Ricky sez, "Two theme park attraction designers have purchased the Chicago home in which Walt Disney and his brother Roy were born and lived until 1906. They have launched a Kickstarter project to fund the restoration of the house
that was built by Walt's father Elias in the late 1800s to turn it into an historic landmark and high-tech museum.
They are well on their way to their hefty goal of $500,000, aiming to complete the project in 1 year's time." (Thanks, Ricky!
One of my favorite things about Boing Boing's movie, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, is the soundtrack, which was composed by Robyn Miller (also the film's writer and director) on a Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer (Here's Robyn's review of the tiny but amazing synthesizer.)
The song above, "Ballad to Augustus," was not composed by Robyn. It was written and performed by Alex Miller, and we like it so much that we are including it on the 22-track soundtrack, which you can buy as a DRM-free MP3 album for $6.99.
The Immortal Augustus Gladstone - Soundtrack
Cowpea weevils and four other insects whose sex lives you do NOT want to be involved in, according to the fine folks at Buzz Hoot Roar. (Which is seriously a blog that you need to be following, like, yesterday.)
While you drink a nice hot cup of whatever beverage you dig most, take a moment to hook up with us on whatever social media service you dig most.
Join the intergalactic Boing Boing community on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Flickr (we have a pool where readers share photos), and YouTube. We even do IRC! And of course, check out our beloved BBS.
Bundle of Holding -- a name-your-price download service -- is currently promoting a collection of family-friendly RPGs, including several games that are suitable for age 5 and up. Ten percent of the purchase price goes to two worthy kids' charities (Save the Children and St Jude's Children's Hospital), and you can choose how much you pay (the recommended payment is $17). If you give more than $14.14, you get six bonus games, as well. Click through below for a list of the games in the bundle:
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A couple years ago, I read Jack El-Hai's brilliant book
about lobotomy popularizer Walter Freeman
— the man who lobotomized Rosemary Kennedy and traveled the country lobotomizing thousands of Americans with an ice pick. Now, at the Wall Street Journal, Michael Phillips has a big feature about Freeman and the influence he had on mental healthcare in the Veterans Administration
. It's a chilling and important long read. — Maggie
For every 1000 people who undergo general anesthesia, there will be one or two who end up aware but frozen. They can hear doctors talking. Sometimes even feel the knife. But they can't move or tell anyone about their experience. Scientists are studying how the brain functions under anesthesia in an attempt to eliminate this problem. As they do, they're learning some amazing things about consciousness, itself
— both what it is and how it happens. Turns out, science may vindicate Kant. — Maggie
A real sign language interpreter translates the gestures of the fake sign language interpreter from Nelson Mandela's memorial. [Jimmy Kimmel Live
I've re-read this series more times than I can count. I've worn out 2 copies of this complete collection and lost countless individual copies of the component books. Roger Zelazny's The Amber Chronicles, starting with Nine Princes in Amber, is perhaps my perfect fantasy series.
When the series opens neither we nor our hero, Corwin, know whats going on. Lost in a coma with amnesia, apparently all from a recent car accident that should have left him dead, Corwin goes on to discover who he is by threatening pretty much everyone he meets. It works.
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SPONSORED: The following post is brought to you by Kohler.
Bathroom enhancements for the discerning restroom aficionado with a penchant for high technology, deep geekery, and wet whimsy:
• Kohler Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Music to accompany even the most accomplished shower-singer! This showerhead packs bluetooth connectivity to an embedded speaker!
• Crayola Bath Dropz Make bathing a bright and colorful experience, add color to your bath water!
• Adventure Time Fleece Bathrobes
Perfect for wearing around the treehouse early in the morning. Wearing one of these, you'll always turn out perfect bacon pancakes.
• Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale The Fitbit tracker gives you a wonderful idea of how much energy you burn. This wifi enabled scale syncs your weight with your activity data and makes fitness 'smarter.'
• Temperature Sensitive Color Changing Tiles Touch the tiles to make them change color!
Outstanding social scientist danah boyd has founded a new thinktank (or "think/do-tank") called The Data & Society Research Institute, based in New York City, and devoted to critical analysis of big data, and "social, technical, ethical, legal, and policy issues that are emerging because of data-centric technological development." It's well-funded, with an exciting mission, and they're hiring.
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From our Rob Beschizza's directorial triumph, "OH MY GOD A HAWK JUST RIPPED UP A PIGEON RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME AND TOTALLY JUST SAT THERE EATING IT"
Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives:
Cool new extreme DIY tech show for kids
'Can you picture that?' Muppet music video
Stageplay of Cory's "Little Brother" for local performances
• Kaki King shreds
Cookie Monster in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur
Swedish Chef/Gordon Ramsay cook-off
OMG hawk rips into pigeon and totally sits there just eating it OMG
Boing Boing: Video archives
Robbo sez, "In order to receive their negotiated raises and any holiday bonus, Parliament Hill staffers are being required to sign a lifetime confidentiality agreement, with hefty penalties for any breach, designed to thwart whistleblowers. So much for transparency in government."
(Not?) Coincidentally, the Harper government is embroiled in a potentially fatal scandal involving the Prime Minister's Office conspiring to cover up hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of expenses fraud by prominent Tory senators, and the only reason the PM is still in office is that none of his staffers have directly fingered him (yet?).
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This Sunday's NYT mag cover.
Big feature in this weekend's New York Times magazine on an important element of Google's world domination program: mapping that very same world
. Why does Google's vast, interconnected system of digital maps matter?
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