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11:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Open hardware effects pedal onKickstarter
Martin sez, "Rebel Technology launches a Kickstarter to fund the OWL reprogrammable effects pedal: an open hardware, open source effects stompbox with a potentially unlimited library of effects writte...
10:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Linda Stone on attention, computers, andeducation
Linda Stone, who coined the terms "continuous partial attention" and "email apnea" to describe some of the ways we unconsciously interact with our computers, discusses attention, education and compute...
09:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Dery doesBuuel
BB contributor Mark Dery wrote a fascinating rumination on the Spanish surrealist Luis Buuel, best known for his 1929 short film collaboration with Salvador Dal, Un Chien Andalou. (Yes, the one with ...
09:34 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the DomesticatedCephalopod
Bob Self, publisher of Baby Tattoo, says: "I have a lot of fun publishing books by artists whose work I really dig, but I had extra fun producing Baby Tattoo's newest (and widest) book Walking Your Oc...
09:24 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing 35-Cent MoneyClip
After nearly a lifetime of getting Costanza’ed in the bottom by my wallet, I began to use this 35¢ tool and have never looked back, so to speak. It firmly clamps bills and even cards in pla...
09:20 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Freestanding "streetlibrary"
The Little Free Library is a project from Stereolab: a freestanding, inverted plastic tank that you stick your head into in order to browse the books that are sheltered from the elements. It's been in...
08:55 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
08:54 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Well-styledvehicle
(Click to embiggen) Here's a mystery Internet image depicting a vehicle that has been decorated in such a fashion as to inspire equal amounts of fear, awe and admiration. I am delighted. Update: Oh, ...
08:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Small batch artisanal high-fructose cornsyrup
Matt sez, "Maya Weinstein is an artist who just finished her MFA at Parsons, with the awesomest thesis ever: a DIY kit for making your own High-Fructose Corn Syrup, the industrial sweetener that is, ...
08:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Man leaves his handgun on a Disney Worldride
A guy forgot his handgun on the Countdown to Extinction ride at Disney World's Animal Kingdom; it was found by a woman and her grandson, who turned it in. The man said that he didn't realize that conc...
06:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Thinnest gaminglaptop
Gamers sick of bulky laptops should take a peek at the "ultra-portable" Razer Blade. Though not in the same cheesecutting league as a MacBook or Lenovo X-series, the slab is less than .9" thick and we...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing BDSM aficionados better-adjusted than those who enjoy plain old vanilla sex, saysscience
Photo by Boing Boing reader Captain Tim, shared in the BB Flickr Pool. A provocative article from the Netherlands published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine says people who like to participate in b...
06:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Danish "Gangnam Style" mayors threatened with copyright lawsuit byUniversal
Four mayors of Danish towns have been targeted by Universal Music and threatened with lawsuits unless they pay the media giant $42,000 within 24 hours -- because they made a Gangnam Style parody and p...
06:20 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing DIYturd-transplants
Despite regulatory headaches, a growing community of people with Crohn's, ulcerative colitis and other IBDs, as well as those with C. difficile, are turning to fecal transplants, often resorting to DI...
05:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Sting-Ray bike creator dies at88
RIP Al Fritz, inventor of the Schwinn Sting-Ray. For much of the 1960s and the early 1970s, no suburban streetscape would have been complete without them: A squadron of kids clutching sky-high handleb...
05:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
05:57 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Women practicing parkour inIran
Here's a short video of a woman parkour team from Lahijan, Iran, praticing in hijabs and mantos. The sport apparently spread through illicit satellite TV viewing: Despite having to practise in unwie...
05:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Help the EFF save podcasting from a patenttroll
The EFF is teaming up with Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic to challenge a lousy patent that a troll is using as an excuse to sue and send demand letters to podcasters. The EFF needs $30,000 to file th...
04:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Spirit Level documentary: how economic inequality is bad for theworld
Here's a 2-minute preview of "The Spirit Level," a documentary based on the the bestselling book about the way that income equality is better for society, and how 30 years of economic policy has made ...
04:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing I Love New York people censor I Coffee Cup New York logo, want to send them abill
Empire State Development, the New York State agency devoted to promoting New York businesses, threatened the (extremely excellent) Everyman Espresso shop with a lawsuit because they used an "I [Coffee...
04:25 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Oysters- the new comic booksensation!
Oysters as comic book funny animals -- why didn't someone think of this before? They are so cute! Read the complete story at Mitch O'Connell's blog. Otto, the Outcast Oyster    ...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Lessig: Democrats' policies are up for auction to highest bidder,too
Writing in The Atlantic, Larry Lessig reminds supporters of the Democratic Party that corruption isn't limited to the Republicans. The Dems, too, have a party where policy is driven by campaign donati...
03:33 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an "Elves and Orcs" deck of playingcards
Nat Iwata sez, "I'm an author/illustrator and video game artist. I'm running a Kickstarter campaign for a deck of illustrated Elves (red suits) & Orcs (black suits) Bicycle brand playing cards. L...
03:26 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Hot pinkslugs
This fantastically pink slug, Triboniophorus aff. graeffei, is only found on Mount Kaputar, a mountaintop in New South Wales, Australia. According to scientists, the slugs and several other strange sp...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
01:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 36:Archercat
Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane. In this episode of Apps for Kids, we talk about ArcherCat, a tower ...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Wire-and-paper animation for Professor Kliqsong
Patator Prod's fantastic wire-and-paper stop motion animation for Professor Kliq's "Plastic and Flashing Lights." (via Juxtapoz)    ...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Missing man walks into TV newsshot
A TV news station in Portland, Maine was preparing to report on a man with dementia who had been missing when the fellow walked up behind the reporter. "Elderly Man With Dementia Goes Missing in Main...
01:36 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Lightning Dust - Diamond (freeMP3)
Sound it Out # 47: Lightning Dust - Diamond (MP3) This song gives me an ache. A good kind of ache. I get a delicious tightening in my chest that can only be (temporarily) relieved by hitting PLAY aga...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing No rear-facing camera on newiPod
The new iPod touch 4 features a 4-inch "Retina" display, 16GB of storage and a user-facing HD camera. There's no rear-facing one at all. Gone too is the old lanyard hook. There's a 21st Century datap...
01:25 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Man shot and killed during FBI interview wasunarmed
Ibragim Todashev, an associate of the Boston Bombing suspects, was unarmed when shot and killed during an FBI interview. Officials had earlier claimed that Todashev was armed with a knife. [WESH] ...
01:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Miami police choke 14-year-old and hurt his puppy after receiving 'dehumanizingstares'
Police in Miami-Dade slammed a 14-year-old child on the ground, then placed him in a chokehold. Why? Because he gave them a "dehumanizing stare." When asked about his puppy, injured during the arrest,...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Toronto mayoral disaster: illegal deletion of staffers'email?
More news from the embattled mayor of Toronto, Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford: after two of his senior staffers walked out on him following questioning by Toronto homicide detectives, it appears that...
12:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Missing shark found in SouthDakota
"Rapid City police said an anonymous tip lead them to the 12-foot shark that was found in an open field next to the old Pizza Hut in Box Elder." [Rapid City Journal via Brendan Koerner]  &nb...
10:52 am PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Schools and the cloud: will schools allow students to be profiled and advertised to in the course of theirschool-day?
Kate sez, "Technology companies are moving rapidly to get tools like email and document creation services into schools. This link to a recent survey of schools in the UK shows that use of such technol...
10:25 am PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Schneier: The FBI's new plan to wiretap the internet is great. Forcriminals.
Bruce Schneier in Foreign Policy magazine writes about the new law proposed by the FBI that will make wiretapping the internet easier. "This law will result in less-secure Internet products and create...
10:21 am PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing First looks at Windows8.1
An incrementally new edition of Microsoft's Windows operating system, the eighth pointh oneth version, launched today. Mat Honan at Wired has a detailed hands-on, and Wilson Rothman at MSNBC does a fi...
10:19 am PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Teju Cole on Image Search: GooglesMacchia
"Google tried to do everything. It proved itself the deepest and fastest of the search engines. It stomped the competition in email. It made a decent showing in image hosting, and a good one in chat. ...
09:56 am PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Living-room pipeorgan
Nora sez, "My father, a retired software engineer, amateur musician, and OG-maker, is building a pipe organ in his and my mother's living room. The project (which has involved moving to a new house, s...
02:51 am PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing CIA whistleblower's astounding letter about his prisonlife
A fascinating letter about prison life, written by John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who was sent to prison for blowing the whistle about the federal government's secret torture campaign.  ...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, May 30, 2013
BoingBoing Science fiction story in the form of a Twitterbug-report
I like Tim Maly's short-short science fiction story, which takes the form of a Twitter bug-report: "Yo @carzymoney," he said, "I think @timebot's got a bug in the link code. #learn2code" It was a pos...
10:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
09:57 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Dry-ice "explosion" results in Toontown evacuation atDisneyland
Someone apparently put a sealed plastic bottle containing dry ice in a trashcan in Disneyland's Toontown yesterday. It made a loud noise (described by one witness as louder than a gunshot) and release...
09:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing The unfiltered history of rolling papers, plus Tommy Chong's big fat Jamaicanvacation
Our pal Ben Marks from Collectors Weekly says: "Here's our article on the history of rolling papers, from their humble beginnings on the streets of 16th-century Spain to their manufacture in the Spani...
09:11 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, Henry Morgentaler, Canadian abortionpioneer
Doctor Henry Morgentaler, who pioneered safe, legal abortion in Canada at great personal risk and cost, died today at 90. Canada is a better place for the work he did. Here's a photo of me and Morgent...
08:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Hey honey, we got a new phonebook
By Michael Thomas. [Thumbnail courtesy of Shutterstock]    ...
08:01 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Settlers of Catanproposal
Laura sez, "My sister, who works for how about we & is an avid gaming fan, got an amazing proposal from her now-fiance. Pete, with the help of a crafty friend, created a new development card and ...
07:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing EFF files formal objection against DRM's inclusion inHTML5
Regular readers will know that there's a hard press to put DRM in the next version of HTML, which is being standardized at the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3), and that this has really grave potential...
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
06:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Texas to pass landmark email privacylaw
Texas is on the verge of passing legislation that patches a hole in federal privacy law. Under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, no warrant is needed to spy on email once it has been ope...
05:57 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, JackVance
Stefan Jones sez, "SF&F titan Jack Vance has died at age 96. He had a mighty good run, continuing to write for many years after losing most of his eyesight. I think I'm going to reread The Eyes o...
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Update on small children being mercilessly punished for, e.g., gnawing a pastry into a gun shape atschool
Kevin at Lowering the Bar updates us on the Lego Gun Incident, wherein a six-year-old boy was punished for bringing a tiny, Lego-sized gun onto his Springfield, MA school-bus. The school initially dem...
04:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing IRS targets medical marijuana businesses in government's war onweed
Ariel Shearer in HuffPost: "For the past several years, the Internal Revenue Service has been systematically targeting medical marijuana establishments, relying on an obscure statute that gives the ta...
03:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Singapore to individually license websites, require a $50K bond against badtaste
A reader writes, "The Singapore government just announced an intention to begin regulating websites that report on the country, requiring a S$50,000 'performance bond' and compliance with any takedown...
03:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Hemispherical Earth cake with crust, mantle andcore
This brilliant hemispherical cake depicting the Earth's surface and approximating its core was baked by Rhiannon of Baking Adventures in Melbourne, Australia. She baked a cake inside a cake, formed a ...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing The Economist's bizarre BuzzFeedad
The Economist. Bastion of a peculiarly British brand of rightward-leaning, leftward-winking centrism, it was first published in the autumn of 1843. Respectable. August. A fierce advocate of intelligen...
02:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing The Magazinesold
BB regular Glenn Fleishman bought The Magazine from Marco Arment. Glenn, managing editor of the iPad publication since its early days, has big plans for the future. Subscriptions are just $1.99 a mont...
02:21 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Canadian PM Steven Harper mercilessly grilled over corruption in his office, senate, government andparty
If you're outside of Canada, you might not have heard about the expenses scandal rocking the government. A Conservative senator with a reputation as a killer Party fundraiser named Mike Duffy, appoin...
02:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing High school student's DIYsubmarine
High school student Justin Beckerman made his own single-person submarine to explore a lake near his New Jersey home, he says, and "see fish and hopefully find a bit of history, like the cannons from ...
02:15 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
02:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing co-presents SFMOMA's closingfestivities!
After this Sunday (June 9), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be closed to visitors for three years as they begin their massive renovation to accomodate the incoming Doris and Donald Fisher...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Sierra Club magazine list of "Earth's WeirdestLandscapes"
Sierra Magazine posted their picks of "Earth's Weirdest Landscapes." Some I was familiar with, like the Fly Geyser in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, California's Mono Lake, and Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. ...
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing How to get out of your AT&T contract early without an early terminationfee
This month AT&T started charging a monthly "Mobility Administrative Fee" of $0.61 to mobile customers. If you want to get out of your contract early, you can use this fee increase to cancel the c...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing SubwayBallet
BB contributor Mark Dery points us to a lovely video and article on "Subway Ballet" in the New York Times. Mark says: Like breakdancing, parkour, urban climbing, and Philippe Petit's tightrope walk b...
01:17 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Awesome Tapes fromAfrica
Awesome Tapes from Africa is just that. They also issue some of their finds on vinyl, CD (and, duh, tape), including the fantastic sounds of Ethiopia's Hailu Mergia posted above. Hailu made his name ...
01:01 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Drunken sex causes carwreck
Luis Briones, 25, blew through a red light in Albuquerque and crashed, resulting in his female passenger being ejected from the car. Briones was allegedly drunk. Oh, apparently he was also having sex ...
12:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing UK film industry requisitions cops for massive raid on suspected pirate, get to question him at policestation
In the UK, the movie industry's lobby group gets to requisition huge numbers of police officers to raid peoples' houses, solely on their say-so. Here's the story of one man who was raided by ten cops,...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Lucky Ducky, in "GimmeShelter"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH wealthy HoundCo works so hard to get its corporate tax rate down... but poor Lucky Ducky will always finish as Top Dog!    ...
12:22 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev Maker Faire launched in ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Pentagon project seeks to gamifycyberwar
Noah Shachtman at Wired's Danger Room reports on a project developed by top technologists at the Pentagon, which will make "cyberwarfare" easy. "Its called Plan X. And if this demo looks like a videog...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Beach House: Wishes, directed by EricWareheim
"Wishes" appears on the Beach House album Bloom. Music video directed by Eric Wareheim. Ray Wise, who you may recall from Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job, stars as the Coach.   &nbs...
11:52 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Larry King has new TV show on RT, and new man-crush on VladimirPutin
"I can't explain it. I had an affinity with him. You try to get that with a lot of guests, but I really had it with [Putin]. He has 'it,' whatever 'it' is." —Larry King, on his new best bro Vlad...
11:48 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing A soil atlas ofAfrica
A group of international experts has created a Soil Atlas of Africa, which maps the earth to "help farmers, land managers and policymakers understand the diversity and importance of soil, and the need...
11:44 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Beavers bite Belarusian, who bleeds todeath
"The fisherman wanted his photo shot with a beaver. The beaver had other ideas: It attacked the 60-year-old man with razor-sharp teeth, slicing an artery and causing him to bleed to death."Beavers are...
11:38 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Little Italy Surprise: Serenading tourists on New York's MulberryStreet
The latest CDZA musical experiment: Serenading Tourists on Memorial Day Weekend, from four stories above Mulberry street. Charles Yang on Violin, Michael Thurber on Double Bass, playing a Tarantella ...
11:13 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Genocide in Our Hemispherelivestreamed event in D.C. today with scholars, survivors; Xenimoderating
Photo: James Rodriguez, mimundo.org. From 2-5 Eastern time today in Washington, DC, I will be among the moderators at a special event at the New America Foundation, "Genocide in Our Hemisphere: Justic...
11:05 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Reality check on the 3D printinghype-cycle
Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, has a very good post on the limits and opportunities of 3D printing. Because 3D printing is constrained by the immutable fact of cubic volume, which means tha...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Tonight on NOVA: ManhuntBostonBombers
For the past few weeks, I've been in Boston, hanging out at WGBH as Miles O'Brien and the PBS science program NOVA worked to put together this documentary on the science and technology inside the Bos...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page: • Gary Baseman and Die Antwoord: The Buckingham Warrior • ZOMG crazy bike tricks! • Devo and Neil Young pla...
10:28 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Why Cling to the Past? Exclusive essay by Stephen King's publisher aboutJoyland
Originally, we were only going to publish Joyland in paperback. Steve grew up buying paperbacks for fifty cents from the wire spinner racks at his local drugstore in Lisbon Falls, Maine, the sort with...
10:11 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with Soviet-era TV ad director Harry Egipt, the man behind erotic ice cream and nightmarechickens
The weirdo Soviet-era television ads directed by Harry Egipt are the stuff of internet legend, and we've blogged about them here on Boing Boing many times over the years. His 30-second meditation on ...
10:11 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with Soviet-era TV ad director Harry Egipt: erotic ice cream and nightmarechicken
The weirdo Soviet-era television ads directed by Harry Egipt are the stuff of internet legend, and we've blogged about them here on Boing Boing many times over many years. His 30-second meditation on...
10:06 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Michelle Bachmann to leavecongress
Max Read at Gawker watched the announcement so no-one else has to. In an interminable video posted to her websiteeight fucking minutes, of just her talking, the vibe somewhere between airplane safety ...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Serotonin found to influence sexual preference inmice
"When Yi Rao of Peking University in Beijing, China, and his colleagues genetically engineered female mice so that they could no longer make or respond to serotonin, it appeared to affect their sexual...
10:03 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Survivorship bias and electronic publishing: practically no one is making anymoney
Toby Buckell has posted a great piece on "survivorship bias" and new models for electronic publishing. Survivorship bias occurs when we only hear about spectacular success stories, and not the vast nu...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Hitler kettle sellsout
JC Penney's Hitler kettle has sold out online. Josh Sanburn at Time: "Youll have to visit JC Penney stores in person to buy the tea kettle that resembles former German Chancellor and Nazi dictator Ado...
09:51 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing The Damsel in Distress, gameedition
Anita Sarkeesian tackles the "damsels in distress" trope as it appearswidely!in video games. The inevitable sideshow: angry Internet men managed (briefly) to get YouTube to remove the video. &nb...
12:13 am PDT - Wed, May 29, 2013
BoingBoing Free David Byrne/St VincentEP
OK, this is the best music-related news of 2013 to date -- David Byrne and St Vincent have released an EP of material from their Love This Giant tour More (both the best tour and the best album I hear...
10:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Police trick people into buying "stolen" iPhones, then arrestthem
Here's Ted Balaker's latest video about questionable police practices. If a shady character stops you on the streets of San Francisco and tries to sell you a stolen iPhone or iPad, he just might be a...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Legal analysis of the conclusion to Dark KnightReturns
If you saw The Dark Knight Returns, you know that at the end of movie [SPOILERS]                    ...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Legal analysis of the conclusion to Dark KnightRises
If you saw The Dark Knight Rises, you know that at the end of the movie... [SPOILERS FOLLOW]                  ...
09:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Media hypocrisy in Rosencase
Here's the latest Narco Polo comic from Rob Arthur, former inner-city teacher and public defender. He's the author of You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos. I interviewed Rob here More.  ...
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Toronto cops hospitalize hotel guest who recorded them arresting anotherguest
A man staying at Toronto's Sheraton Centre Hotel used his Blackberry to video-record police who were arresting another guest. The police objected and several of them piled onto him, beating him savage...
07:47 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 008: JimRugg
(Illustration by Jim Rugg) This is episode 8 of Boing Boing's Tell Me Something I Don't Know More podcast. It's an interview show featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people disc...
07:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Wal-Mart dumps haz-mat, must pay $82 million infines
Matthew says: "Wal-Mart has pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to charges of dumping hazardous waste into California sanitation drains. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $82 million in fines Mo...
07:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Canada's business groups wants to hack your computer even more than the creeps at the Commission on the Theft of American IntellectualProperty
Michael Geist writes, The Internet is buzzing over a new report from the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property that recommends using spyware and ransomware to combat online infrin...
06:44 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Chinese teen scrawls graffitti in Egypt's 3,500 year old Luxor Temple, Egyptians and Chinese netizensoutraged
A 15-year-old vandal carved the words 'Ding Jinhao was here' in Chinese in the 3,500 year old Luxor Temple in Egypt. Back home in China, his fellow countrymen replied online: "Christ, what an asshole....
06:36 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Gary Baseman and Die Antwoord: The BuckinghamWarrior
South African zef side rappers Die Antwoord have teamed up with Los Angeles-based artist Gary Baseman in a new video released today through MOCA TV.    ...
06:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Chinese hackers compromised U.S. weapons systemdesigns
Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post More: "Designs for many of the nations most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the P...
06:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Watch BMX virtuoso Tim Knoll perform insane freestyle biketricks
A wonderful new video of graceful and impossible bike tricks by virtuoso BMX freestyler Tim Knoll, who is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Filmed and edited by Tony Schneidewind. Music by Phil Knoll. H...
06:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Infographic: the Laughable Bumblef*ckery of Toronto Mayor RobFord
(Click to embiggen) If you've been finding it hard to get your head around all the scandals, awfulness and pure shitshowery of Toronto mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford, look no futher: Hilary Sa...
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Tea kettle orHitler!
Separated at birth: the Michael Graves Design Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Kettle and Hitler? (The handle is apparently his hair. The spout is a sieg heil salute.) Redditors are having a field d...
04:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Impossible Programs: a great lecture on some of computer science's most importantsubjects
Here's a 40-minute video in which Tom Stuart gives a talk summarizing one of the chapters from him new book Understanding Computation More, describing the halting state problem and how it relates to ...
04:50 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Alternate recording of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" featuring Arthur Russell oncello
I don't know if this alternate recording of Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" featuring Arthur Russell on cello has been available before, but I like it! (Via World's Best Ever) More   &nb...
04:22 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Guy on hood of moving pickup begs passing drivers to call thepolice
Have you seen a video floating around showing a guy on the hood of a moving pickup truck, begging people to call the police? When I saw it, I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on, but thank...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing 15 weirdest things on wheels at Maker Faire2013
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev More Maker Faire launched...
04:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Drug Czar report linking crime to drug use intentionally withheldalcohol
Reason Hit & Run More: "The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released a study last week that found the majority of arrestees in five metropolitan areas tested positive for marij...
04:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Drug Czar report linking crime to drug use intentionally withheld alcoholstatistics
Reason Hit & Run More: "The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released a study last week that found the majority of arrestees in five metropolitan areas tested positive for marij...
04:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing TV and TV dinner made fromfelt
Andrew Salomone of Craft says: "Fiber artist LeBrie Rich of Penfelt created this amazing felted TV diner (complete with TV) using a combination of commercial wool felt with needle and wet felting." I ...
03:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing The Sweethome: "just buy this one", domesticedition
The Sweethome is a new spinoff from the unstoppable forces behind The Wirecutter. The hook? Instead of exhaustively reviewing everything and leaving readers with a database to plow though, it just tel...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Strange history of the highfive
Over at ESPN, Jon Mooallem tries his damnedest to push through hoaxes, misinformation, and egos to suss out the story of the high five. The low five had been a fixture of African-American culture sin...
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Funny ad for Punk RockCD
More Matthew says: "Here's an ad for a punk-rock compilation CD, with songs by punk bands such as Men at Work, Eurythmics, The Cars, Huey Lewis and the News, and more!" As Jacob A. says, "This is a d...
03:18 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Great 1962 crime novel: The Hunter, by RichardStark
After reading Donald Westlake's The Hot Rock (read my review), a humorous crime novel about a gang of professional thieves who repeatedly bungle a jewel heist, I picked up Westlake's The Hunter More, ...
02:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Know your chemicalweapons
These know-your-chemical-weapon posters were produced by the Medical Training Replacement Center at Camp Barkeley near Abilene, Texas as training materials for soldiers being sent to fight in WWII. Th...
02:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Robot birds of thepast
At Smithsonian, Jimmy Stamp posted a brief history of bird automata. And yes, I know that Bubo from Clash of the Titans, above, isn't real. But... Bubo! Clash of the Titans! From Smithsonian: The earl...
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Bank of Canada kills editorial cartoon, calls it"counterfeiting"
Canadian Conservative senator Mike Duffy is in disgrace over the news that he submitted fraudulent expense claims totalling $90,000 and secretly borrowed a like sum from the Prime Minister's Chief of ...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Devo and Neil Young play "Hey Hey, My My (Into theBlack"
This is Devo and Neil Young performing Young's "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)." Seriously! It's from the 1982 comedy Human Highway, starring and co-directed by Bernard Shakey aka Neil Young. (Thank...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Devo and Neil Young play "Hey Hey, My My (Into theBlack)"
This is Devo and Neil Young performing Young's "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)." Seriously! It's from the 1982 comedy Human Highway, starring and co-directed by Bernard Shakey aka Neil Young. (Thank...
02:04 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing How a Mexican drug-lord dinesout
When Joaqun Guzmn Loera, leader of Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Cartel, wants to dine out, he engages some rather extreme security measures: In 2005 on a Saturday evening, Guzmn reportedly strolled int...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing R. Stevens of "Diesel Sweeties" webcomic designs LympheDIVA sleeves for cancerpatients
Lymphedema prevention garments designed for LympheDIVAs by R. Stevens. Like many of my fellow breast cancer patients, the treatment I received (and am still receiving) places me at high risk for a con...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing R. Stevens of "Diesel Sweeties" webcomic designs LympheDIVAs sleeves for cancerpatients
Lymphedema prevention garments designed for LympheDIVAs by R. Stevens. Like many of my fellow breast cancer patients, the treatment I received (and am still receiving) places me at high risk for a con...
01:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Treasure Island Music Festival 2013lineup
Our dear friends at San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival More have announced the (killer) line-up for this year's two-day extravaganza, October 19-20, 2013! If you're not familiar, Treasure...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing UK Ministry of Justice denies that the court system is to be sold to hedgefunds
The UK Ministry of Justice has denied a report in The Times that claimed the courts were to be privatised and paid for henceforth through hedge fund investments made in anticipation of high court fees...
01:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Queer indiegames
Brendan Keogh checks out the the "secret avant garde of video games." "Queer people have always been creating culture from the margins," insists Anna Anthropy, game developer and author. "Like, queer ...
12:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Turntable that "plays" the rings of atree
Bartholomus Traubeck's "Years" is a modified record player that "plays" a slice of a tree, converting (and transforming) year ring data into piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again define...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Genocide in Our Hemisphere event D.C. May 29 with scholars, survivors; Xenimoderating
More Benjamin Manuel Geronimo, massacre survivor, and representative of Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), speaking in the genocide trial in Guatemala City on May 9, 2010. On Wednesday...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Fascinating iOS apps for musicmaking
Over at our sponsor Intel's LifeScoop site, I wrote about several fascinating iOS apps for music creation that employ non-traditional and intuitive interfaces. My favorite is SoundPrism: Created by Au...
12:21 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing 15 SFF classics rejected bypublishers
Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs offer an illustrious list More that includes H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. LeGuin. [i09]    ...
12:12 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing British invade U.S.media
At a bar in Vegas, during the sprawling PR shitfeast that is the Consumer Electronics Show, I overheard someone ask a companion, "Why do we keep hiring British drunks to run everything?" I didn't volu...
12:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page: • Middle Eastern flavored Radiohead cover • What does a $4,000 vinyl record sound like? • Little Mermaid's ...
12:01 pm PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomy of a password-crack, partII
Ars Technica's Nate Anderson follows up on his excellent piece on the nuts and bolts of password cracking More with a further attempt to decrypt an encrypted password file leaked from LivingSocial, th...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Toronto mayoral car-crash: homicide detectives search mayor's office after tip on crack-smoking video; top staffersquit
More drama from the world of Toronto Mayor "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford -- first, reporters from two rival news entities independently verified the existence of a video showing the mayor smoking what a...
10:38 am PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Ice T's First Record and Uncle Jamm'sArmy
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! More    ...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, May 28, 2013
BoingBoing Shambling Guide to New YorkCity
Mur Lafferty is one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing. "Secret" in that her fiction has not been widely published (until now). "Worst-kept" in that she has been such ...
11:59 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent badadvice
"Here's that bad advice you were hoping for" is a Tumblr that picks out letters to advice columns (as well as direct requests from readers) and writes scathing, hilarious responses: NYT, Social Qs, 2...
11:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing $200k raised to buy claimed video of Toronto Mayor smokingcrack
Gawker hit its target with hours to spare, but have already warned readers that the ne'er-do-wells in possession of the alleged evidence might not be willing or able to do business More. In that case,...
09:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Disaster porn and elite panic: the militarized lie of savage disasteraftermath
Jonathan M. Katz reported on the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake for the AP. What he saw there ran contrary to the prevailing narrative of violence, looting and lawlessness in the streets. Instead, ...
07:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Fully functional Apple-1 from 1976 sold almost$700K
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07:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Fully functional Apple-1 from 1976 sold for almost$700K
The Apple-1. Photo: apple2history.org. One of the first Apple computers, a fully functional model built in 1976, has been sold for a record 516,000 Euros (about USD $668,000). From the AP's account: ...
06:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Library Lounge: decorating withbooks
The Library Lounge at the B2 Boutique Hotel Zrich More is one of those amazing temple-of-books rooms that always make me catch my breath. If I had a teleporter, this is where I'd go every time I felt ...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Kafka, meet Orwell: peek behind the scenes of the modern surveillancestate
Journeyman Pictures' short documentary "Naked Citizens" is an absolutely terrifying and amazing must-see glimpse of the modern security state, and the ways in which it automatically ascribes guilt to...
03:16 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Oh Joy Sex Toy: dildofunnies
Oh Joy Sex Toy is a weekly webcomic that features reviews of sex toys, porn, pinups, sex clubs -- basically, the whole pervy gamut. It is written and drawn with such gosh-darn sweet enthusiasm by Erik...
02:57 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing High school teacher faces discipline for Informing students about theirrights
Reason Hit & Run: "A high school social studies teacher in Batavia, Illinois, faces disciplinary action for informing students of their Fifth Amendment rights in connection with a survey asking a...
02:53 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing E-waste porn: a tour of Silicon Valley's Weird StuffWarehouse
Ars Technica has a beautiful, mouth-watering gallery of the stuff for sale at Silicon Valley's Weird Stuff Warehouse, a high-tech surplus store of epic proportion: "There is a need for a place you ca...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Help crowd-fund a court stenographer for the trial of accused Wikileaks source BradleyManning
The trial of Bradley Manning begins on June 3, 2013, and will have profound impact on press freedom and the rights of future whistleblowers throughout the world. The Freedom of the Press Foundation (I...
01:07 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Germany tests anti-graffitidrones
German railway operator Deutche Bahn is to target graffiti artists with surveillance drones: "The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute ...
01:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Hairstyle archeologist proves crazy Roman 'dos werepossible
Hairstylist Janet Stephens was unable to replicate a Roman statue's complex bun in the salon, leading her to solve the ancient mystery of how it worked: "I got deeper and deeper into it ... it took ab...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing TSA random secondary screening is trivial tododge
An anonymous reader of Dave Farber's Interesting People list has discovered a glaring flaw in the TSA's protocol for secondary screening: today at newark airport i used a paperless electronic boardin...
12:24 pm PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Middle-Eastern cover of Radiohead's "Karma Police," by Shefy & Sabbah of TelAviv
Rotem Shefy (vocalist) and Leat Sabbah (cellist/arranger) describe this as "Our very own Middle-Eastern version" of Radiohead's 1997 hit "Karma Police."     ...
11:40 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Sugar skull andbones
From November 2011, a set of photos documenting the creation of a sugar skull-and-bones set that can be served with macabre beverages, designed by Snow Violent and made by DR.HC. Skull Sugar from sk...
11:37 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing "Revenge porn"-style fraudsters target sexoffenders
We all know about mugshot and "revenge porn" sites, which publish compromising photos and target the victims for "removal fees". Here's a new twist: mining the public record for less sympathetic victi...
11:26 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing The last man born in the 19thcentury
Last Thursday, Doc Sisnett of Barbados died at 113, leaving Japan's Jiroemon Kimura as the last living man to have been born in the 19th century. Twenty-one living women share the honor. [Sydney Morni...
11:17 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing FDA clenches down on fecaltransplants
An effective cure for a brutal bacterial infection is gaining popularity, but there is a price to recognition: the FDA is clamping down on the procedure while researching it as an "investigational new...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Viable Paradise sf writing workshopdeadline
A reminder that you've got 3 weeks left to apply for the excellent Viable Paradise science fiction writing workshop on Martha's Vineyard -- a week-long, very intensive course taught by Patrick and Ter...
09:51 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Pendants laser-cut out of old Britishcoinage
London's Thornhill Jewellery takes old British coinage and laser-cuts sweet/funny/silly designs into them. You can also get them made to order from the year of your choosing (to celebrate a birthday, ...
09:51 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing Pendants carved out of old Britishcoinage
London's Thornhill Jewellery takes old British coinage and laser-cuts carves sweet/funny/silly designs into them. You can also get them made to order from the year of your choosing (to celebrate a bir...
01:25 am PDT - Mon, May 27, 2013
BoingBoing A children's guide to splatteredbugs
Excellent signage at a 76 gas station, via Telstar Logistics' Instagram.    ...
11:53 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Screenshots of Despair: computers making humanssad
Screenshots of Despair: a Tumblr that features shots of computers interacting with humans in ways that seem calculated to make them sad and angry. As Bruce Sterling notes, "Somebody could teach a pret...
09:50 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Obama's trade reps and the MPAA are killing a copyright treaty that gives rights to disabledpeople
Jim Fruchterman, founder of the NGO Benetech, writes in frustration from the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, where the US Trade Representative is scuttling a treaty that will help ...
08:37 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Reporters kicked out of Amy's Baking Company after complaining of fly indrink
Following a spectacular public meltdown staged by a couple running a Scottsdale restaurant, reporters from the Phoenix Business-Journal decided to see what all the fuss was about. They were not disapp...
06:44 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Sheldon Coopermask
This is a Sheldon Cooper mask. It makes you look like a character from the Big Bang Theory. It scares and excites me. That is all. The Big Bang Theory- Sheldon's Mask (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)  &n...
06:28 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing What does a $4,000 vinyl record soundlike?
An interview with extreme audiophile Pete Hutchison, who has a massive vinyl hoarding habit. His Electric Recording Company label reissues classic recordings such as one rare Mozart box set on seven d...
06:00 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Invisible Airwaves #41: a moody May Mixtape by Q-Burns AbstractMessage
"Moody gear abounds on this latest installment of Invisible Airwaves as our two hour selection twists and turns through various sonic pathways," explains Michael Donaldson, aka Q-Burns Abstract Messag...
05:41 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Massive NYT feature on US gov's massive leaksinquiries
The New York Times' A1 feature today: "Leak Inquiries Show How Wide a Net U.S. Cast." Sweeping investigations into leaks of secret information now involve hundreds of government employees, and have cr...
05:34 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Estimated lost economic value of America's war dead: $44.6Billion
In The New Yorker, Michael Gurriero crunches the numbers on the American military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the most expensive in US history. The price tag is estimated by Linda J. Bilmes of ...
05:04 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Morning prayers at Guantanamo's Camp 5, where hunger strikers areheld
At Freedom of the Press Foundation, Jason Leopold writes about this video he shot at the section of Guantnamo where the hunger strikers are being held. What you hear around 3 minutes in is the a Musl...
04:55 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Nature's unattainable beauty: The art of ReddWalitzki
Miroir Magazine recently featured artist Redd Walitzki on their cover, and they have an interview with the artist here. Snip: In her paintings, Redd Walitzki focuses on the balance between the inevit...
04:49 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Woman photographs purported UFO near historic Southern Californiafarm
In Santee, California (not far from San Diego), a woman snapped a photo of what she claims is a UFO near the site of an historic barn. She did not want to show her face on camera, because "she was sti...
04:37 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing We're breeding the nutrition out of ourfood
Image: Machiko Munakata made this "Sweet Corn" and shared the image in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. 4.5 inches, hand-sewn, stuffed with polyfil. In the New York Times this weekend, wild foods advo...
03:41 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware, ransomware and trojans to attackpirates!
The hilariously named "Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property" has finally released its report, an 84-page tome that's pretty bonkers. But amidst all that crazy, there's a bit tha...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Doing a tablecloth yank from beneath a dog in a dragonsuit
Mat Ricardo sez, "Here's what happened last time Piff The Magic Dragon (and Mr. Piffles the dog!) was a guest on Mat Ricardo's London Varieties. What's going to happen when he pays us a return visit...
10:45 am PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Little Mermaid's Ursula does the Haunted Mansionnarration
Ricky sez, "At Spooky Emipre's May-Hem convention in Orlando this weekend, Pat Carroll, the original and only voice of Disney's Ursula, read from The Haunted Mansion script that the Paul Frees origi...
09:50 am PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Videos of dead mediadevices
Don sez, "This guy has over a hundred excellent videos of Old School AV and other electronic equipment. The world's first Credit Card Calculator! The first (pre-BetaMax) VCRs! Wacky little tape reco...
12:00 am PDT - Sun, May 26, 2013
BoingBoing Triple-nested Kleinbottle
Here's glassblower Alan Bennett's astounding triple-nested Klein bottle, a beautiful thing: A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, United Kingdom. It consists of three Klein bott...
10:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Girl who was arrested for making a tin-foil volcano tells herstory
On May 1, Kiera Wilmot, a Florida high school student, was arrested for mixing toilet bowl cleaner with tin foil, causing a small, harmless explosion. Though she had a spotless school record, she wa...
08:21 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Sloth rings, made toorder
Etsy seller CuriousBurrow will make you a sweet, sleepy sloth ring to order, in a range of colors. Sloth Ring - Made To Order (via The Mary Sue)     ...
06:17 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Super slo-mofire-juggling
Scott sez, "Here's a new video of me juggling fire in slow motion. 2000 frames per second. There's also a video there of me juggling and eating apples. It's pretty fun to watch. It doesn't look li...
06:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing BMW Concept90
Autoblog shares BMW's modern take on the iconic R90S. I would buy this right now. (Thanks, Dan Rodarte!)     ...
05:26 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Google Glass photographers: the future looksawkward
Can't wait.  White Men Wearing Google Glass When is Google Glass "weird"? Ask Google's Chairman! Google Glass demo video William Gibson tries the Google Glass Google prohibits resa...
04:33 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing 15 year old dragged under car, killed defending giftiPad
This is sad beyond words. A teenager lost his life defending the gift iPad his father struggled to buy him. "But Marcos wouldn't let go. He fought. As the truck sped off, the high school freshman was ...
04:22 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Throughout Latin America, protests demand justice for Guatemala after genocide trialoverturned
Photo: Daniel Hernndez-Salazar. Protesters in Guatemala and other Latin American countries gathered on Friday to denounce the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's recent decision to overturn the geno...
04:22 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Photos: Throughout Latin America, protests demand justice for Guatemala after genocide trialoverturned
Photo: Daniel Hernndez-Salazar. Protesters in Guatemala and other Latin American countries gathered on Friday to denounce the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's recent decision to overturn the gen...
03:50 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Videos of dead mediadevices
Don sez, "This guy has over a hundred excellent videos of Old School AV and other electronic equipment. The world's first Credit Card Calculator! The first (pre-BetaMax) VCRs! Wacky little tape reco...
03:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing UK film student seeks steampunkprops
Ranjana sez, "I'm a Bournemouth University postgraduate student and I'm producing a short but ambitious steampunk drama for my Masters project and I'm looking for a few props for our film: steampunk r...
01:42 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Laser-etched Tesla "Souvenir of Wardenclyffe"vase
Rachel writes, "My chap and I are dedicated steampunks and geeks. My chap Andy also happens to be the owner of a very tidy laser cutter! Put the two together and you end up with our fabulous tribute...
01:22 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Globe and Mail: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's family are, variously, a drug kingpin, a gangster, and affiliated with theKKK
The Globe and Mail, a respected national Canadian newspaper, has run an absolutely sensational and jaw-dropping investigative story chronicling the shady lives of the immediate family of Toronto Mayo...
12:50 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a detailed plan to rob five bankssimultaneously
Artist Ilona Gaynor produced a piece called "Under Black Carpets" that took the form of detailed plans for robbing five banks near LA's One Wilshire building, simultaneously. Gaynor worked with the ...
12:07 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing The Northern Lights, as seen from the ShetlandIslands
Boing Boing reader Keane Beamish shot this wonderful photograph of the Aurora Borealis in Unst, in the Shetland Islands to the north of Scotland. There are more northern lights photos, and wonderful ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing New York City adopts new International Symbol ofAccessibility
The new International Symbol of Accessibility replaces the old, static "disabled" icon, which depicted a rather static, object-like disabled person in a wheelchair -- the new ISA shows a person zoomi...
11:35 am PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday: Boing Boing readers share photos of their cats, in the Boing Boing Flickrpool
Photo: Gouldina1, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Photo: David Glicksman, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Photo: Stuart Watson, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Photo: &...
11:21 am PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing F.T.C. eyes new antitrust inquiry into Google's online display adbusiness
Antitrust investigators at the Federal Trade Commission are looking into whether Google is abusing its market dominance in online display advertising, reports the New York Times…. Reports Edward...
10:43 am PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing MEP explains the security problem with militarizing theInternet
The Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake has a fantastic, must-read essay on the problem with "cyber-war." She lays out the case for securing the Internet (and the world of people and systems that rely on it) ...
10:41 am PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Compilation of Wally Wood's non-EC crime and horrorcomics
Wally Wood is one of the best comic book artists that ever lived. The more I study his work, the more admiration I have for his talent. Wood is best known for his stories in EC's Weird Fantasy and We...
09:58 am PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Simpsons land coming to Universal StudiosFlorida
Universal Studios Florida is opening a Simpsons themed area this summer. It'll mostly consist of facades and restaurants serving food inspired by the horrible cuisine of Springfield, as well as a pa...
12:26 am PDT - Sat, May 25, 2013
BoingBoing Lamps made from cassettetapes
Cassette Is Not Dead refurbs cassette tapes into handsome lamps. They operate on a barter economy -- send them 40 homemade mix-tapes and they'll send you a wallet made from one tape; send them 80 pr...
11:52 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page: • Laptop with thermite self-destruct mechanism • SIGGRAPH 2013 computer graphics technical breakthroughs ̶...
11:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing After Justice Dept. press probes, a new chilling effect for US national securityreporters
"President Obamas conciliatory gesture toward the press this week a review of Justice Department investigations involving journalists struck some national security reporters as closing the door afte...
11:37 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Court rules that racist profiling by Arizona Sheriff was, in fact, racistprofiling
A U.S. district court today ruled that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's department violated the rights of brown drivers in the state by racially profiling them…, and issued an injunction to halt the...
11:09 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing How to survive a Japanese monsterattack
Matt Alt, author of "Yokai Attack," gives a Pecha Kucha talk on how to survive some of the ickiest monsters from spooky Japanese fairy tales. And below, Matt writes: A few months back, I gave a t...
09:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing The Saudi student mistakenly suspected after Boston Marathon bombing speaksout
Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, the easy-going, good humored Saudi Arabian student who was the target of intense suspicion after the bombings in Boston spoke out for the first time this week. In an interview...
09:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Saudi student mistakenly suspected after Boston Marathon bombing speaksout
Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, the easy-going, good humored Saudi Arabian student who was the target of intense suspicion after the bombings in Boston, spoke out for the first time this week. In an intervie...
07:24 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Laptop with thermite self-destructmechanism
Caleb sez, "I wanted to try making something in the style of "Q" from the James Bond movies. My idea was to make an emergency self destruct system for laptops and portable hard drives. It turned out p...
04:22 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing 3D-printable model of the cover of Joy Division's "UnknownPleasures"
Michael Zoellner sez, After watching Grant Gee's documentary "Joy Division" I wanted to print the iconic cover of their first album "Unknown Pleasures" in 3D. Unfortunately I could not find a single v...
04:07 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing America's most religious cities download lots ofporn
Pornhub compared Gallup's survey of religiosity to its own records of smut-seekers, and learned that residents of America's most religious cities love themselves some porn. [Pando Daily]  &n...
03:58 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Tim Curry "recovering after majorstroke"
Actor Tim Curry suffered a stroke last night, but the 67-year-old is "doing great" and already recovering at home, according to reports. Get well soon, Tim! • Rocky Horror Muppet Show • Ro...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing School safety officer throws student down flight ofstairs
This Chicago public school security guard was reportedly suspended after pushing a students down a flight of stairs. Damn! [via Sky News]    ...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Five nights of rioting inSweden
"The nightly riots began on Sunday in the north-western [Stockholm] suburb of Husby, a deprived, largely immigrant area. It is believed they were sparked by the death of a man nearly a week before, wh...
03:39 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Copyright inspace
Glenn Fleishman at The Economist: Chris Hadfield has captured the world's heart, judging by the 14m YouTube views of his free-fall rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity", recorded on the Internatio...
03:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Germany, Canada and Britain the world's most-lovedcountries
59% of those polled view Germany positively, with 55% having warm fuzzies when they think of Canada or the UK. Everyone hates Iran, North Korea and Pakistan. The USA sits mid-table, more liked than no...
02:42 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing The Simonsound's music inspired by an imaginarymonorail
The Simonsound, Simon James's '60s space age-inspired experimental music project, has issued a fantastic "radiophonic ride" aboard an imaginary World's Fair monorail. The two tracks on this Simonsound...
02:23 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Incredible pipe cleaner thylacine and otheranimals
Artist Lauren Ryan creates incredible animal sculptures entirely from pipe cleaners. My favorite is her palm-sized thylacine, a Tasmanian "tiger." The last confirmed thylacine died in 1936 but some cr...
02:09 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Mind-controlled man makes 100Plus calls to 911 in amonth
Jimmy Shao of Sacramento, CA was arrested for calling 911 more than 100 times in one month. Shao says he won't stop until Congress investigates the shadow government who use satellites to control his ...
02:07 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing IceDice - fun family game with very pointy pyramid-shapedpieces
Lately Jane and I have been playing a game called IceDice. It consists of a bunch of plastic pyramids of various sizes, and a pair of dice with special markings, which are stored in a cute pyramid-sha...
01:58 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Carl Zimmer's "The Girl Who Turned ToBone"
In The Atlantic, science writer extraordinaire Carl Zimmer wrote a fascinating long article about fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), a rare medical disorder in which the sufferer grows a sec...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Father, white, says he was accused by Walmart security of kidnapping his kids, who aremixed-race
A man in Virginia says he was accused by security guards at a local Walmart of kidnapping his daughters. The father is white. The mother is black. They have been married for about 10 years and have th...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Salmon Confidential: documentary about Norway'sfish-farming
Dave Asprey says: Unfortunately, because of the Norwegian-led fish-farming industry and modern pollution, its no longer safe to assume youre eating a nutritious, disease and poison-free fish unless yo...
01:27 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing SIGGRAPH 2013 computer graphics technicalbreakthroughs
The Association for Computing Machinery's annual SIGGRAPH conference is where you will find many of the most incredible, edgiest developments in computer graphics research. Above is the video trailer ...
01:17 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Game designer creates a never-played-by-humans titanium boardgame and buries it for play 2700 years fromnow
Michael McWhertor recounts Jason Rohrer's extraordinary Game Developers' Conference presentation from last March; Rohrer used a set of genetic algorithms to evolve and play-test a board-game that no h...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing "Life-size" LegoX-Wing
Said to be the world's largest Lego model, this Star Wars X-wing starfighter was on display in New York's Times Square May 23, 2013. Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton    ...
12:58 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Manson disciple tapesanalyzed
Tapes of conversations between a Charles Manson acolyte and his lawyer have been handed to LAPD and may solve old murders: "A federal judge in Texas ruled in March that Charles 'Tex' Watson waived his...
12:34 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: protests condemn high court's annulment of Rios Montttrial
In Guatemala City and throughout Latin America today, protests are scheduled to take place condemning the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's decision this week to effectively throw out the trial of Ros...
12:34 pm PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: protests condemn annulment of Rios Montt trial, while ex-president Portillo extradited toUS
In Guatemala City and throughout Latin America today, protests are taking place to condemn the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's decision this week to effectively throw out the trial of Ros Montt. On ...
11:49 am PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing New, cheap edition of Taschen's stupendous "Magic 1400s-1950"book
Back in 2009, I wrote about Taschen's amazing "Magic 1400s-1950s," which presently goes for about $300. Taschen is reissuing the book in a cheaper edition, which'll cost you $42.22 when it comes out o...
11:09 am PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Van Halen's "Eruption" guitar solo shredded by 14yogirl
The guitar solo from Van Halen's song "Eruption" played by Tina, who is 14. More than 3 million video views in 3 days. She was taught and filmed by Renaud Louis-Servais, and she's playing a Vigier Exc...
10:53 am PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Apple "corporate tax evasion" product parody video:iRS
The troublesome thing is that only about half of what's in this video is made up. From Sourcefed. Background: Apple, like many other large US corporations, does interesting things with money overseas ...
10:44 am PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Doc about Louisiana atheist seeksfunding
Bill sez, "Husband-and-wife Berkeley filmmakers Jason Cohn and Camille Servan-Schreiber won a Peabody award for their documentary about design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames, 'Eames: The Architect and...
10:22 am PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing My Own Private Westeros: hand-made scale model of Game of Thronesmap
[Click to enlarge]. Mikeal is making an incredibly labor-intensive scale model of the Game of Thrones Westeros map: myownprivatewesteros.tumblr.com. (Thanks, Tom Osborn)    ...
10:09 am PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Hardwood Escher tesselated interlocking lizardtiles
The Spanish firm Arbore offered these custom Escher-inspired floor tiles back in 2011; from the looks of things, they're still available. It's a very well-executed conceit, done in hardwood. Diseo geo...
10:02 am PDT - Fri, May 24, 2013
BoingBoing Why is Eric Holder in charge of reviewing Eric Holder's surveillance of journalistspolicy?
During Obama's national security speech yesterday, the president unexpectedly mentioned the AP and Fox News press freedom scandals. Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs, he sai...
11:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing How Edmund Wilson saidNO
Here's literary critic Edmund Wilson's form-letter for turning down requests from strangers. As Tim Ferriss notes, Wilson wasn't a hermit or antisocial, but he maximized the time he spent socializing ...
10:31 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing The unsung heroes of early Tumblrculture
A good read in The Daily Dot about a "major piece of the puzzle" in Tumblr's origin myth thats often overlooked: "[Founder David] Karp wasnt the first person to create a tumblelog, the term used to de...
10:28 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Beautiful vintage jetpack-futuristcar
On Super Punch, set of photos of a beautiful, enbubbled, betailfinned Los Angeles land yacht spotted on the 101. Hoo-ah. Saw a this on the 101 in Los Angeles today. It was caravanning with a bunch of ...
09:38 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printing: with 2D; with holograms; and all-in-one 3Dscanning
Here's a video from last week's Maker Faire showcasing technologies for printing out 3D-ish objects using 2D printers: ModelBox turns a 3D model into a series of 2D images you print on acetate and set...
09:03 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Monstermoney!
Google Translate says that the caption on this image is Japanese for "Bill of surprised frontispiece monster world." I can't really hazard any guesses beyond that, but hey, monster money! (via Crazy...
08:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page: •Nikola Tesla pitches VCs • Conversations with my 2 year old: a web video series. • 3D printing saved a bab...
08:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Victorian-era multitool for women: thechatelaine
Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Our Senior Victorian Accessories Correspondent, Hunter Oatman-Stanford, has just written a piece about the chatelaine, which was the killer hands-free device for ...
08:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printed bio-absorbable splint saves baby with otherwise fatal impairedbreathing
Elijah sez, "Recent news has been all about the commercial use of 3D printing - from food to weaponry. But recently, doctors at the University of Michigan used quick thinking and 3D printing technolog...
07:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing McThanks
Matthew says: "Charles Ramsay, the man who famously put down his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in Cleveland, is getting complimentary McDonald's for the next year."   ...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Prosthetictentacle
Taiwanese design student Kaylene Kau created this motorized prosthetic tentacle for a class project: "For this project we were pushed by our Professor to push the boundaries of current upper-limb pros...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing How London cops use social media to spy on protestmovements
Juha sez, "If you're going to build a protest movement, it might be better to stay off Facebook and Twitter because the cops are fully tuned into social media these days. The Open Source Intelligence ...
05:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Luke Skywalker's pants sold for$36,000
Luke Skywaler's filthy Levi's worn in the original Star Wars just sold at auction for $36,100. The "sand-colored 'cotton drill'" Levi's were customized by famed London costume-maker Bermans & Nat...
05:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Walktopus: 5' tallbronze
There's a lot of personality in Scott Musgrove's 5' tall bronze entitled "Walktopus." If that's a bit on the large side, there's a 20" version, too. Sculpture (Thanks, Scott!)    ...
04:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Boards of Canada: Reach for the Dead (from "Tomorrow's Harvest,"2013)
A first music video from the long-awaited new album 'Tomorrow's Harvest' by Boards of Canada.    ...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdsourced advice with author A.J.Jacobs
A.J. Jacobs is the author of some of my favorite books. In his 2005 book, The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, A.J. committed himself to read the entire ...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Full text of Obamas speech on national security, drones, and new promises to closeGTMO
Here is the full text of President Obamas May 23 speech on national security, as prepared for delivery today. The President was interrupted by Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, who challenged him on the ur...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Vermont passes anti-patent-trolllaw
Vermont has passed a state-level law that allows companies to sue patent trolls who make deceptive claims in legal threats against them, and has used it to sue the notorious trolls at MPHJ, who say th...
03:55 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing NYT Editorial Board: "Justice Interrupted inGuatemala"
The New York Times Editorial Board: "The United States, which supported [General Ros Montt] and his regime during the war and apologized for that in 1999, provides aid for the justice system. It shoul...
03:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Scary up-close video of Oklahomatornado
Matthew says: "Charles Gafford lives in Moore, Oklahoma and held his smartphone out the window of his shelter to film up-close footage of the May 20th tornado." (Via Laughing Squid)   &...
03:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing World's largest Lego sculpture: 5.3 million-brick X-WingStarfighter
Brad Wieners of Bloomberg BusinessWeek went to see the world's largest Lego sculpture: a 5.3 million-brick, life-size X-Wing Starfighter. The Star Wars-themed, 46,000-pound spacecraft (on display thro...
03:18 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood - exclusiveexcerpt
I was blown away by Drew Magary's 2011 science fiction novel, The Postmortal. It's about what happens to civilization when a cure for aging is discovered. So I was eager to read his new non-fiction bo...
03:06 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Concept design for a bike-light that projects a grid on the ground, highlightingbumps/holes
A team from the University of Sichuan won the Red Dot Design award for a concept design called "Lumigrid" -- a bike-light that projects a grid on the ground ahead of the rider, making terrain irregula...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Dyed chicks go for less than adime
These chicks, dyed in the egg before hatching, were sold as pets for 4 pesos (8 U.S. cents) at a market in Manila, The Philippines. WikiHow offers instructions for dying your own chicks, while The New...
03:02 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing What is your "most outdateddevice"
Rob Walker says: "For Yahoo News, I asked a bunch of smart tech writers (Kevin Kelly, Alexis Madrigal, Jenna Wortham, Douglas Rushkoff, etc.) to reveal their 'most outdated' device. Readers are offeri...
02:55 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Spacefood
Y'know "Astronaut Ice Cream" that's a favorite at science museum gift shops everywhere? I shouldn't be surprised, but astronauts don't eat the stuff. Freeze-dried ice cream was on the Apollo 7 menu bu...
02:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala's Genocide on Trial: KateDoyle
Kate Doyle of the National Security Archive, whose work led to the uncovering of secret Guatemalan Army documents that served as critical evidence in the genocide trial of Rios Montt, writes in the Na...
02:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing TerraCom and YourTel threaten journalists who exposed massive personal databreach
Journalists discovered that two companies had posted the personal data of 170,000 customers online. The leak, which exposed the victims to identity theft and fraud, was reportedly so bad that social s...
02:31 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing As Google maps the Galapagos, odd encounters with localsoccur
[Click for larger size]. Google today announced a new adventure with the Street View Trekker: The Galapagos Islands. In early May, Google representatives traveled to the islands to collect 360-degree ...
02:27 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Brandon Schaefer's "Logan's Run" and "Iron Man III"posters
Excellent alternative movie posters for Logan's Run and Iron Man III by Brandon Schaefer. Many prints of Brandon's work can be purchased online.    ...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC SanDiego
Mark writes, The University of California, San Diego and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation are launching a major center to better understand, enhance and enact the gift of human imagination. Sir Arthur ...
02:03 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Andy Kaufman "alive in Albuquerque" rumorspersist
A local TV news channel in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The Huffington Post are among the more credible-ish outlets reporting a periodically resurfacing rumor that comedian Andy Kaufman is alive and we...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Date Palms' "YubaReprise"
A lovely video complement to the sun-bleached minimalist psychedelia of Date Palms' "Yuba Reprise," from their album "The Dusted Sessions" due out next month on Thrill Jockey. Gorgeous. I'll be grabbi...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Conversations with my 2 year old: a web videoseries
"Actual conversations with my 2 year old daughter, as re-enacted by me and another full grown man." Episode 1 of what I hope will be a regular series by Warmland Films. (via Dangerous Minds) &nbs...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Pee-Wee Herman nastygrams Pee-Wee fan-fest todeath
Pee-Wee Herman has nastygrammed the organizer of "Pee-Wee Over Louisville," a fan-festival organized by the guy who helped kick off the national Lewbowski Fests. The Pee-Wee festival is dead. I didn't...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing "Eat rainbows. Shitstars."
Click for full size. Text lifted from Fengi. It's shopped, you can tell by the pixels. No apologies whatsoever to the Holstee Manifesto.    ...
12:46 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Westeros (Game of Thrones) built inMinecraft
Here's a Time video about Jacob Granberry's effort to build Westeros, from Game of Thrones, in Minecraft. More at WesterosCraft. (Thanks, Ben Cosgrove!)    ...
12:18 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Inflatable tanks trickedHitler
Megan Garber on how the Allies "saved thousands of lives by embracing the artistry of war." [The Atlantic]    ...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Immigration woes for Amy's Bakeryco-owner
More on Amy's Bakery, the restauranteurs who staged a world-beating social-media meltdown: Sami "Mr Amy" Bouzaglo faces deportation -- tl;dr: he's an Israeli citizen who's been banned from Germany and...
12:11 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing "I will punch you right through thatsign"
You know those inspirational text-wall photos that friends of friends post to Pinterest and Facebook, full of blithe clichs and maudlin motivational monologues? Dude. Fengi, on livejournal, fixed them...
12:08 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Pope cool withatheists
Steve Anderson at The Independent: Pope Francis has said that atheists should be seen as good people as long as they do good, in a move to urge people of all religions - or no religion at all - to get...
12:08 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarter for Soylent "default meal" product wildly successful, despite inherentgrossness
Why, yes, a project called Soylent Corporation, promising a "default meal product" called Soylent, did just raise a quarter million bucks on Kickstarter. And Kickstarter is also made of people. &...
12:08 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding campaign for Soylent "default meal" product wildly successful, despite inherentgrossness
Why, yes, a project called Soylent Corporation, promising a "default meal product" called Soylent, did just raise a quarter million bucks on Kickstarter. And crowdfunding is also made of people. * Cor...
12:06 pm PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing New console specscompared
Mashable compares the specs of this year's new game consoles, Microsoft's XBox One (Already affectionately nicknamed the XBone due to its awful branding), Sony's Playstation 4, and the already-out Wii...
11:42 am PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Mad Worldrap
Musician Daniel Acal sampled my chiptune cover of Mad World for the intro track to his new album; quite an honor! You can pay-what-you-like for it at Bandcamp! I have no idea what the lyrics mean! (Th...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Extreme Bloody Mary, Wisconsinstyle
Take a look at this impressive, heavily loaded Bloody Mary, served at O'Davey's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Fond du Lac. (Also known as Davey's.) This ultimate hangover cure is topped with an exten...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printed shotgun slugs(suck)
As the 3D printed gun story unfolds, many (including me) have noted that you can't print ammo. However, you can print shotgun slugs on a 3D printer, but they suck: Heeszel was surprised at the first t...
06:54 am PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing The Man Who Laughs: grotesque Victor Hugo potboiler was the basis for TheJoker
The Man who Laughs is a graphic novel adaptation of a 1869 Victor Hugo novel that is chiefly remembered for inspiring a 1928 film whose poster-art, in turn, inspired the character of the Joker. As leg...
01:15 am PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" musicvideo
Somebody leaked the video for Daft Punk's "Get Lucky!" (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)    ...
12:38 am PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing Empathy explained by David FosterWallace
UPDATE: "Vimeo has removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by The David Foster Wallace Literary Trust claiming that this material is infringing: ...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, May 23, 2013
BoingBoing RIAA losing money, firing employees, giving execsraises
The RIAA has submitted its latest Form 990 tax filing to the IRS, which details the organization's precipitous shelving off in budget and employees (though the execs gave themselves fat raises): The d...
11:42 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Masturbation 'at the root of culturewars'
The Atlantic's Hugo Schwyzer has a theory: that masturbation, as the most common sex act, is the heart of modernity's war between Christianity and secularism    ...
11:23 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Annoying lawsuit for AnnoyingOrange
An advertising agency is suing the creators of Cartoon Network's The Annoying Orange, accusing them of ripping off a character they created for a 2005 public information ad. [Mercury News]  ...
10:44 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomical pinballtable
Canadian artist Howie Tsui redesigned a pinball machine to turn it into a crude simulation of a musket-ball rattling around a soldier's guts for a War of 1812-themed exhibition currently running at th...
09:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Forging 1 coins is apparentlyprofitable
Three men have been convicted of forging £1 coins. The London Police Detective Inspector even got all quippy about the sentencing ("These three men are organised criminals who were intent on unde...
09:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO move an immensely delicate 50'-wide circularelectromagnet
Fermilab just got a new Awesome Magnet, a 50'-wide jobbie that can't be tilted by more than a few degrees without suffering irreparable harm. It's in New York, though, and Fermilab is outside of Chica...
08:08 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Promotional DVDs smell like pizza whenplayed
A Brazilian ad agency has built a campaign for Domino's "Pizza" that uses a heat-sensitive coating on rented DVDs; when the disc is played, the heat from the player heats up the coating and causes it ...
07:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Three female artists who shaped the AmericanPin-Up
Ben Marks, our pal at Collectors Weekly, says, "We just published an article on Zoe Mozert, Pearl Frush, and Joyce Ballantyne, who created some of the most memorable pin-up art in the 1940 and '50s. W...
07:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Iain Banks doesn't write sf for themoney
SF/thriller writer Iain Banks has weighed in to quash a rumor that he only wrote his amazing SF novels to pay the bills because the (also amazing) high-brow literary thrillers didn't bring in enough: ...
05:58 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Ice cream ad: "if you want nutrition, eat acarrot"
Wisconsin's Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream has some refreshingly honest ad-copy on the side of its vans. The photo was snapped by a Consumerist reader named David, and shows a van whose advert disclaims a...
05:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Steve Silberman on how he became a "professionalDeadhead"
"I was 14 years old, all on my own because my friend bailed on me at the last minute, and relatively clueless," says science writer Steve Silberman in the story of how he became a Grateful Dead devote...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing US admits killing 4 Americans in dronestrikes
Charlie Savage at the New York Times: "One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United State...
05:33 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Law enforcement guide to Satanic Cults, 1994: classic terror-TVclip
Via Dangerous Minds, a rare clip from a 1994 television program warning of the dangers that lurk within local neighborhood parks throughout America: namely, homosexuals and Satanists. More background ...
05:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page: •Nikola Tesla pitches VCs •Open source hardware 3D printer for pizza-on-demand • Controversial banana-touch...
05:12 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing A local television robot, from WPTZ-Philadelphia,1954
"Captain Geoffrey Spaulding" shares this vintage ad on Flickr, and a quick Google reveals that it's a promo card for a short-lived program on a Philadelphia TV station in 1954: "Let Scott do it." No k...
04:53 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Little girl in a Stan Leecostume
The bestest kid costume yet: tiny, female Stan Lee! Little girl's cosplay of Stan Lee (i.imgur.com)    ...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Geeky tornado relieffundraisers
Alan sez, "Two items here on the same theme: Ruben Bolling, comic author of Tom The Dancing Bug, contributor to JoCo Funnies, etc. has a raffle posted on his blog. If you donate to the American Nation...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Why UK government IT sucks sohard
Here's a very short and snappy explanation for why so much of the UK's government IT infrastructure is so fantastically, awfully bad: it's an RFP from a Northern Irish government business development ...
04:28 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Curious press release from phone encryptionservice
Seecrypt costs $3 a month and allows subscribers to make encrypted phone calls to each other. It promises a "100% protected network through encryption between two callers anywhere in the world." Sound...
03:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Titanium ring whose jewels glow throughinduction
Ben Kokes wanted to give a ring to his sweetheart, and to make it interesting, he decided to create a ring with an inductive loop that would cause the stones to light up when they were close to a powe...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing 3D latte foamart
Brian Ashcraft updates us on the astounding foam-art of Osaka barista Kazuki Yamamoto. Yamamoto has now mastered 3D foam, and is blowing my mind. Ashcraft has a series of posts documenting the journey...
02:54 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Nikola Tesla pitchesVCs
Nikola Tesla pitches some Silicon Valley venture capitalists. Perfect. (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)    ...
02:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Why are Britons seeing large, muscular blackcats?
Thousands of Britons have reported seeing "beasts" in various places, usually described as a large, muscular black cat -- possibly a melanistic leopard. Some have taken photos and found footprints, as...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Daniel Dennett on how to arguewell
This excerpt from neurologist-philosopher Daniel Dennett's new book Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking lays out a set of rhetorical habits that I immediately aspired to attain: How to compos...
02:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Oral history of heavymetal
Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal is the shocking, insane, brutal, and fascinating story of heavy metal music told by those who lived it, from Black Sabbath (above), Anthrax, and ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Open source hardware 3D printer forpizza-on-demand
A mechanical engineer (awesomely) named Anjan Contractor has won a NASA grant to prototype a 3D printer for food -- specifically pizza. It will lay down layers of food and flavor powder and melt them ...
01:49 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage photos related tobugs
House of Mirth asked dedicated vernacular photo collectors to share their favorite vintage snapshots with an insect theme. Above is Robert Jackson's pick. Right is a snap from Pat Street's archives. "...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Augmented reality game for NYC's Jewish culturalhistory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TznRsXR-aGU I think one of the most fascinating uses of augmented reality is to reveal the "secret histories" of neighborhoods, buildings, and other locations when you ...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Augmented reality game about NYC's Jewish culturalhistory
I think one of the most fascinating uses of augmented reality is to reveal the "secret histories" of neighborhoods, buildings, and other locations when you are actually in those spaces. Jewish Time Ju...
01:30 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Social steganography: how teens smuggle meaning past the authority figures in theirlives
Danah boyd has a great summary of the new Pew report on Teens, Social Media, and Privacy. The whole thing is worth a read -- especially her thoughts on race and social media use -- but the most intere...
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Jack Kirby's grandson is kickstarting a coffee-table book about the "King ofComics"
Zack sez, "Jack 'King of Comics' Kirby's grandson is looking to raise funds for a coffee-table-sized book that will look at Kirby's life and times...along with a never-before-seen play by the master o...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Truth Behind the Nixonian Presidency ofObama
Tom the Dancing Bug's "The Truth About the Nixonian Presidency of Obama," IN WHICH Barack Obama takes advice from his little Dick.    ...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Man's attempt to videotape ghosts proves something moreshocking
A Tasmanian fellow set up a video camera in his kitchen to capture images of what he believed to be paranormal activity. When he later reviewed the video, he saw his common law wife making out with (d...
12:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Leaks and fear: "The government will decide what we canknow"
Glenn Greenwald in a NYT op-ed: "The administration of Barack Obama has prosecuted more accused leakers under "espionage" statutes than all prior administrations combined -- in fact, double the number...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: After high court collapses genocide case, trial may have torestart
Ros Montt's attorney, Francisco Garca Gudiel. Photo: El Periodico, Guatemala. "They must restart the trial," he told the paper today. In Guatemala today, confusion and concern around what will become ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Independent Brewers United says they own sixes andnines
Magic Hat IP, LLC and Independent Brewers United Corporation filed a remarkably spurious trademark lawsuit against West Sixth Brewery in Lexington, KY. Ben sez: The suit alleges that West Sixth's own ...
11:18 am PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Ray Manzarek, remembered by X's Exene Cervenka, JohnDoe
Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died Monday of cancer at 74. He produced the first four albums by seminal L.A. punk band X. Today in the Los Angeles Times, X's Exene Cervenka and John Doe speak about t...
10:52 am PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala justice events in NYC today, May 22; and in DC on May 29 withXeni
Photo: Protest, Guatemala City, April 19, 2013. James Rodriguez/mimundo.org. Here's info on two special events in NYC and DC with visiting speakers from Guatemala talking about human rights accountabi...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Steampunk magazine#9
Margaret Killjoy sez, "Steampunk Magazine #9 is out and available for order. The pdf is up as well. New orders and pre-orders will be going out this weekend! 118 ad-free, Creative-Commons pages of ste...
09:35 am PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Content: design peaceful uses for 3Dprinters
Bas writes, 3D printing is being condemned in the media because of the potential for printing guns. Engineers at Michigan Tech believe there is far more potential for 3D printers to make our lives bet...
09:35 am PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Contest: design peaceful uses for 3Dprinters
Bas writes, 3D printing is being condemned in the media because of the potential for printing guns. Engineers at Michigan Tech believe there is far more potential for 3D printers to make our lives bet...
06:36 am PDT - Wed, May 22, 2013
BoingBoing Forging 1 coins is apparentlyprofitable
Three men have been convicted of forging £1 coins. The London Police Detective Inspector even got all quippy about the sentencing ("These three men are organised criminals who were intent on unde...
11:48 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Privacy, public health and the moral hazard ofsurveillance
My new Guardian column, "Privacy, public health and the moral hazard of surveillance," discusses the way that the governments' reliance on social networks for intelligence purposes means that they can...
11:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Bath time forBonobo
"Bath Time." A photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Cody Pope.    ...
11:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Everything done to WikiLeaks is now being done to USreporters
Data requests without a warrant. Government refusing to notify journalists theyre being spied on. Equating journalists and reporting to spies and espionage. Potential conspiracy to commit espionage ch...
11:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Boba Fettmixer
DeviantArt's TommyFilth modded a KitchenAid mixer and gave it a perfect Boba Fett makeover: "I asked for a Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas, I pointed my wife toward a broken one on eBay so that I could...
11:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing In China, controversy over Bear bear bile farming as Asia's animal rights movementgrows
In the New York Times, Andrew Jacobs reports on new outrage over the business of selling bile extracted from Asiatic black bears, a threatened species also known as the moon bear. The extraction proce...
11:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing In China, controversy over bear bile farming as Asia's animal rights movementgrows
In the New York Times, Andrew Jacobs reports on new outrage over the business of selling bile extracted from Asiatic black bears, a threatened species also known as the moon bear. The extraction proce...
10:42 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Genocide trial annullment amplifies chaos andfear
"I'm distressed. I don't know what's happening. That's how this country is. The powerful people do what they want and we poor and indigenous are devalued. We don't get justice. Justice means nothing f...
10:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page: • Controversial banana-touching. • NASA solar flare video with Lars Leonhard music. • HOWTO make a "Swiss A...
10:12 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Perils of smartcities
Here'a an excellent piece on the promise and peril of "smart cities," which could be part of a system to make cities fairer and more transparent, or could form the basis for an authoritarian lockdown....
10:02 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Teacher suspended for touching girl inappropriately with banana duringclass
A teacher in Florida has been disciplined for reportedly touching a female student inappropriately in the head and neck area with a banana. Jonathan Hampton was suspended for three days without pay fr...
09:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing 1958 video of Disney artists painting the sametree
I Love this 1958 video of old school Disney animators going outside to paint a tree (Thanks, Scott!)    ...
09:07 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Chronology of the Canadian Conservative government's war onscience
No government in Canadian history has been as hostile to science as Stephen Harper's Conservatives. John Dupuis has assembled a brief, brutal chronology of the ways that the Tories have attacked Canad...
08:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Woman forces stepdaughter to wear dowdy thrift store clothes as punishment forbullying
Matthew says: "For several weeks, a fourth-grade girl was relentlessly harassing a classmate's choice of clothing. As punishment, the girl's stepmother spent about $50 at a thrift store and forced her...
08:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing U.S. policy and the market for zero-day exploits: blowback fears grow inWashington
Security researcher Charlie Miller sits in his home-office in Wildwood, Missouri, April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Sarah Conard. The booming market for hacking tools known as zero-day exploits has officials at...
08:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Face morphing mirror at Maker Faire2013
One of my favorite exhibits at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 (held last weekend) was Alex Andre's Metamorphosis Project. It's a six-foot-diameter spinning disc with a hand crank. The disc is made of clear...
08:03 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing NYT lawyers to indie dev: "you need to remove any reference to The New York Times from yourwebsite"
Cody Brown, developer of software that makes it easy to generate classy website news features in the style of The New York Times' "Snow Fall", made a mistake: he used photos from that legendary web la...
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing FabergFractals
Here's a mesmerizing gallery of "Fabrege Fractals" created by Tom Beddard, whose site also features a 2011 video of Fabrege-inspired fractal landscapes that must be seen to be believed. They're all ma...
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Laxative ad promises tiny poop-scrubbing people for yourcolon
This 1919 French laxative ad promises that it will set lose a cadre of tiny sewage workers who will personally scour your colon of impacted poop. Butt Pirates    ...
05:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S3E8: Will you take thisman?
It's a war for the seven kingdoms! It's a soap opera with romantic weddings and blood sacrifices!! It's the latest episode of Game of Thrones, and it's time to recap and discuss! When we last left Ary...
04:56 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing NASA solar flare video with Lars Leonhardmusic
NASA released this stunning video of two powerful X-class solar flares erupting off the upper left side of the sun earlier this month. (Background here.) The images come from NASA's Solar Dynamics Obs...
04:45 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Accused identity thief nailed by food-porn Instagramphoto
Troy Maye was wanted for a string of identity thefts, but the IRS couldn't positively identify him. But after he passed a thumb-drive of stolen data to an IRS informant, investigators were able to pul...
04:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Wonderful collection of zines 198493 donated tolibrary
Josh Glenn has a great post with lots of photos of his collection of zines from 1984-1993, which he donated to University of Iowa Libraries. I hope they scan them soon! Recently, the University of Iow...
04:02 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make a "Swiss Army knife" keyring
I have an annoyingly bulky key ring. I frequently clip it to my belt like a janitor, but this DIY "Swiss Army Key Ring" seems like a nice alternative. However, it does mean giving up car remote fobs. ...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Utah wants to tax power consumed by the NSA's massive, illegal data-processingfacility
Remember the gigantic data-center that the NSA is building in Utah in order to (illegally) process the electronic communications of the whole world? Turns out that the state of Utah plans on taxing th...
03:11 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Video: museum home of Oddities' Ryan MatthewCohn
The always-excellent Midnight Archive visits artist and Oddities host Ryan Matthew Cohn and his massive collection of skulls, shrunken heads, and other curiosities.  Oddities' Ryan Cohn's...
03:02 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Scotty Albrecht: new art show in Brooklyn with DamianSilver
Designer/woodworker/typographer Scotty Albrecht has a new show of wood and paper works opening at Brooklyn's Colab Projects this Saturday, May 25. The show, titled "Wood & Pulp," is a two person ...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Book review: information security forlawyers
On Slashdot, a reader called benrothke reviews a book called Locked Down: Information Security For Lawyers. This sounds like a vital book -- my experience of lawyers (and accountants, doctors and othe...
02:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Daft Punk: Does good music need to begood?
In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories": Daft Punks fourth studio album, Random Access Memories, is an attempt to make the kind of disco record that they sampled s...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing When America issued dogtags to kids to help identify their nuke-blastedcorpses
Matt Novak hits some highlights from Joanne Brown's 1988 Journal of American History paper A is for Atom, B is for Bomb (paywalled link), which discusses the weird, grim stuff that America contemplate...
01:40 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Archive of documents from Rios Montt genocide trial, overturned 10 days after guiltyverdict
May 9, 2013: A public art project in Guatemala City, one block from the courth where Rios Montt was convicted on May 10. "Si hubo genocidio," the sign reads. "Yes, it was genocide." Photo: Xeni Jardin...
01:02 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Heartwarming: man leaves $1K tip to help waitress realize dream of visitingItaly
On the Casual Cynic Tumblr, a heart-warming story about a waitress who got a $1,000 tip from a diner she'd met for the first time that night, who wanted to help her realize her dream of visiting Italy...
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Internet of Things andsurveillance
Bruce Schneier's got smart things to say about surveillance in the age of the Internet of Things: In the longer term, the Internet of Things means ubiquitous surveillance. If an object "knows" you hav...
12:54 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Mat Ricardo's London Varieties returns May30
London impressario Mat Ricardo writes in with news of the next London Varieties show: We had a ball last month at London's Leicester Square Theatre with a show that featured the very silly JOHANN LIPP...
12:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing In defense of theselfie
Sam Kass defends the selfie, blight of social networks: "I know most people hate selfies. They groan and complain about them, from the duck lips to the filters. Why, just the word selfie can induce le...
11:59 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Whatever happened to crackbabies?
The wonderful Retro Report (which revisits popular news stories of the years gone by and follows up on their claims) has posted a great, 10-minute documentary on "crack babies," concluding that the pr...
11:55 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing In-gamehyperinflation
Here's a totally amazing and fascinating story about hyperinflation crashing the economy of Blizzard's massively multiplayer online RPG Diablo 3. Blizzard blew its economic strategy for Diablo 3 by ma...
11:52 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Navy dolphins find antiquetorpedo
Two US Navy dolphins discovered an antique torpedo off the coast of San Diego, CA. The Howell torpedo is one of 50 produced, remarkable as it is the first locomotive torpedo developed and was fly-whee...
11:08 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Do science: The life you save may be yourown
One of the people who developed the pacemaker is now 86. And he has a pacemaker.    ...
11:07 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Your very falliblememory
Your memories can be manipulated and changed. In fact, this happens often. And you're the one doing it to yourself.    ...
11:03 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Who are these crazy people out chasingtornadoes?
National Geographic News has an interview with Tim Samaras — an engineer, a scientist who studies severe storm systems, and a tornado chaser. Not all chasers are professionals like this. For man...
10:52 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Read a moving account of surviving (and dying on) Mount St.Helens
At National Geographic, you can read Rowe Findley's 1981 account of surviving the Mount St. Helens eruption — and his deeply moving profiles of many of the people who did not. Includes this semi...
10:46 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Modified Liberator 3D printed gun made with cheap printer, fires 9shots
Joe, an engineer from Wisconsin, modified the (now censored) designs for Defense Distributed's 3D printed gun, the Liberator, and printed a working model on a Lulzbot A0-101, a $1,725 consumer printer...
10:40 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing How ants always land on theirfeet
As they move through tunnels dug in a wide variety of soils, ants do sometimes slip and fall down their own shafts. But they catch themselves, with their limbs and even with their antenna. Scientists ...
10:37 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Compton, Lonzo Williams and the Wreckin'Cru
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!    ...
10:37 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Paul Verhoeven eyes director's chair in new Schwarzenegger Conanflick
Robocop director Paul Verhoeven, noted for his films' ultraviolence and politically-tinged black humor, wishes to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger as an older, grayer Conan. 65-year-old Schwarzenegger sta...
10:32 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing How do tornadoesform?
Scientific American has a great video that quickly explains the basics of tornado formation — facts that also help explain why some parts of the country, including Oklahoma, are more prone to to...
10:24 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Conspiracy theorists aren'tcrazy
I have a personal Facebook account, which I use to keep up with friends and family. Like many of you, I've also discovered that this gives me a peek inside the psyche of those friends and family ̵...
09:40 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Unknown mathematician makes historical breakthrough in primetheory
Yitang Zhang is a largely unknown mathematician who has struggled to find an academic job after he got his PhD, working at a Subway sandwich shop before getting a gig as a lecturer at the University o...
03:53 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Profile of math-inspired 3D printing sculptor BathshebaGrossman
Shapeways interviews the amazing Bathsheba Grossman, a sculptor who creates mathematics-inspired 3D printed objects that can be bought on the Shapeways store. I own a bunch of her pieces, and I never ...
12:15 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Nation's highest court throws out Ros Montt genocide trial verdict and prisonsentence
Ros Montt testifying in his defense in Guatemala City, May 2013. Photo: Xeni Jardin. Late-breaking news from Guatemala City: Impunity reigns in Guatemala tonight. The Constitutional Court, the highest...
12:00 am PDT - Tue, May 21, 2013
BoingBoing Nutella's lawyers shut down World Nutella Day: STOP LIKING US SOMUCH!
Lawyers for Ferrero, SpA (makers of the Nutella spread) have sent a legal threat to Sara Rosso, who founded and maintains the World Nutella Day site, where they promote Nutella through recipes, tweets...
11:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Nation's highest court throws out Ros Montt genocide trial verdict and prisonsentence
Late-breaking news from Guatemala City: Impunity reigns in Guatemala tonight. The Constitutional Court, the highest court in Guatemala (like the US Supreme Court), has just annulled the proceedings in...
10:06 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing What UK education czar Michael Gove doesn't understand aboutcreativity
Michael Gove is the UK Secretary of State for Education, the subject of a vote of no confidence from the nation's head teacher's conference that ran 99% opposed to his ideas for educational reform. Th...
09:36 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Vader's Little Princess:Excerpt
Here's a excerpt from Jeffrey Brown's latest book, Vader's Little Princess. In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller Darth Vader and Son, Vader—Sith Lord and leader of the...
08:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: BadTrip
"I had a mega-bummer back in 1974 when I was living in Moscow, Idaho... I was a former member of the University of Idaho varsity football team and I liked getting stoned... a lot." From Real Stuff #1 ...
07:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Chinese hackers who breached Google gained access to US surveillancedata
Ellen Nakashima at the Washington Post: "Chinese hackers who breached Googles servers several years ago gained access to a sensitive database with years worth of information about U.S. surveillance ta...
07:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing The Life of astronaut Sally Ride: Miles O'Brien on PBSNewsHour
As noted in an earlier Boing Boing post today, Miles O'Brien is hosting a Kennedy Center event in the nation's capital tonight, to honor the life and legacy of astronaut Sally Ride. She died in 2012 o...
07:33 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing US military continues to abuse and abandon woundedsoldiers
In 2010, The New York Times uncovered systemic abuse within units meant to help wounded Army soldiers transition through months-and-years-long treatment and rehabilitation. Today, The Colorado Springs...
07:22 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Skype messages don't get end-to-end encryption, saysArs
Microsoft-owned Skype regularly scans the contents of Skype messages for signs of fraud, according to an Ars Technica report, and company managers may log the results indefinitely. If true, that means...
07:16 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Massive tornado strikes OklahomaCity
A powerful tornado struck a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma over the past few hours. Roofs were torn from buildings, homes leveled, and entire neighborhoods flattened. The number of dead and injured...
07:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Congressional panel: Apple avoided billions in US taxes with globalworkarounds
"Even as Apple became the nations most profitable technology company, it avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned contine...
06:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Pancakearthopods
Pancakeist Nathan Shields polled his pals for their favorite athropods and then recreated them in pancake form. Crunchy! Favorite Arthropods 1 (via Neatorama)    ...
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, dies of cancer at74
Legendary rock keyboardist Ray Manzarek, a founding member of The Doors, has died of bile duct cancer. He was 74. In a statement from his publicist, word that he died at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim,...
06:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Monster made from taxidermied deer'sbutt
This pleasantly creepy fellow was once the tail end of a deer. Adam Wallacavage encountered him at Prof. Ouch's Bizarre Bazaar & Odditorium in Philadelphia.    ...
06:27 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Life of astronaut Sally Ride honored in Kennedy Centertribute
American astronaut Sally Ride monitors control panels from the pilot's chair on the flight deck in 1983. Photo by Apic/Getty Images, via PBS NewsHour. Tonight, PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles...
06:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing A Conspiracy To Commit Journalism: The Justice Dept. vs. Fox News reporter JamesRosen
Trevor Timm at a Freedom of the Press Foundation writes: "Last night, the Washington Post reported on a little known leak case involving former State Department official Stephen Kim. In an alarming ne...
05:24 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Poop transplants meet FDAbureaucracy
The good news: Fecal transplants work well enough as a treatment for patients with Clostridium difficile infections that the Food and Drug Administration has decided to take them out of the grey area ...
03:56 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing History of the cuckooclock
Over at Smithsonian, Jimmy Stamp shares a brief history of the cuckoo clock, likely invented in 17th century Germany. After a century of development that saw wood replaced with brass and metal, two di...
03:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Optical illusion: train moves bothways
Which way is the train going? Magic from just four frames! (It's a real train station so of course there is an actual answer, but that's no fun.) (via Neatorama)    ...
03:43 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Movie studios send fraudulent censorship demands over Pirate Baydocumentary
You'll remember last month's news that Fox had sent fraudulent takedown notices regarding my novel Homeland. This is hardly an isolated incident: the studios routinely exhibit depraved indifference to...
03:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing What we can learn from the clones that walk amongus
Genetically speaking, identical twins ought to be two copies of the same person. Environmentally speaking, if the twins grow up together, they ought to even be influenced by the same things. But if yo...
03:29 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Canvas print of a couch doubles as acouch
Japanese design firm YOY created this print of a sofa that can be used as a sofa. The image is printed on a very elastic fabric on a wood and aluminum frame. When it's leaned against a wall, you can s...
03:24 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing What a Yellowstone supervolcano eruption would actually mean forhumanity
It's kind of a "That's no moon" moment in real life — a series of discoveries in the 1960s and 1970s led geologists to realize that most of Yellowstone National Park was one giant volcanic calde...
03:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Centipede is beautiful,crazy
Entomologist Piotr Naskrecki found this fantastic centipede hiding under the smushy bark of a fallen log in Mozambique. You can see more photographs of it, and read more about its discovery at his blo...
03:01 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO survive an elephantcharge
And if you don't know, now you know.    ...
02:22 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Amanda Visell's Ren & Stimply carved woodfigurines
Amanda Visell hand-carved an excellent collection of Ren & Stimpy sculptures. To give you a sense of the scale, Ren is 2" x 8" x 3". The set of four is $2,200 from iam8bit.    ...
02:22 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Amanda Visell's Ren & Stimpy carved woodfigurines
Amanda Visell hand-carved an excellent collection of Ren & Stimpy sculptures. To give you a sense of the scale, Ren is 2" x 8" x 3". The set of five is $2,200 from iam8bit.    ...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing How far did PBS go to avoid offending conservative funderKoch?
Conservative industrialist and Tea Party godfather David Koch has given $23 million to public television—a very, very good thing, many would argue, because government funding amounts to only aro...
01:53 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsored Content Pretty FuckingAwesome
ADVERTISEMENT NEW YORKMedia consumers across the United States are reporting this week that sponsored contentarticles and videos paid for by advertisers and distributed by print and digital publicatio...
01:31 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Nicky Da B "Go Loko": music video, dir. Clayton Cubitt (NSFW, SeizureWarning)
Clayton Cubitt directed this new music video for New Orleans bounce artist Nicky Da B. He writes, It's with great pride that I debut "Go Loko," the insanely fun new music video I directed for Nicky Da...
01:29 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing How to get cinematic video from a point-and-shootcamera
The first step, unfortunately, is that you have to have Sony's remarkable but rather expensive RX100, whose larger sensor makes much of the difference. Fortunately, the rest is all menu settings to ge...
01:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Pixel art from obscure videogames
Obscure Video Games collects splendid character art and workmanship from weird, unsuccessful or foreign-only titles of the 8- and 16-bit eras.    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing UK spooks' candid opinions of the Assange affairrevealed
Julian Assange has presented a set of freedom-of-information liberated messages from GCHQ, the UK spy headquarters, concerning his own case. According to Assange, the messages reveal that UK spies bel...
12:20 pm PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Cory's Sense About Sciencelecture
I gave the annual Sense About Science lecture last week in London, and The Guardian recorded and podcasted it (MP3). It's based on the Waffle Iron Connected to a Fax Machine talk I gave at Re:publica ...
11:43 am PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Eurovision 2013: An American inLondon
It's Sunday morning in London, where I'm living as of less than a week ago. I've got a hangover and kitchen cleanup duty, and on top of that, I'm out 10. An actual live baby fox entered our house last...
11:32 am PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Hacker News, "a community forEx-Redditors"
TechCrunch's Leena Rao reports on Hacker News, the code demo that quickly became a major aggregator. Now enjoying millions of page views a day, its success was due in part to minimalism ("he wanted Ha...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Indie games made withUnity
Make Games! published a huge list of indie titles, many of them free or trivially inexpensive, made using the wildly popular game-making software Unity—I know what I'll be doing next weekend! If...
10:53 am PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Yahoo buysTumblr
Yahoo announced today that it is buying blogging site Tumblr for $1.1bn, mostly in cash. In the posting, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made clear that the cooler, younger company would not be smothered by h...
10:36 am PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing Rare, amazing original prospectus forDisneyland
Dan from the Journal of Ride Theory passed me a copy of the original prospectus for Disneyland -- a rare and wonderful document I've never seen or even heard of before. I'm delighted to bring it to yo...
10:02 am PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing The Twelve-Fingered Boy - mesmerizing YA horrornovel
The Twelve-Fingered Boy is John Hornor Jacobs's debut young adult novel and it's amazing. It's a horror novel about Shreve, a kid from a tough background who is stuck in juvie and makes the most of it...
09:43 am PDT - Mon, May 20, 2013
BoingBoing ORGCon 2013 - the UK's only digital rights conference, this year with John Perry Barlow and TimWu!
Jim from the Open Rights Group writes in with the announcement for this year's ORGCon, a brilliant UK digital rights event: Legends of digital rights, Tim Wu and John Perry Barlow, will be leading Ope...
02:03 pm PDT - Sun, May 19, 2013
BoingBoing What the Mountiespirate
Travis sez, "The Pirate Party of Canada has uncovered that IP addresses from within the RCMP and Industry Canada are used to download copyrighted material. The point here isn't that they are downloadi...
10:10 am PDT - Sun, May 19, 2013
BoingBoing Patent lawyers: Help! The evil Makers won't let us apply for bullshit 3D printingpatents!
Two minor characters from my novel Makers have apparently come to life and written an article for 3D Printing Industry. These two people are patent lawyers for Finnegan IP law firm, Washington, DC, wh...
09:43 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing Nintendo claims ownership over gamer fanvids onYouTube
Alan Wexelblat comment on the news that Nintendo has claimed "monetization rights" to fan videos on YouTube that feature tips on playing its games. Some of these videos are incredibly popular, and whi...
08:53 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing NYPD wrongfully seize wrong SDcard
"New York City police officers arrested a woman who was video recording them from a public sidewalk as they conducted some type of 'vehicle safety checkpoint.'"    ...
06:36 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing Top UK government officials tamper with inquest into Brit assassinated by Russian spies in London, suppressevidence
Marina Litvinenko, widow of Alexander Litvinenko (a British citizen who was assassinated in London by two former KGB agents who poisoned him with radioactive polonium) has accused the British governme...
05:20 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing Is this the best song from this year's Eurovision SongContest?
The battle of the bands, featuring acts from Ireland to Israel, is underway as we speak. Our Europe Correspondent Leigh Alexander will be filing a report, but not until she's had a bit of a lie down a...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing Associated Press quietly nukes its dumber-than-dumb DRM-for-newssystem
Do you remember the Associated Press's 2009 announcement that they had discovered a magic-beans technology that would let them stop people from quoting the news unless they paid for license fees (for ...
12:53 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing To do this weekend: Maker Faire BayArea
Maker Faire Bay Area is this weekend, in San Mateo, California! Pesco, Mark and I will all be there, and I'm sure many of you reading Boing Boing will be, too. Mark has been posting some great behind-...
12:46 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest videos in Boing Boing's video postarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our all-new video archive page: • Child sneaks camera into school to document gross food. • The art of brain hacking. • Grizzly bea...
12:28 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing World's tiniest monkey eats anoodle
About this video, which shows a Pygmy Marmoset noshing on a macaroni, Meredith Yayanos says: "The tinier the primate, the deeper the Uncanny Valley." I don't know anything about the conditions under w...
12:15 pm PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing Black Code: how spies, cops and crims are making cyberspace unfit for humanhabitation
I reviewed Ronald Diebert's new book Black Code in this weekend's edition of the Globe and Mail. Diebert runs the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and has been instrumental in several high-pro...
10:20 am PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing Yuck! NYC fourth grader sneaks camera into school, makes documentary about gross cafeteriafood
Here's a clip from an upcoming documentary on the enormous gap between the food described by a fourth grader who snuck a camera into school to document his horrible school lunches and the vast distanc...
12:00 am PDT - Sat, May 18, 2013
BoingBoing India's OMICS Publishing Group threatens scholarly critic with $1 billion lawsuit, jailtime
OMICS Publishing Group, an Indian scholarly publisher has threatened to sue one of its critics, Metadata librarian Jeffrey Beall, for $1 billion, and has threatened him with prison time over posts he ...
11:12 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Brain hacking: using neurofeedback to master conflicting wills in yourmind
I've written before about Moran Cerf -- celebrated neuroscientist, former military hacker, and good-guy bank robber -- who also happens to be a great storyteller. Here's a video in which Cerf recounts...
10:20 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Yuck! NYC fourth grader sneaks camera into school, makes documentary about gross cafeteriafood
Here's a clip from an upcoming documentary on the enormous gap between the food described by Zachary is a fourth grader at a large New York City public elementary school. Each day he reads the Departm...
09:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Video of a maker's everyday daycarry
At Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 longtime Make pal Kent Barnes kindly opened his everyday carry case and showed me whats inside. Its a highly personalized collection of tools, including a flashlight, X-Ac...
08:03 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO kill a tiger(1902)
The Public Domain Review has a nice gallery of plates from Lieutenant Colonel Frank Sheffield's 1902 book "How I killed the tiger; being an account of my encounter with a royal Bengal tiger, with an a...
07:16 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Grizzly bear eats video camera: close up of terrifyingmaw
Here's a video of biologist Brad Josephs's GoPro camera being eaten by a grizzly bear in Alaska; he'd set it out in order to get footage for a BBC documentary. The grizzly went above and beyond the ca...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing George Takei responds to "traditional" marriagefans
Star Trek star and noted homosexual George Takei responds to bigots who believe in restricting the right to love to straight people only: an image gallery on Imgur. Oh, snap, oh glorious snap. &n...
06:47 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Crazy guy with a gun shoots at Cannes filmfestival
A man with a gun described as a "starting pistol" was arrested at the Cannes film festival today after firing the weapon during a live TV broadcast of a Canal+ show. Actors Christoph Waltz and Daniel ...
06:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Who Said It: Rob "alleged cracksmoker" Ford, or Simpsons Mayor Diamond JoeQuimby?
Justin Peters at Slate.com says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford "most closely resembles" the mayor on TV's The Simpsons, Diamond Joe Quimby. "Both men are heavyset. Both are often at odds with constituents, co...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing DirecTV among possible buyers of video siteHulu
Reuters reports that DirecTV, America's largest satellite television provider, is one of a number of companies considering a buyout of Hulu.com. Time Warner Cable has been identified as one of the oth...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing MIT Master's Thesis on Denial of Service attacks as a form of politicalactivism
Molly sez, "For the past two years I've been researching activist uses of distributed denial of service actions. I just finished my masters thesis on the subject (for the Comparative Media Studies pro...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Last chance to enter the Armchair Taxonomistchallenge!
All this month, we've been telling you about a fantastic challenge from the Encyclopedia of Life. Called Armchair Taxonomist, it's an opportunity to research and write about different plants, animals,...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Skepticism about the rent-a-disabled-guide/skip-the-lines Disney Worldstory
I was skeptical of the NY Post story alleging that rich New York private-school parents use a service that lets them hire disabled people to act as line-jumping Disney World guides. Now Lesley, a Disn...
04:51 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing What tigers and kiwi birds have incommon
Species that lack significant levels of genetic diversity have a big problem. And it's not just about ending up with tiger and kiwi bird versions of Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel. Beyond the risk of in...
04:14 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Draw freehand fractal art withDoodal
As delightful and intuitive as it is, the creator explains how it works. [Pishtaco]    ...
04:02 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Double rainbows: Here's what theymean
The physics blog Skulls in the Stars has answers to your rainbow-related questions. Among the fascinating things we learn here — each color in a rainbow represents the light reflected by a separ...
03:53 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing 11 year old and his 3Dprinter
Alex sez, "My colleague Chris Neary and filmmaker Nathan Fitch made this great short film about 11-year-old inventor Andrew Man-Hudspith, who was so intent on getting a 3D printer he made a PowerPoint...
02:59 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Computer scientists to FBI: don't require all our devices to have backdoors forspies
In an urgent, important blog post, computer scientist and security expert Ed Felten lays out the case against rules requiring manufacturers to put wiretapping backdoors in their communications tools. ...
02:44 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing OXO adjustable measuringcup
OXO has a serious presence in my kitchen, but the one- and two-cup adjustable measuring cups I added four months ago might be the last items I would sell. They are darned near perfect. Ive used other ...
02:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Welcome to GoogleIsland
'Hello.' The soft, froggy voice startled me. I turned around to face an approaching figure. It was Larry Page, naked, save for a pair of eyeglasses."— Mat Honan at Wired: Welcome to Google Islan...
01:42 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Fantasy novel by aneight-year-old
Jaime sez, "In honor of Children's Book Week, I'm sharing a link about a book written by 8-year old Griffin Hehmeyer. His mom tells the story of how Griffin wrote a book, enlisted his friends and clas...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing How the White House shield law makes it *easier* to subpoenareporters
Writes Trevor Timm at the Freedom of the Press Foundation blog: "The law certainly wouldn't help the AP, and national security journalists, the only reporters that get subpoenaed by the federal govern...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Genghis Khan andclimate
New research is suggesting that the rise of the Mongolian Empire might have been linked to natural variation in the climate cycle.    ...
01:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing NMA on Rob Ford's crackvideo
Taiwan's Next Media Animation -- basically, news-of-the-weird, made weirder with instant machinima-esque videos -- weighs in on the allegation that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was caught on video smoking c...
12:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Amazing images of salt harvest inEthiopia
National Geographic calls Ethiopia's Danakil Depression "the cruelest place on Earth." It's a desert wasteland, where temperatures can push past 120 F, where ancient and current lava flows impede move...
12:51 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker arrested in Philadelphia, charged in NJ lawyer'smurder
"They met, an unlikely pair, in Times Square last Saturday night," begins the New Jersey Star-Ledger's account of how Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, better known as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker," ...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Will robots take all thejobs?
In a fascinating installment of the IEEE Techwise podcast [MP3], Rice University Computational Engineering prof Moshe Vardi discusses the possibility that robots will obviate human labor faster than n...
11:38 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Printing a gun ishard
Caleb sez, "The Department of Defense ordered that 3d printed gun removed from the Internet. That didn't work out. You can still download it and print it. I did, and found that the files are a mess an...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Help The Young Knives get their recordfinished
I'm still mad thatThe Young Knives' fantastic last record Ornaments from the Silver Arcade never got released in the U.S. (though we featured a song from it). They've been doing a lot of experimenting...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Help Young Knives get their recordfinished
I'm still mad thatYoung Knives' fantastic last record Ornaments from the Silver Arcade never got released in the U.S. (though we featured a song from it). They've been doing a lot of experimenting wit...
11:24 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing The Rob Fordfiles
In handy spreadsheet form! (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)    ...
11:18 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing A timely and topical single-serving site, partII
Rob Ford Smokes Crack    ...
10:49 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing A timely and topical single-servingsite
Has Rob Ford Resigned Yet? (Thanks, Ryan!)    ...
10:36 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printing for kids, this weekend inToronto!
Back in January, I blogged my visit to Toronto's MakerKids, a wonderful makerspace for kids. Now, MakerKids is running a 3D printing weekend for kids at Toronto's Harbourfront centre. Andy from Makerk...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing London's getting a blood-filled swimming pool strewn with floating bodyparts
Miss Cakehead writes, "This set of Zombie Swimming Pool Rules was comissioned from graphic designer Pictographik to promote the Resident Evil Revelations blood swimming pool, and was based on an the i...
02:28 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing Gawker reporter claims to have seen video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smokingcrack
Gawker's John Cook was contacted by a tipster who offered to sell him a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack for $40K. As proof, the tipster provided a photo of Ford posing with Anthony Smith...
01:23 am PDT - Fri, May 17, 2013
BoingBoing AaronSw onJeopardy!
Noah Swartz writes, "Aaron Swartz was the 'answer' to the final 'question' in the 'Techie Dropouts' category on last night's episode of Jeopardy, preceded by other famous techie drop outs like Steve J...
11:43 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Woman smacks cop so she can go to jail and quitsmoking
Sacramento's Etta Lopez apparently waited outside the Sacramento County Jail for a cop to emerge and then slapped him, so that she could be thrown into jail. She wanted to go to jail because she belie...
11:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Haunted Mansion wallpaper andfabric
Kristen sez, "The DoomBuggies website has released a version of the Haunted Mansion Corridor of Doors wallpaper in fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap, and according to the DoomBuggies facebook page, it's...
09:44 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Company that oversees US "six-strikes" copyright shakedown has its company statusrevoked
The Center for Copyright Information -- a company established by the RIAA, MPAA and various ISPs -- to oversee the American six-strikes copyright enforcement status has had its company status revoked ...
09:23 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Denial-of-Service attacker tells Brian Krebs he's working for theFBI
Last week, I blogged Brian Krebs's amazing piece on AsylumBooter, a cheesy denial-of-service-for-hire site apparently run by a 17-year-old Chicago-area honor-roll student named Chandler Downs, whose P...
07:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Toronto mayor sprints out of community council event to stick fridge magnets on cars in the parkinglot
Rob Ford, Toronto's laughable bumblefuck of a mayor, attended a community council meeting in the district of Etobicoke on Tuesday night, but didn't stay. After a few minutes, he "sprinted" down the ai...
07:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Is new stem cell research super important, or kind of a bigyawn?
It depends on who you ask. Earlier this week, researchers announced that they'd successfully turned adult skin cells into embryonic stem cells. Headlines were made — including more than one that...
06:55 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Why science needs silly-soundingresearch
Earlier this week, scientists announced that they'd found evidence suggesting malaria-carrying mosquitoes are more attracted to the smell of human flesh than healthy mosquitoes. This research — ...
06:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing More on the accused child pornographer arrested after US sought help from onlinepublic
Child pornography suspect arrested May 16, 2013 by Homeland Security officers in Salinas, CA. Photo: HSI/ICE. A Salinas, California man believed to be the "John Doe" child predator sought in a nationw...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Hacking Politics: name-your-price ebook on the history of the SOPAfight
Hacking Politics is a new book recounting the history of the fight against SOPA, when geeks, hackers and activists turned Washington politics upside-down and changed how Congress thinks about the Inte...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting the next Girl Genius volume with Kaja and PhilFoglio
Kaja and Phil Foglio have launched a Kickstarter to fund the printing of volume 12 of the wonderful Girl Genius webcomic, and to reprint the older books. These are multi-award-winning, independent ste...
05:57 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Amazing old HOWTO book: "Lee's Priceless Recipes, a collection of famous formulas and simplemethods."
My mom recently found and scanned this fantastic family heirloom, a 1917 edition of "Lee's Priceless Recipes, A Collection of Famous Formulas and Simple Methods For Farmers, Dairymen, Housekeepers, Me...
05:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Chasing away the big black bird: a monologue on cancer and depression by JeffSimmermon
My friend Jeff Simmermon talks in this video about cancer and depression. He nails it. Jeff explains, I had testicular cancer in the spring of 2009. The cancer wasn't really the hard part, it was most...
05:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Teenage chemistry enthusiast won't be charged with felony, will go to spacecamp
Kiera Wilmot — the Florida 16-year-old who created a small explosion just outside her school before classes started by mixing cleaning solution and tin foil (she was just curious, nobody was har...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing EFF beats the Trans Pacific Partnership to Peru, sounds the alarm about upcoming brutal, secret copyright treatymeeting
Danny O'Brien from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, The latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership starts today in Lima, Peru. Embedded in the trade agreement is an IP chapter that, accordin...
04:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Internet celebrity "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" sought in Clark, New Jersey man's murder |7online.com
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for internet celebrity "Kai the hatchet wielding hitchhiker" in the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr. in Clark, New Jersey. McGillvary gamed fame online for his int...
04:47 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Internet celebrity "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" sought in New Jersey man'smurder
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for internet celebrity "Kai the hatchet wielding hitchhiker" in the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr. in Clark, New Jersey. [Kai] McGillvary gamed fame online for h...
04:23 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Monkey shares lollipop with puppy, then beats him withit
Because monkeys. (thanks, Tara McGinley!)    ...
04:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Deflated giantduck
You'll have seen the pictures of a giant rubber duck floating down the world's iconic waterways, from the Thames to Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong -- it's Florentijn Hofman's brainchild. What you may n...
04:11 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Joe Biden's response to 7yo's "if guns shot chocolate bullets" letter: best thingever
The letter reads: Dear Myles - I am sorry it took me so very long to respond to your letter. I really like your idea. If we had guns that shot chocolate, not only would our country be safer, it would ...
03:53 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Mexitech 3D tortilla printer "miMasa3000" availablesoon
From el Pocho: The tortilla printer, tentatively named the miMasa3000, is scheduled for a summer launch, with Molinero anticipating big Christmas sales in the fourth quarter. No price has been set for...
03:36 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Worth1000's Modern Renaissance contest: Classic paintings featuring moderncelebrities
As Laughing Squid notes, this Worth1000 "Modern Rennaisance" Photoshop contest resulted in some truly excellent work. Above, Honey Boo Boo's mom gets the royal treatment.    ...
03:12 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Maker Faire: Come see Xeni interview "World's Toughest Fixes" TV host SeanRiley
Bay Area Maker Faire is coming up this weekend, and Mark, Pesco and I are all hosting sessions! I will be interviewing National Geographic TV host Sean Riley about the making of his show "World's Toug...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Gentleman in Guatemala City arrested for DIY project involving overhead electricalwires
Photo via radio station Emisoras Unidas: "This Guatemalan was captured while doing risky work in Zona 1 of the capital." The commenters suggest that he may have been stealing some form of service, pre...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Gentleman in Guatemala City caught in DIY project involving overhead electricalwires
Photo via radio station Emisoras Unidas: "This Guatemalan was captured while doing risky work in Zona 1 of the capital." The commenters suggest that he may have been stealing some form of service, pre...
02:54 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Public Knowledge seeks anartist-in-residence
Michael sez, "Public Knowledge works to promote great technology like 3D printing and open source hardware, while advocating on behalf of the public on important issues like net neutrality and copyrig...
02:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Update: Honeland Security arrests "John Doe" child pornography suspect, rescues child from ongoing sexualabuse
That nationwide manhunt for a "John Doe" suspected child pornographer, featured here on Boing Boing earlier this week? It's over. About 24 hours after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) ...
02:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Update: Homeland Security arrests "John Doe" child pornography suspect, rescues child from ongoing sexualabuse
That nationwide manhunt for a "John Doe" suspected child pornographer, featured here on Boing Boing earlier this week? It's over. They got the (alleged) bastard. About 24 hours after U.S. Immigration ...
02:15 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Huge attic bee hive falls through bathroomceiling
Redditor Underdog106 found a huge beehive in his attic and called for a beekeeper to help him with it. Before the keeper arrived, the hive actually fell through the attic into his bathroom below -- th...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Law profs and librarians to Congress: government edicts should not be restricted bycopyright
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, "105 law professors and law librarians have endorsed a call to change U.S. Copyright law to exclude edicts of government. Edicts are "the law" and include all pronoun...
12:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Kepler's greatesthits
Your guide to the most awesome exoplanets yet found by NASA's Kepler space telescope — all in one handy place, thanks to Wired's Adam Mann.    ...
12:46 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing The places Soviet tourists could not visit in the1950s
Apparently, there were some private citizens from the USSR who were allowed into the U.S. for travel during the Cold War. But they couldn't just visit anywhere they wanted. This map, from a post at Sl...
12:09 pm PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Spacegoing Earth: a painting by AngusMcKie
When I first saw this Angus McKie illustration, I had a moment when I thought it depicted the Earth being encased in a huge, space-going shell and I flashed back to Damon Knight's spectacular novel Wh...
11:09 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing 1983's wonderful "Introduction to Machine Code forBeginners"
Usborne's 1983 classic Introduction to Machine Code for Beginners is an astounding book, written, designed and illustrated by Naomi Reed, Graham Round and Lynne Norman. It uses beautiful infographics ...
10:05 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Hilda (from the kids' comic) as an 8" vinyltoy
The good people at London's Nobrow Press have done an 8" vinyl toy for the outstanding kids' comic Hilda, created by Luke Pearson (reviews: Book 0, Book 1; Book 2). The Hilda toy is grownup-collector-...
09:26 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Mammalschool
A teacher shows a preserved dolphin to students during a class about mammals at Ancol Smart House in Jakarta May 16, 2013. Ancol Smart House has about 20 animals preserved as means to "educate visitor...
09:17 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Robot made from recycledscrap
Chinese inventor Tao Xiangli tinkers with a hand-made robot at his house in Beijing, May 15, 2013. Tao, 37, spent 150,000 ($24,400) to build it out of recycled scrap metal and electric wires found at ...
09:04 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Sissyfight, cult game of sexist stereotyping,returns
Sissyfight, the groundbreaking 1990s online game of playground politics, is to receive an open-source, crowdsourced remake: "We've gotten some interesting press about how the game delves into uncomfor...
01:56 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Hellishly complex, gorgeous assemblage about endlesswork
"Quaestus" is the latest assemblage from sculptor Jud Turner. He sez, Quaestus is a latin word meaning gain or profit extracted from work, a concept darkly represented in my latest sculpture: 5 tiny e...
01:13 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey explained in 1968 Howard Johnson's children'smenu
It's hard to describe how much I like this.    ...
01:00 am PDT - Thu, May 16, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make glowingConverse
The good people at Adafruit have an easy way to make your Chucks glow! Make your logo light up with this simple Converse sneaker mod. All you need is EL panel and an inverter tucked into the tongue of...
11:46 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Record Eater: 1967 record player that ran in anyorientation
Every single thing about this ad is great: the illustration, the typography, the industrial design of the gadget, the copy. What a beauty. The Record Eater 45 rpm record player ad, 1967. (via BruceS)&...
10:44 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing North Carolina may ban tesla sales to prevent UnfairCompetition
A car dealership trade union in North Carolina has persuaded the state's Senate Commerce Committee to unanimously approve a law that would prohibit automakers from selling cars. The bill is being push...
10:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Simian kettlebells
I've heard loads of good things about crossfit, but I've never tried it myself. Nevertheless, I have to admit that there are some pretty impressive options for sports accessories in it, such as this "...
10:09 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Book-and-record set for the League of SpacePirates
Noah Scalin sez, "Thought you might enjoy this little video I made to promote the latest release from my science fiction project League of Space Pirates (yes, apparently they still have As Seen On TV ...
09:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing You don't have a moral obligation tocook
I have found myself frustrated with Michael Pollan lately. In the course of promoting his new book about cooking, he's taken to spouting some opinions that I'll frankly call claptrap. He's mocked wome...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Katamari AdventureTime
What better subject for a t-shirt than an Adventure Time/Katamari Damacy mashup? Adventure Time Ball    ...
08:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing We Can Fix it! - a graphic novel time travelmemoir
Cartoonist Jess Fink, creator of the erotic Victorian-era robot graphic novel Chester 5000-XYV has a new memoir out called We Can Fix It: A Time Travel Memoir. It's got a premise that reminds me of so...
08:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Help make Abercrombie and Fitch synonymous withhomelessness
As you know, Abercrombie and Fitch is a horrible shitshow of a company whose owner refuses to make large sized clothes so that "unattractive people" can't wear them, and who burns surplus clothing rat...
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Artist finds the faces lurking inmaps
Artist Ed Fairburn selective colors in maps, revealing faces lurking in potentia in their many lines, contours and shapes. He sells prints. These are gorgeous. Shown here: Paris. Ed Fairburn (via Neat...
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Abusive restaurateurs stage spectacular social mediameltdown
Amys Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro is Scottsdale, AZ gained some small notoriety when it became the first restaurant that Gordon Ramsey gave up on in his show Kitchen Nightmares, in whi...
05:07 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Ne plus ultra of retrogamer weddingcakes
This amazing retro-gamer wedding cake was made by Wedding Cakes By Nicole of Bunbury, Australia. The cake pays homage to many of the arcade greats: I created a 3 tier square cake, with each of the sid...
04:03 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Dictionary of Numbers: browser extension humanizes the numbers on theWeb
Dictionary of Numbers is a Chrome extension that watches your browsing activity for mentions of large numerical measurements and automatically inserts equivalences in real-world terms that are meant t...
04:02 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde is a candidate for Pirate Party MEP inFinland
Peter "brokep" Sunde -- who co-founded The Pirate Bay and founded Flattr, a system for allowing fans to directly pay the artists they love -- is standing for the European Parliament in Finland on beha...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Free stream: The Source Family soundtrack of 1970s cultpsychedelia
The Source Family was a radical, utopian social experiment that emerged from the Los Angeles freak scene in the 1970s. Operating out of a hip health food restaurant owned by judo master/bank robber/ac...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, in3D
What happens inside a caterpillar's cocoon? Scientists got to watch the whole process with the help of X-ray 3D scanning technology. In the video above, you can watch a caterpillar turn into a butterf...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing The happiest little plankton in theworld
Artist Hin Mizushima makes these super adorable models of microscopic crustaceans called Daphnia out of felt. Scientists like to get the real-world versions of these creatures drunk, and use them to s...
02:33 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing The BBC discovers the Texas Germans and a dyingdialect
My great-grandmother, Hedwig Nietzsche Koerth, never spoke English. My Grandpa Gustav didn't learn the language until he entered first grade. But, by the time I was in grade school — and was goi...
01:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing FBI investigates fatal beating of man by deputies; video evidence may have beendestroyed
The FBI has launched an investigation into the beating death of a man by sheriff's deputies in Kern County, California. Two cellphones that contained video evidence at one point no longer contain the ...
01:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Sheet-metal Millennium Falconmodel
The Millennium Falcon Metallic Nano Puzzle looks like a delight. It's one of those puzzle/models that you punch out of thin, laser-cut pieces of sheet metal and assemble with tweezers and pliers, and ...
01:36 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala awaits Constitutional Court rulings, defense continues legal challenges to genocidetrial
Jose Efran Ros Montt, moments after being declared guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in a Guatemala City court, May 10 2013. Photo: James Rodriguez. At the Open Society Justice Initiative...
01:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest videos in Boing Boing's video postarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our all-new video archive page: • Xeni on NewsHour: Guatemala genocide trial aftermath. • The amazed granddad, the restored portrait, and...
12:59 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing E-Stonia: where the free internet now flows likewater
Photo: Bruce Sterling First things first: oh, you world travelers, for pleasure or for work, never, ever fly Baltic Airlines. First they will stiff you by making you pay sixty euros to carry regular-s...
12:56 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, featuring Caveman Robot, andMORE!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH various absurd situations are comically depicted under the banner of "Super-Fun-Pak Comix," such as the improbable construction of a robot by an early hominid.  ...
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Canadian anti-piracy bounty hunters ripped off photos for theirwebsite
Canipre, a Canadian company that helps the entertainment industry send legal threats to people alleged to have infringed copyright, has been caught using several infringing images on its website. Incl...
12:28 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing The technology that links taxonomy and StarTrek
This is the third story in a multi-part 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 bring scientif...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing New Yorker launches new leak submission system, written by AaronSwartz
The New Yorker today launched Strongbox, a whistleblower submission system designed to allow anonymous leakers to digitally transmit important information to journalists. "The underlying code, called ...
11:38 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Prince Charles's housing charity gets into bed with torturing Bahrainidictatorship
Prince Charles has joined with Formula One and CNN in supporting the torturing, murderous dictatorial regime in Bahrain. His Prince's Foundation for Building Community and the UK Foreign Office have s...
11:19 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Man killed by truck while dribbling soccer ball toBrazil
Richard Swanson, 42, set off from Seattle on May 1 hoping to dribble a soccer ball all the way to Brazil. A truck hit him in Lincoln City, Oregon, less than two weeks into his trip. [BBC]  &...
11:15 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Rich New Yorkers hire disabled "guides" to Disney World in order to skip lines (according to NY Post,anyway)
The (awful and not usually very trustworthy) New York Post reports that rich New Yorkers pay thousands of dollars to an Orlando area service that rents out disabled people to accompany them to Walt Di...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Odd Duck: great picture book about eccentricity andducks
Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon have a new picture-book/kids' comic out from FirstSecond today called Odd Duck, and it's a delight (no surprise there, I never met a Cecil Castellucci project I didn't...
09:21 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing What's the creepiest passage inliterature?
At The Atlantic, Joe Fassler votes for an infamous passage from Cormac McCarthy's The Road: He started down the rough wooden steps. He ducked his head and then flicked the lighter and swung the flame ...
09:08 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Scandalouseuphemisms
So many people know what "tired and emotional" means that it's surely now unfit for its original libel-skirting purpose. But if someone is "hiking the Appalachian Trail" or taking a "wide stance", wou...
08:57 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Back to the 60s with Star Trek sequel's sounddesigner
Tami Katzoff interviews Ben Burtt for MTV News: While researching the sounds from the classic series, Burtt discovered that they were created with a Hammond chord organ. "Going back and getting some o...
08:50 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Purse that looks like a bloodycleaver
This bloody cleaver purse -- which hides the handbag cavity in the cleaver bag -- is $33 at Vampire Freaks. No idea if it's remotely practical, but it does look like a giant, bloody cleaver. Bloody Cl...
12:59 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 004: JohnRoderick
John Roderick's less inclined to play the role of the cross country troubadour in the heady days, but the indie rock elder statesman has slipped quite comfortably into the role of podcast philosopher....
12:36 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Parker Jotter Pen: Lightweight, smooth-writingpen
Earlier this year I purchased a Parker Jotter stainless steel pen based purely on its cool factor as being the pen that James Bond used in the 1995 film Goldeneye, as I had seen on the Bond Lifestyle ...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, May 15, 2013
BoingBoing Canberra Skywhale: fanciful, breast-studded lighter-than-aircetacean
Here's a beautiful gallery of publicity shots of the Canberra Skywhale, a lighter-than-air sculpture created by Patricia Piccinini to celebrate the centenary of the capital city of Australia. The Skyw...
10:38 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Woman ejected from plane for singing WhitneyHouston
ABC News: "An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing when a female passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston songs." Come for the rendition of "I will always love you...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Poe's The Raven as a studio exec'slament
Torgo's parody of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven is a particularly well-done example of the genre, which has many entrants (it's the Harlem Shake of poetry!): Turning back, I saw them seated; feeling inj...
09:52 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Victoria Sanford: "Its Too Soon to Declare Victory in GuatemalanGenocide"
Its too soon to declare victory in Guatemala, writes anthropologist Victoria Sanford in a New York Times op-ed today. "There is serious evidence that the current president, the former military command...
09:44 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Clayton Cubitt: "On the ConstantMoment"
Photo: Clayton Cubitt. A beautiful and thoughtful essay by Clayton Cubitt on the changing nature of the art of photography. Snip: Henri Cartier-Bresson believed that the photographer is like a hunter,...
09:35 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing US seeks internet's help in tracking child porn producer, rescuing victim of ongoingabuse
A bulletin released online today from the US department of Homeland Security solicits the public's help in tracking down a child pornography producer suspect [shown here] who is seen in a series of vi...
09:24 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Free Press launches citizen sign-on letter to US DOJ, Holder on AP phone recordsscandal
Josh Stearns of Free Press sends word that the journalism organization has just launched a citizen sign-on letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder and the US Department of Justice about the AP phone...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing My Little Pony fans successfully register a 501(c)3 charity for fannish goodworks
The Brony Thank You Fund spun out of a Reddit forum for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ("bronies" and "pegasisters"). After raising money to run an ad thanking the show's creators for doi...
06:58 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing 2,300-year-old Maya pyramid bulldozed for Belize roadproject
Matthew says: "Using backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, a construction company in Belize has destroyed a Mayan pyramid built over 2300 years ago."  ...
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Unusual inflatable sculpture graces Hong Kongpark
"Complex Pile", an inflatable sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy, is displayed at the exhibition "Inflation!" on the grounds of a new park in Hong Kong. "The Park", as it will be called, will ...
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing "Poohenge" - Unusual inflatable sculpture graces Hong Kongpark
"Complex Pile", an inflatable sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy, is displayed at the exhibition "Inflation!" on the grounds of a new park in Hong Kong. "The Park", as it will be called, will ...
06:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Terrifying celebrity videofaceswaps
Come for Tom Hanks + Zooey Deschanel, stay for Mike Tyson + Michelle Obama, then run in terror from Sarah Palin + Honey Boo. The animated GIF has reached its apogee in Hybrid Celebritie...
06:33 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Downsizing? Try a 238 square feethome.
Jamie Smith Hopkins at The Baltimore Sun writes about the tiny homes more and more Americans are opting for: "U.S. houses got bigger for decades ... even as household sizes shrunk, according to Census...
06:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing The shipgraveyard
"This is the biggest ship graveyard in the world - where huge tankers and cruise liners are scrapped on the shorefront by teams of labourers using little more than hand tools. The job is considered on...
06:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing The ship graveyard salvageyard
"This is the biggest ship graveyard in the world - where huge tankers and cruise liners are scrapped on the shorefront by teams of labourers using little more than hand tools. The job is considered on...
06:22 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Play an immigration officer in Papers,Please
Papers, please is the latest from Lucas Pope, creator of unsettling developing world newspaper sim The Republica Times. A "dystopian document thriller", Papers simulates the pleasure of immigration in...
06:10 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Xeni on PBS NewsHour, in Guatemala: Ros Montt genocide verdict andaftermath
Before leaving Guatemala today, I spoke with PBS NewsHour host Hari Sreenivasan about the aftermath and significance of Friday's court decision to convict former US-backed military dictator Rios Montt...
05:29 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Death Cab for Cutie to perform Transatlanticismlive
BB pals Death Cab For Cutie are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their stunning fourth studio album, Transatlanticism, by performing it live in its entirety at the Bumbleshoot music and arts festi...
04:44 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage behind-the-scenes photos at the American Museum of NaturalHistory
From the American Museum of Natural History's excellent photo archive. Seen above, a worm installing a model of a man in "The Forest Floor" diorama, 1958. (Thanks, Stacey Ransom!)   &nb...
04:26 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Death, be notinfrequent
The oldest person in the world died this year. But don't worry if you missed the event. The oldest person in the world will likely die next year, as well. In fact, according to mathematician Marc van ...
04:24 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing BRASSFT PUNK: Brass band covers of Daft Punkclassics
If you're still thinking about Daft Punk after yesterday's excitement around Random Access Memories, you might appreciate this masterful New Orleans brass band cover EP of a few of their classics. The...
04:22 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Exploding things forscience
Earlier this month, volcanologists blew 12 holes in an otherwise peaceful meadow in Ashford, New York. It's not that they had anything against the meadow, per se, it's just that it was a convenient pl...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Canadian govt turns the national science agenda over to incumbent bigbusinesses
Jonathan sez, Apparently the Conservative government has decided that government research labs should be concentrating on science in the public interest ... oops, I mean, science in *industry's* inter...
04:14 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing One reason you can't take photos in the artmuseum
Many art museums don't hold the copyrights for the paintings and other artworks they own. So, while protecting the art from damage by exposure to 50 bazillion flashes is part of the motivation for ban...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Glowing algae make a nicenightlight
This is a picture of a wave crashing on the New Jersey shore. It glows because of dinoflagellates — little, single-celled plants, animals, and bacteria that float around on the water, moving abo...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Believe it or not, a new biography of RobertRipley
The old Ripley's Believe it or Not newspaper comic had a huge and lasting impact on me as a youngster. Neal Thompson has just published his new biography of Ripley, titled "A Curious Man: The Strange ...
03:21 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Kepler space telescope discovers a BEERplanet
Before you get excited, please note that said planet is not actually made of beer. In fact, it's probably a gas giant, like Jupiter, only way hotter owing to the fact that it sits much closer to its o...
03:05 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Great science bloggers winning the battle against the innerswine-dog
I was a judge on this year's Science Seeker Awards, which honor great science writing being done online. The winners were just announced and you should really check out the whole list. It's full of gr...
01:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Osaka's fascist mayor defends WWII policy of sexual enslavement: "a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understandthat."
Toru Hashimoto is mayor of Osaka and co-founder of the Japanese Restoration Party. He's previously called for Japan to be run as a dictatorship; now he's made public comments defending the WWII Japane...
10:48 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: TheStatue
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10:42 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Highest-paid state employees: usually a school sports coach, sometimes a med schooldean
Good to see America's educational priorities on such sound footing: You may have heard that the highest-paid state employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. Thi...
09:34 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a MassExtinction
Annalee Newitz, founding editor of IO9 and former EFF staffer, has a new book out today called Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, and it's terrific. Scatter's pre...
07:59 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S3E7: I am yours and you aremine
The song "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" that heralds the climax of this episode is about the comedy in unmatched relationships, in pairing yourself inappropriately in accordance with your station. Yet...
03:12 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Inside the world's largest ghost mall, America finds comfort for its fears of a Chinesecentury
It's hard to say what's more interesting about this video in which a CNN reporter tours the New South China Mall, the largest mall in the world when it was built five years ago, now a deserted ghost-m...
03:12 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Inside the world's largest ghost mall, America finds schadenfreude and comfort for its fears of a Chinesecentury
It's hard to say what's more interesting about this video in which a CNN reporter tours the New South China Mall, the largest mall in the world when it was built five years ago, now a deserted ghost-m...
02:15 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Grandson explains reddit-restored, 60-y-o navy portrait to amazedGrandad
Stephen sez, "I recently helped set my grandad get set up on his new PC and spotted a photo of him from when he was about 20 years old. It was in a sorry state, so I emailed it to myself and posted it...
01:05 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Supplies for all your punk and punk-relatedneeds
An undated ad for a punk store in Newcastle offers batty punk tees for a mere £4.50 -- mid-1980s punk revival? MY GEAR FIXATION IS BACK IN FULL EFFECT. IM LOSIN IT. (via Goths and Punks) &nb...
12:58 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing Buy a pressure cooker, get a free visit from theFBI!
Matthew says: "Talal Al-Rouqi, a Saudi student in Michigan, brought a pressure cooker filled with meat and rice to his friend's house for dinner. The next day, he was interrogated by FBI agents, who w...
12:01 am PDT - Tue, May 14, 2013
BoingBoing You cannot light a candle with ataser
In case you were wondering. (Also: tasers play merry hell with digital video cameras, it seems) Taser Candle (via JWZ)    ...
10:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing It's a face! A skull! A mushroom! Psychedelic drawinglesson
Katana Leigh sez, "I want to provide memorable ways to learn to draw that are interesting and visually entertaining. The proportions of a red spotted button mushroom are the same as a skull and these ...
09:55 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Self-assembling foldable inchwormrobots
Here's a quick and fascinating look at "Robot Self-Assembly by Folding: A Printed Inchworm Robot," presented at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The authors demonstra...
09:38 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL: a newpodcast
Hurray! We've added a new podcast to Boing Boing's line-up of high-quality audio disinfotainment. Brian Heater, our Comics Rack columnist, is the host of RiYL, which he describes as “mostly just...
09:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing American private universities use poor kids' tuition to subsidize rich kids'degrees
In The Atlantic, Jordan Weissmann does a very good job of summing up the New America Foundation's important new report, Undermining Pell: How Colleges Compete for Wealthy Students and Leave the Low-In...
08:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Bamboo wok brush: easy, no-soap wok and pan cleaningtool
I use well-seasoned cast iron and carbon steel pans for the better part of my cooking. To clean them, I’ve used the same bamboo wok brush than I bought at a corner market in Sacramento in 1990. ...
08:10 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Inside the world of "booters" -- cheesy DoS-for-hiresites
Brian Krebs delves into the world of "booter" services, low-level, amateurish denial-of-service websites where you can use PayPal to have your video-game enemies' computers knocked off the Internet by...
07:50 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Newt Gingrich "puzzled" bysmartphone
Newt Gingrich says: To call this a "cell phone" or a "handheld computer" fails to capture the change that has taken place. It is a change in kind, not just a change in scale, and just as drivers of th...
07:25 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Xeni on PBS NewsHour tonight: Guatemala genocide verdict, aftermath, significance for thefuture
Xeni in the courtroom in Guatemala City where Rios Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity in an historic trial. Photo: James Rodriguez, mimundo.org On NewsHour tonight, I spoke wi...
07:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Has your doctor taken money from drugcompanies?
Mine hasn't. At least, he hasn't taken money from any of the 15 companies that have been forced to disclose information about gifts and cash they give to doctors. Pro Publica has put that information ...
07:02 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Shell's racist pesticide ad,1957
From 1957, a disturbing, patronizing, racist Shell ad for pesticides, selling the superiority of big agribusiness. Weekend Event - White    ...
06:56 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Paper Man (1971) - early movie about hackers (complete onYouTube)
Edgertor says: "No list of hacker movies i've found includes this one from 1971, it might also be the earliest!" A prank that starts with a group of college students creating a fictitious person so th...
06:54 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing A 93-year-old neuroscientist explains how memoryworks
Insights on science and doing science by the woman who studied one of history's most famous neuro patients.    ...
06:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Did a volcanic eruption nearly kill off ancienthumans?
Short answer: We don't know. What makes this story by Erin Wayman interesting is the way it carefully breaks down an almost Hollywood-ready narrative and finds the fascinating uncertainty lurking unde...
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Skittles sorting machine, version3
Here's Brian Egenriether's new-and-improved Skittles sorting machine. It's interesting to note that he used machinable epoxy for the parts instead of using a 3D printer. I know 3D printing is the futu...
06:28 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Palm Beach Sheriff warns of terrorists who take pictures ofbridges
Matthew says: "Here's your newest dose of terrornoia: the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has developed a program called CPAT: Community Partners Against Terrorism, which encourages citizens to rep...
06:19 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing David LaFerriere's sandwich bagart
David LaFerriere has drawn a picture on almost every one of his kids' lunch bags since 2008. He uses colored Sharpies to draw on the plastic bags. See all of them (over 1,100!) on his Flickr stream. (...
06:15 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing How JPMorgan Chase Affords Those BigBonuses
Alan sez, "Apparently they do it by clogging the court system with dubious - and allegedly fradulent - claims against people for credit card debt. Let's see... massive numbers of lawsuits, hasty filin...
05:59 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Realtime map of anonymous edits toWikipedia
Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi's "Wikipedia Recent Changes Map" plots anonymous edits to Wikipedia on a world-map in realtime, based on the location of the user (only anonymous users are identifi...
05:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing For sale: "Rocking Machine" phallic sculpture from A ClockworkOrange
Japanese designer toy firm Medicom worked with Herman Makkink to recreate an edition of his iconic sculpture "The Rocking Machine," famously seen in the film A Clockwork Orange. It's almost three feet...
05:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing DevoBots iOSapp
Last year I wrote about Remo Camerota's DevoBot project, an iOS application that lets you design DEVO-inspired robot art and play music using unreleased DEVO sounds. It's now available for $0.99 in th...
05:44 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Live map of recent Wikipediachanges
Click on the name of an article to see what the person changed. Wikipedia Recent Changes Map. (Thanks, D.S. Deboer!)    ...
05:37 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Banished - town simulator forPC
Over at Boing Boing's G+ Community, D.S. Deboer says: Just a heads up on a cool indie game in development right now. It's a village simulator called Banished, and it looks pretty neat. It hasn't ...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Entertainer Chris Brown's retaining wall art displeasesneighbors
"'There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they're literally frightened. It's like devils on the wall — big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we're used ...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: FatalFellatio
[NSFW] "Her name's Kathy. I'll set you up with her after work." From Real Stuff #1 (Fantagraphics, December 1990).    ...
04:52 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing "Citation needed"'s Wikipediaentry
Regrettably, the Wikipedia entry for "Citation needed" ("a common editorial remark on Wikipedia, which has become used to refer to Wikipedia in wider popular culture") doesn't include any actual asser...
04:49 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Kool & The Gang's "Summer Madness"(1975)
From the February 22, 1975 episode of Soul Train, the marvelous jam "Summer Madness" by Kool & The Gang, whose slick suits beat robot helmets any year.    ...
04:35 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing My Little Ponies humanized formovie
"Why?" The New York Times investigates: We are responding to the desire by our fans to experience the brand in more ways, said John A. Frascotti, Hasbros chief marketing officer. They imagined themsel...
04:19 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Enchanting Michael Jackson doll onEtsy
Only $240, and it's yours. Not sure if the smoking baby comes with him.    ...
04:16 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Judges rule on reparations; no land to be returned to Ixilvictims
An Ixil woman in the genocide tribunal courtroom, one hour before the guilty verdict was handed down in the trial of Rios Montt. Photo: Xeni Jardin. A brief update from the courtroom where former US-b...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Musicians in theirstudios
The Wire posted a small photo gallery of electronic and avant-garde musicians and their studios, including Atom, Pierre Henry, and Terry Riley. Above, JG "Foetus" Thirlwell's Brooklyn studio photograp...
03:50 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Illustrator William Stout's Legends of the Blues - exclusiveexcerpt
I've admired the illustration work of William Stout for decades. He did a few underground comics stories in the '70s and the quality of his work was stunning. He's also illustrated a number of dinosau...
03:49 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Enraged man goes on bulldozer rampage overfence-placement
Barry Swegle of Port Angeles, Washington lost his temper with his neighbors last Friday and used his logging bulldozer to destroy four homes, as well as vehicles and utility poles. He was reportedly a...
03:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Phenomenal styrofoam cupart
This exquisitely-illustrated styrofoam cup is reportedly the work of an artist named William Hersey. More photos. (via Reddit)    ...
03:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Movie theater hires people to dress in tactical gear and brandish fake weapons for Iron Man3
For their Iron Man 3 opening weekend, a Missouri movie theater hired people to dress in tactical gear and storm the theater with fake weapons. - Movie theater publicity stunt triggers officers to resp...
03:11 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Merman from whaletooth
German sculptor Martin Bssler carved this lovely merman from a sperm whale tooth. (via Propnomicon)    ...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Dazzle-paintbar
The basement of the Htel Americano in Chelsea, NYC has been done over in dazzle-paint reminiscent of the cubist battleship paint used to confound the enemy in WWI (and dazzle makeup used to fake out f...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a short film based on Daniel "Robopocalypse" Wilson's story "TheNostalgist"
Daniel Wilson, whose novels Amped and Robopocalypse" were just terrific, is raising money on Kickstarter to complete a short film based on his short story The Nostalgist. The film has already been sho...
01:19 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Are red flowers all red for the samereason?
Science Buddies has an interesting, springtime-themed experiment in the chemistry of color that you can do at home, using plants you've gathered from your yard or a park. It looks like a great activit...
01:09 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing A Mother's Day memoir of a scientist who beat theodds
"To become a scientist is hard enough. But to become one while running a gauntlet of lies, insults, mockeries, and disapproval — this was what my mother had to do." Mother's Day was yesterday, b...
12:53 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing 53 years of nuclear tests as electronicmusic
It's like a mash-up of the games Simon and Global Thermonuclear War.    ...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing How Anonymous got involved in fighting for justice for rapevictims
Mother Jones's Josh Harkinson has an excellent piece on the history of KnightSec, an Anonymous offshoot that publicized the Steubenville and Halifax rape cases, galvanizing both the public and police ...
12:45 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Bakersfield cops and CHP beat man to death while he begs for his life, then confiscate witnesses'footage
Kern County deputies are accused of savagely beating a man to death while he begged for his life and then intimidating witnesses into giving up their cameras and phones in a coverup. The victim, David...
12:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Robocop statueawesome
Detroit's Robocop statue, crowdfunded two years ago, is finally taking shape. And it's pretty damned amazing.    ...
12:15 pm PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Slurring BBC radio presenter yanked fromair
The BBC, in an unbylined report: "Paula White was removed after 30 minutes of her afternoon show on Friday, which was to be her last show in that slot. ... A BBC spokesman said she had been "unable to...
11:57 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt supporters protest; court considers reparations for genocidevictims
Photo: James Rodriguez/mimundo.org. View his full photo-essay here. [Guatemala City] On Friday, a court in Guatemala convicted former US-backed military dictator Rios Montt of genocide and crimes agai...
11:46 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Space Oddity, by Commander ChrisHadfield
I'm floating in a most peculiar way.    ...
11:02 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Hackers prepare for first "national holiday" in theirhonor
The future of technology will be largely determined by citizens who will design, build, and hack their own    ...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing First vatburger is ready toeat
After spending $250,000 worth of anonymously donated money, Mark Post from Maastricht University is ready to go public with his first vat-grown hamburger, which will be cooked and eaten at an event in...
10:45 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting solder-it-yourself junkbotkits
A group of engineering students (with no stated manufacturing experience -- caveat emptor) are kickstarting a series of cute assemble-it-yourself junkbots called "D.Bug"s. You get a kit full of electr...
10:24 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Scientology sucks atphotoshop
As Scientology's numbers and influence decline, the company religion is desperate to maintain appearances. Mark 'Wise Beard Man' Bunker managed to get shots and videos of this weekend's gala opening i...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Review: Disunion, the VR guillotinesimulator
What's it like to be guillotined in virtual reality?    ...
09:16 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing Brave director slams Disney's sexy Meridamakeover
Paul Liberatore in The Marin Independent Journal: Marin filmmaker Brenda Chapman, who won an Oscar for writing and co-directing the animated feature "Brave," blasted Disney's sexy makeover of her movi...
09:09 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printed guns and the law: will judges be able to think clearly about digital files when guns areinvolved?
My latest Guardian column is "3D printed guns are going to create big legal precedents," and it looks at an underappreciated risk from 3D printed guns: that courts will be so freaked out by the idea o...
08:23 am PDT - Mon, May 13, 2013
BoingBoing MC Frontalot's "I'll Form the Head" - crowdfunded voltronoidnerdcore
MC Frontalot sez, "At long last, here's the third of three videos from my album Solved that were funded by fans via Kickstarter. It was directed by Carly Monardo and features my nerdcore rap compatrio...
04:23 pm PDT - Sun, May 12, 2013
BoingBoing Cake-toppedparfait
A chain of Osaka cafes sells a crazy parfait, topped with a ginormous piece of cake: On a recent day out in Osaka, our reporter stopped by a caf and ordered a truly hard-core parfait. It wasnt that th...
12:49 pm PDT - Sun, May 12, 2013
BoingBoing Apple can decrypt iPhones for cops; Google can remotely "reset password" for Androiddevices
Apple apparently has the power to decrypt iPhone storage in response to law-enforcement requests, though they won't say how. Google can remotely "reset the password" for a phone for cops, too: Last ye...
11:38 am PDT - Sun, May 12, 2013
BoingBoing Astronaut Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on theISS
Astronaut Chris Hadfield -- the tweeting, tumbling Canadian astronaut who's a one-dude astro-ambassador from the space programme to the Internet -- has produced and released a video of his own perform...
09:41 am PDT - Sun, May 12, 2013
BoingBoing Bollard transformed into yarnDalek
Kevyn Jacobs snapped this knit (crocheted?) Dalek bollard cover at the corner of West Magnolia Street and Commercial Street in Bellingham, WA. No clue as to the manufacturer of said confection, but br...
11:54 pm PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Ghosts in the Machine: the tiny people who live inside yourcomputers
Mark Crummett sez, "For several years now, I've been working on a series of photos featuring miniature figures living and working in our computers and consumer electronics. These are the people who Ma...
06:52 pm PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Official list of English words misused in EUdocuments
A brief list of misused English terminology in EU publications [PDF] is a fascinating look at the emerging dialect of English that is emerging out of the EU bureaucracy, in which odd bureaucratic lang...
06:44 pm PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing What happens when you forget pizzas in the oven forweeks
A friend of redditor BigBoppinBill forgot some pizzas in the oven for "a few weeks." The result? A kind of glorious fungal jellyfish. This calls to mind the timeless wisdom of the Jazz Butcher's class...
04:59 pm PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Rapture of the Nerds is a Campbell Awardfinalist
Well, this is fabulous news: Rapture of the Nerds, the novel Charlie Stross and I published last year, is a finalist for the 2013 Campbell Award for best novel. It's in some truly outstanding company,...
03:38 pm PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Man with pince-nez & smart suit hurls trussesdisdainfully
They just don't make ads like this anymore. "Guy with pince-nez" is great visual shorthand for "Authority figure." Contest Entry.. Away with trusses!    ...
02:49 pm PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Make bread by mixing ice cream with flour andbaking
It appears that you can make delicious (and fantastically high-carb) bread by mixing melted ice-cream with self-rising flour and baking it. I'm willing to believe that this is totally yummy but I'm no...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Algoraves: dancing toalgorithms
Alex sez, "Algoraves are parties where people come together to dance to algorithms. It generally involves some live coding but any producers making music "wholly or predominantly characterised by the ...
11:23 am PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing The silent soccer matches of NorthKorea
North Korea's coach, Kim Jong-Hun, received tactical advice during matches from Kim Jong-Il himself using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye. [Tim Hartley / BBC]   &nbs...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing How clay water filters for Ghana aremade
Gmoke sez, "Susan Murcott and her team's factory making clay filters for Pure Home Water in Ghana. Over 100,000 served, so far." They're shooting for 1,000,000. Pure Home Water, Ghana: AfriClay Filter...
01:00 am PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Cory's Berlin talk: "It's not a fax machine connect to a waffleiron"
Here's the video of "It's not a fax machine connect to a waffle iron," the talk I gave at the Re:publica conference in Berlin this week: "Lawmakers treat the Internet like it's Telephone 2.0, the Seco...
01:00 am PDT - Sat, May 11, 2013
BoingBoing Cory's Berlin talk: "It's not a fax machine connected to a waffleiron"
Here's the video of "It's not a fax machine connected to a waffle iron," the talk I gave at the Re:publica conference in Berlin this week: "Lawmakers treat the Internet like it's Telephone 2.0, the Se...
11:47 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing How Tabasco Sauce ismade
I am a committed Tabasco Sauce fiend. It is neither too hot, nor too mild, nor too vinegary -- I put it on pretty much everything. I'd use it for contact lens solution if I could. My life was radicall...
11:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Bike lanes led to 49% increase in retailsales
Back in November 2012, the New York Department of Transportation released a report called Measuring the Street: New Metrics for the 21st Century, which had some compelling figures on the way that loca...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing What makes a projectremixable?
In The remixing dilemma: The trade-off between generativity and originality [PDF], a paper just published in American Behavioral Scientist, Benjamin Mako Hill and Andrs Monroy-Hernndez analyzed a data...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Patrick "Electric Sheep" Farley returns with a new webcomic: Steve &Steve
Stefan Jones sez, "Web comic master Patrick "Electric Sheep" Farley switches styles with frightening ease. The First Word, an enigmatic story about australopithecine, was done in lovely photorealistic...
09:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Gritty crayoncolors
Rawr & Stuff's alternate crayon colors are pretty much shovel-ready -- you could clean up by selling these on Etsy. I'm very fond of "Moral Ambiguity Gray," myself. Crayons (via Kadrey) &nbs...
08:47 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Oral surgeon's quest to reimagine the garage-bandguitar
Ben Marks, our pal at Collector's Weekly, says, "I just wrote a piece about Matt Eichen, the yarmulke-wearing, oral-surgeon founder and designer of Musicvox, whose Spaceranger guitars were used in the...
07:49 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Rios Montt found guilty of genocide and crimes againsthumanity
Brigadier General Jos Efran Rios Montt (center, in headphones) awaits the verdict of his trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Photo: mimundo.org Former Guatemalan dictator Jos Efr...
07:30 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Feather emerges from baby'sneck
"No one knew what was bothering 7-month-old Mya Whittington. Her discomfort stumped her parents and doctors. She was finally hospitalized - and a 2-inch feather eventually poked its way out of her nec...
07:12 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Robert Crumb interviewed at Last Gasp Warehouse in SanFrancisco
John Longhi interviewed Robert Crumb at the Last Gasp warehouse in San Francisco. He talks about the time he took a dose of bad LSD that negatively affected his brain for months (maybe for life, he th...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Warcraft numbers plummet; 14% drop inQ113
In a recent earnings call press release [PDF], Activision Blizzard revealed that it has lost 1.3 million subscribers to its flagship game World of Warcraft in the first quarter of 2013, a 14% drop. Re...
06:51 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Cool Tools Show & Tell Video Podcast003
Welcome to episode 3 of Cool Tools' Show and Tell podcast! This time, I had a video hangout with: Brian Heater, the Director of Media and Senior editor for Engadget, where he writes features, covers n...
06:14 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing What happens when a drug works but only for oneperson?
Really, really intriguing piece at Nature News by Heidi Ledford. It's all about a class of patients called "exceptional responders" — aka, the people who got a benefit (sometimes a big one) from...
06:04 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing The waters of theMoon
There is water on the Moon. We've known that since 2009 and we keep finding evidence of more of the stuff. That's not the really fascinating part about this article by Joseph Stromberg. Instead, there...
06:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Forcing your employees to do dumb Scientology exercises creates a "hostile workenvironment"
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dennis Nobbe's Dynamic Medical Services, Inc, where employees were made to engage in bizarre Scientology rituals as a c...
05:36 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing 400 ppm carbon dioxide? In myatmosphere?
It's true, at least for today. Although the real concern in climate science is average concentrations of carbon dioxide over much longer periods of time, surpassing the 400 ppm mark, even for a day, i...
05:20 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Essay on "how to survive adivorce"
Over at the Bold Italic, my friend Debbie Hampton wrote a heartfelt, no-nonsense, funny, and informative essay titled "How To Survive A Divorce": ...California is a no-fault state, meaning the dissolu...
05:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Waiting. Snapshots from Ros Montt genocide trial courtroom, verdictimminent
Photo: Xeni Jardin [Guatemala City] -- Above: Elena Caba Ijom of Nebaj, El Quich, Guatemala, reads news about the trial as all of us in the courtroom here await a verdict in the genocide trial of Rios...
05:08 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Sign Game: tricks of the trade from a professional signpainter
It’s always fun to cruise through Fantagraphics’s store in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. You never know what you might stumble across amid the new comics releases, independent zi...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomy of a state-sponsored phishing attack: how the Free Syrian Army hacked TheOnion
As I blogged earlier this week, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion's Twitter account and used it to post a bunch of dumb messages attacking Israel, the US, and the UN. Now, the Onion's IT adm...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomy of a state-sponsored phishing attack: how the Syrian Electronic Army hacked TheOnion
As I blogged earlier this week, the Syrian Electronic Army hacked The Onion's Twitter account and used it to post a bunch of dumb messages attacking Israel, the US, and the UN. Now, the Onion's IT adm...
04:53 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Short documentary about the psychology of slotmachines
Cool Hunting: "During a visit to Las Vegas we had the opportunity to dig a little deeper with Bally Technologies' Director of Game Development, Brett Jackson. He offered some insight into the surprisi...
04:51 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing 9 Film Frames: screen grabs from cultmovies
9filmframes is a Tumblr with still frames from movies, assembled 9-per-image. Nice! (Via this isn't happiness)    ...
04:25 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: 1982 MacNeilLehrer on reports Ros Montt committed atrocities against IxilMaya
[Guatemala City] -- In this 1982 episode of MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour (now PBS NewsHour), Jim Lehrer and Charlene Hunter Gault report on violence and instability across Guatemala and the actions of Efra...
04:10 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing How to make a cake pan banjoukulele
One of my favorite recent projects in MAKE is Chester Winowiecki's complete instructions for making an inexpensive "panjolele." It's a cake pan banjo ukulele and it sounds great. I just wish I could p...
03:58 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing American Girl dolls: from adventure heroes to helicopter-parented, sheltered juniorspa-bunnies
Writing in The Atlantic, Amy Schiller documents how Mattel has spent the past 15 years transforming the expensive, highly detailed American Girl dolls from a source of radical inspiration that signpos...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Get yourself 3D scanned and printed out as a Stormtrooper figurine or trapped in carbonite at DisneyWorld
Starting May 17, Disney World is running a "D-Tech" event at Disney Hollywood Studios wherein you can get your head scanned and 3D printed on a Stormtrooper figurine, or trapped in carbonite: The 10-m...
02:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: 1983 "MacNeilLehrer Report" on debate over military aid to Ros Montt'sregime
From the archives of the program that is now called PBS NewsHour, an episode from May 8, 2013 during the military dictatorship of Jos Efran Ros Montt. In this episode, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer re...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarter for a multifunction wrecking bar with crowbarhammerangle measuringtool
The Cole-Bar Hammer is a multifunction wrecking bar on Kickster ($65 gets you an earlybird tool, with shipping). It unfolds and locks into place to serve as a crowbar; it also can be used as a hammer ...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Breathtaking ATM hack nets $45M inhours
The US District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has indicted eight residents of Yonkers for allegedly participating in a global ATM heist that involved removing the withdrawal limits on ...
12:33 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing "I was almost eaten by ahippo"
Hippopotamuses — big, lumbery, and related to whales — are described as being "mostly herbivorous". They are also MUCH faster than they look. And they are one of the most aggressive animal...
12:26 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Why are barnsred?
If you've ever spent much time in American farm country, then you've probably noticed that there's a strong tradition there of coating barns and outbuildings with red paint. Why? Because nuclear fusio...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: Upstream Color now on DVD andBlu-ray
ADVERTISEMENT We'd like to thank and congratulate our sponsor Upstream Color on this week's launch of their DVD and Blu-ray. It's a film written and directed by Shane Carruth, one The Los Angeles Time...
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Porno copyright troll to Georgia judge: "Ignore California judge! They have gaymarriage!"
When US Federal Judge Otis Wright ruled against Prenda Law (a gang that used sloppy accusations of illegal downloads of pornographic movies to extort millions from people who didn't want the embarrass...
11:50 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Prevent divorce withscience!
Back in 2002, psychologists studying how couples argued found four different behaviors that correlated strongly with future divorce. In fact, in a small sample of 80 couples, the combination of those ...
11:13 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Likely sentence today in Ros Montt genocidetrial
Photo: Former de facto head of state Efrain Rios Montt takes the stand, speaking in his defense for the first time since the trial began on March 19, 2013. Photo: James Rodriguez, mimundo.org. Greetin...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing US State Department orders removal of Defense Distributed's printable gundesigns
The US State Department has ordered Defense Distributed to take down the designs for a working 3D printed gun, citing export control rules set out in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Def...
10:42 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Disney gives Brave princess a bodymakeover
Gone are the wild tight curls, relaxed now into auburn waves. Her waist is cinched, her bust inflated: skinnier and sexier is the new Merida, star of Brave. And gone, in some of the new art, is that t...
10:16 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing New law will fix the DMCA, make jailbreaking, unlocking and interoperability legal - your helpneeded!
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) have introduced a landmark technology bill called The Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 [PDF] that reforms the way our dev...
09:59 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing The rogue reptiles of the RiverThames
The Fortean Times' Neil Arnold surveys the current monstrous inhabitants of the Thames and its tributaries, and the not-so-cryptozoological creatures that they might turn out to be: "There have even b...
09:44 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Not so greatGatsby
Gloomy reviews from critics? It won't matter.    ...
09:41 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Scratch 2.0: programming for kids, now in thebrowser
The MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten Group has shipped version 2.0 of Scratch, the justly famed and much-loved programming language for kids. Scratch makes it easy to create powerful simulations ...
09:40 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Do readers judge female characters moreharshly?
Oh yes, writes Maria Konnikova in The Atlantic: "Work by social psychologists like Susan Fiske and Mina Cikara has repeatedly demonstrated that women are perceived and evaluated on different criteria ...
09:39 am PDT - Fri, May 10, 2013
BoingBoing Will Wright criticizes Sim City DRM, feels "bad for theteam"
Ta-Nahesi Coates on Sim City's DRM fiasco: "Even the game's creator agrees I shouldn't have to play with others in order to play at all." He's riffing on Steve Peterson's interview with the legendary ...
11:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Chest-bursterpendant
Etsy maker CthulhuWakeUp made this stonking chestburster necklace pendant, and granted an interview to the Girl Gone Geek blog about his art: Practicing digital sculpture in my own time, I came up wit...
10:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Bake a Mean Spirited Censorship Pie with the Electronic FrontierFoundation
EFF is celebrating the new inductees into its Takedown Hall of Shame with a new cooking show! In this episode, EFF staffer Parker Higgins bakes a "Mean Spirited Censorship Pie" -- which is what all ha...
09:55 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Comedy boy-band extols virtues of indiegames
James sez, "The boys of Viva La Dirt League (a New Zealand boy-band parody group specialising in songs about Starcraft!) have just released this funny, awesome, video about the pleasures of buying ind...
09:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO fix security after the Bostonbombing
As we think about the postmortem on security procedures following from the Boston Marathon attack and plan on new procedures, Bruce Schneier has some crucial security design advice: don't forget trans...
08:36 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing TSA hearing for "Naked American Hero" JohnBrennan
Remember our happy mutant comrade John Brennan, who removed his clothes at the Portland Airport during a TSA screening? He was acquitted of a ridiculous indecent exposure charge, and now he is appeali...
07:53 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Baconcoin tees -- limited timeonly!
Bitcoins? Pah. Warren Ellis and Diesel Sweeties have teamed up to offer a limited edition Baconcoin tee -- available until May 14 -- that finally proposes a currency based on fat, nitrites, and salt, ...
06:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO search the Web like theNSA
Wired's Kim Zetter rounds up some of the highlights from Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research [PDF], an NSA guide to finding unintentionally published confidential material on the Web prod...
06:29 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 095: Ruben Bolling and NateDiMeo
In this episode of Gweek, I talked to Ruben Bolling and Nate DiMeo. Ruben Bolling is the creator of “Tom the Dancing Bug,” the weekly comic strip that premieres every Wednesday on Boing Bo...
05:45 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: "I am innocent," Ros Montt tells court in genocide trial, breakingsilence
Photo: still from iPhone video of Ros Montt speaking in his defense to the court for the first time, Thursday May 9, 2013, Guatemala City. (Xeni Jardin) As the trial of Guatemala's former military dic...
05:40 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Wild west (anti)heroes in a rare (and maybe not real) groupphoto
This may be a photo of Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Jesse James, and Charlie Bowdre, taken in Las Vegas (NM) in 1879: "There is that story that these two met in Las Vegas at the Old Adobe Hotel on Jul...
05:35 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Could flickering stars be messages fromET?
Could the flickering and winking of some stars be a kind of Morse Code that extraterrestrials are using to communicate across space? Princeton University astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz and her coll...
05:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Othermill: kickstarting a desktop 3D computer-controlled mill for circuit-boards, jewelry andmore
McArthur Genius Grant winner and maker hero Saul Griffith and his friends have a fully funded Kickstarter on the go for the "Othermill," a computer-controlled mill for creating your own custom circuit...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Hyperbole and a Half returns with another episode ondepression
The amazing and wonderful Hyperbole and a Half is back, with the long-overdue continuation of the 2011 post on depression. This isn't an entirely upbeat post (as you might expect), but it is every bit...
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Selection of Etsy Haunted Mansiontchotchkes
I've just had a deep trawl through Etsy's selection of weird, handmade Haunted Mansion (and hauntedmansionesque) gewgaws and gimcracks, and I herewith present my picks of the lot: Master Gracey Haunte...
02:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Nazi-themed operacancelled
A Dusseldorf production of Wagner's Tannhauser was cancelled this week after the producer "refused to tone down the staging, set in a concentration camp during the Holocaust." [BBC]   &...
02:23 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Dawn of the Chirpy Bugs: A collection of cicada-relatednews
Image: Cicada, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from tinali778's photostream So here is another line to kill space This summer, folks on the East Coast of the US will see (and he...
02:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Locus Awards 2013 ballot announced: a guide to the best sff in2013
The 2013 Locus Awards final ballot has been announced, and as ever, it is a fabulous guide signposting some of the very best work published science fiction and fantasy in the past year -- a perfect pl...
02:17 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing First 20 years of Wiredcovers
Here are the first 20 years of Wired covers in less than 30 seconds. I first met Mark in 1993 when we both worked at Wired. I was Mark's intern! My first day on the job, Mark brought me downstairs to ...
01:59 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Peter Tscherkassky's contemporary cut-upfilms
Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky makes compelling cut-up movies from "found" 16mm and 35mm footage and samples from other movies. All of the frames and clips are treated in the darkro...
01:45 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Animated graphic of meteorites seen impactingEarth
Carlo Zapponi created Bolides, a fantastic animated visualization of meteorites that have been seen hitting the Earth. The data source is the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society's Meteo...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Sometimes, you misplace your Moondust
The University of California, Berkeley recently found 20 vials of Moon dust in an archival warehouse. Apparently, these were all loaned research samples that should have been returned to NASA more tha...
01:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Satellites trace the appearance of crop circles in SaudiArabia
It's not the work of aliens. Instead, you can chalk these crop circles up to humans + money + time. And, with the help of satellite imaging, you can watch as humans use money to change the d...
12:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Stop homeopathic "vaccines" inCanada
The Canadian government has approved the sale of nosodes — homeopathic alternatives to vaccines. I probably don't have to explain to you all why giving children a sugar pill that works no better...
12:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Ros Montt trial enters final phase, 75 years sought for genocide, crimes againsthumanity
Ixil Mayan women read about the trial in today's newspaper, while waiting for day 26 of the proceedings against Ros Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez to begin in the courtroom. The former de facto dictator ...
12:37 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Eschersketch: automated tessellated Escher-esque drawingtoy
Levskaya's Eschersketch is a GitHub-hosted web-toy that produces Escher style tessellated drawings that are very good fun to make and elaborate upon. Eschersketch (Thanks, Hugh!)   &nbs...
12:32 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Ros Montt trial enters closing arguments, 75 years in prison sought by public ministry for genocide, crimes againsthumanity
Photo: Xeni Jardin. Ixil Mayan women read news about the trial, while waiting for day 26 of the proceedings against Ros Montt and Rodriguez Sanchez to begin in the courtroom. The former de facto dicta...
12:15 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Awesome amateur horrormakeup
Click above for full-on grodiness Redditor ImNotJesus has a friend who does her own amateur horror makeup. She's pretty amazing -- check out the ultra-gross fool-the-eye gaping eye-socket wound above....
12:06 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: The science behind historic genocide trial of General Ros Montt (videoreport)
Video above: "From Guatemalan Soil, Unearthing Evidence of Genocide," a report I produced with Miles O'Brien for PBS NewsHour on the science behind the historic genocide trial that is in its concludin...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing New York City's nastiestapartments
The Worst Room is a blog exploring the seedy and insanitary world of New York City's "affordable housing." The home featured above, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is yours for $1200 a month.  &n...
11:56 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing CNN fakes satellite interview with two anchors in same carlot
The medium is the message! This extravagantly bizarre moment, courtesy of the producers of CNN Headline News, defies explanation in its giggle-inducing madness.    ...
11:48 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing The TrollSanctuary
Gym instructor Michelle Kerrins owns more than 3,000 fiery-haired troll dolls and spends much of her week combing thrift stores for more. There's even a video tour of her collection—the segment ...
11:47 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemalan Government declares State of Siege after Mining Protests: videoreport
For PBS NewsHour, I spoke with Miles O'Brien from inside the "State of Siege" zone, where the government has declared a state of military occupation in response to protests over a US/Canadian-owned mi...
11:29 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Movie posters with the working--often muchbetter--titles
What if movies had kept their provisional/stealth titles? [via Reddit]    ...
11:28 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Why We Cannot TurnAway
Jos Ceto Cabo, an Ixil civil war survivor who runs a small NGO that aids fellow Ixil survivors, leads Miles and Xeni to a clandestine grave from the civil war. Photo by Xeni Jardin. GUATEMALA CITY -- ...
11:24 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing The drug war's perverseincentives
How come the police kick down the doors of medica marijuana users, but ignore reports of men keeping girls on leashes? [Kristen Gwynnne at AlterNet]    ...
11:17 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Apple's man behind thecamera
Peter Belanger reveals the technical complexity behind Cupertino's cooly minimalist advertising. [Michael Shane at The Verge]    ...
11:13 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing NeoLucida: kickstarting a new version of the Old Masters' favorite drawinggadget
Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin, two celebrated art profs and dead media specialists, have launched a fantastically successful kickstarter to recreate the Camera Lucida, a gadget much favored by the Old ...
10:11 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing NewsCorp shareholders make another bid to democratize the Murdoch familyempire
The traditional shareholder revolt at NewsCorp (owner of Fox, Fox News, Sky, Harper Collins, the NY Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Sun) is back for another run, and this time it's gathering steam ...
10:09 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Bounce your way to insanity with web gameRebound
Imagine Bennett Foddy's QWOP reduced to abstraction, the warm of embrace of pure insanity. You would have Rebound, an entry in the latest Ludum Dare game development contest by Creatively Bankrupt. My...
09:49 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Deer stealswife
Via Graham Linehan, "a #unicornchaser from yesternet." Previously: Do not mess with baby deer.    ...
12:43 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Skeumorphism, Apple, and Ricardo Montalbn's favorite stationwagon
Over at Apple, Jony Ive is reportedly pulling back on the skeuomorphism for iOS 7. I'm glad. I generally don't care for skeuomorphism except in a very few cases, like the 1982 Chrysler Town & Cou...
12:43 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Skeuomorphism, Apple, and Ricardo Montalbn's favorite stationwagon
Over at Apple, Jony Ive is reportedly pulling back on the skeuomorphism for iOS 7. I'm glad. I don't care for skeuomorphism except in a very few instances, like the 1982 Chrysler Town & Country s...
12:20 am PDT - Thu, May 9, 2013
BoingBoing Welcome to the century of the copyright troll: Prenda Law was just thebeginning
As the saga of the porno copyright trolls Prenda Law moves into its end-game (likely to involve disbarments and jail time for the fraudsters behind the multimillion-dollar scheme that relied on bogus ...
10:06 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Humble Double-Fine Bundle: name your price for an amazing Double Fine gamesbundle
The Humble Indie Bundle is back again, with the The Humble Double Fine Bundle: name your price for three DoubleFine games, pay more than the average and get a fourth, pay $35 or more and get backer ac...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Leather bracelet from BobBasset
The Ukraine's Bob Basset is best known for its leather steampunk/fetish masks, but now the leatherworking group has turned its hand to wrist decorations. They call this a "men's bracelet," but I don't...
07:48 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Strange ways to contract rarediseases
The Body Horrors blog has a new recurring series called Microbial Misadventures — all about times when people met disease-causing microbes under less-than-normal circumstances. It starts with an...
07:42 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Why music makes us all verklempt (or angry, or wistful, or...)
It could just be cultural connections that make us identify one song as happy and another as sad. But, explains Joe Hanson, there's evidence that our emotional connections to music are more universal ...
07:32 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing More evidence that your mom's illnesses can affect your mentalhealth
You've probably heard before that people with schizophrenia are more likely to have been born in winter than other seasons — and that this weird fact could be linked to their mothers coming down...
07:16 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Why a grand, unified theory of artificial intelligence may be a pipedream
A computer scientist and a psychology professor analyze Entropica — the artificial intelligence system that's been getting major buzz in the blogosphere. Quick version: It's a good idea, but it ...
06:31 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Technology, business, culture and more ... from a femaleperspective
Medium just launched Lady Bits, a new collection hosted by former Wired.com editor Arikia Millikan. The goal: Provide a space for the kinds of stories and perspectives that get left out of traditional...
05:51 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing What's climate change ruining now?: The sex lives of paintedturtles
The sex of these turtles is determined by the temperature of the nest while the baby turtles are still egg-bound. The warmer the nest, the more likely the turtles end up female. The warmer it gets in ...
04:55 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Animated Emily the Strange musicvideo
I enjoyed meeting artist Rob Reger last year at Baby Tattoovile. He's making an animated music video of Emily the Strange. He's very close to meeting his Kickstarter goal of $55k.   &nb...
04:32 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about trying to stop tar sands oilpipeline
John Fiege is seeking post-production funds to complete his documentary about a group of people trying to stop a tar sands oil pipeline from running through their property. Above All Else is a feature...
04:23 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Disney files trademark application for "Dia de LosMuertos"
Disney has filed for trademarks on "Dia de Los Muertos" in a wide variety of goods and services -- candy, snacks, cosmetics, toiletries, perfumes, gadgets, jewelry and jewelry boxes, and more. This wo...
03:21 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Shaw re-imagines the Madonna atSFMOMA
As the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art prepares to shutter its South of Market location for the next three years, during which it will spend almost half a billion dollars to more than double its si...
03:04 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Camille Rose Garcia's SnowWhite
At last night's opening for Camille Rose Garcia's breathtaking "Down The Rabbit Hole" painting exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, I bought a copy of Camille's illustrated ed...
02:50 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Here is the photo of the Devil probing a boy's head you were lookingfor
1847 was a banner year for phrenology textbook covers. "The Devil Examining the Head of a Boy" Frontspiece to a Manual on Phrenology; 1847, The Wellcome Library    ...
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Dictionary of Surrealism and the GraphicImage
BB contributor Mark Dery says: Rick Poynor, an unapproachably brilliant writer on design and visual culture, has generously posted at Design Observer the glossary of Surrealist concepts from his catal...
02:19 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing IT Crowd coming back for a finalepisode!
Wahoo! It's official: the IT Crowd will reunite for a final episode. My favorite new sitcom of the century will be back -- something that seemed less and less likely as the careers of its stars reache...
02:12 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Bicycle hackers of1948
In 1948, a group of makers in Chicago's "National Bicycle Dealers Association" took to modding their bikes in very creative and downright weird ways. They are the progenitors of Cyclecide, San Francis...
01:57 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO: Laser-cut and 3D printed recordalbums
Amanda Ghassaei used a laser cutter to engrave audio into wood, acrylic, and paper discs. Sure, the sound quality is, er, terrible, but art! Previously, Ghassei 3D printed records from MP3 files. She'...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Pedals: music video about musical effectspedals
BB pal Scott Matthews points us to Jack Conte's "Pedals," a terrific celebration of music gear (and robots). The lyrics: Hog Pog Vox Wah Ocatave Multiplexer Big Muff Memory Man Boss Chromatic Tuner Po...
12:41 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: PBS NewsHour report on Ros Montt genocide trial, from Miles O'Brien and XeniJardin
Watch PBS NewsHour tonight (Wednesday, May 8, 2013) for a report that science correspondent Miles O'Brien and I produced from Guatemala on the role forensic science plays in the genocide trial of Jos ...
12:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Hedge fund managers suck at making money (foryou)
The Financial Times analyzed the stock picks of the presenters at this week's Ira Sohn Investment conference in NYC and found that, on average, following a hedge fund manager was a much worse bet than...
12:13 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing German children use bundled inflationary money as blocks,1923
Here's a little visual aid for any inflation hawks out there who're looking for just the right graphic to stick in a powerpoint decrying stimulus packages or extolling gold's virtue: a group of Weimar...
12:11 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S3E6: Hang inthere
The latest episode of Game of Thrones is called "The Climb," and it sees us crossing the Wall into the land of heavy-handed metaphors. What's the difference between a pin and a brooch, anyway? Let's r...
12:08 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Sony ditching terrible product names, but is new Vaio Fit laptop series anygood?
Engadget's Dana Wollman reviews the Vaio Fit, which replaces all models from the Sony E4359-DX93034t81 to the T15-ZZS3. It's a very attractive and well-made metal machine, for a relatively inexpensive...
12:01 pm PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Day 25 of genocide trial opens, amid ever-murky legalhijinks
Photo: James Rodriguez, mimundo.org. An Ixil Mayan woman listens to Spanish-Ixil translation in the courtroom during the historic genocide trial against former de facto dictator Efrain Rios Montt and ...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing No internet forSyria
Nicole Perlroth: "Syrias access to the Internet was cut on Tuesday. The most likely culprit, security researchers said, was the Syrian government." [NYT]    ...
11:50 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Amazingtreehouses
Leslie Horn collects some of the most ingenious, Myst-tastic treehouses on the planet. [Gizmodo]    ...
11:49 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Historical figuresmodernized
The Telegraph gives William Shakespeare, Henry VIII and others a digital makeover.    ...
11:43 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Add the missing Snoop to yourphotos
It is no longer hard being Snoop L-I-O-N! It is as easy as tapping a sticker on your friends forehead! Snoop has an app and PetaPixel has the story: The app, which is available for both iOS and Androi...
11:42 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: God-Man's NewReboot!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a popular omnipotent superhero undergoes a REBOOT... but what will the new GOD-MAN?    ...
11:30 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO build a working digital computer out of paperclips (andstuff)
Windell at Evil Mad Scientist Labs has dredged up an amazing project book from the Internet Archive: How to Build a Working Digital Computer (1967) (by Edward Alcosser, James P. Phillips, and Allen M....
09:47 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Mousetronaut: kids' picture book about mouse in space, written by a Shuttlepilot
Moustetronaut is a lovely picture book by Mark Kelly, a former Space Shuttle pilot and husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It tells the story of Meteor, an experimental NASA mouse who ...
12:19 am PDT - Wed, May 8, 2013
BoingBoing Child abuse PSA street-poster has a secret message forkids
The Anar Foundation and Grey Spain created a lenticular street-poster about child abuse that shows a "secret" message to people who view it from a kid's eye-height. ANAR Foundation manages in Spain th...
10:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Zach Braff: Man of the People or Horrible Person?(Neither)
Emmy winning writer/director/producerKen Levine went after Zach Braff today in a blog post about the actor's recent foray into crowdfunding. The Scrubs alum has raised millions of dollars for his plan...
09:34 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Faced with excommunication threat, Irish PM explains separation of church and state toCardinal
The Catholic Church threatened to excommunicate Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny if he held a scheduled vote on Ireland's new abortion law. He responded: Everybodys entitled to their opinion here but a...
08:27 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Don't ever speak to the FBI without a tape recorder running and a lawyerpresent
Civil liberties and civil rights attorney Harvey Silvergvate made this video to show you how to protect yourself from FBI agents who will interview you, then claim you lied so they can threaten you wi...
07:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing 23 words that have remained unchanged for 15,000years
"A research team led by Mark Pagel at the University of Reading in England has identified 23 'ultraconserved words' that have remained largely unchanged for 15,000 years." - Washington Post (Thanks, D...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Onion gets hacked by Syrian propagandists, responds with funnyarticle
The Onion got hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, who proceeded to send out a bunch of tweets that could have been mistaken for actual Onion tweets making fun of the sort of thing that Syrian propag...
05:46 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Timelapse of beautiful, ancient, endangered red pine forest inOntario
Here's a beautiful timelapse video of an endangered, uniquely significant red pine forest in Ontario. The Ontario government has just renewed the mining licenses for the territory around it: Wolf Lake...
04:57 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Camille Rose Garcia "Alice in Wonderland" exhibit in SanFrancisco
Opening at San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum on Thursday is "Down the Rabbit Hole," a show of Camille Rose Garcia's magnificent, dark, and dreamy paintings created for her illustrated edition ...
04:49 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing New Tom Gauld print: "Some advice on how to cope in these toughtimes"
Cartoonist Tom Gauld (author of You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack) has a gorgeous new letterpress print. A three colour letterpress print on 175gsm Somerset paper in an edition of 250 signed and n...
04:41 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Content barons are the richestCEOs
Alan sez, "Following up on Bloomberg's earlier posting of the CEO-to-average pay ratio, the NY Times has looked laterally across CEO pay levels and discovered that the richest of the rich are the 'med...
04:23 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing The comics of JoanCornell
Joan Cornellà's painted cartoon strips are wonderfully weird.    ...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing EFF updates the Takedown Hall ofShame
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published its latest "Takedown Hall of Shame" installment, listing three companies that used baseless and stupid legal threats to censor the Internet. The curren...
03:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 007: JeffSmith
This is episode 7 of Boing Boing's, Tell Me Something I Don't Know. It's an interview podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the re...
03:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a CC-licensed translation of classic Yiddish book Poylishe Velder (In The Forests ofPoland)
Eric sez, Best selling author and native Yiddish speaker Michael Wex has launched an indiegogo campaign to translate what he is calling the most important work of world literature that you've probably...
02:45 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Ray Harryhausen (1920 -2013)
One of the greats is gone today. Thanks for the wonderful movies, Ray! The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He...
02:30 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing A train hopper'sphotos
When Mike Brodie was 17, he hopped his first train and instantly fell in love with the freedom of riding the rails, sans ticket. Shortly thereafter, in 2004, he came upon an old instant camera and qui...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Cooking breakfast in abag
Tom Fassbender went camping with his daughter and cooked bacon and eggs in a paper bag set over campfire coals. He says it was a "mixed success" but the results look tasty! An Experiment in Campfire C...
02:08 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Bring on The Night, from Jim Guthrie's first solo album in adecade
Jim Guthrie, the composer of Sword & Sworcery's soundtrack, has released Takes Time, his first solo album in a decade. Andrew Webster interviewed him for The Verge: "Sword & Sworcery taught ...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Microscale 3Dprinter
German start-up Nanoscribe is commercialized a 3D "micro printer" that uses a near-infrared laser to print tiny structures with features as small as 30 nanometers, roughly one-third the thickness of a...
01:42 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Zombie work safety PSA made by high schoolstudents
Vincent sez, "Our high school film class from Oak Park High in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada made this zombie-themed PSA to spread the message about a worker's right to refuse unsafe work. It's a big iss...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing $10 gadget contains "the entire English Wikipedia with 3 milliontopics"
I don't have a Pandigital WikiReader so I don't know if it's any good or not, but I love the idea of a $10 hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. I ordered one just because it has a "Random" article button...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing $10 gadget contains "the entire English Wikipedia with 3 million topics" (now$25)
(UPDATE: They've jacked the price up to $25!) I don't have a Pandigital WikiReader so I don't know if it's any good or not, but I love the idea of a $10 hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. I ordered one...
01:13 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an RPG for kids 8 andup
An illustrator and games publisher have teamed up to kickstart "Adventure Maximus!", a streamlined, cards-and-dice RPG aimed at kids eight and up (though there's an endorsement from a six-year-old on ...
12:06 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Genocide trial starts then stops; State of Siege near USCanadian minecontinues
Photo: James Rodriguez, a US-Mexican documentary photographer based in Guatemala since 2006, traveled to the State of Siege zone to document the conditions last week in Jalapa and Santa Rosa Guatemala...
12:02 pm PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Prenda law judge says porno copyright trolls are frauds, identity thieves; $80K in fines and disbarmentpending
Judge Wright has issued his long-awaited ruling in the case of Prenda Law, the notorious porno copyright trolls who used fraud and bullying to extort millions from Internet users by threatening to sue...
11:17 am PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the FuriousFive
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!    ...
11:05 am PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Review: Pebble e-paperwatch
69k backers. $10m in the can. But now that the Pebble E-paper watch is showing up on our wrists, was it worth it?    ...
10:42 am PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing VR helmet Guillotinesimulator
Disunion is a guillotine simulator that uses the Oculus Rift VR headset to bring you a realistic experience of being beheaded (this experience is enhanced by a strategic neck-chop!). It was created in...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Complex 90: Mickey Spillanes lost thriller (exclusiveexcerpt)
Below, an excerpt from Mickey Spillane’s lost Mike Hammer Cold War thriller, Complex 90, finished by Max Allan Collins. Mickey Spillane’s lost Mike Hammer Cold War thriller, completed by h...
09:45 am PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong: YA graphic novel about robots, romance and schoolelections
Back in September 2012, I posted about Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, a fantastic YA graphic novel about robotics, cheerleaders, and school council elections adapted by Faith Erin Hicks (a favorite of...
01:58 am PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Meet Charles Ramsay, Internet Hero andGentleman
Charles Ramsey rescued three women in Cleveland Ohio today—women who had been missing for more than a decade. The interview he gave to local news after the rescue is a thing of beauty. Beauty an...
12:06 am PDT - Tue, May 7, 2013
BoingBoing Wreck it Ralphcosplayers
DeviantArt's TwinFools snapped these photos of a pair of amazing "Wreck it Ralph" cosplayers at Sakura Con 8D. They are absolutely perfect! The Ballad of Calhoun and Felix (via The Mary Sue) &nbs...
09:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Tim Wu and Cory talk networks, policy and thefuture
Slate's "Stranger Than Fiction" podcast has just aired its second episode: a discussion between Tim Wu (a cyberlawyer, Internet scholar and good egg) and me (MP3)! Future installments will include tal...
07:53 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: Dennis the SullenMenace
"A few years ago I got busted for dealing acid and marijuana. The judge gave me three years in the Idaho State Penitentiary." From Real Stuff #1 (Fantagraphics, December 1990).    ...
07:39 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest videos in Boing Boing's video postarchives
Among the most recent video posts you will find on our all-new video archive page: • 2 months on an Antarctic icebreaker • Hannah Peel covers OMD's "Electricity" on an antique music box &#...
07:35 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 094: Director Chris Columbus and writer Ned Vizzini, authors of House ofSecrets
In this episode of Gweek, I talked to Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus about their new book, House of Secrets. Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling calls House of Secrets “a breakneck, jam-packed, r...
07:25 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: "An attempt to decimate the future," Ixil testimony at genocidetrial
Skylight Pictures, the team behind "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator," and "When the Mountains Tremble," have been here in Guatemala observing and documenting the historic genocide trial against former...
06:47 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printed gunfires
Yesterday, I wrote about Defense Distributed's 3D printed handgun, and asked whether it would fire, and how many rounds it could fire before experiencing stress fractures, melting, etc. Now, Forbes's ...
06:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Cow is unwelcomevisitor
"If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow." -- U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater (Via Filled with Chocolate Pudding)    ...
05:58 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Why do US. Congress members get free airportparking?
"Because they’re the ones making the rules." A video followup to Cory's post from last week. Free airport parking for Congress: a reminder that the rich write the rules    ...
05:51 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing "Work & worry. Sickness and debt." -- last entries of F. Scott Fitzgerald'sledger
The last pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ledger (Via World's Best Ever)    ...
05:23 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Man who lost life savings on carnival game gets Taiwanese animationtreatment
Brought to you by the fine folks at the hard-hitting Tomo News video site, here's an animated recap of the fellow who lost his life savings in an attempt to win a game console at a carnival bucket tos...
05:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Celebrityinventors
Margaret Thatcher invented Soft Scoop Ice Cream. Marlon Brando invented a drum tuner. Jamie Lee Curtis patented a diaper with sealed pockets. Charlie Sheen invented a Chapstick dispenser, which "allow...
04:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Fake securitycameras
Amazon sells lots of fake security cameras, but this one for $9 is my favorite. It would be fun to install them on telephone poles in neighborhoods, or even better, as Funk Daddy suggests, in inapprop...
04:34 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Two months aboard an Antarctic ice breaker, condensed to 5minutes
Featuring five different kinds of sea ice + penguins on fast forward    ...
04:15 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing The trouble withWerner
Amy Shira Teitel has a nice essay about how we grapple with (and awkwardly avoid) the full legacy of Werner Von Braun — father of the American space program and a Nazi whose rockets were once bu...
04:09 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Bee deaths and historicalcontext
We've talked before here at BoingBoing about how "Colony Collapse Disorder" is probably more than one thing, with more than one cause. Another important detail to keep in mind as you read media report...
03:35 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Former FBI counterterrorism agent implies that US records all US phonecalls
Glenn Greenwald notes the alarming revelation from a CNN Out Front interview between host Erin Burnett and Tim Clemente, "a former FBI counterterrorism agent," where Clemente claimed that the FBI had ...
03:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Smuggled dinosaur bones returned toMongolia
A rare Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton has been returned to the government of Mongolia by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service. The specimen was looted from the Gobi Desert and ill...
03:32 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Stormtrooper on aunicycle
Something something a little short something something. While driving, I came across what appears to be a stormtrooper riding a unicycle. (imgur.com)    ...
02:14 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Game ofBrogues
From Max Read's fantastic article nitpicking the inconsistencies in Game of Thrones' deployment of regional British accents: "The show has dragons, who cares if the accents don't match?": Well, first ...
02:09 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Boob-enhanced armor would have beendeadly
Here's a nice analysis of why, were you actually a female warrior of olden times, you would not have wanted to wear a breastplate that showed off your breasts. Shorter version: Room for boobs is good....
01:48 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Working with your microbiome to produce better-scentedbreath
Our great, collective, ongoing realization that wiping out all the bacteria in our bodies may not actually be a great idea marches on. At Scientific American, Deborah Franklin writes about chronic hal...
01:41 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing A beautifulbacterium
David Goodsell of the Scripps Research Institute made this lovely watercolor illustration of a cell of Mycoplasma mycoides. This bacterium is the cause of a deadly respiratory disease that affects cat...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Anti-war ads from the1930s
On the Vintage Ads LiveJournal, a fascinating set of anti-war ads from the 1930s protest group World Peaceways (see the full-sized version to read the text). They ran an anti-imperialist anti-war camp...
12:13 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Bieber attacked atpiano
Liberace never had to deal with this nonsense. [CBS]    ...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing How to shut down a restaurant inMexico
Be the offpsring of someone powerful. The BBC's Will Grant: In walks Andrea Benitez, a wealthy 20-something, looking for a table. Told that the one she wanted wasn't available, she threw what can only...
11:29 am PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing The Princess Can Save Herself, ThankYou
The "Code Monkey Saves World" project is about to stretch itself into the world of kickass princesses. Troubadour Jonathan Coulton and filmmaker and comics writer Greg Pak teamed up a few weeks ago to...
11:19 am PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing Old School Dungeons & Dragons: Wizards of the Coasts ProblemChild
As Dungeons and Dragons became more rulebound and combat-oriented, some players revived older, more expressive forms of the game. But is the Old School Renaissance itself just more nerd fundamentalism...
10:23 am PDT - Mon, May 6, 2013
BoingBoing When hairdryers looked like mind-controldevices
Every now and again, Dark Roasted Blend busts out a super-set of vintage photos of some gadget, technology, or system from yesteryear that is so surpassingly fantastic that it stops you cold. Today is...
09:55 pm PDT - Sun, May 5, 2013
BoingBoing Former Tory mayor admits to beating up woman who videod him parkingillegally
Brian Coleman, a former Conservative mayor and concillor has admitted to assaulting a constituent who was video-recording him while he parked illegally to use an ATM. Coleman had been unpopular for pa...
06:40 pm PDT - Sun, May 5, 2013
BoingBoing Ben Laurie onBitCoin
I wrote yesterday about Dan Kaminsky's excellent thoughts on BitCoin, and wished aloud for comparable work from Ben Laurie. It turns out such work exists: here's Ben's critique of BitCoin, and here's ...
04:20 pm PDT - Sun, May 5, 2013
BoingBoing Austin "You" Grossman and Robin "Mr Penumbra" Sloan reading, San Francisco, May11
The next SF-in-SF free science fiction event looks like a seriously fabulous evening: both Austin Grossman (author of YOU) and Robin Sloan (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore) will give a free reading a...
01:15 pm PDT - Sun, May 5, 2013
BoingBoing 12-year-old calls out cop for illegal parking, cop refuses to provide badgenumber
In this short video, a young man who identifies himself as a 12-year-old named Jeremy approaches a Las Vegas Metro motorcycle cop who has illegally parked his motorcycle on a sidewalk, apparently in o...
10:59 am PDT - Sun, May 5, 2013
BoingBoing Chase your own unicorn with these Unicornicopiashoes
The Unicornicopia Pumps from Iron Fist "run slightly small", according to several shoppers.    ...
10:09 am PDT - Sun, May 5, 2013
BoingBoing Defense Distributed claims working 3D printedhandgun
Defense Distributed's Cody Wilson claims he has attained his stated goal of 3D printing a working handgun. There's no footage of it firing yet, nor details on how many rounds it fires before the plast...
03:54 pm PDT - Sat, May 4, 2013
BoingBoing Dan Kaminski onBitCoin
Ever since BitCoin appeared, I've been waiting for two security experts to venture detailed opinions on it: Dan Kaminsky and Ben Laurie. Dan has now weighed in, with a long, thoughtful piece on the me...
03:54 pm PDT - Sat, May 4, 2013
BoingBoing Dan Kaminsky onBitCoin
Ever since BitCoin appeared, I've been waiting for two security experts to venture detailed opinions on it: Dan Kaminsky and Ben Laurie. Dan has now weighed in, with a long, thoughtful piece on the me...
12:51 pm PDT - Sat, May 4, 2013
BoingBoing PLOS Computational Biology wants your t-shirtdesigns
Alan sez, "The fine folk doing open-access science at PLOS are once again crowd-sourcing their T-shirt design. They want something that 'appeal[s] to the computational biology community and encapsulat...
09:49 am PDT - Sat, May 4, 2013
BoingBoing Hannah Peel covers OMD's "Electricity" on an antique musicbox
Rick sez, "Hannah Peel found an old musical box in her grandmother's trunk, and rebuilt it, sampled it, looped it and created this lovely cover version of the OMD song Electricity. The very inexpensiv...
12:21 am PDT - Sat, May 4, 2013
BoingBoing Masterclass in making with Bunnie Huang at the Hardware InnovationWorkshop
On May 14-15, Make is hosting its second annual Hardware Innovation Workshop in San Mateo, CA. There's a pretty amazing speaker lineup, but perhaps most exciting is a "Maker Pro Master Class" with And...
10:09 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Prison and racial segregation: why a Jewish guy eats with the AryanBrotherhood
From a 2009 Southern Poverty Law Center report, David Arenberg describes his life as a Jewish guy inside a heavily racially segregated state prison where he faces violence and even death if he doesn't...
08:13 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Why "connecting the dots" is the wrong way to think about stoppingterrorism
Bruce Schneier has a great op-ed on CNN on why it's stupid to talk about whether the FBI should have "connected the dots" on the Boston bomber. As Bruce points out, it's only in hindsight that there's...
05:58 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing DroneShield: crowdfunded, networked dronedetectors
DroneShield is an indieGOGO project from a DC aerospace engineer that aims to build a tiny, net-connected drone-detector/identifier. Based on a Raspberry Pi gumstick computer, it uses a mic to detect ...
05:05 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Looking for mathematical perfection in all the wrongplaces
The Golden Ratio — that geometric expression of the Fibonacci sequence of numbers (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, etc.) — has influenced the way master painters created art and can be spotted occurring na...
04:50 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing When all the cool kids were hijackingairplanes
Between 1968 and 1973, somebody hijacked a commercial airliner nearly every week.    ...
04:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Speed-aging bourbon with the power oftechnology
When bourbon ages, what's actually happening is that daily fluctuations in temperature are changing the pressure in the barrel, forcing liquid in and out of pores in the oak. At NPR, Alan Greenblatt w...
04:24 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Casio Pathfinder Solar AtomicWatch
I’ve owned a Casio Pathfinder Solar Atomic series watch for about 5 years. The best things about it: 1) it’s solar powered (I don’t like replacing batteries) and 2) it’s linked...
04:23 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Baby humans are premature, fetalapes
My dad calls the first few months of a baby's life "the necessary larval stage". I've heard other people refer to it as "the fourth trimester". Basically, newborn human babies are pretty useless, as f...
03:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing This Antarctic documentary looksbeautiful
Antarctica: A Year On Ice looks like it's going to offer a damn fine supply of polar landscape porn. Be sure to stick through to the final scene of the trailer, which is awe-inspiring in an entirely d...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Labs of the heroic age ofscience
On IO9, Vincze Mikls has rounded up a beautiful gallery of photos of vintage science labs, from the Renaissance to Pasteur and Edison and ENIAC. Labs like these are the source of the shared dream of w...
03:26 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Jews are the bestmagicians
"The Jews have the greatest powers of sorcery, and they make use of this tool," top Iranian official Mehdi Taeb said last week. He's right, we do. "Iranian official: Jews used sorcery against Iran" (J...
03:10 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing What happens when you mix global disease and authoritariangovernments
When SARS emerged in China in 2002, the Chinese government tried to cover it up, waiting months to inform the World Health Organization. In fact, the WHO first heard about SARS from a Canadian monitor...
02:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Kevin Mack;s new 3D printedsculptures
My friend Kevin Mack will be in an upcoming art show at PS Zask Gallery to exhibit his mind-bending 3D printed sculptures. My sculptures are created digitally using a variety of tools and processes. T...
02:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Kevin Mack's new 3D printedsculptures
My friend Kevin Mack will be in an upcoming art show at PS Zask Gallery to exhibit his mind-bending 3D printed sculptures. My sculptures are created digitally using a variety of tools and processes. T...
02:28 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Smartphone app gives public access to Malibu's illegal "private"beaches
For decades, the unimaginably wealthy residents of Malibu's oceanfront mansions have been using sneaky tricks to prevent the public from accessing the beautiful beaches in the area. But, as reported i...
02:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Clickable musical genremap
"Every Noise At Once" is a fun, clickable map of musical genres where you can hear samples of the bands.    ...
01:42 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Rat dressed as mutton inChina
"More than 900 people have been arrested in China for selling fake or tainted meat in the last three months, state media say. ... In one case, the suspects made fake mutton from foxes, mink and rats a...
01:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing FreeCC kids' picture book: The Story of a Piece ofPaper
Natalie Judd comes out to many of my events in Toronto with her charming kids, and while I knew she was an artist (mostly lovely mosaics), I hadn't had a chance to get a good look at her work until to...
01:31 pm PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Easy win for publishing: network and systematize PR andmarketing
My latest Locus column, "Improving Book Publicity in the 21st Century," addresses the lack of automation and management in traditional publishing an publicity, and suggests some simple and cheap ways ...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Homemade laser pops 100balloons
Scott A. Stevenson modded a Blu-ray laser flashlight to run at 500mW and used it to pop 100 black balloons. For science! 100 black balloons vs. Blu-ray laser! It is all over in under 8 seconds. The so...
10:45 am PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing 8-year-old's invention for keeping books dry in thebath
This ingenious technique for safeguarding books from falling in the bathtub was invented by redditor Crash-From-Space's 8-year-old daughter. The suction cup came from the plumbing aisle at Home Despot...
10:27 am PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Homemade Thor's hammer with an 80,000 volt Tesla coil init
Not content with a "crappy plastic Thor's hammer," Caleb from Hackaday made himself a Tesla-coil-equipped Mjolnir with a tiny, 80,000 volt Tesla coil in its head. It shoots lightning! Lots of built ph...
10:17 am PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine's "White People and the DamageDone"
Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine's new album, White People and the Damage Done, is an artifact from an alternate reality in which the Dead Kennedys never dissolved in acrimony, and i...
10:12 am PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Lawsuit: Warner Brothers a cat memecopycat
Media companies have dirty hands when it comes to copyright infringement? Timothy B. Lee at Ars: Warner Brothers is facing a federal lawsuit for using two feline-themed Internet memes in a video game ...
09:58 am PDT - Fri, May 3, 2013
BoingBoing Turkish Airlines bars staff from wearinglipstick
Europe's fourth-largest airline said the ban was aimed at keeping crews "artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones", reports Ayla Jean Yackley; Turkey's move toward a more conservative bran...
11:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing OpenWorm: an artificial life sim of anearthworm
Wagner James Au sez, "OpenWorm, as the name suggests, is a collaborative open source project to computationally create a simple artificial life form -- an earth worm -- from the cellular level to a po...
10:05 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Running on a long, deep pool ofooblek
This 2006 gameshow clip shows contestants running back and forth atop a deep pool of non-Newtonian fluid -- ooblek -- without sinking in. They run, they skip, they hop, and maintain admirable aplomb a...
09:34 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Mitt Romney urges grads to procreate likerabbits
Matt says: "In his commencement address to the graduating class at Southern Virginia University (a largely Mormon school), Mitt Romney urged the graduates to 'Get married, and have a quiver full of ki...
09:29 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing The return ofKids
The good people over at Narrative.ly caught up with some of the surviving cast members of the 1995 film Kids.Written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark, Kids was a raw glimpse at life insid...
08:31 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: "San Rafael Mine State of Siege," photo-essay by JamesRodriguez
Photo: James Rodriguez of mimundo.org [Posted from Guatemala City] As reported previously on Boing Boing, the Guatemalan government has declared a 30-day State of Siege in 4 communities surrounding th...
07:10 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: state of siege declared as Army, police crack down after protests against Canadian-ownedmine
Photo: Troops entering the region around a disputed mining site, shortly after the declaration of a State of Siege by the government of Guatemala. Photo: guatemala.gob.gt. Photo: Carlos Andrino. "Case...
07:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Old ads for newunderwear
This weekend's contest on the Vintage Ads LiveJournal is old underwear ads, and the group is filling up with some extraordinary pics. Here are some of my faves (click to go through to the original pos...
06:09 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: state of emergency declared as Army, police crack down after protests against Canadian-ownedmine
Photo: Troops entering the region around a disputed mining site, shortly after the declaration of a state of emergency by the government of Guatemala. Photo: guatemala.gob.gt. Photo: Carlos Andrino. "...
05:42 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing CISPA is not dead! It's coming back -- getready!
Evan from Fight for the Future sez, "All of your phone calls, emails, petition signatures, and tweets are working. The privacy-killing back-from-the-dead zombie bill CISPA is a bit stalled in the Sena...
05:39 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Molly Crabapple's SHELL GAME, free andCC
Robbo sez, "Molly Crabapple's first major solo show, SHELL GAME, closed last Tuesday. Yesterday she released hi-res versions of the works under Creative Commons Share-Alike Non-Commercial. In her word...
04:30 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing A fantastic long read about activism and nuclearweapons
Last summer, a nun, a drifter, and a house painter broke into the secure compound surrounding the Oak Ridge National Laboratory — the laboratory that made uranium for the Manhattan Project and c...
04:04 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing What neuroscientists think of the BRAINInitiative
In general, they seem to like it. But with reservations. The Obama Administration's highly touted brain-mapping program — pitched as a neurological analog to the Human Genome Project — mig...
03:58 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Evolution, pregnancy, andfood
The populations at lowest risk for developing gestational diabetes — namely, ladies of European decent — come from cultures that eat (and have eaten, for thousands of years) dairy and whea...
03:56 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Unboxing a mysterious trunk in theattic
Reddit user Lumpytuna found a trunk of wonderful old junque in her attic and videoed the unboxing, as well as posting a great inventory set to Imgur. The ensuing discussion is lively and funny. Pics! ...
03:03 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial struggles toward confusion as confusion reigns incourtroom
A 1982 photograph by Jean-Marie Simon of Otto Perez Molina; he commanded the Guatemalan Army in Nebaj, Quich, Guatemala at the time, and is now President. Nebaj is part of the region at issue in an on...
03:03 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial struggles toward completion as confusion reigns incourtroom
A 1982 photograph by Jean-Marie Simon of Otto Perez Molina; he commanded the Guatemalan Army in Nebaj, Quich, Guatemala at the time, and is now President. Nebaj is part of the region at issue in a gen...
03:01 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Colonialcannibalism
While starving during the winter of 1609, residents of Jamestown, Virginia likely ate at least one person, a teenage girl. Archaeologists found her skeleton last summer and it's riddled with cut marks...
02:52 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing What happens in a tiger shark's uterus stays in a tiger shark'suterus
Unborn tiger sharks eat their own siblings while still inside their mother's womb. This must-read wow moment from Ed Yong includes such fantastic sentences as, "Its so voracious that at least one scie...
02:48 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Gull eats starfish, auditions for role as LOLanimal
Writer Darren Naish, who blogs at Tretrapod Zoology, took this photo of a Larus gull attempting to chow down on an awkwardly shaped starfish. (And, really, are there any other kind of starfish? Especi...
02:25 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Tiny alien skeleton suspected of beinghuman
This tiny skeleton, just 6 inches long, was found a decade ago in Chile's Atacama Desert. Scientists now report that DNA and other test results prove that it is human. Fox Mulder believes otherwise. "...
02:22 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Tyler, the Creator punks PepsiCo with arguably the most racist commercial inhistory.
PepsiCo, in an attempt to appear hip, hired Tyler, the Creator to direct a series of Mountain Dew commercials. Tyler, the Creator took advantage of this opportunity to make an ad that was so over-the-...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Mother missing for 11 years turns herselfin
Eleven years ago, Brenda Heist of central Pennsylvania vanished. She had dropped her kids, then 8 and 12, off at school. Dinner was defrosting. Laundry was half-done. And then she was gone without a t...
01:49 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of filthy Walmartstores
I once read that people who litter not only have little respect for the world around them, but that they also have little respect for themselves. I believe it. So is it any wonder that Walmart -- whic...
01:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent DIYmailboxes
Excellent collection of DIY geeky and arty mailboxes. "22 unusual and creative mailboxes you dont see everyday" (via MAKE)    ...
01:16 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing In one month the SFMOMA closes for three years forrenovation
If you're in the Bay Area and like modern art, now's the time. On June 2nd, the SFMOMA closes to begin a three year long renovation. There will be some exhibits at other museums through them, but the ...
12:41 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Stop motion movie made by moving individualatoms
IBM nanoscientists used a scanning tunneling microscope to push around carbon monoxide molecules to create this stop motion animation. The image has been magnified 100 million times. See below for a v...
12:21 pm PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: A Job at the New York Times(1959)
Chapter Four concludes with a job at the New York Times travel desk, a bit of music from the Monk Quartet, and a rotten act from Norman Mailer.    ...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO play Tetrisforever
Given a standard Tetris engine (which drops pieces in a pseudorandom order, has previews, and allows holding), this method will allow you to play Tetris forever. As always, the most fascinating thing ...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing The cult of Shadow of theColossus
Simon Parkin writes about the quest to find a "last big secret" in the mysterious, epic game Shadow of the Colossus. Time and time again he'd load the game, steer Agro towards this postcard-perfect vi...
09:42 am PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Topsy Turvy World: surreal kids' picturebook
TOPSY TURVY WORLD is one of the new titles from Flying Eye, the kids' imprint of London's wonderful NoBrow publishing. Like the rest of the line (recently reviewed titles include Welcome to Your Aweso...
02:14 am PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Clever, vintage covers for Orwellreissues
Spotted these yesterday (though they've been around for a while): Penguin's done a bunch of George Orwell paperback reissues with clever and vintagey covers. The Nineteen Eighty-Four has a black mask ...
01:15 am PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Kris Kross's Chris Kelly aka Mac Daddy,RIP
Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly of Kris Kross has died. He was 34. Kris Kross's big hit, of course, was "Jump" from their 1992 album "All Krossed Out." And yes, they were the kids who wore their pants backwar...
12:10 am PDT - Thu, May 2, 2013
BoingBoing Infographic: how money corrupts Congress, and what to do aboutit
Money wins Elections is an excellent, scrolling infographic that illustrates how money corrupts the American legislative process, showing that time and again, Congress has voted the way that the big m...
11:52 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing The Matrix, retold byMom
Austin filmmaker Joe Nicolosi: "My mom hadn't seen (or heard of) the Wachowski's classic sci-fi film The Matrix. We watched the entire movie together and right after she told me what it was all about....
10:53 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Guantanamo attorney found dead in apparentsuicide
Jason Leopold at Truthout reports that an attorney who represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay, where a mass hunger strike is ongoing, was found dead last week in what sources said was a suicide: Andy...
09:59 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Bloomberg publishes CEO-to-employee-paychart
Alan sez, "Bloomberg got tired of waiting for the SEC to implement its own rule requiring disclosure of data on how many times the median salary the CEO makes for publicly traded companies so they did...
09:47 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Dig the latest videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Rob gave our Boing Boing video post archives a sweet makeover recently. Among the most recent video posts you will find on our all-new video page: • PBS: The Movie, a PBS Meets The Avengers paro...
09:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing US Supreme Court deals blow to transparency; you can help fightback
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that states can ban out-of-staters from filing FOIA and public records requests. In response, MuckRock is asking for volunteers in those states to help MuckRock file ...
09:40 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing How Wirecutter's Brian Lamworks
My friend Brian Lam, whom I recently visited in Hawaii, knows how to live—and work. He wrote a wonderful piece for Lifehacker that you must read. Snip: I recommend everyone either fix your job o...
09:27 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Notable new Vladimir Putin memesurfaces
Meet The Putins [9GAG].    ...
09:14 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing PBS: The Movie, a PBS Meets The Avengers parodyshort
Steven Hudson of Cinesaurus, who produced this excellent nerd short, says: It seems that we live in a world where more young people aspire to be future Kardashians and Jersey Shore-folk rather than sc...
08:26 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing High schooler blows stuff up for science ends up charged with afelony
A Florida high school student with an interest in science mixed together aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner as an experiment. To her surprise, the mixture exploded. Unfortunately for Kiera Wilmot, ...
07:45 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Mozilla to FinSpy: stop disguising your "lawful interception" spyware asFirefox
The Mozilla Foundation has sent a legal threat to Gamma International, a UK company that makes a product called "FinSpy" that is used by governments, including brutal dictatorships to spy on dissident...
06:24 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing White Men Wearing GoogleGlass
A funny Tumblr: "White Men Wearing Google Glass" (Bonus points for including Bruce Sterling.) (via Jason Tester)    ...
06:16 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Inexpensive smooth writing pencil: Mirado BlackWarrior
The Mirado Black Warrior pencil is made in the USA from high quality materials, available practically everywhere, and, very importantly, cheap (hey, it’s a pencil, after all). The Black Warrior&...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Rumor: Koch Brothers to buy 8 major newspapers, including LATimes
The Koch Brothers -- billionaire ultra-conservative puppet-masters and Tea Party funders -- are rumored to be in talks to buy eight newspapers, including the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing New Canadian $5 celebrates the spaceprogramme
I'm pretty fond of the design of the new Canadian plastic $5 note, which is much improved if you draw Spock ears, eyebrows and hairline on old Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The new Canadian $5 bill has just de...
03:58 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing In the Leech Library: Behind the scenes at the American Museum of NaturalHistory
This is the second 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...
02:23 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Disney floats the idea of Haunted Mansion-themed hotelrooms
After a Walt Disney World family holiday, Dr. James Martin was sent an online poll by Disney asking if he'd be interested in returning and staying in a hotel room themed after one of the park's iconic...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Looking at the link between red meat, eggs, and heartdisease
Two recent papers about heart disease from the Cleveland Clinic are making the rounds. The studies report that red meat and eggs cause heart disease because our gut bacteria converts carnitine and cho...
01:35 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Asdfaksdfl-Class Transorbital Skimmer has near miss with primitive Earthvessel
The BBC reports: "The Airbus A320 was making its final approach to Glasgow Airport on 2 December when an object passed about 300ft underneath it. The pilot of the aircraft said the risk of collision w...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Hollingsworth Hound - "The Sequester andYOU"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hollingsworth Hound explains the Sequester, and YOU!    ...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing The techie novels of NevilShute
Last month I had a conversation with Dale Grover (co-founder of Maker Works in Ann Arbor, Michigan -- read his profile at Make) about the late author Nevil Shute. Shute is best known for the novel On ...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Homeless man's AB test of generosity based onfaith
Redditor Ventachinkway caught a photo of a homeless man conducting a clever exercise in behavioral economics disguised as an inquiry into the levels of spontaneous generosity as determined by religiou...
11:21 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing "Oxyana," new doc on how Oxycontin addiction is destroying Appalachiancommunities
"Nothing here but Oxy and coal," says one of the subjects of Sean Dunne's new documentary Oxyana, which just won Special Jury Mention at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. From Capital New York's review:...
11:18 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Design jargon bullshit: a Tumblog ofgreatness
designjargonbullshit.com: Driving brand equity throughout the brand portfolio, providing an on-going strategy to support growth objectives. Our proven methodology includes the identification of what w...
10:40 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Name-your-price SOPAhistory
Alan sez, "Demand Progress, part of Aaron Swartz's legacy, has been working for a while on a collection of essays and thoughts by people including Aaron, Lawrence Lessig, Techdirt's Mike Masnick, and ...
10:30 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack: a collection of Tom Gauld's brilliantcartoons
My glib description of Tom Gauld's cartoons would be "a science fiction Edward Gorey." It's unfair though, because there's is only a superficial stylistic resemblance between the two writer/illustrato...
09:59 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Why do shark embryos eat oneanother?
Tia Ghose: "[they] cannibalize their littermates in the womb, with the largest embryo eating all but one of its siblings. Now, researchers know why."    ...
09:49 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing "Peeping Toms" tumble into ladies'restroom
In Atlanta, a pair of Peeping Toms reportedly fell through a bathroom ceiling as they tried to spy on women below. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the 26- and 27-year-old men are suspect...
09:42 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing 300 gallons of urine stashed inhouse
The police in Newtown, Conn., are mulling whether to file charges against a man who stored "as much as 300 gallons of human urine" in his home. For reference, writes local reporter Libor Jany, the ave...
09:38 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Entire fridgeful of drinks destroyed after poisonscare
A San Jose woman was arrested Monday over allegations that she spiked bottles of Starbucks' orange juice with rubbing alcohol.    ...
04:00 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S2E5: Through the fire and theflames
The latest episode of Game of Thrones was, in my humble opinion, far and away the most exciting one yet. Fire, fire and more fire, fatherhood and impeccable crescendoes. Such payoff for book fans, but...
04:00 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S3E5: Through the fire and theflames
The latest episode of Game of Thrones was, in my humble opinion, far and away the most exciting one yet. Fire, fire and more fire, fatherhood and impeccable crescendoes. Such payoff for book fans, but...
03:06 am PDT - Wed, May 1, 2013
BoingBoing Supreme Court says states can limit freedom-of-information requests from out-of-state, Muckrock hacks around it with yourhelp
Michael from MuckRock sez, The Supreme Court ruled this morning that states have the right to restrict public records access to locals, meaning one more hurdle to would-be muckrakers everywhere. Even ...
11:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Cell modelcake
Canadian artist/photographer NicoleWilliam created this cell model cake for her BIOL330 class in 2010. I hereby grant her a retrospective A+. It even comes apart! Biology Cell Cake (via Geeks Are...
10:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Ace of Base's Ulf Ekberg saw thesign
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNPjeIamsck When I was a kid, I was the class clown and a bit of a troll. When Ace of Base's The Sign was a hit, me and my mates made up this story that it was really a...
10:03 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate pancakegriddle
Joe Sandor is looking for $13k on Kickstarter to fund his Pirate Pancake griddle project. It's a beaut. (I wrote about Joe's successful cast iron crepe pan Kickstarter last year). Pirate Pancake gridd...
09:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing EFF challenges bogus 3D printingpatents
Earlier this month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation asked the US Patent and Trademark Office to turn down six broad, bogus patents on 3D printing that could pave the way for even more patent-trolli...
08:57 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing How Congressflies
You know how aviation is a spiralling horror-show of discomfort and bad service? Well, not if you're in Congress: At Washingtons Reagan National Airport, they have their own special parking spacesrigh...
07:38 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Rumored Statue of Liberty face-recognition supplier harasses and threatensjournalist
Slate's Ryan Gallagher caught wind of a new face recognition software being rolled out at the Statue of Liberty. He interviewed a rep from Total Recall, who were reported to be representing Cognitec, ...
07:05 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Just look at this whirling maglevbanana.
Just look at it. Mag Lev Banana (Thanks, Philip!)    ...
06:45 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Winners of The Webby Awards2013
Our friends at the Webby Awards announced this year's winners and as usual, it's a fantastic mix of familiar sites and also sites I'd never heard of but will now kill my productivity for the week. Her...
06:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Video of in-camerameta-illusions
"Screengrab" by Willie Witte. "None of the visuals are computer generated. All the trickery took place literally in front of the camera."    ...
06:24 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Video of recursive handillusions
"Screengrab" by Willie Witte. "None of the visuals are computer generated. All the trickery took place literally in front of the camera."    ...
05:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Man yells 'Wow!" and thanks warden duringexecution
Richard Cobb, 29, was executed on Thursday in Huntsville, Texas for capital murder. Shortly after he received a lethal injection, Cobb raised his head from the pillow, looked toward the warden and yel...
05:33 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Keith Haring documentary byMaripol
French artist and fashion designer Maripol directed a new Web documentary about her friend Keith Haring. There are currently three Haring exhibitions in Paris right now, taking place at the Muse D'Art...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing SOPA's daddy is now in charge of government science funding, and he hatespeer-review
Lamar Smith (R-TX) is the goon who brought SOPA to the nation. Now he's in charge of science funding in the House, and he's got some spectacularly stupid ideas for science as a whole. Stuart sez, "The...
04:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Teaching TCPIP headers withlegos
A Hal Pomeranz from 2010 suggests a great way to teach TCP/IP header structure to students: he builds header diagrams out of legos, then mixes them up and has the students reconstruct them. The use of...
04:13 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Screwdriver carkey
Make a screwdriver car key for that Gone in 60 Seconds feeling.    ...
04:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing 1963 photo on the set of The Dick Van DykeShow
The Dick Van DykeShow is one of my all time favorites (remember the great Twilight Zone-esque walnut episode?), and this 1963 photo from Look magazine makes me happy. Shorpy has a high-res version.&nb...
03:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing James Gurney's "talking portrait" of 17th StreetLocos
My friend James Gurney is the creator of Dinotopia, and he is a sketching fanatic. When I had lunch with him at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank a couple of years ago, he and his wife (also an artist) stayed ...
03:48 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Cute things made from pieces ofcarpeting
What are these? Even after reading the description, I'm not sure. But they are awfully cute. I'm adding these images to my swipe file for times when I need creative inspiration. DIFFA + Interface...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Yog-Sothoth idol - limitedsale
Jason McKittrick sez, On sale for 24 hours only! After the dreadful events that occurred in the backwater town of Dunwich, Massachusetts further inquiry was launched by professors at Miskatonic Univer...
02:57 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: The GreatOutdoors
A NSFW story from Real Stuff #1 (Fantagraphics, December 1990).    ...
02:38 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Man loses life savings on carnivalgame
"[Henry] Gribbohm says he attended a Manchester carnival run by New Hampshire-based Fiesta Shows and wanted to win an Xbox Kinect at a game called Tubs of Fun where contestants toss balls into a tub. ...
02:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Well-dressed psychoanalyst inNYC
This wonderfully dressed woman comes from an early February post to the Humans of New York Tumblr, a collection of well-put-together individuals indeed. Artist? Psychoanalyst. (via Crazy Abalone) ...
01:56 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Chimp fight at the LAZoo
Daniel Richter makes an appearance at 0:57. (Via Unique Daily)    ...
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Review: Sam Adams' Spring Thaw beerpack
Sam Adams sent over its Spring Thaw variety pack of specialty beers. It took us a while to get to them—they're already rare on the shelves—but I'm glad we did, because it's a fun lineup wi...
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic, a KindleSerial
Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic by David J. Schwartz is the first Kindle Serial I've tried. Serials are one time purchases that are then delivered as the author writes shorter installments...
12:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Brace yourselves, tick season iscoming
At Outside magazine, Carl Zimmer has a great long read on why the tick population in the United States is increasing — and why scientists are having so much trouble controlling both ticks, and t...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Inner monologues outloud
At the Brainwaves blog, Ferris Jabr writes about a fascinating project. Anthropologist Andrew Irving talked random strangers on the streets of New York City into putting on a headset and speaking thei...
12:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial resumes amid legal uncertainty, polarized politicalclimate
Ixil witnesses inside the courtroom, Tue. Apr. 30, 2013. At center, Maria Sajiq of Nebaj, Quich, Guatemala. Ms. Sajiq was among the survivors Miles O'Brien and I interviewed in Nebaj recently, for a f...
12:33 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Feynman graphic-novel biography out in paperbacktoday
Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick's Feynman, a stupendous biography of Richard Feynman in graphic novel form that went to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, is out in paperback as of today! Here'...
12:21 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing RIP Number10
Number 10 — a Yellowstone Park elk famous for fighting with other elk, grade-school volleyball nets, and R.V.s — has died. Estimated to have been between 15 and 18 years old, he apparently...
12:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Rios Montt genocide trial resumes amid legal uncertainty, polarized politicalclimate
Ixil witnesses inside the courtroom, Tue. Apr. 30, 2013. At center, Maria Sajiq of Nebaj, Quich, Guatemala. Ms. Sajiq was among the survivors Miles O'Brien and I interviewed in Nebaj recently, for a f...
12:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Giant binder-cliphandbag
Peter Bristol created this binder clip bag in 2007 and now he's looking for manufacturing partners: "The binder icon functions so well as a bag you can almost take it seriously. Constructed of wool fe...
11:52 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing This history of the car inL.A.
After living in L.A. for a year without owning a car — an experiment brought on by a lazy reaction to his car battery dying — Paleofuture's Matt Novak has written a fascinating piece about...
11:52 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Review: Cenoire Eluo SonicToothbrush
Cenoire sent over its Eluo Sonic Toothbrush, for some reason. It's compact, looks like a candy cane-colored mascara stick, and vibrates. Powered by one AAA battery, it has a proper on-off button to pr...
11:38 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Figure out what color dinosaurs reallywere
Color is just a happy side effect of physics. So Canadian scientists are turning to The Canadian Light Source synchrotron, a particle accelerator in Saskatchewan, to help them figure out what color ex...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Mars Attacks Invasion: exclusive sneak peek at new cardseries
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its most infamous product, Topps is busting out the stops with an all-new Mars Attack trading cards series.    ...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing What ouija boards and military contractors have incommon
The power of suggestion, your own expectations, and even your emotions can cause your body to move without you actively telling it to. This weird phenomenon is called the ideomotor effect. It's what m...
11:13 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing The world's firstwebsite
Back up at its original URL courtesy of CERN: "Twenty years of a free, open web.    ...
11:10 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing What Google's self-driving carsees
Charlie Warzel: "THIS is what google's self driving car can see. So basically this thing is going to destroy us all." [via Matt Buchanan]    ...
10:58 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Future Tense: Neal Stephenson and Tim Wu talk future, sf andtech
Slate, the New America Foundation and Arizona State University have kicked off a new podcast called "Future Tense," hosted by Internet scholar Tim Wu. The inaugural episode is an interview with Neal S...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 093: Crime writer DuaneSwierczynski
In this episode of Gweek, I talked to the terrific crime writer Duane Swierczynski. Duane has a new book out today, called Point & Shoot. It's the third and final novel in his Charlie Hardie seri...
10:17 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Russell Simmons Slowly Builds HisEmpire
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!    ...
10:01 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Necessary Evil - a triumphant end to the Milkweed Triptych where Nazi X-Men fight Englishwarlocks
With Necessary Evil, published today, Ian Tregillis triumphantly concludes his astonishing, brilliant, pulse-pounding debut trilogy, The Milkweed Triptych. Milkweed began in 2010 with Bitter Seeds, an...
03:06 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Supreme Court says states can limit freedom-of-information requests from out-of-state, Muckrock hacks around it with yourhelp
Michael from MuckRock sez, The Supreme Court ruled this morning that states have the right to restrict public records access to locals, meaning one more hurdle to would-be muckrakers everywhere. Even ...
12:05 am PDT - Tue, April 30, 2013
BoingBoing Portable watermelonfridge
Tama-chan is a portable watermelon refrigerator on wheels. The Japanese device retails for 19,950 yen (about $200) and can handle watermelons or similarly shaped comestibles, such as poultry, roasts, ...