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11:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing NSA spying means Brazil's $4.5 fighter jets won't be built byBoeing
Brazil's buying $4.5B worth of fighter jets. And rather than buy them from American military-industrial complex go-to Boeing, they're buying them from Sweden's Saab....
11:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing NSA spying means Brazil's $4.5B fighter jets won't be built byBoeing
Brazil's buying $4.5B worth of fighter jets. And rather than buy them from American military-industrial complex go-to Boeing, they're buying them from Sweden's Saab....
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Genderswapped Boba Fettcosplayer
A cosplayer at C2E2 stops and poses in her elegant, gender-swapped Boba Fett getup. She's the kind of bounty hunter our galaxy needs!...
09:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 144: Black Terror vs. KillerRobot
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08:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing New businesscard
Picked them up from the printers yesterday....
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Drowning in Problems: Notch's surprisingly moving textgame
Notch, the celebrated creator of Minecraft, has a new, existential webgame: Drowning in Problems. It's a pretty damned great example of telling stories with interactivity, and how the medium can evoke...
06:39 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Mark's Bullseye picks: Zombie Dice and HitmanGo
Jesse Thorn, host of the NPR show Bullseye, says: Whether you're looking to zombie-fy yourself, or get absorbed into the world of a contract killer, Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder's got just the game...
05:48 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Austin police chief is angry that people are angry about policemisbehavior
[Video Link] Ted Balaker, creator of the Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do? video reports, says: Cops across America really dont want you to jaywalk....
05:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing "Reinvent Artificial Intelligence" video discussion with Kevin Kelly4/30/14
[Video Link] My friend and Cool Tools partner Kevin Kelly is hosting a roundtable discussion tomorrow about artificial intelligence tomorrow via Google Hangouts on Air....
04:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Scientifically kinda-accurate Earth cake, with molten core of raspberryjam
Behold the splendid "Earth Cake" baked and decorated by Redditor Clatence. "The cake is a mixture of chocolate and red velvet cake mixes," Clatence explains....
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Pirate Party Iceland wins 3 seats; US census crapgadget; Russia's $0.03/song MP3service
One year ago today Icelandic Pirate Party lands three seats in Icelandic parliament: The three new Icelandic lawmakers include Jn r lafsson, a business administration student at the University of Icel...
03:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing How do Facebook and Twitter personalize your 'smart' newsfeed? With scaryscience.
Steven Levy has a feature in the new Wired Magazine about the personalization technology behind Facebook's "smart" newsfeeds. Weve grown accustomed to a world in which data flows by us, letting us dip...
03:42 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Music for an imaginary sciencefilmstrip
OMGVinyl's description of the new LP from Symbol (Christopher Royal King) is so perfect: I was brought back to a dimly lit elementary classroom......
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Working women who survive breast cancer and chemo 30% more likely to lose their jobs within 4years
A new study shows that women with breast cancer who have jobs outside the home and who survive treatment are far more likely to lose their jobs....
03:14 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Working women in US who survive breast cancer and chemo 30% more likely to lose their jobs within 4years
A new study shows that working women with breast cancer who receive chemotherapy and live for four or more years after treatment are 30% more likely to lose their jobs within those first four years of...
03:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Oswald's Grayfolded: plunderphoics Grateful Dead now onvinyl
In 1994, "plunder phonics" pioneer John Oswald released "Grayfolded," a nearly two-hour composition made from more than 100 recordings of the Grateful Dead's live performances of their song "Dark Sta...
03:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Oswald's Grayfolded: plunderphonics Grateful Dead now onvinyl
In 1994, "plunderphonics" pioneer John Oswald released "Grayfolded," a nearly two-hour composition made from more than 100 recordings of the Grateful Dead's live performances of their song "Dark Star...
02:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Cabinet of Curiosities at National Museum of WildlifeArt
This stunning cabinet of curiosities is on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Curated by Bronwyn Minton, the exhibition, titled "Wonder Cabinet: A Collection of C...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Trailer for new 'Godzilla' movie looks prettycool
A new trailer for the new Godzilla movie, out May 16, just hit the internets. Looks promising, and will be offered in IMAX 3D for pants-crapping thrills....
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing What the US tornado outbreak looks like from space(video)
This animated video created with data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite shows the creation and movement of a weather system that spawned tornadoes affecting seven central and southern states in the US ...
01:57 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing 'Star Wars: Episode VII' castannounced
From the official Star Wars website today, a long-awaited announcement: the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, ...
01:55 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Temple ofpeople
This Tibetan-style temple was constructed from people. The work, by Trina Merry, was mean to raise awareness of Beyond the Four Walls, a social business venture to support women in Nepal....
01:47 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Trying to understand chronic fatiguesyndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is one of those vague-sounding disorders that seems like it could be total woo. But there's actually some intriguing evidence suggesting a biological basis....
01:37 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing The plant with 1000faces
There is a vine that is capable of contorting the size, shape, color, orientation, and vein patterns of its leaves to match nearby foliage....
01:36 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing A day of Yik Yak hell in highschool
Yik Yak is a social app that amounts to an anonymous and hyperlocal bulletin board. Over at New York Magazine, Will Haskel, a senior at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, wrote about the da...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Ms. magazine's most sexistads
Artist Mitch O'Connell bought issues 1-50 of Ms. on eBay (for $30!) and picked out the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) items from its "No Comment" section of sexist ads....
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing What's up with roboticsnakes?
You've watched the videos. You've felt the weird sense of unease. But what's the point of making a robot that moves like a snake?...
01:28 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Is screaming in the middle of the night an anti-sibling babyplot?
Scientists speculate that babies may have evolved to wake up in the middle of the night because overnight breastfeeding delays ovulation and, thus, the creation of a new sibling to compete for resourc...
01:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Praying mantises wearing 3Dglasses
Newcastle University researchers outfitted praying mantises with tiny 3D glasses to better understand the evolution of vision, and potentially improve computer image processing....
01:17 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing How much shark fin soup could you make from the largest shark that everlived?
Scientist and shark enthusiast David Shiffman has done the calculations and he estimates that one extinct megalodon could yield 70,456 bowls of shark fin soup....
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Rob Ford's mayoral career considered as a reality TV show - straining suspension ofdisbelief
If Rob Ford's mayoralty had been a scripted reality show, it would have strained credulity, as this trenchant Marcus Gee column reminds us....
12:48 pm PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Military-trained dolphins will not be killingRussians
Yes. The US Navy keeps and trains dolphins. No, they are not trained to murder. No, they will not be deployed to Ukraine....
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Pre-Public Enemy part1
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! ...
09:28 am PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Surveillance captured Biebereggscapade
Surveillance footage shows the pop star "high-fiving friends and celebrating" after throwing eggs at a neighbor's home in January, according to the Associated Press....
08:22 am PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Letters of Note, in bookform
The wonderful blog Letters of Note (mentioned here numerous times!) has spawned a book, called Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, to be published...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Podcast: Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all toransom
Here's a reading (MP3) of a my latest Guardian column, Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom, which tries to make sense of the disastrous news that the Federal C...
01:00 am PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Publishing as personal: lessons from giving away a debut novelonlien
Amelia Beamer writes, "I share what I learned from giving away my debut novel The Loving Dead, and why I think that the publishing industry has become personal....
01:00 am PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Publishing as personal: lessons from giving away a debut novelonline
Amelia Beamer writes, "I share what I learned from giving away my debut novel The Loving Dead, and why I think that the publishing industry has become personal....
12:00 am PDT - Tue, April 29, 2014
BoingBoing Email consideredharmful
Clive Thompson writes about the growing body of evidence about the negative impact of electronic messaging on workplace productivity. Not only has the smartphone extended the working week to something...
11:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Taxidermied teacup tauntaun made from antique ram'shead
Rogue taxidermist Lupa writes, "This is my latest altered taxidermy piece: an antique Corsican ram taxidermy mount turned into the fluffier, cuddlier--and smaller--cousin of the Common Tauntaun, compl...
10:31 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing WIPO sends criminal prosecution threats over publication of internal docs about its Director General'scorruption
You may recall that the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been haunted by scandal: first there was the matter of illegally funding computer purchases for North Korea and Iran, t...
07:50 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Winners of the Webby Awards2014!
Our friends at The Webby Awards have announced this year's recipients! As they do every year, The Webby Awards 2014 celebrates well-known big sites and also fantastic indie operations I've never heard...
07:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing You Are Not So Smart podcast 022: how to combat "survivorshipbias"
You are Not So Smart is hosted by David McRaney, a journalist and self-described psychology nerd. In each episode, David explores cognitive biases and delusions, and is often joined by a guest expert....
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Canada indecline
The Harper regime has dealt blow after blow to the values Canada holds dear: environmental responsibility, humanitarianism, fairness, transparency, and pluralism....
06:52 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Cybotron: live epic spacerock(1977)
Fifteen glorious minutes of synth spacerock from Austalia's Cybotron live on Adelaide TV in 1977. Cybotron and related vinyl reissues now available from the good people at Dual Planet....
06:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Donald Sterling's girlfriend has an awesomefaceshield
What kind of faceshield do you wear in a $200,000+ Bentley? If you're Donald Sterling's girlfriend, it's reflective rainbow! Video...
06:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Seth Roberts: The Best Way To Learn Is ToDo
[Video Link]My friend Gary Wolf wrote a nice obit for our mutual friend Seth Roberts, who very sadly died this weekend....
05:35 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing North Dakota's other boom:drones
From an Associated Press trend piece on drones as a possible growth market in North Dakota, where fracking has recently created another boom....
05:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing For transgender US military personnel, the rule is still 'don'ttell.'
From a Washington Post profile of trans servicemen and women: More than two years after the repeal of the law that barred gay men and lesbians from serving in the military openly, transgender service ...
05:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's comments on Edward Snowden and theNSA
Hillary Clinton made her first extended public remarks about Edward Snowden late last week, and unfortunately she misstated some basic facts about the NSA whistleblower and how events have played out ...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Star Wars creaturepancakes
Amazing pancake artist Nathan Shields and his kids (previously) love commemorating their lives' milestones with artful carbs. Most recently, six-year-old Gryphon Shields got to enjoy Star Wars: A New ...
03:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords: Game of Thrones recap:4x04
Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?...
03:41 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Science teacher suspended over "dangerous" classroom experiments isreinstated
Los Angeles high school science teacher Greg Schiller has returned to his classroom, two months after being suspended by administrators after complaints two of his students put together "dangerous" sc...
03:10 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Atari ET cartridges from 1982 unearthed inlandfill
Remember the vidgame industry legend that in 1983 Atari dumped its stock of the "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill?...
02:56 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing When farts are a goodthing
Farting can be a sign of happy, healthy gut microbes. Thanks, gut microbes....
02:53 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Ancient Native Americans came face to face with sabertoothcats
Today I learned: Smilodon fatalis — the best known of the sabertooth cats — overlapped with the arrival of the ancestors of today's Native Americans for two or three thousand years....
02:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Konrad's "Evil," rare 1982 outsider synthpopreissued
Konrad's "Evil" is a scarce 1982 private press LP of strange and curiously compelling bedroom electronic music infused with far out fantasies (realities) of UFOs, synchronicities, and Quantum weirdne...
02:08 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing KKK accused killer previously busted with black maleprostitute
Former KKK "Grand Dragon" F. Glenn Miller, the delightful fellow accused of killing three people outside of Jewish centers in Kansas earlier this month, was once arrested for having sex with a black m...
01:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Watch this awesome time-lapse video of the total lunareclipse
Video: Gorgeous time-lapse of the recent total lunar eclipse (April, 2014) by Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U....
01:35 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Turkey to require pet owners to undergo mandatorycertification
Under a new law in Turkey: Anybody who wants to have a pet at home will need to undergo training. They will also have to provide suitable accommodation for the welfare of the animal, as well as meetin...
01:31 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Former NSA head Keith Alexander interviewed by JohnOliver
On "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," a new HBO show starring the former Daily Show contributor, an interview with General Keith Alexander....
01:25 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing NYT to SCOTUS: Cops should get warrant before searching your cellphone afterarrest
From an editorial by the New York Times editorial board: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether law enforcement officers during an arrest may search the contents of a persons mobile phone...
01:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Amazing photos of savannah surgery on alioness
As bad as this lioness looks now, she is going to survive her fight with a buffalo. She wouldn't have, if it weren't for veterinarians from the Kenya Wildlife Service....
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: MPAA exec admits to evidence-tampering; US Customs destroyed pianist's "funny smelling" piano; Adbusters'anti-nikes
One year ago today MPAA executive admits to tampering with key evidence in Finnish topsite trial: In Finland, a long-running prosecution of six men who were accused of running a piracy "topsite" ended...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Orikaso: folding, cheap, amazing polypropylene flat-packdinnerware
Orikaso is a line of super-cheap, incredibly durable, brilliantly conceived flat-pack plates, cups and bowls, created by Jay Cousins. They're made out of super-durable, long-lived, environmentally sou...
08:38 am PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Game Of Thrones: Oathkeeper [TV Recap: season 4, episode4]
As played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jaime Lannister is a dashing, compelling screen presence whenever he shows up; And Jaime is also a man who raped his own sister in the Westeros equivalent of a chur...
05:00 am PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing Gutting Net Neutrality also guts innovation, fairness anddemocracy
My latest Guardian column, Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom, explains what's at stake now that the FCC is prepared to let ISPs charge services for "premium"...
03:58 am PDT - Mon, April 28, 2014
BoingBoing On Silicon Valley, Erlich proves hes more than just hideous facial hair [Season 1, episode 4Recap]
Silicon Valley indicts the region for its over-reliance on dubious ventures to manufacture a grand faade of happiness, satisfaction, and wealth....
10:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing Mathematicians: refuse to work for theNSA!
In a stirring editorial in the New Scientist, University of Edinburgh mathematician Tom Leinster calls on the world's mathematicians to boycott working for the NSA, which describes itself as the "larg...
07:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing Hacking the hospital: medical devices have terrible defaultsecurity
Scott Erven is head of information security for a healthcare provider called Essentia Health, and his Friday presentation at Chicago's Thotcon, "Just What The Doctor Ordered?" is a terrifying tour thr...
05:11 pm PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing Unboxing a Makiedoll
I just spent ten delightful minutes watching this vlog in which Pixie Blossom unboxes her new, custom, 3D printed Makie doll....
04:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Ikea countertops make cheap oak spiral staircase; Junk-food neuroscience; Sitcom extinction makes 2,000 Wikipediaspossible
One year ago today HOWTO make a spiral oak staircase out of cheap IKEA countertops: For the treads I headed to Ikea and picked up the 8' NUMERR Countertop in Oak, traced and pattern and laid out the c...
03:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing Hannibal's not-so-lovely bones: "Shiizakana" (Season 2, Episode 2Recap)
Analogy: its whats for dinner. While last weeks episode of Hannibal saw Dr. Lecter and Will Graham reflected in a pair of men with a similarly corrupted power dynamic, Shiizakana compares Wills inner ...
09:20 am PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing Ulterior motives lurk in Orphan Black (Season 1, Episode 2Recap)
Nothing is what it seems to be in the world of Orphan Black. Public and private goals are seldom the same, and behind every welcoming smile lurks an ulterior motive....
09:20 am PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing Ulterior motives lurk in Orphan Black (Season 2, Episode 2Recap)
Nothing is what it seems to be in the world of Orphan Black. Public and private goals are seldom the same, and behind every welcoming smile lurks an ulterior motive....
05:10 am PDT - Sun, April 27, 2014
BoingBoing UKIP candidate tells Lenny Henry to move to a "black country"; party says reporting this is a "smearcampaign"
The UK Independence Party is a ultra-right-wing anti-immigration party with strong streaks of racism, homophobia, sexism and other unsavoury beliefs in both its rank-and-file and its leadership....
07:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 26, 2014
BoingBoing RIAA to blame for impoverishment of artists it's using as human shield in anti-streaminglobbying
The RIAA and its captive collecting society Soundexchange are illegally lobbying for higher royalties from Internet streaming (despite the fact that companies like Pandora already give virtually all t...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 26, 2014
BoingBoing 3D printer that lays down conductive traces as itgoes
Rabbit Proto is a print-head for the Reprap open 3D printer design that can deposit conductive traces alongside of structural plastic elements, effectively embedding printed circuits directly into th...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 26, 2014
BoingBoing Haunted Mansion castmembers built a shrine to "Grandma Joyce," whose urn was found in thegardens
It's an open secret that Disneyland (along with many other semi-public places) is a dumping ground for the ashes of people who loved it in life, and, of course, the Haunted Mansion is a frequent recip...
12:19 pm PDT - Sat, April 26, 2014
BoingBoing Wink's remarkable book picks of theweek
Wink is a website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. My wife, Carla Sinclair, is the editor. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, April 26, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: March for assassinated priest in Guatemala; MBAs suck; Size matters (to the RoyalMail)
One year ago today Guatemala: March for assassinated priest, and justice, as genocide trial remains in limbo: Today here in Guatemala, demonstrators marched through the streets of the capital to honor...
12:00 am PDT - Sat, April 26, 2014
BoingBoing HOWTO make turtle-shaped Koopa Troopa Marioburgers
Christy writes, "I made an amazing, horrible, wonderful thing: behold, the Koopa Troopa Bacon Turtle Burger, complete with animated gif....
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Kickstarting Openworm: a cellular-level-up simulatedworm
Wagner James Au writes, "Openworm, the open source collaborative project to construct an artificial life form from the cellular level, now has a Kickstarter so supporters can back the project and also...
09:48 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing The "numbers station" ofYouTube
BB reader Enkidu describes what looks curiously like a modern counterpart to the mysterious "numbers stations" of the cold war, radio frequencies carrying baffling sequences--spy codes!...
09:31 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing State Dept launches 'Free the Press' campaign while DOJ asks Supreme Court to force NYT's James Risen tojail
The US State Department announced the launch of its third annual "Free the Press" campaign today, which will purportedly highlight "journalists or media outlets that are censored, attacked, threatened...
09:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Kitten surfing on some pizza in rainbow outerspace
Shoop: XJ, with an assist by Dean ...
08:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Hacker and FBI informant Sabu, aka Hector Monsegur, linked to cyberattacksabroad
From the NYT: "An informant working for the F.B.I. coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including some operated by the governments of Iran, Syria, Brazil and Pa...
08:12 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing The Honey Hunters ofNepal
Here's a stunning series of images by photographer Andrew Newey of Nepalese honey hunters. Newey spent two weeks among the Gurung ethnic group in central Nepal, documenting their traditional beekeepin...
08:06 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Netflix will soon get its own television cablechannel
Reports the Washington Post, "Netflix has reached an agreement with three smaller cable companies that, for the first time, will let U.S....
07:52 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Marshall Islands sues 9 nuclear powers, including US and Russia, over failure to disarm nuclearstockpiles
The Marshall Islands is suing the nine known nations with nuclear weapons at the international court of justice at The Hague, over charges they have violated their legal obligation to disarm under the...
07:40 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Tyler Hicks on his Pulitzer-winning photo of the Kenya mallattack
Fresh Air's Terry Gross interviewed New York Times photojournalist Tyler Hicks about the photograph that won him a 2014 Pulitzer prize....
07:28 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing A notable 'couch gag' on The Simpsons, in which we travel inside Homer'sbrain
Here's a clip from a forthcoming episode of The Simpsons, "What To Expect When Bart's Expecting"." The couch gag is directed by Michal Socha....
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Debunking DRM in HTML5 apologists; London cop "Can't wait to bash" G20protestors
One year ago today Debunking the HTML5 DRM myths: A thorough response to the most common and misinformed defenses of the W3C's Extended Media Extensions (EME) proposal to inject DRM into HTML5....
06:20 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Manning changes legal name toChelsea
The soldier convicted of leaking classified military and diplomatic records to Wikileaks has legally changed her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning....
06:05 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Florida Man attempting to rob bank leaves behind job application form with username,password
A man tried to rob a Chase Bank in Pompano Beach, Florida on April 10. He selected a teller behind bulletproof glass who refused to give him money, and presented a robbery note with his demands: "Give...
04:28 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Google, like the rest of the world, finally backing away fromGoogle+
Google+ chief Vic Gundotra abruptly announced his pending departure from Google this week. Why? No reason given, but TechCrunch and Ars Technica report that "the likely reason is a major shakeup for G...
04:23 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Greenpeace: Heavy metals pollution in China makes 'Cadmium rice' a growingproblem
Greenpeace this week released a report on soil and rice crops sampled in villages close to a concentration of heavy metals smelters in China's Hunan Province, "an area that ranks first in rice output ...
04:16 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing US federal judges resisting law enforcement demands for electronicevidence
"Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data, declaring the demands overly broad ...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing USB recharger battery that can also jumpstart yourcar
Junopower is advertising presales of a portable device-charging USB batter called the "Jumpr" that can discharge its stored power at 300 amps, which is sufficient to jumpstart many automobile engines...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Tim Wu on FCC's new internet rules: Goodbye, Net Neutrality; Hello, NetDiscrimination
Tim Wu, who first popularized the term 'net neutrality,' writes a passionate opinion piece in the New Yorker on new rules proposed by Obamas chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Thomas W...
03:48 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Editors say these are the 'Ten Best Sentences' in literature. Do youagree?
Editors at The American Scholar have published a list of what they believe to be the Ten Best Sentences from literature....
03:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Supremely creepy photo gallery of pandas in a Chinesezoo
Anthony Tao of beijingcream blog points us to this Guardian photo essay by photographer Ami Vitale. He says the photography "reveals a darker, sinister side, a world of paraphilia, cages, and kinkplay...
03:22 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing 'A Trip Out to Sea,' an immersive online oceandrama
Watch: sortieenmer.com. Don't Google it first, just be at a big fat monitor and do fullscreen mode, have speakers or headphones, and enjoy....
01:48 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing JudgmentalMaps
judgmentalmaps.com. Here's a judgementally annotated map of San Francisco. It must be said, some of these maps, and some of the items on certain maps, reflect attitudes towards other human beings that...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Danish Geodata Agency commissions 1:1 Minecraft replica ofDenmark
For the kids! (Thanks, Shi-n0-bi)...
05:54 am PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Exclusive ebook offer: MK Wren's Sword of theLamb
Since its release, M.K. Wren's acclaimed trilogy about life in the 33rd century has drawn much-deserved favorable comparisons to Isaac Asimov's Foundation series....
01:54 am PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Radical press demands copyright takedown of Marx-Engels CollectedWorks
Lawrence and Wishart, a radical press founded in 1936 and formerly associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain, has asserted a copyright over "Marx-Engels Collected Works," a series of $25-50...
12:00 am PDT - Fri, April 25, 2014
BoingBoing Humanoid wasps' nest built over an abandonedsculpture
Redditor Countbubs posted this photo of a wasps' nest built over a wooden humanoid sculpture, with the wasps' paper following the contours of the underlying form....
10:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Band releases album as Linux kernelmodule
Cycles Per Instruction by netcat A band called netcat (also the name of a popular networking tool) has released its new album, Cycles Per Instruction, in a number of formats, including a world first: ...
09:39 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Viola Smith plays drums on "Snake Charmer"(1939)
[Video Link] I like her kit! Wikipedia: "Viola Smith (born November 29, 1912) is an American drummer best known for her work in orchestras, swing bands, and popular music in the 1930s and 1940s....
08:39 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing LA Sheriff's bizarre Comptonsurveillance
Matthew says: For nine days in 2012, the Los Angeles County Sheriff used a spy plane to record low-resolution images of every corner of Compton....
07:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Muslims sue FBI: kept on no-fly list because they wouldn't turninformant
A suit brought by four Muslim-American men with no criminal records asserts that the FBI put them on the no-fly list in order to pressure them to inform on their communities....
06:32 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Plastic dice inbulk
I carry 3 red dice in my back pocket so that I can play a game called Cee-lo with people that I meet....
04:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Pug levitates upstairs
[video link, HT: @harryallen]...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Making a planetary-scalesandwich
Svabialonso, a redditor in Iceland, teamed up with a friend on the (approximately) opposite side of the planet in New Zealand to make a world-sized sandwich: each of them went to a specific location a...
02:44 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing A musical letter to the FCC by Jonathan Mann: 'Don't Blow up theInternet'
By Jonathan Mann: "Don't Blow Up The Internet | Song A Day #1939." Don't set us up the bomb, FCC....
02:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Announcing BundyFest 2014, in the rules-free anarchy zone of Bunkersville,Nevada
[Video Link, thanks Bob and David Pescovitz, it's a joke]...
02:24 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing The Silence of the Lambs,behind-the-scenes
Behind-the-scenes photos from Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Several others below and still more over at Dangerous Minds....
02:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Students raise money, give away 300 copies of book banned in theirschool
Jaimie sez, "My bookstore helped a high school student distribute almost 300 free copies of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, a book that has been challenged and rem...
02:13 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Sesame Street: The Bug Band play TheBeatles
The Bug Band performs "She Loves You" on Sesame Street in 1979. According to the Muppet Wiki, they were a nameless group until Kermit told them they needed a moniker....
02:13 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing The Muppet Show: The Bug Band play TheBeatles
The Bug Band performs "She Loves You" on The Muppet Show in 1979. According to the Muppet Wiki, they were a nameless group until Kermit told them they needed a moniker....
01:43 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing 3-D printed portable wheelchairramps
Thingiverse user Nanonan 3D-printed small wheelchair ramps to carry in his bag as he rolls around Berlin. Simple and effective! Download the files here....
01:30 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Forrest Gump directed by WesAnderson
Here are the opening credits to Forrest Gump, directed by Wes Anderson. (video by Louis Paquet)...
01:22 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Shadows from NYC supertowers are abummer
Some New Yorkers are upset about the shadows cast by the new supertower skyscrapers near Central Park and other public hang-outs....
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Security-corporate complex owns America; Lawyers on why everyone hates DRM; Open letter tocrackhead
One year ago today The takeover of the US by the security-corporate complex: Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland secu...
12:33 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Defiant rancher in Nevada beloved by militia groups is a horrible racist, surprising approximatelynobody
Ladies and gentlemen, meet American hero Cliven Bundy: I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro, he said....
12:23 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing The internet is a CIA project, says VladimirPutin
Speaking today at a media forum in St. Petersburg, Russian president Vladimir Putin said the Internet began as a "CIA project," and that "is still developing as such." Russia must "fight for its inter...
12:02 pm PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Great Moments in Pedantry: Fact-checking "Don't Fear theReaper"
Valentine is done Here, but now they're gone Romeo and Juliet Are together in eternity (Romeo and Juliet) Forty-thousand men and women every day (Like Romeo and Juliet) Forty-thousand men and women ev...
11:24 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: When Lenny Bruce Stayed at MyApartment
Part Two of LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LENNY BRUCE, with the story of Lenny's stay at John's apartment during his ten-week run at the Village Vanguard....
11:00 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Drunk 18 year old girl rushed to hospital from Canadian PM Stephen Harper'sresidence
An unnamed, drunk 18-year-old girl was taken to the hospital by ambulance from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's official residence. The RCMP confirmed the basic facts of the story and stated t...
09:33 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing New mineral discovered inAustralia
Putnisite is a newly discovered purple mineral that, unlike the many minerals found each year, is not closely related to already-known minerals....
09:29 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Video series about medievallives
Medical historian Holly Tucker recommends checking out Medieval Lives: Birth, Marriage and Death — a BBC series about personal lives in the Middle Ages....
09:25 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Blind people's eyes senselight
They might not see it, but photoreceptors in the eyes of blind people do detect and respond to light. ...
09:23 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing A chat with Henry Smith, Spaceteam Game Designer (New Disruptors72)
Henry Smith is a games app developer, and the evil genius behind the addictive multi-player app Spaceteam. Spaceteam won oodles of awards, and it has the added benefit (or problem) of being free....
04:01 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing Lost Warhol originals extracted from decaying Amigafloppies
Golan Levin writes, "My lab (in collaboration with many others) has announced a major dead-media discovery. We have recovered previously unknown, pure-digital artworks by Andy Warhol -- extracted from...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing NZ Greens unveil Internet Rights and Freedomsbill
Andrew writes, "The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has launched their Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill. The Bill was launched on a crowdsourced platform where members of the public are given the...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, April 24, 2014
BoingBoing #Mynypd hashtag attracts photos of police violence andabuse
how #myNYPD treats 16 year olds who say "no" to being stopped and frisked: https://t.co/awb00Qxeon pic.twitter.com/MhyArnHKXK— DefendedInTheStreets (@KimaniFilm) April 22, 2014 When the ...
10:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing 3D printed tumors improve surgicaloutcomes
A team at Kobe university is improving tumor removal by 3D printing cancerous organs with their tumors, modelled on CT scans....
08:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing FCC planning new Internet rules that would gut Net Neutrality. Get ready to pay more for the stuff you loveonline.
The Wall Street Journal reports that The Federal Communications Commission will propose new open Internet rules this Thursday that will allow content companies to pay Internet service providers "for s...
08:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing FCC planning new Internet rules that will gut Net Neutrality. Get ready to pay more for the stuff you loveonline.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report that The Federal Communications Commission will propose new open Internet rules this Thursday that will allow content companies to pay Internet service prov...
08:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Electric car maker Tesla said to be planning new factory inCalifornia
Tesla Motors reps won't tell the Los Angeles Times, but city officials in the small California town of Lathrop told a reporter that "work is underway converting a 431,000-square-foot facility that onc...
07:57 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Interview with James Mitchell, psychologist credited with designing CIA tortureprogram
Journalist Jason Leopold tells us, Recently, I conducted a wide-ranging, two hour interview with retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell, who is credited with being the architect of the CIA's to...
07:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Massive iceberg six times the size of Manhattan breaks off from Antarcticglacier
One of the largest icebergs on the planet, about six times the size of Manhattan, has separated from an Antarctic glacier and is floating out towards open ocean....
07:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Massive iceberg six times the size of Manhattan drifts away from Antarcticglacier
One of the largest icebergs on the planet, about six times the size of Manhattan, has separated from an Antarctic glacier and is floating out towards open ocean....
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Having leisure time is now a marker for poverty, notriches
In Post-Industrious Society: Why Work Time will not Disappear for our Grandchildren, researchers from Oxford's Centre for Time Use Research argue that there has been a radical shift in the relationsh...
05:29 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Google Street View now lets you 'go back in time' to view previous captures of aplace
This is kind of neat. From the Official Google Blog: "Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for deskt...
05:12 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing HBO reruns to be offered through Amazon Prime InstantVideo
HBO and Amazon have announced a deal through which the cable TV network will offer reruns of many hit shows on Amazon's Prime Instant Video platform....
04:07 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Lucky Ducky, in "State ofDenial"
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Lucky Ducky's entire state is saved from the ignominy of federally funded healthcare....
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing BCnF: build, certify and fly your own homemadeairplane
BCnF (build, certify and fly) hobbyists make their own airplanes from scratch or out of kits, extensively customizing them, and then get them certified by the FAA and take them into the air....
03:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Syria's lethal Facebookcheckpoints
An anonymous tip from a highly reliable source: "There are checkpoints in Syria where your Facebook is checked for affiliation with the rebellious groups or individuals aligned with the rebellion....
02:24 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing CATable desk designed for humans andcats
The CATable integrates crawl spaces to keep your kitty happy. (Laughing Squid)...
02:09 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Accused murderer wants "murder" tattoo hiddenpre-trial
This gentleman is Jeffrey Wade Chapman who will soon go to trial in Barton County, Kansas for first degree murder. Chapman's attorney has filed a motion requesting that before the trial Chapman be per...
02:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing How science fiction influences thinking about thefuture
Eileen Gunn writes, "What's science fiction good for? The May issue of Smithsonian magazine has an essay on the relationship between science, science fiction, and the future by Boing Boing buddy Eilee...
01:51 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Marvelous 18th century secretarycabinet
Please enjoy this video of my new writing desk with its hidden compartments, clockwork mechanisms, chimes, inkwell, and sand sifter. It was built in the workshop of Abraham and David Roentgen during ...
01:41 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Video: Bringing back extinctspecies
In recent years, the possibility of reviving extinct species by recreating their genomes has become a reality. First on deck for "de-extinction" are the wolly mammoth and passenger pigeon....
01:24 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Loch Ness Monster photo on AppleMaps?
Does this image of Loch Ness from Apple's Maps app depicts Nessie or the wake of a small boat? Unfortunately, I think it's the latter as we all know the Loch Ness Monster more closely resembles a plei...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Phone phreakers'anthem
Brad sez, "A few decades ago, phone phreaks spent all of their free time learning about the Bell telephone system and making free phone calls to each other....
12:03 pm PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Stephen Colbert on DavidLetterman
Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with David Letterman. The conversation is fantastic. I will dearly miss Letterman, however I haven't been regularly watching the show in years....
11:47 am PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Petition against UK sell-off of private taxdata
Pam writes, "The Open Rights Group has set up a petition in response to last week's news that the British government is planning to sell access to private tax records....
11:00 am PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Obama official responsible for copyright chapters of TPP & ACTA gets a job at MPAA; his replacement is another copyrightlobbyist
Stan McCoy is the assistant US Trade Representative who oversaw the creation of the disastrous, far-reaching copyright provisions in ACTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership....
10:00 am PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Scarfolk, trapped in a 1969-79 loop; Meat business-cards; Leaked memo reveals Diebold's illegal votingmachines
One year ago today Wyndhamesque missives from Scarfolk, an English horror-town trapped in a 1969-79 loop: I'm loving the Scarfolk site, where "Dr R Littler" chronicles the mysteries of an English town...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing How the Russian surveillance stateworks
In case you (like Edward Snowden) want to know about the full scope of Russia's program of mass domestic and international surveillance, World Policy's overview of the Russian surveillance state is br...
01:00 am PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Tombstone euphemisms for "death"; Biden promises Hollywood a blank check; Silmarillion in 1,000words
One year ago today Early American tombstone euphemisms for death: Caitlin GD Hopkins collected 101 euphemisms for "died" from early American epitaphs....
12:00 am PDT - Wed, April 23, 2014
BoingBoing Eternal vigilance app for social networks: treating privacy vulnerabilities like other securityrisks
Social networking sites are Skinner boxes designed to train you to undervalue your privacy. Since all the compromising facts of your life add less than a dollar to the market-cap of the average social...
11:12 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing US intel chief's insane new secrecy directive forbids intel employees from "unauthorized" contact withreporters
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has issued a Directive [PDF] that forbids most intelligence community employees from talking to journalists about intelligence-related information un...
10:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 143: The World's GreatestNeurozine!
Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Bruno the bear's tragic demise commemorated in sleeping bagform
In 2006, Bruno the bear appeared in Bavaria, the first wild bear spotted in the region for 170. So they hunted him down and killed him....
09:07 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Project Thirty-Three: a website devoted to beautiful, minimal vintage album coverdesign
Project Thirty-Three is a lovely website honoring beautiful minimalist graphic design on vintage album covers. The site was created and is maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specia...
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Rockabillly space-skeleton DJbackpack
This is a pretty perfect dads-and-grads season item: a backpack featuring: a) a skeleton with; b) sideburns and a quiff, wearing; c) a spacesuit, standing on d) the moon, while e) working a set of tur...
06:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Spotters' guide to UFOs,1967
Found in Bruce Sterling's tumblr: UFO typologies, 1967 ...
05:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Magical ringjuggling
Hypnotic and astonishing contact juggling of rings by Lindzee Poi....
05:11 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing John and Yoko in love and onlove
"It's all true folks. All you need is love." (Blank on Blank)...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Kinetic sculptures made from popsiclesticles
Joyce Lin, a design student at RISD, has produced a wonderful set of kinetic sculptures made from popsicle sticks and other media, produced in spare time during the semester....
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Kinetic sculptures made from popsiclesticks
Joyce Lin, a design student at RISD, has produced a wonderful set of kinetic sculptures made from popsicle sticks and other media, produced in spare time during the semester....
03:53 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing 'Animal Architecture,' an awesome new photo book about the structures critterscreate
'Animal Architecture," by Ingo Arndt and Jrgen Tautz, with a foreword by Jim Brandenburg, is a beautiful new science/photography book exploring the mystery of nature through the "complex and elegant ...
03:40 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Dig this awesome Peter Pan pop-upbook
Seriously: It's got a full-on pop-up pirate ship....
03:23 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Pre-code movies worthwatching
At The Toast, Mallory Ortberg has a list of films from the 1920s and 30s — prior to the widespread adoption of the Hollywood Production Code and its morality guidelines — that are actually...
03:21 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing 50 Years Ago Today: 1964-65 WorldsOpens
Walt Disney's "It's a Small World." the "Carousel of Progress." Billy Graham's religious film "Man in the 5th Dimension." Full-scale models of the engines of a Saturn V rocket....
03:21 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing The 1964 World's Fair opened 50 years agotoday
Walt Disney's "It's a Small World." The "Carousel of Progress." Billy Graham's religious film "Man in the 5th Dimension." Full-scale models of the engines of a Saturn V rocket....
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing '100 new Emoji,' an excellentVine
Link, by Avery Monson....
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Google's Project Ara: a click-in/click-out modular conceptphone
Modular mobile phone design feels important; I've been excited about the idea since Xeni posted about Phonebloks last September. Now, Google and New Deal Design have floated a concept for a modular An...
02:40 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Beautiful video inside a zebrafish embryobrain
Researchers borrowed optical techniques from astronomy and ophthalmology to dramatically improve imaging of biological samples. This video, created by scientists at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Camp...
02:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Living in an 84-square foothouse
Dee Williams was diagnosed with a heart condition when she was 41. Faced with her mortality, she radically changed her life....
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing New book of contemporary psychedelicart
Our friends at Juxtapoz released a new survey of contemporary psychedelic art featuring the likes of Andy Gilmore, Jetter Green, Mark Whalen, Pearl C Hsiung, and Hannah Stouffer....
02:01 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Dreamlike photos of miniature streetscenes
Photographer Andy Rudak and model maker Luke san de Wiel created incredible (and unusual) street scenes in miniature that became the the subjects of gorgeous images....
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Shakespeare's Beehive: analysis of newly discovered dictionary that Shakespeare owned andannotated
Here's a review of Shakespeare's Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light, a newly published analysis of a recently discovered Elizabethan dictionary that Shakespeare used for his p...
01:31 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Buy one quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars forUS$121.95
The "Bank of Zimbabwe" is selling a quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars for US$122, which is a rip-off. Why not buy Zimbabwe 50 trillion dollars bank notes from the "Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe" for US$0.83 ins...
01:03 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing An update onMERS
Scientists have been tracking Middle East respiratory syndrome since 2012. At New Scientist, Deborah MacKenzie looks at what's going on with the disease now — including a surge in cases and the ...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing HOPE X conference: Dissent inNYC
Emmanuel from 2600 writes, "It should come as no surprise that dissent is playing a prominent role at the HOPE X conference this July in New York....
12:57 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing A fourth-year medical student writes aboutdeath
Med student Shara Yurkiewicz writes a heart-wrenching essay about watching a patient die during hip surgery....
12:53 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing When in ancient Rome, bring bottledwater
Turns out, when your entire plumbing system and all your aqueduct pipes are made of lead, your water probably contains more lead than is strictly safe....
12:46 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Speckles on the Sun larger thanAlaska
The surface of the Sun is covered in what scientists call "granules" — upwellings of plasma, which are caused by convection currents just the same way that colder, denser water sinks in the ocea...
12:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Magician Rudy Coby's Magic vs. Science week at Magic Castle inLA
Last night my wife, daughter, and I went to the Magic Castle in Hollywood to see magician Rudy Coby's high energy and exciting "Magic vs....
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Reddit's /r/technology demoted over scandal of secret censorship that blocked Internet freedomstories
Alan sez, "According to various media reports (e.g. BBC) the technology subreddit has scrubbed its moderator team after users discovered that the sub was holding a secret censorship list of banned wor...
11:09 am PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Rick Rubin Meets T LaRock
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Appeals court orders Obama administration to disclose the legal theory for assassination ofAmericans
The Obama administration has lost a high-stakes lawsuit brought against it by the New York Times and the ACLU over its refusal to divulge the legal basis for its extrajudicial assassination program ag...
04:01 am PDT - Tue, April 22, 2014
BoingBoing Afterparty:neuro-technothriller
Afterparty is a new, excellent science fiction novel by Daryl Gregory, about drugs, God, sanity, morals, and organized crime. Its protagonist, Lyda Rose is a disgraced neuroscientist who once helped d...
06:43 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Can you figure out what's wrong with this picture of a half-naked 16 year-old girl with breast implants the size of herhead?
Jannelle Asselin could, but when she wrote an article about the Teen Titans cover—in terms so measured and respectful that one is struck by her restraint--she was of course inundated nonetheless...
04:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Open sourceseeds
Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative released 29 new varieties of 14 different food crops. The new seeds cannot legally be brought under any kind of IP protection, nor can any future varieties b...
04:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Epigenetics could help explain differences between us andNeanderthals
Methylation — where a chemical compound attaches to DNA and changes the way that DNA is expressed without changing the DNA, itself — probably played a role in the difference between human ...
04:45 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Jameson Stories: Ireland is a magicalplace
ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISER MESSAGE: As we celebrate with all of ourfriendswho make St. Patricks Day great, we raise a glass toJamesonfor sponsoring this story....
04:38 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Watch an earthquake slosh a swimming pool in MexicoCity
A scary, but mostly harmless 7.2 earthquake struck Mexico City last week. Here's a fun game: Watch the earthquake slosh the water in a pool back and forth — then go compare the effects to animat...
03:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing "If I Only Had A Brain," the originalversion
As part of Saturday's Record Store Day releases, The Wizard of Oz Soundtrack has once again become available on vinyl! The "75th Anniversary" edition is pressed on emerald green vinyl and includes a...
03:46 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Jameson Stories: Ireland is a magicalplace
ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISER MESSAGE: As we celebrate with all of ourfriendswho make St. Patricks Day great, we raise a glass toJamesonfor sponsoring this story....
03:17 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Casino sues poker star for using "marked"deck
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Space is suing World Series of Poker star Phil Ivey for nearly $10 million for using what they claim are "imperfect" playing cards that gave Ivey a leg up....
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Futility Closet Podcast #006: Texas Camels, Zebra Stripes, and an ImmortalPiano
Hosted by Greg and Sharon Ross, Futility Closet is a celebration of the quirky and the curious, the thought-provoking and the simply amusing....
02:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords: Game of Thrones recapS04E03
Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?...
02:28 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Video: tiny swarm robots for microscalemanufacturing
SRI International is creating coordinated systems of tiny ant-like robots that can build larger structures. The aim is a swarm of magnetically-controlled bugbots that could construct electronic devic...
01:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing An ecologist imagines the world'send
Paul Kingsnorth is an English writer whose environmental activism got him jailed in the 90s and praised by the archbishop of Canterbury and the Prime Minister in the 00s....
01:26 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Car appears out of nowhere, artificial entitiespanic
[Video Link] Temporal malfunction in sector a8fd-b4ec-dcb5-89ae (aka ""). Explainer scripts have kept acceptance level of artents well below catastrophic trigger point....
01:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing The Space Project: contemporary space music infused with Voyagerrecordings
The Space Project is true space music, a lovely new compilation of songs made in part from samples culled from electromagnetic radiation fluctuations recorded by the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes, laun...
01:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing The soil at the bottom ofGreenland
Scientists have found 2.7-million-year-old soil at the bottom of the Greenland ice sheet. The discovery challenges what we thought we knew about how glaciers work and could have implications for the e...
01:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Inside the mind of avegetable
The invention of the artificial respirator in Denmark in the 1950s created more than just a new technology. It created a new class of being — the vegetative state....
01:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Inside the vegetativemind
The invention of the artificial respirator in Denmark in the 1950s created more than just a new technology. It created a new class of being — the vegetative state....
12:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Art exhibition about urbanlegends
"Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends" is a new group exhibition at California State University, Fullerton's Begovich Gallery where artists were asked to create pieces about modern day myths that res...
12:57 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Here is a picture of a man knighting apenguin
This photo was taken at the 2008 knighthood ceremony of Sir Nils Olav, a penguin who lives at the Edinburgh Zoo but is the official mascot of the Norwegian Royal Guard....
12:51 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Meta-dog barks at video ofself
Video of a dog barking at herself barking at herself. On video. (via Laughing Squid) ...
12:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Hardcorechipmusic
"This post is an attempt to save some of the history of the harder kinds of chipmusic," writes Anders Carlsson, "before all of us forget what happened." Don't miss the follow-up on authenticity in chi...
12:42 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Support the Morbid Anatomymuseum!
My friend Joanna Ebenstein of Morbid Anatomy is raising funds to create a new public cabinet of curiosity within a 3-floor, 4,200 square foot building in Brooklyn, New York....
12:36 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing 'Baltic Gambit,' E.E. Knight's latest in the Vampire Earthseries
I was excited when I saw Baltic Gambit by E.E. Knight is available! This is the eleventh in his Vampire Earth series....
12:34 pm PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Drone footage offireworks
Beautiful footage of a DJI Phantom quadcopter drone flying through a fireworks display....
11:19 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Identify this mysterious animalskeleton
Spotted yesterday at the Cedar Avenue in Hakone, Japan: a mysterious skeleton. What is it?...
10:48 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing DIY AT-AT cathouse
Would you like to make your own felt cat house in the shape of a Star Wars AT-AT? First, you'll need a cat....
10:14 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Hannibal: Guilt is a divine beast of burden in "Su-zakana" [Season 2, episode 8recap]
Theresa DeLucci on the latest complication in the stylish serial-killer show: the Verger siblings, ready to be entangled with our antiheroes....
10:00 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Covering the Boston Marathon bombing coverage; Clute on Ballard; Finger bootytrick
One year ago today Covering the Coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings: Hilary "Chartgirl" Sargent breaks down the highs and lows of the media coverage of this week's attacks in Boston....
04:00 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Silicon Valley asks, Whats in a [company]name?"
Articles Of Incorporation is the first episode of Silicon Valley that really gets room to breathe, allowing the characters space away from the crunch time of the story to bring Pied Piper to fruition...
04:00 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Silicon Valley: Whats in a [company] name?" [episode 3recap]
Articles Of Incorporation is the first episode of Silicon Valley that really gets room to breathe, allowing the characters space away from the crunch time of the story to bring Pied Piper to fruition...
04:00 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing Silicon Valley: Whats in a [company] name?" [TV recap, episode3]
Articles Of Incorporation is the first episode of Silicon Valley that really gets room to breathe, allowing the characters space away from the crunch time of the story to bring Pied Piper to fruition...
02:07 am PDT - Mon, April 21, 2014
BoingBoing California runaway teen survives flight to Hawaii in plane's wheelwell
"A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 fee...
11:30 pm PDT - Sun, April 20, 2014
BoingBoing Breaker Of Chains explores the many feuds of House Lannister [Recap: season 4, episode3]
HBO sent out the first three episodes of this season of Game Of Thrones out to critics, and while Breaker Of Chains is probably the most uneven of the three, and the one most sorely lacking a big even...
11:30 pm PDT - Sun, April 20, 2014
BoingBoing Game of Thrones recap: 'Breaker Of Chains' explores the many feuds of House Lannister [season 4, episode3]
HBO sent the first three episodes of this fourth season of Game Of Thrones out to critics. Breaker Of Chains is probably the most uneven of the three, and the one most sorely lacking a big event aroun...
09:54 pm PDT - Sun, April 20, 2014
BoingBoing Mystery tool in mybackyard
Found this today in a seldom-visited area of our backyard. Looks handmade, with a piece of tire on one end, a tape covered shaft, and a hook on the other end....
07:26 pm PDT - Sun, April 20, 2014
BoingBoing Easter Bunny hatesyou
I have always loved this. Happy holiday. Video link...
10:00 am PDT - Sun, April 20, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Warren Buffet v goldbugs; Norwegian pirates buy more music; Dozois leavesAsimov's
One year ago today Warren Buffet vs goldbugs: If you put your money into gold or other non-income- producing assets that are dependent on what someone else values that in the future, youre in speculat...
11:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Orphan Black S02E01: Nature Under Constraint and Vexed [recapw/spoilers]
Its good to be back in the Clone Club. The return of Orphan Black quite literally hits the ground running and never lets up in this action-packed, clone-filled premiere....
11:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing 'Orphan Black': Nature Under Constraint and Vexed [TV recap,S2E1]
Its good to be back in the Clone Club. The return of Orphan Black quite literally hits the ground running and never lets up in this action-packed, clone-filled premiere....
06:36 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Adorable kittens, 9 days old, cry adorably and are available for adoption(video)
Warning: THIS VIDEO MAY CAUSE YOU TO DIE OF CUTENESS. Happy Caturday. Ah, listen to this 9-day-old kitten's adorable squeals! Boing Boing pal Miles O'Brien was learning how to fly his camera drone wi...
06:17 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Zentai: full-body masked spandex subculture fromJapan
Zentai (short for "zenshintaitsu," Japanese for "full body suit") is a largely obscure Japanese subculture whose adherents go out wearing full-body patterned spandex suits that cover their faces....
06:02 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Playing Jenga with heavy earth-movingequipment
In Stack competitions, a bunch of earth-moving equipment plays a monster-scale game of Jenga with 600lb blocks of wood -- pretty amazing skill on the part of the operators!...
05:42 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Profile of Aeropress and Aerobie inventor AlanAdler
Alan Adler is a Standford engineering professor and inventor who's had two remarkable -- and wildly different -- successes: the long-flying Aerobie disc, and the Aeropress, a revolutionary, brilliant,...
05:30 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Message to NETmundial: protect fundamental Internetfreedoms
Jeremie from France's La Quadrature du Net sez, "The farcical illusion of 'multistakeholder' discussions around 'Internet governance' must be denounced! For the last 15 years those sterile discussions...
02:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Orphan Black S02E01: Nature Under Constraint and Vexed [recapw/spoilers]
Its good to be back in the Clone Club. The return of Orphan Black quite literally hits the ground running and never lets up in this action-packed, clone-filled premiere....
11:00 am PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Hobby Lobby, IUDs, and thefacts
Maggie Koerth-Baker on the forthcoming US Supreme Court ruling on whether a corporation can have religious beliefs...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Free Conan audiobooks; RIP JG Ballard; EFF vs bullshitpatents
One year ago today Great free reading of Robert E Howard's "Conan and the Queen of the Black Coast": This is the Ur-stuff, the sword-and-sorcery material that turned me into a stone Conan freak when I...
06:45 am PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Kickstarting Maker's Alphabet: an ABC book that celebratescreativity
Melody writes, "We're grad students in the MFA Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. We launched a Kickstarter project called Maker's Alphabet....
06:41 am PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Scattered: Short film adapted from Ken MacLeodstory
Joshua sez, "This atmospheric film is the first ever screen-adaptation of the work of award-winning sci-fi author Ken MacLeod. Scattered examines society's relationship with its past through a son's ...
03:00 am PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing UK tax authority caught sneaking in plan to sell Britons' private financialrecords
Just weeks after a plan to sell "anonymized" sets of British health-records collapsed in the face of massive public criticism, a new plan has emerged to sell the country's tax records to companies and...
12:00 am PDT - Sat, April 19, 2014
BoingBoing Spooky music made by abusing turntables and cutting up and reforming vinylrecords
Knitmeapony sez, "This is the raddest, most atmospheric thing ever. All kinds of delightful, spooky distortions, creepy static, half-heard voices and mashed-up music, created by physically altering v...
10:39 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Craigslister seeks woman to sit in bathtub full of ramennoodles
Brooklyn women who have bathing suits, are down for a 30 minute soak in a tub full of ramen noodles, and are looking to make a quick $175: Look no further....
10:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Tetraflex, treat dispensing dogtoy
My dog Pretzel tries out another treat dispensing toy, this time it is the Tetraflex! This dimpled ball with cupped opening is simple, durable and has provided well over an hour of entertainment to a...
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Kickstarting a film adaptation of "Dark Side of Disney" - guide to getting high, drunk & laid while on Disneyvacation
Ricky sez, "Director Philip B. Swift has announced a feature-length documentary film called 'The Dark Side of Disney' based on Leonard Kinsey's travel guide of the same name, to feature topics like fi...
08:25 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing On the Internet, no one knows you're not themayor
Matthew says: "Peoria police raided a home, seized computers and phones, and hauled several people in to be questioned about who is running a fake Twitter account of Peoria's mayor."...
08:04 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Get a load of these crazy old shoes for richpeople
Moorish chopines likely evolved from wooden stilt shoes, like this pair of 19th century Ottoman qabqi, which were worn by women to protect their feet from the heated floors of public bathhouses....
06:15 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Get ready for Orphan Black's return tomorrow night with this season onerecap
What constitutes a family? Are they the people who give you life, the people who raise you, or the people you choose as your support network?...
05:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Army comes clean about its recruitment AI, accidentally discloses info about pedophile- and terrorist-catching chatbots that roam thenet
Dave from the Electronic Frontier Foundation writes, "Not too long ago, Boing Boing covered EFF's (at the time) unsuccessful attempt to retreive records about Sgt....
04:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Sword and Laser Podcast 171: The MartianInflux
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt....
04:16 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree nominated for twoEisners
Congratulations, Ed! "Hip Hop Family Tree," the roots-of-the genre series by Munhall-based comic-book artist/writer Ed Piskor (right), has been nominated for two Will Eisner Awards: best reality-based...
04:08 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Wink's remarkable book picks of theweek
Wink is a website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. My wife, Carla Sinclair, is the editor. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love...
01:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing With human ancestors, the devil is in thedetails
See the notches at the top of these two casts of ancient hominid mandibles? If you were a paleoanthropologist, you would spend your days arguing about the shape of those notches and their deeper possi...
01:03 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Meet the 17th century's answer toTesla
Cornelis Drebbel was a Dutch inventor who may have inspired Shakespeare's Prospero, was occasionally accused of witchcraft, and built submarines, telescopes, and feedback-control devices while simulta...
12:58 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing How schools got desegregated ... and thenresegregated
The rise and fall of desegregation efforts in the three generations since Brown v. Board. Incredible work by Nikole Hannah-Jones at ProPublica, following the school careers of James Dent, his daughter...
12:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 049: Cartoonist BobFingerman
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of Brian Heater's cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types....
11:52 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Could the Game of Thrones poisoning happen in reallife?
Cyanide, deadly nightshade and pesticides have disturbingly similar symptoms to the toxin that took a powerful character's life, writes Rachel Nuwer. Warning: this post is laced with potent spoilers....
11:24 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Technophobia goes off the Depp end in Transcendence [MovieReview]
In the official poster, a sinister AI remnant of genius Dr. Max Waters evinces inhuman mastery of Filter Pixelate Mosaic In the near future posited by the film Transcendence, which opens today, reside...
10:00 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: How is a $12 phone possible? UK wine-sellers declare that wine has horoscopes; Burger King SubservientChicken
One year ago today How is a $12 phone possible? Bunnie's teardown shows a little bit about how this $12 piece of electronics can possibly be profitable, but far more tantalizing are his notes about Go...
07:59 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing British Pathe puts 85,000 newsreels on Youtube underCC
Jason sez, "British Pathe just dumped 85,000 newsreels from 1896 to 1976 on Youtube under a Creative Commons license." The archive which spans from 1896 to 1976 is a goldmine of footage, containi...
07:59 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing British Pathe puts 85,000 newsreels onYoutube
Jason sez, "British Pathe just dumped 85,000 newsreels from 1896 to 1976 on Youtube under a Creative Commons license." Update: No Creative Commons, alas....
07:52 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Wolfgang Pauli opera in Austin: For Fear the Glass MayShatter
Jon Lebkowsky sez, "My amazing friend, neurocomputing specialist, musician & composer David Demaris has created the most geek-tastic opera ever, For Fear the Glass May Shatter....
01:41 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Edward Snowden: "Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just likeObama"
Today's question-and-answer session on Russian TV between NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not go as Snowden had hoped....
01:23 am PDT - Fri, April 18, 2014
BoingBoing Kittehfish
Shoop: XJ...
06:58 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Winner of the Remix "The Fifth Beatle"giveaway
I recently reviewed the incredible graphic novel biography, The Fifth Beatle: The Brain Epstein Story, written by Vivek J. Tiwary and illustrated by Andrew C....
06:32 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing A record shop of fictionalalbums
Toby Barlow says: "Attention music lovers, designers, art directors, this is a very fun project we have just launched. We're going to create a record shop of fictional albums, and we would like you to...
06:17 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Gabriel Garca Mrquez, Nobel laureate novelist,1927-2014
Novelist Gabriel Garca Mrquez, whose One Hundred Years of Solitude "established him as a giant of 20th-century literature," died today at his home in Mexico City....
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing How we aredying
Bloomberg Visual Data reports on the ways people die, and how they have changed over time. The most interesting part of the report is about dementia and Alzheimer's: The downside to living so long is ...
05:39 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: TODOCAT; Jokes from the Cultural Revolution; Mickey Mouse's dwindlingbrand
One year ago today TODOCAT: a cat-meme-based to-do-list manager: I fucking hate cat memes, but I love to-do lists. I love this cat meme to-do list manager....
04:30 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Sword and Laser Podcast 170: The Lives of WesleyChu
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt....
04:13 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing 'The Complete Modern Blacksmith' by AlexanderWeygers
Earlier this week, long time Boing Boing reader Charles Statman recommended I take a look at The Complete Modern Blacksmith by Alexander Weygers....
03:16 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Hand crank extension cordwinder
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02:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Why are diamonds clear, but coalblack?
Maggie Koerth-Baker answers a new Science Question from a Toddler...
02:03 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing What happens to Peeps in avacuum?
First, inflation. Then, collapse. You really don't want to be a Peep in space....
01:40 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Hitman GO for iOS - a 3Dboardgame
[Video Link] The graphics for Hitman GO are beautiful. I have not played it yet. Can someone who has please review it in the comments?...
12:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Animated cartoons inspired bytweets
Twaggies--cartoons made from peculiar and noteworthy tweets--have been running since 2009. Now they're animating them, and here's the rather violent first episode!...
11:45 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing The visual history of AprilO'Neil
Chasing Sheep posted part 2 of its visual history of Turtle-loving reporter April O'Neil; read part 1 first. One key issue: is April O'Neil a whitewashed person of color?...
11:33 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Scurvy contributed to failure of town founded byColumbus
The first European settlement in the Americas was founded in what is now the Dominican Republic. That is, to say, it was founded on a warm, fruit-growing island....
11:29 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing New Disruptors 71: Bike Activist and Publisher EllyBlue
Elly Blue is a bike activist, writer, and publisher, and has run more Kickstarter campaigns than nearly any other person or group....
11:28 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing JOHN WILCOCK: Ladies and Gentlemen, LennyBruce!
JOHN WILCOCK returns to Boing Boing for Chapter Six, with the first of two installments on Lenny Bruce....
10:47 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Neurological differences don't necessarily meanimpairment
There's a new study out that's being touted as proof that marijuana makes you dumb. But, while the results do show differences in the brains of people who smoked pot, the conclusion about what that me...
10:47 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing The 'marijuana will rot your brain' debate: neurological differences don't necessarily meanimpairment
There's a new study out that's being touted as proof that marijuana makes you dumb. But, while the results do show differences in the brains of people who smoked pot, the conclusion about what that me...
10:33 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing The rings of Saturn are either giving birth to a moon, or destroyingone
In a series of photos dating back to May 2012, NASA scientists have identified a bright object at the edge of Saturn's outermost ring....
10:28 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Eccentric axe uses physics to make splitting firewoodeasier
If you've ever tried to split your own firewood, you know it's kind of a pain in the tookus. Swinging the axe with enough force to drive the wedge into the wood and also split said wood (rather than ...
08:18 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Video: Bart Gellman and Cory opening for Ed Snowden atSXSW
Last month, Barton Gellman and I opened for Edward Snowden's first-ever public appearance, at the SXSW conference in Austin. The kind folks at SXSW have put the video online (the Snowden video itself...
03:51 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing UK Tory MP who helped kill Legal Aid is wiped out by defending himself against sexual assaultclaim
Alan sez, "At least he's got the sense to own up and say he's sorry. Nigel Evans used to be in Parliament....
02:17 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing X-Men director Bryan Singer accused of sexually abusing teen boy; case mentions Marc Collins-Rector ofDEN
Bryan Singer, the director of the forthcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past is accused in a lawsuit filed today in Hawaii federal court of sexually abusing a teenage boy in 1999....
02:17 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing X-Men director Bryan Singer accused of raping teen boy in 1999; case mentions sex offender Marc Collins-Rector ofDEN
Bryan Singer, the director of the forthcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past is accused in a lawsuit filed today in Hawaii federal court of drugging and raping a teenage boy in 1999....
12:00 am PDT - Thu, April 17, 2014
BoingBoing Miyazaki beerlabel
I could (and probably will) write an essay about all the ways in which the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is amazing and totally different from the usual museum (shortlist: limited capacity managed through wa...
10:30 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 048: 3D Systems CEO AviReichental
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of Brian Heater's cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types....
09:33 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing A tumblog of Greatness: Time is a FlatCircus
True Detective + The Family Circus = timeisaflatcircus.tumblr.com (thanks, @sfslim!)...
09:30 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Sword and Laser Podcast 169: Sneaking Peeks and SwappingSleeves
The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt....
08:27 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 142: the funniest livingAmerican
Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Wed developers: EFF needs your help with important pro-democracytool!
Rainey from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and Taskforce.is have teamed up to build a public domain tool that makes it easier for...
08:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Web developers: EFF needs your help with important pro-democracytool!
Rainey from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and Taskforce.is have teamed up to build a public domain tool that makes it easier for...
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Renaissance Space Invadersart
Artist Dan Hernandez painted a gorgeous series of frescoes depicting Space Invaders and other vintage game screengrabs as Renaissance and Byzantine art....
06:03 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Neanderthalism: handmade art materials from your backyardworkshop
Our friends at Machine Project in Los Angeles have a fun workshop coming up on Saturday, May 31. It's called Neanderthalism ...
05:35 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Hidden mural at LA hotel; Our "Missing" Chromosomes; Final Transmetropolitancollection
One year ago today The secret history of a hidden mural at a Los Angeles hotel: During the clearance sale, a puzzling discovery was made: a fifteen-foot mosaic mural commissioned by The Los Angeles Pe...
05:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 027: cartoonist and zinemaker NicoleGeorges
Tell Me Something I Dont Know is Boing Boing's podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the practical side of how they do what they d...
03:58 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Pulp magazine and pinup auctionpreview
Will Husley's Lizards from Hell is my favorite item for sale at Heritage's Pin-up, Pulp, & Advertising Art Signature Auction....
03:20 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Center for Public Integrity smacks down ABC bid to tag along on theirPulitzer
Remember in school, when you had to do group projects, and there was always that one kid who showed up late, only worked on part of the project, half-assed what they did do and then demanded full cred...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Check yourneuroskepticism
I have been increasingly skeptical of the value of brain imaging studies and the scope of what they can actually tell us....
02:27 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Space cherries hit pubertyearly
It normally takes 8-10 years for a cherry tree grown from a seed to blossom. But some seeds that went to space aboard the ISS are producing trees that flower far, far earlier....
02:22 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Millennia-old canoe discovered in museumhallway
A canoe found by the shores of Lake Minnetonka in 1934 is not 264 years old, as previously thought, but closer to 1000....
02:15 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Scientists begin investigating possible health impacts ofe-cigarettes
A study released in January found that e-cigarette vapor can promote the development of cancer in certain types of human cells — at least, when those cells are in a petri dish....
02:06 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing List of people who have mysteriouslydisappeared
My new Wikipedia list obsession: List of people who have mysteriously disappeared. Some of the "mysteries" are not as mysterious as you might hope (some Romans and ancient Gauls who disappeared in the...
01:27 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Paul Pope's Escapo reissue event to benefit Comic Book Legal DefenseFund
Cartoonist Paul Pope's 1999 graphic novel Escapo, is being re-issued as a special edition loaded with extras. To kick it off, the publisher is holding a live concert in New York with The Jim Jones Rev...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Massive haul of Daniel Pinkwater's brilliant, hilarious, life-changing books as $3ebooks
Children's author, essayist and hero of literature Daniel Pinkwater has revived his classic backlist as a line of DRM-free ebooks! Each one is only $3, and there are some astoundingly good titles in t...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Daniel Pinkwater's brilliant, hilarious, life-changing books as $3ebooks
Children's author, essayist and hero of literature Daniel Pinkwater has revived his classic backlist as a line of DRM-free ebooks! Each one is only $3, and there are some astoundingly good titles in t...
12:42 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This ComicStrip
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythes of Chagrin Falls make sure that no animals were harmed just for the sake of their entertainment....
12:30 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Zombie Dice: eat brains, avoidshotguns
Zombies aren't known for their critical thinking skills, but in Zombie Dice, a fast-paced, risk-vs-reward dice-rolling game designed by Steve Jackson, you play a zombie who must balance its desire for...
12:19 pm PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Resentment at techies might not be fair, but it's thefuture
Jack Halprin is a Google employee who bought a multi-unit dwelling in San Franscico and evicted the relatively poor inhabitants. He's getting a roasting, as you can imagine....
11:02 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Japan copies, improves Westernculture
Japan makes the best bourbon, denim and burgers, writes Tom Downey. Its easy to dismiss Japanese re-creations of foreign cultures as faddish and derivativejust other versions of the way that, for exam...
10:52 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing HOWTO equip your drug-dealingoperation
Buy one part of the set--say, an AWS-100 digital scale--and Amazon's "what other customers bought" feature will tell you the rest you need....
10:46 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Monkeys may sometimes grieve for dead mates throughnecrophilia
A sad story of two marmosets documented by animal behavior researcher Bruna Bezerra, who was observing the primates in their northeast Brazil home: The pair had been the dominant male and female since...
10:41 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Donald Rumsfeld, unconvicted war criminal, is upset with theIRS
Noted horrible shitbag Donald Rumsfeld has one thing in common with you and I, dear reader: he is not happy with the IRS, and wishes he hadn't spent so much money preparing and filing his taxes....
10:29 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Finland to offer Tom of Finland gay bondage artstamps
Worth a trip to Finland after September 2014 just to buy a few and send postcards to conservative US lawmakers or, say, the Pope....
10:19 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Motorcycle safety: high visibility, low costvest
I wanted a high visibility vest to wear over my motorcycle jacket. Cycle gear shops carried great looking vests at high prices....
08:45 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Blade Runner engagementphotos
Rob Cruickshank found Paul Hillier's set of Bladerunner-themed engagement photos. He adds, "I do think the bride and groom should have taken Voight-Kampffs though, just to be sure." Blade Runner insp...
06:15 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Canada's Digital 150 Strategy: Cynical, lazy and so1867
John sez, "We Canadians are looking forward to our 150th birthday coming up in 2017. As part of the celebrations, the Harper Conservative government has released its Digital Canada 150 strategy paper ...
03:38 am PDT - Wed, April 16, 2014
BoingBoing Crowdfunding 12,000 to fight mandatory UK Internetfilters
Jim Killock from the UK Open Rights Group sez, "Recently the British Government, with the help of conservative religious lobby groups, has persuaded ISPs to introduce an internet filter across the UK...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Wearable computingbreakthrough
An image from the future past. (via via @stevenf)...
09:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Corrupted coloring bookpages
From Neatorama: "Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and childrens entertainment....
09:04 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Make a notebook from a brown paperbag
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08:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing DearFalcor
Editorial note: In a recent BBS thread concerning legendarily passive-aggressive advice column Dear Abby, Boing Boing commenters took it upon themselves to request assistance in their daily lives from...
08:12 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Homeland audiobook, direct fromme
My independently produced audio edition of Homeland, read by Wil Wheaton, is now available direct from me as a $15 MP3 download....
07:12 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing NYPD program to spy on Muslims has beendisbanded
NYT: "The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Gay jeans: bluejeans that go rainbow as theyfade
Chris from Betabrand writes, "Betabrand designer Steven B. Wheeler has discovered the Gay Jean -- more precisely, a denim that slowly but surely fades to reveal rainbow-colored thread within." How ...
05:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Blender Foundation needs more help to crowdfund the world's first fully open source animatedfeature
Julius writes, "With people like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales backing them up, the Blender Foundation's first full feature length film looks like one of those things that's just bound to happen by i...
04:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Pomplamoose's 'I Feel Good' (James BrownCover)
Video Link...
03:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing SF housing crisis: it is not thetechies
Thank goodness for Kim-Mai Cutler's analysis of the San Francisco Bay area housing crisis. It is worth the very long read....
03:15 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Parrot says 'WTF'(video)
[Video Link, thanks Dean Putney ]...
03:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing The most mindblowing photograph to emerge from the Nevada BLM/white militiastandoff
Reuters photog Jim Urquhart captured this surreal photograph of Eric Parker, who lives in central Idaho, aiming his gun from a bridge as pro-states' rights protesters assemble at the Bureau of Land Ma...
02:30 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing The Art of Ian Miller [exclusiveexcerpt]
Ian Miller is a fantasy illustrator and writer best known for his quirkily etched gothic style and macabre sensibility, noted for his book and magazine covers and interior illustrations, including SF ...
02:09 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Blood Moon KittenFeast
Shoop: XJ...
01:58 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Beautiful steam-powered mechanical models on auctionblock
Leavitt Pumping Engine. Very finely built and presented vintage exhibition model of a massive American steam powered waterworks pump designed by Erasmus Darwin Leavitt circa 1895....
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing How to force a patina on carbonsteel
Last week I offered a quick review recommending my favorite, dirt cheap pocket knife: the Opinel No. 8. Examining one of my carbon steel blades I was disappointed to find it had not yet formed a prot...
11:31 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing A century of earthquakes in onemap
Earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 5 are enough to damage buildings, and there were at least 72,000 such events in the last century, writes Nathan Yau at Flowing Data, who created a plainly-rea...
11:22 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Famous album covers, reimagined from the otherside
Harvezt recreates famous album covers to depict the subjects from opposite or alternative viewpoints. Some are subtle masterpieces, others gloriously cheeky, but my favorite is this ingeniously rever...
11:16 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Bears on Stairs, an animation made from 50 3D-printedframes
This isn't a CGI bear: it's a stop-motion animation created by Blue Zoo, for London design outfit DBLG. Fifty frames were painstakingly modeled, printed out and filmed over four weeks, just to create ...
11:09 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Newcleus Jam OnRevenge
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! ...
11:06 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Universal subway map designrules
Designer Jug Cerovic proposes a standardized approach to subway mapping, encompassed by 7 simple rules: 1. The city center sits at the center (because, duh)....
10:48 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Texting driver on cyclist she struck: "I just don'tcare"
A woman in Australia was fined $4500 and lost her driver's license for 9 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving Monday....
10:37 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Anti-vaccine campaigner Jenny McCarthy says "I'm notanti-vaccine"
"Jenny McCarthy is claiming she is not anti-vaccine," writes Phil Plait. "Heres the problem with that claim: Yes, she is....
10:36 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Macaulay Culkin Eating Pizza vs. Andy Warhol Eating aHamburger
[video link, thanks Dean Putney]...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Mysterious black ring seen floating overEngland
"It was just floating there like a cloud" [Mirror.co.uk]...
10:30 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Mysterious black ring seen floating over England (Update: never mind, it was just a fireball-shootingtrebuchet)
"It was just floating there like a cloud" [Mirror.co.uk] Fission Chipz has the most convincing explanation so far: transformer explosions. Update: The BBC reports that it was in fact nearby Warwick Ca...
10:12 am PDT - Tue, April 15, 2014
BoingBoing Push, the devious puzzle game that will eat your next halfhour
Arrow keys to move, and you can push one block one space. That's pretty much it for this perfectly absorbing Puzzlescript browser game!...
09:47 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords: Game of Thrones recap:4x02:
Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?...
08:10 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Monkey teaches man to crushleaves
[Video Link] Hopefully the monkey will teach him how to shoot video in landscape mode, too....
08:07 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing 'Blood moon' lunar eclipse may or may not signal end times; watch it online with NASAtonight
Stay up tonight online to watch an awesome lunar eclipse with our astronomer pals at NASA: Spring is here and ready to capture the world's attention with a total lunar eclipse....
07:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Colorful keyboardhow-to
The process shots for Chica and Joe's colorful keyboard how-to are like photos from a candy factory. DIY Colorful Computer Keyboard...
07:29 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Bird speaksJapanese
[Video Link, thanks Joe Sabia]...
06:09 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing A Vindication for the Public: Guardian and Washington Post Win Pulitzer Prize (A statement from EdwardSnowden)
I am grateful to the committee for their recognition of the efforts of those involved in the last year's reporting, and join others around the world in congratulating Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, B...
05:54 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Futility Closet Podcast #005: Mailing People, Alien Shorthand, and BenjaminFranklin
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04:45 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzer Prizes for Coverage of Edward Snowden's NSAleaks
Here's the #Pulitzer citation ..for Guardian and Washington Post pic.twitter.com/DnrGqgusCM— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) April 14, 2014 Big news on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners, wi...
03:48 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing A bitcoin knockoff for Insane Clown Posse fans:JuggaloCoin
Fuckin' cryptocurrencies, how do they work? Fans of ICP who are fed up with using actual US dollars to pay for all-you-can-slurp Faygo and ethanol cocktails at festivals can rejoice with the news of a...
03:39 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Funny genenames
Turn off the maggie gene in fruit flies and larvae will never mature into adults. It's just one of the genes on Joe Hanson's list of best funny gene names....
03:37 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Measles outbreaks have potential to spread farther, and through more people, than wethought
People fully vaccinated against measles could lose some of that protection as they get older. That means teenagers, college students, and adults could, potentially, contract and pass along measles in ...
03:24 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Punishments for scientists who don't make research openaccess
The National Institutes of Health requires research it funds to be put into the public access PubMed database within a year of publication....
03:19 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing In space, everyone can drink yourpee
Coming soon to space: A urine recycling system that turns pee into both water AND the electricity necessary to power the water purification system....
03:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing A visit to a legal recreational marijuanastore
I had kind of expected to find that, following the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, Boulder's head shop business would merge with the newly created legal pot business, to create a sort of Super ...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Monday Music: 'Pianoscope,' AlexandraStreliski
PIANOSCOPE by Alexandra Streliski Alexandra Streliski is a Montreal-based pianist and composer whose music is "distinguished by its sensitivity and softness, sometimes evoking Satie, Glass and Nyman....
02:58 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Excellent 50Plus song collection of late '70spunk
[Video Link] The Saints, The Scientists, The Simpletones, and even some 60s garage punk bands are in this excellent YouTube lineup....
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing 77 fun ways to play fast-moving Tenzi dicegame
A couple of weeks ago my friend Kent Barnes recommended a simple, fast-moving dice game called Tenzi. I bought it and my wife, 11-year-old daughter, and I had fun playing it....
01:49 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing How airlines treat theone-percenters
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01:44 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Don Draper and Jackie Brown atLAX
Illo: Matt Haughey Two scenes shot on LAX's mosaic-backed moving walkway, years apart: Pam Grier in the intro credits of Jackie Brown, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in last night's season opener of Mad M...
01:34 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing "Mystery Pooper", "Hash Bash" front page stories in AnnArbor
And now, the news from Lake Erie. Yes, both these stories appeared on the front page on the same day, Friday, April 11....
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures inHell
Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell centers on a beautiful, reprinted collection of diabolical 1860's French stereoscopic cards. On each card is an image of a detailed, intricate clay diorama...
12:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (bookreview)
Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell centers on a beautiful, reprinted collection of diabolical 1860s French stereoscopic cards. On each card is an image of a detailed, intricate clay diorama...
10:34 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Build the dungeon, not theadventurer
In the Guild of Dungeoneering, instead of controlling the adventurer, you build the dungeon--and put in monsters--as they go. It's $10 to buy into the alpha, and you can play with a browser demo free ...
10:23 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Windows Phone 8.1 surprisinglygreat
Windows Phone 7 was Microsoft's belated entry in the smartphone wars, ushering in cool new design trends without making a huge impact on the business....
10:14 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Children confused byWalkmans
Oldness now officially begins with the dawn of the iPod. Today's youngsters no longer find portable cassette players amusingly old-fashioned; they now have no clue whatsoever about any music gadget o...
10:10 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Rope removed fromurethra
Shanghai Daily reports that one Dr. Dong successfully removed a knotted length of rope from an adventurous fellow's urethra....
10:05 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Amy's Baking Company has itsrevenge
Amy's Baking Company (previously), the venue of note in the only episode of Gordon Ramsay's cooking show anyone ever needs to watch, is still going strong....
09:54 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Letters of Note finally inprint
Letters of Note, the most excellent blog collecting intriguing letters sent by noteworthy persons, is finally to be an excellent book....
09:45 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Blackmagic adds more pro cameras at market-nukingprices
Blackmagic's trick is to make cameras with great cinematic image quality at a relatively inexpensive price. The tradeoff is gear that is Satan's gift to ergonomics, with low-end audio inputs, terrible...
08:02 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Silicon Valley teaches Richard how to fire a friend [TV Recap: season 1, episode2]
Silicon Valleys pilot offered the allure of the billion-dollar tech startup, giving Richard Hendrix the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to his potentially game-changing algorithm....
02:06 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing TV recap: Game Of Thrones 'The Lion And The Rose' [season 4, episode2]
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the second episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, Season 4. Our coverage archives are here....
12:00 am PDT - Mon, April 14, 2014
BoingBoing Tick, tick,tick
No idea who made this, but it's wonderful. If you know, post in the comments, please....
10:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Google's adds dead-man's switch; Hyperbolic Bronnerianism; Amex can't take ajoke
One year ago today Google adds a "dead-man's switch" -- uses cases from torture-resistance to digital wills: If you set it, Google will watch your account for protracted inactivity....
07:33 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Justified circles back to old friends and enemies to close out its fifth season [Recap: season 5, episode13]
It was never really about the Crowes, or Ava going to prison, or the trip south of the border, or the gangsters in Detroit....
07:33 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Justified circles back to old friends and enemies to close out its fifth season [TV Recap: season 5, episode13]
It was never really about the Crowes, or Ava going to prison, or the trip south of the border, or the gangsters in Detroit....
07:25 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Hannibal's design takes shape in 'Yakimono' [TV Recap, Season 2, Episode7]
Characters are dropping like well, like characters on a televised serial killer drama, I suppose. But I was not expecting Dr....
07:15 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Community is here to let you know everything will keep going when the show ends [TV Recap: season 5, episode12]
At some point, it all has to end. NBC's Community will close up shop, whether its later this spring when NBC announces its fall schedule, after six seasons and a movie, or after it somehow incomprehe...
07:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largelyirrelevant
In Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens [PDF], a paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin ...
04:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Locus Poll wants your picks for the best sf/f of2013
The 43d annual Locus Poll and Survey is now online. Every year, science fiction trade journal Locus solicits votes on its editors' picks for the best science fiction and fantasy of the year (as well a...
02:47 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Kandu: kids' app development program oniPad
[Video Link] Kandu is an iPad based app for kids that lets you make apps and games. Here's co-founder David Bennahum demonstrating it at New York Tech Meetup earlier this month...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Olaf as Disneyprincesses
Olaf, the living snowman from Frozen, is pretty much the greatest comic-relief sidekick in animated history. Tortallmagic has made him even better by imagining him as an ambulatory misshapen snowman c...
10:00 am PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Kickstarting Storium: turn writing into a multiplayergame
Mur Lafferty sez, "This week, Storium launched its Kickstarter and reached funding ($25000) in the first day. Storium is a web-based online game that you play with friends....
02:00 am PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing HOWTO buy your way out of a California speedingticket
Pricenomics revisits the perennial scandal of the 11-99 Foundation, which benefits California Highway Patrol officers and their families in times of crisis....
12:00 am PDT - Sun, April 13, 2014
BoingBoing Japanese game-show asks celebs to eat household objects that may or may not bechocolates
Celeste writes, "Japanese sokkuri ('look alike') sweets are desserts designed to look like other, everyday things. This Japanese TV show showed contestants a room full of seemingly ordinary objects, a...
10:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing Vodo's indie science fiction bundle: comics, movies, novels, andmore!
Jamie from Vodo writes, "We've launched Otherworlds, our first indie sci-fi bundle! This pay-what-you-want, crossmedia collection includes the graphic novel collecting Cory's own 'Futuristic Tales of ...
07:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Iranian scientist's future-prediction machine; Rotting WWII junk in the jungles ofPeleliu
One year ago today Iranian scientist invents machine that predicts the future: My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the l...
04:06 pm PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing Caturday
"Spike with the 56mm," a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Benjamin G. Levy. "Spike obliges me while I test out the 56mm lens on the Fuji." Share your photos with us, if you'd like to may...
04:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing Homebrew syringe hydraulicexcavator
Here's a video of a young Brazilian man demonstrating justified pride and palpable pleasure as he puts his homebrew excavator, powered by syringe hydraulics, through its paces....
02:50 pm PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing Tech companies could force NSA reform if they wanted to. Why haven'tthey?
In a Guardian op-ed, Trevor Timm writes: The CEOs of the major tech companies came out of the gate swinging 10 months ago, complaining loudly about how NSA surveillance has been destroying privacy and...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing Celebrate World Homeopathy Awareness Week withhomeopathyawarenessweek.org
It's World Homeopathy Awareness Week, so the Good Thinking Society (a nonprofit devoted to promoting rational thought has put up a new site at homeopathyawarenessweek.org in which you will be made awa...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing Homeland audiobook, read by Wil Wheaton, is back ondownpour.com
For those of you who missed the audiobook in which Wil Wheaton reads my novel Homeland in the Humble Ebook Bundle, despair no longer!...
03:10 am PDT - Sat, April 12, 2014
BoingBoing Appeals court overturns conviction of Andrew weev Auernheimer in iPad hackingcase
Weev's conviction has been vacated! #freeweev— Tor Ekeland, P.C. (@TorEkelandPC) April 11, 2014 Andrew Auernheimer, a hacker and troll also known as weev, was released from prison tonight....
10:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Zero-gee cocktailrobotics
Samuel writes, "At Yuri's Night World Space Party in Los Angeles on April 11th 2014, my team and I will be announcing the Zero Gravity Cocktail Project....
09:57 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Jimmy Slonina lipsyncs The Guess Who's"Laughing"
[Video Link] I've posted Jimmy Slonina's entertaining lipsync videos before. Here's another great one, with fancy production values!...
09:25 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Cloak - iPhone app to avoid enemies, bores, andjerks
I don't like using apps like Foursquare that let acquaintances know where I am. Cloak is an anti-Foursquare, and I'm eager to try it....
09:11 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing High school science teacher suspended for teachingscience
The LA Times reports that a Greg Schiller, a popular high school science teacher was suspended because two of his students made projects that "appeared dangerous to administrators." One project used c...
08:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Boing Boing video collaborator Joe Sabia developing web video show for revamped CNN HeadlineNews
Exciting news for Boing Boing pal and frequent Boing Boing video on Virgin America collaborator Joe Sabia: He's getting his very own show on CNN HLN!...
08:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing LA Sheriffs launch crowdsourced 'emergency event' surveillance app that uses your photos andvideos
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department today unveiled a software program that allows law enforcement agencies to solicit and gather videos and photos of "emergency events" submitted by the public....
08:19 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing LA Sheriffs launch crowdsourced crowd control: LEEDIR, a surveillance app that uses your photos andvideos
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department today unveiled a software program that allows US law enforcement agencies who adopt it to solicit and gather videos and photos of "emergency events" from the...
08:17 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing One day only sale: become a glasshole for$1,500
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08:02 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing xkcd explains how the Heartbleed bugworks
Here's a larger version. And here is a literal explanation....
07:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Documentary about the only penis musuem in the theworld
[Video Link] The Final Member "follows the aging curator of one of the world's only penis museum as he races against his own mortality to complete his comprehensive collection." He needs a human peni...
07:56 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Documentary about the only penis musuem in theworld
[Video Link] The Final Member "follows the aging curator of one of the world's only penis museum as he races against his own mortality to complete his comprehensive collection." He needs a human peni...
07:50 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Dropbox responds to "Drop Dropbox" campaign after Condoleezza Rice joinsboard
Nothing to see here, move along, says Dropbox....
07:45 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing WhiteRabbit
shoop: XJ...
06:29 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Wink's remarkable book picks of theweek
Wink is a website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. My wife, Carla Sinclair, is the editor. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we love...
05:29 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing US to Angela Merkel: no, you can't see your NSA file but we promise we aren't spying on youanymore
The US is refusing to allow German chancellor Angela Merkel to see her NSA file, or obtain any answers to questions from Germany about US surveillance activities involving the European leader's commun...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Spooky game; Statebook for the UK gov't; Museum of UnworkableDevices
One year ago today The Guardian, a spooky free flash game: Dreamlike adventure about a boy with a girl's name who feels compelled to leave the village where he is shunned....
02:09 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras enter the US for first time since Snowdenleaks
A first since they began reporting on the material leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, landing in the United States....
02:07 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Wal-Mart to launch price war on "Expensive OrganicFood"
Wal-Mart "has struck a deal with Wild Oats to launch 100 mostly organic products that will be priced 25% cheaper than national brands." [WSJ]...
01:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Flashing your headlights to tip off other drivers to cops now officially free speech inOregon
In Oregon, a judge has ruled that a truck driver who flashed his headlights to warn another truck driver that Old Smokey had them ears on and was hot on the trail is totally free speech....
01:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing The state of vintage contemporary hipster fashion in Africa, according to a Namibian styleguru
This is Africa interviews Namibian designer and trendsetter Loux the Vintage Guru on contemporary African fashion trends that involve "black hipsters in tweed jackets and round spectacles, trilby hat...
11:04 am PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Two possible explanations of mysterious earthquakelights
Centuries of humans have reported strange lights moving along the ground before an earthquake strikes. Now, two different teams of scientists have two competing theories that could explain where those...
11:00 am PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Fish don't need no stinkingeyes
Meet the Mexican blind cavefish, which has no eyes, and instead echolocates through the power of fishface. ...
10:57 am PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Watch freaky oarfish frolic in the Sea ofCortez
Oarfish are freaky sea dragons. You might remember them from the beaching incidents last fall, when two oarfish turned up on the coast of California within a week....
10:50 am PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Awesomely bad Bollywood musical number and Kraftwerk ripoff: 'Yoga'(1983)
Where to begin. This is my kind of yoga. Video Link. From the 1983 film HAADSAA. [HT: Carl Hamm]...
10:48 am PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing LA sheriffs shoot, kill Tosh 2.0 production assistant who was helping friends attacked by man withknife
In West Hollywood on Monday, 30 year old aspiring television production worker John Winkler was mistaken for a stabbing suspect, and shot to death by a deputy as he fled an apartment where friends wer...
10:48 am PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing LA sheriffs shoot, kill Tosh.0 production assistant who was helping friends attacked by man withknife
In West Hollywood on Monday, 30 year old aspiring television production worker John Winkler was mistaken for a stabbing suspect, and shot to death by a deputy as he fled an apartment where friends wer...
10:37 am PDT - Fri, April 11, 2014
BoingBoing Steve Jurvetson scores a Mercury spacesuit atauction
"Whoa, I just won a Mercury space suit," says Steve Jurvetson, VC, photographer, and space history collector. "The iconic silver wardrobe of our dreams and the first American astronauts....
10:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing EFF seeks student activists for campusnetwork
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is launching a major campus organizing initiative and is looking to build a network of trusted campus activists to work with....
09:07 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing RIP, SueTownsend
Sue Townsend has died. Ms Townsend wrote (among other things) the marvellous Adrian Mole books that have been a touchstone for me since I was 14 years old (I'm the same age as Adrian Mole, and grew up...
08:32 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing New Disruptors 70: Puzzle Maker ChrisYates
Chris Yates is a polymath. A sculptor, artist, woodworker, cartoonist, entrepreneur, dog-kennel assembler, musician, and more. He's best known now for his handmade jigsaw puzzles....
08:18 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Dropping Dropbox - what's areplacement?
...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Brand on Thatcher; Vicodin ring; Bavarian Wild Westthemeparks
One year ago today Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: When I was a kid, Thatcher was the headmistress of our country....
02:02 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing CBS: Stephen Colbert Will Take Over Lettermans LateShow
Looks like that #CancelColbert campaign worked: The Colbert Show's Stephen Colbert will replace a retiring David Letterman as host of the CBS Late Show....
01:57 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Owner of John Lennon's tooth would like to clone themusician
Back in 2011, I posted that one of John Lennon's teeth was up for auction. Canadian dentist Michael Zuk bought the molar for approximately $34,000 and says he would eventually like to use it to clone ...
01:19 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing PETA unable to make cannibal Dahmer's home a veganrestaurant
Unfortunately, PETA is not able to turn noted cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home in Bath, Ohio into a vegan restaurant. The plan was to call the restaurant "Eat for Life: Home Cooking" but zonin...
01:05 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Men's coiffures from the 1960s and1970s
Yesterday's bad haircuts are tomorrow's (or today's) cool haircuts in San Francisco's Mission or Brooklyn. (via Devour)...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing SF in SF: Daniel Suarez and Andy Weir in San Francisco thisSaturday
Rina writes, "Join SF in SF on Sat., April 12 for our author event! Authors Daniel Suarez (Influx) and Andy Weir (The Martian) will each read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A moderate...
12:58 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing A different band shirt for 1000Plusdays
Isaac wore a different band t-shirt every day in a row for 1000+ days. And I thought I had a lot of rock shirts in the archive!...
12:53 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing A Canticle for Leibowitz, venerated science fictionmasterpiece
I recent read Walter M. Miller Jr's. deeply loved and admired A Canticle for Leibowitz. Sci-fi reviews so often reference this published in 1959 story of post-apolcalyptic mankind's struggles, that w...
12:51 pm PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Early Polaroid SX-70 photos fromLIFE
In 1972, Polaroid introduced its iconic SX-70 camera. It was an evolutionary leap from the groundbreaking "Land Camera" invented in 1947 by Polaroid co-founder Edwin H....
11:37 am PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing A biologist trying to go toMars
Biologist Chris Patil is one of the 1058 people chosen (from more than 200,000 initial applicants) to participate in the second round of Mars One astronaut selection....
11:32 am PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing This is the system Apple used to test iPhone software in2006
The Wall Street Journal has a story about the birth of the iPhone (which I am still a little startled to realize is only seven years old ......
11:09 am PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing The side-effects of survivingHIV
There are side-effects to being an HIV controller — a person whose body naturally suppresses the virus without medication. They have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes,...
10:07 am PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Opinel No. 8 "picnic" knife, my favorite pocketknife
If you were to search my closet you would find an Opinel No. 8 pocket knife in each and every outdoor coat....
10:00 am PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Kickstarting a new Girl Geniuscollection
Phil Foglio writes, "Woo hoo! Excitements abounds! Today Studio Foglio flipped the Big Red Switch and we have launched our latest Kickstarter....
02:03 am PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 141: TheRemedy
Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?...
12:00 am PDT - Thu, April 10, 2014
BoingBoing Copy Me: a new critical animation series about copying, culture andcopyright
Copy Me is a new webseries (here's its Indiegogo fundraiser) constituting a series of short animations presenting accessible, informative, concise information about copyright, copying and culture....
10:34 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Have you seen this missing woman? Alexa Morgenroth, last seen in Las Vegas April1
My friend Emily in Los Angeles shared with me that her stepsister has gone missing. I offered to help spread the word, in hopes that perhaps one of our readers in Las Vegas (or elsewhere) has seen Ale...
10:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Everything is a Remix vs PatentTrolls
Adi from EFF writes, "Engine Advocacy worked with artist Kirby Ferguson (of Everything is a Remix fame) to create this great primer on patent trolls....
07:28 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Condoleezza Rice, supporter of torture and domestic surveillance, joins Dropboxboard
You don't need Mike Judge to remind you how dumb the valley is. Buried on page 3 of a Businessweek story by Brad Stone and Ari Levy, via Sam Biddle at Valleywag: Dropbox has also added a prominent fou...
07:28 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Condoleezza Rice, surveillance and torture fan, joins Dropboxboard
You don't need Mike Judge to remind you how dumb the valley is. Buried on page 3 of a Businessweek story by Brad Stone and Ari Levy, via Sam Biddle at Valleywag: Dropbox has also added a prominent fou...
07:07 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Adrian Tomine's New YorkPostcards
Our friends at Drawn and Quarterly have published New York Postcards: 30 Illustrations from the Pages of The New Yorker and Beyond, by Adrian Tomine....
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Why majority supports gay marriage; 3D printing with maltodextrin; Jack Layton endorsesP2P
One year ago today Why the majority of people now favor marriage equality: The most common response involved coming into contact with someone that they learned was homosexual....
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing 17-year-old plays side two of Abbey Road with variousinstruments
[Video Link] 17-year-old Dylan Gardner says: "In honor of the Beatles breakup on April 10, 1970, I decided to cover the entire second side of their last album, Abbey Road, with different instruments ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing NSA spies on human rights groups, including those in theUSA
During video testimony to the Council of Europe, whistleblower Edward Snowden reiterated that the NSA targets human rights groups, including those in the USA, for surveillance....
02:37 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Staph bacteria thank you for using antimicrobialsoap
"People who tested positive for triclosan were "twice as likely to have the bug Staphylococcus aureus living in their noses... when bacteria are exposed to sublethal levels of antibiotics, they get st...
02:10 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Why Werner Herzog hateschickens
Werner Herzog thinks chickens are foul beasts. (via Laughing Squid)...
01:56 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova profiled inGQ
GQ's Michael Idov visited Odessa, Ukraine to meet Valeria Lukyanova, the human Barbie doll. Among other topics, we learn that the Barbie connection wasn't Lukyanova's idea, and that she apparently fro...
01:45 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Breather is like an Airbnb by thehour
If you are in New York or Montreal and need a place to work, chill-out, or engage in an activity you'd like to perform behind closed doors, check out Breather....
01:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Saturday: Pravic Science Fiction Extravaganza with Rucker, Davis, and Pesco (SanFrancisco)
On Saturday (April 12), the excellent Pravic science fiction 'zine will hold its second live extravaganza in San Francisco. I'm honored that I've been added to the amazing bill featuring talks by two ...
01:27 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Animation: Johnny Cash on gospelmusic
"I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on." The Man In Black talks about gospel music in this PBS Blank On Blank animation of a 1996 interview by Barney Hoskyns from Rock's Backpages....
01:16 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Watch for blind people popular with sightedpeople
Hyungsoo Kim's wristwatch allows blind people to tell the time by feeling a metal ball in a circular groove. Sighted people want the watch too, because they can check the time without being rude to th...
01:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing 15 excellent but little-knownmovies
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01:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Prosecutors wage war on judges who insist onfairness
When South Carolina State Supreme Court Justice Donald Beatty told a convention of prosecutors that judges would not permit "unethical conduct, such as witness tampering, selective and retaliatory pro...
12:11 pm PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Learning Big News on Twitter, Through theAges
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH various people at different times in history read snarky tweets....
10:00 am PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing LAPD officers sabotage their own voice-recorders: nothing to hide, nothing tofear?
The Los Angeles Police Department is trying to do something about its notoriously bad human rights record: it has equipped officers with belt-worn voice-recorders that feed tamper-evident uploading st...
12:22 am PDT - Wed, April 9, 2014
BoingBoing Weird light photographed onMars
A strange light was visible in photos of Mars like the one above taken by the Curiosity rover last week. Is it a beacon from an underground extraterrestrial base as some UFO researchers suggest, or si...
09:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest [exclusiveexcerpt]
The eagerly anticipated new novel from one of the master illusionists of our time. (Wired) Summary: Near future: Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled from Anatolia to Britain when his w...
08:27 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing A video history of Last Gaspcomics
[Video Link] Last Gasp comics has posted the first video in a series called "This Moment in Last Gasp History." This one is about publisher Ron Turner's involvement in a scandalous political fundrais...
06:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Online test-proctoring: educational spyware that lets third parties secretly watch and listen to you through yourcomputer
Rebecca from EFF writes, "How would you feel about having your computer taken over by online test-taking software - complete with proctors peering through your laptop camera?...
06:38 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing EU's highest court strikes down mass surveillance under the Data RetentionDirective
The European Court of Justice, the highest court in the EU, has invalidated the European Parliament's Data Retention Directive, which required phone companies and ISPs to store your clicks, email sub...
04:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Comic Neue: a sophisticated alternative to ComicSans
Comic Sans was never intended to be the world's most popular typeface. Its success has irritated type-nerds, who've been vociferous about their disappointment....
02:42 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Outside Lands 2014 with Death Cab For Cutie, Kanye, The Flaming Lips, and manymore!
Our friends at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival announced this year's lineup and it's a doozy. The bill features dozens of bigtime and indie acts including Kanye West, Tom Petty, The Killers, T...
02:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Sean Lennon's music video Animals(NSFW)
[Video Link] I love this trippy new music video from Sean Lennon's band, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger....
02:18 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Hearing lips and seeingvoices
This video explains the weirdness of the McGurk effect, a perceptual illusion demonstrating that understanding speech is not just about what we hear, but also what we see....
02:06 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Rugged Rukus portable solar wireless soundsystem
I have owned this rugged, splash-proof speaker for about six months. I purchased it for week-long bicycle tours and camping. It is a combination of solar charger, battery and speakers in one unit....
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Meteorite just missesskydiver
A video recently posted on YouTube appears to show a falling meteorite just missing a skydiver in Norway. Fast forward to 1:31 to see it streak past....
01:51 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Meteoroid just missesskydiver
A video recently posted on YouTube appears to show a falling meteoroid just missing a skydiver in Norway. Fast forward to 1:31 to see it streak past....
01:48 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing The unthinkable blooms on Hannibal "Futomono"[s2,e6]
Theresa DeLucci reviews the latest episode in an ongoing feast of horrors....
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Violinists can't tell a Stradivarius from a modernviolin
Ever wonder if Stradivarius violins are really better than other violins, or if the name just makes them seem better? A recent study blindfolded professional violinists and found that they couldn't te...
01:43 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Blood alcohol level guessinggame
Rob Cockerham says: "This past St. Patrick's Day I set up a table on the streets of Sacramento asking people to guess their own Blood Alcohol Level....
01:41 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Silicon Valley is Mike Judges incisive, hilarious return-to-form [TV Recap: season 1, episode1]
Kevin McFarland reviews the premiere of HBO's new series "Silicon Valley."...
01:38 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing The geology ofWesteros
This Stanford project imagines 500 million years of planetary evolution on the planet of Game of Thrones, using a combination of book details and the principles of Earth-based geologic physics....
01:35 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Scientists begin studying annual bee death rates in a really substantiveway
For the first time, the European Union began closely monitoring the deaths of bees during the course of a year. The results have been somewhat encouraging, with death rates lower than expected in 2012...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing $5 programmable chemistry set inspired by musicbox
Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakash and his colleagues devised a $5 "chemistry set" that can be programmed to mix various reactants by punching holes in a paper tape and feeding it through the handheld...
01:28 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing An ad for radium-laced cookingutensils
Here's to your health! I liked scientist and blogger Danielle Lee's take on this ad, others like it, and the history that they represent....
01:18 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Where do tectonic plates comefrom?
Well, kids, you see, when one chunk of Earth's crust loves another very much, they slam together and one chunk is forced underneath of the other....
01:16 pm PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing New film about Kurt Cobain deathconspiracy
Last week was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Soaked In Bleach is a new film mixing historical footage and interviews with dramatizations that dredges up the tired old conspiracy theor...
11:02 am PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Infamous Style Wars FilmScreening
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics! ...
10:00 am PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Convertible living-room furniture; Dark side of Dubai; Gilmore onGmail
One year ago today Convertible coffee-table/sofa/dining room table + stools: a clever piece of furniture that converts from a coffee table to a sofa to a dining room table with chairs....
10:00 am PDT - Tue, April 8, 2014
BoingBoing Doubleclicks celebrate the paperback of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember with a newsong
The paperback edition of Annalee Newitz's excellent Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction comes out today, and to celebrate, Annalee has commissioned a song about th...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Wikileaks' Public Library of US Diplomacy; Basil Wolverton's Bible; Training speeders to slowdown
One year ago today Wikileaks opens Public Library of US Diplomacy (PLUSD), searchable repository of 1970s US diplomatic and intel documents: PLUSD includes diplomatic cables, intel reports, congressio...
09:04 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Video: The LA Phil plays through anearthquake
[Video Link] Here's a video (well, real audio with some graphics) of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Ravel's "Daphnis and Chloduring a 5.1 magnitude earthquake....
06:22 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Restoring CC attribution to Flickr, because Yahoo brokeit
For years, Flickr has been one of the most important repositories of Creative Commons imagery in the world; now, thanks to a new design, it's all but useless for serving and attributing the CC-license...
05:31 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Enormous collection of '50s-'70s counterculture books, comix, and ephemera up forauction
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04:16 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Futility Closet Podcast #004: Mystery Airships, Marauding Lions, and NancyDrew
Hosted by Greg and Sharon Ross, Futility Closet is an interactive exploration of the popular website that catalogs more than 7,000 curiosities in history, language, mathematics, literature, philosophy...
04:01 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Remix "The Fifth Beatle" - win a signed limitededition!
I recently reviewed The Fifth Beatle: The Brain Epstein Story, written by Vivek J. Tiwary and illustrated by Andrew C....
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Some important facts about the Tex-Mex nipple-shields formen
Chantilly's Tex-Mex nipple-shields for men are not chili flavored, nor do they taste of tacos. They are for fashion (marathon runners, take note)....
03:21 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords GoT recap: 4x01: Two Swords, OneThroat
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....
01:36 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Mobile phone orchestra TVadvertisement
I've seen several artists create "mobile phone orchestras" but I appreciate the multigenerational representation in this example made for SK Telecom, the South Korean wireless operator....
01:27 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Space history auction onTuesday
On Tuesday, Bonhams auction house will put a massive collection of space history items on the block for sale. The Space History Sale features patches, signed ephemera, autographed lunar globe and actu...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Just look at this crinkle-cutbanana-slicer
Just look at it. Crinkle-cut banana slicer ,Tokyu Hands, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan...
12:59 pm PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Nobody wants a push-buttonorgasm
In 2001, a scientist inadvertently discovered that a pain-relief implant could double as an automatic orgasm-maker. Press a button, receive orgasm....
11:54 am PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing How to: Make a baby with nosex
Here's a Christmas season leftover that I stumbled across recently and thoroughly enjoyed: Three scientific theories that could explain a "virgin" (or, even, possibly virgin) birth....
11:46 am PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing The worst thing about feeding mosquitoes on your ownblood
It's the fact that they eat so damn slowly, sometimes, writes Ed Yong. Seriously, mosquitoes. When a scientist offers you their arm, the least you can do is hurry it up....
10:51 am PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Lightning might have a connection to outerspace
It's possible that lightning wouldn't exist without cosmic rays from space. Scientists have set up one of the largest experiments in physics to figure out whether this is true....
10:31 am PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing The "butter is good" study has some seriousflaws
You may have heard that science proves saturated fat is good for you — or, at least, that it's not the devil....
09:40 am PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Scientists capture seven particles ofstardust
After a years-long mission, a NASA spacecraft captured seven particles of interstellar dust as those bits whooshed around the solar system at speeds of tens of thousands of kilometers per hour....
06:00 am PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing My daughter Poesy reviews Hilda and the BlackHound
Luke Pearson and London's Flying Eye Books have published the fourth Hildafolk kids' graphic novel, Hilda and the Black Hound.    ...
12:00 am PDT - Mon, April 7, 2014
BoingBoing Australian civil servants ordered to fink on colleagues who criticize gov'tonline
Australia's far-right crybaby government is so terrified of civil servants criticizing its policies that it has ordered government employees to snitch on any colleagues who breathe an unhappy word abo...
11:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 6, 2014
BoingBoing Game Of Thrones picks up as the Lannisters cope with apparent victory [TV Recap: season 4, episode1]
Spoilers. Kevin McFarland reviews the opening episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, Season 4. Our coverage archives are here.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 6, 2014
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a makerspace for Portland,Maine
Jeremy writes, "I'm helping to build the first makerspace in Portland (Maine), The Open Bench Project. We launched an Indiegogo campaign on April 3rd and have raised about a quarter of our goal so fa...
01:00 pm PDT - Sun, April 6, 2014
BoingBoing Sony issues fraudulent takedown for Blender's open sourcemovie
Alex writes, "This is a very good example of copyright abuse. The official Blender Foundation copy of Sintel on Youtube is currently blocked because Sony apparently claimed copyright over it. &nb...
10:00 am PDT - Sun, April 6, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Ohio's illegal debtor's prisons; Red Cross says medical workers helped CIA torturers; 600 quintillion possible spellings ofviagra
One year ago today Widespread, illegal debtors' prisons in Ohio: A new ACLU report called The Outskirts of Hope documents the rise of illegal debtors prisons in Ohio.    ...
06:15 am PDT - Sun, April 6, 2014
BoingBoing Furniture made from recycledboat-wood
All From Boats is a furniture maker that uses lumber recycled from decommissioned wooden boats as raw materials. The individual wooden pieces are each distressed in their own way, and are purchased fr...
04:36 pm PDT - Sat, April 5, 2014
BoingBoing There are more ways to arrange a deck of cards than atoms onEarth
[Video Link]There are roughly 80,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 unique ways to order 52 playing cards. Any time you pick up a well shuffled de...
01:00 pm PDT - Sat, April 5, 2014
BoingBoing Edgar Allan Poe bronze coming toBoston
This beautiful life-sized bronze of Edgar Allan Poe with an enormous raven is Stefanie Rocknak's competition-winning entry for the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston's Edgar Allan Poe Square Public ...
10:00 am PDT - Sat, April 5, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: This American Life's error-ridden disability report; Congressman claims he's helpless before predatory lenders; Wash-care label apologizes forBush
One year ago today This American Life's report on kids and disability claims riddled with factual errors: Many of the claims in the report are debatable, and many, many more and simply not true. ...
09:32 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Tenzi: fast dice game with simplerules
My friend, Kent Barnes, told me about Tenzi, a simple dice game. The object of the game is to end up with all of your dice showing the same number.    ...
08:55 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Slothurday
'shoop: XJ.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Private equity, an infection that is eating theworld
In an amazing and terrifying essay called How to get beyond the parasite economy, Eric Garland describes how private equity infects industry after industry, sucking all productive capacity out of it t...
06:52 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Tech-art making class with Kal Spelletich (SanFrancisco)
Ingenious tech/robot artist Kal Spelletich of Seemen and Survival Research Labs fame is teaching a maker class in San Francisco on creating art involving technology!    ...
06:49 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing 1930 stop-motion movie of a metal-eatingbird
[Video Link] "Excerpt from a bizarre early stop-motion animation piece featuring Charley Bowers and a metal-eating bird. The creature devours junk from an auto scrapyard, then lays an egg that hatche...
05:13 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Groovy 1970s song: "Sort of Soul" by Birds 'NBrass
"The brainchild of Keith Roberts, Birds 'N Brass derived their unique sound from conventional brass, guitar, etc and fused this with the wonderful voice of Barbara Moore (an album from her coming ove...
04:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Movie poster for TheDouble
Empire Design's poster for The Double is fantastic. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, the Double is based on Fyodor Dostoyevskys novel of the same name and follows the story of a rather awk...
04:08 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing I F*cking [email protected]
Filmmaker, writer, and trans activist Andrea James on the current state of post-disruption journalism and its unhealthy addiction to Twitter, and LGBT brain drain.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Squicked out alien describes humansex
Here's a nice use of science fiction's trick of describing cherished human behaviors and institutions through the ironic distance of an alien observer: Mallory Ortberg's short story Erotica Written By...
03:38 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing 'Community' knows Jeff Wingers real age, and knowing is half the battle [TV recap: season 5, episode11]
Many of the episodes in Communitys fifth season have been modified sequels to previous fan-favorite from previous seasons. Cooperative Polygraphy echoes bottle episode Cooperative Calligraphy. Bondag...
02:59 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Tell Me Something I Don't Know 026: TeenagerX
Tell Me Something I Dont Know is Boing Boing's podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the practical side of how they do what they d...
02:30 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Wink's remarkable book picks of theweek
Wink is a new website that reviews one remarkable paper book every weekday. My wife, Carla Sinclair, is the editor. We take photos of the covers and the interior pages of the books to show you why we ...
01:00 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Ebert RIP; URL shorteners suck; Ripping off workers by doctoring digitaltimeclocks
One year ago today Roger Ebert, 19422013: Roger Ebert, the legendary film critic, died today. Five years ago today Why URL shorteners suck: Delicious founder Joshua Schachter says that URL shorteners ...
12:47 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing What makes somethingugly?
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12:37 pm PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Why did armed officers raid a strip club and takephotos?
Here's the latest episode of Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?!, produced by Ted Balaker. San Diego's police chief has recently resigned amid a variety of sex-crime scandals involving his officers...
06:30 am PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, a nuanced and moving history of race, slavery and the CivilWar
The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation sat in my pile for too long, and it shouldn't have. I loved The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, the previous effort by Jonathan Hennessey...
02:00 am PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Yahoo beefs up security in two meaningful and importantways
Yahoo has taken some serious steps towards protecting user-privacy, writes the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Seth Schoen. After revelations that the NSA and GCHQ had hacked its services, intercepte...
12:39 am PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Community revisited one of its best episodes and avoided the sequel curse [Recap: season 5, episode10]
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons stands as one of Communitys all-time greatest episodes, both stylistically impressive and narratively heartfelt. Its an immensely satisfying episode of television that...
12:00 am PDT - Fri, April 4, 2014
BoingBoing Imogen Heap's musicalgloves
Sean sends us, "a video interview with Imogen Heap describing her homemade electronic interface gloves that control her music interface software by the movement and positions of her hands." Heap is k...
11:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing UK Tories call for a national ofslaves
Charlie Stross is on fire in this essay on the true meaning of the UK Exchequer George Osborne's promise to produce a Britain with 100% employment: he is proposing nothing less than a nation of slaves...
10:57 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Peaceful PandaPlanet
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10:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Girl Talk's first official video: the ultraviolent"Tolerated"
Allen Cordell sends us Tolerated, "an ultra-violent music video I directed. It's Girl Talk's first official video ever!"    ...
09:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Daniel Ellsberg to keynote HOPE X in NYC thissummer
2600 Magazine's Emmanuel Goldstein writes, "Acclaimed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg will be keynoting at this summer's HOPE X conference in New York City.    ...
08:37 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Chinese street vendor's explosive popcorn makingcontraption
Boing Boing reader mtdna posted the above video in response to the popcorn popper we reviewed earlier today. He wrote: "What kind of ridiculous freaking wuss uses a microwave to make popcorn? &n...
08:05 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Dead Kennedy artist Winston Smith's art exhibition in SF4/4/2014
The fantastic artist, Winston Smith (who designed the Alternative Tentacles record label logo, and the Dead Kennedy's logo), has a show this Friday at Grant's Tomb gallery in San Francisco. &nbs...
08:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Britain is turning into a country that can't tell its terrorists from itsjournalists
Sarah Harrison, a British journalist who's worked with Wikileaks and the Snowden papers, writes that she will not enter the UK any longer because the nation's overbroad anti-terror laws, combined with...
07:40 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing $150,000 "Black Beauty" Manganite specimen to beauctioned
Here's a nice looking "whopper of a Manganite group." With an estimated value between $150,000 and $175,000, it has an opening bid of $75,000.    ...
07:10 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Presto Power Pop Microwave CornPopper
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07:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Crowdfunding Novena, the fully open/transparent laptopproject
Remember Bunnie Huang's fully open laptop? Bunnie and Sean "xobs" Cross prototyped a machine he called the "Novena" in which every component, down to the BIOS, was fully documented, licensed under FL...
06:27 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing New stop-motion commercial byPES
[Video Link] We love PES, makers of whimsical, inventive stop-motion videos. Their latest is a commercial for a hotel.    ...
06:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: How I Work; Welsh terror cops think jazz musician is a terrorist; Remix Everyone inSilico
One year ago today Cory's HOW I WORK interview: What apps/software/tools can't you live without? Ubuntu and the suite of GNU tools in any robust Unix system.    ...
05:35 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Mozilla CEOresigned
In response to the furor around Brendan Eich's disgusting support of a 2008 bigoted California ballot initiative against same-sex marriage, he has resigned as CEO of Mozilla Corporation, makers of Fir...
05:21 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing 1982 high school yearbook with videogametheme
London's IDEA booksellers unearthed this 1982 yearbook, from South Plantation High School in Florida, that has a fantastic hand-drawn video game theme.    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Captain America bathrobe withhood/mask
If I could, I'd live in loungewear: pajamas, bathrobes, etc. If there's one thing that makes a terry bathrobe even more comfy, it's a hood.    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing White, right-wing terrorist busted...and hardly apeep
Last week, the FBI arrested Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas. Talbot was the self-styled head of the American Insurgent Movement, which openly plotted to massacre Moslems at mosques and kil...
03:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing New Disruptors 69: cartoonist DylanMeconis
Dylan Meconis is a prolific cartoonist who lives in Portland, Oregon. She constantly labors away at a mix between her solo work and projects in collaboration with others, including writing the script ...
03:12 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing You Are Not So Smart podcast 021: how to use science as a tool to understand humannature
You are Not So Smart is hosted by David McRaney, a journalist and self-described psychology nerd. In each episode, David explores cognitive biases and delusions, and is often joined by a guest expert....
03:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Winnie the Pooh does DarthVader
Here's voice-actor Jim "Winnie the Pooh" Cummings doing Darth Vader's lines from Star Wars in the voice of Winnie, and other key characters as Darkwing Duck and his other best-known voices; he appear...
02:38 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Open net gets a huge boost in the EU: net neutrality and no roamingfees
Andrew sez, "The fight for the Open Web and Net Neutrality won a big one today after the EU Parliament voted to approve EU Parliamentarian Marietje Schaacke's proposal to codify Net Neutrality in EU l...
02:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Artistically altered 19th century cabinetcards
Cabinet cards are a kind of photo portrait mounted on cardboard that were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.    ...
02:06 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing LEGO minifigs are satanic (or at leastgrumpy)
Slawomir Kostrzewa, a priest in Wolsztyn, Poland, is concerned that certain LEGO minifigs are "about darkness and the world of death" and could "destroy (children's) souls and lead them to the dark si...
02:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Stop-and-frisk as the most visible element of deep, violent official Americanracism
Christopher E Smith is the white father of a black, biracial son, and it is through his son's experience of being black in America that he has learned just how pervasive and humiliating and violent of...
01:34 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Video of bison running out of Yellowstone "OMG supervolcanoeruption"
[Video Link] There's a video going around that shows a long line of bison trotting down a road in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park.    ...
01:28 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Seminal "Anthology of American Folk Music" reissued onvinyl!
In the late 1940s, avant-garde filmmaker, artist, and mystic Harry Smith scoured his massive collection of 78 rpm blues, country, cajun, jazz, and gospel records to compile what would become one of ...
01:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing When it comes to learning computers, play is seriouslyimportant
Game on? Or game over? [PDF], a brief research report from the U Washington Information School, summarizes some of the findings from the TASCHA report on computer skills acquisition.   ...
12:45 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Robot symposium at UC Berkeley(Friday!)
image: Margaret Taormina Tomorrow, Friday (April 4), UC Berkeley is hosting a free symposium about "Robots and New Media." Organized by BB pal and Cal professor Eric Paulos, the lineup includes such ...
12:29 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing 5 days of TED in onepage
My ultracreative friend Lucy Farey-Jones, attended the recent TED conference in Vancouver. She left delightfully overwhelmed and the only way she could make sense of what she learned was by mapping i...
12:00 pm PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Cover and summary for Lauren Beukes's next horrornovel
Here's some good news: the next Lauren Beukes novel, Broken Monsters, is up for pre-order, and we've got a taste of the cover and the synopsis: "Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies.&n...
11:24 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing How personal genomics solved a family's tragic healthmystery
Laura and Rob Sheppard lost three children the same way — all were born with brains that stopped developing a little less than halfway through pregnancy.    ...
11:10 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing The bacteria that ate oursewers
Concrete sewers are being devoured by their microbial ecosystems and researchers at the University of Colorado are trying to find a way to stop it.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing David "Debt" Graeber evicted, implicates NYPD intelligence, claims revenge-harassment for OWSparticipation
I am cleaning out my family home in New York. Evicted. (police intelligence seems to have played a role.).— David Graeber (@davidgraeber) April 2, 2014 There is a pattern here: almost everyone m...
10:56 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Science is slow, and that'sgood
Coincidence and fallacy are instantaneous. But science creeps along very slowly. Deep Sea News has a nice discussion of what happens when those two forces crash into each other.    ...
10:47 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Study calls for placebo-controlled trials of parachuteeffectiveness
This may be one of the best joke research papers I've ever seen. Via David Ng.    ...
07:30 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Cats of Tanglewood Forest: illustrated modern folktale from Charles de Lint and CharlesVess
For the past two months, my daughter's and my main bedtime reading has been The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, a modern folktale written by Charles de Lint and illustrated by Charles Vess, a power duo if ...
02:00 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Big Data has bigproblems
Writing in the Financial Times, Tim Harford (The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Adapt, etc) offers a nuanced, but ultimately damning critique of Big Data and its promises.    ...
01:14 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing Best collapsible umbrella: TotesCompact
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12:00 am PDT - Thu, April 3, 2014
BoingBoing House Science Committee: a parliament of Creationists, Climate Deniers (anddunces)
Writing in Scientific American, Ashutosh Jogalekar bemoans the famously terrible state of the House Committee on Science, a farcical body stuffed with climate deniers and young Earth creationists.&nbs...
09:19 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Unicorn Chaser: Peter Grudzien sings "The Unicorn"(1974)
A fine Unicorn Chaser for the chainsaw X-ray post below: Peter Grudzien sings the title track from his 1974 private pressing LP "The Unicorn."    ...
08:32 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Man survives chainsaw in the neck(X-ray!)
This X-ray shows the chainsaw embedded in the neck of James Valentine, 21, of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, when he arrived at the hospital on Monday.    ...
08:19 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Documentary about UK counterculture in1967
Over at Dangerous Minds, Richard points us to this fantastic 1967 short documentary "It's So Far Out It's Straight Down" from Granada Television.    ...
07:30 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast: Game of Thrones S1-3recap
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.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Deus Ex Arca; London cops beating up G20 protesters; Reutersemail-an-article-TOS
One year ago today Deus Ex Arca: apocalyptic, absurdist science fiction about a box that does anything and everything: A beautifully told, absurdist science fiction story about a terrible, wonderful b...
06:06 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Gweek podcast 140: UnderstandingBitcoin
Your browser doesn't support the HTML audio tag. You can still download the show, though! var audioTag = document.createElement('audio'); /* Do we not support MP3 audio?    ...
04:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Crowdfunding a science fiction short film adapted from Poe's Tell-TaleHeart
Nicholas sends us, "A crowd funding campaign to create a short film adaptation of Poe's 'The Tell Tale Heart' set on space station orbiting a mysterious planet.    ...
03:22 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing TOM THE DANCING BUG: Hobby Lobby, Inc., Changes ItsReligion
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hobby Lobby, Inc. Converts From Christianity to Ancient Roman Religion    ...
03:08 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Magician makes dogs' treatsvanish
Magician Jose Ahonen confounds canines with some sleight of hand.    ...
03:02 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Hacked Prius powered by electric bus system's overheadlines
San Francisco's MUNI system operates electric buses that draw power from overhead wires. A fellow named Jon has brilliantly hacked his Prius with a trolley pole to sip power from the same overhead lin...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 047: cartoonist BoxBrown
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of Brian Heater's cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types.    ...
02:59 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing RiYL podcast 047: cartoonist Box Brown, "Andre the Giant: Life andLegend"
Recommended if You Like is Boing Boing's weekly podcast of Brian Heater's cafe conversations with musicians, cartoonists, writers, and other creative types.    ...
02:52 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing History's weirder theories about dinosaurextinction
Scientific consensus suggests that dinosaurs died out thanks to the combination of an astroid impact, massive volcanic eruptions, and climate change.    ...
02:46 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing A surgeon looks at Rodin'shands
For many years, Stanford University surgeon James Chang has been fascinated by Rodin's hands, sculptures made by the French artist in the 19th century.    ...
02:40 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing God is Disappointed inYou
Im not religious, and I have not read the Old Testament or the New Testament (I did read R. Crumbs graphic novel of the Book of Genesis and enjoyed it).    ...
02:25 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing The Wil Wheaton Project: Talk Soup forGeeks
The wonderful, talented Wil Wheaton has landed a weekly show with SyFy, called the Wil Wheaton project: "a weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jo...
02:04 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Mark's latest Quarterly.co package: keychain kites, jar lid poppers, andmore
My latest Quarterly.co package included 8 of my favorite items from Cool Tools, a website that runs reader-written recommendations of useful tools.    ...
01:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Can homeschooling make you moretolerant?
A new study of students at a Christian college found that the kids who had been homeschooled were more willing to extend basic civil liberties to their political/cultural opposites than those who had ...
01:47 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing The creeping threat of the Risk PerceptionGap
Risk perception expert David Ropeik on why we fear the things we fear and the role of the media in making our perceptions of risk even more screwed up than they are naturally.    ...
01:31 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Mr. Hamiham's Persian cookingshow
Please enjoy Mr. Hamiham's cooking show! I like the looks of these sandwiches that he prepared for last year's Persian festival of Sizdahbedar, and his celebratory dances between recipes.  ...
01:19 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Amazon launches Fire TV set-top-box and gameconsole
Described as a "tiny box you connect to your HDTV", Amazon's $99 Fire TV hits a crowded field, with Roku and Apple already offering nearly-identical products.    ...
01:10 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Camille Rose Garcia paints the dreamy dance ofdeath
"Ghost Moth Serenade" (acrylic and glitter on wood, 36 x 48) Camille Rose Garcia, painter of absinthe dreams, surreal fairy tales, and enchanting trips down the rabbit hole, has a show of new work op...
01:00 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Kickstarting SCHMUCK: a comics memoir of "trying to dateNYC"
David writes, "Award-winning photographer Seth Kushner is renowned for his photography book of portraits of comic book writers and artists (Leaping Tall Buildings).    ...
12:54 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Is Gresso Azimuth the Sony Ericsson K850 killer we've all been waitingfor?
Packing exclusive materials, handicraft and attention to detail, the Azimuth is luxury phonemaker Gresso's bid to take on Sony Ericsson's K850 at the premium end of the cellphone market.  &n...
12:17 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Rob Ford excuses, uttered by achild
When Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was caught lying about smoking crack (and after months of smearing people who accused him of doing so as liars), he busted out the most weaselly, stupid excuse anyone had ...
12:14 pm PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Picking up the pieces of How I Met Your Mothersfinale
Well always be friends. Its just never going to be how it was. It cant be. It doesnt have to be a sad thing.    ...
11:57 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Dear Abby has commentsection
Specifically, the latest version of her syndicate's website has them. But America's greatest dispenser of marvelously passive-aggressive and contradictory advice will hopefully yield the best response...
11:39 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Return to DeepwaterHorizon
For the first time since 2010, researchers are returning to the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to study the long-term effects first hand.    ...
11:33 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing How scary isEbola?
Ebola is scary. (Hypothesis: The fewer syllables a disease has, the scarier it is at a gut/click-bait level. For example, plague compared to malaria.) And it's true that the recent outbreak of Ebola i...
11:04 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing You are invited to Iowa to witness the dance of the prairiechickens
Come to Kellerton, Iowa this Saturday (just off I-35, near the Missouri border) and you can watch prairie chickens engage in elaborate mating dances.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Why I don't believe inrobots
My new Guardian column is "Why it is not possible to regulate robots," which discusses where and how robots can be regulated, and whether there is any sensible ground for "robot law" as distinct from ...
06:00 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing The Abels Raise Cain - An excerpt from Kembrew McLeod'sPRANKSTERS
[Ed: I'm a huge fan of Kembrew McLeod, a writer, nerdfighter, media theorist and hoopy frood. From epic pranks like Freedom of Expression (R) to genius analysis like Creative License, Kembrew always a...
02:00 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing There's a painted woman in thismoth
Paul Roustan is an incredible body-painter who produces brilliant optical illusions. In this video, he shows how he's painted a model to blend seamlessly into this image of a pandora sphinx moth; whe...
12:00 am PDT - Wed, April 2, 2014
BoingBoing Animation: How Google views userprivacy
Mark from Screen Novelties sends us "This little animation we did for Google regarding user privacy. We happened to direct this at the same time the whole Snowden/NSA stuff went down last year. ...
10:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Engagement ring with tiny slide and projection lens builtin
This engagement ring with a built-in lens and slide is apparently a prototype produced by an unnamed Polish manufacturer. According to Technolog, who posted the images to Reddit, the publicity-shy man...
09:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein chats with Xeni and Mark(video)
[Video Link]Xeni and I had a great time talking with Carrie Brownstein, star of IFC's Portlandia sketch comedy series, which she co-created with Fred Armisen.    ...
08:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Geeky temporary tatts:TATTONOMY
Harry sez, "Tattoos are the best form of self expression, but let's face it, some of us don't want to get something permanent on our skin that we might regret for the rest of our lives.  &nb...
07:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Taiwan: Watch the ongoing student occupation of congress via live videostream
Video Link [ustream] Yingli, a Boing Boing pal in China, sends us a note about ongoing protests in Taiwan over the Cross Strait Agreement between Taiwan and Mainland China.    ...
07:10 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Taiwan: Watch the "Sunflower Movement" student occupation of congress via live videostream
Yingli, a Boing Boing pal in China, sends us a note about ongoing protests in Taiwan, which you can observe online via livestreamed video.    ...
07:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing The Internet should be treated as a utility: SusanCrawford
Susan Crawford (previously) is America's best commentator on network policy and network neutrality. In this interview with Ezra Klein, she makes the case for treating Internet access as a utility -- n...
06:39 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing What happens after we die? - a scene from The Immortal AugustusGladstone
Here's a clip from The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (a movie directed by Must co-creator Robyn Miller and presented by Boing Boing), which shows people on the streets of Portland explaining what happe...
06:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Rob Ford and Canada's neoliberalagenda
If you've shaken your head in wonder that Canadians -- gentle, sensible Canadians -- had elected a drug-addicted, violent, lying buffoon to run its largest city, this excellent account of the rise of ...
05:42 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Why did this cop smash this woman in the face during the Arizona"riot"?
Well away from the "front line" of this weekend's sports-related disturbance in Arizona, a cop dashes up to what appears to be a calm, unthreatening spectator and strikes her in the face (0:20s).&nbs...
05:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: April Fools for Darwin; Unicorn Chaser beverage; Embarrassing Wordmetadata
One year ago today In which Charles Darwin gets trolled: From Darwin's diary written aboard the HMS Beagle, an accounting of an epic April Fool's prank of 1832.    ...
04:57 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing The Birth of the Lightsaber, amini-documentary
George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt provide deep background on an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.    ...
04:09 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing An eccentric genius explains how half-Yeti hybrids have enslavedmankind
In 1934 the government of Poland declared Stanislav Szukalski the countrys Greatest Living Artist. It built the Szukalski National Museum in Warsaw to hold his massive sculptures and dramatic, mytholo...
03:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing FCC adds 100mHz of spectrum to thecommons
The FCC has unanimously voted to open up 100mHz of spectrum at the bottom end of the 5gHz band, redesignating them as open spectrum, under rules similar to those that created the original Wifi boom.&n...
02:15 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Wonderful new book about "Magic Experience Design" (inItalian)
Today marks the Italian publication of "L'arte Di Stupire" ("The Art of Amazement") the new book by Boing Boing friends and collaborators Ferdinando Buscema and Mariano Tomatis whose work is best desc...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein chats with Xeni and Mark(video)
Xeni and I had a great time talking with Carrie Brownstein, star of IFC's Portlandia sketch comedy series, which she co-created with Fred Armisen.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Michael Lewis's "Flash Boys": lifting the rock on crooked high-speedtrading
Michael Lewis is the best finance writer in the business (see my reviews of The Big Short and Liar's Poker), a gifted storyteller with a firm grasp of his subject and real insider access and insight.&...
01:50 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing LIFE photo essay of 1960s Wiccans in theUK
In 1964, LIFE magazine published a photo essay titled "Real Witches at Work," about Wiccans in contemporary England. They've just posted a number of those striking images plus others, including the be...
01:32 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing A new virus identified inChina
Mojiang paramyxovirus — found in rats infesting a copper mine where three workers died from severe pneumonia in 2012 — may or may not be dangerous to humans.    ...
01:22 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing The people who walk away fromsociety
All this week Pacific Standard will be publishing profiles of people who have "opted out" — from hippie homesteaders to anti-government survivalists.    ...
01:20 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Is everything you know about the Black Deathwrong?
A helpful, short post that adds some context to overly excitable headlines.    ...
01:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Houston family calls 911 when dad has psychotic episode; now sued by the deputy who killedhim
When Marlene Yazar's husband Kemal experienced a psychotic episode, she was so scared for her safety and the safety of her children that she called 911.    ...
12:59 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Archaeologists vs. The National GeographicChannel
Archaeologists and historians came out on top yesterday in a battle against The National Geographic Channel. The channel was promoting a new show — all about treasure hunters, metal detectors, a...
12:00 pm PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing German labor ministry bans after-hours email from managers toemployees
The German labor ministry has banned managers from calling or emailing employees outside of working hours as a means of preventing "self-exploitation," wherein workers end up putting in hours while th...
11:03 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Cooked tarantulas on astick
Cooked tarantulas are seen at the 110th Explorers Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, March 15, 2014.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Bizarre, paranoid warning about imaginary predators choosing victims throughbumper-sticker-ology
Lenore "Free Range Kids" Skenazy points out a new and disturbing artifact from the weird parallel world of bubble-wrapped-kids: a post warning you that the treacly "My family" minivan stickers are an ...
10:28 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Style Wars Pt.2
Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!     ...
09:21 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Linkrot on The Million-DollarHomepage
The Million Dollar Homepage was a lucrative advertising gimmick launched in 2005: one pixel cost one dollar. Nearly a decade on, 22 percent of the links on the homepage are dead, reports David Yanofsk...
09:13 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Darth Vader announces Ukraine presidencybid
Photo: Reuters Promising to restore the former soviet republic's downtrodden fortunes, Darth Vader announced his plans to run for election as its president.    ...
09:10 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Man swept to sea in beachbaptism
The search for a 43-year old man, swept out to sea during a baptism on a south California beach, was called off this weekend: "A wave pulled three people into the ocean about 10 a.m.   ...
09:06 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Job-hunting tip of the day: don't include dick picks withresume
A man who sent a potential employer a photograph of his penis along with his curriculum vitae remained unemployed as of Monday, reports the Dallas Observer.    ...
08:59 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Cat facts with AnnChilders
Do you find that people have a strange reaction to your cat? Do you ever wonder who taste-tests cat food? Ann Childers answers these questions and more in the VHS edition of Kittens to Cats. &nb...
08:45 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Fewer, but betterclothes
Personal minimalism represents many things: concern at the amount of trash we generate and the money we waste, but also a continued fixation on defining ourselves through things.   &nbs...
08:23 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Documentary "Stripped" shows the past and future of comicstrips
Stripped is a new film about comic-strip history and cartoon artists, and about the scary and wonderful future we're living in, that's been four years in the making.    ...
08:19 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Nightswimming with Hannibal: "Mukozuke" review[s2e5]
This is the second time since the premiere that we've opened Hannibal with a visual juxtaposition of how similar yet different Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter are.    ...
08:00 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Expiration Day: YA coming of age novel about robots and the end of the humanrace
Expiration Day is William Campbell Powell's debut YA novel, and it's an exciting start. The novel is set in a world in which human fertility has collapsed, taking the birth-rate virtually to zero, spa...
07:35 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Hacker Hymn [JasminaTesanovic]
Recently I saw a movie on the life and death of Aaron Swartz, who is nowadays often called a martyr for the freedom of the Internet.    ...
02:00 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing HOPE X/EFFfundraiser
Emmanuel Goldstein from 2600 Magazine writes, "This summer's HOPE X conference is having a special EFF fundraiser for the entire month of April.    ...
12:00 am PDT - Tue, April 1, 2014
BoingBoing Rich, admitted child rapist granted probation because he "would not not fare well" in prison [triggerwarning]
Robert H. Richards IV, a wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune, has been spared prison after being convicted of raping his three year old daughter.    ...
10:29 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing iPad ebook of the 100 finest examples of 20th centuryfilmmaking
Taschen books has created a useful iPad ebook that serves as a companion to its excellent 100 AllTime Favorite Movies book set (a whopping 800-page two-volume softcover book set that comes in a slipca...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing British science fiction pulp covers: Gernsback continuum from and alternativeuniverse
Here's a smashing gallery of British science fiction and science pulps from the golden age of sf. These are recognizably of a piece with the American pulps of the era, but are also distinctive in ever...
10:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing British science fiction pulp covers: Gernsback continuum from an alternativeuniverse
Here's a smashing gallery of British science fiction and science pulps from the golden age of sf. These are recognizably of a piece with the American pulps of the era, but are also distinctive in ever...
09:14 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing RabbitRainbow
Shoop: XJ    ...
09:04 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing How a Pepsi consultant burned a "$400k game jam" down with one sexistjibe
Just imagine being invited to a televised game development jam, reportedly sponsored by Pepsi to the tune of $400k, where you'd be among a dozen contestants organized into teams to compete for prizes....
09:04 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing How a Pepsi consultant burned a "$400k game jam"down
Just imagine being invited to a televised game development jam, reportedly sponsored by Pepsi to the tune of $400k, where you'd be among a dozen contestants organized into teams to compete for prizes....
08:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Text adventure based on Jeff VanderMeer's novelAnnihilation
Jeff VenderMeer writes, "The Fourth Estate, my UK publisher, has put together a cool site that takes the main premise of my novel, Annihilation, and creates a text game around with, with images and v...
07:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Hand-painted Haunted Mansion stretching portraits coasters on Italianmarble
Etsy seller Breakeble Designs used to offer these hand-painted Italian marble coasters that depicted the stretching portraits from the Haunted Mansions from Disneyland/Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disn...
06:17 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing My favorite history comic books, by Max Brooks, author of the Zombie SurvivalGuide
[Max Brooks, author of the Zombie Survival Guide, has a new historical comic book out, called The Harlem Hellfighters, about the historic black 369th infantry regiment from WWI.    ...
06:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Poster campaign: Anyone but Rob Ford forMayor
New anti-Ford poster 3 #topoli #robford pic.twitter.com/fIxKPArGbB— Katie Simpson (@KatieSimpson24) March 31, 2014 Rethink (an ad agency that does viral media) has teamed up with No Ford Nation ...
05:04 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Cat shoes from Vans andASPCA!
Vans and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (ASPCA) teamed up on a line of cat shoes! (thanks, Carlo Longino!)    ...
05:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Eric Schmidt on the NSA* (*translated from originalbullshitese)
Bruce Schneier: "At SXSW earlier this month, CEO Eric Schmidt tried to reassure the audience by saying that he was 'pretty sure that information within Google is now safe from any government's prying ...
04:20 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Successful implant of 3D printedskullcap
Utrecht neurosurgeons 3D printed a large section of a skull and implanted it in a 22-year-old woman with a bone disorder.    ...
04:20 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Successful implant of 3D printedskull
Utrecht neurosurgeons 3D-printed a large section of a skull and implanted it in a 22-year-old woman with a bone disorder. According to the University Medical Centre Utrecht, this is the first time suc...
04:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Playground removes "safety" rules; fun, development and injuriesensue
The Swanson School in Auckland, NZ, quietly eliminated all the rules against "unsafe play," allowing kids to play swordfight with sticks, ride scooters, and climb trees.    ...
03:56 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing International children with their favoritetoys
Gabriele Galimberti photographed children in 58 countries with their favorite toys. "Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things" (via Smithsonian)   ...
03:51 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Nerdy Show interviewsMark
The folks at Nerdy Show interviewed me about Make magazine, and the upcoming Moogfest event, where I am curating a day of presentations about DIY electronic instruments.    ...
03:19 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing fMRI mind-reading offaces
Yale University researchers used brain scans to "read" and reconstruct the faces that individuals were picturing in their minds' eye. The scientists ran fMRI scans on six people as they looked at 300 ...
03:01 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Italian stock exchange flips usoff
From my Instagram feed: In 2010, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was commissioned to create a sculpture for the front of Milan's Borsa Italiana, the Italian stock exchange.    ...
03:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Podcast: Collective Action - the Magnificent Seven anti-trollbusiness-model
Here's a reading (MP3) of a my November, 2013 Locus column, Collective Action, in which I propose an Internet-enabled "Magnificent Seven" business model for foiling corruption, especially copyright- a...
02:52 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Breathtaking time-lapse video of marinelife
Photographer Daniel Stoupin created this magical time-lapse video of "slow" marine life. "Microworlds: Slow Life"    ...
02:30 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Futility Closet Podcast #003: Extreme Pedestrians, Kangaroo Stew, and Samuel TaylorColeridge
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02:28 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Mentos Plus Coke Plus Nutella Plus Condoms = Bellissimo Esplosione(video)
This, more or less, is what Magic Mille (milleaccendini) is doing in this video: Were gonna use a condom, but this time its gonna be mango-flavored.    ...
02:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Google Maps' spam problem presents genuine securityissues
Bryan Seely, a Microsoft Engineer demonstrated an attack against Google Maps through which he was able to set up fake Secret Service offices in the company's geo-database, complete with fake phone num...
01:37 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Long-lasting portable illumination: 4AA Pack-AwayLantern
During a recent 27-hour-long power outage, we rushed out to find emergency lighting. While most people grabbed the biggest lanterns they could find, we centered on these handy Pack-Away Lanterns. ...
01:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Microsoft's internal network censorsTorrentfreak
Microsoft's internal network has begun censoring Torrentfreak, an excellent investigative journalism site that reports on file-sharing, censorship, copyright and Internet regulation around the world.&...
12:47 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing The bionicowl
Gentlemen, we can rebuild this bird. All we need is some bamboo sticks, quick-dry epoxy, and feathers from another owl.    ...
12:45 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing An end to Japanese whalingprograms
The International Court of Justice ruled this morning that Japan's whaling program isn't actually contributing to scientific research, as that country has long claimed.    ...
12:38 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Why it's hard to find a plane in theocean
The Washington Post published this handy demonstration of the scale of Flight MH370 on March 18. The problem has only gotten larger.    ...
12:00 pm PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing My City Garden: Boston-area yard-sharing service for urbangardeners
Gmoke writes, "My City Gardensis up and running for the season. We're a local yard sharing website that connects gardeners, mentors, and people with access to space, to neighbors who want to roll up t...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Just look at this shattered LN2O banana; Audiobook of "To Market, To Market"; Mid CenturyLampshades
One year ago today Just look at this liquid nitrogen-dipped banana being shot with a steel bearing: Just look at it.    ...
11:00 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing This Day in Blogging History: Just look at this shattered LN2 banana; Audiobook of "To Market, To Market"; Mid CenturyLampshades
One year ago today Just look at this liquid nitrogen-dipped banana being shot with a steel bearing: Just look at it.    ...
10:50 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Elfquest GalleryEdition
Dark Horse is releasing a "Gallery Edition" of the first five issues of Elfquest (previously), my favorite fantasy comic book of all time.    ...
10:23 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing The first paragraph of the screenplay for Miami Vice(2006)
We are at the delicate interface between ocean and air...liquid and gas...the event horizon where molecules evaporate. This interchange is ethereal.    ...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing NSA wiretapped 122 world leaders; GCHQ penetrated German satellite companies for mass surveillancepotentials
Newly disclosed documents from the trove Edward Snowden provided to journalists reveal the existence of the "Nymrod" database that listed 122 world leaders, many from nations friendly to the USA, that...
10:00 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing NSA wiretapped 122 world leaders; GCHQ penetrated German satellite companies for mass surveillancepotential
Newly disclosed documents from the trove Edward Snowden provided to journalists reveal the existence of the "Nymrod" database that listed 122 world leaders, many from nations friendly to the USA, that...
09:10 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Same-sex weddings begin inEngland
The UK government's cabinet office flies the rainbow flag in London, March 29. England passed laws extending marriage to same-sex couples some time ago, but legislation proceeds at a positively tantri...
08:48 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Reader's Digest a "stooge" ofChina
Readers Digest was once a staunch anticommunist publication. As recently as 2012, its editors spoke of its churchy conservatism in response to claims of ideological decline.    ...
08:23 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Why a charity changed itsname
UK charity Scope serves the disabled. Twenty years ago, it was known as The Spastics Society. The decision to change its name came as a medical term shifted to become a childish term of mockery. ...
08:12 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Ferrariimproved
Kickboxing world champion Riyadh Al-Azzawi improved his $300,000 Ferrari 458 Spider by coating the tasteless factory paint job with a subtle vinyl gold coating.    ...
02:00 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing Painting babies' medicalhelmets
Robbo sez, "Artist Paula Strawn paints the plain white medical helmets of babies and transforms them into super awesome designs. The flight helmets and droid designs are really cool - but so are the V...
12:00 am PDT - Mon, March 31, 2014
BoingBoing MMO that lets players run servers and change therules
A group of developers who worked on Ultima Online, one of the earliest successful MMOs, are creating a game called Shards Online over which players will have enormous control.    ...