One year ago today Schooling a reader who doesn't like female, middle-aged, black pirate captains: A reader of Scott Lynch's fantasy novels upbraided him for daring to have a black, middle-aged woman running a pirate crew, calling it a "politically correct cliche" and went on to say "Real sea pirates could not be controlled by women, they were vicous rapits and murderers and I am sorry to say it was a man’s world (sic)." Lynch's response was appropriately scathing, and rather wonderful.
Five years ago today Genetic algorithm evolves a better car in Flash: This is a GA I wrote to design a little car for a specific terrain. It runs in real-time in Flash. The fitness function is the distance travelled before the red circles hit the ground, or time runs out. The degrees of freedom are the size and initial positions of the four circles, and length, spring constant and damping of the eight springs. The graph shows the 'mean' and 'best' fitness.
Having belatedly discovered the Electro Swing genre, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. My wife brought home a link to Caravan Palace's "Clash" (from their 2012 album Panic), which is pretty much perfect in its ability to hit all my sweet spots: Django/Grapelli-ish picking, megaphone singing, Andrews Sisters harmonies, Herbie Hancock glitch-tunes, and just enough dubstep to be interesting (but not enough to be annoying).
Welcome to the first episode in an on-going series about Augustus Gladstone, created from footage not used in the motion picture The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, Boing Boing's first movie, written and directed by Myst co-creator Robyn Miller!
Battle of the Planets is a late 70s/early 80s reworking of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, and was one of my earliest introductions to anime and sci-fi cartoons! Classic in its camp, join the adventures of Mark, Jason, Princess, Key-op, Tiny and the incredible 7-Zark-7 as they defend space from things beyond space.
One of the first, that I am aware of, US adaptations of a Japanese anime series (Robotech being my favorite,) watch and enjoy as Sandy Frank Productions draws on all the popular sci-fi memes of the day, and brutally rips off R2-D2, to create a fast, fun and confusing series. Five young, highly-trained, agents who dress like birds and fly like gravity doesn't exist, defend the Earth from Zoltar, the Luminious One and planet Spectra.
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman has been recut several times over the years, not just into BotP but G-Force and the Eagle Riders as well. 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1 make Battle of the Planets my favorite.
As the joyous day of new Muppet movie looms, there are more and more little "muppisodes" surfacing: in this cameo-saturated, seven-minute delight, the Swedish Chef has a cook-off with Gordon Ramsay. It's just fab.
Hilowbrow publisher Joshua Glenn released a new book in his Radium Age Science Fiction Library series, a gorgeous paperback edition of Muriel Jaeger’s long-unobtainable thriller The Man with Six Senses.
Buy your copy now, while supplies last!
Serialized at HiLoBrow.com from July through November of this year, The Man with Six Senses concerns Michael, a hapless mutant capable of perceiving the molecular composition of objects and the ever-shifting patterns of electromagnetic fields. Hilda, a beautiful young member of England’s cynical postwar generation, becomes his champion… and then, reluctantly, his wife. Michael himself is slowly destroyed — mentally and physically — by his uncanny gift.
This early and brilliant effort to export the topic of extra-sensory perception out of folklore and occult romances and import it into science fiction was first published in 1927 -- by Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press.
Five years ago today Felted Cthulhu: Artists Amy Rawson and Brian East made this felted Santa Cthulhu (a towering 12 inches of wool and madness).
Ten years ago today Mental card games without a referee: Is it possible to play card games without a deck of cards and without a referee? The question has profound implications for cryptography, in which the need to nominate and monitor a trusted third party (the referee in a cryptographic transaction) is a major pain in the ass.
Cover the middle seam with your finger, marvel as the contrast effect changes EVERYTHING. Jason Kottke thinks the creator is a witch. When I showed it to my daughter, she said, "Well, your finger is covering up the light that's making it brighter," which is true in a weird sorta way.
Apps for Kids is sponsored by Little Blueprint: Personalized and ready-made children's books based on brain science, empowering kids to thrive through life's challenges and celebrations.
Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.
In this episode, we set down our smartphones to talk about the Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel, in which two kids team up with Crazy Dave, the deranged zombie prepper, to rid Neighborville of the invading horde of undead humans. Jane also grabs my staple remover that I was repairing with Sugru and messes it up.
And, we present a new "Would you rather?" question:
If you're an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to email@example.com.