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10:23 pm PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Adorable children performdeath-metal
A six-year-old girl named Aaralyn and her nine-year-old brother performed their original song "Zombie Skin" on America's Got Talent. As you may have inferred from the song-title, the gag here is that...
08:56 pm PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Jack Kirbydouble-spreads
Zack sez, "Why is Jack Kirby so often called 'The King' of comics? This Flickr page, compiling dozens and dozens of his double-page splashes from the 1970s, including sequences from 2001, the New Gods...
07:54 pm PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing NSA whistleblower Thomas Drakeprofile
His current read is my novel Homeland: "Its a starkly honest view of what happens in a surveillance state. The main character is the leader of this band of technologically clued-in teenagers fighting ...
07:16 pm PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Abducted by the Flying Spaghetti Monster,1951
Illustrator Al Feldstein was divinely inspired to paint this piece of pastafarian religious artwork for the cover of the July, 1951 issue of Weird Tales, decades before the Flying Spaghetti Monster wa...
04:10 pm PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Bookstore in atrain-car
Here's a mouth-watering set of photos from La caverne aux livres, a bookshop in Auvers-Sur-Oise, north of Paris. The store is in a converted train-car, and appears to be a magical wonderland. &nb...
01:05 pm PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Beyond feudal security: what's happening to online security andfreedom
Bruce Schneier's latest Google talk expands -- very productively -- on his recent theme of "security feudalism" (roughly, the idea that we end up trusting companies like Facebook, Apple and Google to...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Gravity-defying levitating superconductor on a magnetic Mbiusstrip
Andy from the Royal Institution made a large, suspended Mbius strip out of rare-earth magnets, then cooled down another magnet until it became a superconductor, and set it levitating and running arou...
11:33 am PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing ScrambleME
This video by Ernie "EDUB" Vigil sold me a motorcycle. The action starts around 0:58.    ...
11:20 am PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Record-breaking book domino chain at Seattle PublicLibrary
The awesome library ninjas at the Seattle Public Library kicked off its Summer Reading Program by smashing the world record for a book domino chain.    ...
10:03 am PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center: photos from openingnight
Space educator Sawyer Rosenstein, 19, might also be described as a space fan. His enthusiasm for space flight was captured in this Boing Boing feature, and shines weekly in his "Talking Space" podcast...
09:47 am PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Teeny 3D printed cars; Devo sues McD's; Agent Smith cosplayers inJapan
One year ago today 3D printed, fully assembled, teeny-weeny little cars: This teeny weeny little car is 3D printed, fully assembled, with all its mechanisms in place.    ...
01:28 am PDT - Sat, June 29, 2013
BoingBoing Nine Inch Nails video by DavidLynch
Earlier this month, I posted about Nine Inch Nails' new single "Came Back Haunted." Here is the new video directed by none other than David Lynch.    ...
11:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Digi-Comp II: teaching computing with pachinkoballs
I posted in 2011 about the Digi-Comp I, a 1963 mechanical digital computer made of polystyrene and used to teach the fundamentals of boolean logic, binary, and computer programming.   &...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Help name California's pot legalizationbill
Peacelove sez, "The good folks at SaveCannabis.org need your help naming the 2014 Cannabis Legalization Act. The Act itself has been open source written (the full text can be seen and modified) and is...
07:33 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Cheech and Chong podcastinterview
The July 27 episode of the WTF podcast has an excellent hour-and-a-half interview with Cheech and Chong. It turns out they had very interesting lives before they got together to form the incredibly su...
07:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing New Pixies video for"Bagboy"
Only last week, The Pixies announced that bassist Kim Deal had left the band. Now they have a new single that seems to be about bad breath, with some backing vocals that sound a lot like Kim, but app...
06:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Big Star documentary andsoundtrack
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is the new documentary about the mythic, incredible, and commercially unsuccessful rock band formed in the early 1970s in Memphis by Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, Chris B...
06:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Advanced UselessMachine
Earlier this week, Mark posted a fancy Useless Machine that had all sorts of exciting behaviors when you turned it on.    ...
05:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Second generation Peace Pilgrim makes second attempt to promote worldpeace
If you missed the greatThis American Life's episode from 2009 about Daryl Watson's short-lived but laudable attempt to "walk across the country in order to promote world peace and bring harmony to all...
04:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for June2013
It's summertime! Go outside and read a comic! Or stay inside and read a comic. Personally, I like to read comics inside door jams -- it splits the difference and is the safest place to be during an ea...
04:29 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Gentleman may be angriest guitar player of alltime
I feel bad for him, because he is obviously in great emotional distress. And yet, I cannot stop watching or laughing.    ...
04:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Remain with yourhost
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04:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing K-Tel Big Foot Snowshoes oneBay
If Xeni's post sold you, there is a lovely looking pair on Ebay.    ...
04:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing China's version of the NSA's Prism: GoldenShield
"Chinas surveillance system is extremely wild, there are no rules governing it that are worth speaking of, says a Beijing lawyer named Xie Yanyi, who filed a public information request with the police...
04:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Why are so many US government documentsclassified?
Ronan Farrow, who was an official in the first Obama administration, says leakers aren't the US government's greatest security problem.    ...
04:03 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing On Snowden coverage, and how natsec smears themessengers
Jack Shafer wins the day with this headline for his critique of media attacks following the Snowden leaks: "What an NSA charm offensive looks like."    ...
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Secret no-fly list blamed for American citizen's nightmare detention inBangkok
"The shrouded U.S. no-fly list continues to maroon U.S. citizens overseas who are trying to get home," according to this Los Angeles times report.    ...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Two "bold spaces": 1935,1942
On the Vintage Ads LJ group, NoLuck_Boston posts a pair of ads for "bold spaces," the first from 1948, the second from 1935, a two-frame timelapse.    ...
03:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Free Press to DoJ: Protect all journalists; pros and citizens, indie andmainstream
Joshua Stearns, who wrote a feature published earlier today on Boing Boing about journalism, leaks, Snowden, and Espionage Act charges, writes: Today, Free Press is filing a letter with the DOJ callin...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Sound design of MonstersUniversity
SoundWorks Collection interviews Skywalker Sound sound designer Tom Myers about the Sound of Monsters Univeristy.    ...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Tasteless in-game joke, 8 years inprison
Justin Carter was an 18-year-old who made a joke about shooting kids while playing the MMO "League of Legends" (he followed that with "lol" and "jk").    ...
03:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Brewster Kahle: What it's like to get a National-SecurityLetter
Maria Bustillos in The New Yorker: "Brewster Kahle, the founder of the nonprofit Internet Archive, perhaps the greatest of our digital libraries, and of the Wayback Machine, which allows you to browse...
02:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Mom in upscale NY suburb charged with growing tons ofweed
AP reports: "A mother of three from a ritzy New York City suburb pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges she operated a secret, sophisticated pot-growing operation worth millions." She has (well, had)...
02:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing In case you missed, a roundup of updates on Boing Boing's new BBS forums (we killedcomments)
There was big news on Boing Boing this week! Community and conversation, not just comments. We've just launched our new Boing Boing forums.    ...
02:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Climate change is increasing the habitat of brain-eatingamoebas
Brain-eating amoebas? In my local waterways? It's more likely than you think.    ...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Will.i.am fighting for trademark on "IAM"
Will.i.am is going after Pharrell Williams, claiming that Pharrell's application to register the name of his new company "I am OTHER" infringes on Will.i.am's trademarks which apparently include the w...
02:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Amazon reviews of Wendy Davis's runningshoes
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis did something amazing when she filibustered for 13 hours solid to kill the state's omnibus abortion bill: standing, without help, food, water, or bathroom breaks, for 13 straigh...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Proto-warblogger Kevin Sites returns to Afghanistan. Here's the reporting gear he'spacking.
Just before the US-led Iraq war began 10 years ago, an internet friend began forwarding emails from a CNN correspondent; emails this war reporter was sending home to friends and family as he tried to ...
01:47 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Police apparently shoot dog for noreason
This story from Alternet really upsets me. I hope the courts get to the bottom of it. Citing an "Expert Report," Green claims that "video surveillance footage from the Green family residence revealed ...
01:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing "Social Services," a short story by MadelineAshby
I want my own office, Lena said. My own space to work from. Social Services paused for a while to think. Lena knew that it was thinking, because the woman in the magic mirror kept animating her eyes t...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing S.E.C. starts inquiry of Thomson Reutersdata
US securities regulators have started an inquiry into the media company Thomson Reuters, "and how it releases closely watched manufacturing data to its trading clients, a move that highlights the gove...
01:08 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing How could a drone help adeer?
By indicating to farmers who are operating heavy equipment where deer might be hiding and resting in their fields. Many deer are killed instantly or lose limbs when they're run over by farming equipme...
12:49 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Abortions do happen in Catholic hospitals - they just aren't calledthat
The most dangerous time to be a woman in need of a life-saving abortion at a Catholic hospital is right after that hospital has been consolidated into a Catholic system, according the medical demograp...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Kafka and d'Annunzio, and the mysteries to be revealed in their formerhomes
There is something perverse and voyeuristic about visiting the private homes of famous people. Yet, as time goes by, I find the grand fame of public figures less interesting than their personal doings...
12:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing What would our night sky look like if other planets were as close as theMoon?
The Atlantic has a fantastic piece on the work on space artist Ron Miller, showing pictures of the night sky on Earth with other planets swapped in where the Moon should be.    ...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing US Army adds The Guardian to its internalcensorwall
Lest its personnel find out about the ways in which the NSA has gone on a campaign of lawlessness, the US Army has begun to censor The Guardian's website on its networks.    ...
12:31 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Beautiful photo: Tree "oasis" in a farmer'sfield
A lovely entry in Smithsonian's ongoing 2013 Photo Contest, Emma Stephenson's "Perfect Tree in a Farmer's Field" photographed in the North Yorkshire countryside, England.    ...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Why chimpanzees don't play baseball (at least, not as well as wedo)
Good news for humanity's sense of shiny special uniqueness! Sure, other animals use tools. Chimpanzees and bonobos might even have behaviors that can be classified as cultural.    ...
12:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing A marine biologist's guide to determining whether floodwaters really areshark-infested
This is an older piece, but given that we're into hurricane season, I expect it will come up again. How do you tell if the photo you've been forwarded, showing sharks swimming through flooded urban l...
12:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Games, at somelength
Edge Magazine's Jason Killingsworth interviewed me at some length about my history with videogames, from Apple ][+ to Atari to arcades, with notes on Zynga, DRM, piracy and the Humble Bundles. &n...
12:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Acts of Journalism and the EspionageAct
Earlier this month, federal prosecutorsfiled a formal criminal complaint against Edward Snowden charging him with three felonies for leaking information about the National Security Agencys surveillanc...
12:07 pm PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing The oldest genome eversequenced
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen sequenced the oldest genome yet — 700,000-year-old DNA from an ancient ancestor of the horse.    ...
11:59 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Why new cloned mice can help scientists treat lab animals morehumanely
This week, scientists cloned a mouse from cells found in a drop of mouse blood. That's different from other cloned mice, whose creation relied on more invasive sampling from the liver, bone marrow, an...
11:45 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing UnequalLeaks
Via hullabaloo blog, a pointer to Chris Hayes' epic rant about "unequal leaks" last night on MSNBC. Blogger Digby writes, "Barbara Starr and David Gregory can spout all the classified information they...
11:33 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Who's leaking more: Edward Snowden or the officials condemninghim?
Trevor Timm, Freedom of the Press Foundation: "In the month since the Guardian first started reporting on the surveillance documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the government has ta...
11:13 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Down and Out in the Magic Kingdomillo
(Click to embiggen) Illustrator Brian J. Smith did me the tremendous honor of creating this fabulous, detailed illustration inspired by my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which turned ten th...
10:35 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Happy Birthday,Rob!
Isn't this the traditional song?    ...
09:59 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Armageddon 2419 A.D., first appearance of "BuckRogers"
As a kid I loved Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. What an incredible TV series! TWIKI, Buck, Wilma, Doctor Theopolis and some incredible dance moves (that NBC appears to have taken down from YouTube)...
09:42 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Farmhouse as giant dollhouse; Harpo explains the Gookie; Arrived onRarotonga
One year ago today Derelict farmhouse turned into massive doll's house: A Canadian artist called Heather Benning converted a derelict farmhouse into a giant doll's house, open on one side.  ...
01:14 am PDT - Fri, June 28, 2013
BoingBoing Sean Parker defends elf wedding. Now in Quenya Tengwarscript
Today, wealthy fellow Sean Parker wrote an enormous response to critics of his idyllic Tolkienesque wedding, which was held recently amid the giant redwoods of Califonia.    ...
11:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Unsolved mystery: Can you identify thiswoman?
Here's a good summer project for the Internet. The woman pictured above (on the left in the early 2000s, on the right in a 1990 passport photo) committed suicide in 2010.    ...
11:54 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing RIAA lies about Pandora's royaltyrates
Have you heard a lot of Internetular argle-bargle about Pandora's crazy-low royalty rates? How they compare unfavorably to satellite rates, and how the company's trying to cut them?   &...
10:31 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Introducing Boing Boing BBS, our newforums
This morning we announced that we were saying "goodbye" to Disqus comments and "hello" to Discourse, a fantastic new forum system from Jeff Atwood and company.    ...
10:23 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing How realistic are the fears of hawkishpresidents?
Last night at dinner with a couple of friends who are civil liberties lawyers, I asked why they thought Obama had changed his tune on surveillance; from campaigning for limited, closely overseen, tran...
10:16 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Wonderful!Wonderful!
Johnny Mathis sings "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (1956).    ...
09:47 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Future of Copyright contest needs prizemoney
Jaroslaw sez, "Future of Copyright 2.0 is a crowdfunded contest, in which people are asked to send their works regarding how the copyright system should, could or would look like.   &nb...
09:10 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing 50' chain of beads leaps and cavorts its way out of ajar
Steve Mould, Britain's Brightest's "science guy," showed that if you put coil a 50' chain of magnets in a jar and then casually toss out one end, the whole chain goes berzerk leaps and cavorts like a...
08:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing The history of aspectratios
"John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras."    ...
08:29 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Rob Walker's GoogleheimMuseum
[Video Link] Ben West and Felix Heyes used Google to search every word in the dictionary, grabbed the top Image result for each, and assembled a 1,240-page book (titled “Google”) of the r...
08:17 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Two new Amy Crehorepaintings
Artist Amy Crehore has two new excellent surrealistic paintings on her website. This one is called "A Gymnast's Memory of Fall."    ...
07:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Apple's new wearabledevice!
Apple's new wearable device is called a "Beeper" and the hospital where my cousin works is beta testing them! She just started her medical residency and they issued her one.    ...
07:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Tearing a bully a newlaw-hole
You know what I like to read? I like to read Ken at Popehat sending insanely awesome, terrifying letters to bullies who use legal threats to try and shut up their critics online.   &nbs...
07:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Creativity, math, and 12-tonemusic
We've featured doodling, fast-talking YouTube mathematician Vi Hart a lot here, but her latest, a 30-minute extended mix, is absolutely remarkable, even by her high standards.    ...
05:48 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Ecuador calls Congressional Snowden threats blackmail, backs out of US tradeagreement
After US powerful US members of Congress started to threaten Ecuador with trade sanctions should it offer asylum to the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Ecuador pre-emptively canceled its trade agree...
05:45 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Restoration of the U.S.S. Enterprise's Galileoshuttlecraft
[Video Link]Where is the original Galileo shuttlecraft that was on the U.S.S. Enterprise? It's being restored by a guy in Las Vegas!    ...
05:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Gentleman plays AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" on a flamingbagpipe
Video Link. His name is The Badpiper. Via Disinformation.    ...
04:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you and the NSA will find on our video archive page: • Hitler finds out about Boing Boing killing comments • Space aliens exploited for the promotion of c...
04:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Mark Jenkins solo show inParis
One of my favorite prankster artists Mark Jenkins has a new solo show running at Paris's Galerie Patricia Dorfmann. You can see some of the provocative, witty, and moving works here: "The Studio" by M...
04:10 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Science hackers Ariel Waldman and Eri Gentry: White House's "Champions forChange!"
You've likely read on Boing Boing about Ariel Waldman, creator of Spacehack and lead instigator of Science Hack Day, and Eri Gentry, co-founder of BioCurious.    ...
03:59 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Cross sectional photos ofammunition
Sabine Pearlman made cross sectional photographs of 900 specimens of ammunition inside a World War II bunker in Switzerland. "The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beautify of form, which ...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Turning 425sqft of Manhattan into a tardisoid bigger-on-the-insidehome
Architects Specht Harpman converted a 425sqft Manhattan micro-apartment into an amazing, multi-tiered living space by building up into the apartment's 25' (!) ceilings.    ...
03:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Thift-score: mad, wonderful scrapbooks of 19th C Texas butcher who loved flying machines, secretsocieties
Robbo sez, "Charles Dellschau, a retired butcher in Texas in the late 1800's created a series of scrapbooks: '2,500 intricate drawings of flying machines alongside cryptic newspaper clippings filled t...
03:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Thrift-score: mad, wonderful scrapbooks of 19th C Texas butcher who loved flying machines, secretsocieties
Robbo sez, "Charles Dellschau, a retired butcher in Texas in the late 1800's created a series of scrapbooks: '2,500 intricate drawings of flying machines alongside cryptic newspaper clippings filled t...
03:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Texas Senate will vote on abortion bill Monday, at behest of RickPerry
An 11-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis (and a heady late-night mixture of parliamentary confusion and public protest) prevented the Texas Senate from voting on a restrictive abortion bill that woul...
03:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Meet Japan's talking robot astronaut,Kirobo
Kirobo the Japanese astronaut robot is being sent into space on the Kounotori 4 spacecraft, launched from the Tanegashima space center and destined to connect with the International Space Station on A...
03:14 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing A history of unconventionalviolence
At Sciencezest, Annelie Wendeberg discusses the strange history of using dead bodies — both human and equine — as particularly messy projectiles during times of war.    ...
03:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Book shows you how to make analogsynthesizers
MAKE has published a cool new book, called Make: Analog Synthesizers by Ray Wilson. It's a deep dive into DIY synthesized music, with lots of circuits and information on using electronic components, ...
03:02 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Scientific retraction leads millions of testicles to retract intoribcages
From Retraction Watch: The Indian Journal of Surgery has retracted a 2011 paper entitled "Penile Strangulation by Metallic Rings". The reason: The authors apparently self-plagiarized the report from a...
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Hitler finds out Boing Boing is killing comments, moving toDiscourse
[Video Link] Created by Xeni and Dean with the "Hitler Finds Out" video generator. Roll your own Hitler video at downfall.jfedor.org.    ...
02:56 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing A hunk o' burnin' lampreylove
New research shows that male sea lampreys (that's a sea lamprey mouth pictured above) entice females into reproduction with the help of a special bump of tissue.    ...
02:43 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Behind every great man is a woman doing his transcriptions and dataanalysis
"Read a piece of scholarship from the mid-twentieth century, and you are likely reading the work of a male scholar and his wife," writes Ronit Y.    ...
02:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing What does unhealthy food looklike?
David Freedman has a piece at The Atlantic about healthy foods, unhealthy foods — and the "healthy" foods that are actually probably not that healthy, despite coming to you all natural and un-pr...
01:59 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Space aliens exploited for the promotion of capri pants inJapan
There are a number of these TV ads. Each seemingly weirder than the last. Here's a playlist. (thanks, Carl Hamm!)    ...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Do chimpanzees understanddeath?
My new column for The New York Times Magazine involved some of the most emotionally intense reporting I've done in a while.    ...
01:32 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing: new policies, now in plainEnglish!
Hello again, Happy Mutants! Please take a moment to read our new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws!  &nb...
12:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Public transit patent trolls get thrown under thebus
In a field of horrible, amoral scumbags, patent troll ArrivalStar is an exceptionally awful enterprise. They have a huge portfolio of ridiculous patents for obvious ways of tracking where public trans...
12:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Can wetalk?
Good day, Happy Mutants. This evening, we're going to be saying goodbye to Disqus, our current comment system here at Boing Boing.    ...
12:04 pm PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing New York Times profiles a new JimmyWales
In this weekend's edition of The New York Times Magazine, a profile of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who, we are informed, "Is Not an Internet Billionaire."    ...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Hitler finds out The Food Network has cancelled PaulaDeen
[Video Link]. Rocketboom created this inevitable video with a very handy generator provided by downfall.jfedor.org. (thanks, Antinous!)    ...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Darpa seeks to WikiLeak-proof thePentagon
At Wired's Danger Room blog, Spencer Ackerman writes about a new Darpa project with an unspecified budget called CINDER: Cyber Insider Threat.    ...
10:32 am PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing SchickStadimeter
My daughter and I were poking around an antique shop yesterday and found this stadimeter. Bradley Alan Fiske, an officer in the U.S.    ...
10:31 am PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Terrorist watches in color; Extreme lifeforms; T-Mobile remote-wipes Sidekickgames
One year ago today Terrorist watch now available in chartreuse, magenta, ginger and more: The F91W is offered in magenta, birch, ginger spice, butterscotch tempest, and, of course, cornflower blue.&nb...
12:08 am PDT - Thu, June 27, 2013
BoingBoing Maker Faire Barcelona thisweekend
Ian sez, "Makers, hackers and crafters in Barcelona are in for a treat this weekend as the first ever Maker Faire event in Spain takes place at the MOB (Makers of Barcelona) workspace in the Eixample ...
10:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Harvard, let everyone have access to theBluebook!
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, One of the most important books in the U.S. legal profession is known as the Bluebook®: A Uniform System of Legal Citation®.    ...
10:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Tic-Tac-Toesquared
Want to play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe that's genuinely challenging and hard? Try "Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe," in which each square is made up of another, smaller Tic-Tac-Toe board, and to win the square you h...
09:31 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing No-Fly list doesn't fly withjudge
Things seem to be going well at the ACLU's day in court over the no-fly list. The judge is pretty skeptical at the idea that using secret criteria to secretly limit the ability of Americans to fly (or...
09:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Internet Hall ofFamers
The Internet Hall of Fame inducted its 2013 cohort today, including Aaron Swartz, Anne-Marie Eklund Lwinder, John Perry Barlow, Karen Banks, Richard Stallman, Kanchana Kanchanasut, Jimmy Wales -- 32 i...
07:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden: Can a refrigerator function as a FaradayCage?
Michael Colombo says: In today’s New York Times article by Heather Murphy, a story was related where a group of lawyers were ordered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to put their cell phones...
07:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Why Iceland kicked out 8 or 9 FBIagents
Former Icelandic interior minister Ogmundur Jonasson says he asked "8 or 9" FBI agents to leave the country when he found out that they'd lied about their visit; they claimed they'd come to help preve...
06:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Putting party hats on CCTVs to celebrate Orwell'sbirthday
Yesterday was George Orwell's birthday, and to celebrate, people in Utrecht perched little party hats atop CCTV cameras in public places.    ...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Great Con Artists of the 21st Century #41: PrinceMonolulu
Gunslinger posted this photo of Prince Monolulu today as part of its "Great Con Artists of the 21st Century" series. I'd never heard of him, so I read his entry in Wikipedia.    ...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Great Con Artists of the 20th Century #41: PrinceMonolulu
Gunslinger posted this photo of Prince Monolulu today as part of its "Great Con Artists of the 20th Century" series. I'd never heard of him, so I read his entry in Wikipedia.    ...
04:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Washington Statement: activists around the world ask the EU for model privacyrules
Activists from around the world have signed onto the Washington Statement, in which they call upon the EU to pass strong, meaningful privacy legislation, pushing back against aggressive corporate lobb...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Sloppiness in the Snowden extradition request toHK
When Hong Kong let Edward Snowden leave the country instead of arresting him in accord with the official US request on the grounds that the request was incomplete and invalid, many of us (myself inclu...
03:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing TechShop offers US military veterans one year freemembership
Huh, here's something cool I didn't know: DIY workspace TechShop offers US military veterans of all eras and all branches of service free one-year memberships, good at any and all TechShop locations a...
03:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Check out the latest original long-reads in Boing Boing's Featuresarchive
Did you know that we publish original feature articles regularly on Boing Boing? We're more than the old-school linkblog this website began as, way back in the year 2000 (we were a zine before that, b...
03:04 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarter for all new Dennis Eichhorn comicbooks
Tom Van Deusen says: "I officially launched the Kickstarter for Dennis P. Eichhorn's Real Good Stuff a few minutes ago. These two new issues will include new stories by Eichhorn and original artwork b...
03:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing LSD ABC, fun "A is for"animation
A wonderful and trippy "A is for" animation by Laura Sicouri and Kadavre Exquis with music by Kadavre Exquis. The music is available on a vinyl pack that includes the digital download and postcards f...
02:57 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing How to make Superman "S"bread
Geek cook Chris-Rachael Oseland of kitchenoverlord.com has come up with another awesome nerd-themed recipe: bread that displays the Superman "S" symbol, just like Clark Kent would eat for his hero san...
02:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Quick fix for uneven table legs: corkslices
The squishiness of the cork is what makes this work so well. Quick fix for uneven table legs: cork slices    ...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Fancy "uselessmachine"
[Video Link] Here's a useless machine that puts on a great show.    ...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Major sporting events are corrupt andcorrupting
AirShowFan sez, "Insightful article about the protests in Brazil, which make clear that it's absurd for a government to spend billions in public funds for sports tournaments that (a) bring no clear be...
02:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Gay-marriage foes going through stages ofgrief
1. Denial “Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted,” Michele Bachmann said in a statement to the press. &nbs...
02:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Huge underground comix sale from LastGasp
Today, our friends at Last Gasp are having a huge underground comix megasale at Fab.com of fantastic funny book bundles filled with works by Robert Crumb, Dan Clowes, Spain Rodriguez, Dori Seda, Lynda...
02:10 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Thumbs and Ammo, a tumblog ofgreatness
thumbsandammo.blogspot.com: Guns in promotional posters or stills from popular movies are replaced with thumbs.    ...
01:57 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Protect power cords from cable-gnawingcats
My cats have picked up the habit of chewing on laptop power cords. They’ve bitten clean through them at least ten times.    ...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Opening credits for "Eltvozott nap" (The Girl,1968)
"Eltvozott nap" (The Girl) is a 1968 Hungarian film starring rock singer Kati Kovcs. I haven't yet seen the film, about a working class girl's search for her biological mother, but the opening freakb...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Pregnant? Depressed? Readthis
Some kinds of antidepressants might pose a risk to embryos and fetuses at certain stages in their development. But depression in the mother also puts fetuses at risk, so whether or not a pregnant woma...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Tapir penis: Almost as horrifying as echidnapenis
In this not-exactly-safe-for-work video, two tapirs (a jungle-dwelling mammal, related to the rhinoceros) go at it with verve, while a nice family watches and makes what I assume to be amusing commen...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Anton LaVey plays hiskeyboard
In this terrific video, Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey talks about how his interests in the arcane, magic, and showmanship were inspired by the mentalists at old time carnival midways. &nbs...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Update on "Capturing the Friedmans"story
In 2003, the excellent documentary film Capturing the Friedmans told the story of a family falling apart under a 1980s investigation and subsequent trial of the father, Arnold Friedman, and his son, J...
01:17 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Video game lets you kill the most scientifically accurate zombiesyet
The Last of Us is a new video game about the zombie apocalypse. But not just any zombie apocalypse. The Last of Us zombies are based heavily, and accurately, on a genus of parasitic fungus that really...
01:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Jack Kirby comic book story about the 4thdimension
"At the time, Max Hall and I owned a little hat store on High Street -- and on Sunday we liked to sleep late and relax in the apartment we shared.    ...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing How food tastes isn't just about how the foodtastes
Other senses besides taste matter in determining what your food tastes like and whether you like it. And we're not just talking about scent here.    ...
12:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Recordings of people woken up to discussdreams
Max Hawkins's "Call in the Night" is an "experimental radio show" presenting recordings of people who volunteered to be woken up by a phone call to discuss their dreams, worries, emotions, and experie...
12:52 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing America hatespornoscanners
Two and a half years after the TSA rolled out the nation's pornoscanners, they finally got around to fulfilling their legal obligation to ask Americans how they felt about them.    ...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing How an aborted fetus may have saved your life (and the lives of many otherfetuses)
Cell culture lines are cells, taken from donor tissue, that have been divided and separated over and over and over — providing researchers with reliably identical "families" of cells that can be...
12:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Giant illusion house makes it look like visitors are scaling sheerwalls
The Barbican commissioned artist Leandro Erlich to design an illusion that uses a giant, tilted mirror and a building facade that lays flat on the ground to make it look like its participants are defy...
12:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing NAACP petitioning Congress to take up Voting Rights Actlegislation
If Congress fails to create a new system for deciding which parts of the country require pre-approval of voting changes, then one of the most powerful parts of the Voting Rights Act will essentially b...
11:16 am PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Stamping $1s to amend the Constitution & kill CitizensUnited
Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's is riding around the country in a rainbow colored van, stamping $1 bills with messages like "not to be used for bribing politicians," as a way of raising consciousness...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act in 5-4vote
"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dign...
10:22 am PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Anti-cheating ring; Twig stove; Crashed exoticcars
One year ago today Anti-cheating ring brands I'M MARRIED into the flesh of your finger: After wearing it for a sufficient time, your finger will bear the indelible mark of those words, advertising you...
12:42 am PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Texas lawmakers still attempting to run out the clock on restrictive abortion bill, after 11-hourfilibuster
Texas Senator Wendy Davis spoke for more than 11 hours straight today, attempting to filibuster a restrictive abortion bill that would, among other things, drastically reduce the number of legal abort...
12:42 am PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Texas Republicans fail to pass restrictive abortion bill, after long night of filibuster, debates over parliamentary procedure, and "unrulymobs"
Update at 7:46 AM: As of about 3:00 AM Central time, Texas' Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst officially declared the bill dead — the voting did happen after the midnight deadline on the Senate special s...
12:11 am PDT - Wed, June 26, 2013
BoingBoing Typewriter-partsbird
Assemblage sculptor Jeremy Meyer's tumblr has been full of fascinating glimpses of a new piece in progress, a swallow made from typewriter pieces.    ...
10:59 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Website filler text based on the works of WilliamGibson
Need some filler text for a design? Screw Lorem Ipsum, go Lorem Gibson, "Website filler text based on the works of William Gibson." ::: smart- computer fluidity knife marketing modem apophenia faded c...
10:26 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Seven-horned leathermask
Ukrainian leather mask-maker Bob Basset's latest piece, the "Seven horned Art Leather Mask" is freakishly wonderful -- something from the bottom of a sunless sea.    ...
09:46 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Time Magazine's free crapgadgets of the1980s
Harry McCracken from Time Magazine sez, "Back in the 1980s, TIME magazine sold subscriptions via TV ads--'Hi, I'm Judy, an operator here at TIME'--and sealed the deal by offering free tech gadgets suc...
09:12 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing UN copyright body passes treaty on rights of people withdisabilities
The World Intellectual Property Organization's Treaty to Faciiitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired. Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (the "Treaty for the Blind") has finally...
09:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing What isdeath?
What a treat! The BBC Radio 4 science show The Infinite Monkey Cage has started its new season, and the first episode is a corker, asking whether a strawberry is dead, and what is death, anyway? ...
08:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff:Het!
"You're not supposed to be here. This is a women's event; no men are welcome." From Real Stuff #2 (Fantagraphics, March 1991).    ...
08:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Obesity isn't solved yet -- so why do we legislate like itis?
We know that people have gotten fatter over the course of the last 60 years. We don't yet know exactly why, writes David Berreby in a fascinating long read at Aeon Magazine.    ...
08:13 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden spycraft: a fridge is a Faradaycage
NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked journalists who visited him in Hong Kong to put their phones in his room's refrigerator, relying on the fridge's material properties to serve as an inadvertent radio-wa...
07:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing "Sneak Peak" correction Twitterfeed
@stealthmountain has alerted 313,262 people that they wrote "sneak peak" instead of "sneak peek." But Dean Putney wants to know who is running the feed for people like me, who write "sneek peek?" ...
07:35 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Zombie-based learning: Kickstarting a zombie apocalypse geographytextbook
David Hunter sez, "I'm a public school teacher and last year I created Zombie-Based Learning, a standards-based curriculum that uses a zombie apocalypse to get kids into learning geography.  ...
07:24 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Human powered helicopter competition isclose
Who will win the $250,000 Sikorsky human-powered helicopter competition: Gamera II, Upturn II, or Atlas? The prize has gone unclaimed since it was first offered in 1980.    ...
06:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing iD: a sequel to Madeline Ashby's excellent debut novelvN
Last year, I reviewed Madeline Ashby's smashing debut novel vN, a novel about robots, perverts and power. Now I'm delighted to see that Madeline has a sequel out, iD.    ...
06:09 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden's got an encrypted insurancefile
According to Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden has an encrypted insurance file stashed with several trusted people that will be decrypted and released "if anything happens" to him.   &nbs...
05:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Engadget show covers childeducation
On this episode of The Engadget Show Tim Stevens and Brian Heater look at child education. We kick things off in Chicago, where Jackie Moore, a former systems programmer, is teaching inner city studen...
05:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Goldberg polyhedra field guide[Video]
This guy sure knows how to have fun with Goldberg polyhedra!    ...
05:13 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Sneek peek at Jeff Smith's sci-fi noir graphic novel,RASL
Cartoon Books is publishing a full-color collection of Jeff Smith's RASL comic book series as a 472 page hardcover graphic novel this fall.    ...
05:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Clockworkbugs
Sculptor Justin Gershenson-Gates produces the most amazing and beautiful clockwork insects and arthropods, which he sells in his Mechanical Mind Etsy shop.    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Credible Hulktee
For a mere $16, you can own this "CREDIBLE HULK ALWAYS CITES HIS SOURCES" tee. Goes well with the (as-yet-nonexistent) [CITATION NEEDED] shoelaces.    ...
04:55 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Google Glass privacyhack
[Video Link] Matt Richardson from MAKE says: "As a newly-inducted member of the Google Glass Explorer Program, I was very concerned about the privacy implications of Google’s new wearable compu...
04:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Teenagers interview Louis Armstrong(1964)
[Video Link] In 1964, Michael Aisner and James R. Stein, two teenagers (15 and 14 years old) from Winnetka Illinois interviewed Louis Armstrong for their high school radio station.   &...
04:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing How do you get excitable dogs out of a rotting elkcarcass?
Dogs in Elk is one of the canonical Funny Internet Message Board Threads, up there with the Mall Ninja, but you yungguns may not be familiar with it.    ...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Art of Punk videos: Winston Smith and the DeadKennedys
[Video Link] A couple of weeks ago David wrote about this exciting new video series on the art of punk from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.    ...
04:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Stay Mayor: free Android game based on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford'sscandals
Stay Mayor is a free Android game based on the horrifying, hilarious misadventures of Toronto Mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford. In order to win, you play the mayor "as he flees from reporters, av...
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Wibo warchalking; Flight attendant goads autistic toddler into tantrum; HOWTO use a squattoilet
One year ago today How to: Use a squat toilet: Most important: Cultivate the right mindset. Relax, pretend like youve been doing this for years.    ...
03:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Michigan medical marijuana non-profit gets $240,000 GoogleGrant
"The group, Michigan Compassion, says they will use the grant to promote medical marijuana awareness based on their philosophy of 'We must increase awareness to increase acceptance.'"   ...
03:48 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing 700Plus Texans ask lawmakers to hear "People's Filibuster" about abortionrights
Over 700 Texans have gathered in their legislature to testify before the state government about the impact of Texas's pending omnibus abortion bill.    ...
03:45 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Make a USB deaddrop
Dead drops are small containers that are hidden in public places, which spies and other people can use to drop information (stored on microdots, rolled up handwritten notes, 35mm photo negatives) so ...
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Turnkey Tyranny: Surveillance and the TerrorState
"By exposing NSA programs like PRISM and Boundless Informant, Edward Snowden has revealed that we are not moving toward a surveillance state: we live in the heart of one," photographer and artist Trev...
03:11 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing At Fukushima, signs radiation-tainted groundwater may be seeping intoPacific
NYT's Martin Fackler: "The operator of Japans damaged Fukushima nuclear plant said Monday that it had detected a rise in levels of radioactive tritium in seawater near the plant, a sign that contamina...
03:02 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Anti-freeze-handle ice-creamscoop
Mr Jalopy tried out one of these anti-freeze ice-cream scoops and he swears it works great. Jalopy has never, ever given me a bum steer, and boy-howdy am I glad to see he's blogging again!  ...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Guatemala: Ixil genocide trial on hold, other charges against Rios Monttcontinue
Emi McLean at the Open Society Justice Initiative's Rios Montt trial blog: With the events of recent weeks the May 20 Constitutional Court decision to undo the guilty verdict in the Rios Montt trial ...
02:55 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing John Lennon auditions on one of those awful talent searchshows
[Video Link] (Via Laughing Squid)    ...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing PRT's Rock dis funkyjoint
Another fantastic old track. Video Link    ...
02:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Among the most recent video posts you and the NSA will find on our video archive page: • Egyptian statue filmed inexplicably rotating • Bigfoot by K-tel • The psychedelic sounds of g...
01:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Germany wants to know if UK spying targetedGermans
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Germany's justice minister, has written to UK officials asking about allegations of mass surveillance by British intelligence, and if Germans were targeted by GCHQ....
01:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Putin: Snowden is in Russia, and America can't havehim
Even though Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Edward Snowden isn't in Russia, Putin says he is: "Putin announced that Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, and he ...
01:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Petition to pardon Snowden atwhitehouse.gov
Tim O'Reilly says: I just signed this White House petition, along with 110,000 other people (so far). Whistleblowers who alert the American people to possible crimes by their own government should not...
01:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing President Obama "Deeply disappointed" on Supreme Court's ruling on Voting RightsAct
"I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Courts decision today," says Obama in a statement issued Tuesday. "I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to ...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Chagrin Falls - Gavin Has Nothing to Hide From theNSA
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Gavin Smythe of Chagrin Falls has nothing to hide from the NSA.    ...
01:22 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Rock, Rot or Rule, the ultimate rock snobargument
On Tom Scharpling's The Best Show on WFMU, Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster plays a character named Ronald Thomas Clontle promoting his book Rock, Rot & Rule: The Ultimate Argument Settler on Schar...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing LA issues cease-and-desist to Uber and other car rideapps
"How can ride-app outfits like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar operate in a town with strict rules about how and where taxis can do business?," asks Dennis Romero at the LA Weekly.    ...
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Frequent caller to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's radio show is secretly on the mayor'spayroll
Toronto mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford -- the man accused of smoking crack with gang-members, and whose family are alleged to have ties to the KKK and organized crime -- has made a career out o...
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Frequent caller to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's radio show is secretly guy now on the mayor'spayroll
Toronto mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford -- the man accused of smoking crack with gang-members, and whose family are alleged to have ties to the KKK and organized crime -- has made a career out o...
12:39 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing NYT columnist on Snowden story: I'd "almost arrest" Greenwald; NBC host: he "aided andabetted"
On his Sunday politics/media talk show Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked Glenn Greenwald, To the extent that you have aided and abetted [Edward] Snowden, even in this current movement, why shou...
12:15 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing NYT uses work of journalist covering Manning hearings, refuses to call her ajournalist
Alexa O'Brien, the independent journalist who has been doggedly covering the Bradley Manning case and has been in court every day at Ft.    ...
12:07 pm PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Supreme Court alters the Voting RightsAct
Despite what you may have gathered from some of the overwrought headlines I've seen on social media, the Supreme Court did not invalidate the Voting Rights Act today.    ...
11:06 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five BreakUp
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Death and the Mainframe: How data analysis can help document human rightsatrocities
Between 1980 and 2000, a complicated war raged in Peru, pitting the countrys government against at least two political guerilla organizations, and forcing average people to band together into armed se...
09:53 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erds -- great kids'book
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erds is a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated kids' biography of Paul Erds, the fantastically prolific itinerant mathematician who publish...
09:07 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden may never have gone toRussia
The BBC reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Edward Snowden has not entered Russia at all -- but he and the rest of the country are mighty resentful of all the US officials wh...
08:32 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Texas set to execute 500th death-rowinmate
In what reads to be an astounding example of wrong, Texas is set to execute its 500th death-row inmate this Wednesday.    ...
07:28 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Egyptian statue filmed inexplicablyrotating
Super-natural effects are always caught with the worst cameras. It is very clear this statue is moving, inside its locked case, but why?    ...
03:36 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with RichardMatheson
Rick Kleffel sez, "We'll miss Richard Matheson... he introduced me to the sort of stories he wrote when I was arguably too young to read them.    ...
01:28 am PDT - Tue, June 25, 2013
BoingBoing Berlusconi sentenced to 7 years inprison
Silvio Berlusconi, the disgraced former prime minister of Italy and billionaire media baron, has been sentenced to seven years in jail for having sex with an underaged prostitute.   &nb...
11:46 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing 4m-long cake-train in Paddingtonstation
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Heathrow Express train service from Paddington to the airport in London, a PR firm built a 4m-long cake shaped like a train on the platform, guarded by birds o...
11:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a $400 "appliance" 3Dprinter
John sez, "Pirate3D have a Kickstarter project for The Buccaneer. It's a 3D printer, designed to be used as an appliance.    ...
09:13 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing YouTube, fair use and takedowns: withpuppets!
Here's Fred von Lohmann, one of the senior copyright attorneys at Google -- and formerly head of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's copyright practice -- describing how YouTube takedowns and fair u...
08:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Namibia's Herero: amazing fashion derived from early 20th century Germancolonizers
Wired has a gorgeous gallery of photos from Conflict and Costume, a new book by Jim Naughten documenting the Herero tribe of Namibia, who fought an early 20th-century action with German colonizers, an...
08:44 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Hunting the source of the mysterious WindsorHum
The Windsor Hum is a weird thing — a low-frequency buzzing that drives some people in Windsor, Ontario crazy and, yet, doesn't seem to be heard by the Americans who live closest to its source, a...
08:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Red panda escapes zoo, is recaptured with help fromTwitter
Three weeks ago, humans set Rusty the Red Panda up on a blind date of indeterminate length with a female red panda named Shama at the Smithsonian National Zoo.    ...
08:15 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Bigfoot byK-tel
The reason you really know this was a seventies TV commercial? Children playing outside.    ...
08:13 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Trash anthropology inNYC
For years, Robin Nagle was anthropologist-in-residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation. She's just published a book about trash and how we deal with it, or don't.    ...
08:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing TangobornMenclenty
Writer and director Ted Michaels is looking to fund his absurist comedy Tangoborn Menclenty via Indiegogo. Ted has long been one of my favorite improvisational comedians.    ...
08:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Successful Russian spacewalk today paves the way for lab module later thisyear
SpaceFlight Now: "Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin staged a successful six-hour 34-minute spacewalk Monday, installing cable clamps, attaching handrails and testing rendezvous equip...
07:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65Projects
The Arduino is a low cost microcontroller that was made for artists and designers to add interactivity to their projects. If you are interested the Arduino microcontroller but have no experience with...
07:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, Richard Matheson,1926-2013
I'm sorry to have to report that Richard Matheson, author of such horror and science fiction classics as I Am Legend and What Dreams My Come, has died at the age of 87.    ...
07:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Risk of forest fires rising nearChernobyl
A trend towards drier, hotter summers in the forests around the abandoned nuclear power plant at Chernobyl has increased the riks of forest fires in the region — which is a big deal, considering...
07:42 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Jonathan Wilson, one of American rock-n-roll's greatest underappreciated guitargods
A few nights ago, I had the great pleasure of seeing earthy psych-rock songwriter/musician/producer Jonathan Wilson perform live in Los Angeles. Richard Metzger of Dangerous Minds turned me on to Wils...
07:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Kenny Chesney concertgoers trashPittsburgh
"Cleanup crews continued to work Monday to remove the mounds of trash left behind by Kenny Chesney concert tailgaters. North Shore parking lots and the area around the concert venue, Heinz Field, were...
06:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden's passportrevoked
A "US Government official" has told the Associated Press's Matthew V. Lee that the State Department has revoked NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's passport.    ...
06:12 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Standardizing blogging; Steamroller prints;TRUCKCAR!
One year ago today TRUCKCAR!: Are you in Knoxville? Do you want to own a hybrid vehicle? Craigslist's pjbxr-3091802234 has the answer.    ...
06:10 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Rudy Rucker's new short story: "ApricotLane"
One of my favorite science fiction writers Rudy Rucker has a new short story posted at Institute for the Future's Web site.    ...
06:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Pork-laced ammo, for people who think jihadis are shariawerewolves
A group of Idaho "gun enthusiasts" have created a line of ammunition meant to fight Islamic extremists. The bullets are coated in pork-infused paint.    ...
05:38 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Meet a man in Hollywood whose job title is Militaryliaison
KPCC radio in LA talks to Lt. Steven Cole, who serves as one of the US Army's liasons to Hollywood.    ...
05:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Wirecutter's roundup of essential summertimegear
Brian Lam and his team at Wirecutter have come up with a list of the best electronics for maximizing summertime fun.    ...
05:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Wirecutter's roundup of summertimegear
Brian Lam and his team at Wirecutter have come up with a list of the best electronics for maximizing summertime fun.    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Implanted invisibleheadphone
Rich Lee, a "grinder" (someone who has surgical enhancements and/or modifications conducted upon their person), implanted a magnet in his ear that he can use as a speaker; he wears a coil on a necklac...
04:49 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing He-Man's Stinkor figure still stinks 30 yearslater
John Brownlee investigates why Stinkor, a 30-year old action figure from Mattel's He-Man lineup, still smells terrible. Surely such an ancient toy would have gone inert?    ...
04:39 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Clive Thompson on how making stuff makes you a betterfixer
"[T]here are some interesting differences in the psychologies of making vs. fixing. Ive found its easier to be daring with fixer projects, because the emotional cost of failure is lower.  &n...
04:36 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing State Dept thinks Snowden is in Russia (and they wanthim)
White House spokesman Jay Carney told Reuters that he thinks that Hong Kong let NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden go as a giant screw-you to America (duh), and says that Snowden is being hidden by the ...
04:29 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Single photo looks likefour
This is photographer Bela Borsodi's cover for VLP's album Terrain. It's a single image of very carefully positioned objects seen at a very specific angle.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing App shows you the way to the illegally hidden public beaches ofMalibu
Back in May, Mark wrote about a Kickstarter project to fund a mobile app that will help you locate the hidden entrances to Malibu's public beaches, which the local rich and famous people have done eve...
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing AT-AT made of single-serving ketchuptubs
Redditor Txmaluda works at a Whataburger and used their little ketchup-tubs to construct an AT-AT Walker during a slow shift. Bravo!    ...
03:09 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Man: I'm looking for Bigfoot, notpot!
Tim Marczenko of Toronto claims that Durham County police harassed and falsely arrested him for possession of a controlled substance. Marczenko was trudging through the brush and apparently police sus...
02:49 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Twinkies toreturn!
Oh the humanity! "Twinkies are set for an official comeback July 15. So junk food aficionados and loyal Twinkie fans can breathe a sigh of relief (and you can finally stop rationing your secret stash)...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Transgender first grader allowed to use girlsroom
"A transgender first-grader who was born a boy but identifies as a girl has won the right to use the girls' restroom at her Colorado school." (via CNN)    ...
02:40 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Real-life "Lassie"retires
After a seven-year career leading hundreds of search and rescue operations, 10-year old collie Mij—personally responsible for saving 14 lives, according to the Daily Mail—is retiring. ...
02:37 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Unusualcakes
Paul Gallagher at Dangerous Minds: "There are some things in life that are best left unsaid. For everything else, theres cake!    ...
02:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Bicycle sexuallyassaulted
A bicycle owner, sick of his ride being molested by a mystery masturbator, set up a video camera to catch the villain in the act.    ...
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing International United Airlines flight lacked toiletpaper
Gawker's Garielle Bluestone on the flight from hell: "Traveling means inevitably forgetting something at home, but America's most hated airline, United, took it to another level this week."  ...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Icelandic Pirate Party statement on asylum forSnowden
Icelandic Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jnsdttir has released a statement on the possibility of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden being granted asylum in Iceland: "Snowden should not come to Iceland unless ...
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Low-cost hi-fi: the amazing world of cheapomini-amps
Back in 2005, I wrote about the Sonic Impact T-Amp, a $30 toy amp that stereophiles had figured out how to mod into a brilliant, high-quality amplifier.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 100: A.J. Jacobs, extremeself-experimenter
Your browser does not support the audio tag. This episode of Gweek is brought to you by MailRoute. Visit mailroute.net/gweek to start your free 15-day trial -- No credit card required.  &n...
11:56 am PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Bulgarian protesters take to Twitter, ask Will You#withme?
Elida sez, "#withme is the hashtag for the protests in Bulgaria that have been going on for 10 days now. The spark was the choice of the head of the State Agency for National Security, or DANS (hence...
11:40 am PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Why isn't "Snowden" trending onTwitter?
A pastebin dump, purportedly from the Twitter "firehose" feed (the feed of all public tweets), shows a remarkable amount of traffic mentioning NSA whistelblower Edward Snowden.    ...
10:59 am PDT - Mon, June 24, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden hasdisappeared
Edward Snowden has disappeared. The NSA whistleblower, who was presumed to be on a flight from Hong Kong to Moscow and thence to Havana did not board the flight to Havana.    ...
11:36 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Bubblenomics: how the Beanie Babies speculators got itwrong
Buzzfeed's Hunter Schwarz revisits 1998's "Scholastic Beanie Baby Handbook," which predicted values of Beanie Babies in 2008, and compares them to the current-day eBay clearing price for these same sp...
09:59 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Technology and Activism: where does the Internetfit?
Last weekend, I took part in a panel at Yoko Ono's Meltdown festival at Southbank in London, on "Technology and Activism," along with Jamie Bartlett (Director for the Analysis of Social Media at DEMO...
07:05 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Hyperlapse video from the PoV of a Tokyo automatedtrain
Here's time-lapse footage from the front of a Tokyo Yurikamome automated train, shot and post-processed by DarwinFish105. It's a properly Gibsonian bit of video:     ...
05:18 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Fixing Network Attached Storage with commodity hardware andBSD
Many years ago, I finally got sick of failing disks and the panic that follows them, so I decided to buy a NAS (Network Attached Storage).    ...
04:01 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO singlehandedly erase traffic jams by drivingslow
Jeffrey sez, "A fascinating article about what causes traffic jams, and how to drive differently to help ease 'stop and go' traffic.    ...
03:29 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden seeks asylum inEcuador
Ecuador's foreign ministry has confirmed that Edward Snowden has officially applied for asylum in Ecuador. He left Hong Kong this morning, landed in Moscow, and is said to be heading for Cuba next.&nb...
03:03 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Lunargravity-maps
Joly sez, These print-resolution stills were created for the cover of the February 8, 2013 issue of Science. They show the free-air gravity map developed by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laborato...
01:21 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Time Magazine uses Oklahoma tragedy to take deceptive potshot against "secularhumanists"
Writing in a Time cover story, Joe Klein took a religious detour: in the relief army helping Oklahoma recover from a barrage of tornadoes, he wrote, "you dont see organized groups of secular humanists...
01:01 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Wozniak on Jobsbiopic
With a new trailer out to promote Kutcher-starring biopic Jobs, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has new thoughts on the movie—not all of them negative.    ...
12:55 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Scenes from Turkey andBrazil
(A protester in Sao Paulo kisses a Turkish flag. Brazilians say they were, to a large extent, influenced by #occupygezi) Yup, they're still in the streets in Turkey.    ...
12:55 pm PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Pac-man reimagined as survivalhorror
Mark Wilson at FastCoDesign: I should feel safe in this moment of stillness, but I cant let my guard down. Because with every safe step I take, I know that I can only be one step closer to my unseen ...
10:48 am PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden is on the move: headed Moscow -> Havana ->[Quito|Caracas]
The Guardian and South China Morning Post report that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot jet heading for Moscow, aiming for Havana, and then, eventually, either Quito, Ecuador...
12:37 am PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing Is mathreal?
Here's a great video pondering the objective reality of mathematics, and running down all the different schools of thought on where mathematical truth comes from -- does it exist outside of systems o...
12:21 am PDT - Sun, June 23, 2013
BoingBoing UK cops knew that banks, lawyers, rich people and others routinely hired criminal hackers to spy on people, did nothing aboutit
The Independent reports that the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency supplied secret evidence to the Leveson Inquiry (on phone-hacking by newspapers) saying that many other groups in the UK routinely en...
11:11 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Pussy Riot membersspeak
Two members of Pussy Riot have travelled to London under a cloak of secrecy to speak to the press about the plight of their bandmates in Russian labor camps.    ...
10:16 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Mickey Mouse inVietnam
The 16mm short film "Mickey Mouse In Vietnam" is an anti-war movie by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser, produced for The Angry Arts Festival in 1968.    ...
07:13 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of Space Mountain'sconstruction
From the Imagineering Disney blog, a wonderful gallery of photos from the construction of Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.    ...
04:46 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Another trip down the InternetK-Hole
Over at the Internet K-Hole, Babs posted another glorious collection of personal and found vintage snapshots, mostly from the 1980s and some NSFW.    ...
04:10 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Obama (candidate) vs Obama (president) on NSAspying
Here's Obama the Presidential Candidate debating Obama the Second Term President on surveillance; note how Obama the younger smashes through the cheap "privacy vs security" rhetoric of Obama the elde...
02:53 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Simo Lazarov, "UFO,"1981
Bulgarian composer and keyboardist Simo Lazarov (Simon Lazar), performing his composition "UFO" in 1981.    ...
02:47 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Wilco's Solid Sound festival under way inMassachussetts
If you're in driving distance of North Adams, Massachussets, Wilco's annual Solid Sound Festival is under way, and a fabulous collission of music, art, food, comedy, beer, and beards.   ...
02:21 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing My LittleDroney
"My Little Droney" by Christopher F. Smith, via Murmuration Festival.    ...
02:03 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing "Jerry (rescued from kill shelter) loves to smellflowers"
A Reddit thread of greatness. (Thanks, Tara)    ...
01:07 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Solving Monopoly with Markovchains
Business Insider's Walter Hickey did the math on Monopoly, calculating the most frequently landed-up squares (taking into account dice probability, Go To Jail events, and Community Chest/Chance cards)...
12:47 pm PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstop: how a sleazebag slipped through Kickstarter'scracks
Pick-up artists are, sadly, a community. It even has a handy three-letter abbreviation: PUA. It dates back to the 1970s and has been enabled and expanded, like all affinity groups, by the Internet's n...
11:05 am PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Mobilis inMobili
Two months of life with Nemo. I can barely remember what it was like before. Living with a Great Pyrenees is a wonderful thing.    ...
10:01 am PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing Turkish cops shoot a protester's drone out of thesky
Above, footage of a protester's quadcopter in Gezi Park getting shot down by the Turkish Police. Below, the footage of police violence the drone had been capturing (complete with music that sounds li...
01:52 am PDT - Sat, June 22, 2013
BoingBoing London gets its own MakerFaire
At last, London is getting a Maker Faire -- albeit a "mini-Faire." The Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire will take place on July 6, and I'm pleased to say that I'll be one of the keynote speakers.&...
11:51 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Digital Grotesque: complex, 3D-printedroom
Digital Grotesque is an ambitious architectural project using 3D printers and game-of-life-style algorithms to produce a room whose walls, baseboards, ceiling and moldings are all a-crawl with the mos...
11:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Lawmakers introduce bills requiring Obama to explain his secret interpretation of the spyinglaws
Two legislators have introduced legislation that would require the President to disclose his secret interpretation of America's spying laws. This is especially relevant in the wake of yesterday's Snow...
10:36 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Run DMC's Down with theKing
One of my favorite tracks. They keep it hardcore, like you've never seen. Video link    ...
10:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Twentitled: tweets of pampered Twitterstaffers
#1: There is so much fatty food here, they should pay for gym memberships. #2: They do #1: Ugh, whatever.— Lawrence T. Bird (@twentitled) February 23, 2013 The @twentitled Twitter accoun...
09:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing WiFi router with impressive range: ASUSRT-N66U
For the past few years I’ve been using an Apple Time Capsule as my WiFi router. The range was awful but I kept trying to boost it with Airport Express devices.    ...
08:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Wired/John Hodgman animated series about NSAspooks
Wired's kicked off a new animated webcomedy starring John Hodgman as a crusty old NSA agent and Nicole Winters as his young protege.    ...
08:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 39:Anodia
This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Audible. For a free audiobook, visit Audibletrial.com/appsforkids Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents.&...
08:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, ParkeGodwin
The wonderful and gracious award-winning sf and fantasy author Parke Godwin has died at the age of 84, due to natural causes.    ...
07:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing US charges NSA whistleblower Snowden with espionage, asks Hong Kong to detainhim
Image: The GuardianIn a sealed criminal complaint announced late Friday, federal prosecutors have charged Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a documents about the ...
07:45 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Ex-Enron C.E.O. gets his sentence cut by 10years
Ex-Enron C.E.O. Jeff Skilling, the sociopathic swindler who wiped out the life savings of thousands of people, just had his prison sentence reduced.    ...
07:35 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Food Network dumpsDeen
I cant, myself, determine what offends another person, said Deen. Well, the rest of us have a reasonably good idea.    ...
07:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing US charges NSA whistleblower Snowden with espionage, asks Hong Kong to detainhim
In a sealed criminal complaint announced late Friday, federal prosecutors have charged Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a documents about the top-secret Prism su...
07:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing The Internet prop from The ITCrowd
Etsy seller KineticGifts has replicated "The Internet," a prop from a classic episode of The IT Crowd (wherein the boys convince their clueless boss that Steven Hawking has given them permission to ge...
07:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Clothing store sticker makes fun of unpopulargirls
Here's a mean sticker from girls' clothing store, Brandy Melville. I thought it meant its clothes are too tight, but my wife explained it's about mean girls not letting unpopular girls sit with them a...
04:53 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book BusinessOvernight
Andrew Albanese, my editor at Publishers Weekly, has been tracking the antitrust action the DoJ brought against the big six publishers and Apple over price-fixing very carefully, and he's written a gr...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing The Story of The Source Family Birth Rope, as told to Boing Boing by Isis Aquarian inHawaii
"The Source Family" a documentary by Boing Boing pal Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos, tells the story of Father Yod and his Source Family, a radical, utopian social experiment that emerged from the L...
03:57 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Brit spies GCHQ harvest all undersea cable comms, all UK calls and data, share with 850,000Plus NSA spooks andcontractors
The Guardian has published information from another Edward Snowden leak, this one detailing a British wiretapping program by the UK spy agency GCHQ that puts Prism to shame.    ...
03:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Why perform an autopsy on JamesGandolfini?
Doctors know he died of a heart attack, right? And he's not actually Tony Soprano, so the chances of someone secretly killing him and making it look like a heart attack are small.   &nb...
03:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing A day in the life of a fakeastronaut
Kate Green is on a mission to Hawaii. For the last 65 days, she has lived in a mostly windowless dome on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano, only venturing outside occasionally — and then through ...
03:23 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Strange petportraits
Mobile pet photographer Ren Netherland has a category of portraits on his site titled "Extreme Pets." These are two of them.    ...
03:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing A24 Films logo motiongraphic
Last night, I saw the Bling Ring. My favorite part was the logo motion graphic for A24 Films, the distributor and production company that released the movie.    ...
02:58 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Fashion trends in "swinging London of the sixties," captured in an archival shortfilm
"They say London swings. It doesn't." A look at late sixties fashion in London. [via puttinonthesmile.blogspot.com]    ...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing NYC Councillors propose idiotic, headline-grabbing "3D printed gun"law
Michael from Public Knowledge sez, "Members of the New York City Council seem to have read a few articles about 3D printed guns and decided to hop on the bandwagon.    ...
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing 8 foods that aren't as frightening as Buzzfeed thinks theyare
An actual chemist looks at claims made about "toxic foods" in a recent Buzzfeed linkbait post and calmly explains why the whole thing is ridiculous.    ...
02:11 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Decline in fertility after age 30 may be vastlyoverstated
As a woman, you do become less fertile as you get older, eventually culminating in menopause and the end of your potential babymaking years.    ...
02:07 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing R2-D2 birthday with Leia"hologram"
Marc Freilich made an R2-D2 birthday can for his son's sixth birthday. He integrated a pico projector into R2's dome to project the Leia "hologram" and a special birthday message.   &...
02:04 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Internet mixtape of female-fronted Punk Rock bands,1977-89
I know what I'll be downloading for the weekend: "A Reference Of Female-Fronted Punk Rock: 1977-89 (Part 1/3)," an epic homemade compilation via KNGNVE. (HT: Jeff Simmermon)    ...
02:01 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Classic artworks painted on humanbodies
Houston, Texas-based artists Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector painted iconic artworks from museum collections directly onto human bodies and photographed them.    ...
01:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of ruined and rotting themeparks around theworld
IO9's Vincze Mikls has collected a marvellous gallery of photos from abandoned and rotting themeparks around the world. Several of these have been featured here before, while others are entirely new t...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Dr. Easy, a film by Shynola and Warp, based on Matthew De Abaitua's sci-fi novel The RedMen
Filmmaker and discoverer-of-cool-stuff Aaron Stewart-Ahn shares word of this awesome video, above: Shynola, one of my favorite little gangs of British filmmakers, are planning to adapt scifi novel Th...
01:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing A map of Twitter use in the US on mobiledevices
A map of mobile devices and Twitter use: "More than 280 million Tweets posted from mobile phones reveal geographic usage patterns in unprecedented detail."    ...
01:25 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Math textbook attempts to solve relationshipdrama
The correct answer is that Brian and Angela just need to break up, already. From Thanks, Textbooks — a fantastic Tumblr of supremely weird and hilarious textbook examples and questions. &n...
01:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunded project to create "world's smartestrobot"
Bill Scannell says: "I have a friend of mine who's put together a project to put an AI brain into a lifelike robot, the goal being to make it as smart as a stupid three-year-old, from which point it ...
12:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with author of "The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast" (plusexcerpt)
Josh Kaufman is the author of the new book, The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything... Fast. I interviewed him about the art of rapid skill acquisition.    ...
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing The making of Family Restaurant, a short film for kids with LGBT parents by AndreaJames
Longtime friend and Boing Boing contributor Andrea James has just completed a Kickstartered short film for children from LGBT families. I saw it this week, and was blown away by how funny and sweet it...
12:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Beastles get nuked by the RIAA - the merciless, indiscriminate boot of Big Content stamps on humanity's face,forever
Remember The Beastles, the amazing Beastie Boys/Beatles mashup? Hope you got a copy on your hard-drive because the RIAA's gone on a totally predictable jihad against a piece of delightful, noncommerci...
12:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Book House of St Louis faces closure, seekscash
Back in April, I wrote about the impending demolition of the Book House in St Louis, MO, and the problems they were having with their fight to stay put.    ...
12:14 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Alaa Wardi, YouTube music star in Saudi Arabia, releases pay-what-you-canrecord
Alaa Wardi (Twitter, instagram) is an Iranian-born singer based in Saudia Arabia whose vocal harmonies and viral videos have become big hits throughout the world. Much of his music is sung in Arabic, ...
12:13 pm PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Evidence-based pregnancy and birthinformation
A preggo info site that contains links to Cochrane Reviews, an evidence-based maternity care report, and evidence-based resource links for you and your doctor?    ...
11:54 am PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Bats sing Batmantheme
What you will hear, should you click "Play" above, is the sound of frequency-shifted bats singing the Batman theme, by means of a sampler and keyboard: Bats produce sounds that are not audible to hu...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Lies, damned lies, and big data: the dictatorship ofdata
Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schnberger, co-authors of the excellent book Big Data write in the MIT Tech Review with a good, skeptical look at the risks of relying on data to the exclusion of other...
09:37 am PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Brazil rises up: 2M march across 80Plus cities, 110,000 in the streets ofRio
The street protests in Brazil have gained momentum, with huge crowds in the streets. At issue is a kind of corporatist corruption symbolized by two upcoming football tournaments that are to be held at...
07:15 am PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing London Varieties show: Jun 27, with EddieIzzard
Mat Ricardo writes in with news of his next London Varieties show: It's the latest episode of Mat Ricardo's London Varieties featuring Eddie Izzard, Piff the Magic Dragon, Original Street Dance and...
02:58 am PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Private jet to Iceland awaits EdwardSnowden
An Icelandic businessman and Wikileaks supporter named Olafur Vignir Sigurvinsson has offered to fly Edward Snowden to Iceland by private jet, pending Icelandic Interior Ministry approval of asylum-se...
02:41 am PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing More NSA leaks: how the NSA bends the truth about spying on Americans while insisting it doesn't spy onAmericans
The Guardian has published two more top-secret NSA memos, courtesy of whistleblower Edward Snowden. The memos are appendices to "Procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons" (1, 2), and they detai...
12:00 am PDT - Fri, June 21, 2013
BoingBoing Saturday in SF: Cliff Winnig, Heather McDougal, and CassieAlexander
Next on San Francisco's excellent "SF in SF" science fiction reading series: Cliff Winnig, Heather McDougal, and Cassie Alexander will present their work in an evening emceed by Terry Bisson. &nb...
11:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Phase-shifted torsos and impossibly acrobatic legs: the black-and-white tightsdance
By Crom, what sorcery is this? These women with their motley tights have backdoored my brain's habitual human-recognition heuristics and keep fooling my eye into seeing impossible acrobatic half-huma...
09:56 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Congressman gets a look at secret Trans-Pacific Partnership draft: "This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporateinterests"
Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) is the first Congresscritter to get a look at the text of the super-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership, currently being negotiated by Obama's US Trade Representative (the Obam...
09:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Public Enemy releases a new song on BitTorrent, along with remixabletracks
The latest release from Chuck D and Public Enemy is the Public Enemy BitTorrent Bundle, where you trade your email address for access to a torrent of "Get Up Stand Up," featuring Brother Ali, as well ...
08:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Flyingbicycle
The XploreAir Paravelo is a flying bicycle. The front is a collapsible bike that docks with a trailer containing a flexible wing and a biofuel-powered fan with an electric starter motor.  &n...
07:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing The Teenage LiberationHandbook
This book is radical. It tries to persuade teenagers to drop out of high school — in order to “get a real life and education” as its subtitle says.    ...
07:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Serving Coke inice-bottles
Ogilvy Colombia did a promotion for Coca-Cola wherein they dispensed The Black Waters of American Imperialism in rather appealing little bottles made of ice.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Make profiles Jake VonSlatt
Make Magazine profiled the incomparable steampunk maker Jake von Slatt; he's got all kinds of great stuff to relate: Two past mistakes youve learned the most from: 1.    ...
06:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Independently funded studies on the safety of GMfood
The Genera Project was started last summer to create an easily-searchable catalog of peer-reviewed scientific studies dealing with the risk, benefits, and safety analysis of genetically modified plant...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Outtakes from Roxy Music album photoshoots
Here are some outtakes from Eric Boman's shoot for the classic Roxy Music album Country Life, and the shoots for the covers of such albums as Stranded and For Your Pleasure.    ...
05:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 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: • Cicada Mania! • Postal Service: new video and Colbert Report interview • Escaping python • HOWTO: D...
05:01 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing NSA boss wants companies to be immunized from liability if they follow illegal orders from theNSA
General Keith Alexander, who is in charge of the NSA, has asked Congress to pass legislation immunizing companies from liability if they break the law following NSA spying orders.   &nb...
03:43 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Christian "gay cure" groupapologizes
In a public statement, Alan Chambers, the president of Exodus Ministries, apologized for his group's practice of offering cruel "gay cure" camps.    ...
03:34 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Rudy Rucker Kickstarts his upcoming novel: The BigAha
Rudy Rucker is one of my all-time greatest science fiction authors. I just kicked in to fund his upcoming novel, The Big Aha.    ...
03:17 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Zoe Lofgren and Ron Wyden formally introduce Aaron's Law, a CFAA reformbill
"Aaron Swartz was not the first or the last victim of overzealous prosecution under the CFAA," write Democratic Representative from California Zoe Lofgren and Ron Wyden, a Democratic Senator from Oreg...
03:11 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Facebook adds short, Vine-like videos toInstagram
As rumored, Facebook's press conference included the announcement that Instagram will now feature short video clips, pretty much like what Twitter's Vine does.    ...
03:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing The real problem with Curtis White's The ScienceDelusion
So, here's a new writing nightmare. What do you do if, after your book is published, and the reviews start to come in, it slowly dawns on you that you've accidentally written the wrong book ... ...
02:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Cicada Mania: periodical summer insect invasion marks a 17-year benchmark intime
PBS NewsHour has a wonderful feature on cicadas, the mysterious insects overwhelming large swaths of the Eastern United States this summer.    ...
02:39 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO cold-brew coffee, in sixseconds
Well, the brewing takes a lot longer, but that's some admirably compact instructional video right there. They skip the filtering step, which can be messy.    ...
02:08 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Bioshock's Ken Levine writing Logan's Run movieremake
Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine, one of the main minds behind the BioShock series, is writing the script for a remake of the classic 1976 science fiction film Logan's Run (based on the 1969 no...
02:05 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Video footage of Rev. Jim Jones preaching at The PeoplesTemple
Richard Metzger at Dangerous Minds: "Heres something you dont see everyday, footage of Rev. Jim Jones and a few hundred members of his Peoples Temple.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Animal-headhooks
I'm pretty taken with these Lightahead animal-headed coathooks, which come in everything from polar bear to camel, and cost $20 each.    ...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Man arrested for throwing spear atcar
This gentleman is Jeffrey Allen Jones, 56, who was arrested in Sacramento this week for assault with a deadly weapon. He allegedly thew a spear at a passing car.    ...
01:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Raiders of the Lost Ark hand-painted poster fromGhana
Excellent hand-painted "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie poster from Ghana. Click to see it larger. This style of poster was frequently an advertisement for mobile "cinemas" where the operator traveled...
01:47 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Feds thwart KKK member's plot to create mobile death ray to kill"undesirables"
Federal officials say two men in New York state are charged in a bizarre plot to develop a mobile X-ray "death ray" machine to silently and remotely kill people flagged as "undesirable." Glendon Scott...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Postal Service: new video and Colbert Reportinterview
Here's the brand new video for The Postal Service's "A Tattered Line of String," one of the fresh bonus tracks on the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of their classic LP "Give Up." This was the song ...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Normandy photos: World War II andnow
Accidental Mysteries posted an excellent collection of "then and now" photos of Normandy in 1944 and 2009. (Color image by Patrick Elie).    ...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Chinese Astronaut gives science classroom lesson fromspace
China held its first classroom lecture from its orbiting space module as part of efforts to promote an interest in science and space flight to young people.    ...
01:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Stockholm court finds Pirate Bay founder guilty of hacking; sentences him to 2years
After a two-week trial, The Stockholm District Court has issued a sentence in the Gottfrid Svartholm hacking case. "The 28-year-old was found guilty of hacking into Logica, a company carrying out work...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing IRS to issue $70M in employee bonuses, sayslawmaker
The Internal Revenue Service is planning to pay out about $70 million in employee bonuses, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which has juri...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Segregated headstones reach over the cemeterywall
These grave markers -- pressed up against either side of an imposing wall, with a pair of clasped hands reaching over the wall's top -- date to a time in Dutch history when Catholic and Protestant gra...
01:20 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Our planet just had the third warmest May in recordedhistory
Earth experienced its 8th warmest spring on record, and the third warmest May, with average global temperature in May 1.19 degrees F.    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Jugheadbeanies
Ever wanted to own a beanie like Archie Comics's Jughead Jones? Now you can, thanks to the folks at Pork Shop: MADE OF 100% WOOL FELT IN AMERICA, HIGHEST QUALITY WOOL CONSTRUCTION.   &...
12:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: Makerbot and theRobohand
Special thanks to our sponsor MakerBot, creators of the world's best desktop 3D printers. MakerBot says: MakerBot and its MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer proudly support Robohand. &nbs...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Colorado police launch excessive force investigation after naked man tasered, another man dies at musicfestival
At the Sonic Bloom Colorado music festival, a naked guy was tasered by police. Onlookers charge that the police used excessive force.    ...
12:35 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Pentagon confirms that Cap'n Crunch, cereal fraudster, is wearing rank of a U.S. NavyCommander
Image: Foreign Policy "You are correct that Cap'n Crunch appears to be wearing the rank of a U.S. Navy commander," Lt.    ...
12:30 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Something to thinkabout
* Ripped from Gareth Branwyn's Facebook feed.    ...
12:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing A tribute to James Gandolfini at Holstens Ice Cream shop in New Jersey, and onHBO
Holsten's last night. Place packed. But the owner reserved "Tony's" table. Sweet. #gandolfini #thesopranos. pic.twitter.com/x3Z7vohkZm— John Klekamp (@JKlekamp) June 20, 2013 Thi...
11:46 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Kindle Worlds: Amazon licensed fanfiction
So I just read this press release from Amazon and thought they are up to something pretty neat. Licensing worlds from their creators and allowing fan fiction writers to monetize them, with everyone ma...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing 16-year-old invents prizewinning clean algae-biofuel conversionprocess
Alan sez, "Evie Sobczak, who is presently 16, appears to have invented a completely chemical-free process for turning algae into a biofuel.    ...
11:14 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Inside Digg's new RSSReader
It wouldn't be a sexy subject were it not for the imminent demise of "market" leader Google Reader, but Mat Honan's article about Digg's replacement service is a must-read.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Corpse Readers in Song DynastyChina
During the turbulent Song dynasty (960 — 1279), a young man without resources somehow managed to become the first forensic scientist in history.    ...
10:11 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Giant, rolling Katamari Damacycontroller
Chris sez, "I am completely obsessed with the Katamari games, so I rounded up a team to throw a Katamari party featuring a 36" Katamari controller controlling the game projected up on a wall. &n...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 099: John Hodgman: Ragnarok (airs tonight6/20/2013)
Your browser does not support the audio tag. John Hodgman's comedy special is airing tonight (June 20th) on Netflix. It's called John Hodgman: Ragnarok.    ...
08:48 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Microsoft does a 180 on DRM in the Xbox360
As the specifications for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One have emerged, more and more gamers have expressed, forcefully, their dismay at the developing picture of a console that is totally built around ...
08:48 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Microsoft does a 180 on DRM in the Xbox360PlusPlus
As the specifications for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One have emerged, more and more gamers have expressed, forcefully, their dismay at the developing picture of a console that is totally built around ...
01:09 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Why gadgets are no longer made ofwood
John Brownlee at Fast Company: There are two reasons. One is practical; the other spiritual, about the way we look at what technology represents to the future.    ...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, June 20, 2013
BoingBoing Young Gezi protester waits out the tear-gas in a BurgerKing
From the Occupy Gezi Pics tumblr: "A young girl in a Burger King restaurant on Sunday, after she managed to escape the tear gas outside.    ...
10:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 009: JohnPorcellino
This is episode 9 of Boing Boing's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. It's an interview show featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and th...
10:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Leaked doc shows USA has started an Internet War:Schneier
Bruce Schneier points out that the leaked top-secret list of electronic attack targets picked by the Obama administration is tantamount to a declaration of Internet War on foreign powers, and shows th...
09:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing 37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen(1875)
The Art of Manliness has reprinted "37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen" from a 1875 book entitled, A Gentleman’s Guide to Etiquette by Cecil B.    ...
08:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Actor James Gandolfini of "Sopranos" fame dies suddenly, inItaly
Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has died of what early reports say was a massive heart attack. He was in Italy at the time.    ...
08:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Actor James Gandolfini of Sopranos fame dies suddenly, inItaly
Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has died of what early reports say was a massive heart attack. He was in Italy at the time.    ...
08:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Paula Deen admits to using the n-word, but only for "bad" blackpeople
I've always loathed her. Now you can too, based on what the press has dug up in a court deposition which may soon be made public.    ...
08:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Should Kickstarter have killed that creepy "Guide to Getting Awesome WithWomen"?
Alyssa Rosenberg at Slate's XX blog explores the ethics dilemma surrounding a Kickstarter for a "how to get chicks" guide for men that included what sounded to her, and me, and a lot of other women an...
07:44 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing MakerBot acquired by larger rival 3D printing firm for $403 Million in stock-for-stockdeal
Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. Image: Makerbot.com. Bre Pettis' Brooklyn-based privately-held 3D printing firm Makerbot will be acquired by publicly-traded Stratasys Ltd.    ...
07:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Escapingpython
I'm delighted by this video of a pet python, titled "Julius Escaping." This lovely creature passed on last year.    ...
07:19 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Photodocumentary: the electrification of LosAngeles
Form and Landscape is a stupendous collection of photos documenting the electrification of Los Angeles, culled from ConEd's archives (Edison International underwrote the exhibition).   ...
06:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing So Good They Can't Ignore You - become expert in something, and the passion willfollow
"Follow your passion" is the dogmatic advice for building a career. But it is woefully incomplete and even misleading for some people.    ...
05:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson,RIP
Illo by Daniel Clowes Very sad news: Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson died at 6:30 this morning, June 19. "He was my partner and close friend for 36 years," said Gary Groth.   &n...
05:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Vitamins are medicine, notmagic
Just a reminder: Vitamins aren't inert. They actually do things in your body and we don't totally understand yet what all they do, how they do it, and how much extra vitamin supplementation is too muc...
05:26 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Meet the "MadHatterpillar"
This is Uraba lugens, a caterpillar that wears a bunch of its old heads on top of its current head like the world's most ridiculously macabre hat.    ...
05:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Radiolab onReddit
Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the hosts of NPR's fantastic science story show, Radiolab, are doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything today.    ...
05:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing How pregnancy is like climate changedenialism
Hillary Rosner is a fantastic environmental reporter — the sort that digs facts and stories more than outrage-bait and blind activism.    ...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 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: • HOWTO: DIY bike helmet LED nav to Citi Bike stations • Wireless restoration of sight to the blind (rats) •...
04:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing John McAfee explains how to uninstall McAfee virus scansoftware
Dangerous Minds has the video. But what some really want to know is, how might we uninstall John McAfee?    ...
04:08 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage nightmareteeth
You know what you missed? You missed the chance to buy this amazing set of vintage derpface choppers ("Authentic original used dental school teaching device."), which sold on eBay for $400.  ...
03:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO: DIY bike helmet nav to Citi Bikestations
Inspired by NYC's newly-launched Citi Bike sharing program, Becky Stern tricked out a bike helmet with LED strips linked to Adafruit Industries' wearable electronics platform and GPS unit to guide yo...
03:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO: DIY bike helmet LED nav to Citi Bikestations
Inspired by NYC's newly-launched Citi Bike sharing program, Becky Stern tricked out a bike helmet with LED strips linked to Adafruit Industries' wearable electronics platform and GPS unit to guide yo...
03:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing What is it like at the Guantanamo? Jason Leopold visited, and can tellyou.
In an Al Jazeera report, in vivid detail, Jason Leopold describes daily life for both the detainees and guards at the Guantnamo detention facility in Cuba.    ...
03:20 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing What is it like at Guantanamo? Jason Leopold visited, and can tellyou.
In an Al Jazeera report, in vivid detail, Jason Leopold describes daily life for both the detainees and guards at the Guantnamo detention facility in Cuba.    ...
03:15 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Journalist Michael Hastings, dead at 33. Here are his top 10 tips for aspiringjournalists.
Michael Hastings. Courtesy of Blue Rider Press/Penguin, via Rolling Stone. Michael Hastings, a contributor to Rolling Stone and to Buzzfeed, died Tuesday in a car crash in Los Angeles.  &nbs...
03:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society with John Law, June 22, 2013 in LosAngeles
Boing Boing readers in Los Angeles, save the date: On June 22 at La Luz de Jesus gallery, John Law will be speaking and signing copies of "Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society." It's a wonder...
03:01 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing XKCD: moral panics about modern times from times goneby
Today's XKCD, "The Pace of Modern Life," is a lovely collection of 19th century and early 20th century quotations about the hurried pace of modern life, the atomisation and trivialisation of knowledge...
02:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing A billion-pixel view of Mars, from Curiosityrover
Reduced version of panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with 1.3 billion pixels in the full-resolution version. Image shows Curiosity at the "Rocknest" site where the rover scooped up samples of...
02:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printed visor sunglasses, for the sexy welder or glamorous spycam-evader in yourlife
Eyeglass frames designer Mykita recently launched a line of 3D polyamide printed sports frames, Mykita Mylon, which includes the "Daisuke" visor style frame shown here.    ...
01:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Wireless restoration of sight to the blind(rats)
Stanford researchers developed a retinal prosthesis that wirelessly transmits images from a video camera in a pair of glasses directly to a chip implanted inside the retina tissue.   &...
01:52 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Nicejacket
This jacket is a wonderful mystery to me; found upon the tumblrs, and seemingly sprung from the ether. Do you know where it came from?    ...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" played by 5 pianists on one piano, all atonce
"Daft Pianists (cover of Get Lucky)," the latest musical experiment by Joe Sabia's wonderful CDZA (Collective Cadenza) YouTube project.    ...
01:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Looking for a sciencey article to email your sleep-deprived loved ones, to remind them why they needsleep?
This New York Times WELL column should do the trick. Probably why it's currently the most-shared item on nytimes.com. It's about a thousand words of sciencey science stuff, but the tl;dr is: go the fu...
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Not the 1s: You Can't ScareMe
Eric Steuer shares this wonderful videogame-themed rap video, made for Music Video Race, a project in which 20 Bay Area musical acts were randomly paired up with 20 filmmakers, and each pair was given...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing London's explodingpavements*
Underground power-boxes nestled beneath the pavements* of London keep blowing the hell up. In its defense, UK Power Networks reminds us that there's a lot of these boxes, and only a few of them explo...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Did You Know - Fun Facts AboutNYC!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH many Fun Facts about NYC, the Biggest City In The World*, are crudely illustrated!    ...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 098: Win Hugh Howey's PaperwhiteKindle!
Your browser does not support the audio tag. This episode of Gweek is brought to you by 23andMe, the leading health and ancestry DNA service.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Massive, CC-licensed 34GP panorama ofPrague
Jeffrey from 360 Cities sez, "My latest 'gigantic panorama' is of my adopted home city, Prague. (previously: 1 2) This time I'm trying something new: download, share, remix this one yourself! &nb...
09:54 am PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing Lexicon: smart, sharp technothriller from Max "Jennifer Government"Barry
Max Barry's new technothriller Lexicon is a gripping conspiracy novel about a cabal of "poets" who have mastered the deep language of the human brain and can use it to boss the rest of us around. ...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, June 19, 2013
BoingBoing How the NSA leaks may help EFF sue the government into defending its bulk surveillanceprograms
The "other shoe" in the Edward Snowden NSA leaks has been the potential effect of all these disclosures on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's efforts to force the government to account for itself in...
10:16 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: The JoeistPhilosophy
"I was working in a small tavern in Moscow, Idaho, when I got the call... I took the next pickup truck to California." From Real Stuff #2 (Fantagraphics, March 1991).    ...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Seinfeld's theme is scary at 1/12speed
Slowing down the Seinfeld theme by 1200% turns it into a David Lynch soundtrack, full of nightmares and menace, as Gorge Catanda demonstrates with this 8 minutes youtube.    ...
07:17 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing EnigmaVariations
Composed by Edward Elgar between 1898 and '99, Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra ("Engima"), Op. 36, has long been my favorite piece of classical music.    ...
07:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Civil disobedience and theInternet
Molly sez, "I wrote this short essay over at iO9 on what the future of civil disobedience could look like. Though in the past civil disobedience was enacted in the streets, with people placing their b...
05:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Tiger's whiskers are pulsedetectors
Sierra Club magazine discusses "4 Ordinary Animals with Superhero Abilities." (Flight is not included.) My favorite tidbit is about a tiger's whiskers: They are filled with sensitive nerve endings, wh...
05:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Public Resource wants to liberate tax records for US nonprofits - converting 100lbs of scanned bitmaps on DVDs into searchable data on $1.5T worth ofactivity
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, On November 1, Public.Resource.Org released a new service which put 6,461,326 US nonprofit tax returns on the net for bulk download, developers, and search engines t...
04:33 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Check out the latest original long-reads in Boing Boing's Featuresarchive
Did you know that we publish several original feature articles each week on Boing Boing? We're more than the old-school linkblog this website began as, way back in the year 2000 (we were a zine befor...
04:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Video of Cambodia's homebrew "bamboorailroad"
At long last, here's video of the Cambodian bamboo railroad I wrote about in 2006; this being a homebrew railroad running at 40km/h off an electric motor, along decrepit and degenerating rails that o...
03:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomical glass sculptures from MRI/CTscans
Fine artist Angela Palmer takes CT/MRI scanner of people and animals, engraves the data onto thin glass sheets that are then combined into 3D sculptures.    ...
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing What happened to David Mery, the techy who was arrested as a terrorist in a London tube station because of hiscoat
[Editor's note: I mentioned the arrest of technology editor David Mery in my recent Guardian column on Prism; he wrote in to correct some details and explain the astounding circumstances of how Britai...
02:48 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent signs from E.L. Rankine, a gentleman sign painter inJamaica
Click to view large. Photo: Jeff Simmermon. Boing Boing pal Jeff Simmermon sends us some wonderful snapshots of a local Jamaican artist who lives and works in Treasure Beach, "a very sparsely populat...
02:48 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent signs from K.L. Rankine, a gentleman sign painter inJamaica
Click to view large. Photo: Jeff Simmermon. Boing Boing pal Jeff Simmermon sends us some wonderful snapshots of a local Jamaican artist who lives and works in Treasure Beach, "a very sparsely populat...
02:37 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Having your account frozen at Amazon means losing ongoing access to yourebooks
A woman who placed a big computer order at Amazon had her account frozen while they tried to verify her credit-card, a process that went horribly awry (they demanded that she fax them her bank-stateme...
02:32 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Watch this vampire bat run likehell
Over at National Geographic, Carl Zimmer reveals the wonder of vampire bats. "Of the 1200 or so species of bats, vampire bats are among the very few that can move quickly on the ground." Watch one ru...
02:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing NSA leaks forcing more officialtransparency
Trevor Timm wrote a piece for Freedom of the Press Foundation about how much more we're learning not just from the NSA leaks themselves, but from the response to those leaks.    ...
02:19 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," animated andaccelerated
Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (the movie) on speed. Er, even more speed. From 1A4 Studio who have done this with a number of movies, including Star Wars, Back to the Future, a...
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Iceland resumes whale hunting, endangered Fin Whalekilled
"Kristjan Loftsson, CEO of the the company Hvalur hf." Photo: News of Iceland. Icelandic news outlets are reporting that an Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur hf, "caught its first fin whale yesterday...
01:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a spellbook for PathfinderRPG
Wade sez, "Wolfgang Baur, roleplaying game designer and publisher of the late, lamented Kobold Quarterly magazine (successor to Dragon) has launched the Deep Magic Kickstarter bringing 300 new spells ...
12:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Meet the NASA Astronaut Class of2013
More than 6000 people applied, eight were chosen. And, for the first time, NASA has an astronaut class with gender parity — four men, and four women.    ...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Dolphins on acid (and other badideas)
How dosing dolphins with LSD (and giving dolphins hand jobs) helped shape our modern pop culture beliefs about dolphins as sources of healing — beliefs that, according to neuroscientist Lori Mar...
12:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Five great myths of cocktailchemistry
There is nothing wrong with adding ice to scotch, writes Kevin Liu at Serious Eats. In fact, a little water can change the flavor profile of the drink for the better.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Everything wrong about medical marijuana marketing in California, in a singlesnapshot
I snapped this photo of a popular medical marijuana dispensary storefront in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles last week. To me, it represents everything bone-headed about the way LA area pot sh...
11:59 am PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing The chemical composition of "old booksmell"
It starts with lignin — a compound that makes up the cell walls of plants. Turns out, it's also closely related (chemical-structure-wise) to vanillin, the stuff that makes vanilla smell so vanil...
11:20 am PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Some snapshots from the mass Brazilian protests (and anexplanation)
(GENTE, olha esse reflexo na fachada de um prdio na manifestao do Rio, no centro da cidade! #ProtestoRJ/@brunoernica) Brazil is up in arms.    ...
10:56 am PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Chuck D and SpectrumCity
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
09:42 am PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing The 'Geisters: spooky, scary novel(excerpt)
Horror writer David Nickle is a master of the creepy -- the reveal at the end of the horror story that lodges in your brain and revisits you in goosepimply moments of fear.    ...
09:42 am PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing The 'Geisters: spooky, scarynovel
Horror writer David Nickle is a master of the creepy -- the reveal at the end of the horror story that lodges in your brain and revisits you in goosepimply moments of fear.    ...
12:02 am PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Safecast, crowdsourced radiation monitoring project, logs 10 million datapoints
The crowdsourced radiation monitoring project Safecast, which was launched in the weeks after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, has reached a big milestone: they have collected and published ov...
12:01 am PDT - Tue, June 18, 2013
BoingBoing Bill Nye, "Firebrand for Science," profiled inNYT
John Schwartz has a colorful profile of Bill Nye the Science Guy in the New York Times, exploring his evolution from science-lesson-explainer for kids, to a defender of fact-based reality against pund...
11:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Trailer for Backyard Blockbusters: doc aboutfan-films
John sez, "Last fall, you guys ran a story about 'Backyard Blockbusters,' my feature documentary on fan films (such as 'Troops', 'Hardware Wars', 'Star Trek: Phase II", or the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Edwardians doing biketricks
The Guardian commemorates the reissue of Isabel Marks's 1901 classic "Fancy Cycling" by publishing a sweet gallery of Edwardian ladies and gents doing bike tricks: "Marvel as these tailored tricksters...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Tales from the history of NSAspying
The NSA's first large-scale domestic surveillance project began in 1945 — when the organization began reading American's telegrams.     ...
06:40 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Why delicate men die more frequently than robustladies
In general, women outlive men. This is not a new idea. But what you might not know is that the effect can't be explained by some simple hand-waving about risk-taking men, or war, or the allure of the ...
06:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing More onMERS
MERS is the SARS-related virus that's killing people in the Middle East — and the government of Saudi Arabia, where most of the outbreak is happening, has been reticent about releasing informati...
06:25 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Virtual dissection table is fascinating, useful, and just a littlecreepy
Everything a dissection table should be, I suppose. I'm absolutely mesmerized by the utility of this tool, developed by Anatomage and Stanford University's Division of Clinical Anatomy.  &n...
06:10 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Dragonflies outfitted with brain sensorbackpacks
Neuroscientist have attached an electronic "backpack" to dragonflies that jack into the insect's brain and wirelessly transmit the data back to a base station.    ...
05:53 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing FBI digging forHoffa
It's time again to play Digging for Hoffa! Today, the FBI will dig in a field north of Detroit based on a tip from alleged mobster Tony Zerilli.    ...
05:47 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Why health insurance makes nosense
Two doctors have written a really fascinating analysis of the history and economics of health insurance that will make our current U.S.    ...
05:32 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Making sense of the confusing Supreme Court DNA patentruling
Nine people who have not recently made any sweeping judgements about biotechnology. Last week, I told you about the US Supreme Court ruling that made it illegal to patent naturally occurring DNA.&nb...
04:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 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: • Miss Utah? Barely coherent • Watch 2013 Obama debate 2006 Biden on NSA surveillance • Watch and listen li...
04:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Monochrom: 20 years' worth of Vienneseart-weirdness
Johannes from the Austrian art weirdos Monochrom sez, "As we are currently celebrating 20 years of monochrom, we were confronted with the problem of how to (re)present our history.   &...
04:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Ants and Stars: Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic visit the Sardinia Radio Telescope inItaly
Writers Jasmina Tesanovic and Bruce Sterling visit the Sardinia Radio Telescope, a large, fully steerable radio telescope currently which was recently completed near San Basilio, in province of Caglia...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a set of black-light Alice in Wonderlandposters
Noah sez, "What goes together better than Alice in Wonderland and black-light posters?! I'm excited to be a part of this cool project that just launched on Kickstarter.    ...
03:54 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Onion Pi - Convert a Raspberry Pi into a Anonymizing Tor Proxy, for easy anonymous internetbrowsing
About this nifty "Onion Pi" HOWTO just published at Adafruit, Phil Torrone says, "Limor and I cooked up this project for folks.    ...
03:12 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Yoga art exhibit coming to WashingtonDC
The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art in Washington, DC is preparing the first large exhibition of yoga-related art. Titled "Yoga: The Art of Transformation," the show is really a look at the history...
02:50 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Paper anatomicalmodel
Papercraft artist Horst Kiechle created an incredible anatomical model, complete with removable organs, and posted all the templates and instructions online for free.    ...
02:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing How Bugs Bunny saved Mel Blanc'slife
In 1961, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Barney Rubble, and literally a thousand other cartoon characters (see vide above), was in a terrible car crash that put him in a coma. &nb...
02:24 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Man in jail for putting E.T. infreezer
A farmer in eastern China killed an extraterrestrial and put him on ice. After he posted photos online, police reportedly showed up and determined that the ET is fake.    ...
02:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing The SnowdenPrinciple
John Cusack, actor, filmmaker, and board member of journalism advocacy group Freedom of the Press Foundation, on the ethics of civil disobedience in whistleblowing.    ...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Hollow spy-coins milled out of realcurrency
A company called "Covert Coins" mills hollow coins out of real currency and turns them into hidden, spook-tastic secret compartments. Reviews say that the coins are indistinguishable from undoctored i...
01:16 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Life imitates art: Swiss police brutally crack down on squatters who inhabit fake "artfavela"
Richard sez, "The Swiss riot police have taken a page out of the Turkish authorities' book. After occupiers ('critics'?) responded to the 'irony' of Tadashi Kawamata's cafe/boutique in the form of a ...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Miss Utah? Barelycoherent
Whatever she said, Miss Teen South Carolina is still our nation's pride.    ...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing The death of YuriGagarin
At the BBC: "New details have emerged about the air crash on 27 March 1968 that killed Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space."    ...
12:38 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Police chief upset by 1988's "Fuck thapolice"
Straight Outta Cape Cod: "an incident involving Police Chief Jeff Jaran and a rap song about police brutality playing at a restaurant he was at on May 7.    ...
12:26 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Minecraft in Assemblylanguage
Overv cloned Minecraft using x86 assembly. You can boot your computer into it. Crazy: "Starting in assembly right away would be a bit too insane, so I first wrote a reference implementation in C".&nbs...
12:10 pm PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden answers yourquestions
On the Guardian right now NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is answering live questions from the world at large. 1) First, the US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately an...
11:06 am PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Demonstrating "a load of cock" to censorship-crazed UK MP ClairePerry
The British Government is determined to be seen to be doing something (anything, really) about pornography online. The current incarnation of "something must be done; there, we did something!" is base...
10:58 am PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Restart Project: helping people fix their brokendevices
David sez, "The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise and charity aiming at changing our relationship with information technologies by empowering people to repair and reuse their electro...
10:46 am PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Mean Monkey Monday12
Emmanuel Frémiet (1824 - 1910) “Gorilla Carrying off a Woman” (1887) (Via Suddenly) Where are the other Mean Monkey Monday posts?    ...
07:33 am PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Carl Hiaasen's BadMonkey
Rejoice! For Carl Hiaasen, author of the funniest crime novels in the business, bar none, has a new book out! Bad Monkey has just arrived on shelves and it is every bit as hilarious as you could hope ...
02:00 am PDT - Mon, June 17, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden leak: How UK spies attacked delegations to the 2009G20
On the eve of the G8 summit (taking place in a specially prepared Potemkin village in N. Ireland), the Guardian has published another Edward Snowden leak, this one describing how the UK spying agency ...
11:56 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Carry OnX-Men
Chris Weston's poster for a notional "Carry On X-Men" has me wanting very badly to inhabit his alternate universe. He says of the film, "Despite the bawdy humour, 'Carry on X-Men' is in many ways mor...
11:12 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Bernie Sahlins,RIP
Today Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins, co-founder of the Second City, passed away at age 90. His contributions to the world of comedy and acting are immeasurable.    ...
11:01 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Software-authored book ofconversation-starter
JanusNode sez, "Janusnode is 'a user-configurable dynamic textual projective surface,' AKA a programmable text generating application. It has released a book entitled 'You can bring an elephant to a B...
11:01 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Software-authored book ofconversation-starters
JanusNode sez, "Janusnode is 'a user-configurable dynamic textual projective surface,' AKA a programmable text generating application. It has released a book entitled 'You can bring an elephant to a B...
10:22 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing LAX TSA officer shames my 15-year-old daughter for heroutfit
This morning, a TSA officer at LAX humiliated and shamed my 15-year-old daughter. She is traveling with a group of high school students on a college tour and we were not with her when he verbally abus...
09:54 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing What would it cost to store all of America's phonecalls?
The Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle has done the math on building a data-center that could hold all of America's voice-calls, and concluded that this it wouldn't quite fit within the $20M price-tag ...
07:50 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Men in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford photo arrested in gangsweep
Toronto police carried out a series of dramatic raids on alleged gang-members across the city in Friday. They raided 15 Windsor Rd, a run-down and notorious bungalow that is also noteworthy for provid...
05:38 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing NSA admits it listens in on US phone calls and reads US emails without awarrant
It's a pity that so many senators skipped the NSA's classified briefing on its secret spying program, because if they'd attended, they'd have heard something shocking: the NSA can and does access the ...
05:38 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing UPDATED: NSA admits it listens in on US phone calls and reads US emails without awarrant
It's a pity that so many senators skipped the NSA's classified briefing on its secret spying program, because if they'd attended, they'd have heard something shocking: the NSA can and does access the ...
04:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing What's happening in SoPaulo?
Between Syria, Turkey and the G8, it's hard to keep track of popular resistance to oligarchy and corruption, but please don't forget So Paulo, where the police are treating public anti-corruption dem...
03:13 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Brutal crackdown on Turkishprotests
Barricades at Nisantasi, at 4:50AM Sunday Poiu is in Turkey; he writes: " Since yesterday evening, everything has worsened. Unfortunately it is not really covered by local media, the consequence of ...
02:43 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing From GeziPark
I've been attending the Gezi Park protests since arriving in Turkey on June 6. Thousands of people have camped at the park in Taksim Square, traditionally a gathering place for all kinds of meetings ...
02:23 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Scary NYC neighborhood,1888
Here's a photo from Jacob Riis's 1890 classic "How the Other Half Lives," "an early publication... documenting squalid living conditions in New York City slums in the 1880s." It shows "Bandits Roost, ...
12:17 pm PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Turkish EU minister: protesters will be treated asterrorists
Turkish police used extreme force to eject the protesters from Taksim Square yesterday. Egemen Ba, Turkey's representative in the EU, gave a televised address in which he said, "[The police] will inte...
10:12 am PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing HappyF-day!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV9Rh4ynBf4 It's Father's Day and time for my annual re-posting of Groucho Marx singing the greatest song dedicated to that occasion of all time.    ...
03:17 am PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Giant women on trailer inShinjuku
While I'm waiting here at Narita airport for my flight home, I thought I'd share this photo I took last night in Shinjuku.    ...
03:13 am PDT - Sun, June 16, 2013
BoingBoing Cross stitch recreation of a page from the Walking Dead comicbook
Walking Dead artist Tony Moore says: "Knowing how long it took me to draw this damn thing in pen and ink, I'm particularly honored and impressed by this painstaking Walking Dead cross-stitch!" ion: A ...
10:23 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Metal from 12 yearolds
Unlocking the Truth is an an awesome heavy metal band made up of 12-year-old schoolkids who've been playing together since they were five.    ...
07:20 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Ahead of tour, Atoms for Peace play surprise intimate show in LosAngeles
"This is the rehearsal, right?" Thom Yorke teased the audience last night inside Club Fais Do Do, renamed for the evening "Club Amok" for a surprise/secret Atoms For Peace performance. "You were the l...
07:20 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Atoms for Peace play a surprise intimate show in LosAngeles
"This is the rehearsal, right?" Thom Yorke teased the audience last night inside Club Fais Do Do, renamed for the evening "Club Amok" for a surprise/secret Atoms For Peace performance. "You were the l...
07:00 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Xbox One will divide EU into differentmarkets
Microsoft's new XBox One will ship with region-locks that divide the world; yours will only work if it connects to the DRM server from one of 21 selected countries.    ...
06:26 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Facebook releases new post-NSA-Prism-leak privacysettings
Parody, obviously. 'shoop: XJ    ...
05:54 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Internet companies begin releasing some data on governmentspying
Facebook and Microsoft have reached a agreements with the U.S. government "to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive," which Reuters' Joe Menn and Gerry Shi...
05:46 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Wired News publishes encrypted message to EdwardSnowden
In the one unencrypted line of this publication, Kevin Poulsen of Wired News writes, "Dont read this if you arent him.    ...
05:40 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing NYT profiles NSA leaker EdwardSnowden
A lengthy profile in the New York Times of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who recently leaked information about the agency's secret domestic spying program, paints the young man as an self-driv...
05:36 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Senators skip classified briefing on NSA spying so they can fly home for Father's Dayweekend
A briefing offered to US senators by senior intelligence officials on the NSA surveillance programs "failed to attract even half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning ...
05:28 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Microsoft awarded patent on wearable computing device that transmits data through the humanbody
The US Patent and Trademark office has awarded Microsoft a patent on a wearable electrical device that uses your arm or finger as transmission channel to "transfer data through direct physical contact...
05:20 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Iowa gentleman tells cops he was using lawn mower on neighbors' lawns to chasegopher
As @pourmecoffee tweeted, it's unfair that there's no video to accompany this all-too-brief story of a gentleman in Iowa "who says he was using his lawn mower to chase a gopher." The man has been told...
05:17 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing AP: the secret behind NSA's Prism program? "Even bigger dataseizure."
Amy Fiscus of the AP tweets, "Worried by Prism? It's actually part of a bigger effort. Not worried by Prism?    ...
05:17 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing The secret behind NSA's Prism program? "Even bigger dataseizure."
Amy Fiscus of the AP tweets, "Worried by Prism? It's actually part of a bigger effort. Not worried by Prism?    ...
05:05 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Brian EnoCaturday
Did you know that ambient electronic music pioneer Brian Eno starred in an ad for Purina brand cat food, in an alternate universe?    ...
05:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing How Google plans to use balloons do deliver broadband to the greatunwired
Wired has a neat story out today from Steven Levy, reporting from New Zealand, on how google plan to use hundreds of high-pressure balloons circling the earth to "provide Internet to a significant chu...
05:02 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing How Google plans to use balloons to deliver broadband to the greatunwired
Wired has a neat story out today from Steven Levy, reporting from New Zealand, on how google plan to use hundreds of high-pressure balloons circling the earth to "provide Internet to a significant chu...
04:15 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Spying On The Home Front: A 2007 PBS FRONTLINE worthrevisiting
Given the recent news about the NSA's domestic surveillance programs, this PBS FRONTLINE documentary hour from 2007 is worth revisiting: "Spying On The Home Front.    ...
04:03 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Why you should care aboutsurveillance
I got tired of people savvying me about the revelations of NSA surveillance and asking why anyone would care about secret, intrusive spying, so I wrote a new Guardian column about it, "The NSA's Prism...
12:59 pm PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Handgun drone unsuccessfully shoots mobilephone
Spocko sez, "In this commercial for a cell phone screen protector product, a quadcopter flies up to some fruit, sodas and a cell phones and shoots them with a remote controlled handgun.  &n...
09:56 am PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Joe Biden 2006 explains surveillance to Barack Obama2013
Back in 2006, Joe Biden explained why the Bush program of warrantless wiretapping was a bad idea, destroying GWB's arguments in favor of unconstitutional, sweeping blanket surveillance.  &n...
12:23 am PDT - Sat, June 15, 2013
BoingBoing Glenn Greenwald's keynote at Freedom to Connect2013
Joly sez, "On March 4-5 2013 the Internet Society's North America Bureau webcast the Freedom to Connect 2013 conference in Washington DC.    ...
10:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Durian McFlurry at McDonald'sSingapore
McDonald's Singapore is selling a "Durain Crunch McFlurry" that combines soft-serve ice-cream with everyone's favorite stinkily delicious T-Rex-testical-looking fruit. It sells for S$2.80 or about USD...
07:24 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Watch 2013 Obama debate 2006 Biden on NSAsurveillance
Watch then-Senator Joe Biden from 2006 directly refute each point made by his now-boss, President Barack Obama, about the NSA surveillance program at a news conference last week.   &nb...
07:15 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Bookstoreporthole
This wonderful porthole-made-of-books is part of the design for the John W. Doull Bookseller store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and warrants a side-trip all on its own.    ...
07:07 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing "Guccifer" hacks email, Facebook accounts of Obama appointee who leads U.S. Nuclear SecurityAgency
Neile Miller, the Obama administration official who heads the agency responsible for maintaining America's nuclear stockpile and for tracking down loose nukes worldwide is the latest victim of Guccife...
06:46 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing "My Dad Was in a Band," blog archiving vintage bands and the Dads inthem
Just in time for Father's Day: mydadwasinaband.com. At Dangerous Minds, Richard Metzger explains the insane story that led to the blog's launch.    ...
06:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Watch and listen to the Bonnaroo live stream onUstream
If you're too old, broke, tied to your job, or crowd-phobic to have made it to Bonnaroo in person but still want to hear all the bands, no sweat bro! Just tune in on Ustream.    ...
06:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Watch and listen live to your favorite bands playingBonnaroo
If you're too old, broke, tied to your job, or crowd-phobic to have made it to Bonnaroo in person but still want to hear all the bands, no sweat bro! Just tune in on Ustream.    ...
05:58 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing A noteworthy Reddit AMA: "I am James Bamford, one of the journalists investigating theNSA"
Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Administration. Illustration for WIRED by Mark Weaver Journalist James Bamford did a Reddit AMA today.    ...
05:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing The first things ever posted at famouswebsites
Thiswasafirst collects the first postings ever published at some of the web's most well-known sites. Behold Jack Dorsey's first tweet, Yakov Lapitsky's first YouTube upload, and Brad Fitzpatrick's fir...
05:28 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing What we're reading"Gather," a food-centric journal ofculture
About their wonderful publication launched just about a year ago, Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo say: "We started Gather because of a shared love of food and cooking, and a desire to create a...
05:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Tank Girlcosplay
KayLynn-Syrin's Tank Girl cosplay is just about the greatest bringing-to-life of one of my fave comic characters I've ever seen. Tank Girl!    ...
04:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Book-linedstaircase
A mysterious and magnificent book-lined staircase, provenance unknown. Do you know where this is? 29 October, 2012 (via That Book Smell)    ...
03:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 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: • Superheroes help kids fight cancer • Neil Young loves model trains • Art of Punk videos • Faces de...
03:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Leaked memo details NSA talking points onPrism
A leaked memo apparently sets out the NSA's "talking points" to its defenders in government who are discussing the situation with the press and critics.    ...
02:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing If the NSA's Prism is no big deal, why was Yahoo in court fightingit?
Top lawyers for Yahoo argued in a secret court in Washington that the company should not be forced to assist the government in spying on "certain foreign users, without a warrant," which Yahoo had ref...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Superformula against cancer: Superhero chemotherapy for child cancer patients inBrazil
Ad agency JWT Brazil created a "Superformula" to fight cancer. They worked with the A.C. Camargo Cancer Center in Brazil and another agency client, Warner Bros., to transform chemotherapy into "super...
02:16 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Buzz Aldrin speaks out againstTang
According to Buzz Aldrin though, "Tang sucks." (NBC News)    ...
02:16 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Petitioning the state of Guatemala to ensure due process of law in Rios Montt genocidetrial
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.   ...
02:05 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Neil Young loves modeltrains
Neil Young talks model trains with David Letterman. Young isn't just a model train enthusiast, he's also an inventor. From Dangerous Minds: Young first created a research and development company, Lio...
02:03 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing UK: Edward Snowden not welcomehere
The UK Home Office has sent letters to the world's airlines, warning them not to let NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden board a plane for the UK, because "the individual is highly likely to be refused e...
01:54 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Eel's glow as a test for humandisease
The biology behind the green glow of Japanese freshwater eels could lead to new tests for jaundice and liver problems. RIKEN research institute scientists determined that the protein bilirubin is what...
01:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing UglyCon at GR2 in LA this weekend: a gathering of Uglydollfans
I had the great pleasure of visiting with Giant Robot's Eric Nakamura and collaborators last night at the GR2 space on Sawtelle in Los Angeles.    ...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Meet Nastygirl, Germany's most beautifulcow
A doe-eyed look would not have won over judges at a contest in Germany this week: it was for cows only.    ...
01:08 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Amid violent protest crackdown, Sao Paolo cop smashes his own car'swindow
From Sao Paolo, where the the cops are violently attacking protesters, a video of a cop smashing his own police-car window, presumably to blame it on the protesters later.    ...
01:08 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Amid violent protest crackdown, Sao Paulo cop smashes his own car'swindow
From Sao Paulo, where the the cops are violently attacking protesters, a video of a cop smashing his own police-car window, presumably to blame it on the protesters later.    ...
12:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Evil parking inspectorjailed
A parking inspector in Britain pretended to have been struck by a disobedient motorist, thereby earning 4 months in jail when CCTV footage exposed his lies.    ...
12:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing The rivers ofAmerica
Nelson Minar created a massive map of the United States' rivers. [via Kottke]    ...
12:41 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Art of Punkvideos
I am overjoyed about the new video series, "The Art of Punk," from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.    ...
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Gigabit wifiisn't
Glenn Fleishman at Tidbits: "Apples implementation is technically capable of 1.3 Gbps. But as Apple notes at the bottom of the page, Actual speeds will be lower. Ill say.    ...
12:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Thief 4, latest in legendary sneak-n-stab series, comingsoon
Announced at gaming trade show E3, Thief 4 looks like a great stealth game—better than the overweight third entry, in any case.    ...
12:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Jersey Devil or somethingelse?
Is this the elusive Jersey Devil as some Redditors have speculated? Perhaps it's the dreaded Chupacabras? Or a bastard cousin of the Montauk Monster?    ...
12:21 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Gaming is home to a potent new form ofstorytelling
John Walker argues, irrefutably, that games are a great place to tell stories: "There are some who have argued that games just arent the right medium for telling stories.    ...
12:18 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing SofaCON: a podcasted sf convention with guest-of-honor PeterWatts
Tony Smith sez, Hugo Award winning science fiction podcast StarShipSofa presents SofaCON: An Online International Science Fiction Convention Guest include Peter Watts as GoH, plus Special Guest Lois ...
12:17 pm PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Simple map design tool fromStamen
The supremely creative design/data experimentalists at Stamen launched Map Stack, a fascinating and super-simple tool to design your own maps and cartographical mash-ups: You can use it to combine cus...
11:58 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Browser the web with a farawayfriend
Liz Stinson: "Swedish artist Jonas Lund ... built a browser that allows people around the world to surf the internet together in one window.    ...
11:56 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Nazi SS commander discovered living inMinneapolis
Michael Karkoc — a 94-year-old Ukranian immigrant who lives in a neighborhood of Minneapolis known for housing populations of both Eastern Europeans and artists — has turned out to be a fo...
11:53 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Who are the greatest Armchair Taxonomists? The winnersannounced!
The Encyclopedia of Life announces the winners of the Armchair Taxonomist competition featured here at Boing Boing. Everyone gets a warm thanks for helping to fill an open-source database with informa...
10:11 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Blunders of Genius: interesting errors by Darwin, Pauling, andEinstein
Charles Darwin, Linus Pauling, and Albert Einstein made great contributions to science. They also made large blunders. In this original essay Mario Livio, astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science...
10:06 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Overly Attached Girlfriend onPrism
Laina, AKA "Overly Attached Girlfriend" (a YouTube comedian and memestar who trades on her ability to stare intensely while monologuing hilariously about her terrifying romantic attachment) has outdo...
05:41 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing UK Pirate Cinema isout!
The UK edition of my novel Pirate Cinema hits stores officially today! Tell your friends! When Trent McCauley's obsession for making movies by reassembling footage from popular films causes his home ...
02:53 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing By His Things Will You Know Him(podcast)
Earlier today, we published my story "By His Things Will You Know Him," which is from the forthcoming Institute for the Future anthology "An Aura of Familiarity: Visions from the Coming Age of Networ...
02:25 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Australian Army on institutional sexism: The standard you walk past is the standard youaccept
Michael sez, "In response to a breaking scandal the head of the Australian Army gives a textbook example on how to respond to sexual abuse in the military, hell, misogyny in any organisation: blunt, ...
02:07 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Sen Warren to US Trade Rep: release the Trans-Pacific Partnership docs - if they piss the people off, then we shouldn't be part ofit
Senator Elizabeth Warren has written an open letter to Michael Froma, the nominee to run the US Trade Representative's office, calling on him to release the text and negotiating documents for the secr...
12:51 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Lawsuit: "Happy Birthday" is not in copyright, and Warner owes the world hundreds of millions for improperly collectedroyalties
Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that "Happy Birthday to You" is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fee...
12:14 am PDT - Fri, June 14, 2013
BoingBoing Why Americans should be worried about statesurveillance
As the Prism/NSA leaks story unfolds, many Americans are left with a cynical "are you surprised?" response that rather misses the point.    ...
11:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Radio-seekingdrone
TRAQ is a senior project from a group of Northeastern University engineering students; it's a quadcopter that seeks out and homes in on radio signals.    ...
10:43 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Stolen: 200-pound pink bulldog sculpture in WestHollywood
A very large and very gay sculpture of a pink bulldog by Belgian artist William Sweetlove went missing after the gay pride parade in West Hollywood.    ...
10:29 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing House votes to allow indefinite military detention ofAmericans
"The U.S. House of Representatives voted again Thursday to allow the indefinite military detention of Americans, blocking an amendment that would have barred the possibility." [HuffPo]  &nbs...
10:13 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing FBI's use of Patriot Act to collect US citizens' records up 1,000percent
Michael Isikoff at NBC News reports that the FBI has "dramatically increased its use of a controversial provision of the Patriot Act to secretly obtain a vast store of business records of U.S. &n...
10:07 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Petition to "Christian" college that won't provide transcripts to student expelled for beinggay
Danielle Powell had nearly finished her Bachelor's Degree at Omaha's Grace University when the school administration found out that she was a lesbian.    ...
09:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Faces deformed by rubberbands
Photographer Wes Naman who famously wrapped his subjects' faces in scotch tape has now twisted people's mugs into grotesquery with rubber bands.    ...
09:45 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing How many people have died in the Syrian civilwar?
In the fog of war, it's not easy to figure out how many people die. Even in the cleanest combat, accurate records are not really a common military priority.    ...
09:19 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Dangers of eyeballlicking
It's not good to let someone lick your eyeballs. Y'know, conjunctivitis, corneal abrasions, that kind of thing. That said, "worming" or "oculolinctus" is not only a sexual fetish as you might expect,...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Iron Orchid: tricked-out 1935 Fordcoupe
Coop snapped this shot of the gorgeous "Iron Orchid," a masterfully decorated 1935 Ford 5 Window Coupe, built by Dave Shuten of Galpin Auto Sports.    ...
08:54 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Long-lost Nazi diary of racial theorist and Hitler confidantrecovered
Photo: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Click to enlarge. In Washington today, US officials and U.S.    ...
08:54 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Long-lost diary of Nazi racial theorist and Hitler confidantrecovered
Photo: ICE HSI. Click to enlarge. In Washington today, US officials and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum representatives announced the seizure of a long-lost diary maintained by a close confidant of A...
08:48 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing MakerCities
Over at the Information Daily, my Institute for the Future (IFTF) colleague Jason Tester wrote about "Maker Cities," a concept that IFTF is currently exploring through on-the ground ethnography and a ...
08:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing What makes sciencebeautiful?
In his book, The Science Delusion, Curtis White criticizes scientists for throwing around the term "beautiful" without really asking what, exactly, makes science beautiful ...    ...
07:59 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Inside GTMO'slibrary
Charlie Savage writes in the New York Times of the books on offer to prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, which include a set of Indiana Jones novelizations, some Star Trek: TNG novels, Ender's Game, Arabic e...
07:25 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Huge, 3D printed airplane parts inChina
GE isn't the only one getting into the 3D-printed airplane part game. But, instead of little fuel injectors for turbines, the Chinese company AVIC Heavy Machinery and China's Northwestern Polytechnica...
05:52 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing How refusing a $0.50 parking validation cost a bank a $1Mdepositor
In 1989, a bank-teller at the Old National Bank in Spokane, WA refused to validate the $0.50 parking stub of a shabbily dressed man who'd come in to cash a check.    ...
04:51 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Mark Dery radio interview about his Boing Boingebook!
We just released Boing Boing's first short ebook, Mark Dery's "All The Young Dudes: Why Glam Matters," and the feedback has been terrific.    ...
04:47 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing NSA whistleblower was a frequent, long-time Ars Technica message-boardcommenter
Ars Technica's Joe Mullin reveals that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was likely a frequent commenter on Ars, posting under the name TheTrueHOOHA, since he was 17 years old in 2001.   ...
03:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Critiques of mass surveillance anddata-mining
A post on Washington's Blog summarizes numerous critiques of Big Data, with reference to its efficacy in finding signs of terrorism amidst gigantic databases of surveillance information.  &n...
03:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Court ruling could end unpaidinternships
Jordan Weissman: "The unpaid intern, that lowly, coffee-scalded creature of the modern office, might be about to become a thing of the past." [The Atlantic]    ...
03:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing "By his things will you know him," a shortstory
My father kept things. I mean, he didnt like to throw things away. Nothing. I looked into his eyes as I said these words. Id said them before, to explain my spotless desk, my habit of opening the mail...
03:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing SF: Saturday event for new science fiction 'zinePravic
I recently posted about Pravic, an excellent new science fiction 'zine edited by David "Total Dick-Head" Gill and Nathaniel K. Miller.    ...
02:37 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Accused bank robber wants NSA phone records for hisdefense
Defense lawyers for Terrance Brown, a south Florida man facing bank robbery charges, have asked for NSA mobile phone surveillance records to be supplied in order to support his claim that he was not i...
02:22 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Beautiful video of a supercellthunderstorm
It took photographer Mike Oblinski four years of traveling to Plains States to capture this fantastic time lapse footage of a supercell thunderstorm near Booker, Texas.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Edison cylinder inscribed on abeer-bottle
Mathew sez, 19th Century technology meets 21st Century music over a bottle of beer in the latest extension to the Beck's Record Label project.    ...
01:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 005: JesseThorn
Courtesy Photo Jesse Thorns tenacity may well be his defining characteristic. He graduated the same college the same year as me and kept right on doing what he had done all along.   &nb...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Supreme Court: You can't patent (naturally occurring)genes
In an unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that companies can't patent genes, or parts of genes — at least, so long as that genetic material is identical to what occur...
01:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Backstage at the HauntedMansion
A new tumblr, Haunted Mansion Backstage, consists of rare photos of the backstage areas of the Disney parks' Haunted Mansion rides not normally visible from the "Doom Buggy" ride vehicles.  ...
12:57 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Brutal police crackdown on protesters in SaoPaolo
Diego sez, "Protestors - mainly students - are taking the streets of Sao Paulo. The problem: the government just raised the bus fare from R$3 to R$3,20.    ...
12:46 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Little Brotherremixes
Boys from Brett Wierzbicki's Sophmore Honors English class at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Queens, NY have been reading my novel Little Brother and Brett gave them the option of doing a book-remi...
12:27 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing How the Russians pee inspace
I don't know if I can fully define human nature, but I'm pretty sure it includes a prurient and/or practical interest in how one uses the bathroom under strange circumstances.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Here's that Beastles album you've been waitingfor!
Last weekend, I let you know that a new Beastles album was forthcoming from djBC, who was reprising his mid-2000s project to mash up the Beatles and the Beastie Boys, which disappeared thanks to legal...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Whale steakad
Here's a WWI-era advert for whale steaks. As Bruce Sterling notes, "Theres heaps of whale meat here in the First World War.    ...
10:36 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing David Rohde on the secrecy industrialcomplex
"An odd thing is happening in the worlds self-declared pinnacle of democracy," writes David Rohde at Reuters. "No one except a handful of elected officials and an army of contractors is allowed to k...
10:33 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing In Alberta, toxic waste spill may be biggest of all recent disasters in N.America
A leak in Northern Alberta involving at least 9.5 million liters of toxic waste from an oil and gas operation is the third major leak in a region where "residents are now questioning whether enough is...
10:30 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Silicon place is a tough place for women and brownpeople
Mother Jones features three slides from Catherine Bracy's recent talk at the Personal Democracy Forum tech conference. Bracy ran Team Obama's technology field office in the 2012 campaign.  &...
10:30 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Silicon Valley remains a tough place for women and brownpeople
Mother Jones features three slides from Catherine Bracy's recent talk at the Personal Democracy Forum tech conference. Bracy ran Team Obama's technology field office in the 2012 campaign.  &...
10:27 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing New #2 at CIA studied physics, used to read erotica at an independent bookstore sheco-owned
"The former host of 'Erotica Night' at a Baltimore bookstore will be the first-ever female number two official at the CIA." Perhaps the Daily Beast is trying to make us like Avril Haines less, but the...
10:19 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing David Letterman, starring in the weirdest supercut video ever: Are Those YourDrums?
About this video: "A collection of clips of David Letterman asking drummers if their drums are rented. Also some guitars and French horns for good measure." [Thanks, Joe Sabia]    ...
10:15 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Topsy Turvy World: surreal kids' picture book, now out in theUSA
Back in May, I reviewed Topsy Turvy World, a beautiful, wordless surreal picture book from London's Flying Eye. At the time, it was only available in the UK, but it's out in the USA as of today! ...
10:00 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Good Dog - graphic novel about the life of a stray dog(excerpt)
Here's a preview of Good Dog, Graham Chaffee's beautifully told and illustrated story of a stray dog's life. Graham Chaffee returns to comics and uses a simple, charming story about a stray dog to exa...
03:17 am PDT - Thu, June 13, 2013
BoingBoing Deep Lounge music version of Get Lucky is the last one you'll everneed
Everyone's going bananas for the "Get Lucky cover for every decade" medley, but nothing in it matches the languid splendor of Deep Lounge.    ...
11:59 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Wired profiles NSA's Keith Alexander, the general leading America intocyberwar
Illustration for WIRED by Mark Weaver"Infiltration. Sabotage. Mayhem. For years four-star general Keith Alexander has been building a secret Army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. &n...
11:52 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Jack Shafer: Edward Snowden and the selective targeting ofleaks
"The willingness of the government to punish leakers is inversely proportional to the leakers rank and status, which is bad news for someone so lacking in those attributes as Edward Snowden," writes m...
11:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printedbowtie
This 3D printed bowtie ain't cheap ($115), but it's got a clever little fitting (it buttons straight onto your collar-button), and it also looks like a fun project to recreate with your local hackspac...
11:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage futures: Next Stop Mars,1952
In the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, reader JMV shares this wonderful scan of a 1952 feature from the Vancouver Sun's "Weekend Picture Magazine" on the coming age of travel to Mars.    ...
11:40 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Doctor Popular shares his favorite cellphone lens tips at Photojojo thisweek
Photo: Doc Pop Doctor Popular, iphoneography master extraordinaire and jack of many wonderful creative trades, says: This week, I'm teaming up with the awesome folks at Photojojo to share some of my ...
11:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Verizon: Oh yeah, we can definitely hear younow.
Photo: Verizon Can Hear You Now, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from [email protected]'s photostream, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.    ...
11:25 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Mexico arrests 12 in murders of young women forced intoprostitution
Prosecutors in Mexico have arrested 12 drug dealers, pimps, and small store owners for the murders of 11 women who disappeared when they were as young as 15, forced into sexual slavery in Ciudad Juare...
11:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Indiana: 14 year old rape victim impregnated by molester is slut-shamed byneighbors
In Indiana, a 13-year-old girl was raped by a 17-year-old boy who is accused of having molested other girls. This victim, who is now 14, is from a conservative Christian family and chose not to have a...
11:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing The IRS is in your internets, watching your financialtransactions
Richard Satran at US News has a scary little piece out about how The Internal Revenue Service collects more than your taxes: "It's also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers' di...
10:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing What some former CIA spies say they'd do to evade capture if they wereSnowden
Edward Snowden was a technology contractor, not a trained operative. AND Magazine talked to a few former CIA operatives about the tradecraft they'd use if they were in his much-sought shoes, and wante...
10:47 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Lessig: It's time to rewrite the internet to give us better privacy andsecurity
Lawrence Lessig writes in the Daily Beast today about the relationship between the internet and civil liberties principles, in the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA surveillance leak. "We dont know yet whe...
10:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing E3 management act like a bunch of babies, call LAPD on rogue Ouya booth across thestreet
Ouya, the Android-based, kickstarted games console, rented a storefront across from the E3 games conference, hoping to catch the eye of the conference goers. E3's management rented the parking spots i...
09:50 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Rep. Peter King calls for prosecution of journalists covering NSA whistleblowerstory
On the CNN program "AC 360" Tuesday night, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said reporters who publish stories that reference leaked classified information should be prosecuted by the state. That same day, Ki...
09:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing US congressman who introduced PATRIOT act says Obama administration's excuses over NSA spying are"bunk"
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who introduced the PATRIOT Act on the floor of the House in 2001, says excuses from lawmakers and the Obama administration about recent NSA domestic spying revelations a...
09:42 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Russian Polar Expedition watch photo,1969
Here's a beautiful, super-hi-rez, freely usable photo of a 1969 Russian Polar Expedition watch -- an absolutely droolworthy bit of horological sweetness. (Click to embiggen) Russian Polar Expedition ...
09:41 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Moxie Marlinspike on the NSA spying revelations: We Should All Have Something ToHide
"If the federal government had access to every email youve ever written and every phone call youve ever made, its almost certain that they could find something youve done which violates a provision in...
09:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Not much political will to change NSA's no-longer-secret phone spyingprogram
Buried in this bummer of a piece in the Wall Street Journal about how our spineless US lawmakers aren't likely to fight for the privacy rights of Americans in the wake of the NSA spying scandal, this ...
09:24 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Shia LaBeouf, a prescient phone surveillancewhistleblower
Oh, if only we'd listened to Shia LaBeouf. CBC News reports that back in 2008, while the actor was promoting his film Eagle Eye, (about a mysterious stranger who spies on other people's phone calls), ...
09:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Sci-fi bread recipes: Sandworm loaf from Dune, and Alien xenomorph pretzeleggs
Photo: kitchenoverlord.com On Chris-Rachael Oseland's kitchenoverlord.com food blog, there are some wonderful geeky recipes. Two of the more recent posts are breads with science fiction themes, and bo...
09:09 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing European Broadcasting Union steps in to keep the Greek national broadcaster on the air after police shut itdown
Yesterday, the Greek government forcibly shut down the state broadcaster, ERT, sending in the police to drag journalists away from their microphones. The government claimed that the shutdown was the r...
07:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Warcraft mom who let toddler die while she gamed gets 25 years; appeals court rules computer searchlawful
Five years after her three year old daughter died from malnutrition and dehydration, a woman who played World of Warcraft obsessively every day is now in prison. Rebecca Colleen Christie of Las Cruces...
07:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Frances Ha and HotChocolate
The delightful film Frances Ha has a wonderfully-eclectic soundtrack including tracks by David Bowie, Paul McCartney, T. Rex, Dean & Britta, and Harry Nilsson. I especially enjoyed the use of Ho...
07:38 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Synthesizercake
Here's a spectacular Monotribe synthesizer cake, apparently last year's birthday cake for Moonbuz. Happy Birthday with Monotribe Cake (via Crazy Abalone)    ...
07:21 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 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: • Alert guide dog buys couple enough time to escape • What the math of music looks like • Man does "karate ...
07:12 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Everybody poops even theFDA
At Scientific American, Beth Mole has a longer story about the FDA's recent decision to exert more control over the use of fecal transplants — procedures that attempt to cure disorders related t...
07:04 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Former UK drug czar calls banning marijuana and psychedelics "the worst case of scientific censorship since the Catholic Church banned the works of Copernicus andGalileo"
Former UK drug czar David Nutt (and author of the amazing and indispensable Drugs Without the Hot Air) has published a paper in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience called "Effects of Schedule I ...
07:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Are you donating to one of America's worstcharities?
The Tampa Bay Times has done some excellent investigative reporting on the 50 worst charities in America — organizations that took in more than $1 billion over the past 10 years, and gave almost...
06:53 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Hospitals ignore regulations meant to keep medical costslower
A new study finds that out-of-network medical bills aren't just high, they're often illegally high — with hospitals ignoring regulations meant to keep you out of debt when you get sick out of st...
06:35 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Symmetry andsound
This fantastic video by Vi Hart shows you what the math of music looks like in a visual representation — or, should that be "what visual frieze patterns sound like when turned into music"? Frie...
06:21 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Interstellar message in abottle
Later this month, scientists will start sending the first continuous mass hailing beacon into outer space — a sort of "Hey, you! Yeah, you! Here we are!" message that researchers hope will attra...
06:06 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Felicia, the FermilabFerret
In 1971, this ferret played a key role in the construction of particle accelerators at Fermilab's Meson Laboratory. As sections of vacuum chamber were connected together, Felicia would run through th...
05:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Sesame Street's materials for kids with an incarceratedparent
As part of their "Little Children, Big Challenges" project, the Sesame Street people have produced an excellent module for helping kids cope with having a parent in jail (available in English and Span...
04:56 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Why are the protesters in GeziPark?
Zeynep Tufekci, a Turkish-American Princeton/UNC sociologist who studies social movements and the Internet is presently in Istanbul's Gezi Park at the protests. She follows up on her earlier piece on ...
04:27 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Alert guide dog buys couple enough time toescape
Watch as O'Neil, an 18 month old labrador retriever, warns his companions of impending doom. Quick thinking by O'Neil's trainer, Todd Jurek spares he, O'Neil and a blindfolded Danielle Alvarado from w...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Building your own teardropcamper
Make Magazine interviews Werner Strama, who built his own teardrop camping trailer (here's a detailed HOWTO if you want to try it yourself). Strama talks about how he approached the project and the le...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Twin Peaks art show in LosAngeles
Meltdown, my favorite Los Angeles comix shop, is currently exhibiting "Damn Fine Coffee: An Artistic Tribute to Twin Peaks." The show of work by several dozen talented artists runs through June 21. Ab...
02:55 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Banker falls asleep and triggers $293 milliontransfer
A German bank employee dozed off at his keyboard and accidentally triggered a 222 million euro ($293 million) funds transfer. Of course, the order didn't go through, but the man's colleague was fired ...
02:44 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Proposed EU Data Protection amendment would open the door for secret funneling of Europeans' data to theNSA
Here's an important consideration for Europeans in light of the NSA dragnet surveillance revealed by the recent leaks: some of the amendments to the controversial new EU Data Protection Regulation wou...
02:32 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Man does "karate dance" to Offspringtune
"Karate Dancing To Offspring" (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)    ...
02:07 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Text adventures on yoursmartphone
Over at our sponsor Intel's LifeScoop site, I wrote about playing classic, free text adventure games on your smartphone. From "Adventures in Text Adventures": When I was a youngster, I devoured a seri...
01:58 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing George Takei: remember Japanese internment duringWWII
The Star Trek actor George Takei, writes about being interned in Arkansas and California internment camps along with his Japanese-American family during WWII, a particularly important rememberance in ...
01:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden talks to the South China MorningPost
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has given an interview to the South China Morning Post, which the paper is dribbling out in a series (1, 2) of articles. Thus far, we know: * He intends to release mor...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Hubsan X4 quadcopters: tiny cheap, powerfulcopter
The Hubsan X4 quadcopter is a tiny, cheap copter with enough power to do flips, enough smarts to stay level and pointing right, and enough tough to drop from 50 foot onto grass without damage. It flie...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Workin' in the DataMine...
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH disaster hits the data mines, and the hard-workin' miners barely escape with their careers.    ...
12:26 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 38: Knights &Dragons
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 Knights & D...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Unicorn proceeds throughcustoms
Everyone's all worked up at the fact that Emily Harris, 9, was able to proceed through through customs with a passport that identified her as a unicorn. What do these tabloids have against unicorns? [...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff -excerpt
Scott Bedford is creative director at an ad agency in London and for the past several years has been writing and illustrating a how-to column of kid-friendly projects for MAKE. His sense of humor and ...
11:41 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Roundup of responses to the Snowden/NSAleaks
In the Guardian, an excellent roundup of the US and EU responses to the revelations from Edward Snowden's leaks about the extent of NSA dragnet spying on the Internet and phone networks: The congress...
11:33 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Oldest man everdies
On May 27, Jiroemon Kimura became the last living man to have been born in the 19th century. On Wednesday, he died at 116, the oldest man who ever lived.    ...
11:03 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Albino lions found inraid
A raid on a pet shop owner's house near Bangkok turned up 14 albino lions and other rarities, landing the owner in jail on charges of illegally possessing wildlife. "We received a complaint about the ...
10:38 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Photos from#OccupyGezi
In case you've forgotten it amidst the Prism and Greek broadcaster shut-down stories, here's a reminder that the police are still engaged in a brutal crackdown on protesters across Turkey, courtesy of...
10:35 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Dinobird plumagerevealed
Chemical analysis of Archaeopteryx remains show that the creature was patterned "light in colour, with a dark edge and tip to the feather", say researchers from the University of Manchester. &n...
10:33 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Photo shows mysterious insect nearcamera
"What started out as a casual sightseeing trip to a historic castle in the Netherlands took a bizarre turn for one Dutch woman, who claims she may have spotted some kind of UFO." [Fox]  &nbs...
10:08 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Monsters and Legends: kids' monster book now in theUSA!
Back in April, I reviewed Monsters and Legends, a wonderful illustrated kids' reference book from London's Flying Eye Books. At the time, it was only available in the UK, but now Americans can get it ...
02:31 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Greek government shuts down state broadcaster, police force journalists out of thebuilding
Michael sez, "The Greek government forcibly shut down transmissions of all TV and radio stations operated by the state-owned broadcaster ERT, with police ejecting journalists and other employees who w...
01:01 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing New U.K. drink-driving PSA meets national brutalitystandards
Video Link #publooshocker indeed! Previously.    ...
12:07 am PDT - Wed, June 12, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a Bluetooth-controlled cyborgcockroach
Alan sez, "Who wouldn't want their very own cyborg roach? And who wouldn't want to be able to control that cyborg from their mobile? Fund this Kickstarter and maybe you can. The robo-roach - manufactu...
10:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO FOIA theNSA
Michael from MuckRock sez, It's difficult, but not impossible, to get info the old fashioned way from the NSA, using the Freedom of Information Act. Here's MuckRock's guide to getting as much as you ...
09:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Google Glass teardown with StarSimpson
"We destroyed Glass entirely, for you," says Star Simpson. Check out her Google Glass Teardown with Scott Torborg. We eagerly brought Glass back to the lab to begin the dissection. Speculation reigned...
09:43 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Gaming urbanlegends
Jonathan Kaulay collects ten of the best. [via Alan White] In 2005, an unopened copy of the self-deleting game surfaced on Ebay where it was promptly bought for $733,000 by a man from Japan named Yama...
09:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing How Snowden orchestrated a blockbuster story: NYT ticktock on NSA Prismleaks
In the New York Times, Charlie Savage and Mark Mazzetti explain how Edward J. Snowden instructed three journalists, Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill of the Guardian and documentary filmmaker Laura P...
08:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Ken Macleod on IainBanks
CBC radio's excellent magazine show As It Happens conducted a short, lovely interview with Scottish sf writer Ken Macleod about Iain Banks, who had been his friend since high school. It's a beautiful ...
07:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Drones - video show about dronefighting
"Hi, and welcome to Game of Drones, the new show where we design, build, and fight unmanned aerial vehicles." A fun show with a lot of good info for budding drone enthusiasts.    ...
07:23 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage plaster and chalk nudestatuettes
Deanna of Kitsch-Slapped takes us on a tour of vintage plaster and chalk nude statuettes. [Some] vintage plaster or chalkware figurines have little fabric skirts or loincloths, which may come on as m...
06:55 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Mark's Bullseye picks: Good Dog and SuperDurak
In the latest episode of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn I talked about the graphic novel Good Dog and the iPhone version of the Russian card game Durak, called Super Durak. (Durak means idiot in Russian. T...
06:51 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing It would be mostly awesome if the Sun went out rightnow*
Today's XKCD What If? explores many of the benefits that would accrue to the human race if the Sun were suddenly extinguished. Reduced risk of solar flares: In 1859, a massive solar flare and geomagn...
06:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Short documentary about cartoonist CharlesAddams
This 12-minute documentary about Charles Addams reveals that he had a lifelong fascination with decrepit mansions and cemeteries. Who knew! (Via Jim Gurney)    ...
06:05 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Animation about cell phone datamining
Michael Rigley created this beautiful animation, titled "Network," for his BFA design thesis project at the California College of Art. It's about personal data captured by cell phone providers and is...
05:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Superman, the 1966 Broadwaymusical!
Who needs Man of Steel when you can wax nostalgic for "It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's SUPERMAN," the 1966 Broadway musical! Drew Friedman: The TV series starring George Reeves had been off the air fo...
05:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Hugh Howey on why he favorsself-publishing
Hugh Howey, author of the runaway self-published best-seller Wool, has a very well-argued, thoughtful, and fascinating look at the relative merits of self-publishing for a median kind of writer, who i...
05:18 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Google to Attorney General: let us publish stats on the info we give tospies
Google has sent the US Attorney General a letter asking for permission to publish aggregate statistics on the number of gag-ordered-FISA requests it gets. These requests are secret and not included in...
04:55 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Second Life homeinvader
Video Link Expert troll Esteban Winsmore invades private residences in Second Life, the virtual world you haven't been thinking about lately, but which has finally achieved an uncanny and thoroughly ...
04:21 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Amazing, rarely seen Disneyland constructionfootage
From the 2011 D23 expo, here's a one-hour presentation by Imagineer Tony Baxter of a trove of vintage, rarely/never seen footage documenting the construction and renovation of Disneyland. The present...
03:54 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Hobbit: Desolation of Smaugtrailer
Video Link At last, a sequel to Dragonslayer.    ...
03:48 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an omnibus edition of the Diggerwebcomic
Carl sez, "Remember Digger, Ursula Vernon's Eisner award nominated/Hugo Award winning webcomic about a wombat searching for a way home? Publisher Sofa Wolf has launched a Kickstarter for an all-in-one...
03:34 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing How the Amish are gettingfracked
In The New Republic, Molly Redden writes about how energy companies are exploiting the fact that the Amish religion and culture rely on a strict interpretation of the Christian bible to prohibit the u...
03:29 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing The Verizon order, the NSA, and what call records might reveal about psychiatricpatients
"Dissent," an anonymous-pseudonymous blogger who is a mental health care practitioner, has an interesting post about one tangential consequence of the announcement that Verizon and other communication...
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Ai Wei Wei onPrism
Ai Wei Wei, the renowned Chinese dissident who has been relentlessly persecuted by his own government, has written an op-ed for the Guardian comparing Chinese totalitarian surveillance with Prism and ...
03:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Blendtec Home Blender: powerful home blender can chop, juice, grind grain, andmore
I’m tempted to say that this tool is a life changer, but I’m prone to exaggeration, so I’ll just say it’s a game changer. The game being that by mid-day I’m usually rolli...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing NYC sushi restaurant nixes tipping, provides workers with living wagesalaries
At The Price Hike, Bloomberg News food critic Ryan Sutton writes about Sushi Yasuda, a high-end restaurant in New York which recently eliminated tipping. You cannot tip your waiters, but you can eat t...
02:50 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Controlled flight into avolcano
"Controlled flight into terrain" is a term that refers to an airplane crash where a pilot accidentally directs an airplane right into the ground (or a hill, or the water, or anything else, really). CF...
02:42 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Circuit Playground: Make a lemonbattery!
Hardware hacking superhero Ladyada explains how batteries work and how to make one from a lemon! "Circuit Playground: B is for Battery"    ...
02:34 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Winner of the Univ of Miami's amateur Underwater PhotographyContest
The photo above, by Kyle McBurnie, won the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science's 2013 Underwater Photography Contest that's open only to amateurs, defined as "pho...
02:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Crazy naked man attacks BART passengers, performsgymnastics
Video Link On May 10th, a completely naked man entered the 16th street BART station in San Francisco and began attacking people, spitting, urinating and doing gymnastics moves on railings and turnsti...
02:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Blue Lagoon diedblack
This stunning lake at Harpur Hill in the East Midlands of England is just begging you to dive in, no? Problem is, the quarry pool, known as the Blue Lagoon, has a pH level comparable to bleach and is ...
02:25 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Blue Lagoon dyedblack
This stunning lake at Harpur Hill in the East Midlands of England is just begging you to dive in, no? Problem is, the quarry pool, known as the Blue Lagoon, has a pH level comparable to bleach and is ...
02:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Made In China: Eric Pan and open sourcehardware
Maker culture is being remade in China. Along with pioneers like Bunnie Huang and David Li, of Shanghai hackerspace Xinchejian, Eric Pan and his open hardware facilitator, Seeed Studio are acceleratin...
02:06 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing High on life (and that third cup ofcoffee)
The new DSM 5 (and the old DSM-IV, for that matter) includes caffeine intoxication as a valid mental health diagnosis. The new version has also upped the ante, adding "caffeine withdrawal" and "caffei...
01:57 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Why math-fans really love settheory
Turns out, math fans dig set theory for almost exactly the same reason that some Christian fundamentalists absolutely hate it — all that messy uncertainty, which is either an affront to the idea...
01:45 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Google buysWaze
Google announces they have acquired the Israeli startup Waze, which produces a social-driven drive-route-mapping technology that has transformed the way I get from point A to B here in Los Angeles. Ru...
01:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Mexico's Candidate Cat has a predecessor: Fidel thedog
After reading this post on Boing Boing about a cat for mayor in one Mexican town, my friend Ejival from glamorous Tijuana writes, Your Morris the Candigato post reminded me of CANDIDATO FIDEL (candi...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden smearingbegins
Gawker's Hamilton Nolan ridicules the halfwitted psychoanalysis and smearing aimed by sneering pundits at Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the agency's expansive surveillance of ever...
01:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Julian Assange and John Perry Barlow in joint interview NSA Prism leaks: "Snowden is ahero"
In this Sky News television interview with EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow, Julian Assange of Wikileaks describes Prism Leaker Edward Snowden as "a Hero."    ...
01:30 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Julian Assange and John Perry Barlow in joint interview on NSA Prism leaks: "Snowden is ahero"
In this Sky News television interview with EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow, Julian Assange of Wikileaks describes Prism Leaker Edward Snowden as "a Hero."    ...
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing That NSA Prism PowerPoint deck: A better-designed version, and what's in the missingslides?
"Dear NSA, let me take care of your slides," writes Emiland, in a redesigned version of the Prism leak. "Do whatever with my data. But not with my eyes. Those slides are hideous." Related: What's in t...
01:10 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing 3-D printed part from an airplaneturbine
Yesterday, we posted a tech memoir by Steven Ashley about the slow rise of 3D printing — from sci-fi fantasy, to toy, to creator of real tools. Towards the end of the piece, Ashley mentions how...
01:08 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Tumblog of Greatness: F*ck Yeah, FemaleAstronauts
Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space, launch date June 16, 1963. A wonderful website: fuckyeahfemaleastronauts.tumblr.com. Only 10% of people in space have been women, and on tumblr that seemed ...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Disturbing trailer for doc on Soviet dog-reanimationexperiments
Charlie made a disturbing video backed by Kurtz's "Everything Burns Alike," featuring footage from Experiments in the Revival of Organisms, a 1940 documentary on the horrific experiments of Dr. S.S. ...
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Severed deer head left at supermarketself-checkout
From the BBC: The severed head of a deer was left on a self-service supermarket checkout, prompting a police investigation. The innards of the animal were found in one of the aisles of the Tesco shop ...
12:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Judge in Manning Wikileaks trial rules crowdfunded stenographers should get permanent courtaccess
Photo: Bradley Manning, via standwithbrad.org Huge news from the Freedom of the Press Foundation's Trevor Timm: Bradley Mannings defense lawyer David Coombs brought up our crowd-funded stenographers i...
11:40 am PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Stopwatching.us: Internet companies and civil liberties groups call for investigation into the surveillancestate
A coalition of Internet companies and civil liberties groups have signed on to an open letter to the Obama administration calling for increased transparency and sensible checks on the power of the Ame...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Akissi: kids' comic about a mischievous girl in Cote D'Ivoire [now in theUSA!]
Back in April, I reviewed Akissi, a delightful kids' comic about a mischievous little girl in Cote D'Ivoire, translated from the original French. Back then, it was only available in the UK, but as of ...
10:22 am PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: AlienAbduction
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10:00 am PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, by GuyDelisle
A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting is a funny and truthful book about being a parent, and as a bonus, it's told in cartoons. Guy Delisle, a French Canadian cartoonist and animator, is best known f...
02:06 am PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing John Muir Trail Adventure Journal: DayOne
Boing Boing reader Tom Fassbender says: "On June 10, 2012 (one year ago) I embarked on a 13-day solo hike of the 212-mile John Muir Trail. My memories of those days are still very vivid. To commemorat...
01:58 am PDT - Tue, June 11, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden checks out of hotel, whereaboutsunknown
Edward Snowden has reportedly checked out of the hotel in Hong Kong where he had holed up to leak a series of NSA documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post. The US will not say if it is seekin...
11:40 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling Augmented World keynotespeech
Here's Bruce Sterling's snappy, excellent keynote for Augmented World Expo. This is definitely AR beyond mere Google Glass. Bruce Sterling - Keynote at AWE 2013     ...
11:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing My week with the 2013 Toyota RAV4EV
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. Last week our sponsor T...
10:56 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: Memoirs of a Fightin'Missionary
"In Walla Walla, the most popular pastime for the town toughs was 'Whitty bashing.' A carload of young drunks would pull up alongside the campus, and a crew would hop out and beat up some unlucky Whit...
09:37 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Where to get an EFF laptop sticker like EdwardSnowden's
Hugh from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "Edward Snowden's computer sported stickers for EFF and Tor. You can buy the EFF sticker here."    ...
07:30 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing The Official Sophie Madeleine Ukulele TabBook
Sophie Madeleine says: "I'm very pleased to announce that you can now pre-order my Official Limited Edition Ukulele Tab Book. This is the first edition, limited to only 200 copies. Each one is number...
06:45 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Detailed obit of IainBanks
Iain Banks died yesterday. The Guardian's John Mullan does justice to the long and important career of one of the best writers in two fields: In 2010 he gave an interview to BBC Radio Scotland in whi...
06:26 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Swamp rat photogallery
Louisiana pays $5 a tail to encourage people to hunt the nutria. I'm glad to see that my friend Chris Metzler's documentary about 20-lb nutrias (swamp rats) was fully funded on Kickstarter. (If you mi...
06:14 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Surveillance State: Maryland is Listening toYou
Todd Krainin of Reason TV produced this mini-documentary about how "audio-visual recording technologies are fundamentally changing the privacy-versus-security debate in cities all across America." It...
04:24 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Technology company in Cupertino, CA unveils some newthings
Apple WWDC is under way. Announcements from the keynote include a new version of IOS, a refreshed MacBook Air, a streaming radio service, small and powerful Mac Pros, and more. Event hub sites and liv...
04:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing El Candigato Morris: Fed up with "rat" politicians, Mexican town proposes cat formayor
Image: juancarlosvazquez.com A wonderful meme is spreading throughout the Spanish-speaking internets: El Candigato Morris, a cat politician who originated in the Mexican city of Xalapa. His campaign s...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Austerity: the greatest bait-and-switch inhistory
Mark Blyth, a delightfully sweary Scottish economist, talks for about an hour to Googlers about the stupidity of austerity as a means of recovering from recession, describing it in colorful, easy-to-...
03:48 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Uglycon in LA, for fans of Ugydolls, June 152013
Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot sends word that Uglycon, a gathering for ultrafans of all things Uglydoll, is happening Saturday, June 15 in Los Angeles. "Costumes. Bingo. Art by guests and the creators...
03:43 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Street art from the revolution inTurkey
Dangerous Minds has a good collection of street art photos from the ongoing uprising in Turkey.    ...
03:40 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Milan WiredNext
Photo: Jasmina Tesanovic The Golden Quadrilateral in today's Milan is composed of haute couture shops, jewelry emporia, and nouveau riche tourists. It's the geographic square that once sheltered the n...
03:13 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing "Vagina Necklace" forauction
If you have been searching for a hand-sculpted vagina necklace, you are in luck. There is currently one for auction on eBay. According to the listing, "This truly is a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork!!...
03:05 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Vision-tweaking minimalist musicvideo
Chris Kirk/Mindbomb Films' mind-bending minimalist music video for Brian Grainger's "Swamp Bike." Watch it full screen. Try not to look away. (Thanks, Syd Garon!)    ...
02:57 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Hyperreal photographs of interior decordecay
Dresden, Germany-based photographer Matthias Haker created an absolutely stunning photo series of abandoned buildings' lavish interiors in all their deteriorating hyperreal beauty. It's called Decay. ...
02:42 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing My week with the 2013 Toyota RAV4EV
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. Last week our sponsor T...
02:41 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Asami Ike's zero-gravity animal animation for Metomesong
Japanese animator Asami Ike's animated video for Metome's "Paper Moon." It's from the album "Phreatic Surface" out now on the King Deluxe label.    ...
02:34 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Blood Is Their Argument: anthropologist NapoleonChagnon
During the brief moment that I majored in anthropology in college, I was fascinated by the work of Napoleon A. Chagnon and his seminal 1968 text Yanomamo: The Fierce People. Chagnon's time as a field ...
02:33 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Help transcribe ancient Egyptiantexts
You don't need to know an ancient language to help scientists read ancient literature. Researchers are looking for volunteers for a crowdsource project aimed at transcribing (and, later, translating) ...
02:28 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing My week with the 2013 Toyota RAV4EV
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. Last week our sponsor T...
02:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Saudi Arabia still tight-lipped on SARS-related virus with pandemicpotential
In July, millions of people will travel to Saudi Arabia to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. When they do that, they might be at risk of contracting MERS — Middle Eastern respiratory s...
02:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Petition: Obama, debate EdwardSnowden
Holmes from Fight for the Future writes, "We just posted this to "We the People," the Obama administration's petition site. 100,000 signatures gets us a response:" President Obama, you have said that...
02:03 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Maggie interviewing Curtis White, author of "The ScienceDelusion"
I'm going to be hosting a Q&A on Wednesday with Curtis White, essayist, novelist, and professional curmudgeon. He's got a new book out called "The Science Delusion", which ties together critiques...
02:01 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing UK government online disability benefits signup requiresIE6
Robin sez, I'm one of the campaigns managers at 38 Degrees (the UK's largest online campaign organisation). One of our members has recently started a petition calling on the UK government to update t...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Tokyo's underground bike-storagerobots
Culture Japan Network TV shows us the underground bicycle-parking robots of Shinigawa, Tokyo. These machines ingest RFID-tagged bicycles and whisk them into their bowels and set them lovingly into h...
12:45 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 097: Ramez Naam and JasonSnell
Your browser does not support the audio tag. In this episode of Gweek, I talked to Ramez Naam and Jason Snell. Ramez Naam is a computer scientist and the H.G. Wells Award-winning author of three boo...
12:19 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Duck penises: The sagacontinues
As we all know by now, ducks have penises. Rather epic penises, in fact. Chickens, though, are penis-less. In fact, most birds don't have them. In an important update in duck sex news, Ed Yong follows...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing How 3D printing will rebuildreality
A 3D model of a complex anaplastology case, created in collaboration with the anaplastologist Jan De Cubber, is seen at the Belgian company Materialise. 3D printing has already changed the game for ma...
11:58 am PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing The case for flowers on thefarm
South African mango farms that added patches of native, flowering plants not only attracted more pollinators than traditional, monoculture mango farms — they also produced more mangoes. Image: ...
11:54 am PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Surveillance-oriented kids' bookremixes
Twitter user Darth polled followers for satirical, surveillance-oriented kids' book parodies, and created illustrations for the best. They're collected by the Guardian. NSA surveillance as told throug...
11:50 am PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Walking Dead 18: a magnificent villain who makes Hannibal Lecter look like MrRogers
When the 17th Walking Dead collection came out last December, I called it "grim," and mentioned that Kirkman and co had introduced some new bad guys that made the Governor seem like a Smurf. Well, now...
11:42 am PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing In which Ye Olde Metadata Network tracks that traitor PaulRevere
Sociologist Kieran Healy does a nice job of explaining how even a data system that doesn't contain the actual content of conversations can be part of a very powerful surveillance state. Part parody an...
11:21 am PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing TSA Denver tries to confiscate Chewbacca actor's light-sabercane
Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home.. twitter.com/TheWookieeRoar— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013 Peter Mayhew, the seven-...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing My week with the 2013 Toyota RAV4EV
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. Last week our sponsor T...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, June 10, 2013
BoingBoing Mean Monkey Monday11
(Via X-Ray Delta One) Where are the other Mean Monkey Monday posts? Here!    ...
10:19 pm PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Who's claiming copyright on the Prismlogo?
Gawker's Max Read tried to set up a Zazzle store to sell t-shirts with the logo of the NSA Prism program, recently outed in a set of spectacular leaks in the Guardian and Washington Post. His store wa...
04:41 pm PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing NSA whistleblower goespublic
Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old NSA contractor and ex-CIA employee, has revealed that he is behind the series of leaks that have appeared in the Guardian and Washington Post this weekend, which detailed...
04:09 pm PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Prosthetics maker does a roaring trade in replacement pinkies forex-yakuza
Shintaro Hayashi, a Tokyo prosthetics maker, spent most of this life making medical prostheses for people who'd lost breasts, limbs, etc, but now does a booming trade in fake pinkie fingers for ex-yak...
01:38 pm PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Best beginner telescope: CelestronFirstScope
The Celestron FirstScope is the best pick for an absolute beginner level telescope. Most entry-level scopes are crap, and most useable scopes start at $300. Since the FirstScope costs only $42, you mi...
01:13 pm PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Join Britain in cringing at AlexJones
Alex Jones, American radio host and conspiracy theorist, was invited to the BBC's Sunday Politics. It is not to be missed.    ...
01:01 pm PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Town delivers sidewalk dog poop to owners in "lost property"boxes
A Spanish town called Brunete used volunteers to covertly identify people who had left their dog's shit on the public sidewalk (the volunteers chatted up the dog owners' about their dogs' breeds, thi...
12:11 pm PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Iain Banks,1954-2013
Iain Banks, author of bizarre literary novels and visionary science fiction, is dead at 59. Barely weeks ago, Banks announced that he was a cancer patient and that his latest book would be his last. Y...
09:52 am PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing What Prism slide-presentation means by "direct access" to Internet giants'servers
At Techdirt, Mike Masnick has further thoughts on the NYT piece on Prism, in which they try to resolve the contradiction between the NSA and Obama's admission that Prism exists and the leaked NSA slid...
06:20 am PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing New NSA leak: BOUNDLESSINFORMANT documents the extent of NSA spying around theworld
In the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill leak a description of another NSA top-secret program, this one codenamed "BOUNDLESSINFORMANT." This is apparently a tool that helps spies keep track...
06:01 am PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Raging Heroes: kickstarting all-woman armies of RPGminiatures
Raging Heroes is a spectacularly successful new Kickstarter to produce 150 female warrior miniatures divided into three armies. They were looking for $12,000 and hit that in 30 seconds. Now they're ov...
03:46 am PDT - Sun, June 9, 2013
BoingBoing Beastles are back: double-album of Beastie Boys/Beatles mashupsimminent
Here's some wonderful musical news: djBC has revived the Beastles, the inspired Beastie Boys/Beatles mashups that resulted in two spectacular albums, ultimately censored off the Internet thanks to le...
09:40 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing PRISM and Canada: what are the north-of-the-border implications of American spooks gonewild?
Michael Geist sez, "Privacy and surveillance have taken centre stage this week with the revelations that U.S. agencies have been engaged in massive, secret surveillance programs that include years of ...
07:09 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Former FCC Chairman: Let's Test an Emergency Ad Hoc Network inBoston
Jonathan Zittrain writes, "Ad hoc mesh networking has been developed to enable free and censorship-resistant communications in places like Egypt and Syria. (The New America Foundation's Commotion proj...
06:38 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 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: • Elderly couple sing together as husband lies in hospital bed • She & Him on the Tonight Show • Tinty...
06:36 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Extreme slo-mo yo-yo video with DoctorPopular
"We made a cute yo-yo video with some extreme slow-motion capturing," says Boing Boing pal and yo-yo master Doctor Popular. Produced for the web video series Distort.    ...
06:27 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Meet the Beetles: big squirmy beetle larvae sold as novelty pets in Japaneseshops
Matt Alt shot this fun video and wrote this blog post about how you can buy Rhinoceros Beetle larvae for only 98 yen each in Japanese shops. The roughly thumb-sized larva grow into big beetles that a...
06:09 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Update: At least 5 dead in Santa Monica rampage shooting and arson attack; gunmanidentified
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 7, 2013: Police officers secure a scene at Cloverfield and Olympic after a gunman opened fire on a Santa Monica city bus during a rampage that covered more than a mile...
05:49 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Elderly couple sing together as husband lies in hospitalbed
This video made the rounds on viral video site Liveleak with a misleading headline that stated the man died. "He is still here," his daughter Linda corrected. "At the time with a broken hip and a bloo...
04:07 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Blinkytape: kickstarting a smart strip ofLEDs
Todd sez, "Check out this awesome LED strip lights controlled by a simple controller board. Matt Mets went through the Haxlr8r program and came out with this project, with the help of Marty McGuire an...
12:49 pm PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Clarion Write-a-Thon: sponsoring writers to raise money for the Clarion science fiction and fantasyworkshop
I've just signed up for the Clarion Write-a-Thon, an annual fundraiser that brings in money to run the non-profit Clarion Writers Workshop, a kind of bootcamp for science fiction writers held every ye...
09:37 am PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing PRISM and denials, what's goingon?
On Engadget, Richard Lawler paraphrases a NYT theory on how the companies identified as participating in the NSA's PRISM program are able to deny participation without technically lying; this is follo...
05:19 am PDT - Sat, June 8, 2013
BoingBoing Another Top Secret leak: Obama's cyber-warhit-list
Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian have published details of another Top Secret US surveillance/security document. This one is a presidential order from Obama to his top spies directing them to draw up ...
09:26 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing She & Him on the TonightShow
Mid-century AM radio-inspired joy from Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (aka She & Him) on The Tonight Show last evening. The track, "I've Got Your Number, Son," is from their fabulous new LP titled ...
09:19 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Troubled San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California toclose
San Onofre. Photo: Xeni Jardin. The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (known to locals as The Giant Nuclear Boobies), which once supplied power to nearly 1.5 million homes in Southern California,...
09:15 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Anonymous Steubenville Op leader raided by FBI, faces more jail time thanrapists
If convicted of the hacking-related charges brought against him after an FBI raid, Deric Lostutter could get more jail time than the rapists he went after. Read more in Mother Jones.   ...
08:58 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Rampage shooting and arson attack in Santa Monica: At least 7 dead, includingshooter
There are wounded victims from SMC shooting twitter.com/The_Corsair/st— The Corsair (@The_Corsair) June 7, 2013 At least 7 people, including a gunman, were killed in a rampage shooting and arson...
06:44 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing KALQ is the newQWERTY
KALQ is a keyboard layout designed to replace QWERTY for thumb typing on a tablet. The creators of KALQ say that eight hour's use will train you to be able to enter text faster than you would be able ...
05:39 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Burner Phones, shipped anonymously to yourdoor
For $75, Burner Phone will ship you a "completely anonymous" phone set up for 30 days use. The only caveat: you then have to eat it.    ...
05:35 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Obama promised to end warrantless wiretaps in2008
"Under an Obama presidency, Americans will be able to leave behind the era of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and "wiretaps without warrants," he said. (He was referring to the lingering legal fallout ove...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Google denies giving NSA back-door access to userdata
Larry Page: "Press reports that suggest that Google is providing open-ended access to our users data are false, period." (Previously)    ...
05:22 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Vesper, an elegant note-takingapp
Vesper is a simple note-taking iOS app named after a Bond cocktail. Unlike most such apps, it's well-designed and pleasing to look at, though you do have to cough up a fiver for the privilege. Moreove...
05:10 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Night Stalkerdead
Serial killer and self-professed "satanist" Richard Ramirez is dead at 53, reports the California Department of Corrections.    ...
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Weird Wheels trading cards from1980
Weird Wheels was a Topps trading card series issued in 1980, with art by Norm Saunders (of Mars Attacks! fame) and Gary Hallgren. The delightful Karswell has scans of the entire series. Weird Wheels&n...
02:53 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing LEGO Star Wars Ewok Villageset
LEGO announced its Ewok Village, due out September 1. It consists of 1990 pieces including R2-D2 and 16 minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, 2 Rebel soldiers, 5 Ewok...
02:37 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Archie, the live actionmovie
Warner Bros. announced production of a live-action Archie film. "Glee" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is working on the script that Jason Moore ("Pitch Perfect") will direct. (via Washington Post) ...
02:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Cold War missile silo converted to home on market for$750k
It's 185 feet below the surface of Lewis NY, and comes with "Strangelove-ian clocks that show the time in cities around the world and gun-metal gray consoles covered with analog switches and dials for...
02:27 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Nine Inch Nails' new single, and all the prior onestoo
Above, Nine Inch Nails' new track "Came Back Haunted," from their forthcoming release Hesitation Marks to be released September 3. Below, listen to all of Nine Inch Nails' singles in order, starting ...
02:12 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Short film about Intertidal oceanlife
PBS Digital Studios has launched a biweekly series called Under H2O, and the first episode is called "The Intertidal." It's only five minutes long, and well worth watching. The Intertidal features ra...
02:09 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Tintype stop motion animation of acircus
Fine art photographer Antonio Martinez combined more than 800 dryplate tintype photographs of a circus into this mesmerizing stop motion animation "Near the Egress." Absolutely stunning work. (Thanks...
02:06 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing "Just pretending you are using or playing your phone normally, BUT, taking pictures in 'redirectangles!'"
A gimmick lens from my favorite purveyors of craptastic plastic, Brando. It attaches to a smartphone camera lens so you can take photos at a 90-degree angle just like Weegee did! (Image from photo.net...
02:03 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Beautiful hand-carved woodcut print of TheMoon
Tugboat Printshop hand-carved this lovely drawing of "The Moon" in 3/4" birch plywood and then pulled 200 limited edition 33.5" x 30.5" prints. You can read more about the intricate process at their s...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate Cinema: realtime mashup of video beingtorrented
Here's a cool installation: "The project is presented as a monitoring room, which shows Peer-to-Peer transfers happening in real time on networks using the BitTorrent protocol. The installation produ...
12:55 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Jonah Lehrer's comebackproposal
Jonah Lehrer got caught. Jonah Lehrer got a new book deal anyway. Then, Jonah Lehrer got caught again, according to Slate's Daniel Engber: "Hell recycle and repeat, hell puke his gritty guts out."&nbs...
12:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Disgraced New Yorker writer sells book about his experience to Simon &Schuster
Snippet from a book proposal by fraudulent journalist Jonah Lehrer: "I feel the shiver of a voice mail message. I listen to the message. I have been found out. I puke into a recycling bin. And then I ...
12:43 pm PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Disgraced New Yorker writer sells book to Simon &Schuster
Snippet from a book proposal by fraudulent journalist Jonah Lehrer: "I feel the shiver of a voice mail message. I listen to the message. I have been found out. I puke into a recycling bin. And then I ...
11:16 am PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing UK spies have access to NSA Prism, which has "direct access" to world's largest Internet companies'servers
A report by Nick Hopkins in the Guardian accuses the UK spy agency GCHQ of making use of the American NSA's Prism program, which was revealed in leaked documents earlier today -- a slide presentation ...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Congrats to BB sysadmin Ken Snider on being put in charge of Wikimedia techoperations
This is wonderful news all around: our brilliant sysadmin, Ken Snider, has been made head of tech operations for Wikimedia, and will be keeping Wikipedia humming henceforth! Congrats Ken, and congrats...
05:18 am PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Leaked NSA slide-deck claims that NSA has "direct access" to servers at Google, Apple, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo, and manyothers
The Guardian and The Washington Post have both been leaked a 41-slide NSA presentation on a program called PRISM, which -- according to the slides -- gives the spy agency (part of the US military) "di...
01:49 am PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing New NSAlogo
Here's a handy new NSA logo from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Hugh D'Andrade for your trenchant pleasure.    ...
01:00 am PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Schneier: what we need the whistleblowers to tell us about America's surveillanceapparatus
Bruce Schneier writes in The Atlantic to comment on the leaked court order showing that the NSA has been secretly engaged in bulk domestic surveillance, recording who everyone is talking to, when, for...
12:15 am PDT - Fri, June 7, 2013
BoingBoing Quebec's new pizza-and-spaghetti-flavored slushy drink is "love in a cup,"apparently
Quebecois convenience store chain Couche-Tard has rolled out a new drink: the Pizzaghetti Sloche, a shave-ice drink that comes in both pizza and spaghetti flavors, which can be combined to customer sp...
10:09 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing TSA chickens out, won't allow items that don't threaten airplanes backon-board
The TSA has backed down from its moment of sanity in which it decided to allow golf-clubs, small knives and other items that pose no threat to airplanes back in the sky. The TSA's move had been a welc...
08:36 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Inside Mystic Manor, Hong Kong Disneyland's HauntedMansion
Everything I hear about Mystic Manor, the new Haunted Mansion at Hong Kong Disneyland, makes me insane with desire to ride this thing. It's like something that sprang full-blown out of my fevered ima...
08:03 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing CCTV footage shows crooks using some kind of universal keyless entryfob
CCTV footage from Long Beach, CA shows crooks robbing cars after opening them with some kind of keyless entry fob that appears to defeat the cars' built-in cryptographic security. The fobs evidently d...
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Ross Sisters sing Solid PotatoSalad
Here again is a clip of the amazing Ross Sisters performing a wonderful song about potato salad while performing the most amazing contortions and acrobatics -- like Cirque du Soliel crossed with Hee-...
05:58 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Spirit Airlines is sure you'll enjoy its new 6% alcoholwine-in-a-can
Because "Your choices at 30,000 feet are pretty limited."    ...
05:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 37: Kingdom RushFrontiers
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 Kingdom Rush Front...
05:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Telekinesisdemonstrated
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05:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing New York Senate makes it a felony to annoy a policeofficer
The New York Senate has passed a bill making it illegal to "harass" a police officer by "any type of physical action" -- even action that does not otherwise constitute interference, obstruction or ass...
04:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing New York state senate passes law making it a felony to annoy a policeofficer
“Police officers who risk their lives every day in our cities and on our highways deserve every possible protection, and those who treat them with disrespect, harass them and create situations t...
03:55 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Scary Russian business-man insists he isn't scary: "you are in no possible danger of being murdered if you come toMoscow!"
Brian Krebs reports on the Russian arrest of Pavel Vrublevsky, owner of the ChronoPay service (about whom Krebs has written an upcoming book) for witness intimidation. Vrublevsky is on trial for hirin...
03:44 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing TORONTONIANS! KEEP WALMART OUT OF KENSINGTON MARKET! MEETINGTONIGHT!
Dave Groff sez, "TONIGHT city planners will be holding a community consultation on the re-zoning applications, this will be one of the few opportunities at which the public can give input to the plann...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Astro City toreturn!
Alex Ross, the artist who collaborated with Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson on Astro City gave CBR an interview about the refreshed series. Astro City has long been one of my favorite comic collection...
02:49 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Doonesbury's transvaginal ultrasound/Republican state housestrips
I missed this back in March 2012, but it bears re-visiting. Here's a series of Doonesbury strips that some newspapers refused to run in spring 2012. The strips criticize Republican state legislatures'...
01:47 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Limited edition Oblique Strategies deck from BrianEno
Brian Eno has released a limited-edition deck of his "Oblique Strategies" cards, for £60. Oblique Strategies is a legendary deck of creative aphorisms and provocations that will make you revisit ...
01:42 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Horrifying clown statue deep in thewoods
This horrifying clown mannekin was reportedly placed on a hiking trail deep in the Oleta River in Aventura, Florida by a park employee who got it from the Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park in North ...
01:41 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing W3C insider explains what's wrong with cramming DRM into HTML5 - and what you can do aboutit
I've written before here about the move to get the World Wide Web consortium (W3C) to cram digital rights management (DRM) into the next version of HTML, called HTML5. This week, EFF filed a formal ob...
01:29 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Help send 15 kids from the Bronx to writingcamp
Brad sez, "Fifteen high school students from the Bronx. Five dedicated teachers. A summer of learning that could change their lives -- and change the way kids learn all across America. This summer Pau...
01:21 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Reducing waste can help feed thehungry
Four billion tons of food are grown and raised worldwide every year. About 25% of that goes to waste.     ...
01:18 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Bubble boy: Baby born inside intact amnioticsac
"Born in the caul" is a phrase that's connected with a lot of cross-cultural myths and superstitions — babies born in the caul are supposed to be destined for lives of fame and fortune (or, poss...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary on the punk scene inBurma
Apropos of yesterday's post about punks in Myanmar, Rene from Nerdcore sez, " German Journalist Alexander Dluzak did a documentary about the Burma punk scene a few months ago, here's the trailer (wit...
12:14 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Bradley Manning trial transcripts now available online, via crowdfundedstenographers
Freedom of the Press Foundation has begun publishing transcripts from the trial of accused Wikileaks source Bradley Manning. The US military has refused to release transcripts of Bradley Manning's tr...
12:06 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing In praise of leakers, including "The Unknown Patriot" who outed the US phone spyingprogram
Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic, writing about all who brought this news to light: "I hope and trust we'll one day celebrate the War on Terror leakers who kept reminding Americans that their nation...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing DHS on border laptop searches: we can't tell you why this is legal, and we won't limit searches to reasonablesuspicion
The DHS has responded to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the ACLU asking when and how it decides whose laptop to search at the border. It explained its legal rationale for conducting the...
11:49 am PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Cool-looking science book I am orderingimmediately
Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler, published in 2010 and written by Duane Nickel, promises to be a tour guide to chemistry and physics points of interest all across the United States. (Thanks Tim ...
11:38 am PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Wisconsin legislators ban university from collaborating with independent investigative journalismcenter
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a non-profit that gets its funding from private donors, foundations, and news organizations. But it's also operated out of offices on the campus of...
11:26 am PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Buzz Aldrin and Thomas Dolby sing "She Blinded Me WithScience"
Two legends sing and dance. One more successfully than the other.    ...
11:17 am PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Free-to-share movie on gangs in Birmingham: "One MileAway"
Jamie King from VODO (a film company that raises money through crowdfunding and releases the results over BitTorrent with CC licenses) sez, "BritDoc and VODO have come together for this Free-To-Share ...
09:40 am PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Picture Day: wry, superb coming-of-agemovie
Picture Day is one of the best movies I saw last year. It's Kate Melville's directorial film debut, but for those of us who've followed her career since she was the youngest-ever playwright-in-reside...
02:25 am PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing Leaked top-secret court order shows that NSA engages in bulk, sustained, warrantless surveillance ofAmericans
In an explosive investigative piece published in the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald details a top-secret US court order that gave the NSA the ability to gather call records for every phone call completed o...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, June 6, 2013
BoingBoing TWA's Idlewild lounge: Escher, eat your heartout
No, it's not a lost Escher print, it's a photo of Saarinen's long-lost TWA lounge at Idlewild, and you can buy it as a print: Circa 1964. "Trans World Airlines Terminal. Idlewild Airport, Queens, New...
10:21 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Time for total war on patenttrolls
Writing in The New Yorker, Tim Wu calls for "total war on patent trolls" and lays out a roadmap for attacking the extortionists who are costing the US economy a reported $30B/year by extorting license...
08:18 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing UN makes the connection between surveillance and freespeech
Frank La Rue, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, has tabled a report (PDF) to the UN Human Rights Council that makes a connection between surveillance and free...
06:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Han Solo in CarbonitePop-Tarts
Last October, IGN's Brian Altano announced a bold design fiction: an imaginary line of "Han Solo in Carbonite" Pop-Tarts. Several months have gone by and this is still not a thing. The world is broken...
04:48 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing NYT: Mexican Family GoInsane
The Grey Lady at her best: regurgitating Harry Anslinger's press releases in 1927. (Via the World's Best Ever)    ...
04:28 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Study: couples who met online more likely to staytogether
Only 7 percent of couples who met online and subsequently married have so far separated or divorced, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The ...
04:11 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Eyeball facemakeup
The Brazilian website "Arte do Medo" identifies this amazing eyeball face horror makeup as originating in Japan, though no other details are forthcoming. ARTE DO MEDO #5 (via Super Punch)  ...
04:01 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Making of "Man OfSteel"
A 13-minute publicity featurette about the making of Man Of Steel.    ...
03:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Art: compacted cube of demolished amusementpark
Artist James Dive's "Once" consists of a 4 x 4 meter cube of demolished and compacted amusement park. A closer look reveals midway prizes, lights, tickets, garishly-painted metal scraps, and other mem...
03:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Can you trust a sociopath'smemoir?
I have never killed anyone, but I have certainly wanted to. I may have a disorder, but I am not crazy. In a world filled with gloomy, mediocre nothings populating a go-nowhere rat race, people are att...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarter: otherworldly glowing "jellyfish" for thesky
Two years ago at the Treasure Island Music Festival, I was dazzled by the sight of glowing, otherworldly jellyfish floating above the crowd during the evening performances. I recently learned that tho...
03:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Growing Up Bowie: Mark Dery's "All The Young Dudes: Why Glam RockMatters"
Mark Dery's new ebook, All The Young Dudes: Why Glam Matters (the debut publication from Boing Boing's digital imprint) is a delightfully Derynian cultural excavation of the deeper definition of mascu...
02:49 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Living with HIV in middleage
At The New York Times, John Leland has a moving portrait of people who accepted their own inevitable deaths two decades ago ... and then those deaths didn't happen. Kept alive by HIV-fighting medicati...
02:45 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Scenes from#OccupyGezi
Three photos picked from the OccupyGeziPics Tumblr, chosen for their vivid incongruities, and also to remind us all that Turkey still fights for the right to protest: Another photo of the woman in re...
02:34 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Thrones S3E9: The RedWedding
The latest episode of Game of Thrones was pretty much business as usual. It turned out Walder Frey was ready to let bygones be bygones, and a lovely wedding feast was held for Edmure and Roslin. Wine...
02:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing My latest Quarterly.co mailing - a precious fragment ofoudh
Quarterly.co is a subscription service for wonderful things. People can subscribe to a curator (such as me, Joel Johnson, Veronica Belmont, Tim Ferriss, Joshua Foer, Gretchen Rubin, and others) to rec...
02:33 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Why raindrops don't killmosquitoes
For a mosquito, every summer storm is like a million Volkswagen Beetles falling from the sky. How do they survive the deadly deluge? Meghan Cetera explains at Popular Science.    ...
02:32 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing The evolution [email protected]
John Brownlee on the unlikely evolution of the @ symbol: "Rejuvenated by its insertion before every Twitter handle, the @ symbol today is almost a pronoun. It has a very personal meaning for billions ...
02:29 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Vein-shaped winecarafes
An example of fantastic, whimsical bio-tableware from sculptor Etienne Meneau. Holds a full bottle. If it looks difficult to pour from or clean, Meneau has an FAQ for that. Via the good folks at The ...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sun has "gianthole"
Megan Garber at The Atlantic: "An extensive coronal hole rotated toward Earth last week--and astronomers were there to capture it."    ...
02:23 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Prosecution case against Manning puts American media on "enemieslist"
The New Yorker points out the obvious implication if leaking to the press is taken as aiding the enemy: Wikileaks released to the public, and in coperation with other media outlets, not at some Al Qae...
02:07 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Myanmarpunk
I love this photo of a punk in Yangon, Myanmar (shown here, a downsized thumbnail -- click through to see the whole pic from EPA in the Telegraph). A teenager dressed as a punk takes part in the water...
01:46 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Star Trekwine
I don't know anything about wine, but I like the looks of Vinport's limited-edition Star Trek wine featuring label art by Juan Ortiz. The labels represent classic ST episodes: "The City on the Edge of...
01:41 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing BadgerSwagger
The backstory: the British government is imposing an unpopular badger cull for questionable reasons.    ...
01:14 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Writers Guild's "101 Best Written TVSeries"
The Writers Guild of America has released its list of "101 Best Written TV Series." I'm thrilled that four of my favorite TV shows ever are in the top 5. Here's the top 10: 1. The Sopranos 2. Seinfel...
12:54 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Anonymizing is really hard really, so why is the EU acting like it'seasy?
My latest Guardian column is "Data protection in the EU: the certainty of uncertainty," a look at the absurdity of having privacy rules that describes some data-sets as "anonymous" and others as "pseu...
12:36 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing National Academies: public call for future visions of humanspaceflight
Do you have ideas about the future of humans in space? The US National Academies' Committee on Human Spaceflight is seeking short papers from individual and groups with a vision for the future of huma...
12:03 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Haunted Mansion ballroomghosts
Here's a rare look at the robots used to create the reflective "Pepper's Ghost" effect in the ballroom of Disney's Haunted Mansion. They're never directly visible during the ride, and can normally onl...
12:02 pm PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Attention, Journalists! You are an Enemy of theState!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH so-called "journalists" are ordered to Re-education Centers for direction on how to best serve the State.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Rob Ford crack-smoking video is"gone"
Gawker's John Cook has finally gotten in touch with the guy who offered to sell him a video of Toronto Mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford smoking crack. Bad news: the guy says the video is "gone": ...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Beast Academy: grade three math textbooks in monster comicsform
Beast Academy is a set of grade three math textbooks and practice books structured as comic books about monsters. The books are "aligned to the common core state standards for grade three," if that ma...
12:09 am PDT - Wed, June 5, 2013
BoingBoing Han-in-Carbonite-with-a-boner lightswitchcover
The Han Solo in Carbonite light-switch cover combines the 1980s-era Empire Strikes Back kitsch with 1960s era novelty "boner" decor -- yours for $40 from Etsy seller Wicked Studio. Star Wars Han Solo ...
10:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make edible Aliens eggs andchestbursters
Here's a sweet little cookery show that will tell you how to make a facsimile egg from Aliens and a chestburster cake. The former is something you could actually serve at a dinner party (it sounds de...
07:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing The Good Life Lab: A modern manual for livingoff-the-grid
When I was editor of Craft magazine, I always looked forward to Wendy Jehanara Tremayne’s next “Re-Fitted” column, which profiled a waste-conscious maker and included a how-to projec...
07:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Mind-controlled architecture, drones, and costume cattails
This post is brought to you by Jaguar. Experience F-TYPE. I remember the first time I controlled a computer with my brain. It was in 2008 at Institute for the Future and Neurosky's CEO Stanley Yan...
07:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Sensing your gestures withWiFi
WiSee is a reasearch project at the University of Washington; as described in this paper, it uses standard WiFi hardware to sense the location and movements of people within range of the signal. Usin...
06:46 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Hurrah! It's a new Barenaked Ladiesalbum!
Here's some great news! It's the 25th anniversary of Barenaked Ladies' first album, Gordon, and they're celebrating with a new record: Grinning Streak , which comes out today. They did a Reddit AMA ...
06:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: KnockKnock
"One day I got a letter from Charles Bukowski..." From Real Stuff #1 (Fantagraphics, December 1990).    ...
06:07 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Why the FBI's plan to require weak security in all American technology is a terrible, terribleidea
Bruce Schneier's editorial on CALEA-II is right on. In case you missed it, CALEA II is the FBI's proposal to require all American computers, mobile devices, operating systems, email programs, browsers...
05:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Short video about Detroitmakerspace
I enjoyed Dark Rye's video about I3's Nicholas Britsky and the maker movement in Detroit. Dark Rye's entire Detroit issue is excellent.    ...
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Paul Krassner's funny stories about making up newwords
Our friend Paul Krassner has coined quite a few terms that have made their way into common use. In this essay he shares a few stories about the words and terms he's invented. The stories include the t...
05:02 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Rock Matters, by Mark Dery -- Boing Boing's firstebook!
“All the Young Dudes,” glam rock’s rallying cry, turned 40 last year. David Bowie wrote it, but Mott the Hoople owned it: their version was, and will ever remain, glam’s anthe...
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Penguin classicswallpaper
Here's wallpaper that looks like a collage of Penguin Classics covers, from Osborne and Little. Lots of retailers carry it -- the John Lewis site lists it at £65 for a 10m x 52cm roll. The PENGU...
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Penguin classicwallpaper
Here's wallpaper that looks like a collage of classic Penguin covers, from Osborne and Little. Lots of retailers carry it -- the John Lewis site lists it at £65 for a 10m x 52cm roll. The PENGUI...
04:58 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about US Army's WWII "tactical deceptionunit"
During World War II, the US Army deployed a "tactical deception unit" to Europe. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, aka the "Ghost Army," consisted of artists, ad directors, actors, and other crea...
04:53 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Boneshaker: A BicyclingAlmanac
I’m slightly ashamed to admit that, as of mid-2013, my print reading has, on a whole, falls into two categories. The first is comics. I’ll stubbornly argue the superiority of the physical ...
04:52 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Cost analysis of a toiletwipe
The folks at Dollar Shave Club have a new product out: One Wipe Charlies, a peppermint-scented toilet wipe they claim is better than normal toilet tissue. Their video sure is flashy, but how much mor...
04:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Plants vs Zombies 2 - funtrailer
I wish Plants vs Zombies 2 really looked like this! It's coming our exclusively on iOS in July.    ...
04:15 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate Bay outs porno copyright trolls: they're the ones pirating their ownfiles
Yesterday, I wrote about an expert witness's report on Prenda Law (previously), the notorious porno copyright trolls (they send you letters accusing you of downloading porn and demand money on pain of...
03:40 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Mind-controlled architecture, drones, and costume cattails
This post is brought to you by Jaguar. Experience F-TYPE. I remember the first time I controlled a computer with my brain. It was in 2008 at Institute for the Future and Neurosky's CEO Stanley Yan...
03:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing California wants an end to taxpayer subsidy forWalMart
The State of California is considering legislation that would fine businesses $6,000 per employee who has to turn to Medical, the state's version of Medicaid. The bill is especially targeted at WalMar...
03:20 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Uncharted Waters by FredKaz
A few years ago, we shared the incomparable jazz master Fred Kaz' website and some tracks he'd made available there, free. Fred's music, his wit and his wisdom have made this world a better place. Fo...
02:35 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Public Resource liberates "Life in the UK" book, buildingcodes
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, Public.Resource.Org has always been a strong supporter of British-American cooperation. In order to further what Winston Churchill so aptly dubbed our “Special...
02:17 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing The Ghost Fleet of SuisunBay
On a train from Portland to Oakland last week, my husband and I were startled to pass the rotting carcasses of dozens of battleships, moored together in clusters in a still, reedy bay north of San Fr...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing UK's comics industry mag TRIPWIRE turns21
Joel sez, "TRIPWIRE is a magazine that for over two decades has covered comics, genre and related fields. Described by Guillermo Del Toro as 'the touchstone of comic book culture in the UK and one of ...
01:49 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Exclusive: Where the inmates really do run theasylum
Video Link In 2011 I set off with a camera to explore a mental asylum in Mexico run by its own patients. The place is just beyond the last junkyard on the curdled fringe of Jurez, the worlds most vio...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing One Hundred Watts, 120 Volts: a lightbulb manufacturing ballet(1972)
During a visit to the (incredible) new Exploratorium in San Francisco, I was captivated by Carson "Kit" Davidson's "One Hundred Watts 120 Volts," a 1972 short film where the manufacturing of Duro-Tes...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing When a patient says "no thanks" tosurgery
The Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine has a really interesting essay they've published in full online. It's written by Anna Petroni, a 77-year-old California woman who rec...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Mind-controlled architecture, drones, and costume cattails
This post is brought to you by Jaguar. Experience F-TYPE. I remember the first time I controlled a computer with my brain. It was in 2008 at Institute for the Future and Neurosky's CEO Stanley Yan...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Evolution doesn't likeyou
Sure, you've got those great opposable thumbs, complex culture, and the ability to walk on two legs. But don't let those facts lull you into thinking that evolution is on your side. It's not. It's not...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Drone-deliveredpizza
Here's a video showing off a publicity stunt in which Domino's delivers one of its "pizzas" using a drone (and, it appears, two or three cameradrones to document the event). The "pizza" is packed in ...
12:56 pm PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Drowning without asound
Drowning, in real life, doesn't look or sound the way it does on TV. It's not loud. It's not thrashy. And it can happen just a few feet away from you without you even noticing. At Slate, Mario Vittone...
11:57 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Horska: Gypsophilia mixes ska andklezmer
I'm very fond of Gypsophilia's brand of klezmer-infused jazz, and so I'm very excited to learn that they've got a new release. Ross from Gypsophilia sez: "Horska" is our newest release and is many t...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Depressed Cake Shop: a pop-up shop selling grey cakes to raise money for mental healthcharities
Miss Cakehead writes, "The Depressed Cake Shop will be like nothing ever seen before as it will sell ONLY grey coloured cakes. Raising money for mental health charities, it will also provide a platfor...
10:59 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Mind-controlled architecture, drones, and costume cattails
This post is brought to you by Jaguar. Experience F-TYPE. I remember the first time I controlled a computer with my brain. It was in 2008 at Institute for the Future and Neurosky's CEO Stanley Yan...
10:33 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing A profile of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's personal sushichef
GQ magazine sent Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson to meet a "humble sushi chef from Japanwho infiltrated the inner sanctum, becoming the Dear Leader's cook, confidant, and court jester," K...
10:27 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing A small victory for open access: Crowdfunded public stenographers will transcribe Bradley Manningtrial
Over the past month, Freedom of the Press Foundation (I'm on the board) has been crowdfunding money to hire a professional stenographer to provide daily transcripts of the court martial of accused Wik...
10:23 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing How a convicted killer became my friend: Gary Rivlin's "StrayBullet."
"Fat Tone" at California's Calipatria prison, December 1993. Courtesy The Atavist. Mother Jones today published an excerpt/adaptation from a new Atavist piece by Gary Rivlin titled "Stray Bullet." Mi...
10:15 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Dr.Dre
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
09:50 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Actually, it's good for low-income kids if their momworks
At the PsySociety blog, Melanie Tannenbaum looks at the meta-analysis cited by Erik Erikson of Redstate.com as proof that low-income families fare worse when mom works outside the home — and fin...
09:41 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Lauren Beukes's Shining Girls serial killer novel is out in theUS
I reviewed Lauren Beukes's time-travelling serial killer novel The Shining Girls back in May, and mentioned at the time that the US release was today. And here we are! Here's some of that review: Shi...
07:28 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Last chance for an ORGCon2013ticket!
Ruth from the Open Rights Group writes, There are still some tickets left for ORGCon2013! Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to hear John Perry Barlow speak in London, this Saturday June 8th! John ...
02:38 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing California wants an end to taxpayer subsidy forWalMart
The State of California is considering legislation that would fine businesses $6,000 per employee who has to turn to Medical, the state's version of Medicaid. The bill is especially targeted at WalMar...
12:00 am PDT - Tue, June 4, 2013
BoingBoing Porno copyright trolls Prenda: expert says they pirated their own movies to get victims todownload
The saga of porno-copyright-trolls Prenda Law (previously) just keeps getting more tawdry. Prenda is a mysterious extortionate lawsuit-threat-factory that claimed to represent pornographers when it se...
10:52 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Drawing arbitrary 8-bit images by playingTetris
Holy. Crap. Michael Birken lays out, in detail, a method for teaching a computer to draw arbitrary 8-bit images by playing Tetris, strategically deploying blocks of various colors to cause exactly th...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Anno NTK: 15-year-old tech news just keeps on gettingbetter
It's been just over a year since Anno NTK launched, a kind of Wayback Machine for the wonderful old-school UK tech newsletter Need to Know. Each week, Danny O'Brien will send you a fifteen-year-old ed...
09:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing This American Life on the awful, crooked mess of the patentsystem
This week, This American Life revisits the question of patents (a subject they did a very good job with in 2011), a move sparked by the attempt to shake down podcasters for patent royalties for a ridi...
08:45 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing HPV can cause throatcancer
Michael Douglas offers us all a good reason to a) get vaccinated against the two most cancer-causing strains of human papillomavirus (even if you're a dude) and b) embrace dental dams (even if you're ...
08:08 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Little Brother is San Francisco's One City/One Book pick for2013
I am as pleased as is humanly possible to announce that the San Francisco Public Library system has chosen my novel Little Brother for its "One City/One Book" program, the first ever young adult novel...
06:59 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Red crab migration on ChristmasIsland
Photographer James D Morgan chronicled the annual migration of the red crabs across Christmas Island for Australian Geographic, documenting the amazing swarms of adorable scuttlers as they rush to th...
06:18 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with Turkish woman occupying GeziPark
Rene from the German site Nerdcore sez, "A friend of mine who is staying in Istanbul right now contacted me this morning and I had the opportunity to interview a girl who is occupying Gezi Park in Tur...
05:58 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing joins media coalition asking Manning judge to provide court access to publicstenographer
Photo: ReutersToday, a coalition of more than twenty media organizationsincluding Boing Boing, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Fox News, the New Yorker, Bloomberg News, Newsweek, New York Magazine, and Report...
05:41 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing BBC airs documentary on accused cancer quack StanislawBurzynski
Houston, Texas-based doctor Stanislaw Burzynski sells "hope," not actual scientifically proven treatment for cancer. When people say they are selling hope, I always assume that means they "hope" to ge...
04:49 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad Walter White Hazmat Suit limited-editiontoy
"He comes complete with a fifty-five gallon chemical drum and a trio of lab bottles. Mug is not included, it is shown to give a sense of scale." Ships last week of July, 2013. $35. Order: Mezco Toyz p...
04:27 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Jus Reign's YouTube comedy channel: "Punjabi Poetry and Thug Sh*t", and Instagramcritiques
My brother Carl shares the YouTube channel of Jus Reign, whose bio reads, "Im brown. I wear a turban. Old white ladies are scared of me." As Carl rightly explains, the video above is "basically a tak...
03:42 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Fine retorts,collected
If you liked Al Jaffee's Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions from MAD Magazine (and if you didn't, boy are you in the wrong place!), I think you'll enjoy this Reddit thread: "What was your best "comeba...
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED & time travel lecture in SanFrancisco
This coming Saturday, the SF in SF reading series is presenting the movie SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, followed by special guest Prof. Ken Wharton talking about "the logic - and illogic - of time travel." T...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Your car is not a tornadoshelter
Last Friday, a tornado near El Reno, Oklahoma killed scientist Tim Samaras, as well as his son and a colleague. The three were tracking the storm in a vehicle — storm chasing, if you will ̵...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Gas-mask dervish:#occupygezi
Mathilda sez, "In this photo by Twitter user @joeman24, a gas-mask wearing Dervish dances in front of protesters in Turkey." A gas-mask wearing Whirling Dervish shows support for protesters in #Turke...
01:22 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing What it's like to travel by commercial jet inSomalia
First you pray. Then, when you're in the air, you pray some more. If you land, you get a chance to pray again. Journalist Hamza Mohamed describes a recent flight to Kismayu, Somalia that begins with 1...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing How ransomware creeps cash out theirpayments
Brian Krebs offers an in-depth look at a "cashout" service used by ransomware crooks to get money from their victims. Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your personal files and demands tha...
12:41 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Wednesday is Dead DuckDay
Dead Duck Day — the annual memorial celebration honoring the first recorded case of male homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck — happens this Wednesday in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ...
12:37 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing You Can Do It! Clean the kitchen, thatis.
Heather spotted this remarkably sad ad from Swiffer, aping Westinghouse Electric's classic wartime poster, We Can Do It! Adds Jason: "I love the clear tribute to an important historical image done in ...
12:32 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing How atheists find meaning and joy innature
There doesn't have to be a pre-ordained meaning to the universe in order for it to mean something. That's one of the fun things about being human — we get to make meaning for ourselves. With tha...
12:23 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing New Yorkers: help defend local libraries at June 8-9's ReadIn
Libraries in New York City are facing a potential $106 million cut to their budgets. Should these cuts go through, more than 60 neighborhood libraries will close. More than a thousand librarians and l...
12:13 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing A collection of dire wolfskulls
This image shows fewer than 400 of the 1600+ dire wolf skulls found in the La Brea Tar Pits — natural seepages of asphalt that trapped thousands upon thousands of animals over centuries. Like m...
12:04 pm PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Vinland map, chart of Norse exploration of Americas, "proved"fake
Discovered in 1957 and hailed as the earliest map of the New World, the Vinland Map charted Norse exploration of the Americas long before Christopher Columbus. After decades of controversy, however, ...
11:51 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Prints of classic "The Land of Make BelieveMap"
(click to embiggen) Zack sez, "Photographer Allan Rosen-Ducat is reproducing 'The Land of Make Believe,' a popular illustrated map by Jaro Hess that combines more than 50 classic fairy tales, nursery...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing OccupyGezi: the People'sBulldozer
Two photos from the OccupyGeziPics Tumblr show the "people's bulldozer" in action -- apparently a mechanical digger commandeered off a building site by protesters in Besiktas (one of my Twitter foll...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Doctor Who actor: " God almighty, I'll be so happy when that's gone from mylife"
Actor John Simm sounds fed up with the fans: "I'm not the Master, I'm not that evil Time Lord who rules the galaxy, I'm just in Tesco with my kids. Leave me alone!" [Guardian]    ...
10:27 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Doctor Who actor vs. fans (Update: not vs.fans)
Actor John Simm sounds fed up with the fans: "I'm not the Master, I'm not that evil Time Lord who rules the galaxy, I'm just in Tesco with my kids. Leave me alone!" [Guardian] UPDATE: On Twitter, Simm...
10:20 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Three Friends, a Breakdown, and aLawsuit
Two and a half years ago, I moved to London for a new job; in two weeks time, Ill be moving out to a small town in the country, defeated. I love London, and Im not tired of it yet, but I am tired of t...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Why Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion effects were more real thanCGI
The death of stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen raises questions about the future of special effects.    ...
10:07 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Deluxe hardcover ofWatchmen
The new Deluxe Edition of Watchmen landed in my post-box today. It's a very well-made hardcover edition of one of the canonical modern graphic novels. Everyone should have at least one edition of Watc...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 096: Dave Finkel and KevinMack
In this episode of Gweek, I talked to Dave Finkel and Kevin Mack. Kevin Mack is a pioneering digital artist and Academy Award winning visual effects designer. Kevin also uses science and technology to...
07:30 am PDT - Mon, June 3, 2013
BoingBoing Roundup of#occupygezi
Mathilda writes, Throughout the weekend, protests have erupted in Turkey in response to the brutal pacification of a peaceful sit-in in Istanbul. Over 1,700 people have been arested and there are mul...
11:42 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Doctor Who poodle-skirt withK-9
For last summer's sock-hop, PJ and her daughter K made a Doctor Who themed poodle skirt, sporting K-9: Now, K is a fan girl and not a girly girl at all, so though she wanted to wear a poodle skirt, s...
10:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Meet austerity'smillionaires
Britain's harsh austerity measures have produced a sharp decline in real income and quality of life for the majority of the country; but the number of people earning £1M+ has doubled and is at an...
07:00 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing How markets allow people to violate their moralcodes
Here's a press-release describing a paywalled paper in Science magazine, written by a pair of University of Bonn Economists. They conducted an experiment that showed how markets diffused responsibilit...
04:34 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Fake CGI always looked cooler than the realthing
Neil Emmett writes about fake computer graphics, as so often found in 1980s sci-fi movies and TV productions that were as inexpensive as they were ahead of their time. Primitive digital imagery has h...
04:22 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Meanwhile, in London, badger women pursuefascists
Right-wing extremists, vastly outnumbered by opposing marchers on the streets of London, gathered Friday to whip up support. Both groups, however, were upstaged by campaigners fighting for a third cau...
04:22 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Genuinely funny response from a pharmacy trolled over itsjunk-mail
Andrew sez, "Sometimes I write silly emails to companies when I actually have a mundane request. Usually, they either ignore me or reply with boring customer-service talk (We apologize for... Thank yo...
04:06 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing US judge: Google must comply with National Security Letters, give user info to FBI ondemand
AP News reports: "Google must comply with the FBI's demand for data on certain customers as part of a national security investigation, according to a ruling by a federal judge who earlier this year de...
03:49 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Protests ahead of Bradley Manning's WikiLeaks trial, which beginsMonday
Some 2,000 protesters gathered this weekend outside of Fort Meade, where the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Monday, June 3, 2013. He was arrested on May 26, 2010...
03:40 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Portrait made of candy: Mike Douglas asLiberace
Jason Mecier, a "pop impressionistic artist" based in San Francisco who works in mosaic, sends word that he has just completed this candy portrait of Michael Douglas as Liberace. The medium: Mike �...
03:14 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Consumer guide to drugs:Tripology
Because most psychedelic drugs are illegal, reliable consumer information about them is rare. For many years I have been looking for a comparative survey of available “head drugs” that wou...
03:11 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Crowd-funded stenographers denied access to Bradley Manning CourtMartial
Freedom of the Press Foundation recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for hiring a court stenographer to provide transcripts of the unclassified portions of the Bradley Manning cour...
03:09 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Julian Assange's NYT op-ed: The Banality of Dont BeEvil
In a New York Times op-ed, Julian Assange of Wikileaks argues that "the advance of information technology epitomized by Google heralds the death of privacy for most people and shifts the world toward ...
02:53 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent advice forgrads
Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp, two sociologists (who also work on the excellent Sociological Images blog) have advice for this year's college grads that goes beyond "find your passion, follow your dreams" ...
02:32 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Today: SFMOMA's farewell procession, co-presented by BoingBoing
  This is it, folks. Today at 6PM the SFMOMA closes to begin its three year long expansion. It'll be reborn sometime in 2016 clad in shining armor, engulfing the rest of its current city block. ...
01:47 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Jewelry made from fragments of broken vintagechina
Boodi Blu is a London jeweler who makes beautiful, clever pieces out of broken pieces of vintage and antique china, puzzled together with small metal fittings. I just saw them in person at a flea mark...
01:12 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Satan's Spiritual Scorecard: how'd youdo?
This list of the components of Satan's Spiritual Structure appears on handouts given to attendees at San Diego Comic-Con by evangelical picketers. It seems to originate with a Jack Chick Tract, though...
12:23 pm PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing "Riot" at kindergartengraduation
A brawl erupted at a kindergarten graduation in Cleveland on Friday, leading to eight arrests. It seems that two teens started the fisticuffs, and then some adults joined the fray. According to the Cl...
10:18 am PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Protester kicking away teargascannister
From OccupyGeziPics: an uncredited photo of a woman in at the Turkish anti-government/pro-democracy protests kicking away a tear-gas cannister. It's an amazing shot -- like something out of a Banksy s...
01:38 am PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Moscow launches bikeshare service: In Soviet Russia, bike sharesyou!
In Moscow, people rushed to try out the Russian capital's first bicycle sharing program today. The program launched with hopes to cut the number of cars clogging streets in epically awful Moscow traff...
01:33 am PDT - Sun, June 2, 2013
BoingBoing Amusing Reddit thread: "If companies had realistic slogans what would theybe?"
Nearly 20,000 responses to the question, "If companies had realistic slogans what would they be?"—and many of them quite funny. (via @pesce)    ...
06:17 pm PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Jean Stapleton (Edith Bunker),RIP
Jean Stapleton, who most famously played Edith Bunker on "All in the Family," has died. She was 90. (via CNN)     ...
01:57 pm PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Yes, you can haz Caturday: 10 cute weekend cat photos shared by Boing Boingreaders
1. "Almost," by John Gale. It's Caturday, folks. A great reason to dip into the Boing Boing Flickr pool and check out some of the best cat photos shared by Boing Boing readers. We do this semi-regula...
01:56 pm PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Coloring the HauntedMansion
The Long Forgotten blog hits another one out of the park (Disneyland park, that is), with a thought-provoking post on the history of the color scheme for the Haunted Mansion, and the way that color is...
01:30 pm PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Oculus Rift founder dies inaccident
Andrew Scott Reisse, one of the founding developers behind the incredible Oculus Rift virtual reality headset was hit by a car while walking yesterday. The car was being pursued by police, and struck ...
12:42 pm PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a tool to enable oceanography for the masses:OpenCTD
CTD, or "Conductivity, temperature, and depth," are the three measurements with which marine scientists "unlock ocean patterns hidden beneath the waves." A group of scientists who believe in accessib...
12:05 pm PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing What is the social media style ofprotest?
Zeynep Tufekci's essay analyzing the role that social media played in both the #OccupyGezi and the Arab Spring explores the differences and similarities between different uprisings, and has some very ...
11:52 am PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Legendary Atari cartridge dump to beexcavated
After producing too many copies of its infamously terrible E.T. game, Atari dumped the unsold inventory in a remote New Mexico landfill. Thirty years on, the local authorities have greenlighted an exc...
10:55 am PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Guide to making magic toys(1902)
John sez, "The Falvey Library at Villanova University has just digitized a turn of the century guide to mechanical toys and small automata. They've been digitizing a lot of very interesting material--...
05:32 am PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Turkish Spring: Taksim Gezi Park protests inIstanbul
(Estimated 40,000 people cross the Bosphorous Bridge to join the protests/OccupyGeziPics) Taksim Gezi Park in Istanbul is alive with protest at this moment. The action began on May 28, when environmen...
01:13 am PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Gainsbourg and Bardot's "Bonnie and Clyde"(1968)
Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's "Bonnie and Clyde" from 1968. The lyrics (in French) are based on Bonnie Parker's poem "The Trail's End" that she wrote several weeks before she was killed. You...
12:53 am PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing Final scene from BlackOrpheus
Watching the video about Luiz, the adorable boy who explained why he didn't want to eat octopus, gave me the same feeling as the beautiful ending of Black Orpheus, which is one of the best movie endi...
12:22 am PDT - Sat, June 1, 2013
BoingBoing RonaldMcJoker
This terrifying Ronald McDonald/Joker mashup cosplayer was snapped at San Jose's FanimeCon 2013 by David Ngo. Ronald McDonald (via Neatorama)    ...
10:15 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Mouldering city built of bread is a metaphor for Earth withouthumans
Swedish artist Johanna Mrtensson created this installation depicting a cityscape made of bread in 2009, and photographed it as it decayed, creating a series of pictures representing the destiny of all...
08:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Bomber enraged by spelling error can't blow up sign because his bomb instructions were riddled withtypos
A 50-year-old man was upset that the sign in front of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission read "Oregon Teacher Standards an Practices Commission" (the D had fallen off the sign or be...
07:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: CloseCall
"Because the bartender is always on TV, I got laid a lot. There were plenty of free drugs and drinks. I lived out all my middle-class Idaho fantasies as quickly as possible." From Real Stuff #1 (Fanta...
07:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Disneyland dry-ice explosion: employee did ittwice
More on the dry-ice explosion that triggered an evacuation of Toontown in Disneyland: it appears that the employee who put dry-ice in a sealed bottle in order to cause a loud bang and some water vapor...
05:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Arms folded: a study in localreportage
Local People, Arms Crossed: exactly what it sounds like. A Tumblr full of hometown heroes, posed by unimaginative newsies with their arms crossed for extra competence. (via Waxy)   &nbs...
05:18 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing This is what a hairless raccoon lookslike
Delightful! (Via Reddit)    ...
04:43 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing The Value in Fixing: Nat Geo's "World's Toughest Fixes" host Sean Riley in conversation with Xeni at MakerFaire
I had a great time interviewing Sean Riley at Maker Faire this year. Watch our conversation, here. (Fora.tv)    ...
04:19 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Watch PBS NOVA on the science of the Boston bombingmanhunt
Watch ManhuntBoston Bombers on PBS. See more from NOVA. Above, "Manhunt—Boston Bombers," a documentary for the PBS science program NOVA reported and directed by Miles O'Brien. The hour focuses o...
04:07 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Grainy sonar image may or may not be new clue to Amelia Earhart's planewreckage
A sonar image taken hundreds of feet below the surface of the Pacific may help solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of aviation: What happened to Amelia Earhart, and where is her plane? ...
04:04 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Northern Ireland builds a Potemkin Village for theG8
The G8 Summit is coming to Fermanagh, a county in Northern Ireland that has been devastated by austerity. To spruce things up and maintain the fiction that austerity will get us out of the global econ...
04:03 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing First-ever high-res photos of chemical bondsbreaking
About this groundbreaking photo from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley: "Almost as clearly as a textbook diagram, this image made by a noncontact atomic force microscope reveals th...
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Seattle Pot-trepreneur plans $100 Million chain of weed stores throughoutAmerica
Get ready for the Walmart of weed. Even Mexican President Vicente Fox thinks it's a good idea. The Stranger reports on a Seattle entrepreneur's plans to launch a $100 Million chain of marijuana stores...
03:55 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Verizon to NYT reporter: No, we won't tell you if we gave your phone records to theFeds
Verizon won't tell Charlie Savage and the New York Times if it gave the Feds phone records for Times reporters. "We regret... that we cannot indicate whether we have previously received legal process ...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing The Society Of Glass Enthusiasts, an informal group of Google fans, walks into abar...
"What Happens When Google's Biggest Fans Get Drinks," Huffpo asks, about a meetup of the Google+ (duh) group known as "The Society Of Glass Enthusiasts," who do not actually own Google Glass units? We...
03:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Phonetic description of annoying noises teenagersmake
James Harbeck created this video to demonstrate various vocalizations that young adults make, to express emotions that are endemic to teens. From an accompanying article at The Week: The next time yo...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Renowned voyaging crew launches greatest journey yet in Hawaiian canoe: four-year, worldwidetrek
The Polynesian Voyaging Society famed traditional Hawaiian sea vessel Hklea began the first portion of a planned worldwide voyage this week with a "Malama Hawai'i" sail around the islands of Hawai'i. ...
03:18 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Star Wars logohistory
Over at Tenth Letter of the Alphabet, a fascinating history of the Star Wars logo. Above left, a decal created during the film's pre-production, to be used on film cans and other early materials. "Thi...
03:11 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Freelance archivists raising funds to preserve precious manuscripts rescued from fundamentalists inTimbuktu
Tony sez, "In 2012, under threat from fundamentalist rebels, a team of archivists, librarians, and couriers evacuated an irreplaceable trove of manuscripts from Timbuktu at great personal risk. The m...
02:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing E. coli engineered into an analogcomputer
Synthetic biology researchers at MIT are creating simple analog computers in living cells, complete with fluorescent "displays." Rahul Sarpeshkar and Timothy K. Lu engineered genetic circuits in E. co...
02:40 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Billboard: "Gay Marriage = GayClutter"
"It's funny cause it's true," says my pal Jason Tester who posted the photo to his Instagram feed @guerrillafutures.    ...
02:38 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing DIY crosswalk painterarrested
Matthew says: "A Vallejo man wanted to easily cross the street in front of his house, so he painted his own crosswalk. He was arrested for felony vandalism Thursday morning."    ...
02:21 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Limor "ladyada" Fried profiled byMIT
MIT is rightfully proud of alumna Limor Fried, the superhero hardware hacker behind AdaFruit Industries, creators of fantastic DIY, open source electronics components and kits. We're proud of Limor to...
02:10 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Why young Luiz doesn't want to eatoctopus
This thoughtful, articulate young fellow explains why he doesn't want to eat octopus. (Thanks, Sean Ness!)    ...
02:01 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printed, 28-geared cube gets motorized, additionalawesome
Alex sez, "You recently did a blog post of a 3D printed cube with 28 gears which was 3d printed fully assembled -- which I designed. However since this post, the cube has improved greatly, lubricated...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Buy my Green ManT-Shirt
The creators of ElfQuest liked my artwork for our interview with them so much, they put it on a T-shirt! You should buy this t-shirt now: secrets from the lost decade will be conferred upon anyone I ...
01:24 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Asus readies 4K "ultra HD"monitor
Asus is readying a 31.5-inch display with 3840x2160 pixels, four times the pixel count of a standard HD display. The panel uses Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide ("IGZO") instead of silicon, which allows for ...
01:02 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Court rules police must give Kim Dotcom his stuffback
Kirtsy Johnson: A judge has ordered the police to sift through all digital material taken illegally from Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and to return anything irrelevant to their investigation- at thei...
12:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing The making of a MAKEcover
MAKE projects editor Sean Ragan wrote about the making of the cover of our special issue of MAKE. After many hours of prep work, the lights were ready, the cameras were ready, the coil was ready, an...
12:57 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Usury in theUK
A UK Parliamentary committee blasted the Office of Fair Trading -- a consumer watchdog agency that is supposed to regulate moneylenders -- for doing effectively nothing to curb the growth of usurious,...
12:54 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Great covers of Daft Punk's 'GetLucky'
George Barnetts' on top, then San Cisco. And there are so many more at Soundcloud. Great stuff!    ...
12:50 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing The Ur Roomba(1959)
From Shorpy: "Anne Anderson in Whirlpool 'Miracle Kitchen of the Future,' a display at the American National Exhibition in Moscow." Kodachrome by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "What the Rus...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing "Definitive proof" of Marswater
Mars' landscape was formed by flowing water, and the proof is in the pebbles. [BBC]    ...
12:41 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing British Telecom quitsYahoo!
Britain's largest ISP, British Telecom, has ragequit Yahoo! after learning that the internet giant had bought beloved microblogging site Tumblr. Just kidding! It's actually sick of its customers' Yaho...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Judge to Google: comply with warrantless FBI datarequests
A federal judge has ordered Google to comply with the FBI's warrantless requests for user data, rejecting its claim that the demands are illegal. Google had requested that the court modify or discharg...
11:56 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a spy film with heart about gamers, based on a truestory
Paul sez, MLE is a wonderful 'spy film with heart' an simultaneously an undercover tribute to the videogame Portal, based on a true story. It's about the unfortunately-named actor Julie Robert, stran...
10:49 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Life in a chocolate factory versus life in astartup
Elaine Wherry took a break from working in San Francisco high-tech startups to work at Dandelion Chocolate, the chocolate maker/cafe that her husband co-founded. She calls her tenure at the chocolate ...
09:55 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for May2013
I’d like to use this intro to personally thank comics for helping me get through the last several plane rides, spending the sub-10,000 feet portion reading books like Victor Kerlow’s Every...
09:40 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Today Show busts rent-a-disabled-guide/skip-the-lines services inDisneyland
Remember the New York Post story about disabled people renting themselves out to rich New York families in order to skip the lines at Walt Disney World? The Today Show followed up on this, investigati...
03:50 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 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 ...
03:00 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make a multi-book secretstash
Here's a great Instructables for hiding a stash-box behind a wall of cut-away books. In some ways, it's a lot less fiddly than creating a single hollow book, though it does require you to use a scroll...
02:00 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Adventure Time title cards as artprints
Nicole sez, "Fans of Adventure Time so look forward to seeing the gorgeous and imaginative artwork that appears at the top of each new episode in the title cards. Now, these beautiful designs featurin...
01:28 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Ergonomic advice from the 17thcentury
The 1611 treatise "A Nevv Booke, containing all sorts of hands vsvally written at this day in Christendome, as the English and French Secretary, the Roman, Italian, French, Spanish, high and low Dutch...
01:00 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 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 ...
12:15 am PDT - Fri, May 31, 2013
BoingBoing Whylie?
Here's an excerpt from Judge Alex Kozinski's opinion in US v Xavier Alvarez (PDF), in which the judge describes some of the reasons that people lie: Saints may always tell the truth, but for mortals ...