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09:43 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing You Are Not So Smart 009: The Psychology ofArguing
You are Not So Smart is a new addition to Boing Boing's line-up of terrific podcasts! It's hosted by David McRaney, a journalist and self-described psychology nerd.    ...
09:41 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing Soviet plane-spottinghead-gear
Drakegoodman scanned this 1917-ish photo of Soviet planespotters in exotic headgear; according to a commenter, the binox are focused at infinity "so that when you found the source of the sound by turn...
08:17 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing A Crystal Blue Heart Of Darkness: Final thoughts before the Breaking Badfinale
Kevin McFarland looks back on Season 5 of Breaking Bad, in advance of the final episode. All Bad things must come to an end, but what a good Bad thing this series has been.    ...
08:17 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing A Crystal Blue Heart Of Darkness: Final thoughts before the 'Breaking Bad'finale
Kevin McFarland looks back on Season 5 of "Breaking Bad," in advance of the final episode. All Bad things must come to an end, but what a good Bad thing this series has been. Spoilers.  &nbs...
06:37 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing Beautiful, astronomical kinetic steampunkclock
Art Donovan sez, "After four months of deep 'design and build', I finally completed this commission for my client. But, alas, it won't be installed in time, as it is now going to be featured in the Na...
05:14 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing 32 helpful everydaytips
I'm not sure if these 32 tips really work, but I'm going to give them a try. Here are four: Stop: Stop: Play.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Princess Vader in Disneyland; Olympics trademark Canadian national anthem; Downhill Battlelaunched
One year ago today Princess Vader goes to Disneyland: This little girl reportedly visited Disneyland with her parents in her adorable princess Vader Hallowe'en costume, taking it for a test drive.&nbs...
02:51 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad: Bracing for the 'Felina'finale
The final episode of "Breaking Bad" titled "Felina" airs tonight on the AMC cable television network, and on the torrents.    ...
01:21 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing Top UK cop calls for end to war on drugs, legalization of Class Asubstances
Pity the British establishment. Like their American counterparts, they keep insisting -- against all evidence -- that they're winning the war on drugs, that drugs are an unimaginable scourge and far w...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing No one harmed in Whac-a-Mole/Rock-a-Fire band warehouseexplosion
Thankfully, no humans were harmed by last week's explosion in Aaron Fechter's warehouse in Orlando, FL, but it did leave "robots scattered around burning rubble." Fechter invented both the Whac-a-Mole...
10:08 am PDT - Sun, September 29, 2013
BoingBoing Public Resource kickstarting free, open publication of the world's safetystandards
We've written often about Carl Malamud, the rogue archivist who has devoted his life to making the world's laws, standards, and publicly owned information into free, accessible, beautiful online docum...
11:49 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing Steampunk PC fromDatamancer
Datamancer is selling an astounding steampunk PC on eBay (starting bid: $14K), whose every detail is awesome in every day, from the fool-the-eye case that appears to be full of brassworks to the brass...
09:42 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing Just look at End Cape's tattooedbananas.
Just look at them. You've Never Seen Tattoos Like Banana Tattoos (Thanks, Dean!)     ...
06:35 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing Dinosaur toy, made inspace
This lovely stuffed toy dinosaur was created by ISS/Nasa flight engineer Karen Nyberg for her three year old son, created from scraps left aboard the station.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: TV news programs don't debunk political ads that pay their bills; Make your own Planet of the Apes tunic; Males doomed toextinction
One year ago today TV news programs ignore false claims in the thousands of political ads that pay their bills: Are these stations offering any local news coverage to debunk the lies in these ads?&nbs...
02:57 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing DiFi admits that the NSA is wiretapping the Internet'sbackbone
Ever since whistleblower Mark Klein revealed that he'd build a secret wiretapping room for the NSA at AT&T's San Francisco switching center, we've known that the NSA was illegally wiretapping the...
02:25 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing NSA has, as the paranoids warned us, been studying the social ties of Americans through ourdata
James Risen and Laura Poitras, two journalists who have experienced first-hand the consequences of pissing off the federal government in the course of performing uncompromising investigative journalis...
02:11 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing Short documentary on 2 cool teen metalheads, 'Unlocking theTruth'
I'm loving this short film about two sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn. There is a particular moment right before fame strikes a young musician between the full flowering of talent and...
01:53 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing FBI: We know you're innocent, but you're not getting off the No-Fly list unless you rat out yourfriends
An ACLU report on the FBI called Unleashed and Unaccountable details how three ACLU clients were added to the no-fly list, and were told by FBI agents that though they were understood to be innocent o...
01:09 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing Clear coating five times more impact-resistant than Gorilla Glass2
Rhino Shield is a clear coating for Gorilla Glass (used in most smart phones) that was developed from a Kickstarter fundraising effort.    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing EFF racks up another courtroom victory over the NSA: damning docs tofollow
The Electronic Frontier Foundation continues to rack up victories in its Jewel v NSA suit, through which it has been suing the US spy agency over illegal mass-surveillance for nearly a decade (three s...
10:37 am PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing GNU is 30 years old today -- helpcelebrate
Willie sez, "Thirty years ago today, Richard Stallman sent out the GNU system announcement, sparking a conversation that has grown into the global free software movement.    ...
10:20 am PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing How Miss Teen USA's sextortionist gotcaught
This week, the FBI arrested a 19-year-old computer science student named Jared James Abrahams for tricking young women into installing malicious software on their computers, software that let him cove...
09:11 am PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing Don't miss our interview with Breaking Bad science advisor and chemistry professor Dr. Donna J. Nelson(video)
Don't miss Boing Boing's video interview with Dr. Donna J. Nelson, science advisor to the television series "Breaking Bad." The show's final episode airs this coming Sunday night on AMC.  &...
08:56 am PDT - Sat, September 28, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday
"Kitten Family Hanging Out," shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Jon Siegel. "This family of cute kittens suddenly appeared near my apartment," he says.    ...
11:41 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Steampunk NES; Cardboard duvet; Volumetricvideos
One year ago today Steampunk Nintendo casemod: Redditor Andrew5785 refurbed an elderly Nintendo system for a covetous steampunk nephew. Five years ago today Cardboard duvet set: Proceeds from the sale...
10:11 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Judge requires patent troll to explain its "Mr Sham"business
Patent trolls are mushrooming all over the world, thriving on the billions that they're able to extract from productive companies with their absurd patents and transparent extortion attempts. &nb...
09:38 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Cartoon version of Bukowski's "air and light and time and space"poem
Someone once asked Charles Bukowski what compelled him to write. His answer: "An idiotic urge." That's a short way of what he said in this poem, beautifully illustrated at Zen Pencils (Motto: "Cartoon...
09:27 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad comic fan art: Walt and Jesse do Twinkies, by BrendanTobin
Illustrator Brendan Tobin created this wonderful "fake ad" comic. One frame is shown above; I can't find the original on his site; a copy of the full comic is here.    ...
09:00 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Demonic Colonel Sanders ketchuppack
I haven't eaten at a KFC since it was called Kentucky Fried Chicken. But now I want to take my kids there just so I can do this.    ...
07:15 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing You Are Not So Smart 009: The Psychology ofArguing
You are Not So Smart is a new addition to Boing Boing's line-up of terrific podcasts! It's hosted by David McRaney, a journalist and self-described psychology nerd.    ...
07:01 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Insurance industry pricing climate risk as a deadcertainty
Insurance underwriters generally operate in the real world, where science trumps ideology (that's why terrorism insurance is pretty darned cheap -- despite the politically successful posturing of our ...
06:32 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Gay Pasta War heatsup
After Barilla chairman Guido Barilla announced in a radio interview that "he would never do (a commercial) with a homosexual family," his competitor Bertolli started posting delightfully saucy images ...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing On the auction block - Creepy magazine fan club button and membershipcard
Creepy and Eerie were black-and-white comic story magazines from the 1960s that absorbed the talent from Tales from the Crypt and EC's other comics after bluenosed panic merchants put them out of busi...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Allies: meth merchants and bigpharma
In Mother Jones, Jonah Engle investigates the business of "shake and bake" methamphetamine labs and how legal drug manufacturers help illegal drug manufacturers stay in business by fighting to keep cr...
04:16 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad in abarrel
Available for pre-order, Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-Ray in a barrel that includes the full run of the show plus 55 hours of special features, a two-hour documentary, booklet, challenge coin...
03:50 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Librivox gets a new look: 7,000Plus free, openaudiobooks
Librivox -- the volunteer-driven project to record free, open audiobook versions of public-domain books -- has had a redesign, showcasing its 7,000+ title collection.    ...
03:31 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Dead Kennedys play "Holiday In Cambodia"(1982)
Dead Kennedys perform "Holiday In Cambodia" in 1982 on the pioneering Los Angeles TV program New Wave Theater. The song appears on their still-killer debut LP, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.&nbs...
03:31 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Dead Kennedys perform "Holiday In Cambodia"(1982)
Dead Kennedys perform "Holiday In Cambodia" in 1982 on the pioneering Los Angeles TV program New Wave Theater. The song appears on DK's still-killer debut LP, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. ...
03:13 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Feral "Forest Boy" was afibber
Remember Ray the "Forest Boy" who showed up at Berlin's City Hall in 2011 claiming he had been living a feral life in the woods for five years and didn't know much about himself besides his first name...
02:57 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Exclusive: Orange is the New Black characters drawn as ghosts by DoogieHorner
The terrific humorist and cartoonist Doogie Horner, who wrote last year's hit Everything Explained Through Flowcharts, has a new book out called 100 Ghosts, which consists of drawings of well-known pe...
02:56 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing VW Beetle with rooftopcamper
I'm posting this to make Jason jealous (Via Tiny House Pins).    ...
02:49 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Steve Albini's letter toNirvana
Included with the new "Super Deluxe Edition" of Nirvana's In Utero is a proposal letter that legendary audio engineer/musician Steve Albini wrote to the band before signing up to produce the album.&nb...
02:44 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Massive set of old kids' bookcovers
Toekneesan sez, "I've been scanning the covers of my extensive and eclectic collection of children's books and the subject matter of the books, combined with some pretty awesome mid-century graphics, ...
02:33 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing The stunt that got Elvis Costello banned from Saturday NightLive
When Elvis Costello was on Saturday Night Live in 1997 he abruptly playing one song and jumped into Radio Radio. It was reported that Lorne Michaels "raised his middle finger at Costello and kept it u...
02:14 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Gonzo essay on the limits of chipdesign
The term "gonzo journalism" gets thrown around pretty loosely, generally referring to stuff that's kind of shouty or over-the-top, but really gonzo stuff is completely, totally bananas.  &nb...
01:55 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Star Wars pencilskirts
The Mary Sue has an impressive selection of links to Star Wars pencil skirts; two from Etsy's Engram Clothing (Stormtrooper, AT-AT) and a forthcoming space-battle/Millennium Falcon skirt from Hot Topi...
01:50 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent old pencil ad in Life magazine(1964)
Michael Leddy of Orange Crate Art wrote about his favorite pencil, the Eberhard Faber Mongol (ad copy: “writers say it actually stimulates flow of thoughts”), and included this attractive ...
01:43 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad Science Advisor Dr. Donna J. Nelson: the Boing Boing Videointerview
[Video Link] PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien and I interview Dr. Donna J. Nelson, science advisor to the television series "Breaking Bad." The show's final episode airs this coming Sunday nig...
01:40 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Barilla pasta chairman tells gay people to "eat pasta from anothermanufacturer"
"I would never do (a commercial) with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect but because we don't agree with them.    ...
01:16 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Reader-created Boing Boing BBS game 'Badass Space Dragon,' Round 4--Kill DonMondo'
Boing Boing reader Patrick Race has created and managed a really awesome game in our Boing Boing BBS, which we editors had absolutely nothing to do with creating, but totally love!   &n...
12:45 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Keith Alexander affirms his intention to collect all Americans'data
At yesterday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearings, NSA boss Keith Alexander and top spy James Clapper evaded, blocked, and dodged questions from elected reps, making a mockery of the idea that the...
12:39 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Students defeat iPad restrictions, LA school officials have acow
The Los Angeles Unified School District has decided not to award 300 students for cleverness after the students figured out how to access YouTube and Facebook on the locked-down iPads the district gav...
12:33 pm PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Soon, you might be able to use certain electronic devices during takeoff andlanding
Pilots are allowed to use iPads during takeoff and landing, but passengers aren't. That might change after an FAA advisory committee recommended yesterday that "passengers should be permitted to use s...
11:57 am PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing FBI has been using drones within the USA since 2006, watchdog agencysays
"Operating with almost no public notice, the FBI has spent more than $3 million to operate a fleet of small drone aircraft in domestic investigations," according to a 35-page report released Thursday....
11:44 am PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Seymour Hersh has tough words for Obama, NSA, 'pathetic' USmedia
The Guardian interviews Seymour Hersh, whom the GOP once described as "the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist".    ...
11:40 am PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Krokodil, Russia's rot-your-flesh zombie dope, appears inPhoenix
Perhaps you've heard tell of Krokodil, an injectable street-drug popular in Russia that causes your skin to go green and scaly and eventually to rot off all the way to the bone at injection sites, and...
11:20 am PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Seej: a 3D printed, free real-world tower defensegame
Zhreng3's Seej is a free/open 3D printable tabletop war-game, a real-world tower-defense game you print and play at home. Seej's players come up with all sorts of innovations that are integrated into ...
11:18 am PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Iran's Revolutionary Guard announces new attack drone with thousand-milerange
On their sepahnews.com website, the Revolutionary Guard of Iran today unveiled an attack drone that can travel up to 1700km (1062 mi), has a 24-hour non-stop flight capability, can carry up to 8 bombs...
09:46 am PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing David Byrne's "How Music Works" updated and inpaperback
Back in 2012, I reviewed How Music Works, David Byrne's best book to date, an absolutely vital text explaining not only the biology, politics and aesthetics of music (and all art, really), but also th...
05:00 am PDT - Fri, September 27, 2013
BoingBoing Iphone fingerprint hacker on the limits of biometrics forsecurity
Jan "Starbug" Krissler, the Chaos Computer Club researcher who broke the fingerprint reader security on the new Iphone, had given a long interview to Ziet Online explaining his process and his thought...
11:12 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing At least a dozen 'Loveint' episodes identified by NSA InspectorGeneral
How do I love thee? Let the National Security Agency count the ways. On at least twelve occasions in the past ten years, NSA employees illegally listened in on phone calls of girlfriends, boyfriends, ...
10:35 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Sea Dragon(photo)
Image of a Leafy Seadragon fish (Phycodurus eques) native to the southern and western coasts of Australia. Shot by Boing Boing reader John K.    ...
09:41 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Janis Joplin's final interview,animated
PBS Digital Studios have created a series of hand-drawn animations to accompany classic interviews with worthy personages; here is their accompaniment to Janis Joplin's final interview, recorded four...
07:11 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Bo Diddley's essential guide to drugs, food, health, money, cows, andwomen
Bo Diddley went around the block a few times, so heed this advice. Alcohol and Drugs Only drink Grand Marnier, and that’s to keep the throat from drying up in a place where there’s a lot ...
05:34 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Verizon wants to slow down your favorite websites unless they paybribes
Robbo sez, "Alternet reports on Verizon's stated plan to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order and charge selective tolls for access to internet content." At its core V...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mass anti-surveillance demonstration in DC on Oct26
Rainey from EFF sez, "On the weekend of October 26 -- the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act -- thousands of people from across the political spectrum will unite in Washington, D.C...
04:26 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Back to the Future meets KnightRider
Knight Rider to the Future    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Decrypting Rita: science-fictional webcomic about parallel worlds and doomedromance
Egypt Urnash sez, "'Decrypting Rita' is a SF comic I've been working on for the past couple years. It's about a robot lady who's dragged outside of reality by her ex-boyfriend; she's got to pull herse...
03:28 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Bees close up. Veryclose.
Biologist Sam Droege photographs insects for U.S. Geological Surveys Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab. Check out the amazing Flickr stream here.    ...
03:27 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing An interesting way of explaining scientific certainty and climatechange
There's a new IPCC report coming out and that, inevitably, leads to confusion about what scientists mean when they say things like "we are 95% certain that climate change is being caused by human beha...
03:26 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Short video on origins of Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki andNavi
From TED Ed: "What do Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish have in common?    ...
03:16 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Saturday is MuseumDay!
This weekend you can get free admission to museums across North America, as part of Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day. Unfortunately, there are limitations and this isn't just a bunch of museums throw...
03:13 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Harry Harwood Garrison, player piano restorer, magician, smoke ring-blower,RIP
Harry Harwood Garrison of Cincinnati, Ohio died last week at age 77. Sounds like an amazing guy; wish I'd know him!    ...
03:10 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Tragic rabies death inChina
A 41-year-old Chinese man died from a rabies infection that he picked up in an attempt to save his son from the disease.    ...
03:05 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing The MichiganDogman
The Grand Haven Tribune's Kevin Collier reports on the Dogman, a cryptid that apparently rears its ugly head from time to time in West Michigan.    ...
02:59 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Surprisingly handy smallcrowbar
As a locksmith, holding open a door while working on it (or preventing it from relocking) is a daily event at least, for me.    ...
02:57 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Lavabit's attorneys want court to unseal casefiles
"Attorneys for an encrypted email service provider that suddenly shut down last month amid murmurings of potential government inference have asked a federal appeals court to unseal portions of their c...
02:56 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Fish caught offshore from Fukushima hit markets in Japantoday
Fish caught off the Fukushima Prefecture coastline in Japan are being sold starting today, reports Mainichi, "after fisheries cooperatives here resumed test fishing" and after the fish themselves were...
02:54 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing The first integratedcircuit
NOVA's Tim De Chant posted this awesome photo of the Kilby Solid Circuit, the first working example of a miniaturized electric circuit that combined all the necessary structures onto a single chip.&n...
02:53 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Sesame Street gang, The Roots, and Jimmy Fallonsing!
The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and the Sesame Street gang sing a rousing rendition of "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?    ...
02:52 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Today's three funniest drug-n-crimes relatedheadlines
"$300K Worth Of Pot In Birthday Wrapping Paper Found At LAX." "Suspected cocaine worth millions found in kidney bean cans in Mass." And "ATF lost track of 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes in sting op...
02:46 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad' Heisenberg rubberstamp
A $15 stamp, hand-carved in rubber and glued to a wood stump "on whose back you can see the master printed in black ink." And the master, of course is Heisenberg himself.    ...
02:39 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing AcidDreams
Acid Dreams, by Tau Zero, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Shot with a Nikon D40. What is it?    ...
02:27 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Betting onBitcoin
"On Thursday, SecondMarket is expected to begin raising money for an investment fund the first of its kind in the United States that will hold only bitcoins, giving wealthy investors exposure to the...
02:18 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Senators back bipartisan NSA reform bill to curb USsurveillance
Four senators working on efforts to limit US government spying programs have announced a comprehensive package of surveillance reforms. "The draft bill represented the first sign that key Republican a...
02:16 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing B.F. Skinner totally geeks out over the box he built for hisbaby
The Skinner Box, as applied to human infants, was not what you think it was. Psychologist B.F. Skinner did not raise his daughter inside a box without human contact.    ...
01:30 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Treasure Island Music Festival haiku contestfinalists!
STRFKR (video above) is just one of two dozen artists performing at San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival on October 19 and 20.    ...
01:20 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Rally against mass surveillance, DC, Oct. 26--'Stop WatchingUs'
The team behind Stop Watching Us says: "Since the Snowden leaks started, more than 569,000 people from all walks of life have signed the StopWatching.us petition telling the U.S.   &nb...
01:16 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing A guide to how (and how not to) stash your fat stacks, inspired by BreakingBad
Ladies and gents, bitches and bros, The Breaking Bad Guide to Stashing Your Cash.    ...
01:09 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Baby laughs whilesleeping
Video Link (thanks, Tara McGinley!)    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Banned Books Week librarydisplay
Meghan sez, "My coworker Rachel Moani created this awesome book display for the Lacey Timberland Library highlighting some of the insane reasons books have been banned over the years - including The W...
12:45 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Supercut of Russian pedestrians running intocars
The dash cams will keep these accident-stagers from getting the payout they were hoping for. (Via World's Best Ever)    ...
12:09 pm PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing True Crime Detective Magazines 1924-1969(Gallery)
Eric Godtland and Dian Hanson have lovingly compiled a picture book about crime magazines from the mid-20th century called True Crime Detective Magazines 1924-1969.    ...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a 3D printed, open source hardware robotic/prosthetichand
The Dextrus is crowdfunded, production version of the Open Hand, a 3D-printed, open source hardware prosthetic/robotic hand that is freely licensed and patent-free.    ...
10:50 am PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Open alternatives to MPAA's copyright curriculumpropaganda
Jane from Creative Commons sez, "It has come to our attention that the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and top internet service providers are draf...
10:18 am PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Hickies: colorful rubber replacement laces for your shoes andboots
This summer, I spotted a set of Hickies shoelace replacements in an airport store while killing time between flights. I was attracted to them because they were safety orange, which is my favorite colo...
06:07 am PDT - Thu, September 26, 2013
BoingBoing Help seed 2600's massive BitTorrent archive of hacker radioshows
Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 Magazine sez, "A few weeks ago, 2600 made its entire archive of radio shows available for free on the web in high fidelity.    ...
11:47 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Indie bookstores on therise
The number of members of the American Booksellers' Association is slowly creeping up, a welcome sign after a steep decline from 5500 members in 1995 to 2191 in 2002.    ...
09:54 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Big Content and Big Telcos make copyright propaganda for California publicschools
The MPAA, RIAA, and America's major ISPs have teamed up to produce a stilted, propagandistic copyright curriculum for California's public schools.    ...
08:52 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Easyjet tells law professor he can't fly because he tweeted critical remarks aboutairline
"You're a lawyer. You know u can't tweet stuff like that and expect to get on an @easyJet flight."— Mark Leiser (@mleiser) September 24, 2013 Mark Leiser, a law professor who wri...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Someone in Chicago used a FTL drive to play the market (orcheated)
Last Wednesday's Fed announcement that it would not taper its bond-buying program triggered huge orders on exchanges everywhere. Several of those orders on Chicago exchanges were placed 2-3 millisecon...
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Adding some evidence to copyright's "evidence-freezone"
In the Columbia Journalism Review, Sarah Laskow looks at the empirical research on whether, and how, copyright works. From Christopher Buccafusco et al's experimental work on the motivations for creat...
06:23 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Manyland: a virtual world where you draw stuff and it becomesreal
Philipp sez, "We are two indie developers who just opened the doors to Manyland, a limitless, shared world where you can shape things together with others in any way you want by drawing them... ...
04:50 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing A roundup of Twitter's best 'Green Eggs' Cruzparodies
Dan Froomkin has collected some of today's lulzier Green Eggs and C-Span jokes.    ...
04:46 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Secret Cold War docs show NSA spied onsenators
New, historic NSA weirdness, as reported by Matthew M. Aid and William Burr at Foreign Policy: As Vietnam War protests grew, the U.S.    ...
04:42 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing AIG chief lamely apologizes for comparing outrage over bonuses to lynchings of Blackpeople
The head of insurer American International Group (AIG) offered a half-assed apology for his "poor choice of words" today after outrage spread over his comments likening criticism of banker bonuses wit...
04:41 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a $100 open-source hardware 3Dprinter
The PeachyPrinter is a well-funded Kickstarter project that aims to produce a $100 kit-based 3D printer that outputs photo-cured resin. The kits are meant to be assembled in an hour, and fully assembl...
04:04 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Surveillance video of Navy Yard shooter AaronAlexis
The FBI released surveillance video of Aaron Alexis who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16. According to an FBI spokesperson, Alexis was under the "delusional belief that he ...
03:58 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Outgigering Giger with a "metalicskull"
Buddyjiang's "Metalic Skull" illustration outgigers Giger. It's the kind of thing I'd have killed to have a giant poster of when I was 15.    ...
03:54 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Water-powered jetpack; Jetwing Channel crossing; Evotingvictory
One year ago today Jet pack 'Rocketeer' hopes to fly from SoCal coast to Catalina Island, set world record: Yesterday, some very surprised beachgoers and a few tourist watched as O'Malley gave a demon...
03:42 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Lee Billings exoplanet-obsessed science journalist on Reddit'sAMA
At 3:00 Eastern today, science journalist Lee Billings will be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything. Lee has been a guest blogger at BoingBoing in the past.    ...
03:16 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Seinfeld meets JGBallard
Claire L. Evans examines the classic Seinfeld episode "The Parking Garage" as a "specifically Ballardian nightmare: the pornography of infinity, somehow contained within a New Jersey mall." Like the ...
02:54 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Brewbot: Kickstarting an Arduino-based automated brewingsystem
Jonny sez, "I'm Jonny, from Belfast in Ireland. I was just at XOXO and I've spent over a year working on a project to make brewing simple, accessible, and beautiful.    ...
02:30 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Atheism vs Theism vs Agnosticsism vsGnosticism
A fun cartoon from Pablo Stanley. In my household we have two Agnostic Atheists and two Agnostic Theists. (Via Neatorama)    ...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Popular Science has an evidence-based reason for shutting down its commentsection
Yesterday, the Popular Science website announced that it would no longer allow readers to comment on new stories. Why? Because science, says online editor Suzanne LeBarre, who cited research showing h...
02:16 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Chinese artist's movie about Bay AreaOccupy
James sez, "Chinese artist Li Chen embedded with the Bay Area Occupy movement and created this beautiful film that's also about the frailty of memory and language.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 113: Underground comics legend Denis Kitchen and author PeterBebergal
Your browser does not support the audio tag. Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, TV shows...
01:58 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing The National's Bryce Dessner and KronosQuartet
On Saturday night in Portland between washes of rain, The National performed a magnificent outdoor concert. It was easily one of my favorite shows of the year.    ...
01:29 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of awful Bart Simpson bootlegt-shirts
In the early 1990s, I used to get a kick out of the horribly-drawn Bart Simpson bootleg t-shirts, particularly those created by college fraternities as party souvenirs.    ...
01:28 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing You can't vaccinate anoctopus
In a piece on octopus farming, Katherine Harmon mentions a fascinating fact — octopuses don't have an adaptive immune system, the handy-dandy network of different immune-response cells that all...
01:13 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Spy animals of the ColdWar
During the Cold War, the CIA sent cats outfitted with electronic gear to eavesdrop on the enemy. This and other amazing stories in BB pal Tom Vanderbilt's excellent Smithsonian feature "The CIAs Most ...
01:12 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Dan Sinker's eloquent eulogy for horse ebooks, the spambot thatwasn't
"When Susan Orlean (of all people!) revealed in the New Yorker (of all places!) that for at least the last two years, @Horse has actually been authored (shepherded?    ...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Cost savings of renewable energy might outweigh costs of adapting to renewableenergy
Producing power from the wind and sun isn't as simple as just swapping a wind turbine for a coal-fired power plant.    ...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Excerpt from yet-unpublished book by poet Kofi Awoonor, killed in Kenya mallmassacre
"When the final night falls on us / as it fell upon our parents / we shall retire to / our modest home / earth-sure, secure    ...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Cory in San Francisco next week for SPFL's One City/One Bookevents
As I've mentioned before, my novel Little Brother is the San Francisco Public Library's pick for its first One City/One Book citywide book-club.    ...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Butt Pudding kit fromJapan
Rusty Blazenhoff of Laughing Squid reports on a Butt Pudding kit.    ...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing How to fight pirates (the sea-faring kind, not the torrentingtype)
In the New Yorker, Rose George has a feature article on how the piracy business is doing, and how to fight it.    ...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Last Comic Strip About a Mass Shooting Tragedy You'll Ever Have toRead
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we present The Last Comic Strip About a Mass Shooting Tragedy You'll Ever Have to Read.    ...
12:45 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing DMQZ - post apocalyptic crime novel, freeKindle
I just grabbed DMQZ, a free Kindle novel, on a recommendation. Sounds a bit like the excellent Last Policeman.    ...
12:43 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing The magic ingredient in a chocolate dipcone
What makes the dip in a chocolate dip cone harden from a goo into a crispy shell? It's coconut oil.    ...
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing The One True Cause of all disease (All 52 ofthem)
A few years ago, Harriet Hall googled "The One True Cause of all disease", just to see what the Internet would come up with.    ...
12:01 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Love Song for InternetTrolls
The Doubleclicks, whose    ...
12:01 pm PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Check out Boing Boing's video page, featuring our favorite hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Breaking Bad cast on Conan • Richard Feynman explains rubber bands • Lessig's moving speech honorin...
11:58 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Public radio producer and American Muslim shares her 'DetainmentStory'
"Earlier this month, 'On the Media' producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada.   ...
11:52 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Entire episode of 'Conan' devoted to 'Breaking Bad' with full cast, Walt-o-Corridos from Los Cuates deSinaloa
Conan O'Brien interviews the cast of Breaking Bad, Conan, Episode 0467, September 23, 2013. Meghan Sinclair/Conaco, LLC for TBS. Guests on last night's episode of Conan: the entire cast of "Breaking B...
11:46 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing EFF 2013 Pioneer Awards: video of Lessig's speech honoring AaronSwartz
"Each year, EFF's Pioneer Awards ceremony gives the digital civil liberties community a chance to honor the work of those who have bettered our world through remarkable innovation, activism, journali...
11:35 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Authors Guild director diagnosed with ALS posts his medical recordsonline
Paul Aiken, who has long served as the Executive Director of the Authors Guild, has Amyotrophic Lateral Scleroris, the degenerative neuromuscular disease more commonly known as ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's D...
11:27 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Sunk Costa Concordia ship, as seen by satellite before and after being hauledupright
Wild. From Google and Digital Globe. Here are higher-resolution views. In the news today, the captain of the ship now blames his Indonesian helmsman for the disaster.    ...
11:22 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Using AP reporters' phone logs, Feds nab ex-FBI agent in Yemen bomb plot leakcase
Using the phone records of reporters for the Associated Press, federal investigators identified former FBI bomb tecnnician Donald Sachtleben as the source of press leaks for information about a foiled...
10:44 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing The Coldest Girl in Coldtown: dangerous, bloody vampire YAnovel
Holly Black's young adult vampire novel The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is everything a vampire novel should be: scary, angry, exciting and darkly sexy.    ...
09:57 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Laptop rental companies make secret videos of customers screwing, get a slap on the wrist; North Korean video-game arcade; Grandmother sued for downloading SnoopDogg
One year ago today Laptop rental companies reach cash-free, pointless settlement with toothless FTC for taking secret naked pictures of customers having sex, harvesting medical records and banking pas...
03:34 am PDT - Wed, September 25, 2013
BoingBoing Richard Feynman explains rubberbands
Here's a clip from the BBC's Fun to Imagine series, in which Richard Feynman explains the amazing thing that happens when you stretch and release a rubber band.    ...
11:40 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Beijing's "mystery rooms": single-roomfunhouses
Eric Jou reports on Beijing's hot mystery room businesses, in which customers are locked into single-room funhouses where they have to solve a mystery in order to escape.    ...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Black Perl, a poem in perl3
Black Perl is a famous 1990 poem written in the programming language perl, by its creator Larry Wall. It is both a poem and a program, and runs under perl 3.    ...
08:47 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Greg Anderson's photos of the 2013 Beard And MustacheChampionships
Greg Anderson's photos of the 2013 Beard And Mustache Championships in New Orleans are astounding. Here are 164 more.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing New Cyanogenmod release for Android devices includes secure locate-my-device and remotewipe
The Cyanogenmod project -- a free, open version of Android with lots of great features that Google can't or won't add to the official version -- has a new release out, 10.1.3.    ...
06:34 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Kozmo.com making acomeback
Once, late on a strange Christmas and newly in San Franciso, Kozmo.com delivered me fresh fruit, flowers, a vase, a dvd copy of A Christmas Story, a DVD player, a bottle of wine, an opener and a glas...
05:33 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Time Warner Cable offers building managers free access, but only if they promise to snitch ontenants
The NYT has a story out about Time Warners Apartment Managers Program, which reportedly required one manager interviewed "to snoop on condo owners in his building to ensure they were not stealing cabl...
05:29 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing US Supreme Court decisions are suffering from major case oflinkrot
About half of the web links that point to historic Supreme Court opinions now literally lead to nowhwere, according to a new Harvard study.    ...
05:27 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing At AdWeek event, Guardian ed says NSA spying 'goes beyond Orwell'simagination'
The surveillance state capacity far outreaches anything detailed in George Orwell's novel 1984, said Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian's editor-in-chief, at an Advertising Week event in NYC.  &n...
05:16 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Equoid, a new Laundry story by CharlieStross
Charlie Stross and Tor.com have published Equoid, a new short story set in his wonderful Laundry universe, in which British secret agents battle Lovecraftian horrors with computational magic, and Bob ...
05:15 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Serbian researchers trollacademia
The journal Metalurgia International recently published a paper entitled "Evaluation of Transformative Hermeneutic Heuristics for Processing Random Data". Though submitted by real researchers from the...
04:43 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing The Silent Wife - mystery in the style of GoneGirl
Like Gone Girl (a novel I liked so much that I interviewed the author, Gillian Flynn, on Gweek), The Silent Wife is told in alternating chapters from the points-of-view of a common-law husband and wif...
04:22 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing More details, new video showing Iphone fingerprint reader pwned by Chaos ComputerClub
Starbug, the Chaos Computer Club hacker who broke the fingerprint biometric security on the Iphone, has given an interview [German] to CT Magazine detailing the hack, and released a new video showing ...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Projection mapped animation on screens held by giant robotarms
This dramatic video from Bot and Dolly shows off their robotic camera systems by projection mapping a 3D animation onto two screens as they're waved around by one and a half ton robotic arms. &n...
03:45 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Glorious gadgets, gizmos andgewgaws
-jon snapped this shot of a glorious assortment of gimcracks, gewgaws, gizmos and gadgets at the 18th Annual Anacortes Antique Machinery Show in Anacortes, WA, and then kindly contributed it to the B...
03:21 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Godspeed You! Black Emperor condemns music contest they won, vows to use money to buy instruments forprisoners
Canadian band Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the Polaris Music Prize, awarded at a giant gala sponsored by Toyota. The band celebrated by releasing a scathing statement condemning the whole affair as...
03:06 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing F-16 fighter jet converted intodrone
Boeing and the US Air Force have converted retired F-16 fighter jets into drones, designated as QF-16s. According to Boeing, "While in the air, the QF-16 mission included a series of simulated maneuve...
02:50 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Auto-brewery syndrome: A medical mixed blessing if I ever heard ofone
A gentleman in Texas briefly became an involuntary drunk (at one point ending up in the hospital with a blood alcohol concentration of .37, despite not having imbibed all day) when a colony of brewer'...
02:27 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing The story of Forbidden Planet'ssoundtrack
The soundtrack to Forbidden Planet (1956) was a milestone moment in the history of electronic music. It was the first entirely electronic film score, composed by Louis and Bebe Barron using DIY circ...
02:12 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Awesomely terribly wonderful knockofftoys
Zack sends us "A look at some wild and often highly-collectible knockoffs, including several things you can't unsee, and a piece that combines Thomas the Tank Engine with giant 'combiner' Transformer ...
01:46 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing "Sincere apologies" from the London EveningStandard
Ooops. (The original article has been removed.)    ...
01:29 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing The fanatical fantasies of pro wrestlingfans
UC Irvine researcher Crystle Martin studies what pro wrestling fans can teach us about storytelling, education, and community. What she found is like fantasy football meets Dungeons and Dragons. Lissa...
01:12 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing A Cold Season - excerpt from a new horrornovel
Here's an excerpt from the new horror novel by Alison Littlewood, A Cold Season. A dark and disturbing tale from a bold new voice in horror writing: After the battlefront death of her husband, a soldi...
01:02 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 015: Evan Dorkin & PeterBagge
Peter Bagge and Evan Dorkin began making alternative comics in the 1980s. Peter Bagge began his career on R. Crumbs Weirdo magazine as a cartoonist and then editor.    ...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Faux 1980s trippy TV commercial for new Jacob 2-2LP
I dig this hallucinatory faux 19A0s TV commercial for Jacob 2-2's new album "Herbivore," from King Deluxe Records. Video designed and animated by Jacob 2-2 and Samuel Rhodes with photography by Migue...
12:53 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Robot Turtles: the board game that teaches preschoolers toprogram
Robot Turtles is "a board game you play with your favorite 3 to 8-year-old that sneakily teaches programming fundamentals." Created by entrepreneur Dan Shapiro and inspired by classic kids' programmin...
12:52 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Occult Humanities Conference in NYC nextmonth
Pam "Phantasmaphile" Grossman and artist Jesse Bransford have organized The Occult Humanities Conference taking place October 18-20, 2013 at New York University.    ...
12:47 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing The Science of Science Communication: Xeni at Nat'l. Academy of Sciences Sackler Colloquium (live videofeed)
I'm in Washington, DC today to participate in The National Academy of Sciences' second Sackler colloquium, which is organized "to advance a national dialogue about science communication." Climate chan...
12:40 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Better way to organize kids' clothingdepartments
Ever since our daughter's birth, my wife Alice and I have found ourselves shopping the "boys" section of the department stores for things like pyjamas and tees and rubber boots, this being the only wa...
12:28 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Pot-smoking teens under parachute escapepoliceman
Wait for it. [Video Link] (Thanks, Syd Garon!)    ...
12:04 pm PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing @horse_ebooksrevealed
Adrian Chen at Gawker: "Alexey Kouznetsov is a 30-something Russian web developer. He looks not unlike a scrawnier Mark Zuckerberg." And he's the guy behind the popular weird Twitter account @horse_eb...
11:46 am PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Confronting a troll in real life; Guide to legal immigration; 'Her'webcomic
One year ago today Confronting a troll in real life: Leo Traynor, a "writer, analyst & political consultant" in Ireland, was hounded off of Twitter by a vicious anti-Semitic troll whose ghastly t...
11:38 am PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing People who've never had leukemia show signs of immune battles that fought itoff
Far more people have cells that briefly behave in cancerous ways then ever actually develop cancer. Most of the time, those cancerous cells are destroyed before they can do any real damage, and scient...
11:17 am PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing The story of the rapist'swife
The rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student last December drew worldwide attention to India's struggles with tradition, women's rights, and street harassment.    ...
10:43 am PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Naked haunted houserun-through
Shocktoberfest, a spook-house in Sinking Spring, PA, is running a Naked and Scared Challenge where customers traverse the maze in the altogether.    ...
10:43 am PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Pre Run-D.M.C. DemoSessions
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
10:09 am PDT - Tue, September 24, 2013
BoingBoing Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl: fast YA novel with wonderfulcharacters
Emily Pohl-Weary's Not Your Ordinary Wolf-Girl is an absolutely fabulous new young adult novel about a painfully shy rock-star who gets bitten by a werewolf.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Jungle Boat skippers re-enact the ride while it is beingrenovated
As previously noted, Walt Disney World's Jungle Boat Cruise is down for renovations, leaving its complement of skippers -- the most outgoing, hammy group of castmembers -- without occupation. &n...
06:23 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 013: ScottAukerman
An interview with Scott Aukerman, producer of Between Two Ferns and host of the comedy podcast Comedy Bang Bang. Your browser does not support the audio tag.    ...
05:45 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing No detectable association between frequency of cannabis use and health or healthcareutilization
Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) "studied 589 adults who screened positive for drug use at a primary care visit." They found "no differences...
05:26 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Incredibly detailed parody research paper explains Wolverine's regenerationability
Please enjoy this six-page scientific research paper — complete with figures, graphs, and (possibly real) references — discussing the discovery of a novel protein linked to regeneration of...
05:10 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden said to be indisguise
Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker who is currently a fugitive in Russia, "walks freely in the streets in disguise while in hiding," AFP reports his lawyer as saying, "but his security is under such threa...
05:01 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Gorgeous and realistic paperbirds
Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera creates exquisite bird sculptures from paper. She's constructed more than 100 species, all life-size. Her papercraft aviary is currently on display at the Rollin...
04:55 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Google Glass goes to Gitmo, reporter uses it to blog mortuary built for wardead
Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg, who has reported extensively on the goings-on at Guantnamo, put Google Glass to interesting use there: Long before Google Glass, Guantnamo had Camp Justice and ...
04:35 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing NYT publishes fictional Sorkin column referenced in Breaking Bad 'Granite State'episode
On the latest episode of Breaking Bad (reviewed here on Boing Boing), cameo-ing TV presenter Charlie Rose referenced a column by Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times.    ...
04:23 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Steve Jobs' childhood Los Altos home could become protected historicalsite
The family home where the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs built the first Apple computer, as a younger man, may become a protected historical site.    ...
04:16 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Take the impossible Literacy test Louisiana gave black voters in1964
Here's the first page of a three-page "literacy" test that racist authorities in Louisiana presented to black people as a way to keep them from voting in 1964.    ...
04:16 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Take the impossible "literacy" test Louisiana gave black voters in1964
Here's the first page of a three-page "literacy" test that racist authorities in Louisiana presented to black people as a way to keep them from voting in 1964.    ...
03:59 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Popular Science answers your TMIquestions
Fun fact you might not be aware of if you are not the owner of a uterus: Periods go hand-in-hand with pooping.    ...
03:51 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Two great long reads about fire, science, and the human lives caught inbetween
At Outside, Kyle Dickman interviews the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting team and tells the story of the decisions that lead to the deaths of 19 men.    ...
03:45 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Clothes have power over yourmind
David McRaney, author of You Are Now Less Dumb and the host of Boing Boing's podcast You Are Not So Smart, made this video about the effect your clothes have on the way you think and behave. &nb...
03:40 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing 10,000 baby octopuses, 80,000 arms, 1 night toremember
An octopus' life is short — two years is a pretty common lifespan — and heavily focused on reproduction. They only get one shot at carrying on the genetic lineage and die soon after breed...
03:38 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing You Chose Wrong: a choose-your-own-adventurefailblog
You Chose Wrong is a Tumblr devoted to scans of the unhappy termini of Choose Your Own Adventure books, those pages you'd be instructed to turn to if you made the wrong choice.    ...
03:22 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Clash release 12-cd box set with giant fakecigarette
The Clash's new 12-disk set is called Sound System, and is loaded with a bunch of swag, including what looks like a giant cigarette.    ...
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing The dangers ofTylenol
ProPublica has an in-depth story about the hidden dangers of over-the-counter drugs, especially Tylenol. One of the key problems with Tylenol is that it doesn't take all that many extra pills to start...
02:54 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing BlackBerry to be acquired by Fairfax Financial for $4.7billion
The once-mighty smartphone maker Blackberry has agreed to sell to a group led by its largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial, for USD $4.7 billion.    ...
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 15, 'Granite State':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad's final season, in which we ask which option is better in the Granite State: to Live Free, or Die? Catch up on previous episod...
02:16 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Chuck Palahniuk and the SF Cacophony Society, tonight in SF and streaminglive
Did you know that one inspiration for Chuck Palahniuks novel Fight Club was the author's time in the Cacophony Society?    ...
01:58 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Best Google Street Viewphotos
It's been a while since I've visited artist Jon Rafman's Google Street View site. He finds interesting Google Street View photos and posts them to his site, 9-Eyes (the Google cars have a 9-lensed cam...
12:49 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing San Francisco Art Show: Gus Harper, Fade toWhite
We've featured several time-lapse videos of Gus Harper at work (here and here.) Based in LA, Gus has scheduled a show in San Francisco on Thursday, October 24th from 7 p.m.    ...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing How to Draw Breaking Bad's WalterWhite
Illustrator Dan Berry shows how to draw Walter White, one tweet at a time. (Via This Isn't Happiness)    ...
12:40 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Floppy ROM: distributing software onflexidiscs
On Modern Mechanix, Charlie's posted a wonderful article about the Floppy ROM, an exotic dead medium that encoded software onto flexidiscs that you played into your computer.    ...
12:11 pm PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Video of iPhone 5s'slow-mo
At the terrifically fun XOXO Fest in Portland last weekend I met Haddie Cooke and Dan Benjamin of the 5by5 podcast network.    ...
11:50 am PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing The voices in your head are culturallyspecific
I'm utterly fascinated by the way culture affects the outcomes of mental illness — whether that's in terms of prevalence of specific disorders, how we interpret and treat those disorders, or eve...
10:50 am PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing Why it's risky to be abad-ass
At Matter, physical therapy professor Eric Robertson writes about a very rare condition called rhabdomyolysis — it's what happens when chronically overworked muscle cells rupture and overload yo...
10:01 am PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Starfleet captains hate Time-Warner Cable; Pinhole skull-camera; Gyms bancameraphones
One year ago today Time-Warner Cable pisses off two Starship Enterprise Captains on two coasts: Behold, a Twitter exchange between Captains Kirk and Picard bemoaning the execrable state of Time-Warner...
09:31 am PDT - Mon, September 23, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 15, 'Granite State':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of Breaking Bad's final season, in which we look upon Walter White's works, and despair. Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing "Breaking...
06:46 pm PDT - Sun, September 22, 2013
BoingBoing Chaos Computer Club claims it can unlock Iphones with fake fingers/clonedfingerprints
The Chaos Computer Club's biometric hacking team has announced a successful attack on Apple's Iphone biometric fingerprint lock, using a variation on the traditional fingerprint-cloning technique.&nb...
10:40 am PDT - Sun, September 22, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Pharma companies lied to doctors about meds; Paulson's 419 letter; JetBlue won't help spy on customers --maybe
One year ago today Pharmaceutical companies deliberately mislead doctors into prescribing useless and even harmful meds: Thanks to aggressive manipulation from the pharmaceutical companies and passivi...
02:07 pm PDT - Sat, September 21, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing: Ingenuity(Redux)
As our coverage of Boing Boing: Ingenuity draws to a close, we'd like to remind you that video evidence of our living cabinet of curiosities is now online for your viewing pleasure.   ...
01:23 pm PDT - Sat, September 21, 2013
BoingBoing DragonCon cosplayers who dressed up as Marriott carpet get a cease-and-desist for their fabricoffering
There's widespread consensus that the best cosplayers at this year's Dragoncon were the people who dressed up in bodysuits patterned after the notoriously bizarre institutional carpet at the Atlanta M...
11:12 am PDT - Sat, September 21, 2013
BoingBoing How The Cleveland Press broke the story of Los Alamos a year-and-a-half beforeHiroshima
The Manhattan Project was a secret, but it was as secret a secret as you've been lead to believe, writes Rebecca Rosen at The Atlantic.    ...
11:01 am PDT - Sat, September 21, 2013
BoingBoing Two good reasons to question the claim that alien life has been found in Earth'satmosphere
First, neither the authors of the paper, nor the journal its published in, have the best track record for careful work, well-documented research, or non-hyperbolic results.    ...
09:30 am PDT - Sat, September 21, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Preservation Hall Band live at Carnegie Hall; Papercraft presidential debate fingerpuppets; Dewey Decimal bullies libraryhotel
One year ago today Sneak peek at Preservation Hall Band live at Carnegie Hall album: Here's a hell of a way to start the weekend: a couple of outstanding tracks from the upcoming album St.  ...
11:58 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Hack Day: The Director'sCut
At Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven, more than 50 folks got their hands dirty with data through our partner Ford's OpenXC open source hardware and software platform. Boing Boing's talented video dir...
11:53 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Kids' toy hacking workshop at Toronto MakerFaire
Andy (from Toronto's excellent Makerkids) sez, "Toronto's Mini Maker Faire is back on after a 2 year gap! MakerKids is very excited to be a part of it, and we're running Toy Hacking all weekend and a ...
11:43 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: The WELL bought by its users; History of NYC Internet community; Living off the suburbanland
One year ago today The WELL is bought by its users: The WELL, the online community which started out life more than 20 years ago as the Whole Earth Lectronic Link, has been sold to a company founded b...
09:50 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Podcast: Ian Tregillis explains the Milkweednovels
Rick Kleffel interviewed Ian Tregillis, author of the amazing alternate history Milkweed books, about Nazi X-Men fighting a secret war against British warlocks.    ...
09:09 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing at XOXOFest
On Saturday, September 21, 2013, a "first": Four of the Boing Boing editors will be on stage, all at the same time, at the XOXO festival in Portland, Oregon.    ...
08:11 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Hack Day: The Director'sCut
At Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven, more than 50 folks got their hands dirty with data through our partner Ford's OpenXC open source hardware and software platform. Boing Boing's talented video dir...
08:00 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Miniature libraries of MarcGiai-Miniet
Sculptor Marc Giai-Miniet creates astounding miniature boxes with beautiful, hypothetical libraries of teeny, tiny books in them. He lives in Trappes, France.    ...
06:45 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make hydrophobic rain-only streetart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Inxg5KvME NathanSharratt from Home Depot hit on the idea of stenciling street art with hydrophobic NeverWet stuff, producing designs that are only visible when it rai...
06:20 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Implementing a Turing machine inExcel
Felienne describes how she, Daan van Berkel and some other friends went away for a weekend to hack a Turing machine out of Excel formulas.    ...
05:49 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing FBI data shows US cops made one pot arrest every 42 seconds in2012
"Residents of two states voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, but despite an increase in public support for liberalizing drug policy, American police arrested about the same number of people last year...
05:37 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Baby misses dad's beard(video)
[Video Link, thanks Tara McGinley!]    ...
05:19 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Ryanair vows to reduce fewer customers totears
Ryanair (officially "the worst of the 100 biggest brands serving the British market") is changing its culture because the board are sick of seeing people weeping in the departure lounge and being hara...
04:44 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Mars isweird
Enjoy a gallery of strange Mars photos taken by HiRISE, collected by Jacob Kastrenakes. [The Verge]    ...
04:37 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Blackberry prospectsdim
Announcing a billion dollar operating loss, Blackberry stock trading is frozen and 4500 jobs are to be lost.    ...
04:30 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Justice ethics watchdog didn't look into judges' NSAconcerns
"In response to a FOIA request from USA TODAY, the Justice Department said its ethics office never looked into complaints from two federal judges that they had been misled about NSA surveillance," rep...
04:28 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing 1980s toys that will not bereborn
io9's Rob Bricken digs out some really quite horrible toys from the 1980s that are unlikely to get the Transformers / Thundercats / Tron reboot treatment.    ...
04:19 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Magnets! How do they work to relieve arthritis pain? LOL theydon't.
In the NYT, an item on new research that reveals what many of us grumpy med-skeptics have self-righteously known all along: those copper bracelets and magnets your grandparents and arthritis-suffering...
04:16 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Spiegel: UK spy agency GCHQ hacked Belgian telecom, Snowden docsreveal
Today, in Der Spiegel: Documents from the archive of whistleblower Edward Snowden indicate that Britain's GCHQ intelligence service was behind a cyber attack against Belgacom, a partly state-owned Bel...
04:13 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Check out our video page, with nothing but our favorite hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Breathtaking video of the Moon's rotation • Inside NASA's rubber room • HOWTO silkscreen at home &#...
03:47 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad fans in Albuquerque: here's the one viewing party not tomiss
Miguel Jaramillo has all the details here on Facebook, and tickets are available here. "There will be a special appearance by Rodney Rush (Combo), live art by local artist Cloud Face, silent auction, ...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Study: Obese cancer patients sometimes don't get enough chemo, which harms survivalodds
In the Washington Post today, a story about an interesting problem in oncology: obese patients sometimes don't get enough chemo for their body weight.    ...
03:41 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding real-life, citywide choose-your-own-adventurestories
Sean Williams sez, "Best-sellers and award-winners Isobelle Carmody, Robert Shearman, Marianne De Pierres, Kim Wilkins, Mark Leslie, Mindy Klasky, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and many, many others, includi...
03:27 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Breaking Bad: Los Pollos Hermanos reviewed onYelp
Yelp, Albuquerque, NM: Los Pollos Hermanos. The chicken is nice and tender with a great blend of spices. The fries are maybe not the greatest though, so minus one star.    ...
01:26 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing ACLU publishes government snoops' "Suspicious ActivityReports"
Matthew say: "The ACLU has released Suspicious Activity Report summaries obtained from California fusion centers (post-9/11 intergovernmental surveillance hubs) and is asking the Justice Department, t...
12:51 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Inside NASA's rubberroom
If a Saturn V rocket had ever exploded on the launchpad, it would have been a catastrophic event. NASA engineers once calculated that the resulting fireball would have been 1048 feet wide and would h...
12:36 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Jungle Boat skipper gives a tour of the wall around the constructionsite
While Disneyland's Jungle Cruise is down for maintenance, its temporarily unemployed skippers are passing the time by giving people tours of the wall around the construction site filled with terrible...
12:35 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Medical terminology named afterNazis
Surprisingly, there are a good half-dozen medical eponyms that come from Nazi doctors who performed experiments on unwilling human subjects or used bodies of executed prisoners in their work — o...
12:28 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing How to parent, according to the archives of PopularScience
Popular Science has a great (and occasionally horrifying) slideshow of gadgets it once suggested were essential for enlightened, tech-minded parents.    ...
12:18 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting free, open recordings of Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book1"
Robert sez, "The same team that created the Open Goldberg Variations, a new public domain recording and digital score of Bach's famous keyboard work, is fundraising on Kickstarter with the goal of lib...
12:15 pm PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Do you have what it takes to get in bed withNASA?
Are you the kind of person who could lie in bed for 70 days for science? If so, you could make $18,000 in a NASA study of microgravity.    ...
11:32 am PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Jaws, the textadventure
"You swim slowly through the night, contemplating the solitary brutality of your existence as an apex predator." Jaws, the text adventure, is fantastic in three ways: as a game; in its adherence to t...
11:12 am PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Celebrate Software Freedom Day by hacking on STEED, a way to make email cryptoeasier
Georg sez, "End to end cryptography is one of the few truly effective ways in which privacy and security can be protected.    ...
11:08 am PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Spiderman tased, arrested afterrobbery
Spiderman was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a Pittsburgh convenience store. Police were summoned, according to local news affiliate WPXI, after a store clerk tased the i...
11:02 am PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Top tech writers leaveWSJ
Top tech reporter Kara Swisher is to leave the Wall Street Journal for new pastures--a place yet to be defined--after parent company Dow Jones failed to strike a deal.    ...
10:41 am PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Earth to remain habitable for 1.75bnyears.
Planet Earth will remain habitable for another 1.75bn years, according to findings published in the journal Astrobiology. You won't see its demise, though -- you're the last generation doomed to die b...
09:47 am PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Horse onroof
Stephen and Pat raise horses in New Brunswick. One of them, however, knows how to raise itself. "They think it's not real," Stephen said.    ...
12:10 am PDT - Fri, September 20, 2013
BoingBoing Knollphotographer
Wired profiles Jim Golden, a commercial photographer who has a side project producing beautifully lit, wonderful shots of carefully knolled everyday items, from guitars to beach detritus.  &...
10:05 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Terms and Conditions May Apply: documentary about abusive license terms, privacy andsurveillance
Cullen Hoback's documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply" is a scathing look at the abusive, lengthy fine-print that dominates our online lives.    ...
09:09 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 112: Chip Kidd, rockstar of graphicdesign
Your browser does not support the audio tag. Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, TV shows...
08:07 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Trippy tune from 1973: The Mystic Moods - CosmicSea
Not much to look at in this video, but the song is a far-out funky jam by The Mystic Moods.    ...
07:56 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Intricate sculptures carved frompencils
Cerkahegyzo is a Hungarian tool maker. In his spare time, he uses "needles, razor blades, sandpaper, files, and polishing stones" to carve pencils into works of art.    ...
07:22 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Adam Savage video: Ground Rules forSuccess
The infinitely curious, brilliant, and kind Adam Savage gave the closing benediction at Boing Boing: Ingenuity with his ten ground rules for success.    ...
07:21 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Beanie Babies tycoon faces prison for taxfraud
Beanie Babies inventor Ty Warner, with a net worth of $2.6 billion, is pleading guilty to federal tax evasion charges. Warner was charged on Wednesday, Sept.    ...
06:58 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Sting operations on people answering Craigslist ads forhousepainting
Ted Balaker says: "Occupational licensing laws are implemented in the name of protecting consumers, but they're often pushed by established businesses to thwart competitors.    ...
06:54 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Grumpy cat wants a gnuInternet
Hugh sez, "EFF'r Parker Higgins tells me this sign was at a rally he spoke at in Berlin recently." Grumpy Cat builds a GNU Internet [Frerk Meyer/CC BY-SA] (Thanks, Hugh!    ...
06:31 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about four illustrators fromItaly
Andrea Chirichelli, a journalist, writer and video-maker, says: I made a documentary called Illustrators, that describes the job of four Italian illustrators who are world famous and have been awarde...
06:25 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Man with last name "Raper" charged withrape
John Allan Raper, 19, of Chattanooga, was indicted on a rape charge on August 28. [Times Free Press via Arbroath]    ...
05:55 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing BBSReminder!
Over at out forums, the meta category contains your own topics, should none of ours be to your satisfaction. Today's most popular reader-started thread?    ...
05:07 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Report shows how the anti-SOPA fight came from the bottomup
Social Mobilization and the Networked Public Sphere: Mapping the SOPA-PIPA Debate is a scholarly paper by Yochai Benkler (et al) that analyzes the links, traffic and spread of the anti-SOPA campaign...
05:05 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing The Trapper Keeper,1978
Erin McCarthy takes us through the history of the Trapper Keeper, the brightly-colored binders that made the Mead Corporation $100m a year.    ...
04:11 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Kitten being carried on back of doll(1914)
Photo by Harry W. Frees.    ...
04:08 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Carn, by Jeff LeBars
A bargain is betrayed in this animated story of boy meets wolf, with a terrible price.    ...
03:52 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Adam Savage video: Ground Rules forSuccess
The infinitely curious, brilliant, and kind Adam Savage gave the closing benediction at Boing Boing: Ingenuity with his ten ground rules for success.    ...
03:47 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Eyeball Creep Pony; Paid placement in pop songs; Anti-spam kookchecklist
One year ago today Eyeball Creep: a very special My Little Pony: Created for the Horror/Gore custom swap help at the MLPArena.    ...
03:24 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing David Rees is getting bored sharpening pencils at $35apiece
David Rees, author of How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening, has a pencil sharpening service.    ...
03:10 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Amped Wireless Range Extender - Send Wi-Fi to your home's weakspots
My cable modem and WiFi router are on one end of our long house. The signal peters out before it gets to my daughters’ bedrooms, and because they like to do their homework in their rooms, I need...
02:46 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Win VIP tickets to San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival(10/19-10/20)!
photo:Josh Withers The sound extravaganza known as the Treasure Island Music Festival will again surface in the San Francisco Bay on October 19 and 20.    ...
02:45 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Lady squid dress indrag
The opalescent inshore squid (which, if you've eaten squid in the US, then you've probably eaten before) can change color just like octopuses can.    ...
02:38 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Peak plutonium and a fuel shortage inspace
Whether or not Voyager I has actually left the solar system, one thing is certain — it never would have made it far enough to have a debate if it weren't for the help of plutonium-238. &nbs...
02:30 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing The history ofsarin
UN investigators confirmed this week that sarin was used in attacks on civilians in Syria, and, at The Guardian, Ian Sample has an interesting story about the history of this poison, starting with its...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Sloppy iOS7 UI features immortalized asblog
Sloppy UI collects oddities and screwups in iOS7's new look. We love Apple. We think this is the best way to point out what's not up to their standards so they can fix it.    ...
01:48 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Adam Savage video: Ground Rules forSuccess
The infinitely curious, brilliant, and kind Adam Savage gave the closing benediction at Boing Boing: Ingenuity with his ten ground rules for success.    ...
12:44 pm PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Spy-gadget photos from Berlin's Stasimuseum
Egor Egorov visited Berlin's Stasi Museum and extensively photographed its collection of spy-gadgets from the Cold War (like the squeeze-bulb-operated jacket-button camera above).   &nb...
11:40 am PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Sen. McCain pens op-ed in Pravda: "Russians deserve better thanPutin"
Sen. John McCain can do that trick, too!: President Putin and his associates do not believe in these values. They don't respect your dignity or accept your authority over them.    ...
11:23 am PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Wide chip bag developed for large-handedconsumers
The thought, writes PSFK's Ross Brooks, is to make bags of chips that don't turn into grease-gloves for gentlemen with large hands.    ...
09:38 am PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Bill Nye cuts arug
Bill Nye turns out to be a pretty amazing dancer -- in this Dancing With the Stars clip, he starts off with a surprisingly coordinated ballroom performance, which is honed to a just terrific performa...
03:00 am PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Cyanogenmod goescommercial
The hoopy froods of Cyanogenmod -- a free/open replacement for Android, with lots of privacy- and security-oriented features -- have raised capital and are going commercial.    ...
02:15 am PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Welcome to Fear City: a guide to scare tourists away fromNYC
Islandersa1 has scanned Welcome to Fear City, an amazing, never-distributed 1970s flier aimed at scaring the pants off of tourists in NYC, produced by the police union, who were looking for more fundi...
01:10 am PDT - Thu, September 19, 2013
BoingBoing Nuclear Christ of Moscow,Idaho
This brilliant mushroom cloud Jesus ad was the work of the Psychiana movement of Moscow, Idaho, led by Dr. Frank B.    ...
11:39 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Browser plugin that adds NSA-trolling keywords to the URLs youload
Jeremy sez, "Flagger is a browser add-on that automatically puts red flag keywords (like bomb, Taliban and anthrax) into the web addresses you visit.    ...
10:49 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Call for papers: Robots, Risks andOpportunities
Michael sez, "We Robot, the conference in which roboticists, lawyers, philosophers and many others meet to try to work out how robots will fit into the society of the future, will be meeting in the Un...
09:42 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing NSA contracted with notorious French spy-tech companyVUPEN
Michael from Muckrock sez, ""Documents requested by MuckRock from the National Security Agency show it had a contract with the French security researcher VUPEN whose founder and CEO Chaouki Bekrar puc...
09:27 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing A Visit To GM Headquarters,1957
My friend Charles Platt (author of the excellent introductory guide Make: Electronics, which was O'Reilly's best-selling title) has written a 3-part reminiscence about his father, Maurice Platt, who w...
09:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Asbestos-bound first edition of Fahrenheit451
Zack sez, "On eBay -- a first edition of Bradbury's anti-book-burning classic signed and numbered by the author -- and bound in asbestos, to save it from the firemen depicted in the book.  &...
08:08 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Radio Man walks, talks, andyodels
It yodels because it is a Swiss radio man. (Via Magic Transistor)    ...
08:03 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing John Gilmore explains why spying for "the right reasons" is stillwrong
After an NSA cryptographer took to ZDNet to defend his organization's lawless surveillance, EFF co-founder John Gilmore posted a long and thoughtful reply to the Cryptography mailing list (an absolute...
06:48 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Google's 5-part documentary about TheClash
I just found out about this documentary of my favorite band, The Clash, which was produced by Google. Above: it's Topper, Paul, and Mick!    ...
06:40 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Online museum of forgotten artsupplies
Bob Knetzger let me know about this fun museum of old art supplies. Above, The Jon Gnagy Pantograf Drawing Device. Early '50s box lid for the Jon Gnagy Pantograf.    ...
06:39 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Woodworker mods Ford Transit into campervan
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by the Ford Transit Connect. When talented woodworker Eric Cournoyer isn't immersed in sawdust, you'll likely find him amongst the trees in their more natural s...
06:38 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Give Jeremy Bornstein $15,037 to make a movie of him staring at the camera for 30minutes
Jeremy Bornstein is looking to raise $15,037 on Kickstarter to fund a 30 minute movie of him staring into the camera with his soulful eyes.    ...
06:37 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Noessel: lessons of science fiction computerinterfaces
What can Logan's Run, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Shrek teach us about how not to design computers? Veteran interaction designer and author Chris Noessel explored these very questions in his ...
06:07 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: CaveWimp
Fantagraphics posted a bunch of photos from the pages of the new printing of The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: Cave Wimp.    ...
06:03 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Early LOST writers' guide is a tribute toself-delusion
Zack sez, "After writing, casting and shooting the pilot for LOST in less than six weeks, how did J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof prepare the show to go to series?    ...
05:30 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: picks for September 2013 - Crumb, Bagge, &more
It’s getting chilly outside -- curl up with a good comic. We’ve got a good cross section for you below, from a hefty collection belonging to one of the all-time masters, to a pamphlet-size...
05:09 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Best deadpan ever in Kickstarter video to fund film of dude just staring into camera for 30minutes
"I will make a film showing myself staring at the camera for thirty minutes," says my deadpan friend Jeremy. "Possibly more." The pitch video is hilarious.    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Review of tiny Theta 360 panoramiccamera
Jeffrey from 360 Cities sez, "I am one of the world's most obsessive and fanatical 360 photographers. So when this weird looking dual-fisheye Theta 360 Camera came out, I hunted high and low for how t...
04:44 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Author Kim Newman on his new Anno Dracula novel, Johnny Alucard (plusexcerpt)
Johnny Alucard is the fourth book in the Anno Dracula series; the earlier novels are Anno Dracula,The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula Cha Cha Cha -- and the definitive Titan editions include the long nov...
04:18 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Dog who is the Houdini of all dogs makes daring stunt-escape from lockedkitchen
[Video Link]. From this Reddit thread. (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)    ...
04:13 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Did Hollywood give the 1920s a boob job? "Gatsby" costume designer tellsall
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: "When Baz Lurhmann's The Great Gatsby came out on DVD recently, our associate editor, Lisa Hix, noticed something poking out from under all the women's costumes: ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Visualizing five years of politicalfundraisers
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation sez, "The Sunlight Foundation is celebrating five years of the Political Party Time site with a look at where and when U.S.    ...
03:50 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Woodworker mods Ford Transit into campervan
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by the Ford Transit Connect. When talented woodworker Eric Cournoyer isn't immersed in sawdust, you'll likely find him amongst the trees in their more natural s...
03:48 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Xeni at Envision Symposium, Monterey, CA, thisweek
I'll be at the Envision Symposium in Monterey, CA this week, with a bunch of interesting speakers from the world of live design and stage technology, and other areas of the entertainment industry.&nbs...
03:17 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Comic about the Rat Park drug addictionexperiment
If you enjoyed Monday's post about Bruce Alexander's addiction-research experiment "Rat Park" (where heroin addicted rats were given luxurious accomodation, social stimulus, and lots of diverting ente...
02:50 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Noessel: lessons of science fiction computerinterfaces
What can Logan's Run, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Shrek teach us about how not to design computers? Veteran interaction designer and author Chris Noessel explored these very questions in his ...
02:47 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Cancer and coffee: new study suggests 4 cups a day could reduce prostate cancerrisks
Nope, not a joke: new research has found a correlation between drinking four cups of coffee each day may and a reduced risk of prostate cancer recurrence or spread.    ...
02:37 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Stunning music compilation tribute tocinema
Experimental filmmaker Jayne Amara Ross and composer/sound artist Frdric D. Oberland compiled an absolutely exquisite compilation of cinematic music and spoken word that inspires them, from Bernard He...
02:14 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Burning Man 2013time-lapse
Matthew says: "Filmmaker Jason Phipps and his team spent several days atop Old Razorback (a.k.a. Trego Peak) to capture this time-lapse footage of Black Rock City."    ...
02:14 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Noessel: lessons of science fiction computerinterfaces
What can Logan's Run, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Shrek teach us about how not to design computers? Veteran interaction designer and author Chris Noessel explored these very questions in his ...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Krakenbook-ends
Etsy seller Dellamorteco's $250 kraken bookends are made of resin and hand-painted; they're beautiful (as are his Tentacle Candlestick Holders).    ...
01:58 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Woodworker mods Ford Transit into campervan
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by the Ford Transit Connect. When talented woodworker Eric Cournoyer isn't immersed in sawdust, you'll likely find him amongst the trees in their more natural s...
01:57 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Big Data meetsBigfoot
Big Data meets Bigfoot in Penn State PhD candidate Joshua Stevens's visualization of nearly a century of Sasquatch sighting reports in the US and Canada.    ...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Player piano and robot drummer perform Nintendoclassics
Classic Nintendo tunes performed by a modern-day "player piano" (Yamaha Disklavier) and robot percussion system, under Raspberry Pi control. The software is responsible for translating the gameplay a...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Player piano and robot drummer play Nintendo audiolive
Classic Nintendo audio is translated in (very near) real-time for live playing by a modern-day "player piano" (Yamaha Disklavier) and robot percussion system, under Raspberry Pi control.  &...
01:27 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing With new health moonshot venture 'Calico,' it's 'Google vs.Death'
Today, Google announced the launch of Calico, a new company that will "focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases." Ex-Genentech Chairman/CEO and form...
01:22 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Woodworker mods Ford Transit into campervan
ADVERTISEMENT This post is sponsored by the Ford Transit Connect. When talented woodworker Eric Cournoyer isn't immersed in sawdust, you'll likely find him amongst the trees in their more natural s...
01:11 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Decapitated copperhead bitesself
"It finally quit movin' though, now that it bit itself," says our intrepid narrator. And that, writes wildlife ecologist David Steen, could have something to do with the fact that a decapitated coppe...
12:50 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Noessel: lessons of science fiction computerinterfaces
What can Logan's Run, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Shrek teach us about how not to design computers? Veteran interaction designer and author Chris Noessel explored these very questions in his ...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Crack and meth addicts probably aren't as addicted as youthink
Addiction — in the neuro-biological can't-get-enough-dopamine sense — might not be as powerful as pop culture would have us believe. A Columbia University psychology researcher has found t...
12:49 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Vladimir Putin, The New York Times' New CrusadingColumnist
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Vladimir Putin gets a job as The New York Times's new crusading columnist!    ...
12:35 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Noessel: lessons of science fiction computerinterfaces
What can Logan's Run, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Shrek teach us about how not to design computers? Veteran interaction designer and author Chris Noessel explored these very questions in his ...
12:34 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing How one chemist does her research, even though her lab makes hersick
LuAnne McNulty is an organic chemist. A few years ago, she developed severe asthma that's triggered by ... well ... organic chemistry.    ...
12:34 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Kids in the Hall to do five reunion shows inToronto
Tavie sez, "Legendary comedy troupe (and troupe of my heart), Kids in the Hall, have put together old and new material for a limited reunion engagement in Toronto this December.    ...
12:29 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Does a fetus feel pain? (And, if so,when?)
Across the United States, politicians are passing laws limiting abortion that are based on the idea that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks gestation.    ...
12:28 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Facebook "Likes" are protected speech, sayscourt
Joe Palazzolo, at the WSJ: 'Liking something on Facebook is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, reviving a closely watched case over the extent ...
12:18 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Unfortunate Frog was not the first amphibian to have bad luck with the US spaceprogram
By now, you've seen the amphibian invariably referred to in the press as "an unfortunate frog" being lifted towards the heavens after it wandered too close to a NASA launch pad in Virginia. &nbs...
12:12 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Eagle-mountedGoPro
Enjoy this tour of the countryside near Chamonix, France, courtesy of a GoPro-wearing eagle. [YouTube Video via Kottke]    ...
12:10 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Crochet your own Panzer slippers; Whole Earth Catalog as early blog; Odds on Monopolysquares
One year ago today Pattern for crocheted Panzer tank slippers: a peaceful project to while away the long nights on the Eastern front.    ...
12:04 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Word of the day:Haboob
Fun to say. Less than fun to experience. Haboobs are dust storms known for their distinctive wall-like appearance. Think the ice wall from Game of Thrones, but made of dirt, and heading right for you...
12:01 pm PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Greek pottery comes to life inApotheon
Apotheon is a game designed to resemble the art on classical pottery; Indiegames' Anthony Swinning says its plays as good as it looks.    ...
11:53 am PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Let us now praise FreddieMcCullough
It is my sincere hope that this is a real obituary, written for a real person, by their real family. Because it's AMAZING.    ...
11:42 am PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing iPhone 5s reviewsin
Apple's iPhone 5S has a better camera, faster hardware and a gold-trimmed option. How does it stack up to last year's model, and strong offerings from Samsung and Nokia?    ...
11:06 am PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Scientists march across Canada, fighting the Tory war onfacts
On Monday, scientists across Canada demonstrated against the Conservative government's war on science. The Stephen Harper government has imposed political minders on scientists, requiring routine pres...
10:48 am PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing John Cusack: Will the US allow NSA reporters like Greenwald and Poitras to return to the US withoutharassment?
Trevor Timm of EFF.org and FPF working with John on this op-ed, a few weeks ago. Photo: XJ. Activist and filmmaker John Cusack, in the Guardian, asks if US attorney general Eric Holder will guarantee ...
10:00 am PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Diesel Sweeties music humor book: I'm a Rocker, I RockOut.
Rich Stevens from the wonderful Diesel Sweeties webcomic has released a new collection of music-themed strips called I'm a Rocker, I Rock Out.    ...
06:42 am PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Homeland launch in Londontonight
Hey, Londoners! A reminder: tonight is the launch for the UK edition of Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Ave, from 6PM-7PM.   &nb...
12:48 am PDT - Wed, September 18, 2013
BoingBoing Review of a figure drawing posablemannequin
The talented illustrator I-Wei Huang reviewed this $300 articulated artist's mannequin. His verdict: awesome!    ...
11:59 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Patent trolls Lumen View: "Calling us patent trolls is a hate crime, now you owe us even moremoney"
Doubleclick co-founder Kevin O'Connor's new business is a company called Find the Best, and it's attracted a legal threat from a patent troll called Lumen View, who assert a patent over "multilateral ...
09:52 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Tim O'Reilly explains the mistakes he made and the lessons helearned
Tim O'Reilly sets out six "failures" from his experience founding and running O'Reilly Media. It's a frank self-examination, and contains a lot of smarts.    ...
08:55 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Vikki "The Back" Dougan - 1950s ItGirl
In the 1950's Vikki Dougan appeared on the cover of Life, on countless LP sleeves, in the pages of Playboy, and in magazine ads for grooming products.    ...
07:25 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: Death of aJunkie
"It was springtime in Seattle, and I was a newcomer. One afternoon I found myself at the Seattle Center, taking in the sights. I was standing at the base of the Space Needle, when I spotted a familiar...
07:12 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Art and tech festival this weekend inCleveland
This weekend in Cleveland is IngenuityFest, a celebration of "passionate and engaged people using every tool at their disposal to explore and create!" (This is not related to our own recent Boing Boin...
06:49 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Script for the Gong Showmovie
For a mere $300, you can buy a copy of the 1979 screenplay for the Gong Show Movie, written by Chuck Berris and Robert Downey, Sr.    ...
06:07 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Latest reporting from Snowden leaks: How NSA watches international banktransactions
In Spiegel today, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark report on how the National Security Agency monitors banks and credit card transactions, sometimes in apparent violation of national l...
05:40 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Live in the Memory Palace: Ferris wheels, giant lobsters, and SamuelMorse
At Boing Boing: Ingenuity, The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo took the audience on a captivating journey from the construction of the first Ferris Wheel in 1893, to a time when massive lobsters beckoned t...
05:38 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Astonishingly absorbenttowel
I take at least two daily showers and have problems with cotton towels getting damp, smelly, and yucky because they can’t dry quickly enough in the hours between.    ...
05:15 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Master pickpocket Apollo Robbins on the art ofmisdirection
EDW Lynch of Laughing Squid says: "Sleight-of-hand artist and master pickpocket Apollo Robbins demonstrates the art of misdirection on an unlucky volunteer in this entertaining TED talk from TEDGloba...
04:58 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing $215,653.58 AT&Tbill
The individual says he's been fighting the charge since March with no resolution in sight.    ...
04:47 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Homebrew workbench turns into a workbench-plan sellingbusiness
Ron Paulk posted a proud video showing off his awesome homemade workbench and found himself inundated with requests to build similar benches for his fans.    ...
04:30 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomical heart ring from BB sponsorShanaLogic!
Thank you to our longtime sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, t-shirts, and other curious creations. Show your love with this Anatomical Heart Ring by Lost Apos...
04:10 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing The history ofCyber
The news media now uses the word "cyber" the way smurfs use the word "smurf," but things used to be different.    ...
03:53 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Self-referentialchart
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03:50 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomical heart ring from BB sponsorShanaLogic!
Thank you to our longtime sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, t-shirts, and other curious creations. Show your love with this Anatomical Heart Ring by Lost Apos...
03:43 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Spitbank Fort: mid-Victorian fortress island turned into ahotel
Spitbank Fort is an offshore island fortress built in the mid-Victorian to help protect Portsmouth. It's been renovated by some savvy hoteliers who've turned it into a luxury hotel and conference cent...
02:40 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Terrorists suck at terrorism; Piercable fleshtoy; Dean campaign spawns campaigningsoftware
One year ago today Terrorists suck: The best US intelligence puts the whole al Qaeda weapons of mass destruction R&D budget at US$4,000; that Americans who are "radicalized" and brought to terror...
02:02 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Live in the Memory Palace: Ferris wheels, giant lobsters, and SamuelMorse
At Boing Boing: Ingenuity, The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo took the audience on a captivating journey from the construction of the first Ferris Wheel in 1893, to a time when massive lobsters beckoned t...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Mirage Men: the story behind the UFOstory
Mirage Men is my friend Mark Pilkington's excellent book of the story behind the UFO story -- a history of disinformation, paranoia, hoaxers, espionage, and weird psy-ops.    ...
01:48 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Check out our video page, with nothing but our favorite hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Breathtaking video of the Moon's rotation • HOWTO silkscreen at home • Righting the Costa Concordia...
01:39 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Expanded "Welcome to Borderdown" audiobook, with Neil Gaiman, Steven Brust, Ellen Kushner andmore
There's a new special-edition audiobook of Welcome to Bordertown, the YA reboot of the amazing, classic urban fantasy shared-world anthologies that practically invented the genre.   &nb...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing 'DIY, Dammit,' new HOWTO crafts show on YouTube's Nerdistnetwork
"The hardest part about this project is finding a dinosaur that works as a planter." —Joselyn Hughes, who shows you how it's done, along with Grace Helbig.    ...
01:35 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Live in the Memory Palace: Ferris wheels, giant lobsters, and SamuelMorse
At Boing Boing: Ingenuity, The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo took the audience on a captivating journey from the construction of the first Ferris Wheel in 1893, to a time when massive lobsters beckoned t...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomical heart ring from BB sponsorShanaLogic!
Thank you to our longtime sponsor ShanaLogic, sellers of handmade and independently-designed jewelry, t-shirts, and other curious creations. Show your love with this Anatomical Heart Ring by Lost Apos...
01:18 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing 'Traces of You,' Anoushka Shankar feat. NorahJones
"Traces of You," a pop-meets-tradition melody presented in a trippy kaleidescopic video from Anoushka Shankar's new album. The track features vocals by Norah Jones.    ...
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Silver person suspected inburglaries
Michigan State Police released this surveillance image of a silver person who is suspected in a rash of burglaries in Macomb Township and the surrounding area.    ...
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO silkscreen athome
In this video from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), Louis of BHQF teaches you how to silkscreen, right in your bathroom.    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Breathtaking video of the Moon'srotation
This stunning video of the Moon's rotation was made from images captured by NASA's Lunar Reconissance Orbiter's Wide Angle Camera (WAC).    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Breathtaking animation of the Moon'srotation
This stunning animation of the Moon's rotation was made from images captured by NASA's Lunar Reconissance Orbiter's Wide Angle Camera (WAC).    ...
12:37 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Video: timelapse of the raising of the CostaConcordia
This timelapse video shows the entire parbuckling of the Costa Concordia, and demonstrates what a massive task it was to right the sunken ship.    ...
12:37 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Notes oncommunication
John Scalzi's posted ten points about free speech, conversation, debate and related subjects. There's lots of good stuff there: "8. If people do not engage you, it is not necessarily because they are ...
12:30 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Live in the Memory Palace: Ferris wheels, giant lobsters, and SamuelMorse
At Boing Boing: Ingenuity, The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo took the audience on a captivating journey from the construction of the first Ferris Wheel in 1893, to a time when massive lobsters beckoned t...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Hot, nasty Tapir action too much forFacebook
A Facebook-friendly Tapir. Yesterday, we linked to a golden oldie (at least in internet terms) from Boing Boing's official Facebook page: the horror of tapir penises.    ...
12:27 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Hot, nasty tapir action too much for Facebook (Update: Facebook OK with tapiraction)
A Facebook-friendly tapir. UPDATE: Facebook has determined that the posting was acceptable after all! See below. Yesterday, we linked to a golden oldie (at least in internet terms) from Boing Boing's ...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Fan-made Batmanscalemaille
Etsy seller CreationsChristopher has listed a $9500 suit of Batman scalemaille, originally made for a Batfan project called Legends: The Dark Knight.    ...
11:48 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing The World of EqualDistricts
Here is our world divided equally into territories of about 10m people, with existing boundaries taken into account. "The logic of the map does not entirely discount existing ethnic or national bou...
11:39 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Your new financial advisor is this 4x6" indexcard
Max your 401k or equivalent employee contribution Buy inexpensive, well diversified mutual funds such as Vanguard Target 20XX funds Never buy or sell and individual security.    ...
11:39 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Your new financial advisor is Harold Pollack's 4x6" indexcard
Harold Pollack's advice: Max your 401k or equivalent employee contribution Buy inexpensive, well diversified mutual funds such as Vanguard Target 20XX funds Never buy or sell and individual security....
11:33 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Lazydogs
[YouTube Link via Arbroath]    ...
11:28 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Match-fixing scandal flips Snookertable
Snooker is among the more sedate British pseudo-sports, lacking both the working-class charm of darts and the brutal physicality of lawn bowls.    ...
11:25 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Vitamix: a wood-chipper forfood
Barely Representational Reviews the Vitamix 6300 (aka the Food Wood-Chipper) How good is the Vitamix 6300? Its so good its earned a nickname in our family: the Food Wood-Chipper.   &nb...
11:11 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Details of Valve's Linux game consoleimminent
Valve runs Steam, the largest and most successful online game-subscription service. And soon, it'll be the producer of a Linux-based game console to connect to it with.    ...
11:05 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Comics memoir of a girl-gamer-geek'sjourney
In Manic Pixel Dream Girl , a four-part comic, Elizabeth Simins recounts a memoir of being a girl who loved video games but felt that they were the reason she couldn't fit in with the other kids. ...
10:55 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Stephen Hawking backs assistedsuicide
"We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?" [BBC]    ...
10:54 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: CatholicGuilt
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10:25 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Shadow, a "dream-recording"app
Anything marketed with Alan Watts -- "Let's have a surprise. Let's have a dream that isn't under control" -- gets my click.    ...
09:42 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Rasl: dark comic from Bone creator JeffSmith
If you love comics, you'll known Bone, Jeff Smith's Walt Kelly-esque independent funnybook that ran for an epic 13 years.    ...
12:07 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Ricky Jay really hates the book, FoolingHoudini
Halfway through reading Alex Stone's memoir, Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind, I read Ricky Jay's blisteringly negative review of the book in the W...
12:07 am PDT - Tue, September 17, 2013
BoingBoing Ricky Jay really hates the book 'FoolingHoudini'
Halfway through reading Alex Stone's memoir, Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind, I read Ricky Jay's blisteringly negative review of the book in the W...
11:34 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Alexander's Rat Park: a ratty paradise that challenges our assumptions aboutaddiction
This article from Garry Tan reminded me of the tremendous work of Bruce K Alexander, a psychology professor who retired from teaching at Simon Fraser University in 2005.    ...
10:18 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Critical Hits: a history of a the battle between gamers and game-designers for nuance in combatsystems
A reader writes, "The early history of role-playing games seems like a constant battle between the creators of Dungeons & Dragons and its fans.    ...
09:04 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Megan Prelinger: Art, Advertising, and OuterSpace
Rogue librarian Megan Prelinger is co-founder of the incredible Prelinger Library and author of Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957 - 1962, the launchpad for her captivating prese...
09:02 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Socialize with Boing Boing on Twitter, Facebook, IRC, BBS, also here's an adorable bunnyrabbit
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.    ...
08:31 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing 'New,' from PaulMcCartney
Boing Boing pal Chris Holmes, who works with Paul McCartney, sends a couple of videos that will be of interest to fans of the former Beatle and popular solo artist.    ...
07:07 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Enormous timescales made graspable bygraphs
Wait But Why has a fantastic series of graphs that aim to help us wrap our heads around the enormous timescales on which forces like history, biology, geography and astronomy operate.   ...
06:59 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Prince Jefri of Brunei: how to blowbillions
Prince Jefri Bolkiah is the younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei, and he is believed to have blown $14.8 billion on a series of follies including grotesque mansions; enormous collections of sports...
06:06 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Watch our favorite online videos of the week, with hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Video of US spy chief's Star Trek command center replica • Jacob Appelbaum explains surveillance to the E...
06:03 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Two Siberian Husky dogs having a conversation through a cat flapdoor
[Video Link] Thanks, Tara McGinley!    ...
04:41 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Strange Powers 3 - new paintings by RyanHeshka
Ryan Heshka's astounding pulp-fiction inspired paintings are on display at the annual BLAB! group show, which opened this Saturday at the the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on 9/14/2013.  &nb...
03:42 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Megan Prelinger: Art, Advertising, and OuterSpace
Rogue librarian Megan Prelinger is co-founder of the incredible Prelinger Library and author of Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957 - 1962, the launchpad for her captivating prese...
03:40 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing The missing body of Addie MaeCollins
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, a major event in the history of civil rights in the United States.    ...
03:23 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Times are getting hard, boys: Breaking Bad 'Ozymandias'recap
Watch the sixth episode of Breaking Bad's final series, titled "Ozymandias" after the Shelley sonnet, then pop sedative or a glass of whiskey, then a cold shower, and then and only then read Kevin McF...
03:13 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Video of top NSA spook Gen'l Alexander's Starship Enterprise clone/Information DominanceCenter
Of course YouTube has video of the replica Starship Enterprise bridge where General Keith Alexander took Congressmen to "play Picard" and endorse his "collect everything" school of mass surveillance....
02:25 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Jacob Appelbaum explains surveillance to theEuroParl
Jacob Appelbaum of the Tor Project and Wikileaks addressed the European Parliament on the issue of surveillance and freedom. It was a remarkable speech, even by Appelbaum's high standards.  ...
02:12 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Insect with gears on itslegs
Meet Issus coleoptratus, an insect whose larva have interlocking meshed gears connecting their back legs. The gears help coordinate leg movements, helping the larva to jump fast and far.  &...
02:02 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Naval Yard rampage shooting: at least 7 killed, 2 gunmen may be atlarge
There has been a shooting incident at the Naval Yard in Washington, DC. At least 7 people are dead, and at least 3 shooters are believed to have been involved.    ...
01:58 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Why did the chicken lay a blueegg?
The answer: Because of a harmless-to-humans viral infection. The bluish egg above was laid by an araucana, a breed of chicken native to Chile and one of two breeds well known for occasionally popping...
01:49 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing How to be simultaneously right andwrong
If somebody tells you an ostensible fact about human behavior or human thought and shows you a picture of an fMRI at the same time, are you more likely to believe what you've just been told? &nbs...
01:30 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Megan Prelinger: Art, Advertising, and OuterSpace
Rogue librarian Megan Prelinger is co-founder of the incredible Prelinger Library and author of Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957 - 1962, the launchpad for her captivating prese...
01:25 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing The history ofzits
These are the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that are thought to refer to acne. They're part of a nifty piece by Hilda Bastian that looks at the history of our understanding about zits — where pe...
01:05 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing RIP Stephen Crohn: The man AIDS couldn'tkill
Stephen Crohn lost a boyfriend and many friends to AIDS before realizing that there must be something different about him that kept him from contracting HIV.    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Mark's interview with MakerBot's Bre Pettis today at 12:30pmET
Join me at 12:30pm ET today for a MAKE Special Event: a live Google Hangout with Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot, the 3D printer company.    ...
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Hip-hop, trans people, and a glimpse of a hopefulfuture
Last week, influential hip-hop deejay Mister Cee resigned from New York radio station Hot 97--for fewer than 24 hours. Andrea James writes how it reflects changing attitudes toward trans people in hip...
12:56 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Cancer quack continues killing women, new link to odd hospitalrevealed
Skepticblogger Orac writes about the sad saga of Fabio Lanzonis sister Christinas ovarian cancer, which killed her, but with help from "University General Hospital and at the Burzynski Clinic." It's n...
12:55 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Mutant excavator mated to a 59 El Camino; Firing flaming arrows at gas towers; Gangsta/Piratetranslations
One year ago today Maria Del Camino, a mutant excavator mated to a 59 El Camino, with the face of Maria from Metropolis: It started out life as the body of a '59 El Camino, and was then riddled with t...
12:42 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Ten arrests in 87 minutes: How NYPD dispersed peaceful Occupy Wall Streetprotests
A short film by Paul Sullivan that chillingly breaks down the creepy tactics New York City police used to intimidate and harass protesters, and arrest them for expressing their first amendment rights...
12:37 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing In a police encounter, could your iPhone thumbprint be used against you?Maybe.
"Under the Fifth Amendment, Police cant force you to self-incriminate by testifying, or divulging something in your mind. Its unclear if that same protection applies if the password is your fingerprin...
12:33 pm PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch(podcast)
In this week's podcast, I read aloud a recent Guardian column, "How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch, which proposes a "dead-man's switch" service that'll tip people off when the NSA serv...
11:58 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Writing the Other workshop,Chattanooga
Mary Robinette Kowal sez, "Many authors struggle to write beyond what they know and write the other. While conventions are tackling this material, there is frequently not enough time to delve into thi...
10:49 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Star Wars opening crawl in HTML andCSS
Tim Pietrusky nailed it. Select the text!    ...
10:42 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Evil Fake Bieberjailed
"A Middlesbrough man who pretended to be pop singer Justin Bieber to trick children into sending him sex act videos has been jailed for 14 years." [BBC]    ...
10:40 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Abandoned RadarStations
Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan has a collection. [Gizmodo]    ...
10:30 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Hip-hop, trans people, and a glimpse of a hopefulfuture
Last week, influential hip-hop deejay Mister Cee resigned from New York radio station Hot 97 for fewer than 24 hours. Fabulously-named transgender vlogger Bimbo Winehouse had just published a recordin...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age ofConnection
Ethan Zuckerman -- founder of Geekcorps and Global Voices -- is an activist who puts his money where his mouth is.    ...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Wooden Shjips: premier of newtrack
Contemporary psych minimalists Wooden Shjips invite us on another gorgeous expedition into space rock with their latest release Back To Land, available November 12 on Thrill Jockey Records.  ...
09:00 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Wooden Shjips: premiere of newtrack
Contemporary psych minimalists Wooden Shjips invite us on another gorgeous expedition into space rock with their latest release Back To Land, available November 12 on Thrill Jockey Records.  ...
08:46 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Evil clown stalks Northampton,England
Photo: Joe Steve Scoles reports for Northampton Herald & Post: The sinister clown that has been appearing on Northampton's streets made another visitation last night.    ...
08:31 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing What do you carry with you everyday?
In the forums, Daneel shares the things that always remain close at hand. What are yours?    ...
06:11 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing Homeland UK edition launch this Wednesday at London's Forbidden PlanetSuperstore
Hey, Londoners! I'm launching the UK edition of Homeland this Wednesday at the Forbidden Planet Megastore from 18h-19h. This is the sequel to Little Brother, and it includes the novella Lawful Interce...
03:15 am PDT - Mon, September 16, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 14, 'Ozymandias':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the sixth of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which we look upon Walter White's works, and despair. Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing "Breaking ...
09:48 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Russell Brand on Hugo Boss, Nazis, fashion and the tedium ofglitz
Russell Brand explains to Guardian readers the circumstances under which he was ejected from the GQ fashion awards after giving a speech about sponsor Hugo Boss's connection to the Nazis.  ...
08:04 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing The Real Mermaids of San Marcos,Texas
Ben Marks say: When Collectors Weekly writer and producer Hunter Oatman-Stanford was growing up in Austin, Texas, one of his favorite places to go as a kid was Aquarena Springs in nearby San Marcos.&n...
06:37 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a lesbian sex-ed graphicnovel
Allison Moon sez, "I'm Kickstarting my new book, a collaborative comic novella about queer lady sex. Think of it as 'en and the Art of Vulva Maintenance.'" $25 gets you a paperback.   &...
04:06 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Netflix uses piracy stats to choose itsprogramming
Senior executives from Netflix have explained their method for choosing which programs to license for the service: they buy the rights to the most-pirated shows in each territory, because that's where...
03:57 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Extreme Puritanbaby-naming
As found in Curiosities of Puritan nomenclature (1888), a collection of Puritan names chosen "to remind the child about sin and pain." My favorite?    ...
03:45 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Chubby Checker and the FatBoys
I have to go put my brain back in my head. Video Link    ...
12:58 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing A look at the Information Dominance Center, a replica ST:TNG Enterprise bridge used to sell surveillance toCongress
Remember last week's post about NSA boss General Keith Alexander's stage-trick for selling surveillance to Congress? The General realized that if he made his "Information Dominance Center" look like t...
12:51 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Army "Civil Disturbances" manual; Adorable tiny Gerber tool; Beautiful illustrated Pinocchioedition
One year ago today Army "Civil Disturbances" training manual from 1975: You too can master the "butt stroke." Five years ago today : Amazing little Gerber Artifact multitool.    ...
12:01 pm PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Europeans petition Bob Iger to save Disneyland Paris from its longdecline
A multilingual petition to Bob Iger asks for Disney's CEO and top management to do something about the (frankly, pretty terrible) condition of Disneyland Paris, a park I've stopped visiting (though it...
09:49 am PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Sticking a knife in atoaster
If you've wondered what happens when you stick a knife in a toaster (and really, who hasn't?), here, in six seconds, is a Vine clip demonstrating the inadvisability of this course of action. &nbs...
08:16 am PDT - Sun, September 15, 2013
BoingBoing Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo: All day charger for mobilegadgets
I bought this USB charging unit because I have a lousy sense of direction. I get lost in buildings and in cities, even ones Im familiar with.    ...
11:54 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing After the Meltdown: tracking the fortunes reaped by the bankers who tanked theeconomy
The Center for Public Integrity's After the Meltdown series documents the fate of the regulators, executives, and firms that were most directly responsible for the subprime meltdown, and demonstrate...
09:47 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing AT&T threatens to disconnect users accused of copyrightinfringement
AT&T has started sending letters to some of its customers, threatening to disconnect them because they've been accused (without trial or a chance to rebut the evidence) of copyright infringement....
07:38 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Mark's live Interview with MakerBot's Bre Pettis on Monday,9/16
Join me this Monday for a MAKE Special Event: a live Google Hangout with Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot, the 3D printer company.    ...
06:40 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting Hacker Scouts' hackerspace forkids
Samantha Cook sez, "Hacker Scouts, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland CA, has launched a Kickstarter to fund a new hackerspace designed for kids and their families.    ...
04:20 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Star Trek episodes as vintage movieposters
Spocko sez, "Artist Juan Ortiz took each episode of the original Star Trek and created a movie poster for it in the style of top graphic designers of the '60s.    ...
03:05 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Even betterpen
Last week Rob told us his favorite pen is a Pilot Precise, I am sure it is very nice. I prefer my Parker 51, it writes beautifully and has a marvelous history.    ...
01:12 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Engadget Expand NYC Nov9-10
I had a great time as a judge at the Insert Coin tech product entrepreneur competition at Engadget Expand earlier this year in San Francisco.    ...
12:41 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Innocence of Muslims freakout; Financial meltdown; Darth Ashcroft'ssoundtrack
One year ago today Middle East mobs freaking the hell out over YouTube video: This story is so weird. And with every advancement this week, it just gets weirder.    ...
12:19 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday
"Cat Spots Doberman," by Camels and Friends, featuring Pancake the cat.    ...
12:18 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Datebook Volume One 10th anniversaryedition
Drawn & Quarterly has reprinted cartoonist Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Datebook Volume One, which came out in 2003. It's a terrific look at the "loose" work of one of the world's best living illust...
12:13 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Bored white lady from California becomes first bored white lady Maasaiwarrior
Mindy Budgor of Santa Barbara, California has has a book out about her adventures in Kenya, "training to become the world's first female Maasai warrior" and, naturally, "saving" the poor indigenous Af...
12:09 pm PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Letter to the person who shamed a mother using food stamps to buygroceries
"This is an apology to the lady behind me in line at Cub Foods in Edina on a recent Sunday night.    ...
11:59 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Phrenology of Barack Obama's head reveals mind control connection to Nazi Occult, MKULTRA,Satan
"The Phrenology of Barack Obama," a self-published book by Bensa Magos, is basically the best thing ever. Here's the publisher's blurb, and by that, I mean a blurb written by Bensa Magos about Bensa M...
11:46 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Molasses spill in Hawaii destroys ocean habitats, draws sharks to area where humans surf andswim
Health and safety officials in Hawaii are warning swimmers, snorkelers, surfers, and beachgoers in general to keep clear of Honolulu waters after 1,400 tons of molasses leaked into the water earlier t...
11:23 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Bored white lady from California becomes first bored white lady Maasaiwarrior
Mindy Budgor of Santa Barbara, California has has a book out about her adventures in Kenya, "training to become the world's first female Maasai warrior" and, naturally, "saving" the poor indigenous Af...
11:08 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Watch our favorite online videos of the week, with hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • A cappella bass singer goes deep...    ...
11:00 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an electromechanical prime number calculatorsculpture
Karl Lautman sez, "Since Boing Boing liked my domino piece, 'Ouroborus,' back in 2010, I thought you might be interested in another of my pieces: 'Primer,' a sculpture that generates prime numbers.&nb...
10:07 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Urbance: angular, science fictional hip-hop-y animation fromCanada
Zack sez, "There's an upcoming Canadian TV animation URBANCE, based on a short film by animator Joel Dos Reis Viegas. The neon-colored series combines elements of SF, hip-hop, and just plane rave-fla...
12:45 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 111: Smarter Than YouThink
Your browser does not support the audio tag. Gweek is a podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, TV shows...
12:00 am PDT - Sat, September 14, 2013
BoingBoing IETF proposal to Prism-proof theInternet
A new draft proposal at the Internet Engineering Task Force by Phillip Hallam-Baker sets out a work program to harden the Internet against Prism-style surveillance.    ...
10:15 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing General Wesley Clark is aburner
M. Otis Beard sez, "John Perry Barlow has confirmed the rumor with journalists: General Wesley Clark did indeed attend Burning Man 2013.    ...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Astronomer Seth Shostak: We'll find ET by2037!
SETI Institute chief astronomer Seth Shostak bet hundreds of people at Boing Boing: Ingenuity that we'll hear from an extraterrestrial within 25 years. Find out why.    ...
08:08 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand gov for USD $4.85 over FBI-orderedraid
A lawsuit filed by technology entrepreneur and hacker Kim Dotcom against the government of New Zealand demands NZ $6 million (roughly USD $5 million) over an "excessively aggressive and invasive appro...
08:08 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand gov for USD $4.85 million over FBI-orderedraid
A lawsuit filed by technology entrepreneur and hacker Kim Dotcom against the government of New Zealand demands NZ $6 million (roughly USD $5 million) over an "excessively aggressive and invasive appro...
08:01 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Worth reading: NYT on jailed 'journalist-agitator' Barrett Brown, and silence surrounding hiscase
"Barrett Brown makes for a pretty complicated victim," writes David Carr in his recent profile of the Dallas-based journalist "obsessed with the governments ties to private security firms." Brown, 32 ...
07:56 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing DoD office can't process FOIAs because fax machine broken, no money for newone
MuckRock News reports that Freedom of Information Act requests faxed to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) started coming back as undeliverable a couple weeks ago.    ...
07:53 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Itsy Bitsy - free horror ebook by John AjvideLindqvist
Itsy Bitsy is a free 78-page Kindle story by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Swedish horror writer of Let the Right One In.    ...
07:49 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing DNI chief and FISC judge agree Snowden leaks prompted important civildebate
Even the NSA's boss and a lead judge in the secret intel courts admit Edward Snowden's leaks were in the public interest.    ...
07:10 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Google's lobbyists go big on climate change denial, raise money for Inhofe & Competitive EnterpriseInsitute
Brad from Forecast the Facts sez, "Google is throwing its money around in DC politics, led by Republican operative Susan Molinari.    ...
07:05 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel apologizes for decades of policetorture
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has apologized for twenty years' worth of police torture under the stewardship of former Chicago PD Commander Jon Burge, and set aside $85M to compensate victims -- mostly ...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 45: Bean's Quest (Plus a Minecraftcontest!)
Your browser does not support the audio tag. Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents.    ...
06:28 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Marc Jacobs' Burning Man frat party beachwearVictoriana
Fashion designer and stylist Kelly Sparks looks at Marc Jacobs' new line of gothic Gotham costumery straight from your grandma's attic.    ...
06:18 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Astronomer Seth Shostak: We'll find ET by2037!
SETI Institute chief astronomer Seth Shostak bet hundreds of people at Boing Boing: Ingenuity that we'll hear from an extraterrestrial within 25 years. Find out why.    ...
06:12 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Wegee photo of a man about to be executed wearing a hood with a Westinghouse logo onit
This execution brought to you by Westinghouse? I'd have guessed that Thomas "DC current is safer" Edison was behind it, but this fellow is in the gas chamber, not on an electric chair.  &nbs...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Secret spy spy court demands government transparency on surveillanceprograms
Over at Wired.com, David Kravets writes about an order by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge demanding that the US government begin to declassify its opinions related to the Patrio...
05:52 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Hardware hacker learns his E-ZPass is being read all over NYC, not just at tollbooths
Over at Forbes, Kashmir Hill has an item about an electronics tinkerer who goes by the nom de net Puking Monkey.    ...
05:46 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing How much energy does it take to vaporize ahuman?
According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics (Annals of Mad Science and the Journal of Sophisticated Villainery not having nearly as good of impact factors) i...
05:45 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Unfortunate illustration and game name in kids'book
There's not much right about this page from a mid-20th century kids' book. Besides the obvious creepiness, it looks like Alfred E Neuman on the left is trying to lift the skirt of the girl next to him...
05:41 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Noted brogrammer douchebag Pax Dickinson gets 15 more minutes of internetfame
"Women in tech are great. There's just not that many of them because tech is just a kind of thing that a lot of women arent that interested in." Pax "Jesus got raped by a pack of n**gers" Dickinson sp...
05:35 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing FBI: Yes, we controlled Tor servers behind mass malwareattack
"It wasnt ever seriously in doubt," writes Kevin Poulsen at Wired, "but the FBI yesterday acknowledged that it secretly took control of Freedom Hosting last July, days before the servers of the larges...
05:30 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing New book on HOWTO to make cute crochet people (including famousones)
Boing Boing reader Allison Hoffman, whose crocheted Breaking Bad dolls I blogged about previously, tells us: Thanks to your positive review and others like it, I was able to write a book and its rele...
03:57 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Violent Femmes back together: Blister in the Sun isn't aboutmasturbation
It's the thirtieth anniversary of the Violent Femmes's self-titled debut album, and they've settled their old differences and reformed, and they're touring a kind of greatest-hits set.  &nb...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing LEGO introduces female scientist minifig! (And Yetitoo!)
LEGO's new Minifgure Series 11 includes a female scientist and a Yeti. Both are excellent additions to the minifig universe!    ...
03:02 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing A cappella bass singer goes deep... verydeep
I find a cappella groups to be oddly disconcerting and this one takes it to new lows. (via FP)    ...
02:48 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Swedish contemporary punk fromHolograms
Stockholm-based quartet Holograms mine and modernize the desolate punk landscapes that spawned Joy Division, Wire, and The Wipers. It's gritty, lo-fi punk (and post-punk) elevated by singer Andreas L...
02:32 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Being an astronaut can help you fix a BBQ onEarth
Don Petit is one of my favorite American astronauts. He's made some great science videos during three different trips to the International Space Station.    ...
02:21 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Teen exorcists from Arizona take on the UK and HarryPotter
Tonight on BBC Three is the premier of Teen Exorcists, in which Brynne Larson and Tess and Savannah Scherkenback, teenage girls from Arizona who happen to be exorcists just like Brynne's dad, visit t...
02:05 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing The myth of the uglyblobfish
Here we have the common Internet blobfish, recently voted World's Ugliest Animal. But wait! At Smithsonian, Colin Schultz has made a very good case for why the blobfish doesn't deserve its unattracti...
02:04 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Snake wine drinker suffersbite
A Chinese woman reportedly suffered a snake bite when the reptile jumped from her wine bottle and struck her hand. Apparently, the woman from Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang Province had been drinking pickl...
01:56 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Chemistry mystery solved: The death of ChrisMcCandless
Chris McCandless was the hiker and simple living advocate who died from starvation in Denali National Park in 1992. His story was later made into a book and movie called Into the Wild.  &nbs...
01:43 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Completely heartbreaking medical casereport
A 3-year-old girl enters a hospital with severe Vitamin A deficiency and micronutrient malnutrition. The cause: Her parents had self-diagnosed her with so many food allergies that her entire diet cons...
01:20 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Collection of North America maps from back when California was an island are nowonline
Paskaerte van NOVA GRANADA, en t'Eylandt CALIFORNIA. By Pieter Goos, 1666. Courtesy the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection, Stanford. A collection of maps that depict California as an island off North Ame...
12:38 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Accountable TSA checkpoint algorithm; DHS on how to stop other gov'ts from snooping on you; New Sidekickfeatures
One year ago today An accountable algorithm for running a secure random checkpoint: "output produced by a particular execution of the algorithm can be verified as correct after the fact by a skeptical...
12:33 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing A (Misleadingly) haunting tour of the oto X assemblyplant
Journalist Rob Walker took an "interactive Google Street View tour" of the Moto X (the Google-owned Motorola phone) assembly plant in Forth Worth, TX.    ...
12:25 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing How to bake a chocolate cake in anorange
Tom Fassbender says: "The last time the family went on a camping trip, we made Breakfast in a Bag. We always like to have a cooking adventure when we camp, so this time we baked chocolate cake in oran...
12:16 pm PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Feynman lectures asHTML
Here's an HTML-ified version of the Feynman Lectures on Physics, volume one, courtesy of the good folks at CalTech. We discussed these lectures when I reviewed Feynman, a biography in graphic novel fo...
10:58 am PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Would fashion week attendees pretend to know about made-up designers?Yes.
Cruel as it is, Jimmy Kimmel's snob trap is diabolically clever. "It's called fashion, look it up!"    ...
10:54 am PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Happy Friday13th
Heather found this delightful antique doll in a local store here in Pittsburgh.     ...
10:48 am PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing Leatherbound SandmanOmnibus
Vertigo has published a 1,000-page, black-edged, leather-bound Sandman Omnibus, containing the first half of the comic's run (a second volume is due in November).    ...
10:32 am PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing The archives of Pen &Pixel
Perhaps the greatest album cover designers of our times. [University of Houston via Brendan Koerner]    ...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, September 13, 2013
BoingBoing David Cameron appoints a Witchfinder General forcopyright
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Mike Weatherley, an entertainment executive-turned-MP, to be his "intellectual property advisor." His remit will be "enforcement issues" on "the challenge...
11:41 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Becoming a Web developer as an RPGskill-tree
Dungeons & Developers is a cute and useful "skill tree" in the style of an RPG levelling guide. It starts with basic HTML and works its way through various skills all the way to master Web develo...
10:17 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Why fingerprints make lousy authenticationtokens
An "expert" quoted in the Independent predicts that thieves will amputate their victims' fingertips in order to bypass the biometric locks on the new Iphones.    ...
09:16 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Where in the Solar System Has Voyager 1 WoundUp?
Glenn Fleishman tracks humanity's vicarious voyage into the outer reaches of the solar system—and the strange, indefinite transition to the place beyond it.    ...
09:12 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Tom Vanderbilt: the counterintuitive science oftraffic
Tom Vanderbilt, author of the bestselling book Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (And What It Says About Us), shares insights on late merging, the demographics of honking, and highway hypnosis. ...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Little Brother bus-ads in SanFrancisco
How cool is this? My novel, Little Brother, is the San Francisco Public Library's "One City One Book pick for 2013, which means that it's the book for the annual "citywide book-club." The library is a...
08:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing If JJ Abrams remade GalaxyQuest
Greg Nutt created this JJ Abrams-style trailer for Galaxy Quest, remixing the original. It's an interesting and entertaining exercise in form, and makes me wonder if you couldn't apply the treatment ...
07:14 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Doomed to repeat history: Kafkaesque FBI watchlist screwups of the1940s
Michael from Muckrock sez, "The problems with various government watch lists, particularly the TSA's, are well known, but a new release of documents shows just how problematic large-scale government t...
06:22 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Twitter to gopublic
Weve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This Tweet does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.— Twitter (@twitter) September 12, 2013   &nb...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Nick Mamatas & Greg Bossert at SF in SF thisSaturday
This week's SF in SF (science fiction in San Francisco) reading series features Nick Mamatas & Greg Bossert. I reviewed Mamatas's excellent, acerbic novel Sensation back in 2011.   ...
05:59 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Video of contortionist who holds three worldrecords
Leilani Franco is in the new Guinness World Records 2014 Book for three records as a contortionist. "She's accomplished the most full body revolutions maintaining a chest stand in one minute (25), pe...
05:38 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing The "cult" of trolls and how to deal withthem
Greg Sandoval at The Verge writes about the Internet's indifferent amplification of rape threats and other unacceptable behavior from men.    ...
05:11 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing LA city hall orders destruction of "bamboo masterpiece"treehouse
The widow of a man who built a bamboo treehouse in Venice, CA says her complaint about the proliferation of "McMansions" in her neighborhood led to an order from the City of LA to demolish the beloved...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Bookshelves of theancients
David Harper's installation "Stacks" is part of the collection at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in upstate New York.    ...
04:18 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Tom Vanderbilt: the counterintuitive science oftraffic
Tom Vanderbilt, author of the bestselling book Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (And What It Says About Us), shares insights on late merging, the demographics of honking, and highway hypnosis. ...
04:15 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Frog and rocket lift off,simultaneously
That's one giant leap for a frog beside NASA's LADEE spacecraft lifting off last Friday at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.    ...
04:10 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Rum-filled chocolate rottingbody-parts
Miss Cakehead writes, "A macbre preview of some 'treats' which will be sold in Miss Cakehead's infamous Eat Your Heart Out Halloween pop up cake shop in London - the theme for 2013 being 'Feed The Bea...
03:17 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Yip-Yip-Yipleggings
Australian tights makers Black Milk continue to plumb the depths of weird juxtaposition and tessellation with these Sesame Street Yip-Yip-Yip leggings, which retail for AUD85 plus S&H.  ...
02:19 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Low coversRihanna
Minnesota's favorite indie rock minimalists Low covers "Stay" by Rihanna. Yes, Rihanna. Proceeds of the sale of the single via iTunes go to Chicago's Rock for Kids.    ...
02:12 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Porno copyright trolls Malibu Media sanctioned by court for "extortionate"tactic
Malibu Media is a notorious porno-copyright-troll, a company whose business-model is sending blackmail letters to Internet users threatening to sue them for downloading pornographic movies (and foreve...
02:08 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Eating hot peppers and reviewing videogames
In the curiously compelling Hot Pepper Gaming video series, hosts eat hot peppers and then review video games. Here, Erin Schmalfeld enjoys a habanero pepper before telling us about Kingdom Hearts 3D...
01:52 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Glitch yourphotos
Georg Fischer's "Image Glitch Experiment" is a fun and easy drag-and-drop Web tool for corrupting your JPGs in fascinating ways.    ...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Rowling to write Potter spinoff forscreen
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, a bestiary of the world of Harry Potter, is to be filmed by Warner Brothers.    ...
01:22 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Tom Vanderbilt: the counterintuitive science oftraffic
Tom Vanderbilt, author of the bestselling book Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (And What It Says About Us), shares insights on late merging, the demographics of honking, and highway hypnosis. ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Magic: The Gathering is Turing complete; Hot beef sundaes; Extreme casemodding of2003
One year ago today Magic: The Gathering is Turing complete: Alex Churchill has posted a way to implement a Turing complete computer within a game of Magic: The Gathering.    ...
12:08 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Watch our favorite online videos of the week, with hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Parisian stop-motion music video violates anti-burqa law • How physics sunk the Titanic • Batman an...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Radio interview with Washington Post's Barton Gellman on Snowden NSAleaks
This Terri Gross interview with Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman on WHYY's "Fresh Air," which is syndicated by NPR, is really terrific.    ...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent goals from aneight-year-old
This list of third-grade goals is presented by redditor Elbostonian as the work of his eight-year-old son. It's a rather ambitious document, but admirably so -- an excellent mix of stupid body tricks,...
11:58 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing SpaceX Grasshopper rocket scares the crap out of a herd of cows near launchpad(video)
YouTube Link. It's funny if you're not a cow. "No cows were injured during the making of this video," says the spacecraft manufacturer.    ...
11:55 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Blobfish "named ugliest creature", confused withphysicist
Might want to check that photo, guys. [MSN]    ...
11:53 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing 'Noah,' short film of young adult love and betrayal that takes place entirely on a teen's computerscreen
YouTube Link. Chilling and masterfully executed. "Noah," a short film directed by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg. 17 minutes.    ...
11:37 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing 'Joking Bad,' Jimmy Fallon parody of 'Breaking Bad,' is quitegood
Roughly 13 minutes of LOL. Slow clap, gentlemen. Slow clap. [Video Link]    ...
11:35 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing How Ico came to cast a colossal shadow over gamedesign
Art: Cellar-FCP Chris Kohler on Ico, the cult video game that's "inspiring everything." Almost 12 years after its quiet debut on Sonys then-new PlayStation 2, Ico (ee-koh) seems to be more popular now...
11:19 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Government whoppers about NSAspying
At Wired, David Kravets offers 6 of the most egregious. Wyden: So what I wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on milli...
11:16 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing The bestpen
According to Wirecutter's survey of top pen bloggers, it's the Uniball Jetstream. My own favorite, the Pilot Precise (pictured above) comes in joint second place.    ...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing EFF's guide to NSA reformbills
As the Snowden leaks (and the materials that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has compelled the DoJ to publish) show, the NSA is out of control.    ...
10:16 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing My favorite young-adult bookreviews
In the tradition of August's book-review roundup, I've pulled together a collection of my favorite young adult reviews from the past decade.    ...
01:29 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Trailer for Escape fromTomorrow
The trailer for Randy Moore's Escape from Tomorrow, shot inside Disneyworld without Disney's permission, is now available. The L.A. Times shares the wonderful story: To make the movie, Moore wouldnt...
12:02 am PDT - Thu, September 12, 2013
BoingBoing Socks ofCatan
Betabrand's "Socks of Catan" are coming in October, at $14 a pair. When Sarah heard that Catan wanted to collaborate with Betabrand, she proposed that we create clothing immediately identifiable to ...
09:59 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Cognitive blind-spots of Silicon Valleysuccesses
Here's the slide deck [PDF] from a Michael Dearing presentation called "The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done." As Kottke points out, a lot of context is missing, but what's ther...
07:57 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with Mark H. Kruger, author of young adult thriller,Overpowered
Despite appearances to the contrary, sinister things are happening behind the squeaky-clean facade of Barrington, Colorado. When Nica Ashley, a free-spirited high schooler, is sent there to live with ...
06:56 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Batman and Captain America save acat
Batman and Captain America rescued a cat from a burning home. (via Cosey Fanni Tutti)    ...
06:53 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing No robot willever...
Today's XKCD strip, Reassuring, wittily illustrates Kevin Kelly's Seven Stages of Robot Replacement, which start with "1. A robot/computer cannot possibly do the tasks I do" and heads toward "5. ...
06:51 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Syria/Serbia
Writer, filmmaker, and "humanitarian bombing" survivor Jasmina Tesanovic reflects on the similarities between the war she experienced, and the strikes proposed by the United States against Syria. ...
05:34 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing As a medical drama, Breaking Bad is pretty great, says one practicing MD (this cancer patientagrees)
At Slate, Haider Javed Warraich writes about how awesome "Breaking Bad" is from the perspective of a guy who's a practicing resident in internal medicine at Harvard.    ...
05:02 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing 'Phonebloks' pitch video describes LEGO-like modular smartphoneconcept
I'm skeptical that Dave Hakkens' Phonebloks idea would work in the real world from an engineering standpoint, but it's a marvelous concept.    ...
04:37 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing How the feds asked Microsoft to backdoor BitLocker, their full-disk encryptiontool
As the astonishing news that the NSA spent $250B/year on a sabotage program directed against commercial security systems spreads, more details keep emerging.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Revisiting Milgram's obedience experiment: what did he actuallyprove?
We all know about Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments, in which volunteers believed that they had shocked other volunteers to death, just because the experimenter had told them they were expected ...
03:34 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Meet the bugs we smoosh to make natural reddye
In this photo, you can see some kind of fluffy, white specks on the paddle of a cactus. Those are scale insects, microscopic bugs that like to cover themselves in balls of white wax and nibble on pri...
03:18 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomical sweatshirt you can'thave
Today's horrible, crushing disappointment comes to you from Etsy seller GreatWhiteVintage, who discovered this vintage anatomical sweatshirt with a flap showing the brains-n-stuff, and then sold it to...
03:06 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing A real graveyard curse: Archaeologists susceptible to fungaldisease
Valley fever is a respiratory disease that can cause flu-like symptoms, rashes, and (sometimes) chronic lung problems. It's caused by a fungus that lives in dry soil, essentially hibernating for years...
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Parisian stop-motion music video that violates anti-burqalaw
Michael sez, "While on a brief visit to Paris last year, I made a silly stop-motion film-clip for my band The Leafs.    ...
02:56 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing How physics sunk theTitanic
The iceberg wasn't the only thing that took down the Titanic, explains Yale University materials scientist Anissa Ramirez. Instead, cold temperatures in the icy North Atlantic changed the behavior of...
02:50 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Kids learn butter-making and chemistry with "Crazy AuntLindsey"
I'm loving the "Doing Stuff with Crazy Aunt Lindsey" series of hands-on science YouTube videos for kids. I can't find the host's full name on the YouTube page or her website, but she's a fantastic pr...
02:48 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about James Broughton, poet, filmmaker, RadicalFaerie
James Broughton (1913-1999) was an icon of San Francisco counterculture and the Bay Area's Beat scene. A poet, filmmaker, and prankster, Broughton was one of the original Radical Faeries and a member...
02:46 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing AT&T can't quite apologize for its tasteless 9/11tweet
From advertising's deckchair on the periphery of the human condition: The "sorry" is similarly psychopathic, apologizing for nothing and only to those who demanded it--then explaining why they were wr...
02:31 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing How Szechuan peppers numb yourlips
What is it about eating Szechuan peppers that causes the lasting tingling or numbness in your mouth and lips after the burn has subsided?    ...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Mysterious letterbox on bridge in Uri Geller'svillage
A red mailbox has mysteriously appeared on the side of a bridge crossing the River Thames in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, England. Even village resident Uri Geller (yes, that Uri Geller) is puzzled b...
01:33 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Inside James Cameron's sleeksub
National Geographic posted an exploded view of the Deepsea Challenger, the submersible designed by James Cameron and Ron Allum. This was the sub that Cameron piloted last year to the bottom of Challen...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Arial on Mars; Mouse riding guinea pig time machine; Conjoined twinsseparation
One year ago today In Letterspace, No One Can Hear You Kern: We spent $2.5 billion to put Arial on Mars.    ...
12:57 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing A tour of the new and improvedGitmo
Molly Crabapple on where American locks up the the war on terror's inconvenient prisoners, a place where "self-satisfaction extends up the chain of command." The guards spoke in cliches.  &...
12:57 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing A second tour of the new and improvedGitmo
Molly Crabapple returns to where American locks up the the war on terror's inconvenient prisoners, a place where "self-satisfaction extends up the chain of command." (Previously) The guards spoke in ...
12:39 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Don't miss the Reuters investigation on underground child adoptions in theUS
Megan Twohey's Reuters investigative report on the dark side of just-outside-the-law but not-exactly-illegal adoptions in the United States is chilling. Child sexual abuse is part of the story; those ...
12:34 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Iranian filmmaker punks NSAagain
Filmmaker Bahram Sadeghi in Amsterdam, whose epic phone-pranking of the NSA we blogged about previously, tells Boing Boing, "Because a lot of my friends (and other people who posted a comment on our ...
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Who Can't Buy a Beer onCounter-Earth?
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Counter-Earth has some sensible restrictions on people of a certain age.    ...
12:19 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing The Internet Must Go: Colbertesque mockumentary about the quest to kill NetNeutrality
In John Wooley's hilarious 30-minute mockumentary The Internet Must Go, he plays a marketing shill hired by the big cable operators and phone companies to convince Americans to accept corrupt, non-ne...
12:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Waffle Falling Over (BreakingBad)
[About + GIFs]    ...
11:08 am PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Putin ready to sue: Harry Potter's Dobby looks too much likeme
(Warner Bros/Sasha Mordovets and Getty) Russian lawyers are reportedly planning to sue Warner Bros because Dobby the House Elf from the Harry Potter movies looks too much like Vladimir Putin. &nb...
10:04 am PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing Untangling the Web: calm, warm and credible case for the net's place insociety
Sociologist and radio/TV presenter Aleks Krotoski's debut book Untangling the Web consolidates and presents a decade's worth of social science related to the Internet, conducted by Krotoski and other ...
07:36 am PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing This the the crypto standard that the NSAsabotaged
The New York Times has published further details of last week's leaked documents detailing the NSA's program of sabotage to crypto products and standards.    ...
07:36 am PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing This is the crypto standard that the NSAsabotaged
The New York Times has published further details of last week's leaked documents detailing the NSA's program of sabotage to crypto products and standards.    ...
02:46 am PDT - Wed, September 11, 2013
BoingBoing NSA reveals that it illegally gathered thousands of phone records, to the appalled astonishment of FISA courtjudge
As the Snowden leaks about NSA surveillance continue to trickle out, it's easy to miss the fact that the NSA is now releasing hundreds of pages of damning documents about its activities.  &n...
11:59 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Norwegian company launches "eggs for boys" and "eggs forgirls"
Finn writes, "Prior, Norway's leading brand of chicken and eggs, has just launched Princess Eggs and Pirate Eggs, to get children to eat more eggs.    ...
11:28 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing MAD #1 is free as a Kindlee-book
My friend Jon Lebkowsky (an editor at bOING bOING and the co-founder of Fringe Ware) says, "Your Popeye post sent me to Amazon, where I discovered you can acquire old original issues of Mad Magazine (...
10:21 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Obit for a prolific newspaper sitecommenter
David sends us "An obituary for a prolific commenter on the Brisbanetimes.com.au news website. This nonagenarian only took to the internet in the last year or so and was prolific in the comments on th...
06:58 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Great video simulation of a person aging 60years
https://vimeo.com/74033442 I'm not sure how Anthony Cerniello made this video of Danielle aging 60 years in five minutes, but it is amazing.    ...
06:15 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Ferdinando Buscema: magic, wonder, andingenuity
Ferdinando Buscema is a magic experience designer whose work draws from mechanical engineering, sleight-of-hand, and his explorations of hermetic traditions. We couldn't have asked for a more astonish...
06:12 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Disney villain sugarskulls
Etsy's NutCracks sells these "5 Disney Villians Sugar Skull" prints at $19. They measure 11" x 14" "Printed on acid free paper with ultrachrome inks." They're also available as solo prints.  ...
05:38 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Plastic surgery turns man intoSuperman
Herbert Chaves, 35, continues his surgical transformation into Superman: I feel like a Superhero whenever I pull on the costume, but my mission is not to save the world but to help in my own small way...
05:33 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Fantastic photos of bees'heads
The Flickr account for the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab has tons of gorgeous CC-licensed photos of bees, snakes, bugs, and plants.    ...
04:48 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Sportscaster's Seinfeld-richbroadcast
Sportscaster Adam Lefkoe of WHAS11 in Louisville, Kentucky dropped 41 Seinfeld references into five minutes on air. More at Syracuse.com.    ...
04:42 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing From Snow and Rock, from Chaos: Poems1965-1972
My dog Nemo just ate my favorite book of poetry. This copy of Hayden Carruth's From Snow and Rock, from Chaos travelled with me for years, I've already ordered another copy of the same edition. ...
04:13 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Harvesting my backyard honey (and your chance to get ajar)
Earlier this summer, I harvested honey from my backyard beehive. I follow the Backwards Beekeepers’ no-treatment school of bee husbandry -- I don’t do anything other than set up a box and ...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Report: Rich Chinese perps hire body-doubles to do theirtime
A report on Vocativ reports on rumors on Chinese social media and Taiwanese newspapers that the rich and powerful hire "body doubles" to go on trial for them and even serve their prison sentences.&nbs...
03:45 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing "Cheap" iPhone 5C comes incolor
It's basically the last-gen model in plastic, with iOS 7, a $99 price tag, and nice colors. Put me down for a green one!    ...
03:36 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing iPhone 5Sgolden
It has a slightly better camera, a fingerprint sensor, and it comes in gold. [The Verge]    ...
02:29 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing AutoDesk announces free electronic circuit designapp
DC Denison of MAKE says: Autodesk today expanded its suite of free 3D tools by partnering with Circuits.io to launch an electronics design tool: 123D Circuits.    ...
02:14 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Polia - Chain My Name (freeMP3)
Sound it Out # 59: Polia - Chain My Name (free MP3) On their second album, Shulamith, Minnesotas Polia bring a more aggressive sound to their languid, sexy music.    ...
01:21 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Haunted Mansion/Small World mashup tee; Hot Beef Sundae; Labels dataminingP2P
One year ago today Haunted Mansion/Small World mashup tee: The Haunted Mansion has taken on the small world in the battle of which ride is really the scariest.    ...
01:10 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing World's top 10 colleges all in US andUK
1. MIT 2. Harvard 3. Cambridge 4. University College London 5. Imperial 6. Oxford 7. Stanford 8. Yale 9. Chicago 10.    ...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Cool tarot card art by knitwear book author Barbara G.Walker
Yesterday I posted a photo from Barbara G. Walker's fabulous 1972 instructional book, Knitting From The Top. It turns out Barbara is not only a terrific knitter, she is also a designer and illustrator...
12:58 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing New bride pushes husband offcliff
A good candidate for the dumbest murderer you'll read about this year! She reported him missing, only to "find" the body herself in a million-acre national park: "It was a place he wanted to see befor...
12:45 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing US border laptop searches: the other warrantlesssurveillance
Documents released today as a result of the House v. Napolitano settlement document the systematic use of laptop searches at the US border to evade the need to get a warrant to read Americans' email.&...
12:09 pm PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Chemist presents results of study on booze,irony
Scientist sets out to determine the chemical differences between bourbon, rye, Tennessee, and other whiskeys. His name: Tom Collins. No.    ...
11:45 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Don't listen to Mom (or observational data): Breakfast isn't necessarily the most important meal of theday
Here's a great piece by Anahad O'Connor that looks at the dozens of studies that are supposed to link the act of eating breakfast with weight loss — and the problems that very quickly arise when...
11:34 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Tiny frameless geodesic home costs only$2100
Built for $2100 and change, and easily broken down and transported. [Rig Some Light] It is 18 feet wide at the widest point and about 13 feet tall.    ...
11:30 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing LulzSec's Jake "Topiary" Davisinterviewed
How did he get caught? "VPN provider ratted me out." [ask.fm]    ...
11:27 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing The most popular codingfonts
Slant rounds up the most popular monospace fonts good for cranking code. Adobe's Source Code Pro is top of the pile, but Consolas is only a couple of votes off.    ...
11:26 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing How an amateur astronomer mapped the Moon 59 years before Apollo11
In 1910, Walter Goodacre published a map of the Moon, created over the course of several decades using nothing more high-tech than a good quality backyard telescope.    ...
11:19 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Knife use workshops forkids
If you live near Pennsylvania's Lackawanna State Forest and want your kids to learn to use knives responsibly -- an important skill, endangered by scaremongering and helicopter parenting -- you can ta...
11:10 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Vincent Pricering
Paul Komoda created these gorgeous sterling Vincent Price rings; he's running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for his living expenses (A "survival art sale") with lots of great pieces in the re...
11:06 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing How much booze is too muchbooze?
At Forbes, Katie Kelly Bell has an interesting look at the extremely subjective measurements happening behind the seemingly objective instruction to drink only "in moderation".    ...
11:02 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing The Science ofSnobbery
We all know that you can drop red food dye in white wine and get a critic to call it plummy and tannic.    ...
10:39 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Keith LeBlanc Malcolm X: No SellOut
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing WILD: sweet picture book about a feral child who won't betamed
Back in July, I blogged about WILD, a gorgeous, sweet picture book about a feral child who won't be tamed.    ...
02:57 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Scholar shows "three strikes" programs don't reducepiracy
Evaluating Graduated Response, a new paper from Rebecca Giblin from the law school at Australia's Monash University looks at the impact of "three strikes" and "graduated response" punishments for fil...
02:57 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Scholar shows 'three strikes' programs don't reducepiracy
Evaluating Graduated Response, a new paper from Rebecca Giblin from the law school at Australia's Monash University, looks at the impact of "three strikes" and "graduated response" punishments for fi...
01:35 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing RIP CalWorthington
Iconic southern California car salesman Cal Worthington has passed away at the age of 92. Both you and your dog Spot will be missed.    ...
12:42 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing UK gov't wants to ban dirty words in UK domain names; tell them to #[email protected]*off
Tony sez, "The UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport is supporting a review of the .uk domain name registration process, suggesting that restricting offensive words in .uk domain names will he...
12:42 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing UK gov't wants to ban dirty words in UK domain names; tell them to #@*off
Tony sez, "The UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport is supporting a review of the .uk domain name registration process, suggesting that restricting offensive words in .uk domain names will he...
12:23 am PDT - Tue, September 10, 2013
BoingBoing Timeline of NetNeutrality
Michael from Public Knowledge sez, "Today the DC Circuit Court is hearing Verizon's challenge to the FCC's net neutrality rules. It has been a while since net neutrality was in the news, so we created...
09:57 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Replica Enterprise bridge used to sell surveillance toCongress
A long, fascinating profile of NSA "cowboy" Gen. Keith Alexander in Foreign Policy reveals that the top spook is fan of science fiction movies and built his old command room to look like the bridge of...
09:42 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Drone's-eye-view of BurningMan
[Video Link] Matthew says, "Filmmaker Eddie Codel used a DJI Phantom drone and a GoPro Hero3 camera to film a "drone’s eye view" of Burning Man."    ...
08:54 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Abercrombie and Fitch to be fined after firing headscarf-wearingMuslim
Islamic attire being against Abercrombie and Fitch's "look policy", it fired a Muslim employee. There's so much one might say about this, but it is the opinion of one person that matters: Federal Judg...
08:12 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Twerking film from1910
I haven't seen the Miley Cyrus twerking video, but I just watched Danish silent film star Asta Nielsen dance in this 1910 film called Afgrunden and I am guessing this one is better.   ...
08:00 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Junkbots with Frenchbackstories
Gille Monte Ruici makes wondrous junkbots. I mean, totally great. He writes adorable little French fairytales about them, too. He sells them in Paris's Brauer Galerie.    ...
07:19 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Excellent Popeye comic book reprints from the 1940s and1950s
Archie was created by Bob Montana, but Dan DiCarlo gave Archie and his pals the looks and personalities we are familiar with.    ...
06:52 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing What NSA sabotage does tosecurity
Princeton computer science profession Ed Felten has an excellent explanation of what it means to security to have the NSA actively sabotaging cryptographic standards and tools.    ...
06:17 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Bid on the spy-rock that Lockheed and the DoD stiffed a subcontractoron
Gregory Perry says he got stiffed by Lockheed Martin. He says they asked a company he co-owned to develop a fake spy-rock for the Department of Defense in the early 2000s, but didn't pay the company, ...
05:05 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Internet of Things Bill ofRights
Pt and Limor write, The New York Times asked Adafruit's founder and engineer, Limor 'Ladyada' Fried to contribute to an article series called ROOM for DEBATE.    ...
04:35 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing A beloved Japanese day planner goesglobal
I'd not heard of the Hobonichi Techo day planner until I read this interview with the publisher. An English version is coming out soon and I want one.    ...
04:25 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Knitwear for the BradyBunch
Sadly, several knit garments from the first edition of Barbara G. Walker's Knitting From The Top (1972) are not included in the most recent addition.    ...
04:21 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Keylogger service provides peek inside Nigerian 419 scammers'tactics
Security researcher Brian Krebs has had a look at the contents of "BestRecovery" (now called "PrivateRecovery") a service used by Nigerian 419 scammers to store the keystrokes of victims who have been...
04:19 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Acadia: A New Sci-Fi Novel(Excerpt)
Enjoy the first chapter of a new novel from James Erwin, creator of Rome Sweet Rome. If you'd like to support it, Erwin has established a crowdfunding project where you can order DRM-free ebooks and h...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Fighting back against NSA sabotage with a dead-man'sswitch
My latest Guardian column, "How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch," conducts a thought-experiment for a "dead-man's switch" to undermine the system of secret surveillance orders used by Am...
01:32 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Where did land plants comefrom?
More than 90% of land plants have symbiotic relationships with fungus and those relationships seem to date back hundreds of millions of years.    ...
01:16 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Dolphins love themselves (in thatway)
Check out Scicurious' report on a recent research paper entitled "Spontaneous Ejaculation in a Wild Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)" — in which we learn that dolphins can mast...
01:14 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Gendered crayons; Chile's socialist Internet; Proto-bloggingbook
One year ago today Gendered crayons: From Melissa and Doug, whose image is of a cool, progressive toymaker. Five years ago today Chile's forgotten socialist Internet: Allende contracted with a Britis...
01:09 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Meet your newest meat safetyproblem
A faster meat safety program, with fewer government inspectors and more inspectors employed directly by the meat companies themselves, is associated with higher levels of contaminated meat.  ...
01:01 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing True tales of a chemistry labaccident
The artificial sweetener Splenda was discovered when a chemistry grad student misunderstood his advisor's instructions to "test" a compound and tasted it, instead.    ...
12:54 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing How Planet Earth got its (invisible)stripes
This image shows magnetic anomalies in the South Pacific — underwater lines where the crust of the Earth either matches up with the planet's overall magnetic polarity (reds and purples) or is c...
12:43 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Cartoonist Adrian Tomine - "everyone we know is moving" out of NewYork
Adrian Tomine's New Yorker cover is called "Crossroads." He was interviewed about it on the New Yorker's website. When asked how being a father affects New York living, he says, “We live in a no...
12:21 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Skooba Laptop Weekender Travel Bag - a carry-on bag for gadgetlovers
I go somewhere on a plane at least twice a month. For over ten years I’ve used a Briggs & Riley roller carry-on, and I’ve been fairly happy with it.    ...
12:18 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Ghosts With Shit Jobs goes to the Beijing FilmFestival
I've told you before about Ghosts With Shit Jobs, Jim Munroe's mockumentary about "a future where China's the first world and North Americas the third world." Jim and co took the movie to the Beijing ...
12:14 pm PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing How To: Regrow a coralreef
I'm totally fascinated by this photo that the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program posted to their Facebook page. It shows little branches of staghorn coral growing on a "tree" made of PVC pipes.&...
10:45 am PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Anthology of 21st Century ScienceFiction
Patrick Nielsen Hayden and David Hartwell have edited Twenty-First Century Science Fiction , a 250,000-word anthology of short fiction by writers who came to prominence since the turn of the century.&...
10:33 am PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Visualizing reader sentiment of an epic fantasyseries
James Siddle took a close look at what ratings at Amazon and GoodReads reveal about the long-running fantasy epic, Wheel of Time.    ...
09:57 am PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing Kitsault, the Canadian ghosttown
Messy Nessy Chic, on an abandoned company town maintained in perfect condition by its only resident: "Where the Alaskan border is closer than the nearest town lies a mysterious hidden place, accessibl...
09:47 am PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run or Ruin anEconomy
Tim Harford's latest book, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, is a great macroeconomic companion to his 2005 debut, The Undercover Economist, an excellent and accessible book on microeconomics.&nb...
05:14 am PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing NSA broke into networks of Brazil's president; state oil company, Google Brazil, and SWIFT, for "economic"reasons
An NSA training slide leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that the agency broke into computer systems run by Petrobras, Brazil's state oil company; the President of Brazil; SWIFT, the glo...
02:49 am PDT - Mon, September 9, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 13, 'To'hajiilee':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the fifth of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which Walter White is caught between a rock and a hard place. Catch up on previous episodes in our Boing Boing "B...
06:45 pm PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing NSA leaks as a demographicphenomena
Writing in the Financial Times, Bruce Schneier expands on Charlie Stross's demographic theory of US military/espionage leaks, which holds that the end of the "job-for-life" culture in the spookocracy ...
03:40 pm PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing Firsthand account of NSA sabotage of Internet securitystandards
On the Cryptography mailing list, John Gilmore (co-founder of pioneering ISP The Little Garden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; early Sun employee; cypherpunk; significant contributor to GNU/Li...
03:21 pm PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing Dive into our video archives, with hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Lego robot that strips DRM off Kindle books • SpaceX's futuristic rocket design toolkit • Steve Job...
03:17 pm PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing IronicATM
Image:" irony is dead," from Glenn Caley Bachmann's photostream, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.    ...
01:37 pm PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing NSA secretly broke smartphonesecurity
According to a report in Der Spiegel, the NSA has cracked the protection on Android, iOS and Blackberry devices, and can access protected files, including contacts and location history.  &nb...
01:36 pm PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing OpenXC provides car data for coolhacks
ADVERTISEMENT [Video Link] OpenXC is our partner Ford's open-source platform that connects smart phones and tablets to real-time vehicle data.    ...
01:07 pm PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: How to illustrate the Eurozone crisis? Extra outlets; Wham-O v DickieRoberts
One year ago today Increasingly desperate quest to find photos to illustrate news stories about Eurozone crisis : Taking pictures of distressed Euro coins isn't cutting it anymore.   &n...
10:00 am PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing Bent bookbookends
's "Books" is a set of bookends made from mutated, bent hardcovers, or reasonable facsimiles thereof. No indication if they ever went into production or were just one-offs (to be honest, they might e...
12:17 am PDT - Sun, September 8, 2013
BoingBoing This is the SpaceAge
Annalee Newitz's Stop pretending we aren't living in the Space Age is a magnificent rant on the incredibly achievements of modern space programs, and a savage indictment of the lack of imagination und...
10:14 pm PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing All of India's public safety standards now online forfree
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, For the first time, a full standards bureau is now available on the Internet for people to examine.    ...
07:10 pm PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing Toronto's Hacklab raising money to help it move into largerspace
Nicholas sez, "Toronto's oldest hackerspace just turned 5 years old, and with about 50 active members (not to mention all the folks who attend workshops and events), we desperately need to move out of...
05:23 pm PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing Worst-paid Brits risk losing benefits for "not workingenough"
One million of the worst-paid people in Britain will have to attend welfare caseworker assessments, and if they are deemed to be "not working enough," they face having their benefits cut -- even if no...
04:04 pm PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a free, open archive of recordings of all ofChopin
Erik sez, "Three years ago, Musopen raised nearly $70,000 to create public domain recordings of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and others.    ...
03:14 pm PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing Lego robot that strips DRM off Kindlebooks
Peter Purgathofer, an associate professor at Vienna University of Technology, built a Lego Mindstorms robot that presses "next page" on his Kindle repeatedly while it faces his laptop's webcam. ...
12:57 pm PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing 90 percent of Tor keys can be broken by NSA: what does itmean?
Errata Security CEO Rob Graham has published a blog-post speculating that ninety percent of the traffic on the Tor anonymized network can be broken by the NSA.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing A cost-of-driving meter for yourcar
Imagine a taxi-meter style display that shows you the true cost of driving for every trip you take in your car. That's just what David Harris and Steven Kryskalla built at our first hack day event.&nb...
11:46 am PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday
"Serious cat is serious," shared by __AK__ in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.    ...
11:01 am PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing Surveillance State RepealAct
Alan sez, "A Representative from New Jersey, Rush Holt, has introduced the aptly named 'Surveillance State Repeal Act' with the goal of rolling back some of the worst excesses of the NSA regime. ...
10:08 am PDT - Sat, September 7, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Anthrax's Dan Spitz, watchmaker; UK leads the world in police spending, imprisonment; Doonesbury shocks newspaper editors with masturbationmention
One year ago today Anthrax's Dan Spitz is now a master watchmaker: He quit the music business to become a world-renowned, prize-winning watchmaker who hand-lathes his own replacement parts for antique...
11:54 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Report on startups versus patenttrolls
James sez, "Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation published a new report on patent assertion and startup innovation.    ...
09:45 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Can has data-optimized cheeseburger?Yes.
Here's an Ignite talk by Hilary Mason, chief scientist at Bitly, explaining how she scraped data from multiple sources to create a service that locates NYC's most optimal cheeseburger, using an algori...
08:22 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: New AgeDate
"I took Roberta to a small neighborhood bar on Queen Anne Hill. We weren't there for five minutes before three guys moved in on us." From Real Stuff #3 (Fantagraphics, May 1991).   &nbs...
07:41 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 012: EllenForney
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir is that sort of book that makes you want to immediately spark up a conversation with its creator.    ...
07:09 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Back window cardisplay
The Smart Brake gives drivers behind you information about what you are doing, and says thanks to courteous drivers who let you merge into their lane.    ...
07:08 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an open source hardware "machine shop in a box" - 3Dprinter/etcher/mill
"How do you improve upon 3D printers with multiple color heads? Members of the makerspace Artisan's Asylum have built what they're calling a 'microfactory' - a self-contained machine that etches circu...
06:01 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Opinion: Yahoo's new logo reveals the worst aspects of engineeringmindset
Glenn Fleishman posts a passionate defense of the value of good graphic design. Even if you don't give a crap about the new Yahoo!    ...
04:51 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Ozarks kitchen,1936
May 1936. "Kitchen of Ozarks cabin purchased for Lake of the Ozarks project. Missouri." Photo by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. The scalloping on the newspaper above the window is heartbrea...
04:40 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Amid NSA spying scandal, Yahoo releases transparency report on gov datarequests
The Internet company Yahoo! has released a Transparency Report today, detailing the requests it receives for user information from government agencies.    ...
04:36 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing "Yeti, Turn Out the Light!": a fantastic children'sbook
For more than a decade, our friends at GAMAGO have created some of the most delightful, inspired, and fresh characters around for t-shirts, toys, and other bric--brac.    ...
04:21 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Dive into our video archives, with hand-picked clips from around theweb
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • SpaceX's futuristic rocket design toolkit • Steve Jobs' first television appearance • Documentary a...
03:59 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Winners of 3D printers for peacecontest
Back in May, I wrote about a contest to come up with peaceful applications for 3D printers from the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab and Type A Machines.    ...
03:44 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Prototype could help save kids and animals locked in a hotcar
TempAssure addresses the problem of children and pets suffering from heat stroke after accidentally being left inside hot cars.    ...
03:26 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing R.U. Sirius shares the dirt on the triumphs and excesses of Mondo2000
R.U. Sirius, the founding editor of Mondo 2000 (which greatly inspired Carla and me to start bOING bOING) wrote about the beginnings of the late great cyberdelic magazine for the Omni Reboot. &nb...
02:42 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing 'Oddly Normal,' by John Schwartz: A family's struggle to help their teen son come to terms with hissexuality
New York Times correspondent John Schwartz shares an excerpt from his book "Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality," which was released in a new...
02:34 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Back window cardisplay
The Smart Brake gives drivers behind you information about what you are doing, and says thanks to courteous drivers who let you merge into their lane.    ...
02:33 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Free online college course about The WalkingDead
The University of California, Irvine is offering a free MOOC (massive open online course) about The Walking Dead. Titled Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMCs The Walking Dead, it's a multidis...
02:21 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing SpaceX's futuristic rocket designtoolkit
Demonstration of SpaceX's experimental rocket design tools melding gestural interfaces, 3D design, virtual reality, and 3D printing.    ...
02:15 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Geeking out over the bloody legacy ofVHS
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: Recently we spoke to Dan Kinem who, with Levi Peretic, has released a documentary called Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector.  &...
01:58 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Crocodile strands man onisland
Last month, an adventuresome tourist was dropped by boat on the small, remote Governor Island off Western Australia. He planned to explore the island but quickly realized he didn't have enough food an...
01:39 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Steve Jobs' first televisionappearance
[Video Link] We've blogged this before, but this backhaul video from Steve Jobs' first television appearance in 1978 is classic internet zen.    ...
01:32 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about Walter Potter, weirdtaxidermist
Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein just edited a new book by Dr. Pat Morris about English taxidermist Walter Potter (1835-1918) whose creations are icons of Victorian wunderkammer whimsy.  &...
01:21 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Heinlein's bed up forauction
Want to sleep in Robert A Heinlein's bed? THe Heinlein Society was unable to find a museum to take this artifact from his home so they are now selling it on eBay.    ...
01:09 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing 1972 interview with Moe Howard of the ThreeStooges
In this 1972 interview, Moe Howard talks about the origins of the Three Stooges and more. Moe Howard interview (MP3) (Via Classic Television Showbiz.    ...
12:46 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, Ann "AC"Crispin
Ann Crispin -- science fiction writer, crusader against scams, Star Trek novelist, and nice person -- has died. She wrote of her own impending death, "I want to thank you all for your good wishes and ...
12:37 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Car ashtray as smartphone dock; International anti-surveillance day; Translate toteenAOLspeak
One year ago today How to turn your cars ashtray into a smartphone dock. Five years ago today International day of protest against surveillance Oct 11: We need to get this on the radar for the electio...
12:18 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Epic crab fight Watch fiddler crabs duel, big claw-to-bigclaw
Male fiddler crabs are famous for their mismatched front claws — one great big and threatening, one eensy-weensy. (I used to use this as a metaphor for the split in my SAT scores.) But what's r...
12:01 pm PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Back window cardisplay
The Smart Brake gives drivers behind you information about what you are doing, and says thanks to courteous drivers who let you merge into their lane.    ...
11:47 am PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing What's your favorite space probe up to thismonth?
Since October of 2010, "What's Up In the Solar System" has provided monthly updates on the various locations of humanity's many space probes.    ...
11:30 am PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing For the working class and poor, fracking is one of the last bastions of upwardmobility
There are many downsides to hydraulic fracturing and the natural gas it's used to harvest, but for the people who work in America's booming oil and gas fields there's a positive that outweighs a lot o...
11:20 am PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Psychology research is not a self-helpmanual
Psychology professor Jamil Zaki has a nice post explaining why the findings that come out of experimental psychology should not be taken as lessons to help you lead a better, happier, fuller life.&nbs...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 44: Oh,Cube!
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.    ...
09:50 am PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing UK censorwall bansVPNs
UK mobile providers, including O2 and its reseller GiffGaff, are blocking commercial VPN providers that help to secure sensitive communications from criminals, hackers and government spies.  ...
12:03 am PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing French newswire retracts photo of Frenchpresident
Wherein Agence France Presse learns that "mandatory kill" orders have their limits on the Internet.    ...
12:00 am PDT - Fri, September 6, 2013
BoingBoing Beastie Boys and Cypress Hill perform "So WatchaWant"
In 1992, the Beastie Boys appeared on the Arsenio Hall show to perform "So Watcha Want," with Cypress Hill. I'd never seen this before and it's just great.    ...
10:15 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Explaining the benefits of a library card with vintage Penguincovers
Ann sez, "I am a librarian in Arizona in charge of my county's social media. For September, National Library Card Sign-Up Month, I created 30 Penguin-Pelican style vintage paperback book covers repres...
09:19 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Ballmer fell, cut head, during Nokia buyoutnegotiations
The Wet Lord bleeds. Mr. Ballmer and Brad Smith, Microsofts general counsel, were walking across the law firms lobby, when Mr.    ...
09:19 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Catch up on this week's most interesting internet videos, on our videopage
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: Ask a Slave, funny web video history series Rosh Hashanah meets Daft Punk • Massive hovercraft lands on crowded b...
09:01 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Schneier's 'How to remain secure against NSAsurveillance'
Security guru Bruce Schneier has posted a typically pragmatic and passionate overview of why you can, and should, follow practices that improve your odds of being able to communicate privately in the ...
08:39 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Poison oak and poison ivy skin barrier: InvisibleGlove
I am horrifically allergic to poison oak. I am also an avid mountain biker in northern California. This not a good combination.    ...
08:37 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing US to jailed hacktivist Barrett Brown: Don't discuss leaks, or we'll extend your possible 105-yearsentence
A Federal court order [PDF, via Cryptome] prohibits Barrett Brown, a jailed internet activist and journalist who faces more than 100 years in prison, from talking to the media.    ...
07:56 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Attempts by UK, US govs to suppress reporting on NSA not working out sogreat
The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have pressured news organizations connected to the Edward Snowden stories to STFU.    ...
07:17 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing You Are Not So Smart 008: Video Games and SelfDelusion
Guess what -- Boing Boing has added a new show to its line-up of terrific podcasts! It's called You Are Not So Smart and it's hosted by David McRaney, a journalist and self-described psychology nerd...
07:04 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing 1.2kg Mega Pizza Burger hitsKyoto
A significant addition to Kyoto's justly famed cuisine: the 1.2 kg mega pizza-burger: Pizza Little Party, a home-delivered pizza chain in Kyoto, is going to start selling the massive burger-like piz...
06:34 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing The Weirdo NO HOPE Diagram, by R.Crumb
I loved Robert Crumb's back cover from Weirdo #3 (Fall 1981). I don't think it makes any sense, but I spent hours trying to figure it out over 30 years ago.    ...
06:29 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Micah F. Lee: 'Dont Succumb to SecurityNihilism'
The stories today in the NYT and Guardian on the NSA's ability to uncloak a lot of encrypted internet communications should not inspire you to "Give up and decide that privacy is dead," says Micah F.&...
06:24 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Report: NSA slices through most 'net encryption, according to 'Bullrun' documents leaked bySnowden
In the New York Times, a report based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden says the National Security Agency is "winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical tri...
06:11 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Family of slain Chilean folk singer Victor Jara file suit against his accused torturer and killer, with help fromCJR
Huge human rights news from Latin America today: the Center for Justice & Accountability and the family of Victor Jara are suing the man widely understood to have tortured and killed the Chilean...
06:11 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Family of slain Chilean folk singer Victor Jara file suit against his accused torturer and killer, with help fromCJA
Huge human rights news from Latin America today: the Center for Justice & Accountability and the family of Victor Jara are suing the man indicted by Chilean prosecutors for torturing and killing...
06:03 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Ask a Slave, funny web video historyseries
"Ask a Slave" is great stuff. [Video Link] to one episode, and the entire web series is here.    ...
04:14 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Elderly woman stranglespigeons
Cambridge, England, has a pigeon problem. The verminous birds cause so much mess that a $170,000 annual budget was established to deal with them.    ...
04:10 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing The DEA's paidperjurer
Andrew Chambers was a paid informant for the DEA from 1986 to 2000, says Brian Sonenstein of Just Say Now, a cannabis legalization organization.    ...
03:46 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing TSA continues to improve experience of richpeople
More evidence that American travel is headed for a two-tier security theater that is reasonable and light for rich people and business travellers, and increasingly awful and invasive for everyone else...
03:38 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Guy who preemptively shot his BBQing neighbors says that self-defense includes killing people who pose "imminent" danger, like Saddam anddrone-victims
You know how Obama and GWB's spin-doctors redefined "imminent" (as in "we attacked pre-emptively to prevent an imminent attack")? Well, if it's good enough for the Prez, it's good enough for Florida's...
02:45 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Teacher under review for putting "cone of shame" on misbehavingstudents
It happened in Florida. (Thanks, Matthew!)    ...
02:32 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Maker Jimmy DiResta's top five MAKEvideos
[Video Link] I've mentioned before that I love Jimmy DiResta's MAKE videos. He's an alpha-maker who has hosted several TV series (Dirty Money, Against the Grain, Hammered with John & Jimmy DiRes...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Elfquest at Boing Boing; CIA's drug-plane;$SPAM
One year ago today Introducing Elfquest at Boing Boing! It's my great pleasure to welcome Wendy and Richard Pini to Boing Boing, where they'll be publishing the next chapter of their long-running fant...
01:50 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with Mad Men's costume designer, JanieBryant
Smithsonian interviewed Janie Bryant, the talented costume designer for Mad Men: I pay huge attention to the men. They all have different shirt collars and different cuff links, or may not have cuff ...
01:39 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Rosh Hashanah meets DaftPunk
Happy new year!    ...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Last chance to grab a copy of Dean's great-grandfather's WWI photoalbum
Dean's Kickstarter, which has blown past its goal and raised over $100,000, ends in four hours. The book is at the printer, he's already received a blank copy to test the materials, and it's going to ...
01:26 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Hot newly revitalized dev trend: NSA-proofemail
Over at Wired News, David Kravets reports on a number of developers who are trying to build secure email services capable of ensuring that your communications remain as private as possible.  ...
01:23 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Massive hovercraft lands on crowdedbeach
Sunbathers on Russia's Baltic Coast were surprised by massive hovercraft landing on the beach. According to BBC News, Russian authorities said this was part of a "routine training exercise." &nb...
01:05 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Video highlights of the Boing Boing: Ingenuity hackday!
Our partner Ford created a terrific video highlighting the fun we had at Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven, our first ever hack day that took place on August 17!    ...
12:50 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing John Cusack inhacker-land
How I spent the weekend: I flew to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Freedom of the Press Foundation in a stunt helicopter with actor, writer, filmmaker, and activist John Cusack, friend of B...
12:40 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Batman (1966) title sequence with actionfigures
Kyle Roberts used Mattel's new classic Batman action figures to recreate the iconic title sequence of the 1960 Batman TV series.    ...
12:39 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Ink-washAlien
I'm not able to figure out where, exactly, this sumi-e ink-wash-style painting of the Alien originates, but it's something else. The garbled machine translation of this Chinese article seems like a pr...
12:34 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Mini dachsund puppies are very excited about bathtime
Video Link [HT: Tara McGinley]    ...
12:16 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sony QX attachable lens-stylecamera
Sony's minsucule QX Lens Camera offers the specs of its high-end RX100 point-and-shoot--a 1" sensor and Zeiss F1.8 glass--but clips right onto a smartphone.    ...
12:12 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Human development at the edge of sexualambiguity
"If you look carefully at the research, sexual diversity, on the level of genital appearance, hormones and chromosomes, is present and predictable in humans," writes Cory Silverberg, who is the Sexual...
12:05 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing 'Aves del Valle,' by Armadillo: animated music video fromColombia
About this lovely video, which samples bits of Colombian folk culture -- and the South American nation's flora and fauna! -- into a trippy animated adventure: Armadillo is a band that sprouted out of...
12:02 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing 16th-century nosejobs
Swords: A major cause of nose loss in 16th-century Europe. (Also a problem: syphilis.) The good news is that somebody had a plan for how to replace your missing nose.    ...
12:01 pm PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Vocals from B-side of AbbeyRoad
JOSIV5 isolated the vocals from the 16:11 medley on the B-side of the Beatles' Abbey Road. They're unexpectedly lush and gorgeous and ripe for mashing up.    ...
11:56 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Sen. John McCain played 'VIP Poker' on his iPhone as colleagues debate bombingSyria
Making the media rounds as America formalizes a decision to go to war against Syria, this photo by Melina Mara at The Washington Post: Senator John McCain plays poker on his IPhone during a U.S. ...
11:50 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Happy spider mating season,everybody!
It's the time of year when you're suddenly more likely to see a spider in your house. And that spider is most likely a dude — on the prowl for lady spiders.    ...
11:50 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing If London Underground lines were people, what personality types would theyhave?
For the last couple of years, each train line on the London Underground has been given its own voice. Ed Jefferson analyzed the lines' tweets to assign Kiersey/Myers-Briggs psychological temperaments ...
11:42 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing What would have killed your 19th-centurydoppelgnger?
Slate is doing a series of articles on life expectancy in the United States, both how it's changed and why. It kicks off with a piece that gives a broad overview of the medical and public health fact...
11:28 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing The arrest of Paul Dozsa: "And you sir? Are you waiting to receive my limppenis?"
Paul Dozsa, a former chess champion and chef who developed a taste for dine-and-dash, endures his circa-1980 arrest in style.    ...
11:19 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Website transforms any phrase into Yahoo New Logo, with added whimsy,instantly!
Link: logo.thatsaspicymeatball.com. Created by @bertrandom. * Notable runner-up: Andrea James.    ...
11:17 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Iran's new president wishes Jews "a blessed RoshHashanah"
A new leaf, as they say.    ...
11:11 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Don't want to give up on internetprivacy?
Brian Fung offers a quick guide on how to stick it out. [WaPo]    ...
11:04 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Minecraft's worlds get a newlook
Minecraft's real star is its landscape, flowing psuedo-randomly from whatever name you give your world. But it also became a checkerboard of predictable components: rolling hills here, weirdly-shaped ...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek 110: "The Boogie Nights of the drugtrade"
An interview with journalist Joshuah Bearman about a high school dope-smuggling ring.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing 25 years of hacker radioonline
2600's Emmanuel Goldstein writes, "25 years of hacker radio is now online at full broadcast quality as part of the 2600 website redesign.    ...
10:17 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Rosie Revere, Engineer: picture book about intergenerationalmakers
Rosie Revere, Engineer is an absolutely wonderful kids' picture book about a young girl who loves to invent, but finds herself crushed by the laughter of adults -- until her great aunt Rose explains t...
06:04 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Neal Stephenson's essay collection, now in theUK
Neal Stephenson's exceptional essay collection, Some Remarks (which I reviewed in 2012) is now out in the UK. Here's some of my original review: Some Remarks is a new collection of mostly reprinted, ...
02:56 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an east London children'scircus
Noemi sends us a Kickstarter campaign: "to help re-imagine education and establish an Art Circus for the Kids of Canning Town in East London run by the good folks at The House of Fairy Tales. &nb...
01:54 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing UK Commons official: Report of 300,000Plus porn accesses from Parliament isn't"accurate"
As the UK government continues to roll out the Great Firewall of Cameron (by which ISPs are required to opt their customers into an "adult content filter" that is meant to block sites related to porn,...
12:48 am PDT - Thu, September 5, 2013
BoingBoing MODEL: architectural model building vs 3Dprinting
Dylan sez, "The hyper-designed world of architectural model building is facing a new threat - the advent of 3D printing. Dylan Reibling's new short film MODEL is a playful look at the battle for supre...
11:44 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Anti-robocall robot shows how compromising phone metadatais
Alan sez, "Nomorobo recently won the FTC's contest for best anti-robocall invention. It uses a feature of the phone system that's already mostly in place which lets the Nomorobo device get the call at...
10:41 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Stick-figure AES: crypto explanations for the rest ofus
Jeff Moser's "A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)" beautifully presents the history, context, and workings of one of the most important pieces of math in the modern world.&n...
09:56 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Guinness collectors snap up secret stash of unpublished advertisingart
Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: "I just wrote an article about John Gilroy, who was the illustrator of all those wonderful Guinness ads during the 1930s-1950s.    ...
09:36 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing TSA is officially allowed to lie to you in order to cover itsass
The TSA is allowed to lie in its responses to Freedom of Information Requests. Its court-granted ability to lie to the public it nominally serves isn't limited to sensitive issues, either: they're all...
09:17 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Chutzpah: short film about AnthonyWeiner
Stateless Media made an excellent 11-minute film about NY mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. It's called "Chutzpah." From inside the Weiner tornado the whole world looks absurd.    ...
09:06 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing John Cusack inhacker-land
Xeni recounts an adventure: choppering from Hollywood to San Francisco with actor, writer, filmmaker, and activist John Cusack, to meet up with hackers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Freedom...
09:03 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Car composes Kraftwerkianmusic
Project: Autobahn uses OpenXC data as MIDI data to compose and play Kraftwerkian music that matches the driver's behavior.    ...
09:02 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Catch up on this week's most interesting internet videos, on our videopage
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: •Darth Vader vs. Beethoven •Portlandia: "Change the World One Party at a Time" •Monkey, dressed in ba...
08:55 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, RonaldCoase
Ronald Coase, Economics Nobel Laureate and author of the 1937 classic Nature of the Firm, has died at 102.    ...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Bar needs new human toe after mystery man consumes their mummifiedgarnish
A bar in the Yukon needs to source a new human toe, because a patron ate the one they used to use as a cocktail garnish.    ...
07:55 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Tour de Fat hits FortCollins
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by Fat Tire. Pairs Well With People. There's not a lot that can prepare you for what a beer festival with 25,000 costumed bicycle riders looks like: think o...
07:27 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing I won The ListserveLottery
Here's how I described The Listserve in 2012: Here's how The Listserve works: you subscribe to the mailing list (13,667 people are subscribers so far).    ...
07:16 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Anatomical maquettes of fancifulcreatures
(Ganesha 2011) Sculptor Masao Kinoshita's work comes in a variety of forms, but what really tweaks my amygdala are the anatomical maquettes of fanciful creatures.    ...
06:11 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing John Cusack inhacker-land
Xeni recounts an adventure: choppering from Hollywood to San Francisco with John Cusack, to meet up with hackers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Freedom of the Press foundation staff. &n...
06:05 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Outside the Lines: kids' coloring book of contemporary art (Fairey, Haring, AIKO, etal)
Souris Hong-Porretta writes, Two and a half years ago, I conceptualized a coloring book with line drawings by our creative cabal made up of video game developers, comic book artists, illustrators, gr...
06:02 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 014: FrankSantoro
Frank Santoro is a Pittsburgh-based cartoonist. He self-published his first major work, Storeyville in 1995 while living in San Francisco. Upon its republication twelve years later, Tom Spurgeon wro...
05:40 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Portlandia: "Change the World One Party at aTime"
Portlandia season three is finally streaming on Netflix and I'm so happy to be catching up. I can't get enough of "One Party At A Time." Or mind eraser shots with a hint of lime.   &nb...
05:32 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Car composes Kraftwerkianmusic
Project: Autobahn uses OpenXC data as MIDI data to compose and play Kraftwerkian music that matches the driver's behavior.    ...
04:57 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Science fiction award-season: honors for Scalzi, Cadigan, Lafferty, Vaughan, Nielsen Hayden, Crabapple andmore
Last weekend saw the presentation of a slew of major science fiction and fantasy awards, starting with the Hugo awards, whose winners included John Scalzi's Redshirts (for best novel); Brian K Vaughan...
04:51 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Recycled surgical towels areawesome
Huck towels are durable low-lint cotton towels canonically used for wiping down surgical instruments after sterilization, but they are useful for many other tasks where a clean strong towel is optima...
04:35 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing NYC basic tips and etiquette, by NathanPyle
This guy got a book deal from posting his wonderful and witty illustrations online, and has a book out. I'll be buying it!    ...
04:35 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, an instructive illustrated book by Nathan W.Pyle
This guy got a book deal from posting his wonderful and witty illustrations online, and has a book out. I'll be buying it!    ...
04:34 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Skull ring and Shanalogic sponsorshout-out!
I previously admired a lovely and affordable silver-bronze handcrafted skull ring by Lost Apostle available from our wonderful sponsor ShanaLogic!    ...
04:04 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing True tales of a laboratory safetyofficer
Science journalist John Rennie is an amazing story teller. In this recording from Story Collider, he explains how he became the lab safety officer in his post-undergrad biology laboratory in the early...
03:59 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Dear Guy Who Just Made MyBurrito...
"Youre the worst thing that has ever happened to the universe, you owe everyone everywhere an apology for this burritobomination, and I hope your babies look like monkeys." @luckyshirt on Medium. ...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Poor white women and a public healthmystery
Over the past 18 years the life expectancy for white women who didn't finish high school has dropped precipitously. Today, those women can expect to die five years earlier than their counterparts a ge...
03:43 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing NSA probably hasn't broken strongcrypto
You may have heard speculation that the NSA has secretly broken the strong cryptographic systems used to keep data secret -- after all, why collect all that scrambled data if they can't unscramble it?...
03:37 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Pro-freedom, anti-surveillance speech from an imaginary future US presidentialrace
In the Guardian, Dan Gillmor ghost-writes a speech for any presidential candidate who wants to enter the 2016 race on a freedom and transparency ticket.    ...
03:32 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Monkey, dressed in baby clothes, hops in thesnow
[Video Link] This is a video of a monkey dressed in warm baby clothes, hopping in the snow. (Via 22 Words)    ...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Why loyalty cardssuck
The takeaway from Brian Palmer's Slate piece: if a business uses loyalty cards to retain customers, it probably sucks. [C]ompanies that think they can’t compete on service or quality are not try...
03:21 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Why did we start using antibiotics in animalfeed?
In 1950, farmers praised the news that small amounts of antibiotics would help their livestock put on more weight, faster. Ironically, that same year, different scientists published some early evidenc...
03:15 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Chemical test to authenticate cat poopcoffee
How do you know if your kopi luwak coffee, made from beans collected, swallowed, and crapped back out by civets, is the real deal?    ...
03:12 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Samsung announceswatch
The $300 Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which connects to phones via bluetooth, was revealed today along with a selection of new Android phones.    ...
02:23 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, science fiction grand master FrederikPohl
Rest in peace to my beloved grandfather Frederik Pohl, who showed me by example how to be an author. 1919-2013. https://t.co/GXP2H1pI72— Emily Pohl-Weary (@emilypohlweary) September 2, 2013 Fred...
02:13 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing How dangerous is it to swim to Cuba without a protective sharkcage?
At Slate, shark scientist and blogger David Shiffman breaks down the risks that swimmer Diana Nyad was really taking this week when she swam from Florida to Cuba without a shark cage.   ...
01:57 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Sunlight reflected by building meltscar
A London man blames a new 37-story skyscraper under construction for melting his Jaguar. Apparently, sunlight reflected off the building, known as the "Walkie-Talkie," and melted parts of the car.&nb...
01:48 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Custodian of the famous Pitch Drop Experiment died without ever seeing the pitchdrop
Back in early August, I had the pleasure of interviewing John Mainstone, the man who has taken care of the Pitch Drop Experiment at Australia's University of Queensland since 1961.   &n...
01:41 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Eugene A. Zanger, master cup flipper and roadside attractionproprietor
Last weekend, my family had a wonderful meal at Casa de Fruta, an RV resort, motel, candy shop, wine store, gas station, and restaurant in the Pacheco Valley of Northern California.   ...
01:05 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Lil Bub art show with Ransom & Mitchell and manyothers!
This Saturday, celebrate the eternal kitten-ness of Lil Bub with a group art show at Spoke Art in San Francisco, featuring purrrrty new work by our pals Ransom & Mitchell and dozens of other arti...
01:02 pm PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing The art of RingoStarr
It's all done on computer. [Max Read]    ...
11:37 am PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing How publishers should learn to stop worrying and love library ebooklending
My latest Locus column, Libraries and E-books, talks about the raw deal that libraries are currently getting from the big five publishers on ebook pricing (libraries pay up to five times retail for th...
11:01 am PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Wizard of Oz - TheAftermath
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Dorothy kills the Wicked Witch, creating a power vacuum and chaos in Oz!    ...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Tour de Fat hits FortCollins
ADVERTISEMENT This post is brought to you by Fat Tire. Pairs Well With People. There's not a lot that can prepare you for what a beer festival with 25,000 costumed bicycle riders looks like: think o...
10:24 am PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: History of meringue; Living in a schoolbus; Disneylandtrufan
One year ago today The history and science of meringue, from a new book by Linda K. Jackson and Jennifer Evans Gardner: A gorgeous recipe book called Meringue, which is all about the featherweight del...
06:13 am PDT - Wed, September 4, 2013
BoingBoing Ariel Castro kills self incell
"Ariel Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, located south of Columbus in central Ohio, JoEllen Smith, Department of Rehabi...
09:34 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Car tells robot artist what topaint
A robot that paints water colors is super. A car that generates dozens of data streams is awesome. When you connect the two the result is super awesome    ...
07:58 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing A grab bag of new Moleskineproducts
I recently received a box of Moleskine products to review. I've been using them for a week or so. The Moleskine Portfolio XS ($10) is a small business card and receipt holder.    ...
06:01 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Drum maniacs Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy,1978
The late great Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy, who died earlier this year, burn up the skins on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, August 11, 1978.    ...
05:44 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Christmas sweaters featuring Satan, sasquatch,etc.
Shredders offers delightful intarsia sweaters with ironic, crass, and fun designs. You might think I'd be all about the Sasquatch Knit Bigfoot sweater but I prefer the Satanic Knit Baphomet design!&nb...
05:33 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing History of scaryclowns
Afraid of clowns? Perhaps you suffer from coulrophobia. Smithsonian looks at the "History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary".    ...
05:15 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Pile of logscabin
Dutch cabaret performer Hans Liberg commissioned Piet Hein Eek to design him a delightful log cabin that from the outside really looks like a pile of logs.    ...
04:48 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing The Simonsound's imaginary monorail ride, a musicvideo
Several months ago, I posted about "The Beam," a fantastic space age-inspired experimental music project by The Simonsound (Simon James).    ...
03:32 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Darth Vader's Theme vs.Beethoven
Master classical improvisor Richard Grayson satisfies an audience request to perform "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) in the style of Beethoven.    ...
03:21 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Cable customers pay $5.54 a month for ESPN whether they want it ornot
Cable bundling, whereby we have to pay for channels we don't want to get ones that we do, hits us in the pocket harder than we realize.    ...
03:16 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Lava Lamps are 50 yearsold!
The lava lamp turns 50 this year! The product's inventor, Edward Craven Walker, was inspired by a Christmas ornament containing oil and water.    ...
02:49 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Preload YouTubevideos
ISP throttling YouTube half the time? Proxy IP-blocking tricks not working anymore? Here's the latest incantation to get video running.    ...
02:31 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing EU plans to equip cars with automatic speedlimiters
Mr. Hagar, in Europe you can and will drive 55. In a move to reduce the 30,000 annual traffic fatalities in Europe each year, the European Union is planning to equip cars with technology that senses t...
02:31 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing EU investigates equipping cars with automatic speedlimiters
Mr. Hagar, in Europe you can and will drive 55. In a move to reduce the 30,000 annual traffic fatalities in Europe each year, the European Union is planning to equip cars with technology that senses t...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Die NSA ist meinEckermann
In Harpers, 2007, Scott Horton wrote: Known for his biting satire and his dedication to Socialism, [dissident East German songwriter Wolf Biermann] chronicled his life under surveillance with a powerf...
02:16 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing The coolest web videos you missed over Labor Day, all in oneplace
Some of the most recent video selections you can find on our video archive page: • Hay Devil: vortex whips field into an amazing sight • Everyday twerking • CDZA vs.   ...
02:02 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Global NSA fallout: Brazilian government wants to create secure email system to rival Gmail,Hotmail
After the revelations of broad spying by the NSA, Brazil's government seeks to create a new, surveillance-proof email system that provides citizens an alternative to Gmail and other free web-based ser...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Wikileaks' Assange asks Swedish police to investigate FBI, US intelactivity
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher and Australian Senate candidate currently sheltered in Ecuador's London Embassy, "has lodged a formal complaintasking Swedish police to open acriminal investiga...
01:56 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing DEA's vast surveillance of Americans' phone communications dwarfsNSA's
In case you missed it, the latest domestic spying bombshell: At the New York Times, Scott Shane and Colin Moynihan report that for the past six years, at least, "law enforcement officials working on ...
01:40 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Everyday twerking: internet lady twerks at Wal-Mart, the library, other mundanelocations
Boing Boing pal Jeff Simmermon says, "After the Miley Cyrus event, I got real tired of hearing the word "twerk." However, these videos are a considerable exception - this woman just films herself twe...
01:23 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing How to talk to your kids about animalsex
I have this great teenage memory of standing next to my father at the Baltimore aquarium, as we both attempted to stridently ignore the gigantic walrus penis that was flopped out right in front of us....
01:09 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Cool, interactive site shows you how ocean currents carry flotsam around theglobe
Drop a message-in-a-bottle into the Gulf of Mexico, somewhere near New Orleans, and, 10 years later, your missive has a high likelihood of ending up near Cuba — or northern France.  &n...
01:07 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady,' posthumous viral hit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's executedex-girlfriend
The artist in this 2005 video is Hyon Song-wol, former vocalist of the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble (), and reported former paramour of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.    ...
12:53 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing The Uncanny Valley might not actuallyexist
The Uncanny Valley is that point where something designed to look human gets too close to success, and ends up accidentally reminding us of the many, many ways that it also looks totally alien. ...
12:23 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Squirrels hell-bent on destruction of American electricinfrastructure
If you enjoy the irony in the fact that the great East Coast blackout of 2003 was largely caused by a few untrimmed trees, then you're going to love Jon Mooallem's account of how America's squirrels a...
12:08 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Password-cracking software runs at 8 million guesses persecond
oclHashcat-plus is a "password-recovery" tool that chews through 8-million guesses a second. It optimizes its guesses by trying phrases from "the Bible, common literature, and in online discussions,&#...
12:08 pm PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing A reason to appreciate ThomasKinkade
There's a theory that seeing something over and over and over will increase your acceptance of that thing. Applied to art, the idea suggests that what we think of as "good art" is actually just the st...
11:56 am PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Regulating a newtechnology
E-cigarettes are different enough from cigarettes that it's hard for regulators to figure out how to monitor their safety and use.    ...
10:33 am PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Rammellzee and BeatBop
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
10:19 am PDT - Tue, September 3, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Romney v Syrup; Canned monstrosities; Genetic algorithm TuringTests
One year ago today TOM THE DANCING BUG: Mitt Romney Repudiates President Roosevelt's Fear of Syrup Shelves Five years ago today Make canned monstrosities: Tutorial shows you how to make realistic pick...
02:23 pm PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 12, 'Rabid Dog':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the fifth of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which W.W. reassesses the values of the pieces on his game board.    ...
12:41 pm PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: JPL ad, now with Mohawk Guy; SC sheriff buys tank; OrigamiMEMS
One year ago today 1967 JPL employment ad, remixed: now with more Mars Curiosity "Mohawk Guy": Updated to feature the MSL space celeb Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi, who works on the Mars Curiosity team ...
11:10 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing Chicago: Tribute to Second City director, co-founder BernieSahlins
From the Chicago Tribune: "Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City are joining forces to stage a public tribute to Bernie Sahlins, the late co-founder of The Second City.   &nbs...
11:02 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing Rooftop goat confounds police, 'only respects oneman'
In an article that provides only laughter, the Metro reports on a goat stuck on an Oregonian roof: "The goat will charge you, one neighbour told the officers during the incident last week.  ...
10:58 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling, a new Ted Chiang shortstory
Published by Subterranean Press, part of its fall 2013 issue. People consult their lifelogs for a variety of reasonseverything from reliving favorite moments to tracking down the cause of allergic rea...
10:54 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing I Don't Need a Reason, by DizzeeRascal
It's almost as if it was designed to be turned into short, looping images for use on the World Wide Web.    ...
10:46 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing "Strange rocks" reported inMexico
Strange rocks, smelling of chlorine, were found near the Mexican city of Navojoa, Sonora. Weird News reports that Juan Manuel Ramirez Sandoval, an official with the city's civil defense force, said th...
10:33 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing Michael Jackson's bent spoon sells for500
Signed and given to psychic carnie Uri Geller by the king of pop, this spoon fetched 500 at a pub in Oxfordshire.    ...
10:18 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing U.S. health insurance is a complexnightmare
Here's Glenn Fleishman on healthcare in America, where sufferers receive outsize bills and must engage with an insane, bloated bureaucracy to chop them down to size--if they have insurance.  ...
10:04 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing Rue 21 tells 14-year-old shopper she's "too big to be in thisstore"
Charming. Stacey Kafka with ABC News: I walked in and the lady at the front counter said hey youre too big to be in this store, I need you to leave, said Buster.    ...
10:01 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing Britain denies selling "nerve gas chemicals" to Syria after civil warbegan
The Sunday Mail claims that a British company was given an export license to sell chemicals to Syria that could be used to make chemical weapons.    ...
08:37 am PDT - Mon, September 2, 2013
BoingBoing 'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 12, 'Rabid Dog':review
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the fifth of Breaking Bad's final eight episodes, in which W.W. reassesses the values of the pieces on his game board.    ...
01:06 pm PDT - Sun, September 1, 2013
BoingBoing 'Hello, NSA? I have lost an email, can you help me find it?'--Dutch-Iranian guy trollingNSA
--"I understand you keep track of lots of emails and internet data, can you help me? No? So you don't keep track of emails of people?" --No, we wouldn't be able to help you.    ...
01:06 pm PDT - Sun, September 1, 2013
BoingBoing 'Hello, NSA? I have lost an email, can you help me find it?'--Dutch-Iranian filmmaker trollsNSA
--"I understand you keep track of lots of emails and internet data, can you help me? No? So you don't keep track of emails of people?" --No, we wouldn't be able to help you.    ...
12:54 pm PDT - Sun, September 1, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Cartoon history of economics; Nested Klein bottles; Drawing Mickey frommemory
One year ago today Economix: terrific cartoon history of economics: ld as a history, it ties important world events (wars, revolutions, technological progress, resource depletion, pollution, etc.) to ...
02:20 pm PDT - Sat, August 31, 2013
BoingBoing President Obama speaks on Syria, watch or listenlive
Watch live, or listen to NPR's live coverage in audio. The president is not expected to order military strikes against Syria immediately, but administration sources say the US is prepared to attack ov...
02:11 pm PDT - Sat, August 31, 2013
BoingBoing When Google and Microsoft "Stand Together" against US spying, you know stuff just gotreal
"To followers of technology issues, there are many days when Microsoft and Google stand apart." Quite an understatement, but so begins a recent blog post by Microsoft's General Counsel and Legal/Corpo...
02:10 pm PDT - Sat, August 31, 2013
BoingBoing Docs leaked by Snowden show NSA spied on AlJazeera
The US National Security Agency spied on Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera, according to documents "seen by SPIEGEL," the German news agency today reports.    ...
01:37 pm PDT - Sat, August 31, 2013
BoingBoing Plan to name new Bay Bridge span after Willie Brownopposed
Seems the plan to name the new Bay Bridge span after Willie Brown has hit a snag. From the SF Chronicle: "People don't like renaming things, whether it's Willie Brown or Harvey Milk, and they especial...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, August 31, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Former IBM president questioned for upskirt photography; Covert TSA millimeter-wave scanning at DEN; Noney is worthlessmoney
One year ago today Former IBM Japan president questioned over upskirt filming: A former president of IBM Japan has been questioned by police after allegedly filming up the skirt of an unsuspecting wom...