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12:00 am PST - Tue, December 31, 2013
BoingBoing Republicans againstevolution
Republicans are increasingly skeptical of evolution. All in all, a third of Americans reject evolution.    ...
11:00 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Sweet ukulele tribute to the largest MersennePrime
In the end of year episode (MP3) of the BBC's More or Less stats podcast, Tim Harford talks to a variety of interesting people about their "number of the year," with fascinating results.  &n...
10:48 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Nailing the neoliberalend-game
"The possibility of success is used to call the majority of people failures." -Molly Crabapple, Filthy Lucre    ...
10:42 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Dolphin teens get high by chewingpufferfish
A BBC nature documentary crew has captured footage of young dolphins passing around a pufferfish. They characterize the activity as "careful manipulation" and speculate that the dolphins are getting a...
10:22 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Southern HemisphereStars
"Southern Hemisphere Stars," a photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by reader John Griffiths. Share your shots here if you'd like to see 'em maybe show up on the blog.   &nb...
09:54 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing American spies don't need new powers to catch terrorists, they just have to start doing theirjobs
In an excellent, well-argued editorial, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen eviscerates the claim that the NSA's total, global surveillance is necessary for preventing 9/11-style attacks. ...
09:38 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the coolest videos we've found around the web, all on our Videopage
Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives: • The best news bloopers of 2013 • One-minute doc on a man's love for thrifted sweaters ...
09:25 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Cool video of an Air Tahiti plane's voyage, shot with multiple GoProcameras
This non-commercial "airplane fan" video of an Air Tahiti plane's voyage is pure aviation nerd nirvana. (Thanks, Miles O'Brien!)    ...
09:00 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing America is in love with its libraries: Pewreport
The Pew Internet and American Life Project released a new report today entitled How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities (PDF), that shows a very large majority of Americans value l...
08:52 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Using colored beads to remind yourself that you will diesoon
Legendary game designer Chris Crawford uses colored beans as a memento mori. From Kotaku: Chris Crawford owns 29,216 small plastic beads.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Genderswitched Bilbo makes The Hobbit a betterread
Michelle Nijhuis's five year old daughter insisted that Bilbo Baggins was a girl. After arguing about it for a while, Michelle decided to read her The Hobbit, switching Bilbo's gender-pronoun througho...
06:34 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing MI5 whistleblower launches defense fund forwhistleblowers
Annie Machon -- an ex-MI5 spy who left the agency after blowing the whistle on the agency's illegal activities -- has launched a fund to offer financial support to other whistleblowers, called the "Co...
06:21 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Obsessive comic book artcollages
Ron Murphy maintains a Bulkr-worthy Flickr account of obsessively assembled comic book image collages. Mitch O' Connell says: Pal Ron Murphy has accumulated about 12 volumes, each containing 100 8.5 b...
06:03 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Retractable cable combination lock: visual deterrent to amateurthieves
You ran into the store for one minute, came back out and your bike was gone! Or your skis, or motorcycle helmet.    ...
05:44 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing $1000-a-day Hep Cpill
Here's Gregg Alton, a vice president of drug maker Gilead, on whether they'll cut the price of their $1000-a-day Hep C pill after it recoups their investment: "That's very unlikely that we would do th...
05:34 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing The Mystery of the RedCards
A fun trick (with solution), by Richard Wiseman of Quirkology. (Via Fogonazos)    ...
05:05 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Raw turkey Xmas cake; Weird worm; Mobile carriers brace for New Year'stexting
One year ago today Raw Turkey Christmas cake: This magnificent raw turkey cake (orange and rum spice cake) was created by London's Sarah Hardy.    ...
04:34 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Make a cement facetedkeychain
Pour anchoring concrete into these "paper gem" molds. Then sand the facets smooth and paint them to your liking! Make a cement faceted keychain (Via Craft)    ...
04:20 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate Bay uploads up by 50% in2013
2013 was a banner year for the Pirate Bay, despite having been forced to change domain names half-a-dozen times. The site saw a 50% increase in uploads in 2013, to 2.8 million links, presently being s...
04:18 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Make a weird dragon kite: Popular Mechanics,1915
"Dragon kites are made as hideous as the maker can possibly conceive." Popular Mechanics, May 1915 (via Weird Universe)    ...
04:07 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing The source of the Dungeons & Dragonsmonsters
Where did Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax find inspiration for his magical monsters like the Bulette, Rust Monster, and Owlbear?    ...
03:53 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Shane MacGowan seeksdentist
The Pogues' Shane MacGowan is seeking a dentist to fix his famously bad teeth. In exchange, he has offered to appear in advertising for the dentist.    ...
03:31 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Best News Bloopers2013
I just can't get enough live TV news bloopers. Fortunately, there's this video: "Best News Bloopers 2013" Great work, everyone.    ...
03:20 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing CarolinaChickadee
A photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by reader Mark Moschell. Share your shots here if you'd like to see 'em maybe show up on the blog.    ...
03:03 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and more newly uploaded B-movies atarchive.org
Among the 3,842 free feature length films at Archive.org are these newly uploaded B-movies: Forced Landing (1941): "The action takes place in a Pacific island country, where everyone speaks English, w...
02:28 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Chris Ware's New Yorkercover
Nailed it. All Together Now    ...
02:27 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing A&E calls off "Duck Dynasty"hiatus
After publicly suspending "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson following his racially insensitive and homophobic remarks, A&E publicly chickened out--late on a holiday Friday evening. &nb...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Homeless recruited to decontaminate Fukishima; paid less than minimumwage
The publicly funded, $35B cleanup of radioactive soil around Fukishima is staffed by homeless men recruited from Tokyo subway stations.    ...
01:24 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Obscure music blogsmissed
Mark Allen charts the rise and fall of blogs devoted to sharing obscure music. A typical example would be tucked away on an odd corner of blogspot, with infrequent postings linking subtly to zipped fu...
01:11 pm PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing The most interesting science news of2013
I went on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit last week to talk about some of the most interesting science stories of the year.    ...
07:54 am PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Fashion Beast: long-lost, Watchmen-era Alan Moore/Malcolm McLarencomic
Fashion Beast was a ten-issue comic created by Alan Moore and Malcolm McLaren -- the impresario behind the Sex Pistols, who "invented Punk as a Situationist prank." The project began as a screenplay w...
01:00 am PST - Mon, December 30, 2013
BoingBoing Scientists' favouritejokes
The Observer has a great collection of scientists' favourite jokes, along with anaecdotes and background about each joke. I snorted at this limerick: A friend who's in liquor production, Has a still...
11:00 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Endor Speeder Bike floatypen
ThinkGeek's scored a lot of the Star Wars Endor Speeder Bike Floaty Pens sold at this year's Star Wars Celebration Europe.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Milwaukee clears ice with cheese-brine/road-saltslurry
It's a pilot program, and admirably thrifty and ingenious. Provolone or mozzarella have the saltiest brine and are best for clearing the ice.    ...
06:44 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing "Tonight You Belong to Me": World's GreatestVersion
Gary Peare of Ukulelia says, "Let's start the new year right. And by 'right,' I mean with the world's greatest rendition of 'Tonight You Belong to Me.' Courtesy of Benjamin J.    ...
06:20 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Officer who forced dozens of anal cavity searches for fun gets only 2 years inprison
This gentleman violently inserted his finger into dozens of victims' anuses. Sometimes his friends held guns to the victims' heads to force them to comply.    ...
06:00 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Lego JackhammerJill
Rob sez, "Got bored, so decided to try and build Jackhammer Jill with Lego." Rob, you've spun the straw of boredom into Happy Mutant gold!    ...
05:00 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Rise of the Graphic Novel; Public Urination Permitted hoax; FBI warns about terrorists with Farmers'Almanacs
One year ago today Rise of the Graphic Novel: everything you need to know about the comics field in 70 pages: Stephen Weiner's seminal Rise of the Graphic Novel has had a second edition.  &n...
04:00 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Alesis M1 Active 520 Powered Studio Monitor: low-cost, high-end computerspeakers
I'm in the market for a new set of computer speakers, so I was excited when I happened on this review from Cnet's Audiophiliac, singing the praises of Alesis M1 Active 520 Powered Studio Monitor, a $1...
03:52 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing SpermJourney
An educational video for you, from Japan. [Video Link. Thanks, Heather!]    ...
03:00 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Council's Xmas card to social housing tenants: don't spend your rent money onbooze
London's Hammersmith and Fulham Council sent a "Christmas card" to its social housing tenants that implied that they would squander their rent money on booze.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Indian minister baffled by milkbath
A scandal in Maharashtra: A disgruntled worker from the Indian Nationalist Congress Party poured ink all over Hasan Mushrif, the party's Labour Minister.    ...
01:01 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing NSA has a 50-page catalog of exploits for software, hardware, andfirmware
A Snowden leak accompanying today's story on the NSA's Tailored Access Operations group (TAO) details the NSA's toolbox of exploits, developed by an NSA group called ANT (Advanced or Access Network Te...
12:53 pm PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing TAO: the NSA's hackerplumber-wunderkinds
A new Snowden leak disclosed in Der Spiegel details the operations of the NSA's Tailored Access Operations group (TAO), the "plumbers" of the spy agency who collect and deploy exploits to infiltrate c...
11:00 am PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Spooks and AmericanExceptionalism
Ex-CIA agent Philip Giraldi takes a stab at explaining how his fellow retired spooks -- Democrat and Republican -- can be so comfortable with a president who has given himself the power to order assas...
01:00 am PST - Sun, December 29, 2013
BoingBoing Capturing images of bystanders by zooming in on pictures ofcorneas
In Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections, British psychology researchers Rob Jenkins and Christie Kerr show that recognizable images of the faces of unpictured bystande...
11:00 pm PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing One-minute doc on a man's love for thriftedsweaters
Tonky sends us "Sweater Bender : A minutelong film about one Wisconsin man's love of St. Vincent De Paul and of used sweaters." Sweater Bender (Thanks, Tonky!    ...
09:43 pm PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday
Meet "Ada." Reader Keith Kissel shared this wonderful photo in the Boing Boing Flickr pool. You can share your photos, too.    ...
07:50 pm PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Children of Mao's cronies are billionaires; Throbbing Gristle's Gristleizer; Powering virtuouscircles
One year ago today China's Princelings: descendants of Mao's generals who control the country's wealth: Wealth in China is even more concentrated than Russia, Brazil or the USA, and the Chinese looter...
05:00 pm PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing Tom Waits: "A Day in Vienna", Austrian TVdocumentary
A Day in Vienna is a 1978 (or maybe 1979) 30-minute TV documentary shot for Austrian TV during the tour for his (magnificent) album Blue Valentine.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing South Dakota: the Bermuda of the prairie, letting billionaires avoid millions in estatetax
America's billionaires are able to avoid paying millions in inheritance taxes by renting empty storefronts in South Dakota in order to give their trust-funds an SD address, from which they can exploi...
11:00 am PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing Glenn Greenwald's must-watch 30C3keynote
Yesterday in Hamburg, Glenn Greenwald gave an astounding, must-watch keynote address to the gathered hackers at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, or 30C3 (Greenwald starts at 4:36).  ...
02:19 am PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing Study: Teens abandoningFacebook
Teenagers are leaving Facebook. Why? Because their parents are on it. [Graudian]    ...
01:00 am PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing NSA drowning in overcollected data, can't do its jobproperly
NSA whistleblower William Binney warns that the agency collects so much useless information that it can't process it effectively. The Snowden leaks about the MUSCULAR surveillance program (tapping the...
12:14 am PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing Lizard's pixelatedscales
I was at a reptile shop today (Scales N Tails in Burbank, a terrific place with a smart, friendly owner) and I took a photo of a crocodile monitor's scales because the pattern looked like an old schoo...
12:00 am PST - Sat, December 28, 2013
BoingBoing Sherlock and co are finally in the publicdomain
Patrick writes, "After more than 125 years and countless crappy incarnations on film, A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Pr...
11:30 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Ada's Technical Books inSeattle
Jeff writes, "Recently, Ada's Technical Books opened a newly remodeled space with a wonderful cafe on 15th Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.    ...
10:49 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Undergrads reinvent the cardboardbox
Two juniors at Cooper Union have re-invented the cardboard box, making a tape-free container that's more environmentally-friendly and easier to use.    ...
10:35 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Theses distilled to one (snarky)sentence
Lol My Thesis invites PhD candidates to submit snarky, one-sentence summaries of their theses ("Female condoms are cool. Also, Foucault." -- Anthropology, Brown; "We dug a lot of holes and still dont ...
10:34 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: December's best comicbooks
You didn't get everything you wanted for Christmas? Good. Go out and buy Fantagraphics new Peanuts Every Sunday collection. Its big and its beautiful and its great.    ...
10:14 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Iron Maiden's social-media/piracy success story waswrong(ish)
Contrary to my post from earlier this week, Iron Maiden did not decide to tour latinamerica based on Internet analytics about the countries where their music was most pirated.    ...
09:56 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Chinese World of Warcraft crime-boss sentenced to twoyears
The leader of a clan of Chinese Warcraft fences has been sentenced to two years in prison and been fined $8,000 for buying stolen World of Warcraft logins, then logging into the accounts and selling o...
09:48 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Judge rules that NSA metadata surveillance isconstitutional
U.S. District Judge William Pauley of New York, a Clinton appointee, has ruled (PDF) that the bulk-collection of metadata by the NSA and the phone companies is Constitutional.    ...
08:03 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing LAPD declares war on downtown'spedestrians
Downtown Los Angeles's renaissance has led to a surge in pedestrian traffic, to the enormous benefit of local businesses and the neighborhood itself.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Replace bank chiefs with small dogs: Chinese topeconomist
China's former chief economist has excoriated the nation's banking system, which charges high fees and maintains a greedy-large gap between its deposit interest and lending interest rates.  ...
07:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Euroteens embarrassed to be seen onFacebook
But their parents insist they use it, so their personal lives can be scrutinized by the olds. They'd prefer to be on Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat.    ...
06:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Stross on Unixreligion
Unix history: a religious perspective. (I like the idea of Linux as a Protestant Reformation: "a new, freely copyable kernel that all the faithful could read with their own eyes")   &nb...
05:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Ben Franklin, whistleblowing leaker of governmentsecrets
Benjamin Franklin was a leaker of government secrets, who circulated intercepted letters from the colonial lieutenant governor of Massachusetts Bay to the British government.    ...
04:33 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Now we know what causesnarcolepsy
Narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease — a finding that helps explain why the 2009 swine flu (and the vaccine used to prevent it) was correlated with increased cases of narcolepsy.   ...
03:40 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing New photos of Mount St. Helensdiscovered
Newspaper photographer Reid Blackburn died in the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. This year, reporters at his paper — the Vancouver, Washington, Columbian — discovered a never-before...
03:29 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Pranksterish ice creamman
This Turkish ice cream man is an official Gladwell 10,000-Hour Expert. (Thanks, Matthew!)    ...
03:27 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Mongooses synch their reproductivecycles
Science suggests that, despite popular belief, human women's menstrual cycles don't necessarily synch up when they live together. Banded mongoose females, on the other hand, do synch up their reproduc...
03:17 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Robyn Miller, director of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, takes your questions on Reddit's Ask MeAnything
Robyn Miller, co-creator of the massive hit videogames Myst and Riven, and director of 2013's The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (see my video interview with Robyn here), is going to take questions on Re...
03:15 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing The cheesy streets ofMilwaukee
Back in September, the city of Milwaukee announced that it would be spreading cheese brine on its streets this winter in a pilot program to see whether the salty liquid could reduce the amount of rock...
03:02 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Fuzzy bunnies, big-eyed girls, meat, magic, and mystery: Mark Ryden's carnival ofcuriosities
"Fuzzy bunnies, big-eyed girls, meat, magic, and mystery." That's Taschen Books' capsule description of the things that artist Mark Ryden often includes in his surreal, cotton-candy-colored paintings....
03:01 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing The real story of Ronald Reagan's "welfarequeen"
Back in the 80s, Ronald Reagan paid a lot of rhetorical attention to the story of an anonymous "welfare queen" who drove a Cadillac and lived high on the taxpayer's dime.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Utility companies go to war againstsolar
Utility companies across America are fighting solar, imposing high fees on homeowners who install their own solar panels to feed back into the grid.    ...
01:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing David Cameron to press: sign up for voluntary government control -- ORELSE
David Cameron, whose government has participated in a programme of shameful intimidation of The Guardian over its publication of the Snowden leaks; has warned the British press that it had best sign u...
12:00 pm PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Poll: Brits don't vote because they're furious withpoliticians
A new poll conducted by the Guardian and ICM concluded that the dramatic drop-off in British voting is the result of anger, not apathy.    ...
11:00 am PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Revamped Goggle Jacket recreates Italian endurance-racefashion
CP Company worked with the Royal College of Art to recreate and update Massimo Osti's "Goggle Jacket" -- a jacket designed for Italy's Mille Miglia open-road endurance race that ran between WWI and WW...
01:00 am PST - Fri, December 27, 2013
BoingBoing Ralph Steadman draws Rob Ford for the cover of this week's NowMagazine
Toronto's free alternative weekly newspaper Now Magazine commissioned Ralph Steadman to draw Mayor Rob Ford for this week's cover. It's a great choice for a political year that was marked by so much f...
11:47 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Console Living Room, play many of your 70s and 80s consolefavorites
The Internet Archive announced 'Console Living Room,' a collection of games for the Atari 2600, ColecoVision and a number of other great consoles of the day!    ...
11:47 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Console Living Room: play many of your '70s and '80s console favoritesonline
The Internet Archive announced 'Console Living Room,' a collection of games for the Atari 2600, ColecoVision and a number of other great consoles of the day!    ...
11:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Gaiman's "Ocean at the End of the Lane" wins UK book of the yearprize
Congratulations to Neil Gaiman, whose modern fairytale The Ocean at the End of the Lane was named "book of the year" by popular vote in the UK Specsavers National Book Awards.    ...
10:25 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing New Disruptors 55: Boing Boing Editors at XOXO2013
In September 2013, I interviewed at the XOXO conference and festival the four lead editors of Boing Boing, this fine publication, a descendant of zine culture that is one of the most popular blogs on ...
08:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Steampunk buckler/keyboard; Snowmen in popularculture
One year ago today Steampunk wrist-keyboard in a leather buckler: Etsy seller Brute Force Studios has leather, steamed-out buckler with an equally steampunk wrist-keyboard/touchpad, which talks to you...
06:15 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Video: Aurora Borealis seen out of an airplanewindow
Aurora Borealis enthusiast Paul Williams was flying from London to New York when he spotted the Northern Lights out his window.    ...
05:19 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Impromptu sax battle on theMTA
When a sax player stepped onto this MTA car and started playing Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," he inspired one of the passengers to whip out his own sax and join in.    ...
04:25 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Major piranha attack inArgentina
Yesterday, seventy people were injured by carnivorous fish while bathing in the aptly named Parana River in Rosario, Argentina. The fish were likely Pygocentrus palometa, a kind of piranha.  ...
03:33 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mysteries of Askenazic last namesexplained
Jewish Currents has a great piece, The Origins and Meanings of Ashkenazic Last Names. From 1787 until 1844, Eastern European Jews were forced to abandon an age old tradition of naming people after the...
03:33 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Mysteries of Ashkenazic last namesexplained
Jewish Currents has a great piece, The Origins and Meanings of Ashkenazic Last Names. From 1787 until 1844, Eastern European Jews were forced to abandon an age old tradition of naming people after the...
03:19 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast: The Red Wedding AKA Truly, God is a CruelBuscemi
Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R.    ...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Back To The Future theme on acousticguitar
Who knew the Back To The Future Overture could sound so beautiful. Performed by Gregory Johnson who has posted more in this vein over at his AcousticLabs YouTube Channel.    ...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Northampton Clown sparks nationwide plague of copycathorror-clowns
The Northampton Clown -- AKA Alex Powell -- made headlines for a series of creepy selfies taken around the English city of Northampton.    ...
02:48 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Documentary about TheResidents
The Residents are a legendary and cryptic avant-garde music collective that began in San Francisco nearly forty years ago. They've since released more than 60 records and a slew of videos, films, CD-...
02:39 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Drugphotos
Berlin-based artist Sarah Schoenfeld dropped tiny bits of various psychoactive drugs on exposed film and then made very large prints of the images.    ...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Tea UpChair
"This Tea Cup Chair is perfect sound isolator, suitable for peaceful relaxing, reading or meditation." Or having a nice cuppa, I'd imagine.    ...
02:30 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Tea Cupchair
"This Tea Cup Chair is perfect sound isolator, suitable for peaceful relaxing, reading or meditation." Or having a nice cuppa, I'd imagine.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Hanes's threat to Hanes Hummus: people might mistake chickpeas forunderwear!
Canada's Hanes Hummus has received a legal threat from Hanesbrands, Inc, who make underwear and other textiles, demanding that the four-person company change its name lest the public begin to tragical...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Bob Basset's brutal repression mask auctioned to benefit independent Ukrainian mediaoutlet
Ukrainian mask-maker Bob Basset made this grotesque mask depicting a baton smashing the wearer's face; it symbolizes political repression in Ukraine, and is being auctioned to benefit Hromadske.tv, a ...
11:06 am PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a cardboard CNC mill for mixing drinks, drawing circuit boards and frostingcookies
Ryan Wistort is an MIT roboticist (we covered his dancing bird robot while back) with a new project up on Kickstarter.    ...
07:34 am PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Bletchley's cybersecurity exhibit will not mention Edward Snowden; McAfee's sponsorshipblamed
Bletchley Park's historical exhibit on cybersecurity will not mention Edward Snowden -- possibly the most significant figure in the world of contemporary cybersecurity -- because its corporate sponsor...
01:00 am PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing My favorite fiction debuts of2013
2013 was a great year for my encounters with debut novels -- first novels from new authors, and first-time excursions into young adult fiction from established adult fic authors, and even an editorial...
12:00 am PST - Thu, December 26, 2013
BoingBoing Minimalist Disneyposters
Ironically, the field of minimalist posters has become rather cluttered. But some designs stand out from the noise, including Tony Sherg's Disneyland Minimalist set.    ...
11:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printer that draws pictures in jelloshooters
Jeroen Domburg's friend was having a 25th birthday party at which jello shooters were to be served. Jeroen decided to liven these up by creating a 3D printer that inserted a needle into each shot and...
09:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Hypponen pulls out of RSA Conference over NSAbackdoor
Following on the revelation that RSA broke its own technology to help the NSA, and RSA's craptastic non-denial, F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen has pulled out of RSA's upcoming conference in San Francisco.&...
06:54 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Goldeneye: a copyright troll that's all talk and notrousers
What happens if you ignore the £500 demand letters from porno-copyright-trolls Goldeneye? They give up and leave you alone.    ...
06:11 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"(1966)
"You're a 3 Decker sour kraut and toad stool sandwich / With arsenic sauce!" The lyrics really are quite fantastic. (Thanks, Heather Sparks!) You're a mean one Mr Grinch You really are a heel You're ...
06:09 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Gingerbread Saturn V; Christmas in Solol, Guatemala; Blast Theoryinterview
One year ago today Gingerbread Saturn V rocket: Matt sez, "For Christmas I decided to make a model Saturn V out of gingerbread.    ...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Bob Basset's Streamline MotoMask
Bob Basset, my favorite Ukrainian fetish/steampunk leather-mask-maker (admittedly, not a very wide field!) celebrated Christmas by posting this great "Streamline Moto Mask" with removable mouth-guard ...
04:03 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Precarity is the newnormal
Jon Evans is incandescent on the subject of the Great Bifurcation, as the economic equality gap yawns wider and wider. He puts into words the thing that has literally kept me up nights for the past ye...
03:43 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Wash yourhands
It's no more hygienic to wash your hands in hot water than in cold. Heat does kill bacteria. But the temperature necessary to kill bacteria is MUCH higher than your hands could withstand, anyway. ...
03:34 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing There are more baby pandas now, thanks toscience
Important cute news! Scientists are having more luck breeding pandas in captivity and keeping the resulting baby pandas alive — and that, in turn, is making pandas easier to study.  &...
03:25 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing What the Chinese Moon landing teaches us about American lunarorbiter
NASAs Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer was watching as China's Chang'e 3 landed on the Moon. But the landing didn't register on any of LADEE's sensors.    ...
03:12 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing The science ofeggnog
Actually, it's technically the science of creme brulee, but, more broadly, the science of custard totally applies. Also, in one of those "oh-geez-that-should-have-occurred-to-me-a-long-time-ago" momen...
03:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Sea-slug sex-life: love among forehead-penetrating, fork-penisedhermaphrodites
Forget sea-slugs with detachable pensises: the Siphopteron species 1, recently discovered by the University of Tubigen's Rolanda Lange, has the most awesomely weird sex-life of any sea-slug heretofor...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding legal challenge by a Texas family whose farm was stolen by KeystoneXL
Alan sez, "So there's this woman who decided she wasn't going to give Keystone XL passage rights through her land in Texas.    ...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Music publishers claim to own "Silent Night" & ripoff indie Youtube singer; ContentID helps them doit
Adam the Alien has a Youtube channel that earns him some money through Youtube's "monetization" service, which inserts ads and gives him a cut of the money.    ...
12:45 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing 'Christmas in Hollis' by RunDMC
Rhymes so loud and proud you hear it It's Christmas time and we got the spirit! Video Link    ...
12:35 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Santadetained
I guess that NORAD fighter escort didn't work out, huh. [Photo: REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado. Bobble hat tip: Tonx]    ...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Calendar for lighthousehaters
We've often pointed to posts from Liartown, USA, Sean Tejaratchi's funny, profane, NSFW Tumblr. Today, he's really scored with a gratuitously sweary and convulsively funny calendar about lighthouses.&...
11:23 am PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Harvey Richards, Lawyer forChildren
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Harvey Richards goes beyond the law and offers practical advice to benefit his juvenile client.    ...
11:05 am PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Atheist Christmas carol: There's No Christmas inHell
Sean sends us, "An atheist Christmas anthem, written by Pillow Army frontman Tim Franklin," and adds: "(Pillow Army opened for/played with Cory at a Seattle stop on a book tour a few years ago)." The...
01:00 am PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing Mecha-inspired casemod is a diorama depicting a gritty, gorgeousbattlescene
Hiroto Ikeuchi is a Japanese casemodder who builds spectacular dioramas into PC towers, turning them into dystopian, futuristic military battlescenes. The Raku-Taro Tumblr has some flat-out gorgeous p...
12:29 am PST - Wed, December 25, 2013
BoingBoing "Ring, Little Bell", Germany's JingleBells
Weihnachtsgre! [Video link via Tamra Excell]    ...
11:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Iron Maiden makes millions by touring countries where their music is mostpirated
Iron Maiden hired a BitTorrent analytics company called Musicmetric to determine where piracy of their music was highest, then scheduled tours of those countries.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing TSA's "12 Banned Items ofChristmas"
Reason's video enumerating the TSA's "12 Banned Items of Christmas" is a perfect, acerbic and funny list of the most egregiously stupid and arbitrary rules for American fliers.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Pussy Riot in Putin's gulag: daily forced gynecologicalexams
When Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walked out of the Siberian prison camp IK-50, they were defiant. The Pussy Riot members said they wanted acquittal, not amnesty, and an affirmation of t...
07:13 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast: The Red DressRehearsal
Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R.    ...
07:05 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Andy Ihnatko's commentary track for White Christmasmovie
The inimitable Andy Ihnatko recorded a "detractor's commentary track" for White Christmas (1954), "explaining shot by shot why I think it's kind of an odd movie." It's not that Andy doesn't like the m...
05:10 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Australians ask their government for humane refugee treatment forChristmas
Australian Asher Wolf's taken to the Guardian to explain why her family is spending Christmas petitioning for humane refugee treatment from the Australian government.    ...
05:03 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 033: comic book writer and editor MarieJavins
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of Brian Heater's cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types.    ...
04:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Sword and Laser Podcast 156: Wrapping UpDragons!
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt.    ...
03:11 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Dial An Endless Parade of Monster for98
I just found the only thing I want for Christmas. It's like a Jim Woodring creature generator! Hanover House '67 Gift Guide    ...
03:11 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Dial An Endless Parade of Monsters for98
I just found the only thing I want for Christmas. It's like a Jim Woodring creature generator! Hanover House '67 Gift Guide    ...
03:05 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding toilets for schools inGhana
Gmoke writes, "Pure Home Water (PHW), the same people who make AfriClay Filters -- a locally-sourced clay pot water filter -- in Taha, Ghana are now building toilet blocks for local schools. &nb...
02:37 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing You Are Not So Smart podcast 014: How stories can change beliefs andbehaviors
YANSS: RSS | iTunes | Download this episode | Stitcher You are Not So Smart is hosted by David McRaney, a journalist and self-described psychology nerd.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Gygax explains why you shouldn't celebrate Christmas; Arcade Mania book; Mark's back fromRarotonga
One year ago today Gary Gygax explains why Christians shouldn't celebrate Christmas: Gary approached Christianity as a system with rules, which he researched and explored through a strict historical l...
01:58 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing IT Crowd final episode on Channel 4tonight
Tonight on Channel 4: an IT Crowd night, kicking off with the final episode at 9PM, then a behind-the-scenes documentary (I'm in it!).    ...
01:51 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden to deliver alternative to the Queen's Christmas speech on ChannelFour
Every Christmas Day, the Queen takes to the Beeb to deliver a message to the nation. Every Christmas Day, Channel Four picks someone to deliver an alternative address for people who don't care what th...
01:45 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday glittergraphics
Don't forget to give your website a touch of quiet sophistication this week with Mitch O'Connell and Colleen Truscott Fry's glitter graphics.    ...
01:31 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Christmas Eve spacewalk: NASA astronauts perform Space Stationrepairs
Watch live streaming video from spaceflightnow at livestream.com Live now: "Expedition 38 Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins are conducting the second in a series of spacewalks to repl...
01:07 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Bad science stock-arttee
Ape Lad writes, "I have a shirt on sale on shirt.woot tonight, inspired by Maggie's link to awkward science photos.    ...
12:02 pm PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden declares victory: "I defected from the government to thepublic"
Edward Snowden granted a 14-hour interview to the Washington Post, commenting on his relationship to the NSA, Russia, and the USA.    ...
11:58 am PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Beastie Boys and DJ DoubleR
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
11:00 am PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Queen Elizabeth pardons Turing (but not the 50,000 other gay men the law unjustlycriminalised)
Alan Turing has received a pardon under the "Royal Prerogative of Mercy by the Queen," 61 years after he was "chemically castrated" by court order as punishment for homosexuality.   &nb...
10:55 am PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing What we can learn from dialectmaps
My dialect — the sound, vocabulary, and grammatical structure of the way I speak English — is most similar to the dialect spoken by people in Topeka, Kansas.    ...
01:00 am PST - Tue, December 24, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Sterling's Slashdotinterview
Bruce Sterling is in particularly fine form in this Slashdot interview: I get a bit of pessimism from almost all near future sci-fi, but I'm wondering if you feel more pessimistic about where humani...
11:10 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing $1B/year climate denial networkexposed
In Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations, a scholarly article published in the current Climatic Change , Drexel Universit...
10:15 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with The Immortal Augustus Gladstone director RobynMiller
From Robyn Miller, co-creator of Myst and Riven, comes The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, the story of an eccentric southerner who claims to be 150 years old.    ...
09:57 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 126 - The Real FifthBeatle
In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets.    ...
09:48 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Taking pictures of the Rolling Stones with the 'best pocket camera evermade'
What's the best camera? The one you have in your hand, particularly if it's a Sony RX-100, says Rob Reid. He test-drives the compact digital camera at a Rolling Stones concert, and enjoyed the shots a...
08:44 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing JingleCats
[video link, via katienotopoulos]    ...
08:39 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Security firm RSA issues lame non-denial of Reuters' report on NSAdeal
You gotta hand it to RSA: they know how to craft some crafty hedges. Ars Technica reports on the statement the security firm issued on Sunday, denying-but-not-actually-denying allegations stemming fro...
08:22 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing L.A. woman gets 180 days in jail for phoning 911 over 400times
In Los Angeles, a woman who called 911 more than 400 times in the past three years received a 180 day jail sentence, plus three years of probation and mandatory psychological counseling. Linette Young...
08:18 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Astronauts prepare for spacewalk Tuesday to finish ISSrepairs
"Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are planning a second and final spacewalk to fix the outpost's cooling system early on Tuesday." More at Reuters.    ...
08:14 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing 'Tiger Train,' a new weird music video by LiamLynch
[Video Link] By adorable internet personality Liam Lynch. You're welcome.    ...
08:12 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing How is China's lunar mission going? Here's a rover postcard from themoon.
Planetary Society blogger Emily Lakdawalla has posted a roundup of what China's lunar rover Yutu has been up to on the Chang'e 3 unmanned space exploration mission.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Pussy Riot in Putin's gulag: daily forced gynecologicalexams
When Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walked out of the Siberian prison camp IK-50, they were defiant. The Pussy Riot members said they wanted acquittal, not amnesty, and an affirmation of t...
07:35 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Instahamlet: Shakespeare's classic retold in 15-second Instagramvideos
Michael Roston of the New York Times sends word of a cool project he worked on at the paper: "We asked students to record themselves delivering 15 seconds of 'Hamlet' on Instagram." The results are pr...
07:15 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Why country music was awful in2013
Country music subject matter 2013: Truck fetishism, old dirt roads, ordering women to climb into trucks, tight blue jeans fetishism, driving women to riverbanks, sunsets, moonlight, getting drunk, sa...
07:03 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing If Snowden returned to US for trial, could court admit any NSA leakevidence?
There seems to be a new talking point from government officials since a federal judge ruled NSA surveillance is likely unconstitutional last week: if Edward Snowden thinks he's a whistleblower, he sho...
06:55 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Audio collection of Douglas Rushkoff'stalks
Douglas Rushkoff is a terrific speaker. His lectures about life in the digital age are lively and thought-provoking. I always come away from a Rushkoff talk with a better understand of what's happenin...
06:52 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing 30-year-old lead finds its way into the trendy urban chickenbusiness
The United States began phasing out the use of tetraethyllead in gasoline in the mid 1970s (though it's still used in aviation and race car fuel).    ...
05:38 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey joins Disneyboard
I only hope we don't lose sight of one thingthat it was all started by a mouse.Walt Disney pic.twitter.com/MgY9byVIkz— Jack Dorsey (@jack) December 23, 2013 The Mouse House has appointed Jac...
05:05 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Designing "technology for women": aflowchart
Ars Technica's Casey Johnson has designed a handy checklist for people hoping to develop a "woman's" tech product without being sexist jerks.    ...
04:04 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Happy holidays from Saturn and its moons, and from the astronomers who studythem
Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, are the focus of a holiday image release from NASA's Cassini imaging team.    ...
02:46 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Christmastime daddy-daughter podcast withPoesy
Every year, there's a day or two between the date that my daughter's school shuts and the day that my wife's office shuts for Christmas holidays.    ...
02:18 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing NY Times vocabulary quiz determines where you arefrom
The New York Times has a 25-question, multiple choice survey about word usage and pronunciation (e.g., "How to you pronounce "aunt?").    ...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Mayan Priests denied access to ceremonial sites; Trucker recreates Fat Man & Little Boy; Bollywood goesP2P
One year ago today Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites: Let's hope the Mayan priests will be allowed in and celebrate according their traditions and beliefs on the following days...
01:55 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Samsung's creepy smartwatchstalker
In Samsungland, women love it when creepy strangers follow them and secretly take lots of pictures of them. (Via TechCrunch)    ...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing UK's new national firewall's "parental control" list blocks Slashdot, EFF, and BoingBoing
The Great Firewall of Cameron is going live, with all British ISPs defaulting their customers to an "adult content filter" -- meaning that you have to call up and say, "I demand pornography!" or all t...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing UK's new national firewall: O2's "parental control" list blocks Slashdot, EFF, and BoingBoing
The Great Firewall of Cameron is going live, with all British ISPs defaulting their customers to an "adult content filter" -- meaning that you have to call up and say, "I demand pornography!" or all t...
01:35 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Mikhail Kalashnikov,1919-2013
Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the very best there is, died today in Russia. He was 94. The BBC: "It was employed by the armies of dozens of countries, and incorporated in several national flags...
12:51 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing How to: Read books buried 2000 yearsago
When the first excavations of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum began in 1738, the diggers found what appeared to be charcoal and half-burnt logs.    ...
12:43 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Supersonic airflow in a rocketnozzle
The blog Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics posted some stills from this video recently. The images were fantastic, but I didn't totally understand what I was seeing.    ...
12:10 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing "Do Ghosts Have Civil Rights?" -- magazine cover article from "Ghostbusters" montage, actually writtenup!
At The Awl, Matthew Phelan created something wonderful: the text to go with a fake cover article from The Atlantic, "The Politics Of The Next Dimension: Do Ghosts Have Civil Rights?   &...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing It may be possible to erase badmemories
A growing body of evidence, dating back to the late 1960s, suggests that we can lessen the emotional blow of negative memories (and even get rid of them altogether) months and years after those memori...
11:58 am PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Beautiful X-Rayart
Arie van't Riet was an x-ray physicist who worked in hospitals in the Netherlands. A few years ago, he turned his skill with x-rays to art, creating some really beautiful and far-out images of animal...
11:52 am PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Dolphin-safe tuna is a danger to otheranimals
In an older post that I hadn't seen before, David Shiffman of the Southern Fried Science explains how the ostensible success of "dolphin-safe tuna" has actually led to tuna fishing methods that are a ...
11:51 am PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing EuroMaidan: a Facebook revolution in the streets ofKiev
In Kiev, Ukraine, Daniel Kovzhun is a 37 year-old, remarried father of two, a partner in an IT firm, and a political rebel. He trusts only one news source: "I am either out there, on barricades, or I ...
11:00 am PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Pope says atheists are OK with Jesus, so long as they "dogood"
Yesterday's Papal homily, delivered by the Pope without notes after conducting Mass in his residence, included a story about a priest who told an atheist that he was redeemed by Jesus just as a Cathol...
01:00 am PST - Mon, December 23, 2013
BoingBoing Eight-volume hardcover set collects 4.7 million Linkedin passwords in alphabeticalorder
Artist Aram Bartholl's "Forgot Your Password?" is an eight-volume print edition collecting, in alphabetical order, all 4.7 million Linkedin password that leaked in 2012.    ...
11:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Interactive version of EFF's NSAcrossword
Here's a nice little Christmastime Creative Commons and free/open source software success story: yesterday, I posted the Electronic Frontier Foundation's NSA-themed crossword puzzle, which was CC lice...
09:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Why does privacymatter?
Adam writes, "I am crowdsourcing individual testimonials about the importance and value of privacy on GitHub. Contributions are welcome and needed."    ...
08:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Vladimir "Secret Squirrel" Putin meats the Gipper,1988
Here's a photo that purports to show Vladimir Putin -- during his time as a KGB agent -- in plainclothes, inconspicuously hanging out near Ronald Reagan during the Gipper's visit to the USSR in 1988.&...
08:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Vladimir "Secret Squirrel" Putin meets the Gipper,1988
Here's a photo that purports to show Vladimir Putin -- during his time as a KGB agent -- in plainclothes, inconspicuously hanging out near Ronald Reagan during the Gipper's visit to the USSR in 1988.&...
07:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing TSA confiscates photographer's blower because it could be filled with gunpowder and used as amissile
In a photography forum, Surapon recounts the sad story of how the TSA took away his Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster, a blower for removing dust from equipment, at an airport in New York.  ...
06:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Canadian spies lied to judge to obtain surveillancewarrants
Spies from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Communication Security Establishment of Canada lied to a judge in order to obtain a warrant to spy on Canadians while they were abroad.&nb...
05:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Cardboard Box Office: recreating movie scenes with a baby and scrapcardboard
When Lilly and Leon discovered themselves with a house-full of cardboard boxes (they'd just moved) and a new baby, they did what any parent would do: used the materials to recreate iconic scenes from ...
04:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Daily Mail sucks at Photoshop; Return of Amateur Science; Next 20 years are about politics, nottech
One year ago today Photoshop fail at The Daily Mail: There's something fascinating about the daily fail at the Daily Mail, where a nightmarish alternative realitycloned flora, ghostly spaces, grinning...
03:39 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing A splendid little secular Christmascarol
I just discovered Tim Minchin's "White Wine in the Sun". I'm sure a lot of you have heard this before, but it's a lovely Christmas song and, frankly, the first Christmas song to actually make me cry....
03:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing FBI agent tries to copyright super-secret torture manual, inadvertently makes itpublic
The ACLU has spent years in court trying to get a look at a top-secret FBI interrogation manual that referred to the CIA's notorious KUBARK torture manual.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO create an invisible Christmastree
Not Martha's 2010 tutorial for creating a Christmas tree bauble mobile that looks like an invisible tree is great, simple, and disarmingly effective.    ...
12:00 pm PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing NSF study shows more than 90% of US businesses view copyright, patent and trademark as "notimportant"
In March 2012, the National Science Foundation released the results of its "Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey" study, a rigorous, careful, wide-ranging longitudinal study on the ...
07:30 am PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Dyed marine animalskeletons
Iori Tomita is a artist/fisherman from Yokohama City who dyes the skeletons of the dead marine animals he finds in the sea and on the beach.    ...
04:29 am PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For: 20 years of op-ed/soapopera
I read Alison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For in various alternative weeklies and online for about 15 years. I always found it enjoyable, sometimes very funny, sometimes a bit raunchy, always very po...
01:00 am PST - Sun, December 22, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an album of music made from junk hardware - and plans for recycled electronicsinstruments
Chiron sez, "I'm making an album and music video on Kickstarter, creating music and art from the most powerful tools human kind has ever discarded.    ...
11:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Live in a San Francisco Ikea bunk-bed in a mass hacker dormitory for a mere$1k/mo
Here's a Craigslist ad for a "hub for entrepreneurs" where you can be barracked in one of dozens of bunk-beds ranked in rows for a mere $999/month.    ...
10:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Churches lo-jack their NativityJesuses
The headline says it all: a rash of Nativity-Jesus snatchings from churchyards has prompted high-tech, GPS-based countermeasures.    ...
09:46 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing NASA re-creates historic earthrise photo on Apollo 8 anniversary, in videoform
NASA has issued a new visualization of the events leading to one of the iconic photographs of the 20th Century Earth rising over the moon captured by the crew of the Apollo 8 mission.  &nb...
09:41 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Astronauts complete successful ISS repairspacewalk
NASA: "Expedition 38 Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins wrapped up a 5-hour, 28-minute spacewalk outside the International Space Station at 12:29 p.m.    ...
09:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Auctioning a conceptual copy of Banksy's thrifted "Banality of the Banality of Evil" to benefit 826Valencia
A San Francisco artist commissioned a Chinese artist to make a copy of "The Banality of the Banality of Evil" -- a painting that Banksy thrifted, addied a Nazi to, and shop-dropped back into the thrif...
08:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Celebrate the crossword's centenery with EFF's NSA-themed crosswordpuzzle
Dave from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, so EFF designed one to test your knowledge of NSA surveillance.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Celebrate the crossword's centenary with EFF's NSA-themed crosswordpuzzle
Dave from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, so EFF designed one to test your knowledge of NSA surveillance.    ...
07:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Swedish yule goat burnsagain
Linguinineenie writes, "Despite the best efforts of the authorities, vandals have managed yet again to burn down the Yule Goat in the city of Gavle.    ...
07:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Swedish yule goat burns.Again
Linguinineenie writes, "Despite the best efforts of the authorities, vandals have managed yet again to burn down the Yule Goat in the city of Gavle.    ...
06:02 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Discordian archive rescued from dumpster, nowonline
Groucho Gandhi writes, "'Crackpot Historian' Adam Gorightly (the current Keeper of the Sacred Chao) saved the archives of Discordian co-founder Greg "Malaclypse the Younger" Hill from the literal dust...
04:06 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Li'l Bub Yule LogVideo
Happy Christmas Caturday. [Video Link, thanks El Acordeonachi, via BB Facebook]    ...
03:40 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing My dog Nemo opens the door by himself(video)
When my dog Nemo wants to go outside, he bangs on the door with his paw. He banged on it so much, now it just opens.    ...
03:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Star Wars Christmassweater
Redditor Imnojezus's co-worker made this Star Wars-themed Christmas sweater by felting and tufting the wampa/upside-down Luke scene from "Empire Strikes Back" onto an existing sweater, making a 3D sce...
02:42 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Last chancegifts!
You're panicking, but that's OK. We're here to help.    ...
02:14 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Politwoops! Which US politicians deleted the largest number of social media posts in2013?
Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation writes, "As 2013 winds down and Washington retreats to spend the holidays with family and friends, the Sunlight Foundation looks back at the many gifts politicians l...
02:14 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Ned Vizzini, young adult author, hasdied
Ned Vizzini, an award-winning young adult novelist and television writer, died yesterday. He was 32. He was a guest on the Gweek podcast twice (episodes 069 and 094) and Carla and I had a memorable 16...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting an anthology of diverse steampunkstories
Publisher Steven Saus sends us a Kickstarter for "a diverse steampunk anthology from your favorite award-winning authors, including Jay Lake, Nisi Shawl, Ken Liu, and Lucy A.    ...
01:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Gingerbread OptimusPrime
Caroline Eriksson's gingerbread Optimus Prime was constructed for Norway's Gingerbread Gallery contest. It really is the standout of the competition, though this ramshackle house from Runar Solbern is...
12:00 pm PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing The first cat picture I've ever posted to theInternet
I've been posting stuff to the Internet since the early 1990s, and in all that time, I've never felt the need to post a picture of a cat anywhere.    ...
11:00 am PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing US Department of Defense's public domain archive to be privatized, locked up for tenyears
Archivist Rick Prelinger sez, "The U.S. Department of Defense has entered into a contract with T3 Media to get its gigantic still and moving image collection digitized at no cost to the government.&nb...
03:43 am PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Whale-shaped, hand-forged, kid-friendly pencil-sharpeningknives
These whale-shaped Kujira knives were created by Japanese blacksmith Toru Yamashita, who was asked to make a knife for children to sharpen pencils with.    ...
01:13 am PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Royal Society appoints aWikipedian-in-Residence
Richard writes, "I work for Wikimedia UK - the UK charity that supports Wikipedia - and we just managed to get the Royal Society to hire a Wikipedian!    ...
12:32 am PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing Heroin stamped 'Obamacare' and 'Kurt Cobain' nabbed by Massachussetts police, with K9assist
Massachusetts state police announced today on an official Facebook page that a trooper stopped a vehicle in which 1,250 packets of heroin stamped "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain" were found.  &...
12:13 am PST - Sat, December 21, 2013
BoingBoing NSA had secret deal on back-doored crypto with security firm RSA, Snowden docsreveal
"As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S.    ...
11:59 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Real-life 'Gravity' on ISS this weekend? Drama surrounds repairspacewalks
Alan Boyle, NBCNews.com's science editor: "Several factors, including a scary spacewalk in July involving water in a spacesuit helmet, have combined to add some extra drama to the repair operation tha...
11:57 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing The Tweet heard round theworld
As she embarked upon a long flight to Africa, PR staffer Justine Sacco issued this tweet. At best a darkly ironic self-deprecation that could never fit into 140 characters, it resulted, within bare m...
11:43 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing In final 2013 press conference, Obama promises NSA spying changes, says Snowden "underindictment"
In the last press conference of the year, President Obama today indicated he may order changes to the National Security Agencys programs that gather and store the phone communications records of milli...
11:30 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing 2 men suspected of installing card skimmers at LA areabanks
Two men were arrested Sunday on charges they installed ATM card-skimmers at banks in Sherman Oaks and Encino. The operation was managed by the Southern California High-Tech Task Force (SCHTTF), a law ...
11:10 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Leo the Maker Prince: book to teach kids 3Dprinting
Leo the Maker Prince by Carla Diana is a charming picture book that teaches kids (and grownups who appreciate cute, simple stuff) 3D printing.    ...
11:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Prisoner on literary censorship in GuantanamoBay
Writing from Guantanamo Bay via his lawyer, Shaker Aamer, the last UK citizen imprisoned at the camp, describes the Kafkaesque regime of censorship practiced by the camp guards.    ...
10:16 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Cubli: motorized reaction-wheel cube that can balance and walk on its edges andcorners
A clever combination of motorized reaction wheels, sensors, processors and software allow the 15cm^3 Cubli to balance on its corner or edge, and to stabilize itself in the face of disturbances, or sp...
09:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Jaunty, Xmassy steampunk assemblage clocksculpture
The latest piece from Roger Wood's Klockwerks studio is this brave, fire-engine-red number that's just put me over the edge into a full-on bout of Christmas cheer.    ...
08:46 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Not Playing Podcast 005: MannequinSkywalker
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08:17 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing What Eleven Fictional Hackers Can Teach Us About Love andDating
"The password to unlocking the secrets of the heart is Swordfish."    ...
08:02 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing The danger of shinythings
The brighter and shinier your inexpensive plastic and vinyl accessories are, the more likely they are to be contaminated with high levels of lead.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO delete your smartphone's fine-grained log of everywhere you'vebeen
If you have an Android or Ios smartphone, it defaults to storing the history of all the places you go, at a very fine resolution, for a very long time, and mirrors that data on remote servers from whi...
07:44 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Scientific message in abottle
In 1959, geologist Paul Walker put this note into a bottle and left it buried inside a pile of rocks in a remote part of the Arctic.    ...
07:15 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Into the deepwoods
Wherein Rob and Heather try their hand at cosplay, the art of fandom-based costume design and performance.    ...
07:01 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing What's in your herbalsupplements?
DNA testing of 44 different herbal supplements from 12 companies found that 59 percent of the bottles contained DNA from ingredients that weren't listed on the label — and some of those ingredie...
07:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing 12 Days of ChristmasD12s
Eric sez, "I created these dice last night, with barely any time to spare before the 'twelve days of Christmas' begin (from 25 December until 6 January).    ...
06:54 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Forgotten history: When the squirrels came totown
Prior to the mid-19th century, squirrels were thought of as fantastic woodland creatures, rather than the urbane, city-dwelling vermin they are today.    ...
06:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Kansas Universities can fire faculty for tweets that are "contrary to best interest of theUniversity"
The Kansas Board of Regents has adopted a new police that makes it a firing offense to use social media if you communicate sentiments that are "contrary to the best interests of the University." The p...
05:37 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Best-selling Kickstarter Robot Turtles now available onAmazon
Robot Turtles the board game for little programmers is the most-sold board game on Kickstarter, and it's still going crazy as it nears 25,000 sales!    ...
05:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Oklahoma City cops charge Keystone XL protesters with "terrorism hoax" because their banner shed someglitter
Two protesters who held up an anti-Keystone-XL-pipeline banner at the Oklahoma City headquarters of Devon Energy have been charged with perpetrating a "terrorism hoax" because some of the glitter on t...
04:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Judge throws out Libyan rendered by UK spooks & CIA to Gaddafi for torture, because "it might embarrassAmerica"
Abdel Hakim Belhaj was a Libyan dissident who was kidnapped by the CIA and GHCQ and rendered to Gaddafi's Libya, along with his pregnant wife.    ...
03:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Science of the perfect chocolate-chipcookie
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, chief creative officer for Serious Eats, delved very, very deep into the science of making the perfect chocolate chip cookie.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Mother of three boys' funny review for Kleenexmulitpacks
A very funny Amazon review for multipacks of Kleenex is allegedly "A mother's struggle," describing the travails of living with three teenage boys who've discovered the miracle of self-pleasuring ("If...
01:27 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Woman dies ... and her daughter is born four monthslater
Your morning dose of weepies — in which a family is formed and loss turns into love. All with the help of science.    ...
01:15 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing NSA and GCHQ targeted NGOs, charities, EU chief, Israeli defense minister for deepsurveillance
The latest Snowden leak reveals a list of bizarre targets for NSA/GCHQ surveillance, including the World Health Organization, Unicef and Medecins Sans Frontiers; the VP of the European Commission (who...
01:03 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing GraffitiHunters
April Kilcrease joins those who track the wily urban explorer via Instagram shots.    ...
12:41 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Lawsuit: police and doctors at UMC El Paso forced innocent woman to endure multiple warrantless cavitysearches
A 54-year old American woman was given increasingly invasive and fruitless cavity searches after a drug dog was instructed to "alert" in front of her by U.S.    ...
12:03 pm PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Dog traversespool
America's Funniest Home Videos (!) via Arbroath    ...
11:56 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Assumed John Wayne Gacy victim foundalive
When construction worker Robert Hutton vanished in 1972, he was an archetypal victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy: young, white, and itinerant.    ...
11:50 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing The blog is dead, long live theblog
Jason Kottke: "Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice. Sure, blogs still exist, many of them are excellent, and they will go on existing and being excellent...
11:47 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Shia LaBeouf plagiarism accusation of theday
"The LaBeouf Plagiarism Train of 2013 shows no sign of stopping," writes Defamer's Lacey Donohue. "at this point, he's either the world's biggest asshole and doing it on purpose, or the world's stupid...
11:20 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing North Korea faxes south to notify it that attack will occur "withoutnotice"
I'll have to add "repeated extra-large provocations" to the North Korea Press Release Generator. [Fox News]    ...
10:55 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Deriving cryptographic keys by listening to CPUs' "coilwhine"
In RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis [PDF], a paper by Daniel Genkin and Eran Tromer of Tel Aviv University and Adi Shamir, the authors show that a sensitive microphone (such...
01:00 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Cecil Castelucci's Tin Star: first five chaptersfree
Every new Cecil Castellucci book is cause for celebration around here, and her latest, Tin Star -- the first volume in a new young adult science fiction series -- is no exception.   &nb...
12:00 am PST - Fri, December 20, 2013
BoingBoing Trench-run in awingsuit
Brian Drake donned a wingsuit atop the ENSA ski-run in Couloir, France, and then did a ground-skimming trench-run that left me half-terrified, half-tingling in sympathy.    ...
11:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing EFF's holidaywishlist
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted its annual holiday wishlist of policy initiatives, business practices, and action by individuals. It's a kind of beautiful dream, and I long for the day t...
10:30 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing New Disruptors 54: Wait a Cotton-PickingMinute
Jay Fanelli and Nathan Peretic know how to go it on their own. They've done it not just once, not just twice, but now three times.    ...
10:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Turn your earbuds into custom fits withSugru
In this video, an extremely calm Irish man explains how to attain custom-fit earbuds by wedging a small sausage of Sugru (an air-drying polymer clay) beneath your cheap off-the-shelf earbuds' silicon...
09:39 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Who put the "X" in"Xmas"
Turns out, it was the Greeks. is how you write "Christ" in Greek and writers (including people who transcribed the Bible) have been using "X" as a convenient abbreviation of that since at least the 3...
09:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Chief cable lobbyist: data caps were never about network congestion, always aboutprofit
Michael Powell used to be the head of the FCC. Now he's the cable operators' chief lobbyist. In a recent speech, he admitted that the cable operators' long-running push for caps on data-usage had noth...
08:28 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Walk across New Hampshire with Larry Lessig and friends to fight corruption and reform campaignfinance
Larry Lessig and friends are walking the length of New Hampshire for #NHRebellion, to reform campaign finance and try to end corruption in American politics (see Larry's excellent TED Talk about this,...
08:28 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Walk across New Hampshire with Larry Lessig and friends to reform campaign finance and fightcorruption
Larry Lessig and friends are walking the length of New Hampshire for #NHRebellion, to reform campaign finance and try to end corruption in American politics (see Larry's excellent TED Talk about this,...
08:02 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing UN adopts resolution in favor of digitalprivacy
The UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution called "The right to privacy in the digital age," introduced by Germany and Brazil.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Solarfire-starter
Solo Scientific's $40 Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter is air- and water-tight, uses no fuel, or batteries, and keeps your dry tinder dry in transit.    ...
07:32 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Don't be scared of the vampiresquid
The name Vampyroteuthis infernalis means "Vampire squid from hell". And vampire squid are freaky looking creatures — red with cloudy eyes that can appear blue or blood red, depending on how the...
07:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing UK's Great Firewall of Cameron blocks sexual health, rape crisis centre, sex edsites
The unaccountable, multi-million-pound feel-good porn filters that UK ISPs were ordered to install by the Prime Minister are (predictably) grossly overblocking the Web.    ...
06:49 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Audio game app for blindpeople
Bob Smolenski says: "I've released a new audio game app for blind and visually impaired. Open Field Echo Sounder uses GPS on your iPhone or Android.    ...
06:08 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast: Rowing Across the Trident? Thats aPaddlin
Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R.    ...
06:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing 3D-printable holiday fun-stuff inThingiverse
Makerbot is celebrating Christmas with a set of printable Thingiverse objects of great delightfulness, including today's treat: a 3D printed snowball maker.    ...
05:43 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing At 'The Houston Cancer Quack,' Skeptics call on Congress to investigate StanislawBurzynski
As regular readers of this blog know, I have cancer, and I believe the law should show no mercy to people who exploit cancer patients and their loved ones.    ...
05:38 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Just how terrible are thetwos?
Since 1831, scientists have assumed that aggression and acts of physical violence peak in a person's midteens. New data, though, suggests this view is misleading — based, as it is, on arrest rec...
05:32 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Display case with false bookcasedoors
Dan Tappo's seven-year-old son has a "mini-museum" of curios he's collected ("rocks, fossils, marbles, old film canisters"). For Christmas, Dan's built him a secret display cabinet hidden behind a fal...
05:27 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Gentleman crawls into boiler of steamlocomotive
My friend Andrew linked me to this nifty old-timey video showing London, Midland, and Scottish Railway employees repairing a steam locomotive.    ...
05:11 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing The physics of dwarves inbarrels
In which professor and blogger Rhett Allain uses physics to prove that Thorin Oakenshield probably stole some gold from the wood elves.    ...
05:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Cthulhu/Coke tee is back onsale
Following from Tuesday's post about the sadly not-available Cthulhu/Coca-Cola tee, good news: it's back on sale!    ...
04:44 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Buzzfeed Articles Without the GIFs, a tumblog ofgreatness
buzzfeedminusgifs.tumblr.com. [HT: @rhysmorgan]    ...
04:23 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Bob Hope Enterprises claims the Feds' Bob Hope Christmas Special is undercopyright
Rogue archivist Carl Malmud writes, "In 2009, I wrote to Boing Boing to kick off our FedFlix program. The headline was    ...
04:22 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Amnesty for Pussy Riot, Greenpeace30
When Putin and the Kremlin throw a charm offensive to distract people from the popular uprising in the Ukraine and the institutionalized homophobia in Russia, it's good news for dissidents and former ...
04:11 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing UK spies cooperated in torture, didn't want to upset USspies
A UK government inquiry into the practice of torture of suspects rendered by MI5 and MI6 found that British spies did not speak out against torture because they didn't want to offend the CIA. &nb...
04:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing OpenWorm milestone: artificial worm gains musclesensation
James sez, "Mini-milestone in the OpenWorm Project, the collaborative, open source attempt to construct an artificial life form from the cellular level to the point where it's able to have basic prob...
03:19 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Text adventure interview with Zork creator; Plane crash kills White House alternate email creator; Amazing week in EFFhistory
One year ago today Text-adventure interview with Zork co-creator: Wired interviewed Dave Lebling and presented the resulting interview as a text-adventure game you have to play in order to read. ...
03:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Interview with Sol Yurick, author of TheWarriors
Geoff from BLDGBLOG sez, "A few years ago, I interviewed novelist Sol Yurick, author of The Warriors, for BLDGBLOG -- but a variety of circumstances meant it just sat in my hard drive for the past fou...
02:16 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing 3D printer inMinecraft
Derryl Murphy sez, "My son is home sick and found this video showing a 3D printer ItsJustJumby created for working inside the world of Minecraft.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Laughter is the worstmedicine
A paper in the British Medical Journal reviewed the literature on harms arising from laughter and produced a wide-ranging list of laughing-related dangers, from asthma attacks to cerebral tumors. ...
01:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Charlie Stross: Bitcoin should die in afire
@Veronica @warrenellis @scalzi @jjsaul @swordandlaser @StephenBrust @doctorow @neilhimself Assaulted BitCoin & invaded Libertopia, SAME DAY.— Charlie Stross (@cstross) December 18, 2013 Char...
12:23 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing 40m card numbers stolen fromTarget
On December 13, security researcher Brian Krebs reported that Target was investigating a data breach "potentially involving millions of customer credit and debit card records." Target confirmed this m...
12:11 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing The color of theSun
A beautiful, informative, and surprising video from NASA. [link] This video of the sun based on data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, shows the wide range of wavelengths -- invisible t...
12:05 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing The most important tech of the last 22years
Walt Mossberg, in his last WSJ column: "Some readers will complain that Apple is overrepresented." Above, a gadget from the last 22 years sadly excluded from the roundup.    ...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Chihuahua skeleton made from typewriterparts
Assemblage sculptor Jeremy Mayer (who makes pieces out of deconstructed typewriters) teases us with a single shot of his latest piece: a chihuahua skeleton made from a disassembled, ancient writing-ma...
11:44 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Ode toWinamp
It really whipped the llama's ass. [The Atlantic]    ...
11:36 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Man doesn't emerge from Y2K bunker after 15years
CBC reported that Norman Feller had emerged from hiding after 15 years, all because of his fear of the Y2K virus that turned out to be no big deal.    ...
11:00 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Alternatives to Sriracha during the GreatShortage
As Xeni posted yesterday, there is a serious shortage of Sriracha sauce a-brewing. Jason Kottke suggests some of his favorite alternative brands of the red stuff, singling out Shark Brand ($7/bottle)....
09:43 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing GNU Privacy Guard crowdfunding for newinfrastructure
GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) is the free/open version of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the gold standard in secure email and other kinds of eavesdropping-proof, authenticated, private storage and communicati...
07:30 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Vladimir Putin endorses NSAspying
Not really much to add here.    ...
04:59 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile... sofar!
Our picks from the first round of ideas for the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile!    ...
12:23 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing Santapus!
You'd better not ___________, you'd better not __________, Santapus is coming to town.    ...
12:09 am PST - Thu, December 19, 2013
BoingBoing BigotFired
Technically, A&E merely "suspended indefinitely" Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, following his remarks about gay people. But they know there'll be hell to pay should he be permitted to return.&nbs...
11:31 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 125: Make Me aWoman
In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets.    ...
11:15 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile... sofar!
Our picks from the first round of ideas for the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile!    ...
11:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing New McSweeney's: Hitchcock vBradbury!
Daniel from McSweeney's writes, "At stake in the latest McSweeney's is nothing less than a celestial duel between Alfred Hitchcock and Ray Bradbury.    ...
11:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Project for Awesome fundraising video aboutEFF
Jason writes, "Every year the YouTube community gets together for the Project for Awesome. A 48 hours event to raise money for all of our favourite charities by making, watching, commenting on and sh...
10:17 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing New York: stop putting 16-year-olds in adult prison and trying 13-year-olds asadults!
https://vimeo.com/80939323 Yuval Sheer from The New York Center for Juvenile Justice sez, "Every year in the state of New York more than 40,000 youth are arrested and prosecuted as adults.  ...
10:04 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Sword and Laser Podcast 155: Why Sam Sykes is for Sharks and theAlliance
We had a really good time chatting with Sam Sykes, author of the Aeon's Gate series. Among other things, we learned what a flying shark is good for, why he left the Horde, what a 'stealfie' is, and h...
09:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Italy passes Internet censorship laws: regulator can censor sites on 12 days' notice without judicialreview
Italy has passed an Internet censorship bill that allows for a regulator to order the national blocking of websites without judicial review.    ...
08:50 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Great science reads for your holidayvacation
Traveling? Ignoring relatives? Sitting alone at home? Whatever your situation over the next couple of weeks, the 50 blog posts chosen for the Open Laboratory 2013 collection of best science writing on...
08:45 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile... sofar!
Our picks from the first round of ideas for the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile!    ...
08:43 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Spacestinks
TIL: Astronauts fart a lot, because weightlessness hampers your ability to burp and, thus, any gas that builds up in your digestive system has to come out the other way.    ...
08:07 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Ox-stunning Seth Godin book; Overhead luggage/chest-of-drawers-seat; CG fan-recreations of Yesterlandrides
One year ago today New Seth Godin book could stun an ox: At 800 pages and 19 lbs, this book is ridiculous.    ...
07:19 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Does your cat loveyou?
Remember the rule - if a headline ends with a question mark, the answer is no. (Thanks, Matthew!)    ...
07:05 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing 2013 was "Second worst year on record for jailed journalists," reportsCPJ
The Committee to Protect Journalists today issued an annual report which claims 2013 was the second worst year on record for jailed journalists.    ...
07:01 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing M. Night Shyamalan's The Village has same plot as 1965 comicbook
Mitch O'Connell says: First I tear the lid off the secret REAL origin of Scooby Doo - and now it looks like I'm about to get real again!    ...
07:01 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Global Sriracha shortage threatens all life on earth, tastiness of all of thefoods
Andrea Nguyen writes about how a recent battle in Southern California over smelly fumes from the Huy Fong Sriracha plant has led to a worldwide shortage of the beloved "cock sauce." It even has its ow...
07:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Brian Ewing's Horror Business: gorgeous, pop-art monsterlithos
Brian Ewing's pop-inflected classic monster lithos are great favorites of mine. He's recently refreshed and added to the line for a show called "Horror Business." The lithos go for $50 each. &nb...
06:35 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Presidential panel urges new limits on NSA's spyingpowers
"A panel of presidential advisers who reviewed the National Security Agencys surveillance practices urged President Obama on Wednesday to end the governments systematic collection of logs of all Ameri...
06:35 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Obama panel urges new limits on NSA spying powers, does not recommend data collectionstop
"A panel of presidential advisers who reviewed the National Security Agencys surveillance practices urged President Obama on Wednesday to end the governments systematic collection of logs of all Ameri...
06:25 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Orange-American John Boehner rents apartment from tanning industrylobbyist
Speaker of the House John Boehner denies that his supple, tangerine skin is the result of sunless indoor tanning. The Ohio Republican says he spends a lot of time outside.    ...
06:19 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden should be hanged if convicted for treason, says ex-CIAchief
I think giving [NSA leaker Edward Snowden] amnesty is idiotic. He should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his peers, he should be hanged by his neck until he is dead." Former CIA D...
06:05 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Butterfly knifemultitool
ThinkGeek sells a $13 stainless steel Butterfly Knife Multitool with a flat-head screwdriver, hex-head wrenches, wire stripper, and bottle opener. It's great for practicing your wrist-action without s...
05:18 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Macbook webcams can be remotely activated without anysign
In a paper called iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED, security researchers Matthew Brocker and Stephen Checkoway explained a method for remotely operating the Isight webcam in Apple's...
05:15 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile... sofar!
Our picks from the first round of ideas for the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile!    ...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Unobtainably expensive Christmaslist
The OObject 2013 Gift Guide contains nothing affordable -- instead, it's a collection of one-of-a-kind, four-to-seven-figure fetish objects ranging from a faithful replica of the Sputnik to a decommis...
04:50 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing The Moon is terrifying, and that's why I loveit
Former NASA developer Katy Levinson explains why we should care about the Moon as much as Mars-even if its dust is a killer problem.    ...
04:45 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Compilation of silentmusic
Sounds of Silence is a new compilation of silent tracks by the likes of Orbital, Crass, Andy Warhol, Sly & The Family Stone, John Denver, Afrika Bambaataa, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and many more...
04:03 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Shia LaBeouf's joy ofplagiarizing
Heidi McDonald of The Beat, a blog about comics culture, has more about Shia LaBeouf's propensity to lift creative people's work and pass it off as his own.    ...
04:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Free houses forwriters
Writeahouse is a Detroit-based charity that trains people in carpentry and related trades by having them renovate houses, then gives the houses to writers (novelists, journalists, poets), encouraging ...
03:43 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile... sofar!
Our picks from the first round of ideas for the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile!    ...
03:30 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Facebook monitors unpostedcomments
Matthew says: "Facebook says it is within its terms of service to see what users are typing even when the status or comment is never posted on the social network.    ...
03:27 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing The alligator-for-beer video needssound!
Earlier this morning, David posted a video of a man who was arrested for attempting to trade an alligator he found in a park for a 12-pack of beer at a convenience store.    ...
03:04 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Steve Albini reunites with LilBub
In case you missed Steve Albinis appearance on Lil Bubs show (above video), watch them meet again--this time at The Second City That Never Sleeps 2013: 24 Hour Improv & Music benefit.  ...
03:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Snowden doesn't appear in Google's top 2013searches
The Washington Post points out that Edward Snowden's name doesn't appear in the list of top Google searches for 2013. Brian Fung suggests that maybe the world doesn't care about Snowden.  &n...
02:57 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Incurable Disorder: the creepy creatures of artist LizMcGrath
Freakishly talented Los Angeles artist Elizabeth McGrath, creator of delightfully creepy and strange faux taxidermy beasties, has a beautiful new monograph just out from Last Gasp Books.  &n...
02:32 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Man tries to swap alligator for beer(video!)
Miami, Florida resident Fernando Caignet Aguilera, 64, was cited after he attempted to trade an alligator he found in a nearby park for a 12-pack of beer at a convenience store.   &nbs...
02:20 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes"trailer
Those damned dirty apes return to theaters July 11, 2014.    ...
02:15 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Device converts dog brain waves to humanspeech
The Nordic Society for Invention claims to have developed a working prototype of a device called No More Woof that reads a dog's brain signals and converts them into English phrases that match the do...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Mandatory bug-bounties from majorvendors
Brian Krebs proposes that software vendors should be forced to pay a bounty on all newly discovered vulnerabilities in their products at rates that exceed those paid by spy agencies and criminal gangs...
01:38 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: U.S. Income Inequality in Six Panels, featuring LuckyDucky
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hollingsworth Hound climbs the Income Share charts while Lucky Ducky and friend sink below the x-axis.    ...
01:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing San Diego traffic, organized bycolor
Cy Kuckenbaker's Midday Traffic Time Collapsed and Reorganized by Color edits together footage of four minutes' worth of traffic shot from San Diego's Washington Street bridge, grouping the cars that...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing 2013: a year of very bad cops (and some goodones)
Vice's Year in Bad Cops rounds up the worst American police stories of the years: cops who executed peaceful housepets in front of children, cops who forgot about jailed innocents and left them to dri...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing 'Walter White,' meth dealer, gets 12 years inprison
A Montana man who "dealt methamphetamine out of his home and got shot in his driveway in a gunfight with his son over a drug debt will spend more than 12 years in federal prison.   &nbs...
11:58 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Oakland PD's surveillance center's primary purpose is fighting protesters, notcrime
An excellent investigative piece in the East Bay Express reviews internal communications and other public records from city staffers and Oakland PD bureaucrats discussing the Domain Awareness Center, ...
11:31 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing George Zimmerman is selling his fine art paintings on eBay. I had a question for theartist.
He's no George Bush, but the eBay bidding is already well north of $100K on a George Zimmerman patriot painting.    ...
10:51 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Illuminated "Heart of Darkness," lavishly illustrated by MattKish
Tin House Books has brought out a new edition of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, illustrated by Matt Kish.    ...
04:59 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio and newbook!
When I was eleven, my three primary interests were science, art, and magic. That hasn't changed. In 1981, I visited San Francisco for the first time and my big brother took me to the Exploratorium...
01:00 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Severed hand grafted to ankle, reattached to wrist a monthlater
When Xiao Wei's right hand was severed in an industrial accident, doctors at a hospital in Changde, China, grafted it to his ankle.    ...
12:00 am PST - Wed, December 18, 2013
BoingBoing Xmas tree made from detcord
The slo-mo footage of this Xmas tree made out of detonation cord (starts around 3:00) is just, I mean. Wow. BOOM!    ...
11:15 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio and newbook!
When I was eleven, my three primary interests were science, art, and magic. That hasn't changed. In 1981, I visited San Francisco for the first time and my big brother took me to the Exploratorium...
11:12 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Record industry spokesjerk explains suing Pirate Party leaders; Build a Linux supercomputer out of PS3s; Everyday fashions from Searscatalogs
One year ago today UK record industry spokesman wants you to know why his employers are going after Pirate Party execs personally: Adam Liversage, BPI Director of Communications, wants you to know tha...
10:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Cthulhoid Coca-Colatee
The bad news is that Tee Fury hasn't sold this smashing Obey Cthulhu/Coca Cola tee since July. The good news is that you can vote for them to bring it back.    ...
09:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Secretive TPP treaty could kill creator's right to get copyrights back from studios, labels andpublishers
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has new analysis of the leaked Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty, a secretive trade deal being hammered out without any public oversight, and set to be fast-tra...
08:08 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing 60 Minutes attains new journalistic low with NSApuff-piece
This week's special on the NSA from CBS's "60 Minutes" was a complete disaster. Conducted by a former US bureaucrat who'd overseen NSA activities and who is about to take a job working for NYPD intell...
07:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Amnesty petition to release ChelseaManning
Alan sez, "Amnesty International have a petition up that asks for the release of Manning. The petition argues that both on humanitarian grounds and on account of the pre-trial treatment, Manning is de...
06:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing EFF's best books of2013
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has produced a reading list for the best books on technology, law and freedom in 2013. It includes several books I reviewed here, such as Black Code, The Internet Po...
05:54 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing But what the spleendo?
A very important "What the Fox Say?" parody by students from the 2016 class of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine.    ...
05:48 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio and newbook!
This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet. Learn more at toyota.com/rav4ev When I was eleven, my three primary interests w...
05:20 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Why hate portrait-oriented video? Perhaps because of the human field ofview
Discussion of portrait-oriented video--and the widespread hatred for it--has peaked in the wake of Apple's clever new ad for iMovie, which shows a sullen teen spending all of a family Christmas buried...
05:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Arapahoe teacher on survival andresilience
For several years, I've conducted an annual Skype session with the students at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, who read my novel Little Brother as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging, critical di...
04:12 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Phone app helps visualize sea levelrise
Looking Glass is a prototype phone application that allows you to see the future of sea level rise right in front of your face.    ...
04:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing NSA colleague describes life with Snowden: "a genius" who wore EFF anti-NSA hoodies towork
An anonymous former NSA colleague of Edward Snowden    ...
03:53 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing The most overhyped science of2013
What science stories got way overhyped this year? Biologist Michael Eisen is taking your suggestions for The Pressies — his new annual awards honoring the worst intersections of science and the ...
03:41 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Do multivitamins help your health? New research saysnope.
Doctors behind three new studies and an editorial on the question of whether daily multivitamins make us healthier say: no, they don't.    ...
02:47 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Shia LaBeouf plagiarizes apology for plagiarizing Daniel Clowescomic
On Twitter, Shia LaBeouf apologized for "failing to credit" Daniel Clowes and his comic "Justin M. Damiano" as the "inspiration" for LaBeouf's short film "HowardCantour.com." However, it appears that ...
02:38 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Joseph Gordon-Levitt to adapt Neil Gaiman'sSandman
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) December 17, 2013 Joseph...
02:38 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing UnicornChaser
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02:32 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Man's severed hand attached to hisankle
Changsha, China resident Xio Wei's hand was severed in an accident so physicians attached it to his ankle. That kept the hand alive for a month until it was reattached to his arm.   &nb...
02:13 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Boomboxhistory
Miles Lightwood is a boom box archivist. His site, Boombox Creators, celebrates the history of these "portable" social music machines.    ...
02:01 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Slowmoespresso
"Spyhouse Orion espresso being extracted from a La Marzocco FB80 @120 frames per second." (video link)    ...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Digital Science's adorable, sciencey video Xmascard
Timo writes, "Once again, 'tis the season to be sciencey as the Digital Science Team release their Christmas video - The Christmas Collider!    ...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Innocent caretaker of disabled child humiliated in botched sexsting
Ted Balaker says: During an undercover pubic restroom sex sting, police in Manhattan Beach, California tackled, arrested, and interrogated an innocent man, seized his property without probable cause ...
01:35 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Edward Snowden's open letter to the people of Brazil, offering help in rooting out NSA spying in exchange forasylum
Edward Snowden has sent an open letter to the Brazilian people, offering to help them root out NSA spying in Brazil in exchange for asylum.    ...
01:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Finnish science fictionanthology
Desirina Boskovich writes, "It Came From the North, my brand new e-anthology of Finnish speculative fiction, is now available from Cheeky Frawg Books.    ...
12:40 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Digital Bolex D16: fantastic indie-friendly digital filmcamera
After a hit kickstarter and more than a year of development, the Digital Bolex is ready for lights, camera, and action.    ...
12:03 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing How to make really long words inGerman
Super long German words have always entertained me, they are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. In this video Barbara, who is known for her Rhubarb pies, opens a restaurant with a bar that is freque...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing CopyrightX: Harvard's ground-breaking MOOC on copyrightlaw
Nathaniel writes, "Copyright X -- AKA 'The MOOC the New Yorker actually liked' -- is tooling up for a second run at it, expanding on its unusual, hybrid format.    ...
11:23 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Run-DMC Inspires Dr.Dre
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
11:17 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Haunted Mansionfan-art
Ori Hartstein drew this great Haunted Mansion-inspired butler-and-maid scene, part of her series of Haunted Mansion pieces. I love the composition and character design here.    ...
04:35 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for the budgetaudiophile
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is brought to you by Best Buy. The sounds and music of the holidays are as much a part of the experience as great food and time with your loved ones.  &n...
02:53 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Snowboardingcrow
A crow uses a jar lid to go snowboarding. (Thanks, Matthew!)    ...
01:06 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Panoramic image of Curiosity Rover under Mars's nightsky
Jeffrey sez, "360Cities' intrepid member Andrew Bodrov, stitching master of interplanetary awesomeness, has constructed this composite image (i.e. 'fake view') of the Curiosity Rover at night under th...
12:30 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Our top video posts, hand-picked by Boing Boingeditors
Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives: • Google acquires Boston Dynamics, makers of robots as cool as they are terrifying • Pap...
12:28 am PST - Tue, December 17, 2013
BoingBoing Shia LaBeouf's movie plagiarizes DanielClowes
Jacquelene Cohen, director of publicity & promotions for Fantagraphics Books, emailed me the following: Shia LaBeouf's new short film, HowardCantour.com, is a complete rip off of Daniel Clowes's ...
11:14 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Paul Dini explains why execs don't want girls watching their superheroshows
Comics creator Paul Dini did a guest appearance on Kevin Smith's podcast "Fatman on Batman" podcast, and talked, in part, about the gender considerations of execs in new animation/superhero kids' show...
10:33 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Follow us on Facebook or the cat in this GIF getsit.
Hook up with us on whatever social media service you dig most. Join the intergalactic Boing Boing community on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Flickr (we have a pool where readers share photos)...
10:00 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Microscopic shells can record thousands of years of temperature, by thehour
Meet Globigerina bulloides and Globigerinoides ruber — two ocean microbes that contribute data to scientific attempts to reconstruct ancient climate changes.    ...
09:36 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing The Immortal Augustus Gladstone: movie and soundtrackgiveaway
The Immortal Augustus Gladstone is a a feature film written and directed by Robyn Miller (co-creator of the Myst and Riven videogames).    ...
09:35 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for the budgetaudiophile
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is brought to you by Best Buy. The sounds and music of the holidays are as much a part of the experience as great food and time with your loved ones.  &n...
08:23 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Paparazzi at The Ivy in Los Angeles wait for celebs toemerge
I was going through my Vimeo uploads and I came across this video I shot 5 years ago. It's a group of human meerkats standing in front of The Ivy restaurant in LA.    ...
08:04 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Punkmermaids
From Claire Almon's sketch tumblr, a pair of wonderful punk mermaids. My punk rock mermaids! (via Seanan McGuire)    ...
07:40 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing The benefits of owning a sailboat (withfootnotes)
While perusing the Practical Sailor website, my husband came across this advertisement selling a 27-foot sailboat for $5000 (or best offer): What does captian kurt [sic], popeye, captain hook and tom...
07:32 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Rare "snonado" captured on LakeSuperior
According to the Weather Channel, there are only six known photographs of winter waterspouts in existence. Then, last week, Jordan Detters captured a good minute and a half of video, showing winter w...
07:05 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Wake Up Cake,revisited
Boing Boing reader Stefan Jones shares a photo of the "Boing Boing Wake Up Cake" recipe from "internet chef" Tyler Capps.    ...
06:59 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 054: Pascal Robot byAtoms
Subscribe to Apps for Kids Subscribe in iTunes | Download this episode | Stitcher Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents.   &...
06:23 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing NSA's bulk phone data collection ruled unconstitutional by federaljudge
In the nation's capital today, a federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's program of bulk phone record collection violates the reasonable expectation of privacy guaranteed to Americ...
06:23 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing NSA's bulk phone data collection ruled unconstitutional, 'almost Orwellian,' by federaljudge
In the nation's capital today, a federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency's program of bulk phone record collection violates the reasonable expectation of privacy guaranteed to Americ...
05:47 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Catfooled
Click image to see how the cat was fooled. (Via Bits and Pieces)    ...
05:46 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing 'Frack U., Mexico!,' a parody video on natural gasfracksploitation
Boing Boing pal Ejival in Tijuana, Mexico points us to this political parody video, "Frack U." "Its absolutely funny and sad, because its true," Ejival says.    ...
05:29 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Two people jailed for a month while their soap was tested fordrugs
Annadel Cruz and Alexander Bernstein spent one month in a Pennsylvania jail while their soap was tested for cocaine. They were released when the laboratory test results revealed the soap to be free of...
05:27 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing How To: Pronounce Nelson Mandela's middlename
The BBC's in-house linguists have an interesting piece about pronouncing words in Xhosa — a major language spoken in the region of South Africa where Nelson Mandela grew up.   &nb...
04:57 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a new location for Phoenix's wonderful Changing Handsbookstore
Safwat sez, "After unsuccessfully trying to sell nude photos on Craiglist (Watch the project video to learn more about that!), Moby-Dick, Frankenstein's monster AND Gregor Samsa turn to crowdfunding ...
04:12 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Literal translations of North American place names make continent sound like MiddleEarth
I hail from A Good Place to Dig Potatoes in the Land of the South Wind People. How about you?    ...
03:21 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing The tale of a 'disappeared'physicist
Growing up in the United States, I never really heard much about high-stakes, dead-of-night defections to the Soviet Union. But here's an interesting one: Bruno Pontecorvo, an Italian nuclear physicis...
02:44 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing The iPhone is aremix
Two mutually exclusive ideas are often voiced: first, that Apple's a shameless thief, and second, that its products are revolutionary. The truth--and the crux of the company's genius for design--lies...
02:05 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Freedom of the Press Foundation launches; How to read flowcharts; Human brain foundalphabet
One year ago today Freedom of the Press Foundation launches: crowdsourcing funding for transparency and accountability: Dedicated to helping promote and fund aggressive, public-interest journalism foc...
12:16 pm PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Is that cool news true? Here's how youjudge.
Love this list of 20 rules of thumb to help you analyze the validity of science news. A lot of it boils down to statistics and common sense (hey, you guys, scientists are human), but it's also stuff t...
11:02 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Female protestor who kissed riot policeman's helmet charged with sexualassault
Don't make fun of power. "Franco Maccari, the Secretary General of Coisp, the Italian police officers' union, said during an interview on Radio24 that he had pressed charges against the demonstrator w...
10:51 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Kids' Batman raincoat, withcape
The $30 kids' superhero raincoats come in Batman and Spider-Man -- but the Batman is the clear winner, with its own cape.    ...
10:10 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing What did Santa really looklike?
The bones of St. Nicholas (or, at least, his purported relics) rest in the crypt of in Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Italy.    ...
04:59 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing North Korea Press ReleaseGenerator
Last week, North Korea announced the trial and execution of Kim Jong Un's "traitorous" uncle Jang Sung Thaek—by way of a startling press release, filled with bizarre insults and florid descript...
01:18 am PST - Mon, December 16, 2013
BoingBoing Google yanks vital Android privacyfeature
Well, that didn't take long: shortly after Google added a new Android feature that let you deny apps access to your sensitive personal data, they have revoked it.    ...
11:11 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Skeletal gown with dragon'stail/train
Here's one of those frustratingly amazing, but impossible to identify Tumblr finds: a gown with a long train, decorated with the skeleton of a mighty dragon with a barbed tail.    ...
10:10 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Schneier and Eben Moglen discuss a post-SnowdenInternet
Joly sez, "After Glenn Greenwald first received his stash of secret documents from Edward Snowden, one of the first people he consulted was security expert, cryptographer, and writer Bruce Schneier, ...
09:06 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Rat trapped on anescalator
This poor rat got stuck on the escalator at the Civic Center BART Station, and there's something infinitely poignant about its treadmill race.    ...
08:06 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO make gingerbread polyhedraldice
Our Nerd Home has a great guide to the finicky, difficult, but ultimately incredible art of constructing gingerbread polyhedral dice, with a little help from our old friends, graham crackers. &nb...
07:54 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Moth displays relatively largeprotuberances
Click on this image of a moth to see it being prodded to deploy its glistening protuberances. (Via Fencehopping)    ...
07:03 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting a set of Kooky Kreeps papercraft Hallowe'enmasks
Matt Hawkins is a talented papercraft designer and illustrator who's work we've featured before. He's got a kickstarter up for his Kooky Creeps papercraft Hallowe'en masks ("You know, just in time f...
06:52 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing North Korea Press ReleaseGenerator
Last week, North Korea announced the trial and execution of Kim Jong Un's "traitorous" uncle Jang Sung Thaek—by way of a startling press release, filled with bizarre insults and florid descript...
05:58 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing New Yorker on Kim Stanley Robinson: "Our Greatest PoliticalNovelist"
Writing in the New Yorker, Tim Kreider addresses the brilliant science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson as a political novelist.    ...
05:01 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Peter O'Toole,1932-2013
"Peter OToole, an Irish bookmakers son with a hell-raising streak whose magnetic performance in the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia earned him overnight fame and put him on the road to becoming one ...
03:48 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Bike helmets and safety: a case study in difficultepidemiology
Ben Goldacre and David Spiegelhalter have published a paper in the British Medical Journal called " Bicycle helmets and the law", exploring the complex epidemiological conundrum presented by research ...
03:00 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Burner wedding features fire-jetting unicorn statue that sneeze glitter and pisseslemonade
When Anna Schumacher married Tim in 2012, their Burning Man friends Kat Green and Erik Rivas McGregor built them a special wedding-party gift: a giant carousel-horse unicorn that sneezed clouds of enf...
03:00 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Burner wedding features fire-jetting unicorn statue that sneezes glitter and pisseslemonade
When Anna Schumacher married Tim in 2012, their Burning Man friends Kat Green and Erik Rivas McGregor built them a special wedding-party gift: a giant carousel-horse unicorn that sneezed clouds of enf...
02:00 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Ebert on reports of mass killings; Tiny DIY dino skeletons; Saddam's Frazettadealer
One year ago today Roger Ebert on how the press reports mass killings: When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event.    ...
01:00 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Shareholder sues IBM for spying on China, wiping $12.9B off its marketcap
A pension fund with a large stake in IBM is suing the company for colluding with the NSA and lobbying for the right to spy on Chinese customers.    ...
12:00 pm PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing EU politicans who got raises worked less; MEPs with pay-cuts workedmore
In Salaries and Work Effort: An Analysis of the European Union Parliamentarians [PDF], a paper by professors Naci Mocan and Duha Altindag in the latest Economics Journal, the researchers take advantag...
08:00 am PST - Sun, December 15, 2013
BoingBoing Sporkmultitool
The Eat'N Tool is a spork/multitool that integrates a bottle opener, screwdriver/pry tip and metric wrenches -- it costs $8 and comes with a caribiner, weighs 1.5 oz, measures 4" long, and has a nonst...
11:00 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing Getting your head around the Pentagon's titanic, enormous, unauditably largebudget
A long, infographic-laden Mother Jones explainer tries to make sense of the US's insanely gigantic military budget, which dwarfs all US spending save Social Security.    ...
07:40 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing New London police powers: the right tobite
Britons, take note: Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives has a timely reminder about the London Police's new powers. The new biting powers will be useful alongside the ASBO, detention without charge, the righ...
07:00 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing "Duon" is just a new name for something we already knewabout
Over the last couple of days, you might have heard about the "duon" — a "second" genetic code that's being hyped as a radical new "breakthrough" in science.    ...
05:00 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing Affluenza
As word of the successful application of the "affluenza" defense (which holds that spoiled rich children have a diminished capacity to understand right and wrong and can't be held criminally liable fo...
03:01 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing China's on theMoon
A little after 8:00 am Eastern Time today, China's Chang'e 3 became the first object to make a soft landing on the surface of the Moon since 1976.    ...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: CIA 'tortured, sodomized' terror suspect; No Limit Texas Dreidel; What should the music industrydo?
One year ago today CIA 'tortured, sodomized' terror suspect, European human rights court rules: Five years ago today No Limit Texas Dreidel: We've created a new game, fun for adults, that crosses drei...
12:51 pm PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing North Korea invents new softdrink
The North Korean press agency's announcement of thrice-cursed traitor Jang Song Thaek's execution gripped foreign observers this week. Unfortunately, the news overshadowed another item issued that sam...
08:00 am PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing Bike light with laser cannon creates a glowing, personalbike-lane
ThinkGeek's $25 Blazing Skull Bicycle Tail Light has a pair of "laser cannon" that draw six-foot lines of red light on either side of your bike, creating "your own glowing bike lane."   ...
03:59 am PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing Google acquires Boston Dynamics, makers of robots as cool as they areterrifying
"Boston Dynamics, a Google company." Wow. Writes Markoff in the NYT: "Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mob...
01:03 am PST - Sat, December 14, 2013
BoingBoing Harpo Marx on SpikeJones
dOoLeY sez, "Spike Jones, who the announcer says 'set music back 10,000 years' features a 67-year-old Harpo Marx. If you listen closely at 18.32 seconds, you can hear the lead singer, behind Harpo's ...
11:00 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Sassafrass: choral folks songs about space and Icelandicmythos
Sassafrass is a choral folk group who perform heartstoppingly beautiful songs. The songs are composed by Ada Palmer, who also happens to be a talented fiction writer (with several novels forthcoming f...
10:55 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Bunnie Huang explains the nuts-and-bolts of getting stuff made inShenzhen
In this talk from Maker Faire New York, Bunnie Huang of Chibitronics gives an amazing run-down of the on-the-ground reality of having electronics manufactured in Shenzhen, China.   &nb...
10:09 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing NYT and ABC News lied about CIAoperative
Since 2007, ABC News and the New York Times have known that ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, missing in Iran, was spying there for the CIA.    ...
08:05 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Fisher-Price iPad Apptivity Seat,Newborn-to-Toddler
You thought life was wonderful when you learned your baby could play with an iPad on the potty. With an Apptivity Seat, life suddenly becomes stupendously wonderful!    ...
08:00 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing ACLU's Santa Claus is Coming to Townvideo
Jack from the ACLU sez, "We just posted a parody music video that pokes fun at the NSA with some holiday spirit (and some 'Jackass' thrown in for good measure)." The NSA is Coming to Town (Thanks, ...
07:13 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Weekend listening: Boing Boing's latest podcastepisodes
Take a gander at all the wonderful Boing Boing podcasts we have lined up for you to listen to, free of charge!    ...
06:31 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Maiah Wynne plays "The Things I Keep (Ballad for Augustus)" onukulele
Maiah Wynne performs a marvelous song that she and Troy Dunn wrote about Augustus Gladstone, the subject of Boing Boing's movie, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone.    ...
06:19 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Not Playing Podcast 004: Field ofDreams
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06:11 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Ice queen (photo from the Boing Boing FlickrPool)
Boing Boing reader Jojo shares this photo in the Boing Boing Flickr pool, and says, "The cold snap in Seattle is ending.    ...
05:36 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Video: BASE jumpingdisaster
Here's some beautiful footage of a BASE jump gone terribly wrong in Moab, Utah. I'll be honest: I didn't make it all the way through this video because I was getting a little woozy.   ...
04:54 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Hammernunchuks
Etsy seller Thesmartaleck made these hammer nunchuks out of "two hammers connected by found object nunchaku chain." It looks absolutely insane.    ...
04:24 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Cheerful workplacephoto
Happy holidays from the drill testing department! (Or is it the Gawker office?) (Via Shorpy)    ...
04:08 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Google puts spam comments out of yourmisery
Spammers and SEO people used to post lots of comments on news sites and blogs, backlinking to their clients' websites. Now that Google punishes the backlinked sites, these guys are scrambling, begging...
03:39 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 032: Robert Newsome of The AtomicElbow
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types. The Atomic Elbow is a professional wrestling fanzine publishe...
03:19 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing British Library uploads one million public domain images to the net for remix andreuse
The British Library has uploaded one million public domain scans from 17th-19th century books to Flickr! They're embarking on an ambitious programme to crowdsource novel uses and navigation tools for ...
02:55 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, Boing Boing's first movie, is now available fordownload!
We are excited to announce the release of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, a feature film written and directed by Robyn Miller (co-creator of the Myst and Riven videogames), and the soundtrack to the...
02:36 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing T-shirts 25% off for a limitedtime
Check out our limited-time special sale on Boing Boing T-shirts: they are just $14.95 each! We've got shirts by Jim Woodring, Amy Crehore, Rob Beschizza, Adam "Ape Lad" Koford, Kevin Dart, Mark Pawson...
02:00 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: 360' ice-scraper; Dead-simple user testing; MAMEpinball
One year ago today Heavy-duty, 360' ice-scraper: I haven't tried one of the Innovation Factory's IceDozer Mini 2.0 scrapers, but holy crap, it sure makes the plastic scrapers I grew up with look like ...
01:09 pm PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing D20ice-molds
Thinkgeek sells a set of silicone D20 ice-molds for $12. I've never had good luck with two-part molds, but that product-shot is pretty spectacular, and the documentation makes reference to an ingeniou...
11:34 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing The Desolation ofTolkien
Ethan Gilsdorf reviews The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, where we see more clearly Jackson's vision to give The Hobbit the look, feel and slow majesty of The Lord of the Rings.   &nb...
10:45 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a new season of maker podcast DestinationDIY
Alan sez, "Having boosted itself to somewhere north of 300,000 listeners, the maker podcast 'Destination DIY' is doing an Indiegogo campaign to take its offering to the next level, with better and mor...
01:18 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Kinetic solar systemjewelry
Norwegian jeweler Miriel Design (AKA Josephine Ryan) has created a bunch of kinetic solar system necklaces, available in her Etsy store.    ...
12:11 am PST - Fri, December 13, 2013
BoingBoing Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership sucks: short, funnyanimation
Spocko sez, "Here's a short animated video explaining why the Trans-Pacific Partnership sucks. starring my imitation of Ross Perot! Remember, Ross knew all about the 'Giant sucking sound from the Sou...
10:41 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Dan Hillier piece as a 3Dprint
We're big fans of Dan Hillier's work around here -- the iconic, instantly recognizable grotesque Victorian collages. Now he's branched out into 3D printing.    ...
10:05 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO unshrink agarment
Ever shrunk a garment in the dryer? I'm a laundry freak, and a pretty careful one, but I know I've done it (and inevitably, it ends up ruining something my wife's just bought).    ...
09:02 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Android gives you the ability to deny your sensitive data toapps
Android privacy just got a lot better. The 4.3 version of Google's mobile operating system now has hooks that allow you to override the permissions requested by the apps you install.   ...
08:59 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Australian man travels to Thailand to track down hisscammers
Keith Jones was scammed out of US$110,000 by a fraudulent investment firm. Not surprisingly, law enforcement had zero interest in the case, so Mr.    ...
08:19 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Sumo graphic novel; Pentagon squandered millions on Pro-Troop Group; Architecturaleyesores
One year ago today Sumo: debut graphic novel from Level Up illustrator Thien Pham: Thien Pham has just released his first solo graphic novel, Sumo.    ...
08:14 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing New Disruptors 53: The Year of LivingDisruptively
The New Disruptors launched on December 5, 2012. I wanted to talk to people making stuff, creating art, or helping others get their work out there.    ...
07:13 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing US spy agency adopts globe-encircling giant octopus as newlogo
Here's a photo of NROL-39 being readied for launch. Check out the full gallery: https://t.co/dHrcSxXhG0 pic.twitter.com/sEHEqPYWRB— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) December 5, 2013 This terrify...
05:52 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Archie comics CEO being sued for calling employees"penis"
Male employees are suing Archie Comics' CEO Nancy Silberkleit for gender discrimination. Her alleged workplace behavior, reported in the New York Daily News, is bizarre: - refuses to call male employe...
05:41 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Skull/face paste-up wrapped around a sharpcorner
Street artist Maldito Juanito installed this perspective-driven paste-up in Geneva. It wraps around the corner of a concrete pillar, and depending on your angle of approach, you see a boy's face, a sk...
05:08 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Win a copy of the Hip Hop FamilyTree!
Each week, Ed Piskor posts the latest installment of the Hip Hop Family Tree here at Boing Boing. But nothing beats having the whole thing in print, and the first volume is out now from Fantagraphics...
04:58 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Archie's FurryChristmas
Archie's Christmas Stocking #1, 1993. Art by the great Dan DeCarlo. (Via Fantasy Ink)    ...
04:49 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for thebath!
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: The following post is brought to you by Kohler. Bathroom enhancements for the discerning restroom aficionado with a penchant for high technology, deep geekery, and wet whim...
04:48 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Welcome to Night Vale: an appreciation of the spookiest, funniestpodcast
I've just completed an amazing audio-binge: listening to every single episode of the incredible, spooky, funny, and monumentally charming Welcome to Night Vale podcast. It's one part David Lynch, one ...
04:41 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Hey, a picture I took of my dog wentviral
A friend of ours shared a curiously familiar-looking dog picture; turns out Tricksy Beschizza had gone viral! Congratulations, pup! After the jump, the full-size pic.    ...
04:01 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Kickstarting turning Walt Disney's birthplace into amuseum
Ricky sez, "Two theme park attraction designers have purchased the Chicago home in which Walt Disney and his brother Roy were born and lived until 1906.    ...
03:43 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Ballad to Augustus, by Rabbit andPoe
One of my favorite things about Boing Boing's movie, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, is the soundtrack, which was composed by Robyn Miller (also the film's writer and director) on a Teenage Engineeri...
03:42 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Charmingly illustrated guide to insects you should not have sexwith
Cowpea weevils and four other insects whose sex lives you do NOT want to be involved in, according to the fine folks at Buzz Hoot Roar.    ...
03:30 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Socialize with Boing Boing, on Twitter, Facebook, and all over these merryinternets
While you drink a nice hot cup of whatever beverage you dig most, take a moment to hook up with us on whatever social media service you dig most.    ...
02:58 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Name-your-price bundle of kid-friendlyRPGs
Bundle of Holding -- a name-your-price download service -- is currently promoting a collection of family-friendly RPGs, including several games that are suitable for age 5 and up.   &nb...
02:49 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing The history of lobotomy in theVA
A couple years ago, I read Jack El-Hai's brilliant book about lobotomy popularizer Walter Freeman — the man who lobotomized Rosemary Kennedy and traveled the country lobotomizing thousands of Am...
02:12 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing What anesthesia gone wrong is teaching us aboutconsciousness
For every 1000 people who undergo general anesthesia, there will be one or two who end up aware but frozen. They can hear doctors talking.    ...
01:58 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Real sign language interpreter translates fakeone
A real sign language interpreter translates the gestures of the fake sign language interpreter from Nelson Mandela's memorial. [Jimmy Kimmel Live]    ...
01:52 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing 'The Amber Chronicles' by Roger Zelazny, a classic fantasyseries
I've re-read this series more times than I can count. I've worn out 2 copies of this complete collection and lost countless individual copies of the component books.    ...
01:51 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for thebath!
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: The following post is brought to you by Kohler. Bathroom enhancements for the discerning restroom aficionado with a penchant for high technology, deep geekery, and wet whim...
01:49 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing The good news about Chinesesmog
That air pollution you can see from space? It has "surprising benefits" according to Chinese state media, including reducing the ability of other countries to spy on cities shrouded in smog. &nbs...
01:47 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing NYC think-tank devoted to critical analysis of Big Data seeksfellows
Outstanding social scientist danah boyd has founded a new thinktank (or "think/do-tank") called The Data & Society Research Institute, based in New York City, and devoted to critical analysis of ...
12:49 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Our top video posts, hand-picked by Boing Boingeditors
Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives: • Cool new extreme DIY tech show for kids • 'Can you picture that?' Muppet music video &...
12:48 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Harper government wants lifetime gag agreements from Canadian parliamentarystaffers
Robbo sez, "In order to receive their negotiated raises and any holiday bonus, Parliament Hill staffers are being required to sign a lifetime confidentiality agreement, with hefty penalties for any br...
12:09 pm PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Google Maps profiled in NYT mag, because our location-awareness-everything future needsthem
Big feature in this weekend's New York Times magazine on an important element of Google's world domination program: mapping that very same world.    ...
11:57 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing High school teacher beat up teen for datingrelative
Michael Ciccarelli, 45, was charged with assault after he broke into the house of a 15-year-old boy and broke his nose.    ...
11:50 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing All Norewegian books to be digitized, madeavailable
The National Library of Norway has struck a deal to digitize all of its Norwegian books and make them available online to anyone coming from a Norwegian IP address.    ...
11:50 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing China air pollution fromspace
Speaks for itself, doesn't it? NASA: When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite acquired this image on December 7, 2013, thick haze stretched from Beijing...
11:19 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Finnish antismokingad
The Cancer Society of Finland offers an interactive guide to what smoking does to your body. I knew about the lung cancer, halitosis and loss of sperm density, but I didn't realize that smoking cause...
11:07 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing DIY Drone Shadow Handbook: how to create accurate drone-shadow streetart
James Bridle has released a CC-licensed DIY Drone Shadows handbook (PDF), which explains, in detail, how to make accurate drone-shadow street art in your town/neighborhood.    ...
10:29 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Most new gun laws since Sandy Hook shootings relax gun ownershiprestrictions
A year ago, 20 children and 6 adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Since then, every state has enacted at least one new gun law, writes The New York Times--and...
10:28 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing France's new surveillance law creates a policestate
Jeremie from La Quadrature du Net writes, "France just turned into a surveillance state, adopting a sneaky surveillance framework in article 13 of its Defense Bill (Loi de programmation militaire).&nb...
09:11 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing NHS campaigners' bid for #1 Christmassong
Noemi sez, "In much of the English speaking world 2013 was the year of the Battle for Health Care. While in the US people were fighting for the Affordable Care, others across the pond in the UK were ...
04:19 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Fantasy knife: a skull-faced, many-bladed forearmscorpion
BladesUSA offers this 14.5" "fantasy knife" that really has it all: a skull with fangs, pincers, scorpionoid body-segments, a lethal-looking stinger (perfect for inadvertent self-blinding while scratc...
02:54 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing GoldieBlox vs. Beasties vs. GoldieBlox,continued
In the New York Times today, Dave Itzkoff reports on the latest wrinkle in the copyright battle between SF tech-toy company GoldieBlox and beloved hip-hop band The Beastie Boys.    ...
02:22 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Its-A-Bob: Part whimsical toy, part artobject
Designer and artist Jed Berk created Its-A-Bob, a fun balloon toy with a retractable leash. He's very close to funding his Kickstarter.    ...
01:00 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Hand-carved replica Campagnolo derailleur inwalnut
Brook sez, "My cousin Max made this amazing replica out of walnut of a Campagnolo bicycle derailleur."    ...
12:13 am PST - Thu, December 12, 2013
BoingBoing Aluminum castings ofant-nests
Anthill Art fills ant colonies with molten aluminum, creating massive, intricate castings of the architecture of the ants' nests. They're for sale on Ebay (surprisingly cheap, too), and they're specta...
11:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Things forbidden by the Bible; RIP Bettie Page; Social graphvaccination
One year ago today 76 things banned in the Bible, most of which are punishable by death: Tumblr listing things banned in Leviticus, the banny-est of all scriptures.    ...
10:09 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing EFF's power up campaign: Donate to EFF and double yourimpact
Richard from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "EFF's Power Up Your Donation matching campaign starts today. Anyone who donates to the campaign in the next week will have their gift matched from...
08:56 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Pee-Wee Herman talks about the remastered Christmas Special and Playhouseepisodes
Kembrew writes, "I saw your post in Boing Boing today about Pee-Wee, and coincidentally, I just published a piece on Pee-wee's Christmas Special.    ...
08:20 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Spotify's free mobileservice
I use the ad-supported version of the Spotify digital music service on my desktop computer. The mobile app cost $10 a month, which isn't bad, but between Pandora and WFMU's app, I am able to live with...
08:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Potty with built-in tablet holder is "worst toy of2013"
Reasons My Son Is Crying declared the CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad to be the worst toy of 2013.    ...
07:20 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing 2014 Uncle Mark Gift Guide andAlmanac
I'm a huge fan of the Uncle Mark Gift Guide and Almanac, published yearly by Mark Hurst, the founder of Creative Good.    ...
07:18 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Glenn Greenwald on what he'slearned
Esquire's profile of Glenn Greenwald, the American-born, Brazilian-based journalist at the center of the Snowden leaks, is a terrific, insightful piece that uses Greenwald's own reflections on power, ...
06:57 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 124: visionary artist JimWoodring
My guests are author Peter Bebergal and cartoonist Jim Woodring. We talked about the eccentric genius Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, Jim's oeuvre of incredible wordless graphic novels about "The U...
06:18 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Sword and Laser Podcast 154: A Natural History ofDragons
Its a very dragon-filled episode, as Veronica and Tom kick off their December pick, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, actually by Marie Brennan.    ...
06:09 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing DHS stops NYT reporters at border, lies aboutit
Two New York Times reporters are suing the DHS, because the agency stopped them and questioned them extensively at the border, typing their answers into a computer, and then later insisted first that ...
06:09 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Open source brain-computer interface formakers
Joel Murphy (co-creator of the nifty PulseSensor, an Arduino sensor that detects pulse) teamed up with Conor Russomanno to create the OpenBCI, a Bluetooth-enabled, Arduino-compatible, 8-channel EEG pl...
05:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Poignant late-19th-C ad for a newfangledtalking-machine
Scott sez, "Spotted in the January 1898 issue of The Nickell -- a poignant advertisement filled with nostalgia not just for the late 19th century -- but for the early 19th century as well.  ...
04:18 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing What's cooler than beingcool?
The valleys of Antarctica are the coldest places on Earth — where dense, super-chilled air accumulates, dropping the temperature as low as -136 F (-93.2 C).    ...
04:09 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Zombieunicorn
Tully's "Zombie Unicorn," posted to CGHub, is the unicorn we've all dreamt of, but never dared to conjure forth.    ...
03:27 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Swim with thepiggies
Better than swimming with the dolphins (though maybe not as awesome as wading with the platypuses), Pig Island in the Bahamas is home to miniature piggies who paddle around the bay seeking handouts fr...
03:17 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing FDA finally addresses problem of antibiotic overuse by meat industry sortof
Back in September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report connecting the use of antibiotics in livestock to antibiotic resistance in humans.    ...
03:14 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Alexander Calder, the artist who redefinedsculpture
SPONSORED: This post is presented by the Toyota RAV4 EV. Because innovation can be measured in miles, kilowatts and cubic feet.    ...
03:13 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Rise of theValleyguy
To linguists, the central feature of Valleygirl Dialect is the tendency to make a statement sound like a question. For decades, this has been considered not just part of Valleyspeak, but part of femal...
03:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Rob Ford implies journalist is apedophile
Just when you thought Toronto Mayor Rob Ford couldn't sink any lower, he implied that a Toronto Star reporter was a pedophile.    ...
02:50 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG - You Don't Want Your Christmas Party to Go LikeThis.
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Rita Smythe of Chagrin Falls, USA, finds herself in the trenches of the War on Christmas.    ...
02:12 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Next Level Web show: extreme makers help kids bring ideas tolife
Next Level is a neat new show where extreme makers help young kids build their favorite nutty inventions! Directed by Daren Rabinovitch, Sean Hellfritsch, and Isaiah Saxon, Next Level is part of the ...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Excerpt from forthcoming Joe Haldeman novel "Word Done ForHire"
Tor.com has an excerpt from Work Done For Hire, a new thriller from Joe Haldeman, forthcoming in January. Haldeman is the author of numerous science fiction classics, including The Forever War, and is...
02:00 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Excerpt from forthcoming Joe Haldeman novel "Work Done ForHire"
Tor.com has an excerpt from Work Done For Hire, a new thriller from Joe Haldeman, forthcoming in January. Haldeman is the author of numerous science fiction classics, including The Forever War, and is...
01:55 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing DIY snowflake photography with oldpoint-and-shoot
Russian photographer takes absolutely stunning photos of snowflakes on his balcony using an old point-and-shoot camera with a vintage USSR Helios lens mounted in reverse for extreme macro functionalit...
01:47 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Dainty, flower-trimmed bug spray dispenser(1953)
"Spray gun is coated with gilt and trimmed with bee and flowers, can be used on household pests when company is around." Go here for more wonderful gifts from 1953 that LIFE magazine deemed were "far ...
12:49 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing To do in San Francisco tonight: Internet Archive's Ethics in Tech comedynight
Lisa Rein writes, "The Internet Archive is hosting it's first ever 'Ethics in Tech' event this Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm.    ...
12:29 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Pope Francis Person of theYear
Pope Francis is Time Magazine's Person of the Year. The magazine's staff also considered Edward Snowden, Barack Obama and several other candidates; the official public poll's choice, Egyptian general ...
12:26 pm PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Uruguay legalizesmarijuana
Lawmakers in the small South American nation voted Tuesday to legalize and regulate weed.    ...
11:37 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Rats vs. Easter Islanders: How the Islanders (sort of)won
Jared Diamond's account of the collapse of Easter Island society is well known by now — how the Islanders decimated their ecosystem and drove themselves to the brink of starvation by using up t...
11:26 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Buy this book about 60-foot tall Lava Lamps, among many otherthings
Our friend Glenn Fleishman is crowdfunding a book of non-fiction essays and stories from a couple of dozen writers, along with work from illustrators and photographers.    ...
11:03 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Little Brother stageplay now available for localperformances
Josh Costello is the playwright who created the award-winning, sold-out stage adaptation of my novel Little Brother. Now, he writes, "The stage adaptation of Cory's novel Little Brother was a big hit...
11:00 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Glitch in theAfterlife
Stewart Butterfield tells how a few million dollars worth of art, created for a beloved massively-multiplayer game, ended up in the public domain after its death.    ...
08:00 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing 30,000 more signatures needed, then Obama will have to take a position on warrantless access to email andtexts
Holmes from Fight for the Future writes, "Think local police in America should be able to read your emails and texts without a warrant?    ...
04:59 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super DeluxeEdition
ADVERTISEMENT "No one listened to it. But there it is, forever the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it." - Lou Reed, August 2013 Cited by nearly every group in punk's long line...
03:29 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing NSA uses Google's tracking cookies to target and "exploit" theirsubjects
A new set of leaked NSA slides from the Snowden trove was published in the Washington Post today, detailing NSA/GCHQ's use of Web cookies (including Google's PREF cookie) to uniquely identify people a...
02:03 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Ugotarrested: Man charged with operating revenge porn siteUgotposted.com
California State Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of a man said to have owned and operated a so-called revenge porn website.    ...
02:01 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Video of a helicopter harvesting Christmas trees inOregon
They waste no time! (Via Dooby Brain)    ...
01:07 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Something More Than Night: noirish detective novel with extreme physics andangels
On Tor.com, Alex Brown reviews Ian Tregellis's new novel, Something More Than Night, a noirish hard-boiled detective novel about angels and extreme physics.    ...
12:37 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 020: Joe Lupo and the The Invincible IronMan
In this episode of Tell Me something I Don't Know, we speak with Joseph Lupo, a printmaker and professor at West Virginia University.    ...
12:00 am PST - Wed, December 11, 2013
BoingBoing Satanists offer "good taste" monument to complement Oklahoma Capitol's Ten Commandmentsmonument
Oklahoma City's state capitol is home to a controversial monument to the Ten Commandments, donated by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze.    ...
11:38 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing "Actual insane internal Scientology mail"found
Sure, LA is dirtybut sometimes the trash you find on the street is actual insane internal Scientology mail. pic.twitter.com/XHvMtCe0lc— (@TheUniverse) December 11, 2013 Right now, you hear!&nbs...
11:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Why haunted houses have suits ofarmor
Over on Long Forgotten (a Haunted Mansion blog that is so fantastically great that every post is a cause for celebration), there's a new post about suits of armor and haunted houses that reveals (amon...
10:30 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Cool ToolsT-Shirt
Our friends at Neatoshop (who make and sell our Boing Boing merchandise) are now selling a Cool Tools T-shirt, too!    ...
10:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing KC cop threatened to destroy home and kill pets unless he was allowed to conduct a warrantlesssearch
Eric Crinnian, a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, says that a police officer threatened to destroy his possessions and shoot his dog unless he was permitted to enter Crinnian's home without a warrant....
09:39 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing The Joker goessurfing
Magic Transistor is an excellent online radio station with a cool photo Tumblr, which is where I saw this picture of The Joker posing with a custom surfboard.    ...
09:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Pirate Bay relocates tothepiratebay.ac
The Pirate Bay's .sx was seized this morning, and the site has relocated to thepiratebay.ac. The .AC top-level domain is controlled by Ascension Islands, a UK territory, and a Pirate Bay spokesperson ...
08:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Life from the near future of locationsurveillance
In Meet Jack. Or, What The Government Could Do With All That Location Data, the ACLU's Jay Stanley presents a slide deck from the near future in which a government intelligence service presents a glo...
07:33 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Newly minted Nobel laureates speak out against excesses of scientificpublishing
One of the perks that comes with winning a Nobel: Access to the bully pulpit. In the last week, Peter Higgs (of boson fame) spoke out against the pressure to publish — pressure that he thinks pr...
07:30 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super DeluxeEdition
ADVERTISEMENT "No one listened to it. But there it is, forever the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it." - Lou Reed, August 2013 Cited by nearly every group in punk's long line...
07:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: UC's new logo; Steampunk skeleton mouse; Cheney shoots 70birds
One year ago today University of California's new logo: Good to see them putting the freshmen to use. Five years ago today Jaw-dropping steampunk mouse integrating real mouse skeleton: This handmade "...
06:09 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Felted chthulhoid Santa withShoggoth
Amy L. Rawson continues her tradition of creating felted cthulhoid Santas for the holiday season (see last year's); the current iteration is $595 on Etsy, and includes a 4lb epoxy/wire "octisleigh" pu...
05:13 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Can the UN preserve intangible culturalassets?
As food goes globalized, UNESCO has started thinking about preserving cuisine as a cultural artifact, the same way it might preserve an ancient city.    ...
04:42 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing 2 days left to sign petition to overturn America's broad, far-reaching electronic spyinglaw
Mark sez, "In the midst of the NSA uproar, many have overlooked the fact that there is an outdated law on the books that says hundreds of government entities -- including the IRS, FBI, and local law e...
04:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Writers against masssurveillance
A group of writers from around the world, including Nobel laureates, have signed onto a petition calling on the world's governments to limit online surveillance.    ...
03:09 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Peak indifference tosurveillance
In my latest Guardian column, I suggest that we have reached "peak indifference to spying," the turning point at which the number of people alarmed by surveillance will only grow.   &nb...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Pink preying mantis disguises itself as aflower
Native to the Malaysian rainforest, this orchid mantis does such a good job of mimicking local flora that it inspired Alfred Russell Wallace to propose that some animals mimic plants in order to lure...
03:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Pink praying mantis disguises itself as aflower
Native to the Malaysian rainforest, this orchid mantis does such a good job of mimicking local flora that it inspired Alfred Russell Wallace to propose that some animals mimic plants in order to lure...
02:53 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Happy Mutants podcast 001: creators of the Fireflyvaporizer
Subscribe to Happy Mutants RSS Subscribe in iTunes | Download this episode Happy Mutants is an occasional podcast of interviews with creative people.    ...
02:45 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super DeluxeEdition
ADVERTISEMENT "No one listened to it. But there it is, forever the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it." - Lou Reed, August 2013 Cited by nearly every group in punk's long line...
02:39 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing FreeBSD won't use Intel & Via's hardware random number generators, believes NSA has compromisedthem
The maintainers of the security-conscious FreeBSD operating system have declared that they will no longer rely on the random number generators in Intel and Via's chips, on the grounds that the NSA lik...
02:29 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Bruce Schneier and Eben Moglen, Dec 12, ColumbiaU/NYC
James writes, "Following on Eben Moglen's mind-warping series of talks about life after Snowden, the Software Freedom Law Center has invited Bruce Schneier to join Eben for a conversation informed by ...
02:19 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing 1,200 year oldtelephone
This ancient Peruvian telephone was unearthed in the 1930s by by Baron Walram V. Von Schoeler, "a shadowy Indiana Jones-type adventurer." The gourd-and-twine device, created 1,200 to 1,400 years ago, ...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Canada's spooks were NSA bagmen, established spy-posts in 20Plus countries and "transnationaltargets"
The CBC is reporting on a four-page, top-secret, "hyper-sensitive" Snowden leak that shows that the Communications Security Establishment Canada was used as a kind of innocent-faced bagman by the NSA,...
01:46 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Goats vsavalanche
A group of goats, frozen before a looming avalanche, hunker down as their packmates flee. Doomed? Watch and see. [via Gawker and Digg]    ...
01:39 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Tally of Obama's lies about the NSA'sspying
The Daily Show presents President Obama's barefaced lies about NSA surveillance. The lesson: if the President says the NSA is not doing it, then the NSA is doing it.    ...
01:30 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Ancient cockroach atepoop
By studying the preserved poop of ancient cockroaches, scientists have determined that those roaches were, themselves, eating poop. Probably that of herbivorous dinosaurs.    ...
01:24 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Proposed redesign of Ticketmaster's ugly and confusingtickets
After working as a volunteer usher, Matthew Lew reimagined Ticketmaster's hard-to-read tickets. His ticket stripped out the redundant info, made the seating information clear, added an anti-counterfei...
01:05 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Tech giants call for global surveillance lawreform
Eight of the biggest technology companies in the world have jointly called for reforms to global surveillance laws, launching a site called Global Government Surveillance Reform, which sets out the fo...
12:25 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing In LA, 18 Sheriff's officials charged with abuse, obstruction ofjustice
A bombshell multi-part investigative story in the Los Angeles Times today, uncovering institutional corruption in Los Angeles Sheriff's department. 18 current and former deputies have been arrested by...
12:13 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing 'Can you picture that?' a Muppet musicvideo
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem ride again! Thanks, Ellen! Video Link    ...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Cyanogenmod adds encrypted SMS fromWhisperSystems
The latest (unstable) build of Cyanogenmod (a free/open version of Android) incorporates a secure, encrypted SMS program called TextSecure, which was created by Open WhisperSystems.   &...
11:37 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Beastie's Party atNYU
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
11:30 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super DeluxeEdition
ADVERTISEMENT "No one listened to it. But there it is, forever the quintessence of articulated punk. And no one goes near it." - Lou Reed, August 2013 Cited by nearly every group in punk's long line...
11:10 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing HIV returns in two men thought to have been"cured"
Last summer, researchers in Boston announced that they had two patients, men who had battled HIV for years but who now appeared to be virus free.    ...
11:00 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing UK kids have the right to opt out of school fingerprinting (even if their parents are OK withit)
New provisions of the UK Protection of Freedom Act 2012 went into effect this September, which strictly limits the gathering of biometric information from children.    ...
09:34 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Cory in Edinburgh tomorrownight
Tomorrow night, I'll be at Edinburgh's Pulp Fiction Books for a talk and signing! It's free to attend (but ticketed, due to limited space), and runs from 7PM to 8:30.    ...
01:17 am PST - Tue, December 10, 2013
BoingBoing Own a near-full-size Chairy from Pee-Wee'sPlayhouse
Zack writes, "Ever wanted to turn your house into Pee Wee's Playhouse? Well, here's the closest you'll ever get -- a fan is selling the remnants of a J.C.    ...
11:07 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Donations to the Internet Archive matched3-to-1
A reader writes, "You've heard about the fire that destroyed one of the thirty-two scanning centers last month. But here's what you may not have heard: the good news.    ...
09:21 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing The darkly funny drawings of LaurieLipton
The Drawings of Laurie Lipton, published by Last Gasp, is a comprehensive survey of Lipton’s fantastical, meticulously detailed, hand-drawn images.    ...
09:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Cryptozoology patches from BB sponsor ShanaLogic!
Seeking a curious and unique gift? Check out the independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other goods available from our wonderful sponsor Shana Logic!    ...
08:03 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Scientists learn more about the fascinating connection between our brains and ourbowels
Bacteroides fragilis — one of the many "friendly" bacteria that live in our gut — seems to be capable of altering the behavior of mice, according to a new study.    ...
08:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Elsevier censors self-publication by papers'co-authors
Joly writes, "Sauropod specialist Mike Taylor notes growing concern among scientists about the heavy-handed takedown practices of academic publishing company Elsevier, including serving DMCA notices o...
07:08 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Yahoo in talks to ruinimgur
Business Insider: This fall, Yahoo began serious talks to buy photo-sharing site Imgur, a source with first-hand knowledge of those discussions tells us.    ...
06:35 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing A crazed battle against the crazyants
At The New York Times Magazine, Jon Mooallem has a story about a fight against an invasive species that began with a man called Mike the Hog-a-Nator shop-vac'd five gallons worth of ants out of his ai...
05:58 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing 'Next Life,' a life-affirming dramatic short film with a sci-fitwist
Filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski, whose work we have featured on our in-flight Virgin America TV channel, has a new short out.    ...
05:49 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Guardian open-sources websitecode
The Guardian not only has a new responsive design coming, and they've made the source available under an open-source license.    ...
05:44 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Lessons fromGlitch
It's the one-year anniversary of the shuttering of Glitch, the lovely, sweetly fun game created by Tiny Speck. On the anniversary, Janice has written a fine remembrance for the game, which was quite u...
05:05 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Tech worker to San Francisco protestor: "This is a city for the right people, who can affordit"
When protestors blocked a private Google shuttle bus in downtown San Francisco—corporate use of public stops and streets being a hot-button issue in the city, tied as it is to rapid gentrificat...
05:05 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing "This is a city for the right people, who can affordit"
When protestors blocked a private Google shuttle bus in downtown San Francisco—corporate use of public stops and streets being a hot-button issue in the city, tied as it is to rapid gentrificat...
05:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Why dictators do/n't shut down the net; Chinese poem on journal cover is ad for a brothel; Celebrity swag from the charitycircuit
One year ago today Why dictators (don't) shut down the Internet: Warren Ellis's Vice column, "How to Shut Down Internets," looks at the phenomenon of Middle Eastern dictators shutting off their nation...
04:59 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing New York City's placebo buttons and "The Post HocFallacy"
David McRaney, host of Boing Boing's most popular podcast, You Are Not So Smart, just posted this fun video about "The Post Hoc Fallacy" ("just because B follows A doesn't mean that A causes B") to p...
04:27 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing King James Bible Plus H.P. Lovecraft = old testamenthorror
Charlie Stross saw Michael Walker's Markov chain-melding of the bible and a classic computer science textbook. So he coded a generic markov chain generator and fed it the KJV and Lovecraft.  ...
03:58 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most InterestingFacts
When I was a kid, I devoured Frank Edwards' 1959 book of weird "true" stories, Stranger Than Science, and C.B.    ...
03:41 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing What's new in birth control fordudes
The hunt for an effective, reversible, and socially acceptable male birth control continues. The newest target: The smooth muscle that makes up the tubes connecting the testes to the urethra. &n...
03:37 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Oh my God a hawk just ripped up a pigeon right in front of me and is totally just sat there eatingit
[Video Link] Breakfast Saturday was eaten in the company of an unexpected visitor. Below, a 45-second time lapse version of the full 15-minute feast, to Moment Music's remix of Ravel's Bolero (downlo...
03:37 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Oh my God a hawk just ripped up a pigeon right in front of me and totally just sat there eatingit
[Video Link] Heather's breakfast, Saturday, was eaten in the company of an unexpected visitor. Below, a 45-second time lapse version of the full 15-minute feast, to Moment Music's remix of Ravel's Bo...
02:51 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing TSA seize tiny, itsy-bitsy gun fromsock-monkey
The sock monkey above is called "Rooster Monkburn," and he was created by Phillis May, who makes a sells sock monkeys.    ...
02:22 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Nintendo cartridgesoap
These "game-scented" soaps shaped like SNES cartridges are £13, available for pre-order now for 2014 delivery. They come in a replica dust-cover, are suitable for (dirty) vegans, and celebrate th...
02:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Good to the Last Drop Dead: Caffeine andMarathons
Caffeine has a potential role in marathon deaths by heart attack at or near the finish line. Jen A. Miller explains the state of research and the concerns of medical directors at races.  &nb...
01:36 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 030 and 031: comedian DaveHill
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types. For this special two-part extended episode we invite you to k...
01:30 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Life is hard inAntarctica
Antarctica's Organic Lake is 8 degrees Fahrenheit, but the water doesn't freeze, thanks to a heavy concentration of salt. But wait, it gets more awesome.    ...
01:02 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Late sixties "Internet" brand transistorradio
Mark Hill found this Internet Radio Product Ltd-branded "Internet" radio from the late sixties in a Dutch junk-market. It's an interesting find, not least because it suggests that the official etymolo...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Cryptozoology patches from BB sponsor ShanaLogic!
Seeking a curious and unique gift? Check out the independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other goods available from our wonderful sponsor Shana Logic!    ...
11:41 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Spooks of Warcraft: how the NSA infiltratedgamespace
A new Snowden leak details how he NSA and GCHQ tasked its agents to infiltrate Second Life, World of Warcraft, and other MMOs to find jihadis and spy on them.    ...
11:08 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Sun dogs light up thesky
My friend Austin took this photograph last week, looking out his office window near the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. That flare in the distance isn't Photoshop.    ...
10:47 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing On the structure of Rockymovies
Rocky Morphology breaks down the critical story components of each movie in the Rocky series: the opening fight, the training, the epic montage, and the final in-the-ring showdown.   &...
10:17 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing How Spelunky's levels aregenerated
With procedurally-generated game content being the hot issue of the weekend, what better time to get a closer look at how indie hit Spelunky used the programming technique to generate its endlessly-ex...
10:05 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing Stoners break into house, dyehair
"Police are still trying to figure out why a group of unknown suspects would break into a Vaughn Street home," writes Marie Kemph of the Murfreesboro Post, "just to smoke marijuana and dye their hair....
09:45 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing No Man's Sky trailer offers glimpse of vast sci-fiwonderland
This weekend, the trailer for No Man's Sky lit up the indie gaming scene. Why is it so special? Because the developer, Hello Games, appears to have completely nailed three things.   &n...
09:25 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing The hardesttongue-twister
MIT scientists have determined the hardest twingtuster. Try and say pad kid poured curd pulled cod 10 times fast. Man, I can't even say it once.    ...
08:05 am PST - Mon, December 9, 2013
BoingBoing We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: spectacular, deep, zingynovel
If you love Karen Joy Fowler's books (and you should, because she is a spectacular science fiction writer who has also written some thoroughly mainstream bestsellers), you'll know that there are two F...
08:13 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Schooling a jerk about black, female pirate captains; Genetic algorithm evolves car; How many years' labor to buy a copy ofWinXP?
One year ago today Schooling a reader who doesn't like female, middle-aged, black pirate captains: A reader of Scott Lynch's fantasy novels upbraided him for daring to have a black, middle-aged woman ...
05:03 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing Electro-swing: glitchy, jazzy, uptempomusic
Having belatedly discovered the Electro Swing genre, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. My wife brought home a link to Caravan Palace's "Clash" (from their 2012 album Panic), which is pretty much perfe...
04:33 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing Augustus Gladstone Speaks - a teaser for Boing Boing's firstmovie
Welcome to the first episode in an on-going series about Augustus Gladstone, created from footage not used in the motion picture The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, Boing Boing's first movie, written an...
03:20 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing Battle of thePlanets
Five incredible young people with super powers! Battle of the Planets is late 70s/early 80s reworking of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, and was one of my earliest introductions to anime and sci-fi car...
01:53 pm PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing AT&T to transparency-seeking shareholders: shut up and take what you'regiven
Alan writes, "In a formal response to a motion by shareholders to get a vote requiring AT&T to publish a transparency report the telecom giant has said, essentially, it's none of your business." ...
10:50 am PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing Swedish Chef/Gordon Ramsaycook-off
As the joyous day of new Muppet movie looms, there are more and more little "muppisodes" surfacing: in this cameo-saturated, seven-minute delight, the Swedish Chef has a cook-off with Gordon Ramsay.&...
03:09 am PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing The Man with Six Senses - a Radium Age science fictionthriller
Man with Six SensesHilowbrow publisher Joshua Glenn released a new book in his Radium Age Science Fiction Library series, a gorgeous paperback edition of Muriel Jaeger’s long-unobtainable thrill...
01:07 am PST - Sun, December 8, 2013
BoingBoing Worstpasswords
(click to embiggen) Mark Burnett, whose work has been featured here before, has used lists of leaked passwords to compile a master list of the 10,000 worst passwords (with accompanying wordcloud, see...
11:17 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2013
BoingBoing Spaghetti-Os remembers Pearl Harbor in the most crass and tasteless wayimaginable
Spaghetti-Os commemorated Pearl Harbor in a special way, prompting a special twitterstorm of parodies -- click through for a selection: And here I thought the evening was winding down, but then...&nb...
08:11 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Sony stops making cassette player/recorders; Cthulhuclaus; Mental card-games without areferree
One year ago today Sony ceases production on cassette player/recorders: In other news, Sony was still making cassette player/recorders. Five years ago today Felted Cthulhu: Artists Amy Rawson and Bria...
06:07 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2013
BoingBoing Soaky SantaToy
Bathtime Santa looks up to no good, what with the mischievous wink and thumbtacks. (Via Mostly Forbidden Zone)    ...
05:08 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2013
BoingBoing Optical illusion of theday
Cover the middle seam with your finger, marvel as the contrast effect changes EVERYTHING. Jason Kottke thinks the creator is a witch.    ...
02:05 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2013
BoingBoing TikiTransformer
Mike "Nemo" Mendez created "TikiTPrime Warrior" for today's Transformer Show at Toy Tokyo. This is definitely a case of two great tastes that taste great together.    ...
02:05 pm PST - Sat, December 7, 2013
BoingBoing Apps for Kids 053: Plants vs. Zombies graphicnovel
Subscribe to Apps for Kids Subscribe in iTunes | Download this episode | Stitcher Apps for Kids is sponsored by Little Blueprint: Personalized and ready-made children's books based on brai...
05:57 am PST - Sat, December 7, 2013
BoingBoing Better way to eat mandarinoranges
Back in 2010, Jewel Pie illustrated this great method for eating mandarin oranges: slice off the top and bottom, then unroll the fruit into a peel-backed strip of sections.    ...
10:35 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 019: Ed Piskor and The Hip Hop FamilyTree
Cartoonist Ed Piskor's latest book, The Hip Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphic Books) collects his non-fiction comic strip history of Hip Hop, serialized weekly here on Boing Boing.    ...
09:14 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing What mannequins say aboutus
Wardrobe mannequins have been around since the days of King Tutankhamen, and have been freaking out people ever since. Hunter Oatman-Stanford of Collector's Weekly has an excellent brief history of th...
07:38 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing What Nelson Mandela's life tells us about the legitimacy of "democraticnations"
This morning, as I listened to the BBC World Service on Mandela, I found myself pondering what it meant that he was South Africa's "first democratically elected leader." This is undoubtedly true. ...
07:11 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast: Let Your Direwolf Do TheTalking
Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R.    ...
05:46 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 029: Will Cullen Hart of The Olivia Tremor Control and CirculatorySystem
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types. In this episode, I speak with Will Cullen Hart of the rock ba...
05:10 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Creepy kids in vintageads
The current contest at the Vintage Ads LiveJournal Group is "Creepy Kids" and there's some pretty amazing entries. Shown here, the always-reliable noluck-boston's 1953 Van Camp's Pork and Beans ad.&nb...
05:04 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing The climate of MiddleEarth
Mordor has an inhospitable climate, according to Radagast the Brown (aka climate scientist Dan Lunt) who created a climate model for Middle Earth based on geography as outlined by Tolkien and climate ...
04:51 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Not Playing Podcast 003: the wild, wonderful world of Weird Als 1989 cult hit,UHF
In each episode of Not Playing, Lex and Dan watch movies they've never seen. There are two versions of each episode available: the capsule version where you can listen to their thoughts before and aft...
04:49 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Fun facts about themosquito
Watching this video about the mosquito I learned that, in some parts of Alaska, mosquitoes are so plentiful that swarms of them have been known to asphyxiate caribou.    ...
04:38 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing The crazy storm onSaturn
Fun fact: Saturn has a storm that's every bit as big as Jupiter's better-known Great Red Spot. It's been spinning over Saturn's north pole for 30 years.    ...
04:27 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing What we really feel when we feel"cold"
Temperature is just a measure of jigglyness, says Henry Reich of Minute Physics. Not in the "I don't think you're ready for this jelly" sense, but at the scale of atoms.    ...
04:26 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Institute for the Future forecasted Amazon's drone delivery in2012
At the nonprofit Institute for the Future thinktank where I'm a researcher, we always say, "Never believe anyone who says they can predict the future, especially if they're from California." We don't ...
04:17 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Preventingpigsplosions
The bad news: Massive piles of pig manure are foaming up and then exploding and nobody is really sure why. The worse news: The only solution (other than, you know, not raising so many pigs all togethe...
02:06 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing SF Bay area: Muir Beach Quilters' Holiday Arts Fair, Dec 7 &8
Every year I find a few gifts for friends and family at the Muir Beach Quilters' Holiday Arts Fair. A number of local crafters and artists show off their stuff at this fair and it is always good fun.&...
02:04 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Skintight SantaCostume
Merry Christmas, children! [Amazon via Laughing Squid]    ...
01:58 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing King James Programming: Markov chain trained on the Bible and a comp scitextbook
Michael Walker trained a Markov chain with the King James Bible and Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, a classic computer science textbook.    ...
01:18 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Antarctica under theice
More than half of the world's fresh water! The data is from the British Antarctic Survey and NASA, including millions of measurements taken over 20 years using lasers and satellites.   ...
01:11 pm PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Scary landingaborted
The Emirates 777, unable to land at a gale-lashed Birmingham airport in England, was successfully diverted to London Gatwick.    ...
10:45 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Citigroup's champion bullshit; Facebook and privacy; Sega, EA, and the Crazy Taxipatent
One year ago today Citigroup leads finance world in bullshit-generating capacity: Citigroup today announced a series of repositioning actions that will further reduce expenses and improve efficiency a...
08:13 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing English Pen's privacy/surveillance debate inLondon
Jo from English Pen writes, "Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaks about the secret surveillance of all our communications by intelligence services in the UK and US, privacy is one of the biggest stories o...
12:51 am PST - Fri, December 6, 2013
BoingBoing Medieval kids' birch-barkdoodles
Michael sez, "Apparently medieval Russian schoolroooms used birch bark for things like writing practice. Erik Kwakkel, medieval book historian at Leiden University, Netherlands, has some charming phot...
11:22 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing My 15.6-inch Android device is smeared with food and grease, and I loveit
The Astak Neos Touchscreen Smart Display looks like a very large iPad, but it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has a backstand, and must be kept plugged into a wall outlet.    ...
10:56 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Botnet of 20,000 point-of-salemachines
Details are emerging about Stardust, a piece of malicious software that targets point-of-sale credit-card processing machines. Stardust has reportedly compromised over 20,000 PoS machines and turned t...
10:00 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Free Software Foundation's holiday giftguide
K sez, "Many holiday gifts are trojan horses that will spy on their recipients, prevent them from doing what they want with their device, or maybe even block access to their favorite books or music.&n...
09:42 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Big Mouth:Tull-Tales
"Tull Tales" was written by underground cartoonist Roberta Gregory in 1992. It's about unusual/cosmic happenings in the wake of Jethro Tull. Color by Randy Leonard    ...
09:01 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Christmassy science fiction ebook to benefit Autism Speaks, in memory of teacher killed atNewton
Liz writes, "In the spirit of Charles Dickens, bestselling author Elizabeth Hand is donating all royalties from the new e-book edition of her holiday classic, Chip Crockett's Christmas Carol, to Autis...
08:55 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing New Disruptors 52: Girls Just Want To Code Apps with JeanMacDonald
Jean MacDonald was formerly best known for her role as a software marketing and public-relations guru for a major Macintosh software developer, but her work to create App Camp for Girls has eclipsed t...
08:51 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast: Keep WinePrecious
Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R.    ...
08:32 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing You Are Not So Smart podcast 013: Clive Thompson and How Technology Affects OurMinds
YANSS: RSS | iTunes |     ...
07:43 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Archive of Warren Publishing's Comics-Code-beating transgressivemagazines
The Internet Archive has a marvellous trove of scanned work from Warren Publishing, the maverick house behind such classic magazines as Creepy.    ...
07:11 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing NYPD shoot at unarmed man, hit bystanders, charge man with assault for making themshoot
It's the most heartwarming NYC Christmas story since Miracle on 34th Street: the NYPD shot at a mentally disturbed, unarmed man who was lurching through traffic in Times Square.    ...
07:11 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing NYPD shoot at unarmed man, hit bystanders, charge man for making themshoot
It's the most heartwarming NYC Christmas story since Miracle on 34th Street: the NYPD shot at a mentally disturbed, unarmed man who was lurching through traffic in Times Square.    ...
07:07 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Carjackers doomed to die in petty theft gone horriblywrong
Two days ago, a truck carrying a container of radioactive cobalt-60 (enough to make a dirty bomb) was stolen by carjackers off a highway near Tijuana.    ...
07:04 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing The surprising truth behind the dapper, impoverished vampire in The Immortal AugustusGladstone
Robyn Miller is one of the most interesting people I know. I first learned of Robyn in 1993 when I was an editor at Wired and I received an early review copy of a spooky and beautiful puzzle adventur...
06:53 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Nelson Mandela,1918-2013
Photo: Nelson Mandela Foundation The BBC reports that Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died today at 95. Mandela, who spent 27 years in jail before leading the country out of apar...
06:28 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing $3,300 solid goldiPhone
Pure, 24-karat class—cheaper than Vertu, too! [Gold Genie via Uncrate]    ...
06:20 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Worst ghost photoever
Photo: Nottinghamshire County Council The Daily Mirror asks, "Is this the ghost of White Lady of Rufford?"    ...
06:18 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing The planets as anthropomorphiccharacters
Alberta College of Art and Design student Mary, AKA Thoughts Up North, created these fantastical characters based on the planets of our solar system: "The colors are all based off the planets true col...
06:09 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Cumberbatch reads R.Kelly
From Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. [Video Link]    ...
06:06 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Listen to the most epic Beatles-Wings-Paul McCartney mixtape ever, free todownload
DJ Chris Holmes, who works with Paul McCartney and often performs deejay sets as an opening act for "Macca's" live shows, shares a real gem with us: a Soundcloud mix to beat them all.  &nbs...
06:03 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Orange UK plumbs the depths of insulting, stupid marketing, finds a newlow
I had the above-reproduced SMS exchange with a bot from my horrible mobile phone carrier, Orange UK (now called "EE" after the high-pitched noise my incipient aneurysm makes whenever I have to deal wi...
06:01 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Insane random mashups of King James Bible and programmingtextbook
22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep and wonderful property of computation. [kingjamesprogramming.tumblr.com]    ...
05:59 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing MonaLego
Via Kottke. Previously.    ...
05:23 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Printing press made from Ikea drawers; Escaping mass destruction (1957); Omnivoroustrees
One year ago today Printing press made from IKEA drawers: Jenny and Charles are making their own wedding program, and to do so, they made their own printing press.    ...
03:59 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing 75% of American silent feature filmslost
A September report from the Library of Congress's National Film Preservation Board called The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 19121929 [PDF] paints a dismal picture of the archival record o...
03:53 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing My dog Nemo had really bad adoption anxiety. Here's how we dealt withit.
Nemo, who is much happier these days. Photo: Jason Weisberger. My dog Nemo came to me from the adoption organization Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California.    ...
03:43 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing China City of America coming to theCatskills?
Chinese developers are vying to build a massive China-themed retail center and casino in New York's Catskills. The 600-acre project is called "China City of America" and, surprise, it's highly controv...
03:23 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Science ofsnowflakes
Caltech physicist Ken Libbrecht wrote the book on snowflakes. In fact, he is the author of several, including the Field Guide to Snwoflakes and The Secret Life of a Snowflake.    ...
03:10 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Comics Rack: November's best comicbooks
The end of the year is near, and we have lots of comics to read and best-of lists to compile. Also, its getting cold outside, and working our way out from under the stack seems like as good an excuse ...
03:01 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing The laissez faire world of dietarysupplements
Every year, more than 2000 Americans experience a serious negative effect (either death or illness) from taking over-the-counter dietary supplements. Since 1994, it's been legal to sell supplements wi...
02:38 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Democratic lawmakers share a squalorous house inDC
A group of top Democratic lawmakers live in a squalorous group house in DC. The house was once the family home of Dick Durbin, but when his wife and family relocated to his California district. &...
02:35 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Why do dog farts stink sobad?
Because puppies are filled with love ... and also hydrogen sulfide.    ...
02:34 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Salad Fingers, episode 10:"Birthday"
It's Hubert Cumberdale's birthday! Earlier episodes of this horrible cartoon may be observed at animator David Firth's homepage. Previously.    ...
02:32 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Ancientbloodsuckers
Scientists have found ancient fleas from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Some are nearly an inch long — compare to modern fleas that top out around half that size — and the fleas see...
02:19 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Science Geek Adventcalendar
Yes, it's five days into Advent, but you should still check out the Science Geek Advent calendar from Science Creative Quarterly — featuring reindeer parasites, festive lobsters, Christmas trees...
02:19 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Waiting for Sluggo: Beckett and Bushmiller'scorrespondence
Unlikely pen pals: Nobel Prize-winning novelist/playwright/poet Samuel Beckett and artist Ernie Bushmiller, creator of one of my favorite comics of all time, Nancy.    ...
02:12 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Siberian icemusic
In Irkutsk, a percussion group plays music with frozen water from Lake Baikal. [Video Link via Mefi]    ...
02:11 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Chernobyl's deadly Elephant'sFoot
This is a photo of the Chernobyl "Elephant's Foot", a solid mass made of a little melted nuclear fuel mixed with lots and lots of concrete, sand, and core sealing material that the fuel had melted th...
02:11 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Original Ballantine book cover concept art for J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings oneBay
Tolkien, perhaps rightly in marketing terms, though with the insistent literalism that makes writers writers (which is to say: not artists), demanded, of Barbara Remington's cover art for Lord of the ...
02:01 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing New Jewish/Latin music compilation (and party in SFtonight!)
Co-founded by my pal David Katznelson, the Idelsohn Society is a nonprofit dedicated to the musicology of great old Jewish music by the likes of Irving Fields, Gershon Kingsley, and The Barry Sisters....
02:00 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide2013
Here's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the comments below!    ...
01:45 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Men move more than women do inside an MRImachine
There's a new paper out suggesting that ladies' brains are different from mens' (in ways that support Western stereotypes of gender behavior, natch).    ...
01:27 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Chinatown, the new video from Starcadian[EXCLUSIVE]
Los Angeles. The Future. 1995. A string of disappearances throughout the underground night club circuit has driven law enforcement to initiate a manhunt for the elusive figure they call Starcadian.&n...
12:54 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Air travel in the 50s and 60ssucked
Smoke, vomit, boredom, segregation and death: and you paid about five times as much for the privilege. [Fast Company]    ...
12:48 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing NSA collecting unimaginable quantities of mobile phone location data for guilt-by-associationdata-mining
A new Snowden leak reveals that the NSA and major US mobile phone carriers colluded to gather the location of millions of people around the world, including Americans in the USA, people not suspected ...
12:00 pm PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Rob Ford police document: allegations of heroin use andmore
Another tranche of police documents on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been released [474 page (!) PDF]. Despite the mayor's insistence that all of his secrets were now out in the open and he had nothing m...
11:47 am PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing The SmarmOffensive
Tom Scocca writes that ostentatious positivity, pitched as a noble response to the web's omnipresent snark, typically amounts only to the worse thing that snark itself cures: smarm.   &...
11:47 am PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing What happened next will restore your faith insnark
Tom Scocca writes that ostentatious positivity, pitched as a noble response to the web's omnipresent snark, typically amounts only to the worse thing that snark itself cures: smarm.   &...
11:00 am PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Theory of Fun tenth anniversary edition shipstoday
As mentioned earlier, the new edition of A Theory of Fun For Game Design by Raph Koster ships today -- with updated text and color illustrations.    ...
12:50 am PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Assemblage sculptureraygun
The latest confection from mad steampunk sculptor and clockmaker Roger Wood is this spiffing assemblage raygun. Want.    ...
12:42 am PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing Our top video posts, hand-picked by Boing Boingeditors
Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives: • Scary tire commercial from Japan • Blues Brothers mall car-chase recreated in Lego ...
12:26 am PST - Thu, December 5, 2013
BoingBoing 'Project L0SS' by ElliePritts
Project L0SS is a fantastic collection of images that show us what can be in found in that which is lost.    ...
11:58 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Cool Tools Show & Tell live video! (7:30pm PT12/4/2013)
Streaming live from Kevin Kelly's house right now: the first Cool Tools Show and Tell meetup! A couple of dozen folks are demonstrating and talking about their favorite tools, and Kevin will show ever...
11:16 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Learn hiragana in one hour; Folding 1960s scooter; Stephen King onpiracy
One year ago today How to learn hiragana in one hour or less: Dr. Moku's Hiragana Mnemonics presents each character as an appealing and memorable cartoon - a rabbit eyeing a carrot, a dude with food, ...
10:06 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 123: Kerbal SpaceProgram
I had three, count 'em, three guests on Gweek this week: Dean Putney, Boing Boing's coding and development wizard, who updated us on his wildly successful Kickstarter project to publish a book of pho...
09:33 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Socialize with Boing Boing, on Twitter, Facebook, and all over these merryinternets
It's as fun as a Corgi on a swing. If you like us on this blog, you'll love us on whatever social media service you dig most.    ...
07:19 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Y-Y Girls of '60s FrenchPop
In spite of its light-as-a-bubble appearance, pop music can tell us more than many a sociological essay.    ...
05:46 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Inspiration for Kelly McGillis's Top Gun character now Pentagon#2
Christine Fox, the former mathematician at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar who inspired Kelly McGillis's character in Top Gun, has become the first female Deputy Secretary of Defense, the number ...
05:45 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: American Apparel and classic calculatorwatches!
ADVERTISEMENT Special thanks to our longtime sponsor American Apparel where you can now find a fantastic range of eclectic watches, from vintage Swatch to Citizen to these killer classic calculator m...
05:40 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Crowfunded prize for first open jailbreak of Ios7
Elizabeth Stark writes, "We're pleased to announce the Device Freedom Prize: a crowdfunded reward for the first developer(s) who release an open source iOS 7 jailbreak.    ...
05:23 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Museum-grade replica Apollo-era NASA flightjacket
Robert sez, "An Apollo astronaut, looking to keep the 'right stuff' forefront in the public's eye, has recreated his iconic NASA-issued blue flight jacket down to the last button.   &nb...
05:20 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Martin Bashir resigns; MSNBC host suggested Sarah Palin's mouth be shatin
"After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of msnbc, I hav...
04:59 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Charity sends Amazon a cake celebrating 3d anniversary of unpaidinvoice
Metabrainz is the charity that oversees Musicbrainz, a free/open music metadata service that has gained in popularity since Gracenote took all the audio metadata its users keyed in by hand and enclose...
04:58 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Real Stuff: "Three in aBed"
A NSFW comix noir tale from the fetid depths of Dennis P. Eichhorn's troubled soul, illustrated by Mary Fleener. Originally published in Real Stuff #5, February 1992.    ...
03:47 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing French bill to legalize bulk Internet spying moving through NationalAssembly
Jeremie from La Quadrature du Net writes, "Yesterday the 2014-2019 defense bill passed first reading in the French National Assembly. It marks a strong shift towards total online surveillance. &n...
03:45 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: American Apparel and classic calculatorwatches!
ADVERTISEMENT Special thanks to our longtime sponsor American Apparel where you can now find a fantastic range of eclectic watches, from vintage Swatch to Citizen to these killer classic calculator m...
03:41 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Letter sent in 1945 just now returned tosender
The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper received this returned mail last week. The USPS label says: Not deliverable as addressed. Unable to forward. No surprise, considering the letter was mailed in 194...
03:17 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: God-Man and His Faithful Sidekick,Fan-Boy!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH God-Man embarks on an urgent mission with his faithful sidekick Fan-Boy.    ...
03:09 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Scary tire commercial fromJapan
Japanese tire dealer Autoway released this commercial to scare you into remembering the importance of good traction. I think that's the point anyway.    ...
02:52 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Samuel R Delany named a science fiction GrandMaster
The incredible, incomparable Samuel R Delany has been named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. It's hard to imagine a writer more deserving.    ...
02:45 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Sponsor shout-out: American Apparel and classic calculatorwatches!
ADVERTISEMENT Special thanks to our longtime sponsor American Apparel where you can now find a fantastic range of eclectic watches, from vintage Swatch to Citizen to these killer classic calculator m...
02:32 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Vintage Polish film and theaterposters
Eye Sea Posters sells vintage 1960s and 1970s Polish film and theater posters that embody what I love about avant-garde illustration and design of that era.    ...
02:16 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing DHS stalls no-fly list trial by putting witness on no-flylist
Phil writes, "Edward Hasbrouck of the Identity Project is doing a fantastic job of reporting on-site from Ibrahim v. DHS, the first legal challenge of United States government's no-fly list that has e...
02:15 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Sword and Laser Podcast 153: Peter V. Brett Is The Dark David Hasselhoff OfFantasy
Boing Boing has a new addition to its family of wonderful podcasts! The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merri...
01:56 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Glitchy A/V art installation about "space-timecompression"
Artists Maotik & Fraction created this glitchy, brain-melting installation at the 2013 MUTEK art/music festival in Montreal. Titled "Dromos," it's meant to push on the concept of dromology, the ...
01:47 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing EFF is hiring anactivist
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hiring an activist! This is a job that I once had myself, and I can attest that there are few things more rewarding, challenging, and stimulating that working as ...
01:40 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing The linguistics of Black Metal, and how to translate common English phrases into the Dark Lord'sTongue
Doug Moore's "Death Metal English" post at Invisible Oranges is the funniest thing I've read on the internet in a long time.    ...
01:40 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing The linguistics of Death Metal, and how to translate common English phrases into the Dark Lord'sTongue
Doug Moore's "Death Metal English" post at Invisible Oranges is the funniest thing I've read on the internet in a long time.    ...
01:39 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Teslat-shirt
A Nikola Tesla t-shirt for $6! (Thanks, Mark Dery!)    ...
01:06 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Kaki King, artist featured on our in-flight Virgin America TV channel, is touring. Don't miss herlive.
If you've flown Virgin America lately and watched Boing Boing's in-flight entertainment channel (#10 on the satellite TV dial), you've seen Kaki King performing live with us in Hawaii.  &nb...
12:50 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing SpaceX completes first mission to geostationary transferorbit
An announcement from SpaceX today: "Space Exploration Technologies successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, delivering the SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbi...
12:46 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Google's robotics "moonshot," and Android's Andy Rubin, profiled inNYT
Andy Rubin, the man credited with architecting Android for smartphones, is now the engineer heading Googles robotics "moonshot" program. He is the subject of a profile by John Markoff in today's New Y...
12:11 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Why we can't just filter the plastic out of theocean
One does not simply sail into the Pacific Garbage Patch and clean it up like convicts on the interstate. For one thing, those pieces of plastic are much smaller than you're imagining.   ...
12:00 pm PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing $10,000 grants for free/open software projects that benefit nonprofits (deadline isFriday!)
Nicole writes, "The Tides Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest.    ...
11:58 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing With Scottish independence in the offing, what would happen to the Britishflag?
The likely answer is "nothing much", I'd hazard, because it's just too cool to die. The British flag remains integrated with those of several other independent countries, and even one U.S.  ...
11:19 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Walking Dead compendium 19: March toWar
After an uncommonly long hiatus, there's a new Walking Dead graphic novel: Walking Dead 19: March to War. It's been eight months since volume 18 and its introduction of Negan, a psychopathic villain w...
10:56 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Britain pledges pig semen toChina
We present to His Excellency the President of the Presidium of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China an enormous tank of pig semen!    ...
10:28 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Luxury phone maker Vertu to "usher intouchscreens"
It's neat to get a look inside a rare beast--the small cellphone manufacturer!--but I can't help but giggle when merciful coverage of blingphone specialist Vertu turns up.    ...
10:28 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Luxury phone maker Vertu "usher intouchscreens"
It's neat to get a look inside a rare beast--the small cellphone manufacturer!--but I can't help but giggle when merciful coverage of blingphone specialist Vertu turns up.    ...
02:44 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Blues Brothers mall car-chase recreated inLego
Duncan, the good fellow at Brick Tease recreated the classic, brilliant, no-hold-barred car-chase-in-a-mall sequence from The Blues Brothers (a movie I watched once or twice a day in tenth grade) wit...
02:00 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing HOWTO commit reverseracism
Lachlan writes, "My friend Aamer Rahman is an Australian comedian, one half of the duo Fear of a Brown Planet who makes race, religion and capitalism a central part of his comedy.   &n...
01:15 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for thekitchen!
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is brought to you by Best Buy. Every holiday, someone spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing all the amazing things we eat.    ...
01:14 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Abandoned and hidden tube stations beneathLondon.
Tom writes, "Subterranean London is a strange and fascinating world, a labyrinth of underground tunnels that range from Victorian sewers to wartime bunkers.    ...
01:12 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing The Wrecking Crew - documentary about the famed studio musicians of the 1960s and1970s
I've seen the fantastic documentary, The Wrecking Crew, about the legendary group of studio musicians who played the instruments on a great many of the songs recorded by famous groups of the 1960s and...
01:07 am PST - Wed, December 4, 2013
BoingBoing Cookie Monster in The Hungry Games: CatchingFur
Sesame Street parodies starring Cookie Monster are always a good bet (c.f. Monsterpiece Theater) but even by those standards, "The Hungry Games: Catching Fur" (with Cookie Monster as "Cookieness Ever...
11:45 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing A conversation with Terry Pratchett, author of The CarpetPeople
ADVERTISEMENT Deep among the Carpet fronds, where the wild snargs prowl, the Munrung tribe has known peace for decades. But now the old order is unraveling, and a new story is in the making. &n...
11:42 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing NSA's talking points for friends and family --rebutted
Firedoglake obtained a copy of a two-page memo [PDF] of talking points for family and friends that the NSA sent to employees on November 22, so that spooks could rebut skeptical relatives around the T...
11:17 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Rules of the BozoBoosters
To remain a member in good standing of the Bozo Boosters, you had to follow five rules. The back of the membership card conveniently listed them.    ...
10:45 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Rewriting sensationalist headlines for mathematicalcorrectness
Math With Bad Drawing's "Headlines from a Mathematically Literate World" is a rather good -- and awfully funny -- compendium of comparisons between attention-grabbing, math-abusing headlines, and thei...
10:15 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for thekitchen!
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is brought to you by Best Buy. Every holiday someone spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing all the amazing things we eat.    ...
10:10 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing What Antarctica looks like under theice
The ice sheet that covers Antarctica is almost two miles thick in some places. But the British Antarctic Survey is able to peek beneath the frozen surface with the help of satellites, lasers, and rad...
10:03 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing How the platypus lost itsstomach
Ember the platypus has no stomach. But there's nothing wrong with her. No platypuses have stomachs. They're just one of a surprising number of vertebrate species that have evolutionarily jettisoned t...
10:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Christmas mashups: Santastic8
dj BC writes, "I just dropped Santastic 8, the 8th annual Holiday mashup album in the series (10th if you count 'Menorah Mashups' and 'Re:Compostition').    ...
09:53 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing How we know what atmosphere is like on a planet outside our solarsystem
WASP-19b is an exoplanet whose atmosphere is probably super hot and super poisonous — filled with methane and hydrogen cyanide instead of water.    ...
09:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Department of Labor seeks "Books That Shaped Work inAmerica"
Michael from the US Department of Labor writes, "To commemorate its 100th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Labor has launched Books that Shaped Work in America, an online project that explores work...
07:38 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Watch the Cool Tools Show & TellMeetup
There's still time to start or join a Cool Tools Show & Tell Meetup in your town. But if you can't make it for some reason, you are invited to watch the live video stream of the Show & Tell ...
07:37 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Tracking 96,000 stolen Bitcoin inrealtime
Sheep Marketplace -- a Bitcoin-based market that grew sharply after Silk Road shuttered -- was the target of a 96,000 Bitcoin (~£60m) hack last weekend.    ...
07:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing WSJ columnist L. Gordon Crovitz is dead wrong about NSAspying
L. Gordon Crovitz is a Wall Street Journal columnist who has written about the Snowden leaks, and what they show about the NSA's operations, making extensive reference to documents secured by the Elec...
06:51 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Quite possibly the most exciting science fiction weapon to have been offered for publicauction
It's appraised at $200,000 to $300,000. Harrison Ford’s charismatic smuggler, Han Solo, is arguably the most popular character in the original Star Wars trilogy.    ...
06:40 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Why 23andMe can't tell you everything about yourself(yet)
How can a mild-mannered grasshopper turn into a ferocious locust? Why are humans humans when we have share 80 percent of the same genetic material with a cow?    ...
06:37 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Video of 2013 Science Hack Day SanFrancisco
KQED created this video of the 2013 Science Hack Day San Francisco organized by BB pal Ariel Waldman! More than 200 people -- makers, scientists, artists, designers, etc.    ...
06:31 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing "Underwater" library musicc.1969
Via the Toys and Techniques blog, Franco Potenza's "Vita e lavoro nell'acqua" ("Life and work in the water"), c.1969, is a beautiful example of library music meant to accompany underwater-themed visua...
06:14 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Tuki: new webcomic from Jeff "Bone"Smith
Zack sez, "Jeff Smith of BONE and RASL fame takes to the web with this new webseries about a prehistoric man who becomes the first human to leave Africa.    ...
05:56 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing The most corrupt countries, 2013edition
The 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index charts the role that secrecy, abuse and hard cash plays in government worldwide. There are few surprises, as usual: small, efficient European countries are clean...
05:31 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Top of the Line: dark monster-huntingcomic
Pittsburgh artist Daniel McCloskey is crowdfunding Top of the Line, a graphic novel about monster fighting. A teaser's up at his homepage.    ...
05:18 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing A conversation with Terry Pratchett, author of The CarpetPeople
ADVERTISEMENT Deep among the Carpet fronds, where the wild snargs prowl, the Munrung tribe has known peace for decades. But now the old order is unraveling, and a new story is in the making. &n...
05:16 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing LAPD tactical Christmasstockings
Stuck on the perfect gift for the Mall Ninja in your life? Consider the LA Police Gear Molle Elite Tactical Christmas Stocking -- nothing says militarized, institutional corruption like LAPD milspec o...
04:55 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Incredibly Interesting Authors 003: Paleo Manifesto author JohnDurant
Subscribe to Incredibly Interesting Authors John Durant is a leader of the growing ancestral health movement. Durant study evolutionary psychology at Harvard prior to founding Paleo NYC and Barefoot ...
04:15 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for thekitchen!
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is brought to you by Best Buy. Every holiday someone spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing all the amazing things we eat.    ...
04:11 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing How the TPP will gut environmentalprotection
I've posted a bunch about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a shadowy, secretive trade deal that will have a disastrous effect on the Internet, privacy and free speech, thanks to the brutal copyright pro...
04:07 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Building facade as display with windows aspixels
The Health High School Vaud building in Vaud, Switzerland was turned into a low-res display with the window shutters as pixels.    ...
03:45 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Holiday gifts for thekitchen!
ADVERTISEMENT SPONSORED: This post is brought to you by Best Buy. Every holiday someone spends a lot of time in the kitchen preparing all the amazing things we eat.    ...
02:17 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Best damn comics of 2012; Tentacle couture; Blogshares nomore
One year ago today The Return of the Best Damn Comics of the Year -- Boing Boing Edition: We've got a couple of dozen folks, including cartoonists, writers, critics, educators, publishers, librarians ...
02:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing A conversation with Terry Pratchett, author of The CarpetPeople
ADVERTISEMENT Deep among the Carpet fronds, where the wild snargs prowl, the Munrung tribe has known peace for decades. But now the old order is unraveling, and a new story is in the making. &n...
01:35 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Pittsburgh's first new distillery sinceprohibition
Wigle Whiskey, a new distillery a short walk from home here in Pittsburgh, is a symbol of the city's comeback.    ...
01:35 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Choir performs MST3K's Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas ThisYear
Benjamin writes, "Reddit and Mystery Science Theater 3000's Joel Hodgson team up to produce a choral cover of the MST3K Christmas song 'Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas This Year' from the class...
01:28 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing 7 inventions that failedmiserably
I like this Smithsonian story that plays with the Edison/Tesla mythology, wherein Edison was the guy who made business-savvy decisions and Tesla was the financial failure.    ...
01:22 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing The tools of cocktail science andengineering
Popular Science has a great slideshow of tools used to make the sort of fancy, $15 cocktails that are served to you by gentlemen wearing handlebar mustaches.    ...
01:03 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing ACTA about to be quietly written into Canadianlaw
Widespread, global protests killed ACTA, the secretive, over-reaching "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement," which imposed brutal copyright rules on its signatories. But now, the Canadian Conservative...
12:00 pm PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing A conversation with Terry Pratchett, author of The CarpetPeople
ADVERTISEMENT Deep among the Carpet fronds, where the wild snargs prowl, the Munrung tribe has known peace for decades. But now the old order is unraveling, and a new story is in the making. &n...
11:57 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Response to Run-DMC
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
11:56 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing UN counter-terrorism rapporteur announces investigation into NA and GCHQsurveillance
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger was called before a House of Commons home affairs select committee to be grilled over the publication of the Snowden leaks.    ...
11:48 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Call your Congresscritter today, help kill patenttrolling
It's make or break time for the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), with less than two days until a crucial vote.    ...
10:59 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Terabyte laptop SDDs for$435!
For the second half of the 1990s, my standard advice to people buying computers was to max out the RAM as the cheapest, best way to improve their computers' efficiency.    ...
10:59 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Terabyte laptop SSDs for$435!
For the second half of the 1990s, my standard advice to people buying computers was to max out the RAM as the cheapest, best way to improve their computers' efficiency.    ...
08:56 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Sugru Plus magnets = anything stuck toanything
Jane from Sugru writes, "We've just announced Sugru's first ever kit - Make Things Magnetic. Magnets are f***ing awesome! and Sugru's new best friend - sorry LEGO, it's not you, it's us.  &...
07:52 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Terrifying weapons made with objects from airportshops
Last March, Evan Booth presented a blockbuster talk at Kuala Lumpur's Hack the Box conference, explaining how to improvise lethal weapons from items in airport gift shops and duty-free stores. &n...
01:12 am PST - Tue, December 3, 2013
BoingBoing Santa the Hutt: grotesque photo-opSanta
The Betabrand retail store in San Francisco's Mission district now sports a grotesque window display of Santa Claus, entitled Santa the Hutt.    ...
11:39 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Podcasting Lawful Interception, a Little Brotherstory
In this week's installment of my podcast, I break my long hiatus with the first part of a reading of my novella Lawful Interception, a sequel, of sorts, to Little Brother and Homeland.  &nbs...
11:07 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Comic-strip adaptation of On The Beach from1957
Zack writes, "In 1957, Nevil Schute's classic anti-nuclear-war novel On The Beach was published -- and the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) put out a heavily-condensed adaptation with art by Ral...
09:51 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Beautiful circles formakers
Tim sez, "WindFire Designs Circle Tools are made for beautiful circles. Specifically designed for countless uses, they provide elegant and precise utility.    ...
09:40 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Simplifiers and Optimizers, by Dilbert creator ScottAdams
Some people are what I call simplifiers and some are optimizers. A simplifier will prefer the easy way to accomplish a task, while knowing that some amount of extra effort might have produced a better...
09:15 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Artist Kendra Binney's wood panels from BB sponsor ShanaLogic
Need a gift idea? Check out the independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other curious creations from our lovely sponsor Shana Logic!    ...
09:11 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Famed Tokyo electronics center toclose
Bob Knetzger says: "The Akihabara Radio Center is closing at the end of November. Sure, there are still maid cafes, gundam shops and other otaku delights in Akihabra, but sadly a little piece of Make...
09:08 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Distract yourself with free browsergames
This post sponsored by the delicious caramel, chocolate and nougat inside every Milky Way For some of you, sites like this one are a welcome distraction from what you really should be doing or, more...
09:02 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 028: TravisMorrison
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of longform conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types. In this episode, Brian speaks to hacker and musician...
08:01 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing John Hodgman's Ragnarok SurvivalKits
Benjamin sez, "Since the world didn't end on December 21, 2012, humorist John Hodgman has a surplus of Ragnarok Survival Kits.    ...
07:50 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Artist Kendra Binney's wood panels from BB sponsor ShanaLogic
Need a gift idea? Check out the independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other curious creations from our lovely sponsor Shana Logic!    ...
07:46 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Intimidating German Shepherd guard dog dances to '80sEuropop
This German Shepherd has a soft spot for mid-eighties Europop, specifically Modern Talking's "You're My Heart," originally released in 1984.    ...
07:30 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Distract yourself with free browsergames
This post sponsored by the delicious caramel, chocolate and nougat inside every Milky Way For some of you, sites like this one are a welcome distraction from what you really should be doing or, more...
07:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Down with the Laugh-Out-LoudCats
Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's published a new collection of his wonderful Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comics, Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats.    ...
06:47 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Ghostbustersjacket
The Ghostbusters Venkman jacket is pretty fab. As the sell-copy says, it's just the thing for when you want to "pick a fight with an ancient, Babylonian god!" Ghostbusters Venkman Costume Jacket (vi...
06:39 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Another great dog distraction - the Busy Buddy KibbleNibble
Couple weeks back I blogged the Treat Triad, a puzzle my dogs love. Another toy that keeps them focused and busy with something not me is this crazy treat dispensing purple egg, known as the Busy Bud...
05:43 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing 2600's 30th anniversarytees
Emmanuel from 2600 Magazine sez, "2600 is turning 30 and, to help celebrate, has put out two new t-shirts simultaneously. The first focuses on what has changed over three decades in publishing, with i...
05:38 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Not Playing Podcast 002: DieHard
[Here's the second episode of Not Playing, hosted by Lex Friedman and Dan Moren . In each episode, Lex and Dan watch movies they've never seen -- but that everyone else has.    ...
05:23 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Neurodreamer: open source sleeping mask/mindmachine
After eight years of development and a successful Kickstarter, BB pal Mitch Altman's Neurodreamer sleep mask is ready for shipping! You might recall that Mitch is the inspiring maker behind the TV-B-G...
05:06 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing New Age music is fantastic(seriously!)
Forget everything you think you hate about New Age music. I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America is a stunning compilation of beautiful, chill, complex, psychedelic, trancy, spacey, and su...
04:58 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing How big corporations and government spy agencies surveil and sabotage activistgroups
In Spooky Business: Corporate Espionage Against Nonprofit Organizations [PDF] a November 2013 report from a DC thinktank called The Center for Corporate Policy, researcher Gary Ruskin documents the sc...
04:26 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Human rights foranimals?
An animal rights group has filed the first of three lawsuits aimed at securing legal personhood for chimpanzees. If all goes well, they hope to extend the definition to other great apes, whales, and d...
04:26 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Fine print says retailer can lie about "specialoffers"
The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal, confused by an oddly expensive "Black Friday Special", found a clause in Macy's pricing policy stating that the discount may have been in effect for months.  ...
04:21 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Building a better soyburger
Mother Jones has an interesting story about several start-ups trying to create fake meat, dairy, and eggs that are not only sustainable, but appetizing ...    ...
04:16 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing A new theory on the origins of desertglass
Libyan Desert Glass is opaque, greenish glass formed when the desert sands fused in some sort of extremely hot incident. (Alternately, Sandman Volume 2 Number 9 proposes that the glass is the remains...
04:07 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Boba Fett skirt; Following a shipping container around the world; Byrne lovesPPT
One year ago today Boba Fett skirt: Etsy seller GoFollowRabbits produces "Geek Chic Fashion," including this marvy Boba Fett skirt. Five years ago today BBC follows shipping container around the world...
03:40 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Requiem for acomet
Alas, poor ISON. The comet that flew too close to the Sun on Thanksgiving Day appears to have suffered the fate of Icarus — if Icarus had been ripped apart by a solar flare.   &n...
03:26 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Drunksquirrel
[Video Link via Abroath]    ...
03:18 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Your first gaming memories,collected
"Go back. Go waaaaay back," writes John Walker. "Whats the very first thing you remember about gaming?" My father and I on a walk along the beachside promenade in Worthing, England, on a sunny day.&nb...
03:07 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Life-threatening science in a tropicaljungle
Taxonomist Kipling Will tracked a rare beetle through the jungles of the south Pacific ... and almost lost his life in the process.    ...
03:02 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Old-fashionedinsults
A retired British sportsman recently used the term "rotter" to describe a thief, the word carrying a certain delicious combination of archaism, unusualness and irony.    ...
03:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Video: true bird's eyeview
Back in May, aboriginal rangers placed a motion-sensing camera near Western Australia's Margaret River to collect images of crocodiles. The camera disappeared.    ...
03:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing RIP, Roy Trumbull: happy mutant, TV/radio engineering legend,podcaster
I'm sad to report that Roy Trumbull, a maker, podcaster, and happy mutant, died of cancer last week. He was 74, and died peacefully in his home.    ...
02:49 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Pro director reviews Blackmagic Pocket Cinemacamera
I received the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and spent a couple of days putting the camera through its paces around Manhattan.    ...
02:20 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing The sound of All isLost
I saw All is Lost a couple of weeks ago. It reminded me of Gravity in a way - both movies are about one person trying to survive on a damaged vessel.    ...
02:18 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Artist Kendra Binney's wood panels from BB sponsor ShanaLogic
Need a gift idea? Check out the independently-designed jewelry, artwork, apparel, and other curious creations from our lovely sponsor Shana Logic!    ...
02:17 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing CIA's "Intelligence Art Collection" now on publicdisplay
Did you know the CIA has a gallery of artworks based on important moments in the history of US intelligence? You can't easily get in to see them, though some of the work is viewable online.  ...
02:15 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Distract yourself with free browsergames
This post sponsored by the delicious caramel, chocolate and nougat inside every Milky Way For some of you, sites like this one are a welcome distraction from what you really should be doing or, more...
02:12 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Walking Dead Dubstep Video Remix, 'The Wobbling Dead'(spoilers)
[Video Link] A fan-made dubstep remix using audio and video samples from AMC's The Walking Dead, by video remixer extraordinaire Edgar Camago (web, Facebook).    ...
02:08 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Stock PhotoFeminism
A woman in business suit and boxing gloves is the sunday magazine clich; also keep an eye out for cliffs, ladders, construction attire and equipment, and general career-success iconography. &nbs...
01:45 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Coloring in your kids'drawings
Tatsputin travels 10 days a month for work; while he travels, he colors in his kids' drawings, shading them with a lot of expertise and enthusiasm.    ...
12:25 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Missed delivery notes of thefuture
Via Quantum Pirate, a message from your package delivery service.    ...
12:00 pm PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Distract yourself with free browsergames
This post sponsored by the delicious caramel, chocolate and nougat inside every Milky Way For some of you, sites like this one are a welcome distraction from what you really should be doing or, more...
11:40 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing China launches lunarprobe
The China National Space Administration has launched Chang'e 3, a plutonium-powered lunar lander on-board at 185-foot-tall Long March 3B rocket. The lander is on a four-day trajectory for the lunar s...
10:29 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Amazon Prime Air: drone-based 30 minutedelivery
Jeff Bezos took to 60 Minutes to announce Prime Air, a drone-based 30-minute delivery system for densely populated areas that comes with its own video design-fiction illustrating how it might work.&n...
10:13 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing 'The Walking Dead' mid-season finalereview
Kevin McFarland reviews the latest episode of AMC's lumbering, flesh-chomping, zombie-infested near future. More episode recaps are in Boing Boing's "The Walking Dead" archives.    ...
01:21 am PST - Mon, December 2, 2013
BoingBoing Leaked UN document: countries want to end War on Drugs andprohibition
A rare, leaked UN document reveals deep divisions among member-states about the war on drugs, with many nations demanding treatment and decriminalization instead of prohibition.    ...
11:11 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing Photos of "the world's most exquisitelibraries"
Here's a gallery of photos from the amazing new book The Library: A World History by James W. P. Campbell and Will Pryce, published in October.    ...
08:02 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing EU to UK: don't let the door hit you in the arse on the wayout
A poll of voters in the UK, Germany, France and Poland finds the UK's position in the EU in a precarious state.    ...
07:18 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing Porno copyright trolls Prenda Law fined$261K
Things aren't looking good for copyright trolls Prenda Law -- they've been ordered to pay $261K in opponents' fees, and the judge has made all three of Prenda's principles -- Paul Hansmeier, John Stee...
06:00 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing Presenting political argument on Twitter, and the "prestigeeconomy"
Here's a fabulous interview with activist Sarah Kendzior, a journalist and researcher who made a great, concise argument against unpaid internship as a series of four tweets last June.  &nbs...
04:53 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing Empathy is a core engineeringvalue
Bryan Cantrill from Joyent explains why the company expects engineers not to use gendered pronouns in documentation: "empathy is a core engineering valueand that an engineer that has so little empathy...
03:51 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing Humbugsupercut
Robbo sends us a "Supercut of all the 'Humbugs' from 32 different versions of A Christmas Carol. Spot your favourites!" 'Humbug' - The Christmas Carol Supercut (Thanks, Robbo)   &nbs...
02:49 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing Apps come bundled with secret Bitcoin mining programs, paper over the practice withEULAs
Researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered that some programs covertly install Bitcoin-mining software on users' computers, papering over the practice by including sneaky language in their license ag...
02:40 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing The Astroscantelescope
A few months ago I mentioned to Mark I was shopping for a simple, home telescope. Mere moments later he pointed me at this Edmunds Scientifics Astroscan telescope.    ...
01:46 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing JP Morgan's "Twitter takeover" seeks questions from Twitter, gets flooded with critiques of banksterism#AskJPM
Tomorrow's Q&A is cancelled. Bad Idea. Back to the drawing board.— J.P. Morgan (@jpmorgan) November 14, 2013 When JP Morgan's Twitter account announced last month that "VC Jimmy Lee" tak...
12:41 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing Study shows removing DRM increased musicsales
Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry [PDF], a new working paper from University of Toronto Strategic Management PhD candidate Laurina Zhang docum...
12:00 pm PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing UK Home Secretary secretly charters private jet to (unsuccessfully) deport dying man toNigeria
The UK Home Secretary Theresa May wasted 95,000- 110,000 in a failed attempt to deport a dying Nigerian asylum seeker named Ifa Muaza.    ...
10:36 am PST - Sun, December 1, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Xmas mashups; Canned libraries; Blogging.LAlaunches
One year ago today Santastic 7: more mashups for the holiday season: djBC and friends have put out their seventh Santastic collection of holiday mashups, "It's a Wonderful Mash." Five years ago today ...
07:39 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Calvin and Hobbes search engine; Boyle's "Public Domain"; Sex-blogging inChina
One year ago today Search engine for the full text and descriptions of every Calvin and Hobbes script: A search engine that runs against the full text and descriptions of all the Calvin and Hobbes str...
04:36 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing Papercraft Hatbox Ghost from the HauntedMansion
Here's a downloadable papercraft version of the Hatbox Ghost, the semi-legendary animatronic ghost from the early days of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.    ...
02:01 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing Caturday
Boing Boing reader John Kieltyka of Seattle shares this photograph in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. "Mister Jimmy knocks vegetables off the counter and carries them around; here, he enjoys a lovely squ...
02:00 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing Themepunk'sdream-job
Dave sends in, "A job advert for an educational designer at LEGO in Denmark posted on the Guardian's job boards. Looks like only teachers need apply!"    ...
01:57 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing Socialize with Boing Boing, on Twitter, Facebook, and all over these merryinternets
The cat knows. If you like us on this blog, you'll love us on whatever social media service you dig most.    ...
01:13 pm PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing LEGO Delorean TimeMachine
Great Scott!! A LEGO Delorean Time Machine! Our world changed, on that fateful day when Doctor Emmett "Doc" Brown, PhD. slipped in the bathroom, banged his head and invented the FLUX CAPACITOR. ...
11:00 am PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing More audio memoirs of Rolly Crump, pioneeringImagineer
Jeff sez, "After the success of It's Kind Of A Cute Story and More Cute Stories Vol 1, Disney Legend Rolly Crump is proud to announce the release of More Cute Stories, Volume 2: Animators and Imaginee...
01:06 am PST - Sat, November 30, 2013
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Gigapixel Difference Engine; Vintage space-age illos; AT-STerotica
One year ago today Gigapixel images of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine #2: This project is using a number of computational photography techniques to document Charles Babbage's 'Difference Engine N...