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11:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Death Cab For Cutie: Transatlanticism 10thAnniversary
If I wasn't here this weekend, I would be watching our friends in Death Cab for Cutie perform their exquisite album "Transatlanticism" in its entirety in Portland tomorrow and Seattle on Sunday. ...
10:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Electrified Vehicle Hackathon in SF Bay Area, Sept6-8
On the heels of our exhilarating Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day, our partners at Ford are hosting another hackathon at TechShop Menlo Park on September 6-8!    ...
10:05 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Electrified Vehicle Hackathon in SF Bay Area, Sept6-8
On the heels of our exhilarating Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day, our partners at Ford are hosting another hackathon at TechShop Menlo Park on September 6-8!    ...
09:25 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing United Nations to brief press on Syria Saturday, 12:30pmET
Reuters reports that the U.N. will be holding "an extraordinary press briefing at 12:30 pm EDT on Saturday," which will be webcast (webtv.un.org).    ...
09:15 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Chill out with the week's best internet videos, hand-picked by Boing Boingeditors
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Hay Devil: vortex whips field into an amazing sight • The best cat adoption PSA ever • CDZA vs.&nbs...
09:10 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Dave Chappelle walks off stage at standup show, 'and Black people understandwhy'
At Ebony magazine, Lesli-Ann Lewis writes about her take on comedian Dave Chappelle's reported "meltdown" at a now-infamous show in Connecticut.    ...
07:25 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing NYT public editor on skepticism over NYT's past US warcoverage
Margaret Sullivan, public editor of the New York Times, writes about skepticism surrounding the paper's Syria coverage given the paper's shameful role in the run-up to the Iraq war.   &...
06:59 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Dave Chappelle walks off stage at standup show, 'and Black people understandwhy'
At Ebony magazine, Lesli-Ann Lewis writes about comedian Dave Chappelle's reported "meltdown" at a now-infamous show in Connecticut. That was no meltdown, she writes, and it's not Chapelle who has a p...
06:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing United Nations to brief press on Syria Saturday, 12:30pmET
Reuters reports that the U.N. will be holding "an extraordinary press briefing at 12:30 pm EDT on Saturday," which will be webcast (webtv.un.org).    ...
06:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Japanese fishing boat swept to Okinawa in 2011 tsunami now returned toowner
A fishing boat swept away by the 2011 tsunami in Japan has been returned to its owner, two years later. Mainichi reports that the 5.6-meter-long craft was spotted off the coast of the Senkaku Islands ...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, the fall beverage 'that almost neverwas'
Guess whos back? #PSL #TheRealPSL pic.twitter.com/KvRR5MomUk— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) August 30, 2013 In the WSJ, Lisa Fleisher breaks down the history of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, a...
06:31 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing German pundits on Syria: 'Humanitarian wars are alsowars.'
"Humanitarian wars are also wars. Those who jump into them for moral reasons should also want to win them. Cruise missiles fired from destroyers can send a message and demonstrate conviction, but they...
06:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing You can't FOIA the list of who visits White House, US federal appeals courtrules
Today, a federal appeals court ruled that the White House visitor list--who comes to talk to the president and his staff--is not public information, and not subject to Freedom of Information Act discl...
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Things Cut inHalf
Digging this twitter account: HalfPics. Above, a hand grenade.    ...
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Chill out with the week's best internet videos, hand-picked by Boing Boingeditors
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Hay Devil: vortex whips field into an amazing sight • The best cat adoption PSA ever • CDZA vs.&nbs...
06:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing UK gov asked NYT to destroy Snowdenmaterial
The British government asked the New York Times to destroy copies of NSA documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden--specifically, "anything related to the operations of the U.S.  ...
06:08 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Schneier on NSA intimidation, and the expanding surveillancestate
Internet security expert Bruce Schneier writes about Lavabit founder Ladar Levison's "extreme moral act in the face of government pressure," in closing the security-focused email service rather than c...
06:06 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Transcript of Obamas remarks on Syria--limited, narrow act underconsideration
President Obama says he is considering a limited, narrow act against Syria, but has not made a final decision on a possible military attack following the Syrian government's reported use of chemical w...
05:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing A brief history of US military intervention in Syria: "The Baby and theBaath-water"
At BBC News, Adam Curtis has a compelling look at how the US intelligence and military services have botched regime change and justice-by-bombs in Syria, over the past 65 or so years.   ...
05:04 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Report: U.S. had intel on Syria's chemical attack before ithappened
Foreign Policy reports that American intelligence agencies "had indications three days beforehand that the Syrian regime was poised to launch a lethal chemical attack that killed more than a thousand ...
05:03 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing As US weighs possible strikes, Syria's largest city goesoffline
As the U.S. government continues weighing the possibility of military intervention in Syria, there are reports that the largest city in Syria has lost all internet access.    ...
03:46 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Transcript of Secretary of State Kerrys remarks on Syria, Aug.30
Today, US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered these remarks at the State Department on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.    ...
03:44 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Here are the US and UK intel and legal docs onSyria
At CNN.com, the documents released by the United States and United Kingdom which "outline their legal position and a summary of their intellgence assessment on the alleged chemical weapon use by the S...
03:39 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Some historical context for America's next bombingcampaign
Paul Waldman at The American Prospect points out that nearly every American president eventually bombs something. And on average, we've bombed another nation at least once every 40 months since 1963.&...
03:02 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Ilford to process film bymail
This rare positive news for film photographers from Petapixel: "The lab is able to work with black-and-white, C-41 color negative and E-6 transparency films in both the 35mm and 120 formats. &nbs...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Get Lucky in the style of a radio announcer and alunatic
A cover by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who have an extremely good new movie out.    ...
02:42 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing The secret behind daft drugnames
Insanity at the intersection of trademark law, marketing, and patient safety: "New drug names arent just bizarre," writes David Shultz. "Theyre dangerous.    ...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Placebos work, so how do we ethically usethem?
The head of Harvard's placebo program is trying to figure out a good answer that question.    ...
02:32 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Mystery music, played as Titanic sank,identified
An eerie tune, produced by a toy to comfort young survivors of the sinking Titanic, has finally been identified: it is La Sorella, by Charles Borel-Clerc and Louis Gallini.    ...
02:28 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Ancientnanotechnology
How the ancient Romans created color-changing glass goblets that shifted colors based on what you put in them.    ...
02:25 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing When the octopus says,"ouch"
Given that people are going around doing things like cutting off octopus limbs in order to understand their distributed neuron processing system, it's worth asking some questions about how octopuses p...
02:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Hay Devil: vortex whips field into an amazingsight
Not CGI, but convection. Krista Mitchell at the BBC Weather Centre: "This rapidly rising air lifts dust, or straw, into the air.    ...
02:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Everything you wanted to know about eel farming, but were afraid toask
At Buzzfeed (Yes, Buzzfeed. Yes, I know.) Peter Andrey Smith has written a fascinating, long-form story about the American/Asian eel industry, eel life cycles, and where your sushi roll really comes f...
02:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Chimpanzee wins artcontest
Brent, a 37-year-old chimp, applies color with his tongue instead of a brush. He is the greatest living chimpanzee artist.    ...
02:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing World's furriestcat
Colonel Meow is the world's furriest cat, entering the Guinness Book of Records thanks to his 22.87cm (9in) mane.    ...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing The best cat adoptioncommercial
Tired of cleaning up your own vomit? [Tenthlifecats via Arbroath]    ...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Massive canyon hidden below Greenland'sice
Scientists using radio waves to estimate the thickness of the ice sheet that covers Greenland found a canyon — more than 2600 feet deep and almost 500 miles long — buried under the ice.&nb...
01:20 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Cheap castles,lairs
Castles are going cheap in Scotland, writes the WSJ; Gawker's Hamilton Nolan points out that they're cheaper than many apartments in New York.    ...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Pencilrevolution
Here is the best website about pencils. The Atlantic's Rebecca J. Rosen sings its praises: So, the obvious question is, why pencils?    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: German prince's volcano; Whitewashing Sarah Palin on Wikipedia; Suburbs make youfat
One year ago today That time a German prince built an artificial volcano: When a 18th century German prince visited Mt.    ...
12:56 pm PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Danny Kaye and LouisArmstrong
This performance from the Five Pennies may be one of the greatest ever recorded. The fun that these two incredible talents are having is without compare.    ...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, August 30, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 43: Animal Voyage: IslandAdventure
Apps for Kids is sponsored by HuluPlus. HuluPlus lets you binge on thousands of hit shows anytime, anywhere on your TV, PC, smart phone or tablet.    ...
06:59 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing U.S. Embassy employee filmed in a road rage incident inMalta
[Video Link] A US Embassy staffer has "departed" Malta after being filmed screaming expletive-laden threats at another driver on a narrow street." As one YouTube commenter said: "I'd like to speak fr...
06:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Obama administratrion permits states to managemarijuana
Via Reuters "The Justice Department said it would refocus marijuana enforcement nationwide by bringing criminal charges only in eight defined areas - such as distribution to minors - and giving breath...
06:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing British MPs vote against Syriaaction
The government was defeated 285 to 272.    ...
02:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Washington's $52.6 billion "black budget"exposed
The Washington Post's Barton Gellman and Greg Miller detail the vast sums of money America spends on intelligence operations, far from public scrutiny.    ...
02:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Life on Earth, courtesy ofMars?
Apparently life on Earth may have started on Mars. The BBC reports new arguments for Mars as the cradle of our life, made at the Goldschmidt Meeting in Florence, Italy by Professor Steven Benner of t...
02:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing CODEkeyboard
"We couldnt find a simple, clean, beautiful mechanical keyboard that we truly loved," write Weyman Kwong of WASD Keyboards and Jeff Coding Horror Atwood, " So we created the CODE keyboard.  ...
02:08 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Bee stingtreatments
When your daughter runs into the house screaming that she has just been stung by a bee these tips may help.    ...
02:04 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Obama: Syria Strike Will Have NoObjective
Let me be clear, he said in an interview on CNN. Our goal will not be to effect rgime change, or alter the balance of power in Syria, or bring the civil war there to an end.    ...
02:03 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Kim Jong-un's ex-lover shot to death, while North Korean pop groupswatched
Reports coming out of South Korea indicate that Hyon Song-wol, a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra rumored to have been the lover of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was among those arrested on August ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Why do Mario, Sonic, and Linkendure?
Kill Screen's Jamin Warren writes: For the past couple weeks I've been working with the fine folks at Kornhaber Brown and PBS Digital studios on a brand new channel.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Kentucky man shoots wife with late-stage breast cancer, reportedly at her request "to end hersuffering"
"I shot her," Ernest Chris Chumbley, 48, told a local television news program from jail in Laurel County, KY Wednesday. He was speaking about his wife, who had late-stage metastatic breast cancer.&nbs...
01:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing CDZA vs. YouTube: a musical battleexperiment
Joe Sabia's Collective Cadenza (CDZA) project does it again. We had the awesome opportunity to open YouTube Brandcast 2013, sharing the stage with Snoop Lion and Macklemore.    ...
01:53 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Watch awesome videos we've discovered on the internets, at Boing Boing's videopage
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Scientists host 3-day snail rave • Teachers who were at the 1963 March on Washington • Science in 6...
01:51 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing LeMonde reporters say they saw Syria chemical attacks onrebels
Jean-Philippe Rmy: "Reporters for Le Monde spent two months clandestinely in the Damascus area alongside Syrian rebels. They describe the extent of the Syrian tragedy, the intensity of the fighting, t...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing A Boing Boing reader's lovely glitchy digitaldreamscapes
Boing Boing reader karmadada created this, and shared it in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Check out more in his flickr stream, or at his website: kunstbehang.nl.    ...
01:30 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Racial segregationmaps
Wired's slideshow of maps visualizing racial segregation in America is something to behold. One pixel for each 2010 census respondent who disclosed their ethnic identity.    ...
01:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Wooden Star Wars action figures; MAD's War on Bush; Prisoners'Inventions
One year ago today Amanda Visell's wood Star Wars figures: Amanda Visell is creating a series of handmade, wood Star Wars figures!    ...
12:06 pm PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Two redheads can have a brunettechild
Turns out, whether or not you are a ginger is not determined by the simple genetics of a single gene. In fact, the pigment that causes red hair is likely present in many brunettes.   &...
11:30 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing The Elephant Man'ssecrets
"The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick, was an object of curiosity and ridicule throughout his life - studied, prodded and examined by the Victorian medical establishment.    ...
11:19 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Being ambidextrous could give you a cognitiveadvantage
In a review of scientific research on the subject of handedness and intelligence, researchers found that neither lefties nor righties came out ahead.    ...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing The benefits of farming withoutirrigation
There's a trade-off being made by some people in the agricultural industry. Turns out, you can produce better-tasting produce by cutting off the massive supply of irrigation water that's typically use...
11:06 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing The search for a greener rocketfuel
Hydrazine has powered rockets since WWII. Unfortunately, it's also highly toxic. Researchers in the U.S. and Sweden are working to create a better alternative, and may have a couple new fuels that cou...
10:55 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing The police, an open door, and probablecause
Seven things Maggie Koerth-Baker and Her Husband Learned at 4 am on a Tuesday    ...
10:51 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing The best of the American Museum of Natural History's rare bookcollection
These coy hippos come from a 19th century illustration in The Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. They're now part of a new book, published by New York's American Museum of Natural Histo...
10:34 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Meet the judge who suspended a child rapist's sentence because his victim was "older than her chronologicalage"
I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape," said Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh.    ...
10:25 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing On conservative attempts to co-optMLK
Hamilton Nolan: "It all adds up to a simple formula: concede wholehearted support for the points that have already been won, while dismissing (as irrelevant, or unpatriotic, or immoral) the points tha...
10:23 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing GlitchNews
Glitched frames from news video streams. [via JWZ]    ...
10:19 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Japanese ToastArt
"Earlier this spring," begins Brian Ashcraft, "Hittomii began uploading toast art in earnest."    ...
10:19 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Linotype machines areawesome
Last night, my husband and I went to the Minnesota State Fair and stumbled upon a demonstration of a linotype machine, a semi-automated, mechanical printing system that was used by newspapers and mag...
10:17 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing Shelter, the badger simulator for Windows and OSX
Shelter is a weirdly beautiful badger simulator, by Might & Delight. At $10, it's an impulse buy for fans of that muted, late-70s, Watership Downy British feel.    ...
10:08 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing What's in the 1983 SearsCatalog?
Wired offers a gallery of "Amazing and Ridiculous" (that's slideshowese for "old") gadgets from a 1980s Sears catalog.    ...
09:53 am PDT - Thu, August 29, 2013
BoingBoing "New" single from PaulMcCartney
Some pretty good granny music from the old man. [Amazon]    ...
11:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Shatner reveals new album cover: Ponder theMystery
"So," said the master, "do you want to see the cover of my upcoming CD?"    ...
11:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Winner of Kindle Paperwhite signed by HughHowey
Congrats to Daniel for winning a brand-new Paperwhite Kindle signed by Hugh Howey, the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times bestselling Wool series.   &nbs...
10:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing California school district hires firm to eavesdrop on students' social mediaactivity
Matthew says, "The Glendale [California] Unified School District has hired Geo Listening ["Your students are crying for help. We have heard these cries of despair, and for help and attention, loud and...
06:24 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Tiny "Ghost Car" mimics route of full-sizecar
The Ghost Car, designed and built by Matt Biddulph and Chris Martin, uses Ford's OpenXC platform to allow a toy car to drive a miniaturized version of route taken by a real car. It won the People's Ch...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Peer review, or it didn'thappen
An amusing science meme, courtesy my friend Andrew Balfour.    ...
02:01 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Through internet videos, tracing the African roots oftwerk
At This Is Africa, contributor Cosmic Yoruba has a roundup of videos that show the African roots of booty-popping/New Orleans Bounce dance which white folk now call "twerking." Twerk gyrated further ...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing In Peru, drones help map archaeologicaltreasures
In Peru, Archaeologists are using drones to "help set boundaries to protect sites, watch over them and monitor threats, and create a digital repository of ruins that can help build awareness and aid i...
01:42 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing On Miley, twerking, and brown bodies as whitewonderlands
At tressiemc's blog, a thoughtful long-read on "the pop culture circus" in which "the white woman is the ringleader and the women who look like you are the dancing elephants." (HT: @weboesel) &nb...
01:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Robert Jimnez's painted LPcovers
Check out artist Robert Jimnez's Painted LP covers. I was asked to participate in a group art show, ANALOG ART at Sweat Records in Miami.    ...
01:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing March on Washington, 50 years later: NEA posts stories from teachers who marched with Dr. King in1963
50 years ago this week, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, DC, changing American history.    ...
01:20 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Missing woman joins search for herself; Comcast limits customers to 250gb/mo; RAW forgovernor
One year ago today Missing woman searches for self: Turns out, the woman had in fact returned to the tour bus and had actually helped try to find, um, herself.    ...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Read Lawful Interception, Cory's latest novella, atTor.com
Illustration: YUKO SHIMIZU Enjoy this all-new tale of Marcus Yallow, the hero of the Little Brother and Homeland. The story is about how Marcus and his friends deal with a severe Bay Area earthquake c...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: "I Never Thought It Would Happen toMe"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Louis Maltby never thought it would happen to him!    ...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Transgender people serve in US military at a rate double the generalpopulation
Amid much talk of Chelsea Manning's transitional status, this interesting factoid shared by Boing Boing pal Andrea James: a Williams Institute study says trans people serve in the US military at rates...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Transgender people serve in US military at a rate double the generalpopulation
Amid much talk of Chelsea Manning's transitional status, this interesting factoid shared by Boing Boing pal Andrea James: a Williams Institute study says trans people serve in the US military at rates...
12:35 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Study: half of patients dissatisfied with hospitalfood
The waiting room. A window looked over the parking lot, toward the dawn. Medical architecture, mediated by a few perfunctory furnishings, a shelf with a single empty vase and a single old book and a s...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing In Venezuela, a cryptic internet tale of 'online reputation management' and corruptpoliticians
Steven Bodzin, a reporter in South America, has blogged an interesting story about the intersection between political corruption, hackers, money, and "online reputation management" firms that serve So...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing A cryptic internet tale of 'online reputation management' and corrupt politicians inVenezuela
Steven Bodzin, a reporter in South America, has blogged an interesting story about the intersection between political corruption, hackers, money, and "online reputation management" firms that serve So...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 109: Peter Bebergal andKoichi
Your browser does not support the audio tag. This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or o...
11:39 am PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Twerking enters Oxford EnglishDictionary
The rooms are neither as dusty, nor as bald of sound, as one might imagine the cloisters of the Oxford English Dictionary.    ...
11:39 am PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Twerking enters OxfordDictionary
The rooms are neither as dusty, nor as bald of sound, as one might imagine the cloisters of the Oxford English Dictionary.    ...
10:17 am PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Russian police seize Putin, Medvedevpainting
Picture the scene: a quiet moment between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev. A momentary intersection between two lives made busyso busyby the hard work of gover...
09:55 am PDT - Wed, August 28, 2013
BoingBoing Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant: swashbuckling graphicnovel
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is a new graphic novel extending the adventures of Tony Cliff's beloved, swashbuckling webcomics heroine Delilah Dirk.    ...
10:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Gawker reveals NYPD's "spytaxi"
This, writes Gawker's John Cook, is a taxi used in "NYPD's indiscriminate and probably illegal spying program." According to the two Pulitzer Prize–winning authors of the book, Enemies Within, i...
08:20 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Researcher controls colleagues motions in 1st human brain-to-braininterface
"[Video Link] University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the In...
08:13 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Pro-Assad 'Syrian Electronic Army' boasts of attacks on NYT, Twitter, Huffington Post(updated)
This was the NYT homepage for a few minutes earlier pic.twitter.com/p8zJA96Nmn— Megan Hess (@mhess4) August 27, 2013 A hacker group loyal to Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad known as "Syrian Ele...
07:16 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Headlines we like: "Widow Asks Public For Help Finding Missing Parrot That Speaks In Late HusbandsVoice"
It's real, and it's fabulous. A local TV news story about a woman in San Juan Capistrano, California, who seeks help locating her escaped and much-beloved African gray parrot.    ...
07:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Powerful writing on miscarriage and the decisions women face when pregnancy goeswrong
At the Context and Variation blog (one of the best sources around for solid information on the science of ladybusiness, btw), an anonymous guest post recounts the story of a woman's recent miscarriage...
07:01 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Coming soon: More than one data point on the transgender experience in themilitary
Part of the problem with the Chelsea Manning situation is that it's spawned a lot of not-terribly-well-informed discussion about the roles and experiences of transgendered people in the military. ...
06:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Science in 6 seconds: The best ofVine
GE hosted a contest to make super-short science videos for Vine and the results feature some really clever, nifty little clips.    ...
06:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing 'Syrian Electronic Army' boasts of attacks on NYT, Twitter, HuffingtonPost
This was the NYT homepage for a few minutes earlier pic.twitter.com/p8zJA96Nmn— Megan Hess (@mhess4) August 27, 2013 Sometimes things aren't what they appear, but sometimes they are.  ...
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing 'Fukushima, Syria and Miley Cyrus' Tongue,' Jonathan Mann's Song ADay
Video Link. A new masterpiece by Jonathan "Song-A-Day" Mann. Looks like we're going to war again Looks like we're going to war Looks like we're going to war again Syria here come the bombs You don't ...
06:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Scientists host 3-day snailrave
As part of an effort to understand the spread of a potentially deadly canine parasite, researchers at the University of Exeter put LEDs and glow-in-the-dark paint on 450 garden snails and proceeded t...
06:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Octopus limbs have a mind of theirown
A couple of years ago, I recorded a talk on octopus neurobiology. One of the freakiest things you'll learn, if you watch it, is that an octopus' "brain" isn't really a centralized thing the way ours i...
05:47 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing NYT website down (again), internet rumblings of possible Syriaconnection
If what Adrian Chen at Gawker blogs is true about the downed nytimes.com temporarily pointing to a Syrian Electronic Army domain, then, well, that's pretty weird.    ...
04:53 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Read a scientific research paper and come awaysmarter
Anthropologist Jennifer Raff offers this great guide, aimed at laypersons, that will help you learn more from reading the scientific research papers you find online and prevent you from succumbing to ...
04:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Only two U.S. hospitals will let you use nitrous oxide for pain relief duringbirth
This is one of those news stories where my biases show, like woah, and I'm happy to admit it. In the UK, 50% of laboring women take advantage of nitrous oxide (good ol' dentist's office laughing gas)...
03:38 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Barbour Steve McQueen Rextonjacket
A running discussion Pesco and I enjoy are the merits of our respective Barbour International and Belstaff Trialmaster jackets. My Belstaff is prettier, his Barbour more rugged.   &nbs...
02:27 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing The LoveGlove
With three cats in the house, fur gets all over our furniture and clothes. I didn’t want to make a dozen Monkey Couch Guardians, so I bought a Love Glove to attack the problem at its source R...
02:11 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing New Boing Boing T-shirt! AreciboingMessage
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02:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing After injecting poop bacteria into brain cancer patients' brains, doctors forced toresign
Two neurosurgeons at UC Davis have resigned after infecting brain cancer patients with a pathogenic bacteria from their bowels in a last-ditch effort to halt progression of their cancers.  &...
01:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing ACLU challenges legality of NSA's spying, and here's what your phone metadatareveals
The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the National Security Agencys vast spying of Americans phone calling data [PDF].    ...
01:40 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Hugh Laurie loves LosAngeles
Laurie captures everything I love about about the city of fallen angels, "Los Angeles, if its anything, is a place of reinvention, the edge of a continent, both inner and outer, from which you can ste...
01:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing DC area garage where Deep Throat leaked secrets to bedemolished
Two years ago, a historical marker went up to commemorate the spot where FBI official Mark Felt met in secret with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation.  ...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Facebook says 74 governments, including USA, demanded data on 38Kusers
In the first half of 2013, agents of 74 different governments including our own demanded the personal data related to about 38,000 Facebook users.    ...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing The 1960s high schoolers who started a major pot smugglingempire
Joshua Bearman (who wrote the "Argo" story for Wired that was turned into a terrific movie) has a story in the July 2013 issue of GQ called "Coronado High." Josh told me, "The story is an epic tale ab...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing 'Miley Twerking On Things We Should Talk About," a tumblog ofgreatness
Link: mileycyrustwerkingonreality.tumblr.com.    ...
01:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing 'A Great Voice,' short doc about famed Hollywood trailer/voiceover artist HalDouglas
Filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski has a new short out about Hal Douglas, one of the most famous movie trailer voices ever. It's absolutely wonderful.    ...
01:16 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Bigfoot hoaxer killed; Boy-Proof; Last days of 2D animation atDisney
One year ago today Bigfoot hoaxer killed: Tenley was walking on a highway wearing a hunter's ghillie suit, likely similar to the one seen here, when he was struck by two different vehicles driven by t...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing 1939 Gumps comic strip predicts modern dronewarfare
[high res] Everyone knows about this comic book, which Dick Cheney read as a boy and later used as the basis of his foreign policy during the Bush administration.    ...
01:05 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Beloved Miffy books to be "updated" for modern Britishaudience
Miffy is a much-loved cartoon rabbit, designed by Dutch artist Dick Bruna in the 1950s. His publishers, however, now deem it in need of a refresh "to appeal to a modern British audience." From the BBC...
12:44 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Nintendo artist's sketches depict Link in middle age andsenescence
Link, the green-clad protagonist of Nintendo's Zelda series, is usually portrayed as a boy. A couple of games, however, feature him as a grown-up.    ...
12:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing BuckarooBanzai
"Sorry John, everybody 'need see Buckaroo.'" Evidently, not everybody. Last night in conversation it came up that Rob has never seen The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.&nbs...
12:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Dean Norris ('Hank') spoils 'Breaking Bad' ending (okay notreally)
In this short from Funny or Die, actor Dean Norris, who plays 'Hank' on 'Breaking Bad,' walks us through an unlikely but possible ending for the hit show.    ...
12:31 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Short film: TheAudition
A short film by Celia Rowlson Hall, "For every ACTOR DANCER PERFORMER MODEL MUSICIAN out there." [HT: Joe Sabia]    ...
12:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Bog snorkeling recordset
A teenager has smashed the world bog snorkeling record, completing two lengths of a murky trench in 1 minute and 23.13 seconds.    ...
12:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing US will initiate missile strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday' to 'send amessage'
Quoting unnamed officials within the Obama administration, NBC reports that a military assault against Syria could be launched as early as Thursday. The US is organizing an "international response" t...
11:55 am PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing The most mysterious radio signal in theworld
The most mysterious village in Russia. At The Kernel, James Cook writes about UVB-76, a "numbers station" emanating from Russia at 4625 kHz, broadcasting weirdness so perfect as to invite disbelief.&n...
11:37 am PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Minimalist moneyclip pocketknife
I've been wanting something that'll be useful for crafting and boxcutting--where sharpness is a must--as well as general pocketknife duties. This model from Gerber, spotted by Uncrate, looks just per...
11:07 am PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing NYPD officer who arrested NYT photographerindicted
Russ Buettner: "A New York City police officer who had arrested a photographer working for The New York Times has been indicted on three felony counts and five misdemeanors accusing him of fabricating...
10:19 am PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: A Cartoonist IsBorn
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09:33 am PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Crux, a sequel to Nexus - bioethicaltechnothriller
I loved Nexus, Ramez Naam's 2012 debut novel about biohackers who produce a nano-based party drug that installs a networked computer inside your brain, and quickly turns into a war-on-drugs bioethics ...
12:38 am PDT - Tue, August 27, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: The HotSquat
"I was broke and in need of quick cash, so I took a job selling tickets and checking I.D. at the door of a nightclub. The first night, two good-looking babes caused a stir." From Real Stuff #3 (Fantag...
07:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Why CNN gave Miley Cyrus top spot overSyria
The Onion cooked up a brutal item today: a fake op-ed from CNN.com's managing editor, Meredith Artley, explaining why the above was CNN's homepage this morning.    ...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mannings gender hell: Shades of gray in a black-and-whiteworld
We asked writer, film director, Boing Boing contributor, and transgender educator and activist Andrea James what she thought about the media confusion following Private Manning's gender transition rev...
05:49 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul (Jesse) on The Price is Right,1998
"Where's my money, bitch?" Haha just kidding. [Video Link], via the BBS thread for this audition tape that recently surfaced.    ...
05:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mannings gender hell: Shades of gray in a black-and-whiteworld
We asked writer, film director, Boing Boing contributor, and transgender educator and activist Andrea James what she thought about the media confusion following Private Manning's gender transition rev...
04:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking down the science in BreakingBad
PBS NewsHour's Jenny Marder has a cool roundup of videos and posts related to the science in AMC's hit drama series Breaking Bad.    ...
04:29 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Aaron Paul's 'Jesse' audition tape for Breaking Bad • Baby goat discovers mirrors • Crashes from Th...
03:35 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mannings gender hell: Shades of gray in a black-and-whiteworld
We asked writer, film director, Boing Boing contributor, and transgender educator and activist Andrea James what she thought about the media confusion following Private Manning's gender transition rev...
03:24 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Weaponized, thriller about a Snowden-type character on the lam[excerpt]
Here's an excerpt from Weaponized, a new thriller by Nicholas Mennuti and David Guggenheim. Kyle West is a wanted man.    ...
03:14 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mannings self-made gender hell: Shades of gray in a black-and-whiteworld
We asked writer, film director, Boing Boing contributor, and transgender educator and activist Andrea James what she thought about the media confusion following Private Manning's gender transition rev...
03:08 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing GifHell
This aptly-named site serves the top GIFs on Twitter right now.    ...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Aaron Paul's 'Jesse' audition tape for BreakingBad
Video Link of a snip from actor Aaron Paul's audition tape for Breaking Bad, probably from 2007? The scene he's performing here ended up being part of the Season One introduction to characters Jesse ...
02:53 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Slow Jams (Yakety Saxedition)
In the languid wake of slowed-down Dolly Parton, Jason Kottke offers a splendid guide on how to make your own slow jams, with a few of his own to listen to.    ...
02:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Scuba gear review: Whites Fusiondrysuit
Perhaps it is just local pride, but nowhere I've been diving, nowhere in the world, compares with California. The abundance and variety of sea life you can encounter underwater from Carmel to Catalin...
02:36 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Justice goofs in document redaction, confirms open secret on Google surveillancecase
"The Justice Department recently won a court battle to keep an Internet company from talking about federal demands for user data, arguing that even disclosing the companys name would damage national s...
02:31 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Glitch embroidery andknitting
This is Nukeme. I met him at the Tokyo Maker Conference in June. He was wearing a cool MAKE shirt that had a messed up logo.    ...
02:24 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Concert Master: A new way to choose a classicalconcert
In my professional life, when Im not posting about music on Boing Boing, I run the digital team for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.    ...
02:23 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for July & August2013
JULY -- Listen, I know its hard to resist the lure of Powells on a trip to Portland (believe me, I was there twice in a three-day period), but if don't visit Floating World Comics when youre in the Ro...
02:16 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Science says government spying makes youboring
"Science, alone, can lay claim to a wealth of empirical evidence on the psychological effects of surveillance," writes Chris Chambers in the Guardian today.    ...
02:14 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Ned Landsings
Last night I watched the 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and this is stuck in my head...    ...
02:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing How, technically, might the US have snooped onLavabit?
Ars Technica interviews Ladar Levison, founder of the recently-shuttered secure-er email service. They focus on the logistics and architecture of fed snooping.    ...
02:05 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Whale stranding and death in Marin County, CA gives marine biologists rareopportunity
"Twelve hours after it was first reported stranded alive on a beach just north of San Francisco, a 42-foot-long fin whale tumbled into its oceanside grave a large and sandy pit, quickly excavated nea...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Snowden ended up stuck in Russia because US pressured Cuba to blockentry
RT and other news outlets are reporting today that the US government pressured the government of Cuba not to let Snowden in.    ...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Nobody knows whether baby panda is a boy or agirl
Imagine giving birth to a baby and not being able to tell for weeks whether it's a boy or a girl.    ...
01:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing New Snowden NSA revelations in Der Spiegel: 'How America Spies on Europe and theUN'
Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark have an (English-language) article in Der Spiegel today on Codename 'Apalachee,' the secret program revealed in leaked National Security Agency documen...
01:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Uber announces plans to create a fleet ofrobo-taxis
Uber announced its intention to buy 2,500 of Google's self driving cars. (Google recently invested over $250 million in the on-demand car service, which I finally had the chance to use last weekend an...
01:31 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing NYT's David Carr on Wikileaks and the journalists who hatethem
Daniel Ellsberg, with what may be the quote of the year, in David Carr's New York Times piece today: By no means was I treated as a hero when I first came forward.    ...
01:27 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Baby goat discoversmirrors
[Video Link, thanks Theremina!]    ...
01:23 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Robert Crumb illustrates the Religious Experience of Philip K.Dick
The early 1980s were an exciting time for alternative comics. Shortly out of high school I discovered RAW, which was launched by the husband-and-wife team of Art Spiegelman and Franoise Mouly, and Wei...
01:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Rocketship doll house; Bush-McCain Tijuana bibles; Sequel to Down and Out in the MagicKingdom
One year ago today Rocket ship/doll house: A nicely built doll-house shaped like a handsome modernist rocket ship. Five years ago today Bush-McCain "Tijuana Bibles" at DNC: Ethan Persoff (the fellow w...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Atlantis - "the world's best anonymous online drugmarketplace"
[Video Link] HighExisitence reports on Atlantis, a "new and improved virtual black market" that offers "cheaper rates, advanced features, ease-of-use, Litecoin and Bitcoin support, and encrypted chat...
12:34 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Pixar boss Steve Jobs hated one thing about TheIncredibles
At Cult of Mac, Sarah Lai Stirland offers an amusing anecdote from Pixar Director Mark Andrews, who got to tell Steve Jobs off.    ...
12:05 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Gut microbes may control yourbrain
At The Verge, Carrie Arnold writes about a scientist who thinks that our intestinal bacteria could have an influence on mental health.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 013: RobLiefeld
Rob Liefeld is the creator of Deadpool, Cable, X-Force, Youngblood, Supreme, Bloodstrike, Prophet, and Glory! He founded Image Comics in 1992 with Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino,...
11:56 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing NASA had Apollo-era plans to send humans to Mars andVenus
In an alternate universe — one where Americans had a LOT more enthusiasm for spending money on massive space projects than we've ever actually demonstrated — the 1970s and 1980s might have...
11:19 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Don't Feed The Bears: we'll end up having to killthem
We accidentally train wild bears to snatch our pic-i-nic baskets, and then try to use the same tactics to turn them back toward lives of bark and berries. Recent encounters with humans, writes Maggie ...
11:19 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Free human evolution course starts January21
It's not too early to plan for next semester. John Hawks, a fantastic science blogger and professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a Coursera class on Human Evoluti...
11:15 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Voyager I: Maybe still in our solar system, maybenot
Call it Schrdinger's space probe: Voyager I may or may not have left our Solar System. Some of the information the probe has collected suggests that it's slipped the surly bonds of the Sun, while othe...
11:07 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing My kids' activity book, Mad Professor, available on Kindle for$1.99
A book that I wrote and illustrated in 2002, Mad Professor: Concoct Extremely Weird Science Projects-Robot Food, Saucer Slime, Martian Volcanoes, and More, is now available as a Kindle book for $1.99....
11:04 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing SyFy and NBC "used Cosplayer photos withoutpermission"
Marketing its new show, Heroes of Cosplay, SyFy and NBC used photographs of cosplayers without the permission of the photographers.    ...
11:04 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Today's schizophrenics hallucinate different things than those of your grandparents'time
Thanks to that whole "mental" part, mental illnesses are often heavily influenced by the cultures and societies in which people live.    ...
10:49 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Genetics: Not a "miracle", but still pretty damnstrange
Besides magnetism, there's another thing that the Insane Clown Posse was on-track in categorizing as a mind-blowing mystery — Why do Shaggy 2 Dope's kids look just like him?   &nb...
10:25 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing 16 things Buzzfeed doesn't know about theocean
One of the first things I learned during my tenure at mental_floss: Writing a listicle is no excuse for half-assing the research.    ...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Crashes from Thomas the TankEngine
"I was bored so I decided to make a compilation of the crashes on Thomas and Friends," writes YouTube's monsterjamfan100. [via hellojed at Metafilter] Previously: The ultraviolence of Thomas the Tank...
10:05 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Are you dead yet? Letter sent to pensioners to confirmexistence
From the BBC: "A letter sent to about 4,000 retired people in Jersey asking if they still exist has been described as offensive by some of those who received it.    ...
09:57 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing Trump "University" sued by New Yorkstate
Did you know that Donald Trump operates an institution of higher education? The New York State attorney generals office filed a civil lawsuit on Saturday accusing Trump University, Donald J. &nbs...
09:47 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing You buy a music CD. Who getswhat?
The BBC's Natalie Donovan breaks down the 8 that one pays for a music CD in the UK: 30% to the label, 17% to the retailer, 13% to the artist, 8% to manufacturers, 7% to distributors, and 5% on "admini...
09:34 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing 1996 Electronic Dream Phonereviewed
At Rock Paper Shotgun, Cara Ellison reviews Milton Bradley's 1996 Electronic Dream Phone, a pink, plastic, teen-exploiting horror from the preironic era.    ...
09:18 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing The history of tomatoketchup
John Brownlee recalls how a 17th-century fish sauce evolved into a patent medicine, a health hazard, and finally a $3bn industry.    ...
03:12 am PDT - Mon, August 26, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 11, 'Confessions':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the third of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which secrets are confessed.    ...
05:33 pm PDT - Sun, August 25, 2013
BoingBoing Volkwagen Microbus to endproduction
Goodbye, old friend. Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik offers a wonderful goodbye to the faithful Volkswagen Microbus. This year marks the end of production, which continued in Brazil.   &n...
01:06 pm PDT - Sun, August 25, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Switching to a straight razor; Weird recycled electronics; Burning Man never getsold
One year ago today Switching to a straight razor: I think this method delivers an insanely close shave. The best part for me is that there is almost no irritation at all.    ...
12:13 pm PDT - Sun, August 25, 2013
BoingBoing Can you identify these Daniel Clowescharacters?
Can you identify all of the silhouettes in these new drawings that Daniel Clowes drew for the Modern Cartoonist exhibition murals and "Chicago Views" prints?    ...
01:46 am PDT - Sun, August 25, 2013
BoingBoing Second panda cub borndead
A full day after the birth of her cub, panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a second, stillborn, cub. The first cub is still doing great.    ...
09:34 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Flash Gordon(1980)
"Klytus, I'm bored. What play thing can you offer me today?" Last year Pesco shared the classic football fight from Sam J.    ...
04:04 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Why it matters that you can't own an electronic copy of the Oxford EnglishDictionary
In my latest Guardian column, I talk about the digital versions of the Oxford English Dictionary and the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, the two most important lexicographic ref...
02:37 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Dubstep catvideo
Video Link [wbowerproductions, via David Gendebien on Boing Boing Facebook]    ...
01:39 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing LEGO version of teaser trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation ofSmaug'
BrotherhoodWorkshop created a very ambitious LEGO version of Peter Jackson's teaser trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'-- "2 months in the making and countless man hours." Not to mentio...
01:33 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing My Daguerrotype Boyfriend: a tumblog ofgreatness
A tumblog of photographs of hot guys from days of yore: My Daguerrotype Boyfriend, by Michelle Legro. I'd have hit that, 140 years ago.    ...
01:05 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Single-serve coffee trend creating morewaste
Noticed how big coffee brands from Starbucks to Peets are promoting single-serve coffee nowadays? Individual portions of pre-ground bean in "plastic capsules or packets that you put in a special coffe...
01:02 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Wombat & roo BFFs; Klingon knife scares the Daily Mail; Where's the Pentagon's moneygo?
One year ago today Wombat and kangaroo love: An orphaned wombat and kangaroo are unlikely BFFs at the Wildabout Wildlife Rescue Centre in Kilmore, Victoria, Australia.    ...
12:55 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday
From the Boing Boing Flickr Pool: "Missy," photographed and shared by Stuart Watson.    ...
12:40 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing "Excuse me, could you please stop making that infernalracket?"
REUTERS/David Gray Steve Westnedge plays his saxophone for a Leopard Seal known as "Casey" as part of a study on the animal's reactions to different sounds at Sydney's Taronga Zoo August 19, 2013.&nbs...
12:36 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing LOVEINT: NSA spooks illegally stalking their romanticinterests
LOVEINT is the NSA practice of stalking people you are romantically interested in, using the enormous, illegal spy apparatus that captures huge amounts of Americans' (and foreigners') Internet traffic...
12:34 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Is this bridgepretty?
Photo: Annette Sandburg Last weekend, Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge was yarn-bombed by volunteers. Pittsburgh Magazine offers 30 photos of the feat, which involved "more than 3,000 feet of colorful,...
12:27 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Is this bridgeugly?
A new bridge in Dresden, Germany, was deemed so hideous that the UNESCO has delisted the entire city from its World Heritage index.    ...
12:08 pm PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing Street Fighter's Chun Li ruining everyone'sday
The truth behind many of YouTube's most famous embarrassing pratfalls. [via Kotaku]    ...
08:27 am PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing My picks on Bullseye: Blocksworld and Adventure TimeEncyclopaedia
On the latest episode of Bullseye with Jesse Thorn I recommended the iPad app Blocksworld and The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia.    ...
06:03 am PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing How to make stilts, from the Dad's Book of AwesomeProjects
Mike Adamick is the author of Dad's Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws.    ...
03:26 am PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing New biography of MAD editor AlFeldstein
Al Feldstein began working at EC comics, publishers of Weird Science, Weird Fantasy, Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear in 1948.    ...
02:03 am PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing People give Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn tons of crap for being the actor who plays SkylerWhite
"My character, to judge from the popularity of Web sites and Facebook pages devoted to hating her, has become a flash point for many peoples feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women.&nb...
01:59 am PDT - Sat, August 24, 2013
BoingBoing NSA paid tech companies millions to cover cost of PRISMcompliance
Sourcing its story on files provided by whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian reported today that the NSA paid millions to cover costs associated with PRISM compliance t...
09:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing VERY important baby pandanews
Mei Xiang, the female panda who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo, gave birth today. Above is a screen shot from the Zoo's Panda Cam, showing the baby shortly after birth.    ...
09:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Important baby pandanews
Mei Xiang, the female panda who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo, gave birth today. Above is a screen shot from the Zoo's Panda Cam, showing the baby shortly after birth.    ...
08:39 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Objects and sounds in a third grade classroom, remixed bystudents
Edgar Camago, aka DJ Overeasy, did an amazing Breaking Bad remix video we featured recently on Boing Boing. Edgar also teaches third grade at a school in San Francisco.    ...
07:50 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing CIA admits Area 51 exists, but won't someone think of the spacealiens?
A CIA report released last week "after eight years of prodding by a George Washington University archivist researching the history of the U-2" acknowledged the existence of a secret military testing b...
05:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Murder and Mayhem in Miniature: The Lurid Side of StaffordshireFigurines
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says, "Recently, in the course of building a new family for Figurines, staff writer Hunter Oatman-Stanford learned that the ceramic pieces coming out of Staffordshire f...
05:10 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Why airline tickets cost so much thesedays
Matthew Kepnes, who runs a budget travel website called Nomadic Matt, wrote an article explaining why airline tickets cost so much these days, what leads to their price increases, and what consumers c...
04:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Dr. Blankenstein, the Mad Scientist of Analog Synthesizers and AtariPunks
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: "Drew Blanke, aka Dr. Blankenstein, is a circuit bender and music-effects guru who's devoted to analog electronics.    ...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing The White House call girl who triggered the Watergatebreak-in
[Video Link] Here's a trailer for the upcoming book, White House Call Girl: The Real Watergate Story, by Phil Stanford.    ...
03:06 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Proven techniques to stop a toddler fromcrying
Video Link. [arfmoochikncheez, HT: Joe Sabia]    ...
02:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Timeline of chemicalwarfare
On the heels of the horrible suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria in which more than 1,300 people were killed, National Geographic created a timeline about the history of chemical and biological...
02:42 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing In Australia, what may be a 'new' indigenous language has beenrecorded
US-based Australian linguist Carmel O'Shannessy has documented what she believes are "the beginnings of what's been described as the world's newest known spoken language." Light Walpiri is described a...
02:35 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Music: DF Tram's "Movie Mix" journey throughfilmspace
My favorite DJ, DF Tram -- who draws from far-out jazz, psych, experimental ambient, soundtracks, avant-garde classical, and myriad other genres -- just posted this glorious "Movie Mix" that he descri...
02:22 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing How James Gurney paintsdinosaurs
[Video Link] I love James Gurney's art. He is the creator of the beautiful Dinotopia series of books, and he's just made a video that shows the process he used to paint two illustrations of dinosaurs...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Don't fly while brown during Ramadan, even if you'reHindu
Aditya Mukerjee was treated like shit by TSA, police, and Jet Blue because they thought the NYC-based data scientist, Linux geek, and Hacker-in-residence at @qventures was a Muslim terrorist. &nb...
02:13 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing 1961 Alex Schomburg painting for AmazingStories
What a beautiful painting by Alex Schomburg, a Puerto Rican illustrator who was known for images that "filled every square inch with flamboyant characters, flames, knives, guns, explosions, Nazis, Jap...
02:10 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Peanuts vintage-styledfigurines
My entire family loves Peanuts, and these new vintage-styled figurines from Medicom would look fantastic beside our collection of the Complete Peanuts anthologies published by Fantagraphics. &nbs...
02:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing How to send mail to Chelsea Manning, if you are soinclined
The Army uses this name and address: Bradley E. Manning, 89289, 1300 N. Warehouse Road, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 66027-2304. (via Nathan Fuller)    ...
01:51 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing FacemeltingVFX
VFX designer Thomas Krejek created this elegant face-melting video with a Python script for the RealFlow fluid and dynamics simulator software.    ...
01:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Free rabbit ears for some cablesubscribers
Time Warner Cable subscribers in some cities still aren't receiving CBS digitally as the two companies continue to fight about how much the cable company should pay to carry the network.  &n...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 42: Plants Vs. Zombies2
Apps for Kids is sponsored by HuluPlus. HuluPlus lets you binge on thousands of hit shows anytime, anywhere on your TV, PC, smart phone or tablet.    ...
12:59 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Kickstarted pen ripped off by manufacturer; Hassled for photographic Lovecraft's tombstone; Kyle Baker's UndercoverGenie
One year ago today Kickstarter pen case copied by person who set up their manufacturing? A sneaky trick pulled on some folks who launched a cool pen and ruler sleeve campaign on Kickstarter. &nbs...
12:41 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Short film: I forgot myphone
Video Link. Written by and starring Charlene deGuzman. Directed by Miles Crawford    ...
12:21 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing How to Win a Fight - A guide to avoiding and survivingviolence
This book could be titled “How and Why You Should Do Everything Possible to Avoid Getting Into a Fight.” The authors (both martial artists who’ve been around the block a few times an...
12:10 pm PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Now you too can have permanent duckfacesurgery
In some cultures, we know that the rigors of beauty extend to surgically-inflicted homogeneity. But it's not all about traditional standards: the modern, vulgar, coquettish turn of the lips, known to ...
11:35 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden denies being source of The Independent's "NSA leak" story exposing UKbase
The UK's Independent newspaper published its first excusive story/aon the NSA leaks, claiming that it is based upon "documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden." The story exposes the existence...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing CNN can't be bothered to address Manning asfemale
A reader who works at CNN shares "the guidance the news folks are following" on how to refer to the transgender soldier who announced to the world they wished to be publicly seen as female, one day af...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing CNN and NPR can't be bothered to address Manning asfemale
A reader who works at CNN shares "the guidance the news folks are following" on how to refer to the transgender soldier who announced to the world she wished to be publicly seen as female, one day aft...
11:28 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing CNN and NPR can't be bothered to address Manning as female(UPDATED)
[UPDATE BELOW]. A reader who works at CNN shares "the guidance the news folks are following" on how to refer to the transgender soldier who announced to the world she wished to be publicly seen as fem...
11:22 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing American dialectsmapped
Joshua Katz, at NC State University's Department of Statistics, compiled a series of simple, striking maps that visualize the words Americans use—and where they use them.    ...
10:51 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Microsoft's Ballmer toretire
After 13 years at Microsoft's helm, CEO Steve Ballmer is to retire within 12 months. The search for a successor is on.    ...
10:43 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Everyone loves gamedevelopers
Game developers get it in the neck from fans, an incessant stream of anger, abuse and entitled outrage on social networks, forums and by email.    ...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Zouk Bass: a musical primer with DJ Umb of GenerationBass
"They were playing some awesome tunes that many of us had not heard before and their MC, Kalaf, was shouting "Zouk Bass" all over them and saying it was "a brand new sound". That's how it started, and...
09:44 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who PlayIt
David Ewalt's Of Dice and Men is a wonderful, energetic and personal history of Dungeons and Dragons. Ewalt -- an editor and writer at Forbes magazine -- played D&D as a geeky adolescent, gave it...
01:01 am PDT - Fri, August 23, 2013
BoingBoing Improbable images by GiuseppeColarusso
Giuseppe Colarusso creates "unlikely...but not impossible" images. [via Brandon Blatcher / Metafilter]    ...
11:58 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Supreme Court hasn't really 'gotten to' email, but that won't stop them from ruling on technologycases
Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan says justices on the nation's highest court send messages to each other "through memos printed on ivory paper," and do not use email, Facebook, or Twitter.  ...
11:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Larry Lessig and EFF sue music licensing company over bogus YouTube copyrightclaims
When Larry Lessig used a clip from "Lisztomania" by the French band Phoenix in a lecture, he was pretty sure that it was fair use -- after all, he's written several books on copyright and teaches at H...
11:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing LA Weekly on the 'dangerous mind' of late journalist MichaelHastings
The Los Angeles Weekly has a feature article out this week examining the life and death of Michael Hastings, the 33 year old war correspondent whose life ended in a fiery car accident earlier this yea...
11:21 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Chelsea Manning's statement onsentencing
After Army judge Colonel Denise Lind announced the 35-year sentence for Bradley Manning on Wednesday, defense attorney David Coombs read a statement from the soldier that will be part of a pardon requ...
11:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing NSA and DNI respond to damning news articles on overreach of spyingprograms
The Wall Street Journal published an article on Wednesday revealing new details that prove the NSA's surveillance reach is greater than previously believed: The system has the capacity to reach rough...
11:04 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Opinion: History will pardon Manning, even if Obamadoesn't
Was the "draconian sentence" delivered in Pfc. Manning's case simply a matter of deterrence, asks John Cassidy at the New Yorker?    ...
11:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing How well is Japan managing Fukushimadecontamination?
Safecast, a global sensor network "for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments," has been working in Japan since the Fukushima disaster hit.&...
10:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing NSA collected thousands of Americans e-mails before FISA court ordered it to changetactics
The National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of e-mails and other digital communications between Americans for years, as part of a now-revised collection method, according to a 2...
10:54 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing What is the point of Manning's 35-yearsentence?
A deterrent, writes Amy Davidson. "A frightening, crippling sentence was the only way to make sure that no one leaked again, ever.    ...
07:58 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing North Carolina law would ban policy use of latest sea level risepredictions
By law, coastal policy in North Carolina will not incorporate the latest scientific predictions of sea level rises. Here's the key sentence in ABC's report: A projection map showing land along the c...
07:38 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • A video with cat puppets and Journey • Animation of planned LEGO museum • Magic Beard • Hapto...
07:32 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Ecuador may criminalize the publication of classified governmentdocuments
In Ecuador, the nation's head of intelligence agency "has asked the legislature to draft a bill that would outlaw the publication of classified documents, amid growing concerns over a government clamp...
07:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Pfc. Manning's gender transition could set a precedent for USmilitary
At HuffPo, Matt Sledge writes, "Chelsea Manning's lack of access to hormone therapy in military prison could spark a lawsuit and potentially set a military-wide precedent for transgender servicemember...
07:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing New York Times struggles to figure out how to address Manning asfemale
"An article on The Timess Web site on Thursday morning on the gender issue continued to use the masculine pronoun and courtesy title.    ...
07:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing A video with cat puppets andJourney
By Macaroni Dimension Films. Link [HT: Joe Sabia]    ...
04:56 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Animation of planned LEGOmuseum
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is designing The LEGO House, an "experience and education centre in LEGO's home of Billund, Denmark. According to LEGO Group owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, The LEGO House, sl...
04:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Mitch Horowitz on RodSerling
As regular BB readers know, Mark and I are both lifelong fans of The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone were a big influence on my own quest for strange stories, real and imagined. ...
03:57 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Fashionable outfits inspired by cartooncharacters
Cartoon Closets presents wonderful fashion collages inspired by cartoon characters!    ...
02:21 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Saturday in S.F.: 20th Street BlockParty
This Saturday (8/24), our friends at Noise Pop and their co-conspirators are throwing a big free music and food festival in San Francisco's Mission District.    ...
02:08 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Dogbone Wrench - handier than a socketset
I’ve used it three years. Keep it in my desk and use it much more frequently than my socket set. I always have the right size wrench handy in a single tool, and it rotates, so it functions more ...
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Pi asmusic
[] is a lovely and simple page that "explores the musical rhythm within 100,000 digits of , an irrational number. #1 = Day | #0 = Night | #29 = La Musica." [] (3.14-pi.net)   ...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing A moving account of how hospitals negotiate complicated cases of patientrights
Yesterday, a story about human experimentation spurred an interesting discussion in the comments about patient rights — can somebody who is dying make the informed decision to accept a treatment...
01:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Opinion: NSA's surveillance programs are the "most serious attacks on free speech weve everseen."
The NSA's state surveillance programs are anti-democratic and unconstitutional. They could be the most serious attacks on free speech weve ever seen.    ...
01:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing PBS Newshour interviews Pesco at Boing Boing:Ingenuity
PBS News Hour's Hari Sreenivasan talked to Pesco about his favorite Ford Open-XC hacks from the Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven hackatahon the prior day and the mind-bending magic of Ferdinando Bus...
01:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Pfc. Manning transitions gender: 'I amChelsea.'
One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking secret government files to Wikileaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning today announced via NBC TODAY the decision to live life as a woman. &nbs...
01:01 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing See your own brain waves in this trippy opticalillusion
If you look at this wheel out of your peripheral vision, you should see it flicker or strobe a bit. (To me, it almost looks like a fast pulsating motion, coming from the center of the wheel.) And tha...
12:54 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Gone Girl; Geisler's anatomy; Gil on CD-burningautomats
One year ago today Enthralling Books: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn: This twisted psychological suspense novel had me from the first page and I read it every spare moment I had until I finished it. ...
12:49 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing An ancient recipe for seafoodstew
Archaeologists used scanning electron microscopes to look for phytoliths — the remnants of silica left over after plant cell walls decay — on ancient cookware.    ...
12:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Astronaut Luca Parmitano's first-person account of almost drowning inspace
Who needs coffee when you have this little horror story to wake you up in the morning? Money quote: "I think the liquid is too cold to be sweat, and more importantly, I can feel it increasing." &...
12:18 pm PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Baby nautilus proves you don't need vertebrae to beadorable
This baby nautilus emerged this week from an egg laid last November at San Diego's Birch Aquarium. For this tiny cephalopod, the process of being born took not hours, or even days, but weeks. &n...
11:55 am PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Inujred bat found onstoop
Leaving the house this morning, a neighbor spotted a tiny bat huddled on our stoop. The creature had a gash in one wing and wasn't moving.    ...
11:55 am PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Injured bat found onstoop
Leaving the house this morning, a neighbor spotted a tiny bat huddled on our stoop. The creature had a gash in one wing and wasn't moving.    ...
11:23 am PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Pfc. Manning transitions gender: 'I amChelsea.'
One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking secret government files to Wikileaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning today announced via NBC TODAY the decision to live life as a woman. &nbs...
10:15 am PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Smear Campaign: Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead's documentary about reproductiverights
https://player.vimeo.com/video/72860172 In 2011, women were doused with hate speech and horrible legislation with the same relentless intensity people use when hosing down two dogs humping.  ...
02:34 am PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing Open Tech Forever: permaculture/open techstartup
Tristan sez, "Open Tech Forever is an open hardware cooperative starting up in Colorado. We're building a micro-factory to produce products, run workshops, and produce comprehensive documentation on ...
01:12 am PDT - Thu, August 22, 2013
BoingBoing 1925 photo of a Tibetan skeletondancer
A remarkable photo by Joseph Rock, from 1925. (Via Magic Transistor)    ...
09:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Pet raccoonconfiscated
[Video Link] Matthew says: "Mark Brown, a self-described Tennessee 'Hillbilly' YouTuber, posts videos of himself and his pet raccoon, Rebekah.    ...
08:54 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Tiny pistols built into jailers'keys
WonderHowTo has a gallery of jailer key guns, which came in handy in the days of yore. Most correctional officers today do not carry firearms, unless they're isolated away from the prison population.&...
08:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing When I Was a Kid, funny memoir about growing up inMalaysia
Cheeming Boey is an animator, best-known for drawing on disposable coffee cups. His new book, When I Was a Kid (published by our friends at Last Gasp), is a revealing memoir of his childhood. &nb...
07:20 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Swedish seventies neoretrofuturism: the paintings of SimonStlenhag
Koolburger sez, "Beautiful paintings by Swedish artist Simon Stlenhag. Blending everyday life in Sweden in the 70's with neofuturist structures." These really are amazing, and have a strange air of pl...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing What America means, the Bradley Manningedition
Quinn Norton's long essay in Medium called Bradley Manning and the Two Americas that investigates the question of American power in the age of Bradley Manning and his legal martyrdom.   ...
06:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing The New York Times' prophetic 1983 warning about theNSA
David Burnham, in 1983: THE SILENT POWER OF THE N.S.A. No laws define the limits of the N.S.A.'s power. No Congressional committee subjects the agency's budget to a systematic, informed and skeptical ...
05:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Benedict Cumberbatch has found a use for omnipresentpaparazzi
publicizing important questions about the state of British democracy.    ...
04:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Run, a new series about life in working classLondon
Netflix isn't the only steaming service offering original TV (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black). Hulu has released a 4-part fictional drama series called Run, about life in working class London...
04:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Join PRSM, the most social socialnetwork
Introducing a brand new way to share everything. [getprsm]    ...
04:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Obama asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless searches ofcellphones
President Obama, who gives great speeches about his commitment to protect the privacy of Americans, is pushing the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that disallows warrantless searches of ...
04:10 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing How British spies exorcise a leak-hauntedlaptop
(Photo by Roger Tooth) In the Guardian, Julian Borger follows up on Monday's account of the raid on the newspaper's office by British spooks from GCHQ that culminated with government agents smashing a...
04:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing "God gave you a penis for a reason" publisher cancels gay author'snovel
Sweetwater Books/Cedar Fort Publishing cancelled a novel days before press time after its author asked that his male partner be included in his bio.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Join Rob at the Tour de Fat on August 31 in Fort Collins,CO
ADVERTISEMENT Sponsor message: This post is brought to you by Fat Tire. Pairs Well With People. In two weeks, our own Rob Beschizza will be headed to the Fort Collins leg of the 14th annual Tour de ...
03:46 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing EFF wins big: secret FISA court opinion will bereleased
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has won a huge victory in its ongoing battle to turn over the rock of secret surveillance in the USA.    ...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing UK Serious Crime Agency proposes ban on small cellphones that don't look likecellphones
The UK Serious Organised Crime Agency is having a total freakout about miniature phones that look like automobile keyfobs, like this one.    ...
03:09 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Comcast says its attempt to shut down TorrentFreak by claiming copyright on court filing was"error"
This morning, I posted about a series of legal threats sent to TorrentFreak by Comcast's (creepy) enforcers Cyveillance. At the time I posted, TorrentFreak had less than 24 hours to resolve the issue ...
01:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing How to make a spider catchingdevice
[Video Link] MAKE magazine has nearly 500,000 subscribers to its YouTube channel. Here are the 10 most popular MAKE videos of all time.    ...
01:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Dispatch from Black Rock City: "The pigs are here" at BurningMan
The forecast for Burning Man 2013: Cloudy with a chance of cops. SFSlim is, as he is every year, out at Black Rock City in the Nevada desert early for the annual fringe art-culture festival. &nbs...
01:32 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Cyveillance, Comcast's creepy copyright threat-deliverer, also helps the SecretService
The "Guaranteed takedowns in 5 hours or less" that web-watching outfit Cyveillance promises aren't so guaranteed when they're illegal: a lesson in the Streisand Effect having just been dealt to its cl...
01:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Shark inside shark'smouth
Researchers from the University of Delaware snapped this fantastic photo of a dogfish swallowed by a sand tiger shark. The scientists were in the Delaware Bay seeking tagged sharks to better understan...
01:08 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Incredible vintage typographyTumblr
Type Hunting will overwhelm you with delightful typographical specimens. (via Daring Fireball)    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Join Rob at the Tour de Fat on August 31 in Fort Collins,CO
ADVERTISEMENT Sponsor message: This post is brought to you by Fat Tire. Pairs Well With People. In two weeks, our own Rob Beschizza will be headed to the Fort Collins leg of the 14th annual Tour de ...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 108: Adventure Time with Martin & OliviaOlson
Your browser does not support the audio tag. This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or ...
12:57 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Great moments in pedantry: Double Stuf Oreos not actually doublestuffed
In fact, the Double Stuf Oreos tested by a high school math class in Queensbury, N.Y. contained only 1.86x the amount of stuff that was in a regular Oreo.    ...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: "JungleCulture"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH that millennial generation just doesn't get it.    ...
12:51 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Grow up, game journalism! Disassembled household appliances (knolled); Beyond Fear in John Ashcroft'sAmerica
One year ago today Grow up, game journalism! Leigh Alexander on the perpetual adolescence of game cultureand a press corps only too willing to pander to it even as it makes a superficial show of fight...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Domestication changes animalbehavior
A domesticated ferret has more in common with a domesticated dog, behavior wise, than with its own wild cousins. At The Thoughtful Animal, Jason Goldman writes about research that shows how domesticat...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Art at the intersection of archaeology and spacegeekery
Ancient Egyptians made some really nice jewelry out of meteorites.    ...
12:29 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Dragon corpse washes ashore inSpain
Experts in Spain are analyzing photos of a mystery creature that washes ashore on the beaches of Andalusia. From a machine translation of a story at ideal.es: In appeared yesterday afternoon on the be...
12:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Neurosurgeons at UC Davis censured after trying out probiotic treatments on brain cancerpatients
The Sacramento Bee is reporting on a complicated story about last-ditch treatments and the ethics of human experimentation. Glioblastomas are incredibly deadly brain cancers that usually kill the peop...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Macklemore on whiteprivilege
We made a great album but I do think we have benefited from being white and the media grabbing on to something.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 011: DouglasRushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from designbyfront's photostream The Present Shock author joins us to discuss the death of the narrative, the importance of books and how w...
11:47 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing NASA sells off shuttle launch platform"crawlers"
Here's something new for the BoingBoing evil lair collection — NASA is selling the massive tread-wheeled platforms that used to move spacecraft from the hangar to the launchpad at Kennedy Space...
11:47 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing NASA sells off shuttle launchplatforms
Here's something new for the BoingBoing evil lair collection — NASA is selling the massive platforms that used to move spacecraft from the hangar to the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center. ...
11:35 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing China says it will stop harvesting organs fromprisoners
More than half of China's donated organs come from executed prisoners. The Chinese government now says it will begin phasing out that practice, starting in November.    ...
11:19 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years inprison
Pfc. Bradley #Manning sentenced to 35 yrs (w 1294 days credit) . Reduced E-1. Forfeit of all pay & allowances. Dishonorably discharged.— Alexa O'Brien (@carwinb) August 21, 2013 In a co...
11:15 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing MagicBeard
Ben Garvin explains the making of this wonderful video: Never let a good beard go to waste. I knew this video was a hit when I showed it to my 7-year-old son for the first time.   &nbs...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Join Rob at the Tour de Fat on August 31 in Fort Collins,CO
ADVERTISEMENT Sponsor message: This post is brought to you by Fat Tire. Pairs Well With People. In two weeks, our own Rob Beschizza will be headed to the Fort Collins leg of the 14th annual Tour de ...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Monster and Chips: fun, gross-out chapterbooks
Monster and Chips is a compulsively readable, delightfully illustrated series of novels for young readers that are full of good-natured gross-out humor and suspenseful scenarios.   &nbs...
08:32 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Comcast asserts copyright over its court filing, is attempting to shut down news site that reproducedit
In an article published last week, TorrentFreak reproduced Comcast's response to a subpoena regarding the copyright troll Prenda Law. Since then, Comcast's agents Cyveillance have sent a series of esc...
08:32 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing UPDATED: Comcast asserts copyright over its court filing, is attempting to shut down news site that reproducedit
In an article published last week, TorrentFreak reproduced Comcast's response to a subpoena regarding the copyright troll Prenda Law. Since then, Comcast's agents Cyveillance have sent a series of esc...
12:42 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Transforming Xenomorph ring/brassknuckles
Etsy seller kilroysattic makes a $60 Aliens/Xenomorph themed ring that transforms into a set of brass knuckles. Leaving aside the macho silliness of brass knuckles, it's a pretty fantastic piece, and ...
12:30 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing Tonight and tomorrow: Twitter reenacts one of the early battles of American CivilWar
On the night of August 20, 1863, proslavery guerrillas from Missouri set off to attack the antislavery stronghold of Lawrence, Kansas, burning it to the ground and killing at least 150 people. &...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, August 21, 2013
BoingBoing What would it cost to continuously print out every edit toWikipedia?
In a recent What If...?, XKCD's Randall Munroe tackles the important question: "If you had a printed version of the whole of (say, the English) Wikipedia, how many printers would you need in order to ...
10:35 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing David Miranda's lawyers nastygram the UKgovernment
David Miranda has retained Bindmans LLP, an intimidating firm of UK lawyers, to send a letter to the British government regarding his nine-hour detention in Heathrow and the confiscation of his electr...
10:19 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing EFF and Public Resource fight back against copyrighted, paywalledlaws
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, "Happy mutants may remember a post on August 8 about why standards bodies explain why access to standards should be copyrighted and paywalled.    ...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing 507 Mechanical Movements, withanimations
507 Movements brings to life Henry T Brown's 1868 treatise "Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements, Embracing All Those Which Are Most Important in Dynamics, Hydraulics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics,...
07:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Haptography: recording the feel ofthings
[Video Link] University of Pennsylvania's Katherine Kuchenbecker is developing technology to record what things feel like when you touch them.    ...
07:13 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing CyanogenMod rolls out secure device-locatingfeature
CyanogenMod is a free/open version of the Android operating system. Yesterday, they announced a cool new feature called CM Account, for recovering and/or wiping lost or stolen devices.  &nbs...
06:51 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: BachelorParty
"The night before I got married I left my fiancee with her ex-boyfriend and drove to Spokane with my old pal Bill. We went to visit Boyd, who was just back from Alaska ,and proceeded to get loaded." F...
06:35 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Annoying rally drivercoach
[Video Link] Matthew says: "Here's a video taken from inside the Mitsubishi Evo 10 during the 2013 Coimbatore Rally, part of the Indian National Rally Championship.    ...
05:26 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Violent robot terrorizeskittens
Video Link. (Via Laughing Squid)    ...
05:05 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing The water sommelier of LosAngeles
Martin Riese is the water sommelier at Ray's and Stark Bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Yes, you read right.    ...
04:22 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing See a star explode with your bareeyes
Now, to temper this awesome news with a bit of harsh reality: Nova Delphini is not a supernova and it's not going to be as bright an object as you're probably imagining.    ...
04:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Bored US teens kill visiting Australianman
The most horrible thing I've heard today. "'We were bored and didnt have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.'" (Globe and Mail)    ...
04:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Elmore Leonard,RIP
Crime novelist Elmore Leonard, a master of modern noir, died today. He was 87. From his 2001 essay, "Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle,"that appeared in the New York ...
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Bradley Manning sentence to be delivered Aug. 21, 10am USEastern
In a courtroom at Fort Meade on Wednesday, August 21, at 10am Eastern time, Judge Army. Col. Denise Lind will deliver the sentence in Bradley Manning's court-martial.    ...
04:03 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Obama asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphonesearches
If the police arrest you, can they poke around on your cellphone and capture the data it holds without a warrant?    ...
03:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing 4000-year-old sacrificial victim in good shape, all thingsconsidered
Two years ago, an Irish peat harvesting machine unearthed a new bog body — the ancient, mummified remains of a person buried in a peat bog.    ...
03:49 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Todd Berman's incredible sketches from Boing Boing:Ingenuity
A great way to capture the flavor of Boing Boing: Ingenuity's theatrical experience Sunday is this set of sketches that Todd Berman created live at the event.    ...
03:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing What's climate change ruiningtoday?
Crunchy, tart apples &madsh; defined by some* as the only kind of apples worth eating — could soon be threatened by changing climates.    ...
03:27 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Shop for a computer in1953
Ptak Science Books reprints a helpful article from the journal Computers and Automation, meant to help early computer shoppers make sure they're wisely spending their hundreds of thousands of dollars ...
03:16 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing How the stethoscope wasinvented
The first stethoscope was a sheaf of rolled paper. It later evolved into a foot-long wooden tube. The inspiration: Possibly a couple of French street urchins playing on top of a pile of lumber. &...
03:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Technically, the US has been using the metric system since1893
Since 1893, all the units of measurement that we use in the United States — from miles to pounds — have been officially defined in terms of metric units.    ...
02:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing "Jolene" as a slowtwanger
This is either Gordon Lightfoot singing Dolly Parton's "Jolene" or Ms. Parton's original slowed down. Either way, it's fantastic. (Thanks, Sean and Jake!)    ...
02:28 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Transformers pull-apart bread loaves: more than meets theeye
Nerd food enthusiast and recipe blogger Chris-Rachael Oseland has outdone herself with this pictorial HOWTO for Transformers-themed fougasse bread. Pull-apart bread shaped like Decepticon?  ...
02:03 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • To avoid taking a bath, dog plays dead • Indian parody of Breaking Bad • Cross-examination about th...
01:42 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Great Pyrenees rescue needs yourhelp
My amazing dog, Nemo, was placed with me by the wonderful folks at Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northen California. They need help raising funds to keep serving this and other giant breed dogs. &nbs...
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Fake toy store in Hays,Kansas
I've written about artist Randy Regier quite a few times because I love his work. He not only makes beautiful one-shot retrofuturistic toys complete with made-in-China style cardboard boxes, he also b...
01:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Helado Negro, 'Stop Living Dead,' from new EP 'Island Universe StoryTwo'
Photo: Anna Groth-Shive Experimental electronic musician Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, has a new EP out this week, "Island Universe Story Two." I'm delighted that Boing Boing gets to premiere a so...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing To avoid taking a bath, dog playsdead
Video Link (via Joe Sabia)    ...
12:45 pm PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Secret history of shipping pallets; Con-men's facial expressions; Update on tropicalsore
One year ago today The secret history of shipping pallets: Starting with their origin in the long US supply lines for the Pacific theater in WWII (and the "four way pallet" innovation by Norman Cahner...
11:57 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Twenty Year Death republished as 3 periodpaperbacks
In 2012, Hard Case Crime published Ariel S. Winters first novel, The Twenty Year Death, to unprecedented acclaim. In a full-page review, the New York Times called it extraordinary, ambitious and beaut...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Party at theNSA
The new song from Yacht is available as a direct download for 99 cents. Proceeds from associated T-Shirt sales will go to the EFF, writes the band's Claire Evans (who is also editor of Omni Reboot): ...
11:33 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing A review of Prof. Jim Gaffigan's philosophical treatise "Dad IsFat"
Dad is fat. Is Dad fat? How fat is Dad? Why is Dad fat? When did fat Dad move from skinny Dad?    ...
11:08 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Paintings ofDune
Omni Reboot offers a gallery of sandworms, fremen and the deserts of Arrakis as painted by John Schoenher, who was described by author Frank Herbert as the only artist who has ever visited Dune. [Omn...
10:02 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man'sCanyon
SS Taylor's The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon is a fantastic YA novel that manages to hearken back to the golden age of kid-detective novels while still telling a thoroughly c...
09:30 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Groklaw shuts down over fears of emailsnooping
Groklaw, an award-winning campaigning website that played a pivotal role in the SCO case (a proxy war in which Microsoft tried to kill GNU/Linux) and others, is shutting down, over the revelation of w...
03:00 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Anonymous funeral director explains the big con behind the industry, coffins, andembalming
An anonymous commenter who identifies her/himself as a funeral director has posted a magnificent rant to a Reddit thread, explaining all the ways that funeral directors con bereaved families into payi...
02:04 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Burning Man dronerules
This year, the Burning Man Organization has set out rules for drone operation on the playa, developed in concert with drone-hobbyist/burners who attended a summit at BMOHQ on July 17.  &nbs...
12:55 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Online scans and text of young Ray Bradbury's 1939 zine FuturiaFantasia
Project Gutenberg hosts a trove of the first four issues of Futuria Fantasia, the sf zine that Ray Bradbury started as a 19-year-old in 1939.    ...
12:12 am PDT - Tue, August 20, 2013
BoingBoing Russian Pastafarian parade disrupted by cops, Orthodoxhooligans
Robbo sez, "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster members who held a procession in Moscow were dispersed by riot police and Orthodox activists; some were detained for holding an 'unsanctioned rally.'...
10:42 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Debating the Great Firewall of Cameron in theNYT
The NYT's "Room for Debate" section asked a variety of people for positions on the UK's Great Firewall of Cameron -- a new rule whereby ISPs must slap an "adult content" filter on every Internet conne...
09:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing WD-40pen
Why did no one ever tell me that WD-40 was available in pen-form? In low-odor formulation? For three bucks?! I've just ordered a dozen of these to go in my day-bag along with my stain pen and other st...
09:45 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Astronautsoup
Here's the crew of the Apollo 1 relaxing poolside as they practice their water landings. You shoulda seen Grissom's cannonball. Apollo 1 crew practicing a water landing in 1966.    ...
09:38 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing BSA to Hacker Scouts: change your name or besued
The Hacker Scouts is an organization "that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, skill building and community engagement with the aspiration to help our childre...
07:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing UK intel officials raid Guardian offices, destroy hard drives with Snowdendocs
The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, has just published the news that he is now forced to work on stories about the US National Security Administration from New York City, because UK intel...
07:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing UK intel officials enter Guardian offices, destroy hard drives with Snowdendocs
The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, explains that he is now forced to work on stories about the US National Security Administration from New York City, because UK intelligence officials w...
07:39 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing About that dude behind the epic Breaking Badmustache
Last night's episode of Breaking Bad was packed with great acting, great landscapes and twists and turns, but "one extra stole the show," according to Newscastic.    ...
06:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing OMG Nipple! cake in honor of Amanda Palmer's Daily Mailsong
A sugary-sweet coda to Amanda Palmer's song for the Daily Mail with its climactic "OMG NIPPLE!" Some of Amanda's fans in Minnesota baked her a nipple-cake [link NSFW, especially if you W at the DM] sp...
05:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Argument: When losing iswinning
[Video Link] Professor Daniel H. Cohen, a philosopher who specializes in argumentation theory, argues that the loser in an argument is often the real winner.    ...
05:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Book about MAD artist great JackDavis
Without a doubt, Jack Davis is one of the greatest cartoonists ever, and one of the most highly-recognizable. With a career that started before the early days of EC's MAD and its sci-fi and horror ti...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Adam Savage's Ten Rules forSuccess
The inimitable Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, co-founder of Tested, and BB contributor, closed our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatrical experience yesterday with ten rules for success that we would...
05:13 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Talking about the future of libraries with the Circulating Ideas librarypodcast
I did an interview with the Circulating Ideas library podcast (MP3) at the American Library Association conference this year.    ...
04:59 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Space-Mountain/Disney-Cruise-themed mid-century houseremodel
[Editor's note: Len and Laurel Testa co-write the amazing Unofficial Guide series, including the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland] My partner Laurel and I b...
04:26 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Scientifically accurate "FindingNemo"
In which Nemo's mother dies, his father switches sex, and Nemo grows up into a male in order to mate with his now-female living parent.    ...
04:22 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Some cute animals photos may have not-so-cutebackstories
A photo analysis written in Chinese and translated by photographer Jenn Wei claims that a lot of ostensible nature photos featuring cute frogs, lizards, and snails are actually staged shots. &nbs...
04:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing The chemistry behind Walter White's famousmeth
At Popular Science, an analytical chemist uses clues from Breaking Bad to explain both the real science behind Walter White's meth formula, and the key flaw that either means the show's writers are ta...
04:03 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Your right brain is notcreative
Creativity is actually more than one thing, it happens in many different parts of your brain, and it is DEFINITELY NOT confined to the brain's right hemisphere.    ...
03:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing The Moon's mysteriousdust
I'd never seen this NASA photo of Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan before. It was taken after one of his three moonwalks with crewmate Harrison Schmitt, though you could be forgiven for assuming that ...
03:52 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Basementrec-room
Both sets of my grandparents had basement rec-rooms that were clearly grasping after this magnificence. But this is the Ur-room, the thing that casts the shadow upon the wall of Plato's cave. &nb...
03:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing A proper Victorian pooptable
This table is not for pooping. It's for tea. But it is made of poop — specifically fossilized hunks of fish poop, encased in a crunchy shell of clay and rock.    ...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: Thankyou!
Special thank you to everyone who celebrated with us, in person and online, at Boing Boing: Ingenuity, our two day real world extravaganza that started with Saturday's Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day...
02:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Amazon textbook rentals: fine-print bans taking books over statelines
If you thought Google deleting your ebooks when you cross a border is unreasonable, check this out: Amazon's textbook rental service comes with fine-print that allows the company to bill your credit c...
01:21 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Painting on utility box presents an alternateuniverse
Matthew says: "Artist Mona Caron has painted Manifestation Station, a mural on a utility box in San Francisco. When viewed from a specific vantage point, the mural replaces the unsightly box with a ut...
01:17 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing The best way to start a charcoalbarbecue
No need to buy charcoal lighter fluid (or “boy scout water” as they call it in my home state of Colorado) or self-starting charcoal briquets.    ...
12:41 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Blown-glass rockets; Baby Katamari hats; SoBig.Fvirus
One year ago today Beautiful blown glass retro rocketships: Artist Rik Allen makes beautiful blown-glass and metal sculptures of retro rocketships, with so much personality and detail.  &nbs...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Diesel Sweeties on "InternetDetox"
If you or someone you love is contemplating an "Internet Detox," Diesel Sweeties has some important perspective for you.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 010: JuliaWertz
Julia Wertz, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from oceanyamaha's photostream The former Fart Party cartoonist talks about being a former cartoonist and spending her days breaking into aband...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Bullshit jobs: why we're not all working 4hdays
David Graeber, who wrote last year's incredible Debt: The First 5,000 Years, has an extraordinary essay up called "On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs," which explores the phenomenon of people in produ...
09:48 am PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the CopsFollowed
Nate Anderson is one of my favorite Ars Technica writers -- always thorough and always evenhanded, but never shrinking from venturing an opinion or trying to put individual incidents in the context of...
01:49 am PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad review:'Buried'
Kevin McFarland reviews the second of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which the show's dark protagonist spirals ever-nearer towards an ominous inevitability.    ...
01:49 am PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 10, 'Buried':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the second of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which the show's dark protagonist spirals ever-nearer towards an ominous inevitability.    ...
01:30 am PDT - Mon, August 19, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Barfi,' an Indian parody of BreakingBad
Jus Reign explains: Waltaar, an avid lover of Mithai (Indian Sweets) finds out that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which constrains him from consuming any more Mithai due to the high sug...
09:21 pm PDT - Sun, August 18, 2013
BoingBoing UK officials detain Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow, question him about Snowden interviews, steal all his gadgets &data
Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow Airport under an anti-terrorism law that allows the cops to hold terrorism suspects and question them for nine hours without a lawyer.&...
07:28 pm PDT - Sun, August 18, 2013
BoingBoing 10 cool things so far at Boing Boing:Ingenuity
Our first-ever stage event is going great today, bringing us into the material plane for the very first time. All day Sunday, we've got all sorts of fascinating presentations, astounding performances,...
07:00 pm PDT - Sun, August 18, 2013
BoingBoing Paranoid Browsing: anti-profiling plugin seeksfeedback
Ben West read my novel Little Brother in tandem with the Edward Snowden leaks about NSA spying, and it got him thinking about a browser plugin called Paranoid Browsing to make it harder to profile you...
03:57 pm PDT - Sun, August 18, 2013
BoingBoing Cthul-aid! OHYEAH!
BeastWreck's CTHUL-AID illo is just one of many fabulous monstrous designs for sale on Society 6, available as prints/laptop bags/shirts/etc. Don't miss GRRRILLA, and FRAKKIN' BERRY.   ...
12:36 pm PDT - Sun, August 18, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Song of Mitt's self; Graphic novel of Zinn's "People's History"; Tropicalskin-sore
One year ago today Song of Mitt's Self: The real Mitt Romney stands up and reflects on who he is, what he believes and why he is running for office.    ...
09:51 am PDT - Sun, August 18, 2013
BoingBoing There's a wrong way tolounge
Maybe it's just the intractable back-pain talking, but I would buy anything advertised in that font. I'd KILL for one of these right now!    ...
09:38 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Warren Buffet explains why you can't beat themarket
In 1975, Warren Buffet wrote a memo to the Washington Post's CEO Katharine Graham about how to invest the company's pension fund.    ...
07:56 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Data Driven hackathon kicks off Boing Boing:Ingenuity
A unique dataset, strong coffee and a soundtrack provided by a gigantic robotic gamelan. What more could anyone want at a hackathon? Our first-ever hack party kicked off this morning at TechShop San F...
07:00 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Cross-examination about thefinger
From an unspecified traffic-offense trial, a lawyer cross-examines a defendant about the difference between two hand gestures, one being "go past me," and the other being "the finger." The ensuing, ha...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Marvelous grotesques from Domenico Gnoli's ModernBestiary
These illustrations are from Domenico Gnoli's 1968 title Bestiario Moderno (Modern Bestiary), an "incredible collection of pen and ink illustrations that are intricately detailed and nothing short of ...
02:34 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Hugh Howey's Dust, final volume in the Silosaga
Hugh Howey's final installment in his AMAZING Wool series, Dust, has released today! Sadly, I haven't been able to finish it but I can't wait to get some free time!    ...
02:34 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Hugh Howey's 'Dust,' final volume in the Silosaga
Dust, the final installment of author and indie publishing star Hugh Howey's AMAZING "Silo" series, is out today! Hugh is an American author best known for this popular series which began with "Wool,...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Copyfighter shirts; Vintage auto emblems; Interactive DVD porn here atlast
One year ago today Shirts for copyfighters: A pair of most excellent copyfighter tees are now available from Techdirt's store. Five years ago today Vintage auto emblem gallery: A sweet gallery of the ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 009: MarcMaron
Marc Maron // Doug Loves Movies @ LA Pod Fest / Marc Maron, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from cleftclips's photostream New York vs.    ...
10:54 am PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Cross a border, lose yourebooks
Jim O'Donnell was at a library conference in Singapore when his Ipad's Google Play app asked him to update it. This was the app through which he had bought 30 to 40 ebooks, and after the app had updat...
10:46 am PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Seattle cops give away mini-Doritos with weed law advice at"Hempfest"
A program called "Operation Orange Fingers" will see Seattle cops will welcoming attendees at this weekend's Hempfest with miniature bags of Doritos with links to the department's Marijwhatnow? &...
09:46 am PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Student debt and tuition hikes: destroying the lives of America'schildren
In Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi takes a long, in-depth look at the scandal of student loans and tuition hikes, a two-headed parasite sucking America's working class and middle class dry as they plunge t...
02:00 am PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Talking about the writinglife
I did an interview with ShelfAwareness that came out well, I think (I wrote this a long while ago and it's just coming out now, so I have the necessary distance to say that).    ...
01:04 am PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Biomechanical sculptures, like Geiger without the creepfactor
Robbo sez, "Like Geiger - but without the creep factor- Pierre Matter's sculptures invoke a bio-mechanical beauty that is both physically sensual and intellectually fascinating." Pierre Matter was b...
01:04 am PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Biomechanical sculptures, like Giger without the creepfactor
Robbo sez, "Like Giger - but without the creep factor- Pierre Matter's sculptures invoke a bio-mechanical beauty that is both physically sensual and intellectually fascinating." Pierre Matter was bo...
12:05 am PDT - Sat, August 17, 2013
BoingBoing Free cardboardspeakers
OrigAudio is giving away its Fold N' Play speakers, which were chosen by Time as one of the 50 best inventions of 2009, for free (shipping not included -- about $8 within the USA, much higher overseas...
10:57 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Banksy's anti-BP dolphinride
Graffiti/street artist Banksy has built and installed a BP-leak-themed dolphin ride on Brighton Pier. The coin-op ride offers trenchant commentary on the light liability borne by BP for its role in th...
09:49 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Hackers of theRenaissance
Claire sez, "Today on OMNI Reboot: architect and history buff Pablo Garcia digs through Renaissance history to discover that hacking is a mindset that dates back four centuries.    ...
08:46 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting Scary Godmother fashiondolls
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1327932176/the-scary-godmother-doll I reviewed the wonderful, spooky kids' graphic novel Scary Godmother in 2010, and now I'm delighted to plug this kickstarter to...
07:44 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing The Peanuts gang meets TheSmiths
This Charming Charlie masterfully blends Peanuts comics with lyrics by The Smiths. (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)    ...
07:38 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Worth1000 shutting itsdoors
It's a sad day: the photoshopping remix site Worth1000 is shutting its doors, victim of being "technologically orphaned" after refactoring its codebase and then losing its programmer.   ...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" reenacted withlibrarians
From the New York Public Library's Tumblr, a great remake of the video for the Beastie Boys' classic "Sabotage," featuring librarians on high-speed chases through the shelves.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing EFF: don't let Cisco off the hook for participating in Chineserepression
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit against Cisco, which seeks to call the company to account for actively participating in human rights abuses in China through i...
06:17 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Anti-forced-marriage charity advises women to put spoons in their underwear to trigger private airportsearch
A charity in Derby, England called Karma Nirvana is advising young women to put spoons in their underwear if they fear they are being trafficked from the UK by their parents for forced marriage. ...
05:38 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 41:Blocksworld
This episode of Apps for Kids 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 p...
05:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Game-tokens found in 5,000-year-old burialmound
Ege University's Haluk Salamtimur presented a remarkable find of 5,000-year-old gaming tokens found in a Bronze Age burial mound at Baur Hyk in Turkey.    ...
04:42 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Catch up on Breaking Bad at Boing Boing: "Top 11 chemistry moments," episode recaps, andmore
If you missed the train (heh) last weekend, climb on board now: we're publishing weekly episode recaps of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes here at Boing Boing, written by Kevin McFarland. &nbs...
04:24 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Game of Drones video: Shotgun vs.Drone
Game of Drones' Marque Cornblatt tells Boing Boing, Here is the latest clip from Game of Drones, titled SHOTGUN vs DRONE.    ...
04:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Man publishes website after hedies
Matthew says: "Before Martin Manley committed suicide, he built a website explaining his reasons, his thoughts, his process, where his body would be, who to contact and the people to whom he wanted hi...
04:18 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Why does Japan love giant robots somuch?
About this Japan Times article he wrote, Matt Alt in Tokyo tells Boing Boing, "I interviewed several anime industry legends and combined it with some of my own research.    ...
04:04 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Which Congresscritters want to sell out the America's laws to offshore copyrightgiants?
Since the Bush administration, successive US Trade Representatives have favored secret treaties, made outside of the UN, without any public scrutiny or accountability.    ...
02:54 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing: Ingenuity is thisweekend!
For a real-time window onto Boing Boing: Ingenuity, this weekend's unprecedented celebration of cleverness, curiosity, and wonder, we urge you to tune in (and turn on) to our social media channels -- ...
02:54 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing How the Strand sells print books to ebookreaders
Avi Solomon snapped this pic of the window display at NYC bookstore The Strand lauding the virtues of their "Real books priced lower than ebooks," including the fact that you can read them during take...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Lavabit's owner threatened with arrested for shutting down rather than spying oncustomers
NBC reports that senior US Attorney James Trump sent Lavabit founder Ladar Levison and his lawyer a veiled arrest threat when Levison shut down his private email service (used by NSA leaker James Snow...
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Lavabit's owner threatened with arrest for shutting down rather than spying oncustomers
NBC reports that senior US Attorney James Trump sent Lavabit founder Ladar Levison and his lawyer a veiled arrest threat when Levison shut down his private email service (used by NSA leaker James Snow...
01:30 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Memories, mistakes, and scientific evidence in thecourtroom
Moheb Costandi has written two amazing profiles on psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, a researcher who has challenged the way we rely on memory in the courtroom and fought against attempts to legitimize "...
01:26 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Frederic Brown's Mind Thing; Pratchett quilt; Ashcroft v Gilmorebegins
One year ago today The Mind Thing, by Fredric Brown: excellent pulp-era science fiction: The Mind Thing is an alien being (which looks like a turtle shell) that has been banished to Earth for committi...
01:26 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Fredric Brown's Mind Thing; Pratchett quilt; Ashcroft v Gilmorebegins
One year ago today The Mind Thing, by Fredric Brown: excellent pulp-era science fiction: The Mind Thing is an alien being (which looks like a turtle shell) that has been banished to Earth for committi...
12:55 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Lead on yourlips
Ancient Roman cosmetics were notoriously poisonous — despite the fact that it was already a well-known toxin, folks slathered their faces in white lead and dabbed red lead rouge on their cheeks....
12:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Little Brother inspired Google to encrypt its users'traffic
On yesterday's "This Week in Google," a Google engineer called Matt Cutts revealed that the company started encrypting its queries in 2008 after reading my novel Little Brother, in which one of the p...
11:50 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing An "urban legend" documented in the scientificliterature
Mafeteng Districts Hospital, Lesotho, 1988. A young woman comes in with a stomach ache. Turns out, she's pregnant and in labor.    ...
11:37 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Snark Week - a compendium of cute things that can (and will) killyou
Last week was Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. All this week, the awesome science blog Last Word on Nothing has been running a Snark Week series — highlighting cute animals doing horrific th...
10:50 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Dutch ebook sellers promise to spy on everyone's reading habits, share them with "anti-piracy"group
Earlier this summer, the German Booksellers Association announced a daft "watermarking" process for ebooks that would introduce random variations in the text as a means of uniquely identifying them.&n...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Disgusting or delicious? The Mac and Cheese Martinireviewed
San Diego Comic Con--The costumes! The celebrities! The stormtroopers!--makes your head spin enough as it is. But it took a trip to a nearby steakhouse for it to blow my mind.    ...
09:37 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Audio memoir of original Disney Imagineer, with free sex-and-drugsexcerpt!
Last week, I blogged about More Cute Stories: Volume 1, an audio memoir of Rolly Crump, one of the Imagineers who help build Disneyland and maintain it in its early years.    ...
04:40 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Laura Anne Gilman & Chaz Brenchley at the SF in SF readingseries
Next up in San Francisco's excellent SF in SF science fiction reading series: Laura Anne Gilman & Chaz Brenchley, tomorrow night, doors open at 6PM.    ...
12:11 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing Internal audit shows NSA often breaks privacy rules, made thousands of violations ayear
The Washington Post published several big scoops related to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs today. The paper's investigations were triggered by documents leaked to them by former ...
12:09 am PDT - Fri, August 16, 2013
BoingBoing WalMart's trove of decade-old, massive, low-capacityhard-drives
Consumerist readers Caskey and Sara went digging through the shelves of a WalMart to see what kind of antiquated computer hardware they could find.    ...
11:35 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Internal audit shows NSA often breaks privacy rules, made thousands of violations ayear
The Washington Post published several big scoops related to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs today, all sparked by documents leaked from Edward Snowden.    ...
11:28 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing CIA acknowledges Area 51 in newly declassifieddocs
The CIA acknowledges the existence of Area 51 in newly declassified documents obtained by George Washington University's National Security Archive through a public records request, the results of whic...
10:02 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Why terrorist bosses are micro-managingdicks
Jacob N. Shapiro, author of The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations , sets out his thesis about the micromanagement style of terrorist leaders in a fascinating piece in Foreign ...
09:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Propublica crowdfunds an intern to studyinterns
ProPublica raised $23,000 on Kickstarter to hire an intern whose job is to investigate unpaid interns. The successful applicant, Casey McDermott, sounds great -- a recent grad with a double major in J...
09:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Look at the interesting badges on these Russian cops roughing up gay rightsprotesters
It's just a coincidence, but the Cyrillic characters look like "homo" spelled backwards. Here's a larger version of the image shot by Anatoly Maltsev for European Pressphoto Agency, of police detaini...
09:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Look at the interesting badges on these Russian cops(Updated)
It's just a coincidence, but the Cyrillic characters look like "homo" spelled backwards. Here's a larger version of the image shot by Anatoly Maltsev for European Pressphoto Agency, of police detaini...
08:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Mentally ill man stole $86 from a Verizon store, ended up killing himself insolitary
"Amir Hall (or Mir, as his family calls him) was originally arrested in October 2007, for the unarmed robbery of a Verizon store.    ...
08:31 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Look at the interesting badges on these Russian cops roughing up gay rightsprotesters
It's just a coincidence, but the cyrillic looks like "Homo" spelled backwards. Here's a larger version of the image shot by Anatoly Maltsev for European Pressphoto Agency, of police detaining a man af...
08:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing The Innovation of Loneliness: short film based on Sherry Turkle book 'AloneTogether'
Above, Shimi Cohen's animated short film, "The Innovation of Loneliness." What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely?    ...
07:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Ariel Waldman on hackingscience
As creator of Spacehack and lead instigator of the global Science Hack Day, Ariel Waldman is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder about science, and empowering everyone to get involved in scienti...
07:38 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing SF Chronicle's paywall comes down after only fourmonths
After less than four months, the San Francisco Chronicle has torn down its paywall, saying little about what led to the decision.    ...
07:35 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Allen Lanier of Blue yster Cult,RIP
Allen Lanier, founding guitarist/keyboardist for Blue yster Cult, died yesterday chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 67. Lanier also produced the Clash's "Give 'Em Enough Rope" and was Patt...
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Which States guarantee your right to use a clothesline in the teeth of an uptight homeowner'sassociation?
People in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, or Wiscons...
06:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Dear airline execs: crowing about new fees and price hikes before your merger makes the DoJmad
The DoJ has filed suit to block the merger of US Air and American Airlines, because they've noticed that while the airlines' executives publicly gave the reason for the merger as "synergies" and effic...
06:37 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Two data SIM card experiences: good (b-mobile) and awful(Rebelfone)
I went to Tokyo in June. Before I left, I made plans to get wireless Internet so I could make Skype calls, use an online map, take Instagram photos, and do email while I was away from the hotel. ...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing NSA leaks trigger steep rise in ad/third-party-cookieblocking
An Annalect study of the public's attitudes towards surveillance found that Internet users are becoming more concerned about privacy in the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks.    ...
05:23 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing On slagging off other writers'books
Science fiction writer Michael Swanwick is a class act. His latest post, "On My Refusal To Mock My Brothers And Sisters," explains why he didn't give the name of the author when he remarked on social ...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Ariel Waldman on hackingscience
As creator of Spacehack and lead instigator of the global Science Hack Day, Ariel Waldman is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder about science, and empowering everyone to get involved in scienti...
04:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Flightline is a beautiful desktop PC inspired by the Wright BrothersMemorial
Jeffrey Stephenson's most elegant handmade PC yet comprises 167 handcut veneers, made of quilted maple, mahogany, lacewood and "aircraft grade birch plywood." Inside is a Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX moth...
04:27 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Kinetic sand - cool weird material to play with • Have you tried turning it off and on again?  ...
04:03 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Astronomy snapshot from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool: Perseids at Mt. Rainier,WA
"Mt Rainier & Perseid meteors, 8-12-13," Jamie Frank, shared in the BB Flickr Pool. "Around midnight random meteors were beginning to fly overhead but the coolest was the dancing lights on the ri...
03:45 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Villagers in Thailand detain Google Street Viewdriver
In a Thai village, locals made a citizen's arrest of a Google Street View driver, who was "made to swear on statue of the Buddha that he was not taking spy photos for a bitterly opposed dam project." ...
03:42 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Africa's richest woman, Angolan billionaire Isabel Dos Santos: kleptocraticroyalty
Forbes has a profile of Isabel Dos Santos, Africas only female billionaire, also the continents youngest at 40 years old.    ...
03:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Curved book-pages pressed insteel
Andrew Hayes is a sculptor who makes beautiful pieces by pressing and deforming thick sheaves of book-pages between rigid hunks of steel.    ...
03:26 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Euro-disco and no-wave from Italians Do ItBetter
Portland's The Chromatics put on a dazzling show at last weekend's Outside Lands Festival in New York City. The Chromatics' Johnny Jewel is also co-founder of Italians Do It Better, a record label tha...
03:17 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Decoding NSAdoublespeak
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Trevor Timm has a handy guide to decoding NSA doublespeak. The spookocracy has a pathetically transparent way of lying their way out of direct questions, but the p...
02:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing New paintings by Kelly Tunstall and FerrisPlock
San Francisco painter Kelly Tunstall has a show of new work opening tomorrow evening, August 16, at FFDG in the city's Mission District.    ...
02:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing The suits of JamesBond
Who goes hang gliding in a leisure suit? Bond. James Bond. Graphic designer Matt Spaiser's blog "The Suits of James Bond" should be an inspiration to all of us.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Premier League orders censorship of BBC and other legit sites, blasts ISPs for correcting theirerror
In the UK, rightsholders have the power to demand arbitrary censorship of websites they dislike, and ISPs are required to block those sites.    ...
01:33 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Facing life in prison, Manning apologizes for "hurting" U.S., supporters say leaks benefitedAmerica
Yesterday at Fort Meade, Maryland, Pfc. Bradley Manning spoke in his defense in the sentencing phase of his court-martial. Col. Denise Lind, the judge in this trial, may determine that Manning must be...
01:21 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Baking cakes in orange-peels; Boody Rogers's Dudley; Friendster'sfakesters
One year ago today HOWTO bake a cake inside the skin of an orange: From CHOW and Chris Rochelle for baking chocolate cakes in campfire coals, using scooped-out orange peels as molds.   ...
01:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Facing life in prison, Manning apologizes for "hurting" U.S., supporters say leaks benefitedAmerica
Yesterday at Fort Meade, Maryland, Pfc. Bradley Manning spoke in his defense in the sentencing phase of his court-martial. Col. Denise Lind, the judge in this trial, may determine that Manning must be...
12:57 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Scientists still trying to figure out how added sugar affects yourhealth
Here's a crazy fact: Thanks to soda and the sneaky added sugars in store-bought foods, 25% of Americans consume a diet that is 25% sugar.    ...
12:35 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Maggie on The Rachel MaddowShow
Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of the largest blackout to ever hit North America — aka, the day some untrimmed trees in Ohio took out most of the Northeast.    ...
12:30 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Good news about that horrific brain-eatingamoeba
Turns out, it doesn't kill absolutely everybody it infects. A 12-year-old girl in Arkansas is recovering from her battle with the killer single-celled organism.    ...
12:14 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Say Hi to Olinguito, a newly-discovered mammal carnivore that hid in plainsight
A new species of mammal—a pretty cute one, at that—has been discovered in the cloudy mountains of South Africa.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 008: JohnVanderslice
John Vanderslice is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and recording engineer. He is the owner and founder of Tiny Telephone, a San Francisco Mission District analog recording studio.&...
11:57 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing The plant disease that's threatening your chocolatestash
Chocolate frosty pod rot is not a poorly conceived cereal brand. Instead, it's a fungus that devours cocoa pods — turning them to nasty mush while still on the branch.    ...
11:51 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Field trip guide to Mount St.Helens
Geology blogger Dana Hunter is putting together some resources that will allow you to take yourself on a fantastic tour of America's most famous volcano.    ...
11:47 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Potpourri: the $63,000 machine that transforms pot plants intoconcentrates.
Our friends at The Magazine let us know about an article they're running today that they thought Happy Mutants would enjoy, too. The Magazine has no ads and is funded by subscribers, but makes an arti...
11:32 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Artificial mountain outcrop and picturesque villa added to top of Beijingskyscraper
A privately-built villa, surrounded by imitation rocks, is pictured on the rooftop of a 26-floor residential block in Beijing. Construction on the residence took six years, and the huge dwelling offer...
11:22 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Corpse army underminesAbbey
Bath Abbey is among England's most majestic examples of Gothic architecture, looming over the small Roman-founded city like a giant tombstone.    ...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Zoo disguised dog aslion
No lion in your zoo? No problem. Just give a dog the right haircut, and no-one will be any the wiser.    ...
11:15 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Zoo in China disguised dog aslion
No lion in your zoo? No problem. Just give a dog the right haircut, and no-one will be any the wiser.    ...
10:46 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Copyright troll's lawyer wants record sealed so we won't make fun ofhim
Remember Jacques Nazaire? He's the lawyer who represented notorious, disgraced copyright trolls Prenda Law (who victimized thousands of Americans by threatening to link them to spurious lawsuits over ...
10:38 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Blake's 7 is back, on XboxLive
Blake's 7, the classic BBC science fiction show, is coming back. A Microsoft-funded reprise of the 1978-1981 series will be broadcast on the Xbox Live service, according to The Financial Times (paywal...
10:38 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing Classic British sci-fi show Blake's 7 returns ... toXbox
Blake's 7, the classic BBC science fiction show, is coming back. A Microsoft-funded reprise of the 1978-1981 series is headed to the Xbox Live service, according to The Financial Times (paywall), repl...
09:51 am PDT - Thu, August 15, 2013
BoingBoing My most popular book-reviews: Part IV (Spring2013)
This is the final part in a four part series: Part I covered Summer of 2012; Part II covered Fall of 2012; and Part III covered Winter of 2013.    ...
11:39 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Horse Association must accept clones onregistry
The American Quarter Horse Association has been ordered to accept cloned horses into its registry by a jury in the courtoom of U.S.    ...
10:18 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Life on the Fringes of Cyberculture: An Interview with GarethBranwyn
A rare copy of Darick Chamberlin's Cigarette Boy is one of the reward packs for contributing to Gareths's Kickstarter. Our buddy Gareth was interviewed for Vice's Motherboard.    ...
10:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Molars colonized by ambitious antiquarianarchitecture
This pair of striking images of teeth colonized by ambitious antiquarian architecture are part of a campaign for Maxam toothpaste from JWT Shanghai; the slogan is "Don't let germs settle down." MAXAM ...
07:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Fear of clustered smallholes
The Trypophobia subreddit is a place for posting photos of things with clusters of small holes or pits in them, like lotus plants, funguses, multi-chambered plants, and strange infections.  ...
07:14 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Kinetic sand - cool weird material to playwith
[Video Link] I want some! Kinetic Sand    ...
06:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 107: Adrian Tomine and RobWalker
Your browser does not support the audio tag. This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Bespoke Post, a monthly box of cool-stuff for guys.    ...
05:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Things that correlate withautism
"Things that correlate with autism" is basically an entire genre of scientific research, in and of itself, and nobody does a better job of breaking those studies down than Emily Willingham.  ...
04:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Angry monkeyscalp-tattoo
An anonymous Internet fellow had the back of his scalp tattooed with a rather fetching angry monkey. I'm not sure if he had his head shaved and inked, or if this is male-pattern baldness, but I would ...
04:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing The difference between "being right" and "beingpersuasive"
If you're into science literacy — or, even, if you're just into arguing with other people on the Internet about science — you need to read this post by neuroscientist Chris Holdgraf. ...
04:41 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing What it feels like to beschizophrenic
Quora asks "What does it feel like to have schizophrenia?" The answers are, by turns, haunting, heartbreaking, and thoroughly engrossing. They also provide a really unique opportunity to better unders...
04:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Cops accidentally record themselves admitting they harassed activist at rodeo owners' request: "God, we're gonna getsued"
An anti-rodeo/animal right activist was subjected to a blatantly illegal, harassing traffic stop after he was asked to leave an Oregon rodeo.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Adam Savage on simple ideas and bigdiscoveries
Adam Savage is a happy mutant hero, a master maker with ethics, personality, warmth, and wit. We are honored that Adam, co-host of Mythbusters, co-founder of Tested, and BB contributor, will speak at...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Bradley Manning expected to speak at trialtoday
We've been following the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning here at Boing Boing, and I have visited the trial periodically to live-blog the proceedings in person.    ...
03:11 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Bradley Manning expected to speak at trial today; email with female selfiereleased
We've been following the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning here at Boing Boing, and I have visited the trial periodically to live-blog the proceedings in person.    ...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing XKCD on Google Glasscountermeasures
XKCD's Randall Munroe brings the funny in an especially intense and eeeevil way with the latest strip: Anti-Glass.    ...
02:39 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing For the New York Times, on a very specialday
[from the IT Crowd]    ...
02:36 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Swarms of tiny bug drones: how the US Air Force plans to spy onChina
"The US Air Force wants drone-makers to invent tiny aircraft -- nano-drones -- that can fly vast distances to spy on an enemy." An official said Tuesday the bug-like surveillance bots could be particu...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Irish government updates its Freedom of Information law with exciting new "Computers don't exist"provision
When the Irish government updated its Freedom of Information law, it promised something fit for the computer era. To say it did not deliver is rather an understatement.    ...
01:28 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage Vice, a playlist of old-timey songs of drugs, sex, andbooze
Below is a fantastic compilation of vintage tunes from the 1920s to 1940s about weed, prostitution, speed, booze, coke, and other vices.    ...
01:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Unseen World War I photos: DestroyedCathedrals
The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War. They're part of a collection of over a thousand p...
01:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Cutaway drawings of manufacturing; PC toaster;Whalefarts
One year ago today Manufacturing processes beautifully illustrated in cutaway drawings: a set of "industrial cut-aways" by Frank Soltesz -- these being elaborate diagrams showing the details of manufa...
12:55 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, featuring Brain in a Beaker, andMORE!!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features a brain in a beaker, Harry Potter narrowly escaping a copyright infringement, and MORE, MORE MORE!!    ...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Ramadan through camera phones around theworld
New York-based filmmaker Bassam Tariq shares the most beautiful images from his story project, 30Days/Ramadan, where photos from the Muslim holy month of Ramadan reveal that media stereotypes of Musli...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Rugged tiny USB flash drive fits on a keyring
I cannot say enough about this key-shaped USB flash drive. The first model I purchased I owned for several years. It was only 2GB and I still have it on my keychain, alongside my new 32GB model that I...
12:15 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Ramadan through camera phones around theworld
New York-based filmmaker Bassam Tariq shares the most beautiful images from his story project, 30Days/Ramadan, where photos from the Muslim holy month of Ramadan reveal that media stereotypes of Musli...
12:02 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Lavabit founder Levison: decision to close was like 'putting a beloved pet tosleep'
Amy Goodman at Democracy Now interviewed Ladar Levison, founder/owner/operator of Lavabit, the security-focused email service Edward Snowden used to invite attendees to a Moscow press conference; the ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Where Twitter spam-accounts comefrom
A pair of researchers -- one a grad student working at Twitter -- bought $5,000 worth of fake Twitter accounts (with Twitter's blessing) and developed a template for identifying spam Twitter accounts....
11:52 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing STFU Startup Douchebag: a tumblog ofgreatness
"Seriously, you got your funding. Stop talking now." startupdbag.tumblr.com.    ...
11:51 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Wireless baby monitor hacked, babyinsulted
A mystery man patched into a camera-equipped wireless baby monitor, watching and yelling abuse at a child--and its parents, when they came to see what was going on.    ...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Histomaps of religion andevolution
You've seen John B. Spark's Histomap of world empires, but he also made versions charting religions, "from primitive cults to modern philosophies," and the evolutionary tree.    ...
11:18 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing TheHistomap
John B. Sparks' 1931 Histomap charted 4,000 years of human civilization with beautiful, reductive clarity. Here's John Brownlee, at Fast Company: From a modern perspective, Sparks Histomap will rais...
11:05 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Amazon Prime free 30-daytrial
Amazon's offering a free 30-day trial for its $79/year Amazon Prime service, which comes with unlimited free shipping of products sold by Amazon and many of the affiliates they list on the site. ...
10:53 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing The Mac Pros are "going to beexpensive"
I've been hoping that the compact but powerful new Mac Pro, recently announced by Apple, would come in at about the same price as the current model.    ...
10:19 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Spunky platformer Spelunky hits PC,again
Spelunky, an old-school platform game of hidden depths, was originally a 16-bit-style PC freebie. Then it was ported to and fancied-up for modern game consoles.    ...
09:56 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing My most popular book-reviews: Part III (Winter2013)
This is the third part in a four part series: Part I covered Autumn of 2012; Part II covered Winter of 2012.    ...
01:14 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing When Poitras metSnowden
Peter Maass in the New York Times has a fascinating tick-tock/profile on how filmmaker Laura Poitras (who has produced online op-doc films for the NYT) connected with NSA leaker Edward Snowden. &...
12:31 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Bradley Manning expected to speak in court Wednesday, "my problem" email surfaces intrial
Today at the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who provided Wikileaks with hundreds of thousands of classified government documents, Former Master Sergeant Paul Da...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, August 14, 2013
BoingBoing Disney'sself-swipes
Comics and animation illustrators know that sometimes, the most efficient way to get a panel or frame just right is to "swipe it" -- copy it from somewhere else where it worked before, then change it ...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Maps of the world made withspirographs
Artist Rachel Evans makes gorgeous poster-art with a spirograph, and has an especially sweet line of world-maps made using the technique, which she sells as posters.    ...
06:52 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Scold's bridle, iron muzzle once used to punish women, for sale oneBay
An anonymous pal sends in this very creepy eBay auction, for a device known as a "scold's bridle." I'm just gonna lift right from this here Wikipedia article where I just learned what that term means....
06:43 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing First 100 pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Servicefiles
After a long wrangle, and no thanks to MIT, the Secret Service has begun to honor the court order that requires it to release Aaron Swartz's files.    ...
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing CDZA music experiment: Your Best MorningEver
Joe Sabia and his merry band of musician-pranksters have done it again. An episode of the CDZA YouTube music project in which they grab random strangers from the street and pamper them in a warm bath...
06:17 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Russia: surgeon busted for stealing heroin from drug mule'sstomach
A surgeon in Russia was arrested for swiping heroin out of the stomach of a patient who was a drug mule.    ...
05:53 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Web filter at British Library: Sorry, Hamlet is tooviolent
The British Library is an instructive test-case as we ramp up for the Great Firewall of Cameron, whereby all British ISPs will have to opt all their customers into an "adult content" filter. &nbs...
05:42 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Naming prescriptiondrugs
How do pharmaceuticals get names like fluoxetine, atorvastatin, modafinil, or sildenafil? Those are the generic names for some common prescription drugs.    ...
05:37 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Super Mario Rock Opera, by Song a Day guy Jonathan Mann, debuts in NYC Aug17
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Mann, best known as the Song a Day YouTube star, has a cool new project that those of you in New York can enjoy.    ...
05:26 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Smartwatch with 41 megapixelcamera
The Hyetis Crossbow is a forthcoming Swiss-made smart watch outfitted with a 41 megapixel camera, LED flash, and WiFi, Bluetoth and NFC, according to the company.    ...
04:59 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Check out the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Top Chemistry Moments in Breaking Bad • Visitors, from Koyaanisqatsi-director Godfrey Reggio • That...
04:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing 14-year-girl stands up to Monsantoshill
[Video Link] Kevin O’Leary, co-host of the CBC business news program The Lang and O’Leary Exchange uses every dirty trick in the book to try to derail an articulate 14-year-old girl named...
04:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing WordPress honours fraudulent copyright complaint from UK "straight rights" group, cooperates incensorship
A British anti-gay group called "Straight Pride UK" sent a press-release to a British blogger, expressing their admiration for Vladimir Putin's anti-gay laws, and the measures taken in African countri...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing NZ prime minister John Key: We have to spy on you because al-Qaeda has training camps here. Also:FISH!
The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is trying to ram through legislation to legalize the kind of domestic surveillance that the US NSA and the UK GCHQ have engaged in.    ...
03:20 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing WSJ editorial: "Winfrey probably doesn't speakSwiss"
James Taranto reminds us today that Oprah Winfrey isn't Rosa Parks, and that her claims of casually racist treatment at a Zurich shop are surely therefore just some kind of misunderstanding. &nbs...
02:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Orwell explains NineteenEighty-Four
In a 1944 letter to Noel Willmett, George Orwell laid out the thesis behind his next book, Nineteen Eight-Four, railing against the inevitable rise of Stalin, Anglo-American millionaires and "all sort...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing The Black Museum ofcrime
The Black Museum of Scotland Yard is a cabinet of crime curiosities. Founded c.1874, it contains evidence, contraband, and artifacts ostensibly displayed to help educate new law enforcement officers.&...
02:04 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Ruling: Copying scientific articles for patent lawyers' reference is fairuse.
The publisher John Wiley has lost a court battle over the copying practices of a patent law-firm that had assembled a private library of copies of scientific articles for the purpose of researching pa...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Obama's NSA review will be headed by the intelligence chief who lied to congress about the NSA's domestic surveillanceprogram
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper? Now, there is a patriotic American. His press release follows. DNI Clapper Announces Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies At t...
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing NSA review led by intel chief who lied about NSA domesticsurveillance
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper? Now, there is a patriotic American. His press release follows. DNI Clapper Announces Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies At t...
01:33 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Study: Whites favor meritocracy when meritocracy favorswhites
Survey participants were asked to assign importance to various criteria, including grades, in university admissions. Merit scored well among white participants.    ...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Seven hospitalized at LG smartphone event themed around knives and BBguns
From the BBC: "LG has cancelled a series of events promoting the handset as a result of the incident in Seoul on Friday.    ...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Seven hospitalized at LG smartphone event with knives, BBguns
From the BBC: "LG has cancelled a series of events promoting the handset as a result of the incident in Seoul on Friday.    ...
01:08 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: A look at Ford's OpenXC real-time dataplatform
At the Boing Boing: Ingenuity hack day, several dozen of our favorite hackers, designers, and developers will have the opportunity to work with Open XC, Ford's open-source platform that connects smart...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Video: Top 11 chemistry moments in Breaking Bad, with Xeni andMiles
Spoilers! To celebrate the launch of Breaking Bad's Fifth Season, PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien and I dug into the show's vaults to explore the top 10 chemistry moments in Breaking Bad, fro...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Good people v bad people; Janes in Love; Friendsterspider
One year ago today How to Tell Good People from Bad People: The advice in the book is good, but even as a callow youth I thought there was something bogus about the illustrations of "good people" vs "...
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 012: Shelton Drum, owner of Heroes Aren't Hard ToFind
Shelton Drum is a first-generation outlier in the world of comics retail and convention organizing with his Charlotte NC store, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, celebrating 30+ years in existence and Hero...
12:54 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Obama: It's time to invest in our electricgrid
The American electric grid averages 90-214 minutes of blackout time per customer, per year. And that's not counting blackouts caused by natural disasters.    ...
12:48 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Elon Musk's hyperloop can't escape the high cost of infrastructuredevelopment
Elon Musk wants to build a pneumatic tube transportation system capable of whisking people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes.    ...
12:42 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Gun safety instructor shoots student at gun safetyclass
Michael Piemonte's concealed-carry class didn't go as expected: the instructor accidentally shot him in the arm. The gun wasn't loaded, right?    ...
12:36 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Turn a fishvegetarian
Researchers have figured out a way to feed meat-eating fish on an all-vegetarian diet — essentially, they've made the fish-food version of Tofurky.    ...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Male groomingguidelines
More controversy-baiting from the beard lobby! [Doghouse Diaries via Laughing Squid]    ...
12:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing So, you want to be afossil
Brian Switek (America's fossil sweetheart) has some excellent tips on how to give your bones the best chance of ending up in a museum.    ...
12:05 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Evidence-based pregnancy should be about decisions, not hardrules
If there's one thing I'm learning from the crop of evidence-based pregnancy books I've been perusing, it's this: Pregnancy ought to involve a lot more complicated decision-making and less blind rule f...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: A look at Ford's OpenXC real-time dataplatform
At the Boing Boing: Ingenuity hack day, several dozen of our favorite hackers, designers, and developers will have the opportunity to work with Open XC, Ford's open-source platform that connects smart...
11:57 am PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a movie about the moments before thesingularity
Chris sez, "We are funding in post-production on I's, a film about the singularity through Kickstarter. The trailer is still a bit rough and is oriented toward mainstream audiences, but as an article...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Native Americans were digging up bones long beforeColumbus
Paleontology has a long history in the Americas, dating back to (at least) the Aztec and Inca, who excavated the bones of mammoths and other mega-fauna and showed them off to Spanish invaders. &n...
10:58 am PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Rick Rubin and DefJam
  Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
10:44 am PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Testicle-eating fish spotted in Swedish/Danishwaters
Experts from the Danish National History Museum have warned that pacus -- a relative of the piranha -- have been spotted in the Danish/Swedish resund channel.    ...
09:37 am PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing My most popular book-reviews: Part II (Fall2012)
As said yesterday, I love reviewing books on Boing Boing. A lifetime spent flogging books has addicted me to the rare pleasure of helping other people fall in love with my favorite books.  &...
07:42 am PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Makies hit shelves atSelfridges
As I mentioned last month, the 3D printed dolls from Makies are now on sale at the British department story Selfridges, marking the first time that a 3D printed object has passed all the toy-safety te...
02:37 am PDT - Tue, August 13, 2013
BoingBoing Thao & The Get Down Stay Down coverINXS
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down were a major highlight for me at last weekend's Outside Lands festival in San Francisco.    ...
11:34 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of the worldly goods of inmates at the WillardAsylum
Jon Krispin used a successful kickstarter to fund a photography project wherein he is documenting the worldly goods of inmates at the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY.    ...
09:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing WinCo: worker-owned grocery chain that pays benefits, pensions, living wages -- and has lower prices thanWalMart
WinCo is a midwestern chain of worker-owned stores that consistently underprice WalMart, while still paying a living wage to their staff and decent prices to their suppliers.    ...
09:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Schneier: when the NSA comes to your company's door,fight!
Bruce Schneier has advice for America's tech companies: when the NSA comes to you and asks you to spy on your users, say NO.    ...
08:16 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing What 7 million skulls look like - the ParisCatacombs
My family went to London and Paris last week. One of the highlights was a self-guided tour through the Catacombs of Paris.    ...
06:40 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Art of 3D print failure Flickrgroup
A Flickr group called "The Art of 3D Print Failure" chronicles the beautiful monstrosities that emerge from glitches in 3D prints.    ...
06:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing NYPD stop-and-frisk procedure ruledunconstitutional
A federal judge has ruled that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk procedure -- which has become a means by which police can harass, search and detain people of color without suspicion or warrant -- is unconsti...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Wizard of Oz, the medicaldrama
CBS is turning Wizard of Oz into a medical drama. The program in development, titled Dorothy, is a medical soap based in New York City, inspired by the characters and themes immortalized in The Wizar...
05:06 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing The Wizard of Oz, the medicaldrama
CBS is turning The Wizard of Oz into a medical drama. The program in development, titled Dorothy, is a medical soap based in New York City, inspired by the characters and themes immortalized in The W...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Shovelman to play live at Boing Boing:Ingenuity
Isaac Frankle is a junkyard beatnik blues player who goes by the nickname Shovelman. Why? Check out his DIY geetar!    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia won't surveil users forChina
This year's annual Wikipedia conference, Wikimania, was held in Hong Kong, and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales devoted some time in his speech and subsequent interviews to a discussion of the site's ...
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: Swim FinJob
"Fresh out of high school, I spent the summer of '64 hitch-hiking up and down the West Coast... Eventually I wound up broke and stranded in San Francisco, CA." From Real Stuff #3 (Fantagraphics, May 1...
03:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Internal anatomy of theclitoris
A 2011 entry from the Museum of Sex by Melodiousmsm explores the internal anatomy of the clitoris, whose extent wasn't fully mapped until 2005, when Royal Melbourne Hospital urologist Helen O'Connell ...
03:28 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Visitors, from Koyaanisqatsi-director GodfreyReggio
More than three decades after Koyaanisqatsi, director Godfrey Reggio has created Visitors, another wordless collaboration with Philip Glass and Jon Kane.    ...
03:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing A Street Cat Named Bob - exclusiveexcerpt
I don't usually read books about pets, but something about A Street Cat Named Bob intrigued me, and once I started reading it I found I couldn't put it down.    ...
02:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: The Memory Palacelive
The Memory Palace podcast tells the story of an outr, surprising, or secret bit of history. We're delighted that host Nate DiMeo will be presenting the show live at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatric...
02:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing On parenting a little boy who's been scared off wearingpink
Todd sez, "My 4 1/2 year old son (known affectionately as the Goon in my writings) has consistently identified with all things pink or otherwise considered "girly" since he could articulate a preferen...
02:43 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Apple patents tech that lets government disable iPhone video, camera andwi-fi
Apple has a patent to disable "one or more functional or operational aspects of a wireless device, such as upon the occurrence of a certain event." For instance, the patent states, "Covert police or g...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Having an A-1 day: Breaking Bad day-after audio and videoremixes
The first of the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad aired last night. Read Kevin McFarland's season preview on Boing Boing here, and read his episode recap of "Blood Money" here.   &n...
01:51 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing What causes an ice creamheadache?
It would take a simple experiment to prove, once and for all, what causes "brain freeze". Unfortunately/fortunately the condition isn't particularly serious, so nobody has ever gotten a grant to perfo...
01:40 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Podcast of "Metadata a wartimedrama"
In the currently installment of my podcast, I read aloud (MP3) a recent Guardian column, "Metadata a wartime drama, which imagines a dialog between Alan Turing and Winston Churchill that might have t...
01:36 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Study reveals new evidence of link between sleep loss and weightgain
"A sleepy brain appears to not only respond more strongly to junk food, but also has less ability to rein that impulse in." [NYT]    ...
12:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Unsealed court-settlement documents reveal banks stole $trillions' worth ofhouses
Back in 2012, the major US banks settled a federal mortgage-fraud lawsuit for $1B. The suit was filed by Lynn Szymoniak, a white-collar fraud specialist, whose own house had been fraudulently foreclos...
12:21 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing What makes GMO plantsscary?
Golden Rice is a strain of rice genetically engineered to produce extra beta-carotene, part of a humanitarian effort to get more Vitamin A into the diets of people who subsist primarily on rice. ...
12:21 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Activists destroy GMO testplot
Golden Rice is a strain of rice genetically engineered to produce extra beta-carotene, part of a humanitarian effort to get more Vitamin A into the diets of people who subsist primarily on rice. ...
12:11 pm PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Mobutu Sese Seko, scarfedition
My late father-in-law, a U.S. Army major, was posted to the Congo (then Zare) in the 70s and thusly honored by his host, president Mobute Sese Seko.    ...
11:53 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Nifty experiments and mesmerizing clip art from vintage chemistrymanuals
Evil Mad Scientist has a great collection of photos taken of the booklets that came with the sort of old-fashioned, you'll-put-your-eye-out chemistry sets regularly sold to children in midcentury Ame...
11:51 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Stickonspy: sticker-reminder that the NSA likes to fool around with yourwebcam
Stickonspy sells die-cut stickers that go around your laptop's webcam to remind yourself -- and others -- that spooks from western governments have made a practice of using spyware that allows them to...
11:18 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Fake being a virgin (16th-centurystyle)
You will need: 1 fish bladder, blood of indeterminate origin, and the motivation to shove both up your hoo-ha.    ...
11:13 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing The story of America's oldest solved coldcase
In 1957, Maria Ridulph disappeared from a street corner in her Illinois hometown. She was later found dead — stabbed, stripped, and left under a log miles away.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Sinkhole opens 'neath holiday resort complex near DisneyWorld
A 15-foot-deep sinkhole opened beneath a vacation condo complex near Walt Disney World in Florida, partially devouring a pair of three-story buildings above it.    ...
10:51 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Whos afraid of the amygdala? Research blows away "fear center"myth
New revelations about your brains so-called fear center explain why its misleading to say this part of the brain does x. Maggie Koerth-Baker talks to neuroscientist Paul Whalen and learns that theres ...
10:39 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing AKC will not attend show inRussia
In a stand for human rights, AKC Chairman Dennis Sprung has sent the following letter, refusing to participate in the 2016 World Dog Show, to Rafael de Santiago, President of the Fdration Cynologique ...
10:12 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing The future past of theiWatch
Anil Dash offers a timeline of the legendary iWatch's "entrance to the market". June 17, 2014: Microsoft's rumored return to watchmaking ships not as the leaked xWatch, but as the Surface Band. ...
10:09 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing My most popular book-reviews: Part I (Summer2012)
I love reviewing books on Boing Boing; I've been a bookseller, off and on, since I was 16 years old and I know few pleasures keener than turning people onto books that I love.    ...
09:52 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Daily Mail plagiarism surprisesfew
It's easy to spot the superficial rewriting of others' work when they're lists and you haven't changed so much as a single item.    ...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor Shout-Out:Pencils.com
Our thanks to Pencils.com for sponsoring Boing Boing. As you know, Pencils.com makes my favorite pencil, the Blackwing 602. And Blackwing is now more than just a pencil, it's a full creative experienc...
02:16 am PDT - Mon, August 12, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO: Ultra-cheapSous-vide
I'm a keen cook, and I've wanted to experiment with sous-vide forever. But "proper" sous-vide machines cost a fortune. So I was quite excited when my son pointed me to a Kickstarter for a cheap sous-v...
11:00 pm PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad's final season opens with aflash
The cryptic flash-forwards in the second season of Breaking Bad were among the most controversial moments for the show. Oblique, mysterious, leading toward an entirely unexpected ending for the season...
01:21 pm PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing How Breaking Bad took us to the breakingpoint
In a spoiler-soaked preview of the final season, Kevin McFarland looks at how "Hank" Schrader's embrace of humility led him to Heisenberg, protagonist Walter White's menacing alter-ego of in the world...
01:20 pm PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing Japans debt: 1,000,000,000,000,000Yen
What does a quadrillion look like? Right now, it looks like the sum of Japans national debt, as John Schwartz writes in the New York Times.    ...
01:19 pm PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing Opinion: Edward Snowden is apatriot
Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, writing in Politico: "Even as [US President Barack Obama] grudgingly admitted that the timing, at least, of h...
01:15 pm PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing CNN president's 15-year-old son resigns from startup board over conflictscandal
CNN president Jeff Zucker's 15-year-old son was granted a leadership position at a social video startup co-founded by NJ senate hopeful and Twitter celebrity (oh, also mayor of Newark) Cory Booker.&nb...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: NYC's twisted, abandoned bikes; CCTV wall-decals; Ultima's economicindicators
One year ago today Twisted, abandoned bike carcasses on the streets of New York: "The bikes tend to take on a surreal shape after being twisted and rusted for so long, rusty bike chains begin to look ...
11:54 am PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing How Breaking Bad took us to the breakingpoint
In a spoiler-soaked preview of the final season, Kevin McFarland looks at how one character's embrace of humility led him to Heisenberg, protagonist Walter White's menacing alter-ego of in the world o...
10:12 am PDT - Sun, August 11, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Pussy Riot's closing statement; Flying without ID; Printing on toiletroll
One year ago today Pussy Riot's closing statement: Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has given a tremendous closing statement, which is a masterful summary of Russian oligarchy.  &nbs...
10:28 pm PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing Head of DC Comics: "We don't publish comics for kids. We publish comics for45-year-olds"
This remarkable quote is reported by Paul Pope, describing how a pitch of his was rebuffed by an un-named executive. Asked by Yang if he had tried to do an all-ages book with a franchise character, Po...
09:49 pm PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing How the Daily Mail invented Britain's bungling-estspy-agency
Adam Curtis's latest piece for the BBC starts out as a strange history of the role that the Daily Mail had in the formation of the British MI5 spy-agency, but then veers into an amazing history of MI5...
07:06 pm PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO over-under cable-coiling for less tangles and longer-livedwires
Over-under cable coiling is a technique for winding up your cables and wires in a way that extends their longevity and reduces tangling, by working with the natural coil of the wire.   ...
04:20 pm PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a sketchbook to alleviate the terror and tyranny of the blankpage
We've featured Christopher Locke's art here before on several occasions: his spiders made from confiscated scissors bought at TSA auctions; his mobile phone amps made from crazy-quilt brass instrument...
01:07 pm PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Beck's sheet-music album; Suroweicki on anti-commons;DAYNOTFOUND
One year ago today Beck's new album is sheet-music only: A collaboration with McSweeney's, "Song Reader," is the new Beck album.    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday
Pagoda Cat is watching you meditate. Shot in Burma (Myanmar) by HeyItsWilliam, who shared this in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.    ...
08:48 am PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing Lavabit founder has stopped using email: "If you knew what I know, you might not use iteither"
Earlier this week, Xeni reported on the shutdown of Lavabit, the email provider used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ladar Levison, Lavabit's founder, has given an interview to Forbes about his r...
02:09 am PDT - Sat, August 10, 2013
BoingBoing Stephen Fry explains what a hateful, terrible thing is the DailyMail
National treasure Stephen Fry published an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee asking them to move the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia in response t...
11:48 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Unsupervised AI makes up some pretty funnyjokes
Unsupervised joke generation from big data [PDF], a paper by University of Edinburgh researchers Sasa Petrovic and David Matthews, describes an ingenious and successful method for teaching a computer ...
11:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing NSA firing 90% of its sysadmins to eliminate potentialSnowdens
The NSA is to cut 90% of its 1,000 sysadmins in a bid to reduce the risk of leaks. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a network administrator, charged with keeping the machines running on the networ...
10:33 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Deca -"Breadcrumbs"
[Video Link] Here's a great video for an excellent song by Deca New York city hip-hop artist Deca drops “Breadcrumbs,” the first video release off his forthcoming LP, The Ocean. &nbs...
09:43 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Truckload of gas cylinders explodes 39times
On a Russian highway, a truck filled with propane cylinders explodes 39 times, boom, boom, boom, each explosion more spectacular than the last.    ...
08:58 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Animatronic HatboxGhost
Ricky sez, "Walt Disney Imagineers have used the latest Audio-Animatronics technology to bring the Hatbox Ghost to life at the 2013 D23 Expo.    ...
08:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Happy Mutant Congressman; Kafka's porn stash; WiFi in acamera!
One year ago today Happy Mutant Congressman has at least two Boing Boing T-shirts in his wardrobe: It was great to see US Rep.    ...
07:36 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Inside Yemen's shadow wararsenal
Noah Shachtman, Foreign Policy magazine: "Guns-for-hire. Pro hackers. Gallup pollsters. Meet the weird shadow army the US is assembling in Yemen."    ...
07:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing 'Crapa Pelada,' Quartetto Cetra, 1945 (Gale's 'Italian Song' from 'BreakingBad')
The Italian vocal quartet Quartetto Cetra performing "Crapa Pelada," 1945. The song appeared in the Breaking Bad episode "Half Measures" (Season 3's finale), "Full Measure".    ...
07:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing 'Crapa Pelada' (Bald Head), Quartetto Cetra, 1945: Gale's 'Italian Song' from 'Breaking Bad' S.3, 'FullMeasure
The Italian vocal quartet Quartetto Cetra performing "Crapa Pelada" ("Bald Head"). The 1945 recording appeared in the Breaking Bad episode "Full Measure" (Season 3's finale).    ...
06:51 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Court finds for man who rewrote the credit-card fine-print to give himself unlimited, interest-freecredit
A wily Russian fellow crossed out the fine-print on an unsolicted credit-card application from Tinkoff Credit Systems in 2008 and wrote in his own terms, giving himself unlimited, interest-free credit...
06:45 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Dapper Day coming to the Disneyparks
Dapper Day is coming to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris: it's a day when masses of well-dressed, nattily turned out happy mutants converge on Disney parks to enjoy a day in fine st...
06:37 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Minimalist Rubik'sCube
Minimalist Rubik's Cube (2013), shared by Jaco Haasbroek in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.    ...
06:34 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Twitter forms political action committee, registers lobbyist inWashington
Today, Twitter became an official member of Washingtons "influence economy," with a PAC and the appointment of its first registered lobbyist in the nation's capital.    ...
06:09 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Secret of Mana is 20 yearsold
At Gamasutra, Christian Nutt and Douglas Wilson discuss the enduring influence of Square's 1993 game Secret of Mana. A charming, epic SNES RPG, it offered more action than Chrono Trigger, more depth t...
06:04 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Beer: Albuquerque brewery unveils 'Breaking Bad'-themedales
Albuquerque's Marble Brewery is pouring a pair of "Breaking Bad" tribute beers this week -- well, they sold out in two hours, actually.    ...
05:54 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO synthesize poop for turd-transplants with arobotgut
University of Guelph researcher Emma Allen-Vercoe and her team have devised a method for creating artificial poop for use in fecal transplants, a promising therapy for people whose intestinal flora ha...
05:32 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing After 'Blackfish,' Pixar gives 'Finding Dory' plot a secondlook
The forthcoming Disney movie Finding Dory, a sequel to the 2003 hit "Finding Nemo," may be undergoing a plot change after Pixar executives viewed the documentary "Blackfish," a CNN Films documentary a...
05:29 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing AOL's Armstrong fires man on the spot during layoffsmeeting
At a meeting where AOL announced plans to lay off hundreds of workers, there was space for one more in the unemployment queue: Abel Lenz, a creative director, who was sacked by AOL chief Tim Armstron...
04:40 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Happy birthday, HauntedMansion!
Today is the 44th anniversary of the public opening of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. Happy birthday, old timer. You are loved still.    ...
04:39 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Sanjay Gupta: "Why I changed my mind onweed"
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, says that after researching the medical value of cannabis, he now believes it can benefit people with certain medical conditions.&...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Circumcision training kit, fake gangrenous feet, fake blood, artificial fat, aged torsos & artificial earwax: the wonderful world of Life/Formtrainers
Life/Form's $186 circumcision trainers "include the foreskin, glans penis, frenulum, meatus, and coronal groove" and are "made with our soft, lifelike material, which is pliable, delicate, and realist...
03:53 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing A Hijacking - the best movie I've seen thisyear
A Hijacking is an intensely realistic thriller that depicts what happens when a band of Somali pirates hijacks a small shipping vessel in the Indian Ocean.    ...
03:15 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Lavabit competitor Silent Circle shuts down its secure email service, destroysservers
Silent Circle, a secure communications company founded by PGP creator Phil Zimmerman, has pre-emptively shut down its secure, encrypted email service and destroyed the servers so that it cannot be for...
02:22 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing NSA leak: US can spy on Americans, despite direct statements of President, Congress, topspooks
The Guardian has the latest of the Snowden/NSA leaks, detailing the semantic loophole exploited by the Agency in order to spy on the communications of Americans and people in the USA, something it is ...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Texas man sues GOP lawmaker and husband over months of workplace stun gunattacks
[Video Link] KHOU TV: "A 45-year-old Texas man is suing an arch-conservative Republican state lawmaker [Patricia Harless] and her husband over what he calls months of attacks with a Taser while worki...
02:07 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Vogue editor on the grotesque starvation of size-zeromodels
Kirstie Clements, a former Vogue editor, has written an horrific column for the Guardian detailing the physical privation experienced by the size-zero models used by couture designers.  &nbs...
01:28 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing RIP KarenBlack
About 5 years ago, my wife and daughters were riding the train to LA after a weekend in San Clemente. Jane, who was five at the time, was walking up and down the aisle saying hello to the passengers.&...
01:20 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Nixon's resignationletter
39 years ago today, President Nixon quit. (Via This Isn't Happiness)    ...
01:10 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Dad uses KitKat to trick daughter into eatingvegetables
[Video Link] Via Laughing Squid    ...
12:53 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Compilation of the best Vines of2013
[Video Link] Over 60 entertaining Vines in one compilation video. (Via Uproxx)    ...
12:51 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Bikram "Yoga" Choudhury accused of rape, sexual harassment, racism, homophobia, and unsafe practices related to the colorgreen
Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga and notorious copyright troll, was recently accused of rape and sexual harassment by former students and employees.    ...
12:44 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Danny Hellman's illustration for Gareth Branwyn's newbook
Danny Hellman did some terrific illustrations for the print edition of bOING bOING. I just saw this illo he did for Gareth Branwyn's upcoming book, Borg Like Me, which was successfully funded on Kicks...
12:44 pm PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Pennsylvania man beats wife withmeat
William Neugebauer of western Pennsylvania is charged with hitting his wife with a package of frozen ground beef, then running away like a scared little bitch when the cops were called.  &nb...
11:48 am PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing More on the NSA's weird, deceptive, indefensible definition of "targetedsurveillance"
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Mark Rumold has detailed analysis of yesterday's story about the bizarre, misleading way that the NSA uses the word "targeted" in discussions of "targeted surveill...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Assault on Equestria: My Little Pony themed D&D game with a youngkid!
The debut issue of Gygax magazine (a reborn version of the classic Dragon gaming mag) carried an article I wrote explaining the variant D&D rules my then-four-year-old daughter an I were using.&n...
10:03 am PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Bankrupted by BeanieBabies
[Video Link] Chris Robinson produced a short documentary about his family's "sordid past with beanie babies." The tulipomania-like obsession started when Chris' brother wanted to get a Beanie Baby wh...
09:57 am PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Deadpool Dead Presidents: Freakazoid-y superhero reboot with evil zombiepresidents
Earlier this summer, Marvel published Deadpool, Vol. 1: Dead Presidents, a reboot its long-running character Deadpool, a wise-cracking, horribly disfigured, effectively immortal Canadian mercenary who...
09:40 am PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing Fun backyard fort building kit for kids: FortMagic
My 10-year-old daughter and her friends love playing with the Fort Magic kit. Its a box of PVC pipes and connecters, along with clips to attach sheets or tarps.    ...
12:00 am PDT - Fri, August 9, 2013
BoingBoing UK sex-workers hit hard byrecession
The Economist claims that prostitution in the UK has been hard-hit by the down economy, with men treating sex-for-money as a luxury lacking precedence behind rent, petrol and energy bills.  ...
09:51 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Decrypting EFF's DEFCON crypto-challengetee
For this year's DEFCON conference, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released an encryption-puzzle t-shirt (with glow-in-the-dark clues!) designed by EFF Senior Designer Hugh D'Andrade and Staff Tech...
08:18 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden's email provider shuts down rather than "become complicit in crimes against the Americanpeople"
Ladar Levison, the founder of Lavabit, the encrypted email provider apparently used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has abruptly shut the service down, with an oblique open letter saying he shut d...
06:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing US businesses stand to lose up to $35B as a result ofPRISM
How Much Will PRISM Cost the U.S. Cloud Computing Industry? [PDF], a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation -- a highly regarded DC think-tank -- estimates that the US cloud ...
06:36 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Nathan Myhrvold-connected shell corporation forced to settle withvictim
Patent troll Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures-connected Lodsys, one the many faceless companies founded to obscure exactly who shakes down small businesses with vague patents that represent equ...
06:22 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Nova Scotia's insane cyber bullyinglaw
Jesse Brown writes, "Boing Boing readers may remember Rehteah Parsons, the Nova Scotia teen who, in news media shorthand, was driven to suicide last April by cyber bullies.    ...
04:54 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing James Risen asks Justice to drop subpoena in CIA secrets-leakingcase
New York Times reporter James Risen has asked the Justice Department to drop its subpoena in a case involving Jeffrey Sterling, the former CIA agent charged with leaking national security secrets to R...
04:43 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Crooks rip off nonprofit rape crisis center, then return the stuff with an apologynote
The day after burglars ripped off the San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services office, they broke back in again and returned everything they'd stolen, with a note reading "We had no idea what we were ta...
04:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing NSA, on US soil, systematically searches Americans' cross-border communications withoutwarrants
In the New York Times today, Charlie Savage has another new, important story on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.    ...
04:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Lavabit, email service Snowden reportedly used, abruptly shutsdown
Remember when word circulated that Edward Snowden was using Lavabit, an email service that purports to provide better privacy and security for users than popular web-based free services like Gmail?&nb...
03:15 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing DNA evidence reopens 50-year-old missing babycase
In 1964, a baby was stolen from a Chicago hospital. The FBI later determined that a baby, found in New Jersey, was the missing boy and gave him back to his parents.    ...
03:11 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Shark-centric "Ask Me Anything" on Reddittomorrow!
David Shiffman, a fantastic scientist and ocean blogger, has spent the past week correcting the errors of Discovery's increasingly misleading Shark Week programming.    ...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing What's inside the stomach of a makoshark?
Psst, hey kid. You wanna see some clips from the dissection of one of the largest mako sharks ever caught? Sure you do.    ...
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Bill to cut off funding to schools than ban brandishing a pastry in a gun-likemanner
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) has introduced legislation that would cut off funding to schools whose zero tolerance policies lead them to punish children for brandishing pastries in the manner of a gun...
02:58 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Bill to cut off funding to schools that ban brandishing a pastry in a gun-likemanner
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) has introduced legislation that would cut off funding to schools whose zero tolerance policies lead them to punish children for brandishing pastries in the manner of a gun...
02:54 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Meet the woman who keeps Walter White (scientifically)honest
The blue meth made by Walter White is bluer than any meth that could actually exist in real life — and other interesting things that you learn while talking to Breaking Bad's scientific advisor,...
02:43 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing A big win for consent, privacy, and genomedata
The family of Henrietta Lacks — a woman whose cervical cancer cells were harvested and used in scientific research for decades without her knowledge or consent — will now play a role in d...
02:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Great debunked scientific theories ofyesteryear
Sheep do not grow on trees. Your dirty laundry cannot give birth to a mouse. Plowing the soil will not ensure plenty of rain.    ...
02:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Omni Reboot BootsUp
As promised by Jeremy Frommer, the financier who has assembled the largest private collection of Bob Guccione, Omni, Penthouse, and related stuff (a good portion of which is for sale), Omni Reboot is ...
02:02 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing "Older than dirt" not really that old in the grand scheme ofthings
The Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. Actual dirt — that is to say, like the stuff in your backyard, not rocks that were once dirt — probably dates to about 2 million years ago. &...
01:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Standards bodies explain why they think the law should be copyrighted andpaywalled
Public Resource is being sued for publishing building standards that the public is legally required to follow. These standards were developed by private-sector industry bodies who make millions off of...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Audiobook memoir of Disney Imagineering legend Rolly Crump: More CuteStories
Jeff sez, "After the success of It's Kind Of A Cute Story, Disney Legend Rolly Crump's memoir, Bamboo Forest Publishing is proud to announce the release of More Cute Stories, Volume 1: Disneyland Hist...
12:13 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Free tickets to Boing Boing: Ingenuity, August 18 in SanFrancisco
On Sunday, August 18, Boing Boing: Ingenuity will transform a former Masonic Lodge into a living cabinet of curiosities featuring the likes of Adam Savage, Barn Owl, Seth Shostak, Tom Vanderbilt, Sh...
12:05 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Some real math on the real risk of sharkattacks
Shark attack stats: "The real threat is humans. For every one human killed by a shark, there are approximately 25 million sharks killed by humans." About 200 million people go to U.S.   ...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Spectacular Haunted Mansion re-creation with RollercoasterTycoon
This astounding, amazing, spectacularly detailed recreation of the Walt Disney World Haunted Mansion was built using the Rollercaster Tycoon 3 engine by the hoopy froods at Strange and Frightening So...
11:52 am PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Follow Boing Boing on Twitter, Facebook, and dive in to our BBSforums
If you like what you read, hear, and watch here on Boing Boing the blog, you'll love us on your favorite social media services, too.    ...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing Knitting ascomputation
K2G2 -- a wiki for "krafty knerds and geek girls" -- has a marvellous series of posts about "Computational Craft" through which traditional crafting practices, like knitting, are analyzed through the ...
11:08 am PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing How America's paint industry escapes responsibility for leadpoisoning
Mike Mechanic of Mother Jones says, "We're running this piece by Lilly Fowler of FairWarning about how the lead paint industry, whose products are still poisoning kinds, mostly poor kids, all over Ame...
10:58 am PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing A 'Betting Bad' update, a few days before Breaking Bad's final episodesbegin
As I mentioned here a few weeks ago, Boing Boing video collaborator Joe Sabia created a fun online game for Breaking Bad fans, titled "Betting Bad." The basic idea: you bet on what will happen in the ...
10:22 am PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Mexico-US unauthorised migration static since 50s; Crafting with junkmail; First location-tracking system for mobilephones
One year ago today Mexican-US illegal migration has been largely static since the 1950s: His research is the only rigorous census of Mexican-American illegal immigration flows, and its conclusions are...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, August 8, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO bake nested, hemisphericalcakes
Cakecrumbs, who created the amazing Jupiter Cake and Earth Cake, has posted a tutorial (with video) explaining in detail how to bake nested, hemispherical cakes so you can create your own.  ...
11:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Margaret Pellegrini, original Oz Munchkin,RIP
Margaret Pellegrini, one of the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz (1939), died today at age 89. Pellegrini was just 16 when she appeared in the film.    ...
08:58 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Terrorism experts: evacuating embassies is "crazy pants," "absurdhyperbole"
By an amazing coincidence, the worst terrorist attack that never happened since 9/11 is not happening right now, proving that everyone who was worried about out-of-control NSA spying had lost the plot...
08:20 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Children's choir sings CrystalCastles
London's Capital Children's Choir covers "Untrust Us" by lo-fi electronica due Crystal Castles.    ...
08:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Engineered audio incars
The sounds a modern car makes are deliberate, designed, and a deception: the clicking of the turn signal isn't a mechanical tick-tock; it's an MP3 of a mechanical tick-tock, played back through hidden...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing New York Times editorial board trashes EdwardSnowden
"Whats the Point of a Summit?," asks the New York Times editorial board, when "on top of all the other legitimate grievances with Mr.    ...
07:50 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Check out the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's videoarchives
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • What would it be like to fall in love with an OS?    ...
07:36 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Jimmy Carter's on TeamSnowden
Former US President Jimmy Carter spoke supportively about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, at a private event in Atlanta covered by Der Spiegel.    ...
07:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Monsters of NewYork
Facebook link. Created by Sadi Tekin, who's also on Instagram. Here's a non-Facebook link to a partial gallery of these fanciful photo-illustrations.    ...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunded mosquito-confusing patch to be sent toUganda
The Kite Patch is the subject of a very successful Indiegogo fundraiser, and holds the promise of a lasting peace between mosquitoes and humans.    ...
05:52 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Kazakhstan's Satanicearthwork
This pentagram visible on Google Maps is located on the shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir in Kazakhstan. It's either an evil etching laser-inscribed into the land by the ancient astronauts who were a...
05:38 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Stephen Fry to David Cameron and IOC: a Russian 2014 Olympics would be a repeat of the 1936 Berlingames
Comedian and national treasure Stephen Fry has written an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee calling on them to move the upcoming Winter Olympics fr...
05:33 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Her: Spike Jonez's newfilm
Her is Spike Jonez's forthcoming film about a man who falls in love with Siri, played by Scarlett Johansson. It actually looks quite delightful!    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Tokyo's "unmanned stores" - honor-system sheds where farmers to sell their surplusproduce
In Japan, farmers sell their blemished, surplus and otherwise unmarketable vegetables in unstaffed, honor-system roadside stalls called "Unmanned stores" ("mujin hanbai").    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Tokyo's "unmanned stores" - honor-system sheds where farmers sell their surplusproduce
In Japan, farmers sell their blemished, surplus and otherwise unmarketable vegetables in unstaffed, honor-system roadside stalls called "Unmanned stores" ("mujin hanbai").    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Revealed: the questing, flexible, ramified business-end of amosquito
Valrie Choumet at Paris's Institut Pasteur anaesthetized a mouse, stuck a microscope in a flap of its skin, and induced a mosquito to bite it.    ...
03:40 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Ikea catalog made from found hardcore pornfootage
A tumblr called just another ikea catalog [VERY NSFW] consists of clips from hardcore pornography in which Ikea furniture appears, converted to animated GIFs with catalog-style product names and prici...
03:23 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Rescuing out-of-print sf; Goatee-preserving faceclamp; Mass "Do-Not-Call"signups
One year ago today New SF bookstore devoted to rescuing out-of-print sf books and making them into free ebooks: the store is devoted to rescuing one customer-chosen, out-of-print sf book from obscurit...
03:07 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Town swallowed bysinkhole
Bayou Corne, Louisiana is being swallowed by a massive sinkhole. Yes, the whole town. OK, it is a small town. But it's definitely a massive industrial disaster.    ...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: Seth Shostak and the search forET
Seth Shostak is senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, a scientific organization seeking evidence of life beyond Earth. Seth, whose job is to listen for ET's call, will be speaking at Boing Boing: I...
02:16 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Warhol gravesite livestreamed to celebrate 85thbirthday
Yesterday would have been Andy Warhol's 85th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Warhol Museum and Earth Link are livestreaming footage of his gravesite.    ...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing S.F. tomorrow (8/8): Boing Boing, the Beats, and UndergroundPublishing
If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, I hope you'll join me tomorrow evening, August 8, for "Boing Boing Presents: The Beats' Influence on Underground Publishing," a panel discussion at the Contemp...
02:07 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Miss Utah contestant arrested for tossing DIY bombs atpeople
Not so pretty: Kendra Gill, who was crowned "Miss Riverton, Utah" in June and was listed as a contestant in the upcoming Miss Utah pageant, was arrested early Saturday morning with three friends after...
01:49 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing That old feeling the history ofgerontophilia
Psychologist Jesse Bering explores Gerontophilia — the fetish for wanting to have sex with old people.    ...
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing "I faxed CarlSagan"
Here's a great story from the science storytelling project Story Collider and physicist David Morgan. Morgan starts telling a story about how Sagan influenced him to become a scientist and how the beg...
01:37 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Book-spine stair-riserdecals
$95 gets you a set of stair-riser decals that turn your boring staircase into the spines of a giant's eccentric library.    ...
01:34 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Badtattoos
Flavorwire has a post with a bunch of images of Breaking Bad fan tattoos. But it's not just fans who are obsessed with the long-running AMC series, which comes to an end this year: Actors Brian Cranst...
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing The mysterious physics ofbicycles
We don't actually understand why bikes stay upright as they move, writes physicist Michael Brooks at The New Statesman. A 2011 paper, published in the journal Science, poked big holes in the old theor...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing More on the Fukushima waterleaks
The New York Times has a story that ties together several reports of contaminated, radioactive water leaking into the ground and the nearby harbor at the site of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in J...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 106: You Are Now LessDumb
Your browser does not support the audio tag. This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Squarespace, the all-in-one platform that makes it fast and easy to create your own professional website or o...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Unseen World War I photos: GermanTrenches
The following photos were taken from 1914-1918 by my great-grandfather Lt. Walter Koessler during his time as a German officer in the first World War. They're part of a collection of over a thousand p...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Just look at this banana-toilettutorial.
Just look at it. Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons: Potty Training Fruit Snack & Other Potty Treats! (Thanks, Teapot!    ...
12:47 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Help ocean scientists build open-source researchtools
CTD units are incredibly important to ocean research, measuring three basic factors of sea water — conductivity, temperature, and depth. Almost every major research vessel has one.  &n...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Crazy white people in Virginia lease land near highway on which to fly Confederateflag
Ah, Richmond, Virginia, the land of my birth. Some wacky neo-Confederates there have acquired property adjacent to the I-95 highway, on which they plan to install a 15-foot Confederate flag to celebr...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The StoriedGod-Man!!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the God-Man Fan Club must debate an interloper and defend God-Man's VERY EXISTENCE!    ...
12:21 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Computer-generated music has asoul
John Brownlee explores computer-generated music that passes the spiritual Turing test of evoking complex human emotion. [Imagine] your favorite author says any novel could be written this way. &n...
12:03 pm PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Man charged with stealing "entireroad"
A 40-year-old Russian man faces up to two years in prison after admitting that he stole a road. Eighty-two reinforced slabs of concrete went missing from the route between remote Parcheg and the Vyche...
11:54 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Unnecessary shark attack safetyadvice
Your chances of being killed by a shark are 1 in 3.8 million. But, you know, just in case, here's what you do to survive a shark attack.    ...
11:48 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing DC cops caught infiltrating peaceful, lawful protestgroups
Organizers of the United Students Against Sweatshops in DC had wondered about "Missy," an activist who always seemed to be on the scene, though no one seemed to know anything more about her. &nbs...
11:45 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Underwater "river" of hydrogensulfide
The diving gear might be a bit of a tip-off, but this fellow isn't sat on a log, fishing. In fact, he's 90ft underwater, posing above the murk that forms where fresh and salt water meet.  &...
11:45 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing NASA's second in command, Lori Garver, to stepdown
Lori Garver, the deputy administrator of NASA, has announced plans to depart America's space agency after 5 years in her role.    ...
11:29 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing New ad for Marmite, deliciously vile slime, generatescomplaints
Marmite is tasty or disgusting, depending on who you ask, and marketing campaigns have long acknowledged the 'acquired' quality of its unique appeal.    ...
11:29 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing "Marmite neglect" ad generates deliciously slimycomplaints
Marmite is tasty or disgusting, depending on who you ask, and marketing campaigns have long acknowledged the 'acquired' quality of its unique appeal.    ...
11:12 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Politican urged to stop using strangely old-fashioned racistterm
From the BBC: 'The UK Independence Party has asked one of its senior politicians not to use the phrase "Bongo Bongo Land" again, warning that people abroad might find it "disparaging".' Bloom claims ...
10:45 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing This snippet of code restores the tag'seffect
With Firefox having finally removed the <blink> tag, what now will we use to make text blink incessantly on our websites?    ...
10:42 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Firefox nukes the blinktag
Dammit, the latest version of Firefox has done away with the blink tag. Farewell, old friend. You will be missed. Dropped blink effect from text-decoration: blink; and completely removed <blink&...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Atherton, CA's police blotter: 175 out of 182 police stops had drivers with Hispanicsurnames
Kent Brewster made some careful notes and analysis of the Atherton, CA police-blotter, which tells the story of the arrests in one of America's three most expensive places to live.   &n...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing Atherton, CA's police blotter: 175 out of 182 reported police stops had drivers with Hispanicsurnames
Kent Brewster made some careful notes and analysis of the Atherton, CA police-blotter, which tells the story of the arrests in one of America's three most expensive places to live.   &n...
09:49 am PDT - Wed, August 7, 2013
BoingBoing On the Ropes, the long-awaited sequel to Kings inDisguise
In 1988, Kitchen Sink Press broke ground in the comics world with its publication of Kings in Disguise, a six-issue comic series by Jim Vance and Dan Burr (later collected in a graphic novel with an i...
11:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Cetacean needed: Wikipedia whale diagram needsline-art
The missing elements in the diagram on the Wikipedia page for List of cetaceans is missing some line-art of various whales and such.    ...
11:55 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Some copiers randomly change the numbers ondocuments
In Xerox scanners/photocopiers randomly alter numbers in scanned documents, a computer scientist called David Kriesel shows that the Xerox WorkCentre 7535 randomly changes the numbers in its scans.&nb...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing EB White on why he wrote Charlotte's Web: "A book is asneeze"
Letters of Note has a 1952 letter from EB White to his editor, Ursula Nordstrom, occasioned by the impending Harper & Row publication of Charlotte's Web.    ...
09:01 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Danny O'Brien on civil liberties groups, the NSA and BruceSterling
Yesterday, I posted my reaction to Bruce Sterling's essay The Ecuadorian Library, where Bruce described activists as "living in a pitiful dream world where their imaginary rule of law applies to an el...
08:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Leaves of Glass: Breaking Bads Walt Whitman fixation, and 'Ozymandias'deconstructed
At Poetry Magazine, TV critic Kera Bolonik answers the questions, "how does Walter White compare to Walt Whitman? And what cynical commentary on our times, on humanity, does series creator Vince Gilli...
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Charlie Jane Anders's sf story, "VictimlessCrimes"
The Mary Sue has reprinted Charlie Jane Anders's amazing sf story "Victimless Crimes," originally published in this month's Apex Magazine. Anders is one of the editors at IO9 and is a talented sf writ...
06:41 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Jeff Bezos's letter to the WashPostaff
With the announcement that Jeff Bezos is acquiring the Washington Post, Bezos has published an open letter to WashPo employees explaining what he plans on doing with the paper.    ...
06:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Mark Wagner's currencycollages
Mark Wagner is an American visual artist who collages US currency to make incredible images; it's not clear to me whether this constitutes an illegal destruction of currency, but if it does, then that...
04:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Ethical questions for securityexperts
Alex Stamos's Defcon 21 presentation The White Hats Dilemma is a compelling and fascinating look at the ethical issues associated with information security work in the era of mass surveillance, cyber...
04:29 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing The 30 Days Ramadan Photoproject
Since 2009, New York City-based twentysomething comedian Aman Ali and photographer Bassam Tariq have spent the Islamic holy month of Ramadan visiting mosques around America and documenting Muslim cult...
04:07 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Happy birthday to NeilArmstrong
Steve Jurvetson (of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson) posts this photograph of himself with "the true Armstrong hero," on the occasion of astronaut Neil Armstrong's birthday -- which was y...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing PBS NewsHour becomes first nightly national newscast anchored by twowomen
This is cool news: The PBS NewsHour (which I have contributed to, via their science correspondent Miles O'Brien) today announced that they'll be the first nightly news broadcast in the US with two fem...
03:39 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Why writers should stand up forlibraries
Earlier this summer, I worked with the American Library Association on their Authors for Library Ebooks project -- which is asking authors to call on their publishers to offer ebooks to libraries at ...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printable objects modeled on expired 19th centurypatents
Martin Galese's Thingiverse account is full of amazing 3D objects modeled on 19th-century patent drawings. Galese, a patent attorney, has launched his project -- and an accompanying Tumblr of lovely p...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Judge who accepted private-prison bribes to send black kids to jail sentenced to 28years
In 2009, I wrote about Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, one of two Pennsylvania judges who was paid bribes by a private prison contractor to send black children to prison and keep the for-profit prisons full...
01:45 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Death masks of famousscientists
This is Isaac Newton's face, frozen in plaster and wax. It's one of two death masks owned by the Royal Society.    ...
01:34 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Don't touch that hotstove!
The complicated process that allows your brain to quickly cancel an order and replace it with another.    ...
01:25 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing US Senate IP address linked to Snowden Wikipedia change from "dissident" to"traitor"
An anonymous person changed Edward Snowden's Wikipedia entry so that it called him "an American traitor" rather than "an American dissident." The editor's IP address is from a block assigned to the US...
01:21 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Trapping Africa's animals oncamera
This great shot of a cheetah family comes from the Serengeti camera traps set up by University of Minnesota researcher Ali Swanson.    ...
01:14 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Life in a toxiccountry
New York Times China correspondent Edward Wong describes his life in heavily polluted Beijing, where he no longer feels safe running outside and, in order to bike around town, dons a black air filter ...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia booktrailer
[Video Link]Here's the trailer for The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia book trailer. The book, which is fantastically weird and fun, was written by my pal Martin Olson, who plays Hunson Abadeer (aka "Th...
01:06 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing More thoughts on labmeat
Yesterday, Rob told you about the first public tasting of a burger that was grown in a laboratory, from strips of flesh built up from muscle stem cells.    ...
12:44 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing The real scoop on the biggest shark that everlived
Megalodon is dead, to begin with. (Not that you'd know that from watching the Discovery Channel's recent intentionally fake, but presented as factual, documentary on the subject.) But the extinct gian...
12:15 pm PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Civil Forfeiture: America's daylight robbery, courtesy of the War onDrugs
"Taken" is a blood-boiling, beautifully written expose on America's "civil forfeiture" laws by which people who are tangentially related to suspected drug offenses have their assets seized, even when ...
11:34 am PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Nine Worlds Geekfest in London this weekend, including sneak peek at UK edition ofHomeland
Today's post brought some early copies of the UK edition of Homeland, the sequel to my novel Little Brother.    ...
11:04 am PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Voice of GLaDOS helps gaymer proposemarriage
An attendee at the GaymerX convention in San Francisco got Ellen McLain, who voices GLaDOS in the game Portal, to sing a modified version of the games' themesong, "Still Alive," as part of a marriage...
10:24 am PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Wild Style Debuts inJapan
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
10:20 am PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: NASA's Curiosity landing removed from YouTube; Gigantic horrifying hotdog; Anarchistbees
One year ago today Curiosity landing removed from YouTube after bogus copyright claim by Scripps: Ten minutes after NASA posted a video of the Curiosity landing on Mars to its official YouTube channel...
09:59 am PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Elysium: everything that sucks about movies thesedays
Colin Berry finds much to hate in the vaunted Blomkamp blockbuster.    ...
06:40 am PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Open Debate launches: MA Democratic primary candidates will answer yourquestions
Adam Green writes, "What once was a dream of Lawrence Lessig, Aaron Swartz, Jimmy Wales, Craig Newmark, and a coalition of cutting-edge progressive and conservative activists in the Open Debate Coalit...
12:00 am PDT - Tue, August 6, 2013
BoingBoing Supernatural evil clown toilet-liddecal
Have you ever wanted to have a toilet that looked like an evil clown was about to climb out of it, having accomplished the geometrically unlikely feat of eeling through the sewage pipes?  &n...
09:56 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Optimus Primering
Etsy seller Princeofdiamonds makes a $100, sterling silver, hand-cast Optimus Prime ring that's pretty awesome-looking! SS-2767 Optimus Prime Transformers Sterling silver autobot Ring Pick Your Ring S...
08:59 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO reform theNSA
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Cindy Cohn and Trevor Timm have compiled an extensive list of things to demand from NSA reform legislation, from obvious things like ending bulk collection to cruc...
07:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Anti-Tor malware reported back to theNSA
More information on the malicious software that infected Tor Browser through Freedom Hosting's servers, which were then seized by law-enforcement: it turns out that infected browsers called home to th...
07:16 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Snake escapes, kills children in apartment above petshop
Cst. Jullie Rogers-Marsh with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police: On August 5, 2013, shortly after 6:30 a.m., police officers with the Campbellton RCMP responded to an apartment on Pleasant Street in C...
06:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: Storey Publishing and The Good LifeLab!
Thanks to our sponsor Storey Publishing, who brings you books filled with practical information that encourage personal independence in harmony with the environment.    ...
06:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Wil Wheaton's funny, raunchy comedyset
Wil Wheaton did a very funny, 30-ish minute standup set at #w00tstock 5.0, which the Alpha Geek Radio folks recorded and put in their podcast feed.    ...
06:39 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing The Head & The Heart:"Shake"
My favorite indie folk band The Head & The Heart has a new LP, titled "Let's Be Still," due out October 15 on Sub Pop records.    ...
06:04 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Amazon chief Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post for$250m
Paul Farhi, at the Washington Post: The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P.    ...
05:50 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Children's Place girl's tee: good at shopping, notmath
The Children's Place, a massive retail chain, markets a t-shirt to girls that shows a checklist of "my best subjects" in which "shopping," "music" and "dancing" are ticked off and "math" is not ticked...
05:44 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Califone's music video auto-generated fromTumblrs
The new video for Califone's "Stitches," the title track from their forthcoming album, generates itself from images and Gifs culled from a selection of Tumblrs.    ...
05:37 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sentencing phase continues in Manning trial; State Dept. argues leaks caused damage after admitting they didnot
The State Department treated Pfc. Bradley Manning's leaks to WikiLeaks as a "very, very serious crisis," an ambassador testified at Ft.    ...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing What Is TopSecret?
David E. Sanger at the New York Times: "When far too much information gets classified, nothing is really classified. Respect for the system erodes when information readily available in open sources is...
05:30 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: Storey Publishing and The Good LifeLab!
Thanks to our sponsor Storey Publishing, who brings you books filled with practical information that encourage personal independence in harmony with the environment.    ...
05:27 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Bollywood song: "Aaj Ki Jhunli Raat Ma"(1969)
A jumping Bollywood track titled "Aaj Ki Jhunli Raat Ma" from the O.P. Ralhan film Talash (1969). More info from DJ/radio host Carl Hamm at DJ Carlito's blog.    ...
05:25 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing The argument for a "secrecy beat" in newsorganizations
Dan Froomkin at Columbia Journalism review: "Its hardly been a secret among national security reporters and civil libertarians that the sort of intelligence activity were hearing about via the leaks w...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Not all secrets are alike: nuclear culture and fear of the nextSnowden
Anthropologist and "nuclear culture" expert Hugh Gusterson has an interesting column in a recent edition of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the nature of national security and secrets.  ...
04:57 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Mars Rover mission team at JPL celebrates abirthday
Photo: Two of the first images transmitted back by Curiosity, as seen on monitors at JPL 20 minutes after the rover landed on Mars.    ...
04:48 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Ask for Evidence: demanding facts for scienceyclaims
Victoria from the UK's Sense About Science writes in with news about its Ask For Evidence campaign, a structured system for demanding evidence of sciencey-sounding claims from governments and companie...
03:46 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Technical pants for business-casualwear
Ars Technica's Casey Johnston reviews Outlier's Womens Daily Riding Pants, a technical garment that effectively comprise a pair of jeans for wearing, rather than simply being photographed in. &nb...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Making sense of "Beanish," XKCD's syntheticlanguage
As was noted, the amazing, 3,000+ installment XKCD story Time featured a synthetic language (with its own script) created by a linguist for the story.    ...
01:55 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sterling's "The Ecuadorian Library" vs civil libertiesgroups
Earlier today, Xeni blogged Bruce Sterling's latest essay, "The Ecuadorian Library." I thought this piece had a lot of merit, but was brought up short by one passage that made me think that despite Br...
01:27 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Gender-neutral toy-floor; Heinlein's juvies; WiFi getscheap
One year ago today Gender-neutral toy department: Harrods has bucked the established practice of strongly gender-segregating its toy department, contracting with Shed Design to create a "gender-neutra...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Man disguises turtle as hamburger for planetrip
A man apparently tried to smuggle his pet turtle on a China Southern Airlines flight by disguising it as a hamburger.    ...
12:45 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing If Daria was a live actionfilm
College Humor's faux movie trailer for a live action Daria film, starring Aubrey Plaza. La la la la la. Daria's High School Reunion  Daria cosplay     ...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: Storey Publishing and The Good LifeLab!
Thanks to our sponsor Storey Publishing, who brings you books filled with practical information that encourage personal independence in harmony with the environment.    ...
12:39 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing What's the point ofmonogamy?
More than a quarter of primate species form male-female pair bonds that scientists describe as "monogamous". That's much higher than the overall mammal average of 9 percent.    ...
12:39 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing This gadget makes it easy to block a surveillancecamera
Chinese activist Ai Weiwei designed an ingenious hand-made gadget for extending the reach of cans of spraypaint, assuming you have access to a stick and a corkscrew.    ...
12:33 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Even the most adorable parts of nature can mess youup
This Shark Week, the seals of the world would like to take a moment to remind you that appearance isn't everything.    ...
12:20 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing LinkedIn removes ads for web developer because "women images" areoffensive
Welcome to Silicon Valley, ladies! Today was a disappointing day at Toptal. We saw extreme sexism within the tech community, from an industry leader and advertising partner that we work with quite ext...
12:17 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of my copy of The Best of EC Artist'sEdition
In July I wrote that I'd ordered a copy of the giant-sized book, The Best of EC Artist's Edition, a collection of original arts scans from the great EC comics of the 1950s.    ...
12:12 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling: The EcuadorianLibrary
Science fiction author and design futurist Bruce Sterling has written a masterful piece on the swirling vortex of cypherpunkian dystopia that is Edward Snowden/Wikileaks/NSA/Bradley Manning. &nbs...
12:09 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Humans will befriend a stick as long as it movesproperly
Human emotions and social interaction have a lot to do with body language — how our faces express what we're thinking and feeling, how our gestures are read by other people, and how we invade (...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Podcast: "Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand AboutOurselves"
In this week's podcast (MP3/Feed), I read aloud my latest Locus Magazine column, "Teaching Computers Shows Us How Little We Understand About Ourselves," which concerns itself with the ways that we're ...
11:47 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Smurfs 2 already paid for with productplacement
The one good review, from Variety's Scott Foundas, could not rescue Smurfs 2 from a weak domestic opening. But it's doing OK abroad, and its $150m production budget was reportedly covered in full by p...
11:10 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Lab meat "delicious","weird"
A delicious lab-burger, comprising meat grown in a test tube rather than hacked from the corpse of a once-living creature, was eaten for the first time today at a news conference in London.  ...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Derren Brown show's unepxected finale: wife pushes husband offbalcony
Tonight a woman pushed her hubby as a joke from the front of the balcony. He fell and caught the upper circle on the way down, and was...— Derren Brown (@DerrenBrown) August 3, 2013 Mentalist an...
10:37 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing WSJ excitedly notices "WeirdTwitter"
The Wall Street Journal's Katherin Rosman has learned of a secret subculture of users on Twitter notable for their nonsensical yet incisive humor.    ...
10:22 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Doctor *&#%@!Who
Peter Capaldi, the fantastic Scottish actor most well-known as foul-mouthed political spindoctor Malcolm Tucker, is to be the new Doctor Who.    ...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing London police apologize for killing innocentman
In 2009, passing through a protest march, Ian Tomlinson was beaten and pushed to the ground by London cop Simon Harwood.    ...
09:44 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing The From Hell Companion, including 7-year-old Hayley Campbell's gory ways-to-diedrawings
We've written before about From Hell, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's magnificent 1999 graphic novel (made into a rather good 2001 movie with Johnny Depp and Heather Graham).    ...
12:23 am PDT - Mon, August 5, 2013
BoingBoing Raising a daughter not to be'nice'
In a stirring NYT op-ed, author Catherine Newman talks about the kind of girl her daughter has become and who she may yet be.    ...
11:22 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Titanic lump of fat & wet-wipes dislodged fromsewer
Noted tax-avoiders Thames Water's press release trumpets the news that they have excavated the largest ever "fatberg" -- a technical term denoting a huge, impacted lump of "festering food fat mixed wi...
10:17 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Statue of Stalin to be reinstated in Gori,Georgia
A statue of Josef Stalin in his hometown of Gori, Georgia, pulled down in 2010, will be re-erected, thanks to prime-minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire who is friendly to Russia.  &n...
08:42 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Cylindrical, quivering, gelatinous, tinned 12-coursemeal
Designer Chris Godfrey created a gelatinous, stratified 12-course tasting-menu in a tin, formed in a perfect cylinder that starts with "Selection of local cheeses with sourdough bread" and goes all th...
07:39 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary on the first Tetrischampionship
Ecstasy Of Order: The Tetris Masters is a 2011 documentary telling the story of Robin Mihara, a "Tetris superfan" who convened a global Tetris championship in 2010 in Los Angeles, assembling a collect...
07:10 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Attacking the popular Kwikset lock: open in 15 seconds with a screwdriver and a paperclip
Kwikset makes an incredibly popular line of reprogrammable locks that can be easily re-keyed, meaning that landlords don't have to physically change the locks when their tenants move out.  &...
05:44 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Astounding backstory behind XKCD's"Time"
A week ago, Randall Munroe finished "Time", XKCD's long, running, slow-updating, 3,000+ frame comic telling the story of two people who discover an impending superflood that would destroy their societ...
05:15 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Mailpile: crowdfunding a secure, private email client/cloudservice
Mailpile is an Iceland-based free/open source email service that's privacy oriented, integrating easy-to-use encryption and scalable searching. The idea is to produce something that'll run well as a ...
03:58 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing How to Cheat at Everything: an encyclopedia ofcons
Back in 2007, I reviewed a great book called How to Cheat at Everything, by Simon Lovell. Lovell's book, nominally a guide to committing fraud, was really a tremendous catalog of all the ways that we ...
03:58 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Anonymous Web-host shut down, owner arrested; Tor users compromised by Javascriptexploit
FreedomWeb, an Irish company known for providing hosting for Tor "hidden services" -- services reached over the Tor anonymized/encrypted network -- has shut down after its owner, Eric Eoin Marques, wa...
03:02 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Members of Congress denied access to basic details of NSAspying
Members of Congress from both sides of the house have been denied access to details of NSA spying, even as they are being asked to vote on extending funding for continued surveillance.  &nbs...
01:54 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Petition to Congress: don't put people in jail for violating terms ofservice!
A large group of "security researchers, academics, and lawyers" have signed onto a letter to Congress demanding that lawmakers enact "Aaron's Law," which would reform the antiquated and terrible Compu...
12:50 pm PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Prosecutor Stephen Heymann told MIT that Aaron Swartz was like a rapist who blames hisvictim
Stephen Heymann is the assistant US attorney who made it his mission to see Aaron Swartz sent to prison for violating terms of service by downloading scientific papers with an automatic script, rather...
10:43 am PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Haunted Mansion-themedwedding
Back in 2010, Jason and Melissa -- a pair of haunters who got engaged in their Hallowe'en front-yard haunt -- had an amazing Haunted Mansion-themed wedding, with elaborate props and keepsakes and cent...
10:23 am PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Rat mouse; public string/cup phone; Metricpaper
One year ago today Twitch gamer swears by Rat mouse: Last night Alice glommed onto Chris DiBona's remarkable Rat Mouse, played with it, and pronounced it good.    ...
12:00 am PDT - Sun, August 4, 2013
BoingBoing Oversight: the future of bland, corporate ubiquitoussurveillance
Tom Scott (who created last year's EULAs for the Afterlife video) has made a terrific and terrifying video called "Oversight: Thank you for volunteering, citizen;" a horribly plausible look at what t...
09:50 pm PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing Six blatant lies about spying from the NSA up toObama
ProPublica has produced a video showing, point-by-point all the ways that US government officials, all the way up to Obama, have told blatant lies about the details and extent of NSA spying. &nb...
06:45 pm PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing My workflow in theWSJ
I'm profiled in today's Wall Street Journal, where they asked me about the tools I use to be productive, safe and happy on the road and at home.    ...
05:50 pm PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing Iranian government unveils finger-amputating machine for punishing"thieves"
The Iranian government has released photos of a machine that amputates thieves fingers using the state media agency. The photos show a blindfolded man having his finger amputated, though he displays n...
04:45 pm PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing Colorado lawmakers' license plates exempt them from speed cams & parkingtix
In an amazing coincidence, Colorado lawmakers ended up with license plates that didn't show up on speed cameras, meaning that they got to get away with thousands of dollars' worth of moving violations...
01:13 pm PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing "White supremacy acquittedZimmerman"
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12:46 pm PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing Review: Ovation Pumpkin Spice generic chocolateorange
Terry's Chocolate Orange is among Britain's finest confectionaries. The very concept of a life-size chocolate orange is so compelling that I didn't think twice about trying out a generic copy spotted ...
12:36 pm PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a parklet in SOMA's DNAlounge
Jamie "JWZ" Zawinski and the DNA Lounge are crowdfunding a "parklet" -- a tiny park inside a former parking-space -- out front of the DNA Lounge in San Francisco's SOMA.    ...
10:19 am PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Backyard control-panels; 3D Printcrime illos; Stross onMini-PCs
One year ago today Make a backyard control panel with your kids: This project is perfect for cleaning out junk drawers and miscellaneous tools and hardware.    ...
12:00 am PDT - Sat, August 3, 2013
BoingBoing Dead WalMart reborn aslibrary
A dead WalMart in McAllen, Texas has been remodelled as a library, making it the largest single-floor library in the USA.    ...
10:47 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Cthulhupie!
This amazing Cthulhu pie may have originated on a message board (cached copy) with a user called Bear Bibeault, or maybe not.    ...
10:04 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a Coney Island 3D scanning studio and 3D printed miniature model of LunaPark
Fred Kahl, a Coney Island performer and magician, is kickstarting a project to put a 3D scanning/printing studio and a 3D printed miniature Coney Island at Coney Island's Luna Park.   &...
08:38 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing UK phone companies turned a profit by shoveling customer data into GCHQ'smaw
A fresh set of Snowden leaks show that the UK spy agency GCHQ turned spying into a profit centre for Britain's telcos, who received huge cash payouts in exchange for turning over their customers' priv...
08:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Engraving a Klein bottle with anEggbot
The Evil Mad Scientists were presented with a challenge: inscribe one of Cliff Stoll's hand-blown Klein bottles, an object of surpassing beauty and odd topology.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Cthulhumagnets
Jason McKittrick is selling a set of "Mythos Magnets" based on the Cthulhu stories, with bronze or silver finish. There's only 100 sets in the run, and they're $25 for a set of four.   ...
06:05 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Junkbot kinetic sculpture with mercury-activatedaction!
Sculptor Nemo Gould sez, "I just finished up a new large scale kinetic sculpture made from found materials called Armed and Dangerous.    ...
05:06 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Iphones and other Apple devices can be compromised with malicious fakecharger
Billy Lau and Yeongjin Jang from Georgia Institute of Technology have presented a demo at Black Hat of a way of stealthily compromising Iphones and other Ios devices with gimmicked chargers. &nbs...
05:01 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret, by CarlBarks
Bless Fantagraphics for publishing Carl Barks' duck comics. One of the three original inductees into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (along with Eisner and Jack Kirby), Barks was known for ma...
04:02 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Alice on a ladder, reaching for a booktattoo
No idea where this Tennielesque back tattoo featuring Alice on a ladder confronting a higgeldy-piggeldy tower of books came from (do you know?) but it's magnelephant.    ...
03:42 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing FBI pays for malware so it can spy on us with our phones andcomputers
The Wall Street Journal covers the FBI's use of malware to take over peoples' computers and phones, including one package that is used to turn the microphone in Android devices into a remote listening...
02:02 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Barn Owl: Live at Boing Boing Ingenuity, August18
We are honored that epic experimentalists Barn Owl will bring their dark desert rock to our Boing: Ingenuity live event in San Francisco on August 18. Their latest album, V, is available from the good...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing UK border cops can seize and retail all your data without suspicion orcharge
Tim Hardy: "UK border police have the power to seize all your personal data without reasonable suspicion and keep it effectively forever even if you are not charged with or suspected of a crime." Ho...
02:00 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing UK border cops can seize and retain all your data without suspicion orcharge
Tim Hardy: "UK border police have the power to seize all your personal data without reasonable suspicion and keep it effectively forever even if you are not charged with or suspected of a crime." Ho...
01:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Placebobuttons
The "close-door" button in the elevator, the crosswalk button at the intersection, even the thermostat in your office — there's a good chance that they're all placebos.    ...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Protect people fromtornadoes
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a story I'd written on the socio-cultural systems that underly natural disasters — how the way we think, and build, and think about buildings affects who di...
01:12 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing The neurosurgeon who sawheaven
In Esquire, you can read a deeply researched and very well-written profile of Dr. Eben Alexander, a former neurosurgeon whom you probably know best as the guy with the best-selling book about a near-d...
12:59 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Giant strawDalek
Snugbury's, an ice-cream shop in Cheshire, England, has erected a 35' tall, six tonne straw dalek. It moves its gun turret and plays audio.    ...
12:54 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Criminalizing Journalism: Manning, Media andYou
Illustration: Reuters/William Hennessy On Tuesday, Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy for leaking 700,000 classified government documents, including a video of an American airstrike in ...
12:23 pm PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing NSA's new meanings for commonterms
The ACLU's Jameel Jaffer and Brett Max Kaufman have compiled a NSA lexicon, listing the made-up, nonsensical meanings that the NSA has assigned to common words, in order to defend their criminality.&n...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Private-Public Surveillance Partnership: how the private sector has become an arm of theNSA
A law that required you to give a list of all your friendships to the NSA would die in a hail of political outrage.    ...
10:46 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage celebrities' passportphoto-pages
The Guardian rounds up the passport photo-pages of various glamorous and celebrity personages of the 50s and 60s. I'm very partial to both Einstein and Janis Joplin's.    ...
10:11 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Sex-doll traffic-calmer; Video game quilts; TSA declares war on adolescentsarcasm
One year ago today Traffic hacks: elderly woman in China ties sex doll to tree to slow motorists: An elderly woman in China who lived near a pedestrian crossing that drivers often speed through found ...
09:00 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing The rebirth of Omniand itsvibe
Glenn Fleishman on the imminent reboot of the legendary science and science fiction magazine.    ...
01:16 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing The Daniel ClowesReader
Daniel Clowes ranks among the top three of four greatest living cartoonists. I've been following his work since 1986, when I came across his Fantagraphics comic book Lloyd Llewellyn, about a retrofutu...
12:45 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing The best article about the MotoX
Is John Herrman's succinct poem. It is what it is. [Buzzfeed]    ...
12:09 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing EFF: MIT was not "neutral" on Aaron Swartz; actively assisted in hisprosecution
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Legal Director Cindy Cohn writes in detail about the MIT report on its involvement in Aaron Swartz's prosecution.    ...
12:09 am PDT - Fri, August 2, 2013
BoingBoing UPDATED: EFF: MIT was not "neutral" on Aaron Swartz; actively assisted in hisprosecution
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Legal Director Cindy Cohn writes in detail about the MIT report on its involvement in Aaron Swartz's prosecution.    ...
10:55 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Porn v. reality: withfood!
"Porn Sex vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food" is some extremely funny -- and sexually significant -- stuff, and has one of those absolutely perfect titles that require no explanation at...
10:47 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing German animation explains the evils of ubiquitoussurveillance
"berwachungsstaat - Was ist das?" is a short animation narrated in German (with English subtitles) that does a very good job of explaining the evils of mass surveillance.    ...
09:51 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Molly Crabapple goes to GuantanamoBay
Artist Molly Crabapple visited Guantanamo Bay and documented the bizarre conditions in which men cleared of all crimes are held without charge at a cost of millions, forever, in some of the harshest c...
08:10 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Rucker meed Godel; Drawing a chicken every day; Sen Norm Coleman germinates aclue
One year ago today When Rudy Rucker met Kurt Gdel: Science fiction writer and mathematician Rudy Rucker -- surely one of the world's all-time happiest mutants -- met with Kurt Gdel on three occasions,...
06:47 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing How a crook defrauded an online crimeBBS
HackBB is a popular underground BBS for computer criminals; last March it went down after a prominent user and administrator called Boneless stole all the funds in an escrow service used by criminals ...
06:25 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting LARP-based curriculummaterials
Seekers Unlimited's $8,000 Kickstarter is raising funds to update their classroom live-action role-playing games to adhere to the new Common Core State Standards.    ...
05:09 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Amanda Palmer: "Dear DailyMail"
After the UK tabloid the Daily Mail "reviewed" Amanda Palmer's Glastonbury appearance by reporting extensively on the fact that one of her breasts "escaped" her bra, Palmer responded with a dandy son...
05:08 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing The alternative to anti-science is not blindpro-science
Alice Bell has a really interesting and challenging essay up that the Guardian talking about apparent contradictions where people tout themselves as being on the side of science with one issue (say, c...
04:41 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing NSA bribed UK spooks GBP100M for spyingprivileges
"The top secret payments are set out in documents which make clear that the Americans expect a return on the investment, and that GCHQ has to work hard to meet their demands.    ...
04:35 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Raising funds for a sensible guide to cannabisregulation
Will sez, "Transform Drug Policy Foundation have created a manual which they would like to distribute to policy makers in the UK.    ...
04:20 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Moto X, a new telephone, has wood veneeroption
Steven Levy reports for Wired on Google-owned Motorola's attractive new handset, the Moto X, the fruit of a two-year project to reduce the company's phone lineup from 45 products to "essentially 5 or ...
04:03 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Physics slam (on ice!) tomorrow inMinneapolis
Tomorrow night you can catch physicists from around the country, competing to see who can explain their research in the best, funniest, most awe-inspiring way possible.    ...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing The NYT can spend multiple paragraphs avoiding quoting a naughtyword
Yes, this is old, but it's on Twitter again today, so it's new enough: Joe Coscarelli's perfectly foul-mounted demand that the New York Times let itself quote naughty words, citing the circumlocutory ...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Trolling Effects: a database of patenttrolls
Trolling Effects is a new clearinghouse for information about patent trolls, inspired by the excellent Chilling Effects, which meticulously tracks bogus takedown and censorship efforts.  &nb...
02:50 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Schneier: NSA secrecy killstrust
Bruce Schneier's CNN op-ed, "NSA secrets kill our trust," argues that the spin and lies from the NSA erode trust and can "destroy our country." This sort of thing can destroy our country.  ...
02:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing The strangely unsettling motivational posters of SiliconValley
The "Startup Vitamins Monster Pack" is a set of 20 vaguely motivational, vaguely creepy posters designed to get Silicon Valley in gear.    ...
02:14 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Fisherman cuts self out of shark,Sharknado-style
A fisherman from Victoria, Australia, climbed inside the shark he had captured, poked an arm through its lifeless gills, and staged this incredible shot for posterity.    ...
01:58 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Aevin Dugas has the world's largestafro
Four foot, four inches in circumference. "She believes her voluminous hair may have grown even bigger, but she cannot reveal its size until Guinness take an official measurement." [Video Link, Daily M...
01:47 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing New York writer claims she was visited by joint terrorism task force for googling pressurecookers
What the hell, America? Periodic Boing Boing contributor Michelle Catalano claims she was internet-profiled and then "visited" at home by joint terrorism task force investigators who she says found he...
01:44 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Make a "laser grid" obstacle course withyarn
The Inspirations 4 Your Life tumblr had a great suggestion for entertaining your kids: "Make a 'laser grid' by taping yarn to the walls and let your kids try to get though it.    ...
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing One weird trick for sleazy marketingsuccess
Armed with a cheap laptop and a pre-paid debit card, Alex Kaufman figures out what happens when you actually buy something from on one of those One Weird Trick ads.    ...
01:29 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Check out this genius, low-tech coffee-freshness-monitoringhack
I'm sitting at a general aviation airport lobby in Florida, where my boyfriend's about to fly a plane to carry us somewhere interesting.    ...
01:12 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Stephen Colbert on Bradley Manning trial: "We, the American People, Are theEnemy"
On the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert nails it on the Bradley Manning verdict: we have met the enemy, and he is us.    ...
01:06 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Make your own hipsterlogo
The hipster logo design guide offers simple instructions for branding your latest artisanal beat. Did I get it right? [FastCo]    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Extra charges for Bradley Manning because he used acomputer
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Trevor Timm explains a disturbing and overlooked fact about the trial of Bradley Manning; the charge-sheet against him included two separate felonies under the Com...
12:43 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing TGI Friday franchisee fined over booze swapclaim
A top TGI Friday's franchisee will pay $500,000 after claims that it refilled bottles of premium booze with cheap swill.    ...
12:35 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Manning court-martial: sentencing phase continues, with governmentwitnesses
The sentencing phase in the court-martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning is ongoing at Fort Meade, Maryland. On Tuesday, judge Col. Denise R.    ...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Children, 7 and 10, were under lifetime gag order in frackingsettlement
After their home was "ruined" by nearby drilling operations, Stephanie and Christopher Hallowich were so frightened of the potential effects that, in return for a settlement, they agreed to a gag orde...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Children, 7 and 10, faced "lifetime gag" in frackingsettlement
A natural gas well is drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. After their home was "ruined" by nearby drilling operations, Stephanie and Christopher Hallowich were so frightened of the ...
11:55 am PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Ancient Grumpy CatLOLs
Yesterday, guest blogger Madeleine Johnson had a story here about a piece of ancient Peruvian pottery — in the shape of a very grumpy little cat.    ...
11:41 am PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Marriage proposal by way of a modded vintage consolegame
A redditor called EquinnoxX wanted to propose to his girlfriend, so he hacked an NES console-game cartridge called Contra so that it delivered the proposal in the course of the gameplay.  &n...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Excerpt from "Delilah Dirk" -- swashbuckling, YAadventure-comic
Tor.com has just published a preview of Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, a wonderful, forthcoming graphic novel due at the end of August (I've got a review queued up for publication-day). ...
10:40 am PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Sony makesprofit
Just $35m, but its strategy of going back to high-end, high-margin gear seems to be working: expect more fancy Android phones, RX-series cameras, and 4K televisions.    ...
10:33 am PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing German newspapers go back to Google after winning right to be excluded fromit
After lobbying for laws to allow them to opt out of Google's search results, German newspapers have opted right back in again.    ...
10:21 am PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing When I WasSmall
Sara O'Leary was kind enough to send me a copy of her picture-book, When I Was Small , which recounts a bedtime story told by Henry's mother to Henry.    ...
12:02 am PDT - Thu, August 1, 2013
BoingBoing Prominent politicians and negotiators in poor countries speak out againstTPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a sweeping, secret global treaty that sets out many corporatist policies by which countries surrender their national interest and sovereignty in favor of corporations,...
11:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing What FPRGs can teach us aboutgold
"Look at games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Dungeons and Dragons, or the original Final Fantasy. In those games, gold is the money, and you often get gold not by doing an honest day's work, but by ...
11:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing What FRPGs can teach us aboutgold
"Look at games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Dungeons and Dragons, or the original Final Fantasy. In those games, gold is the money, and you often get gold not by doing an honest day's work, but by ...
09:51 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing NSA-loving, Internet-hating Rep Mike Rogers' staffers say criticism is"defamation"
Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI) is a former FBI spook turned Congressman. In addition to being an authoritarian creep (he was one of CISPA's co-sponsors) who hates Internet users (he dismissed CISPA's millions...
08:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Sub-$1000 3D scanner onKickstarter
A team from Oxford University has launched a $75,000 Kickstarter to go into production on a point-and-shoot 3D scanner called Fuel3D that will retail for about $1000 (though there are a limited number...
07:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing If recording your calls without a playing them back isn'tsurveillance...
...then downloading music without listening to it isn't piracy    ...
07:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing If recording your calls without playing them back isn'tsurveillance...
...then downloading music without listening to it isn't piracy    ...
07:02 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Household 3D printers pay for themselves in shortorder
Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open-source 3-D printers (paywall link), a new paper published in Mechatronics, examines the cost of common household objects and calcula...
06:54 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing X-ray of a spacesuit
The above image is an x-ray of an experimental space suit from 1968. This x-ray and others are on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum as part of "Suited for Space," a special ex...
06:41 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Tracking emoji use onTwitter
emojitracker shows "realtime emoji use on twitter." So much love and prayer. (Thanks, Sarah Smith!)    ...
06:34 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Stanley Kubrick's favefilms
What were Stanley Kubrick's favorite films? The British Film Institute synthesizes various sources into an annotated list and essay. Here are just a few of his picks: * The Phantom Carriage (Victor S...
06:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Onion accurately predicts GOP opposition to anti-asteroidinitiative
Congressional Republicans are fighting Obama's plan to put a base on the moon and use it to launch an asteroid-capture program which would give NASA some practice in deflecting future asteroid-strikes...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: Win freetickets!
Want to joins us for Boing Boing: Ingenuity on August 18 in San Francisco? It's free but tickets are very limited. Of course, we have a handful of tickets to give away! Here's how to win the first rou...
04:50 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Notional, literary Ben and Jerry'sflavors
From Quirk Books: a collection of shooped Ben and Jerry's flavors inspired by great books. Keep Cool this National Ice Cream Month with Book-Inspired Flavors!    ...
04:44 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing A book you play on yourrecord-player
Tim sez, "Famous Class is putting out on as a flexidisc spiral notebook of singles recorded live at Death By Audio.The cover is designed by Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bol (along with art from Matt...
04:30 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing NSA capo heckled at Black Hatconference
Noted perjuror and NSA Director Keith Alexander appeared onstage at the Black Hat security conference today, where he was heckled by audience members, notably a 30-year-old security consultant named J...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing AT-ST steampunkdesk-lamp
The AT-SP Steampunk Walker desk lamp is for sale in WWWorks's Etsy store, and ships from Budapest. Its legs are jointed, as is its brass boiler.    ...
03:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Brown? In London? Papersplease.
(Photo: NRBrizzle) In London today, members of the UK Border Agency were stopping people of color at various tube stations and demanding that they show identity papers.    ...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Little Brother-themed team scavenger hunt coming to SanFrancisco!
My novel Little Brother is the "One City One Book" pick for the San Francisco Public Library this year; and in its honor, they've put together an amazing city-wide scavenger hunt called "Rogue Agent."...
02:46 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Spooky two-sentence horrorstory
A Reddit thread called What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences produced this damned spooky entry by justAnotherMuffledVo: I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, Da...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: Win freetickets!
Want to joins us for Boing Boing: Ingenuity on August 18 in San Francisco? It's free but tickets are very limited. Of course, we have a handful of tickets to give away! Here's how to win the first rou...
02:35 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Prisoner squeezes through visitation partition in daringescape
BBC News on a remarkable jailbreak: "CCTV footage captures Derrick Estell fleeing from the prison in Garland County before making off for the car park." He outran his pursuers and is still at large.&...
02:28 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing After Bradley Manning's mixed verdict, trial moves to sentencingphase
On Tuesday, Col. Denise Lind, the military judge in Bradley Manning's court-martial, found the former Army intelligence officer guilty of 20 of 22 charges brought by the government against him. &...
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing MIT report after Aaron Swartz's suicide clears MIT of anywrongdoing
John Schwartz at the New York Times: "A long-awaited report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the university made mistakes but engaged in no wrongdoing in the ca...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Creepy British school bans skirts and blouses for "unladylike"girls
At one British school, little girls shall henceforth not wear skirts or blouses, lest eyes be drawn to that which lies beneath.    ...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Creepy British school bans skirts and blouses over "unladylike"girls
At one British school, little girls shall henceforth not wear skirts or blouses, lest eyes be drawn to that which lies beneath.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Google flips on net neutrality: all pirates want to beadmirals
For years, Google has intervened in regulatory and court proceedings on the side of net neutrality (except for its embarrassing and inexcusable joint filing with Verizon on mobile rules).  &...
01:50 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a DRM-free science-fiction game: Revolution60
Four-time Hugo award winner Frank Wu writes, "Revolution 60 is a highly cinematic game developed by Giant Spacekat, a mostly-female team of game developers based out of Boston.    ...
01:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Zynga sues over "Bang withFriends"
Game clone factory Zynga is planning legal action against the makers of "Bang With Friends", an app that helps horny Facebookers hook up with similarly needy friends.    ...
01:23 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Sleep cycles fluctuate with lunar phases, according to newstudy
Swiss researchers say they've found evidence that the lunar cycle may affect human sleep patterns. "Melatonin levels, total sleep time and delta sleep time (the deepest sleep, as recorded by EEG) reac...
01:21 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: Win freetickets!
Want to joins us for Boing Boing: Ingenuity on August 18 in San Francisco? It's free but tickets are very limited. Of course, we have a handful of tickets to give away! Here's how to win the first rou...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 105: Gareth Branwyn and JimMcCann
Your browser does not support the audio tag. This week's episode of Gweek is sponsored by Rickshaw Bagworks, manufacturers of San Francisco-made messenger bags, backpacks, and laptop sleeves. ...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: "Hoss" Hound's Farmin'Life
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hollingsworth "Hoss" Hound shows that in America, only hard work earns your daily bread.    ...
12:53 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing UK to ban private investigation without alicense
Working as an private detective is to be made illegal in England and Wales without a "license." The BBC: The Home Office said it wanted to "ensure rigorous standards" in an industry where "rogue inves...
12:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing You gotta see this excellent ID card belonging to a Pastafarian guy in the CzechRepublic
Not even gonna bother doing anything more than Google Translate on this article about Pirate Party member and Pastafarian believer Luk Nov in the Czech Republic: Department of identity cards to the Ci...
12:48 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Orgy on a semiconductor; Best Comic-Con Star Wars cosplayers; Is that album RIAAaffiliated?
One year ago today Nudists on a semiconductor: Infineon Technologies' Lim Saw Sing discovered a colony of microscopic nudists having an orgy on the surface of an integrated circuit.   &...
12:29 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Scottish police apologize for "tit"tweet
The Scottish Police apologized after an insulting tweet, posted on its own account, described a conservative panelist on a talk show as "making a right tit of it".    ...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Yes, there's a Taiwanese animated explainer video of the Bradley Manningverdict
Thanks to Jessica Wu of nma.com.tw for pointing us to this (inevitable) video explainer of yesterday's news in the Bradley Manning trial.    ...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Have you watched the latest hand-picked videos in our Boing Boing videoarchives?
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Ominous teaser video released for Breaking Bad's final episodes • Sombear: "Love You In The Dark" (music ...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Nvidia Shield, portable game console,reviewed
Nvidia's Shield is the chipmaker's big push into an already well-stocked portable gaming field. Sony and Nintendo sell millions of handsets, yet their lunch's been conspicuously eaten by Apple's iPhon...
12:05 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Science fiction/crime short movie starring Pee-WeeHerman
"The Final Moments of Karl Brant" is a taut, well-made 15-minute short film (starring Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens!) about a murder victim who is uploaded to a computer and interrogated in order to ...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Great Firewall of Cameron goes mandatory, ISPs required to buy magic no-false-positive beans, aswell
Britain's Great Firewall of Cameron has just made the jump from "voluntary" to "mandatory." The UK government has announced that the demand that all ISPs offer an opt-out "adult content" filter will s...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Ingenuity: Win freetickets!
Want to joins us for Boing Boing: Ingenuity on August 18 in San Francisco? It's free but tickets are very limited. Of course, we have a handful of tickets to give away! Here's how to win the first rou...
11:45 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Patent life: how the Supreme Court fellshort
You can't patent the building blocks of life, but you can patent a type of synthetic DNA that contains all the same information. Maggie Koerth-Baker explains how the Justices misunderstood the science...
11:43 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Samsung accused of cheating benchmarkscores
Cellphone maker Samsung was accused of configuring the Galaxy S4 to perform better in benchmarking tests; its response claims innocence.    ...
11:34 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Ominous teaser video released for Breaking Bad's finalepisodes
Look upon this video, ye mighty, and despair, for after these final eight episodes there will be no more Breaking Bad.    ...
11:26 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Real talk on what it's like to survivecancer
"An acquaintance once asked me how I felt about cancer, now that its 'all over,' now that I know I was destined to survive.    ...
11:18 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing How ad networks could be use to create a million-strongbotnet
Jeremiah Grossman and Matt Johansen's Black Hat presentation "Million Browser Botnet" demonstrated a real-world attack whereby ad networks were tricked into serving malicious code that caused browsers...
11:11 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Greenwald drops another Snowden scoop on NSA internet surveillance programXKeyscore
At the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald writes: "A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Exclusive: Trailer and preview for Paul Pope's BattlingBoy
I'm very excited to be able to launch the trailer for graphic novelist Paul Pope's new book Battling Boy, a major release from FirstSecond that hits shelves in October.    ...
09:34 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing The real Web TV: Chromecast, Apple orRoku?
The people at Google charged with putting Web multimedia on TV haven't just spent the last few years getting kicked around the living room: The new Chromecast shows the company's learned something fro...
09:00 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Meet Ancient Peru's own GrumpyCat
Grumpy Cat, Shocked Cat, Lil Bub their images are the currency of the web, passed between friends, family, and co-workers.    ...
05:04 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Giant panorama of Tokyo from the TokyoTower
Jeffrey from 360 Cities sez, "I have spent the last few months working on the Tokyo Tower Gigapixel. This is the second-largest panorama I have ever made, but it is my #1 favorite overall.  ...
02:43 am PDT - Wed, July 31, 2013
BoingBoing Bubble-wrap laying/poppingbike
Eric Buss, a "comedy magician," built a bicycle with a bubble-wrap roll on its front fork, which lays down its own satisfyingly poppy trail ahead of its leading edge.    ...