Sound of Oblivion
An excellent SoundWorks Collection interview with Oblivion director Joe Kosinski and the sound of his new movie.    ...
01:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Teaser for documentary "Aspie Seeks Love"
Julie Sokolow, who directed the excellent video about the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum that I posted yesterday, is making a documentary called Aspie Seeks Love. The teaser looks great! Dav...
01:54 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Artist Gus Harper at work
A few years ago David posted this incredible timelapse of Gus Harper at work. Recently photographer Isaac Rodriguez made this beautiful video of Gus in his studio.    ...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing A cat-meme I can get behind
My feelings about cat memes are on record. But then there's this: a cat in a shark-suit riding a Roomba chasing a baby duck.    ...
01:36 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Abandoned websites
Vestigial corporate barnacles too insignificant to warrant the effort of deletion, these immortal websites offer nostalgia and not a little humor. [Wired]    ...
01:32 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Naturalist posing as cactus, snaps desert animals
Popular Science, 1931 (Via Mostly Forbidden Zone)    ...
01:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Brian Eno designed hospital room
Brian Eno designed a chill-out room at the private new Montefiore Hospital in Brighton and Hove, UK. It's meant to be a spot for patients to "think, take stock or simply relax." Ortopaedic surgeon Rob...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing What happened to Waxy was terrible, but fair use works better than he thinks it does
Earlier this week, I blogged Andy "Waxy" Baio's speech on fair use, called "The New Prohibition." Andy got hit with a legal threat for making a limited edition 8-bit remix of a famous photo and ended ...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Book about woman raised by monkeys
Last fall, I posted about Marina Chapman of Braford, England who claims that as a young girl she was raised by monkeys. Chapman says that when she was four-year-old, she was kidnapped from her Colombi...
12:26 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Vine video competition
The Tribeca Film Festival is hosting a competition for the best six-second films. Previously: Six-word memoirs by writers famous and obscure.    ...
12:24 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Siri keeps data for "up to two years", but only anonymously
Robert McMillan explains what happens to the data generated and stored with Siri queries: "Once the voice recording is six months old, Apple disassociates your user number from the clip, deleting the ...
12:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Kepler 62, a planetary system like our own
Two of the five planets seen circling a distant star may be capable of supporting life, reports the team operating the Kepler Space Telescope. Relatively close to Earth's size and within their sun's h...
11:43 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Vegetables in your guts
I'm very taken with Klaus Weber's 2011 sculpture Veggieanatomy, which includes real vegetables in its makeup. Veggieanatomy, 2011 (via Neatorama)    ...
11:25 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing GuatemalaRios Montt genocide trial, Day 21. Defense attorneys walk out; Preliminary Court Judge annuls trial, AG vows legal battle
Rios Montt, moments after his attorneys walked out in protest on Thursday, April 18, day 20 of the trial; he is seated alone w/co-defendant Sanchez. Photo: @xeni. I am blogging and live-tweeting from ...
11:25 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing LIVEBLOG: GuatemalaRios Montt genocide trial, Day 21. Defense attorneys walk out; Preliminary Court Judge annuls trial, AG vows legal battle
Rios Montt, moments after his attorneys walked out in protest on Thursday, April 18, day 20 of the trial; he is seated alone w/co-defendant Sanchez. Photo: @xeni. I am blogging and live-tweeting from ...
10:58 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing MIT student raises funds for young Boston bomb victim's family
Catherine sez, On Monday, the Boston Marathon was bombed. On Monday night I was feeling blessed and thankful to not know anyone directly affected by the bombs. But on Tuesday morning I woke up to an e...
10:36 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Viacom gets its ass handed to it again by a court in its YouTube lawsuit
For years, Viacom has been embroiled in a bizarre lawsuit against Google, asserting that Google had a duty to figure out exactly which videos uploaded by it users infringed on Viacom's copyrights and ...
09:39 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Online privacy policies explained
The Zero Knowledge Foundation's explainer on privacy policies is a pretty good introduction to where the fine-print on the sites you read comes from, and the surprisingly meaningful differences betwee...
09:26 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing One Boston bombing suspect dead after shootout; brother on the run
Boston is in lockdown after a shootout between the two Boston bombing suspects and police. One of the two is dead, as is at least one police officer; the other suspect fled on foot and is the subject ...
02:27 am PDT - Fri, April 19, 2013
BoingBoing Intergalactic jewel thief Makiedoll mod
Kaitan modded her 3D printed Makie doll into a spectacular intergalactic jewel-thief, complete with accessories. She was dyed using a mixture of green and yellow iDye poly. Her face up/ body up (?) wa...
11:58 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Gorgeous, psychedelic photos of Portuguese man-of-wars
Aaron Ansarov picks up live Portuguese man-of-wars from the Delray Beach, FL, photographs them on a light-table and returns them to the beach. The photos are then mirror-imaged and post-processed into...
10:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum - exclusive video tour
Comic book artists and Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast producers - Ed Piskor, Jasen Lex, and Jim Rugg - visit a singular archive containing the world's largest collection of cartoon and comic b...
09:51 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing DragonBox: an educational game that teaches you algebra
Matthew Good is the creator of DragonBox+, "an educational puzzle game that also secretly teaches you how to do algebra." The basic premise is that you must isolate the dragon on one side of the ...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing How is a $12 phone possible?
Bunnie Huang paid a visit to Shenzhen's Mingtong Digital Mall and found a $12 mobile phone, with Bluetooth, an MP3 player, an OLED display and quad-band GSM. For $12. Bunnie's teardown shows a little ...
06:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing FBI releases surveillance video of bombing suspects
Most assuredly not the men that The New York Post insinuated were suspects today—those guys are almost certainly innocent. Boston Police: "Do you know these individuals? Contact [email protected]
05:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Drug Czar pretends the 1.5 million people arrested every year for nonviolent drug offenses don't exist
Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance says: "Yesterday during a nationally televised event at the National Press Club, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske repeated the federal government’s claim that th...
05:46 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Girl who lost her hearing after West fertilizer plant exploded is now okay
The Today Show tracked down the Texas father who shot that now iconic video of the West fertilizer plant explosion — the one where you can hear his daughter screaming and pleading with him to le...
05:42 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Pat Robertson warns people to flee from the evil of Dungeons and Dragons
America's favorite make-up model, Pat Robertson, weighs in on Satan's newest psychic weapon: Dungeons and Dragons. (Via CN)    ...
05:33 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Controlling a robot arm with an Android phone
Students at the University of Toronto created an Android app for a course project that allows for wireless and intuitive control of a robotic arm from an Android-powered smartphone.   &...
05:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of bugs with drops of water on their heads
This is the best gallery of bugs with drops of water on their heads I've ever seen. Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein, I lift my drop of water to you.    ...
05:16 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Ammonium nitrate fertilizer isn't really a dangerous explosive (most of the time)
Fertilizer can explode*. We all know that. It was a key ingredient in the bomb that destroyed Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995. Last night, a factory full of the stuff went up...
04:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Truth about Beyonce's inauguration performance can't be published until 2122
Muckrock Michael sez, "Today MuckRock's Mara Berg chronicles the saga of a particular public records request I put in for the following: A copy of the backing track used during Beyonce's Inauguration ...
03:54 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Video of Mat Ricardo's London Varieties show
Mat Ricardo's London Varieties Episode Two is now up online for anyone to watch, enjoy and share - for free to course!    ...
03:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing NZ parliament erupts in song after passing marriage equality bill
On Wednesday's, New Zealand's parliament passed its Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill in a 77-44 vote, expanding the country's 2005 civil union regime into full-blown marriage equality....
02:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 090: Melissa McEwen, food blogger
I spoke with food blogger and Meatshare founder Melissa McEwen. Her blog, Hunt Gather Love is about "the intersection between evolutionary biology and food." Melissa is profiled in today's Chicago Rea...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Blog full of fantastic (and often NSFW) medieval illustrations
Here's a 15th century illustration of an English surgical procedure. Fun! See the full blog — Discarded Image | Discarding Images.    ...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Which makes more money: mining Bitcoins or writing about mining Bitcoins?
Joey deVilla joined a Bitcoin mining pool (where people collectively contribute their spare computer CPUs and share the Bitcoins they mine). Since Saturday he's made about 4 cents mining Bitcoins and ...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing A resurgence in LSD research
It's drug week at Popular Science and Shaunacy Ferro would like you to know why doctors can't give you LSD — and why they maybe ought to be.    ...
01:24 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing One photographer's obsession with a collapsing grain silo
The Fox is Black: "In a video from the Oxford American, [photographer Timothy Hursley] describes how his fascination with the silo began. He compares the form of he silo to the work of Frank Gehry, an...
01:22 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Austerity economics only works if you make an Excel formula error
A new paper called Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff by Thomas Herndon, Michael Ash, and Robert Pollin from UMass Amherst tries and fails to ...
01:20 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Tidbits for hypochondriacs
If you would like to avoid catching somebody's cold, you should attempt to remain at least six feet away from them. That is the distance respiratory droplets can travel through air.   &...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing What happens when you wring out a washcloth in space?
For hand towels, astronauts get those little vacuum-packed pucks that you kind of have to unravel into a towel. But what happens when you actually put the towels to use? Two Nova Scotia high school st...
12:49 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Scientists sequence the coelacanth genome
The coelacanth is one of a small handful of living fishes that are probably closely related much more ancient, extinct creatures — including, the first fish to haul itself up onto land. Now scie...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Internet penetration is never correlated with increasing power to dictators, and is usually correlated with increased freedom
Philip N Howard wonders if there are any countries that have, on balanced, suffered as a result of the coming of the Internet -- say, because improved networks created so many opportunities for dictat...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Internet penetration is never correlated with increasing power to dictators, and is often correlated with increased freedom
Philip N Howard wonders if there are any countries that have, on balanced, suffered as a result of the coming of the Internet -- say, because improved networks created so many opportunities for dictat...
11:46 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Elvis impersonator arrested in Obama ricin letter case
Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, an Elvis impersonator, was arrested wednesday and charged with mailing ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other politicians.    ...
11:43 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing GuatemalaRios Montt genocide trial, Day 20. Will case be thrown out by Constitutional Court?
In the Guatemalan Supreme Court, reporters swarm as appeal introduced by Constitutional Court to throw out genocide trial. Photo: @xeni. I am blogging from inside the Guatemalan Supreme Court in Guate...
11:37 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Wolf Motorcycle Helmet
This DOT-certified bucket is marketed as the "Wolf Helmet", but I think it looks like an angry womble. [via Uncrate]    ...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Siri, keeper of secrets
Robert McMillan writes: "Not everyone realizes this, but whenever you use Siri, Apples voice-controlled digital assistant, she remembers what you tell her. How long does she remember? Apple isnt sayin...
11:07 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Dog camera harness
Sony announced a camera harness for dogs. Alas, it's only available at their Japanese store for now. [New Launches] Previously: Pets Eye View Camera; Pictures taken by Malcolm and Ruby using the Pets ...
10:50 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing How to relax a bull for semen extraction
A breeding bull stands under infrared lights, used to relax his muscles, at an artificial insemination centre in the village of Hohenzell, Upper Austria April 9, 2013. The centre exports cattle semen ...
10:20 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Google prohibits resale, lending or sharing of Google Glass on pain of remote deactivation
Wired: Google is barring anyone deemed worthy of a pair of its $1,500 Google Glass computer eyewear from selling or even loaning out the highly coveted gadget. The companys terms of service on the lim...
10:09 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Little-known dinosaurs that should make an appearance in Jurassic Park 4
Brian Switek does fantastic work writing about dinosaurs. I haven't finished his new book, My Beloved Brontosaurus , just yet, but it's shaping up to be fantastic — all about the slow, lumbering...
10:06 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Book multi-city itineraries as one-ways and save
If you're booking a multi-city trip by air, you should really price it out as a series of one-way flights, rather than as a single ticket. As Mike Masnick discovered, the arcane airline ticketing rule...
09:30 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Exclusive excerpt from Gilbert Hernandez' masterpiece: Marble Season
Gilbert Hernandez is the co-creator of, Love & Rockets, one of the best comic book series of all time. His newest work is Marble Season, a beautifully-told semiautobiography of a boy growing up. ...
01:56 am PDT - Thu, April 18, 2013
BoingBoing Massive fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX
A fertilizer plant in West, Texas caught fire and exploded last night. According to one eyewitness, "Every house within about four blocks is blown apart." The small town is north of Waco, and the earl...
11:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing TODOCAT: a cat-meme-based to-do-list manager
Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery created TODOCAT, a to-do list manager based on the elegant cat meme. I fucking hate cat memes, but I love to-do lists. I love this cat meme to-do list manager. TODOCAT (v...
10:08 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing The secrets of bomb forensics
At the New Yorker, Paige Williams visits forensic chemist Adam B. Hall to talk about the surprising things you can learn about bombs and their makers by looking at the effects they produce — fro...
09:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Rep Steve Israel trying to score points with 3D printed gun hysteria
Michael Weinberg from Public Knowledge sez "Last week, Rep. Steve Israel introduced a bill designed to regulate firearms that cannot be found by metal detectors. The bill makes a passing reference the...
09:50 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Comic book keyboard
A nice find from our G+ BB Community member D.S. Deboer.    ...
09:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing At least 34 people have died in earthquakes in Iran
A 6.3 earthquake and one with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Western Iran in the course of just a week. These are largely rural areas, with a lot of mud brick buildings that tend to collapse when the earth sh...
06:39 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Wired Magazine's 1992 media kit
Brian sez, "Fasten your seatbelts for a trip back in time, to 1992, when a tiny little startup called Coconut heard, in August 1992, that a new magazine was brewing, something called WIRED. We contact...
06:19 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make Wonder Woman bracelets out of toilet paper rolls
Here's a great tutorial for making your own glittery superhero paper bracelets out of toilet-paper rolls. The trick is to use blue painter's tape backing to keep the cardboard intact while it's all gl...
05:47 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Goodnight Moon as a horror movie
Did the children's book "Goodnight Moon" help put you to sleep as a little kid? Not anymore.    ...
05:29 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing OMNI Magazine collection on the Internet Archive
The complete run of Omni, one of my all-time favorite magazines, is now available for free on the Internet Archive! In its late-1970s and 1980s heyday, Omni was a wonderful blend of technology, scienc...
04:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 089: Marina Gorbis, executive director of Institute for the Future
David and I spoke with Marina Gorbis about her new book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. When Marina Gorbis was a child, growing up in the Soviet Union, she lived w...
03:35 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Zipper Club: fundraising a comic for kids with congenital heart defects
Dave sez, "THE ZIPPER CLUB is a comic focusing on survivors of childhood congenital heart defects, written by a survivor of such a condition himself. It's on Indie-GO-Go in hopes to put out a first pr...
03:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer for Feature Photography
Javier Manzano won the 2013 Pulitzer Price for Feature Photography for this photo of two rebel soldiers in Syria, taken on October 18, 2012. Yes, those are bullet holes. All of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize...
03:05 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Man of Steel trailer #3
New Man of Steel trailer with scenes of Krypton, Jor-El, Lara, Pa, young Clark, bearded Clark, shirtless Clark, supervillains, Lois, Superman, and the icy Fortress of Solitude...   &nbs...
02:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Video: Nirvana's first live performance of "Teen Spirit," 22 years ago today
Twenty-two years ago today, Nirvana played "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time in public.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Homophobic lawmaker, foiled by Constitution, announces Plan B
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the blow job foe who failed to trick the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Court into forgetting the Constitution, announced his plans to unleash ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Homophobic attorney general, foiled by Constitution, announces Plan B
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (@KenCuccinelli), the blow job foe who failed to trick the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit into forgetting the Constitution, announced hi...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage cyanotype photos
Over at House of Mirth, esteemed vernacular photo collector Robert E. Jackson posts about the allure of collecting cyanotypes with some wonderful examples. The ghostly image above is from the collecti...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Carving an artificial cavern under NYC
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is digging an artificial cavern for a future Second Avenue Subway stop below 86th street. Patrick Cashin is photographing the massive operation. Fortun...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Reddit users may have discovered a murder on Google Maps
The image ... is really a Rorschach test more than anything else. Do you see two people standing over a body wrapped in black plastic with an enormous trail of blood behind it? Or do you see two peopl...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Why is it so hard to make a phone call in emergency situations?
When bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon on Monday, my Facebook feed was immediately filled with urgent messages. I watched as my friends and family implored their friends and family in Boston to ch...
12:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing CISPA: Congress wants to create unlimited Internet spying powers - KILL THIS BILL! KILL IT WITH FIRE!
Rep. Rogers says #CISPA opponents are probably 14-year-olds in a basement. Tell him how wrong he is by tweeting to @repmikerogers.— EFF (@EFF) April 16, 2013 CISPA is the latest Congressional pr...
12:35 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Great Photoshop War, USA vs. North Korea
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH North Korea and the United States go to Photoshop-War.    ...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing News is bad for you and giving up reading it will make you happier
Rolf Dobelli, author of the forthcoming book, The Art of Thinking Clearly, has an essay in the Guardian that explains the many reasons why you shouldn't read, listen to, or watch news. I don't agree w...
12:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Effort to criminalise oral sex fails
A homophobic politician's attempt to recriminalize anal and oral sex has ended in failure in Virginia. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wanted to revive the state's Crimes against Nature statu...
12:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial, Day 19
Former General and dictator Rios Montt, in a crush of reporters in the Guatemalan Supreme Court. Photo: @xeni. I am blogging from inside the Guatemalan Supreme Court in Guatemala City this morning, on...
11:55 am PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Evil pheasant stalks seniors
An angry bird attacks Ben and Ann Hudson, a septuagenarian couple in England, every time they leave their Shropshire residence: "The 2ft tall thug pheasant, nicknamed Phil, swoops at the family as the...
11:48 am PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing The Portuguese Man-of-War
Jakob Schiller interviews Aaron Ansarov, who collects dead men-of-war from the beach with his wife, then takes astounding photographs of the remains. [Wired]    ...
10:53 am PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing On riding motorcycles into storms
Joel Johnson is on a vision quest: "Not a bad way to put it. For my whole adult life, I've developed a good technique for dealing with bad situations: I run away. It's real effective. Stressful job? Q...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing How Ophira Eisenberg slept her way to monogamy
Whatever you do, don't call Ophira Eisenberg a comedienne. That's an outdated, patronizing term from an era when men patted women on the head (or, unsolicited, on the ass) and called Amelia Earhart a ...
09:50 am PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Welcome to your Awesome Robot: instructional robot-making comic now out in the US
Last month, I blogged a review of the kids' instructional comic book Welcome to Your Awesome Robot: Welcome to Your Awesome Robot is a fantastic book for maker-kids and their grownups. It consists of ...
01:24 am PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing The Saudi Marathon Man
A new crime, apparently: being brown while being bombed. A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasnt alone; a hundred and se...
12:25 am PDT - Wed, April 17, 2013
BoingBoing Homebrew Duck Hunt pinball table
Skit-B Pinball built this custom Duck Hunt pinball machine by modding a 1962 'Williams Valiant' table and hybridizing it with a PC to provide sound effects and other nifties.    ...
10:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Fun quadcopter for kids
I bought Jane a $60 quadcopter from Banggood for her 10th birthday. One of the motor wires was broken on arrival so I had to solder it back on, and the battery charger was for a European power outlet ...
10:17 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Med Express uses broken Ohio law to silence critics who say true things
Are you a lawyer in Ohio? If so, your pro-bono services are urgently needed to defeat a trollish, bullying legal action from Med Express, a company that sells refurb medical equipment on eBay. The com...
09:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Report: one of Boston Marathon bombs possibly made from kitchen pressure cooker
LA Times: "Investigators believe at least one of the two bombs in Boston was made with a pressure cooker, according to law enforcement and intelligence officials." MSNBC: Authorities have recovered fo...
08:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Deadly poison ricin detected in congressional mail
Politico: "An envelope sent to the U.S. Senate office of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) included a substance that has tested positive for Ricin, two sources say." A suspect has been identified. &nbs...
08:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Deadly poison ricin detected in Senate mail
Politico: "An envelope sent to the U.S. Senate office of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) included a substance that has tested positive for Ricin, two sources say." A suspect has been identified. &nbs...
08:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Weird 1972 experiment in marijuana use
Cannabis News: "In the winter of 1972, 20 young women took part in one of the weirdest scientific experiments in this country’s history. For 98 days in a downtown Toronto hospital, their brains,...
08:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing The secret history of a hidden mural at a Los Angeles hotel
The website Mosaic Art Now has a fun story about a tile mosaic of an oil refinery that was discovered by some wood paneling at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. In May 2012, when the renowned W...
08:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing "Radium Age" science fiction novel with new intro by Erik Davis: The Night Land
Our friend Joshua Glenn, publisher of HiLoBooks says, "I'm thrilled to announce that the HiLoBooks edition of William Hope Hodgson's 1912 dying-earth novel The Night Land, with an introduction by Erik...
07:53 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Comic book panels taken out of context
Panels 2 Ponder is a website that presents comic book panels taken out of their context, likely making them more enjoyable than the source material.    ...
07:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Microplane professional extra coarse grater
This cheese grater has become essential in my kitchen. It won’t take up extra space and grates better than any others I’ve owned. Cheeses ranging in hardness from Parmesan to mozzarella tr...
07:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Congressional Research Service says states can legalize cannabis
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is part of the Library of Congress, and it provides "policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affi...
07:11 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Copyright enforcement as the New Prohibition: Andy Baio's speech on fair use
Andy Baio's "The New Prohibition" is a speech given at a Creative Mornings/Portland event, expanding on his must-read "No Copyright Intended" post.    ...
05:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing If you see something, should you say something?: Liveblogging from a talk on terror, security, and how both things affect our lives
When bombs explode in a crowded city street, individuals and governments naturally ask themselves, "Could we have prevented this if we had been paying better attention to people and things that were o...
05:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing If you see something, say something: Liveblogging from a lecture about terrorism, security, and visual narratives
When bombs explode in a crowded city street, individuals and governments naturally ask themselves, "Could we have prevented this if we had been paying better attention to people and things that were o...
04:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Samsung had to pay people to trash-talk HTC phones?
Samsung paid sockpuppeteers to criticize rival products online, it is alleged in Taiwan. A subsidiary reported on its facebook page that it had "ceased all marketing activities that involve the postin...
04:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Don't let the Boston Marathon bombing terrorize you, or the bombers win
Bruce Schneier's terrific Atlantic essay on the Boston Marathon bombings is a must-read. As he points out, the terrorists win only if we let this sort of thing scare us. By being empathic toward the v...
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing The blogging family tree
At the close of 1998, there were 23 known weblogs on the Internet. A year later there were tens of thousands. What changed? [Mat Honan / Wired]    ...
03:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing How the face changes with shifting light sources
Nacho Guzman demonstrates how much a face appears to change with differing lighting positions, in a teaser for a forthcoming music video from OPALE.    ...
03:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Mark Ryden: preview of new "Gay 90's" art book
Pop surrealism master Mark Ryden has just released a new book, compiling the exquisite paintings from his Gay 90's Olde Tyme Art Show that took place in 2010. The book was published by Rizzoli and des...
03:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial, day 18. "If I don't control the Army, why am I here?"
Rios Montt listens to a prosecution witness, during the tribunal. I am blogging from inside the Supreme Court in Guatemala City, where the trial of former Guatemalan Army General and US-backed dictato...
03:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial, day 18. "If I can't control the Army, then what am I doing here?"
Rios Montt listens to a prosecution witness, during the tribunal. I am blogging from inside the Supreme Court in Guatemala City, where the trial of former Guatemalan Army General and US-backed dictato...
03:03 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage ad for cockroach racing set
Early 20th century ad for a cockroach racing kit (complete with roaches) sold by the International Mutoscope Reel Company, makers of arcade machines and dime museums. "Holds the crowd Gets the money."...
02:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Busted: teen nightclub disguised as rave church
DarkSide was a Dallas teen dance club whose owners attempted to wrap it in a legal spiritual envelope to stop it from being shut down. In the Dallas Observer, Anna Merlan looked into "The Bizarre Life...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Big pictures of small change
Artist Martin John Callanan and the Advanced Engineered Materials Group at the UK's National Physical Laboratory used an infinite 3D optical microscope to capture 400 million pixel images of the lowes...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Recording everyone's cursors as a music video
Light Light created a fun page to "crowdsource" their new music video by recording visitors' cursor movements. "Do Not Touch" (NSFW)    ...
12:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Wooden chef's knives
I have no idea if FDRL's "Maple Set" knives are practical or even useful, but they are extremely beautiful. With this project we wanted to explore an alternative emotion to the standard kitchen knives...
12:33 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Baghdad burning, ten years later
In 2003, a blogger identified as a 24-year-old Iraqi woman began publishing a blog from Baghdad called "riverbend," about her experience in the war. She described her site as a "Girl Blog from Iraq," ...
12:17 pm PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Detect your pulse with your webcam
Thearn released a free/open program for detecting and monitoring your pulse using your webcam. The code is on github for you to download, play with and modify. If this stuff takes your fancy, be sure ...
10:57 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing American oligopolies are the new monopolies
Tim Wu sez, "I wrote something quick in the New Yorker about America's big blind spot when it comes to big business -- if its not a monopoly, its no problem, so highly concentrated industries can get ...
10:34 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing More earthquakes in Oklahoma
A 4.3 earthquake rattled Oklahoma City at around 1:00 am central today. You may recall that scientists have evidence connecting Oklahoma's sudden onset of small quakes to the disposal of liquid left o...
10:20 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Austin Grossman's YOU: brilliant novel plumbs the heroic and mystical depths of gaming and simulation
YOU is the second novel from Austin Grossman, whose 2008 debut Soon I Will be Invincible marked him out as a talent to watch. Now, with his second novel, he confirms his status as a major talent. You ...
10:16 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with an expert in improvised explosive devices
At Scientific American, Larry Greenemeier has a piece about the science behind the three (possibly four) improvised explosive devices that killed at least three people yesterday in Boston. It might be...
10:12 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Whodini: Magic's Wand
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!    ...
09:56 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Get information on loved ones in Boston with Google's emergency Person Finder
If you're looking for loved ones in Boston and can't get through to them, try Google's Person Finder, a service designed to help produce good information in the wake of disasters (it's also one of Goo...
09:46 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Bras useless, says science
"A little-known French sports doctor who spent 16 years studying the busts of about 300 women sent a scare through a country known for its love of lingerie this week when he suggested bras were useles...
09:43 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing "We keep running."
Reporter Nancy Chen tweets this photograph of writing on the sidewalk outside the home of Martin Richard, the 8-yo who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing yesterday. For every person who runs ma...
09:40 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Retro Unicorn Attack
PixelJam's Retro Unicorn Attack takes the Erasure-themed game and demakes it even better. Play it just for the fantastic chiptune version of Always.    ...
09:26 am PDT - Tue, April 16, 2013
BoingBoing Priorities and privilege reign in Game of Thrones S3E3
Ive heard a lot of bewilderment across social media when it comes to keeping up with the ever-climbing number of characters in this show. Even fans of the books are having a bit of a tough time, since...
08:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Boston marathon bombed -- two explosions, many injured, at least three dead
Two explosions at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon killed at least three people and left at least a dozen more injured, according to news reports. Law enforcement officials said they were cau...
07:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Exclusive excerpt - Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birut Galdikas
Here's a sneak preview of Primates, Jim Ottaviani's upcoming nonfiction graphic novel about the three most famous primatologists. It looks terrific! Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account...
06:45 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Boston marathon bombed -- two explosions, many injured, at least three dead
Two explosions at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon killed at least three people and left at least a dozen more injured, according to news reports. Law enforcement officials said they were cau...
06:40 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Barbie without makeup
Barbie without makeup, Eddi Aguirre. (Via Sociological Images)    ...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Boston marathon bombed
"A report of explosions at the Boston Marathon." Turn on your TV.    ...
03:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing The Grifters, by Jim Thompson
I've read a number of Jim Thompson's excellent crime noir novels, but for some reason I'd never gotten around to reading The Grifters. I saw the movie when it came out (screenplay by Donald Westlake!)...
02:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing 12 million Americans believe lizard people run the USA
From Public Policy Polling: "Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies, or not?" Do 4% Do no...
02:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Music with Children: Playing the Recorder (1967)
Here is some delightful music for a Monday morning: "Music with Children: Playing the Recorder" by music educator Grace Nash (1909-1990) and friends. (via Toys and Techniques)  Documentary about ...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Inside Dan Brown's Inferno
Dan Brown's Inferno will be released on May 14, 2013. Teasers point to Florence, Italy and Dante Alighieri but until this great work of American literature is upon us, it is all speculation. Fueled by...
01:33 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Hey Jude reworked in a minor scale
Ukrainian engineer Oleg Berg has done the major-minor switch on several pop songs, but he says his favorite is this rendition of The Beatles' "Hey Jude." Take a sad song, and make it sadder. (Last mon...
01:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Yet another reason why jargon sucks
Yes, it's useful for communicating within your group, but as soon as you step outside that circle jargon becomes a problem. That's true even for scientists trying to communicate between disciplines an...
01:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Amateur astronomers find lost Russian Mars probe
Combining NASA data with the eyes of citizen scientists might have turned up evidence of Mars 3 — a Soviet probe that was the first to make a soft landing (as opposed to a hard crash) on the pla...
01:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent shadow theater performance
Yes, it's from "Britain's Got Talent," but Attraction's shadow theater performance is fantastic.    ...
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Sun Hives: pollination and health before honey
Old-school bOING bOING pal Jim Leftwich says: The Sun Hive is a hanging honeybee hive designed by Gnther Mancke and which is growing in popularity in the UK and elsewhere. It was designed around the n...
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing What does ambergris look like?
Ambergris is often referred to as "whale vomit", but that's not really correct. A more accurate analogy would be to say that ambergris is like the whale equivalent of a hairball. It's produced in the ...
12:32 pm PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Rendered stack of rubbery penile noodloids, falling
Logitech4873 spent 62 hours rendering an interlocking, Jenga-like stack of tumbling, penile, rubbery thinngums falling in slow motion.    ...
11:06 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Yeah for yeast
The Oregon state House has voted unanimously to make Saccharomyces cerevisiae — brewer's yeast — the official State microbe. The bill now heads to the state Senate.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton Kickstart Everything
Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak launch a crowdfunding campaign to create a series of comic books based on characters from Coulton's songs    ...
10:58 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement's Adoption Obsession
In Mother Jones magazine, a story about the dark side of the evangelical adoption movement that has swept the United States over the past decade: "When devout Christian families made it their mission ...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Can you influence the sex of your baby by eating cereal?
This article by Monique Robinson is interesting — not because it tells you anything particularly useful about what you can do before conception to influence the sex of your child, but because it...
10:20 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest video posts in our Boing Boing video archives
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page. The latest finds for your viewing pleasure include: • "Gentleman," the follow-up to Psy's "Gangnam Style." ...
10:15 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Non-symptomatic cases make newly identified diseases less scary
If you've been following news about the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China, it may be relieving to know that doctors are now looking for (and finding) people who are infected with the virus, but who appe...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Giant snails invade Florida
"One female can produce 1,200 eggs a year and they eat stucco" [Gizmodo]    ...
10:08 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Oculus Rift VR headset convincing enough for one 90-year-old
"Oh, man! It's so real!"    ...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing NYT op-ed by Gitmo detainee on hunger strike
"One man here weighs just 77 pounds. Another, 98. Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago. Ive been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds. I will not ea...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Monochrome 1920s costumes
Redditor Royally_eft's friends dressed up as monochrome people for a 1920s theme party. The effect's very good, especially shot against a colorful snack-aisle. Here's the inspiration for their costume...
09:55 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Microsoft "working on a smartwatch"
Microsoft is also in the smartwatch arena, reports the Wall Street Journal. Jeff Blagdon summarizes at The Verge: Citing unnamed supply chain sources, The Journal claims that Microsoft asked Asian sup...
09:41 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Gentleman
"Gentleman" is the follow-up to Psy's "Gangnam Style"    ...
09:38 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing Falcon occupies cell tower
Mobile reception is spotty in parts of Southampton, England, due to a peregrine falcon nesting in a cellular tower. Vodafone, the operator, is forbidden by law from interfering with the nest until the...
12:08 am PDT - Mon, April 15, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO spin a toothbrush on your finger
This enterprising fellow is very good at spinning a toothbrush on his finger, and he wants to share his talent with all of us!    ...
09:56 pm PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Cops in Somerville, MA: "It would endanger the public to tell you what guns we have"
Michael from Muckrock sez, "Want to know what guns your neighbor has? Generally public record. What guns your government has? That's top secret. A recent public records request for the armaments of a ...
06:52 pm PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Elite Panic: why rich people think all people are monsters
Here's a quote on "Elite Panic" from Rebecca Solnit, It's an idea I'm fascinated by, particularly the notion that if you believe that people are fundamentally a mob waiting to rise up and loot but for...
04:28 pm PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing San Francisco science fiction reading with Mary Robinette Kowal & Rick Klaw
The next installment of San Francisco's SF in SF science fiction reading series features a couple of heavy hitters: Mary Robinette Kowal & Rick Klaw. It's Saturday, April 20; doors open at 6PM.&n...
12:42 pm PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Blowing up Morozov's "To Save Everything, Click Here"
Tim Wu has written an admirably economical and restrained review of Evgeny Morozov's new book, "To Save Everything, Click Here." I wrote a long critique of Morozov's first book in 2011, and back then,...
12:35 pm PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Review: Canon Eos M
Great shots, but the autofocus is crap. 3/5 Canon EOS M [Amazon]    ...
12:23 pm PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Iron Lady delays Iron Man
Organizers of the UK premiere of Iron Man 3 delayed the event due to its conflict with Baroness Thatcher's funeral.    ...
11:42 am PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Anne Frank, Belieber
Anne Frank House writes: Yesterday night Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, together with his friends and guards. Fans were waiting outside to see a glimpse of him. He stayed more than an hou...
10:25 am PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Canadian govt demands fill in a 10-page questionnaire & CV in order to seek permission to comment on oil pipeline
Under Canada's newly gutted environmental laws, members of the public who want to comments on the upcoming hearings on the new Enbridge oil pipeline must beg for permission by fillling in an obscure, ...
10:25 am PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Canadian govt demands a 10-page questionnaire & CV in order to seek permission to comment on oil pipeline
Under Canada's newly gutted environmental laws, members of the public who want to comment on the upcoming hearings on the new Enbridge oil pipeline must beg for permission by fillling in an obscure, t...
01:18 am PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Major Disneyland attractions shut over OSHA violations
California Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has served notice on Disneyland over three attractions, which led to their shut-down yesterday. In 2006, Disney agreed to make changes to the staff are...
12:46 am PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Glow-in-the-dark Haunted Mansion tee
I'm at LAX as I type this, heading home from a great family spring break in LA that culminated with a trip to Disneyland. While I was at the Mouse, I happened upon this killer Haunted Mansion t-shirt,...
12:31 am PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Loungy, alt-country version of The Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion"
For BB pals Gil and Steph, here's a fan video for alt-country group Lambchop's wonderful folky, loungy cover of "This Corrosion," the epic 1987 triumph of goth bombast by The Sisters of Mercy. And if ...
12:12 am PDT - Sun, April 14, 2013
BoingBoing Google adds a "dead-man's switch" -- uses cases from torture-resistance to digital wills
Google's rolled out an "Inactive Account Manager" -- a dead-man's switch for your Google accounts. If you set it, Google will watch your account for protracted inactivity. After a set period, you can ...
11:03 pm PDT - Sat, April 13, 2013
BoingBoing Insane tees - Kickstarted, full-shirt printing with indie artist designs
Jordan sez, "Our t-shirt company was just successfully funded through Kickstarter, now at $46,000+ with 4 days to go. We take insane art from independent artists and throw them on shirts using a ...
08:52 pm PDT - Sat, April 13, 2013
BoingBoing Sokolsky's surreal girl-in-a-bubble Paris fashion photos, 1963
For the 1963 spring collection fashion editorial in Harper's Bazaar, Melvin Sokolsky photographed model Simone d'Aillencourt in a bubble, dreamily floating around Paris. All of the stunning images hav...
03:35 pm PDT - Sat, April 13, 2013
BoingBoing Day care worker bites child to show that biting is wrong
A biting incident got someone kicked out of a Cincinnati-area day care on Thursday. That someone was day care worker Robin Mullins, 56, who bit a young child "to teach him a lesson," according to cour...
11:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Michael Madsen talks to Boing Boing about his hot sauce
Actor Michael Madsen came to my house to talk about his line of hot sauces. My favorite is his hot mustard. I put it on a frankfurter and devoured my "Reservoir Dog."    ...
07:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Video preview of 50 Girls 50 and Other Stories, by Al Williamson
I didn't know that Fantagraphics posts videos of the books it publishes, but I'm glad they do. Here's one for an excellent book it just released, 50 Girls 50 and Other Stories, by Al Williamson. It's ...
06:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Student says f-word outside of class, college nearly ruins his career
Ted Balaker says: "A 30-year-old college student, husband and father of two, studying to be a paramedic says 'fuck' outside of class, and his professor gets offended. She threatens him with detention ...
06:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Bwaag Whep?
Some music to get your weekend started! (Thanks, D.S. Deboer in G+ BB Community!)    ...
06:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Iranian scientist invents machine that predicts the future
Telegraph: “I have been working on this project for the last 10 years,” said Mr. Razeghi. “My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details ...
06:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing $20 spy pen camera
The kind of gadget that 007's Q would have spent thousands of dollars to make in his lab. Now the price of an Ian Fleming novel. (Thanks, Kenny in the G+ BB community!)    ...
06:21 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Travis Louie's monsters in Seattle
Seattle's legendary Roq La Rue Gallery is moving from its longtime Belltown location to a beautiful new space in Pioneer Square! Congratulations, Kirsten! This month is your last chance to visit the c...
05:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Plague Nation excerpt
Here's an excerpt from Dana Fredsti's Plague Nation, sequel to the zombie novel Plague Town. Ashley Parker was a ordinary woman who was also a “wild card,” immune to the emerging zombie pl...
03:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing WA grants MSFT $1.5B tax amnesty, resorts to taxing dance-clubs to make up shortfall
Jeff Reifman sez, After granting Microsoft amnesty on its $1.5 billion Nevada tax dodge, state tax collectors are aggressively targeting Seattle dance clubs and night clubs over an obscure 'opportunit...
03:24 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Nano Quadcopter open source tiny drone kit
Designed by Bitcraze, the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter is an open source development kit to make your own tiny drones. It's $173 from Seeed Studio Depot and looks like great fun to make and fly! "Crazyfl...
02:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing North Miami mayoral candidate threatened by Vodou
Above is Anna Pierre, singing her 1990s Creole-language tune Suk Su Bon Bon. Pierre is currently running for mayor of North Miami, Florida, but she claims that sinister forces are trying to knock her ...
02:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Celebrate Herbie Hancock's birthday with Rockit! (1984)
Herbie Hancock and friends perform Rockit at the 1984 Grammy Awards.    ...
01:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Dubai police's Lamborghini Aventador patrol car
In Dubai, the fuzz drive Lamborghinis. Also, BMW 5 Series, Chevy Camaros, and Dodge Chargers. (Laughing Squid)    ...
01:33 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing The important business of mess-resistant toddler snack containers
Today's Cool Tool is about the Munchkin Snack Catcher, a container with a multi-flapped lid. You fill it with whatever your toddlers or sysadmins like to eat, snap the lid on, and hand it to them with...
01:32 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Debut of the Picturephone
In this press conference, Microsoft finally reveals its plans for Skype.    ...
01:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Explain why Jews are evil
Dan Amira writes, An unnamed English teacher at Albany High School who wanted to "challenge" his/her students to "formulate a persuasive argument" tasked them with writing an essay about why "Jews are...
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Kmart wants you to ship your pants
By Kmart, via Kottke and interesting.    ...
01:07 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing World noticing US microbreweries
"Once widely mocked, US beer is now popular globally", writes the BBC's Jon Kelly. "Why is the world buying in to the American brewing revolution?"    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Google plans sci-fi style supercomputer
Farhad Manjoo: "Google has a single towering obsession: It wants to build the Star Trek computer." [Slate]    ...
12:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Salt is beautiful
Alan Taylor offers a gallery highlighting the Strange Beauty of Salt. Previously: Dead Sea Salt Formations.    ...
12:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Become a tenured professor at Harvard
You have, at some point, probably heard an academic wistfully daydream about what it would be like to have tenure, or (alternately) moan about the process that it takes to achieve that dream. Tenure i...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing DC introduces first openly transgender character
Alysia Yeoh, Batgirl's roommate. [HRC]    ...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing DC introduces its first openly transgender character
Alysia Yeoh, Batgirl's roommate. [HRC]    ...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing It's time to eat insects
Not only are insects a more resource-efficient food source than meat (and more nutritious, to boot), you're also already eating them, writes Mary Hall at Mind the Science Gap. Insect parts are conside...
12:34 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing 5 steps to not being bamboozled by bad science reporting
Can you trust the headlines in your newspaper? What can you actually learn from reading message boards and random Facebook forwards? If you aren't sure what to believe, this guide by Gabrielle Rabinow...
12:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Ordered list of credible fictions
I love Bruce Sterling's "Design Fiction Slider-Bar of Disbelief," a list of fictions in ascending order of credibility: 9.4 New age crystals, lucky charms, protective pendants, mojo hands, voodoo doll...
12:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing The Lancet: You do, in fact, know something, John Snow
The editors of The Lancet (the long-running British journal of medicine) issued a correction this week for several rude statements and a rather terse obituary that it published in the 1850s. All of th...
11:54 am PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Celebrate the first interplanetary holiday!
Tonight is Yuri's Night — a holiday celebrating the first human spaceflight. You can throw a Yuri's Night party yourself, or simply join one of the 340 parties that are already scheduled. Schedu...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Maine hermit arrested after 27 years' living in the woods
(Photo: Reuters) When Christopher Knight was 19, he abandoned his plans (documented in his high-school yearbook) to become a "computer technician" and moved to the Maine woods. That was 27 years ago. ...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Update on Maine hermit arrested after 27 years' living in the woods
Photo: Reuters Update: Patrick adds, "Maine crime writer is dubious about the veracity of a great deal of that Maine 'hermit' story." More of the story has come out about the Maine hermit that David b...
10:23 am PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing "You published my age!" IMDd case rejected
An actress who sued the Internet Movie Database for publishing her age has lost her case. [BBC]    ...
01:57 am PDT - Fri, April 12, 2013
BoingBoing Boris Karloff's Monster Game
I'd be (pleasantly) amazed if the actual play in Boris Karloff's Monster Game was anything but tedious, but LOOK AT THOSE GAME TOKENS. DANG. Boris Karloff's Monster Game    ...
10:52 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Hardships by Computer Jay
This video is beautiful. I really love Computer Jay's work. The passion and effort he puts into his music, video and programming boggle my mind. The 8bit style game he wrote to stand beside Savage Pl...
09:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Hugging robot
Today at Institute for the Future's Ten Year Forecast conference, my friend Kal Spelletich's "Huggerer" pneumatic robot is delivering free hugs. Here is a video of Kal demonstrating the machine. It's ...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing 28-geared, 3D-printed cube
Shapeways user Maundy created the Steampunk Geared Cube, a magnificent geared confection that came out of the 3D printed fully assembled!    ...
06:50 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Amazing things to do with a Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi, the tiny, cheap and hackable computer for children of all ages, may be used as the heart of an Ambilight media center, a cat feeder, a Minecraft or MAME console, pwn your foes' websites,...
06:10 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing The Guardian, a spooky free flash game
Nicole Brauer's The Guardian is a dreamlike adventure about a boy with a girl's name who feels compelled to leave the village where he is shunned. I love both the Shadow of The Colossus-inspired desig...
05:48 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing New Yorkers: catch Molly Crabapple's new show this weekend
Shell Game, a new exhibition from artist Molly Crabapple (previously, previously, previously) opens Sunday in New York.    ...
05:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing BioShock, finis
The BioShock series, notable for the doomed libertarian dystopias into which the player is sent, took a startling turn in its latest outing, Bioshock Infinite. Taking place in a perversely patriotic t...
05:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Making brains transparent
Researchers developed a process to make a mouse brain totally transparent, enabling this magnificent fly-through video.    ...
05:06 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Twitter and information anxiety
"Sometimes at night I reach over and pluck my phone from my nightstand, press a little blue icon, and suddenly the whole world is in bed with me, talking," writes Mat Honan. "This is deeply unhealthy,...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Interview at the New Yorker
A visit to the New Yorker building in 1959, at its original location at 25 west 43rd street.    ...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Solving classic NES games computationally
Dr. Tom Murphy VII gave a research paper called "The First Level of Super Mario Bros. is Easy with Lexicographic Orderings and Time Travel . . . after that it gets a little tricky."   &...
03:37 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Huge anamorphic sculpture of actor's face
Bernard Pras built a room-sized anamorphic sculpture of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyat's face from wood, branches, rugs, clothing, rubber scraps, and other odds and sods.    ...
03:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Prank: Headless driver at the drive-thru
Heady humor.    ...
02:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Man Who Owns Little
Mark Ernest Pothier is a Kindle Single author I have been watching. Since reading his story The First Light of Evening I've been waiting for his next. Man Who Owns Little was released a few days ago ...
02:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing The Man Who Owns Little
Mark Ernest Pothier is a Kindle Single author I have been watching. Since reading his story The First Light of Evening I've been waiting for his next. The Man Who Owns Little was released a few days ...
02:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Laser on ship shoots down drone
A US Navy demonstration of a high-energy laser on a moving ship shooting down a drone.    ...
01:42 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Power Glove's Tumblr of 1980s vidgametechaction moviesetc.
Musical group Power Glove have a fun Tumblr of ads and images that would be right at home decorating a teenage boy's school locker in 1984 or so. Power Glove Tumblr    ...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about magician Ricky Jay
A new documentary about esteemed magician, magic historian, and actor Ricky Jay opens next week in NYC with screenings in many other cities to follow in May and June.    ...
12:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing C3PO junkbot
This spectacular C3PO junkbot assemblage was made by junk artist Gabriel Dishaw, and sells for $800. Worth every penny, too. Mr Dishaw's got plenty of other wonderful pieces for sale, too. C3PO "Woody...
10:42 am PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: photos from the Rios Montt genocide tribunal
I'm in Guatemala with Miles O'Brien, working on a report for the PBS NewsHour on the genocide trial of Jose Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala from 1982-1983, and Jose Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez, ...
10:29 am PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Reddit co-founder calls Larry Page to get Google to join the anti-CISPA fight -- your help needed too!
If CISPA passes, every privacy policy on the web will be a total joke.    ...
10:15 am PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Cancer, the internet, and identity: my talk with Kevin Sites' Hong Kong Univ. Journalism and Media class
Xeni speaks to journalism students in Hong Kong about sharing her experience of cancer online.    ...
09:03 am PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing Gloppy syrups gotta glop. Here's why.
Honey, maple syrup, all those delicious gooey, gloppy things have some really interesting physics behind them, says Adam Becker at New Scientist. Viscosity alone can't explain the way strands of syrup...
08:58 am PDT - Thu, April 11, 2013
BoingBoing The fish with clear blood
Ocellated icefish live deep underwater in the cold oceans surrounding the Poles. They have clear blood. If you remember your childhood biology classes, you should remember that this kind of makes no s...
10:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher
Russell Brand's obituary for Margaret Thatcher is a beautiful and incisive piece of writing, and a good example of why he's not just another actor: When I was a kid, Thatcher was the headmistress of o...
10:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing "North Pond Hermit" suspected of 1,000 burglaries in 27 years
Christopher Knight, aka the "North Pond Hermit," has been living in the woods of Rome, Maine for nearly three decades. Last week though, a Maine Warden Service sergeant reportedly caught Knight burgla...
10:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Storm approaches Pittsburgh
© Bri Anne    ...
07:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing SkullKerchief!
Here's Telma Costa's beautiful, knit skullkerchief -- perfect for staying warm, attending Misfits concerts, or everyday use. The SkullKerchief (via Make)    ...
07:33 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Victorinox Swiss Army Manager Pocket Knife
The Manager Swiss Army Knife has been in my pocket for nearly 2 years. This compact tool has all the useful stuff you expect from the line of Swiss Army knives: blade, scissors, tweezers, file, bottle...
07:28 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 088: Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie
David and I had a terrific conversation with Nick Harmer, bass player for Death Cab for Cutie. We talked about state of home recording, great crime novels, the best places to use the toilet while on t...
05:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Freak Brothers' Gilbert Sheltons 1977 proposal for a "hurry tax"
When I read this as a 16-year-old I thought it was a brilliant idea. Decades later, I like it even more. (Giant size) (Via Meine Kleine Fabrik)    ...
05:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton's 1977 proposal for a "hurry tax"
When I read this as a 16-year-old I thought it was a brilliant idea. Decades later, I like it even more. (Giant size) (Via Meine Kleine Fabrik)    ...
05:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Life on the Moon as imagined in 1836
In the old days, Mars was peopled by one vast thinking vegetable, and the Moon was peopled by stick-wielding bat-men and moth-winged moon maidens. From the Smithsonian Institute Image Collections: Thi...
04:33 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO spot a counterfeit Aeropress
Adam P sez, "I first found out about the Aeropress on Boing Boing and it has dramatically improved my quality of life as an expat here in China. When purchasing another one online for a colleague, I w...
04:26 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Limited-edition LP housed in a cast sugar box
The deluxe edition of dark IDM/R&B duo Beacon's new LP consists of rose-colored vinyl housed in an cast sugar box.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing The New People: 1969 TV drama la Lost and Lord of the Flies
The New People was a 1969 TV series about a group of college students whose plane crashed on a small island. The accompanying adults perished, leaving only the young people. Fortuitously, the deserted...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing How cognitive blind-spots compromise security systems
Tanya Khovanova has a fascinating and illuminating story about the blind-spots that can leave security systems vulnerable. She describes a clever one-way function using real-world tools: Silvio Micali...
01:46 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printed synthetic tissue folds itself into shapes
University of Oxford chemists 3D printed "synthetic tissue" that can fold itself into various shapes.    ...
01:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Path to Tyranny - "First They Came to Register..."
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH one small step leads straight down the slippery slope to tyranny. "First they came to register..."    ...
01:12 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Museum inside a freight elevator
Hidden inside a nondescript freight elevator in a NYC TriBeCa alley lies Museum, a delightful cabinet-of-curiosities drawing from weird collections around the globe. Museum is now open for its second ...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Inside a potato chip factory
I love potato chips, don't you? Here's how they're made.    ...
11:17 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO wrap a pigeon for aircraft drop
If you need to wrap a pigeon for aircraft-drop, this will help. From the surprisingly useful Pigeon Service Manual, Air Ministry, 1919 (featuring "Some meritorious performaces," "Writing the message,"...
11:17 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Nuclear contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at Fukushima site
Over the last couple of days, Japanese electrical company TEPCO has announced that they found leaks in three of the seven underground tanks used to store contaminated water at the site of the Fukushim...
10:24 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Three important takeaways from the "ladies like big penises" study
First: When shown images like the one above and asked to choose which men they found more attractive, women cared significantly more about body shape than penis size. (Also, it's worth noting that the...
10:17 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Read this before you read another story on epigenetics
At Download the Universe, i09 editor Annalee Newitz critiques a new e-book about epigenetics — the science of how environmental factors can influence genetic expression — and violence. The...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing CEO of biometrics company believes biometrics are best way to "Document the 'undocumented'"
Surprise, surprise. The CEO of a biometrics firm argues that the DHS "will need to rely upon biometrics" to effectively screen "the undocumented" for criminal or terrorist leanings. (HT: _nomap) ...
09:53 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing The National Air And Space Museum Udvar-Hazy center is an awesome place
BB pal Bryan Jones, a scientist based in Utah, visited the Udvar-Hazy center in DC on a recent trip (which also included a cup of coffee with yours truly); he took some really great photos. If anyone ...
09:48 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent vintage Japanese Toy: Early Warning System radar station, ca. 1950
My brother Carl, who is the world's most discriminating eBay craphound, found this spectacular 1950s tin toy made in Japan. According to the description, "THE PYLON LIGHTS UP WHEN THE MORSE CODE BUTTO...
09:45 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing There is a national competition for best-tasting tap water
Top contenders this year: Louisville and Fremont, Nebraska. Time to start filling out those brackets, water fans!    ...
09:30 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Secrets of the world's most successful tumbleweed farm
Tumbleweeds aren't a type of plant. It's more of a description — the thing that happens when the bushy above-ground parts of lots of different types of plants dry, die, and disconnect from the h...
09:18 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Why do trains stay on the track as they go around a curve?
Let's sit down for some story time with everybody's favorite science uncle, Richard Feynman.    ...
09:12 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Mali to replace French president's eaten camel
"Francois Hollande had left the creature with a family in Timbuktu for safekeeping, after it was presented to him by local residents in February. But it was promptly slaughtered and used in a tagine."...
09:07 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing McClatchy gets access to Top Secret intel reports on drones
Jonathan Landay, writing for McClatchy Newspapers: Contrary to assurances it has deployed U.S. drones only against known senior leaders of al Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targ...
08:58 am PDT - Wed, April 10, 2013
BoingBoing Just look at this soldier feeding bananas to an adorable little goat
Just look at it.    ...
11:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Afronauts: alternative history film of the space race
Filmmaker Frances Bodomo's Afronauts is an alternative history of the space race, in which a small group of passionate Zambian exiles have a shot at beating the US and the Soviet Union to the moon. Th...
06:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Brits send "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" into music charts after Thatcher's death
It could reach even No. #1, reports The Independent. In contrast to the rather unpleasant street parties, this strikes me as a more perfectly British detractors' send-off for the Iron Lady.  ...
05:15 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing A blog about "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"
Look! A blog devoted solely to cover versions of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."    ...
05:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Mark's book and game recommendations on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
On the current episode of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn I recommended two "culture picks" -- This week's recommendations come from Boing Boing founder and Gweek host Mark Frauenfelder. His first suggestio...
04:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Rodents of Unusual Size - a documentary about 20-lb rats in Louisiana
I am a huge fan of Chris Metzler's documentaries. He co-directed the unforgettable Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea and the amazing documentary about Fishbone, Everyday Sunshine. He's getting r...
04:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Why the majority of people now favor marriage equality
Lisa Wade of Sociological Images posted her comments on a recent Pew survey that explains why the "the majority of Americans are in favor of extending marriage to same-sex couples." People offered a r...
02:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Exclusive video for Bob Staake's new book, Bluebird
As I've said before, 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 al...
02:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Johnny Rotten Reviews Katy Perry: Part Of Me
Johnny Rotten is in an unusually jolly mood here. He thinks Katy Perry is an interesting person with an interesting story who sings dull songs. (Via World's Best Ever)    ...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 005: Jesse Schell
This is episode 5 of Boing Boing's newest podcast, Tell Me Something I Don't Know. It's an interview podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, id...
01:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Primate kettlebell
From Joe Rogan's website, Onnit.    ...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Access Copyright Canada goes on anti-fair-dealing war-path
Michael Geist sez, Months after the Supreme Court of Canada delivered a stinging defeat to Canadian copyright collective Access Copyright by ruling for an expansive approach to fair dealing and the go...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Snake Oil's secret ingredients
There was no actual snake oil in old timey snake oil (except when there was, of course). Rather, most of the lotions and potions sold by early 20th century miracle medicine salesmen actually contained...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing COOPPressure Printing car engine fine art print
Seen here is "Hemi-Powered," a new fine art print collaboration by our pals COOP and Pressure Printing's Brad Keech! COOP's model for this beaut was a Dodge 426 Hemi engine (aka "The Elephant") with a...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Former Tennessee legislator "drove 90 MPH while masturbating out window"
Tom Kludt quotes a witness: "At over 90 miles per hour, he had his penis out [the window]... he was masturbating... and that's when it got really, really bad. I wouldn't look over any more, and I wrot...
01:02 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Fake Web sites on TV
Almost as much fun as fake user interfaces for software on TV are fake web sites on TV!    ...
01:01 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Cookie Monster charged with assault after pushing child in Times Square
Cookie Monster was arrested Sunday after allegedly shoving a child in New York's Times Square when his mother did not tip him for posing with the boy. Monster, 33, was charged with endangering the wel...
12:50 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Collapsible "Origami" condoms coming to a penis near you
The Origami is a "radical new condom" inspired by paper-folding techniques and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Designed to slip on more comfortably than easily-torn rolled latex pr...
12:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing "Homeless city" in tunnels beneath Kansas City
Police leveling a homeless campsite outside of Kansas City discovered a "hidden community" of transients living in an elaborate series of tunnels, reports KMBC.    ...
12:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Don't hide in commercial trash containers
"A French teenager who had hidden inside a garbage container was crushed to death inside a trash truck in Luxembourg on Saturday, police said." [Reuters]    ...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Marina Gorbis: bio-hackers, crime journalism, and socialstructing the future
Boing Boing friend Marina Gorbis is executive director of Institute for the Future, a non-profit thinktank where I'm a researcher. Marina has just published a compelling, provocative, and grounded boo...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Bio-hackers, crime journalism, and socialstructing the future
Boing Boing friend Marina Gorbis is executive director of Institute for the Future, a non-profit thinktank where I'm a researcher. Marina has just published a compelling, provocative, and grounded boo...
10:57 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest video posts in our Boing Boing video archives
We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page. The latest finds for your viewing pleasure include: • Lessig's TED talk on fighting corruption in politics wit...
10:42 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing To watch: "NOVAAustralia's First 4 Billion Years: Awakening"
This week on the long-running PBS science program NOVA, a really cool four-part documentary on what the geological history of Australia can teach us about how the earth was formed. My partner-in-crime...
10:28 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Remains of poet Pablo Neruda exhumed to determine if he was executed by Pinochet regime
The great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda has long been thought to have died of prostate cancer, but in recent years, his personal driver claims he was murdered by the Pinochet regime. After years of contro...
10:07 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: R Budd Dwyer
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10:00 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S3E2: Ladies, leave your men at home
The Game of Thrones universe is all about how disadvantages are balanced against advantages: Every major character or faction has a unique set of challenges, and then a trump card. Tyrion Lannister's ...
09:53 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Obvious battery tip of the day
Does screen brightness have a significant effect on cellphone battery life? You betcha. [Wired]    ...
09:53 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Punk Rock Jesus: media-savvy second comingreality TV comic
Sean Murphy's Punk Rock Jesus is a rockin' comic about the Second Coming. It opens with a psychotically ruthless show-runner arranging to clone Jesus from DNA salvaged from the Shroud of Turin, implan...
09:48 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Creators remember Knightmare, the pioneering VR adventure show
Knightmare was a fantastic childrens' adventure show that ran on British TV in the 1980s. A youngster, wearing a vision-blinding helmet, would be guided around a giant virtual reality castle by a team...
01:28 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing What makes dry quicksand so deadly?
Dry quicksand was a mythical substance — normal-looking sand that could swallow you in a flash. That is, until 2004, when scientists made the stuff in a lab. (Mark told you about that developmen...
01:13 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing What's climate change making more awesome today?
Remember, climate change isn't intentionally trying to make your life miserable. It's just a trend in rising global average temperatures. That comes along with lots of side effects, some of which do, ...
01:03 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing What's climate change ruining today?
Okay, sure, jet travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions (this is situation where a small percentage is actually a really big number, fyi). So this is maybe more ironic than tragic, b...
01:01 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Shark painting from men's adventure magazine
Enjoy giant size picture here. (Via Martin Klasch)    ...
12:54 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Put a GPS on your cat
When one of Caroline Paul's cats disappeared for 5.5 weeks, it inspired her to find out what Tibula (the cat) was really up to when he left home. The process of this is pretty fascinating. The outcome...
12:21 am PDT - Tue, April 9, 2013
BoingBoing Convertible coffee-tablesofadining room table + stools
Julia Kononenko, a designer in Kharkiv, Ukraine, created a clever piece of furniture that converts from a coffee table to a sofa to a dining room table with chairs. It's more small living-space porn f...
10:12 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Rare footage of a "normal person" given LSD in 1950s clinical research
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miCDPzJHvjk In this video, Sidney Cohen (author of The Beyond Within: The L.S.D. Story, administers LSD under clinical conditions to an unnamed "normal person" (her des...
08:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate Cinema nominated for the Prometheus Award
I was delighted today to discover that my novel Pirate Cinema had been nominated for the Libertarian Futurist Society's annual Prometheus Award, amid a slate of absolutely wonderful books: Arctic Risi...
07:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Technology design for addressing human trafficking
danah boyd sez, "Researchers who focus on technology's role in human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of minors teamed up to create a short primer for technologists who are trying to...
07:03 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Bangalore's brain museum
Dr Shankars Brain Museum in Bangalore is shelf upon shelf of largely unlabelled brains in jars, along with various other bits of anatomical pickle (human and otherwise). Andy Deemer took a visit and p...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Huge payouts for disgraced Rutgers coach and boss
How to make $1,000,000 at Rutgers: Get a job as a coach or athletic director. Beat students, throw basketballs at their head, and insult them with homophobic slurs. Profit! Rice will get $1.1 million,...
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Tiki Room mugs
Designer Kevin Kidney's posted more of the awesome Tiki Room stuff he and Jody Daily designed for the Disneyland Tiki Room 50th Anniversary event this summer (he posted his Luau Bowl earlier). This ti...
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing R.I.P. Annette Funicello
Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and Beach Movie Actress, Dies at 70 (Via tsutpen)    ...
03:33 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Where'd You Go, Bernadette: funnydark novel about the disintegration of a Microsoft family
Maria Semple wrote a tremendously entertaining work of social satire combined with a mystery that kept me wondering what would happen next right up to the end.    ...
02:54 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research rips off writer, threatens to sue him for plagiarism
Since at least 2001, Colin Purrington, a former Swarthmore Evolutionary Biology prof, has been publishing a great guide to conference posters that is widely read and linked. It's also widely plagiariz...
01:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Obama's regressive record makes Nixon look like Che
Redditor Federal Reservations has made a handy post enumerating all the regressive, authoritarian, corporatist policies enacted by the Obama administration in its one-and-a-bit terms. You know, for so...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing The steampunk creations of Will Rockwell
John Biggs interviews steampunk designer Will Rockwell: "He began his career as a TV producer but he always loved to tinker with metals, leather, and wood the three components of good steampunk." [Te...
12:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing The Dude and the Zen Master
Did the rug really tie the room together? Was Donny really out of his element?    ...
12:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Novo takes tiny GoPro sports cam to the cinema
The GoPro Hero 3 is a matchbox-sized, battery-powered HD camera that goes anywhere, capturing everything from adrenaline-fueled sporting escapades to underwater adventures. The Angenieux 15-40mm is a ...
12:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Cat-tail buttplug
"The Emma", as it is named, is a softly-furred one-inch buttplug designed "for the most comfortable fit". It comes in white, black and leopard-print, and is yours for $30. Animal Cat Tail Butt / Anal ...
12:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Shedding light on the Black Death
Seven hundred years ago, millions of Europeans were wiped out by a disease we still dont entirely understand. The Black Death might seem like a pretty open-and-shut case at this point: It was caused b...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Alpine - Gasoline (free MP3)
Sound it Out # 46: Alpine - Gasoline (MP3) Heres a lovely, dreamy little pop gem to make any spring day even brighter. The band is called Alpine, and formerly called themselves Swiss, even though they...
10:59 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Thatcher dead
Reuters: "Britain's only woman prime minister, the unyielding, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in offic...
09:53 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Clever, 130sqft Paris apartment
Inthralld showcases a 130 square-foot apartment in Paris, where a set of insanely clever design decisions allows for a full apartment's worth of amenities to be jammed into a teeny weeny space. I love...
09:49 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Today, we save the Internet (again): fix the CFAA!
Read this if you want to stay out of jail. When my friend Aaron Swartz committed suicide in January, he'd been the subject of a DoJ press-release stating that the Federal prosecutors who had indicted ...
09:13 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Clever, 130sqft Paris apartment
Inthralld showcases a 130 square-foot apartment in Paris, where a set of insanely clever design decisions allows for a full apartment's worth of amenities to be jammed into a teeny weeny space. I love...
03:11 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing ISPs and creepy ad company injecting traffic into secure Web sessions
A company called RT66 appears to be injecting code into secure Web-sessions, possibly with collusion from ISPs like CMA Communications. No one's sure how they're doing this, neither RT66 or CMA are an...
01:46 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Lessig's TED talk on fighting corruption in politics with campaign finance reform
Larry Lessig presented at TED his new project, an effort to curb the corrupting influence of money in American politics with a reform to campaign finance.    ...
12:40 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Great "do not disturb" status message
An unidentified person -- possibly an art student, based on the title -- has come up with a pretty seriously worded note to other people in the computer lab in order to remain uninterrupted while work...
12:22 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Wikileaks opens Public Library of US Diplomacy (PLUSD), searchable repository of 1970s US diplomatic and intel documents
"The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer." -- Henry A. Kissinger, US Secretary of State, March 10, 1975. Julian Assange today announced the launch of the Public Libra...
12:05 am PDT - Mon, April 8, 2013
BoingBoing Mozilla announces agnostic, safe payment system for the Web
The Mozilla Foundation has previewed a new, experimental system for in-app payments that is intended to solve several major problems with existing payment systems available to developers, including th...
10:37 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing What porn do they watch in the Vatican?
TorrentFreak's been looking at the BitTorrent video-downloading from the small pool of downloaders in Vatican City, and they've reported in with the Vatican's favorite pornography: In the interests of...
10:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Time: XKCD's slo-mo time-lapse comic
On March 25, Randall Munroe ran a strip called Time, an enigmatic, wordless image whose tool-tip was "Wait for it." Ever since, the strip has been updating with subsequent frames, all of them making u...
09:34 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Walk 1.4 mi. in London, take photos of 140+ CCTVs
James Bridle photographed every CCTV between his home in east London and Dalston Junction, a 1.4mi walk with about 140 cameras. Welcome to London, where we have 11 CCTVs per red blood cells. Every CCT...
07:51 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Why men - and everyone - should speak out about misogyny in gaming
Rock Paper Shotgun's John Walker has published an excellent essay called "Misogyny, Sexism, And Why RPS Isnt Shutting Up," making the case for games (and tech) writers of all sexes writing about sexis...
05:44 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing ExxonMobil, FAA, Arkansas cops establish flight restriction zone, threaten reporters who try to document Mayflower, AK spill
Expect to see a lot fewer images of toxic sludge creeping through small communities, thanks to the hard work of ExxonMobil. The company could have used its prodigious resources to make its oil pipelin...
05:44 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing ExxonMobil, FAA, Arkansas cops establish flight restriction zone, threaten reporters who try to document Mayflower, ARspill
Expect to see a lot fewer images of toxic sludge creeping through small communities, thanks to the hard work of ExxonMobil. The company could have used its prodigious resources to make its oil pipelin...
05:44 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing ExxonMobil, FAA, Arkansas cops establish flight restriction zone, threaten reporters who try to document Mayflower, AR spill
Expect to see a lot fewer images of toxic sludge creeping through small communities, thanks to the hard work of ExxonMobil. The company could have used its prodigious resources to make its oil pipelin...
03:36 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing "Free Pussy Riot" lingerie commercial
Blush, a German lingerie company, created a campaign that either co-opts or honors (or both) Pussy Riot, sending a scantily clad lingerie model in a knit balaclava to walk through -15C weather in Mosc...
02:48 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Lethal weapons from duty-free stores
Here's a writeup of Evan Booth's Hack the Box conference presentation on making lethal weapons out of items bought in airport duty-free shops. It's pretty ingenious stuff (the video above is from a re...
02:27 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing French spies demand removal of a Wikipedia entry, threaten random Wikipedia admin in France when they don't get their way
The French spy agency Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intrieur inexplicably flipped out about a longstanding Wikipedia entry on a military base (station hertzienne militaire de Pierre sur Haute) f...
01:12 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Government Attic: repository of noteworthy declassifiedFOIA'dpublic records access government docs
A reader writes, GovernmentAttic.org, a noncommercial independent website, announces the publication of thousands of important government documents obtained through proper channels using public record...
12:18 pm PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Mid-Century Modern housing designs vs children
Projectophile's Clare has a funny post about the hazards presented by beautiful mid-century modern home designs to children. My grandparents had a proper split-level MCM when I was a kid, and it's a w...
11:08 am PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Some Rollins
JWZ, who has see Henry Rollins "do his spoken word thing once a year since around 1912," has rounded up about an hour's worth of YouTube clips of some truly great Rollins rants for your Sunday viewing...
10:14 am PDT - Sun, April 7, 2013
BoingBoing Crossed bedside lamps turn each other off and on
Today's maker project was a pair of bedside lamps that switch one another.    ...
10:20 pm PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing Widespread, illegal debtors' prisons in Ohio
A new ACLU report called The Outskirts of Hope (PDF) documents the rise of illegal debtors prisons in Ohio. A majority of municipal and mayors' courts (an unregulated and rare system of courts only pe...
07:05 pm PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing Skrillex cuddles Minnie Mouse
Dubstep legend Skrillex is apparently visiting a Disney themepark somewhere in the world and getting cuddles from a Minnie Mouse head-character. The world is a big and odd place. my new chick, sorry M...
04:03 pm PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing Wrist-straps for pocket-watches
Polish leatherworker MK makes some very nice wrist-straps for pocket-watches and car-watches. He's not the only one making these, but I find them particularly handsome, and rather nice retro-modern ta...
01:57 pm PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing PetaPixel interviews photographer Clark Little
PetaPixel has an incredible interview up with Clark Little and showcases many of his fabulous surf photos.    ...
01:47 pm PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing Heather Gold's "I Look like An Egg, but I Identify as a Cookie" interactive baking comedy comes to the East Bay (free tix!)
Years and years ago, I saw Heather Gold's innovative, interactive baking comedy "I Look like An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie" in San Francisco. It was fabulous. Now it's about to have its debut in ...
12:58 pm PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing Ice-cube-tray in a bottle
The "Polar Bear Ice Tray" is a sealed bottle that makes icecubes and then facilitates their easy removal. The sealed container keeps freezer flavors away, and once it's all frozen, you can dislodge th...
11:52 am PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing Reprints of classic EC comic book stories by Jack Davis and Al Williamson
EC is best known as the publisher of MAD, but they also published a line of horror and science fiction comics that featured some of the best cartoonists and writers in the history of comics. Today, Fa...
09:53 am PDT - Sat, April 6, 2013
BoingBoing Consensual kidnapping service, inspired by The Game
Adam Thick, an ex-con who did time for counterfeiting, runs a company called Extreme Kidnapping, which stages consensual kidnappings for fees ranging from $500 to $1000 (he was inspired by the movie T...
11:32 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing How DC insiders launder insider market information for the rich
We already know that Congresscritters make huge bank through insider trading, exploiting a loophole that lets them place bets on the stock market based on rules they have yet to announce. But this gam...
10:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing How the global hyper-rich have turned central London into a lights-out ghost-town
In an excellent NYT story, Sarah Lyall reports on "lights-out London" -- the phenomenon whereby ultra-wealthy foreigners (often from corrupt plutocracies like Kazakhstan and Russia) are buying up whol...
08:08 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Black leopard compared to black house cat
Black leopard compared to black house cat.    ...
06:46 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Bank pays for costumed flashmob to recreate Rembrandt's Nightwatch in a mall
ING paid to have a group of actors play out a dramatic reenactment of the events depicted in Rembrandt's classic painting The Night Watch.    ...
06:36 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing BatmanBauhaus t-shirt
Our friends at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles are now selling this excellent Batman/Bauhaus women's t-shirt by Junk Food Clothing. Meltdown tells me that a men's version is coming soon. These aren't o...
03:53 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Suburban Lawns: Long Beach post-punk
In 1978, CalArts students Sue "Su Tissue" McLane and William "Vex Billingsgate" Ranson founded the post-punk band Suburban Lawns.    ...
03:35 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing FAQ: When will your book be made into a movie?
Warren Ellis answers one of the questions most frequently asked of authors: "When will your book/comic/whatever be turned into a TV show or movie?" FAQ: I dont get to decide what gets made into a tv s...
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Animal sculptures from thrift store plastic
Sayaka Ganz creates marvelous animal sculptures from plastic crap she picks up at thrift stores. "Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations" (via Juxtapoz)    ...
02:36 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Hubble Space Telescope control console on eBay
Want to build a DIY version of the Hubble Space Telescope? I posted last year that the Vehicle Power Interface Console used at the Goddard Flight Center during pre-launch testing of the HST was for sa...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing 4D printing and programmable matter
MIT professor and TED fellow Skylar Tibbits is developing "4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time," meaning that the printed objects change shape over a certain period.    ...
02:01 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing The real (?) "One Ring" Of The Hobbit
This cursed Roman ring may have inspired the One Ring of JRR Tolkien. It's now on display at The Vyne in Basingstoke, England. The Guardian has more on this artifact and the strange story surrounding ...
01:42 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Short video about latte portrait artist
NYC barista Mike Breach paints milk portraits in lattes.    ...
01:29 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Mauro Ottolini & Sousaphonix music video
My friend Blind Lightnin' Pete pointed me to this fun video of his friend's band, Mauro Ottolini & Sousaphonix.    ...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing This American Life's report on kids and disability claims riddled with factual errors
A couple weeks ago, I listened to Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America an interesting program on the supposed rise in disability claims produced by Planet Money and aired on Thi...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Yep, Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot is just as scary as the dog
He's called "PETMAN". Used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has se...
01:06 pm PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for March 2013
First of all, Ive finally caught up with the rest of the English speaking world and read Ellen Forneys Marbles. And yes, its totally fascinating and deeply affecting, but Im not telling you anything y...
11:59 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Ultrarich tax cheats exposed
ICIJ:"A cache of 2.5 million files has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich the world over." ...
10:30 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent 1970 jewel heist novel: The Hot Rock
A few years ago I read the graphic novel adaptation of Donald Westlake's The Hunter, and loved it. It was my introduction to the prolific crime novelist's work. When I recently picked up his 1970 nove...
10:03 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Thai crowd breaks Hula-Hoop record
The world record for most number of people simultaneously hula-hooping was recently broken at Thammasat University stadium, near Bangkok. The Thai crowd broke the previous record, held by Taiwan, with...
09:51 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Best Amendment: a game that plays out consequences of fighting bad guys with guns with good guys with guns
The Best Amendment is a pay-what-you-like Mac/Win/Flash game that plays out NRA president Wayne LaPierre's infamous statement that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a ...
09:43 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Bieber's pet monkey impounded
Having seized Mally, Bieber's pet monkey, German authorities now require the Canadian pop star to present health and license papers within a month if it is to be returned. [Reuters]   &...
09:27 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Microsoft creative director "doesn't get" why always-on DRM upsets people, mocks rural internet users
We no longer need to point out that DRM is an expression of contempt for one's own customers—Microsoft's own employees take care of that task all by themselves. [CNET]    ...
02:12 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing Studios regret sending Google a list of every pirate site on the Internet for publication
The movie studios send a lot of takedown notices to Google, demanding that the search engine remove links to sites and files they don't like. Google publishes all the notices they receive, and this ha...
12:03 am PDT - Fri, April 5, 2013
BoingBoing American public schools in 9 states sharing every conceivable personal detail of their students with third parties
Greg Costikyan sez, inBloom, a Gates-funded non-profit to harness data to improve grade school education, has partnered with New York and eight other states to encourage the development of apps to "fu...
11:08 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with Justin "The Viking" Wren about his work with the Congos Pygmy people
Matt Staggs says: "Heavyweight UFC fighter and 'The Ultimate Fighter' star Justin 'The Viking' Wren has just taken on the fight of his life: Free the Congos Pygmy people from oppression and slavery. H...
11:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing How to make a gravity puzzle
Here's a puzzle you can make, in which you have to balance 14 nails on a single nail head. (Thanks, Matthew!)    ...
10:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing How far away from Earth is Mars?
D.S. Deboer says "Check this out! It's neat and really helped me grasp how far away Mars is. (Hint: It's really, really, really far away.)" How Far is it to Mars? (Ben shared this in the Google +...
10:31 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing How geeks can get involved in politics (and why they should)
Thomas Gideon, host of the Command Line podcast and technical director of the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation gave a great speech at the Northeast Linux Fest. His talk, which is ou...
10:02 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Wealth disparity in America: an inch of bar-graph for the 90%, 4.9 miles' worth for the top 0.01%
Here's a rather graphic representation of the growth in income inequality in the USA since the 1960s; plotted on a chart where the income growth of the bottom 10 percent is represented by an inch-high...
06:57 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Montreal police arrest young woman for instagramming photo of anti-police mural
Jennifer Pawluck, a 20 year old woman from Montreal, was taken into police custody yesterday and questioned after she posted a photo of a graffiti mural on her Instagram. The mural showed a caricature...
05:46 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Life imitates "Fringe" with development of brain-to-brain interface
Scientists managed to link the brains of a conscious human and an anesthetized rat, allowing the human to wiggle the rat's tail with his thoughts. And all God's creatures said, "Holy shitballs!" ...
05:41 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Read mystery novels to learn chemistry
Deborah Blum — my favorite expert in the fine art of poisoning — writes a fascinating piece about the way mystery writers like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers approached the chemistry i...
05:32 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing When your heart was just a tube
I've been linking Double X Science a lot lately. That's because they're great. It's rare to get such smart, fascinating, science-centered discussion about female anatomy and reproductive issues that g...
04:52 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Roger Ebert, 19422013
NPR: Roger Ebert, the legendary film critic, died today, his long-time employer, The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Ebert had been wrestling with cancer for years. He had lost his voice and his jaw, ...
04:33 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Awkward science stock photography
A collection of evidence suggesting that the people who take stock photographs have absolutely no idea what the process of science looks like, beyond a vague understanding that it probably involves wh...
04:26 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing A cat video about the science of cats
Interesting facts about how their adorable bodies work, and what's really going on when they interact with you.    ...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Paying patent trolls off makes you complicit in the next round of extortion
Joel Spolsky's editorial on patent trolls is fabulous. As he points out, the developers who pay relatively small sums to make patent trolls just go away are part of the problem, and complicit in the n...
04:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing How a differential gear works -- a-ha generating video
I posted this in March 2011, but as Kottke says, "it's so good, here it is again."    ...
03:27 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Slomo shattering of Prince Rupert's Drop glass
Prince Rupert's Drops are unusual glass objects made by dripping molten glass into water. The exterior is very compressed while the interior is under great tension. You can hammer on the head of a dro...
03:27 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Slowmo shattering of Prince Rupert's Drop glass
Prince Rupert's Drops, unusual glass objects made by dripping molten glass into water, have a very strange shattering property.    ...
01:55 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Locus Poll is open - tell them about your favorite sff of 2012
The 43d Locus Poll and Survey is open for your picks of the best science fiction and fantasy of the past year, as well as your survey answers (Locus has been collecting detailed statistical informatio...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Indiegogo campaign for Latino superhero comic
Bruce Logan, a director/cinematographer who worked on Tron, Star Wars, Batman Forever, and many other projects, and Richard Soto, an actor/teacher/storyteller, developed a new comic book about a Latin...
01:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing AFA concerned about what children view on the radio
AFA media release: American society is moving further and further away from the Biblical standards of morals and decency set by God, to the point that we have to worry about what our children view in ...
01:07 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Photon 3D Scanner: fold-up easy 3D scanning on IndieGoGo
Matterform's Photon 3D Scanner is a $350-$400 IndieGoGo-funded gadget from Canada.    ...
01:05 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Magma Stainless Steel Grill
Once again the my Magma BBQ saved my camping trip.    ...
12:53 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing MONITOR: Los Angeles art punks, 1980
MONITOR was a short-lived Los Angeles art punk band that first performed on Halloween 1978.    ...
12:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Slideshow of a visit to a dentist
Jon Cotner makes commented slideshows of his daily doings. Here's one of his trip to a dentist in New York's Chinatown. Jon says, "Dr. Young is a meticulous dentist who charges just $50 for cleanings....
12:36 pm PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Ouya reviewed
Joshua Topolsky at The Verge reviews Ouya, the $100 hackable games console. There's a huge problem with it: a feeble game selection, the death of many an otherwise great gaming machine.  &nb...
11:37 am PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Behold the grim future of a 1980s boombox ad
The city of the future is imprisoned by feathered mullets, dry ice, and the synthesized orchestral hits that result when anyone opens their eyes. [ @joeljohnson]...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Deejays fired for "dihydrogen monoxide" April Fools joke
Jim Leftwuch says: "Two Deejays for "Gator Country 101.9" warned that 'dihydrogen monoxide' was coming out of peoples' water faucets. Georgians panicked. The DJs were 'suspended indefinitely.'"...
11:25 am PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Deejays suspended for "dihydrogen monoxide" April Fools joke
Jim Leftwich says: "Two Deejays for "Gator Country 101.9" warned that 'dihydrogen monoxide' was coming out of peoples' water faucets. Georgians panicked. The DJs were 'suspended indefinitely.'" UPDATE...
11:12 am PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Pong on the side of a skyscraper
Britt Faulstick reports on Drexel professor Frank Lee's 29-storey game of Pong: On April 19 and April 24 Philadelphians young and old will have the chance to grab the arcade-style joystick one more ti...
10:02 am PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Trial of the Clone: great choose-your-own-adventure from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal creator
Last summer, Zach Weiner (creator the most excellent Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic) ran a monumentally successful Kickstarter for a CC-licensed Choose-Your-Own-Adventure title called Tria...
01:20 am PDT - Thu, April 4, 2013
BoingBoing Vixen Motorhomes
The opening pitch of this video is over-the-top awesome! I can't see how we all didn't end up driving one....
11:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Rare footage of Walt Disney playing with backyard trains in 1948
Ward and Walt Disney visit the home of Dick Jackson, a wealthy businessman who operated a scale-railroad in the backyard of his Beverly Hills home....
09:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing What walled gardens do to the health of the Web, and what to do about it
David Weinberger took great notes from what sounds like a barn-burner of a talk by Anil Dash at Harvard's Berkman Center on what has happened to the net, and where it's headed: We have a lot of softwa...
08:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Attacks on punks and goths are now hate crimes in Manchester
Manchester, England has expanded its hate-crime laws to include attacks on the basis of dress or an "alternative sub-culture identity." The expansion follows on the fatal 2007 attack on Sophie Lancast...
07:51 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Pat Robertson: "simple, humble" foreigners get miracles because they aren't corrupted by education and science
Pat Robertson scores a "Christ, what an asshole" prize here....
06:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Cory's HOW I WORK interview
I did a How I Work interview for Lifehacker, where I talked about the tools I use, and how I use them: What apps/software/tools can't you live without? Ubuntu and the suite of GNU tools in any robust ...
06:43 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Parents in danger of having six-year-old daughter taken away for letting her walk to their local post office on her own
A reader of Free Range Kids is in danger of having his six-year-old daughter taken into protective services custody because he let her walk a few blocks to the post office in their Ohio town. The kid,...
03:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Homophobic, player-abusing coach sacked
Rutgers University somehow didn't get around to firing its abusive, homophobic, slur-spewing basketball coach until months after someone filmed him at it....
03:38 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Stainless steel, refillable Sharpies
If you love Sharpies (as I do), but actually manage to hold onto them until they run out, rather than losing them at the rate of several a week (as I do), then you might benefit from the refillable, s...
02:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Butterfly in a skull's eye-socket
Marko Popadic's photo "Oko" captures a spooky, sweet moment in which a butterfly alights in the eye-socket of a skull. Oko (via Neatorama)...
02:41 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Ready Player One author Ernest Cline to host pilot of Geek Out TV show
The premise for AMC's Geek Out (working title) sounds fun. The pilot will be hosted by Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, one of my favorite science fiction novels. Geek Out will feature Cline ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Algorithmically constructed news
In Wired, Steven Levy has a long profile of the fascinating field of algorithmic news-story generation. Levy focuses on Narrative Science, and its competitor Automated Insights, and discusses how the ...
01:55 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Paleo author reviews anti-paleo book
The new book, Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live, is billed as an "exposé of pseudoscientific myths about our evolutionary past and how we should live t...
01:07 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Ugo Serrano: armorer
Daniel sez, "Ugo Serrano is the greatest living armorer, really. A man who camps at the Pennsic war in a 15th Century Italian villa (hat he built/designed that also flat-packs for storage and transpor...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Education of Louis - Spectator Sport
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Louis wrestles with the concept of tribal surrogate ritualized warfare. And suffers through a baseball game....
12:44 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing More dazzling designart from We Buy Your Kids
From the Instagram feed of hyper-talented Australian design/illustration duo We Buy Your Kids (aka Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney): the cover art for a 2008 split 7" vinyl by Cloud Control and Telekinesi...
12:37 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing River of Stars, excerpt and passage introduction by Guy Gavriel Kay
Here's a passage from Guy Gavriel Kay's new novel River of Stars, along with Kay's introduction to the passage: As a rule, my reading passages come from early in the novels. It took me too many years ...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Bioshock board-game minis are pretty badass
The forthcoming Bioshock board-game (!) has some pretty wicked-cool miniatures that look like they'd be fun to play with, separate of any virtue they have as tokens for their game. BioShock Infinite: ...
12:05 pm PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO turn your shell-prompt into a hamburger
Andre Torrez has a cute and simple recipe for making your shell prompt into a hamburger (or other whimsical emoji character). Just type export PS1="\w 🍔 " into the terminal to try it out. Appa...
10:57 am PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Iain Banks: I'm dying of cancer, this book will be my last
Sad news: Iain M Banks, beloved author of brilliant science fiction novels and (to my taste), even better thrillers, has terminal gall bladder cancer that has spread to his liver, pancreas and lymph n...
10:10 am PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Iain Banks terminally ill
One of my favorite authors, Iain Banks, announced that he has less than a year to live: "It looks like my latest novel, The Quarry, will be my last."...
03:29 am PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Lecture on stone-wall building, with miniature stone wall built
My library hosted Kevin Gardner, a New Hampshire native and builder/restorer of traditional New England stone walls....
02:21 am PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Deus Ex Arca: apocalyptic, absurdist science fiction about a box that does anything and everything
Here's "Deus Ex Arca," a beautifully told, absurdist science fiction story about a terrible, wonderful box, by Desirina Boskovich. Desirina was one of my Clarion students about five years ago, and was...
01:06 am PDT - Wed, April 3, 2013
BoingBoing Podcast to mark centennial of Marc Davis, co-creator of Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean
Jeff Baham from HauntedMansion.com sez, "March 30 marked the centennial of the birth of Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" who was responsible for both the creation of some of Disney's ic...
11:34 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Autonomous sensory meridian response - self-diagnosed neurological conditionsuperpower that makes you really enjoy whispering
In Tribes, this week's This American Life podcast, a woman with "Autonomous sensory meridian response" describes her curious neurological condition....
10:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Curiosity rover dresses
Etsy seller Shenova (who also does some nice-looking, science-y leggings), makes these $135 Mars Curiosity rover dresses to order: This super special space chic fashion forward dress has a real NASA i...
10:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Queen goes on austerity footing, receive mere 5M pay-rise from the taxpayers
At only £36.1M from the public purse (up £5M from last year), the poor Queen is positively underpaid. After all, she was divinely chosen to be monarch. God will be angry....
09:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Toronto Public Library's Fahrenheit 451-themed alternate reality game
Jim Munroe sez, "We've just launched KTR 451, a game I developed for the Toronto Public Library. Drawing on the themes and characters in Fahrenheit 451 (the TPL's One Book this year), it's a simple al...
08:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Notorious porno copyright trolls Prenda Law have a very bad day in court
Today marked the long-awaited courtroom showdown of notorious copyright porno trolls Prenda Law (previous posts) and United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II, the judge who figured out that Pren...
07:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Judge Death costume
Finland's Head Hunter is selling a set of accessories that you can use to turn yourself (or a mannequin) into a terrifyingly credible Judge Death from 2000AD's Judge Dredd. It appears that the costume...
06:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Chef 5 Minute Meals: Self-cooking meal-in-a-box
I bought six of these two weeks ago just because the technology — a totally self-contained heating element that gives you a hot meal via steam heat in 10 minutes or less no matter where you are ...
05:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Charles Bradley - Strictly Reserved for You (free MP3)
Sound it Out # 45: Charles Bradley - Strictly Reserved for You (MP3) Soul singer Charles Bradley has a lot of feelings, and it's not hard to see why: he's lived on the street, discovered his brothers ...
04:21 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing "Batteries, Sold Separately" by Randy Regier
Here's the latest piece of art by the great Randy Regier. "Batteries, Sold Separately" H 4.5" x W 3.5" x D 1.5" Inkjet print on paper, clear plastic. Multiple of 10. More work by Randy Regier...
03:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Free US court records service RECAP gets two major features, in Aaron Swartz's memory
One of Aaron Swartz's more epic hacks was the liberation of $1.5M worth of caselaw from PACER, the US government's proprietary court-records database, pushing them into RECAP, the free/open alternativ...
03:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Obama and DARPA want to map the human brain like we've mapped the human genome
Here are a couple different perspectives on the big news out of Washington this afternoon — an ambitious Obama Administration proposal to appropriate $100 million to begin a project to "map the ...
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Thursday: Pesco hosting arttech panel at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum
On Thursday evening (4/4) at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum, I'm moderating a panel titled "A State of Technology" at about art, technology, culture, and the Bay Area. Much more interestin...
03:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Citizen science project: Tracking cicadas on the East Coast
You can build your own cicada detector and help Radiolab track the movements of a once-every-17-year cicada swarm expected to invade the US East Coast this summer....
03:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Oceans could yield new sources of rare earth elements
Rare earth elements aren't actually rare, but right now the vast majority of them (97%) come from a single place — China. Given how important these elements are to the making of everything from ...
03:19 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Evolution can happen faster than you think
I'm contributing to Voice, a new group column on environmental science at Ensia. My first piece is about those swallows in Nebraska that seem to have adapted to highway traffic and what they can teach...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Marijuanamerica: One mans' quest to understand America's dysfunctional love affair with weed
Alfred Ryan Nerz is a journalist and public broadcasting producer. He smokes weed, sometimes several times a day, for weeks at a stretch. He praises it for allowing him to unwind and feel good, but he...
03:08 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Investigating the Gulf Coast dolphin murders
Along the Gulf Coast, people are killing (and sometime gruesomely mutilating) dolphins in record numbers. At National Geographic, Rena Silverman goes in-depth on the killings, which investigators beli...
03:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing World's largest tunnel boring machine lands in Seattle
Known affectionately as Bertha, this tunnel boring machine has the widest diameter of any boring machine ever built; 57.5 feet. It's being used to dig a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle and it ju...
02:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Douglas Rushkoff: Present Shock, the Boing Boing interview
A real-time, always-on existence without past or a future, origins or goals....
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Cross My Heart Hope to Die
A self-titled EP from Cross My Heart Hope To Die is out today on Alpha Pup Records. The music project is also an interactive art collective, which has been available in street installations over the p...
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Cross My Heart Hope to Die: eclectic, cinematic multimedia beats
A self-titled EP from Cross My Heart Hope To Die is out today on Alpha Pup Records. The music project is also an interactive art collective, with street art installations around the world....
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO produce a 3D printed skeleton from a CT scan of a living animal
Evan Doney, a grad student in Matthew Leevy's biological imaging facility at the University of Notre Dame, has published a method for creating a 3D printed, life-size, accurate skeleton of a living an...
12:44 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Thailand: 13% of endangered tortoise species discovered in smuggler's bag at airport
Indian Star Tortoises. Photo: P.Tansom/TRAFFIC Authorities in Thailand made two big seizures of attempted tortoise smuggling at an airport this week. Hundreds of threatened tortoises were discovered, ...
12:17 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing How "workarounds" cause people with dyslexia to be more creative
"Mounting evidence shows that many people with dyslexia are highly creative, out-of-the-box thinkers, and neuroimaging studies demonstrate that their brains really do think differently." An interestin...
12:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Caldera: dream-like animated short about mental illness
Evan Viera's short explores the ambiguous reality inhabited by people experiencing psychosis, through the tale of a young girl suffering from mental illness....
11:44 am PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Dutch reality TV show offers one-way trip to Mars
A television company in Holland is seeking volunteers for a one-way trip to Mars....
10:30 am PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 087: The Art of Doing
I had an enlightening conversation with Josh Gosfield and Camille Sweeney, authors of a great new book called The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well. Josh and ...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!...
09:38 am PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Adafruit debuts "Circuit Playground" -- a kids' puppet show about electronics
The first episode of Adafruit's "Circuit Playground," a kids' puppet show about electronics, "A is for Ampere," just went live and it's smashing....
09:30 am PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial
Here's a look at Darryl Cunningham's new 176-page comic book, How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. I enjoyed his levelheaded explanations and charming illustrations that e...
09:21 am PDT - Tue, April 2, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones returns with critical mass of politicking
Funny thing about recaps: Some of the early feedback I got on the handful I did last season suggested people wanted less blow-by-blow, more macroanalysis. But I wonder how well that works for Game of ...
09:10 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Volcano Dust -- bhut jolokia (ghost chili) powder
Cliff Pickover mentioned this stuff on Twitter. Volcano Dust is powdered bhut jolokia, one of the hottest chili peppers on Earth (125 times hotter than a jalapeño). In the current issue of MAKE, ...
05:33 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Bloodshoot: fun thriller comic book written by Duane Swierczynski
The nanobots coursing through Bloodshot's system give him enormous strength and the ability to survive being shot, stabbed, or bombed, because they detect and repair damage. All they ask in return is ...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Dear Evolution, get bent
Imaginary letters, in which giraffes, angora rabbits, and emperor penguins air their grievances against the forces of natural selection....
05:02 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing March community-building-and-tribal-unityMadness
At the Wall Street Journal, Eric Simmons writes about the psychology of March Madness, which is really the psychology of relationships and the deep emotional bonds underlying communities and tribes. W...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing IndoorOutdoor Humidex Thermometer
We plan activities around weather forecasts. However, the information is often from sensors far from our location. I want data from my backyard with the convenience of not having to go outside to read...
04:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing In which Charles Darwin gets trolled
From Darwin's diary written aboard the HMS Beagle, an accounting of an epic April Fool's prank of 1832. Knowing what I know about 19th-century sailors, this seems like a good way to get beaten up....
04:27 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Project: Recycle old scientific equipment into new tools for public engagement
Turning an old water level meter into a tool to measure public interest in water levels....
04:06 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing And all the vaginas are well above average
At Double X Science, Jenny Morber has an excellent piece about the wide range of diversity seen in human lady parts. "Are you normal? Yes. Are you average? No. Most likely," she writes. What follows i...
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Great dad dies (also, he was a scientist)
Handsome Dad of the Year (a former brunette) took out the garbage without fail, did the family shopping, and is remembered fondly by his step-daughters/first-cousins-once-removed. Also, outside the ho...
03:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Cartoonist Ed Piskor interviewed
Here's our own cartoonist Ed Piskor being interviewed at Columbus Museum of Art by Jared Gardner on March 24, 2013. It's great to hear him talk about his influences and interests in this hour long con...
03:36 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Unicorn farts: the smell of April Fool's day
Lizzy writes from Austin's magnificent toy emporium Toy Joy: Here at Toy Joy, April Fools Day smells like Unicorns! Specifically, Unicorn Farts! Not only is April 1 celebrated globally as a holiday of...
12:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Three's Company pilot with different actors
It turns out there was an unaired pilot of Three's Company that used some of the same cast, but a different writing team and a somewhat smarter brand of comedy, and it's surfaced on YouTube....
11:18 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing How to write about Muslims
"The Western press and social media often seem to exercise two options for dealing with the Muslim population of the world: overt, unabashed Islamophobia or slightly subtler Islamophobia," writes cont...
11:17 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Scientists not quite done ripping off Henrietta Lacks and family
"History seems to have repeated itself. A group of scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg recently published a paper in which they sequenced the entire genome of a HeLa ...
11:14 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing How consumers let down their guard on web privacy
There's a piece in the NYT by Somini Sengupta on how we are increasingly turning over our data online "in exchange for a deal we cant refuse." The story profiles Alessandro Acquisti, a behavioral econ...
11:06 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Unicorn Chaser
Image: "Unicorn Resting - A white unicorn rests under a bright star," by Catmando, for Shutterstock....
11:00 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Dinners Revenge: mealworms that survive in the stomach, then eat their way out of predators
"Within ten to twenty seconds," came the report, "the mealworm is chewing out of the animals stomach....
10:53 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing April Fools now big business
"The April Fool is dead," writes Alastair Macdonald. "Or at least the gentle jester of the common folk has metastised into a corporate colossus controlled by global marketing executives, bestriding th...
10:44 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Rocket scientist who also made "a mean beef stroganoff" inspires debate on how to write about lady-scientists
Rocket scientist Yvonne Brill honored by President Obama. (Courtesy of Ryan K. Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation) Yvonne Brill, a Canadian rocket scientist who developed jet ...
10:28 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing Online journalism consumers are "looters"
Noted crankypants Bob Garfield, co-host of On The Media, likens current consumers of (mostly free, readily-shared) online news to "looters" who "enjoy an improved standard of living." Writing in a Gua...
09:50 am PDT - Mon, April 1, 2013
BoingBoing The Case of Charles Dexter Ward: HP Lovecraft, much improved in graphic form.
The dirty secret of the Cthulhu mythos is that their originator, HP Lovecraft, wasn't a very good writer. In addition to his unfortunate tendency to embrace his era's backwards ideas about race and ge...
11:37 pm PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing Why PLAY pie-anna when you can VAMP?
As far back as the 1920s, smart musicians have known that your ability to hit the notes isn't nearly so important as your ability to vamp. Vamping...
09:35 pm PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO turn a dead hard-drive into a cotton candy machine
Here's an unexpected use for a dead hard-drive: use its motor to power a candy-floss machine: A Chinese engineer who operates a data recovery and hard drive repair center is being hailed as a genius a...
07:22 pm PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing TSA routinely violates own rules and the law to discriminate against people wdisabilities
I have a neurological disorder that causes episodic muteness and muscle spasms. The TSA has a de facto program of violating the rights of disabled travelers like me....
04:10 pm PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing Just look at this liquid nitrogen-dipped banana being shot with a steel bearing.
Just look at it. I Broke my Banana (Thanks, Philip!)...
02:02 pm PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing Out-of-date state nicknames, illustrated with comical hogs
I like the Puke State. Also, Utah's nickname was apparently "Utah." Easter...
01:06 pm PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing Imaginary Glorp Gum becomes a reality! Sort of!
Artist Brad McGinty has a new website celebrating the fake history of Glorp Gum, best described as Bazooka Joe by way of Rat Fink....
10:49 am PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing Disney World Luau bowl
Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily designed this beautiful Polynesian Luau Bowl for an upcoming Walt Disney World special event. It'll sell for $35, but the on-sale date isn't announced yet. Summer's coming....
10:27 am PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing 2013 Hugo nominees announced
This year's Hugo Award nominees have been announced, and it's a great slate! Congrats to all the authors, artists, fans and editors who are up for the award in San Antonio, Texas this Labor Day weeken...
09:58 am PDT - Sun, March 31, 2013
BoingBoing Nevada State Legislature poised to take regulation of Burning Man away from state and local cops
M Otis Beard sez, "A bill gaining support in the Nevada State Assembly would make Burning Man hands-off for state and county law enforcement officials, and subject only to Federal authority." Each yea...